Experience Uganda from North to South during this 16-days Uganda Safari: Kidepo Valley NP to Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Start by heading to the untouched wilderness of Kidepo. From there continue the journey to the south with highlights of boat-cruise, game-drives and chimps trekking on the way. In the south you will meet the gentle Giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mountain Gorillas. Along the way you discover Uganda’s varied nature and friendly people.
- Kidepo Valley National Park
- Murchison Falls National Park
- Crater Lakes Area
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Kalinzu Forest
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Lake Bunyonyi
- Lake Mburo National Park
Day 1: Arrival day at Entebbe airport
Arrive at Entebbe international airport during the day/evening and be met by your safari guide to start your Uganda from north to south safari. You will be taken to the hotel to rest after the flight and be ready for the adventures starting tomorrow.
Overnight in Acactus Hotel
Day 2: Start the drive towards Kidepo Valley National Park
an early breakfast you start your 16-days Uganda Safari and set off on
the journey that will take you to Kidepo Valley National Park. The drive
takes you past Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where a stop is made for a walk
following the Rhinos. At Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary they are working to
reintroduce rhinos in Uganda. Later driving north, lunch in Gulu/
enroute, Uganda’s second biggest town. After this continue to the town
Kitgum to spend the night.
Overnight in Kitgum Boma hotel
Day 3: Transfer meeting with Karamojong people and evening Game-drive in Kidepo Valley National Park
breakfast set off for Kidepo valley National Park. In a landscape of
vast plains and semi-arid savannah framed by jagged mountains and wooded
hills, Kidepo is one of the wildest and most spectacular reserves in
Africa. On arrival before entering the park have a cultural experience
that will bring you into contact with Karamojong peoples at Karenna and
Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with
them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more
Overnight at Apoka hostel bandas
Day 4: A day to explore Kidepo Valley NP, morning & evening game-drives
morning-game drive takes us towards Natabba gate area for the cheetahs
and other lower grassland mammals. The landscape throughout Kidepo
Valley national park is studded with small hills, rocky outcrops and
inselbergs from which one can obtain stunning views in all directions
enjoy panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and photographic
opportunities of wildlife from all corners. An evening game drive along
the Narus River Valley for game Viewing and photography of Elephants,
herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Klipspringer and
Overnight at Apoka hostel bandas
Day 5: Morning game-drive and afternoon
an early breakfast, go for a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot
spring area crossing the sand river. A variety of animals can be seen
roaming around including Ostrich connecting back for lunch. And an
evening focusing on the buffalo track and the water holes around Narus
Overnight at Apoka hostel bandas
Day 6: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. The Giraffe Paradise!
breakfast we leave Kidepo Valley national park, maybe catching some
last sights of its animals as we drive out. Continue on on our 16-days
Uganda Safari through remote parts of Uganda through the city of Gulu
and on to the lodge by Murchison Falls national park. We arrive in the
afternoon and relax at the lodge.
Overnight Twiga Tales Lodge
Day 7: Game-drive & boat-cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
the morning we set off for a game-drive in Murchison Falls national
park. On the broad savannah you search for Big cats, Elephants,
Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We
continue browsing the circuits to the delta point for a cocktail of
birds and mammals. In the afternoon you go for the 2pm boat ride on the
Nile to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos (You
have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere
else than here- Believe me you), Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a
variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen
birder this might be your magnet to catch them. After the boat-cruise we
head back to the lodge.
Overnight in Twiga Tales Lodge
Day 8: Transfer to the crater lakes area by Fort Portal
After breakfast transfer towards the crater lakes area by Fort Portal. It’s a long drive with our target to have lunch in Fort portal. A punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like the Rift valley escarpment on Lake Albert – typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. We check in late afternoon to an area with an amazing display of primates and lovely scenery.
Overnight Isunga lodge
Day 9: Explore the crater lakes area & transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP
Crater exploration with a walk to crater lake, if you are lucky you might see different species of Monkeys, such as red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies. More in the forest canopy colored aviation creatures-butterflies various bird species like the native Great blue Turaco, joyful greenbul, olive long tailed cuckoo, the superb black bee eater. Then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, having lunch along the way. In the late afternoon we reach the lodge at the edge of Queen Elizabeth NP.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages
Day 10: Chimps trekking in Kalinzu forest and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning we make the drive over to Kalinzu forest for a chimps trekking adventure. Here you go in a group with a specialized guide into the jungle to search for our close cousins the chimpanzees and enjoy the nature. After lunch it is time for the Classic highlight of the 2hrs boat-cruise on the famous Kazinga channel, a 36kms channel linking Lake George to lake Edward. On the banks you can see land and water Adapted Hippopotamuses Yawning and some slashing canines to each other, the National Geographical society Killing machine the Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks and Savannah versions of Pigs the Warthog- Pumba of the award winning Lion King are a hallmark sign in this Animal home!
Overnight Pumba safari cottages
Day 11: Transfer to Ishasha sector and afternoon game-drive
After a relaxed breakfast we start the adventurous journey through the park to the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP. If we are lucky we can see elephants, monkeys, beautiful birds and even big cats along the road-side. We arrive at the lodge for lunch and then in the afternoon head out for a game-drive to search for tree-climbing lions. The Ishasha sector is one of only two locations in Africa where the lions have the habit of regularly climbing the trees to rest. During the game-drive we also have chance to see topis, buffaloes and lovely scenery.
Overnight Topi Lodge
Day 12: Morning game-drive in Ishasha & transfer to Bwindi
In the early morning we will ones again drive off in the adventurous vast savannah of the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP to search for interesting sights. After the game-drive we head to the lodge for lunch and then start the drive to Bwindi mountains the home of the mountain gorillas. The journey takes us from the savanna via cultivated hills to the jungle covered mountains of Bwindi where you will have the great highlight of this 16-days Uganda Safari the next day.
Overnight in Gorilla mist camp
Day 13: Gorilla trekking day- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants that
are cousins to human beings, the mountain gorillas. You will be taken
in a group by a specialized guide into the jungle for your gorilla
trekking adventure. Trek through the beautiful nature and spend one hour
with the gorillas, an unforgettable experience. This Impenetrable
Forest is also full of birds, butterflies and plant species plus forest
hog, forest elephants, statungas and dikers. After the trek your guide
picks you and you transfer to Lake Bunyonyi through cultivated hills.
After this afternoon drive we check in to a lake 1840m above sea level
for some rest. It is deservedly nice after trotting from Kampala since
day 1 and some early starts – without any rest!
Overnight Bunyonyi Eco Resort (Lake Bunyonyi this night will depend on which group or time registered back after trekking.)
Day 14: Relaxation day by Lake Bunyonyi
a free day to relax by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. There is a short list
of activities: canoeing, swimming (safe in this lake), hiking along the
lake-shores, return to the hotel and relax / canoe ride along Lake
Bunyonyi with small resident and exotic bird species singing.
Overnight Bunyonyi Eco Resort
Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo, the ‘Zebra magnet’. Leave Lake
Bunyonyi and continue driving through the hilly areas. Arrive in the
park and have lunch at the lodge before heading for an afternoon game
drive for view of Zebras, Giraffes, Topis, Warthogs, cape buffaloes and
Overnight in Rwakobo Rock
Day 16: Safari walk by Lake Mburo National Park and transfer to Entebbe airport
Early morning safari walk from the lodge. Get early up for chance to see zebras, waterbucks, birds and buffaloes in there day break jungle life! After the walk it is time for breakfast at the lodge before you start the drive to Entebbe. Have lunch at the Equator and take the chance for some photo poses where the southern- and northern hemispheres meet. We have reached the end of the 16-days Uganda Safari from north to south and drive back through to Entebbe for flight in the evening/night (if flight next day possible to add an extra night).