20 Day Grand Uganda Safari - 20 Days

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Experience the best Safari in Uganda with Saso Uganda Safaris! Travel from East to West and North to South and see the diversity of Uganda’s flora and fauna. The mountains of Sipi Falls, One of the best parks in the world: Kidepo valley, meet the karamajong, explore the River Nile, the savannas of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls and the rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. This grand Uganda safari is the perfect combination of nature, culture & animals and you will overnight in the accommodations of Uganda.

Day 1
Arrival in Uganda, transfer to the lodge / city tour

On the arrival, your driver/guide will pick you up from Entebbe airport and transfers to your lodge. This is where your Saso Uganda Safaris driver/ guide will find you tomorrow morning for the start of your safari after a breakfast.

Accommodation options

Luxury Lodge: Serena Hotel/ Sheraton Hotel/Munyonyo Speke Resort/Pearl of Africa Hotel
Moderate: Cassia Lodge/ Speke Resort Hotel/Protea Hotel/Hotel Africana/Cassia Hotel/Golf Course Hotel
Budget facility: Airport View Hotel/ Namirembe Guest house/Forest Cottages/Karibu Hotel/Airport GuestHouse
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 2
Travel to Jinja, optional activities

Jinja lies on the shore of Lake Victoria, East from Kampala. This town is famous as the historic source of the river Nile and at the same time the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Besides enjoying peaceful sunsets, birdlife and tranquility, this is also where visitors get their adventurous. Enjoy activities such as white-water rafting, kayaking, tubing, quad biking, and Mountain-biking and horse riding. Jinja has a gorgeous natural setting with crumbling colonial architecture. Optional activities in Jinja; White water rafting, horseback safari, Quad-biking, whitewater kayaking on the river, sundowner cruise on the Nile, visit to the source of the Nile and visit to Jinja market.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Crested Crane Hotel

Mid-range: Jinja Nile Resort/Nile Village Hotel/Hotel Paradise on the Nile/The haven/Kingfisher

Budget: 2 Friends Guesthouse and Restaurant/Source of the Smile Hotel/Pearl on the Nile Hotel

Meal Plan: Full board basis

Day 3
Travel to Sipi falls

A drive through the north-eastern part of Uganda, to the foothills of Mt Elgon you reach a plateau 1800m above sea level where the beautiful Sipi Falls are located. These green area has a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. There are three falls separated by steep hillsides. It is quite cool here compared to the other parts of Uganda with temperate weather conditions. Abseiling, a coffee and community visits are some of the activities you can enjoy besides the hikes.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Sipi River Lodge

Mid-range: Lacam Lodge/Sipi Falls Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 4
Waterfall hike in Sipi falls, travel to Moroto

In the morning after a breakfast, you will prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a series of waterfalls – these culminate in a spectacular drop, which is surrounded by pretty walking trails and lush green hills. You can choose to go on a 3 or, for the real adventurers, 7 hour hike through the region. A local guide will accompany you on your hike. You can go only for the nature and waterfall walk, but it is also possible to combine the tour with a coffee visit or cultural visit, you can be certain that you pass many waterfalls, plantations and caves. Local villagers will be sure to greet you with Jambo! and beaming smiles.

In the afternoon you will travel to Moroto town the heart of the Karamoja area for your cultural activities next day.

Accommodation: Mt Moroto Hotel

Day 5
Morning nature walk afternoon visit to traditional Manyattas, option of sleeping in the kraal with the Karamojong

In the morning, you will start your day with the exploration of North-Eastern Uganda where you can learn about traditional life of the Karamojong, the most traditional tribe still living in Uganda. In the early morning you leave for a scenic nature walk through the valley of Mt Moroto, the highest mountain of Karamoja. During the walk we will set camp at a traditional village of the So Tepeth mountain people.

After this, you’ll meet the Karamajong living in a Kraal, better known as Manyatta or Boma in Swahili. A Kraal is basically a village made out of huts surrounded by fences made of wood and thorns. These are put up to keep the cattle in and to protect them against rival tribes and wild animals. Some of the Kraals are permanent and others are temporarily for when they tail the fresh grass to feed the cattle.

The Karamajong are related to the Maasai in Kenya and live a similar lifestyle. The main difference is that the Karamajong is completely unknown and you are therefore sure to experience a very authentic and memorable visit.

Accommodation: Mt Moroto Hotel

Day 6
Travel to Kidepo Valley National Park late afternoon Game drive

In the morning you can still enjoy this unique opportunity to spend more time with the Karamojong tribe. After this thrilling experience it is time to travel to the most remote and pristine national park in the country; Kidepo Valley National Park.

In the semi-arid valleys in the extreme northeast of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park lies hidden away in a lost and not frequently visited corner between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya. It is a long but very rewarding journey to get to this area with some of the most beautiful scenery in Uganda. You’ll experience an afternoon game drive in the wild Narus valley where herds of elephants & buffalos as well as beautiful sights of lions and leopards sitting on various valley rocks can be spotted.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Budget: Apoka Hostel

Day 7
Walking safari and game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley national park is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari. An armed ranger is joining you for your safety and you will explore the wilderness on foot. During this activity you get the chance to experience the wildlife up-close, a totally different experience than game-viewing by car. Buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, zebra, bush-buck and of course the naughty baboons can be seen all year round as well as many different bird species. The guide stops regularly, not merely searching for game, but telling you about birds, insects, trees, animal droppings, the medicinal use of plants and which animals eat which plants.

In the afternoon you will go for another game drive in this amazing national park. The savannah is ringed by mountains and rocky ridges. It has a big game and hosts of over 475 bird species and over 80 mammal species, of which 28 were not known to occur in any other Ugandan park. For example;ostriches, zebras, bat-eared foxes, aardwolves, caracals, cheetahs, and greater and lesser kudus.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Nga’moru Wilderness Camp

Budget: Apoka Hostel

Day 8
Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

In the morning after your breakfast, you start up your journey to Murchison Falls National Park one of the oldest conservation areas in Uganda. This is a long but rewarding journey through various landscapes of Northern Uganda.
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s best-known and biggest nature reserve. With the impressive and powerful Murchison waterfall and its remarkable animal populations, this is a must visit in the Pearl of Africa. There are superb activities on offer such as a boat safari or Delta safari on the Nile. The river divides the park between a Northern and Southern section as it makes its way through multiple rapids and waterfalls to Lake Albert. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom and you will be amazed by the amount of elephants. Also giraffes, lions, antelope, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles can all be spotted. Game drives take place on the tracks in the northern section which you reach by taking a ferry across the river.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge/Bwana Tembo Safari Camp

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9
Game viewing, boat safari to the waterfalls and hike to the top of the falls

After an early breakfast, you will go for a Game Drive for a fair share of luck and very good eyes to try and spot as many animals as possible. While driving through the park you can come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom. Hopefully you will see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. The park is especially known for its massive elephant population, huge array of bird species and big herds of buffalo. You will discover some of the parks ecosystems and different scenery with dense woodland, extensive savannahs and rolling grasslands.

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat safari towards the Murchison Falls which is a very special activity, it takes approximately 2-3 hours and goes along the Victoria Nile to the base of the Falls, this boat safari will show you breathtaking scenery. Carefully watch crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other (also thirsty) wildlife that the Nile attracts you go to the bottom of the powerful Murchison Falls. If you like hiking, the boat can drop you near the waterfalls and you can hike up to the top (this takes around 1 or 1.5 hours). The views are amazing!

Accommodation options

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge/Bwana Tembo Safari Camp

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10
Boat safari to the delta and game drive

The Nile Delta is the area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. The banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork and papyrus endemic species. A boat safari through the delta is a “must do” for every bird lovers. During this approximately 4-5 hour boat safari you will enjoy the peaceful scenery and while approaching Lake Albet, you may see more fishermen in canoes catches of tilapia fish and local people fetching water from the Nile and if lucky wild game along the banks. You may also see many hippo, crocodile and if lucky you can witness elephant bathing in the river. Also keep an eye on the treetops as you can often spot monkeys such as eastern fringed monkeys and baboons. The boat trip starts early in the morning during the soft light, golden hours for photographers. This lights lasts till about 10 am when the light becomes brighter. Relax, sit back & enjoy!

In the afternoon you can go for another game drive (optional) searching for more exciting wildlife scenes in the park or you can decide to relax and go for a dip in the swimming pool.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge/Bwana Tembo Safari Camp

Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11
Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

In the morning, you will set off your journey to green Kibale Forest. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. On arrival at the forest, you will enter a completely different world!
Kibale Forest National Park lies just outside the colonial town of Fort Portal and is made up of dense tropical rainforest. This park is considered one of the big highlights of Uganda due to a big number of primates residing can be found here and particularly a visit to one of the habituated chimpanzee groups is a very memorable experience. The rare red colobus as well as the black and white colobus, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, the blue Monkey and l’hoest’s monkeys are also regularly seen here. Where would you find a better spot to experience encounters with nature; smelling the forest and listening to the many sounds. Your safari will be surrounded by lush green diversity filled with countless bird species and butterflies.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Primate Lodge/Papaya Lake Lodge/Kyaninga lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge/Kibale Forest Cottages/

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Guest House

Meal plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 12
Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Swamp walk

Chimpanzees share 98% of human genes making them our closest living relatives. Chimpanzee Trekking experience is done on several well maintained walking trails. There is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates, more than any other forest in East Africa, in fact. Besides our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees, you can find red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. In addition, you may see olive baboons, bush babies and nocturnal pottos.

After lunch, your guide will take you to the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary which features 8 primate species, over 200 bird species and many reptiles. During the walk, you have a chance to see many animals but the highlight is catching a glimpse of a famous bird; the Great Blue Turaco.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Primate Lodge/Papaya Lake Lodge/Kyaninga lodge

Moderate: Isunga Lodge/Kibale Forest Cottages/

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Guest House

Meal plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 13
Travel to Queen Elizabeth and afternoon game drive

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in south western Uganda and is the second largest park in the country and located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, next to Lake Edward and Lake George which are joined by the Kazinga channel. Few reserves in the world have such a high biodiversity with landscapes including savannah, bushland, wetlands and lush forests. On your first game drive, it is time to explore the Queen Elizabeth National Park with her 200 kilometers of well-maintained game viewing tracks. We advise for you to be alert and pro-active on your game drive to help the ranger spot as many animals as possible All being well you see elephants, buffaloes, different species of antelope and just maybe some of the exciting predators such as lions, leopards, civet, genal and serval cats. Ten species of primates enjoy the park’s diverse habitats; Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys are easily spotted in the trees, and of course the boldest species; baboons and you can also ask your guide to search for specific birdlife or wildlife.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge

Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Ihamba Safari Lodge/Parkview Safari Lodge/Twin Lakes Safari Lodge

Budget: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Mweya Hostel

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 14
Game Viewing and boat safari Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, you go for a game drive in time to see the sun rise. The morning is the best time for a game drive as the African animal kingdom. You will continue the search for all the wildlife; elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog and without forgetting about the birds and the primates.

After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. where you will see a lot of hippos, as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see Buffalos, Crocodiles, bathing Elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your safari. After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge

Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Ihamba Safari Lodge/Parkview Safari Lodge/Twin Lakes Safari Lodge

Budget: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Mweya Hostel

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 15
Morning Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge and Travel to Ishasha sector, see the tree climbing lions

Early in the morning you will go for a hike in the Kyambura gorge, another gem in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This gorge is also called the “Valley of Apes” and is another world on its own. Drained by River Kayambura it now has a rich wildlife bio-diversity, including a family of 16 chimpanzees and many bird species. The view from the top is very impressive as you look down a gorge filled with lush green tropical vegetation amidst an impressive valley. A hike through the gorge gives you the opportunity to see chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys. This green-riverine forest also offers shelter to several forest birds. Although the chance of spotting chimpanzees is not as high, this landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and absolutely worth visiting.

After the hike you will drive in about 2-5 hours to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This part is famous for its’ tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. However, these lionesses enjoy spending the hot afternoons snoozing in fig trees to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. This is the most memorable sight in the park as you have never seen such photogenic lions posing for your camera before. During a game drive you will try your luck! While enjoying the stunning scenery and superb birdlife in this southern remote section of the park either.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Ishasha wildness Camp

Midrange: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Budget: Enjojo Lodge/@ The River Ishasha Lodge

Day 16
Travel to Lake Mutanda

After a breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kisoro which is located in the south-western part of Uganda close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You will cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge/Bwindi Jungle Lodge/Silverback Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort/Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge/Engagi Lodge

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel/Gorilla Friends Lodge/Broadbill Forest Camp/Buhoma Community Rest Camp/

Day 17
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park

In the morning after an early breakfast, prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants, the rare. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their safari in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lies on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared). Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This is the place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment.

The Gorillas you will trek belong to one of nine family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gentle giants. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity. Think of dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time to complete the gorilla trekking can be as little as 2-7hours! Once the family of gorillas has been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them. Coming face-to-face with the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic part of your safari you will definitely remember for the rest of your life.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge/Bwindi Jungle Lodge/Silverback Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort/Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge/Engagi Lodge

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel/Gorilla Friends Lodge/Broadbill Forest Camp/Buhoma Community Rest Camp/

Day 18
Relaxed day at Lake Mutanda, optional activities

On this day, you can as well go for some wonderful optional activities from the lodge, The south-western part of Uganda is known as ’’Little Switzerland’’, a lush, mountainous region dotted with freshwater lakes, which makes it the perfect base for a number of activities like walking safari, hiking, mountain biking, cultural village tours, bird watching or water sport activities.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge/Bwindi Gorilla Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge

Moderate: Mutanda Lake Resort.

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Day 19
Travel to Lake Mburo National Park and Afternoon game drive

Lake Mburo is a small national Park but is the only place in southern Uganda to see zebras and the only park in the country with impalas, slender mongoose and giant bush rats. You can also look for hyenas, leopards, topis, elands and the beautiful Rothschild’s giraffes, not to mention the lake itself which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles. There are a lot of wonderful activities on offer, such as horse-riding, bush walks, boat safari on the lake and a mountain bike safari. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range, especially combining the fresh air with the beautiful scenery of Lake Mburo National Park.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Eagles Nest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20
Guided Game walk in Lake Mburo National Park, Visit to the equator and Return to Kampala/Entebbe

Lake Mburo is one of the two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a safari walk with an experienced ranger. Footprints and animal droppings tell which animal has been here and how long ago. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range. This activity is included this morning.

After your activity you will get back to the lodge have breakfast and then time has come to head back to Kampala/Entebbe Airport with stopover at the equator, the best place for your souvenir shopping.

  • Uganda Visa which can be got on arrival at the Airports
  • Chimpanzee, Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking permits (paid for in advance through our company)
  • Travel & Health insurance arranged for from your home country
  • Proof of Yellow fever vaccination (certificate}
  • Travelers must be at least 15 years old on the day of the trekking.
  • Good physical, fit health and mental condition
  • Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood.
  • Insulated warm Jacket synthetic or down.
  • Long Sleeve Shirt and Waterproof Pants.
  • Footwear – Hiking.

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimp trekking permit
  • Insurance

Exclusions 

  • Pre and post-tour accommodation in Uganda or Rwanda
  • International airfares
  • Uganda & Rwanda East African Tourist Visa
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry

Luxury accommodation (5 stars) price of 2 – 10 People is $8033 per person on full board occupancy

Mid-range accommodation (4 stars) price of 2 – 10 People is $5819 per person on full board occupancy

Budget accommodation (3 stars) price of 2 – 10 People is $4382 per person on full board occupancy

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