This tour will take you to all the best places of a wonderful country Uganda. You will visit Entebbe town and the famous Ngamba Island, tour Kampala city, go to Jinja and visit the source of Nile, Sipi falls and also visit the famous Nyero rock paintings, Karamoja region, Murchison falls, kidepo valley national park, Kibale Park, Bigodi Swamp, Queen Elizabeth, Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park making your journey to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and Lake Mburo National Park
|Start||Entebbe (Day 1)|
|Day 3||Sipi Falls|
|Day 5||Mount Morungole|
|Day 6||Kidepo Valley NP|
|Day 7-8||Murchison Falls NP|
|Day 9-10||Kibale NP|
|Day 11-12||Semuliki NP|
|Day 13-14||Queen Elizabeth NP|
|Day 15-16||Bwindi NP|
|Day 17||Lake Bunyonyi|
|Day 18-19||Lake Mburo NP|
|End||Entebbe (Day 20)|
You will be picked by Hail Tours Uganda drive rand start your journey to Kampala city. You will be taken to Acactus Hotel for some rest and refreshment and then late be picked to start your tour of Kampala city. You will visit the Kasubi Tombs, Gadhafi Mosque, Uganda Museum, Baha’i Temple. Visit the Uganda Martyrs Shrine. Uganda Martyrs Shrine serves as a remembrance for the Ugandans from the Buganda Kingdom who died for their faith. The shrine offers the opportunity to learn about the history of Christianity in Uganda. Visit the Craft markets, and off course later in the day visit Ndere Centre. Ndere Centre is located in Kisasi, a suburb of Kampala. It is a cultural Centre where you are able to experience a mixture for all the cultures of Uganda is one boiling pot. The Centre offers cooking lessons for traditional Ugandan meals, traditional dance classes, and amazing performances ending your trip in Kampala city.
You will be picked up very early in the morning and start you journey to Jinja, the World’s longest river Nile. Jinja lies on the shore of Lake Victoria, about 3 hours East from Kampala. This town is famous as the historic source of the river Nile and at the same time the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Besides enjoying peaceful sunsets, bird life and tranquility, this is also where visitors get their adventurous fix. Embark on the Nile White Water rafting where you will have a memorable encounter with the magical waters of the Nile River as it plunders through series of impermeable rocks forming cascade and rapids that would present one of the challenging encounters in your adventure world. The half day or full day rafting adventure is available to enable you live up your curiosity. Retreat in the evening and transfer back to Nile River Camp for rest as you will be fully exhausted for any other activity and you also prepare for the following day.
After you have enjoyed our breakfast, you will be picked by Hail Tours Uganda diver and start your journey to the Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa district. You shall have a nature walk to the Sipi falls. These are a series of 3 waterfalls. On reaching you will relax on sipi lodge for a cup of coffee and briefing from the local guide. You will then embark your hike starting with the top most water fall, descending down till the bottom water which is the main water fall.
This is proved to be the best romantic place in Uganda and you will be fascinated by its beauty.
In the afternoon you will go for a coffee community walk. You will visit and see how Arabic Coffee is dried, roasted, produced and grown by the Local farmers. It is the main cash crop in the area and genuinely one of the finest coffee’s in the world. Later you can relax, enjoy dinner and overnight rest at Sipi River Lodge.
Uganda is blessed with amazing sights and sites. Some of these sights and sites are found in the least expected places. Nyero Rock Paintings in Kumi is one of them. In booking for safari packages to Uganda, one would only think of gorilla tracking, and more but these shelters have some of the oldest art in the country. They have the oldest rock paintings in Uganda, as old as the Stone Age and this is a must go place for everyone. They comprise of a three-tiered rock shelter with primitive paintings on the inner surface that dates back to the Iron Age.
Continue with you journey to Kidepo Valley notional park reaching late in the evening and nothing much can be done rather check in and rest. Overnight at Apoka UWA bandas.
A visit to one of the Ik Villages will disprove that they are quite loving, quite welcoming and that simply some writers got it wrong. You will find stunningly beautiful Scenery the higher your climb takes you, simply breathtaking scenes in the valleys below you and into the Eastern Rift Valley of Kenya. As you reach the villages you will be greeted warmly with traditional dancing often in Ik finery. As you are guided around the village, ask questions about the lifestyle of the Ik people, the raising of children is quite different here, polygamy is part of family life and there is not much of a formal education besides learning to fend for yourself. Your hike up the mountains visiting the Ik Tribe will be one of the highlights of your time in Northern Uganda, not to be forgotten anytime soon. Enjoy the different cultural ways of the Ik people, learn from them and enjoy some of their local beer with them, it will be quite different from what you are used to in other parks. Later relax, enjoy dinner and overnight stay at Apoka UWA Bandas.
After breakfast, you will start your game drive and here expect to see numerous buffaloes, zebras, hyenas, elephants plus giraffes, and if lucky lions, cheetahs plus leopards. In addition there are numerous bird species along the way. This drive is really slow offering you wonderful opportunities take pictures of animals, birds, trees, butterflies and plants and expect to see a good number pf birds.
After Lunch, set off for an evening game drive to explore the Park once again. You will go for game sighting in the Narus Valley in the south of the park. This is the section of Kidepo that has Savannah grasslands mixed with acacia woodland. It is also the area with permanent water sources throughout the year and for that matter most of the animals are found in this part of the park. During the hot afternoons, many animals collect around water sources. Expect to see large herds of Buffaloes, lots of Zebras, and antelope species and surely the lions. Then have dinner and overnight rest at Apoka UWA Bandas.
Today will have breakfast and exit Kidepo valley to Murchison falls National Park. The Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabarega Falls, is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile. It actually breaks the stunning Victoria Nile, that flows across Uganda’s northern region from the vast Lake Victoria to the deep Lake Kyoga and continuing to the northern tip of Lake Albert.
This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees, and many bird. You will reach late in the evening and just check in to Red Chilli Rest Camp and rest.
After an early breakfast, it is time to explore the park. On the Game drive, you will spot as many animals as possible. While driving through the park you can come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom like elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. The park is especially known for its massive elephant population, huge array of bird species and big herds of buffalo. You will discover some of the parks ecosystems and different scenery with dense woodland, extensive savannahs and rolling grasslands.
The afternoon boat safari towards the Murchison Falls is a very special activity, it takes approximately 3 hours and goes along the Victoria Nile to the base of the Falls. You can imagine; this boat safari will show you breathtaking scenery. Carefully watch the crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other wildlife and later retire to Red Chilli Rest Camp for rest.
Murchison falls along river Nile is a true master piece of nature! In a small space a million cubic meters of water from the Nile squeeze themselves through the Albertine gorge as they make their way 6,853 km (4,258 miles) towards Egypt. Many people wonder how the scenic falls would actually be, but once you are on top of them and see the entire Nile going through a small gap, it makes sense why so many visitors make the trip. The Nile River is about 50 meters wide on top just before the falls, it drops down 43 meters through a 7-meter-wide gorge.
The journey to the top is a long one but once you reach this place, it becomes worth it. The thunderous spectacle and noise made by the water as it passes through the tiny hole is magnificent – one not to be missed by anyone with the means because no better words can explain the display but seeing it personally.
Later transfer to Kibale Ntional Park overnight at Rweteera Safari Park
Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence.
You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Bigodi wet land walk. The Bigodi is a paradise for bird watchers. This swamp supports more than 200 species of birds, among which is the most well-known bird – Great Blue Turaco,
there are a number of primates such as the monkeys that occasionally jump from one tree to another. Then head to Rweteera Safari Park for dinner and rest.
After breakfast explore the great Kyaninga Cones and the Crater Lake by taking a nature walk and pursue some of the recreation activities available then have Lunch. In the afternoon you visit the Top of the World spot in the Ndali- Kasenda crater area for the magnificent panoramic views then return to the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Rwenzori View Guest House.
A Sempaya Hot-Springs:One of the things you do not want miss at Semliki National Park are the two Hot Springs –there is the male hot-spring Bitende and the female hot spring Nyasimbi and is a boiling geyser which spurts out bubbling water and steam about 2 meters into the air. The people living near the hot-springs used to boil food in the hot-spring pools, even now you can bring some eggs along and have them boiled here. Do not get near the water of the two springs – they have a temperature of around 100 Degrees Celsius. The surrounding pools are also quite hot.
You will also visit the Bambuti Pygmies who live on both side of the Semliki River and are closely related to the Basu in DRC.
There are about 53 different kinds of mammals found in the Semliki Valley and 27 of are larger animals and 11 of them are only found in this area such as pygmy antelopes, two different kinds of flying squirrels, hopefully, you will also see the unique water chevron that has been named the fanged deer. Later you can relax, enjoy dinner and overnight rest at Rwenzori View Guest House.
After an early breakfast and check out of your hotel to Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park but you will first have a city tour in Fort Portal town. Find out how it was named Fort Portal and interact with the Local people. You will also visit Toro kingdom and learn bout their culture of the Batoro. Later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park reaching late in the evening. Check in at Tembo Safari Lodge and rest waiting for the following day.
After you have enjoyed your breakfast you will be taken for a morning game drive in time to see the sun rise. The morning is the best time for a game drive as the African animal kingdom tends to be most active when during the golden hours of the first sunlight touching the savannah. You will continue the search for all the wildlife; elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog and do not forget about the birds and the primates.
After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. Later head to Tembo Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight rest.
Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!
Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population) including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in at Gorilla Valley Lodge, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.
After an early morning breakfast, walk to the park headquarters for briefing on the dos and don’ts during this activity and thereafter you will proceed for gorilla trekking. Gorilla tracking normally lasts between 2 to 8 hours or even a day to encounter the gorillas. However, you will be allowed to stay in the presence of these awesome apes for at least an hour. It is advisable that you carry packed lunch as one cannot determine how long it may take to encounter the mountain gorillas.
If time and energy allow, you may take a community tour to the Batwa community after the gorilla tracking. Return to Gorilla Valley Lodge, enjoy your evening, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we shall start our journey to lake Bunyonyi in kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) with 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.
On this day, you shall have an exciting boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi. In the afternoon you may have optional activities; a Canoe boat ride, a swim in the Bilharzia free lake, you may also hike or explore a nearby village. Residents are happy for you visit and are open to explain their daily lives. Later head to Bunyonyi View Resort for dinner and overnight rest.
On this day, you will have a full rest as you enjoy the floating islands of Lake Bunyonyi. You will exit lake Bunyonyi after lunch and head to Lake Mburo National Park reaching late in the evening. You will pass in Mbarara and visit the Igongo Cultural village this is more rewarding and amazing as you visit the Ankole museum. Continue to lake Mburo and the whole evening will be for resting at Rwakobo Rock.
What sets Lake Mburo Park apart from others is that Nature walks can be taken anywhere within the park with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger. On an early morning guided walk you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl – at the same time you can often see hippos returning from grazing during the night and returning to Lake Mburo to keep cool during the day and protect their sensitive skin from the sun. On a nature walk you will often see Zebras, Giraffes, Eland, Topi and other antelopes, buffalo. Birds, butterflies. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond, from this vantage point you have a great view of 9 of the regional lakes found in the area.
In the afternoon, a boat ride on Lake Mburo gets you in touch with the flora and fauna of the lake. Along the bank, you will see lots of animals coming to water especially during the dry season. There are hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelopes, zebras. Later retire to Rweteera Safari Park to rest.
Early in the morning game drive and return to the camp for a hearty lunch. After, you will start your journey back to Entebbe. Cross the equator and have time to take photos at the equator. You will also have an experiment to show the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere and also get a chance to be in these two places at the same time. Buy a few souvenirs in the craft shops and have a quick cup of coffee and later you depart for the Airport for your journey back home.