Uganda Safari Highlights - 15 Days

This 15-day Uganda Safari provides fantastic adventure options in Uganda's most popular visitor destination, the Pearl of Africa.

It is appropriate for all sorts of tourists, such as small group tours, family safari holidays, and anyone looking for a classic wildlife and gorilla adventure, and is designed to allow for huge and gratifying experiences during your visit to Uganda.

The majestic Kidepo Valley National Park in Northern Uganda, as well as Murchison Falls, Kibale, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, will be visited on this long-stay tour. You will next travel to Uganda's southwestern region to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you will follow mountain gorillas for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Finally, after Bwindi, you will go to Lake Mburo for some more game and unbelievable herds of Zebra and birds to lead you off to Kampala and Entebbe.

On this Safari, you will see animals like Giraffes, Zebras, Lions, elephants, Uganda kob, chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, birds, crocodiles, among so many others.  The beauty and diversity of nature, wildlife and people's cultures and ways will only astound you - and make your safari even the more memorable.

Trip Highlights

  • Entebbe
  • Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Fort Portal
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Ishasha sector of QENP
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Lake Mburo National park

Full Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in Uganda

Today you will arrive at Entebbe airport and you will be welcomed by your designated safari guide. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have an optional city tour of Entebbe town.

Entebbe was the colonialists’ administrative center and has many buildings that date over half a century ago.

The name Entebbe means “the chair” in Luganda, which is the local language of the area. You may also choose to visit Entebbe botanical gardens or the Uganda Wildlife Education center (Entebbe Zoo).

DAY 2: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park

Today you will start the long drive from Entebbe heading north to Kidepo Valley National Park. Gazetted as a National Park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent.

Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses with a picturesque savannah landscape extending far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. You will arrive at your accommodation late in the evening.

DAY 3: All day Game drive to the hot springs

After breakfast, you will embark on an extensive all-day Game drive in Kidepo valley national park. You will carry a packed lunch and with the company of a ranger guide, start your search for the animals and birds of Kidepo.

The park ranger will help you spot the lions that may be sitting on the valley’s various rocks. Other wildlife includes elephants, leopards, bush duiker, jackals, bushbucks, bush pigs, ostrich, buffalo, and much more, in the wild Narus Valley.

The game drive will traverse open plains that extend past Kanangorok Hot Springs towards mountains across the Sudanese border. This is the part of the park where ostriches are most commonly seen. At the hot springs, you will take a brief walk to observe and photograph.

DAY 4: Morning Nature Walk, and afternoon Community visit

Kidepo Valley National Park offers a range of nature walks depending on your strength or preference. Shorter guided walks of around two hours can be taken through the Narus Valley extending over a 5km radius from Apoka Tourism Centre.

The walk to Lomej Mountains can last four hours, the hike starts at 7 am. Guests can also wander along the splendid Kidepo river valley between banks of attractive Borassus palm forest.

Namamkweny Valley can be reached in one hour from Apoka.

In the afternoon you will take a visit to a willing community of Karimojong. Discover the unique culture of this remote tribe with the Lorukul Cultural Group, located just outside Kidepo Valley National Park.

Their main livelihood is herding livestock, and the social and cultural importance will be explained as you walk with the guides to the traditional Karamojong manyattas (homesteads), granaries and cattle enclosures. Learn how the villagers make their distinctive beads, sample the local cuisine, and even learn the tribe’s folklore and beliefs.

DAY 5: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

This morning you will leave Kidepo and head south for Murchison Falls National Park.

The park is the largest wildlife reserve in Uganda and is divided by the famous River Nile into two almost equal halves - where it has to squeeze itself through the legendary Murchison Falls, an impossibly narrow 7-meter gap in a cleft rock that creates the powerful explosion of white water. You will have a game drive in the evening as you drive to your accommodation.

DAY 6: Morning game drive, and afternoon Boat cruise to the falls

After an early breakfast, You will proceed for a Game drive in the park where elephants, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig.

Large carnivores in Murchison Falls National Park include lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas. After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream of the calm Victoria Nile.

On the boat ride, marvel at the toothsome hippos, and crocodiles, and over this 17 km stretch, you may see elephants, waterbuck, and Uganda Kob.

This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork. The boat will stop just a few meters from the sinister, frothing, and bubbling base of the falls.

DAY 7: All day drive to Fort Portal

Today, you will have an all-day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms.

Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and tea fields along the way. You can make brief stops to visit with some tea fields if you want to.

DAY 8: Chimpanzee trekking and biking around the crater regions in Kibale

After breakfast, you will embark on the search for chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. The park is also home for 10 other primates including L’hoestes, red colobus, blues, red-tailed monkeys, and gray-cheeked mangabey.

The tour guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a biking adventure through the crater region. This area has over 30 crater lakes. You will visit some of them and enjoy wonderful photography opportunities.

DAY 9: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Evening Game drive

In the morning, you will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey.

Along the way, you will pass via the crater region. Enjoy scenic views and picture stops along the way.

You will arrive in time to take an evening game drive before heading to your accommodation inside the park.

DAY 10: Morning game drive, and an Afternoon Boat Ride on Kazinga Channel

Early in the morning, you will set out for a game drive in the park. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters makes it home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop, provide excellent opportunities to see lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, and Uganda Kob, Topi, and bushbuck.

In the afternoon you will enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge.

This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing.

DAY 11: Drive to Ishasha sector, and Game drive for tree climbing lions

Early in the morning, you will set out for the Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is most famous as the place where tree-climbing lions can be spotted.

Here you will have an extended game drive led by a ranger guide as you search for the tree-climbing lions.

DAY 12: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to the “Switzerland of Africa” area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads.

Along the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of the mountainous countryside and this comes with many incredible photography opportunities. You will proceed to your accommodation located on the boundary of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

DAY 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today, you will enjoy Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  Bwindi has the biggest concentration of gorillas, given its small size.

The search for Gorillas goes through the thick untamed rainforest, where you’ll be scrambling over mossy rocks and through deep undergrowth. It isn't the easiest of activities and will be arduous, but the encounter is well worth the effort.

Watching gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience that will last a lifetime. The experienced ranger guides will willingly share with you a lot of information about the history and lifestyle of the Gorillas.

After spending an hour with the gorillas you shall head back to the lodge to rest from the breathtaking activities of the day.

DAY 14: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park and an evening Game drive

After an early breakfast, you will leave Bwindi and drive to Lake Mburo National Park via Kabale Town. You will be welcomed into the park by various herds of zebra, buffalo, Eland, and antelope as they graze in the savannah grass. 

On your evening game drive, you will see more wild animals, and birds as you drive along the lake. Birdwatchers will enjoy some of the 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown-faced Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, and White-winged Warbler.

DAY 15: Morning Nature Walk, and return to Entebbe for departure

Early in the morning, you will proceed for a morning nature walk under the escort of an armed ranger. This will allow you to enjoy the sights of animals including close encounters with herds of Zebra and antelopes.

You will return to the lodge for breakfast after which, you will depart for Entebbe where you will take your next flight back home. Along the way to Kampala, you will have enough time to stop over at the equator for fun equator photos.

Trip Inclusive

  • All tour highlights
  • Ground transportation in exclusive 4x4 safari land cruiser 
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver/guide
  • Bottled water through the safari
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person
  • 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • Park entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Activities and accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary.

Trip Exclusive

  • Airfare to and from Uganda
  • Visa to Uganda – US$ 50
  • Airport tax
  • Travel / Medical / Baggage insurance
  • All beverages [both alcoholic and non-alcoholic]
  • Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Telephone bills 
  • Souvenirs, other items of a personal nature