17 Days Cultural Safari to the Pearl of Africa

Day 1: Travel from Kampala to Jinja.
Wake up early in the morning and drive to Jinja. This drive will take you about 1 and half hours.  Then branch off to Bujagali falls for rafting the whole day. In the late afternoon you will drive back to Kampala and reach in the night. Dinner and overnight at Namirembe guest house, Tourist Hotel or Holiday express

Day 2: Depart to Murchison Falls National Park.
Have breakfast and drive to Murchison falls national park. You will go through the famous Luwero triangle, Budongo forest on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley.
The journey offers you with great sceneries that are picturesque and reach the park in the afternoon. You will drive to the top of the falls where the Nile perfects its beauty. Here you will see the calm Nile forcing its self through a narrow gorge to fall a distance of about 150 ft down producing a thunderous roar of white water.  You will then be transferred and board the jetty to Paraa Lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3: Game drive
Take a cup of tea and go for a game drive before dawn to catch up with predators and early risers. This drive will reward you with game like jackals, hyenas, giraffe, lion, antelope, elephant, and the Uganda kobs and many more. You will return from the game drive for a late breakfast and lunch and then in the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise on the Victoria Nile.  The boat trip will take you to the bottom of the falls where you will view animals like the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and plenty of water birds like fish eagles and rare shoebills and many more. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 4: Travel to Fortpotal.
In the morning after breakfast you will travel to Fort portal the district that lies amidst the great mountains of the moon. The drive is almost eight hours but will provide you with splendid views as you pass small African villages and banana plantations. Dinner and overnight at Rwenzori View Guesthouse has excellent accommodation with view over the Rwenzori Mountains, Primate Lodge or Luxury Ndali Lodge.

Day 5: Semliki National Park.
Have breakfast and proceed to Semliki National Park. The road will lead you through the green mountains and offer you an excellent outlook at River Semliki and Congo. On arrival, the ranger will accompany you on a stunning nature walk through the Ituri Rainforest. Take pleasure in the passivity of the forest, search for the bird species at the swamp and don’t forget to move with a row egg that will boil in the hot springs for illustration that proves how hot the water from these hot springs is. This has become an interesting natural charm. A picnic lunch provided by the guide, while you explore into the real Africa, later in the afternoon you will return to Rwenzori View Guesthouse for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Semliki to Kibale
You will transfer from Semliki National park to Kibale National park to reach in the afternoon and go for an evening forest walk that will take you around the Bunyaruguru crater lakes region and then return for Dinner and overnight at Sambiya lodge.

Day 7: Game drive.
Take a cup of tea and go for a game drive before dawn to catch up with predators and early risers. This early morning game drive will reward you with game like jackals, hyenas, giraffe, lion, antelope, elephant, and the Uganda kobs and many more. You will retire from the game drive for late breakfast and lunch and then in the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise on the Victoria Nile.  The boat trip will take you to the bottom of the falls where you will view animals like the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and plenty of water birds like fish eagles and rare shoebills and many more. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge or Red Chilli

Day 8: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.
Drive through Hoima to fort portal to pass through farms, traditional homestead and reach the town that is located amidst the mountains of the moon. You will reach late in the afternoon to dine and be entertained in some of the cultural dances of the country. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge /Rwenzori travelers Inn

Day 9: Game drive
Take a cup of coffee and go for a game drive before dawn and catch up with some of the predators and early risers before they return to their hide outs. This drive will reward you with game like Elephants, jackals, Defassa Waterbucks, hyenas, Uganda Kobs, Lions, Giant Forest Hogs, Leopards, Cape Buffaloes, Topi and Bush bucks and much more. Return from the game drive for late breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a boat ride on the Kazinga channel that joins lakes Edward and George. This launch cruise will reward you with water animals like Hippos, buffaloes and water birds like, the fish eagle, African kingfisher, white pelicans and many more. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge Jacana Lodge or Albertine safari camp

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth national park - bwindi
You will wake up for an early morning game drive for game viewing and then drive to Bwindi through the Ishasha sector. This sector offers you an opportunity to view the tree climbing lions. You will reach the park in the late afternoon to dine and spend the night at the Gorilla resort or Buhoma Homestead

Day 11: Gorilla Tracking.
Have breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing before setting off to the forest in search for gorillas. The guide will brief you and at 9:00 am you will set off to the forest for these apes. The time you will take searching these humble apes in unpredictable however it ranges between 2-9 hours depending on their movement. The activity requires you to go through steep rocks climbing up and down making it tiresome however; the thrill of encountering these giant primates erases the poor memories you went through in trying to find them. Dinner and over night at Gorilla Resort  or Buhoma homestead. 

Day 12: Community Walk.
Have breakfast and visit the neighboring community and learn about their way of living.  You will depart to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda. This area is often called "Little Switzerland of Uganda" and boosts one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Relax or go for a canoe trip while you watch the beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Camp

Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Mburo National Park
Drive to Lake Mburo National Park which takes about four hours with lunch enroute. As you enter the park and head towards the accommodation, you are likely to see some wildlife, like impalas, topi, warthogs, zebras and buffaloes. After checking in you will go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich birdlife and the hippos that are cooling off.  Dinner and overnight at Rwonyo Camp

Day 15: Nature Walk
In the morning, you will go for a nature walk with a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. Return from the nature walk for breakfast at the lodge and then drive back to Kampala. You will reach in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Namirembe guest house, Tourist Hotel or Holiday express
Day 16: Kampala -Mbale
Leave for Jinja early morning after enjoying breakfast, and travel to Mbale while having a magnificent view. Have lunch at Sipi falls lodge. Have a 4 hour experience, including abseiling/rock climbing, hiking etc. This is a unique and thrilling way for visitors to be able to view the Sipi falls while going down the edge of a 100 metre cliff using a rope which is threaded through a metal loop drilled into the rock above the waterfall and tied onto a harness placed around your waist. This gives you a wonderful view into the valley below and the opportunity to see the falls up-close. Spectacular scenery is the main attraction for hikers, a variety of monkeys and small antelopes, along with elephants and buffalos can be seen. To the keen birders, a checklist topping 300 birds includes many species not recorded elsewhere in Uganda. Other attractions include ancient cave paintings and hot springs within the crater. Over night at Sipi falls camp. Have a quiet Evening relaxing. Dinner and overnight at Sipi falls lodge camp.

Day 17: Return to Kampala.

In the morning, take a walk to the base of the falls and relax while taking a dip in the cool water of the falls. Visit the Nyero rock paintings and leave for Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Namirembe guest house, Tourist Hotel or Holiday express.