12 Days Adventure & Wildlife Safari

This 12 Days Adventure and Wildlife Safari : in Uganda takes you to Murchison Falls National ParkKidepo Valley National ParkSipi falls and Source of the Nile in JinjaMurchison Fall National Park, also known as the largest national park in Uganda, renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which the park derives its name. The sight and sound of the falls as the Mighty Nile River crashes through a 7-meter gorge before tumbling down in a thunderous explosion. The  safari then takes you across Northern Uganda to Kidepo Valley National Parkan 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. Then travel to Mt. Elgon National Park to see the stunning Sipi Falls that cascade over a 100-meter cliff. The Safari crowns it off with a visit to Jinja to see the spot where the Mighty River Nile starts the 6,700 Km journey through Sudan and Egypt into the Mediterranean Sea. 

Activities

  • Game Drives
  • Boat Cruise
  • Visit to Kanangorok Hot-Springs
  • Community Visit
  • Hike to the Sipi Falls
  • Visit to the Top of the Falls
  • Water Rafting

 

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda – Briefing on the safari

Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Game Drive – Boat Cruise on the Nile

Day 4: Visit to the top of the falls – Travel to Kitgum Town

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Day 6: Game drive – Nature walk 

Day 7: Visit to Kanangorok Hot-Springs

Day 8: Cultural Village Tour in Kidepo

Day 9: Travel to Mt. Elgon National Park

Day 10: Sipi Falls Hike

Day 11: Transfer to Jinja

Day 12: Adventure on the Nile – Travel to Entebbe

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda – Briefing on the Safari

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a representative of Great Nest Image Safaris who will transfer you to the hotel of your booking and brief you on the safari plan.

Accommodation Options

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

Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to trek the Rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s Rhino reintroduction project. There are over 17 white rhinos and tracking is done on foot for 1½ hours. You will continue to Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National ParkThis part of the Adventure & Wildlife Safari in Uganda journey takes 5-6 hours. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation Options:

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

Day 3: Game Drive – Boat Cruise on the Nile 

You will have an early start at around 6.30am and set off at for a morning game drive where you will be able to come across different animals like Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, the shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthogs and bush pigs plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En-route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds like the rare shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.

Accommodation Options:

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

Day 4: Visit to the Top of the falls – Transfer to Kitgum Town 

You will after your breakfast visit the “top of the thunderous Murchison fallswhere you will observe the Nile River squeezing itself through a 7-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will thereafter set off on a 9-hour journey to Kitgum in the northern part of Uganda . Kidepo Valley National Park on a rough road. This particular safari in Uganda journey to Kidepo from Kitgum will take 3-4 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)
  • Nga’moru Wilderness Camp (Moderate)
  • Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 6: Game Drive – Nature walk  

You will wake up early for an Adventure & Wildlife Safari game drive in the park to catch up with the early predators that will be returning to their habitats after a night hunt. In Kidepo Valley National Park you will find zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, and leopards and the only place in Uganda where you can find the cheetah and ostrich. You’ll return to the lodge for a late breakfast, have a rest and go off in the mid afternoon for a nature walk.  You will return to your lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

  • Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Nga’moru Wilderness Camp (Moderate)
  • Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 7: Visit to Kanangorok Hot-spring 

You will have an early breakfast and drive to the border of Uganda and Sudan where hot springs are located. This area is also harbors many ostriches which can easily be sighted along the game tracks. In the late afternoon will enjoy the peace and beauty of the park on a leisure drive at your pace after which you will settle for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation Options:

  • Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Nga’moru Wilderness Camp (Moderate)
  • Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 8: Cultural Village Tour in Kidepo

You will be taken on an Adventure & Wildlife Safari guided cultural village tour where you will learn about the nomadic lifestyle 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 you will be taken for a sunset Savannah Safari game drive to explore more of Kidepo Valley National Park

Accommodation Options:

  • Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Nga’moru Wilderness Camp (Moderate)
  • Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 9: Travel to Mt. Elgon National Park 

You will after your breakfast set off for the Sipi falls on Mt. ElgonThis will be an 8-hour journey through the towns of Kotido and Moroto arriving late in the afternoon.  You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation Options:

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

Day 10: Hike to Sipi Falls 

You will after your breakfast go for a hike to see the stunning Sipi falls that cascade over a 100-meter cliff. You will follow the challenging trail to two other waterfalls. You will pass maize fields, coffee gardens, banana plantations and typical African homesteads on your way and enjoy the breathtaking views over the laid out valley. Those interested in experiencing a real thrill of watching the waterfalls from a close range will go abseiling down the mountain to the bottom of the famous Sipi fallsAt the end of the day you will experience a magnificent sunset before returning to your lodge.

Accommodation Options:

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

Day 11: Transfer to Jinja

We leave early in the morning and head to Jinja to visit the Source of the Nile and to enjoy some of the adventurous activities whose options include white water rafting, jet boating, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking or bungee jumping. You will arrive in the late afternoon and relax at the hotel of your booking till dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

  • Jinja Nile Resort (Luxury)
  • Brisk Hotel Triangle (Moderate)
  • Kabalega Guest House (Budget)

Day 12: Adventure on the Nile – Transfer to Entebbe

You will, after breakfast, go for the adventurous white water rafting on the Nile River. The rafting begins at the Source of the Nile at 09:00am with a comprehensive briefing and being fitted with the rafting gear. The rafting is done on an 18 kilometer stretch of the Nile River and no prior experience of rafting is required. The first few rapids are of low grade (1, 2) to build the confidence of the participants before guiding them gradually into the more challenging grades. A total of eight major rapids are rafted to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure. After the rafting adventure, you will be treated to a barbecue lunch and drinks before returning to Entebbe for your late departure flight or retire to a hotel of your booking for a well-deserved rest.

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Includes

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD with popup roof safari vehicle
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Game drives
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Visit to the top of the Murchison falls
  • Rhino trekking fees
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Pickup and Return airport transfers

Excludes

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • 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 Savannah Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Yellow fever vaccination card.
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

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