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Safari

14-Day Exploring and Experiencing the Pearl of Africa

Uganda

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Arrive Entebbe and overnight. Travel to Sipi with a visit to the Source of the Nile en route. Proceed to Pian Upe Game Reserve and then explore Kidepo Valley. From Kidepo, head to Murchison Falls and experience the roaring rapids of the Murchison. Proceed to Kibale Forest for chimp tracking and then into Queen Elizabeth. Exit Queen via Ishasha sector (known for tree-climbing lions) into Bwindi for ultimate gorilla trekking. From Bwindi, head to Lake Mburo and finally fly out from Entebbe.

Arrival location:

Entebbe, Uganda

Departure Location:

Entebbe, Uganda

Included in your experience:

Park fees (For non-residents)

Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)

Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)

All activities (Unless labeled as optional)

All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)

A professional driver/guide

All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer

Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Drinking water (On all days)

Not included in your experience:

International flights (From/to home)

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)

Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Required Equipment:

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* Rental equipment is availabel, see 'Additional activities' for details
    None Available for this package
  • Day1 - 2
    Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be received by a Home to Africa assigned driver/guide who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the booked accommodation in Kampala. In case you have had an early landing into Uganda, you may opt for a late afternoon ride around the city of Kampala. Else, check-in and have enough rest awaiting dinner and overnight stay.
    Nexus Resorts Hotel Budget hotel in or near Kampala
  • Day2 - 3
    Have breakfast and then drive off to Jinja. En route, you will drive through Mabira Forest then head to Jinja where the Nile begins its flow to the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Source of the Nile then proceed to Mbale Town where you will have lunch before continuing to the booked accommodation in Sipi. Arrive, check into the lodge and proceed to explore the nearby Sipi Falls which is a set of 3 falls. The views are breathtaking, the hike takes about 2½ hours and make for a great afternoon (evening). Return for dinner and overnight stay.
    Rafiki Lodge Sipi Mid-range lodge located in or near Sipi Falls | Breakfast Included
  • Day3 - 4
    Be up early and have your breakfast then proceed for game viewing in the pristine Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. Pian Upe is located between Mt. Elgon NP and Kidepo Valley NP and was established as a game (wildlife) reserve in the 1960s. The Reserve is part of the Mount Elgon Conservation Area (MECA). During this game drive, look out for Pian Upe’s inhabitants such as: common elands, plain zebras, the greater kudu, magnificent reptiles e.g. rock pythons, puff adders and savanna monitor lizards and the only remaining numbers of roan antelope in the whole of Uganda. It is also only in Pian Upe that you can be able to see cheetahs while on a Uganda safari. After the game drive and of course (packed) lunch, exit Pian Upe then head out for Kara-tunga Safari Camp where you will have your dinner and the overnight stay.
    Kara-Tunga Safari Camp Budget tented camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day4 - 5
    Have breakfast and drive off to Kidepo Valley National Park, arriving early for some rest and lunch before going out for game viewing. You will proceed for game viewing in the Narus Valley in the south sector of Kidepo. Narus is the sector of Kidepo that has savannah grasslands mixed with acacia woodland. It is also the area of the park 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 the water points. Expect to see large herds of Buffaloes, lots of Zebras, and antelope species and surely the lions. You will return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
    Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Safari Tent) Mid-range tented camp bordering Kidepo Valley NP without fences | Breakfast Included
  • Day5 - 6
    Enjoy your breakfast then embark on yet another game drive into the park but this time head to Kidepo Valley in the northern sector. The biggest highlight in this area is the famous sand bed of River Kidepo that is a seasonal river that does not flow during the long dry spells. It is lined with lush Borassus palms, creating a sight akin to an oasis in a desert. Enjoy the sights and sounds of birds in the Borassus palm. Also, be on the look for ostriches, leopard (though a rare sighting) and tortoises along the way. You may choose to have packed lunch or return for lunch at the accommodation. Later (if interested), you may proceed out for some community, cultural encounter (at an additional cost as may be specified on the ground). You will spend a wonderful afternoon (evening) with the Karamojong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the day, you will retire to your accommodation where you will enjoy your dinner and overnight rest.
    Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Safari Tent) Mid-range tented camp bordering Kidepo Valley NP without fences | Breakfast Included
  • Day6 - 7
    After an early breakfast, check out of the accommodation and travel to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For any birder, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others. You will reach Murchison and do little but check into your accommodation then have some rest. Later, you will enjoy your meal and the overnight stay awaiting next day’s activities.
    Pakuba Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge located inside Murchison Falls | Breakfast Included
  • Day7 - 8
    Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo and elephants among others. For any birder, this area supports the secretary bird and black chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.
    Pakuba Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge located inside Murchison Falls | Breakfast Included
  • Day8 - 9
    After breakfast at your accommodation, depart right away for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.
    Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Mid-range guest house just outside Kibale | Breakfast Included
  • Day9 - 10
    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 depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in the evening and overnight at your booked accommodation.
    The Bush Lodge (Banda) Mid-range lodge just outside Queen Elizabeth | Breakfast Included
  • Day10 - 11
    Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for: Lions, Elephants, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob, among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes George and Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
    The Bush Lodge (Banda) Mid-range lodge just outside Queen Elizabeth | Breakfast Included
  • Day11 - 12
    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 your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.
    Bakiga Lodge Budget lodge located just outside Bwindi | Breakfast Included
  • Day12 - 13
    After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Return for lunch in your accommodation. If time and energy allow, you may take an optional community visit and interact with the local community after the gorilla tracking. Return to your accommodation, enjoy your evening, dinner and overnight.
    Bakiga Lodge Budget lodge located just outside Bwindi | Breakfast Included
  • Day13 - 14
    Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing. On the game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras in big numbers, topis, impalas, warthogs, Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation where you will spend the night. Optional: In case you’re interested, you may go out for the breathtaking Mburo night game drive. During the night game drive, expect to sight nocturnal creatures including huge snakes, python, hyena, owls and the elusive leopard (on a lucky day) among others. However, the cost for the night game drive is excluded and payable on the ground (as may be specified).
    Rwakobo Rock Mid-range lodge just outside Lake Mburo | Breakfast Included
  • Day14 - 15
    Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. Also, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelope, Cape buffaloes among others. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport for your flight out (recommended for 18:00 onward). We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!
    No accommodation (End of tour) | Breakfast Included
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