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Uganda Uganda Round Trip

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From the shores of Lake Victoria to the source of the White Nile, along Mount Elgon through the Karamojong country, to the Kidepo Reserve in the extreme North on the Kenyan and Sudanese borders, then through the Acholi villages to the Murchison Falls and the banks of Lake Albert dominated by the Blue Mountains of neighbouring Congo, this tour will introduce you not only to most of Uganda's di...

From the shores of Lake Victoria to the source of the White Nile, along Mount Elgon through the Karamojong country, to the Kidepo Reserve in the extreme North on the Kenyan and Sudanese borders, then through the Acholi villages to the Murchison Falls and the banks of Lake Albert dominated by the Blue Mountains of neighbouring Congo, this tour will introduce you not only to most of Uganda's diversified ethnic groups, but also to its abundant wildlife: the chimpanzee of the Kibale forest, the big game and varied fauna of Queen Elizabeth park, Bwindi's unique mountain gorillas, the acacia savannah of the small Mburo park and the elusive shoebill stork of the Mabamba wetlands. Travel on a fascinating journey.

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This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

The approach to Entebbe airport over the string of tiny islets scattered through the iridescent waters of Lake Victoria is breathtakingly spectacular.

Accommodation in Entebbe

Visited:
Entebbe

Day 2: At the Source of the Majestic River

Immerse yourself into the luxuriant and evergreen vegetation of equatorial Africa. The road follows the banks of Lake Victoria until we reach Kampala, and then splits heading East into the mountainside tea plantations and sugar cane fields. Further on, a lake flaunts its enormity and a majestic river embarks upon its long journey to the sea: the source of the Nile. A little further North of Bujagali, the enormous volume of water passes through a jagged gorge, forming spectacular rapids and waterfalls. Stop at the Nile source. The road goes East towards the border with Kenya and Mount Elgon. Overnight in Mbale.

Visited:
Kampala Mbale

Day 3: Through Infinite and Evergreen Landscapes

The track winds through a lush agricultural region with many cozy villages. Gradually, the banana and rice fields give way to grassy expanses stretching to infinity. Stop at the Reserve of Pian-Upe. The limitless spaces are home of the proud Karamojong pastoralists, eager for contacts with foreigners who have not been to Eastern Uganda for a while. On the foot of Mount Moroto lies the small town of the same name. Overnight at the hotel.

Visited:
Mbale Moroto

Day 4: Karamojong Country

The whole area of the Bokora Reserve is formed by patches of acacia forests and thickets of euphorbia, some clinging on the slopes of many extinct volcanoes that dot the vast plains. Birdlife is omnipresent: hornbills, go-away birds,  bustards... Stop at several kraals and encounter the tall Karamojong nomads. Overnight in a mission.

Visited:
Moroto Karamojong Kotido

Day 5: Discover the Kidepo National Park

After a last refueling in Kaabong, a small town nestled at the foot of an impressive kopje, continue to Kidepo National Park, the most isolated, but also the most magnificent park. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

​During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley. These seasonal oases, combined with the open savannah terrain, make it the park’s prime game viewing location. Kidepo Vally National Park has a high biodiversity, with over eighty mammal species such as striped hyaena, caracal, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, elephant... The park is also outstanding for its birds: Verreaux’s eagle, Egyptian vulture, Kori bustard, Abyssinia hornbill, barbets, pacpiacs ... We spend a whole day on game drives and guided walks. Overnight in park bandas.

Visited:
Kidepo

Day 6: Second Day of Game Drive and Guided Walk

After a last refueling in Kaabong, a small town nestled at the foot of an impressive kopje, continue to Kidepo National Park, the most isolated, but also the most magnificent park. From Apoka, in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

​During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley. These seasonal oases, combined with the open savannah terrain, make it the park’s prime game viewing location. Kidepo Vally National Park has a high biodiversity, with over eighty mammal species such as striped hyaena, caracal, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, elephant... The park is also outstanding for its birds: Verreaux’s eagle, Egyptian vulture, Kori bustard, Abyssinia hornbill, barbets, pacpiacs ... We spend a whole day on game drives and guided walks. Overnight in park bandas.

Visited:
Kidepo

Day 7: The Rural Villages of the Acholi Country

After a final early morning drive, head West, exit the park and cross the Nangeya mountains to enter into the Acholi country, with a rural population who migrated from Bahr el Ghazal in Sudan. Their villages consist of circular huts with a pointed roof and ocher walls decorated with geometric motifs. Overnight in a hotel in Gulu.

Visited:
Kidepo Gulu

Day 8: Fauna of Murchison National Park

Leave for Murchison National Park, at the Northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast and palm-dotted savanna. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the reserve. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife: elephants, giraffes and buffaloes, while hippos, Nile crocodiles and many aquatic birds dot the river bank. The boat trip on the Victoria Nile is a unique experience. Overnight in a lodge of the park.

Visited:
Murchison Falls National Park

Day 9: Boat Trip on the Victoria Nile

Continue exploring Murchison National Park, at the Northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast and palm-dotted savanna. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the reserve. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife: elephants, giraffes and buffaloes, while hippos, Nile crocodiles and many aquatic birds dot the river bank. The boat trip on the Victoria Nile is a unique experience. Overnight in a lodge of the park.

Visited:
Murchison Falls National Park

Day 10: Walk through Fishing Villages

Enjoy a walking tour on the top of the mighty falls then drive towards Waseko, a lively fishing village at the edge of the Nile delta. Further South, the Alour shepherds water their cattle on the shore of Lake Albert. Stop at Butiaba, an other large fishermen village. The track winds up the Western Rift escarpment, offering unique views of the Rift Valley floor and crosses the fertile agricultural area growing sweet potatoes and tobacco. Overnight in Hoima.

Visited:
Lake Albert Hoima

Day 11: Various Sceneries of Western Uganda

Today we make the acquaintance of deepest Uganda, whose countryside and villages are accessed on a laterite track. From Hoima to Fort Portal, the landscape is mainly high plateaus and valleys. Several villages of economic importance cling to the slopes and act as trading places for villagers who often have to carry their harvest on their backs.

​Further South, the tea plantations display their resplendent green carpet as far as the eye can see. Once we branch off at Kyenjojo, the landscape becomes more tortuous as we reach the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, whose snow-capped peaks can be seen in the distance. Arriving in Fort Portal, drive another hour to reach the Kibale area. After lunch, transfer to nearby Bigodi Swamp, home to an abundance of birds including the Great Blue Turaco. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and takes approximately two hours. Overnight near the park.

Visited:
Hoima Fort Portal Bigodi

Day 12: Spot Chimpanzees at Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Chimpanzee tracking is the park's main attraction. Also spot other primates including Red-Colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swingi through the dense forest with its birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on the fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable.

​The park lies close to the quiet Ndali-Kasenda crater area. In the afternoon, explore the crater lakes on foot. The “Top of the World” gives a great view of the craters, the Rwenzori range (the ancient Mountains of the Moon), tea plantations, Kibale's rainforest jungle, Lake George and the Kichwamba escarpment of the Western Rift Valley. Stay in a lodge on the edge of the park.

Visited:
Kibale

Day 13: Wildlife along the Kazinga Channel

After breakfast at the lodge, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park along the foothills of the Rwenzoris. Cross the Equator line and enter into the park where the game seen will depend on the season. The Mweya peninsula is good for a variety of animals including elephants. In the Kasenyi plains you will find mostly lions and Uganda cob.

​In the afternoon, boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. The water birds are plentiful along the channel: African skimmers, African fish eagles, cormorants, saddle-billed storks, pelicans, etc. Overnight in the park.

Visited:
Kibale Queen Elisabeth

Day 14: Game Drive along the Channel

Start early with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda kobs. Search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we drive on the channel track to the Southern sector of Ishasha, famous for its tree climbing lions. Overnight at the park.

Visited:
Queen Elisabeth Kasenyi Ishasha

Day 15: Search for the Tree Climbing Lions

Explore the Southern sector of Ishasha, considered by some experts as one of the most alluring game viewing area of East Africa. It is an off-the-beaten-track destination that you will surely enjoy, game drive to search for the tree climbing lions. Overnight at the park.

Visited:
Queen Elisabeth Ishasha

Day 16: On the Way to Bwindi

Today is your last game drive in Queen Elizabeth, one last opportunity to spot the lions you have missed them the previous days.

​Journey to Bwindi, stop over Kihihi for refueling and some shopping at the local stores. The Muzungu (the white visitors) are an attraction for the children of the village! Bwindi is not far away and you will arrive at Buhoma in the end of afternoon. Time to have a cool drink, enjoy the sight and sounds of the rainforest. Overnight near to the park.

Visited:
Queen Elisabeth Bwindi

Day 17: Gorilla Tracking

The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. After lunch, if time remaining, village walk around the lodge. Overnight near the park.

Visited:
Bwindi

Day 18: Birdlife at Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, we depart for Lake Mburo via Kabale and Lake Bunyonyi. The arrival at Lake Mburo national park is foreseen in the afternoon just on time for a game drive before heading to the lodge. For bird lovers, this will be the best place to see the African fin foot in Uganda! Also find some animals that you have not seen in other parks like oribi and African Eland. Overnight in the park.

Visited:
Kabale Lake Bunyonyi Mburo

Day 19: Last Game Drive at the Park

Enjoy an early morning guided walking tour inside the park followed by a boat trip on the lake. Last game drive and exit towards Entebbe. Stop at the Equator line and do some shopping. Arrival in Entebbe at the end of the day for overnight.

Visited:
Mburo Entebbe

Day 20: Spot the Most Sought-after Bird of Africa

Mabamba wetlands is the best place in Uganda to see the Shoebill Stork. A birding guide and a paddler will take you out on different channels running  through the swamp, searching after the  impressive and most extraordinary bird to discover in Uganda! The shoebill gained the name of “the most sought-after” of all the birds in Africa. Travel back to Entebbe for overnight.

Visited:
Mabamba

Day 21: Last Day in Uganda

The beautifully landscaped Botanical Gardens lie on the shores of Africa’s greatest lake. They are perfect for a morning out as you stroll, at your own pace, through its different vegetation areas. Enjoy the impressive flora and some fauna of Uganda as well as many imported plants from around the world. Have lunch on the shore of Lake Victoria and do some last shopping. At the end of the day, transfer to the airport.

Visited:
Lake Victoria

Entebbe Kampala Mbale Moroto Karamojong Kotido Kidepo Gulu Murchison Falls National Park Lake Albert Hoima Fort Portal Bigodi Kibale Queen Elisabeth Kasenyi Ishasha Bwindi Kabale Lake Bunyonyi Mburo Mabamba Lake Victoria

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £5,090 / 21 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, based on double occupancy

Included in price:

  • Full board accommodation from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 21
  • 4x4 vehicle with open roof and guaranteed window seat
  • Park entrance fees, 1 gorilla permit, 1 chimpanzee permit
  • Fees for boat trips and activities as indicated
  • Mineral water in the vehicle and during the walks

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Everything not stated as included

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