19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda, Birding & Primate Safari

This 19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda is the MOST exciting but more adventurous trip that will lead you from the Mighty streams e of the source of the NILE up to Sipi – Mountain Elgon, onto the flats of Lake Kyoga to the newest Conservation area of Pian Upe in the far Eastern part of the Pearl-Uganda, to continuation to the flats of Kidepo Valley National Park, as well as to The Magnificent Murchison Falls, Culture, Wildlife, Birding, and Primate Exploration.

19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda Descriptions:

  • Day 1: Arrive – Entebbe airport – Meet greet – Transfer to hotel – Briefing
  • Day 2: Entebbe / Kampala – Jinja Source of the Nile – Mbale – Sipi Falls
  • Day 3: Mbale – Sipi Falls – Moroto – Pian Upe game reserve
  • Day 4: Pian Upe Game reserve – Game drive & nature walk
  • Day 5: Pian Upe – Kotido – Kabongo – To Kidepo valley National Park
  • Day 6: Kidepo Valley National Park – Game drive – Nature walk – Community experience
  • Day 7: Kidepo Valley National Park – Gulu – To Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 8: Murchison Falls – Game drive, boat cruise, hike to the Top of Falls
  • Day 9: Murchison – Hoima – Bunyoro Kitala – Cultural Kingdom visit
  • Day 10: Hoima – Fort Portal – Kibale Forest National Park – Bigodi wetland walk
  • Day 11: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee tracking – Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 12: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drive – Boat Cruise & Community experience
  • Day 13: Bwindi Impenetrable national park- Via Ishasha
  • Day 14: Encounter with mountains gorillas – Gorilla Trekking – Community experience
  • Day 15: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi – Free evening
  • Day 16: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park – Evening game drive
  • Day 17: Lake Mburo – Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria
  • Day 18: The wild Bukasa Island – free evening at the sand beaches
  • Day 19: Entebbe – short Botanical Tour – Transfer to the airport for departure
Best Active Adventure safaris to Uganda

Main Safari Activities

  • Primate viewing
  • Boat Cruise on the Nile for crocodiles, waterbucks, birds
  • View the “BIG FOUR”,
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Big game viewing and Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Visit the deepest lake of Uganda – Lake Bunyonyi visit
  • Viewing zebras, impalas, Elands, Boat cruise for crocodiles, Fin-foots…

19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda Details:

Day 1:  Arrive –Entebbe – meet/greet – transfer to the hotel – briefing – overnight

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe for a briefing and overnight. (././.)

Accommodation options: Karibu GH (Midrange), Entebbe Airport GH (Moderate)

Day 2: Entebbe – The Source of the river Nile – Mbale – Sipi Falls

After breakfast drive to Sipi falls via Jinja which is the second largest town in Uganda and home to the Source of the world’s longest river NILE, then visit Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, his incremented ash was splashed at this point, a short break for lunch to continue our drive to Sipi Fall, fabulous sightseeing along the through Mbale town as we get to Sipi dinner and overnight. (Meal plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Rafiki Lodge Sipi (Moderate) or Sipi River Lodge (Moderate)

Day 3 of 19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda: Mbale – Sipi Falls – Moroto – Pian Upe game reserve

After an early breakfast, we will go for a nature walk to the Sipi Falls, four spectacular waterfalls on the river Sipi, which originates from Mount Elgon. The starting point is from Crow’s Nest, for an organized community walk with a local guide will make us able to reach the caves the base of the falls, we will return in time enough to pick up our packed lunch to head to the newest eastern game reserve of Pian Upe. We will reach in time to set our camp/ alternative stay in the Uganda Wildlife Bandas. Dinner and overnight at the camp (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Uganda Wildlife Bandas (Bask-Budget) Campground/(Budget)

Day 4: Pian Upe Game reserve – Game drive & nature walk

After breakfast, leave for an extensive game drive, wildlife rear species are seen here, ostrich, different species of antelopes Zebras, Eland, Oribi, Elephants, Lions, and a variety of bird species. We will return for lunch, relax and in the evening, we will go for a nature walk to give a close attachment with nature, return in time for dinner, and overnight at the camp, (Meal plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Uganda Wildlife Bandas (Bask-Budget) Optional drive to Karatunga in Moroto

Day 5: Pian Upe – Kotido – Kabongo – To Kidepo valley National Park

After early morning breakfast, we will embark on our drive to the further North East of Uganda Kidepo, we will cross the traditional villages of Kotido, with close views of the Moroto mountain ranges, cross the sand beds of the dry rivers of Kidepo down to Kabongo, a stopover for lunch and community interactions creates beautiful safari memories, we will access Kidepo via the gate of Karenga, head to the national park center for accommodation and overnight (Meal plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Savannah Nature Lodges/ Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp (Midrange)

Day 6 of 19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda: Kidepo Valley National Park – Game drive – Nature walk – Community experience

After early morning breakfast, you will embark on a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring where a variety of animals and birds can be seen roving around like the fast-running Ostrich. You will continue with the game drive that will take you through the Narus Valley to see herds of Buffalos, Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Lions, and if lucky the leopard and the elusive cheetah, several stops will be made to allow for pictures of fabulous wildlife and birds, return for lunch, in the evening you will go for a cultural tour in the Karamojong community, a wonderful evening with Karamojong people gives an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the tour, you will be able to understand why their pride makes them slow to adapt to globalization. (Meal plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Savannah Nature Lodges/Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp (Midrange)

Day 7: Kidepo Valley National Park – Gulu – To Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast proceeds to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3,840 Km. which is named after the falls on the Victoria Nile, our drive will be so breathtaking as we break through the local village setting of Kitgum, Kulu, and the far north, lunch will be in Gulu town thereafter proceed to the park through Wankwar gate. Dinner and overnight at a community lodge. (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (Midrange)

Day 8: Murchison Falls – Game drive, boat cruise, hike to the Top of Falls

After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive/ bird watching, in the park. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the poolside. After lunch, you will enjoy a boat trip to the bottom of the falls, some meters before the “Devil’s Cauldron.” then take a hike to the top of the falls where you’ll be picked.

The birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, and other wildlife make this trip awesome. You are likely to see among others, goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants, and the rare shoebill stork. Dinner and overnight at a community lodge. (Meal plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury), Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (Midrange)

Day 9: Murchison – Hoima – Bunyoro Kitala – Cultural Kingdom visit

After breakfast drive to Hoima through Bugungu wildlife reserve in the Albertine as you do bird of Western Rift Valley to Busingiro and the Royal mile in Sonso, Budongo forest, before driving through, the sugar estates to Hoima for dinner overnight. (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Hoima Cultural Lodge (Midrange)

Day 10 of 19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda: Hoima – Fort Portal – Kibale Forest National Park – Bigodi wetland walk

After early breakfast, we will drive from Hoima to proceed to Kibale Forest National Park through Fort Portal a town nestled in the base of Rwenzori Mountain Ranges; most of the way we will have stopovers for birding. Lunch stop, check-in the lodge, and thereafter we will go for a swamp walk in Bigodi for birding. Dinner and overnight will be at a community lodge.  (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Crater Safari Lodge (Mid-upper), Rweetera Safari Park (Budget)

Day 11: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee tracking – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we will go for chimpanzee tracking, after lunch, we will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park we will arrive in time for dinner and overnight at a community lodge (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Kazinga Wilderness Safari Camp (Mid-upper)

Day 12:  Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drive – Boat Cruise & Community experience

An early morning breakfast set off for a game drive, your guide will search and point out wild animals as he leads you to the various habitats of game, return for lunch at the Lodge, and later in the afternoon take a boat ride on Kazinga Channel to see birds, semi- and aquatic animals that rely on the channel for their livelihood, overnight in the community lodge. (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Kazinga Wilderness Safari Camp (Mid-upper)

Day 13: Bwindi Impenetrable national park- Via Ishasha

After breakfast transfer to Ishasha, and have a game drive on a search for the rare tree-climbing lions which you can see only in this area of Uganda. Here lives a population of lions who enjoy resting on the fig trees when the day is warm. The landscape is an open savannah with a variety of acacia trees. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and overnight. (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Gorilla Mist Camp (Moderate)

Day 14 of 19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda: Encounter with mountains gorillas – Gorilla Trekking – Community experience

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning briefing for gorilla trekking. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested, and densely endowed with wildlife plus a hike challenging landscape for tourists.

This park is best known for the fascinating mountain gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure.

The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi (Meal plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Rushaga Gorilla Camp/Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange)

Day 15: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi – Free evening

After breakfast drive to Kabale through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. An area referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa” Stopover at the Bakiga Museum in Kabale to discover the culture of the people living in the area.

Lunch at Arcadia Cottages, with a unique and amazing panoramic view of Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest in Uganda. Afternoon boat ride inside the lake to various islands for bird viewing and sightseeing. (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Bunyonyi Overland/Bird nest @Bunyonyi (Mid-range)

Day 16: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park – Evening game drive

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest in Uganda in size. Lunch in Mbarara at Lake View Regency Hotel, afternoon game drive in search of the beautiful impalas, zebras, cape buffalos, elands, Oribi, and topi, 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, including Papyrus gonolek, Brown-faced lapwings, Carruthers’s Cisticola, and the extraordinary White-winged Warbler, and Bare-faced Go-away bird. Dinner and overnight at a community lodge. (Meal Plan on Full board)

Accommodation options: Rwakobo Rock Lodge /Acadia Cottages (Moderate)

Day 17 of 19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda: Lake Mburo -Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria

Morning game drive, breakfast, and after driving to Bukakata to board the ferry boat which will take you to Ssese Islands, an archipelago of 84 islands on Lake Victoria, after lunch enjoys 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 in Kalangala. (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Broad Sands Lodge, Ssese /Islands Beach Hotel (Moderate)

Day 18: The wild Bukasa Island – free evening at the sand beaches

In the early morning takes a boat to Bukasa Island, the second largest of the archaeological islands, you will explore the Ssese Islands and enjoy the beauty of the lake and forested islands. Explore Bukasa Island and have lunch and Return to Bugala by evening for dinner overnight. (Meal Plan on Full Board)

Accommodation options: Broad Sands Lodge/ Islands Beach Hotel (Moderate)

Day 19: Entebbe City Tour – Transfer to the airport for departure

After breakfast board the ferryboat to return to Entebbe. Spend the day at leisure and for your shopping in Entebbe/Kampala. A city tour of the capital town can be arranged, to see the most relevant cultural and traditional sites of Buganda. Dinner and overnight anywhere in town, (Meal Plan on Bed and Break Fast)

End of 19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda

Tour includes: Photography and touring, Gorilla Permits ($700), Full board accommodation, Chimpanzee permits ($200), Rhino tracking, Bottled water, Transport, Tour guide (English speaking), park entry fees, en route lunches, Boat rides, Cultural visits.

Tour Excludes Entry Visas, Drinks/beverages, international flight fare, Tips, Accommodation (in Kampala), Laundry services, and any other extra activity not mentioned above.

19 Days Albertine Adventure Safaris to Uganda Inclusions and Exclusions                 

Price includes:                      

  • All accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary on FB & BB basis
  • Gorilla permit fees/permit purchased NET from UWA each $700.0 per person per visit
  • Chimpanzee permit fees/permit purchased NET from UWA each $200.00 per person per visit
  • Full-time exclusive use of a 4 x 4 Safari Jeep/Toyota Land cruiser
  • Full-time services of experienced English-speaking drive/guide
  • All services in national parks i.e park entrance fees, guided nature walks, hikes & game drives
  • Boat trips in both Murchison Falls Park, Queen Elizabeth
  • A 3-hour guided night game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park (optional – depending on one’s strength and interest)
  • Bottled drinking mineral water, coffees, teas, or soft drinks while on Safaris, game drives, walks, hikes, or transfers
  • All Nature/Safari & Community walks as indicated in the itinerary-safari program
  • All airport pickups and drop off from Entebbe & back to Entebbe airport
  • All activities indicated & mentioned in the itinerary
  • A $15.0 per pax off as a donation to orphanage homes whose parents’ death are/were as a result of animal conflicts within conservation areas
  • All government related taxes

Price Excludes:                     

  • Mgahinga Golden Monkeys permit fees Purchases NET from UWA each $60.0 per person per visit
  • Optional Forest walks each at $20.0 plus entry of $40.0 park entry fees
  • Optional Batwa community visit in Bwindi or Mgahinga or Nyakabade and the entertainment each at ($25 per person)
  • Laundry service in different hotels we stay
  • Bar bills, phone calls
  • Personal insurance and medical bills
  • Airfares
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • All services marked as Optional in the itinerary
  • Driver/guides/hotel staff or any other person’s gratuity

Note:  

  • Gorilla permit cost $700.0
  • Chimpanzee permit costs $200.0 in Kibale Forest NP/$50.0 in Kalinju Forest & Kyambura Gorge in QENP
  • Golden Monkey permit costs $60.0 in Mgahinga National Park