21 Days Uganda Gorillas, Chimp & Wildlife
Get a chance to immerse yourself into the unspoiled African wilderness areas only on our all-round 21 days Uganda gorillas, chimps & wildlife safari. Visit all the relevant Uganda National Parks and other tourist sites in the various parts of the country from East to the West, North to the South. This is one of the best primate and wildlife tours introducing you into both the verdant tropical forest and extensive savanna plains including Bwindi National Park, Kibale National Park while savanna protected areas include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo and Murchison Falls National Park. The long Uganda safari lets you to encounter diversity of wildlife ranging from big game – elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards, rhinos, antelopes, giraffes, zebras, etc; chimpanzees, golden monkeys and mountain gorillas. It also includes visit to the Sipi Falls, found in the Eastern side of Uganda and a spectacular falls consisting of triple waterfalls.
Day 1: Kampala – Jinja, half day whitewater rafting experience
Leave a comfortable hotel or lodge in Kampala for Jinja, 2 hours’ drive in a mechanically fit car driving via Mabira Forest – a natural forest found en-route to Jinja. At Jinja- East Africa’s adrenaline adventure capital will treat you with white water rafting taking you through tough challenge on the strongest grade 5 and rapids.
After, connect back to your lodge in Jinja city for the rest of evening relaxation, dinner and overnight sleep. Other alternative experiences you may opt for while in Jinja include bungee jumping, boat cruise, horseback riding, quad biking, jet boating and others.
Day 2: Jinja – Sipi Area with lunch on arrival
Mount Elgon is located about 175kms from Jinja and en-route lunch will be had at Mbale city. Connect afterwards to Sipi Falls for hiking adventure to explore the Triple waterfalls/Sipi Falls located at the slopes of the Mt. Elgon. After a hike to the falls, connect to the lodge to chill, dine and overnight sleep.
Day 3 – 6: Mount Elgon climbing adventure
Spend at least 4 days exploring the beautiful Mt. Elgon – located in Eastern Uganda within Mount Elgon National Park. Mt. Elgon – a home of the world’s mountain caldera in the world is comprised of distinct peaks with the highest being Wagagai (4321m), Sudek (4302m), Mubiyi (4211m), Masaba (4161m) and Koitobos (4222m).
Today, you will undertake a direct climbing path to commence your adventure to the Wagagai peak, but first journey stops at 1600m for you to enjoy the view of the Elgon and its surrounding.
Day 7: Kidepo wildlife trip via Mbale city
Travel to the extreme North-eastern side of Uganda to explore unspoiled Kidepo Valley National Park- the “Maasai Mara of Uganda” to engage in a guided game drives, cultural encounters in the Karamojong communities, etc. Arrival late in the afternoon, relax the rest of the day.
Day 8: Kidepo guided game drives, community visit
Early rise for a cup of tea or coffee, after, board a 4x4 vehicle with guide ready for Kidepo’s early morning guided game drive at 6:45am taking 2-3 hours. In the golden savannas of Kidepo while on a game drive, expect animal sightings of the rothschild giraffes, lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, elands, zebras, oribis together with birds like ostriches. Get back for lunch break, relaxation and later, take a walk to Karamojong villages – visit the Manyatta, learn about the ancient ways of life of the Karamojong people then get the best of their dances, music performance.
Day 9: Nature walks & hiking Mt. Morungole with cultural visit to the IK
After breakfast, leave for rewarding nature walk around the park to see some wildlife, birds, flora and proceed to Mt. Morungole for long day hike to IK community at the summit. At the summits, interact with the IK and later, descend back to have the rest of the evening at the lodge.
Day 10: Kidepo – Murchison Falls National Park Northwest
Leave Kidepo early for a long road trip to Uganda’s largest park – Murchison Falls National Park also a home of the world’s powerful falls. Spreading to cover 3840sq.kms, Murchison is found in the North-west of Uganda and a home to 4 of the big 5 members with exception of only rhinos.
Day 11: Murchison Falls with game drive, launch cruise
Have breakfast, then leave in a 4x4 vehicle with pop up roof for a game drive at 7:00am and take the Northern circuit to see rothschild giraffes, big game, hartebeests, oribis, alongside birds in large numbers. Drive back after 2-3 wildlife encounter, have lunch and later, get a chance to reach the base of the falls and its top while on a boat excursion from Paraa via Victoria Nile 2-3 hours. The boat excursion comes with ultimate view of hippos, Nile crocodiles, together with lots of aquatic birds.
Day 12: Top of the falls tour & drive to Hoima
Visit the top of the Murchison Falls after breakfast to witness it squeeze itself into the 8m rock then fall 43m below creating devil’s cauldron, a permanent rainbow. After photography, get back to the car for transfer to Hoima – the oil city, visit the homesteads then later, have overnight stay.
Day 13: Hoima – Kibale with en-route hike to the top of the world
Exit Hoima city early for Kibale National Park through Fort Portal city. In the afternoon/evening, take a walk to enjoy mesmerizing view of the Ndali-Kasenda Crater (the top of the world).
Day 14: Guided chimpanzee tracking/habituation experience
Enjoy a 2-4 hours of tracking to see chimpanzees in the wild starting at 8:00am after briefing from the park official. On a normal chimp trek, expect to spend 1 hour of face to face encounter (with already habituated chimpanzees) and on chimp habituation, 4 hours but with the semi-habituated chimpanzee community. For chimpanzee tracking visitors, the afternoon will include Bigodi Wetland Swamp tour to see more primates alongside birds and other mammals.
Day 15: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park with Salt Lake trip
Leave early Kibale National Park to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park located 4 hours’ drive away. En-route include view of Rwenzori Mountains at the background and lunch served on arrival at the park, then proceed for Salt Lake tour.
Day 16: Wildlife/game drive, launch excursion
A game drive early after breakfast for you to encounter clearly the savanna dwellers such as elephants, lions, antelopes, warthogs, buffaloes, leopards etc via Kasenyi sector. Return to have a relaxed afternoon, then embark on recreational launch trip via Kazinga Channel to see hundreds of hippos, crocodiles plus birds.
Day 17: Ishasha sector & Bwindi road trip
Connect to Ishasha area in the Southern side of Queen Elizabeth NP for a short game drive allowing you to see the tree climbing lions with picnic lunch following. Drive to Bwindi for an afternoon relaxation, dinner and a night sleep.
Day 18: Guided gorilla trekking Bwindi
Early morning, assemble at park offices for briefing on gorilla trekking rules and to be assigned to gorilla families. Actual visit to gorillas starts at 8:00am and takes 2-6 hours including 1 hour to be spent taking pictures, learning about their daily behaviors and being a long day, you will enjoy a picnic lunch. Get back to the lodge to check out then travel to Lake Bunyonyi – 122kms drive.
Day 19: Lake Bunyonyi excursion
29 islands make Lake Bunyonyi spectacularly stunning and you will have a boat ride excursion exploring one of the island. In the evening, visit the Batwa – the original forest keepers or go interact with Bakiga.
Day 20: Lake Mburo trip with afternoon launch cruise
Exit accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi for Lake Mburo NP with lunch served at the lodge when you arrive. A boat cruise excursion on Lake Mburo follows for you to see lots of hippos, crocodiles, plus many aquatic birds.
Day 21: Departure with game drive
Following breakfast, leave Lake Mburo NP with an early game drive to see special wildlife in the park including zebras, giraffes, leopards, lions, buffaloes, antelopes and birds. Get back to Kampala with stopover at Equator to take pictures – marking the end of 21 days Uganda gorillas, chimps & wildlife.