Set your adrenaline pumping at the source of River Nile in Jinja, where whitewater rafting guarantees you a wild ride through Class II-V rapids; explore Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest and oldest conservation area; trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, home to the largest concentration of primates in the world; check out Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha; and wrap up your trip with a trek through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the iconic, critically endangered mountain gorillas.

INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR

Airport pick-up and return
Fully escorted by our guide
Travel within Uganda
11 nights luxury accommodation
All sightseeing and park entry fees as per itinerary

Day
1
Welcome to Uganda

When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be picked up by our guide/driver who will transfer you to your hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Distance from airport to hotel:5 minutes
Hotel options:Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe

Day
2
Transfer to Jinja for whitewater rafting/boat ride at the source of the Nile

Your sojourn in Uganda begins with a trip to Jinja, the country’s second-largest city and the source of the world’s longest river, the Nile. Jinja offers several adrenaline-filled adventure activities for you to choose from, including whitewater rafting right at the source of the world’s longest river, canoeing, boat ride, quad biking, a visit to the spot where the Nile begins its journey to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as horseback safaris.
Distance from Entebbe:3 hours
Hotel options: Jinja Nile Resort

Day
3
Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Today you’ll travel to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest and oldest conservation area, having been created close to a century ago. Located 305 kilometres northwest of the Kampala, the park is home to a variety of wildlife, including 76 mammal species and 451 bird species, according to statistics from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the institution that is in charge of Uganda’s flora and fauna.
But before you get to Murchison Falls, you’ll make a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you’ll get an insight into the sanctuary’s commendable conservation efforts. Tracking rhinos on foot is another a spectacular treat for seasoned safari-goers and walking safari enthusiasts.
From Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a two-hour drive will lead you to Murchison Falls National Park, where you’ll be a guest at the picturesque Chobe Safari Lodge.
Hotel options:Chobe Safari Lodge
Distance from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:2 hours

Day
4
Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park

Now, this is it! You’ll begin your fourth day in Uganda with a game drive in what is now known as Uganda’s wild animal kingdom.
Your day will start as early as 6:00 am as wild animals are most active in the morning. The morning game drive will reward you with sightings of some of the most fantastic wildlife Uganda has to offer: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, and a variety of antelope and bird species that roam this park.
After lunch in the afternoon, you will take a boat safari up the River Nile to Murchison Falls, the centrepiece of the park. Here you whet your eyes with crocodiles, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty animals seeking permanent water sources such as the Nile. The highlight, however, will be the base of the Murchison Falls, which rise 43 metres to create a magical, thunderous roar.
As the sun sets, you’ll take a hike to the top of the waterfalls for magnificent views of the park’s landscapes and spectacular photo opportunities.
Hotel options:Chobe Safari Lodge

Day
5
Drive to Karuziika Palace in Hoima

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Hoima, home to the Karuziika Palace Museum, an essential piece of the Banyoro tribe culture and history. The museum will introduce you to the rich history and culture of the legendary Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom which, at one time, stretched to Karagwe in northern Tanzania, some parts of Kenya, Sudan and even Rwanda. You’ll learn about the great King Kabalega, the only king in the region who ferociously fought colonial rule.
Cultural performers will regale you with Bunyoro’s unique music and dance, while a tour of the ancient palace will introduce you to the traditional ways of ancient African kings.
Distance from Murchison Falls:3 hours
Hotel options: Hoima Resort Hotel

Day
6
Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a 10-hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park, which is also known as the primate capital of the world. The park has the highest concentration of primate species in the world, with the chimpanzee the most famous of all.
The drive to Kibale will take you on a trip through some f Uganda’s most scenic countryside – lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations – so expect this to be another captivating sight-seeing adventure.
Distance from Murchison Falls National Park:10 hours
Hotel options:Papaya Lake Lodge

Day
7
Chimpanzee trekking and swamp/community walk

Today you can choose to track chimpanzees either in the morning or in the afternoon – up to you. More than 5,000 chimpanzees are said to be resident in Kibale Forest National Park, and 13 other primate species have been recorded here.
Once you find the chimps, you’ll be allowed to stay with them for one hour, but that one hour will be engraved in your memory for many years to come as an encounter with these species is one of the most poignant travel experiences in Uganda.
As you trek through the forest, you’ll also have chance encounters with other mammal species such as bongos, forest buffalos and forest elephants – in addition to plenty of Albertine Rift endemic bird species such as the highly sought-after Great Blue Turaco.
You’ll also walk through the swamp, passing through grassland where you are likely to spot primate species, bird species such as the Great Blue Turaco, as well as local communities going about their daily chores. Ugandans are friendly people, so expect them to greet you with enthusiastic waves!
After chimp trekking you’ll return to the hotel where you’ll spend the rest of the day relaxing, ahead of tomorrow morning’s journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Hotel options:Papaya Lake Lodge

Day
8
Community tour and journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you can choose to relax at the lodge, check out the crater lake, or join the local tea farming community and get to learn how tea leaves are picked for the highest quality. You’ll then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, about two hours away.
Spread across 2,500 square kilometres along the eastern shore of Lake Edward, Queen Elizabeth National Park is every traveller’s dream destination when it comes to incredible wildlife viewing – with each and every sighting unique and memorable.
Queen Elizabeth National Park also offers visitors magnificent views of the Rwenzori mountains – with most peaks dotted with giant candelabra euphorbia trees. The Kikorondo area also makes for a photographer’s dream destination, with plains that give way to some extinct volcanoes filled with numerous magnificent crater lakes.
Distance from Kibale:2 hours
Hotel options:Mweya Safari Lodge

Day
9
Game drive & boat safari

Today’s morning game drive will reward you with incredible sightings of Cape buffalos going at each other at a waterhole, magnificent elephant herds towering over the landscape, as well as the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha that will give you the proverbial death stare. Lions aside, the Ishasha sector of the park also plays host to topis, Uganda kobs and Cape buffalos.
Queen Elizabeth National Park harbours a whopping 95 species of mammals, including 5,000 hippos, 3,000 elephants, more than 10,000 cape buffaloes, as well as 619 species of birds – the most significant concentration of bird species in a single protected area in entire East Africa.
Kyambura Gorge, located on the northeastern side of the park, is an abode for lions, leopards, African finfoots, chimpanzees and black bee-eaters.
In the afternoon after lunch, a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Edward with Lake George, will offer you the most epic game viewing in the park – sightings of thousands of hippos, buffalo, elephant as well as multitudes of fish-eating birds.
After the boat ride you’ll return to your hotel where you’ll spend the evening relaxing.
Hotel options:Mweya Safari Lodge

Day
10
Tree-climbing lions of Ishasha

Today will probably be the highlight of your Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari. After breakfast, you will head out for a game drive to the Ishasha plains on your way out of the park.
Ishasha’s fig trees are a hideout for lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting prey, especially Uganda Kob. During the game drive, you’ll see some lions perched high on tree branches. Buffalo, topi and the Uganda kob are some of the other animals you’re likely to see during this game drive.
Today’s lunch will be served at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, after which you’ll be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the iconic mountain gorillas.
The journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will reward you with views of the vast Rift Valley escarpment, Kazinga Channel, Lake George, Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.
Distance from Queen Elizabeth National Park:2 hours
Hotel options:Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day
11
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 11 marks the highlight and end of your trip to Uganda. The ecologically diverse Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only national park in the world which harbours both the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
About 113 mammal species, more than 200 butterfly species, five primate species and 360 species of birds also call this forest home. But you’re here primarily for the iconic gorillas so today’s focus will be tracking one of the nine habituated gorilla families.
It can take between two to seven hours to locate the gorillas, depending on how lucky you are today. But once they are found, you will only be allowed to be with them for a maximum of one hour to avoid stressing them. Still, coming face-to-face with mankind’s closest relatives is a spellbinding, humbling and memorable experience – the most perfect way to wrap up your trip to the Pearl of Africa.
Hotel options:Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Day
12
Depart from Bwindi to Kihihi Airstrip, then to Entebbe

After breakfast in the morning, you’ll be driven to the nearby Kihihi Airstrip for your domestic flight to Entebbe International Airport from where you’ll catch your international flight.