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20 Days Discover Uganda

20 Day Discover Uganda involves exploring several of the country’s national parks, cultural sites, and scenic landscapes. The itinerary includes visits to popular tourist destinations such as Kampala, Jinja, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, as well as lesser-known destinations like Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Bunyonyi. Activities range from wildlife safaris and gorilla trekking to cultural tours, adventure sports, and leisurely nature walks. The itinerary is designed to provide a well-rounded and immersive experience of Uganda’s diverse culture, wildlife, and natural beauty. It’s important to note that the itinerary can be customized to suit individual preferences, interests, and budgets, and working with a reputable tour operator is recommended to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Water rafting in Jinja.

Rafting in Jinja is an exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping adventure activity that takes place on the mighty Nile River, near the town of Jinja in eastern Uganda. It is one of the most popular and thrilling water-based activities in the country, attracting adventure enthusiasts and thrill-seekers from all around the world.

The scenic Sipi Falls.

Sipi Falls is a series of stunning waterfalls located in eastern Uganda, near the town of Sipi in Kapchorwa district. It is a hidden gem and a popular destination for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and travelers looking to experience the beauty of Uganda’s landscapes. The falls are situated on the slopes of Mount Elgon, the eighth-highest mountain in Africa, which adds to their charm and scenic appeal.

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Located  in the far north for the untouched wilderness and an experience with the Karamojong people.Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most remote and spectacular national parks, located in the northeastern part of the country. It is often referred to as the “Hidden Gem” or the “True African Wilderness” due to its untouched beauty and abundant wildlife. The park’s isolation has preserved its natural splendor, making it a unique and less-visited destination for safari enthusiasts. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including African elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, zebras, and various antelope species such as elands, oribis, and Jackson’s hartebeests. Kidepo is also an excellent destination for birdwatching, boasting over 475 bird species, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts.

Murchison Falls National Park:

Commonly known as the nature wonders of Uganda. This is the starting point of the safari, and it promises exciting wildlife encounters. The combination of a game drive and a boat cruise on the Nile River offers an opportunity to see a wide variety of animals. Such as the iconic African Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceros).  Meanwhile, the Murchison Falls is where the Nile River squeezes through a narrow gorge and plummets into the Devil’s Cauldron, is a stunning natural spectacle.

Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is situated approximately 176 kilometers (109 miles) north of the capital city, Kampala, and covers an area of about 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres). It provides a safe and secure environment for the rhinos to thrive and reproduce, as well as promoting education and awareness about rhino conservation.

Kibale Forest National Park:

Specifically known for its remarkable chimpanzee population, Kibale Forest allows visitors to go chimpanzee tracking and observe these primates in their natural habitat. It’s an enriching experience to learn about the behavior of these intelligent creatures and witness their interactions. However you will engage in more exciting activities like the Bigodi wetland swamp walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is a fascinating eco-tourism activity located near Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda.  Furthermore, it is a community-based initiative that offers visitors a chance to explore the unique wetland ecosystem of Bigodi and encounter its diverse flora and fauna.

Queen Elizabeth National Park:

This park offers a game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, where visitors can spot a wide array of wildlife and bird species. The diverse landscape for instance crater lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains, adds to the allure of this park.

The Ishasha Sector.

specifically renowned for its population of tree-climbing lions, which is a rare behavior observed in only a few places in the world. These lions are known to rest and perch in the branches of fig trees, providing a remarkable sight for visitors.  However, it is believed that they climb the trees to escape from the heat on the ground and to get a better vantage point for spotting prey. Apart from the unique tree-climbing lions, the Ishasha Sector is also home to other wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and various bird species, making it an excellent spot for wildlife viewing and photography.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:

The highlight of the trip, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, provides a rare opportunity to get up close with the magnificent mountain gorillas. This experience is often considered one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in the world.

Batwa Community Visit:

The visit to the Batwa community allows travelers to gain insights into their unique way of life and traditions. It’s a chance to appreciate and respect the cultural diversity of Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi

The safari will take you for relaxation by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.Lake Bunyonyi is a mesmerizing and tranquil lake located in southwestern Uganda, near the town of Kabale. It is often regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa, attracting travelers with its stunning scenery, serene waters, and a myriad of islands scattered throughout its expanse. The name “Bunyonyi” means “place of many little birds” in the local Rukiga language, a fitting description for the abundance of birdlife found around the lake.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lastly  our trip ends with Lake Mburo National Park. is a compact and captivating national park located in western Uganda. Despite being the smallest national park in the country, it offers a rich diversity of wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and unique experiences for visitors. The park is named after Lake Mburo, a scenic lake that forms part of its boundaries and provides a picturesque backdrop for wildlife viewing. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, impalas, elands, topis, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, and crocodiles. It is also one of the best places in Uganda to spot wild zebras.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe.

However, upon arrival in Entebbe you will be collected by your guide and moved to your hotel in Kampala. Meanwhile, depending on your arrival times you may be able to explore Kampala and the surrounding area this afternoon. Furthermore, we recommend visiting the Royal Mile (Lubiri Palace and Bulange Parliament), Ndere Cultural Centre, Kasubi Royal Tombs, and Kampala Central Mosque where you can take in panoramic views of the city from the Minaret.

Main Destination  Entebbe (City)

 Accommodation Option:

mid-range ;via via

Meals & Drinks:

  • lunch and Break first
  • water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 2: Entebbe to Jinja.

After your break first, you’ll be driven to Jinja, the source of the River Nile. Meanwhile, the drive will take about two and a half hours. Furthermore, 20 Day Discover Uganda, this afternoon you can discover the nearby islands in a traditional African canoe, rent a mountain bike and explore the surrounding area, visit local villages and engage with the local people who live a traditional and simple life, or enjoy a sunset cruise on the River Nile.

 

Main Destination  Jinja (Town)

Accommodation Option:

The Haven Eco River Lodge

Mid-range lodge located in or near Jinja

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 3: Jinja to Sipi Falls

For the moment, today you will be driven through amazing view to Sipi Falls, one of Uganda’s hidden gems. However, from your lodge you’ll have breathtaking views of the falls as the Sipi River flows down from Mt Elgon. In the same way, this afternoon you may wish to join a guided nature walk, hike to one of the nearby waterfalls, visit the coffee plantations or local villages, abseil from the top of Chebonet Falls, join a guided bird-watching trip or discover the Nyero rock paintings in the Kumi district.

 

Main Destination Sipi Falls

Accommodation Option

Sipi River Lodge

Mid-range lodge located in or near Sipi Falls

Meals & Drinks:

  • lunch and Break First
  • Water and Fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 4: The activities done around Sipi Falls

This day, you’ll explore Sipi Falls and the surrounding area as you climb Mt Elgon, an extinct volcano located within Mt Elgon National Park is on the Kenya-Uganda border. Similarly, the caldera caused by the collapse of the volcanic cone is considered to be the world’s largest and it creates an impressive feature which can be seen from the summit of Wagagi, the highest peak in the park which is at 4321m.

However, the most popular climbing route from the Ugandan side is via the Sasa trail from Budadiri and it’s a spectacular walk through farmland, forest, and heather country, before emerging onto the edge of the caldera itself and following the rim to the summit. In the same way, the climbing takes 4 days.

 

Main Destination Sipi Falls

Accommodation Option:

Sipi River Lodge

Mid-range lodge located in or near Sipi Falls

Meals & Drinks:        

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 5: Sipi Falls to Moroto Town

After your break first, you’ll drive for about six hours to Moroto Town in the northeast region of Uganda where you’ll meet Karamojong people. Meanwhile, you’ll spend the night in a Karamojong kraal as this is a truly authentic cultural experience which offers a chance to talk with Karamojong people and get an insight into their way of life. Finally, you’ll be able to help them collect vegetables, herd the cattle, prepare dairy products, play local games and listen to the Karamojong warriors tell stories as you sit around a campfire.

Main Destination Moroto (Town)

Accommodation Option:

Budget lodge located in or near Moroto

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 6:Moroto to Kidepo

Kidepo Valley National Park is situated between the borders of Kenya and Sudan, in the Karamoja province, in northeast Uganda with vast savannahs stretching as far as the eye can see, the view here is very different to the lush bamboo and swamp forests of Bwindi in southwest Uganda. Lastly, this park is a fantastic place to enjoy game viewing and you can expect to see buffalo, elephant, lion, 20 Day Discover Uganda, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, hyena and jackal.

Main  Destination Kidepo Valley National Park

 Best Time to Visit is in the months of;

September to March (Dry season)

While, the high Season is also in the months of;

September to March (The Park rarely gets crowded)

In addition to, the best Weather is as well in the months of;

September to November (End of the rains)

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break First
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 7: On Safari in Kidepo

This day you’ll explore Kidepo Valley National Park starting from morning game drive to watch the sunrise over the plains and if you’re lucky you’ll see big cats as well as other activities such as exploring the hiking trails around Morungole Mountain, visits to the Kanangorok Hot Springs and guided nature and bird walks.

 

Main Destination Kidepo Valley National Park

20 Day Discover Uganda Accommodation option:

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break First
  • Water and Fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 8: Kidepo to Murchison Falls

Concurrently, this morning you’ll leave Kidepo Valley National Park and make your way towards Murchison Falls in northwest Uganda. This is an eight hour drive, however you’ll have the chance for plenty of stops along the way, both for lunch and viewpoints.

Main Destination  Murchison Falls National Park

while, the best Time to Visit is in the months of;

December to February (Easier to spot animals)

furthermore, the high Season is as well in the months of;

June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

similarly, the best Weather is also in the months of;

June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

20 Days Discover Uganda Accommodation Option:

Murchison River Lodge

Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 9-10: Safari to Murchison Falls

Furthermore, you will have 48hrs to explore Murchison falls as you enjoy game drive on the plains of the national park where you will have a chance to spot giraffe, 20 days Discover Uganda, lion, leopard,spotted hyena, buffalo, kobs and hartebeest.

Meanwhile, there is also prolific birdlife within the area too such as the beautiful looking shoebill stork. Lastly, you’ll also have a chance to explore the mighty Murchison Falls either on a boat trip or on foot.

 

Main Destination Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation Option:

Murchison River Lodge

Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 11: Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest

After today’s break first, you’ll have another long drive passing through the plantations and mountains to countryside arriving at your lovely lodge in Fort Portal, at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains and the base of the Kibale Forest to spot wildlife.20Day Discover Uganda

 

 

Main Destination Kibale National Park (Chimps)

The best Time to Visit is in the months of;

December to February as well as June to July

However, the high Season is also in the months of;

June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

While, the best Weather is also in the months of;

June to July as well as December to February (Least rain)

Accommodation option

Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent)

 

Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 12: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

You’ll be required to meet park rangers at 8am for a briefing about your chimp walking adventure.20Day Discover Uganda Afterward, you’ll head deep into the Kibale Forest to track the troops of chimpanzees that live there.

In the same way, as you walk through the think forest in search of the chimpanzees as they hoot around you, it will feel as if the forest has come alive.20Day Discover Uganda Once you’ve found a family of chimpanzees you can spend one hour watching them swing through the trees, playing while building nests for their afternoon naps.

For now, the forest is also a home to animals such as colobus monkeys and red tailed monkeys, plus colorful giant butterflies. Similarly, 20 Day Discover Uganda, you’ll also have a ‘swamp walk’ which is a two hour walk so as to meet the local people living in this hostile environment.

 

Main Destination Kibale National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation option:

Kibale Forest Camp (Safari Tent)

Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break First
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 13: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your break first at the lodge in Kibale, you’ll then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park at the base of the Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. Meanwhile, this amazing national park is full of game and it is known for its large elephant population. After checking in to your lodge you’ll head out for an afternoon game drive and a sundowner before dinner.

 

Main Destination Queen Elizabeth National Park

However, the best Time to Visit is in the months of;

January to February as well as June to July (Dry seasons)

While, the high Season is as well in the months of;

June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

The best Weather is also in the months of;

June to July as well as January to February (Less rainfall)

20 Days Discover Uganda Accommodation option:

Marafiki Safari Lodge

 

Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 14: Boat trip into the Kazinga Channel.

For the moment, today you’ll move to Queen Elizabeth National Park for your morning and afternoon game drives, plus you can also enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (look out for hippos and Nile crocodiles), 20 Day Discover Uganda, a guided nature walk in the Maramagambo Forest or you can take an early morning hot air balloon over the savannahs of the Queen Elizabeth NP.

 

Main Destination Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP)

 Accommodation option:

Marafiki Safari Lodge

 

Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 15: Queen Elizabeth to Ishasha.

After your break first, you’ll embark on a drive to Kyambura Gorge in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth where Kyambura Gorge is often referred to as the “Valley of Apes” and during your guided walk you can expect to see chimpanzees, 20 Days Discover Uganda, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and black and white colobus monkeys. Lastly, you’ll then drive on to Ishasha, where you can look out for the famous tree climbing lions.

 

Main Destination Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP)

20 Days Discover Uganda Accommodation Option:

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

 

Luxury tented bush camp (with rustic facilities) located in or near Ishasha

 

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 16: Ishasha to Lake Mutanda.

Nevertheless, today you’ll drive to Lake Matunda in southwest Uganda which is known as ”Little Switzerland” due its lush mountains and freshwater lakes as well as the ideal base for a number of activities beyond gorilla tracking such as hiking, mountain biking, cultural village tours, bird watching or boat cruises on the lakes.

 

Main Destination Lake Mutanda

Accommodation Option:

Mutanda Lake Resort

 

Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Mutanda

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 17: Gorilla Trekking.

Done with morning break first, you’ll then drive to Bwindi Park base where  you’ll begin your gorilla trek while here you will be allocated to one of the nine seasoned groups and the park ranger will lead you deep into the forest in search of your allocated family.

While, the trip may take around 6-8hrs depending on the exact location of the gorilla family which you’re tracking. When you meet the gorillas you’ll have the chance to spend up to one hour privately observing them.

However, they’ll be a few meters away from you as they continue to go about their daily lives – feeding, then in the late afternoon, you’ll be moved back to your rooms where you can spend the evening reflecting on your amazing meeting with the wild mountain gorillas of Uganda.

 

Main Destination Lake Mutanda

Accommodation option:

Mutanda Lake Resort

 

Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Mutanda

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 18: Visiting the Batwa tribe.

Furthermore, today you’ll have a full day to explore Lake Mutanda, plus the nearby lakes and Virunga Volcanoes. We highly recommend that you participate in the Batwa cultural experience similarly, 20 Day Discover Uganda, this trip offers a chance to hike in the forest with a Batwa guide and learn about the history, culture and traditions of the Batwa pygmies who inhabited Bwindi forest for centuries.

 

Main Destination is going to be Batwa Experience

20 Days Discover Uganda Accommodation Option:

Mutanda Lake Resort

 

Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Mutanda

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 19: Lake Mutanda to Lake Mburo.

After your break first, you will then drive for about 6hrs to lake Mburo National Park which is spectacular with plenty of Africa wildlife, including buffaloes, leopards, lions hyenas, warthogs, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. 20 days Discover Uganda plus over 350 bird types. well as on your arrival at the park, you will enjoy a game drive plus you may also you may also have the chance for a bush walk or mountain bike and horse riding safari.

Main Destination Lake Mburo National Park

However, the best Time to Visit is in the months of;

June to August as well as December to February

The high Season is also in the months of;

June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Similarly, the best Weather is as well in the months of;

June, July as well as January to February (Little rainfall)

Accommodation Option:

Rwakobo Rock

Mid-range Mihingo lodge located just outside Lake Mburo NP

 

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

Day 20: End of Tour.

After your break first at the lodge, 20 Days Discover Uganda, you will be moved by our guide to Entebbe International Airport to board your international flight back home.

Main Destination is going to be Entebbe Airport

Accommodation Option:

However, there is no room since its end of tour

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch and Break first
  • Water and fruits throughout
  • Drinks like alcohol not included

For now, you’ll be dropped off at the airport for your flight back home.

The package price includes:

Return airport transfers (pick up and drop off)

Private transport for 12 days in a well-modified safari land-cruiser (4WD, air-conditioned and pop-up roof)

Flue for 12days

English safari guide for 12 days

Private mid-range accommodation for 12 nights on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

All en-route meals and bottled mineral water throughout your tour

All park entrance and activities feel and all applicable government taxes

Bigodi sanctuary swamp and community safari

1 chimpanzee tracking permit per person (Kibale forest national park)

A visit to katwe salt mining village

Morning and evening game drive safari at Queen Elizabeth national park

2 hours afternoon boat cruise along the kazinga channel

A visit to the Equator land mark

 

The package price excludes;

International and domestic flights

Country entry visa

Personal travel insurance

Items of personal nature/laundry/telephone charges

Souvenirs and gifts

Tips

Alcoholic and other soft drinks (sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines

 

Thanks for coming…to enjoy Uganda……we hope to see you again!!!