Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
On your arrival, you will receive warm greetings from your driver guide and transfer to Kampala at the hotel. If you arrive in morning hours, you can take a city tour in Kampala, visit the historical sites around i.e Kasubi Tombs, Bahai Tempo and Nakasero Fruits market where you can easily interact with Kampala’s friendly people.
Day 2: Kampala – Jinja
Have breakfast at the Hotel and then drive eastwards to Jinja, a town on the shores of Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile. The activities include white water rafting along the river Nile, one of the most exciting and safest in the world, quad biking, boat trips on the Nile, mountain bike cycling and horse riding. Have lunch and visit. the rapids on river Nile which are around 10 kilometres from Jinja town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Jinja – Mt. Elgon National Park
Have breakfast and continue to Mbale as we go to Mt. Elgon National Park and trek through the Sipi Falls, which has 4 spectacular falls along it, running down the Mount Elgon. The area is particularly panoramic with a view of the Karamoja valley. Make sure you carry packed lunch with you from the hotel because the activities for that day will be the daily life of a typical African village. After the long day we shall all head back to the hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 4: Mt. Elgon – Kidepo Valley National Park
we shall have an early breakfast and head Northwards with packed lunch via to one of the most un-spoilt, pure wild places remaining in Africa that is Kidepo Valley National Park. This will be a very long journey and takes you through dirt roads of Karamoja. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Full day game drive – Kidepo Valley
Wake up early for breakfast and embark on a photographic game drive along the National Park to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. Expect to explore the region of the river valley and localized carnivores like spotted hyena, the bat-eared fox, aardwolf, caracal. Other carnivores are; lion, leopard, and side-striped jackals. Less common ungulates include the greater and lesser kudu, Chandlers Mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, and Guenther’s dik-dik. Other large ungulates include elephant, zebra, bush pig, warthog, Cape buffalo, eland, bushbuck, bush duiker, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, and Oribi, with over 465 bird species. All meals at the Lodge.
Day 6: Connect to Murchison Falls National Park
Breakfast will be followed by connection to Murchison Falls National Park which is a 7hrs to 8hrs drive, arrive by lunchtime. Murchison Falls is the largest park in the country with a large population of animals, birds and beautiful landscapes of savannah and forests, relax in the evening as you wait for dinner and overnight a the hotel.
Day 7: Full Day in Murchison Falls National Park
We shall have an early morning breakfast and embark on an exciting 3 to 4-hour early morning game drive to explore the savannah in the Northern bank of the Nile. Expect to see herds of buffaloes, elephants, lions (not guaranteed), giraffes, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, spotted hyenas, and leopards. Return to the lodge for a snack and relax as we wait for lunch.
Gather your strength after lunch for an unforgettable, spectacular, fascinating safari by boat along the magnificent River Nile to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Expect to find many Hippos, Huge Nile crocodiles and Buffalos basking along the shores. Return for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Murchison Falls – Albertine Rift Valley
– Kibale Forest
Have breakfast and head for drive for 6-8 hours through Lake Albert and the Rift Valley escarpment, with panoramic sceneries via to Fort Portal town ; which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains. Relax in the evening at the lodge as you wait for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Primates tracking and Bird
We shall all assemble at Kanyanchu tourists centre for a briefing about Chimpanzee tracking. Expect to encounter other primates like black and white colobus, vervet and red-tailed monkey with over 350 bird species including the rare shoebill.
After lunch, we shall all gather our strength for a nature walk
to Bigodi ecotourism project near Kibale forest. You expect to find typical traditional
homestead, to hear storytellers, the local healer and get an idea of the
traditional culture of the Batooro and Bakiga.
Return for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 10: Depart for Queen Elizabeth National
We shall have breakfast and start a 2-3hrs drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, with lots of game viewing en-route. Expect to find early risers and predators returning to the hideouts; relax as we wait for lunch at the lodge.
Embark on a launch cruise after lunch from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, famous for the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa, with huge Nile crocodiles, Buffalos, and Elephants along the shores and about 611 bird species. The boat provides a clear platform for photographing. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Simba Safari Camp.
Day 11: Wildlife Exploration in Queen
We shall have yet another extraordinary wildlife experience this morning! Immediately after a cup of coffee. Then head for a game drive along the tracks of Queen Elizabeth, in the Northern side along Lake George and Kasenyi village. Expect to see lions, herds of elephant, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, and shy/rare leopard.
In the afternoon for more exploration of the park to the Southern Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth. The game drive here rewards yours with tree climbing lions which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. Also expect herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. Return for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Chambura Gorge – Bwindi Impenetrable
After breakfast, drive to Kyambura / Chambura gorge for wild chimpanzee tracking. Expect other primates like Vervets, Colobus and red-tailed monkeys, Giant forest hog, Galago and Mangabeys with many bird species. Later proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; Home to half of the remaining world population of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Arrive by evening, dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort / Buhoma Community Bandas.;
Day 13: Day for Life changing event; Gorilla Tracking
After early breakfast, proceed to park headquarters with packed lunch for a briefing about the Dos and Don’ts while with gorillas. Tracking can take 2-9 hours depending on their movements. Tracking involves walking up through steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. You will stay with these Giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photography.
In the evening, you can relax at the lodge or take a cultural walk to nearby Batwa communities and learn about their cultures. Dinner and overnight stay in Gorilla Forest or Buhoma Homestead.
Day 14: Bwindi Forest – Lake Bunyonyi
Breakfast will be followed by transfer to Lake Bunyonyi with wonderful sceneries en-route. Enjoy one of the most extraordinary wildlife and birding experience by boat as you cross the Lake Bunyonyi. The forested green islands on the lake are home to different species of endemic birds which the guide will help you to spot. All meals at Arcadia Cottages.
Day 15: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park
Have breakfast and drive through Kabale in the Kigezi region, known as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ characterized by terraced cultivated hills. Visit the Bakiga cultural museum and later connect to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest of Ugandan National Parks. Expect big game drive en route as you head to Lake Mburo National Park. Take an evening game drive before sunset in search of the beautiful impalas, elands, topi and many antelopes, buffaloes, and zebras among others.
Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages / Rwonyo Camps
Day 16: Boat ride on Lake Mburo – Kampala
After breakfast, embark on a morning boat trip on Mburo Lake, an excellent place for birding including the rare shoebill. Other animals include Hippos, Huge crocodiles. Later proceed to Kampala with a stop at the equator for photographs, reach by afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.
Day 17: Departure
Depending on your flight schedule, relax at your hotel, or transfer to Ngamba Island (Chimpanzee sanctuary) and later transfer to the airport.