This trip takes you to seven most attractive national parks, two wildlife reserves of Uganda and multitudes of Uganda’s beauties off the beaten track. You will have an opportunity to explore Kampala and Jinja either on bodaboda, bicycle and or on foot to have a true feel of Ugandan as you compare Uganda’s past to the present in the city life. We will take you to the largest herds of wildlife in their natural homes, the primates, Rhinos, gorillas and cultures that are rarely visited. No other trip can beat the sceneries you will find on this trip as the list is so long ranging from Jinja over the Nile, Mount Elgon plains, Kidepo valley national park landscape, the escarpment, Rwenzori mountains, the crater lakes area, Bwindi and lake Bunyonyi, the Mgahing volcanoes and on top of Kazuma hill that generously offer you the panoramic view of the beautiful but least known national park as you witness the true whispers of the wild. For bird lovers, you have a great opportunity through this trip as we have added the richest bird locations in this trip like; Lake Kyoga, Mount Elgon, Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth on the Kazinga channel, Lake Bunyonyi and many others where you will have un limited chances to find the endemics, migrants and other enchanting species like shoebill stock as much as you have always dreamt. Adventure has not been left out as you will have opportunities to do rafting, rock climbing, trekking and taking moments to breathe the life of the jungles that are packed with natures secretes.

At the end of the trip, you will have walked, touched, felt and witnessed the true nature and culture of Uganda as shown to you by the people of the land while they celebrate their life on a daily basis. Where ever possible and basing on availability, we will be accommodated by the communities in their lodges to be able to get a feeling of the link between tourism and the communities near the national park.

. Day 1 – Late arrival in Entebbe: You will be picked by our driver guide and transferred to the hotel, for dinner and Overnight Carpe Diem Guest House BB

Day 2 – Entebbe – Kampala: After breakfast, we transfer to Kampala as you get introduced to social and cultural heritage. In we will participate in a full day boda-boda tour.  Highlights of the city tour include religious, social, political and cultural background of Uganda. the tour  will go to; Namirembe Cathedral, Owino and Nakasero markets, Lubiri Palace, Rugaga Cathedral, Gadaffi Mosque, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, Bahai Temple, Amin’s torture chamber, Buganda’s kingdom parliament. Mid way, lunch will be at one of Kampala’s restaurants of choice and we continue with the tour until we retire to dinner and overnight. Apricot Guest House BB

Day 3 – Kampala  to Jinja: After breakfast, transfer to jinja to visit the source of the Nile; gardens with Mahatma Gandhi Monument, taking a boat cruise on the Nile, Speke Monument, war cemetery and Owen Falls dam.
Optional; Time allowing in the afternoon, we will be driving along the Nile to see the water falls and rapids towards the former Bujagali. Do a three hour bike tour and a stop by the Kilombera weavers to share the fabric weaving experience. Holland Park BB

Day 4 – Jinja to Kumi: Early breakfast and drive to Kumi to visit Nyero rock paintings. Check in the hotel and proceed to nyero rocks. After spending time at the rock painting, explore the surrounding landscape with a local guide to visit historical and cultural attractions of this area. Optional: This afternoon, we may go for a birding tour on the shores of Lake Kyoga looking for the endemics of this area, before returning to dinner and overnight. Akalabai Village stay FB

Day 5 – Sipi: early morning transfer to Sipi area to participate in the water falls walk visiting the villages and caves taking the scenery and afterwards abseiling along the 100m high, Sipi falls. In the afternoon do a coffee experience at the lodge or in one of the village homes then return to Sipi Falls to do a Sundowner hike before dark. Sipi River Lodge FB

Day 6 – Sipi to Moroto: After an early breakfast, we drive from sipi to Moroto, this afternoon. We will hike Mt Moroto to visit Tepeth tribe communities of mount moroto & get exposed to the scenery the area has to offer. Karatunga guesthouse

Day 7 – Moroto to Kotido: After breakfast we visit to the Bokora and Matheniko Communities on the way to Kotido with packed lunch. We will then take a midmorning, drive to Kotido District. In the afternoon, we visit the Wednesday cattle market, the largest Manyata (village) in East Africa and the Kalokuruk sliding Rock. Later check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight, Karamoja arts lodge FB

Day 8 – Kotido to Kidepo: After breakfast, take an excursion to the Ik community and then a short hike towards the summit of Mt. Morungole. On return, drive to kidepo savanna lodge in the afternoon Kidepo Savannah Lodge FB

Day 9 – Kidepo: After an early breakfast, take a morning Game Drive via Narus valley, Rionomde rock and Kanangorok hot spring. In the afternoon, take the evening game drive looking for more wildlife including the cats, ostrich, herds of buffalos and others. Kidepo Savannah Lodge or buffalo base FB

Day 10 – Kidepo to Murchison falls: We will take an early breakfast and start the drive to Murchison Falls as we explore the visible cultural artifacts and ways of life in the rural Uganda. Lunch in Gulu town and proceed to Fort Murchison n the Pakwach side, for dinner and overnight.  Fort Murchison FB

Day 11 – Murchison: We will take an early breakfast at 6:30am then head to the morning game drive on the northern bank of river Nile (including Belugi circuit & queen’s track, hippo point) visit Nyamisika Cliffs. Game in this area includes Giraffe, Elephant, Harte beest, Lion, Uganda Kob, Oribi and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. A boat cruise (sundowner) to the falls, disembark & walk to the top of the falls. We will then be picked up by the driver (after watching sunset) to head for dinner and overnight. Fort Murchison FB

Day 12 – Murchison to Ziwa and Hoima: Very early drive to Ziwa (with a quick stop at Karuma Falls) to make sure to arrive between 8h & 10h. We will arrive in Ziwa to a rhino tracking experience tour, an experience that takes around 2 hours. After the tour, take lunch at Kabalega diner before driving to Hoima where we will have an option of visiting the historical/ royal sites of Bunyoro kingdom; (Mparo tombs & Karuzika palace) on our way to the hotel for dinner and overnight Kontiki hotel FB

Day 13 – Hoima to crater lakes area: After an early breakfast, transfer to the crater lakes areas near kibale national park via Fort Portal.  Arrive to lunch and take a relaxed crater lakes tour then retire to dinner and overnight. Isunga Lodge FB

Day 14 – Crater lakes / Kyambura escarpment: Early morning, participate in the vanilla tour. After the tour grab packed lunch in Fort portal, transfer to Kyambura escarpment area, near Queen Elizabeth national park. We will stop at Rubona basket weaver for natural dye making experience. After our packed lunch at Rubona, head to Kyambura escarpment stopping at the equator in queen Elizabeth national park and check in at our lodge located close to kyambura viewpoint. If time allows, this evening, we will have a short excursion to Kataara Women’s Poverty Alleviation Group and return to dinner and overnight Twin Lakes Safari FB

Day 15 – Kalinzu forest: Early morning transfer to Kalinzu forest for Chimp tracking. After chimp tracking, return to lunch and then visit Lake Katwe for a traditional salt mining tour and the salt lake community experiences before retiring to dinner and overnight. Stop by the Kyambura view point again as we take an opportunity to view the sunset before dinner and overnight. Twin Lakes Safari Lodge or Dave the cave (Nyanziibiri) FB

Day 16 – Queen Elizabeth National park: Early morning breakfast at 6:30am then proceed to the game drive on the Kaseny plains, Janet track, Kaguta track and other tracks basing on the distribution of wildlife on the day. After the game drive, retire to lunch before we do the Kazinga channel boat cruise on Kazinga channel to see herds of Buffalo, Hippo and other animals at the edge of the channel as they cool off. Depending on the season European migrant birds like the terns and gulls congregate here in large flocks. This evenng, we participate in the Leopard night game drive then retire to dinner and overnight. Bush Lodge or the elephant home FB

Day 17 – Ishasha: Early morning drive to Ishasha sector, in time for game drive to look for tree climbing lions. Option for another game drive in the afternoon or visit river Ntungwe with chances of viewing the fishing eagle in action (fishing)and Kameme Village to learn the local life, before dinner and overnight. Enjojo lodge FB

Day 18 – Ishasha to Bwindi: Drive to Bwindi Rushaga sector it is a relatively long and hilly drive. We will have several stopovers as we take the views and appreciating the local life (nature, social and cultural heritage) of the Bakiga and Bafumbira people living around Bwindi and Mghinga national parks. Gorilla Valley Lodge

Day 19 – Gorilla tracking in Bwindi: Basing on the availability of gorilla tickets, we shall drive the one of the gorilla tracking starting points. These include, Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and others.  After gorilla tracking, we will make a visit to the Shozi ancestral caves used by the ancient Rwandese kings, then transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.  Lake Chahafi resort or FB

Day 20 – Kisoro to Lake Bunyonyi: After breakfast embark to golden monkey habituation experience. After lunch, we will transfer to lake Bunyoni for dinner and overnight. Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort or Byonamagaga FB

Day 21 – Lake Bunyonyi: Today, you have options of visiting the batwa community, Rutinda market to get local market experience, dugout canoe visiting lakes’ islands & local communities in different aspects and then dinner and overnight. Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort or Byonamagaga FB

Day 22 – Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo: After enjoying the sunrise at the lake, drive to Lake Mburo, having lunch at Igongo cultural center. After lunch, check-in at the hotel, embark on the long waited mountain bike game ride before dinner and overnight. Rwakobo Rock FB

Day 23 – Lake Mburo: After breakfast embark on the morning game drive/ walk including hyena den & then walk up Kazuma hill to take the beautiful views of lake Mburo landscape before retiring to lunch. This afternoon, you will participate in horse riding or possibly another game drive looking for more wildlife. Rwakobo rock FB

Day 24 – Lake Mburo to Entebbe: After a relaxed breakfast, drive to Entebbe via Mabamba swamp looking for the elusive shoebill. We will stop at the equator, drum factory to take a coffee, pictures and purchase of gifts Depending on departure time flight, take plane or stay one more night Open HB

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  • The type of car to be used on this trip is a 4WD land cruiser. A safari van can be used on request to cut the budget.
  • All rooms are double self-contained (en-suite).
  • Some accommodation will be tents and others are rooms or cottages/ bandas, all basing on the availability
  • Minimum number of people on the trip: 2

Included

  • The private 4WD safari van attached in the picture
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja
  • Full board accommodation in all upcountry hotels
  • All airport transfers
  • English speaking experienced driver guide
  • All safari fuel and car related costs
  • Chimp, gorilla and golden monkey tickets
  • All park entrance fees, ranger fees and park activities mentioned
  • All community activities mentioned and the community guide services
  • All other activities including in the cities mentioned (bike tour in Jinja and bodaboda tour in Kampala)

Excluded;

  • Visa fees
  • Meals in the hotels in Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja
  • Air tickets
  • Insurance cover (can be arranged on request)
  • Extras in the hotels
  • Tips and gratuities
  • All bar drinks
  • All activities mentioned as optional in the itinerary
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