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20 days 19 nights
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Our 20-day trip brings you the best of Uganda: where the savannah meets the rainforest. Expect to see the animals of the savannahs (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

This trip specifically includes the most important and well known places and national parks of Uganda: Jinja, the source of the Nile. Sipi FallsMurchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Park.

 

Highlights

  • See the source of the Nile in Jinja. If you dare you can go for rafting on the Nile
  • Visit Sipi Falls, the highest waterfall in Uganda (100 m)
  • Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park
  • Boat trip on the Nile to the Murchison Falls, where the Nile is forced through a gorge and drops 60 meters
  • Spectacular wildlife viewing from the boat on the Nile where it reaches the delta into Lake Albert
  • See the chimpanzees and 12 other monkey species in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Experience the spectacular hot springs in Semuliki National Park
  • Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel with the biggest concentration of hippos and spectacular birds
  • Search for the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park, an experience you will never forget!
  • Visit the Golden Monkeys on the slopes of the Volcanoes in Mgahinga National Park
  • Enjoy the silence and beautiful landscape of Uganda’s most beautiful lakes, Lake Mutanda and Lake Bunyonyi
  • Do a game walk in Lake Mburo National Park to get close to the animals
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Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations with meals mentioned
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Private 4×4 custom built safari van with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Entrance fees to the included National Parks
  • Activities mentioned as included

Price Excludes

  • Flights      
  • Visa
  • All optional activities
  • Insurances    
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication
Itinerary
Day 1

Entebbe Airport – Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe Airport. Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to your accommodation.

Included: airport transfer

 

Day 2

Entebbe – Jinja

After breakfast we drive to Jinja, where we make a walk along the Nile and you can visit the source of the Nile by boat (optional). We visit local communities to see their rural and local way of living. It is also possible to go for White water-rafting, kayaking, quad biking or horse riding (optional activities).

Please let us know if you want to go for rafting. This must be booked in advance (certainly in high season).

 

Day 3

Jinja – Sipi Falls

Today we drive to Sipi Falls, a beautiful crater landscape on the slopes of Mount Elgon (4321 m). Make a beautiful walk to the 3 huge waterfalls. This area is known for its stunning panoramas and nice villages. In the evening go for sunset viewing and panoramic views of the Karamojong plains.

Sipi Falls is the highest Waterfall in Uganda, the water falls down for 100 meters.

Included: visit Sipi Falls

 

Day 4

Sipi Falls – Lira

After a relaxing morning we drive to Lira. We make a stop at the Nyero Rock Paintings, dating back to the iron age. Lira is a nice town with many markets, cafes etc. On our way we make some stops to meet the local people.

Included: Nyero Rock Paintings

 

Day 5

Lira – Murchison Falls National Park

Today we drive to Murchison Falls National Park, our first safari destination. We make a stop along the Nile to see Karuma Falls. In the late afternoon we make our first game drive (safari).

Murchison Falls is one of the most beautiful national parks of Uganda. One of the main attractions is the Nile, with the spectacular Murchison Falls, where the whole Nile is forced through a narrow gorge and falls 60 meters. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards.

Included: game drive

 

Day 6

Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning game drive in this beautiful national park. Afternoon boat ride on the Victoria Nile up to the bottom of the falls and make the hike to the top of the falls.

The boat is the perfect platform to see and photograph many different bird species.

Included: game drive, boat trip, hike to the top of the falls

 

Day 7

Murchison Falls National Park

Game drive or optional boat trip on the Nile to the Delta. Game drive in the afternoon.

The delta area has the highest concentration of animals in Murchison Falls and the boat performs a perfect platform to see them. This is also the area where the elusive Shoebill Stork can be seen.

Included: game drives

 

Day 8

Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest

After breakfast we drive to Kibale Forest. You can make a self-guided walk around the lodge, night forest walk (optional).

Kibale Forest is a spectacular jungle, with 13 primate species! Including chimps, baboons, black and white colobus, red colobus, grey cheeked mangabey and L’Hoest monkey.

 

Day 9

Kibale Forest

Chimpanzee tracking in the morning or in the afternoon. It is also possible to upgrade this 1-hour tracking to a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, 4 hours tracking.

For people interested in primates and birds and willing to make another walk, we can make a community walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary as well. It is also possible to visit the local people or the crater lakes.

It is also possible to make a night walk through the forest to see the animals of the night, like bush babies (optional).

Included: chimp tracking, Bigodi Swamp Walk

 

Day 10

Kibale Forest – Semuliki National Park – Fort Portal

Visit one of the crater lakes. Afterwards transfer to Semuliki National Park. Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs in the afternoon. And later drive back to Fort portal for overnight.

Semuliki is a unique place and the only lowland jungle in East Africa, part of the Congo eco system.

Included: visit hot springs

 

Day 11

Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we pass the equator. Game drive in the afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the best places in Uganda to see lions. Expect to see elephants, lions, many hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and maybe leopards.

Included: game drive

 

Day 12

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drive in the morning. Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. It is also possible to go for an experimental Lion Tracking (optional).

The Kazinga Channel is one of the highlights of Uganda and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world.

Included: game drive, boat trip

 

Day 13

Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha

After breakfast we drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha sector in the South.. It is also possible to go for a chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest reserve, or make a forest walk and visit the bat caves in Maramagambo (all optional).

Game drive in the afternoon in Ishasha in search of the tree climbing lions

In Ishasha there are 4 prides of lions that climb the trees. Unique in the world! The other attraction of Ishasha are the Topis, not found anywhere else in this National Park.

Included: game drives

 

Day 14

Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable

Early morning game drive in Ishasha to see the tree climbing lions. Afterwards we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. On our way we pass through interesting villages and have some breath-taking views of the mountains.

Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the 2 places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas!

Included: game drive

 

Day 15

Bwindi Impenetrable

Gorilla tracking!!! Early morning departure with your ranger to search for one of the world’s most interesting and endangered animal, the Mountain Gorilla! You will spend one hour with one of our closest relatives. An experience you will never forget.

 

Day 16

Bwindi Impenetrable – Lake Mutanda

In Bwindi it is possible to do one of the optional activities: second gorilla tracking, forest walk, birding walk or a community experience with the exceptional Batwa people. Afterwards transfer to Lake Mutanda, one of the most beautiful places in Uganda.

On a clear day you can see the 3 volcanoes in the distance. Relax at the lodge or do one of the following activities (one activity included): boat trip on the lake, walk along the lake or to the local people, go for a swim, or visit the pygmies.

Included: 1 activity to choose from: boat trip on the lake, walk along the lake or to the local people, swimming, visit the pygmies

 

Day 17

Lake Mutanda – Mgahinga National Park – Lake Bunyonyi

Early breakfast, visit Mgahinga National Park and do one of the activities there, or stay near the lake and do one of the activities near the lake. One activity included for today. Activities in Mgahinga National Park: make a nature walk, go for a birding or primate walk, visit the golden monkeys or climb one of the volcanoes. Later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for overnight on Uganda’s beautiful lake.

Mgahinga National Park is part of the Virunga Volcanoes and borders Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Apart from Mountain Gorillas, the stars of Mgahinga are the golden monkeys, a subspecies of the Blue Monkey.

Included: 1 activity to choose from: nature walk, birding or primate walk, golden monkeys, climb one of the volcanoes

 

Day 18

Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast we drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Game drive or a boat trip on the lake in the afternoon. In the evening we make a night game drive with high chances of seeing leopards.

Lake Mburo is one of the 2 national parks with zebras and the only national park with impalas in Uganda. There are no elephants and lions, so walking safaris are possible.

Included: game drive, boat trip, night game drive

 

Day 19

Lake Mburo National Park

Game drive or (another) optional boat trip on the lake in the afternoon. It is also possible to go for a game walk or go for a mountain biking tour with a guide.

Included: game drive

 

Day 20

Lake Mburo National Park Entebbe

Game drive or game walk in the morning. On our way back we can make a stopover at the Equator for photos. Transfer to the airport for your departure.

Included: game walk or game drive

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