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11 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari

This 11 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari : takes you to four different attractive places in Uganda each with its attractive activity to enjoy. The safari first takes you to Jinja Town located in south-eastern Uganda about 87 km from Kampala City. It is where the source of the River Nile is located about 2 km from the Jinja Town. Jinja is also the hot spot for adventures that include white water rafting, bungee jumping and quad biking. 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 in Northern Uganda, an area seldom visited by tourists because of its remoteness, to see the beautiful and the unique unspoiled landscape and incredible variety of wildlife in this hidden haven. 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 sight and sound of the falls as the Mighty Nile River crashes through a 7-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion makes a memorable assault on the senses. You will enjoy memorable game drives, a boat cruise and viewing of the mesmerizing scenery in this national park. The climax of the Wildlife Safari will be an encounter with the wild but habituated chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Parkthe primate capital of the world. Here, you can trek the playful chimps and also go for a nature walk to see other primates, colourful birds, rare flora and picturesque landscapes.

 

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 – Briefing on the safari

Day 2: Travel to Jinja – Tour of Source of the Nile

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

Day 4: Exploration of Mt. Elgon

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- Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 10: Chimpanzee Trekking – Bigodi Swamp nature walk

Day 11: Drive back to Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda – Briefing on the Safari 

On your arrival in Entebbe, you will be welcomed and transferred by a representative of Ssemambo Tours & Travel to your place of accommodation. You will spend an overnight here and get a briefing of the tour.

Accommodation Options:  

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

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Source of the Nile Tour

 

Our guide will pick you at 7.00am from where you are residing and drive you to Jinja in the eastern part of the country.  You will have a brief stopover at Mabira forest, the largest remaining tropical forest in Central Uganda and 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)

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

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

You will after an early breakfast drive eastward to Mt. Elgon. You will have a stopover at Ssezibwa Falls for a cultural feel and continue to Mbale town located on the foothills of Mt. Elgon. En-route you will drive past tea and sugarcane plantations, lush green forests and grasslands, colorful fruits beautifully displayed by the roadsides and enjoy a varied display of landscapes and local communities. 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:

  • Mbale Resort Hotel (Luxury)
  • Lacam Lodge (Moderate)
  • Terrace Inn (Budget)

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 4: Mt. Elgon Exploration

You will have breakfast and thereafter hike to the Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration Center for a briefing on the activities of the day. There are two hike option areas to choose one 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 drive. These two-day hike areas have short walk trails ranging between 3km and 11km that offer an excellent opportunity to experience Mt. Elgon’s unique plants and wildlife in a short period. In both, you will enjoy views of regenerating forests, fields of colourful flowers, extensive stands of bamboo and a variety of birds and wild animals.

Accommodation Options:

  • Mbale Resort Hotel (Luxury)
  • Lacam Lodge (Moderate)
  • Terrace Inn (Budget)

Meal Plan

  • Full Board Basis

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

After a very early breakfast, embark on a long adventurous road trip to the very far north east of Uganda – to the wild, remote and much lesser visited Kidepo Valley National Park. This particular 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. The road trip will take around 10 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:

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

Meal Plan:

  • Half Board Basis

Day 6: Community Visit – Game Drive in Kidepo 

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 Savannah Safari 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, after lunch an an afternoon rest, you will be taken for a sunset Savannah Safari game drive to explore more of Kidepo Valley National Park. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation Options:

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

Meal Plan:

  • Full Board Basis

Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast, we will set off for the tranquil Murchison Falls National Park. The 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)

Meal Plan: 

  • Full Board Basis

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 Lunch, the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the base of the tranquil Murchison Falls. Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls you will disembark and climb your way up to the Top of the falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the falls. 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)

Meal Plan: 

  • Full Board Basis

Day 9:  Depart Murchison Falls National Park – Transfer to Kibale National Par

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out and 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 Uganda Wildlife Holiday Adventure safari lodge.

Accommodation Options:

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

Meal plan: 

  • Full Board Basis

Day 10: Chimpanzee Tracking – Bigodi Swamp Nature Walk

After breakfast you will report at the briefing point for a briefing on the rules before trekking the chimpanzees. The 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)

Meal plan: 

  • Full Board Basis

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
  • Rhino trekking fees
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Boat trips
  • Visit to the top of the Murchison falls fee
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale National Park
  • Gorilla trekking permit for $700 per person
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Game drives
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Pick up and Return airport transfers

Excludes

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and Chimpanzees
  • Personal insurance
  • Cigarettes

Requirements for the 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 Tracking permits costs USD250 per person while Gorilla trekking permits costs USD700 per person. 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 cost.
  • Travel & Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

SAFARI TRANSPORT

Standard 4X4 Safari Vans/Land cruisers

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari van and Land cruisers with open roof tops customized for game viewing and photography.  Each Safari van/Land cruiser comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. Each client is entitled to a window seat and can take up to 8-10 people. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up 6 people with their luggage also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

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