GRAND UG EXPEDITION

 

Every destination on this grand 19-day expedition through Uganda promises an enticing adventure, from the most popular parks and forests, to the remote and rare corners of the country. Experience the best panoramas, game drives, boat cruises, bird-watching, outdoor sports and cultural encounters Uganda has to offer, including a taste of urban life with a complimentary Kampala city tour.

19 DAYS | 18 NIGHTS

Safari highlights

  • Airport pick up
  • ziplinning- forest walk
  • White water rafting – source of the River Nile
  • Hike to Sipi falls
  • Multiple game drives
  • Karamajongs cultural encounter
  • Mount Lomeji Hike
  • Boat cruises
  • Hike to top of Murchison falls
  • Chimpanzee tracking 
  • Lake Nkuruba hike
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Forest walk in Rwenzori
  • Kyambura Gorge viewing
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Batwa cultural encounter
  • Lake Bunyonyi adventure and relaxation

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Pick up from Entebbe international airport.     

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a concierge from Bushman Safari receives us and takes us to our lodging for a restful night in anticipation of the ultimate tour experience in the pearl of Africa. 

Meal plan: H/B

Day 2: transfer to adventure capital- zip lining and forest walk.

After breakfast, we journey east towards Jinja. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination and we make the most of it with a tranquil forest walk and zip-lining in Mabira Forest.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Griffin camp

 

Day 3: Explore the world’s longest river

From the intimate depths of Mabira Forest, we head to the open waters of the world’s longest river. After breakfast and briefing, we launch our rafts into the rapids. Once the thrill of paddling the powerful River Nile has passed, we break for a hearty lunch and wind up the day drifting in the calm waters with a refreshing drink as the sun sets.

Meal plan: full board

Accommodation: Nile resort.

Day 4: Travel to Kapchorwa – Hike to Sipi falls

Today, our expedition heads further east to Kapchorwa, a land settled at the slopes of Mt. Elgon. After checking into our booked lodge and recharging with lunch, we embark on a scenic hike through the abundant vegetation towards Sipi Falls, the jewel of the east. Kapchorwa, which translates to “a friend’s place” is a lush landscape full of breathtaking vistas which shimmer in the setting sun as we make our return journey.

Meal plan: H/B

Accommodation: Lacam lodge

Day 5: Early morning game drive in Pian Upe

An early breakfast prepares us for a morning game drive that takes us north into Pian Upe, one of Uganda’s hidden gems. Unknown to most, Pian Upe is the second largest conservation area in Uganda; a secluded and expansive landscape inhabited by elusive wildlife, like the Roan Antelope. Birders will enjoy a diverse array of species that speckle the grasslands and rock formations. From Pian Upe we return to our lodge to rest up for the coming expedition.

Meal plan: F/B                                                                                                                                                                            Accommodation: Lacam lodge

 

Day 6: Transfer to kidepo valley national park

After breakfast, we check out of our lodge and embark on a drive to the northernmost corner of Uganda. Our destination is Kidepo National Park; an expanse of pristine wilderness that borders Kenya and Sudan. On arrival, we check into our lodging and settle in for the night.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation:  Nga moru wilderness camp.

Day 7: Early morning game drive and cultural experience with the Karamajongs

Our game drive starts early to ensure an encounter with the wildlife grazing and gallivanting in the cool hours before the sun peaks. We return to the lodge for a late breakfast and a brief respite before lunch. In the afternoon, we enjoy a cultural experience with the local community of the Karamajong, a nomadic group of pastoralists who pride themselves on the preservation of their land and culture. 

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Nga moru wilderness camp

Day 8: hike to Lomeji Mountain and evening game drive

It’s time to lace up our boots and pack plenty of water, snacks and lunch. Today, we venture on a hike to a rare destination, Lomeji Mountain. Our determined hiking is rewarded with a vantage point that lets us, on one side, see the far reaches of Kidepo Valley National Park, and on the other side, peer over the border into South Sudan. We descend and hop into our vehicle for an evening game drive before returning to our lodge.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Nga moru wilderness camp

Day 9: Transfer to Murchison falls national park, lunch en-route

After breakfast, we head southwest to Murchison Falls National Park which cradles the world’s strongest waterfalls and is home to a dizzying array of wildlife and birds. The day’s journey ends when we check into our lodge for the night.

 Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation:  Fort Murchison

Day 10: Morning game drive, Afternoon Boat cruise- hike to the top of the falls.

Before dawn breaks, we venture into the populous north side of the park where the diverse wildlife keeps us alert in hopes of spotting as many species as possible; from elephants, giraffes and lions, to the elusive, nocturnal leopard. After lunch, we set out for a launch trip to the base of Murchison Falls. Buffaloes, crocodiles and hippos lounge along the banks in the company of aquatic birds like the Dwarf Kingfisher, the Goliath Heron, and the hornbill. We dock at the foot of the falls and hike to the top to witness the breathtaking scene created where the Nile surges through a narrow opening and pours out into the devil’s cauldron, crowned by a permanent rainbow.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Fort Murchison

 

Day 11: Transfer to Kibale forest national park

Our journey takes us further southwest to Kibale National Park. The winding road reveals divine landscapes, including a stop for lunch in Fort Portal; a town cradled in the foothills of Mount Rwenzori From the famed land of the “mountains of the moon”, we venture on into the forests of Kibale National Park where we check into our lodge for the night.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Kibale forest camp

 

Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking, Lake Nkuruba.  

Breakfast is followed by a briefing at the Kibale National Park headquarters in preparation for today’s chimpanzee tracking expedition. We follow in the footsteps of tracking experts to get a glimpse into the habits and habitats of our closest primate relatives. From the forest, we return for a lunch break and then make our way to Lake Nkuruba where we are greeted by idyllic scenes of the crater lakes

Accommodation: Kibale forest camp.

 

Day 13: Bigodi swamp walk – Transfer to Rwenzori

In the morning, we’re dropped at the entrance of Bigodi Swamp and delve into the vegetation for a tranquil nature walk that brings us into contact with a multitude of Uganda’s unique bird species. After lunch at the lodge and check-out, we manoeuvre back to the foothills of the Rwenzori range for a spectacular sunset.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Wild tracks overland camp

 

Day 14: forest walk

With packed lunches, we set off early in the day to Trekkers Hostel Kilembe. Here we rendezvous with a seasoned guide who leads us on a forest trail along Munyamubuli Hill, pointing out the tree and plant species that populate the verdant landscape of Rwenzori.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: wild tracks overland camp.

 

Day 15: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park- Afternoon boat cruise and evening game drive

A brief drive takes us to Queen Elizabeth National Park where we check in and enjoy a relaxing morning before taking on the best the park has to offer. After lunch, we head to Mweya where we launch an afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel. This cruise offers the best view of aquatic birds, hippos, buffaloes and other wildlife at the water side. In the evening, we enjoy splendid vistas of the crater lakes en-route to a game drive in Kasenyi before returning to the lodge for the night.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Bush lodge

 

Day 16: Kyambura gorge-Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park.

We depart from Queen Elizabeth National Park after breakfast and head for the open grasslands of Ishasha, the favoured habitat of the tree climbing lions. This route gives us a chance to spot one of these rare creatures on the way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where we check in for the night.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp.

 

Day 17: Gorilla tracking and Batwa cultural encounter.

Today we undertake a trek into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on one of Uganda’s most treasured travel experiences: gorilla tracking. Forest guides have identified families ahead of our journey and lead us through the undergrowth to their dwelling. Here we get to watch the gorilla families we so easily relate to in their natural habitat. In the comfort of the forest, we look on as juveniles play around the adult females, protected by the presence of a formidable silverback. After our descent, we make our way into the local communities to enjoy a cultural encounter with the Batwa people, the Pygmies of Ituri Forest.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp.

 

Day 18: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

 As the tour winds up, we head to Lake Bunyonyi for a day at Africa’s second deepest lake. We relax and unwind at the shore or enjoy an array of activities like canoeing, swimming, bird-watching, or biking.

Meal plan: F/B

Accommodation: Bunyonyi overland resort

 

Day 19: Travel back to Kampala

On the last day of our adventure, we journey back to Kampala, enjoying the landmarks and culture we encounter along the way. We stop for lunch at the Igongo Cultural Center and a photo opportunity at the Uganda Equator, giving us a chance to collect a few more souvenirs and gifts to complement 19 days worth of adventure stories. The journey ends in Kampala or onward to Entebbe to catch a plane that is homeward bound. 

Meal plan: H/B

 

 

Inclusive

  • All airport pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Park entrance fees
  • All activities within the itinerary
  • All meals and accommodation within the itinerary
  • All ground transportation in a luxurious 4×4 vehicle
  • Full-time guidance from an English-speaking driver/guide
  • Boat trips on the exhilarating River Nile
  • Water to keep you hydrated while on safari
  • chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking permits. 

Exclusive

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Phone calls and bar bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Air fare
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Driver guide’s gratuity

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Bushman Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

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