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21 Days Around Uganda Holiday

21 Days Around Uganda Holiday

Uganda tourist at the Equator

Uganda, often described as the pearl of Africa, this lush tropical land is the true birth place of the Nile, where the world’s longest river spills out of lake Victoria and starts its journey to the Mediterranean sea. These formidable attractions are backed by good infrastructures that deliver a high level of service and comfort.

The 21 days will take you to different tourist destinations in the western, eastern, northern and southwestern  part of Uganda with highlight of  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking; it sits on an area of 331sqkm and home to mountain gorillas and a number of other wildlife species such as over 220 butterfly species, 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, trees, plants, ferns among others. Kibale forest National Park; home to 13 primate species and mostly known for Chimpanzees, over 100 individuals in each community. You will also see others like black and white colobus, baboons, bush babies, LHoests monkeys among others. Also you will visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, located 376km from Kampala and home to a number of wildlife species such as 10 primates species, over 500 species of birds, 95 mammal species elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, and also climbing lions in the Ishasha sector. You will also enjoy sightseeing on a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Visitors almost universally report that they like the country and find its people hospitable and extremely friendly. Indeed Uganda has everything to offer you once you make that choice of this safari

Highlights 

MABAMBA SWAMP
JINJA
SIPI FALLS
KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
BIGODI WETLAND
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
KAZINGA CHANNEL
ISHASHA SECTOR
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
LAKE BUNYONYI
LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

 

Day 1:    ARRIVAL AT  ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after finalizing the formalities, you shall be welcomed by your guide, who will then drive you to your hotel in Entebbe for a relaxation after your long hours flight. Briefing from the guide will be conducted to get ready for your adventure the following day. Later you will have dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Day 2:    MABAMBA SWAMP SHOEBILL WATCHING & DRIVE TO JINJA 

After breakfast you will head to Mabamba Swamp located on Lake Victoria a large tract of marshlands with various channels through it which provides the perfect habitat for countless water birds. Keep your eyes open for the Shoebill Stork and a number of water birds as you sail on the canoe through the marshes. You will proceed to Kampala for a brief city Tour and lunch. Later you will drive to Jinja.

 

Day 3:   BOAT RIDE TO THE SOURCE OF THE NILE

In the morning after breakfast you will have a boat ride to the Source of the Nile and then after have a city tour of jinja. In the afternoon you start your journey to Kapchorwa home to the magnificent Sipi falls.

 

Day 4:    SIPI FALLS –HIKE, COFFEE COMMUNITY WALK

You shall have a nature walk to the Sipi falls. These are a series of 3 waterfalls. You shall walk to the base of the falls and relax while taking a dip in the cool water of the falls, located at the base of Mt Elgon. Mount Elgon itself is a 4,321m high extinct volcano which in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro. And in the afternoon go for a coffee community walk.

The Sipi Falls area, found at the base of Mount Elgon is particularly famous for Bugisu Arabica Coffee produced and grown by the Local farmers. Bugisu Arabica only grows at an altitude of between 1,600 and 1,900 metres; it is the main cash crop in the area and genuinely one of the finest coffee’s in the world.

 

Day 5:    DRIVE TO KITGUM

Today after breakfast you will drive to Kitgum town to spend the night right before your next camping adventure. Along the way you will visit the Nyero rock paintings. They comprise of a three-tiered rock shelter with primitive paintings on the inner surface that dates back to the Iron Age.  You can set up camp relax and enjoy the beautiful and quiet ambiance that this peaceful town exudes.

 

Day 6:   DRIVE TO KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK 

You will drive to Kidepo National Park. You will arrive at your lodge in the National Parkin time for lunch, you will have time to see and set up camp before you embark on an evening Game drive. The Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala.

Gazetted as a national park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north agree that it is also the most magnificent, and ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.

 

Day 7:    NATURE WALK TO THE HOT SPRINGS, GAME DRIVES

After breakfast, start your drive through the Narus Valley where you will have a nature walk to the Hot springs. In the afternoon, you will enjoy another game drive Kidepo National Park is a savannah landscape that extends in all directions, It is home to elephant, zebra, giraffe, huge herds of buffalo, warthog, duiker, Jackson’s Hartebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah and hundreds of bird species., Buffalos, and Elephants.

Other animals that may be seen roaming around include: Jackal Roan Antelope, waterbuck, Eland, Oribi, Klipspringer, Lions etc. The park boosts of being the highest concentration of birds endemic to Uganda like: Ostrich, Kori bustard, vultures, pygmy falcon, hornbills, eagles etc.

 

Day 8:    GAME DRIVE AND COMMUNITY/CULTURAL VISIT

After an early morning breakfast, embark on a morning game that will take you through the Narus Valley to see herds of buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, zebras and hopefully some lions, leopard and the elusive cheetah.  This will also enable you to be in full sight of varieties of birds as well.

You will rest at the lodge after your Lunch until evening where you will go for a cultural tour in the Karimajong community. Here you will spend a wonderful evening with Karamajong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the tour you will be able to understand why their pride makes them slow to adapt to globalization.

 

Day 9:    DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you shall drive south west to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest National Park. You shall have a stop in Gulu town to purchase some items then proceed to the national Park. The Nile Delta has the biggest concentration of wildlife in the park. After identifying your camping ground and setting up camp you will go for an evening Game drive.

Day 10:    MORNING GAME DRIVE AND EVENING GAME DRIVE  

After an early breakfast, proceed for a game drive. This is a beautiful drive across savannah, Borassus Palm Forest and grassland down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north.  Drive in the open African savanna in search for Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest. Oribi, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, and enjoy spotting various Bird species such as the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters and many more. In the evening, you will have another game drive to catch another glimpse of the animals.

 

Day 11:  BOAT CRUISE TO THE NILE DELTA AND AFTERNOON BOATRIDE  

After an early breakfast, you will have boat ride to the Nile delta; keep a look out for a variety of bird species especially the Shoebill Stork. After lunch you will go for a boat ride up the Nile, to Murchison falls, where the park derives its name. You will hike to the top where you will experience the deafening roar of the falls. You will set camp at the Top of the Falls’ Campsite.

 

Day 12:    DRIVE TO FORT PORTAL

Today you will drive to Fort Portal to Kibale National Park. Along the way you will stop by a tea plantation. You will stop in Fort portal town to do shopping. In the afternoon you will arrive at your accommodation.

 

Day 13:   CHIMPANZEE TRACKING, BIGODI SWAMP WALK

Today you will track the most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park, the chimpanzees. With over 1,450 individuals protected within the park, Kibale forest is home to the largest number of the endangered chimpanzees in Uganda, as well as the threatened red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the black and white colobus, blue monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies and pottos.  In the afternoon after tracking, you have the opportunity for a guided walk through the swamps of Bigodi.

 

Day 14:   DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Today you will drive to the world-famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing the equator along the way. You will visit the Katwe salt lake. You shall also have an evening game drive.

 

Day 15:    GAME DRIVE AND BOATRIDE ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL

Have an Early Morning Game Drive. There are over 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog in this park.

The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Return to the Lodge. In the afternoon, you shall have a boat ride on Kazinga Channel.

Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park, from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and Crater Lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. After your boat ride you will have another game drive, time allowing.

 

Day 16:     ISHASHA SECTOR, GAME DRIVE

After breakfast you will drive to Ishasha, the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. In Ishasha you will have a game drive in search of the unique tree-climbing lions. Only here the lions have the habit of climbing the trees.

 

Day 17:   GAME DRIVE IN ISHASHA SECTOR, DRIVE TO BWINDI

After breakfast you will have a morning game drive in Ishasha discovering other hiding spots that the tree climbing lions enjoy.  Afterwards you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. The park is home to the endangered mountain gorillas. This fascinating mountain forest hosts chimpanzees and spectacular birds.

There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species including Blue-throated Broadbill, bar-tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You shall go to bed earlier this evening, since you should be fit for gorilla trekking the next day.

 

Day 18:   GORILLA TREKKING

This morning you will get up very early for gorilla trekking. Trekking the Mountain Gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth.

The trek will take between 2 and 6 hours, but is well worth the effort. You will be led by an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas.

As an alternative to gorilla trekking, there are several walks that can take you. The Mubwindi Swamp Trail takes about 3 hours and goes through parts of the park where there are elephants. Another 6-hour hike leads up to the peak in Rwamunyoni to 2.607m. After trekking, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Day 19:    RELAXING AT LAKE BUNYONYI

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 explore a nearby village. Residents are happy for your visit and are open to explain their daily lives.

 

Day 20:   DRIVE TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you shall drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Even at the entrance to the park you can watch impalas and zebras. Have a game drive as you enter the park. The Lake Mburo National Park forms a mosaic-like habitat with rocks, dry slopes, open and wooded savannas, forests, and swamps increases. This diversity of habitats has the diversity of bird life with 313 bird species recorded in the park, including flame head Barbet, Long-tailed Zitting Cisticola, African Bins Rail, Collared Barbet, binding Bush singer among others.

 

Day 21:    NATURE WALK, DEPARTURE

Early in the morning have a guided nature walk, return to the camp for a hearty breakfast. After, you will start your journey back to Kampala. Cross the equator and have time to take photos at the equator. Buy a few souvenirs and have a quick picnic lunch and later proceed with the journey to Entebbe. On arrival in the evening, you will check in papyrus guest house for a relaxation after the long hour drive, dinner and preparation for the airport transfer according to your flight arrangements

 

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