11 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari

This 11 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari : takes you to different attractive places in Uganda each with unique attractions and activities to enjoy. The safari first takes you to Jinja Town and it is where the source of the River Nile is located . The safari then takes you to Mt. Elgon National Park, renowned for the scenic beauty of its cliffs, waterfalls, caves, and unique flora. The Safari continues across to Kidepo Valley National Park the only place to see cheetahs in the wilderness. You will then head to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which it derives its name. The climax of the safari will be an encounter with the wild but habituated chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, the primate capital of the world. 

Activities

  • Game Drive
  • Tour to the Source of the Nile
  • Community Visit
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Nature Walk
  • Boat Cruise
  • Visit to the Top of the Falls
  • Hike to Mt. Elgon

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda-Transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Travel to Jinja-Source of the Nile

Day 3: Depart Jinja-Transfer to Mt. Elgon National Park

Day 4: Mt. Elgon Exploration

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Day 6: Community Visit-Game drive

Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 8: Game Drive-Boat Cruise

Day 9: Depart Murchison Falls National Park-Top of the falls-Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 10: Chimpanzee Trekking-Nature walk

Day 11: Drive back to Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda-Transfer to the Hotel 

On your arrival in Entebbe, you will be welcomed and transferred by a representative from Great Nest Image Safaris to your place of accommodation. You will spend an overnight here and in the morning get a briefing of the tour.

Accommodation Options:  

  • Protea Hotel (Luxury)
  • Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel (Moderate)
  • Peniel Beach Hotel (Budget)

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja-Source of the Nile

Our guide will pick you after having your morning breakfast and transfer you to Jinja in the eastern part of the country.  On your way you will have views of Mabira forest, the largest remaining tropical forest in Central Uganda, then continue to the source of the Nile in Jinja. You will explore the source of the Nile by boat and later have a brief drive through this historical town before heading to your accommodation.

Accommodation Options:  

  • Source of the Smile (Luxury)
  • Gately on the Nile (Moderate)
  • Chel & Vade Cottages (Budget)

DY 3: Depart Jinja-Transfer to Mt. Elgon National Park

You will after an early breakfast drive eastward to Mt. ElgonEn-route you will drive past tea and sugarcane plantations, lush green forests and grasslands, colorful fruits beautifully displayed by the roadsides. You will have lunch in Mbale and proceed to Kapchorwa located between beautiful hills and waterfalls. Your dinner and overnight will be at one of the selected lodges adjacent to the Sipi Falls.

Accommodation Options:

  • Rafiki lodge (Luxury)
  • Lacam Lodge (Moderate)
  • Sipi river lodge (Budget)

Day 4: Mt. Elgon Exploration

You will have breakfast and thereafter head to Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration Center for a briefing on the activities of the day. There are two hike option areas to choose from. The popular forest exploration center trail loop site makes one enjoy the cool mist at Chebonet falls, Kapkwai cave, the talking tree and a spectacular viewpoint of the low land areas below. The other is the long ‘arm’ of Mt. Elgon that bears the Wanale trails loop with vertical cliffs of ridge and several cascading waterfalls that make a very scenic view. These two-day hike areas  offers an excellent opportunity to experience Mt. Elgon’s unique plants and wildlife in a short period. 

Accommodation Options:

  • Rafiki lodge (Luxury)
  • Lacam Lodge (Moderate)
  • Sipi river lodge (Budget)

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

After an early breakfast, embark on a long adventurous road trip to the very far north east of Uganda to the wild, remote and much visited Kidepo Valley National Park. This journey will take you through Pian-Upe game reserve where you will spot some wild animals. You will have lunch on the way and then continue the journey as you view the beautiful landscape and African lifestyle. You will spend the night at one of the lodges in the park.

Accommodation Options:

  • Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Moderate)
  • Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 6: Community visit-Game drive

Today you will have a lazy morning allowing you to rest after the long journey. In the late morning hours, 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, bows and arrows, grinding stones and utensils all locally made by the natives. In the evening, after lunch, you will be taken for a sunset savannah safari game drive to explore more of Kidepo Valley National Park looking out for different wildlife like lions, cheetahs, buffalos, elephants, zebras and many more. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation Options:

  • Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Moderate)
  • Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast, we will set off for the tranquil Murchison Falls National ParkThe drive will take you through Kitgum and Gulu towns for approximately 8 hours before reaching Murchison Falls National Park. You will be transferred straight to your lodge where you will check in and spend the night.

Accommodation Options:

  • Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge (Moderate)
  • Red Chili (Budget)

Day 8: Game Drive-Boat cruise 

After breakfast, proceed for a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, giving you a great chance of seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeests and different species of birds. After having your packed lunch, you will continue with a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the base of the tranquil Murchison FallsLook out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, and a variety of bird species. After return to your beautiful lodge, and enjoy the good night’s rest.

Accommodation Options:

  • Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge (Moderate)
  • Red Chili (Budget)

Day 9:  Depart Murchison Falls National Park-Top of the falls-Transfer to Kibale National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out and head to the top of the falls. While here, you will have clear views of the falls, take photos and videos as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the falls. Later you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park in western Uganda. You will have packed lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Accommodation Options:

  • Ndali Lodge (Luxury)
  • Mountains of the moon (Moderate)
  • Kabale forest camp (Budget)

Day 10: Chimpanzee Tracking-Nature Walk

After breakfast you will report at the briefing point for a briefing on the rules before trekking the chimpanzeesThe trek for the chimpanzees takes 2-3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, and various species of butterflies and insects. You will have lunch at your lodge and thereafter go to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a nature walk. Rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species.

Accommodation Options:

  • Ndali Lodge (Luxury)
  • Mountains of the moon (Moderate)
  • Kabale forest camp (Budget)

Day 11: Transfer back to Entebbe

Our guide will drive you back to Entebbe where you will relax before catching your departure flight.

                                                             END OF SAFARI

Includes

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • 4WD safari vehicle with pop-up roof.
  • Bottled drinking water.
  • All activities included in the itinerary.
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale National Park.
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide
  • Airport transfers

Excludes

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking chimpanzees
  • Personal insurance
  • Cigarettes
  • Beverages

SAFARI TRANSPORT

Standard 4X4 Safari Vehicles

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari vehicles. Each Safari vehicle comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up to 6 people with their luggage, we also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

Requirements for the Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily to get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permits costs USD250 per person 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 cost.
  • Travel & Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

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