This 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday takes you to all the corners of the country, all offering unique and surprising experiences. You will visit the source of the longest River on earth (River Nile), visit Mount Elgon, Sipi falls, Kidepo National park, Murchison falls national park, Kibale Forest National Park for a chimpanzee trekking Uganda encounter, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki Valley National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an epic gorilla trekking Uganda encounter, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Park. On this Uganda safaris holiday, you will spot several unique wildlife during a game drive, track Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, cultural encounter, sight seeing and boat cruise among others.
Day 1: Pickup and Transfer your Hotel in Kampala
Upon arrival for your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, our professional Guide will receive you at the airport; brief you about the whole trip before driving you to the Hotel in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. This journey is on a very smooth route through some scenic views of Lake Victoria and green plantation across the highway. When you reach town yet still strong, you will have a simple city tour as you visit the museum and independence monument both having very interest. After, you can drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Drive to Mount Elgon National Park
After enjoying a very satisfying breakfast on this second day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday; the driver guide will drive you to eastern part of Uganda to Mount Elgon national park and sipi falls but passing via source of River Nile in Jinja. This journey takes roughly 5-6 hours leaving all factors constant, the drive to Jinja is 1-2 hours, enjoy photography, boat ride to the source of the Nile and white water rafting incase time allows. After, have lunch and proceed to Mbale, home to Mount Elgon national park. Check-in to the lodge for dinner and overnight as you wait for the next day’s Hiking activity.
Day 3: Hiking Mount Elgon and Visiting Sipi falls
Enjoy your early morning breakfast and depart to the park’s trail head for a short briefing of how to hike this mountain, its peak is called Wagagai. You will encounter several treasures while hiking, such as primates, several bird species and amazing plant species. Afterwards, you will have lunch and head for nature walk in Sipi falls with its 3 unique thundering falls; you can expect to see the caves, plantations of coffee, matooke and sugar cane along the way. Later on, Trek back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Kidepo national park – the home of Ik People and game drives
After an early morning cup of coffee on this fourth day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, you will check out of the lodge and set off for a long journey to Kidepo Valley National Park located in the Northern Part of Uganda, this park prides in having majority of wildlife gem in its plains, it’s an ideal place to visit. This journey will last for approximately 7-8 hours but giving you great sights of plantations, rolling hills and amazing water bodies. You will have lunch along the way, and then proceed to your lodge for refreshment, dinner and overnight while waiting for the next day’s activities.
Day 5: Game drive and Visiting the IK people
This is another wonderful day with a lot of activities to be done; therefore, after your early morning breakfast, the driver will take you to the park’s headquarters to set off to the plains to catch-up with the early morning hunters heading to the field to make a day’s catch, and night hunters returning to have a rest. Some of the wild game you will encounter include lions, antelopes, Buffaloes, Elephants, Rhinos among others, while spoting several bird species.
Later on after lunch, you will refresh before visiting IK People on the foothills of Morungole mountain who will showcase to you their rich cultures through stories, dances and culinary. After all is done, drive back to the lodge for dinner and rest.
Day 6: Head to Murchison Falls National Park
After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, checkout and transfer to the magnificent Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda’s largest national park with lots of natural wonders. The drive leaves you amazed as you sight the beautiful grass thatched houses that depict the tree African culture, hills and wonderful structures, visit the famous Top of the falls where you can enjoy a snack while listening to the sound of the thundering waterfalls! Upon arriving at the lodge late in the evening, unwind, enjoy dinner, campfire and overnight.
Day 7: Game drive and launch cruise along the Albert Nile
After breakfast on this 7th day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, pick your camera, binoculars and other tools, and head to the wilderness for a game drive on the Northern bank of River Nile. This rewarding activity takes about 3 – 5 hours with a chance of spoting, elephants, Rothschild giraffes, buffaloes, lions, Hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, oribis and waterbucks.
Afterwards, Head to your lodge for a sumptuous lunch and in the afternoon; go for a launch cruise on the Albert Nile which will give you an exciting panoramic view at the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. While on the cruise, expect to spot crocodiles, hippos, and birds on the river bank such as the kingfishers, cormorants, bee-eater and the rare shoebill stork. Retire with Dinner and overnight at your place of accommodation.
Day 8: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Have your tasty lunch at the lodge before checking out and heading to the primate world of Kibale Forest National Park with over 13 primate species. This journey last for about 7 hours, with a stopover in Hoima town for lunch and if time allows you can visit the king’s palace. Proceed to Fortportal enjoying the amazing vistas of Mount Rwenzori, the crater lakes and more. Continue to the park arriving in the evening for Dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Chimp Trekking and Bigodi Swamp Walk
After your first meal of the day on ninth day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, head to the park for a Uganda chimpanzee trekking briefing session before heading to the jungle in quest for these primates. This park accommodates over 13 primate species such as the vervet monkeys, chimpanzees, Columbus monkeys among other. Thus, the guide will lead you while explaining everything that seems unique and new to you, this is an unforgettable feeling as you enjoy the different bird and primate sounds from all corners of the lush forest.
Return for lunch at your lodge before heading for a nature walk experience in the Bigodi swamp area; look out for most of the water loving bird species, and those primates that prefer this place rather than the park. In the evening, trek back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Drive to Semuliki National Park
After breakfast on this tenth day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, have a 34km drive to Semuliki Valley National Park for yet another amazing experience of sighting the unique sempaya Hot springs, and several bird species. Upon arrival at the park, check-in to the lodge and after lunch, go and sight the Female and Male Hot springs. It’s very amazing to know that the Female hot springs boils at over 100 degrees and able to boil an egg till it becomes edible. After, sight some birds and return to the lodge. At night, enjoy the peace at the lodge and having dinner.
Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Upon finishing your Breakfast on day 11 of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, embark on a 3/4-hour drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – home of the Kazinga channel and splendid savannah plains. After reaching the park in the afternoon, you will have lunch and head to Kazinga channel for that unique ultimate experience of sailing on water. During the launch cruise, you will have an opportunity of viewing crocodiles and some gem coming to quench their thirst on the banks.
Day 12: Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National Park
After your early morning breakfast on this 12th day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, head to kasenyi plains for a game Drive experience, Here, you stand a chance of sighting elephants, lions, buffaloes, Leopards, baboons and warthogs among others enjoying the wilderness. Afterwards, have a picnic lunch then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking exercise, while passing through the Ishasha sector that offers an opportunity of sighting the tree climbing lions lying up on the fig tree branches. Upon reaching Buhoma Sector, check-in to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Gorilla trekking and Cultural encounter
After a delicious breakfast on day 13 of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, head to the Sector’s headquarters for a pre-trekking briefing that commences at 8:30am with verification of documents, and the guides will be elaborating on the acceptable behaviors while trekking Uganda gorillas.
The guide will then lead you to the jungle in quest of these treasures while following the broken tree branches, this search will last for approximately 1-8 hours depending on how fit you are, one hour is yours for studying these unique mammals that possess 98% human DNA. Return to the lodge for lunch before having an encounter with the Batwa pygmies who will entertain you with their history and cultural performances.
Day 14. Drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Upon having a cup of coffee on this day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, you will set off for Lake Bunyonyi which is one of the deepest lakes in Africa with approximately 29 surrounding islands; it is an ideal place for birders and relaxation. So, after your arrival, check-in to the accommodation for lunch, and enjoy the surrounding vicinity that whole evening while taking photos and studying birds. It is important to note that each island in this destination is named according to the bird species found there and the purpose of the island such as the punishment island, enjoy your dinner and overnight.
Day 15: Full day excursion at Lake Bunyonyi
Let the sun rays awake you to a very delicious morning cup of tea as you feed your eyes with the beautiful surroundings. Thereafter, jump to the canoe and visit the different islands such as the punishment island and the reptile zone to check on the different reptiles in this great destination. This day will be for only relaxing and exploring the different islands that offer unique and uncovered reality. Afterwards, return to the lodge dinner and overnight as you wait for the next day’s activity.
Day 16: Travel to Lake Mburo NP
Enjoy an early morning breakfast before embarking on a trip to Lake Mburo National Park while crossing the rolling hills and slopes of Kabale. Have a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch and then proceed to Lake Mburo N/park. On arrival, check-in to your lodge, if possible, engage in simple activities like cultural / village tours, photography, cycling and then retire with dinner and an overnight.
Day 17: Enjoy a game drive and boat ride on Lake Mburo
After an early morning cup of coffee, head to the wilderness of Lake Mburo national park to catch-up with the rare wildlife in this destination, you will have chance of meeting rare animals such as zebras, topis, elands, impalas, buffaloes and antelopes among others. There are also several bird species that you will be in position to sight. After lunch, head for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo which will get you close to crocodiles and Hippos. Enjoy your dinner and overnight stay after returning from the day’s activities.
Day 18: To Kampala. City Tour
After an early morning breakfast on this 18th day of your 20 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari Holiday, check-out of the lodge and embark on a 4/5 hours’ journey to Kampala city. Arrive and immediately check-in to your accommodation, have lunch and proceed to Baha’i Temple for an exclusive religious tour. Thereafter, the Kabaka’s palace and later drive back while making a stop at the craft village to purchase some souvenirs before reaching the Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 19: Transfer to Ssesse Islands of Lake Victoria
This is your second last day before departing the following day, you will be driven to yet a very interesting destination, the Ssesse Island situated right in the interior of Lake Victoria. You will head to Nakiwogo Landing site to catch-up with a ferry that will arrive at Ssesse after three hours while giving you a wonderful pleasure of sailing on water.
On arrival, go for lunch then bird-watching and forest walk in the nearby forest on the Island You will search for primates namely; Monkeys, water and forest birds such as: Hornbill, Flycatcher, weaver, Fish Eagle, and colorful butterflies. Enjoy the sand beaches when you return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 20: Transfer back to Entebbe and departure
After enjoying your early morning breakfast, depart from the Islands using the morning Ferry back to Entebbe jetty, have lunch in Entebbe town before proceeding to the airport for your onward flight.
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