Experience some of the best scenery and wildlife that Uganda has to offer on this 10 day tour. This grand tour through the “Pearl of Africa” will leave you feeling like royalty. Trek two primates, visit waterfalls, a river a channel connecting two lakes and two forests all in one safari. Look forward incredible scenery, culture and warmth of a people you will rarely find anywhere else. Go to see the untouched wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda’s remote park in the north of the country. In this park you will see beautiful nature as well have the chance of seeing zebras, giraffes, lions and elephants, will have what say at the end of your safari.

Highlights

  • Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Boat cruise on Victoria Nile
  •  Chimp trekking experience in Kibale Forest
  • Scenic cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Kidepo National Park

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our company representatives to ensure that your route through immigration and baggage collection is a smooth as possible. Your guide will transfer to Kidepo National Park using the shortest (485 km) route which will take you from through Gulu to Kitgum the far North-East where Uganda borders Kenya and Southern Sudan. Travel time from Kampala to Kitgum is about 7 hours.

Overnight at the Boma Hotel Kitgum.

Day 2: Kitgum to Kidepo national park.

You will have a morning breakfast and later transfer to Kidepo valley arriving in the early afternoon.

Enjoy an evening game driving and scenery viewing around the park.

Overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

Day 3: Explore Kidepo Valley National Park (Game Drives, Scenic Viewing and Community Walk)

After an early morning breakfast, embark on a morning game drive to open savannah and one of the most scenic game park with an aim of seeing different wildlife in big numbers as well as surfing the big rocks for the cats.

The safari 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.

Stops will be made at any time in order for you to be able to take pictures of fabulous wildlife and birds along the way. En route to your camp for lunch and have a brief rest, until evening where you will go for a cultural tour in the Karamajong community.

Here you will spend a wonderful evening with Karamojong 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.

Overnight stay at Savannah safari camp.

Day 4: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Depart Kidepo, head for Murchison Falls National Park with a stopover for lunch. We will then enter the Park and visit the magnificent Falls where you will enjoy and marvel at the mighty Nile being forced into a seven-meter crevice to thunder 45 meters below and this can be viewed at different points up to the summit.

Overnight at Fort Murchison lodge.

Day 5: Game Drive and launch cruise along the Victoria Nile

After breakfast, embark on an early morning game drive where you will sight variety of game such as Elephants, Lions, buffaloes, hartebeests, waterbucks, Oribi, Rothchild’s giraffe, hyenas and many others. Drive to the Lodge for lunch and to prepare for an afternoon launch cruise downstream of the Victoria Nile and the base of the falls to see animals like the Hippopotami, waterbucks, buffaloes and crocodiles. The shores also harbor variety of bird species such as Hornbills, goliath herons, pelican bee-eaters.

Overnight stay at Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 6: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

Depart Murchison Falls after an early breakfast and head for Kibale National Park with lunch enroute. This drive can take you about 5-6 hours but with plenty of stop-overs to take in beautiful views and also interaction with the communities leaving along the roads.

On arrival at Kibale Forest, we shall check into the accommodation and enjoy an evening Bigodi Swamp walk.

Overnight at: Isunga Lodge

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi community visit

Kibale National Park is one of Africa’s most researched and documented forest reserves. The fascinating 300 sq. mile mahogany Kibale Forest is home to over 250 butterfly species, 360 bird species, and the natural habitat for an amazing 12 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of any area on Earth. This morning we will go for a half day chimpanzee tracking activity at Kanyanchu you will spend time with the Chimpanzees from nest to nest.  Enjoy a guided forest walk and the thrill experience of tracking families of chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys and 10 other primate species. Witness families of Chimpanzees and Red Colobus Monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. Have an early lunch and thereafter, drive to Queen Elizabeth national park arrive in the afternoon and enjoy an evening boat cruise on the Kazinga channel one of the wonders in the Queen Elizabeth national park.

Overnight: Bush Lodge

Day 8: Game drive and transfer to Bwindi

Begin your day with a cup of coffee, and then enjoy an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile where you may encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Ugandan kobs and a variety of birds. After lunch you’ll move to the northern end of the park. In this area the biodiversity and animals show greater affinity to Central African forests rather than East African forests.

You’ll then travel south into the remote and open Ishasha plains in the southwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for tree-climbing lions in the fig trees, the Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River supports a healthy hippo population. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population.

Have lunch enroute and drive to Bwindi Forest the home of the Gorillas.

Overnight: Buhoma Haven Lodge

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking Experience/ Batwa visit

An early start will see you transfer to the Park headquarters for a Gorilla trekking briefing .Your guide will give you highlights of specific details about the way of life of the gorillas you will be tracking. After this, you will enter the forest which is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas are one of the rarest animals on earth; fewer than 700 remain and there is none in captivity. There are about 340 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, almost half the world’s population of these huge, yet gentle and endearing primates. Typically, they are found in family groups of between five and fifteen individuals with one dominant male, known as a silverback, which is the largest and strongest of the group. Mountain gorillas are the largest of all apes and a mature male can stand over six feet in height, and weigh in excess of 400 pounds. Dominance among the group’s males appears to be determined by size and strength. It is the dominant male who decides when the group will move, stop, rest, and sleep. Mountain gorilla groups are stable, cohesive units that spend most of their time on the ground, “knuckle-walking” through the forest within their respective home ranges.

Despite their immense size and strength, gorillas are typically gentle beings, intelligent and dignified. They are endlessly patient with each other and disputes are settled quickly. They are primarily vegetarian, with the leaves, shoots, and stems of a wide range of rain forest plants making up a majority of their diet. Locating the gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous night. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for a well-earned rest.

Optional visit to Batwa: Bwindi has long been home to the Batwa people and although they no longer live as they once did in the forest, they have kept many of their indispensable hunter-gatherer skills that they are happy to share with visitors. Talking to the Batwa will give you a greater understanding of the forest ecosystem and how intermeshed human and animal life are.

Overnight: Buhoma Haven Lodge

Day 10: Kampala/Entebbe Departure

This day marks the end of your journey through the pearl of Africa. Departing Bwindi, we make the long drive back to the Entebbe to catch the flight. En-route the journey you will make numerous stops   including one at the Equator. Driving through the farmlands will allow you see the famous Ankole longhorn cattle.

Inclusions

  • All Park fees
  • Gorilla Trekking permits
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)