Fourteen Day Ultimate Uganda Safari
Want to see everything that the Pearl of Africa has to offer? Our fourteen day Ultimate Uganda safari covers the width and breadth of this fascinating country.
You'll go on safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park. You'll trek for chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura Gorge. You'll commune with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable and walk with rhinoceros at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You'll hike to Sipa Falls and try your luck white water rafting on the Nile.
Put simply: there's no more comprehensive tour of Uganda than this mammoth adventure.
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DAY ONE - ENTEBBE - JINJA
You'll depart from Entebbe after breakfast for the drive to the nation's adrenaline capital, Jinja.
Located at the source of the River Nile, Jinja has become an adventurer's playground due to its rugged canyons and churning river waters. Arriving in time for lunch in town, you'll then board a boat and emulate the African Queen with your own trip down the NIle in search of its source.
Along the way, you'll spot a variety of bird life out on the waters, pass the place where Mahatma Ghandi's ashes were spread, and finally come to the point where the mighty Nile finds its origin.
In the afternoon, should time allow, Shadows of Africa can arrange additional activities such as:
- Bungee jumping;
- Fishing excursions;
- Quad biking;
- Romantic sunset cruise on the Nile.
In all cases, these additional activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about your options.
You'll overnight in one of the many beautiful lodges located along the banks of the Nile.
DAY TWO - JINJA - SIPI FALLS
It's a day for the truly adventurous today, as you'll venture out onto the River Nile's famous rapids for a half-day white water rafting excursion.
Kitted out with all of the latest safety equipment and treated to a safety briefing before you set out, you'll then experience the speed and power of this mighty river as you and your team negotiate its rapids.
After the thrills of your white water rafitng experience, you'll have lunch before setting off for the famous Sipi Falls - located just outside Mount Elgon National Park. You'll overnight here.
DAY THREE - SIPI FALLS
It's another day of adventure today, as you'll set out for a guided hike to the trio of waterfalls that make up Sipi Falls.
Located in the foothills of the world's largest volcanic base, the falls are not only beautiful to photograph, but a delight to swim near. There are several cool swimming holes along the way that will be perfect for cooling off after the hike.
Birdwatchers will be especially enamored of this region, with a dizzying array of bird life to be found in the region.
For the more adventurous, mountain biking tours can be arranged upon request.
You'll again overnight in the region.
DAY FOUR - SIPI FALLS - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
You'll take an early breakfast today, as there's a long drive ahead of you as you make your way towards the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park.
With a picnic lunch in tow, you'll set off for this often overlooked but rarely underappreciated park.
One of the highlights of your day will undoubtedly be a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you'll have the chance to stretch your legs as you walk out into the reserve to spend some time with one of the resident rhinos. One of the only places on earth where you're able to have a close encounter with one of these endangered giants, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is sure to be a highlight of your tour.
You'll then press on to Murchison Falls National Park, where you'll ascend to the very top of the falls to see the raw power of the mighty Nile as it squeezes through a tight space. Said to be the most powerful waterfall in the world, Murchison Falls is sure to impress.
You'll then overnight either in the park or on its very outskirts.
DAY FIVE - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
You're sure to be awake bright and early for your first day on safari, and you'll take a packed breakfast with you as you aim to catch the earliest ferry across the Nile and into the park.
You'll then enjoy a morning game drive through the park. Home to 76 different species of mammal including four of the Big Five (there are no rhinoceros here), Murchison Falls National Park is home to a variety of wildlife you won't find on a conventional safari. The Ugandan kob, the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope, and the ever-hungry Nile Crocodiles are just a few of the fascinating animals you'll spy during your game drive.
Returning to your lodge for lunch, you'll then head out in the afternoon for a boat ride on the Nile Delta in search of the rare shoebill. Along the way, you'll also spot hippos, elephants, buffalo, Nile crocodiles, Nile monitors, and a startling variety of birds.
DAY SIX - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK - KABWOYA GAME RESERVE
You'll depart after breakfast for the drive to the well kept secret that is Kabwoya Game Reserve.
A small reserve on the shores of Lake Albert and with a view of the Congo's famous Blue Mountains, Kabwoya Game Reserve is an often overlooked gem boasting spectacular landscapes.
You'll enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park, where you'll spy wildlife such as Hartebeest, Uganda kob, bushbuck, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalo, and baboons.
You'll then overnight in the nearby town of Hoima.
DAY SEVEN - KABWOYA GAME RESERVE - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
It's off to Kibale Forest National Park immediately after breakfast.
It's a long and sometimes bumpy ride, but you'll find plenty to occupy your attention as your journey takes you through bustling market towns and picturesque tea plantations.
Upon arrival in the Kibale Forest National Park, you'll take a leisurely afternoon forest walk to stretch your legs after the long drive. Your forest walk will give you just a taste of the diversity of bird, insect, and plant life in the forest - and you might even spot one of the thirteen primate species that call the park home, such as blue monkeys, L'Hoest's monkeys, and bushbabies.
DAY EIGHT - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
You'll get your opportunity for a close encounter with our closest living relative today, as you'll trek into the forest proper in search of its resident chimpanzees.
Habituated to humans, these animals are nonetheless wild, and you'll need to trek some distance into the park for your opportunity to observe their treetop antics. Watch them leap from tree to tree, play and fight, and even show off their fearlessness with daring displays of bravery.
You'll return to your lodge in time for a hot lunch, and then it's time to set off on a different kind of adventure as you pay a visit to the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Boardwalks allow you to move through the towering stands of papyrus as you observe the more than 130 species of bird and 8 species of primate that call the swamp home.
For those interested, a full day chimpanzee habituation experience can be arranged. On this experience, you'll forego the afternoon activity and instead spend your entire day tracking the movements of the chimpanzees as they eat, travel, and sleep.
You'll again overnight close to the park.
DAY NINE - KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you'll bid farewell to the cool mountain forest and prepare for warmer weather as you drive down to the wide open spaces of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Uganda's premier game drive destination is sure to delight, and you'll have your chance to spot its resident lions, elephants, hyenas, antelope, baboons, and giant forest hogs on an afternoon game drive on your way to your lodge.
DAY TEN - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
You'll take an early breakfast before heading out for your full day Queen Elizabeth experience.
Your morning game drive will take you into the Kasenyi region of the park, which is famous for its large numbers of lions who prey upon the area's resident Ugandan kob antelope.
Home to four of the Big Five (the rhino again being absent), Queen Elizabeth National Park's savannah closely resembles the landscape you'd find in the Serengeti or on the Maasai Mara, and you can expect to see elephants, warthogs, lions, antelope, and possibly even the reclusive leopard during your game drive.
Your afternoon offers up a totally different kind of safari, as you'll take a boat out onto Kazinga Channel. This boat ride will not only show off the park's more than 600 bird species, but also offer you the chance to spot buffalo, Nile crocodile, hippos, and elephants as they wallow in the waterway that connects Lake Edward and Lake George.
You'll then overnight within the park.
DAY ELEVEN - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
You'll have another opportunity to spot chimpanzees at play today, as you'll trek down into Kyambura Gorge's forest in search of our closest living relative.
Not as used to people as the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park, these primates might prove a little harder to spot. Nonetheless, you'll also have the chance to spot black and white colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys during your walk, and hippos, elephants, and antelope as you wander the shores of the lake that lies at the bottom of the gorge.
Once your hike is complete, you'll take a game drive en route to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A highlight is sure to be passing through the Ishasha section of the park, which is famous for its resident tree-climbing lions.
You'll then overnight in the mountain town of Buhoma, your gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
DAY TWELVE - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
It's time for what is sure to be the highlight of your trip: a once in a lifetime opportunity to hike into the mountain rainforest and spend some time with the famed 'gorillas in the mist'.
Starting after an early breakfast, you'll attend your pre-trekking briefing before being assigned into a group and heading out into the forest on foot. There's no guarantee how long or short your trek will be, as it depends on the gorillas and the weather, so you could be in the park anywhere from one hour to six or more.
Regardless of how long or short the hike, the reward at the end is the same: a magical hour observing these magnificent creatures as they relax, play, and feed at the heart of the jungle.
Once your hike is complete, you'll return to your lodge for dinner and some well-earned rest.
For those with a little extra energy, a guided waterfall hike or a village tour can be arranged upon request.
DAY THIRTEEN - BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK - LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
You'll bid farewell to the mist-shrouded jungle today as you begin your journey back towards Entebbe.
Your next stop is the small Lake Mburo National Park. A dry park that exists in stark contrast to the verant forests of Bwindi, Lake Mburo is home to a variety of wildlife including zebras and giraffes. With no large predators to fear, it's the perfect place to take a guided walking safari, and that's precisely what you'll do after your lunch.
In the evening, you'll take a game drive to see a few more of the park's inhabitants before turning in.
DAY FOURTEEN - LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK - ENTEBBE
You'll make your way back towards Entebbe after breakfast today, with a stop at the equator line to snap a photo of yourself standing in two hemispheres at once.