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19 Days Uganda Safari Tours

Introduction

Uganda is known for its friendly people and incredible diversity of landscapes and activities. This 20 days journey will take you to the best safari destinations in Uganda: From Entebbe to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking; to Gulu town town for a break; to Kidepo Valley National Park for game drive, nature and cultural tours; to Murchison Falls National park for game drive and delta cruise; to Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee Trekking and Bigodi Wetland Walk; to Queen Elizabeth National Park for Safari Game Drive; to the canopy covered trails of Bwindi Forest for gorilla trekking; to lake Bunyonyi for canoe ride or hiking; to Lake Mburo National Park for game walk and game drives; then back to Entebbe International Airport.

All lodges are selected for their location and service standards.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Our company representative will pick you up on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to your hotel. Just 10 minutes drive from Entebbe international airport. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit interesting places within Entebbe including: Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre; Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, botanical gardens and others. Journey time: 10 minutes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & overnight stay at Gorilla Africa Guesthouse or Via Via Entebbe. All activities today are at additional cost.

Day 2: Transfer to Gulu Town

After breakfast you will start your journey to Kidepo Valley National Park northeastern Uganda. You will have a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctaury for Rhino tracking before proceeding to Gulu town for overnight. All our tours to Kidepo National Park stop at Gulu town for overnight and to break the long journey. Drive time: Approximately 7-9 hours; Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner; Lodging: African Roots Gulu.

Day 3: To Kidepo Valley National Park

After breakfast, pack your belongings, checkout of the lodge and drive northwards to Kidepo national park, Uganda’s untouched wilderness with majority of flora and fauna. . Check in your accommodation property, relax and prepare for a late afternoon game drive where you have chances of spotting the lion, leopard, African buffalo, zebras and many more of the mammals and bird species. Drive time: Approximately 4 hours; Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Lodging: Kidepo Savannah Lodge or Apoka Bandas.

Day 4: Morning game drives and visit the Kanagorok hot springs

Today after breakfast you will head out for morning game drives in the Savannah plains of Kidepo valley National Park where you have chances of spotting the lion, leopard, African buffalo, zebras, the greater & Lesser Kudu, roan antelope, Chandler’s mountain Reed buck, beisa oryx, Klipspringer and Bright’s Gazelle, ostriches, and many more of the mammals and bird species. After, drive back to the lodge for lunch, refresh and visit the eye-catching Kanangorok hot springs situated a few kilometers from the park, enjoy the stories and demonstrations that will be done besides taking photos and boiling an egg up to the point of eating. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and lodging at Kidepo Savannah Lodge or Apoka Bandas.

Day 5: Karamojong cultural Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the the Karamajongo homesteads, known as the Manyatta. Here you will have the opportunity to interact with the elders and get to know more about their culture and lifestyle. Here you can contribute by making donations on any kind towards their social welfare. As part of our sustainability practice, we take our clients to appreciate their lifestyle and daily activities which include grazing and milking cows. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Lodging: Kidepo Savannah Lodge or Apoka Bandas.

Day 6: To Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, you will drive back to Murchison Falls National Park in northern Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's best-known and biggest nature reserve. Its most memorable feature is the Victoria Nile which cuts through the park, running along a series of rapids before shooting out of a narrow crack in an incredibly powerful waterfall. The park is especially known for its massive elephant population, wide array of bird species and big herds of buffalo. Giraffes, lions, antelope and waterbucks can also be spotted here and if you search the trees carefully, you may even spot one of the elusive leopards. Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours; Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge

Day 7: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Delta Cruise

Welcome to morning game drive in the park. You will need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active, when anything is possible and sighting comes quickly. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope, lions, leopard are some of the animals you may come across. Later in the day you will take a boat safari towards Murchison Falls which is the special highlight of the day. On this 3-hour journey upstream on the Victoria Nile you will pass by breathtaking scenery, many crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, water birds, and monkeys that come down to the Nile for a cool drink in the hot afternoon. The boat will drop you near the waterfall for your hike (1-1.5 hrs) up to the top of the falls. Journey time: 3 hours. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & overnight stay at Breakfast, lunch, dinner & overnight stay at Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge.

Day 8: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

After breakfast, drive through the great libertine rift valley to Kibale passing through colorful tea plantations. Arrive in time for lunch in Fort Portal town. After lunch, you will head to Bigodi wetland for a wetland walk with opportunities to see primates and several bird species. This walk will enable you appreciate the role of the local people around Bigodi in conserving the wetland. You can choose to support them through donation in kind. Please note that this is a voluntary act. Journey time: 5 hours. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & overnight stay at Turaco Treetops-Budget rooms. Chimpanzee Forest Guest House or Isunga Lodge. Drive time: Approximately 4 hours; Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Swamp Walk

No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so surprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park headquarters located at Kanyanchu. Here, you will join other trekkers for briefing before you proceed into the forest for chimpanzee trekking. On a Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Kibale Forest you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience. You are allowed to spend an hour with these Great Apes while observing their behaviour. You are allowed to take photographs. In the afternoon you can choose whether you would like to do communities and learn more about the rural life in Africa or go deeper into the forest on a Swamp Walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is home to 8 primate species, over 200 bird species, butterflies and various reptiles. For bird lovers the highlight of the afternoon is spotting the beautiful great blue turaco. Both the Community Walk and Swamp Walk are operated by KAFRED, a registered community-based organization. The income from the walk is used for community development projects such as schools and hospitals. Please let Blessedia know which walk you prefer at the time of booking. Journey Time 15 minutes each way. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Lodging: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House or Isunga Lodge.

Day 10: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, your will drive 3-4 hours from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have an opportunity of passing through small towns, seeing several foothills of Mountain Rwenzori, small rivers that originate from Rwennzori mountain ranges as well as crossing the Equator at Kikorongo. You will check-in at Bush Lodge, relax as you prepare for a late afternoon game drive in Mweya. This section of Queen Elizabeth National Park is endowed with Antelopes, Buffaloes, Warthogs, elephants and many other wild animals including lions and leopards. Please note that a chance to sight lion and leopard can not guaranteed. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge.

Day 11: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Boat Safari

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kasenyi plains for a game viewing. It’s this time of the morning that the big cats are usually out to hunt for their prey. There will be high chances of spotting lions and or leopards on a hunt or feasting on their kill. However, we cannot guarantee it. Of course, there is a guarantee that you will see buffaloes, hippos, and several species of antelopes, and many more. You may return to the lodge for lunch or drive directly to Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This two hour boat cruise is one of the highlights in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides you an opportunity to view over 300 out of the 600 water bird species recorded here, antelopes, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and hippos. Return to the lodge for overnight.Breakfast, Lunch Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge.

Day 12: Transfer to Southern Queen Elizabeth in Ishasha Sector.

Enjoy a Lazily morning game viewing en-route to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park otherwise known as the Ishasha. After your lunch, you will drive into the park in in the afternoon to search for the popular tree climbing lions. Although this is the best place to see tree climbing lions, the chances of seeing them is not guaranteed. The Ishasha region also has other animals species like Buffaloes, Elephants, Antelopes and many others. You may also drive to River Ishasha to see the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thereafter, you will return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Lodging: Ishasha Jungle Lodge or Enjojo Lodge.

Day 13: Morning Game drives - Evening Community Experience.

Bush Breakfast Start the day with a very short drive to our amazing Bush breakfast spot. Accompanied by your driver guide, you will enjoy your morning breakfast with the view of the Ishasha beautiful wilderness. After breakfast you will embark on yet another game drive in the rich Ishasha areas in search of wildlife including warthogs, bush bucks, water bucks, Uganda Kob, Elephants and countless bird species. Remember you also still have yet another beautiful opportunity to see Tree Climbing lions that are only famously found in the Tree figs. You will visit the Ishasha community projects later on in the day. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Lodging: Ishasha Jungle Lodge or Enjojo Lodge.

Day 14: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, located in southwestern Uganda and shared between three districts of Kabale, Kanungu and Kisoro. Your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will take you through the rolling hills with terraced gardens of Irish potatoes and sometimes tea. You will arrive late afternoon for overnight at the Lodge. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas and the only National Park where wild chimpanzees co-exist with mountain gorillas. Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours, Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge.

Day 15: Gorilla tracking and Village walk

After breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters to join other trekkers to be allocated a Gorilla family that you will trek. Of course the park staff will first give you a full briefing concerning the Dos and Don’ts while with the gorillas. After that, you will be driven to the starting point of your allocated gorilla family to start your trek into the beautiful Impenetrable Bwindi Forest. This trek may take between 30 minutes to three quarters of the day, depending on where the Mountain Gorillas will be found. Please noted that gorilla trekking can be strenuous and as such a certain level of fitness is required. Once you find the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour to observe them and take photographs. Although this time may seem too short a time, the experience you get will be worth it. Thereafter, you will return to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate in recognition of your effort in contributing to the conservation of these endangered mountain gorillas. Return to the lodge for relaxation followed by a village walk in the evening to learn more about the local people living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This walk will enable you appreciate the effort of these people in conserving the forest and the gorillas. You can choose to support them through donation in kind. Please note that this is a voluntary act. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge.

Day 16: To Lake Bunyonyi

Drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the three Lava damned Lakes in Uganda. The Lake was formed when lava flowing from one of the volcanoes blocked a river channel and water was forced to flow back hence filling the space to create the Lake Bunyonyi. Bunyonyi locally means small birds. So the Lake got its name because of the abundance of small birds in this area in filled the area. Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the deepest lake in Uganda and the second deepest in East Africa. The beauty of this Lake Bunyonyi will surely not disappoint you. It is one of the best places in Uganda to relax after your gorilla trek. Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Bird nest Resort.

Day 17: Canoeing or Hiking

After breakfast, you are free to admire the beauty of the lake and its surrounding hills. You will have a choice of either taking a canoe ride on the lake to explore the different Islands with exciting histories behind them. For example, you will visit the Punishment Island. The story about this Island, it is the place where girls who were known to have conceived babies out of legitimate traditional marriage would be dumped and left to die. This is a whole day activity and you will surely enjoy it. Alternatively, you can hike one of the hills around the Lake Bunyonyi. Encounter Africa Safaris supports some projects around this area, which is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). So, for those who want to do something in the community while on their tour, this is another opportunity for you to go for volunteer work. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and stay at Bridnest Resort.

Day 18: To Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park via the Great Lakes Museum or Igongo Cultural center to learn more about the cultures of the ethnic groups in western Uganda. Lunch will be served en route. You will arrive at Lake Mburo National Park just in time for an evening game drive. Lake Mburo National Park is popular for animals such as Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras and so much more. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Drive time: Approximately 6 hours, Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge or Rwakobo Rock

Day 19: Drive to Entebbe International Airport

Like all great journeys, the 19 days safari has come to an end. Enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful corner of Uganda. Depending on your flight time, you can have a morning walking Safari or just embark on your journey to Entebbe International Airport. You will have a stop at the Equator crossing in Kayabwe for photography and stretching. Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours; Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

Cost Per Person Sharing
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Rate 2024/ 2025

› 1 Person - USD 900 Per Person

› 2 Person - USD 460 Per Person

› 3 Person - USD 450 Per Person

› 4 Person - USD 440 Per Person

› 5 Person - USD 430 Per Person

› 6 Person - USD 400 Per Person

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Package Included

› All Airport Transfers

› 18 night accommodation

› English speaking friendly guide

› Drinking water while in the vehicle

› Transport in 4x4 safari vehicle

› Fuel for the whole trip

› All meals as listed

› Park fees

› Activities as listed

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Package Excluded

› 1 Gorilla Permit Per Person (USD 700)

› 1 Chimps Permit Per Person (USD 200)

› Pre and post tour accommodation

› Travel Insurance (recommended)

› Visa fees

› Personal expenses (Tips, Drinks, etc)

› Face Masks (Recommended)

› International flights

› Cost of additional activities

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