25 Day Historical sites, Cultural and Wildlife Safari

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On this 25 – day journey, let us give you the best that Uganda has to offer. This is a very active tour covering a lot of highlights from Historical Sites, Cultural Experiences in Karamoja, Hikes in Sipi Fall, Safaris in plains of Kidepo, Boat rides to the Source of the Nile, mighty Murchison Falls, Hot Springs, trek the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and Mountain Gorilla encounters. Staying in good lodges with great locations, clean and have good service.

HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe

Day 2: Visit Historical sites in and around Entebbe

Day 3: Transfer to Jinja, Visit Itanda Falls

Day 4: Visit Source of the Nile, Jinja town and Market and transfer to Mbale

Day 5: Transfer to Sipi falls en route Nyero rock paintings

nDay 6: Activities at Sipi falls

Day 7: Transfer to Pian Upe

Day 8: Nature Walk and then transfer to Moroto

Day 9: Village tour, Visit the Karamoja Cultural Museum

Day 10: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park with an Evening game drive

Day 11: Morning Nature walk and afternoon game drive

Day 12: Visit the Ik Community

Day 13: Transfer to Gulu town, Via Fort Patiko

Day 14: Continue to Murchison Falls National Park with an afternoon Game drive

Day 15: Game Drive, Boat Safari on the Nile and Hike to the top of the falls

Day 16: Transfer to Kibale forest National Park  and visit the Kings’ place

Day 17: Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi Swamp walk and Community visit

Day 18: Visit Sempaya Hot Springs in Semlkiki National Park, A visit to the Pygmy Community

Day 19: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with an Afternoon Game drive

Day 20: Lion Trekking on Boat Safari along Kazinga Channel

Day 21: Coffee Tour and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 22: Gorilla Trekking and Authentic Cultural Experiences

Day 23: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, with an afternoon Nature Walk

Day 24: Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Entebbe

Day 25: Visit Mabamba Swamp, Botanical gardens and Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe

You will be picked up from Entebbe airport by your tour guide, and then transferred to Acacia Boutique Entebbe for Overnight. The drive to the hotel is Only 15 minutes from Entebbe International Airport; this hotel is set in a quiet neighborhood and has a very good view of Lake Victoria. In case your arrive early in Entebbe, you can go and visit the Botanical Gardens. You will be escorted by an experienced Local tour guide who will have a lot of information about the trees, birds and a lot more that you will see in the gardens. Stay 1 Night.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport 

Accommodation: Acacia Boutique hotel/ Papyrus Guest house/ Airport guest house

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Visit Historical sites in and around Entebbe

Today get ready for a great introduction to Uganda the Pearl Of Africa. You will have an early breakfast and then drive to Kampala which takes you about an hour to get there (45 Km) depending on traffic. Kampala is a City built on 7 hills just like Rome, here you will be able to visit Historical Sites such as The Kabaka’s (king of Buganda) Palace were we have the torture Chambers that were used by Idi Amin, Visit the Uganda National Mosque built by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya commissioned the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the Muslim population. Uganda has many mosques but this one is a skyscraper mosque. You will also visit the Uganda Museum which displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. There after you will drive to Kaazi Beach Hotel for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Main Destination: Kampala 

Accommodation: Arcadia suites/  Kaazi Beach Hotel/ Hotel Africana

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Transfer to Jinja, Visit Itanda Falls

After breakfast we drive to Jinja. Arrive in time for lunch and check in at Nile Porch. In the afternoon you will drive to visit the Itanda Falls. These are very beautiful waterfalls visited by a few tourists in Jinja apart from those that usually go water rafting. You can stand very close to the river and hear the sounds of the rapids. The waters pass you with a very powerful sound of the river. Its a good place to relax for a few moments, see the river with its full force unleashed and take a walk around as well. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight. Stay 1 Night.

Main Destination:  Jinja 

Accommodation:2 Friends guest house/ The Kipling/ Signature hotel

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Visit Source of the Nile, Jinja town and Market and transfer to Mbale

After breakfast, you will take a boat ride for about 1 hour on Lake victoria to visit the Source of the Nile where Lake Victoria pours into the Nile, beginning its 600 km long journey to the Mediterranean. During this trip you will also be able to see lots of birds such as African Fish Eagles. Black and White Kingfishers, Malachaite Kingfishers, Great Comorants, Velvet monkeys among many others. You will take a walk in Jinja town visit the Local Market were they have lots of different fruits and vegetables. After lunch you will drive through the eastern part of Uganda takes you to Mbale town were you will Overnight for only one night.

Main Destination: Mbale 
Accommodation: Elgon heights motel/ Lucia villas hotel
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Transfer to Sipi falls en route Nyero rock paintings

After a relaxed breakfast you shall drive for about 2 hours to Kumi to visit the Nyero Rock Paintings. They date to before 1250 CE. They were first documented in 1913 and later described by researchers as largely of geometric nature. This type of rock art is part of a homogeneous tradition often depicted in red pigment, spreading across east, central and parts of southern Africa, matching the distribution of the Late Stone Age hunter-gatherer culture. Here you will do a walk for about 2 hours with a Local Guide that will show the paintings and give you a lot of information describing the paintings. Later you will continue your drive for about 2 hours to beautiful Sipi Falls.
Main Destination: Sipi Falls 
Accommodation: Sipi Valley Resort/ Casa lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Activities at Sipi

Prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. After breakfast, choose to go on a 4 – 5 hour or – for the real adventurers – hike through the region. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain Flora, Fauna and Culture.
Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you pass many picturesque waterfalls, natural swimming pool, Coffee and Banana plantations and Caves. Local villagers will be sure to greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles. Overnight Home Of Friends.

In case you would also like to hike Mount Elgon NP for a day tour please let us know and we can arrange this for you.

Main Destination: Sipi Falls 

Accommodation: Sipi Valley Resort/ Casa lodge

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Transfer to Pian Upe

Today after a relaxed breakfast you will drive to Pian Upe Game Reserve. It is Uganda’s second largest protected area bordering various mountain ranges and water bodies. This makes it a birding hot spot, home to endemic wildlife species like Cheetahs and the Roan Antelope and archaeological sites for rock paintings. After lunch you will go on a game drive with an experienced armed ranger. You also visit the Napendio Cave an which was created many years ago to close to the hearts of people. During the game drive you expect to see Ostrich, Diki Diki, Oribi, Cheetah, Water bucks, Baboons among many other wildlife and birds, You return later in the evening for dinner and overnight. You will only spend one night here.

Main Destination: Pian-Upe Wildlife Reserve
Accommodation : Uganda pro Hunts/ Sipi falls lodge/ Crows nest
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: Nature Walk and then transfer to Moroto

Today you will go on a morning nature walk with an experienced armed ranger guide for about 1 hour, return for breakfast and then drive to Moroto Town arriving late in the afternoon. Unfortunately Karamoja region is hardly visited by tourists because to many it’s still known as a very unsafe area because of its past when the karamojong people were still armed cattle keepers. But happily today the Ugandan government has disarmed the Karamojong people has developed the infrastructure like roads, schools are being built in the area and there is also electricity and water being brought to the villages. This evening you will have a sun downer nearby the town overlooking the city and being told old stories by a local guide from the area. Overnight Moroto for three nights.
Main Destination: Moroto 
Accommodation : Moroto hotel
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9: Village tour, Visit the Karamoja Cultural Museum

In the morning you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional Karamajong manyatta. A manyatta is a village made up of several huts, which in turn are surrounded by a fence made of branches and thorns. These are put up to keep the cattle in and to protect them from thieving rival tribes and wild animals. Visiting a manyatta will give you an interesting insight into the customs and traditions of the Karamajong. In the afternoon you can relax and also visit the town, Local Market and have a drink at a Local Bar for interaction with the Locals. Later in the afternoon you will visit the Karamoja Cultural Museum, it hosts irreplaceable collections which illustrate the rich cultural heritage of the entire Karamoja region and value the scientific collaboration between Ugandan and French researchers in the field of paleontology.

Main Destination: Moroto 
Accommodation : Moroto hotel
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 10: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park with an Evening game drive

Today you will visit the village manayattas in the area to get an insight of the Karamojong way of life and then later, you will travel to Kidepo valley N.P. A long but rewarding drive will take you past one of the most beautiful scenery in Uganda. After this thrilling experience it is time to enter into the most remote and pristine national park in the country, Kidepo Valley National Park.
Kidepo Valley NP has some of the most amazing scenery in the country! For many people this is the most beautiful park of Uganda. Here you will find almost no tourists leaving you free to enjoy the park and its unique combination of wildlife without distraction.
Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
Accommodation Nga’Moru Safari Lodge/ Apoka safari lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 11: Morning Nature walk and afternoon game drive

After early Coffee and biscuit you will go on a walking safari in the Park. It is a completely different place when you are removed from the constraints of a safari vehicle. Your senses are aware of every sound and movement in the bush and you see things at ground level that you would otherwise miss. With a knowledgeable ranger you will also learn a lot about the inhabitants of the park and how to recognize their tracks. This is an exciting and very rewarding activity that we can highly recommend. Later you return to the lodge for lunch relax and a game drive in the park in the late afternoon.

Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
Accommodation : Nga’Moru Safari Lodge/ Apoka safari lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 12: Visit the Ik Community

Today you will have a very early breakfast and get ready for whole day experience on foot done on Morungole Mountains that are near Kidepo Valley NP to visit the Ik People. This is an authentic cultural experience and a good test of your stamina and physical endurance. There is nothing as compared else where on a tour in Uganda that you can compare to the visit to the Ik. There a small tribe of not more than 10,000 people known to have migrated from Ethiopia and settled in Kenya and Uganda. You will be escorted by an experienced armed ranger guide who speaks Ik language who will teach you about their cultural habits. It will be a full day experience so you will carry packed lunch and enough drinking water.

Main Destination: Mount Morungole 
Accommodation : Nga’Moru Safari Lodge/ Apoka safari lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 13: Transfer to Gulu town, Via Fort Patiko

Today you will have breakfast and then drive to Gulu via Fort Patiko known as Bakers Fort a military fort built by Sir Samuel Baker. It was used by Emin Pasha and Charles Gordon while they served as Governor of the Equatorial Province of the British Uganda Protectorate. A little hike up the rock takes through a cave where ‘Rwot Kikwiyakare’ used to hide young boys and gals who would then repopulate the Acholi land after the slave trade. Rwot Kikwiyakare had an agreement with the Slave traders never to interfere with each others sacred hideouts or no go area. Thankfully, Sir Samuel Baker came and ended Langalanga’s rein of Arab slave trade in the land. One time the bronze chain (Mola) was stolen only to be recovered in Mombasa being sold and it was returned to base. Continue to Gulu town for dinner and overnight at Churchill Courts.

Main Destination: Gulu 

Accommodation: Churchill Courts Hotel/  Golden Peace hotel

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 14: Continue to Murchison Falls National Park with an afternoon Game drive

Today you will rise early and set out for a long drive to Murchison Falls National Park. You will arrive in time for lunch at Paraa Safari Lodge. Check in to your rooms and in the afternoon you will go for an afternoon game drive. Murchison Falls National Park is the oldest and biggest National Park in Uganda.
nNot only is it a big Park but it’s very famous for the diversity of wildlife that can be spotted in the Park such as Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes among lots of different other animals. It’s also Popular for the magnificent waterfalls and boat trips along the River Nile. Stay 2 Nights.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation : Fort Murchison/ Pakuba lodge/ Twiga safari lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 15: Game Drive, Boat Safari on the Nile and Hike to the top of the falls

Today you will have an early breakfast and then go on an early morning safari in the park. You will then return to the Lodge for a break and have lunch then go on a 2 hour boat ride along the River Nile that takes you to the bottom of the waterfalls. You expect to see Nile Crocodiles, Elephants coming to drink water, birds like African Fish Eagles, Pied Kingfishers, Goliath Heron, Red throat-ed Bee Eater among many others. You will then do a 1 hour hike to the top of the falls were you will meet you guide and return to  Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation : Fort Murchison/ Pakuba lodge/ Twiga safari lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 16: Transfer to Kibale forest National Park  and visit the Kings’ place

Today after an early breakfast you will take the first ferry at 7am and set off for a long drive to Kibale Forest National Park. You will have lunch en-route to the Park we recommend you try out a local restaurant. The drive is very sec-inc as well with lots of Green Tea plantations. You will arrive Fortportal town in the afternoon and then visit the Tooro Palace. It’s the residence of King Oyo, who ascended the throne in 1995 at the age of three. A guide relates the history of the kingdom and explains the ceremonies that take place here, but you can’t go inside.
The circular structure was built in 1963, but fell into ruin after the abolition of the royal kingdoms by Idi Amin. It was restored in 2001 after Colonel Gadaffi met the king and donated the money for repairs, Continue your drive for 1 hour to Kibale Forest Camp for overnight.
Main Destination: Kibale National Park 
Accommodation : Rwetera Safari lodge/ Kibale Forest Camp/ Turaco treetops
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 17: Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi Swamp walk and Community visit

After an early breakfast you will drive to the kibale National Park to trek the chimpanzee in the forest. This is an amazing experience coming face to face with our closet relatives. The trekking usually takes 3 – 4 hours, the best time to trek the chimps is always in the morning. Other activities that aslo be done in the area are; highly recommended is the bigodi swamp walk were we find lots of different primates such as Olive baboons, L-hoest monkey, black and white colobus monkey and red colobus monkey many birds such as great blue turaco among many others. Overnight Kibale Forest Camp.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park 
Accommodation: Rwetera Safari lodge/ Kibale Forest Camp/ Turaco treetops
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 18: Visit Sempaya Hot Springs in Semuliki NP,A visit to the Pygmy Community

We will start the day with early breakfast and then drive to Semuliki NP were we shall visit the Sempaya Hot Springs. The walk here will take about 2 hours, these hot springs have both male and female each has its own unique features. The female is the most attractive with budding waters. The water boils from a rock which temperatures go up to 103 degrees Centigrade which can be tested by dropping a raw egg or platen which instantly gets ready for consumption. You will then also visit the Pygm (Batwa) an indigenous group of people who once lived in the forest. They used to be hunters and gatherers and now live close to the edge of the forest.

Main Destination: Semuliki National Park
Accommodation :Nyati game lodge/ Hotel Vanilla
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 19: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with an Afternoon Game drive

Day nineteen brings a full day to enjoy and explore this beautiful and lush national park. We will set off at sunrise after breakfast for the drive to the park. We shall arrive in time for lunch and later relaxing siesta.
nAfter a bit of down time, we jump back into the vehicle for our evening drive, exploring more of what this magnificent area has to offer. We expect Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Lots of Birds among many others. We shall spend 2 nights here.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation : Bush lodge/ Irungu safari lodge/ Marafiki safari lodge
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included

Day 20: Lion Trekking on Boat Safari along Kazinga Channel

This day after an early breakfast you will go into the park to do Lion trekking. This is a project carried out by park authority in order to compensate the people that lose their livestock especially cattle to the Lions. It takes about 3 hours you will also get to see other wildlife such as Elephants, Buffalos, lots of Uganda Kobs and many other animals. You will drive to the Tembo Canteen for lunch and later do a boat safari for 2 hours along the Kazinga Channel. Return to The Bush Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation : Bush lodge/ Irungu safari lodge/ Marafiki safari lodge

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 21: Coffee Tour and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today morning after breakfast you will go and visit the Women Coffee Project to see the Coffee making process. You will later continue your drive threw beautiful scenery to Bwindi Forest known as the Switzerland of Africa. The views are breath taking as you get the feel and excitement to trek the Mountain Gorillas

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 
Accommodation : Gorilla mist camp/ Silverback lodge/ Nkuringo gorilla camp
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 22: Gorilla Trekking and Authentic Cultural Experiences

Early morning breakfast and then head out for Africa’s most coveted travel adventure. Mountain Gorilla trekking in the thick jungles of the impenetrable Bwindi rain forest. You will carry packed lunch with you and at least 2 liters of water per person. After the trekking back to the lodge and a brief relaxation before going out again for Authentic Cultural Experience with Ride for a Woman
Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 
Accommodation : Gorilla mist camp/ Silverback lodge/ Nkuringo gorilla camp
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 23: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, with an afternoon Nature Walk

This day after an early breakfast you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch en-route arriving at the Rwakobo lodge in the afternoon. You can go for an afternoon Nature Walk together with an experienced armed ranger. And this opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation : Rwakobo Rock/ Arcadia cottages/ Mburo Safari lodge.
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 24: Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Entebbe

This morning you can choose to do a safari in the park or a morning walk or relax and sleep in, have a late breakfast and later continue to drive to Entebbe. Along the way you will stop at the Equator and have time for shopping. Entebbe town is well know for the Botanical gardens and beach along Lake Victoria. Its a city lots of good restaurants and bars. Discuss the options with your tour guide.

Main Destination: Entebbe 

Accommodation : Papyrus guest house /Acactus hotel/ The Boma Guest house

Meals & Drinks: All meals included

Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 25: Visit Mabamba Swamp, Botanical gardens and Departure

Today you will go to Mabamba for a Swamp tour on a canoe to search for a Prehistoric bird known as Shoe bill Stock and many other birds. You can also visit the Botanical Gardens after the Swamp and later go to the hotel to freshen up before transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.

Main Destination: Mabamba Swamp 
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of Tour)
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

END OF TOUR

Tour Included

  • Park fees
  • Chimp permits
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Meals
  • Drinking water

Tour Excluded

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Extra Same Meals