21 Days Grand Uganda Safari

Uganda has a lot to discover and spot while on your safari and this 21 days long trip will take you to the most prominent national parks filled with wildlife, ranging from primates, big cats, antelopes and diverse culture of the Batooro and Batwa people.

Activities and experiences to engage in include gorilla and chimpanzee trekking tours, cultural encounters, community tours, game drives and boat cruises.

Other iconic attractions visited include the Uganda Equator, national museum, and local markets. Also, you will visit the most prominent places in Entebbe and these are the Uganda reptile village and Uganda wildlife education centre. This safari is a memorable and enjoyable one with the best experiences you will ever find on any African safari.

Detailed itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival or pick up from the hotel in Kampala and transfer to Jinja.

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our company guide who will brief you about this 21 days Uganda safari.

Have breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Jinja, with en-route stopovers in Mabira forest and take a small nature walk to Griffin falls, with views of different primates like olive baboons, vervet monkeys as well as unique birds as they swing and sing from the trees.

Proceed for lunch in Jinja city and thereafter embark on a sunset cruise to visit the Source of River Nile where you will be rewarded with sightings of various schools of hippos, Nile crocodiles, aquatic mammals and birdlife.

Capture memorable photos at the Nile source and you may also sip a Nile Special beer to refresh. After this great day of experience, transfer to the booked hotel in Jinja for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Jinja to Sipi falls, on the foothills of Mount. Elgon.

After your early morning breakfast, transfer to Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa, west of Mount. Elgon. Have en-route lunch in Mbale city as you gaze at the table-like Wanale hills in the background of the town. In the evening, go for an exciting hiking experience where you will be able to visit the three different Sipi falls at different intervals.

The walk passes through verdant coffee plantations with good stories attached to it. And then after an exciting hike, you will drive to the booked hotel or resort and check-in for refreshments and dinner.

Day 3: Mount. Elgon hiking expedition.

In the morning after breakfast, head for the Mount Elgon hike with packed lunch. The trails are rewarding with lush vegetation cover such as bamboo, moorlands and also be able to spot some black chested bee-eaters among other bird species.

There are numerous caves and waterfalls along the Wanale trail. Enjoy your packed lunch in the wild and after, descend back and return to the hotel for your dinner.

Day 4: Mount. Elgon to Pian-Upe Game Reserve.

On this day you will have an early breakfast, check out of the hotel in Sipi area and set off for Pian-Upe Game reserve that lies North-Eastwards.

Pian-Upe is the second largest conservation area in Uganda and home to variety of wildlife which have been introduced recently. Immediately after lunch at the safari camp, embark on the walk to visit Karamojong homesteads who are the native occupants of this area. Participate in traditional dances, local meal preparation and tasting and take a community tour around their homesteads to learn about the heritage of this unique tribe. Later on, return to the camp for overnight stay.

Day 5: Game drive in Pian-Upe and transfer to Kidepo National Park.

Set out for a game drive in the Pian-Upe Game reserve early in the morning where you will be able to spot wildlife such as honey badger, the Roan Antelope, Giraffe and lots of bird species including the silver bird and other unique bird species like the Karamoja Apalis.

Embark on the journey to Kidepo national park after a hot lunch in Moroto town. This national park is the most isolated in the whole country with the most beautiful scenery, largest herds of buffaloes in Africa, neighbouring Kenya and South Sudan. A lot will be spotted while in this park such as lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, among other mammal species.

Day 6: Full day in Kidepo National Park.

Wake up very early on this day and embark on a morning game drive in the savannah plains which will offer you an opportunity to view spectacular scenery of Narus valley and encounter lots of animals including Elephants, lions, big herds of buffaloes, Masai giraffes, spotted hyenas and zebras.

Retire for a break at the lodge and an option of visiting the hot springs or nearby Karamojong native communities and then a sunset drive as you head back to the lodge for your dinner.

Day 7: Transfer from Kidepo National Park to Murchison Falls N. Park.

Check out of the safari lodge after breakfast and embark on a journey to Murchison Falls National Park, which will reward you with another opportunity of a game drive through the plains of Kidepo valley national park, while spotting the missed wildlife. You will have an en-route lunch in Gulu town and then proceed to Murchison falls national park and check in the accommodation property for your dinner.

Day 8: Game drive and boat cruise in Murchison falls National Park.

With help of the park ranger guide and your driver-guide, head for another fabulous morning game drive in the northern part of this magnificent park where you will spot mammal residents like Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes and herds of antelopes.

Also, have a chance to spot unique birds like the Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silver birds among others. This will take you to the hippo pool where you will enjoy a buffet breakfast of fruits while watching over schools of hippos floating in the Albert Nile.

Find your way to the lodge for lunch which will be followed by the immersive boat cruise on R. Nile which will take you to the bottom of the falls as you spot different schools of hippos, crocodiles in the waters and animals like elephants, warthogs, buffalos, antelopes quenching on the waters of the Nile.

You will then hike to the top of the falls as you pass through the baker’s rock, sport fishing point, Devil’s cauldron among others. After 40 minutes of hiking, you will be rewarded with beautiful scenery of the strongest waterfall in the world and spot the rainbow that is formed when waters forces itself in the tunnel of about 45m wide. Then transfer to the lodge in the southern part to be easily transferred to Kibale national park the next morning.

Day 9: Transfer to Kibale National Park and visit Isunga Cultural Community.

Another adventure will begin after breakfast and embark on a long journey to Kibale national park situated in western Uganda hence known for homing up to 13 species of primates. These primates include chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, red colobus monkeys, olive baboons among others. The journey to this park will reward you with enormous views of Tea estates, forests, primates and banana plantations.

The en-route lunch will be served at any restaurant in the Fort portal. Then on the arrival, you will visit Isunga cultural community where you will adventure the Batooro and Bakiga cultures. This can be done through traditional dances, ceremonies and languages. You have an option of visiting the cultural site of Isunga cold springs that rewards you with the best adventure of discovering water bubbling from the ground while cold, traditionally believed that the traditional healer left his powers on this spot. Then check in the accommodation site booked.

Day 10: Chimpanzee trekking and visit Amabere caves in Fort portal city.

Drive to Kanyanchu information centre to be briefed about the chimpanzee trekking and Kibale forest at large. Then you will head to the forest after a 30 minutes exercise of being told the truth and start the search of these gentle giants. Then on finding them for the first time, you will be granted an hour where you will take photos and recorded memorable videos. Note that the trek can even take between 2-3 hours of adventure and then head out of the forest accompanied with a certificate and then drive to the lodge for lunch.

Afterwards, visit Amabere caves in Fortportal tourism city where the geographical stalactites and stalagmites that form caves, with traditional beliefs and story concerned about Bacwezi culture and also, have a view of Nyakasura falls. The neighbouring Mwegenywa hill will give you a better view of the city, 3 crater lakes and the Rwenzori ranges hence good for photographic moments and after drive back to the lodge.

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Be served with breakfast and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park passing via Ndali-Kasenda craters and then embark on the afternoon game drive after lunch. This will give you a chance to visit the crater lakes at the base of Mount Rwenzori including Lake Katwe where salt is mined and a lot will be discovered while on this game drive such as Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and warthogs among others. Then you will check in to the accommodation site for your evening meals.

Day 12: Full-day exploration in Queen Elizabeth national park (game drive and boat cruise).

Explore the beautiful Queen Elizabeth national park as you take a morning game drive at baboon cliff or Kasenyi plains where you will spot different wildlife such as mammals, birds and butterflies and if you are lucky enough, you will spot some snakes crossing from one side of the road to another or climbing in some trees.

Then after lunch, take a launch trip on the Kazinga channel where you will be able to spot crocodiles, hippos, and migratory birds. Elephants, antelopes, buffalos and warthogs can also be spotted at the banks of the Kazinga channel. Then after a great experience, we will head back to the lodge to make the night fun.

Day 13: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable via Ishasha sector.

With a spectacular landscape as you pass through the plains of the park after morning breakfast, you will proceed to track the rare tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector and thereafter, proceed to Bwindi national park which is home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas.

You will arrive in the late evening after a lengthy road trip through the highlands and low lands.

Day 14: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community tour.

The activity of gorilla tracking will begin after taking a cup of tea or coffee and then the guide/driver will take you to the park offices to attend the pre-trek briefing exercise. This will guide you to undertake this exercise successfully after knowing the rules and regulations while trekking these endangered mountain gorillas in their natural home.

The park ranger will then lead a group of 8 visitors into the forest and trek these beautiful cousins. While in the forest, spot other mammals like buffalos, elephants, monkeys and different bird and butterfly species. Then after 2-3 hours of adventuring in the forest including an hour while in the presence of these gentle giants, you will head out of the forest and meet the driver guide at the park offices who will drive back to the lodge after being rewarded with a certificate.

Enjoy lunch and then visit the Batwa communities and encounter their unique culture. This will be through traditional dances, music and dishes then you may support the community by purchasing some different hand-made crafts. Later return to the lodge.

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Wonders never end! This time you will embark on a journey to Wakanda land in Kabale to visit the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. This lake is amazing with good resorts, over 27 well-terraced islands and got its name from the small birds that live around it.

There is a lot that can be done while on this lake and among others include zip-lining, boat cruise, canoeing, swimming, hiking and birding expeditions.

Day 16: Lake Bunyonyi exploration.

On this day, you will be served with buffet breakfast and then take the most exciting nature walk around the lake which involves a bit of hiking or take part in zip lining across the lake. Other options are boat cruise, visiting the islands, dug out canoeing and so much more. In the evening, you will head back to your resort.

Day 17: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

Have breakfast and embark on your journey to Lake Mburo National Park driving across the rolling hills and slopes, referred to as the Kigezi Highlands.

Have lunch in Mbarara city at the prominent Igongo cultural centre and a chance to visit Kigezi-Ankole museum filled with unique history and traditions and stocked with magnificent art pieces. Continue to the smallest savannah national park in Uganda, beginning with an evening game drive which will enable you to spot animals like zebras, topis, elands, impalas, buffaloes and antelopes.

Day 18: Game drive and boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park.

Wake up for an early morning game drive and search for early risers and all other animals that you missed out on in the previous evening 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. Also, spot birds like African Fin foot, Papyrus Gonolek, Bush-Shrike, among others. Drive back to the lodge for your meals.

Day 19: Nature walk and transfer to Kampala with a stopover at Uganda equator.

Take a nature walk after breakfast with a park ranger guide who is well-armed and equipped with information to visit Lake Mburo park’s savannah plains.

Thereafter, you will return to the lodge and check out of the room and embark on the journey back to Kampala. You will have an interesting stopover at the Uganda equator where you will take memorable photos. Then proceed to Kampala and check in at your accommodation site for dinner.

Day 20: Kampala city excursion.

After your breakfast, we shall go for the City excursion. This shall take us to the Kabaka’s (King’s) Palace of Buganda, followed by the royal mile. Then later proceed to the Gadhafi National Mosque where you climb into the longest minaret in Uganda offering up to 360 degrees view of Kampala City.

After here, proceed to visit the Baha’i temple, the only Bahai faith temple in Africa from where you will continue to Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine where 46 Ugandans were burnt on orders of a traditional king for their faith. Later, return to the city centre for lunch and then visit the National Museum before joining Ndere cultural centre for traditional dance and musical evening treat.

There are also other options of visiting local markets like Nakasero market which is well known for selling fresh fruits like oranges, mangoes, tomatoes, pineapples among others, or visiting the sculptures or statues with historical or cultural values attached to them.

Day 21: Entebbe city tour and departure.

Depending on the scheduled flight, you will have to visit Uganda wildlife education centre in Entebbe and spot wildlife in captivity like lions, rhinos, elephants and then visit Uganda reptile village with snakes, tortoise and good birding spots.

Depending on your departure time, you will be dropped at the airport in Entebbe which will eventually mark the end of this 21 days Uganda Safari.

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