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Uganda a medley of wonders: Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Hyenas, Elephants, white rhinos, buffalos, Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees

A breathtaking adventure of Uganda

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3582 - $9120
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 16 days
Best months: January - March, June - August, November - December
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo , Kidepo Valley
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
This safari take you through across the white waters of the River Nile to the highlands of Mount Elgon and the Savannah of Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Kidepo valley NP, Murchison Falls NP and Queen Elizabeth NP; to the tropical forest of Bwindi Impenetrable and Kibale Forest National Parks. Expect an experience where you will enjoy boat rides, hikes or treks, cultural visits and game drive. The experience will drain your adrenaline but be assured that you will return home with great and incomparable memories.

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – TRANSFER TO HOTEL/LODGE

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide from Cheetah Safaris and then transfer to your accommodation for an overnight.

Overnight at: The Boma Guest House/Cassia Lodge/Karibu Guest House (B/-/-)

 

Day 2: TRANSFER TO JINJA (The Adventure Capital of Africa) – SIPI FALLS

Early transfer to Jinja, where you will have a chance to reach the starting point of the 2 longest rivers in the world, River Nile. You will take a boat ride to the source of the Nile and on the way you watch lots of water birds and reptiles.

Return for lunch and then continue to your lodge in Kapchorwa, at the slopes of Mount Elgon; where you will go for a guided hike to the Sipi Falls.

Dinner and overnight at:  Sipi River Lodge (cottages) (B/L/D)

 

Day 3: TO PIAN UPE WILDLIFE RESERVE (A Haven for Unique Wildlife) – MOROTO TOWN

After an early breakfast, we will go for a full day game drive in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve which is about an hour drive from the lodge. On the game drive, we will come across some carnivores like the Jackals, Civets, Spotted hyenas, Serval, Leopards, Cheetahs, and Wildcats.  Primates that you might come across include Vervet monkeys, Patas monkeys and the Olive baboons. And during the game drive, also lookout for the following animals: Topis, Cape buffalo, lesser kudu, Bright’s gazelle, ostriches, eland, Roan antelope, Blue and common duiker, Günther's dik-dik, Klipspringer, Waterbuck, Uganda kob, Bohor and mountain reedbuck, Rock hyrax, Aardvark, Crested porcupine, Hare and the Four-toed hedgehog.

Dinner and overnight at:  Mount Moroto Hotel (basic rooms)/Leslona Hotel (B/L/D)

 

Day 4: TO KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (True African Wilderness)

Today after very early breakfast, we will drive to Kidepo Valley National Park, where we will arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon/evening, we will go for a guided game drive on a look out for the animals like leopards, lions, jackals, etc.

Dinner and overnight at:  Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp/Kidepo Savannah Lodge (B/L/D)

 

Day 5: KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (True African Wilderness)

Today after an early breakfast, you will go for a game drive. We will try to spend the whole morning exhausting all the options in the park. Wildlife is most active in the Narus Valley during early mornings at 6am and late afternoon at 4pm, they are optimum times to set off on game drives. The ranger-guides are so experienced; they will help you spot some of the park’s lions that may be sitting on various rocks within the valley. Other wildlife you are likely to spot includes elephants, leopards, bush duikers, jackals, bushbucks, bush pigs, Kavirondo bush baby, buffalos and much more. Since it’s a game drive, everyone participates in the spotting.

Kidepo Valley Scenic Drive. Though wildlife is scarce in the arid Kidepo Valley, the drive to Kanangorok Hot Springs passes some magnificent landscapes. The route goes rock outcrops and hills, then descends into the Kidepo Valley, crosses the Kidepo Sand River and traverses the open plains that of Kanangorok Hot Springs to the mountains across the South Sudanese border. This is where ostriches are most commonly sighted.

In the afternoon go for a 2 hours game walk with a ranger guide. Shorter guided walks can be taken through the Narus Valley extending over a 5km radius from Apoka Tourism Centre.

Visitors can also wander along the splendid Kidepo River Valley between banks of attractive borassus palm forest. And also Namamkweny Valley can be reached in one hour from Apoka.

Dinner and overnight at: Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp/Kidepo Savannah Lodge (B/L/D)

 

Day 6: VISIT THE DODOTH TRIBE AND THE IK TRIBE

After early breakfast, we embark on our cultural visit to one of the indigenous communities living around the Kidepo area. We will first drive to the lowland plains near Loyoro to meet the Dodoth communities who are traditionally pastoralists. You will spend the morning listening to their stories and interacting with some families.

In the afternoon, you will hike into the Morungole Mountains (is over 9,000 feet high) to visit one of the most remote Tribes in East Africa, the Ik Tribe. You will spend the afternoon listening to their stories and interacting with some families.

Traditionally they are farmers who practice subsistence farming. The common crops grown are tobacco, maize, sorghum, millet, finger millet, bulrush, beans, cabbage and pumpkins.  They also keep bees, gather white ants and do some hunting. In some areas they rear goats for the Dodoth, a neighbouring tribe. Due to the frequent droughts in the area, they do not own livestock.

After the amazing experiences, descend to your vehicle and then drive back to your lodge.

Dinner and overnight at: Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp/Kidepo Savannah Lodge (B/L/D)

Day 7: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NP (The World’s Most Powerful Waterfall)

After early breakfast, we will transfer to Murchison Falls NP. You will have a lunch stop on route.

Arrival at the lodge in the evening and relax.

Dinner and overnight at:  Murchison River Lodge/Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)

 

Day 8: IN MURCHISON FALL NATIONAL PARK (The World’s Most Powerful Waterfall)

Early morning, we will drive towards Paraa and cross by ferry to the northern bank of river Nile for a game drive. On the game drive, you will view and photograph herds of Cape buffalos, dozens of elephants, warthogs, towering Rhodschild giraffes, bushbucks, kobs, oribis, hartebeests, spotted hyenas and if lucky you will spot the leopard. We will the return to the Lodge and rest until lunch time.

In the afternoon, we will take a boat cruise upstream to the “bottom of the falls”. On-route you will marvel at large schools of hippos, crocodiles, elephants as well as lots of bird species like Goliath herons, pelicans, bee– eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, cormorants, etc. The 3 hour boat cruise departs daily at 2pm from Paraa to the bottom of the falls. Once at the end point, you will get off and hike for about 45 hour to the “top of the falls” to catch a close view of the beauty that forms the Murchison Falls. It’s an experience that brings all the senses into play: watch waves of white water tumble hypnotically through the six-meter chasm, listen to the thunderous sound of the falls, taste the spray on your face and feel the rock shake beneath your feet. You will then walk to the parking space, meet your driver and transfer to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at:  Murchison River Lodge/Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)

 

Day 9: TRANSFER TO KIBALE FOREST NP (The Primate Capital of the World)

After early breakfast, we will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park; through very beautiful villages and trading centres, cross tea plantations, gardens, farms, rivers and swamps filled with papyrus plants. We shall have several stopovers for take photos; interact with the local people and even for lunch.

Dinner and overnight at:  Kibale Safari Lodge/Kibale Guest Cottages (B/L/D)

 

Day 10:  KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (The Primate Capital of the World)

Early breakfast and transfer at 06:30hrs to Kibale Forest National Park headquarters for briefing before setting off for chimpanzees tracking. Thirteen species can be sought, and a good variety of diurnal monkeys invariably encountered (including  L’Hoest’s, red colobus, blues, red tailed and gray– cheeked mangabeys), but the stars of this trail are the chimpanzees. It is home to a total of 70 mammal species and over 375 species of birds.

After the chimpanzees, you will return to the lodge and rest or go for an optional activity.

Dinner and overnight at: Kibale Safari Lodge/Kibale Guest Cottages (B/L/D)

Optional (not included):

  • They can do a guided walk in Nkuruba Forest. (cost per person: US$8)
  •  They can go for a guided walk within the crater lakes area of Ndali Kasenda (cost per person: US$8, duration: 2-3 hours; US$14, duration:5-6 hours)
  • You can go for a guided walk within the crater lakes area of Canon Apollo (cost per person: US$20 duration: 2-3 hours)
  • They can go for a 3 hours guided nature walk to Mahoma falls or tour a tea plantation and factory in Fort Portal region.  (cost per person: US$12)

 

Day 11: SEMULIKI VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (The True Birders’ Haven) – FORT PORTAL

After early breakfast, go for a guided nature walk to the Sempaya Hot Spring and for birders you can as well take advantage of the walk. You will hike 30 minutes through palm forest from the main road to the inner, “female” spring (a boiling geyser) where eggs and matooke (green plantain) will be cooked in and enjoyed by hungry hikers. You will continue for another 30mnthrough a patch of forest where red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys are common, to the outer, “male” spring. A tree house enroute provides an aerial view.

Continue to your lodge in Semuliki Valley National Park for lunch and in the afternoon visit the pygmies commonly referred to as the Bambuti of the Ituri forest. The Bambuti live a life of hunter-gatherer lifestyle meaning that they are dependent on Semuliki forest for food, shelter, medicine; though their interaction with the local communities has modified some of their habits. They will display their rich cultural history through music and dance performances at Ntandi.

Thereafter, you will return to your lodge in Fort Portal (The Tourism Capital of the World).

Dinner and overnight at: Fort Motel (suites)/Mountains of the Moon Hotel (superior) (B/L/D)

 

Day 12:  FORT PORTAL - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (A Medley of Wonders)

Breakfast at leisure, do a brief tour of Fort Portal Town and thereafter transfer to your lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive in time for lunch. In the evening, you will do a game drive (or a panoramic view of the crater lakes of Katwe).

Dinner and overnight at: Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge/Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (executive) (B/L/D)

 

Day 13: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (A Medley of Wonders)

With your packed breakfast, you will go for an early game drive in Kasenyi area. You will spend most of the morning exhausting all options in the park with possibilities of seeing lions, leopards, civets, hippos, elephants, and buffalos, ten species of primates and over 600 bird species.

You will return to lodge and rest until lunch time. In the afternoon, you go for a 2-3 hours boat trip on a 32-kilometre long natural channel, the Kazinga Channel; that connects Lake Gorge (to the east) with Lake Edward (to the west). This Channel is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park and a boat tour gives you a chance to cruise just meters from schools of hippos, herds of buffalos and elephants. The boat departs at around 2 pm.

Dinner and overnight at: Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge/Twin Lakes Safari Lodge (executive) (B/L/D)

 

Day 14: TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK (The Ultimate Gorilla Experience)

Breakfast at leisure and then continue to Rushaga Sector, in southern end of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will have several stopovers for sight viewing and lunch at a restaurant. Arrival at the lodge, check in and relax for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

Dinner and overnight at: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla Cottages (cottages) (B/L/D)

 

Day 15: IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK (The Ultimate Gorilla Experience)

After Breakfast, you will take a short drive to the Park headquarters for a briefing before setting off for mountain gorilla trekking. You will have a general briefing on the behaviours of the mountain gorillas as well as the strict rules that you are supposed to obey. Thereafter, you will be allocated to one of the habituated groups (& a guide) in the sector, which only welcomes 8 visitors a day to minimize behavioural disturbance and the risk of exposure to human-borne diseases. You will hike into the forest and once you have located them, you only have one hour to take photos, film, selfies, etc. Thereafter, you will walk back to the starting point.

The hike can take from 2hr to 8hr in altitudes exceeding 7.600 feet.

Dinner and overnight at: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla Cottages (cottages) (B/L/D)

 

Day 16: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARKENTEBBE AIRPORT

Breakfast and continue to Entebbe International Airport for your evening departure flight. (B/L/-)

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • The Boma Guest House, Cassia Lodge, Karibu Guest House, The Haven Jinja, Nile Resort, Sipi River Lodge, Moroto Hotel, Nga'Moru Wilderness Camp, Kidepo savannah Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge, Kibale Guest Cottages, Kibale Safari lodge, Fort Motel, Mountains of the Moon Hotel, Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Hotel, Twin Lakes Safari Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp
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