Safari Highlights

  • Equator experience
  • Game drives in savannah National Parks
  • Boat launch on 3 Lakes
  • Chimps trekking
  • Nature walks
  • Cultural visits
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Golden Monkey trekking
  • Canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Hiking at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Tree climbing lions
  • Scenic views
  • Sipi Falls
  • Mountain hiking and abseiling
  • Source of the Nile
  • Water adventure sports on the Nile

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda – The pearl of Africa

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our Great Uganda Tour guide who will transfer you to Kampala to a hotel booked for you. In case you have had an early flight to Uganda, you will be taken on a brief tour of the city of Kampala.

Accommodation options

Luxury LodgeSerena Hotel/ Sheraton Hotel/Munyonyo Speke Resort/Pearl of Africa Hotel
Moderate:  Cassia Lodge/ Speke Resort Hotel/Protea Hotel/Hotel Africana/Cassia Hotel/Golf Course Hotel
Budget facilityAirport View Hotel/ Namirembe Guest house/Forest Cottages/Karibu Hotel/ Airport GuestHouse
Meal PlanFull Board Basis

Day 2: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast you will travel west of Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park to start the Pearl of Africa Safari. The journey will take 3-4 hours with a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and take memorial photos. You will continue to Lake Mburo where you will have lunch at the Great Uganda Tour lodge booked for you.

In the afternoon, you will go on a boat trip on the lake to see a variety of animals such as hippos and crocodiles and bird species such as Pelicans, Black Crake, Heron, Cormorant and Fish Eagle which can only be viewed clearly on a boat trip. You will retire to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Eagles Nest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Exploration of Lake Mburo National Park

You will have an early Great Uganda Tour breakfast and set off for a sunrise game drive in the park where you can expect to see a variety of wildlife such as zebras, monkeys, impalas, waterbucks, elands, buffaloes, hippos, topi, Bohor reedbuck, sitatunga antelope, klipspringer, vervet monkey, olive baboon, side-striped Jackal, spotted-hyena, leopard, white-tailed mongoose, among others.

You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for either horse riding around the park, or a Nature walk in the Rubanga Forest. This forest offers an excellent habitat for birds therefore a very attractive place for bird watching. Time allowing, you would participate in sports fishing at Lake Mburo before retiring to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Eagles Nest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast you will set off from Kampala and travel westwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for approximately 9-10 hours, to begin the 20 Days Uganda Safari. You will have a brief stop at the Equator for an opportunity for you to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photographs. You will continue the journey through the beautiful verdant rolling hills characteristic of this part of the country. You will have a lunch break in Mbarara town and then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park arriving late in the afternoon hours.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge/Bwindi Jungle Lodge/Silverback Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort/Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge/Engagi Lodge

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel/Gorilla Friends Lodge/Broadbill Forest Camp/Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Haven Lodge Buhoma Community.

Meal Plan:Full Board Basis

Day 5: Gorilla tracking and Cultural exposure

After an early breakfast you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the guides before you begin the search in the thick Bwindi forest for the giant gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park is renowned for its impressive mountain gorillas, although it is unpredictable for how long you will track before finding them since it all depends on their movement.

Though the time spent gorilla trekking is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. You will return to your lodge for a rest and later go for a cultural walk to interact with the local people. You will participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups or orphaned children groups.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge/Bwindi Jungle Lodge/Silverback Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort/Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge/Engagi Lodge

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel/Gorilla Friends Lodge/Broadbill Forest Camp/Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Haven Lodge Buhoma Community.

Meal Plan:Full Board Basis

Day 6: Transfer to Mgahinga National Park

You will have an early breakfast and then travel to Mgahinga National Park for golden Monkey tracking. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge/Bwindi Gorilla Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge

Moderate: Mutanda Lake Resort.

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel

Meal Plan:Full Board Basis

Day 7: Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Travel to Lake Bunyonyi.

After breakfast transfer to the Mgahinga National Park headquarters for briefing and later begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests. Mgahinga National Park shares boarders with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. The park is also the most scenic as it stands at three volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. After, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi.  The lake is said to be the second deepest lake in Africa and one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias free. Dinner and overnight will be at one of the many lodges near the lake. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Bird Nest Resort

Midrange: Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi

Budget: Bunyonyi Overland Resort/Crater Bay Cottages and Camp

Day 8: Canoeing and hiking on Lake Bunyonyi and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha sector for tree climbing Lions

This morning you can choose to either have a canoe-ride on the lake or a walk through the surrounding hills. The landscape around the lake is made up of steep hills covered with lush green vegetation protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. You can choose to go for a canoe ride to see water animals and birds, go for swimming, or hike to the view point in the hills to admire the volcano mountain ranges at the border with Rwanda. In the afternoon you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Ishasha wildness Camp

Midrange: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Budget: Enjojo Lodge/@ The River Ishasha Lodge

Day 9: Full day Game Drive in Ishasha

You will wake up early for a morning game drive in search for tree climbing lions in Ishasha, you will also see Elephants, Topis, Leopards, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda Kobs, among others. Later drive to the lodge for an evening relaxation, Dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation options

LuxuryMweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge

Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Ihamba Safari Lodge/Parkview Safari Lodge/Twin Lakes Safari Lodge

Budget:  Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Mweya Hostel

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Game drive and Boat Safari launch

You will wake up early for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Topis, Leopards, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda Kobs, among others. You will later in the afternoon go for a two hour boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. The cruise takes you through the highest population of Hippos and you will see a profusion of animals drinking on the water shores. This launch cruise rewards you with a great opportunity to take photos, watch birds and see the water animals.

Accommodation options

LuxuryMweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge

Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Ihamba Safari Lodge/Parkview Safari Lodge/Twin Lakes Safari Lodge

Budget:  Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Mweya Hostel

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

You will after your breakfast set off on a 4 hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park.  On the Drive to Kibale National Park you will be able to enjoy an impressive sight of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon” which you will clearly see on the road to Fort Portal. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and proceed to Kibale Forest national Park.

You will then choose either go to the unique Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site where you will see uncommon plants and rare bird species such as the Great Blue Turacco, little Bulbul, Rwenzori Turaco and the Narina Trogon, among others or visit the crater lakes area to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Dinner and overnight will be at the Great Uganda Tour lodge of your booking

Accommodation options

Luxury:  Primate Lodge/Papaya Lake Lodge/Kyaninga lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge/Kibale Forest Cottages/Primate Lodge

Budget:  Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Guest House

Meal plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk for bird watching

You will, after breakfast, head to Kibale Forest National Park to view the primates. The activity begins at 8.00am with a briefing of the rule for trekking the chimpanzees after which you set off to search for them in the forest. The exercise takes half a day and along the way you will see other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus and the Blue tailed and the Red-tailed monkeys swinging in the braches of this thick forest.

Your Great Uganda Tour guide will give you informative briefings on the lifestyles of the primates you will be coming across and on the plants as well as on the insects and butterflies in this forest to ensure that the trek is not only enjoyable but informative as well..

Accommodation options

Luxury:  Primate Lodge/Papaya Lake Lodge/Kyaninga lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge/Kibale Forest Cottages/Primate Lodge

Budget:  Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Guest House

Meal plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park (441 Kms)

You will set off on a 9 hour journey to Murchison Falls National Park.  The drive is through verdant countryside inter-passing traditional homesteads and farms and via the town of Hoima where you have a lunch break. You will continue the journey to Murchison Falls National Park arriving late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking

Accommodation options

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge/Bwana Tembo Safari Camp

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

You will wake up very early and set off at 6.30am for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.

Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoe bill stork.

You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge/Bwana Tembo Safari Camp

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Visit to the top of the fall and travel to Kitgum town

You will after your breakfast visit the “top of the thunderous Murchison falls”, where you will observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will thereafter set off on a 9 hour journey to Kitgum in the northern part of Uganda where you will have an overnight stopover. You will have a Great Uganda Tour dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Bomah Hotel/ Acholi Pride Guest Houses / Hotel de Carols

Budget: Lonely Planet / Kitgum Holiday Rentals

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

Day 16: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park

You will continue the journey to Kidepo Valley National Park on a rough road. The journey to Kidepo from Kitgum will take 4 – 7 hours depending on the weather conditions which determine the state of the roads in this part of the country. You will spend the night at one of the lodges in the park.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Budget: Apoka Hostel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Game drive and safari walk in Kidepo

You will wake up early for a Great Uganda Tour game drive in the park to catch up with the early predators that will be returning to their habitats after a night hunt. In Kidepo you will find zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, leopards and this is the only place in Uganda – Pearl of Africa where you can find the cheetah and ostrich. You’ll return to the lodge for a late breakfast, have a rest and go off in the mid afternoon for a nature walk.  You will return to your lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Budget: Apoka Hostel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18: Cultural Village Tour in Kidepo

You will be taken on a guided cultural village tour where you will learn about the nomadic lifestyle of the people around Karenga and Kidepo. During this cultural tour you will visit the Karamajong homesteads (manyattas) and see the kraals of cattle, the traditional costumes, stools, spears, headdress, knives, bows and arrows, jewelry, grinding stones and utensils all made locally by the natives. In the evening you will be taken for a sunset game drive to explore more of Kidepo.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Budget: Apoka Hostel

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19: Travel to Sipi

You will after your breakfast set off for the Sipi Falls on Mt Elgon. This will be a 9 hour journey through the towns of Kotido and Soroti arriving late in the afternoon.  You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Sipi River Lodge

Mid-range: Lacam Lodge/Sipi Falls Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 20: Hike to Sipi Falls

You will after your breakfast go for a hike to see the beautifully stunning Sipi falls that cascade over a 100 metre cliff. You will follow the challenging trail to two other waterfalls. You will pass maize fields, coffee gardens, banana plantations and typical African homesteads on your way and enjoy the breathtaking views over the laid out valley. Those interested in experiencing a real thrill of watching the waterfalls from a very close distance will go abseiling down the mountain to the bottom of the famous Sipi Falls. At the end of the day you will experience a magnificent sunset before returning to your lodge.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Sipi River Lodge

Mid-range: Lacam Lodge/Sipi Falls Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 21: Transfer to Jinja

We leave early in the morning and head to Jinja to visit the source of the Nile and to enjoy some of the adventurous activities whose options include white water rafting, jet boating, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking or bungee jumping. Enroute, you will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in the late afternoon and relax at the hotel of your booking till dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Crested Crane Hotel

Mid-range: Jinja Nile Resort/Nile Village Hotel/Hotel Paradise on the Nile/The haven/Kingfisher

Budget: 2 Friends Guesthouse and Restaurant/Source of the Smile Hotel/Pearl on the Nile Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board basis

Day 22: Relaxation and Exploration of Jinja

You will have a relaxed morning at the lodge/hotel and Lunch. Thereafter lunch, you will take a boat up to the source of River Nile, visit Bujagali Falls and Fishing sites on Lake Victoria. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Crested Crane Hotel

Mid-range: Jinja Nile Resort/Nile Village Hotel/Hotel Paradise on the Nile/The haven/Kingfisher

Budget: 2 Friends Guesthouse and Restaurant/Source of the Smile Hotel/Pearl on the Nile Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board basis

Day 23: Adventure on the Nile (white water rafting)

You will, after breakfast, go for the adventurous white water rafting on the Nile River. The rafting begins at the Source of the Nile at 09:30am with a comprehensive briefing and being fitted with the rafting gear. The rafting is done on an 18 kilometre stretch of the Nile River and no prior experience of rafting is required. The first few rapids are of low grade (1, 2) to build the confidence of the participants before guiding them gradually into the more challenging grades. A total of eight major rapids are rafted to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure. You will, after the rafting adventure, be treated to a barbecue lunch and drinks before returning to Kampala

Accommodation options

Luxury LodgeSerena Hotel/ Sheraton Hotel/Munyonyo Speke Resort/Pearl of Africa Hotel
Moderate:  Cassia Lodge/ Speke Resort Hotel/Protea Hotel/Hotel Africana/Cassia Hotel/Golf Course Hotel
Budget facilityAirport View Hotel/ Namirembe Guest house/Forest Cottages/Karibu Hotel/Airport GuestHouse
Meal PlanFull Board Basis

Day 24: Transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight

In line with the timing of your departure flight you will be transferred to the Airport for your scheduled flight back home or visit the source of the Nile and to enjoy some of the adventurous activities whose options

Requirements for this Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking permits – You can apply and secure these on line but experience has shown that it is better coordinated when you send money to the tour firm to handle it for you at no extra costto the standard fee (USD600)
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

The Safari package includes

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle
  • Insurance
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Permits for trekking Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys
  • Game drives
  • Boat trips
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Transfers from and to airport

The Safari package excludes:

  • Other drinks apart from bottled water
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and chimpanzees
  • Cigarettes

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