28 Days Around Uganda Highlights
Parks visited Include: Lake Mburo, Mgahinga, Bwindi Ntional Park, Queen Elizabeth, Semuliki, Kibale, Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley, Sipi Falls, Mt. Elgon and many other amazing attractions and destinations.
Day 1: Airport transfer and arrival at Entebbe
Our professional guide meet up with your and drive you to your Hotel in Kampala or Entebbe for overnight and dinner.
Day 2: Depart Kampala and transfer to Lake Mburo National park
Rise up Early to kick-start your safari by traveling from Kampala through the Equator proceed South-westwards and arrive at Lake Mburo in the afternoon, check into your choice of accommodation. Take an evening game drive and encounter zebras, buffalo, elands and impalas along with a great variety of birds. Overnight and dinner at Rwonyo Rest Camp (Budget) or Arcadia Cottages (Upmarket)
Day 3: Nature walk and Launch trip on Lake Mburo
After breakfast go for a guided nature walk on the western side of the lake begin at 7am and take two hours. At this time of day, you may encounter hyenas returning to their dens and hippos retreating to the lake. Hikes through the woodland provide an opportunity to sight forest birds and mammals, while the walk to the top of the hill rewards visitors with a spectacular view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes come back to your Lodge for Lunch. In afternoon take a tranquil evening boat ride along the eastern banks of Lake Mburo. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, buffaloes and hippos as well as colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles, Hammerkops and their enormous nests and even the prehistoric-looking Shoebill against the setting Sun .Night at Rwonyo Rest Camp (Budget) or Arcadia Cottages (Upmarket)
Day 4: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast take a morning game drive and encounter zebras, buffalo, elands and impalas along with a great variety of birds. Then after, you will have Lunch en-route as you proceed to Lake Bunyonyi in South western Uganda and Check-in at Arcadia cottages in Bunyonyi or Bushara Isand Camp.
Day 5: Canoe ride & Island hoping
You can take a canoe ride around the lake at any time of the day, however the early morning is the most exciting when there is a lot of mist over the lake and as if cloud clover is mid-way highlands. It is a sight often compared to one of the mystic scenes in the famous movie “lord of the rings”. Visit from one island to another, (island hoping) and as you enjoy breathtaking views of the lush highlands. In the Evening drive to Kisoro as you prepare for you Golden Mountain trekking in Mgahinga. Overnight and dinner at Kisoro Travelers’ Rest or Amajambere Iwacu camp (Budget)
Day 6: Golden Monkey trekking and Birding
After breakfast roam into the forest in search for the endangered golden monkey which is endemic to the Albertine Rift, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers a rare chance to track these striking creatures, high in the dense bamboo forests on the Gahinga trail. There is an estimated 3000-4000 individuals in the Virunga area which 42-60 are habituated in Mgahinga.
For this varied habitats of Uganda’s smallest park make it home to a variety of birds with 179-184 species recorded. The list includes the Ibis, Pin-tailed Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Stone Chat, Grey-capped Warbler, Wax Bills, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Firefinch, White-naped Raven, Black Kite, Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Paradise Fly-catcher, Rwenzori Batis, Double-collared Sunbird, and Rwenzori Nightjar. Come back to your lodge for overnight and dinner.
Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi
After breakfast depart to Bwindi impenetrable national park and arrive in the early afternoon and evening is at your own leisure. This connection will take about 2- 3 hours’ drive from Kisoro to Bwindi, the home of the Mountain Gorillas, and is the best relaxing point after the incredible panoramic wonderful views of the rolling terraced highlands, enjoyed while driving to Bwindi. Overnight and dinner at Silver Back Lodge or Buhoma community Rest Camp (Budget)
Day 8: Gorilla Tracking Bwindi
You will wake up early in the morning and have your breakfast as you prepare to start your journey to greater experience by 8:00am, you will report to the headquarters for a briefing by the rangers as well as registration. The guides will then lead you to track the gorillas through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth and the thick creepers. And when the gorillas are sighted, the visitors will be guided to within 6 meters of them and you will have a chance to sit around these great apes for a whole hour looking into their big eyes. These big giants are also powerful and can sometimes weigh over 250 kilograms. The visitors also require a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes, since the trek can take from half an hour to 6 hours depending on the movement of these lovely primates. You will have your packed lunch after the trek. Dinner and overnight Silver back Lodge (Up market) or Buhoma community Rest Camp (Budget).
Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth via Ishasha sector
After breakfast, we shall continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through the traditional homesteads locally built and the Ishasha sector of the park. This transfer to Queen Elizabeth will avail you a chance to visit the world’s only famous tree-climbing Lions and other myriads of Wildlife species of animals, plants and birds. Proceed to the park Headquarters and check-in at Mweya Safari Lodge or Albertine Rift Camp (formerly Mweya Hostel)
Day 10: Kasenyi game drive and afternoon boat trip
Have breakfast before setting off for an early game drive or birding experience on the Kasenyi Plains. This section will offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and many bird species. By taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard. Come back to your lodge for Lunch. In the Afternoon, you will proceed to Kazinga channel to take a boat cruise. Its shores attract a large number of birdlife, mammals and reptiles year around. The boat cruise on Kazinga channel is a must visit for all tourists visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and overnight at luxury Mweya safari lodge or budget Albertine Rift Camp.
Day 11: Visit Kyambura gorge and Maramagambo forests
Wake early to experience a different face of the park. Spend the morning tracking chimps in Kyambura Gorge. Explore this ‘underground forest’ before a picnic lunch overlooking the gorge, or at one of the nearby lodges. After lunch take a long walk in the Maramagambo Forest, where you can find a variety of birds, forest antelope, monkeys, a bat cave and the ‘cormorant house’ a large tree in the forest that has been turned white by the birds that roost there at night. Come back to your lodge for Night and dinner.
Day 12: Visit Lake Katwe and Transfer to Mountain Rwenzori National Park.
After Breakfast at your lodge, proceed to the Katwe area, looking out for birds like little Grebe; African Finfoot; Greater and Lesser Flamingos; Augur Buzzard; Crested Guinea fowl; Pied Avocet; Black-winged Stilt; Diederick Cuckoo; Yellowbill; Narina Trogon; Shining-blue Kingfisher; Black Bee-eater; Black-and-White-Casqued Hornbill; Yellow-rumped, and Speckled Tinkerbirds; Grey-throated and Yellow-Spotted Barbets; Brown-eared Woodpecker, Rufous-naped, Flappet and Red-capped Larks; Grassland and Plain-backed Pipits; Western Nicator, Yellow-whiskered, Little and Slender-billed Greenbuls; Snowy-headed and Red-capped Robin-chats; Brown-backed Scrub-robin; Grey-capped Warbler; Grey and Buff-throated Apalis; Brown-thoated Wattle-eye; African Paradise Flycatcher; Olive-bellied, Green, Olive, Variable and Collared Sunbirds; Starlings; Weavers; Widowbirds; Bishops; Finches; and Waxbills among Thereafter proceed to Rwenzori National Park and stay at one of the lodging options around while Enjoying the cold breeze of Rwenzori spiced by the roar of the boulder filled River Mubuku. Overnight at Ruboni community Camp Budget or Margeritah Hotel in Kasese.
Day 13: Nature walks and Birding in Rwenzori Mountains
Depart early in the morning to hike up Ruboni Hill. Enjoy scenic views of the River Mubuku as well as Baker and Portal Peaks as you ascend. Reaching the top of the 2300 meter hill, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Mountains of the Moon and the glorious snow-capped Margherita Peak. The park is home to 217 bird species including several Albertine Rift endemics. Among these are 17 species that are endemic to the park making Rwenzori an important birding area (IBA). The forest zone at 1800m contains a diversity of birds including the Rwenzori Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl, Handsome Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Archers’ Robin-chat, White-starred Robin, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Lag den’s Bush Shrike, etc. Return to your accommodation for dinner and relaxation at Ruboni community Camp Budget or Margeritah Hotel in Kasese.
Day 14: Transfer to Semuliki National Park via Fort portal
After an early breakfast set off on the Bulemba-Ihandiro Cultural Trail for impressive views and an exploration of the local Bakonzo culture. This 6-7 hours hike to a hilltop cultural museum passes through the “Bat Valley” – a holy place for the Bakonzo, and crosses the River Kamusonge. There is also a visit to the traditional healer who explains how he uses his “Muhima” or powers, to cure the sick. Then after with packed lunch en-route drive to Fort portal and proceed to Semuliki National park for Overnight and dinner at Bumaga UWA Camp Semuliki. Or Semuliki Safari Lodge (Up Market)
Day 15: Viewing of hot springs and Nature walks
After breakfast take hour-long trail to the outer, “male” spring leads through a patch of forest where red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys are common. A tree house en-route provides an aerial view. A 30-minute hike through palm forest from the main road leads to the inner, “female” spring, dominated by a boiling geyser. Eggs and Matooke (green plantain) can be cooked in these boiling waters and enjoyed by hungry hikers!
In the afternoon go for nature walk or you may choose to relax. And for birders who make it to Semuliki will be rewarded with some of Africa’s best forest birding. Sempaya and Ntandi provide excellent viewing of the birds including the White-crested Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, and Piping Hornbill, Yellow-throated Nectar, Great blue and Ross’s Turacos. The area around Kirumia River is another top birding spot. The shoebill stork is regularly seen at close quarters on Lake Albert and forest walks are good for tracking water birds. Go back to your lodge for Dinner and Relaxing.
Day 16: Transfer to Kibale
After breakfast, drive south to Kibale in the Toro Kingdom, birding en-route. Look out for birds like Western banded Snake Eagle, Striped Kingfisher, Great blue Turaco, Lizard Buzzard, Lesser Striped Swallow, Joyful Greenbul, Chubb’s Cisticola, Masked Apalis, Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Whinchat, Stonechat, Green-headed Sunbird, Common Fiscal among others. Dinner and overnight at one of the lodges. Overnight and Dinner Primate Safari Lodge / Chimpanzee guest House and Campsite (Budget option)
Day 17: Chimpanzee tracking
After early your guide will drive you to Kanyanchu Tourist center for briefing before going for chimpanzee tracking tour. These apes are more closely related to humans that to any other creatures. Kibale National Forest is well known for its unique primates in East Africa. On the walk you will go through this tropical moist forest to find the chimpanzee. In the afternoon visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park, is home to 138 bird species which may be seen during guided walks along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms. These could include the White-spotted Fluff tail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, Grey-winged Robin-chat, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Boscage’s Bush-shrike, Black Bishop, White-breasted Negro finch and Black-crowned Waxbill among others. Overnight and Dinner Primate Safari Lodge / Chimpanzee guest House and Campsite (Budget option)
Day 18: Transfer to Murchison fall through Masindi
After enjoying your breakfast, you will start your transfer to Murchison Fall’s national park which is also a long and rewarding journey to those interested in scenery viewing and the African homes locally built. And lots of different bird species en-route. You will arrive at the park in the evening and check-in at your lodge. Overnight and dinner Paara Safari Lodge or Red chili Camp (Budget)
Day 19: Morning Game and afternoon Launch trip
You will be picked by our Tour Guide after an early morning breakfast you to take for a game drive within the park. Expect to see the big four animals including Buffalo, lion and Elephant leopard. You will also spot the giraffe, antelopes and a number of bird species. Return to the lodge after the early morning game drive until lunch. In the afternoon, you will go and participate in a launch trip up the Nile. Here you will get a chance to see water animals like the Nile crocodiles, Hippos and a number of water birds. Diner and overnight at Budget Accommodation: Red Chili Camp or Luxury Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge
Day 20: Drive out of the Park through Tangi Gate to Kitgum
Do a morning game drive in the northern section of the park thus giving you vivid sightings of wildlife species of animals and birdsVisitors will marvel at herds of buffalos, dozens of elephants, warthogs and towering giraffes, along with bushbucks, reedbuck, duikers, kobs, oribi and the unusual-looking hartebeest. Proceed to Pakwach road to connect to Kitgum. Overnight is at Boma Guest House in Kitgum
Day 21: Transfer to Kidepo
After breakfast complete your drive from Kitgum and continue to Kidepo National Park and check-in into your accommodation at Apoka Safari Lodge (Up Market) or Apoka Rest Camp Budget.
After lunch (bring food for self-catering unless staying at Apoka Lodge), take a game drive along the Narus Valley. Keep your eyes peeled for buffalo, giraffes, zebras, elands, oribis and elephants and even the odd jackal. Your guide may even be able to locate lions, sunbathing atop rocks. Overnight at your Lodge.
Day 22: Game Drive to hot springs and nature walk/ Narus valley tour
Depart on a morning game drive to the hot springs via the palm tree lined Kidepo River. Search for ostriches and leopard tortoises along the way. After a packed lunch, stretch your legs during a guided walk through the park.Overnight at your Lodge.
Day 23: Birding, Nature walks Cultural Visits
Visit the Lorokul Cultural Group and explore the fascinating, ancient culture of the Karamojong. Reach out to traditional homesteads, sample local dishes and hear stories of the folklore of this remote tribe. Evening at your own Leisure at Apoka Safari Lodge (Up Market) or Apoka Rest Camp Budget.
Day 24: Drive out to Mt. Elgon
After Breakfast pack your luggage and drive onwards to Mount Elgon National Park to continue your Ugandan adventure. Check-in at your hotel and relax. Sipi River Lodge or Lacam Lodge.
Day 25: Hiking/Nature Walks in Mt. Elgon
After Breakfast take the 7km (four-hour) mountain bamboo trail to Kapkwai Cave passes through tropical and bamboo forest. Along the trail are many primates, birds and rare trees such as Elgon teak and Elgon olive. The 5km walk to the Chebonet Falls and 3km walk to the Kapkwai caves follow the ridge view trail. There is also an 11km hike to the Tutum Cave, with the option of camping overnight beside the cave. For birders this is a home to over 300 birds including 40 restricted range species. 56 of the 87 Afrotropical highland biome species live here, notably the Moorland Francolin, Moustached Green Tinkerbird and Alpine Chat. Birds whose Ugandan range is limited to Mount Elgon include the Jackson’s Francolin and Black-collared Apalis. Among those limited to just a few mountains in eastern Uganda are the Black-shouldered Kite and Tacazze Sunbird. Overnight at your Lodge.
Day 26: Jinja visit the source of the Nile
After Breakfast proceed to Jinja and head directly to the Source of the Nile (world’s longest river). You will explore the source on dug-out canoe and then later visit surrounding craft shops for some souvenirs. Dinner and overnight stay at 2 Friends Guest House (budget) or Jinja Nile Resort (Up-market)
Day 27: White water rafting
After breakfast, head out for a full/ half day rafting adventure on the Nile. Get prepared by listening to some briefing, fitting of life jackets and few minutes training. Feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle with your team through grade 5 rapids for over 11 km. If you’re doing half day rafting, your trip will end on Malubisi Island where you have lunch and drinks but if you’re on full day, it will continue to the last Nile Special wave with a mouthwatering buffet and drinks at the end. Note: If you’re not interested in rafting, there are plenty of other fun-filled activities you can enjoy while on tour in Jinja and these include Bungee Jumping, River Kayaking, Quad biking, horseback riding, Jet boating among others. Just let us know which activity you want and we will add it to the itinerary. Depart Jinja and return to Kampala arriving late in the evening. Overnight and Dinner at Redhill Hideout (Budget) or Cassia Lodge (Up market).
Day 28: Drive out of the country
Tour Inclusions are:
Chimpanzee Permit pp
Gorilla permit pp
Monkey trekking 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,