13 DAYS ADVENTURE & GORILLA SAFARI

 

13 DAYS ADVENTURE & GORILLA SAFARI

JINJA, MT. ELGON, KIDEPO, MURCHISON FALLS, KIBALE, QUEEN AND BWINDI

 Destinations

  • Jinja – Source of the Nile
  • Elgon National Park
  • Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Kibale National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Lake Bunyonyi

Overview

This Adventure & Gorilla Safari takes you to Jinja Town located in south-eastern Uganda about 87 km from Kampala City. It is where the source of the River Nile is located about 2 km from the Jinja Town.

The Adventure & Gorilla Safari then takes you to Mt. Elgon National Park, renowned for the scenic beauty of its cliffs, waterfalls, caves, and unique flora. You will visit Jinja to see the spot where the Mighty River Nile starts the 6,700 Km journey through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. Jinja is also the hot spot for adventures that include white water rafting, bungee jumping and quad biking.

The Adventure & Gorilla Safari continues across to Kidepo Valley National Park in Northern Uganda, an area seldom visited by tourists because of its remoteness, to see the beautiful and the unique unspoiled landscape and incredible variety of wildlife in this hidden haven. You will then wind up at the Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which it derives its name. You will enjoy memorable game drives, a boat cruise and viewing of the mesmerizing scenery in this national park.

One of the highlights of the Adventure & Gorilla Safari will be an encounter with the wild but habituated chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Parkthe primate capital of the world. Here, you can trek the playful chimps and also go for a nature walk to see other primates, colourful birds, rare flora and picturesque landscapes.

You will explore Lake Bunyonyi “the Switzerland of Uganda” which is dotted with 20 islands protruding from the lake for canoe rides and to hike the steep terraced hills encircling the lake for a scenic view of the beautiful surroundings whose birdlife is prolific.

Travel Schedule

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda and briefing on safari plan
Day 2: Travel to Jinja and Tour of Source of the Nile
Day 3: Drive to Mt. Elgon National Park

Day 4: Exploration of Mt. Elgon

Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park
Day 6: Community Visit and Game Drive
Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 8: Game Drive and Boat Cruise
Day 9: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Day 10: Chimpanzee Trekking and Transfer to Bwindi

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 12: Hike and Canoe on Lake Bunyonyi
Day 13:
 Drive back to

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO ACCOMMODATION

On your arrival in Entebbe, you will be welcomed and transferred by a representative of Ssemambo Tours to your place of accommodation. You will spend an overnight here and get a briefing of the tour.

Accommodation in Entebbe

Luxury Lodge: 2 Friends Beach Hotel / Best Western Premier / Protea Hotel

Moderate: Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel / Airport View Hotel / Pineapple Guest House

Budget facility: Peniel Beach Hotel / Acacia Beach Hotel / Hotel Royal Nest

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

DAY 2: TRANSFER TO JINJA – SOURCE OF THE NILE TOUR

Our guide will pick you at 7.00am from where you are residing and drive you to Jinja in the eastern part of the country. There will be an excursion to Ssezibwa Falls in Lugazi town. You will also have a brief stopover at Mabira Forest, the largest remaining tropical forest in Central Uganda. You will then continue to the source of the Nile in Jinja. You will explore the source of the Nile by boat and later have a brief drive through this historical town before heading to your accommodation.

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge: Source of the Smile / Surjio’s Guest House / 2 Friends Guest House

Moderate: Holland Park / Nile Village Hotel & Spa / Gately on the Nile

Budget: Al-Nisaa Hotel & Spa / Brisk Hotel Triangle / Chel & Vade Cottages

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

DAY 3: DEPART JINJA AND TRANSFER TO MT. ELGON NATIONAL PARK

You will after an early breakfast drive eastward to Mt. Elgon. You will have a stopover at Ssipi Falls for a cultural feel and continue to Kapchorwa town located on the foothills of Mt. Elgon. En-route you will drive past tea and sugarcane plantations, lush green forests and grasslands, colorful fruits beautifully displayed by the roadsides and enjoy a varied display of landscapes and local communities. You will have lunch in Kapchorwa and proceed to tour the Sipi falls located between beautiful hills and waterfalls. Your dinner and overnight will be at one of the selected lodges adjacent to the Sipi falls.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mbale Resort hotel/ Sipi River Lodge

Mid-range: Lacam Lodge / Masha Hotel/ Noah’s Ark Hotels/ Sipi Falls Resort

Budget: Crow’s Nest Rest Camp/ Moses camp site / Suam Guest House

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

DAY 4: MT. ELGON EXPLORATION

You will have breakfast and thereafter take a walk to the Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration Center for a briefing on the activities of the day. You can go for an interactive Cultural Community Walk in the Bunduri Community not far from Mount Elgon. This community group, based in Budadiri, offers cultural dances, guided coffee tours and community nature walks. Visitors can discover the region’s cultural dances, food preparation, folklore and its famous delicacy malewa bamboo shoots. There is also a tour of Mt Elgon’s famous Arabica coffee processing plants, which supports local farmers.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mbale Resort hotel / Sipi River Lodge

Mid-range: Lacam Lodge / Masha Hotel/ Noah’s Ark Hotels / Sipi Falls Resort

Budget: Crow’s Nest Rest Camp / Moses camp site / Suam Guest House

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

After a very early breakfast, embark on an adventurous road trip to the very far north east of Uganda – to the wild, remote and much lesser visited Kidepo Valley National Park.This particular Adventure & Wildlife Safari in Uganda journey to Kidepo from Mt. Elgon will take you through Pian-Upe game reserve where you will spot some wild animals. You will have lunch on the way and then continue the journey as you view the beautiful landscape and African lifestyle. The road trip will take around 10 hours depending on the weather conditions which determine the state of the roads in this part of the country. You will spend the night at one of the lodges in the park.

Accommodation

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (in rooms)/ Nga’moru Wilderness Camp
Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge in tents/ Apoka Rest Camp
Meal Plan: Half Board Basis

DAY 6: COMMUNITY VISIT AND GAME DRIVE IN KIDEPO

Today you will have a lazy morning allowing you to rest after the long journey. In the late morning hours, you will be taken on a Savannah Safari guided cultural village tour where you will learn about the nomadic lifestyle of the people around Karenga and Kidepo. During this cultural tour you will visit the Karamajong homesteads (manyattas) and see the kraals of cattle, the traditional costumes, stools, spears, headdress, knives, bows and arrows, jewelry, grinding stones and utensils all made locally by the natives. In the evening, after lunch an an afternoon rest, you will be taken for a sunset Savannah Safari game drive to explore more of Kidepo Valley National Park. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (in rooms)/ Nga’moru Wilderness Camp
Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge in tents/ Apoka Rest Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

DAY 7: DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast, we will set off for the tranquil Murchision Falls National Park. The drive will take you through Kitgum and Gulu towns taking approximately 8 hours before reaching Murchison Falls National Park. You will be transferred straight to your lodge where you will checkin and spend the night.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
Budget: 
Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili
Meal Plan: 
Full Board Basis

DAY 8: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE

After breakfast, proceed for a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, giving you a great chance of seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeests and different species of birds. After Lunch, the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the base of the  Murchison Falls. Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls you will disembark and climb your way up to the Top of the Falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the falls. After return to your lodge, and enjoy a good night`s rest.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
Budget: 
Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili
Meal Plan: 
Full Board Basis

DAY 9: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK.

After an early morning breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and head to Kibale National Park in western Uganda. The drive will take around 7-8 hours taking you past the Kijura snd Bunyoro escarpments. You will have packed lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury: Ndali lodge / Primate lodge / Kyaninga lodge
Moderate: Mountains Of The Moon / Kibale Forest Camp / Crater Safari Lodge / Primate Lodge
Budget: Rwenzori Travelers / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

DAY 10: CHIMP TREKKING AND TRANSFER TO BWINDI

After breakfast you will report at the briefing point for a break down of the rules before trekking the chimpanzees. The trek for the chimpanzees takes 2-3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to see other primates and animals as well as birds, and various species of butterflies and insects. You will have lunch at your lodge and thereafter drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.

Mid-range: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort/ Gorilla Mist Camp.

Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

DAY 11: GORILLA TREKKING AND TRANSFER TO LAKE BUNYONYI

The most exciting day of your safari! The briefing is at 8 am where you will learn about gorilla etiquette. Then you will start walking and hiking in the impenetrable forest until you find the gorillas. For one hour, you are allowed to watch those majestic giants! Depending on the duration of the track you will either have a rest first or thereafter head straight for Lake Bunyonyi.

The lake is said to be the second deepest lake in Africa and one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. From glistening backwaters and palm-fringed beaches to colourful villages, wildlife and tropical scenery, Bunyonyi is a truly exotic retreat place, perfect for adventure and relaxation.

It is also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias free. The journey takes 3-4 hours and you will have your lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight will be at one of the many lodges near the lake.

Accommodation

Luxury: Bird Nest / Arcadia Cottages / Lake Bunyonyi EcoResort

Moderate: Bunyonyi Safari Resort / Overland Resort / Bushara Island Camp

Budget: The Heart of Edirisa / Amasiko Homestay

Meal plan: Full Board

DAY 12: HIKE AND CANOE ON LAKE BUNYONYI

This day you can choose to either have a canoe-ride on Lake Bunyonyi or a walk through the surrounding hills. The landscape around the lake is made up of steep slopes covered with lush green vegetation protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. You can get to know the seven islands, visit the local families and admire views of volcano mountains.

Accommodation

Luxury: Bird Nest / Archadia Cottage / Lake Bunyonyi EcoResort

Moderate: Bunyonyi Safari Resort / Overland Resort / Bushara Island Camp

Budget: The Heart of Edirisa / Amasiko Homestay

Meal plan: Full Board

DAY 13: TRANSFER BACK TO ENTEBBE.

Our guide will drive you back to Entebbe where you will relax before catching your departure flight.

END OF SAFARI

 

Requirements for the Adventure & Gorilla Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking permits – You can apply and secure these on line but experience has shown that it is better coordinated when you send money to the tour firm to handle it for you at no extra cost to the standard fee (USD600)
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

The Safari package includes:

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Rhino trekking fees
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Boat trips
  • Visit to the top of the Murchison falls fee
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale National Park
  • Gorilla trekking permit for $600 per person
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Game drives
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Pick up and Return airport transfers.

The Safari package excludes expenses of a personal nature such as:

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and Chimpanzees
  • Personal insurance
  • Cigarettes