Uganda Travel Experience 19 Day Trip

Uganda Travel Experience 19 Day Trip

Highlights

  • Mountain Gorilla  tracking
  • Chimp trekking
  • Boat Trips
  • Game Drives
  • Swamp Walk
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Hike Sipi Falls
  • Visiting the Equator
  • Visiting the source of the Nile
The 19 day Uganda travel experience is another multi park trip that starts in the eastern region where you stay at the foothills of Mount Elgon. This trip is also ideal for bird watchers as they have a chance to go down stream to the Delta where the Nile meets Lake Albert and here there’s a chance of spotting the shoebill and many other bird species and wildlife. Also the trip offers you a trek to the chimpanzees, a hike to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and also enjoys beautiful landscapes in Uganda.
Day 1 – Arrival at Entebbe International Airport:Welcome to Uganda – THE Pearl of Africa! Go through the necessary immigration procedures and thereafter, meet and greet by our representative. Transfer to your hotel in Entebbe for overnight.Note: You can obtain a visa at a cost of $50pp from Immigrations upon arrival or if also traveling to Kenya and Rwanda, an East African tourist visa at a cost of $100pp.

Up Market Accommodation: Laico Lake Victoria Hotel or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Midrange Accommodation: Boma Guesthouse or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Budget Accommodation: Airport Guesthouse or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 2 – To Jinja

Morning breakfast, check out and head Eastern via Kampala driving through trading centers and roadside markets. Start your day’s adventure with a visit to Ssezibwa Falls; these are spectacular falls that emanate from two rivers that flow from Mabira Forest. An informative guide will narrate numerous stories with culture and deity inclination. Proceed for a Forest Walk in Mabira Forest to catch glimpse of some primates and other plant and animal species. Proceed to the Source of the Nile; you will have an occasion to ride on a boat to see where the Nile states it’s approximately 6000kms journey to Med Sea in Egypt. You will also have an occasion to see the Speke Monument which stands where John Speke stood and declared the discovery of the Source to the Mysterious Nile River. Break for lunch and visit the now submerged Bujagali Rapids. Retire to your accommodation for overnight.

Up Market Accommodation: Wild Waters Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: The Haven Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: The Nile Porch & Black Lantern or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 3 – To Sipi Falls

Early morning breakfast, check out and transfer through various cultivated gardens of crops like bananas, rice farms, rural homes and towns like Iganga, Bugiri, Mbale before reaching Kapchorwa District – the home of Sipi Falls in time for lunch. After lunch, have an afternoon coffee tour in the locality of Sipi. The coffee tour gives you a chance to learn the process behind making coffee. Talk to the farmers, see the plantations and then roast your own coffee to take home with you.

Up Market Accommodation: Sipi River Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Mid-range Accommodation: Lacam Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Crows’ Nest Guesthouse or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 4 – In Sipi Falls:

Have a morning breakfast and go for the cave walk and hike to the series of three tall waterfalls of Sipi that plunge along the lower slopes of Mt Elgon. Return to the lodge for lunch and stay at leisure enjoying the ambiance around Sipi or if you wish, undertake any of the available optional activities.

Up Market Accommodation: Sipi River Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Lacam Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Crows’ Nest Guesthouse or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 5 – To Murchison Falls National Park

Morning breakfast, check out and bid farewell to Sipi. Transfer travelling through the Mbale-Soroti-Lira road to Murchison Falls National Park. Lunch break in between and then proceed with our journey arriving late afternoon / early evening in Murchison Falls. With a wonderful view and a cool breeze from the River Nile, the night falls with the whispers of an African night.

Up Market Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 6 – In Murchison Falls National Park

Embark on an early morning game safari on the northern bank of the River Nile. Go trailing animals and studying animal spoors. Game in this area includes Giraffe, Elephant, Buffalo, Hartebeests, Lion, Uganda Safari Kob, Oribi and a variety of Savannah and woodland birds. After the lunch break, take a boat trip on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls for game viewing at close quarters. This is a paradise of Hippos, Crocodiles and Waterbucks. The boat stops a few meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. Enjoy photographic sessions of the Mighty Murchison Falls! Thereafter, take a hike to the magnificent top of the falls where you marvel at the Mighty Nile being forced into a 6 meter crevice to thunder 40 meters below in a series of cascades!!

Up Market Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Mid-range Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 7 – In Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning breakfast and proceed for a 4 – 5 boat trip down stream to the delta where the Nile meets Lake Albert. Whilst on the boat, enjoy beautiful and magnificent views of the park as well as amazing animals and many bird species along the Nile. Look out for the elusive shoebill stork! Return to your respective accommodation for lunch and a little relaxation. Later in the afternoon, have a game safari to end your day in an adventurous manner!

Up Market Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 8 – To Kibale Forest National Park

Morning breakfast, check out and bid farewell to Murchison Falls. Take a long ride to Kibale Forest travelling along the Albertine Rift (look out for spectacular views from the top of the Albert rift) and passing close to Lake Albert. En-route stop over for our picnic lunch and to stretch our legs. Continue with our journey to Kibale arriving in the early evening where the night falls with the sounds and whispers of the tropical rainforest.

Up Market Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Primate Cottages or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 9 – In Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Trek

After early morning breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre for briefing prior to the chimpanzee tracking activity. Have a morning spell in the forest as you track the Chimpanzees and other primates resident in this rainforest.  In the afternoon, have a Bigodi Swamp Walk. This is an initiative of the local people geared towards conservation in this area. On this walk you have chances for seeing different birds & butterfly species, primates like black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys, etc. There is also a variety of interesting plant species.

Up Market Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Primate Cottages or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 10 – To Queen Elizabeth National Park – Mweya Sector

Morning breakfast, check out and bid farewell to Kibale for a departure journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park travelling through the Fort Portal-Kasese road. Arrival at Queen Elizabeth NP in time for lunch and a little relaxation! Later in the early evening, have a game drive to end your day in an adventurous manner!!!

Up Market Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Enganzi Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Bush Lodge or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 11 – In Queen Elizabeth National Park – Mweya Sector 

A sunrise game-drive adventure!!! This park has got different vegetation types and eco-systems such as tropical forest, grassy plains, rivers, lakes – Edward and George, swamps and volcanic craters which harbor amazing wildlife species.  With the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop, game drives in the park provides excellent opportunities to encounter  elephants, cape buffalos, thousands of Uganda Kobs, lions, leopard, Topi, giant forest hog, de fassa waterbuck and bush buck. After lunch, have a two boat trip cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel that links Lakes Edward and George. The launch cruise is not only a wonderful way to see schools of hippos and the occasional Nile crocodile but also offers spectacular bird watching, game viewing and photography opportunities.

Up Market Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Enganzi Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Bush Lodge or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 12 – In Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha sector):

Morning breakfast, check out and to the Ishasha plains arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a game drive on the Ishasha plains and if lucky, catch glimpse of the tree climbing lions often seen languishing in fig trees as well as utilizing the network trails of park neighboring Congo.

Up Market Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Budget Accommodation: Ishasha @ the River Lodge or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 13 – To Bwindi NP:

Morning breakfast, check out and exit the park on a game drive as you transfer to Bwindi NP – THE Home of the Mountain Gorillas! Note: As for gorilla tracking, the available gorilla section is what determines where clients stay.

Up Market Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Silverback Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)            

Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 14 –  Gorilla Trek

An early morning breakfast and together with our packed lunches and Gorilla trekking gear, report to the Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters at Bwindi for registration and pre-briefing before you start the trek. After briefing and in groups of 8 pax each, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure!! The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. Time allowed to spend with the Gorillas is 1 hr. To many, a visit to these gentle and endangered giants is such an awesome, exciting and memorable experience to be long savoured!

Note: The Gorilla trek may take up to 8hrs of hiking in the rugged terrain so good physical condition is a MUST!

Up Market Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Silverback Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)            

Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 15 – In Bwindi National Park

Stay at leisure enjoying the ambiance in Bwindi especially after the strenuous trek to the Gorillas or if you wish, undertake any of the following available optional activities; Gorilla tracking (if you wish to track for the 2nd time, Batwa trail (an insight of the socio-economic and cultural life style of the pygmies), One day volcano climb on one of the volcanoes; Mgahinga, Sabinyo or Muhavura (if staying South of Bwindi), Trek the Golden monkeys (if staying South of Bwindi), Walk to Lake Mutanda (includes a visit to the python island and canoeing on the lake – if staying South of Bwindi), Village walk through the land of the Bufumbira tribe, Bird walk in Mgahinga, Hike to the Mgahinga view point and many more.

Up Market Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Silverback Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)            

Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 16 – To Lake Bunyonyi

A late morning breakfast and check out of the “Home base of the Mountain Gorillas”. Depart with great memories of the moments spent with the amazing Gentle Giants and transfer to Kabale also known as the “Switzerland of Africa” and characterized by terraced farming and beautiful mountain scenery. What mostly attracts people to Lake Bunyonyi is its zigzag pattern. Arrival in time for lunch and after lunch, have a canoe ride on the lake to check out some of the floating and prominent islands on the lake.

Up Market Accommodation: Birds Nest Resort or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)            

Budget Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 17 – To Lake Mburo National Park

A late morning breakfast, check out and bid farewell to Kabale. Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with lunch en-route. Upon arrival at Lake Mburo, have an early evening game drive before retiring to your accommodation for overnight.

Up Market Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)               

Budget Accommodation: Mburo Eagles Nest or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 18 – In Lake Mburo National Park

An early rise to a cup of coffee/tea with a bite! Embark on a safari walk for a face to face encounter with the residents of Lake Mburo whilst on foot. Return to your accommodation for a fully-fledged breakfast and a little relaxation. After lunch, transfer to Rwonyo for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo with chances of seeing schools of hippos, crocodile, the African Fish Eagle and much more.

Up Market Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)               

Budget Accommodation: Mburo Eagles Nest or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 19 – Return to Entebbe:

Morning breakfast, check out and drive back to Entebbe with an en-route brief stop at the Uganda Equator. Drop off at Entebbe International Airport for onward departure. Note: Possibility of us taking you to a hotel / guesthouse where you can have dinner and refresh prior to your transfer to the Airport. Dinner is approx. $30pp and use of a day room is $130 for up market accommodation, $115 for midrange accommodation and $50 for budget accommodation.

Driving time: +/- 6 hrs

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