Virgin Africa Safaris

15 DAYS OF ADVENTURE IN UGANDA - 15 Days

This 15 days trip will drive us to the far North Eastern Uganda in search of adventure and wildlife. It includes a visit to Kidepo National park, Kibale forest national park, Jinja and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one home for Gorillas. We shall also visit the communities around Lake Mburo National park and IK community not forgetting white water rafting in Jinja.

Day 1
ARRIVAL ON YOUR UGANDA SAFARIS AND TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL

Sleeping in Kampala (45minutes-1 hours) or Entebbe (5-10 minutes)

Depending on your arrival time, we shall be welcomed by our driver/guide at the Airport who will transfer you to your Hotel for an overnight. (Meals: BB)

Lodges:-

Serena Hotel | Protea Hotel | Lake Victoria Hotel

Imperial Resort Beach Hotel | Gately | Silver Springs Bugolobi

Airport view Hotel | Entebbe Travelers inn | Namirembe guest house

Day 2
TRANSFER FROM KAMPALA TO JINJA (1- 2 HOURS)

Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel/ residence early in the morning to begin you journey to Eastern Uganda. We shall turn off the Sezibwa falls and enjoy a guided tour of the falls. Thereafter we proceed to Jinja Town, have lunch, and visit the local market places and head down to the Hotel for settling in. We shall visit the Source of the Nile then return to the residence for Dinner and overnight at your lodge (Meals: FB)

Sezibwa Falls is an important cultural site in Buganda Kingdom and the falls are believed to be of spiritual significance to the local people. The powerful falls offer great sightings and the stories told about these mysterious falls are worth listening to.

The Nile is a long river flowing northwards regarded as the world’s longest river measuring 4258 miles shared by eleven countries on the eastern side of the African continent namely Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Eritrea, South Sudan and North Sudan. The Nile continues its journey to North Africa until it pours into the Mediterranean Sea.

Lodges:-

Source of the Nile Hotel | Jinja Nile resort | Gately on the Nile

Source of the smile | The Haven Uganda | The black Lantern

Brisk Hotel Triangle | Cool breeze hotel | Nile Hotel Jinja

Day 3
WHITE WATER RAFTING

After breakfast, head out for a half day rafting adventure on the Nile. Get prepared by listening to some briefing, fitting of life jackets and few minutes training. Feel the adrenaline rush as you paddle with your team through grade 5 rapids for over 11 km. If you’re doing half day rafting, your trip will end on Malubisi Island where you have lunch and drinks but if you’re on full day, it will continue to the last Nile Special wave with a mouthwatering buffet and drinks at the end. Return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight as above. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:-

Source of the Nile Hotel | Jinja Nile resort | Gately on the Nile

Source of the smile | The Haven Uganda | The black Lantern

Brisk Hotel Triangle | Cool breeze hotel | Nile Hotel Jinja

Day 4
TRANSFER TO SIPI FALLS (2-4 HOURS)

After breakfast transfer to Sipi, meet a local guide and start off the hike to visit all the three waterfalls. You follow a trail 7 to 8km long that goes through the local communities and their farmlands of tea and banana plantations, which are the main crops grown in this area. Between visiting each waterfall you are treated to breathtaking landscape scenery, from the green slopes of Mountain Elgon to the distant flat plains of Karamoja in the distance. Each waterfall offers an experience different from another, from the plunge, beautiful views, caves, to rainbows. The entire hike will take from 3 to 4 hours, visiting the first waterfall from the top and descending down to the second and finally to the third at the end of the trail which is the biggest and main one. It is has a large whirlpool which you can dive in for a swim in the cold water. We shall then have lunch at Crown guest house, then a cultural entertainment from the local group at Sipi, we shall then transfer to our accommodation for rest, dinner and overnight. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:

Sipi river lodge | Sipi falls resort

Rafki lodge | Blue star home stead

Lacam lodge | Crown guest house

Day 5
DRIVE TO KIDEPO NATIONAL PARK (8-10 HOURS)

After breakfast, we shall drive to Kidepo National park, it 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 birds species. We shall have a stopover for lunch then continue to our accommodation because of the long game drive. We shall settle in for dinner and overnight at our lodge. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:

Apoka Safari Lodge | Nga'moru Wilderness Camp

Kidepo savanah Resort | Kidepo Safari Lodge

Apoka Campsite | UWA bandas

Day 6
GAME DRIVE AND HOT SPRINGS

With a professional ranger guide and packed lunch, we embark on our full day game drive in the park. Expect an encounter with herds of Buffaloes, Elephants, Giraffes, Antelopes, Lion, Leopard and many others. Drive through the arid river bed, savannah, small forests, hills plus the foothills of the mountains to marvel at the impressive flora and fauna in the area.

You will continue to the Karankorog Hot Springs as you see numerous animals along the way. Each game drive is drive is different even when you repeat the very route more than once. We shall return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight as above. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:

Apoka Safari Lodge | Nga'moru Wilderness Camp

Kidepo savanah Resort | Kidepo Safari Lodge

Apoka Campsite | UWA bandas

Day 7
COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL VISIT

After breakfast, we shall take a visit to the IK community. The Ik community is an ethnic group numbering about 10,000 people living in the Morungole Mountains of Kidepo National Park. Today we have a chance to visit and interact with them, learn about their history, culture and daily ways of life. This is so interesting, something you should never miss when you visit Africa! We shall have lunch then spend some time with the Karamajong people on cultural tour learning about their culture and norms. Their passion for cattle is best matched with that of the Maasai of Tanzania as well as Kenya. They are very proud of their culture and they are proud warriors who believe that God gave them a right to all cattle as well as that belonging to other people. You will observe their fascinating lifestyle, their ways of cooking, dancing, and cattle keeping. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:

Apoka Safari Lodge | Nga'moru Wilderness Camp

Kidepo savanah Resort | Kidepo Safari Lodge

Apoka Campsite | UWA bandas

Day 8
DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK (8-9 HOURS)

After breakfast, we shall transfer to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's largest and oldest National park, and one of the most beautiful parks in Africa! We shall have a stopover for lunch and continue to our accommodation for dinner and overnight. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:-

Baker’s Lodge| Choobe Lodge| Paara Safari Lodge

Budongo Eco Lodge| Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Safari Lodge

Red Chilli | Sambiya River lodge | Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 9
GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE

After breakfast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We shall then have lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. We return to the accommodation for dinner, and overnight as above. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:-

Baker’s Lodge| Choobe Lodge| Paara Safari Lodge

Budongo Eco Lodge| Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Safari Lodge

Red Chilli | Sambiya River lodge | Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 10
DRIVE TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK. (8-10 HOURS)

After breakfast, we shall leave Murchison falls National Park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake, across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of L. Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join L. Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to L. Albert and north to the Mediterranean Sea. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good "photo opportunities". As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. We shall have a stopover for lunch at a selected restaurant by our guide, after head straight to Kibale national park. Settle in our accommodation for dinner and overnight at your lodge. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:-

Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge

Primate Lodge Kibale |Mountains of the Moon | Fort Motel

Chimpanzee Guest House|Chimp’s Nest | Kibale Forest Camp

Day 11
CHIMPANZEE TRACKING

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey checked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.

(Optional) In the afternoon if you are not tired we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others. We shall return to at the lodge till time for dinner and overnight as above.

Lodges:-

Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge

Primate Lodge Kibale |Mountains of the Moon| Fort Motel

Chimpanzee Guest House| Chimp’s Nest| Kibale Forest Camp

Day 12
DRIVE TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Early breakfast, Check out of Kibale National park and drive to the land of Gorillas

Lunch at Savannah Resort Hotel, continue to Bwindi and check into your lodge for dinner and overnight. (Meals: FB)

Lodge:-

Mutanda Lake resort | Chameleon hill lodge | Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

Nkuringo Gorilla lodge | Gorilla close up lodge | Buhoma lodge

Buhoma community bandas | Bwindi Gorilla Haven | Virunga Hotel and campsite

Day 13
GORILLA TRACKING

You will rise relatively early for a jovial breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours therefore, a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. On top of that, there are other animals and birds which you could see on the way.

You will spend only one hour with the gorillas as you listen, watch and marvel at them. It is amazing, for one to be in audience with these giants and think they would attack you. However, these gentle giants as they are known don’t attack anybody unless they are threatened, and sometimes, they tease you by jumping up and down and hitting their chests to scare you and see what your reaction would be. Under the circumstances, it is advisable not to look at them directly into their eyes, but look down and don’t show any jocular actions that may be interpreted as an attack to them, keep silence and talk in small tones. And after one hour, they will leave you where you are or your guide will tell you when to depart. If you have the afternoon free, we could walk to the water fall nearby or you can take a guided village amongst the locals. Return at your lodge for an overnight and dinner as above. (Meals: FB)

Lodge:-

Mutanda Lake resort | Chameleon hill lodge | Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp

Nkuringo Gorilla lodge | Gorilla close up lodge | Buhoma lodge

Buhoma community bandas | Bwindi Gorilla Haven | Virunga Hotel and campsite

Day 14
DRIVE TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we shall transfer to Lake Mburo National park to our accommodation for freshening up, there after we shall visit the community for an experience of the Ankole region and its history, after we shall return for dinner and overnight. (Meals: FB)

Lodges:-

Mihingo Safari Lodge | Mantana Tented Camp

Rwakobo Safari Lodge | Lake Mburo Safari Lodge |Acadia Cottages

Eagles Nest Lake Mburo | UWA bandas

Day 15
GAME DRIVE AND DRIVE TO KAMPALA

Early breakfast before embarking on our return to Kampala, driving down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows. Not to miss as we traverse Mbarara are the impressing long horn Ankole cattle. A remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and surely you will cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Kampala in the evening for dinner and refreshment. If time allows we shall have entertainment from Ndere cultural group before our flight back home. (Meals: HB)

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Sezibwa falls visit
  • Boat ride to the source of the Nile
  • One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance ($600)
  • Park fees
  • Kibale Chimpanzee Permits ($150)
  • Boat trips Murchison and Queen Elizabeth
  • Game drives
  • White water rafting ($125)
  • Services of English speaking Driver/guide.
  • Enroute lunches
  • Drinking water

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Visa to Uganda,
  • Air tickets,
  • Drinks, laundry,
  • Tips to local guides,
  • Telephone,
  • Porter fee while trekking,
  • Personal insurance,
  • Yellow fever card
  • Tobacco.
  • Personal expenses

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