19 days Uganda Total Experience

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

19

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10

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Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Entebbe

You will be picked by our driver/guide who will transfer you to Airport Guesthouse Entebbe for overnight. He will brief you about the tour and what time to pick you on day 2.
Day 2

To Kidepo Valley National Park

Early morning after breakfast, we will leave Entebbe for Kidepo Valley National Park which is in the northern part of Uganda. We will stop at Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos. You will have a quick lunch and then proceed Kidepo via Kitgum staying overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge. We a have opened this camp which part of our Nature Lodges, the tents vary from shared bath and private bathroom facilities.
Day 3

In Kidepo Valley National Park

After an early breakfast you will head inside the Kidepo Valley National Park for a game drive. Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the national park, a savanna landscape extends in all directions, far beyond the gazetted area of 1442km2, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. In the afternoon you will go for a cultural visit of the Karimajong tribe
Day 4

Whole Day Game drive plus hot springs

Start with an early breakfast and then go for a game drive along the trails of Kidepo Valley. The park inhabits one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan parks, with over 80 species of mammals several of which are endemic to Kidepo National Park like the cheetah, the striped hyena the caracal and over 465 bird species including the ostriches. In the afternoon visit the Karamojong village to learn more about their culture, music and dance Karamoja has a cattle culture and the Karamojong are notorious as cattle raiders. Unlike most other Ugandans, many Karamojong shun western-style clothes and instead wear “traditional” dress of a blanket -like a shawl, often in red and black. The women wear elaborate beadwork.
Day 5

To Murchison Falls NP

Early in the morning after breakfast, and then leave for Murchison falls national park the northern sector with lunch along the way. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. There are a lot of animals to see on your way to the hotel through the park such as elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents. We reach Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries later in the afternoon. Here we will stay and with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile the evening will come with all the noise of an African night.
Day 6

In Murchison Falls NP

In the morning we will go for the game drive, special are here the lions, giraffes, Elephants, Leopards, Uganda Kobs, and many more animals… In the afternoon we have an impressive launch trip on the Nile to the Falls. Hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and many birds will be seen
Day 7

In Murchison Falls NP

Early morning the boat will take us downstream to the delta. The place where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. Here is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill stork! In the afternoon is a visit to the top of the Falls, a wonderful view.
Day 8

To Kibale Forest NP

Early morning departure for the journey to Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert, on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest.
Day 9

Chimp walk and Swamp Walk

At 08.00 we will start with the 4 hours chimp walk. Also 10 other primates can be seen!! The park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon a walk through Bigodi Swamp
Day 10

To Queen Elizabeth NP

Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth. Via Fort Portal, we reach at midday Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. In the late afternoon we will make a game drive
Day 11

In Queen Elizabeth NP

This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants, etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.
Day 12

In Queen Elizabeth NP

Our second day in this beautiful park! Very early in the morning breakfast we go to Kyambura Gorge. Here you can go for a 3-4 hour walk into the Gorge for meeting the chimpanzees. After the Gorge will drive to Ishasha Sector and have an evening game drive in search of the tree climbing lions
Day 13

To Kisoro

In the morning we leave Bwindi for Kisoro, the bad road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view. Down is Kisoro where we will stay in the famous Travellers Rest Hotel. Just outside Kisoro, this unique hotel offers a cozy stay for the tourists, who come to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance. In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Hotel Travellers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, to relax or to meet people.
Day 14

Gorilla tracking

This is the day of Gorilla tracking. From Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro it is 1 hour by car to Nkuringo/Nshongi/Mishaya/Kahungye group in South Bwindi. At 7:45 A:M you will be at the Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for pre-briefing and at 8:30 you will start the trek after finding the Gorillas you will spend with maximum 1 hour. All visitors are expected back to the starting point by 7:00 P:M. Being physically fit is recommended.
Day 15

In Kisoro

Here everybody can do individually (or in a group) activities. With local organizations and the National Park we have developed a number of very interesting activities: 1. 2nd Gorilla tracking in Rushaga 2. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda (1 day) If tracking the second time client has to sleep in Rwanda the before the tracking date 3. Climbing Muhavura Volcano (± 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m; price USD $60 pp) 4. Climbing Gahinga Volcano (± 6 hrs; distance 8km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m; price USD $40 pp) 5. Sabinyo Gorge (± 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gain) 6. Climbing the Sabinyo volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, you need to be fit!! ± 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m; price USD $40 pp) 7. In Magahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) (± 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km) 8. Bird walk in Magahinga (start at 10 AM, it can take up to 4-5 PM) 9. Several bicycle rides on mountain bikes. From 25km to 50km. The hills can be steep and tough! 10. Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bufumbira tribe) 11. Walk to Lake Mutanda. Visit Python island and go canoeing on this beautiful lake. 12. Or just sit and relax or read a book in the garden of Travellers Rest!!
Day 16

To Lake Mburo NP

Early in the morning we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, a smaller but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. If staying in budget accommodation this afternoon will be for the village/cultural walk.
Day 17

In Lake Mburo NP

Early morning we will go for a game walk. In the afternoon a boat trip on Lake Mburo followed by another game drive in the afternoon / early evening. This little park hosts a variety of animals, that is to say 68 mammal species, including a large number of impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. There are 315 bird species including; shoebill stork, red faced barbet, crested crane, papyrus yellow warbler. The vegetation is mainly open Savannah of Acacia trees, Olea and Boscia.Lake Mburo is a natural haven for fauna and flora. The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffalos come to drink during the dry season. Others include; impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. The wide variety of resident birds includes Malachite Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, African Fish Eagles, Rufous Long-tailed Starlings, Blue-headed Weavers, Green-necked Doves, Hammerkops, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants and even rare Shoebills.
Day 18

To Kampala / Entebbe

After breakfast the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala. On the way back you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you back to Airport Guesthouse Entebbe for overnight. IF you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight
Day 19

Departure

If departing in the morning the hotel has a shuttle to the airport but if departing in the evening there many activities you can do in Kampala and Entebbe. Optional: – Kampala City tour (USD $120 for vehicle including driver and fuel) Entebbe Tour: Ngamba Island for the orphaned chimps (USD $88 per person), and it can be combined with Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (the former Zoo) Botanical Gardens at USD $10 p.p.

Pricing details – Included/Not included

Gorilla Permit Guarantee

We sell our tours with gorilla permits. If no permits are available for a tour, cancelling is free of charge and any money paid in advance will be refunded.

Included in the price for this trip

  • Guides
  • Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • English speaking driver
  • Park entrance
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Bottled water
  • Rangers in the parks

Not included in the price for this trip

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Porters
  • Laundry services
  • Gorilla permit (we organise it for you)

4WD Toyota Land Cruisers/  Tour vans

We provide cars and drivers. The cars are well maintained and our drivers are experienced and English speaking. If necessary, we can also get other cars.

What has this trip to offer?

  • Spend the night in simple but good accommodation (standard tour) or stay in the best accommodation available (luxury tour).
  • Stay in the famous Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro.
  • Transport in our own 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers with pop up roof, adapted for optimal visibility during game drives.
  • Travel in small groups (6-12 people) with a window seat for everyone in the Land Cruiser.
  • Guaranteed to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda and / or Rwanda (gorilla permit not included).
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale National Park and Kyambura Gorge.
  • Looking for white rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
  • Visit the savannah parks Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.
  • Game drives in the aforementioned parks and a memorable cruise on the Nile and the Kazinga Channel.
  • Chance of 13 primate species in the tropical rainforests of Kibale National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
  • Optional climbing of the famous Virunga volcanoes.
  • Hundreds of species of birds, a true bird paradise.
  • Transfer to and from the airport.
  • Single-Friendly! Singles pay the same price as those who travel in pairs; singles always have their own room or tent. Through our unique partnership with Nature Lodges and our own accommodation we can make this offer.

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