Day 1: Welcome 21 Days Best Of Uganda safari
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 Nile where 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, the Uganda safari will present 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 for a typical Uganda Safari, 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 Enjoy another Uganda Safari game drive towards your lodge on the northern bank of the Nile. You will be staying at a great mid-range lodge, overlooking the River Albert 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 Uganda safari 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 for another African Uganda Safari, 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 Uganda safari 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 lunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning or midday.
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 Uganda safari 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 for yet another incredible Uganda safari, Ishasha 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 for a Uganda safari 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
End of 21 Days Best Of Uganda safari