12 Days Great Adventure, Explore Uganda Attractions
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda: Entebbe Airport
On your arrival, you will receive warm greetings from your driver/ guide and transfer to Kampala Holiday Express Hotel or Grand Imperial or Kampala Forest Cottages. If you arrive in morning hours, you can take a city tour in Kampala, visit Kasubi Tombs, Bahai Tempo and Nakasero Fruits market where you can interact with Kampala’s friendly people. All meals at the Hotel.
Day 2: Depart for Jinja Source of River Nile
Have breakfast at the Hotel and then drive eastwards to Jinja, town on the shores of Lake Victoria and the source of the Nile. The activities in here include white water rafting along the river Nile, one of the most exciting and safest in the world, quad biking, boat trips on the Nile, mountain bike cycling and horse riding. Have lunch and visit
Visit Bujagali Falls, the rapids on the river Nile few kilometers from the source. Dinner and overnight at The Haven / Jinja Nile Resort.
Day 3: Jinja – Mt. Elgon National Park
Have breakfast and continue to Mbale via Tirinyi Road. Proceed to Mt. Elgon National Park and trek through the Sipi Falls, characterized by spectacular falls along river Sipi, flowing down the Mount Elgon. The area is particularly panoramic with a view of the Karamoja valley. Ensure you carry packed lunch with you from the hotel. The activity will take you through the daily life of a typical African village. Dinner and overnight at Sipi Lacam Lodge /Sipi fall rest camp at the foothills of mountain Elgon, overlooking the romantic Sipi falls, surrounded by several other waterfalls and huge caves.
Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast drive to Kibale Forest National Park. You will have lunch en route and get to Kibale in the afternoon. Return in the evening, dinner and overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge/ Kyaninga lodge / Ndali Lodge/ Mountains of the moon hotel.
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking Kibale Forest
After early morning breakfast, you will go to Kanyanchu tourist center and get briefed by the authority guide before you proceed to track chimpanzees in the forest. Chimpanzees are one of man’s closest relations and therefore seeing them is a wonderful adventure. This will take you two to three hours depending on how soon you will be able to see the chimpanzees.
The guide will take you through the thick forest and while giving you information about the different tree species in the forest which will make your walk interesting and informative. You will have a chance to see more of the red-tailed monkeys, Mangabeys, grey-cheeked monkeys and also listen to the sounds of the birds in the forest. You will then return for lunch then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Jacana Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Twin Lake Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Wildlife Exploration in Queen Elizabeth
Another extraordinary wildlife experience awaits you this morning! After a cup of coffee, go for a game drive along the tracks of Queen Elizabeth, in the Northern side towards Lake George and Kasenyi village. Expect to see lions, herds of elephant, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, and shy/rare leopard.
Embark on a fantastic boat after lunch along Kazinga channel, known for the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa, with huge Nile crocodiles, Buffalos, and Elephants along the shores and about 611 bird species. The boat provides a clear platform for photographing. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Simba Safari Camp / Enganzi lodge / Katara lodge / Twin lake lodge.
Day 7: Depart to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
After breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest passing either via Ishasha, the home of the tree climbing lion or take the alternative route through cultivated expanses. This will depend on the road situation. Explore the village and the native communities if time allows. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp / Mahogany Springs / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Day 8: Day for Life changing event; Gorilla Tracking.
After early breakfast, proceed to park headquarters with packed lunch for a briefing about the Dos and Don’ts while with gorillas. Tracking can take 2-9 hours depending on their movements. Tracking involves walking up through steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. You will stay with these Giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photography.
In the evening, you can relax at the lodge or take a cultural walk to nearby Batwa communities and learn about their cultures. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Forest Camp / Mahogany Springs / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Day 9: Bwindi Forest – Lake Bunyonyi
Breakfast will be followed by transfer to Lake Bunyonyi with wonderful sceneries en-route. Enjoy one of the most extraordinary wildlife and birding experience by boat as you cross the Lake Bunyonyi. The forested green islands on the lake are home to different species of endemic birds which the guide will help you to spot. All meals at Arcadia Cottages / Bunyonyi Overland Resort / Bird nest Resort.
Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi Lake Mburo National Park
Have breakfast and drive through Kabale in the Kigezi region, known as the Switzerland of Africa characterized by terraced cultivated hills. Visit the Bakiga cultural museum and later connect to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest of Ugandan National Parks. Expect big game drive en route as you head to Lake Mburo National Park. Take an evening game drive before sunset in search for the beautiful impalas, elands, topi and many antelopes, buffaloes, and zebras among others.
Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages / Rwonyo Camps / Mantana Tented camp / Mihingo Lodge.
Day 11: Boat ride on Lake Mburo – Kampala
After breakfast, embark on a morning boat trip on Mburo Lake, an excellent place for birding including the rare shoebill. Other animals include Hippos, Huge crocodiles. Later proceed to Kampala with a stop at the equator for photographs, reach by afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel, Kampala Sheraton or Holiday Express Hotel.
Day 12: Departure
Depending on your flight schedule, after breakfast transfer to Ngamba Island (Chimpanzee sanctuary) or a city tour to check out some of the nice places in Kampala. Places to visit include, the Bahai temple, Uganda Museum, Kasubi tombs and many more, and later transfer to the airport.
End of the safari