18 Day Best of Uganda SafariStephen Atwiine
Best Uganda Safari Tour, 18 Day Tour Code ASU01
This safari takes you around Uganda through Mt. Elgon national park, the source of the Nile where white water rafting is done, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Bwindi impenetrable National park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo National park, Ssese islands and city tour of Kampala.
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our representative will meet, greet and transfer you to your Hotel in Kampala for the overnight.
Day 2 – The Source of the river Nile
Transfer to Mbale, east of Uganda driving through Jinja , the second largest town in Uganda. It is characterized by the Asian quarters, the brewery industries and the colourful gardens. Visit the Source of the Nile on Lake Victoria, the monument of Gandhi, and then proceed to the spectacular Bujagali Falls on the river Nile a few kilometres from the source. Optional: try the unforgettable emotion of white water rafting, which is one of the main attractions in Jinja. Lunch at Bujagali, where local food is served. In the afternoon drive to Mbale for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – The Sipi Fall
The activities for this day start with the nature walk to the spectacular waterfalls on the river Sipi, which originates from Mount Elgon. The starting point is at Crow’s Nest, a camping and lodging site. You will see the caves, plantations of coffee, matooke and sugarcane plantations along the way. We ensure that you have packed lunch for the day. Return to Jinja in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – The Rhinos of Ziwa sanctuary
Leave Jinja early in the morning for Masindi via Kampala. You will stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where you will enjoy a nature walk to see rhinos in the wild. The journey is long but enjoyable as you go through a green countryside with typical Ugandan villages and farms. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – The Murchison Falls National Park
After a relaxed breakfast, proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, named after the famous falls on the Nile. Lunch aand in the enjoy an afternoon game drive through the northern part of the park where you will be able to spot elephants, lions, cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, if you are lucky, leopards. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – The boat cruise on the river Nile
You start with an early morning game drive in the park. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just ten meters from the Devils Cauldron. There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat of many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hombills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. The boat leaves you near the falls and you will hike to the top. It is an exciting experience that brings you very close to the rushing whitewater as it squeezes itself through the narrow crevice below. Relax a bit at the top where you can enjoy the Niles beauty. The ground can be felt trembling from the 43 meter drop of the falls and the resulting mist from the turbulence often produces rainbows. Your guide will be waiting for you here.
Day 7 – Fort Portal at the foothill of the Mountains of the Moon
Since its a long distance between MFNP and Fort portal , you will have an early breakfast and leave the park heading Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the Western Rift Valley. Drive through Hoima, the capital of the Bunyoro kindgom, passing though verdant countryside, tea plantations and traditional homesteads. You arrive in the colourful and pretty town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori). Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – The Semliki Hot Springs
Today we visit the magical Semliki Valley National Park for a game drive and visit the male and female hot springs. Have lunch and visit the Kasenda Crater Lakes, which dominate all the areas with incredible panoramic views. Return for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy the unique two hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This trip goes through possibly the highest concentration of animals and birds as they may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. You will then take a ride through the fascinating Crater Lake region. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10:The Kyambura Chimp Trekking
After a cup of coffee embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens mile in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mongooses, waterbucks, kobs, the leopard if lucky, plus a lot of small animals and birds. Drive back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, drive to Kyambura gorge for a forest walk in search of the habituated chimpanzees and other primates. This gorge is 16 km long on the Rift Valley and 100 meters deep. The rangers will provide you with a walking stick for this trekking. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Climbing lions of Ishasha.
With your packed lunch drive to the Ishasha sector of the park for a game drive in search of the rare tree climbing lions found only in this part of Uganda. The landscape is open savannah with acacia trees. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 -The encounter with mountains gorillas
After the briefing from the rangers, set off for the mountain gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. This would be the high light of your tour. You need to carry drinking water, packed lunch, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy. Photograph and observe the gorillas in their natural habitat. After tracking, leave for Kabale through the beautiful, rolling hills and terraced landscape. This region is referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa. Dinner and overnight.
Day 13: The wonderful Lake Bunyonyi
Today we start with a boat ride on the lake, around the various islands for bird viewing and sight seeing. Visit the Bakiga Museum. Lunch. After lunch, depart for Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest in size but fascinating. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge / Arcadia cottages(C) or Agip Motel (B) in Mbarara. FB
Day 14 – Lake Mburo National Park
Morning game drive in search of the beautiful impalas, zebras, cape buffalos, elands, oribi and topi. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo. The park is a very good opportunity for bird watchers, who will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found here. Return to Kampala for dinner and overnight.
Day 15 – Departure
Depending on your flight schedule, you may spend the day at leisure shopping for souvenirs or city tour for cultural, historical or religious sites. With your unique experience and great memories, you may now say good bye to the Pearl of Africa and transfer to the airport for your flight.
Day 15 – The Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria
After breakfast, drive to Entebbe to board the ferry boat which will take you to Ssese Islands, an archipelago of 84 islands on Lake Victoria. Meantime you can visit the wonders of the botanical garden in Entebbe. After lunch enjoy the navigation on the lake, which looks like an immense and peaceful sea. You reach the beautiful bay of Lutoboka, in Bugala Island, for dinner and overnight at Pearl Gardens resortl, with a magic location on the beach.
Day 16 – The Islands tour
You will journey through the Ssese Islands and enjoy the beauty of the lake and forested islands. You will explore three islands, a fishing village, settlement island. Return to your Hotel relax by the beach side while swimming and sunbathing. Dinner and overnight.
Day 17 – Ecological Nature walk and Bugala Village tour.
Early breakfast before going for a relaxing ecological nature walk in the uncontaminated forest on the islands with the services of our guide who will tell you all you need to know about the forest .Return for lunch and relax. Evenning village tour on a motor bike and you will visit the mail and traditional fishing village on Bugala Islands, palm tree farm and the pineaple farm . Dinner and over night as above.
Day 18 – Kampala City Tour
After breakfast board the ferry boat and return to Entebbe. Spend the afternoon at leisure or craft and souvenir shopping .Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your flight.