This 21 Days’ Uganda safari will take you to the source of the Nile River, the longest river in the world, from where you can explore and enjoy the river as it leaves Lake Victoria for the Mediterranean Sea at Cairo; you will do a city tour and afterwards visit four national parks full of wildlife including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and other big game as well as numerous bird species; you will wind up your tour by relaxing in Entebbe and visiting Mabamba Swamp for Shoebill Stork and the famous Botanical Gardens.
|Departure||Entebbe | Kampala|
|Departure Time||7:00 AM|
|Return Time||Approximately 8:30 PM|
En route to Jinja, you will visit Sezibwa Falls and go through the huge Mabira Forest to the Source of the Nile in Jinja for lunch and possibly bungee jumping. The high bungee on the Nile is one of the most spectacular sights you can imagine. The view from the bungee tower overlooking the source of the world’s longest river is sensational; leading the jumper to dozens of heavily forested islands with flocks of long-tailed cormorants swimming in the swirling currents below and to a troop of Velvet monkeys and crowds of onlookers cheering from the nearby bar. Retire to your hotel in the evening.
The highlight of the day will be to visit Itanda Falls downstream the Nile River, where you’ll enjoy a memorable white water rafting adventure, while swerving through high water waves and currents. After Itanda Falls you may opt for an evening adventure on the lively streets of Jinja Town.
From the Jinja tour and sightseeing trip you will return to Kampala for a city tour, which will include: Bahai Temple, Uganda Museum, Gadaffi Mosque (whose high tower commands the view of the whole of Kampala), Buganda Kingdom Parliament, Kasubi Tombs for Buganda Royals, the Torturing Chambers of Idd Amin and Uganda Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo. You should not visit Uganda and not do a Kampala City tour.
At MFNP you will enjoy a boat cruise to the top of the spectacular Murchison Falls on this River Nile, as well as bird watching and game drive so that you can see different species of animals and birds especially elephants, giraffes, warthogs, lions and others.
You will need to spend another day in order to enjoy what Murchison Falls National Park has to offer.
After your visit to Murchison Falls National Park has come to an end, you will undertake another spectacular journey to Kibaale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking. When you arrive at your camp, you may take a lunch break and then go for a nature walk in the tropical rain forest which is home to many species of primates and birds.
If you’re a primatologist, then you are in the right place! Early in the morning you will go in search of chimpanzees. This is a particularly alluring experience to nature lovers, for the excellent chimp tracking and birding experience it provides. Kibaale Forest has probably the highest concentration of primates in East Africa with about 13 different primate species including chimpanzees, Vervet, red-tailed L’Hoest and blue monkeys. After chimp tracking in the morning you should not miss the afternoon primate walk to Kanyanchu River camp, the most popular walk in the park, before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park the following morning.
En route to Queen Elizabeth National Park tour a part of the Uganda countryside that is unforgettable. After arriving at your camp you may do an evening game drive.
Enjoy a game drive in the park. Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is a park with diverse ecosystems, home to tree-climbing lions and leopards, and one of Uganda's oldest and most exciting parks. It was officially demarcated, along with Murchison Falls National Park, in 1952. The park lies on the floor of Africa's Western Rift Valley, in the beauty of thick trees, mountains and craters and contains over 95 species of mammals – more than any other park in Uganda. Watch wild game and a wide variety of bird species.
Get on a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. The Kazinga Channel is a wide, 32-kilometre (19 mile) long natural channel connecting the two Lakes. This channel is among the most important features in QENP giving a wonderful view of the most important wildlife within the park. Along Kazinga Channel, be ready to watch the largest population of hippos in the whole world as well as plentiful Nile crocodiles, over 380 bird species whistling and winging along making up the beauty of the Pearl of Africa. The shores of Kazinga Channel draw a large number of wild animals, a myriad of bird species, in addition to reptiles throughout the year, with a large concentration of hippos. These big animals can be seen throughout the duration of the boat cruise and particularly close to the entrance of the spectacular Lake Edward. The boat cruise along Kazinga Channel is extremely rewarding and among the finest and most liked launch trips in the country. After the morning cruise, you might opt to take an afternoon game drive and wildlife adventure especially to the Ishasha sector of QENP where there are tree-climbing lions and leopards, before getting to your lodge to rest and prepare for the journey the next day.
Your journey will take you through the Ishasha Sector of QENP, home of tree-climbing lions. Check-in into the park and into your accommodation at Bwindi ready for the big encounter with the majestic mountain gorillas the next day.
In the morning, you will assemble at the park headquarters for briefing from the park rangers about the do’s and don’ts when you encounter mountain gorillas. You will then proceed for the memorable adventure hiking through the mountainous thick forest, an activity that may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the primates. You will meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour, then descend to the park headquarters thereafter to your Lodge for lunch and relaxation.
On this day, you may go to enjoy bird watching and possibly opt also to visit the nearby Batwa community, where you will be entertained and given tales of their unique culture. As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa were known as “The Keepers of the Forest.” The history of these small-statured people is long and rich. The Batwa survived by hunting small game using arrows or nets and gathering plants and fruits in the rain forest. Some anthropologists estimate that pygmy tribes such as the Batwa have existed in the equatorial forests of Africa for 60,000 years or more. Later you will enjoy dinner at your lodge or hotel.
On this day you will travel to Lake Bunyonyi and the Kigezi highlands. Lake “Bunyonyi” is locally translated as "a place of little birds"; and it offers refreshing experiences ranging from canoeing, swimming, and bird watching. A part of the day can be spent swimming in the lake as the water in the lake is free of bilharzia. The lake lies in the valleys of the Kigezi highlands with a number of terraced hills adding to the scenic beauty of this popular lake. There are several bird species that Lake Bunyonyi attracts including herons, weaver birds, and the grey crowned cranes. The temperatures are quite moderate, and it gets really cool in the morning as mist covers the Kigezi highlands. The quietness, serenity and cool atmosphere plus breathtaking sights of the highly terraced hills and the beauty of the lake are quite magical to experience.
This day can be spent swimming, walking and bird watching in this scenic part of Kigezi Highlands. You may hire a canoe and explore the surrounding hills from the boat, as you travel quietly to several small islands to enjoy the rich birdlife.
You may start the morning relaxing, swimming and walking. In the afternoon you may do a bird walk in Mukoni village, past small farms from where you can enjoy the spectacular views as you look out for many birds. Generally, 40 to 50 different species may be seen on this walk, including the African hobby, black kite, swamp flycatcher, scarlet – chested, bronze and red – chested sunbirds, etc.
Depart from L.Bunyonyi at 10:00 AM and do a leisurely trip through Kabale town and the beautifully terraced Kigezi highlands to Mbarara City. Do an evening game drive or a boat drive in this beautiful Lake Mburo National Park. You may opt for an evening campfire.
On the way to Entebbe, You will make a lunch stopover at the equator for a photo opportunity and to watch the famous water experiment. You will then return to Entebbe and check out the Uganda Reptiles Village. It is a sanctuary for snakes and much more. The day will be complete with a drink on a cliff above Lake Victoria, at Jahazi Grill.
Enjoy a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). At UWEC you will see a variety of species of wild birds and Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed weaver, African paradise, Baglafecht weaver, Rose-breasted grosbeak and many others. Encounter different species of flycatchers; Red-bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and Raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby and many more species including captive wild animals within the zoo. In the afternoon, you may proceed to Entebbe Botanical Gardens along the shores of Lake Victoria for another birding experience. Here, you’ll experience immensely the beauty of nature combined with the sounds of various birds whistling while watching beautiful plants that will make you feel like you’re in the Garden of Eden.
This wetland close to Entebbe is famous for Shoebill Stork and other birds. At Mabamba Swamp, most of the birding is done from a boat, and you’ll look out for the Shoebill in the sky and down in the marshland. Here you will spot the African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron and Black Crake. Canoeing through Mabamba swamp can usually take you the whole day; however, the experience will be one that you’ll never forget. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Many visitors have opted for a nightlife experience in the town of Entebbe.
Spend the morning and part of the afternoon walking or cycling in the streets of Entebbe and surrounding beaches. In the evening catch your homebound flight from Entebbe International Airport.