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14 Days
Entebbe International Airport
Various Locations
Min Age : 6
Max People : 12

Highlights: Kampala, Jinja, Murchison Falls, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Gorilla Trekking in the Bwindi, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Park. If these places ring a bell and sound like the places you want to visit, this is the perfect itinerary for you! 

Activities: Kampala city and ghetto slum tours, Gorilla and chimp trekking, wildlife, hot air balloon, white water rafting, cultural experience, Boat ride)

Uganda 14 Itinerary Day by Day breakdown

    • Day 1 –Arrival at Entebbe to Kampala
    • Day 2 – Explore Kampala: Full day city/slum tour 
    • Day 3 – Jinja : white water rafting/ bungee jumping/ boat trips / Horseback riding
    • Day 4 – Kampala to Murchison Falls: Beginning of Murchison Falls tour, visit the waterfalls in the afternoon Murchison Falls
    • Day 5 – Murchison Falls game drive and boat tour
    • Day 6 – Murchison falls to Kibale National Park
    • Day 7 – Kibale National Park: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Wetland visit
    • Day 8 – Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Game Park: Launch cruise
    • Day 9 – Queen Elizabeth National Park- Queen Elizabeth (Ishasha) sector: Game drive 
    • Day 10 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park- Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable forest Day
    • 11 – Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi: Full day game drive
    • Day 12 – Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Bunyonyi: Boat ride, bird watching, photography, watching beautiful sunset 
    • Day 13 – Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park: Boat ride/ Game drive
    • Day 14 – Lake Mburo National Park- Kampala: photography at the equator

Detailed itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe Airport- Kampala

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and transferred by our guide to your place of accommodation for dinner and overnight.  

Accommodation: Red Chili Hideaway (Luxury, Mid-range, And Budget), Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Kampala- historic places, slum tours

After breakfast, our guide will take you to the main highlights of Kampala including the King’s Palace where you can see the prisons Idi Amin tortured his prisoners, Kasubi Tombs the Regal tombs of the Buganda people, Uganda Museum for ethnography & natural history displays, Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine Namugongo a Shrine & memorial with a unique design, the Gadhafi Mosque which is the National Mosque, Hindu Temple, Owino Market, Makerere Hill. We shall also pay a visit to any slum a Home to some of the most vulnerable populations living below the standard conditions. They are characterized by flooding, inadequate access to sanitation, inadequate access to safe water, Insecure residential status, Poor structural quality of housing, Lots of school dropouts, High rates/levels of noise, crime, drug abuse, immorality (pornography and prostitution) and alcoholism, Children eating from Garbage, High HIV/AIDS prevalence and Overcrowding.

You will have a memorable meaningful and fun day through your guided tour, learn about the lifestyle, experiences and touching stories of these simple, happy people who are always excited to see you and offer carefree interaction. Many of the children are forced into work, some just selling sweets on the street, from a young age. Receiving an education is not on the radar for many of them. It can amount to just USD 30 to send one child to school for a term which price is the same price for a meal and drink in developed countries. 

You can get to know on how to assist or improve lives of Families, Women, and Children living in these slums. You could be someone’s HERO by visiting any slum.

You will also sample some local Ugandan food, delicious chapattis and the famous Rolex (it’s a roll with eggs) and some local meat grilling.  Return to your place of stay.

Accommodation: Red Chili Hideaway (Luxury, Mid-range, Budget), Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: White water rafting/ bungee jumping/ Float boat trip

After breakfast, you’ll be picked at around 7am for a drive to the adventure through Mabira Forest to the home of the Nile River for a full day white water rafting where you’ll tackle all the big grade 5 rapids that thunder down the River Nile. Rafting should take between four and five hours with lunch provided on your trip. On return to dry land you’ll head back to Kampala arriving by early evening. 

Alternative Activity: Try out the Bungee Jumping or Float Boat trip, Jet Boating, Bungee, Kayaking, Swimming and Horse Riding and Squad Biking.

Accommodation: Red Chili Hideaway (Luxury, Mid-range, Budget), Meal plan: Full board

Day 4: Beginning of Murchison Falls tour, visit the waterfalls in the afternoon 

After an early breakfast, drive north-west to Masindi via the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary where Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to the largest national park in Uganda that has a large concentration of wildlife animals. We shall reach at the top of Murchison Waterfalls in the afternoon and you’ll be transferred by our guide to your place of accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Red Chili Hideaway (Luxury, Mid-range, Budget), Parra Safari Lodge (Luxury), Murchison River Lodge (Mid- range) Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 5: Full day Murchison Falls game drive and boat tour/ Hot Air balloon

After an African Cup of Coffee, Start the day with an epic early morning game drive through the national park and expect to find animals that are unique to the African Savannah like the giraffe, lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant hyena, the Uganda Kob etc. The bird life is also impressive, with the African fish Eagle being one of the prized sightings and with luck the rare shoebill stork. There is also a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad Savannah.                                                           Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. 

The afternoon will be followed by a 3 hour boat cruise around the Nile River where you’ll also see loads of hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds along the shore of the River.

Alternative Activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari

Hot air balloon Safari gives you an aerial view of Murchison Falls National Park as you spot the many species wild animals. The hot air balloon is made to fly at the tree altitude so as to bring you closer so that you take a good look at the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation: Red Chili Hideaway (Luxury, Mid-range, Budget), Parra Safari Lodge (Luxury), Murchison River Lodge (Mid- range) Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast drive to Kibale Forest National Park a top destination for tracking wild chimpanzees found in Fort Portal. This day will be a long driving day of 8-9 hours; we will have numerous stops to stretch your legs and Lunch enroute.

Accommodation: Luxury: Ndali Lodge, Mid-range: Primate Lodge, Budget: Kibale Forest camp – Meal plan: Full Board.

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Wetland visit

After Breakfast, go for chimpanzee Habituation Experience in the forest with a packed lunch.  You will meet chimpanzees and other primates include Gray-cheeked Mangabey, the L’Hoest’s, Red Colobus, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed, and many others. You will take a lot more photos and get to learn to identify the chimpanzees as individuals by their markings, scars and other unique features that differentiate them from others. 

Butterflies and Birding in the forest is also very rewarding and you could encounter White-naped Pigeon, African Gray Parrot, Black Bee-eater, Hairy-breasted, Yellow Spotted and Yellow Billed Barbet, Chestnut-winged and Purple-headed, Waller’s and Narrow Tailed Starlings, Blue-throated Brown and Superb Sunbirds, White-collared Olive back among others.

After lunch, we shall visit Bigodi wetland to spot the Elusive Sitatunga Antelope in the Papyrus and several other interesting species of birds like the Papyrus, Carruthre’s Cisticola, White-winged warbler and Gonolek.

Accommodation: Luxury: Ndali Lodge, Mid-range: Primate Lodge, Budget: Kibale Forest camp – Meal plan: Full Board.

Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Launch cruise

After breakfast, it’s time to go to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, a park known to boast the highest bio-diversity ratings of any game park in the worlds with habitats to include; lakes, forest, savannah grassland as well as wetlands.  After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, Kob and the occasional Nile crocodile and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge Camp, Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Park view Lodge/ Kasenyi safari lodge (Mid- range), Enganzi lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 9: Game drive and transfer to Ishasha Sector

After an African cup of coffee, we head out for a morning game drive for more wildlife encounters including elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, tree climbing lions, spotted hyenas, bush bucks, stripped jackal, comical warthogs, elusive leopard, Uganda Kob, lakes and a variety of birds including Ibis, Fish Eagles and vultures among others.  Later, an evening drive to Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions.

Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge – Meal plan: Full board

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After having our breakfast, we shall transfer to the biggest habitat of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The journey will comprise of interesting features, good scenic view of several mountains, steep hills and water-bodies not forgetting the beautiful cultivation of terraces plus the tropical and Bamboo forests. 

Upon arrival, we shall simply rest and prepare for the Gorilla Trekking activity the following day.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Buhoma Community Bandas / Bwindi View Bandas (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 11: Gorilla trekking

One full day here is dedicated to seeing the gorillas. After an early morning breakfast, proceed to the park headquarters where rangers will give you a short briefing about the precautions to take, vital information about the Gorilla Trekking activity and given a chance to ask anything you and you’re off to track the gorillas. You will be allocated in groups according to your paces. Set off is accompanied by a couple of armed game rangers into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where mountain gorillas live for Gorilla Trekking. This walk can sometimes be tough and it needs someone so strong. 

Trekkers are always advised to carry their rain coats and boots because the weather there is always unpredictable. There are also some potters who always help with the carrying of the luggage on behalf of the visitors but at a small cost. Depending on the day and where your specific family of gorillas are, it can take any time between 1 to 8 hours to find the gorillas and once you find them (and you’ll always find them), you get 1 hour to interact, take photos, and generally gawk at what you’re witnessing but gorillas need their space as they are wild animals. 

On your return, you may opt to visit the Batwa community to enjoy some cultural performances before retiring at your lodge.

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Buhoma Community Bandas / Bwindi View Bandas (Budget)- Meal plan: Full board

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi: Boat ride, Bird watching, watching the beautiful sunset and photography 

After breakfast, you will depart for Lake Bunyonyi which is one of the deepest lakes in Africa with almost 32 Islands. Upon arrival, you will go on a boat ride to enable you visit most of the islands on the Lake. Each Island is named according to the bird species found and some were named because of their purposes for example the Punishment Island which was used by the Bakiga people to drop their girls who got pregnant before marriage. After the Boat ride, return back to the Lodge for relaxation while you watch the beautiful sunset.

Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Budget), Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort, Lake Bunyonyi Eco Lodge (Luxury) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After early breakfast, we shall drive to Lake Mburo National Park via Mbarara town for lunch and after transfer to Lake Mburo National Park for an afternoon boat cruise on the lake and later have dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation options: Mihingo Lodge (Luxury), Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/Rwakobo Rock (Mid-range), Eagle’s Nest Lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board

Day 14: Game drive and transfer back Kampala

Being our last day, we shall carry out an early morning game drive in the Park and then return to the lodge for late breakfast and then drive back to Kampala.  While travelling to Kampala, we shall stop at the Equator crossing for photography for a lunch break before you drive back to Entebbe for departure.

Meal plan: Half Board

The 14 Days Safari in Uganda package excludes: expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco.

Tour inclusions: Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits, Rhino tracking, all tour activities as detailed in the itinerary, Park Entry Fees, Transport (in a 4×4 vehicle), Accommodation (Full Board), Drinking water during the safari, Professional English speaking guide/driver and Touring

Tour Exclusions: Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary

 

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