8 Days Northern Uganda Cultural & Wildlife Safari

On this 8 -day Uganda safari enjoy connecting with Ugandan people living in the north of the country that was previously cut off due to war. Visit their homes, eat their food and enjoy their music and dance in addition to other attractions in their community. In addition you will visit Uganda’s biggest national park – Murchison falls national park for an abundance of wildlife, scenery, and birds both while on a game drive and when on a boat safari.

Safari Highlights

  • Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Cultural experiences in Acholi land
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruises
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest

Day 1: Arrival for the 9 Days Northern Uganda Cultural and Wildlife Safari

Our friendly guide will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

Journey time ~ 1.5 hours

Meal plan – Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Kampala Serena
  • Mid range – Cassia lodge
  • Budget – Apricot Guesthouse

Day 2:  Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Have an early breakfast and depart for Gulu. The journey is a magical adventure with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to track Rhinos after which you will have lunch. Rhinos were extinct from Ugandan national parks but are currently being kept at the Rhino sanctuary with plan of re-introducing them into the wild.

Journey time ~ 6 hours

Meal plan – B, L & D

Accommodation – Gulu Churchill Courts

Day 3 & 4: Cultural and Community experiences

Gulu is the cultural and business center in northern Uganda. After suffering war for over 2 decades, it is back on its feet ready to share its beautiful landscape and culture with the visitors.

Stay in an Acholi village with a local family and see the day-to-day activities of a typical northern Ugandan village. Taste the authentic daily life and have a complete cultural immersion with traditional dance and food. The proceeds from your trip are directly benefiting the local population. You will have different activities on each of the days which include visiting a local school, market, gardens, water falls and medicine man depending on your interests.

Journey time ~ 1 hour

Meal plan – B, L & D

Accommodation – Community Homestay

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park

After a relaxed breakfast, you start the journey to Murchison falls National Park – the home of the most powerful waterfalls in the world as the Nile is fixed between a 7m gorge. You will have lunch before or at the lodge depending on the time.

Journey time ~ 4 hours

Meal plan – Dinner

Accommodation

  • Up market – Bakers Lodge
  • Mid range – Pakuba Safari lodge
  • Budget – Park side Safari Camp

Day 6: Game drive and Boat Safari

Murchison Falls National park is the biggest in Uganda and offers fulfilling game viewing. After an early break-fast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of River Nile, where we look out for giraffes, elephants, hartebeest, Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions and different bird species. Indeed, it is a privilege watching wild animals in their habitat as they eat, play, and protect the young. In the after-noon, the safari will continue on River Nile.

The relaxed boat safari provides more opportunities for spotting a variety of animals and birds. Enjoy the falls from below also known as the ‘devils cauldron’. This kind of boat cruise only found in Uganda in the whole of Africa.

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi – Budongo Forest

The next day we start early to look for Chimps in Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo forest. Your driver guide will drop you at the starting point for the briefing before you start the chimp trekking. Chimp tracking takes anything from 2  hours to 6 hours depending on where they nested the previous night. After this experience your driver will return you to your lodge for overnight.

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala

We drive to the top of Murchison falls where 1 km wide Nile forced into a 7-meter gap to a thunderous roar – known as the most powerful falls. There is a resident beautiful rainbow formed making a contrast with the crashing water. After the experience, proceed to Kampala.

Tour includes

  • Cultural and community experiences
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat ride
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Full board accommodation for two nights
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

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