The 16 days’ trip will convince you and open up why Uganda is called the pearl of Africa. It will open up in close succession the pearls of the East African country! The gorilla tracking in the jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With experienced ranger guides, you will go for a hunt for the rare mountain gorillas.
The views and wildlife await as you sail past the rushing Murchison Falls over the Nile, admire the colorful birdlife, observe chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park in their natural habitat and look for lions, hippos, elephants and buffaloes hold. You will start your journey in the northeast of Uganda and get to know the Karamojong culture and the untouched Kidepo Valley National Park.
Day 1- Arrival and Pick up.
On your arrival, our representative will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe.
Day 2- Travel Mbale, with a visit to Ssezibwa falls and source of the Nile.
After breakfast, you shall leave the capital of Uganda and drive to the untouched northeast of the country to Mbale. But first you have a stop at Ssezibwa fall for a cultural tour. From here you will drive to Jinja and take a boat ride before continuing to Mbale.
The town is set against a beautiful mountain backdrop with spectacular views of the foothills of Mt. Elgon. You will check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3-Sipi Falls Tour.
In the morning we drive to Sipi village on the northern slope of Mt. Elgon. We shall walk with a local guide through the lush green vegetation, past banana groves and coffee plantations, until we finally reach the three enchanting Sipi waterfalls, which plunge 100 m into the depth (about 3-4 hours).
After lunchtime, we visit the family of a coffee farmer and learn interesting facts about cultivation and processing of the beans and we can even try ourselves on the coffee roasting. Relax in the evening at your accommodation facility.
Day 4-Transfer to Kidepo Valley National park.
Early morning after breakfast, we hit the roads and we drive, past grandiose table mountains in Moroto, Pian Upe further into the barely populated expanses of the Karamoja land (travel time depending on weather and road conditions 6-7 hours). Get into the wild and experience what the mountain ringed valley has to offer from stunning wildlife views, landscapes and culture. Check in at your lodge for dinner and night stay.
Day 5- Morning game drive and visit to the Karamojong.
Wake up in the morning and head for a game drive in the Narus Valley. Rove over the plains this day in the search for wildlife. Kidepo Valley National Park is the only home in Uganda to 28 out of about 80 registered mammal species, we will spot lions, antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, zebras and with some luck also cheetahs (living in Uganda only in this park!)
After the drive head for a lunch break and after visit the Karamajong. to learn more about their life and engage in their home.
Day 6- Transfer to Murchison Falls National park.
Today, leave for Murchison falls national park. Have our breakfast and after drive out of Kidepo to Uganda’s largest conservation area with stopovers at different points of interest on the way. Arrive to our lodge for overnight in Murchison falls national park.
Day 7- Morning game drive, boat cruise and hike to top of the Falls.
After an early breakfast, leave for a morning game drive on the northern bank of the Nile. Murchison falls is endowed with variety and even numbers, the animals to look out for include; Giraffes, Elephants, hartebeest, buffaloes, Uganda Kob, Lions and an amazing arena of bird species.
In the afternoon, after the lunch break, you will continue on with a cruise on the Victoria Nile for relaxed game viewing at close quarters. You are likely to see several animals as they come to the Nile to quench their thirst and the residents like Hippos and crocodiles. There is also an amazing array of water birds.
You will then leave the boat and take a hike to the top of the falls and have a stunning view of the falls as the waters of the Nile force themselves into a 7M gorges before plunging 45m and continuing to the Albert Delta. Your guide will pick you from the top and transfer you back to your lodge.
Day 8- Transfer to Kibale Forest National park.
Have breakfast and set of for the “primate capital”. With a driving time of about seven to eight hours, the drive takes you through endless plantations and tea fields until we finally reach the site of Fort Portal. Here we stroll through the local market and then lay back the last few kilometers to our accommodation with the views of the Rwenzori Mountains. If visibility permits, you can enjoy beautiful views of the more than 5,000 m high peaks.
Day 9- Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Wetland visit.
In the morning after breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kanyanchu Visitors’ centre for briefing about chimpanzee tracking. After the briefing head into the forest with a ranger guide for the day’s main activity. Kibale-Forest National Park has one of the highest primate densities in the world and of these Chimpanzees are the main ones, 140 species of butterflies and over 300 species of bird’s frolic in the mountain and rainforest system.
The tracking takes about three hours and is quite exhausting. Return from the forest for lunch in the village community Bigodi. Afterwards we get an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants during a walk with a local guide.
Day 10- Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park do an afternoon boat cruise and Evening game drive
Today we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains and cross the equator. After visiting and checking in at your lodge, continue on a discovery tour in the park. Here you will experience tropical mixed forests, savannah and swamps and crater lakes.
In between there are topis, buffalo, elephants, giant forest pigs, lions and Uganda Kobs, an antelope species that only occurs in Uganda. Later in the afternoon do a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.
Day 11- Morning game drive and transfer to Ishasha sector
Wake up, have breakfast for an ultimate safari experience driving in the park with a highest biodiversity of any protected area in East Africa. The tour guide will pick you from the lodge and you start the early morning game drive exploring the park in the Kasenyi plains searching for predators like lions, leopards and grazers like Kobs, waterbucks among others
Return to the lodge for lunch after which you will drive to Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National park, Ishasha is famous for its tree climbing lions and the profusion of brilliant wildlife.
Day 12- Game drive in Ishasha sector and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park
Have breakfast and before your onward journey to Bwindi Impenetrable national park, have a morning drive for the search of tree climbing lions. Then we leave the open savannah landscape and start experiencing the terraced and cultivated hills and reach a mountain and rainforest region. Then check in at your lodge for an overnight stay.
Day 13- Gorilla tracking and community tour
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the park rangers about what to do and not to do while in the park and be divided in groups of 8. After will be led into the forest to start off gorilla trekking these gentle giants as directed by the rangers.
You will have an amazing one-hour experience watching the Mountain gorillas feed, play around and also do their day to day activities. This activity can take 2 hours or even up to 8 hours since its dependent on the location and movement of the gorillas. Also expect to walk long distances in muddy and steep conditions- this will require you to have a walking stick.
Later, return back to the lodge and in the evening you visit the Batwa community which will expose you to their culture basing on how they used to live, dance, and also hearing stories concerning their culture. Have dinner and overnight.
Day 14-Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
This day, travel to Africa’s second deepest lake, Lake Bunyonyi. The name translated, means “place of many small birds” – and indeed, more than 200 bird species have been registered here like Weavers, Pelicans, Ibises, Kingfishers.
Upon arrival, check in at your lodge and the get a boat to a small island in the middle of a lake- Punishment island, which is one of the 29 islands on this lake. In the evening enjoy your time: bird watching, walking, browsing and as you wish
Day 15- Lake Bunyonyi
In the morning we paddle in a log canoe over the Bunyonyi Lake along other small islands and enjoy the beautiful landscape. In between, we dock and walk with a local guide through small villages (about 3-4 hours, medium heavy), meet a traditional medicine man and stop in a small craft business. The afternoon is yours to relax as you prepare for the long drive back to Kampala the next day.
Day 16- Transfer back to Kampala
Rise Up early in the morning, have breakfast and start on the Journey back to Kampala. Have lunch in Mbarara at Igongo Cultural centre and after lunch continue to Kampala with a stop at the equator. Arrive late afternoon. Our guide will drop you at a hotel for overnight or at the airport for a late exit flight.