LONG SAFARIS

19 DAYS – TOUR UGANDA SAFARI

Tour Uganda in 19 Days! This safari will take you to the wilderness in Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable, Kidepo Valley and Lake Mburo National Parks and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Sipi falls, Source of River Nile and Kampala City. Enjoy the jungle to experience the chimpanzees, gorillas, wildlife, birds in Uganda.

  • Game drives
  • Chimps trekking
  • Boat cruises
  • Hiking Sipi falls
  • Bat cave exploration
  • Community walk
  • Relaxation at stunning Lake Bunyonyi
  • Mountain Gorilla trekking
  • Nature/safari walk
  • Farm tour
  • River Nile experience
  • Rhino trekking
  • Kampala city tour

 

Day 1: Transfer to Jinja

After breakfast transfer to Jinja. Visit the dramatic Itanda falls where you are entertained by the kayaking boys as they tussle the big rapids, enjoy Half day rafting as you watch the birds among others. Drive to the source of the Nile where you will take a boat ride around source of the River Nile where it dramatically separates from lake Victoria, the stream of water will start running towards the North forming the Victoria Nile co-joining with the Albert Nile in the Murchison falls National Park to Sudan to meet the Blue and White Nile and continue through Egypt to the Mediterranean sea.

 

Day 2: Transfer to Sipi Falls

Transfer to Mbale town where we shall stop briefly for lunch. From Mbale we shall drive straight to Sipi. We shall have an evening nature walk and Hike where we shall visit the three falls that make up Sipi. The visit of the three falls involves hiking a trail network that is characterized by a steep and slippery path, mud on rainy days, climbing ladders and going through farms.

 

Day 3: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After an early breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary via the Luwero triangle and Nakasongola for Rhino trekking. Have an opportunity of trekking the endangered species and learn more about them.

 

Day 4: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Have an Early Morning breakfast and Transfer to Kidepo valley National Park reaching late afternoon to check in for dinner at the Lodge.

 

Day 5: Game Drive and Community walk

Take an early morning game drive in the morning to see the lions, cheetah, always surrounded by Zebra, Waterbuck, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Warthogs, Patas monkeys and big herds of Buffalo.

Have Early Lunch prepared at The Bandas and Proceed for an afternoon Half day to the communities, Visit the Karamojong manyatta. Get an insight of their daily lives, the way their homes are constructed and much more. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After your early morning breakfast drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park driving via Gulu. Later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon.

 

Day 7: Games Drives and Boat cruise

Early in the morning after breakfast, go for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribis, bushbuck, Bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kobs. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.  After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls, where you will have the amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft  in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening.

 

Day 8: Transfer to Hoima

After a relaxed breakfast and soak in the surroundings. Thereafter, your guide will take you to the Hoima town. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at the hotel.

Day 9: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates. You will have a stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Day 10: Chimpanzee Trekking day

After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale is also a home to the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked Mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys and many others.  

After lunch, go for Bigodi swamp walk, it protects species of birds (highlights include papyrus Gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue Turaco). The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked Mangabey. The guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting.

 

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast at your lodge before you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals. Upon arriving at your lodge.

You will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.  The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species. 

 

Day 12: Game Drive and Bat Cave Exploration

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.  Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kobs, topis and bushbuck. The game drives is memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. 

Afternoon Nature walk to the bat and hunters cave at where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Return to the lodge for dinner and your last overnight stay.

 

Day 13: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park via Ishasha

 After your breakfast, Transfer to take a drive in Ishasha plains for your final visit with the lions and other wildlife continue to Bwindi.  The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

 

Day 14: Gorilla Trekking day and Community Walk

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a community walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner

 

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast drive to Lake Bunyonyi which has breathtaking scenery. Spend the night overlooking Uganda deepest lake, where you may try your hand at paddling at dugout canoe, or eating fresh water crayfish. 

 

Day 16: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest National Park of Uganda. Though being small, it has a lot offer!!  Centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes its birdlife is very rich.  The green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like Zebra, warthog, Eland, Impala, not to mention the lake itself, which is home to schools of hippos and crocodiles!

You will arrive at the Hotel/lodge in the time for lunch.  Later in the afternoon enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the crocodiles and hippos. As you return to your Hotel.

 

Day 17: Farm Tour and Safari Walk in the Park

After breakfast transfer to the Farm and watch or participate in the Milking of the Ankole long horned Cattle, return for full breakfast at the Hotel and later enjoy your lunch and afternoon transfer to the Park for a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting with the camouflage klipspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peaceably.  It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

 

Day 18: Game Drive and Transfer to Kampala

After a morning breakfast, you will go for a game drive where you will spot impalas, zebras among others and then transfer to Kampala with a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time.  Take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon.

 

Day 19: Brief City Tour and Departure

After a breakfast, go for a city tour to Hike the Famous Gadhafi Mosque Tower. The Kampala’s Tallest Tower and view the original Rolling hills enveloped on with great Villas and numerous slums, return to have an Owino Market walk and mix with the Drama of Marketing with the Locals. Then transfer to the airport for the flight back.

 

Safari Package price:     

Please contact our Tour Consultants for the detailed price information

 

Included in the price:

  • Airport transfer to/from
  • Ground transport
  • Gorilla Permit
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for National Parks
  • Activities mentioned in the program
  • Permit for chimps trekking

 

Exclusions:    

  • International flight
  • Any optional activities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips

 

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