20 Days Best Of Uganda safari tour

Experience the very best tour Uganda, the pearl of Africa has to offer! Travel from East to West and North to South and see the diversity of Uganda’s flora and fauna. The mountains of Sipi Falls, One of the best parks in the world: Kidepo valley, meet the karamajong, explore the River Nile, the savannas of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls and the rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi.
This tour through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture & animals and slumbering in the best & Carefully chosen safari lodges with incredible views.

20 Days of inspirational wildlife adventure doubled with Authentic Local Experiences and accompanied with Safari drive Insightful Driver guide. Also available for group tour from US $ 3952

20 Days of inspirational wildlife adventure doubled with Authentic Local Experiences and accompanied with Safari drive Insightful Driver guide. Also available for group tour from US $ 3952

TOUR SUMMERY

Trip Starts:       Entebbe – Uganda
Trip Ends:        Entebbe – Uganda
Hotel Rating:    Lodge (Mixed Budgets – Upgrade Available)
Guides:           Professionally Escorted by a tour/Driver guide
Permits:          Trekking Permits Secured for each person
Fees:              Gorilla Permit Fees and Park fees inclusive
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Hotel


Safari Drive Advantages on This Trip

  • Professionally handled.
  • Beaten off the track by our insightful guides.
  • Completely Tailor made & Designed just for
  • Professional care and attention by our Uganda safari Experts.
  • Professional safari guides in Uganda with in depth Uganda information.
  • Able to Extend this tours to Rwanda Kenya or Tanzania
  • Very Affordable price and quotations.
  • Get upclose and personal with Mountain Gorillas
  • Very nice safari Jeeps.

Itinerary at a glance & Highlights

Day 1: Arrive In Uganda

Day 2: Jinja – Water Rafting

Day 3&4: Sipi Falls- Mount Elgon

Day 5: Karamoja – Kotido

Day 6: Transfer to kidepo valley national Park

Day 7&8: Kidepo Valley National park

Day 9: Transfer to Gulu

Day 10&11: Murchison falls National Park

Day 12: Lake Albert – Kabwoya wildlife reserve

Day 13&14: Kibale forest National park

Day 15&16: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 17: Ishasha – Tree climbing Lions

Day 18&19 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 20: Lake Mburo National Park

Day 21: Transfer Back to Kampala – End Of Trip


 

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
Your driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and take you directly to your lodge in Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Kampala.
You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.
Accomodation: Accacia Cottages

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Rafting the Nile
After an early breakfast you will set off to Jinja, the tourism capital of East Africa. A journey talking about 2 hours and home to the Basoga tribe in Uganda, Jinja is both an industrial hub and a tourism destination too. Historically it is known for sourcing the Nile and you will cross the Owen Falls Dam en- route to the Wild Waters. On arrival to Jinja you will be starting the rafting straight away. Lunch will be provided by the rafting company as you draft away on the thunderous Nilewhere you will be swallowed and spit-out by the Grade-5 Rapids
Accomodation: The Haven Lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Sipi Falls
After breakfast you drive through the eastern part of Uganda takes you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level.
The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. You will stay in a wonderful lodge. From your lodge you have beautiful views over one of the waterfalls and incredible karamoja plains with great golden light from the sunset
Accomodation: Sipi River lodge

Day 4: The sipi river walk
Prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. After breakfast, choose to go on a 3-hour or – for the real adventurers – a 7-hour hike through the region. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture.
Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations and caves. Local villagers will be sure to greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles.
Accommodation: Sipi River lodge

Day 5: Visiting a Karamajong Manyatta
We will today bring you to places where no one else will go. One of these examples is karamoja an arid area in northeastern Uganda inhabited by the Karamajong. These cattle-herding natives are related to the Maasai in Kenya in their dress, language, and ways of life.
Today, you will have the rare chance to visit an authentic Karamajong village outside the small town of Kotido. All of this is in cooperation with the Ugandan Red Cross, which works in this region. All profits from this tour go to support the local efforts of the organization.
Note: All accommodation in the north, including Kotido, Kidepo Valley and Gulu are much more basic compared to accommodation during the rest of your trip.
You will get to visit a manyatta, the traditional home of the Karamajong. A Red Cross Volunteer will guide you in this authentic experience that will start with a prayer from the elders. Karamajong people are not so used to interacting with tourists, so before beginning the visit we will ask you to sign the “code of conduct” with basic guidelines about how to avoid cultural interference. This will ensure a sustainable tourism model that does not corrupt local traditions and ways of life.
Tourist infrastructure does not exist in Kotido. Please be patient and do not expect the services from hotels and restaurants that you would expect in other parts of Uganda. You will spend the night at the Church of Uganda.
Accomodation: Church of Uganda cottages.

Day 6: Cattle Market & Kidepo National Park
The Karamojong are the most distinctive group in northeast Uganda and known primarily for their love of cattle and cattle rustling and their resistance to modern civilization.
If you can plan your tour to arrive in Kotido on a Tuesday you’ll have the chance to experience an authentic Karamajong cattle market on Wednesday (that is today in this tour). Some herders walk for 5 hours to be able to buy or sell their goats, cows or chicken here. It’s a colorful and stunning sight and one of the few remaining authentic experiences. Don’t miss this!
After this thrilling experience it is time to enter into the most remote and pristine national park in the country, Kidepo Valley National Park. The park has some of the most amazing scenery in the country! For many people this is the most beautiful park of Uganda. Here you will find almost no tourists leaving you free to enjoy the park and its unique combination of wildlife without distraction.
Accomodation: savannah lodge Kidepo

Day 7&8: Safari in Kidepo
In Kidepo Valley National Park you will find zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and leopards. This is also the only place in Uganda where you can find the cheetah and ostrich.
Kidepo is famous for its lions relaxing on the rocks – a scene which may remind you of a certain Disney film. You might even be very lucky to spot a leopard or cheetah! Besides the 4×4 safaris you can also take a bush walk in the park with an armed ranger.
Accomodation: savannah lodge Kidepo

Day 9: Travel to Gulu
Today you will face a long, bumpy and dusty drive to the sizeable town of Gulu, so get ready for the “African Massage!”
We don’t have any activities planned today as we expect you will want to rest after a tiresome day. It is possible, however, to have a stroll around this slave trade town or preferably to fort partiko, the biggest slave trade centre. Its worth visiting.
You will stay in a comfortable hotel with air-conditioned rooms.
Accomodation: Churchhill Hotel Gulu

Day 10: To Murchison Falls N.P.
Today you continue your journey by crossing to the west of the country to Murchison Falls National Park.
You will game drive towards your lodge on the southern bank of the Nile. You will be staying at a great mid-range lodge, overlooking the River Nile. From here you can relax the rest of your day.
Accomodation: Fort Murchison Camp

Day 11: Murchison Falls National Park
Get ready for an early wake up today! In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park.
Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park! In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound.
After the boat safari you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!
Accommodation: Fort Murchison Camp

Day 12: Boat Safari on Delta & to Lake Albert
The Nile Delta is the area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. A boat safari down the river towards Lake Albert is a “must do” for every birdwatcher as the banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork. As well you will see hundreds of hippo and maybe even bathing elephant and huge crocs!
Then time has come to leave Murchison Falls National Park and you will travel to Lake Albert, where you will stay at Lake Albert Lodge. Lake Albert Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Albert in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. The main lodge with pool and thatch cabanas faces Lake Albert with magnificent views of the Blue Congo Mountains to the West.
Accomodation: lake Albert safari lodge

Day 13: To Fort Portal & Kibale Forest
Today you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest N.P. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.
After about seven hours’ driving, you stop for lunch in the cozy town Fort Portal. After lunch, you have time to walk around town, observe local life and/or visit the local market.
Then you drive one more hour to the lodge. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and enjoying a lovely evening getting ready for the chimpanzee tracking or chimpanzee habituation.
Accomodation: Kibale forest Camp

Day 14: Chimpanzee Encounter & Swamp Walk
Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!
An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzee you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them.
Late on in the afternoon, you will embark on the famous Bigodi swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco! A beautiful rare blue bird.
Accomodation: Kibale forest Camp

Day 15: Queen Elizabeth N.P.
After a relaxed breakfast in the morning, you can relax at your lodge and late you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the most Bio-diverse national game reserve in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including antellopes, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazly sleeping or hitching on the Phobia cactus trees.
Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Day 16: Park Game Drive & Boat Safari
Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.
A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning.
In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Day 17: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enjoy another spectacular morning game drive in kasenyi sector in search for the cats and yes you shall be rewarded. We will then drive southwards to the Ishasha sector of the park which is a home for tree climbing lions. Along and towards ishasha sector park entrance gate you shall be rewarded with vibrant wildlife a pleasant view of the Uganda kob, elephants and some birds of riverine and savanna habitats. Ishasha Jungle Lodge found in the Ishasha sector of this park is where you will be checked in.
Overnight: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 18: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
On this beautiful day, you will be walking through the Bwindi forest. You shall first drive from Ishasha to Buhoma on the Northern side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where the walk begins. This incredible and interesting walk through the “impenetrable forest” destination has hills covered with mist, and has a blanket-like cover of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests. Your driver guide will transverse around the park as you walk through the Forest across the Kashasha River and to Nkuringo Gorilla Camp. Accompanied by Walking guides and park rangers, you will make your first encounter with the unique flora and fauna of the Impenetrable Forest.
Accomodation: Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Day 19: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest Jungles
Remarkably the highlight of this inspirational journey, Gorilla trekking is one of the most exciting days of your safari; today you will be gorilla tracking. Breakfast will be served early and lunch will be packed. The briefing is at 8 am. Your guide will give you highlights of specific details about the way of life of the gorillas you will be tracking. The hike can take anything from one to seven hours. Once you reach the gorillas, you are allowed to spend one hour with them as you stand 7 meters away, however these primates sometimes come closer to you and sometimes touch you.
Depending on when you get back, you may opt to go for a short community walk and to the top of the world; the highest point in Nkuringo and used as a football pitch with incredible and spectacular views..
Accomodation: Overnight: Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Day 20: Lake Mburo National Park
After a relaxed breakfast, you shall proceed towards Kabale town with optional motorized canoe trip on Lake Bunyonyi to then proceed to Lake Mburo National park through Mbarara town. You may opt for Muzungu lunch at or allow us share with us a traditional Ugandan meal The Luwombo. You will later proceed to lake Mburo National park, the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as Zebra, Impala, Eland, Buffalo, Oribi, Defassa waterbuck, Hyena, Topi.
Accomodation: Eagles nest

Day 21: Lake Mburo – Kampala
Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to roam the park in search of wildlife the drive starts between 6.30-7pm and last two to three hours. The wildlife-rich eastern banks of Lake Mburo can be explored during a tranquil two-hour boat voyage.After lunch depart for kampala with coffee break and souvenir shoppping at the Equator with possibilities of visiting the overnight markets.
Accommodation: Bomma Guest house

Rates & Quotes;

Rates displayed are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy and on Full Board Arrangement

Budget Accommodation:                    US $ 4898


Midrange Accomodation:                   US $ 5890


Luxury Accommodation:                     US $ 7980


  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates provided are subject to change
  • Rates provided are per person sharing/ 2 pax.
  • Trip is available for group Tour……Inquire availability

Request a quote and best rates for this trip or speak to one of our safari experts for a typical tailor made journey or Would like an extension to any of the East Africa countries.


Included in the price:

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • Experienced English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary, based on a double room sharing
  • Meals as described in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entrance and ranger fees for the national parks
  • Activities mentioned in the program
  • Bottled water for the whole journey
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Detailed Uganda map
  • VAT for upcountry hotel and lodge accommodations
  • AMREF Flying Doctors insurance

Exclusions:

  • International flight
  • Visa (US $50 or $100 tourist multi country Visa)
  • Gorilla permit
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

EXTENSION TRIP: 5 Days Serengeti and Ngorongoro.

From US $ 1890 Per person

Embark on a 5 days extended trip from Uganda and be rewarded with a serengeti and the famous Ngorongoro experience with the finest and vibrant wild game.


 

Day 1 -Moshi – Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning we will collect you from your hotel and drive you to Lake Manyara National Park. The park lies and is bordered between the Rift Valley Escarpment and the dusty Masai Steppe. On the western side is a forest and also the alkaline Manyara lake which covers the largest area of the park.
Accomodation: Kirurumu Manyara Lodge for overnight.

Day 2 Lake Manyara National Park – Serengeti National Park
On this day after a nice breakfast, venture to to the start of a wonderful journey through the plains of Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti National Park is the second largest park in Tanzania
Accomodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp

Day 3 Serengeti National Park
Embarkon another journey journey devoted to observing the wildlife in the Serengeti National Park. in the months on the Migration, on this day you shall visit areas of migration generally the herds of wildebeest and zebras during the short rain season of October to November tend to be found moving from the hills in the north to the plains in the south.
Accomodation: Kati Kati Tented Camp .

Day 4 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast you will continue your tour of the Serengeti National Park. In the Seronera Valley you can watch the wildebeest, zebras as well lions and other big cats such as leopards and cheetahs. After lunch at a picnic place you will slowly drive in the direction of the Ngorongoro Crater. Through the Olduvai Gorge which became world known due to the archeological work of the English research couple Leaky.
Accomodation: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 5 Ngorongoro Crater -Arusha/ Moshi:
After breakfast, embark on the famous Ngorongoro experience in the crater. The Ngorongoro crater is the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world. After the aww inspiring wildlife tripinto the Ngorongoro with a picnic you will leave the caldera in the afternoon and drive back to Moshi.