20 Day Best of Uganda Adventure
Uganda Safari Package
Uganda is the underrated neighbor of Kenya, and for three weeks you can explore the best that it has to offer. Whether you want to see the Gorillas in the Mgahinga National Park or visit the source of the Nile river, you can do it on this exceptional adventure safari. This safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so our team at East Africa Adventure will ensure it is an unforgettable twenty day adventure!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Note: Price of safari varies depending on the standard of accommodation. Accommodation can be upgraded or downgraded to suit your needs and budget.
Duration: 20 days
Departures: Kampala – Any day
Destination: Kampala / Jinja / Source of the Nile / Bujagali Falls / Mbale / Sipi Falls / Mount Elgon / Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary / Fort Portal / Crater Lake / Kibale National Park / Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Mgahinga Gorilla National Park / Lake Mburo National Park / Kampala
Price: USD 9759.2 -per person
Note: Prices are subject to changes without notice; contact us for updates on prices. The above safari package includes:-
• Transportation by a 4WD vehicle • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary • Sezibwa falls visit • A guided walk in Mabira forest • Boat ride to the source of the Nile • Sipi falls hike • One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance • Park fees • Kibale Chimpanzee Permits • Kyambura Walk • Boat trips Murchison and Queen Elizabeth • Game drives • Community visits • Services of English speaking Driver/guide. • Enroute lunches • Drinking water The Above package excludes: Expenses of personal nature like: Visa, Flight tickets, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, Yellow fever card and tobacco.
- Transportation in 4×4 vehicle
- English speaking driver guide
- Accommodation and meals as stated
- All park fees and government taxes
- Mineral water from our Driver/Guide
- International flights
- Visas & Travel Insurances
- Airport tax (pay direct)
- Driver guide or local escort gratuities.
- All drinks (beers, sodas and water from the Hotels), dining rooms tips, porterage
- Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature.
On arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our guide who will transfer you to your Hotel in Kampala for an overnight.
Silver springs Bugolobi http://www.silverspringshotelug.com/
Transfer from Kampala to Jinja
Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel/ residence early in the morning to begin your journey to Eastern Uganda. After an hour’s drive, we turn off the Sezibwa falls and enjoy a guided tour of the falls. Thereafter we proceed to Jinja Town, have lunch, and visit the local market places and head down to the Hotel for Lunch and settling in.
Dinner and overnight at Source of the Nile hotel http://www.sourceofthenilehotel.ug/
Sezibwa Falls is an important cultural site in Buganda Kingdom and the falls are believed to be of spiritual significance to the local people. The powerful falls offer great sightings and the stories told about these mysterious falls are worth listening to.
Source of the Nile and Bujagali falls
The Nile is a long river flowing northwards regarded as the world’s longest river measuring 4258 miles shared by eleven countries on the eastern side of the African continent namely Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea, South Sudan and North Sudan. The Nile continues its journey to North Africa until it pours into the Mediterranean Sea.After breakfast, we shall visit the Source of the Nile, we shall have lunch thereafter, we drive to Bujagali falls to view the different falls in Jinja, and then we shall return to the residence for Dinner and overnight as above.
White Water Rafting
After breakfast, head out for a full/ half day rafting adventure on the Nile. Get prepared by listening to some briefing, fitting of life jackets and few minutes training. Feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle with your team though grade 5 rapids for over 11 km. If you’re doing half day rafting, your trip will end on Malubisi Island where you have lunch and drinks but if you’re on full day, it will continue to the last Nile Special wave with a mouth watering buffet and drinks at the end. Return to the accommodation for dinner and over night as above.
Transfer to Mbale
After breakfast, we shall transfer to Mbale, we shall drive direct to our accommodation Sipi river lodge http://sipiriverlodge.com/ for Lunch. After Lunch, explore the nearby main Sipi Falls which is actually a set of 4 falls, there are caves behind the main falls. Look out for lots of birds to discover as you climb to the top of the falls. The views are breathtaking; the hike will take about 2 1/2 hours or longer and make for a great afternoon. Be sure to explore the caves behind the falls. Look out for golden Winged and Tacazze Sunbirds, Turacos and Hornbill birds.
Return to Lodging for dinner and a wonderful view of the scenery around you.
Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Exploration Centre and Abseiling
Morning Breakfast which is delightful at Sipi Falls lodge and then there are quite a few choices of activities and do abseiling. Take a packed lunch for the day and off we go for a day of hiking and birding on Mount Elgon. We take a short drive to the Mount Elgon Exploration Center we take a day trail montane and bamboo forests, there are splendid views of Mount Elgon and the valleys below. Fields of wildflowers, butterflies, and birds such as the black and white casqued Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, bar-tailed Trogon, grey throated Barbet, Montane Oriole, Mountain Greenbull and Black Collared Apalis to name just a few.We enjoy our picnic lunch along the way and return to the lodging facility in the late afternoon. Dinner and rest at Sipi River Lodge.
Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
After breakfast, we shall drive to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, we shall make a stopover at the selected restaurant by the guide for lunch and after lunch, and we shall continue to Ziwa rhino sanctuary to settle in our accommodation for dinner and overnight. Rhino sanctuary accommodation.
Rhino Tracking and Drive to Murchison falls National Park
After breakfast, we shall go for Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – a vast reserve for the rebuilding of the Rhino Population of Uganda. Lunch at the Sanctuary then drive up to the Rhinos and a guide from Ziwa will take you on a walk close to Rhinos. Then we shall return for Lunch and after Lunch, we shall drive to Murchison falls National Park to our accommodation for dinner and overnight. Fort Murchison http://www.naturelodges.biz/fort-murchison/
Game and Boat Cruise
After breakfast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. We return to the accommodation for dinner, and over night as above.
Top of the falls and drive to Fort portal.
After breakfast, with your packed lunch, you will visit the top of the falls and experience how they bask themselves into the river. Leave Murchison falls National Park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of L. Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join L.Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to L. Albert and north to the Mediterranean Sea. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good ”photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori.
Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue towards Rwenzori national park at your accommodation for dinner and overnight at Mountains of the moon.
The crater Lake visit and drive to Kibale National park
After breakfast, we shall drive to the Crater Lake in Rwenzori. These crater lakes were formed rather recent in the light of ancient volcanic activity in Uganda – a mere 8 to 10,000 years ago though you see them as serene, scenic lakes today – when they exploded they caused tremendous damage in their time covering an area larger than Mount Vesuvius did at Pompeii – in the case of the Ugandan Explosion Craters – they reduced Lake Edward to a toxic mess. Fire and brimstone still erupted from these explosion craters as recently as 2000 BC while the Pyramids in Egypt were being built. We shall return for lunch at the accommodation then drive to Kibale national park. Settle in our accommodation for dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest camp. http://www.naturelodges.biz/kibale-forest-camp/
Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey checked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk. In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others. We shall return for our lunch, relax at the lodge till time for dinner and overnight as above.
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours driving). Leaving through Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed ”Mountains of the Moon”. This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic. calderas where flamingos reside seasonally. Settle in to the accommodation for dinner and overnight. Bush lodge. http://www.naturelodges.biz/the-bush-lodge/
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drive and boat cruise Take a cup of coffee and go for an early morning game drive in this park, provide excellent opportunities to see Lions, Cape Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, Leopards, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari .The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at as above.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National park Early breakfast, Check out and continue to Bwindi through the Ishasha plains with chances of seeing the tree climbing lions on the way. Lunch at Savannah Resort Hotel, continue to Bwindi and check into Gorilla valley lodge for dinner and overnight. http://www.naturelodges.biz/gorilla-valley-lodge/
You will rise relatively early for a jovial breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours therefore, a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. On top of that, there are other animals and birds which you could see on the way. You will spend only one hour with the gorillas as you listen, watch and marvel at them. It is amazing, for one to be in audience with these giants and think they would attack you. However, these gentle giants as they are known don’t attack anybody unless they are threatened, and sometimes, they tease you by jumping up and down and hitting their chests to scare you and see what your reaction would be. Under the circumstances, it is advisable not to look at them directly into their eyes, but look down and don’t show any jocular actions that may be interpreted as an attack to them, keep silence and talk in small tones. And after one hour, they will leave you where you are or your guide will tell you when to depart. If you have the afternoon free, we could walk to the water fall nearby or you can take a guided village amongst the locals. Return at your lodge for an overnight and dinner as above. (Meals: FB)
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Golden Monkeys tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. 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, then drive to Lake Bunyonyi at Bunyonyi overland resort for dinner and overnight. http://www.bunyonyioverland.com/index.htm
Lake Mburo National Park
Boat cruise Bunyonyi and drive to Lake Mburo National Park After breakfast, we shall enjoy a boat ride on Bunyonyi Island and then return for lunch, after we shall transfer to Lake Mburo National park to our accommodation for dinner and overnight. Accadia cottages.
Game drive and drive to Kampala. Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing long horn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening at our accommodation Ndere cultural center for dinner and overnight plus the entertainment from Ndere cultural group. http://ndere.com/
Kampala - Entebbe
Departure After breakfast, we shall have a drive around Kampala, have lunch at a selected Restaurant and then proceed to Entebbe for our flight back home carrying memories of our Adventure in Uganda.