15 Days Highlights of Uganda Tour

The 15 Days highlights of Uganda Tour include one of Uganda’s off-the-beaten-track savannah wildlife’s best-kept secrets – Kidepo National Park then down to the Magnificent Nile River further to the tropical forest of Kibale – home of the chimpanzees onwards to Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth Park proceeding to home of the Mountain Gorilla, Bwindi Forest and further to Lake Bunyonyi –Land of many Islands then to Lake Mburo.

Fly to Kidepo Valley National Park

Save 12 hours of the road trip to this hidden gem  Kidepo National Park by flying to Kidepo Airport. With sprawling savannah wildlife scenes and soaring mountains, Kidepo National Park might be the most picturesque park in Africa. Sharing borders with Sudan and Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, it is Uganda’s most beautiful, remote, and least-explored park. Kidepo was once the playground of the late president Idi Amin and you can still visit the haunting ruins of a lodge that could just as easily have been designed as a massive bunker. Those who take the trouble to get here are rewarded with phenomenal savannah wildlife sightings and a level of exclusivity that can rarely be had at any cost in neighboring countries.

We hit the road to Murchison falls after, to check out another Uganda savanna wildlife gem, take a boat ride on the mighty Nile river to the bottom of the Falls, hang out with hippos, and adventure the savanna landscape to find the elusive members of the Big 5 Game before heading south to the rainforests of Kibale. Primates and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park will squeeze out some adventure excitement before we get off the beaten track to yet another huge savannah wildlife gem, Queen Elizabeth National Park. By this time you may think you’ve had enough but wait till you see those lions hanging out on a tree while they sketch out their next impala catch. You’ll take another exciting boat ride on the Kazinga channel and then head up south through the Rwenzori mountains to the Virunga ranges to live up the last hours of the Uganda Savannah Wildlife, Chimpanzee & Gorillas Tour with the mighty mountain gorillas. In Bwindi impenetrable forest is where you reach the zenith of this Uganda wildlife safari giving forever lasting memories and wonderful stories back home.

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Safari Highlights

  • Kidepo Valley National Park with sprawling savannah wildlife scenes and soaring mountains, Kidepo National Park might be the most picturesque park in Africa. 
  •  Murchison falls NP for a boat ride on the mighty Nile river to the bottom of the Falls, and a game safari in search of the Big 5 Game. 
  •  Primates and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest NP
  • Savannah wildlife gem, Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife safari and a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel 
  • KIchwamba Orphanage Foundation for a cultural experience.  
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest NP
  • Gorilla highlands – culture on the crest tour 
  • Naturewalk and Night game drive in Lake Mburo 
  • Handpicked luxury lodges

Safari Overview

 Day         Activity Accommodation Meal Plan
1 Arrival in Entebbe Hotel No 5 Bed only
2 Flight to Kidepo –  Gamesafari Apoka Safari Lodge B, L, D
3 Game Safari & Community Walks Apoka Safari Lodge B, L, D
4 To Murchison Falls NP Nile Safari Camp B, L, D
5 Game Safari & Boat cruise Nile Safari Camp B, L, D
6 To Kibale Forest NP Papaya Lake Lodge B, L, D
7 Chimp trekking and Bigodi Walk Papaya Lake Lodge B, L, D
8 To Queen Elizabeth NP Katara Lodge B, L, D
9 Lion Experiential & Boat cruise Katara Lodge B, L, D
10 To Bwindi Forest Mahogany Springs B, L, D
11 Gorilla Trekking Mahogany Springs B, L, D
12 To Lake Bunyonyi -Culture on the crest Birdnest Lodge B, L, D
13 To Lake Mburo NP- Evening game safari Mihingo Lodge B, L, D
14 Nature walk & Boat cruise Mihingo Lodge B, L, D
15 Lake Mburo – Entebbe Departure Fly out

15 days Highlights of Uganda Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you will be picked up by a company representative and transferred to your hotel at the start of your 15 days highlights of Uganda Tour. Accommodation at the Hotel No 5

Day 2: Flight to Kidepo National Park 1.5hrs

After a relaxed breakfast, head to Airport for the aero link flight to Kidepo National Park departing at 12:30hrs and arriving at 14:45hrs at Apoka Airstrip. You will be picked up by the lodge representative upon arrival. You may have an evening game safari in the park.  Your safari guide will arrive later in the evening. Accommodation and meals at Apoka Lodge.

Day 3: Kidepo National Park Off-the-beaten track tour drive

A full day in one of the most beautiful and certainly most remote national parks in Uganda! Early in the morning, you will explore the Narus River Valley by game safari. Go in search of giraffes, ostriches, zebras, elephants, and lions. The park is also a birders paradise as it boasts a bird list with over 475 species. Have lunch and relax before going on a visit to one of the local Karamojong communities. The Karamojong tribe is well known for its unique nomadic lifestyle and rich traditions of storytelling.  Accommodation and meals at Apoka Lodge

Day 4: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park (7 hrs)

Breakfast and then transfer to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in time for lunch at the lunch. Murchison falls is the second savannah wildlife gem that you’ll adventure and is the largest savannah wildlife reserve in the country. You’ll have an evening savannah game drive in the safari park where you’ll find more Rothschild Giraffes than anywhere else in Africa.  Accommodation and meals at Nile Safari Camp.

Day 5: Game safari and Boat cruise to the Bottom of the falls

With an early rise, and delicious breakfast you will start the day with a savannah wildlife game drive on the northern bank of the Nile River, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest, and different species of birds. Head back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

Murchison Falls has the distinction of having a River flow through it, not just any River but the historic River Nile which you cross via a safe Ferry.  Where you cross the Nile it flows serenely toward Lake Albert toward its northward, the goal of the Mediterranean Sea.  just up the river is one of the Main Attractions in the park, the most powerful waterfall in the world – Murchison Falls.

Thereafter head for the boat cruise at 14:00hrs on the placid Victoria Nile to the foot of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile River plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40-meter drop from a 7-meter gorge look out for the Nile crocodile, pools of hippo, waterbucks and a variety of bird species. You will disembark and hike to the top of the falls for 1.5 hrs where you will be met by your guide before proceeding back to the lodge.  Accommodation and meals at Nile Safari Camp

Day 6: Murchison Falls – Fort Portal (8hrs)

Breakfast and then head to Murchison Falls after an early breakfast, head for Fort Portal on yet another amazing road trip. This is the area where Semiliki & Kibale Forest National Parks are situated; the drive is almost 8 hours arriving in the evening. Accommodation and meals at Papaya Lake Lodge

Day 7: Chimp Trekking and Bigodi Swamp Tour

After breakfast, we visit the chimpanzee tracking county, Kibale Forest National Park, reputable for having the greatest variety and the highest concentration of primates in East Africa. A guided nature walk in the tropical rain forest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and many others. After lunch will be taken for the Bigodi swamp walk for chances of viewing primates and bird species.  Accommodation and meals at Papaya Lake Lodge

Day 8: Rwenzori foothills – Queen Elizabeth National Park (4hrs)

Today you can enjoy the majestic Rwenzori Mountains in their full glory! Have a guided walk at the foothills of the ‘Mountains of the Moon and learn about the local culture firsthand. Enjoy the scenic views, have a glimpse of village life, and meet the locals. Thereafter transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in time for late lunch. 

In the evening, you may head out for an evening game drive or head out to the Kichwamba Orphanage Foundation, a community-based organization dedicated to bringing hope to the hopeless by  elevating orphans, other vulnerable children, and the elderly whose parents and guardians died from the wildlife attacks, anti-poaching ranger patrols, HIV/AIDS scourge, wars and poverty into improved and better lives through care, education and empowerment. Have a coffee tour experience learning about the processing of coffee and later a cultural dance session.  Accommodation and meals at Katara Lodge.

Day 9: Game drive and Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel

Rise early at 6:30 am and set out for an early morning savannah wildlife game drive at the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. You will search for lions, elephants, buffaloes, and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for dinner. You will have your breakfast packed for you by your lodge and enjoy it in the amazing wilderness. After lunch at your Lodge, you will take on a scenic boat cruise at 14:00hrs along the Kazinga Channel, a natural and pre-historic canal that joins Lakes Edward and George. 33 kilometers long and 2 to 3 km at its widest points. On a scheduled 3 hrs boat ride over a 12 to 14 km stretch of the channel, guests are almost always guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including, multitudes of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as hundreds of other plains game that come to it for water all day long. Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation and meals at the Katara Lodge. 

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Park (6hrs)

After breakfast, we commence our highlights of Uganda safari with a transfer to Bwindi National Park via the Ishasha Sector – look out for the tree climbing lions.  Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, the home of the mountain gorillas arriving in time for a late lunch and relaxation.  Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs B-L-D

Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Trekking

In the early morning, you will be briefed on gorilla tracking at the park headquarters and assigned groups of 8 people per group. Accompanied by a guide and your packed lunch, you will go in search of the gorillas in a small group. You walk through the forest, sometimes you descend again and then climb up a slope again. The duration of gorilla tracking is unpredictable, it can take between 4-8 hours. 

The walk can be quite challenging due to the muddy trails and the mountainous area. It is definitely worth it. For an hour you can admire these peaceful ‘Gentle Giants’ as they go about their daily activities of grooming, feeding, and playing.   It is a once-in-a-lifetime memorable experience on your 15 days highlights of the Uganda Tour.  Accommodation and meals at Mahogany Springs

Day 12: Bwindi Forest – Lake Bunyonyi – Culture on the crest ( 5hrs)

Breakfast and then head to Lake Bunyonyi arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you will embark on a 5-hour experience on Kyabahinga Peninsula. You will canoe across the bay to the terraced hillsides of the Kyabahinga peninsula. Have a stopover at Edirisa Nursery School if school is still in session, a trading center above the school where the local brew is made, as you proceed to climb the slopes of Kyabahinga for about 30 minutes till the top of the hill, you will meet Omugurusi Jeremiah, a traditional healer, a well-known herbalist who will share with us some carefully chosen secrets of tropical highland flora. Kyabahinga is uniquely located with an outlook over most of Lake Bunyonyi, its 29 islands, and the distant Muhavura volcano. You will hear some of the colorful tales, legends, and historical facts related to these islands. Thereafter proceed to the ridge where you will find a home of a crafts maker who will demonstrate how the crafts are made, which you can try out as well. A descent down the hill and a short canoe ride will bring you back to our starting point.  It is one of the most scenic areas in southwest Uganda! Accommodation and meals at Birdnest Lodge

Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park (5hrs)

Breakfast and then we head to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you will relax at the lodge before having an evening game drive in the park, look out for wildlife, like impalas, topis, warthogs, zebras, and buffaloes. Accommodation and meals at Mihingo Lodge

Day 14: Lake Mburo National Park – Nature walk & Boat ride

After breakfast, with the last dying hours of the highlights of the Uganda safari, we take on the last savannah wildlife game drive through the beaten paths of Lake Mburo National Park. You will follow the tracks in the safari park in search of zebras, buffaloes, impalas, and maybe even the elusive elands. Return to the lodge for some relaxation and lunch. After lunch, you can go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich bird life and the hippos that are cooling off.

Accommodation and meals at Mihingo Lodge

Day 15: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe – Departure (6 hrs)

After breakfast, you will head back to Kampala arriving in time for lunch and a refreshment room if your flight is late in the evening.

End of the 15 days highlights of Uganda Tour

Included in price

  • Ground Transportation
  • Mineral water in the vehicle,
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
  • Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
  • All Park Entrance Fees,
  • Gorilla and Chimp Trekking Permits

Excluded in price

  • International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
  • Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
  • International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations;
  • Items of personal nature such as Room service,
  • Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.;
  • Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff,
  • Optional activities unless specified as included,

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