21 Days Uganda safari

21 Days Uganda safari

Our 21 days Uganda safari package involves exploring the best safari destinations within Uganda. This 3 weeks’ safari involves visiting Murchison Falls, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest, Lake Mburo, Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon and Kidepo Valley National Park.

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SAFARI OVERVIEW

Our 21 days Uganda safari package involves exploring the best safari destinations within Uganda. This 3 weeks’ safari involves visiting Murchison Falls, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest, Lake Mburo, Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon and Kidepo Valley National Park.

You’ll participate in thrilling tourist activities such as mountain gorilla trekking, game drives, chimpanzee tracking, boat rides, cultural tours, birding adventures, mountain hiking, guided walks and many others.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Uganda.

  • Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda

  • Day 3: Guided Nature Walks and Afternoon Game Drive through the stunning savannah landscapes.

  • Day 4: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, the Second Deepest Lake in Africa.

  • Day 5: Zip-line Cable Crossing and Drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

  • Day 6: The Thrilling Trek for Golden Monkeys and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Day 7: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Day 8: Drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Queen Elizabeth National via Ishasha Sector

  • Day 9: Game Drive Through the Kasenyi Area and Boat Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

  • Day 10: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge

  • Day 11: Mount. Rwenzori Hike & Afternoon Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

  • Day 12: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest and Bigodi Wetland Walk

  • Day 13: Leave Kibale Forest National Park for Hoima Town

  • Day 14: Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park

  • Day 15: Game Drive, Afternoon Boat Cruise and visit top of the Falls

  • Day 16: Road Trip to Kidepo Valley National Park

  • Day 17: Game Drive Through Narus Valley and Evening Karamojong Village Visit

  • Day 18: Hike the Stunning Mount. Morungole Occupied by IK People

  • Day 19: Drive to the Sipi Falls Area Through Pian – Upe Wildlife Reserve

  • Day 20: Hike the Spectacular Sipi Falls and Drive to Jinja Town – Adventure Capital of East Africa

  • Day 21: Bungee jumping or Whitewater Rafting and Drive to Kampala

  • End of safari

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda.

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport (the main gateway into the Pearl of Africa), you will meet and greet the driver/guide for your 21 days Uganda safari. He will first brief you on the safari and destinations to be visited and later drive you to a hotel in Kampala to settle in and freshen up.

However, depending on the time of arrival, you can go on a tour around top historical and cultural sites in Kampala city. After the tour of this vibrant city, head back to the hotel for a delicious dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Cassia Lodge

Budget: Dolphin Suites, Kampala 

 

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park in Western Uganda

You will enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and embark on a journey to western Uganda where the spectacular Lake Mburo National Park is found. The journey takes about 3-4 hours with your first stopover at the Equator crossing at Kayabwe and here you will take photos, enjoy snacks, coffee and experiment with some of the Equator demonstrations. From the Equator, you will go on the scenic drive to the park arriving in time for lunch.

After lunch, you’ll be driven to the shores of Lake Mburo for the afternoon boat ride that will bring you close to schools of hippos, basks of Nile crocodiles and several bird species such as the shoebill storks, African fish eagle, grey-crowned cranes, pelicans, kingfishers, black crake and cormorants among other bird species that call this Park home. Retire from this breathtaking activity and get back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Mpogo Safari Lodge

Day 3: Guided Nature Walks and Afternoon Game Drive through the stunning savannah landscapes.

You’ll wake up for breakfast and afterwards, undertake a guided walk around the salt licks and other remarkable parts of Lake Mburo National Park. You’ll see a wide range of animals including impalas, Defassa waterbucks, common elands, buffaloes and topis among others. You’ll also explore the varying animal habitats during the nature walk.

Lunch will be at the lodge. It is followed by an afternoon game drive to discover flora and fauna within the spectacular savannah grassland landscape, dotted with rolling hills and marked huge kopje rocks as well as ancient Precambrian rocks. Here you will see herds of Defassa waterbucks, Burchell’s zebra, common elands, warthogs, Rothschild giraffes, impala, buffaloes, oribis, to mention but a few.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Mpogo Safari Lodge

Day 4: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, the Second Deepest Lake in Africa.

After breakfast, check out of the lodge then hop into the vehicle for a drive to Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa. This lake is about 4 hours’ drive from Lake Mburo National Park and during your drive, transverse through the lush countryside landscape of south western Uganda.

You will be there in the afternoon for relaxation and Lunch then head for a boat ride to explore the lake’s beautiful Islands. Afterwards, retreat for dinner and your overnight stay at the booked lodge.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Budget: Paradise Eco Hub

Day 5: Zip-line Cable Crossing and Drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Have breakfast and head for the adventurous zip-line cable crossing through the calm waters of Africa’s second-deepest lake. Later, undertake guided walks through its pristine shores, after which, you’ll return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will be driven to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you will reach in the late evening for relaxation followed by dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Travelers Rest Hotel

Budget: Ichumbi Hotel

Day 6: The Thrilling Trek for Golden Monkeys and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Have breakfast and meet your driver for a drive to the park’s headquarters for short briefing on golden monkeys and the process of tracking them. The briefing is done by a park ranger guide, then move to the trailhead for begin the activity.

Tracking time for golden monkeys is unpredictable but past experiences show that it takes 1-3 hours of searching through the forest. Once sighted, you are strictly allowed one hour with them while taking photography as well as observing their extraordinary behaviors. Retreat from the golden monkey tracking adventure to the lodge for lunch followed by a transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge 

Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge

Day 7: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Be up early for breakfast and assemble at the Park Headquarters for registration and also to receive short briefings about the guidelines to be followed while trekking or when with the giant apes. After the briefing, set deep into the jungles following the ranger guide to search for the mountain gorillas. This can take from half an hour to 5 hours so a reasonable level of physical fitness is needed as well as appropriate trekking gear like strong hiking boots, walking sticks, and gardening gloves.

Once found, choose to sit, stand or squat (make sure to be at least 7 meters from the mountain gorillas). Watch or take photographs of them grumbling to each other, playing, foraging and mothers nursing their babies. The one hour in their presence is really a breathtaking moment. After this thrilling activity, get back to the lodge for late lunch and in the evening, head for a guided village walk.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge 

Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge

Day 8: Drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Queen Elizabeth National via Ishasha Sector

On this day, you will be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a medley of wonders. You’ll transverse through the magnificent Ishasha sector to undertake an en-route game drive. If lucky, you will see the tree-climbing lions relaxing on the fig trees or tree branches along with other wild game such as Topis, Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, Defassa waterbucks, elephants and many others. After this exceptional wildlife encounter, continue to your lodge for lunch, dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Aardvark safari Lodge 

budget: Queen Elizabeth Safari lodge

Day 9: Game Drive Through the Kasenyi Area and Boat Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Wake up early for a cup of tea or coffee and continue to the Kasenyi area for a game drive to catch up with early risers such as lions, serval cats, spotted hyenas, jackals, leopards and mongoose before returning to their hideouts. Other animals to expect during this 3 – 4 hours’ activity are elephants, Defassa waterbucks, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs and Oribis after which you will return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

After the amazing lunch, embark on a 2-hour launch cruise along the Kazinga channel where you will have an opportunity to view wildlife up-close such as schools of hippos and Crocodiles just a few meters away from the boat. You will also see elephants, buffaloes and Uganda kobs lingering within the shallow banks of the Kazinga Channel.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Aardvark safari Lodge 

budget: Queen Elizabeth Safari lodge

Day 10: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Kyambura Gorge where you will immediately attend a short briefing from the park warden about the dos and don’ts while with the chimpanzees. At 8 am, follow behind a ranger guide who will take you through the deep underground forest to find mankind’s closest relatives (chimpanzees). They are interesting to watch as they play in fruitful trees or tree branches, groom and rest in their natural habitat.

Tracking may go from 1-3 hours since finding them depends on where they slept the previous night and once spotted, a maximum of one hour is allowed to stay with them. After the chimpanzee trek through Kyambura Gorge and get back to the lodge for lunch. In the evening, undertake a guided walk through Maramagambo forest then proceed to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Aardvark safari Lodge 

budget: Queen Elizabeth Safari lodge

Day 11: Mount. Rwenzori Hike & Afternoon Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

On this day, you will be hiking the jaw-dropping and magical Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the mountains of the moon, standing at 5,109m above sea level with snow-capped peaks.

You will explore this mountain through one of the many hiking trails with views of the snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, glacier lakes, mammals (such as elephants, buffaloes and duikers), three-horned chameleons, bird species especially the Rwenzori batis among others. Enjoy your lunch after this exciting activity then transfer to Kibale Forest National Park via Rwimi for dinner, relaxation and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse 

Budget: Kibale Forest Lodge

Day 12: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest and Bigodi Wetland Walk

Report to Kanyanchu Visitor Center after breakfast for a briefing about chimpanzee tracking. At 8:00 am, start the walk through the forest looking for the great apes that are closely related to humans. Tracking time is unpredictable but can last anywhere between half an hour and 3 hours. Once they are seen, you are strictly allowed to spend one hour for observation and photography.

After the mandatory one hour, retire back to the lodge for lunch. Later, go for a guided walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary in search of primate species. Look out for birds that live in the Wetland such as the green-breasted pitta, papyrus gonolek, Abyssinian ground thrush, blue kingfisher, great blue turaco, the brown-chested Alethe, blue-throated roller and crowned eagles among others.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse 

Budget: Kibale Forest Lodge

Day 13: Leave Kibale Forest National Park for Hoima Town

Embark on a drive to Hoima after breakfast and transverse through the beautiful town of Fort Portal. Be there in time for lunch after which you’ll drive to Karuzika Royal Palace, Nyamyarro Royal Museum and Mparo Royal Tombs Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom. If time allows, you’ll visit the Katasiiha Cave to explore the historical and cultural background of the Bunyoro Kingdom. You’ll get back to the lodge for relaxation and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Hoima Cultural Lodge

Budget: Glory Summit Hotel

Day 14: Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park

You’ll have breakfast at the hotel in Hoima and continue to Murchison Falls National Park while traversing remarkable sites such as the Albertine rift, Lake Albert and the far-flung Blue Mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Several enroute stops will be made, such as at Kibiro Salt Gardens and hot springs to learn about the traditional means of salt extraction and how the locals use native knowledge to derive one of the finest salts you can ever have. Continue to Murchison falls National Park through Bugungu gate, for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge 

Budget: Parkside Safari Lodge

Day 15: Game Drive, Afternoon Boat Cruise and visit top of the Falls

The delicious breakfast at the lodge is followed by a game drive through the northern plains of this park to catch-up with the wide variety of wildlife species. Expected are lions, Jackson’s hartebeests, elephants, Oribis, Cape buffaloes, leopards, bushbucks, Masai giraffes, warthogs, and a variety of bird species.

You’ll return for lunch at the Lodge and later the two hours’ launch cruise on the Nile River up to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to view numerous species of wildlife like schools of hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic bird species along the river banks. Lucky visitors will see shoebill storks. Afterwards, drive back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge 

Budget: Parkside Safari Lodge

Day 16: Road Trip to Kidepo Valley National Park

After a hefty breakfast at the lodge overlooking the Nile River, pack your bags and embark on the road trip to Kidepo Valley National Park in the extreme North-eastern corner of Uganda.

The remote national park covers an area of 1,442 square kilometers and is perched in a natural systematic dry savannah overlooking the border of South Sudan and Kenya. For this 5 hours’ journey, you will pass through Gulu and Kitgum Towns, one of which you will have a stopover for lunch and reach in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge 

Budget: Apoka Rest Camp

Day 17: Game Drive Through Narus Valley and Evening Karamojong Village Visit

Enjoy early morning breakfast in Kidepo Valley National Park wilderness then embark on a game drive through the sweeping plains of the park. Conduct a game drive through the Narus valley (oasis of the park) where most of the animals converge to drink water and graze on luxuriant grass.

Wildlife species to expect here are klipspringers, caracals, oribis, lions, Uganda kobs, elephants, Cape buffaloes, oryx, spotted hyenas, Defassa waterbucks, striped hyenas, warthogs, Rothschild giraffes, Kirk’s dik-diks, cheetahs, common elands, Greater kudu, serval cats, warthogs and many other wildlife species in addition to the Somali Ostriches. After this amazing game drive, retreat back to the lodge for relaxation and have lunch.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge 

Budget: Apoka Rest Camp

Day 18: Hike the Stunning Mount. Morungole Occupied by IK People

This is your second day of Kidepo Valley National Park exploration. You will be hiking the Morungole Mountains, where the unique IK people live. These people are believed to be the original inhabitants of the Karamojong area before being forced to the mountains by the arrival of the pastoralist groups to the area.

Not only will you interact with them but you’ll also be rewarded with remarkable views of the sweeping Karamoja plains and the far-flung South-Sudan Mountains. After this hike, be driven back to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge 

Budget: Apoka Rest Camp

Day 19: Drive to the Sipi Falls Area Through Pian – Upe Wildlife Reserve

Enjoy your breakfast and start your journey to the magnificent Sipi Falls area in the eastern part of Uganda. However, you will make a stop at the popular Pian – Upe Wildlife Reserve for a short game drive.

You will be rewarded with the opportunity of seeing other unique wildlife species such as cheetahs, serval cats, jackals, Cape buffalo, civets, striped and spotted hyenas, leopards, African wildcats, black and white Colobus monkeys, Patas monkeys, Olive baboons, elephants, Uganda kobs, vervet monkeys, impalas, Defassa waterbucks, topi, common elands and many others. After the game drive, continue with your drive to Sipi Area for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: Rafiki Lodge 

Budget: Sipi Valley Resort

Day 20: Hike the Spectacular Sipi Falls and Drive to Jinja Town – Adventure Capital of East Africa

Rise and shine, have breakfast before undertaking the hike to Sipi Falls. The invigorating hike is rewarding with breathtaking views of magnificent waterfalls as well as the beautiful landscapes including the verdant coffee and banana plantations of the Bagisu.

After the hike, begin your drive to Jinja Town where you will arrive in the evening to check-in at the booked hotel/lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Midrange: The Haven Lodge, Jinja 

Budget: Nile Village Hotel

Day 21: Bungee jumping or Whitewater Rafting and Drive to Kampala

After breakfast at the hotel or lodge, head to the Nile River for an adventurous experience on this mighty river through bungee jumping or white water rafting to the bottom of the Nile. The experience of rafting the rapids of the Nile River is considered one of the best in the world.

After your chosen activity, you’ll get back to the lodge for lunch. Later, embark on the 2-3 hours’ journey to Kampala. Your drop-off will be at Entebbe International Airport or any location in Kampala City. This marks the end of your 21 days Uganda Safari.

End of tour.

QUOTATION:  

 

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Budget

$6,948.81

$5,099.77 pp

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$4,132.90 pp

Included in The package/Price:

  • Park entry fees
  • Gorilla trekking Permits
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Boat cruises
  • Game drives
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All ground transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals (including enroute lunches and picnics)
  • Drinking water (On all days)
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Excluded in the Package

  • PCR Covid-19 Test
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp. per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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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 the 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.