Uganda has a lot to offer the world, and with this 20-day safari, you will have a blend of adventure and relaxation experience. Your epic holiday combines different experiences from Central, Eastern, and Northern to Western Uganda. You will begin with adrenaline adventures at the Source of the Nile, enjoy whitewater rafting; Sipi Falls at the base of Elgon Volcano.
To Northeastern Uganda, explore Kidepo Valley National Park, proceed to Murchison Falls N/Park, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth Park, Semuliki, Bwindi National Park, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, and more. Your safari also incorporates unique cultural experiences in the different regions that you will be visiting.
Day 1: Entebbe International Airport (EBB) & transfer to a hotel
Meet your safari leader at EBB after landing, get briefed on your remarkable 20 days Uganda safari. After, connect to your hotel to enjoy an ultimate relaxation, dinner and overnight sleep. Entebbe International Airport lies on the spectacular peninsular, and in the surrounding, there is Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake on earth.
Day 2: Whitewater rafting
After early morning breakfast, leave Entebbe for Jinja city- Eastern Uganda. Drive on the Jinja highway and en route, you will find Mabira Forest, a vast tropical forest that is divided into two by the road. Arrive early, and you will join other rafters for briefing then proceed for a half-day whitewater rafting experience on the Source of the Nile River Jinja. You will be conquering the Grade 5 rapids, with experts available to make your day memorable. Return from a thrilling whitewater rafting, and enjoy late lunch, chill and you will set off for a boat tour to where John Speke stood. Here, you will also be sighting numerous birds like kingfishers.
Day 3: Sipi waterfalls
Transfer from Jinja to the Sipi waterfalls, 4 to 5 hours’ drive. En route, enjoy the view of extensive sugarcane plantations, and rice fields, and arrive early to check in at your accommodation where lunch will be offered. After lunch, set off for 3–4 hours trek to the triple Sipi waterfalls which exist at elevation ranges of 85m, 100m, and 75m.
Day 4: Kidepo N. Park
Rise up early for breakfast, after, begin your road trip to the extreme Northeastern Uganda where you will visit Kidepo Valley National Park. This is a 1442sq.kms extensive protected area, established in 1962 and home to numerous wildlife such as cape buffaloes, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, Jackson’s hartebeest, elands, spotted hyenas, topis, Uganda kobs, 475 species of birds, and others.
Day 5: Game drive, Karamojong community visit
Start early on your 2–4 hours’ guided game drive in the extensive savanna plains of Kidepo Valley National Park. Drive through the Narus Valley, a rewarding sector in Kidepo that will get you exposed to many animal species including zebras, reedbucks, buffaloes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, side-striped jackals, elands, giraffes, bat-eared foxes, caracals, birds, etc. Return for relaxation, lunch and in the afternoon, you will embark on a community tour to explore more about the Karamojong and their distinct cultures, traditions, practices, and more.
Day 6: Mt. Morungole & IK community tour
After breakfast, set off for a long day trek to the top of Morungole Mountain where you will explore the IK people and their cultures. Mt. Morungole is 2749m high, and the IK people live on its summit.
Day 7: Murchison Falls Park
Start your road trip to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest park located on the Northwestern side of the country. This is expected to take you about 7 hours drive, and en route, lunch will be enjoyed at Gulu. Murchison Falls Park hosts a huge profusion of wildlife, and they include cape buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, giraffes, etc.
Day 8: Game trip, Victoria Nile boat tour
After a hot cup of tea/coffee, leave your lodge for 2–3 hours game drive via the Northern section of Murchison Falls National Park. During the game drive, you will use a 4x4 tourist vehicle and expect to come across wildlife species such as lions, the Rothschild giraffes, elephants, Uganda kobs, Jackson’s hartebeest, buffaloes, leopards, waterbucks, oribis, birds in large numbers.
You will return from the game drive, enjoy lunch and at 2 pm, expect to begin your memorable boat tour along the Victoria Nile. The boat cruise experience starts from Paraa and connects up to the base of the Murchison waterfalls.
Between the two points, you will be left astonished by the mesmerizing view of aquatic life including hippos, birds, Nile crocodiles, and more. At the base of Murchison Fall, enjoy the breathtaking view and take incredible pictures. You may proceed with a hike to the top of the falls, 45 minutes, or return to Paraa on a boat.
Day 9: The top of the falls & travel to Hoima
Breakfast early in the morning, and after drive to the top of the falls for photography then head to Hoima. En-route to Hoima city, you will make a stop visit at Kibiro salt gardens. Kibiro is one of the significant heritage sites, and many local residents gather at the site for salt mining.
Day 10: Hoima-Kibale N/Park, Uganda
Enjoy a hefty breakfast, and after, drive from Hoima to Kibale National Park. En-route, you will drive via the breathtaking landscape, homesteads, lush vegetation, etc. There are also extensive tea estates, watch locals as they pluck. At Fort Portal city, you will make a stopover for lunch and continue to Kibale Park to relax at the lodge while enjoying the refreshing atmosphere.
Day 11: Chimpanzees & Bigodi Swamp walk
A cup of tea/coffee be provided to you at the lodge, and after, transfer to Kanyanchu tourist center for a briefing about chimpanzee trekking rules. Kanyanchu is where treks to explore habituated chimpanzee communities start from, and it is where the park guides are also allocated to visitors. At 8:00 am, the 2–4 hours trek to see chimpanzees start and you will be guaranteed one hour of magical encounter. Other than chimps, Kibale is also rich in other primates, birds, and floral species.
Day 12: Semuliki Park
Leave Kibale Forest N/Park for Semuliki, a spectacular park most popular for its powerful hot spring- Sempaya hot springs. Semuliki is 220sq.kms park, home to 441 bird species and numerous primates including the grey-cheeked mangabeys, De Brazza’s monkeys, Mona monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees, and black and white colobus monkeys. You will undertake a guided nature walk leading to the Sempaya hot springs. This hot spring consists of female and male hot springs, the male- is Bitente, and the female is Nyasimbi. It has a boiling rate of 100 degrees Celsius, and most visitors come to carry out experiments here especially boiling an egg or plantain. After your Sempaya tour, head to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
Day 13: Rwenzori Mountain trek
A full day will be dedicated for you to explore the base area of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. It takes about 7 days or more to climb to the top of Mount Rwenzori, Africa’s 3rd highest mountain range. Mt. Rwenzori’s highest peak is Margherita, rising to 5109m. Since it is a short tour, you will trek around the nearby peaks, but you will have an exceptional view of the surrounding Lake George, Edward; rift valley areas. After, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Uganda.
Day 14: Game drive tour, boat cruise experience ‑Queen Elizabeth Park
After a hefty breakfast, you will set off for a guided game drive via Kasenyi plains. This is one of the special game viewing trails in Queen Elizabeth NP, and it is located on the Northern side of the park. Expected animal sightings while on Kasenyi plains range from lions, elephants, antelopes, leopards (on a lucky day), warthogs, to birds.
Over 95 species of mammals, 600 bird species all live in Queen Elizabeth N/Park. Enjoy a leisurely lunch, after, proceed to Mweya for a boat cruise which lasts for 2–3 hours on Kazinga channel. At Kazinga, you will come across a huge concentration of hippos, crocodiles, aquatic birds including the yellow billed storks, African open billed storks, African spoonbills, pelicans, etc.
Day 15: Bwindi Park with en-route tour in Ishasha sector
Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, about 3–4 hours’ drive. You will enjoy an en-route game drive at Ishasha sector, the Southern region of Queen Elizabeth Park known for tree climbing lion watching. After remarkable tree climbing lion watching, transfer to Bwindi National Park, a tropical forest park which is found in the Southwestern Uganda. Bwindi lies along the Albertine rift valley, at altitudinal range of 1160m and 2607m.
Day 16: Gorilla trekking – 2 to 6 hours’ drive
Set off from your lodge to Bwindi Park offices for briefing and allocation of gorilla families. This starts at 8:00 am, and a briefing will be conducted by the park official. At Bwindi, there are 20 habituated gorilla families to be visited, and they are distributed across the 4 sectors- Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. Your park guide will escort you to explore more about mountain gorillas, with a maximum of one hour guaranteed for a face-to-face encounter, and photography. After enjoying a close encounter with mountain gorillas, return to the lodge for relaxation and later, you will visit Batwa pygmies’ community.
Day 17: Golden monkeys ‑Mgahinga NP & Lake Bunyonyi
A hot cup of tea/coffee, after, drive to Ntebeko tourist center for a briefing on guidelines for golden monkey tracking. You will explore in-depth golden monkeys, some of the beautiful creatures with golden patches on their bodies. Golden monkeys are endemic to the Virunga Region and some parts of the Albertine rift valley. The long day trek to see Mgahinga golden monkeys can go for about 2–5 hours, and this includes 1 hour of a close encounter. From Mgahinga, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi for evening relaxation.
Day 18: Boat ride
Lake Bunyonyi is Uganda’s deepest lake, with 29 charming islands. After breakfast, you will take a boat ride, and you will visit one of the lake’s islands particularly the Upside-down Island or punishment island. Have a deep insight into the unique history, these islands hold and also, you will keep an eye on small/little birds. When you return from the boat/canoe ride, have a leisurely lunch and later, visit the Bakiga/Batwa communities, explore different traditions, cultures, or learn how the local beer is made and other hands-on experiences.
Day 19: Lake Mburo Park- Uganda
From Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale to Lake Mburo National Park, Western Uganda, you will drive for 4–6 hours. Traditional lunch will be enjoyed upon arrival, relax, and later, set off for a late afternoon game drive to see hundreds of impalas, elands, zebras, giraffes, bushbucks, giraffes, topis, and birds. Enjoy a leisurely evening, and chill at the lodge where you will have dinner and overnight stay.
Day 20: Return to Kampala/Entebbe & en-route stopover at the Equator
Get up early in the morning for breakfast, and after, you will set off for a morning boat cruise expedition. The 2–3 hours guided boat cruise tour on Lake Mburo comes with incredible sights of aquatic life, such as hippos, crocodiles, and water birds. Retreat from the recreational boat experience, check out and drive to the Equator crossing for photography, and relaxation and make the final journey to Kampala/Entebbe.