ViapoAfrican Safaris

21 Day Full Uganda Jungle Safari

(GROUP 6-12 PEOPLE)

Overview

This 21 Day Full Uganda Jungle Safari will take you to all exciting destinations in Uganda including Sipi falls, Murchison falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable, Lake Mburo and Ssese Island for memorable Uganda experiences.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to the Hotel

On your arrival, you will be picked by Saso Uganda Safaris driver / guide and depending on your arrival time. If time allows, you will do a city tour of Kampala including Kasubi Tombs, the Uganda Museum and the African Craft Village or you will transfer to the hotel where you will relax, Dinner and Overnight!

 

Accommodations:

Luxury: Serena Hotel/Pearl of Africa Hotel
Mid-range:  Emin Pasha Hotel/ Speke Resort Hotel/Cassia Lodge
Budget: Acactus Hotel/ Namirembe Guest house

 

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja
You will enjoy have breakfast and start up your journey to Jinja – Uganda’s former industrial town during the colonial times found in Eastern Uganda. En-route, you will the drive takes you across several small towns, huge sugar cane and tea plantations in the Lugazi area and a stopover at Mabira forest for a short forest walk to search for forest birds and colobus monkeys. Proceed to Jinja town where you will visit the Source of River Nile and get a chance to see where the mighty River Nile (Longest River in Africa) starts its journey all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. After lunch in Jinja town and you will enjoy a tour of this historical industrial hub with a lot of sightings including the faded Bujagali falls and the thundering Itanda falls.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Jinja Nile Resort
Mid-range: 2 Friends Guest House
Budget: Hotel Triangle/ Jinja Safari Lodge

 

Day 3: Sipi falls tour
You will have breakfast and set off to Sipi Falls for a Nature walk. Here, you will undergo a nature walk to the spectacular Sipi falls which has its origins from Mount Elgon and you can expect to see the caves, plantations of coffee and sugar cane along the way. Return later in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel/Lodge.

Accommodations:

Luxury:  Sipi River Lodge
Mid-range: Lacam Lodge / Sipi Falls Resort
Budget: Crow’s Nest Rest Camp / Suam Guest House

 

Day 4: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
You will enjoy breakfast and start up your Journey to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary driving through Kampala to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking. This is a guided nature walk to experience the life of the Rhinos in the wild. You will also have lunch at the sanctuary and enjoy an evening walk, after dinner and overnight stay at Hotel/Lodge.

Accommodations:

Mid-range: Amuka Lodge/Ziwa Guest House

 

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the magnificent Murchison falls national park – Uganda’s largest national park with lots of natural wonders. The drive is relatively short from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and you will enter the park early and visit the famous Top of the falls where you can enjoy a snack while listening to the sound of the flowing water!

It is here that water thunders through different rapids from a 7-metre gap to fall over 40 meters Gorge below and the experience is mesmerizing! Drive off to the hotel/Lodge for late lunch. Have a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Day 6: Game drive and launch cruise along the Albert Nile

After an early morning breakfast, you will go for a game drive on the Northern bank of River Nile. The activity takes about 3-5 hours and Wildlife in the Park includes elephants, Rothschild giraffes, buffaloes, lions, Hartebeest, Uganda kobs, oribis and waterbucks.

Return to the lodge for lunch, after you go for a launch cruise on the Albert Nile which will give you an exciting panoramic view at the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. Along the cruise, you will encounter crocodiles, hippos, and birds on the river banks like kingfisher, cormorants, bee-eater and the rare shoebill stork. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Day 7: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will prepare for a long drive to Kibale Forest National Park. You will have lunch in Fort portal town and enjoy a tour of the surroundings including the Tooro king’s palace. Proceed to Kibale forest arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

 

Accommodations:

Luxury: Papaya Lake/Primate Lodge/Kyaninga Lake Lodge
Mid-range: Mountains of the Moon/Kibale Forest Camp
Budget: Kibale forest camp tents/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

 

 

 

Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Swamp Walk in Kibale Forest National Park

Early morning breakfast and go for a briefing by the park rangers after which you will set out for chimp trekking within Kibale Forest. The guides will equip you with lots of information about the forest and the different flora and fauna including colorful variety of butterflies. After an exciting search for the elusive chimpanzees, you will return to the Lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will go for a nature walk in the Bigodi swamp area and look out for most of the water loving bird species. The forest has almost 335 species of birds and therefore a good place for birders. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Papaya Lake/Primate Lodge/Kyaninga Lake Lodge
Mid-range: Mountains of the Moon/Kibale Forest Camp
Budget: Kibale forest camp tents/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House

 

Day 9: Transfer to Semuliki National Park

You will have breakfast and transfer to Semuliki national park which is also a relatively short drive and you will reach the park headquarters early where you will register and later check in into your lodge and enjoy lunch. Spend the afternoon enjoying the tranquility and magnificent view of the park and enjoy dinner as the sun sets!

Late evening, you will go on a night game drive in search for wildlife such as the slender mongoose, serval cats, white tailed mongoose and diminutive genet. Semuliki National Park is one of the few Parks in Uganda where one can go on the night game drive. The night game drive ends at 11:00pm and return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Semliki Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Ntoroko Game Lodge

Budget: Kirimia Guesthouse

 

 

Day 10: Chimpanzee trekking in the forest

Early in the morning after a breakfast, you will be briefed by the Uganda wildlife Officials at the Park headquarters about chimpanzee trekking. After this you will set out for chimpanzee trekking in the beautiful cool rain forest. Apart from the Chimps, the forest is also home to a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will visit the hot springs of Sempaya and the pygmies after which you will transfer to fort portal town and enjoy dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Semliki Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Ntoroko Game Lodge

Budget: Kirimia Guesthouse

 

 

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will have breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park where you will arrive and enjoy lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, go for a game drive in the Northern crater area where there is a lot of dark holes called the black craters with no water. If you’re lucky you will be able to see a lot of animal including Elephants, lions, buffaloes, Leopards, baboons and warthogs among others. Return to the lodge and enjoy the evening sunset behind the majestic Mt Rwenzori ranges. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

 

Accommodations:

Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge
Mid-range:  Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  

 

 

Day 12: Game drive and Launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will have early morning breakfast and go for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi area which is well known as the Kob mating grounds and therefore a perfect spot to see a lot of kobs and other antelopes like the sitatunga, and the hyenas. Other wildlife can also be spotted such as the Elephants and lions among others on the long Uganda safari. This game drive takes 2-3 hours and you will return to the lodge to clean up and later have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will go for a launch cruise on the renowned Kazinga channel – famous for its highest hippopotamus concentration in Africa! You will also see a lot of crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and other animals as they come down to drink and bathe plus a great deal of birds on the sandbanks. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodations:

Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge
Mid-range:  Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  

 

 

Day 13: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This morning after a breakfast, you will set off for a game drive in the Ishasha area for a chance to see the rare tree climbing lions. The climbing lions can be seen lounging in the fig trees during mid-morning as they rest from the previous night’s strenuous hunt! However it’s not a guarantee that the lions will be seen. Sometimes it depends on the luck and time of reaching the area, after proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park in preparation for your next day of Gorilla trekking. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

 

Day 14: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for briefing and later go for gorilla trekking, this could take 4-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. After trekking, meet your driver and transfer back to the hotel where you will unwind as you reflect on the memorable gorilla trekking. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

 

 

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, you will depart for Lake Bunyonyi which is one of the deepest lakes is Africa. Lake Bunyonyi has almost 29 Islands and is a good stop over for relaxation from trekking Mountain Gorillas. Upon arrival, you will go on a boat ride/Canoeing which will enable you visit most of the islands on the Lake.

Each Island is named according to the bird species found on the Island and some were named because of their purposes for example the Punishment Island which is the smallest and was used by the Bakiga people to drop their girls who got pregnant before marriage. You will also learn a lot more about the Islands and the people that inhabit them and after the Boat ride, return back to the Lodge for relaxation while you watch the beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodations:

Budget: Bushara Island Camp/Bunyonyi View Resort
Mid-range:  Bunyonyi Over Land/Bunyonyi View Lodge
Luxury: Bird’s Nest/ Arcadia Cottages

Day 16: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Have breakfast and start up your journey to Lake Mburo National Park driving across the rolling hills and slopes of Kabale – known as “the Switzerland of Africa” and a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch. Proceed to Lake Mburo and enter the Park with a game drive en-route which will enable you to see animals like zebras, topis, elands, impalas, buffaloes and antelopes. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

 

Accommodations:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock
Budget: Eagles Nest Camp

 

 

Day 17: Game drive and Boat ride on Lake Mburo

Wake up for an early morning game drive and search for early risers and all other animals that you missed out in the previous evening’s game drive. Return to the Lodge for late breakfast and lunch.  In the afternoon, you will go for a boat ride on Lake Mburo which will get you quite close to Crocodiles and Hippos. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodations:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock
Budget: Eagles Nest Camp

 

 

Day 18: Guided game walk and transfer to Kampala/Entebbe

Breakfast will be served early and after go for the game walk with in the Park. This is a guided walk where you will be escorted by a park ranger from the Uganda wildlife Authority for security purposes and to provide you with more information about the Park and the trail. Return to the lodge after the walk and transfer to Entebbe with a lunch stopover en-route and at the equator for photography and the experiment. Proceed to Entebbe arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodations:

Luxury: Serena Hotel/Pearl of Africa Hotel
Mid-range:  Emin Pasha Hotel/ Speke Resort Hotel/Cassia Lodge
Budget: Acactus Hotel/ Namirembe Guest house

 

 

Day 19: Drive to Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria

On this day, you will be transferred to Nakiwogo landing site to board the ferry to Lutoboka. The journey takes about 3hours and on arrival, you will be welcomed by the hotel staff who will then transfer you to the hotel just meters away from the docking area, check in and freshen up, enjoy lunch and relax into the evening as you enjoy the sweet melodies from hundreds of bird species recorded here with a cool rewarding breeze from the lake. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

 

Accommodations:

Mid-range: Ssese Islands Beach Hotel/Mirembe Resort Beach/Pearl Gardens Beach Resort/Ssese Habitat Resort

 

 

Day 20: Full day at the Ssese Island

You will enjoy breakfast with stunning sunrise and go bird watching and forest walk in the nearby forest on the Island. You will look out for primates such as Monkeys as well as water and forest birds like Hornbill, Turacco, Flycatcher, weaver, Fish Eagle, and colorful butterflies. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the white sand beaches around the Island. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodations:

Mid-range: Ssese Islands Beach Hotel/Mirembe Resort Beach/Pearl Gardens Beach Resort/Ssese Habitat Resort

 

 

Day 21: Transfer back to Entebbe and departure

Have breakfast and after leave the Island by the morning Ferry back to Bukakata. Have lunch in Entebbe town and then later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Safari Requirements:

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Gorilla trekking permit – You can apply and secure permit at a standard fee (USD600)
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

 

Price includes:

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle with popup roof
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Game drives
  • Boat launches
  • Gorilla and chimps trekking permits
  • English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Pickup and Return airport transfers.

 

Price Excludes:

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Insurance
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while Gorilla trekking
  • Cigarettes