18-Days Adventure in Uganda

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18-day adventure in Uganda! This carefully crafted itinerary will take you on a journey through the diverse landscapes and rich wildlife of this beautiful East African country. From thrilling activities like ziplining and gorilla trekking to serene moments in nature, Uganda has something for every traveler. So buckle up and get ready for an unforgettable safari experience!

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Accommodation

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our friendly guide who will accompany you throughout your safari. After a brief introduction, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Kampala, where you can relax and unwind after your journey.

Accommodation: Caccia Lodge

Meals Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Transfer to Jinja via Sezibwa Falls and Visit Griffin Falls in Mabira

On day 2, we will embark on a scenic drive to Jinja, the adventure capital of Uganda. Along the way, we will make a stop at Sezibwa Falls, a beautiful waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters or simply enjoy the peaceful ambiance.

Continuing our journey, we will visit Griffin Falls in Mabira Forest. Here, you can experience the thrill of ziplining through the forest canopy, offering a unique perspective of the stunning landscape. Afterward, we will transfer to Jinja and visit the source of the Nile, where the mighty river begins its epic journey.

Accommodation: Caccia Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Today, we will head to Murchison Falls National Park, one of Uganda’s most iconic wildlife destinations. En route, we will stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for an incredible opportunity to track and observe the endangered rhinos in their natural habitat. This conservation effort has played a vital role in protecting these majestic creatures.

Accommodation: Tilenga Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Early Morning Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Rise and shine for an early morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park. As the sun begins to rise, the park comes alive with a myriad of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, lions, giraffes, and an abundance of bird species. After the game drive, we will embark on a boat cruise along the Nile River, offering a unique perspective of the park’s wildlife and the magnificent Murchison Falls.

Accommodation: Tilenga Safari Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Transfer to Fort Portal

Leaving Murchison Falls behind, we will make our way to Fort Portal, a charming town nestled in the heart of the Rwenzori Mountains. Enjoy the scenic drive as we pass through tea plantations and rolling hills. Upon arrival, you can relax and soak in the peaceful atmosphere of this picturesque town.

Accommodation: Nyaika Hotel

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Rest and Visit Semliki National Park for Hot Water Springs

Take a well-deserved rest day in Fort Portal and recharge for the adventures ahead. In the afternoon, we will visit Semliki National Park, known for its hot water springs. Immerse yourself in the therapeutic waters and let the natural beauty of the park rejuvenate your mind and body.

Accommodation: Nyaika Hotel

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Visit Bigodi Community and Rwenzori Mountain

Today, we will explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a community-led initiative that promotes sustainable tourism and conservation. Take a guided walk through the wetland and discover its rich biodiversity, including numerous bird species and primates. In the afternoon, we will visit the Rwenzori Mountain Range, often referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon.” Marvel at the snow-capped peaks and learn about the unique flora and fauna that call this place home.

Accommodation: Nyaika Hotel

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Transfer to Kyambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth, for Chimpanzee Trekking

Our next destination is Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. Upon arrival, we will head to Kyambura Gorge for an exhilarating chimpanzee trekking experience. Traverse through the dense forest in search of these intelligent creatures and witness their playful behavior in their natural habitat.

Accommodation: The Bush Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Rest Day

Take a well-deserved break and enjoy a leisurely day at your accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had so far and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

Accommodation: The Bush Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Early Morning Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Rise early to embark on a thrilling game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. As the sun begins to rise, the savannah comes alive with a symphony of wildlife. Spot elephants, buffalos, lions, and if you’re lucky, the elusive leopard. In the afternoon, we will set sail on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, where you can observe hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species.

Accommodation: The Bush Lodge

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Transfer to Bwindi through Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions

On day 11, we will make our way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. But before reaching our destination, we will pass through Ishasha, a region known for its unique tree-climbing lions. Keep your eyes peeled as we drive through the savannah, as these lions are often spotted lounging in the branches of fig trees.

Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for – gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After a briefing by the park rangers, we will venture into the dense forest in search of these gentle giants. The trek can be challenging, but the reward of coming face to face with a family of gorillas is truly priceless. Spend an unforgettable hour observing their behavior, capturing photos, and immersing yourself in their natural habitat.

Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Community Walk and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After an incredible gorilla encounter, we will take a leisurely community walk, immersing ourselves in the local culture and traditions of the surrounding communities. Interact with the friendly locals, learn about their way of life, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs they face.

In the afternoon, we will transfer to the breathtaking Lake Bunyonyi, known as the “Place of Little Birds.” This tranquil lake is dotted with 29 islands and offers a serene and picturesque setting for relaxation and reflection.

Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi Experience

Spend the day exploring the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi. Take a boat ride to explore the islands, each with its own unique story and charm. Enjoy a picnic lunch on one of the islands, surrounded by the stunning scenery and the sounds of nature. You can also engage in activities such as swimming, kayaking, or simply lounging by the lakeshore.

Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Canoeing and Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Start your day with a peaceful canoeing experience on Lake Bunyonyi. Paddle through the calm waters, surrounded by lush green hills and the melodious songs of birds. Afterward, we will bid farewell to Lake Bunyonyi and make our way to Lake Mburo National Park.

Accommodation: Eagles Nest

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: Walking Safari in Lake Mburo National Park and Relaxation

Embark on a walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park, accompanied by an experienced guide. This unique experience allows you to get up close and personal with the wildlife, including zebras, impalas, buffalos, and a variety of bird species. After the safari, take some time to relax and soak in the tranquility of the park.

Accommodation: Eagles Nest

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Transfer to Mabamba for Shoebill

Today, we will leave Lake Mburo National Park and head to Mabamba Wetland, a renowned birding spot and home to the elusive shoebill stork. Embark on a boat ride through the wetland, keeping your eyes peeled for this prehistoric-looking bird. The wetland is also home to a variety of other bird species, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts.

Accommodation: Victoria Rock Resort

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport and Flyout

On the final day of your safari, we will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight. As you bid farewell to Uganda, take with you memories of incredible wildlife encounters, breathtaking landscapes, and the warm hospitality of the Ugandan people.

Meals Plan: Breakfast

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport
  • Accommodation throughout the safari
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a comfortable and reliable vehicle
  • English-speaking guide/driver
  • Park entrance fees and permits
  • Activities and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled water during the safari
  • All taxes and service charges

Exclusions:

  • International flights to and from Entebbe International Airport
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, and drinks (except bottled water during the safari)
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Optional

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: What is the best time to visit Uganda for a safari?

A1: The best time to visit Uganda for a safari is during the dry seasons, which are from December to February and from June to September. These months offer better wildlife viewing opportunities and more pleasant weather.

Q2: How physically demanding is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?

A2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be physically demanding, as it involves hiking through dense forests and steep terrain. However, the park offers different trekking options to suit different fitness levels, and porters are available to assist with carrying equipment.

Q3: Are there any health precautions I need to take before traveling to Uganda?

A3: It is recommended to consult with your healthcare provider or a travel clinic to ensure you are up to date on routine vaccinations and to discuss any additional vaccinations or medications required for Uganda. Malaria prophylaxis is also advised.

Q4: Can I customize this itinerary to suit my preferences?

A4: Absolutely! Our itineraries are fully customizable to cater to your specific interests and preferences. Whether you want to add extra days, include additional activities, or make any other adjustments, our team will work closely with you to create your dream safari experience.

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