Holidays Adventure in Uganda - 22 Days

Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. During this holidays adventure in Uganda, you will visit; Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Kibale, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable & Lake Mburo National Parks. All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, zebras adventure, batwa community visit, canoe ride on lake bunyonyi, guided walk in nature and the boat safaris. You will overnight in the best budget, mid-range or luxury accommodations Uganda has to offer.

Overview for 22-Days Holidays Adventure in Uganda

Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. During this holidays adventure in Uganda, you will visit; Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Kibale, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable & Lake Mburo National Parks. All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, zebras adventure, batwa community visit, canoe ride on lake bunyonyi, guided walk in nature and the boat safaris. You will overnight in the best budget, mid-range or luxury accommodations Uganda has to offer.

 

Itinerary for 22-Days Holidays Adventure in Uganda

Day 1
To Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for White Rhino Tracking & Bird Walk

On this day, you will have your breakfast & transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The drive will take you through Luwero triangle & Budongo forest in the western arm of the Rift Valley where you will also be rewarded with splendid views of the countryside.

You will arrive in the afternoon, have lunch then enter the territory of the southern white rhinos on foot where well-trained rangers will guide you through the bush to where the white rhinos are. You will get the opportunity to watch these endangered, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat before proceeding for bird walk. The sanctuary contains over 300 bird species! There are four bird trails within the sanctuary which cover woodlands, swamp and savannah. The bird guides are excellent and this is an activity that cannot be missed by bird lovers! You will probably get to see some of the other game on the sanctuary while doing your bird walk.

You will return and check in to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary guest house for your dinner & overnight stay depending on your budget. The guest house offers peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings.

Day 2
To Kidepo Valley National Park

On this day, you will have your breakfast & transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park. The drive will take you through the Karamojong Villages and you will also be rewarded with splendid views of the countryside. Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamojong would agree that it is also the most magnificent with ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.

You will arrive to Kidepo Valley National Park late in the evening & check in to Kidepo Savannah Lodge for your dinner & overnight stay. The lodge is built with comfort in mindset and is inspired by the savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops and the Karamojong tribe with their typical manyattas and colorful blankets.

Day 3
Game Drive and Karamjong Community Visit

On your morning game drive a ranger with extensive knowledge of the park will join you in your vehicle. The Park is known for its massive elephant population, wide array of bird species and big herds of buffalo. Giraffes, lions, antelope and waterbucks can also be spotted here and if you search the trees carefully, you may even spot the elusive leopards.

In the afternoon after your lunch, you will spend time in a Karamjong village learning about their traditional way of life, traditional kraals, traditional dance, their typical manyattas and colorful blankets among others before returning to the lodge for your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4
To Murchison Falls National Park

On this day, you will have your breakfast and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. The drive will take you through the Karamojong villages where you will also be rewarded with splendid views of the countryside with several stopovers en-route for lunch, landscape and beautiful sceneries viewing.

You will arrive in the evening and check in at Fort Murchison Lodge for your dinner and overnight stay. The lodge is set in a beautiful surrounding and looks out on the majestic Albert Nile that will add to your safari experience.

Day 5
Game Drive & Boat Safari on Victoria Nile

On this day, your safari breakfast will be served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today, & if you’re lucky, you may even spot a lion or leopard.

You will return for lunch in the afternoon & go for a 3-hours boat safari upstream on the Victoria Nile to the falls where you will pass by breathtaking scenery, as well as many crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys & other animals that come down to the Nile. The boat will drop you near the waterfall for your hike (1-1.5 hours) up to the top of the falls (optional at additional cost of $15 pp).

After your boat safari, you will return to the lodge for your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6
Top of the Falls Walk & Transfer to Kibale National Park

On this day, you will enjoy your last sunrise & breakfast in this beautiful National Park in Uganda with a walk to top of Murchison Falls for about 30 minutes to 1 hour & transfer to Kibale National Park with several stops along the way for lunch, beautiful scenery, landscape viewing among others before reaching the Park.

You will arrive in the evening & check in to Kibale Forest Camp for relaxation, dinner & overnight stay. Your stay in Kibale Forest Camp for the next two nights will offer you a unique jungle experience. You will get absorbed by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around. The elegant tented camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest which borders the Magombe swamp and is a mere 10 min drive to where your chimp tracking will start.

Day 7
Chimpanzees Tracking & Visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

On this day, you will wake up early and have breakfast before moving to Kibale National Park for Chimpanzees Tracking experience where you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience. While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are, after all, wild animals with wills and minds of their own!

In the afternoon after your lunch, you can choose whether you would like to go for Community walk or go deeper into the forest on a Swamp Walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary; home to 8 primate species, over 200 bird species, butterflies and various reptiles before returning to the Lodge/Camp for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8
Guided Walk in Nature at Semuliki & Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves

On this day, you will wake up early & have breakfast before going for a guided walk in nature at Semuliki National Park where you will be able to see abundant wildlife including; baboons, red tailed Colubus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, various bird species, butterflies, Sempaya hot springs & many more.

After your guided walk in nature at Semuliki National Park, you will return for lunch and move to Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Cultural Site for another guided walk in nature, stalagmites experience that is believed to be breast milk, hill climbing, crater lakes experience, birding and other wildlife viewing. The caves at Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru resemble the breasts of a woman, though some would say it looks more like a cow’s udder.

After your guided walk in nature at Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves, you will check in to Dutchess Boutique Hotel for your relaxation, dinner & overnight stay. Dutchess shows respect for the environment by reducing their ecological footprint in many different areas.

Day 9
To Queen Elizabeth National Park for Afternoon Game Drive

After your early morning breakfast, you will embark on an exciting drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park situated in the shadows of Mt. Rwenzori with several stops along the way for lunch, equator and landscape viewing before reaching the Park in the afternoon.

You will reach in the afternoon, have your lunch and go for afternoon game drive where you will be able to view a number of animals like; lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes among others.

After your long journey and afternoon game drive, you will check in to Pumba Safari Cottages for your dinner and overnight stay. Pumba Safari Cottages is a great Lodge by Queen Elizabeth national park-located in a prime wildlife area. The lodge is located in Kyambura overlooking Queen Elizabeth National Park. With a view over a rich animal kingdom you might spot elephants coming to enjoy the waterhole.

Day 10
Game Drive & Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel

On this day, your safari breakfasts will be served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a lion or leopard.

You will return for lunch and later in the day when the sun is high in the sky and the animals make their way to the river for a drink, you will head to Kazinga Channel for an exciting boat safari. You will spot more hippos today than you can possibly imagine. Herds of elephants and buffalo will also be wandering down to the shoreline to bath in the cooling waters. It will be a wonderful experience.

After the boat safari, you will return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11
To Mgahinga National Park with a stopover at Ishasha Sector

On this day, you will wake up early and have your breakfast then transfer to Mgahinga National Park while enjoying a scenic drive that allows you to view the beautiful and varied country side. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of the luckiest and smallest parks in Uganda where the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas are found and it happens to be part of the Virunga massif where more than 480 mountain gorillas are known to be living.

You will stop for a game drive at Ishasha Sector where you will be likely to view tree climbing lions among other species.

You will arrive in the evening and check in at Golden Monkey Guest House for relaxation, dinner and overnight. Golden Monkey Guest House is an accommodation that provides an excellent base for trekking the mountain gorillas, golden monkey and volcano hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 12
Mountain Gorillas Tracking & Batwa Community Visit

After your breakfast, you will hike to the Park headquarters just meters from the Lodge for briefing by Uganda Wildlife Authority guides before transferring to the starting point for Mountain Gorillas tracking. Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation & bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. The visit will give you a glimpse into the life of a Mountain Gorilla family & if you are lucky enough to gaze into the eyes of a Mountain Gorilla. Visiting Mountain Gorillas will take you 3 hours to a full day trek through the forest since Mountain Gorillas move from one place to another every day looking for food & water.

After Mountain Gorillas tracking, you will visit the Batwa community for them to take you through their traditions like traditional dance, beer making, setting fire among others (optional) before returning to the lodge for relaxation, dinner & overnight stay.

Day 13
Golden Monkey Tracking & Canoe Ride on Lake Bunyonyi

Just like gorilla tracking, you will go for golden monkey tracking starting with pre-tracking briefing at the Park headquarters. Hiking through the forests to sight the golden monkeys is not so strenuous like gorilla trekking because golden monkeys live in lower areas, so you will not track for more than 3 hours. When you encounter the golden monkey family, you will be given one hour to spend with them (to take photographs and observe their behavior). With this activity, there is no minimum number of visitors and the age limit is 12 years.

In the afternoon after your lunch, you will go for canoe ride on a scenic lake Bunyonyi. This lake is the only one were you can ride a canoe to visit all the 29 islands on this lake including the floating Island and the punishment Island where the young girls who got pregnant before marriage would be dumped and left to die.

After the canoe ride, you will check in to Bunyonyi Overland Resort for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14
To Lake Mburo National Park for Afternoon Game Drive

On this day, you will have your morning breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. It is the smallest and is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, Topi and reedbuck.

You will arrive in the afternoon, have lunch and go for afternoon game drive where you will expect to view a variety of animals like Zebras, buffaloes and many bird species

After your afternoon game drive, you will check in to Eagle’s Nest Lodge located on a high hill with the best views in Uganda.

Day 15
Game Drive & Boat Safari on Lake Mburo

On this day, you will enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful side of Uganda with your safari breakfast served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive where you will be assured of spotting Zebras, Buffalos, Impalas, Warthogs, Waterbucks among others.

In the afternoon after your lunch, you will go for afternoon boat safari that will get you to come face to face with the flora and fauna of the lake. And along the bank, you will also see many animals that come to the water especially in the dry season. You will also see many hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, buffaloes, and over 3 types of otters that are found in the lake. Also when it comes to the birds, you will view the malachite kingfishers, African Fish eagles, blue headed weavers, Rufuos long tailed starlings, the pied kingfishers, hammerkobs, Herons, pelicans, the rare shoebill as well as the cormorants.

After your boat safari, you will check in to Eagle’s Nest Lodge located on a high hill with best views in Uganda.

Day 16
To Jinja, Home to Source of the Nile

On this day, you will have your breakfast and transfer to Jinja, home to Source of the Nile while passing through coffee, tea and sugar plantations and the colorful roadside fruit/vegetable markets.

You will arrive in the afternoon, have your lunch and go for boat/sunset safari to see the spot where John Speke discovered the source of the Nile.

After your boat/sunset safari, you will check in to Nile River Camp for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay. Nile River Camp is set up overlooking the Nile to give you stunning views of the sunsets over this mighty river.

Day 17
Quad Biking & White Water Tubing at Nile River

On this day, you will have your breakfast and go for Quad biking at Nile River Explorers for about 2-3 hours riding through forests and farms, past villages and along the banks of the Nile River before returning for your lunch.

After your lunch, you will go for White Water Tubing (Tubing the Nile) at Bujjagali falls for about 2-3 hours.

After your White Water Tubing, you will return to Nile River Camp for your dinner and overnight stay. Nile River Camp is set up overlooking the Nile to give you stunning views of the sunsets over this mighty river.

Day 18
Rafting on Nile River (Nalubale) & Rafting

On this day, you will have your breakfast and go for Rafting on Nile River (Nalubale) for for the whole day.

Our 1 day trip covers roughly 19km of the Nile. We start on the flat water just a couple of kilometres downstream of the Bujagali Dam where we’ll run through a comprehensive safety training with you. We start the day with Jaws, Pyramid and Giggitty Giggitty, a great easy section of grade 2 whitewater to train you up and whet your appetite before the big stuff. By the time you get to your first major rapid of the day – Overtime (grade 5) you’ll be feeling like a professional! Immediately after Overtime comes the choice between the grade 4+ Chop Suey and grade 4 Retrospect, (water level dependent). Then comes some flat water and a chance to relax before Bubugo (Grade 3/4) which though small to the eye often flips rafts over! After Bubugo we have some light refreshments during a short flat before the incredible Itanda Falls! Itanda is a mandatory portage, being much too dangerous for us to commercially raft, we do however run the bottom third of the rapid known as the ‘Bad Place’. Water level dependent there are 3 line choices here all depending how brave you are feeling!! After Itanda there is a great little wave called ‘Itanda Hole’ it’s the best place to learn how to surf and the crew will introduce you to river boarding here with some time to get the hang of it and feel like you’re flying through the water!! Vengeance finishes up our day, a grade 4, two-tier rapid which can often offer a flip for those who dare hit the biggest waves! After loading our truck and a short 15min drive we stop at our Riverside base to enjoy a great meal and cold beers overlooking the river! All in all a great way to finish the day.

After your full day rafting, you will return to Nile River Camp for your dinner and overnight stay. Nile River Camp is set up overlooking the Nile to give you stunning views of the sunsets over this mighty river.

Day 19
Guided Walk in Nature & Zip Lining at Mabira Forest

After your breakfast, you will go for guided walk in nature at Mabira central forest reserve which is one of the biggest forest in Uganda where you expect to see different trees species, butterflies and various bird species.

You will return for your lunch and go for Zip lining at Griffin Falls, Mabira forest before checking in to the Haven Lodge Uganda for your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 20
Kampala City Tour

On this day, you will have your breakfast and head to Kampala for a city tour. During the City Tour of Kampala, you will visit some of these popular sites; The Historical Monuments like the Independence Monument, The Uganda Parliament Building, The Main Uganda Post Office Building, The Constitutional Square, The Nakasero fresh Food Market, The Old Public Taxi Park, The King’s Palace in Lubiri, The Royal Mile Road, The Namirembe Cathedral, Rubaga Cathedral, The Uganda National. This will take you a whole day.

After Kampala city tour, you will transfer to Entebbe and check in to 2 friends beach hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 21
Mabamba Shoebill Excursion & Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Victoria

 On this day, you will have your breakfast and move Mabamba Swamp/Wetland for canoe ride/excursion on Mabamba wetland/swamp in search for Shoebill Stork. Mabamba Bay Wetland is one of the vast swamps found in Lake Victoria. It is located close to Entebbe town (40km) and Kampala city in a small village in Kasanje. The main economic activities among the communities living close to the wetland are hunting, fishing and and mining. The Mabamba Swamp is more renowned for its amazing bird collection (Over 260 species recorded). It is one of the top tourist attractions in Entebbe town because of the rare and attractive bird species like the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps rex), Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea) and Sitatunga (swamp antelope) among others.

In the afternoon after your lunch, you will go for a 1 – 1 ½ hour cruise out onto the lake to watch the beautiful colours created by the sun as it sets on the horizon. This is also a great opportunity to see some amazing bird life on the waters edge. There are a couple of options for the cruise, we can advise you on the best to suit your needs.

After the cruise, you will return to 2 friends beach hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 22
Departure

On this day, you will enjoy your last sunrise and breakfast in this beautiful part of Uganda before your guide drive you back to Entebbe and drop you off at Entebbe International Airport 3 hours before your departure time.

Please note: Get in touch for a similar safari on mid-range or up-market basis.

Did we hit all the items on your travel bucket list for this 22-Days Holidays Adventure in Uganda? If not, don’t worry. We specialize in tailor-made tours and can customize this program to create your dream trip. Get in touch to create your personalized program.

Inclusion in this Safari includes;

  • - Park fees (For non-residents)
  • - Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • - Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • - All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • - All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • - A professional driver/guide
  • - All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • - All Taxes/VAT
  • - Roundtrip airport transfer
  • - Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • - Drinking water (On all days)

Exclusion in this Safari includes;

  • - International flights (From/to home)
  • - Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • - Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • - Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • - Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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Who offers this safari?

– This tour is offered by Ecovic Tours & Travel Uganda.
– This operator reserves the right to change rates on website.
– If you request changes to this tour, the advertised rate will likely change.
– If an accommodation is fully booked, the operator will suggest a comparable alternative.
– The exact order, content and rate of this tour is subject to availability.
– Gorilla and Chimpanzees tracking permits are subject to availability.

Price & Availability for this Safari;

Rates Per Person

Start dates
Solo1 room 2 people1 room 3 people2 rooms 4 people2 rooms 5 people3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms
May 1, 2020 – Dec 31, 2023 $7,200 $4,865 $4,565 $4,363 $3,963 $3,458

Accommodation during this safari includes;

Amuka Safari Lodge

Budget lodge located in or near Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Camping)

Budget lodge bordering Kidepo Valley NP without fences.

The lodge is built with comfort in mindset and is inspired by the savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops and the Karamojong tribe with their typical manyattas and colorful blankets.

Fort Murchison (Tent)

Budget tented camp located just outside Murchison Falls National Park.

The lodge is set in a beautiful surrounding and looks out on the majestic Albert Nile that always add to the safari experience of its guests.

Kibale Forest Camp (Camping)

Just outside Kibale National Park.

You will get absorbed by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around. The elegant tented camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest which borders the Magombe swamp and is a mere 10 min drive to where your chimp tracking will start.

Dutchess Boutique Hotel

Budget hotel located in or near Fort Portal.

Dutchess shows respect for the environment by reducing their ecological footprint in many different areas.

Pumba Safari Cottages

Budget lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The lodge is located in Kyambura overlooking Queen Elizabeth National Park. With a view over a rich animal kingdom you might spot elephants coming to enjoy the waterhole.

Golden Monkey Guest House

Budget guest house located in or near Kisoro.

Golden Monkey Guest House is an accommodation that provides an excellent base for trekking the mountain gorillas, golden monkey and volcano hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Budget resort located in or near Lake Bunyonyi.

Eagle’s Nest

Budget tented bush camp bordering Lake Mburo National Park without fences.

Eagle’s Nest Lodge is located on a high hill with the best views in Uganda.

Nile River Camp

Budget tented camp located in or near Jinja.

Nile River Camp is set up overlooking the Nile to give you stunning views of the sunsets over this mighty river.

The Haven Lodge Uganda

Mid-range lodge located outside Mabira Forest Reserve.

2 friends beach hotel, Entebbe

2 Friends Beach Hotel is an intimate and personalized mid-range hotel, which offer guests peaceful and private ambiance.

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