15 Days Uganda Safari Adventure.

15 Days Uganda Safari Adventure.

The 16 days Uganda safari adventure offers an incredible opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes and wildlife beauties of the country. The safari includes visiting Jinja the adventure capital, Sipi falls, Kidepo valley national park, Karamojong cultural tour, launch cruise in Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth national park.

Safari Highlights

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DAY TO DAY HIGHLIGHT

SAFARI OVERVIEW

  • Day 1: Airport pick up.
  • Day 2: Transfer to Jinja and Boat cruise to river Nile.
  • Day 3: Travel to Sipi falls for a hike.
  • Day 4: Transfer to Kidepo valley national park.
  • Day 5: Game drive to Karamoja village tour.
  • Day 6: Drive to Murchison falls national park through Gulu city.
  • Day 7: Game drive and Launch cruise in Murchison falls national park.  
  • Day 8: Drive through the Albertine rift valley and explore Fort portal carter lakes.
  • Day 9: Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale forest.
  • Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park.
  • Day 11: Game drive and Kazinga channel boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth NP.
  • Day 12: Game drive in Ishasha sector and proceed to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
  • Day 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi NP
  • Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe.
  • Day 15: Birding in Mabamba wetland and transfer back to the airport.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Airport pick up.

The arranged driver will be waiting for you at the airport to pick and transfer you to your booked hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. Once you reach, check in, relax, eat dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja and Boat cruise to river Nile.

After the morning breakfast, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Jinja which is approximately 81 kilometers that’s about 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic. You can have a few stop overs at Mabira forest, Sezibwa falls and Namawojolo to have lunch and relax.

When you reach Jinja, check in at your hotel and prepare yourself for an evening boat cruise at River Nile. This is one of the ways you are able to experience a fantastic adventure and enjoy scenic boat trips for about 1 to 2 hours to witness the confluence of the Nile and Lake Victoria, view a wide variety of wildlife along the river banks, on a lucky day, you can spot crocodiles, hippos and bird species like fish eagles, comorants and king fisher’s.

After the boat cruise, the driver will take you back to your hotel, relax, have dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3: Travel to Sipi falls for a hike.

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out and the driver will transfer you to Kapchorwa district or the amazing Sipi falls hiking. When you arrive at your hotel, check in, have lunch and the driver will take you to the starting point for briefing.

After the briefing session, the guided will give you a stick and accompany you to hike these mesmerizing falls which takes about 3 to 4 hours. You will be surprised that each of the three falls give you different experiences as you hike such as lake Kyoga and karamoja plains. After the hike, the driver will take you back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Transfer to Kidepo valley national park.

On your fourth day, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Kidepo valley national park approximately a distance of 288km with a few stop overs for lunch. When you reach the lodge, you will check in for dinner, relaxation and overnight stay.

Day 5: Game drive to Karamoja village tour.

After an early morning breakfast, the driver will take you to the headquarters and prepare or the game drive to Karamoja village tour. A game drive to the karamoja followed by the village tour is a unique and immersive way of experiencing Uganda. The region is known for its rugged landscapes and rich cultural heritage, during the game drive, you are able to encounter wildlife like African elephants, buffaloes, cheetahs, lions, leopards, and zebras within Kidepo valley national park.

After the game drive, you will head out on the village tour that allows you interact with local communities and learn about different cultural practices. You are able to witness traditional dances, taste local cuisines and participate in cattle herding. After the village tour, the driver will take you to your hotel for dinner, relaxation and an overnight stay.

Day 6: Drive to Murchison falls national park through Gulu city.

After an early morning breakfast, the driver will transfer you to Murchison falls national park through Gulu city. This is a great way to experience Uganda’s diverse landscapes and wildlife.

Gulu is located in Northern Uganda and you will head southwards on the Gulu-Kitgum road towards Karuma town. When you reach Karuma bridge, you will be in the vicinity of Murchison falls national park. The driver will take you to your hotel or relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Game drive and Launch cruise in Murchison falls national park.  

After breakfast, the driver will transfer you to the park headquarters the starting point of the game drive a distinctive way to experience the park’s diverse wildlife and natural beauties. You can choose to do a morning and evening game drive but its best done in the morning when the animals are more active.

Expect to see variety of animals like buffaloes, antelopes, lions, giraffes and elephants not forgetting a variety of bird species like shoebill stock, African fish eagle, African skimmer, secretary bird, Marabou stock and Malachite kingfisher giving you an up close encounter with animals in their natural habitat and the opportunity for excellent wildlife photography.

After the game drive, you will head out to the launch, it takes place on river Nile providing a different perspective of the park’s wildlife and stunning scenery. The highlight of the launch is witnessing water forcing through a narrow gorge creating a powerful and breathtaking waterfalls. You are able to encounter hippos, crocodiles and bird such as African fish eagle.

After the launch cruise, the driver will take you back to the lodge for dinner, relaxation and overnight stay.

Day 8: Drive through the Albertine rift valley and explore Fort portal carter lakes.

After breakfast, the driver will pick you and drive through the Albertine rift valley which is a breathtaking journey through one of the most stunning and ecologically diverse regions in Africa.

You are able to see lush and green valleys, soaring mountain ranges and deep lakes which are simply stunning, you get chance to encounter a variety of wildlife like primates, birds and other endemic species.

On continuing, you will be able to pass through and stop in Fort portal to explore different crater lakes which adds on the adventure. Some of the crater lakes in Fort portal are lake Nyabikere, Lake Nkuruba, Lake Saaka, lake Kifuruka and lake Saka, you are able to learn about different crater lakes and their formation.

Day 9: Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale forest.

After an early morning breakfast, the driver will take you to the park headquarters to attend a pre briefing session. Chimp habituation in Kibale forest is an extra ordinary way that allows you spend an extended amount of time observing and interacting with wild chimpanzees as they become accustomed to humans.

This activity will have to last for the whole day with extended observation periods to chimpanzees’ behaviors and activities. After briefing, the guides will accompany you to the forest to ensure you get much closer to chimpanzees providing unique photo opportunities and a more immersive experience.

You are also able to educationally educate yourself about chimps’ social structure, communication and feeding habits. After habituation, the driver will take you back to your booked lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park.

After an early morning breakfast, the driver will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth national park which is a close distance of about 130km approximately 2.5 hours through Kamwenge- Fort portal Kasese roads.

When you reach Queen Elizabeth national park, the driver will take you to your lodge to have dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11: Game drive and Kazinga channel boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth NP.

After breakfast, the driver will take you to the park headquarters and start on the morning game drive. The park offers incredible opportunities to witness a wide range of wildlife in their natural habitat. You are able to encounter animals like leopards, hyenas, antelopes and Uganda kobs. The par is a birders haven and you are able to spot about 600 birds like African jacana, African skimmer, African spoonbill, black rumpled buttonquail and lilac breasted roller.

During the game drives, guides will help you spot stunning landscapes, wetlands and the backdrop of the Rwenzori mountains.

After the game drive, you will embark on a boat cruise along the kazinga channel a water body that connects lake Edward to Lake Gorge, a fantastic way to experience the park’s diverse wildlife and stunning scenery.

During the boat cruise, you are able to spot variety of animals like hippos, elephants, buffaloes and crocodiles with a variety of water birds. You are also able to encounter various waterfowl and raptors up close.

The slow pace of the boat cruise allows you relax and immerse yourself in the natural surrounding without disturbing the wildlife. Proximity to wildlife and birds makes the boat cruise an ideal setting for photography, so be sure to bring your camera and capture every bit of the moment.

After the game drive and launch cruise, the driver will take you back to your hotel for dinner, relaxation and overnight stay.

Day 12: Game drive in Ishasha sector and proceed to Bwindi impenetrable national park.

After breakfast, the driver will take you Ishasha sector for an incredible game drive, this is a unique safari experience known for its tree climbing lions. The highlight of this game drive is the chance to see lions perched high in the branches of fig trees.

This behavior is quite rare and not commonly observed in other areas making it fascinating and a major draw for visitors. The sector also provides different landscapes from the park’s other sectors filled with vast savannahs and beautiful acacia trees making it serene and picturesque. Besides lions, you can also spot elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and a variety of bird species.

After the game drives, the driver will proceed to the southwestern part of Uganda to Bwindi impenetrable national park which is about 180 km that is approximately 4 to 6 hours of drive on ground. When you reach, the driver will take you to the hotel to check in, have dinner and overnight stay.

Day 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi NP

After breakfast, the driver will transfer you to the park headquarters and attend the pre briefing session before you head out for the trek. After briefing, you will be accompanied with an experienced guide to head out for trekking these endangered mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking takes about 2 to 4 hours depending on where gorillas will be found since they are found of moving from one place to another. Once you get to encounter your assigned gorilla family, you are given one hour to get an up close encounter with gorillas in their natural habitat as you watch them feed, play and interact with each other.

After the trek, you shall be required to go back to the starting point and meet your driver who will take you to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe.

After an early morning breakfast, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Entebbe. The distance is about 550 kilometers that is about 6 to 8 hours of drive on ground. You will have a stopover in Masaka at the equator to have some lunch, relax and do some souvenir shopping.

Once you reach Entebbe, the driver will take you to the hotel to check in, have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 15: Birding in Mabamba wetland and transfer back to the airport.

This is the last day of your Uganda safari adventure. The driver will pick you up and transfer you to Mabamba wetland located near Lake Victoria, a renowned place for birding spots. In this place, you are able to spot different bird species like shoebill stork, African jacana, malachite kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, African pygmy, squirrel heron, African water rail, wattled plover, and wooly necked stork.

After birding, the driver will transfer you back to Entebbe airport to catch your flight back to the desired destination.

Included in The package/Price:

  • All Domestic Flights as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Full Board Accommodations 14 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • 1 chimpanzee Permit Per person
  • All Boat Cruises Mentioned
  • Bottled water on safari
  • Planned Bush Breakfasts & Sun downers

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.