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A journey to the wild looking for wildlife in the forest and savannah lying along the Nile River while visiting the world’s most powerful waterfalls. At the top of the Murchison falls you will witness a crevasse of 7-meter gorge swallowing the entire river Nile. View the Nile from different angles to satisfy your appreciation for nature. The next day is reserved for a safari in which you will be on a game drive and a cruise on the river Nile. Spend a night with the community traditional huts at Boomu women’s campsite as you participate in selected cultural activities or touring the village to share their way of life. You will also visit Kaniyo pabidi, home to chimpanzees and other primates, birds, butterflies, and rich plant life. Here you will participate in forest walks as you look for primates, mammals, and other wildlife common in this forest.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-18

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Explore seven most attractive National Parks, two wildlife reserves off the beaten path. You will witness the true nature and culture of Uganda as shown to you by the local people. Tour around Kampala and Jinja, Visit the largest herds of wildlife animals in their natural habitat, the primates, Rhinos, gorillas and other savannah mammals. Travel to Jinja over the Nile, Mount Elgon, Kidepo valley, the escarpment, Rwenzori Mountains, the crater lakes area, Bwindi and lake Bunyonyi, the Mgahing volcanoes and Lake Mburo National Park. Bird lovers have a great opportunity as we have added the richest bird locations where you will have un limited chances to find the endemics, migrants and other enchanting species like shoebill stock.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-19

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A safari that showcases a full mix of Uganda’s cultures wildlife and the jungle from Kidepo Valley National Park to Bwindi impenetrable forest. Through this trip, you have chances to find large herds of savannah wildlife, the gorillas, chimps, Rhinos in their natural habitat. The 17 days safari covers five national parks, two wildlife reserve,s and several cultural hot-spots of Uganda. Covering the rarely visited places like the Budongo forest home to chimps and Ziwa rhino sanctuary. Meet and participate in the lives of some of the least known tribes of Uganda like the Ik tribe, the Bakonzo tribe, and the Batwa tribe recently living with the gorillas in Bwindi forest. At Lake Bunyonyi you will have a relaxed climax to this trip.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-20

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You will be taking 1800km road trip around Uganda while exploring landscapes, wildlife and cultures. Discover how the people relate to the unbeatable natural beauty of Uganda. It is a lifetime adventure that takes through the central, southwest, north and eastern regions of Uganda. Experience Kampala city life then head to Bunyonyi, arguably one of the deepest and most scenic lakes in Africa. You will then move to explore the Rwenzori Mountains on your way to the crater lakes around the famous chimpanzee forest, as the wonders of the Nile and wildlife in Murchison falls await you. The trip is full of memorable moments in Uganda’s most pristine landscape in Kidepo, the glorious waterfalls at Sipi, Mount Elgon foothills. You also have an option of rafting on the source of the Nile; the longest river in the world, as you head back to Entebbe.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-13

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A journey in the pearl of Africa that takes you deeper than any other.  You will visit five wildlife areas looking for the big five. Visit the rhino sanctuary, primates, and Mountain gorillas; all in their natural habitat. Come with us to visit the mountain gorillas in Bwindi on this journey, we also take you to other four different wildlife parks where we explore a mix of authentic community encounters. Each day of this trip is a completely unique experience. You will start with the White Rhinos to witness them in their home since reintroduction in 2005. Murchison falls is the next wonder before you visit the chimps to see the largest population of primates in their natural forest habitat in Kibale forest. Then you will be introduced to the joy of looking for the cats and a long list of animals and birds in Queen Elizabeth before you spend time with the gorillas in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi.

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Booking Code: UGtrip-12

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Explore the one and only natural home to the southern white rhinoceros in Uganda, as you head to the most powerful falls on the world’s longest river Nile in Murchison falls National Park, Uganda’s oldest and largest. Since the year 2005,  the 70 square kilometers Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was introduced to reinstate the rhinos back in Uganda. When you visit this sanctuary at the moment, you will explore beyond rhinos when you go on canoe tours looking for birds, other mammals, or on nature walks. In Murchison falls, you will be looking for the big five on a long list of 76 mammals including the cats and 450 bird species, on land and water in the game drives, walks, and boat cruise on the Nile. On top of Uhuru falls, you will witness the Nile being forced into a 7-meter rock curve before it forms the calm bed for memorable boat cruises.

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Booking Code: UGtrip2

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A wildlife trip that takes you to the richest territories of Uganda. You will visit do the wildlife safaris, track the chimps, visit the mountain gorillas and relax on Lake Bunyonyi the entire trip includes meeting the people of Uganda that live with these animals through their life. You will be penetrating the impenetrable forest just like the gorillas do all the time. You will spend up to one hour with the gorillas in the natural habitat as you learn their family behavior. Relaxing on Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest in Africa gives you a moment to meditate in a scenic setting while in Uganda. the people are friendly and will be showing you their way of life. The trip is packed with cultural encounters in the villages, on the road, and in the museums along the way.

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Booking Code: UGtrip -17

Discover Uganda’s natural and indigenous cultural heritage in this 18 days trip that takes you through her landscapes, wildlife, forests and magical beaches on Lake Victoria. Packaged in 17 days, the trip brings you to the wildest jungles of your life to see the wildlife in their natural habitat. As you look for the big five, you will be amazed by the cats in their active moments roaming in the Savannah of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison falls national parks.

You will be welcomed by the primates and gorillas swinging on the vines or munching the leaves and tree skins in the jungle as you get inspired how close they are to humans. You will visit the indigenous tribes that live near the parks to try the local life as you take a chance to practice the local tricks of surviving near the forests and savannahs packed with the seemingly dangerous wildlife, yet they just call them neighbors.

The trip takes you to six national parks, one wildlife reserve and ends with an opportunity to navigate Lake Victoria to the sand beaches of Ssese Island. Lake Victoria is a fresh water lake that joins the three countries of east Africa. You will definitely not forget sunrise on Ssese islands.

It is a true Ugandan experience packed in each of every 17 days!!

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You will be looking for the least explored animals and cultures of Uganda as you visit some of the parks with the largest herds of wildlife. The five wildlife areas to be visited on this trip include; Ziwa rhino sanctuary, Murchison falls national park, Kibale national park, Rwenzori mountains, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo national park. You will participate in game walks, game drives and boat cruises allowing you to see wildlife at close range in their natural habitat. As you drive between the parks relax at the lodges or participate in the game drives and village tours, the scenery is very rewarding. The parks are surrounded by indigenous communities offering cultural encounters you will never find anywhere else on earth.

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe airport: The guest will be picked by one of our guides and transferred via the Lake Victoria shores town of Entebbe, to the Kampala hotel for dinner and overnight. Forest cottages (B)

Day 2: Kampala – Ziwa – Murchison falls: Early morning, after breakfast, start the journey to Ziwa Rhino and wildlife sanctuary, arriving mid-morning. On arrival at the sanctuary embark on the rhino tracking experience that will take about 2 hours. After the rhino tracking experience, you will head to Murchison falls through Masindi town where you will break for lunch then head to The Park for dinner and overnight. Optional: participating in the local cooking tour with the local Banyoro women at Boomu women’s campsite. Sambiya River lodge cottages or bandas (BLD)

Day 3: Murchison: After an early morning breakfast; embark on a half day game drive on the northern bank of the river Nile. Game in this area includes Giraffe, Elephant, Harte beest, Lion, Uganda Kob, Oribi and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. Return to the Lodge and have lunch. After lunch, is the best time for a boat cruise along the river Nile for game viewing at a close range. This is a paradise of the Hippo and Crocodiles. You have an option to disembark and trek to the top of the falls, to be picked by the driver guide after complete viewing of the falls from above. Retire for Dinner and overnightSambiya River lodge cottages or bandas (BLD)

Day 4: Murchison – Kibale: After an early breakfast, transfer to Kibale National Park via Bugungu gate. Here you will take the great views of Lake Albert shores and the escarpment as you drive through and up the escarpment which is part of the western leg of the East African rift valley. Arrive in Kibale National Park in late afternoon. Isunga lodge or CVK lakeside resort (BLD)

Day 5: Kibale – Rwenzori: After breakfast, head for Kibale forest national park for a half-day walk in the search of primates. Black and white Columbus monkey, red tailed monkey, baboon, Gray-cheeked mangabeys or the chimpanzee are a common sight. After lunch, you have up to three hours that you can either use for the community swamp walk at Bigodi wetland sanctuary or the crater lakes tour, then transfer to the Ruboni community camp in the base of Rwenzori Mountains. Ruboni Community Camp (BLD)

Day 6: Rwenzori: This morning, you have options of participating in the cultural activities, including; the village walk and traditional dance or to experience the life in the mountain people. During the entire stay, you will be looking to spot some of the three horned chameleons at the camp and in the forest. After an early lunch start the 2400m hill trek to spend an overnight camping above the village. You have chances of viewing the margarita snow peaks on the Rwenzori in the evening or early morning, basing on the weather. Margarita peak is the highest peak on the Ruwenzori’s and Uganda at 5019m. This evening, you will pitch your tents, dinner and overnight.  Ruboni hills top (BLD)

Day 7: Rwenzori – Queen Elizabeth: Wake up early in the morning to look for the views and sites of the Margarita and other peaks of Rwenzori in the west and the sunrise in the east. After this photo moment, take a cup of tea then return to the community, via the forest, for your late breakfast and a shower. After breakfast, head to Queen Elizabeth national park via Kasese town where you may want to do some shopping. Arrive to lunch at the Elephant home. After lunch, drive to lake Katwe to participate in the traditional salt mining experience. You have high chances of spotting some wildlife in the park on your way to and from lake Katwe. The Elephant Home (BLD)

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth: After an early morning cup of tea at 6:30am, depart for the game drive on the northern part of the park along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. Later, return for breakfast, and the rest of the morning can be spent in the community where you can visit the traditional. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga for witnessing solitary 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. You will do the evening game drive on your way back to dinner and overnight. The Elephant Home (BLD)

Day 9: Queen – Lake Mburo: Early morning breakfast and transfer to lake Mburo national park. You will make several breaks on the way to take photo moments at Kyambura view point, and other sites of interest. On arrival in lake Mburo take a walk up Kazuma hill to take the beautiful views of lake Mburo landscape before retiring to dinner and overnight. Other optional activities include; horse riding looking for game, game drive, a community fishing tour experience or a boat cruise on lake Mburo. Rwakobo rock or UWA bandas (BLD)

Day 10: Lake Mburo – Kampala: After breakfast embark on the morning game drives as we head out of the park. Drive to Kampala via Mabamba swamp looking for the elusive shoebill. Arrive in kamala in time of dinner Forest cottages BLD

Day 11: Kampala: Open for relaxation in Kampala transfer to Entebbe in the evening. (B)    (END OF TRIP)

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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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