14 Days Explore Uganda Safari

This 14 Days Explore Uganda Safari : takes you to different attractive destinations in Uganda. Your journey will begin from Jinja Town located in south-eastern Uganda. Jinja is also the hot spot for adventures that include white water rafting, tubbing on the Nile 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 and here you will enjoy different activities. One of the highlights of this safari will be an encounter with the wild but habituated chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, the primate capital of the world. The safari does not miss out on Lake Mburo National Park for wild nature walks; the only park in Uganda where a wildlife safari can be conducted on foot.

Activities

  • Visit at the Source of the Nile
  • Game Drives
  • Boat Cruise
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing 
  • Game walk
  • Community visit
  • Bird Watching

 

Travel Schedule

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Accommodation

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

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 in Kidepo Valley National Park

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 Tracking – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 

Day 12: Hike – Canoe on Lake Bunyonyi 

Day 13: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park – Boat Cruise

Day 14: Game Walk – Drive back to Entebbe

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Accommodation 

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

Accommodation Options:

  • Protea Hotel (Luxury)
  • Airport View Hotel (Midrange)
  • Inflight Motel (Budget)

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. There will be an excursion to Ssezibwa Falls in Lugazi town. You will also have a brief stopover at Mabira Forestthe largest remaining tropical forest in Central Uganda. You will 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 (Midrange)
  • Chel & Vade Cottages (Budget)

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

You will after an early breakfast drive eastward to Mt. ElgonYou will have a stopover at Sipi Falls for a cultural feel and continue to Kapchorwa town located on the foothills of Mt. ElgonEn-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 Kapchorwa and proceed to tour the Sipi falls 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 (Midrange)
  • Crow’s Nest Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 4: Mt. Elgon Exploration

You will have breakfast and thereafter take a walk to the Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration Center for a briefing on the activities of the day. You can go for an interactive Cultural Community Walk in the Bunduri Community not far from Mount ElgonThis community group, based in Budadiri, offers cultural dances, guided coffee tours and community nature walks. Visitors can discover the region’s cultural dances, food preparation, folklore and its famous delicacy malewa bamboo shoots. There is also a tour of Mt Elgon’s famous Arabica coffee processing plants, which supports local farmers.

Accommodation Options:

  • Mbale Resort Hotel (Luxury)
  • Lacam Lodge (Midrange)
  • Crow’s Nest Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park 

After a very early breakfast, embark on an adventurous road trip to the very far northeast of Uganda – to the wild, remote and much lesser visited Kidepo Valley National ParkThis safari to Kidepo from Mt. Elgon 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 (Midrange)
  • Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

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

Accommodation Options:

  • Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Midrange)
  • 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 taking approximately 8 hours before reaching Murchison Falls National ParkYou 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 (Midrange)
  • Red Chili Rest Camp (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 Lunch, the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the base of thMurchison FallsLook 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 lodge and enjoy a good night`s rest.

Accommodation Options:

  • Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange)
  • Red Chili Rest Camp (Budget)

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

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and head to Kibale Forest National Park in western Uganda. The drive will take around 7-8 hours taking you past the Kijura and Bunyoro escarpments. 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 (Midrange)
  • Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (Budget)

Day 10: Chimpanzee Tracking – Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast you will report at the briefing point for a breakdown of the rules before trekking the chimpanzeesThe trek for the chimpanzees takes 2-3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to see other primates and animals as well as birds, and various species of butterflies and insects. You will have lunch at your lodge and thereafter drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Accommodation Options:

  • Mahogany Springs Lodge (Luxury)
  • Gorilla Closeup Lodge (Midrange)
  • Buhoma community Rest camp (Budget)

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 

The most exciting day of your safari! The briefing is at 8 am where you will learn about gorilla etiquette. Then you will start walking and hiking in the impenetrable forest until you find the gorillas. For one hour, you are allowed to watch those majestic giants! Depending on the duration of the track you will either have a rest first or thereafter head straight for Lake BunyonyiThe lake is said to be the second deepest lake in Africa and one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. From glistening backwaters and palm-fringed beaches to colourful villages, wildlife and tropical scenery, Bunyonyi is a truly exotic retreat place, perfect for adventure and relaxation. It is also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias free. The journey takes 3-4 hours and you will have your lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight will be at one of the many lodges near the lake.

Accommodation Options:

  • Lake Bunyonyi Eco-Lodge (Luxury)
  • Overland Resort (Midrange)
  • Amasiko Homestay (Budget)

Day 12: Hike – Canoe on Lake Bunyonyi 

This day you can choose to either have a canoe-ride on Lake Bunyonyi or a walk through the surrounding hills. The landscape around the lake is made up of steep slopes covered with lush green vegetation protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. You can get to know the seven islands, visit the local families and admire views of Volcano Mountains.

Accommodation Options:

  • Lake Bunyonyi Eco-Lodge (Luxury)
  • Overland Resort (Midrange)
  • Amasiko Homestay (Budget)

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park – Boat Cruise

You will have an early breakfast and travel to Lake Mburo National Park centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes rich in bird life while its green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like the Zebra, warthog, Elands, Impala among others. You will have lunch in Mbarara town and continue the drive to the park. In the afternoon you will go for a 2-hour boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the water animals that include crocodiles and hippos. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury

  • Mihingo Lodge
  • Mantana Lake Mburo Camp
  • Arcadia Cottages

Moderate

  • Lake Mburo Safari Lodge
  • Rakobo Rock

Budget

  • Eagles Nest Cam

Day 14: Game Walk – Drive back to Entebbe

After breakfast go for an adventurous tour of the park on foot with an experienced game ranger who will explain to you which animals have left behind footprints and droppings and how long ago. Lake Mburo National Park is one of the two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for tour on foot. You will after the game walk return to the lodge for lunch and later set off on your return journey to Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in Entebbe in the late afternoon and connect with your departure flight before or after a rest depending on the time of your flight.

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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 $600 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

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 6 people with their luggage also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

Requirements for the Explore 

  • 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 USD200 per person while Gorilla trekking permits costs USD700 per person. You can apply and secure these online 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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