The 20 Days Uganda Safari takes you around to explore Uganda the pearl of Africa for a great Uganda adventure of a lifetime. The bookings with the…
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20 Days Uganda Safari, Uganda Wildlife Safari, Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Welcome to Uganda
This will be your day of arrival. Your personal crowned crane safaris driver/guide will pick you up from Entebbe airport and take you to your accommodation in Kampala.
You will have spent the night at. Speak resort Munyonyo
Depending on your time of arrival, you might have some time to explore the city today or just relax in the hotel. Journey time: 1 – 2 hours Meal plan: Dinner (depending on the time of arrival) Accommodation: speak resort Munyonyo
To Jinja at the source of the mighty Nile
Today you set off to Jinja located in the Eastern region of Uganda. Just under two hours’ drive from Kampala City, Jinja is commonly regarded as the adventure capital of East Africa, and this is because of the many activities one can engage in.
In the afternoon you will go for a unique horse ride which leads you through a typical Uganda village and a stunning section along the banks of the Nile After this adventure, you will head to your accommodation.
Nile porch is a peaceful and relaxed lodge overlooking the mighty Nile. Enjoy the tranquility and the breathtaking view as you relax at the pool or enjoy a cold drink at the restaurant and bar, overlooking the river.
Watch fish eagles, fish otters, monitor lizards, monkeys, and numerous species of birds, or just enjoy a good book in the shade. You will stay in a nice room which is a with a small private terrace and a great view over the river Nile.
Journey time: 2-4 hours depending on the traffic Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Nile resort Jinja
Day 3 & 4
To Sipi Falls & waterfall hike
After an early breakfast, your driver/guide will take you to the famous Sipi falls in the Eastern part of Uganda.
The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of three waterfalls, surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee plantations.
In the afternoon, you will go for a 2 hours hike to visit the waterfalls. Get ready for a beautiful hike and spectacular views of the three waterfalls. A local guide will accompany you on your hike and explain to you the local flora, fauna, and culture
If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, you can choose to go for an abseiling experience descending off a 100m ridge close to a roaring waterfall (50 USD per person extra).
Journey time: 5 – 6 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Lacam lodge
Experience the Karamojong culture
Today you continue your journey to Moroto, the heart of the Karamojong region. The drive is incredibly scenic and you will notice a change in the vegetation. From lush green countryside to the drier plains of Karamojong. You will pass different villages and homesteads and get the first glimpse of local village life.
Today is the day to experience the culture of the Karamojong, a tribe that’s related to the Maasai in Kenya and lives a similar lifestyle. In the afternoon you will visit a traditional Kraal.
The Kraal is basically a village made of huts surrounded by fences made of wood and thorns to keep the cattle in and to protect them against rivaling tribes and wild animals. Some Kraals are permanent and others are temporal as the Karamojong follow the fresh grass to feed their cattle.
You can choose to spend the night in the Kraal if you like. During a night at the kraal, you will experience how the Karamojong live.
They will bring their cattle back in the kraal, make local beer (which you can try as well) and you can be part of the bloodletting ceremony, whereby they tap blood from a cow to drink.
After the traditional goat roast, you will have some dinner for yourself. After dinner, you will spend the rest of the night interacting and dancing with the Karamojong or listening to the songs next to the fire until it’s time to go to sleep.
After waking up in the early morning you can see the sunrise on the Karamojong Valley and see the Shepard’s take their cattle from the Kraal to look for fresh grass on the plains.
Please let us know with your booking whether you would like to spend the night in the Kraal or in a hotel in Moroto.
Only a few years ago, tourism in Karamojong was not possible due to armed inter-tribal conflict but nowadays it is very safe, therefore this experience is unique and will bring you an opportunity to exploit, discover and enjoy its memorable experiences.
Kindly do not expect the services from hotels and restaurants that you would expect in other parts of Uganda.
Journey time: 4 – 5 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Night spent in Kraal (optional) or Mount Moroto Hotel
Wildlife in Kidepo Valley National Park
Today it’s time to head further north to Kidepo National park. This park lies in rugged, semi-arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya. It has the most amazing scenery in the country.
Kidepo Valley National Park is a truly hidden gem as only a few tourists travel all the way up to this part of the country. But it’s definitely worth the long drive.
Most people consider Kidepo national park as the most beautiful park in Uganda and you will be rewarded with very diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery.
In the afternoon you will go for an afternoon game drive in the park. Expect to see beautiful plains with herds of zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, cheetahs, ostriches, and lots of different birds.
There are also leopards and lions relaxing on rocks in this park. On a lucky day, you will see them. This will be something worth telling your friends about back home!
Your accommodation for the next two nights will be the beautiful Apoka Safari Lodge. The lodge offers a stunning view over the plains of the park. Enjoy the spectacular view and watch wildlife from up close to the nearby waterhole.
Journey time: 5 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge.
Morning safari walk & game drive
In the morning you will go for a safari walk in the park. Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the few parks where you can have a safari on foot. A guide will accompany you and you will get close to lots of animals in the park.
In the afternoon you will go for another game drive in the park. Lookout for cheetahs and ostriches which can only be found in Kidepo Valley National Park.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Apoka safari lodge
Today you will continue your journey to Gulu. In the afternoon you can decide to relax at the hotel of go for a walk around the city.
Journey time: 5 – 6 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Churchill Courts Gulu
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
Today, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The journey takes you across Uganda to the park in the North West of the country.
Your accommodation for tonight is Paara safari Lodge. The lodge is beautifully situated on the northern bank of the Nile with a stunning view overlooking the river. The luxurious rooms have an en-suite bathroom and a private deck overlooking the Nile.
Journey time: 4 – 5 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Paara safari lodge)
Wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park
Today you wake up to the beautiful sounds of birds and have an early morning breakfast before you proceed to the Game drive area in the park and go for your first-morning game drive.
Expect to get close to Antelopes, Giraffes, Elephants, Buffalos, and many other wild animals. On a lucky day, you may even spot some lions after a morning meal or still hunting before the day gets hot.
After lunch, you will go for a boat cruise on the Nile to the base of the powerful Murchison falls, a spot where the entire river Nile plunges through a narrow rock.
With crocodiles lying on the rocks and king fisher’s catching a meal and so much wildlife nearby, you will watch one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, named after the 19th-century president of the royal geographical society of England.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: para safari lodge
Boat Cruise on the Nile Delta and drive to
After an early breakfast, you will depart for a wonderful boat safari on the Nile delta.
The delta is the area where the Nile flows into Lake Albert. It offers a stunning landscape and countless different bird species. The grasslands and swamps provide good breeding places for many birds and if you’re lucky, you might even get to see the famous and extremely rare Shoebill Stork. Elephants love to come to the delta for a bath. So be prepared to see lots a big number of those grey giants.
In the afternoon, you will head to Lake Albert, where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing at the beautiful Lake Albert Lodge. The lodge is located on the shores of Lake Albert and offers a stunning view over the lake.
Journey time: 2-3 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Lake Albert Lodge
To Kibale Forest & Bigodi swamp walk
Today you proceed to Kibale Forest National Park in the Western part of Uganda. The journey to the forest is incredibly scenic as you’re passing through tea plantations and lush green countryside.
After about 4 hours’ drive, you will reach Fort Portal. Here you can enjoy your lunch break, walk around the cozy town or visit the local market.
You will then continue your drive for one more hour to the forest. Expect a green, lush environment, dozens of different birds and butterflies, and of course the unique sounds of the forest.
In the afternoon you will go for a swamp walk in the famous Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. The walk allows you to experience this unique jungle-like ecosystem as you venture through it with your guide.
You will be surprised by its wide range of bio-diversity. Look out for primates such as Blue monkeys, Black and white colobus, Red colobus, and Vervet monkeys. If you’re lucky, you might even see spot a famous bird, the Great Blue Turaco.
The walk is operated by a registered community bases organization and all profits go directly into the community.
Journey time: 2-3 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Kibale Primate lodge
Chimpanzee tracking & drive to Queen Elizabeth national park
Today you will go for chimpanzee tracking in the beautiful dense Kibale Forest National Park. You wake up to the beautiful sounds of birds and have an early morning breakfast before you proceed to the starting point of the tracking.
The experienced and well-informed rangers take you to a wild family of chimpanzees. These apes often live in groups and have been habituated to tolerate the presence of human beings for a certain period of time per day.
You will encounter the closest relatives of human beings still living in the wild. Humans share up to 98% of their genetic material with the chimpanzees.
You will meet them as they feed, play, and jump through trees to give you a memorable experience of a lifetime. While you enjoy chimpanzee trekking, you will also encounter lots of bird species, forest elephants (if lucky), and up to 13 other primate species which have earned Kibale the name “Primate City of Africa”.
The ranger will explain everything about the chimpanzees and how they live with the local people, including how tourism has impacted the local communities.
Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation Day
Instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking, you can choose to do a full chimpanzee habituation day. During the chimpanzee habituation day, you will spend an entire day with one of the Chimp communities; from the moment they leave their nests in the early morning till they create new nests and go back to rest in the early evening.
Discover their daily habits, how they interact, feed, play, and even de-flea! This will be a very special experience. For just one day you will be like Jane Goodall.
Extra costs (on top of the regular chimpanzee tracking, which is inclusive in the trip) are USD 70 per person. Please inform us of your booking if you would like to do this activity.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will experience some more African wildlife in the next few days.
Journey time: 2-3 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge
Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today you get up early to experience the wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park. After breakfast, you head into the park for a game drive. Expect to encounters elephants, lots of Uganda kobs, herds of buffaloes, bush backs, water backs, and many other animals feeding in the beautiful plains.
There are lions, leopards, hyenas, and many other predators which you may encounter during the game drive. These carnivals are good at hiding but if you keep your eyes wide open, you might be lucky to spot one.
In the afternoon you will go on a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel. The channel connects two lakes, George and Edward. During the cruise, you will encounter lots of hippos and elephant drinking water, others taking a bath, and some basking on the banks of the channel.
These will be accompanied by hundreds of beautiful bird species, some looking for ticks, others fishing, and others merely enjoying the cool breeze. The channel is so diverse with wildlife that you will see schools of hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, and many more literally living together – space is enough for everyone.
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge
Tree-climbing lions in Ishasha
In the morning you can decide whether you would like to enjoy a few hours in the lodge or go for an optional activity. Experience the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth national park in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush…
You will then continue to the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha Sector is famous for its tree-climbing lions. The lions in this area escape from the heat of the day by climbing up the numerous fig trees.
Be prepared to look out for lions and even little lion cubs high up on the tree branches. A truly unique experience. You will spend the night at wildness camp with a great view over the savannah of Ishasha.
Journey time: 1-2 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner wildness camp
To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Located in South Western Uganda on the edge of the rift valley, it is home to the famous remaining mountain gorillas.
It contains almost 400 species of plants and also protects an estimated number of 320 mountains gorilla’s roughly half of the world’s remaining population, including several habituated groups which can be tracked.
The park also provides shelter to a further of 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons, chimpanzees as well as forest elephants, and Antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds in the park that you can try to spot.
For the next two days, you will stay at one of Uganda’s most exclusive and luxurious lodges. Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge offers a spectacular view that stretches towards the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda and the Congolese Rift Valley Floor.
You can enjoy the afternoon relaxing in the lodge or go for an optional guided forest walk.
Journey time: 5 – 6 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Silver Back Lodge.
Visit the famous mountain gorillas
Today is the day. You will wake up to the beautiful sounds of birds and have an early morning breakfast before heading to the starting point of the gorilla tracking.
Your gorilla tracking adventure begins now! You will meet Uganda’s gentle giants. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups that can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Some of the local guides will have already gone into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will have begun to track their movements.
The guides will communicate with your team through a park ranger who will then know which way to proceed. Locating the Gorilla can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from their resting place.
For conservation purposes, you are allowed to spend 1 hour with the gorillas. This experience will bring you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to exploit, discover and enjoy this memorable experience.
These giants live in the dense tropical rainforest of Bwindi, and your hike will be spiced with sights and sounds of birds, colorful plants and flowers, other primates, and fresh flowing rivers and streams. Once you have completed the tracking you will return to the camp for a well-earned rest.
Meal plan: Breakfast, (packed) lunch, dinner Accommodation Silver back lodge
To Lake Bunyonyi
After a relaxed morning, you will head to Lake Bunyoyni, the ‘Place of little Bird’. The lake is one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda and the drive there extremely scenic. It is the second deepest lake in Africa and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim (as it is bilharzia-free).
You can either choose to relax at the lodge and just enjoy the spectacular landscape or go for optional activities around the lake, such as canoeing, hiking, or a cultural encounter with the Batwa, the last pygmy tribe of Uganda.
Journey time: 2 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Birds Nest Bunyonyi.
To Lake Mburo National Park
After a relaxed breakfast, you will continue to Lake Mburo National Park located in Western Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park represents both wilderness and beauty with its diversity of ecosystems.
The park combines dry savanna and wetland vegetation systems that support a variety of organisms. On your game drive through the park tomorrow, you will encounter herds of zebra, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, giraffes, lots of birds, and the Impala, only found in this park in Uganda. There are also leopards and serval cats in this park and if lucky, you will see them.
In the afternoon you will go for a game drive where you can expect to see beautiful planes field with herds of zebra, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, giraffes, lots of birds, and the Impala, only found in this park in Uganda.
There are also leopards and carvel cats in this park, and if lucky, you will see them. You will come close to the Ankole long-horned cows, one that treks the whole day and produces cholesterol-free milk at the end of the day.
These cows feed freely with the wild animals from the park and sights of this domestic-wild animal coexistence will be something worth telling your friends about back home!
You will stay at mining lodges, you can enjoy the view of the valley and its stunning sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park.
From your own private verandah, you will be able to watch wildlife that comes to the nearby
Journey time: 3-4 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Mihingo lodge
Bushwalk and departure
Lake Mburo National Park. is one of the two parks in Uganda where you can go for a safari walk with an experienced ranger. Follow the footprints of different animals in the wildlife and be prepared for a close encounter with zebras and several other animals that live in the park.
After lunch, the time has come to leave the park and return to Entebbe. You will stop at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping before your driver/guide takes you to the airport in Entebbe.
Accommodation for tonight is not included in the program. If you would like us to book one (or more) night in Kampala/ Entebbe, please let us know.
Journey time: 3 – 4 hours Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation:
This is the end of what we hope has been a fabulous trip!
- Transport in a 4wd safari car with pop-up roof for excellent safari view
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Accommodation as listed in the program
- Meals according to the program
- Park-entrance fees and activities according to the program
- 1 Gorilla permit per person (USD 700).
- International airfares;
- Entry visa Uganda;
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation after the trip is done
- A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).