21 Days Long Uganda Safari
21 Days Long Uganda Safari tour taking you to all the most exciting safari destinations including Sipi falls, Murchison falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, Mburo and Ssese Island for memorable Uganda holiday experiences.
Day 1: Arrival and Hotel Transfer;
On your arrival for your long Uganda safari, you will be met by our company representative together with your driver / guide and depending on your time of arrival, either do a city tour of Kampala including Kasubi Tombs, the Uganda Museum and the African Craft Village OR directly transfer to the hotel where you will relax and recover from the jet-lag! Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge.
Day 2: Transfer to Jinja
You will enjoy have breakfast and make an early start on the eventful journey to Jinja – Uganda’s former industrial town during the colonial times found in Eastern Uganda. En-route, you will the drive takes you across several small towns with local food vendors hoping on vehicles!
You will also see huge sugar cane and tea plantations in the Lugazi area and a stopover at Mabira forest for a short forest walk to search for forest birds and colobus monkeys on this long Uganda safari
Proceed and reach Jinja town where you will visit the Source of River Nile and get a chance to see where the mighty River Nile (Longest River in Africa) starts its journey all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Have lunch in Jinja town and enjoy a tour of this historical industrial hub with a lot of sightings including the faded Bujagali falls and the thundering Itanda falls. Dinner and overnight at Hotel triangle or Jinja Nile Resort
Day 3: Sipi falls tours
You will have breakfast and depart the hotel with your packed lunch to Sipi Falls for a Nature walk. Here, you will undergo a nature walk to the spectacular Sipi falls which has its origins from Mount Elgon and you can expect to see the caves, plantations of coffee, matooke and sugar cane along the way. Return later in the evening for dinner and overnight at the hotel as above marking 3rd day of this long Uganda safari
Day 4: Transfer to Masindi Town
You will enjoy breakfast and start your Journey to Masindi town driving through Kampala and making a stopover at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking. This is a guided nature walk to experience the life of the Rhinos in the wild. You will also have lunch at the sanctuary and enjoy an evening walk after which, you will transfer to Masindi town for dinner and overnight stay at Masindi Hotel.
Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the magnificent Murchison falls national park – Uganda’s largest national park with lots of natural wonders. The drive is relatively short from Masindi and you will enter the park early and visit the famous Top of the falls where you can enjoy a snack while listening to the sound of the flowing water!
It is here that water thunders through different rapids from a 7-metre gap to fall over 40 meters Gorge below and the experience is mesmerizing! Drive off to the hotel for late lunch, unwind and enjoy dinner and a serene night at Fort Murchison Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Game drive and launch cruise along the Albert Nile
After an early morning breakfast, you will go for a game drive on the Northern bank of River Nile. The activity takes about 3 – 5 hours and Wildlife in the Park includes elephants, Rothschild giraffes, buffaloes, lions, Hartebeest, Uganda kobs, oribis and waterbucks.
Return to the lodge for lunch after your eventful Uganda wildlife viewing experience / game drive and in the afternoon; go for a launch cruise on the Albert Nile which will give you an exciting panoramic view at the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. Along the cruise, you will encounter crocodiles, hippos, and birds on the river banks like kingfisher, cormorants, bee-eater and the rare shoebill stork. Dinner and overnight as above.
Day 7: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Breakfast will be served early and make an early start on this long drive to Kibale Forest National Park. You will have lunch in Fort portal town and enjoy a tour of the surroundings including the Tooro king’s palace. Proceed to Kibale forest arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee forest Guest House.
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk
Early morning breakfast and attend briefing by the park rangers after which you will set out for chimp tracking within the Kibale Forest. The guides will equip you with lots of information about the forest and the different flora and fauna including colorful variety of butterflies. After an exciting search for the elusive chimpanzees, you will return to the Lodge for lunch.
After lunch, you will go for a nature walk in the Bigodi swamp area and look out for most of the water loving bird species. The forest /Park has almost 335 species of birds and therefore a good place for birders. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay as above.
Day 9: Transfer to Semuliki National Park
You will have breakfast and transfer to Semuliki national park for long Uganda safari which is also a relatively short drive and you will reach the park headquarters early where you will register and later check in into your lodge and enjoy lunch. Spend the afternoon enjoying the tranquility and magnificent view of the park and enjoy dinner as the sun sets!
Late evening, you will go on a night game drive in search for wildlife such as the slender mongoose, several cats, white tailed mongoose and diminutive genet. Semuliki National Park is one of the few Parks in Uganda where one can go on the night game drive. The night game drive ends at 11:00pm or thereabout and return to your lodge to for a goodnight at Beguma cottages.
Day 10: Chimpanzee tracking in the forest
Early in the morning after a cup of tea, you will be briefed by the Uganda wildlife Officials at the Park headquarters about chimpanzee tracking. After this you will set out for chimpanzee tracking in the beautiful cool rain forest. Apart from the Chimpanzees, the forest is also home to a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will visit the hot springs of Sempaya and the pygmies after which you will transfer to fort portal town and enjoy dinner and overnight at Rwenzori View guest house.
Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3-4 hours)
You will have breakfast and transfer too Queen Elizabeth national park where you will arrive well in time on your long Uganda safari and enjoy lunch at the hotel and in the afternoon; go for a game drive in the Northern crater area where there is a lot of dark holes called the black craters with no water.
You may be able to see a lot of animal including Elephants, lions, buffaloes, Leopards, baboons and warthogs among others. Return to the lodge and enjoy the evening sunset as it fades behind the majestic Rwenzoris. Dinner and overnight at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge. We are just half way on the 21 days Long Uganda safari!
Day 12: Game drive and Launch cruise
You will have early morning breakfast and go for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi area which is well known as the Kob mating grounds and therefore a perfect spot to see a lot of kobs and other antelopes like the sitatunga, and the hyenas. Other wildlife can also be spotted such as the Elephants and lions among others on the long Uganda safari.
This game drive takes 2-3 hours and you will return to the lodge to clean up and later have lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for a launch cruise on the renowned Kazinga channel – famous for its highest hippopotamus concentration in Africa! You will also see a lot of crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and other animals as they come down to drink and bathe plus a great deal of birds on the sandbanks. Return to the lodge for dinner and a great night at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge as above.
Day 13: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park (4-5 hours)
This morning, you will depart the lodge with all your belongings and set out for a game drive in the Ishasha area bracing yourself for a chance to see the rare tree climbing lions. The climbing lions can be seen lounging in the fig trees during mid morning as they rest from the previous night’s strenuous hunt!
However it’s not a guarantee that the lions will be seen. Sometimes it depends on the luck and time of reaching the area. You will have lunch in the Ishasha sector and after proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park in preparation for your next day Gorilla trek. Dinner and overnight stay at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
Day 14: Gorilla trek in Bwindi
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for briefing with your packed lunch and later go for gorilla trekking, this could take 4-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. After trekking, meet your driver and transfer back to the hotel where you will unwind as you reflect on the memorable gorilla trek. Dinner and overnight as above.
Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, you will depart for Lake Bunyonyi which is one of the deepest lakes is Africa. Lake Bunyonyi has almost 32 Islands and is a good stop over for relaxation from trekking Mountain Gorillas. Upon arrival, you will go on a boat ride which will enable you visit most of the islands on the Lake.
Each Island is named according to the bird species found on the Island and some were named because of their purposes for example the Punishment Island which is the smallest and was used by the Bakiga people to drop their girls who got pregnant before marriage. You will also learn a lot more about the Islands and the people that inhabit them and after the Boat ride, return back to the Lodge for relaxation while you watch the beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia cottages.
Day 16: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Have breakfast and embark on your long Uganda safari journey to Lake Mburo national park driving across the rolling hills and slopes of Kabale – known as “the Switzerland of Africa” and a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch. Proceed to Lake Mburo and enter the Park with a game drive en-route which will enable you to see animals like zebras, topis, elands, impalas, buffaloes and antelopes. Dinner and overnight at Mburo Safari Lodge.
Day 17: Game drive and Boat ride on Lake Mburo
Wake up for an early morning game drive and search for early risers and all other animals that you missed out in the previous evening’s game drive. Return to the Lodge for late breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for a boat ride on Lake Mburo which will get you quite close to Crocodiles and Hippos. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight as above.
Day 18: Hyena walk and transfer to Entebbe
Breakfast will be served early and after go for the hyena walk with in the Park. This is a guided walk where you will be escorted by a park ranger from the Uganda wildlife Authority for security purposes and to provide you with more information about the Park and the trail. Return to the lodge after the walk and transfer to Entebbe with a lunch stopover en-route and at the equator for photography and the experiment. Proceed to Entebbe arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Entebbe Central Inn.
Day 19: The Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria
On this day of your long Uganda safari, you will transfer you to Nakiwogo landing site to board the ferry to Lutoboka. The journey takes about 3hours and on arrival, you will be met and welcomed by the hotel staff who will then transfer you to the hotel just meters away from the docking area (you may even freely walk). Check inn and freshen up, enjoy lunch and relax into the evening as you enjoy the sweet melodies from hundreds of bird species recorded here with a cool rewarding breeze from the lake. Dinner and overnight at Ssese Palm Beach Resort on long Uganda safari!
Day 20: Full day at the Ssese Island
you will enjoy breakfast with stunning sunrise and go bird-watching and forest walk in the nearby forest on the Island. You will look out for primates such as Monkeys as well as water and forest birds like: Hornbill, Turacco, Flycatcher, weaver, Fish Eagle, and colorful butterflies. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the white sand beaches around the Island. Dinner and overnight as above.
Day 21: Transfer back to Entebbe and departure
Have breakfast and after leave the Island by the morning Ferry back to Bukakata. Have lunch in Entebbe town and then later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
This is a private safari and the dates are open so it can be done at any time throughout the year!
Tour Inclusions are:
Chimpanzee Permit pp
Gorilla permit pp
Accommodation as prescribed,
Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
Adventure activities like boat rides, Game drives and Nature walks
Bottled water while on safari,
Photographing and touring,
Car hire and a driver plus fuel/gas
International flights, Visas,
Items of a personal nature,