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.
This 16 days Uganda safari includes:
- Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Kidepo Valley National Park
- Murchison Falls National Park
- Kibale Forest / budget option Kyambura Gorge
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Lake Bunyonyi
- Lake Mburo National Park
Day by day itinerary for our 16 days Uganda safari:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT
Arrive at Entebbe international airport during the day/evening and be met by your safari guide to start your 16 days Uganda safari from north to south. You will be taken to the lodge to rest after the flight and be ready for the adventures starting tomorrow.
Overnight in Tilapia Lodge
DAY 2: Journey north via Ziwa rhino sanctuary
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. It’s a long journey so todays target is to spend the night in the town Kitgum. 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
DAY 3: TRANSFER MEETING WITH KARAMOJONG PEOPLE AND EVENING GAME-DRIVE IN KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast set off for Kidepo valley National Park, the first park of this 16 days Uganda safari. 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
DAY 4: A DAY TO EXPLORE KIDEPO VALLEY NP, MORNING & EVENING GAME-DRIVES
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
DAY 5: MORNING GAME-DRIVE AND AFTERNOON
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
DAY 6: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK. THE GIRAFFE PARADISE!
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 Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 7: GAME-DRIVE & BOAT-CRUISE IN MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
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. After the boat-cruise we head back to the lodge.
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 8: TRANSFER TO Kibale Forest
After breakfast transfer towards Kibale Forest. It’s a long drive today during our 16 days Uganda safari with our target to have lunch in Fort portal. 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
DAY 9: Chimps trekking in Kibale Forest & TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
In the morning you head into the forest of the Primate city of Kibale for chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest national park is a rainy forest and a home to over 1500 Chimpanzees. Here you have the chance to see the chimps close up and capture shots of our closet cousins in the jungle in there frenzy exciting moods as they are grooming, building relationships, bringing up young ones, think and sharing food, plus rare bird species following them. In the forest 9 different species of Monkeys are found so you have chances of seeing red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies on a great day. After the trek we transfer to the lodge by Queen Elizabeth NP via the crater lakes region.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages
BUDGET OPTION FOR DAY 8 & 9
– SAVE 100 USD PER PERSON!
DAY 8: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
After breakfast we transfer towards Queen Elizabeth NP as we continue our 10 days Uganda Safari. It’s a long drive with our target to have lunch in Fort portal. 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.
Overnight Pumba Safari Cottages
DAY 9: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN KYAMBURA GORGE
In the morning you head down into the fascinating Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee trekking. The gorge is a jungle within a gorge in the middle of Queen Elizabeth NP’s savannah, a very special sight. You go in a group with a specialized guide to search for the chimps. After the trek your guide takes you back to the lodge for lunch and a relaxed afternoon.
Overnight Pumba Safari Cottages
DAY 10: Game-drive AND BOAT CRUISE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
In the morning we head out to the savannah of Queen Elizabeth NP to experience beautiful scenery and search for lion, leopard and other interesting animals. 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
DAY 11: TRANSFER TO ISHASHA SECTOR AND AFTERNOON GAME-DRIVE
After a relaxed breakfast we start the adventurous journey through the park to the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP. If we are lucky we can see elephants, monkeys, beautiful birds and even big cats along the road-side. We arrive at the lodge for lunch and then in the afternoon head out for a game-drive to search for tree-climbing lions during our 16 days Uganda safari. The Ishasha sector is one of only two locations in Africa where the lions have the habit of regularly climbing the trees to rest. During the game-drive we also have chance to see topis, buffaloes and lovely scenery.
Overnight Topi Lodge
DAY 12: MORNING GAME-DRIVE IN ISHASHA & TRANSFER TO BWINDI
In the early morning we will ones again drive off in the adventurous vast savannah of the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP to search for interesting sights. After the game-drive we head to the lodge for lunch and then start the drive to Bwindi mountains the home of the mountain gorillas. The journey takes us 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.
Overnight in Buhoma Community Rest Camp
DAY 13: GORILLA TREKKING DAY- BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the mountain gorillas. Today we have reached the highlight of this 16 days Uganda safari, the mountain gorilla trekking. 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.)
DAY 14: RELAXATION DAY BY LAKE BUNYONYI
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
DAY 15: TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
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
DAY 16: SAFARI WALK BY LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK AND TRANSFER TO ENTEBBE AIRPORT
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).
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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.
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Let us show you the untouched wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park. This remote park in the north of Uganda is something out of the ordinary and the only one in Uganda where you can see both zebras and giraffes in the same place. You’ll see animals of the savanna as well as meet the fascinating Karamojong people.
Search for the Big 5 and trek for mountain gorillas as well as chimps. Four of the Big 5 roam freely in National Parks in Uganda, this is the lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. The 5th of the Big 5 is the rhino, that was hunted to extinction in Uganda in the 80’s, but is now being reintroduced thanks to the great efforts of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.
Get a full Uganda experience during this longer Uganda safari. Search for Great Shoebill Stork in Mabamba Swamp, visit the source of the Nile, visit scenic Sipi Falls, the untouched wilderness of Kidepo Valley NP, see giraffes in Murchison Falls NP, trek chimps in Kibale Forest National Park, take a hike in the Rwenzori mountains, search for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, have the highlight of Gorilla trekking, go for a Batwa experience & golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, relax by Lake Bunyonyi and see zebras in Lake Mburo NP.
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