3+ days
Duration
Uganda
Country

Give us 2 weeks* and you’ll really get to see the Pearl of Africa.

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ACTIVITIES Based on itinerary

There is a reason why Uganda of the most desired destinations for expats and tourists! Western Uganda is one of the greatest entry points to paradise. It is home to wetlands, grasslands, terraced gardens, thick tropical rain forests and snow peaked mountains. There is no shortage of game reserves, forest reserves, and opportunities to hang out one on one with mountain gorillas.

• Visit 6 national parks (Mt. Elgon, Kidepo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Forest)
• See the Eastern and Western Rift Valleys
• Track Chimps and Gorillas…and a lot of other animals on multiple game drives
• Swim in crater lakes, hike the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains
• Make your own coffee and tell stories under the stars
• From Pygmies to Warriors to Urban Chaos, experience the cultural side of the Pearl of Africa

*As a hint, Uganda is pretty big. We can definitely do this trip in 2 weeks, but we’d highly recommend you take 3 weeks and add in some rest days and days in Kampala, rumored to have the best nightlife in Africa. Days on the road can get really long, so we know how difficult it can be to try to fit it all in.

Please Note: As with all safari itineraries on this site, this is just a sample route. We customize your safari based on your budget, trip length, desired experience, and group size.  Read our Safari FAQs and Safari Terms and Conditions for more information. Then contact us with your details and we’ll get to work crafting your perfect getaway!

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Please Note: As with all safari itineraries on this site, this is just a sample route. We customize your safari based on your budget, trip length, desired experience, and group size.  Read our Safari FAQs and Safari Terms and Conditions for more information. Then contact us with your details and we’ll get to work crafting your perfect getaway!

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Day 1

Drive east from Kampala to visit Jinja, the sleepy, relaxed city situated at the Source of the Nile. Enjoy a boat ride to the Source of the Nile, or choose from a range of adventure activities including white water rafting* around Bujagali Falls, or bungee jumping on the Nile. En route to Jinja we pass many sugar cane and tea plantations plus forests where we can also do forest walks, zip lining, etc.

*If you are planning on rafting this same day, we need to leave very early in the morning. We normally recommend you raft on Day 2 though. That way you can enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of this area instead of feeling rushed. Long days of driving can add up. Please contact us for advice.

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Day 2

Today you can either white water raft OR begin a drive towards Sipi Falls/Mt. Elgon. (See note on Day 1 about rafting.)

If you choose to drive to Sipi Falls, we’ll leave Jinja around 9-10 am and reach there early afternoon. You have two options once we arrive. For each one, we recommend planning on spending sundown atop a viewpoint where you can see the far western edge of the Eastern Rift Valley.

Option 1: Hike to see the three falls. This takes between 4-6 hours depending on your fitness level. Hikes around the falls offer stunning views of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mt. Elgon. You will also visit Uganda’s highest waterfalls on the mountain + the largest caldera/crater on top of a mountain on earth.

Option 2: Relax as you learn to pick, roast and make your own coffee (keep it as a souvenir!).

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Day 3

Depart really early for a long day of driving towards the remote, northeast of Uganda. Our goal: Kidepo Valley National Park. It’s raw, primal, wild, stunning, and home to the most open savannah we have in Uganda. It’s a photographers dream!  We’ll overnight in Moroto because of the drive.

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Day 4

Leave Moroto very early morning to get to Kidepo*.  In Kidepo you can expect to see many species not found in other parts of Uganda (read our blog for more info). We’ll enter the park mid-day and enjoy lunch before heading out for an evening game drive.

*If you want to add on a day, we highly recommend spending time with the Karamajong tribe. It’s a cultural immersion and NOT cheesy, promise. This is our Ugandan warrior tribe, similar to the Maasai of Kenya. You can overnight in a settlement or a kraal (corral – where they keep their prize cattle). They haven’t been as touristed as the Maasai, so you are in for a treat. We LOVE visiting this area!

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Day 5

Enjoy a morning game drive in Kidepo watching the park wake up. The savannah environment allows for perfect viewing of lions, elephants and giraffe! We’ll exit the park around 11 am to drive 7 hours to Murchison Falls National Park. If you want to slow down a bit, we can also stop in Gulu, the capital of northern Uganda. It’s a small city but makes for a great break from being on the road so much.

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Day 6

If we made it to Murchison Falls, we’d wake up early morning (6 am) and either eat or pack your breakfast. We’ll enter the park for an early morning game drive in Uganda’s largest national park spread around the Nile. After lunch, around 2 pm, you’ll get a break from the road and enjoy a river cruise among hippos and crocodiles. You’ll end up at the base of the falls, the world’s strongest waterfalls. Exit the boat and have a small hike to the top of the falls. These are simply magnificent so don’t knock ‘em until you see ‘em. When you are done, on the way out of the park, you’ll enjoy another evening game drive. Rest up tonight because we have a long day of driving tomorrow.

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Day 7

Drive to Fort Portal passing through Budongo Forest or the Albertine Rift Valley (the Western Rift) en route. This is one of the most scenic roads in Uganda where you can see great views of Lake Albert and escarpment. It’s also a pretty rough road, so this drive can take up to 8 hours.

If you don’t want to drive the whole day, we can stop at Lake Albert Safari Lodge for the night. It’s located right at the edge of the lake in the rift and overlooks the Congo border. It’s a luxury safari lodge which offers horseback riding.

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Day 8

After a few long days on the road, wake up in Fort Portal to the sounds of nature and silence. We recommend resting here for 1-2 days to get out of the car. You can enjoy nature walks around the crater lakes and the foothills of the Rwenzoris, swim in crater lakes, visit the Nyinamwiru Healing Waters, or simply sleep in and lounge about. Fort Portal is incredibly relaxing.

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Day 9

Rest in Fort Portal another day. This is also a catch up day if you decided to remain in Kidepo an extra day or amend your earlier itinerary.

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Day 10

Wake early and track chimps at Kibale Forest National Park until noon. From here we can drive to Queen Elizabeth (2.5 hrs) or overnight at Kibale Forest. You have an option to habituate with the chimps overnight here at Kibale Forest. If chimp tracking is high on your list, we can also head to Queen Elizabeth and track them there.

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Day 11

Wake early for a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Keep your eyes open for the tree climbing lions! We highly recommend you do the afternoon boat ride on the channel, where you can see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, water buffaloes, and lots of birds. This is definitely the best boat cruise in Uganda, so we’d tell you to opt for this one over Murchison if you had to make a choice.) Enjoy an evening game drive on the way out of the park.

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Day 12

Enjoy a slower start to the day as we’d head towards your gorilla adventure. Depending on where you want to track (read more on that here) we’d drive towards Bwindi or to Kisoro/Mgahinga. Both routes take you through the impenetrable forest of Bwindi National Park. Rest up this evening because tomorrow is an early start.

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Day 13

This is the day! If you are tracking Gorillas, be ready to rise early and start walking by 8 am. You’ll finish by noon before we jump in the car and start the incredibly scenic drive towards Lake Bunyonyi, Africa’s Magical Lake. Here you’ll have a late lunch and a chance to relax in one of the most beautiful areas of Uganda.

Lake Bunyoni lies in the Kigezi area, around 400 km from Kampala. It is one of the most fertile and scenic regions of Uganda. Picture blue lakes, terraced slopes, mountains covered in rainforests, and a volcanic chain. The lake is believed to have formed 8000 yrs ago as a result of local lava flow, and is rumoured to be anything from 450 to 900 m deep. Spend some time exploring why “buynonyi” means “place of little birds,” take a relaxing canoeing trip around its 20 small islands, and explore the small fishing village of Rutinda and the Pygmies.

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Day 14

Drive to Kampala or Kigali/Rwanda without rush and may be stop at the equator and take an experiment of seeing water swirl in different directions of the atmosphere.

We have LOTS of recommendations if you want to extend this trip including:
-overnighting at Lake Mburo National Park for a bicycle safari
-spending a lazy day at Ssese Islands.

You can also reverse the direction of this route.

And of course don’t forget our signature city tour of Kampala. It’s free with this tour!

Please Note: As with all safari itineraries on this site, this is just a sample route. We customize your safari based on your budget, trip length, desired experience, and group size.  Read our Safari FAQs and Safari Terms and Conditions for more information. Then contact us with your details and we’ll get to work crafting your perfect getaway!

Book Now!