A journey to paradise and Kidepo valley National park safari (17 days)

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Description:

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.

Price per person

  • 1 pax – 5976 USD
  • 2-3 pax – 4500 USD
  • 4-5 pax – 3664 USD
  • 6 pax – 3351 USD

Included:

  • Transport: Land transport by 4wd Safari van with popup roof, fuel, English speaking driver-guide
  • Activities: Chimp tickets, Gorilla tickets, all park entrance and activity fees, all specified community activities, ranger fees
  • Meals: 12 dinners, 12 supers (All meals on full board in upcountry lodges)
  • Accommodation: 15 night’s accommodation in twin double rooms, each shared between two people Ranger fees in the park and guide fees in the parks

Excluded:

  • All optional activities
  • All bar drinks
  • Visa fees and air tickets
  • All hotel extras not specified in the itinerary
  • Insurance
  • Laundry and tips

Upgrade available on-demand:

  • Single supplement
  • Arrival and departure transport
  • Accommodation hotel
  • Number of group participants
  • Accommodation on the first and last night in Kampala (can be included on request)

Booking Code: UGtrip-20

  • Day 1: Kampala – Ziwa Rhino and wildlife sanctuary: 
    Early morning, after breakfast, start the journey to Ziwa Rhino and wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is the only place you will find Rhinos in their natural habitat while in Uganda. The sanctuary was created to reintroduce the Rhinos after all were poached many years back. On arrival at the sanctuary embark on the Rhino tracking experience that will take about 2 hours. Optional activities include the shoebill canoe trek and other nature walks. You will spend the first night here. Ziwa guest house
  • Day 2: Drive from Ziwa Sanctuary to Kitgum
    From Ziwa continue your drive towards Kidepo valley national park, spending the second night at Kitgum.  In today’s journey, you will cross the Nile at Karuma falls then drive north through the relatively flat and remote Ugandan countryside. You will have several stopover points for snacks. As you travel. You will observe the changing lifestyles and architecture while you cross the different ethnic territories of Uganda. Preferably, carry some packed snacks to minimize relying on roadside eats. You may stop to grab cooked snacks or stop for lunch at Gulu town then proceed to Kitgum for dinner and overnight. Please note that no pictures allowed at Karuma falls bridge but the panoramic views of the Nile are worthwhile. Acaki lodge
  • Day 3: Kitgum – Kidepo valley National park
    After breakfast, head to Karenga, on your way to Lokumoit Gate as your entry to Kidepo valley National Park.  Today, as you head to the park offices and after checking in, you will take the chances of spotting wildlife in this rich ecosystem. A common site is the breathtaking scenery of the landscape and wildlife including cats, African Elephants, Leopard, Bushbucks, Giraffes, African Buffaloes, and much more. On a lucky day, you may spot the iconic lions typical of Kidepo on the rocks at the entrance of Apoka park headquarters or along the Narus valley. Kidepo Savana hotel
  • Day 4: Kidepo Valley National Park
    Today you have a full day of exploring Kidepo Valley National Park in a series of activities including game drives, nature, and cultural walks, hot springs visit mixed with relaxing moments to enjoy the unique scenery of the Kidepo landscape. Start with an early morning breakfast and packed lunch before you start the game drives and walks to the hot springs via the palm trees lined along Kidepo River, in search of Ostriches and leopards, tortoises along the way. You may choose to participate in the guided nature walk, mountain trekking to visit the Ik tribe chiefdom to participate in their dances and other cultural activities. You will then return to your hotel later in the day. Kidepo Savana hotel
  • Day 5: Kidepo national park – Gulu
    After breakfast connect from Kidepo to Kitgum through Karenga. You will then have lunch in Kitgum before you continue to Gulu town.  When in Gulu, You may participate in some cultural experiences to take a glimpse of the memories and remains of the lord's resistance army (LRA) war. You will be amazed to learn how this town has recovered to overturn the recorded story of horror. Being the largest town in the region, you will have chances to make refill shopping then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Bakers fort Hotel
  • Day 6: Gulu – Murchison Falls National Park
    Take an early breakfast and depart to Murchison Falls National Park. You will reach Murchison in the mid-morning and take a chance to do the game drive as you head to your accommodation at red chili hideaway. This afternoon, you may join a boat cruise on the Nile for game viewing at a close range with options of taking a trek to the top of the falls. Please note that taking the trek to the top of the falls requires that you have a car waiting for you at the top, to transfer you to the hotel. Red chili Hideaway
  • Day 7: Murchison falls National Park
    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, Hartebeest, Lion, Uganda Kob, Oribi, and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. Return to the Lodge and have lunch. If you didn’t take the boat cruise yesterday, 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. Retire for dinner and overnight.  Red chili Hideaway
  • Day 8: Murchison falls – Budongo – Boomu women’s campsite
    Early morning, transfer to Kaniyo pabidi in Budongo central forest reserve to do the chimp tracking. After spending a good time with the chimps in their natural habitat, head out of the park to Boomu camp for dinner and overnight. Other options to do in the forest include birding tours and forest walks. Boom campsite
  • Day 9: Boomu campsite – Rwenzori
    After an early breakfast, transfer to Rwenzori Mountains National Park. While at the Rwenzori Mountains of the moon, the community will take you through their lifestyle on the hill. The journey to the Rwenzori Mountains goes through Masindi – Hoima–fort portal. From fort portal, you head south to Kasese, to the Rwenzori foothills Arrive at Ruboni community camp in time for Dinner.   Ruboni community camp
  • Day 10: Rwenzori:
    Wake up for early breakfast and head to one of the activities. Options include a village walk. Forest walk or the community hill trek. You can choose to rest in the community as you meet the people while enjoying the local Mountain setting.  Ruboni community camp
  • Day 11: Rwenzori – Queen Elizabeth
    After a relaxed breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You may stop in Kasese to do refill shopping and lunch. You will arrive on a boat cruise on the 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. After the boat cruise, return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. The elephant home
  • Day 12: Queen Elizabeth National Park
    After an early morning cup of tea at 6:30am, depart for a game drive on the northern parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park, along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for opportunities to view the cats in action. Later, return for breakfast. If you didn’t take the boat cruise yesterday, this is the best time for it. Optional activities include; participating in other wildlife safari activities or visit the Katwe traditional salt mining. The elephant home
  • Day 13: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    After an early breakfast, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the gorilla sanctuary through Ishasha sector. Since this route is inside the park, chances are you may spot some wildlife by the road. Common wildlife here include; elephants, baboons, antelopes, buffalos, birds, and on a lucky day, some cats including the tree-climbing lions. Ruhija gorilla friends
  • Day 14: Bwindi Gorilla tracking
    After breakfast take your picnic lunch and head to the briefing point. After a briefing by park rangers, embark on 30 minutes – 8 hours trek to find the Mountain gorillas. The tracking starts at the area where the gorillas spent the previous night. On sighting gorillas, you will be allowed a full hour with them. You then retire for dinner and overnight. Optional: For the energetic and based on the time left, there is a possibility of a village guided walk to participate in some of the local community experiences. Ruhija gorilla friends
  • Day 16: Lake Bunyonyi
    Explore the Lake Bunyonyi area. This morning, you will take a boat over this magical lake to the mainland to visit the Batwa community. After participating in their activities, giving them the gifts, and spending a good time together, you return for lunch at the island, Optional activities include; birding tour around the lake to discover the little birds (“Bunyonyi”) or participating in one of the tours on the lake. This day is an opportunity to learn how the lake Bunyonyi has influenced the culture and the way it affects the lives of people to make them some of the most innovative in Uganda.  Byonamagara lodge
  • Day 15: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi:
    After breakfast this morning, you will be heading to Lake Bunyonyi. You will have lunch in Kabale town then connect to the lake. Enjoy the relaxed boat ride to the island. You can opt for a local dugout canoe. On arrival, relax as you take the view of this hotspot gifted with the culture and some of the best views in the area. Byonamagara lodge
  • Day 17: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala: 
    After the morning walk or a self-guided birding tour on the island, you will come for breakfast as you take the photographic moment of the morning lake sunrise views. You will then head to Kampala via Kabale town. Arrive in Mbarara town in the time of lunch at Igongo cultural center. After lunch, head to Kampala with the possibility of stopping at the equator to buy some handicrafts and a coffee. Arrive in Kampala in time of dinner and overnight in Kampala.  Forest cottages

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