Experience Uganda from North to South during this 16-days Uganda Safari: Kidepo Valley NP to Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Start by heading to the untouched wilderness of Kidepo. From there continue the journey to the south with highlights of boat-cruise, game-drives and chimps trekking on the way. In the south you will meet the gentle Giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mountain Gorillas. Along the way you discover Uganda’s varied nature and friendly people.
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Day by day itinerary:
Arrive at Entebbe international airport during the day/evening and be met by your safari guide to start your Uganda from north to south safari. You will be taken to the hotel to rest after the flight and be ready for the adventures starting tomorrow.
Overnight in Mamaland Guesthome
After an early breakfast you start your 16-days Uganda Safari and set off on the journey that will take you to Kidepo Valley National Park. The drive takes you past Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where a stop is made for a walk following the Rhinos. At Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary they are working to reintroduce rhinos in Uganda. Later driving north, lunch in Gulu/ enroute, Uganda’s second biggest town. After this continue to the town Kitgum to spend the night.
Overnight in Kitgum Boma hotel
After breakfast set off for Kidepo valley National Park. In a landscape of vast plains and semi-arid savannah framed by jagged mountains and wooded hills, Kidepo is one of the wildest and most spectacular reserves in Africa. On arrival before entering the park have a cultural experience that will bring you into contact with Karamojong peoples at Karenna and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items.
Overnight at Apoka hostel bandas
The morning-game drive takes us towards Natabba gate area for the cheetahs and other lower grassland mammals. The landscape throughout Kidepo Valley national park is studded with small hills, rocky outcrops and inselbergs from which one can obtain stunning views in all directions enjoy panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and photographic opportunities of wildlife from all corners. An evening game drive along the Narus River Valley for game Viewing and photography of Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Klipspringer and possibly Lions.
Overnight at Apoka hostel bandas
After an early breakfast, go for a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring area crossing the sand river. A variety of animals can be seen roaming around including Ostrich connecting back for lunch. And an evening focusing on the buffalo track and the water holes around Narus Valley.
Overnight at Apoka hostel bandas
After breakfast we leave Kidepo Valley national park, maybe catching some last sights of its animals as we drive out. Continue on on our 16-days Uganda Safari through remote parts of Uganda through the city of Gulu and on to the lodge by Murchison Falls national park. We arrive in the afternoon and relax at the lodge.
Overnight Twiga Tales Lodge
In the morning we set off for a game-drive in Murchison Falls national park. On the broad savannah you search for Big cats, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the circuits to the delta point for a cocktail of birds and mammals. In the afternoon you go for the 2pm boat ride on the Nile to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you), Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. When reaching the falls you jump of the boat and go with a guide to the top of the falls. It is a beautiful hike that takes you to see the falls close up as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice before the Nile continues its journey towards the Mediterranean. Your guide picks you at the top of the falls and you continue on to the town Masindi to spend the night at Uganda’s oldest hotel. Masindi hotel is known for having hosted Hemingway and Humprey Bogart.
(The hike to the top of the falls includes a steep trail so might not be suitable if you have some health issues.)
Overnight in Masindi Hotel
An early morning for Chimps trekking in Budongo Forest block close to Masindi. Walk through the fascinating jungle and have an amazing meeting with our close cousins, the chimpanzees. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch some forest species. After the trek transfer to Hoima to relax at the hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight Kontik hotel
After breakfast transfer towards the crater lakes area by Fort Portal. It’s a long drive with our target to have lunch in Fort portal as the distance was cut yesterday the pressure and fatigue is lessened. A punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like the Rift valley escarpment on Lake Albert – typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. We check in late afternoon to an area with an amazing display of primates and lovely scenery.
Overnight Isunga lodge
Crater exploration with a walk to crater lake, if you are lucky you might see different species of Monkeys, such as red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies. More in the forest canopy colored aviation creatures-butterflies various bird species like the native Great blue Turaco, joyful greenbul, olive long tailed cuckoo, the superb black bee eater. Then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, having lunch along the way. Option to drive further southwards with the Rwenzori ranges (Longest in Africa) in view or drive through the Crater lakes in the Hills through to sample out the surprising diversity of Savannah trees and wildlife! In the late afternoon after arriving at the lodge in Kyambura we stretch our legs with a community walk to the close by village and beautiful crater lake.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages
Discover Queen Elizabeth National Park in the cool morning with an early game drive that exposes us to diverse animals. Possibility to see Big 5 members Elephants, Buffalos, big cats- Lions, Leopards more times in the evening, warthogs- Hunchback carnivals like Hyenas and many more species that are residents to this park are spotted along the Circuits as we drive along. There is a rich bird life especially our version of storks in the wetland sports as we reach the Flamingoes in the salt lakes. After lunch it is time for the Classic highlight of the 2hrs boat-cruise on the famous Kazinga channel, a 36kms channel linking Lake George to lake Edward. On the banks you can see land and water Adapted Hippopotamuses Yawning and some slashing canines to each other, the National Geographical society Killing machine the Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks and Savannah versions of Pigs the Warthog- Pumba of the award winning Lion King are a hallmark sign in this Animal home!
Overnight Pumba safari cottages
We will drive off in the adventurous vast savannah of the Ishasa area of Queen Elizabeth NP with Topis, the southern version of Elephants and hopefully with the lions high in the Fig tree branches. This is one of two areas in Africa where lions have the habit of regularly climbing trees to take a rest. Transfer on to Bwindi mountain gorillas through a beautiful drive taking you from the savanna via cultivated hills to the jungle covered mountains of Bwindi where you will have the great highlight of this 16-days Uganda Safari the next day. (If we reach early we can do the walk and mix with the locals or relax with the Orphans group performers)
Overnight in Gorilla mist camp
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the mountain gorillas. You will be taken in a group by a specialized guide into the jungle for your gorilla trekking adventure. Trek through the beautiful nature and spend one hour with the gorillas, an unforgettable experience. This Impenetrable Forest is also full of birds, butterflies and plant species plus forest hog, forest elephants, statungas and dikers. After the trek your guide picks you and you transfer to Lake Bunyonyi through cultivated hills. After this afternoon drive we check in to a lake 1840m above sea level for some rest. It is deservedly nice after trotting from Kampala since day 1 and some early starts – without any rest!
Overnight Bunyonyi Eco Resort (Lake Bunyonyi this night will depend on which group or time registered back after trekking.)
Have a free day to relax by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. There is a short list of activities: canoeing, swimming (safe in this lake), hiking along the lake-shores, return to the hotel and relax / canoe ride along Lake Bunyonyi with small resident and exotic bird species singing.
Overnight Bunyonyi Eco Resort
After breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo, the ‘Zebra magnet’. Leave Lake Bunyonyi and continue driving through the hilly areas. Arrive in the park and have lunch at the lodge before heading for an afternoon game drive for view of Zebras, Giraffes, Topis, Warthogs, cape buffaloes and impalas.
Overnight in Rwakobo Rock
Early morning safari walk from the lodge. Get early up for chance to see zebras, waterbucks, birds and buffaloes in there day break jungle life! After the walk it is time for breakfast at the lodge before you start the drive to Entebbe. Have lunch at the Equator and take the chance for some photo poses where the southern- and northern hemispheres meet. We have reached the end of the 16-days Uganda Safari from north to south and drive back through to Entebbe for flight in the evening/night (if flight next day possible to add an extra night).
Price: The price depends on number of people and accommodation level. Contact us with your inquiry to get the best price for your safari.
Included: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
Excluded: International flights, visas, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Accommodation: In general accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is good places on budget to mid-range level (with the exception of luxury safaris). The accommodation can be adapted to your price range of budget, mid-range or luxury. Of course a mix is also possible. Take a look here for links to the website’s of the lodges we regularly work with.
Payment options: We accept international bank transfer, card payment through PesaPal (adds 3,5% charge) and cash payment if you are in Uganda.
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