SUMMARY: Source of the Nile, hike on Sipi falls, Game drives, boat cruise, chimp trekking, gorilla trekking, safari walk.
National parks: Kidepo NP, Murchison NP, Kibale NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Bwindi impenetrable NP, lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo NP, Source of the Nile.
Accommodation level: mix of budget and mid-range.
Day 1 – Arrival and transfer to Jinja
Your guide picks you up at Entebbe airport and takes you to the hotel in Jinja to relax after the flight.
Overnight Kingfisher Safaris Resort Jinja
Day 2- Boat cruise and horseback riding on the Source of the Nile
After breakfast you set off for the first adventure of this safari, Boat cruise on the Nile. Be prepared for a day of great experiences with speed and excitement. When the experience is over your guide picks you and takes you to the hotel.
Overnight Kingfisher Safaris Resort Jinja
Day 3- transfer to Kapchorwa
After having an early breakfast, your guide/driver will transfer you to Kapichorwa where you will have a long day in a car passing through the windows viewing the beautiful landscapes and you will have a stopover to have lunch then continue to the lodge in the evening.
Overnight: Noah’s ark hotel
Day 4- Hike on the Sipi falls and transfer to Kitgum.
After having a soaked breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the starting point of hiking on Sipi falls where will be marveling the different attractions and experiencing the hike up to the ancient cave which is known to be the first royal family of the Sabine’s’ hence the hike will take like 3hrs then after you get back to the lodge for lunch and transfer to Kitgum.
Overnight: Bomah hotel.
Day 5: Transfer to Kitgum
Meet you guide and start your Kidepo safari. You have a long day in the car ahead of you and can enjoy the Ugandan landscape passing by the windows.
Overnight Bomah hotel
Day 6: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park
After breakfast you make the last part of the journey to Kidepo Valley national park. This park is known as one of the last untouched wildernesses in Africa. You will reach the park in time for a game-drive and then get to the lodge for lunch. After some relaxation you head out for an evening game-drive and have the chance of seeing for example giraffes, zebras, elephants, lions and leopards.
Overnight at Bomah hotel.
Day 7: A day at Kidepo valley National Park
Get up early to enjoy a morning game-drive in the area of the Kanangorok hot springs. If you are lucky you can see ostriches in this area. After lunch it is time for a cultural experience visiting a Karamojong village. See how the locals live and learn about their culture.
Overnight at Apoka hostel bandas
Day 8: Transfer back through Gulu
This will be an interesting day in the car as you are travelling through the remotest parts of Uganda, see villages and nature passing by the window. Spend the night in Gulu Uganda’s second biggest town.
Overnight: Church hill hotel.
Day 9 – To Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast you set off for the drive to Murchison falls national park. Be there around lunch time. When you have finished your lunch it is time to experience the top of the falls. It is an amazing feeling to stand their enjoying the view and hearing the water roar. Have a relaxed evening at the lodge.
Overnight at Murchison River lodge.
Day 10 – Game-drive and boat-cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
Get up early in the morning to meet the animals of the savanna. During this morning game-drive you can see giraffes, elephants, lions and more. In the afternoon it is time for a boat-cruise on the mighty Nile spotting for example hippos, crocodiles and birds on the shores.
Overnight at Murchison River Lodge.
Day 11 – Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Be prepared for a long day in the car made easier by making a stop in a village to stretch your legs, taking a look at a tea plantation and studying the Ugandan countryside passing by the window.
Overnight at Rwenzori View Guest House
Day 12 – Chimps trekking day
Be woken up by the sounds of the jungle and get ready for your chimps trekking experience. Your guide takes you to the starting point and you set off in to the beautiful jungle to see the chimpanzees. After the chimps trekking your guide meets you and takes you to the lodge in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Overnight at Elephant Hab lodge
Day 13 – Game-drive and boat-cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wake up early in the morning for a game-drive in the Kasenyi part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Here you have the chance of seeing lions, elephants, buffaloes, an abundance of birds and more. After lunch your guide takes you to the afternoon boat-cruise on Kazinga channel. This two hour boat ride is a great highlight were you for example can look for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and warthogs along the shores of the channel.
Overnight at Elephant Hab Lodge
Day 14 – Tree-climbing lions in Ishasha and transfer to Bwindi
Head off to the Ishasha part of Queen Elizabeth national park in the morning. The drive there goes along an adventurous road and you have the chance of seeing baboons and elephants along the way. In Ishasha you find topis, buffaloes and search for the tree-climbing lions. The lions in this area are famous for climbing up great fig trees to take a rest. After finishing your game-drive the journey goes on to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Enjoy the changing landscape as the car slowly climbs up towards the misty mountains of the gorillas.
Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Day 15 – Gorilla trekking day
You have now reached a highlight of this Discover Uganda safari; the gorilla trekking day. Your guide will take you to the starting point of the gorilla trekking in the morning and you set of for your adventure. The trek takes you through the jungle up to the point where the gorillas are and you get to spent one hour with them. When you are back from the gorilla trekking your guide takes you to the stunningly beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.
Overnight at Birdnest Lodge
Day 16 – Relax by Lake Bunyonyi
Have a free day by Lake Bunyonyi. Here you can rent a canoe to explore the islands, take a swim (the lake is free of hippos, crocodiles and bilharzia), go for a hike or just relax with a book.
Overnight at Birdnest Lodge
Day 17 – Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast you start off with your guide towards Lake Mburo national park. A landscape of rolling green hills will pass by the windows before you reach the town of Mbarara for lunch and then continue to the lodge in Lake Mburo national park.
Overnight at Rwakobo Rock
Day 18 – Safari-walk and game-drive
Start the day early with a safari-walk in Lake Mburo national park. Get the experience of being one with nature as you see the animals close by during the walk. Have breakfast at the lodge and relax a bit before lunch. After lunch in the afternoon it is time for your game-drive in the park, here you can see impalas and zebras. Get back to the lodge to enjoy your last evening in Uganda’s national parks on this Discover Uganda safari.
Overnight Rwakobo Rock
Day 19 – Transfer to Kampala
Have a relaxed breakfast and then start the journey to Kampala. Make a stopover along the way for lunch at the Equator and take the chance to stand with one foot on either side on the southern and northern hemisphere. After the last part of the drive to Kampala your guide takes you to the hotel for a relaxed afternoon/evening.
Overnight Cassia Lodge
Day 20 – City tour and flight
Go for a city tour of Kampala before heading to Entebbe airport for your flight. The city tour can be adapted to your interests of crafts shopping, cultural sites or community tourism. The length of the city tour depends on your flight time and your guide will transfer you to Entebbe airport in time for your flight back home.