21 Days Uganda safaris.
Adventure Uganda in a 21 days Uganda safaris, exhausting delving in what makes Uganda such an amazing destination. Encounter the gorillas in the jungles of bwindi, explore the great queen elizabetth national, visit the kibale chimpanzees, explore the great Murchison falls national park not forgetting the ziwa rhino sanctuary the only rhino tracking sanctuary in Uganda , head to kidepo the true African wildernesses , check out sipi falls in Mbale District and visit jinja the eat African adventure capital.
Day 1: Arrival – Hotel
Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you will meet our company representative/guide who will be waiting to receive you and transfer you Kampala city which is 37km away. You will be transferred to your hotel to check-in and rest from the long flight. In the evening dinner will be served and spend a comfortable night at the hotel.
Estimated distance: 1 hour drive
Accommodation and meals: Sheraton Hotel/Fairway Hotel – Half board
Day 2: Drive to Jinja
Wake up early, have breakfast and drive for an excursion in Jinja town, en route at Mabira forest-Uganda’s largest tropical forest for a nature walk and do also do a skyway zip-lining. Then connect to Jinja crossing the bridge to the Eastern part of Uganda. Jinja is the second largest town/business commercial center after Kampala with plenty of excursions to engage in for just a day. Upon arrival, have lunch then connect for an activity of your choice like white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and also explore the Itanda falls.
Late afternoon, connect to explore the source of the Nile and go for sunset boat cruise on Lake Victoria. Return to meet your driver to drive back to your lodge and rest from the busy exciting day.
Estimated distance: 2-3 hours drive.
Accommodation and meals: Nile Resort/2 friends Jinja/Gately on the Nile – Full board
Day 3: Transfer to Sipi falls
In case you missed out to do an activity you wish to do, the driver will first take you through it then embark on your journey proceeding far East in Kapchoruwa. Have your lunch in Mbale town before you continue to Kapchorwa where you find the Sipi falls on Mount Elgon. Connect to your lodge and unwind, relax and spend a night after your dinner.
Estimated distance: 4-5 hours drive
Accommodation and Meals: Sipi River lodge/Lacam lodge/Noah’s Ark – Half board
Day 4: Visit Sipi falls
After enjoying your delicious breakfast, drive to the Sipi falls offices register and get a guide for the Sipi falls hike. Sipi falls has 3 falls at Mount Elgon foothills that stretch to 85m, 75m and 100m accordingly. Hiking to the falls comes with a chance to interact with the community staying near the falls. Depending on your fitness, you will visit all the 3 falls or visit 2 falls and then return to your lodge later for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above. Sipi River lodge/Lacam lodge/Noah’s Ark
Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo
Wake up early, have breakfast and check-out of the lodge to proceed on your tour to the far North Eastern part of Uganda– Kidepo valley national park. This is a full day drive with en route lunch in Moroto town and stretching a bit. Arrive in Kidepo later afternoon and check-in your lodge to rest from a long scenic drive of mountains, people and vegetations.
Estimated distance: 7-8 hours drive
Accommodation: Apoka Safari lodge/Kidepo Savannah lodge/UWA Bandas
Day 6: Game drive and Hot springs visit in Kidepo Valley
Enjoy breakfast and visit the Narus valley in search for the wild cats and other animals. Kidepo is best known for cheetahs so on a lucky day you will be able to see them and other animals like the leopards, lions, buffaloes, elephants and antelopes. The park has great observation points with binoculars and you will be happy to use them.
Return to the lodge for lunch and unwind a bit before embarking on a drive to Kidepo valley close to south Sudan boarder to visit the hot springs and encounter different bird species especially “Ostriches”. Return to the lodge in the evening as you wait for dinner to be served and spend another night at lodge as above. Apoka Safari lodge/Kidepo Savannah lodge
Day 7: Drive to Murchison falls
Wake up very early and after your breakfast, drive through Narus valley for missed animals briefly and then proceed to embark on your journey to Murchison falls National Park. You will arrive Gulu town at good time for lunch and also stretch a bit before you proceed to Murchison. Arrive in the park early evening and connect to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Estimated distance: 7-8 hours
Accommodation and Meals: Paraa Safari lodge/Pakuba safari lodge/Fort Murchison lodge- Half board
Day 8: Boat cruise/visit the top of the falls and evening game drive
After breakfast, connect for the 9am boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison falls, along the 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 and bee-eater.
After viewing the falls at the bottom, you will hike up to find the falls at the top. This hike is a bit tuff but it’s fascinating as you will enjoy to see the falls at different points and finally when you reach at the top of the falls, you will be amazed. Spend a good time at the top of the falls before meeting your driver to return to the lodge for lunch.
Later in the evening, do a game drive to also explore the parks beauty and be sure to see animals like the giraffes, buffaloes, Jackson’s hartebeest, Oribi, Uganda kobs and on a lucky evening, you will see the leopards, lions and also the hyenas. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above. Paraa Safari lodge/Fort Murchison lodge/Pakuba lodge
Day 9: Top of the falls and Ziwa rhino sanctuary
After your breakfast, drive to the top of the falls where you will be able to have a closer look of the Murchison falls, this can take about 2 hours then drive out of the park through kichwanyobo gate heading to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Have lunch then connect for rhino trekking. Return to your lodge and rest, dinner and overnight stay.
Accommodation and Meals: Amuka Safari lodge full board
Day 10: Transfer to Kibale
After enjoying your breakfast, you will meet your driver to proceed on your safari to Kibale forest national park in Kabarole district. It’s a full day drive so you will have en route lunch along the way. Arrive late afternoon and proceed to your lodge to refresh, dinner will be served and spend a night.
Estimated distance: 7-8 hrs
Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge/Chimpanzee Forest Guest house – half board
Day 11: Chimpanzee habituation experience
After early morning breakfast at the lodge, connect to Kibale forest for your chimpanzee habituation experience with your packed snacks and water. You will first report at the park head quarters for a briefing before entering the forest for the activity. This a full day activity so expect to see a lot of primate species like chimpanzees, monkeys and other animals like the forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pig and duiker, warthogs, reptiles as well as a colorful variety of butterflies. On finding the semi habituated chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend 4 hours with them. Return to the Lodge as above.
Day 12: Visit Bigodi wetland – Semiliki national park
After your breakfast, the driver will take you for a nature walk at Bigodi wetland where you will enjoy the silence but only the whispers and sounds of birds, Bigodi wetland is where you will experience a lot of bird life and unspoiled nature and if you are good at birding, this is a great place to spot various bird species. Return to have your lunch, refresh and connect to Semiliki national park, 2 hours drive from Fort portal town. Reach the Park headquarters where you will register and after proceed to check in your lodge.
Estimated distance: 2 hours drive
Accommodation and Meals: Semiliki safari lodge/ Kirimia guest house – Half board
Day 13: Hot springs and game drive
After breakfast and connect to visit the Hot springs of Sempaya and the Pygmies at their new settlement at Ntandi. In the afternoon, drive to the wildlife reserve for a game drive and look out for animals like Leopards, Forest Elephants, white tailed mongoose and diminutive genet and so on. Dinner and overnight at lodge as above on full board basis
Day 14: Amabere – Queen Elizabeth national park
Wake up early then connect to Fort portal and visit Amabere Ganyamwiru caves and waterfalls, crater lakes and also have lunch. Later proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park,
Day 15: Lion experience – game drive and boat cruise
Wake up early and meet with your guide to go for lion tracking, this activity allows you to go off track to find lions and viewing them closely. This will end at about 7am, have breakfast then connect for a game drive in Kasenyi area where you will also encounter other animals like the buffaloes, elephants, waterbuck, Uganda Kob and other types of antelopes. Then go back for lunch.
Afternoon, go for a 3 hours launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward, this cruise will let you pass through a place of the highest concentration of hippos and you may also see many animals drinking at the water’s edge. The cruise also offers good platform for photography, bird watching and games. Dinner and overnight stay at as above
Day 16: Transfer to Bwindi – community tour
Wake up early, enjoy your breakfast and depart the park connecting to Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Kisoro district. Arrive at your lodge at good time for lunch. Later afternoon after relaxing, you will go for an optional community tour where you will learn and be entertained by the local people around the park. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Estimated distance: 5-6 hours
Accommodation and Meals: Mahogany springs lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla lodge- Half board
Day 17: Gorilla trekking
Have breakfast and transfer you to park offices for briefing about Mountain Gorilla trekking by a local guide. The time taken is usually between 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Meeting the gorillas unexpectedly is one of the most captivating lifetime experiences. You will have a chance to observe and take pictures at very close range. You will observe adults feeding and groaning among themselves. After an hour with the long-awaited gorillas, your guide and rangers will lead you back to the starting point where your driver will readily be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge. Depending on the time you return from the trekking activity, you may do an optional community tour. Have dinner and overnight stay as lodge above on full board
Day 18: Golden monkeys
After having early morning breakfast, drive to transfer to Mgahinga National Park-one of the parks on the Virunga Mountains, it’s an hour drive from kisoro. Upon arriving at the park, you will be briefed about the activity then set off to search for the primates. This activity takes about 2-5 hours depending on their movement. On finding the golden monkeys, you will be allowed to spend an hour with them while taking pictures and videos. Return to the starting point and meet your driver at the lodge.
Return for dinner and overnight at Lake Mutanda Resort/Travelers Rest Hotel
Day 19: All day at Bunyonyi
On this day after you enjoying your breakfast, you will set off to Lake Bunyonyi to chill and relax. This is a 2 hours drive arriving Bunyonyi late morning. The lake is located between Kisoro and Kabale in the southwestern Uganda close to the border with Rwanda. It’s believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with the depth between 44m and 900m and its about 7 to 25kms wide.
Take a boat trip to some of the fascinating islands on the lake – Kyahugye Island where you will find some wildlife including the Zebras, waterbucks, impalas and kobs. Visit Akampeine island (a punishment island) where pregnant unmarried girls were dumped to die, the Bwama and Njuyeera Island, where missionary Dr. Leonard Sharp founded a leper colony. Return in the evening at the lodge to relax and chill. Dinner and overnight stay
Accommodation and meals: Arcadia cottages/Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort/Lake Bunyonyi Overland resort – Full Board.
Day 20: Transfer to Lake Mburo – night game drive
Wake up very early and drive to Lake Mburo national park, it’s a 5 hours drive arrival Mburo at good time for lunch. After having your delicious meal, you will go for a boat trip on lake Mburo and return to the lodge and rest.
After your dinner at the lodge, you will go for a night game drive along with a park ranger guide. Lake Mburo is one of the best places to view wildlife in the night. On a very lucky day, you will see the lions and leopards hunting or feeding. Return to the lodge to sleep.
Accommodation and Meals: Arcadia cottages/Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort/Lake Bunyonyi Overland resort – Full Board.
Day 21: Entebbe and departure.
Enjoy your breakfast and check out of the lodge and drive out of the park to return either Kampala/Entebbe, en route at the Equator for picture moment. Arrive in Kampala at good time for lunch then proceed to Entebbe airport to find your flight to your next destination. End of 21 days tour.