20 Days Exploring Uganda Safari

Experience an abundance of wildlife, scenery, and cultural experiences on this 20 day Uganda Safari. For most people mountain gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking are the highlight of this safari. There are amazing opportunities of seeing numerous exotic animals like Rhinos, lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopard, elephants, and several species of birds. Enjoy the thundering Murchison Falls and the crater lakes is the western and southwestern of the country. This journey will bring you close to nature and culture – Uganda, the Pearl of Africa!

Uganda Safari Highlights:

  • Game drives
  • Boat cruises
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Nature walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • Crater Lakes
  • Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Water Rafting
  • Boat ride in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Photo session at the Equator

Day 1: Arrival to the Pearl of Africa

On your arrival, Kagera Safaris representative will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Enjoy the breeze from Lake Victoria – 2nd largest lake in the world.

Journey time – 1 hour
Meal plan – Dinner

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

Day 2: Discover River Nile – White water Rafting

rafting the nile in jinjaIn Jinja, the Nile finds its origin; visit the Source of River Nile where it starts its 4000 km journey through Africa.  Your driver guide will transfer you to the starting point of the water rafting where you will find other people waiting for an adventure filled day.

You shall have a whole days rafting experience on River Nile. You will go through half the rapids before lunch and the other half after lunch. There is an option for half day rafting and you choose to rest in the afternoon or choose any of the optional activities.

Journey time – 2 hour
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Mid range – Sipi River Lodge
  • Budget – Sipi falls resort

Day 3: Transfer to Sipi Falls

Today we leave Jinja, the source of river Nile after that exhilarating experience rafting the white waters of River Nile. We travel to Kapchorwa to hike the three water falls that together make up the Sipi Falls. The journey offers great views of mount Elgon on winding roads, scenery and roadside markets along the way.

You will trek the caves and bottom of Sipi falls with the natural splash of the water as it goes over the rocks. Later trek to the top of the falls to have another experience and view different activities. This will be on foot so one needs proper clothing, hiking shoes and enough energies to make it to all the three falls. According to Lonely Planet Guide, the sipi falls are “The most beautiful and romantic waterfall in the whole of Uganda”.

Day 4: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National park

Today morning after the experience exploring the sipi falls, you start the journey to the beautiful Kidepo valley national park. The drive is long but very rewarding driving through Karimajong villages with photographic moments.

Journey time – 10 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Upmarket – Apoka Safari Lodge
  • Mid range – Savannah Safari Lodge
  • Budget – UWA Bandas

Day 5: Games drives in Kidepo valley National Park

Wake up early and start the journey to the beautiful Kidepo valley national park. This park is the most remote in Uganda and certainly worth the long trip.  The park is between several mountains in 2 main valleys i.e. the Narus valley and the Kidepo valley. Most of the animals are found in the Narus valley where they is water all year round unlike the Kidepo valley which is dry is some months of the year leaving animals without source of water. Kidepo is home to the largest herd of Buffaloes anywhere in Africa.

Day 6:  Transfer to Murchison falls national park

After this fulfilling experience in Kidepo valley NP, we transfer to Murchison falls NP. The drive will take you through villages and finally you arrive in Gulu for lunch.

Journey time – 6 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

  • Up market – Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Mid range – Fort Murchison
  • Budget – Heritage Lodge

Day 7: Game drive and Boat Safari on River Nile

giraffe-murchison-fallsMurchison Falls National park is the biggest in Uganda and offers fulfilling game viewing. The game drives start early morning right after breakfast which increases the chances of sighting different animals especially the predators that tend to go into hiding during the heat of the day. The game drive happen in the northern bank of River Nile, where we look out for giraffes, elephants, hartebeest, Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions and different bird species.

In the after-noon, the safari will continue on River Nile – Nile boat safari towards the mighty Murchison falls. The relaxed boat safari provides more opportunities for spotting a variety of animals and birds and falls from. You have an opportunity to watch the falls from below.

Day 8: Drive to the Chimps in Kibale Forest NP

Today we depart for the home of Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park. Kibale forest is home to 13 species of primates with the main attraction being chimpanzee tracking and bird watching. The journey to this tropical forest passes villages and colorful road markets. Lunch will en route or packed.

Journey time – 7 hours
Meal plan – Dinner

  • Up market – Papaya Lake Lodge
  • Mid range – Primate lodge
  • Budget – Chimpanzee guest house

Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking in their natural habitat

chimp-kibale-forestChimpanzee tracking is a fulfilling adventure that takes you deep in the tropical forests with streams of water and abundant wildlife. You will start with a briefing from the ranger guide about your chimp trek. On your trek, you might have sightings of red-tailed monkeys, black-and white Columbus monkeys,butterflies, and birds calling from the canopies. With the help of your ranger guide, you will locate the chimps. Enjoy picture moments and watch them as they play, groom, and feed.

After lunch visit Bigodi swamp – a community project known for its rich diversity of birds and primates depending on the availability of time. This community project is involved in providing employment for youth through tour guiding, some of the proceeds go into establishment of schools and teachers pay.

Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Today after breakfast, our wildlife tour continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy views of several crater lakes and the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges. On arrival in the park, have lunch and take a boat safari on Kazinga channel. The boat safari is a great way to enjoy water, animals, birds and photography.

Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

  • Up market – Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Mid range – Marafiki Safari Lodge
  • Budget – Bush Lodge

Day 11: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

tree-climbing-lionsThe animals in their different families, clans, and groups are out starting on their day. Watch the animals in their natural habitat and notice the difference with those caged in zoos. You will do this mostly from the Kasenyi plains where there is the large Kob mating ground. Look out for Elephants, Lions, Leapard, Waterbucks, Buffaloes, and several colorful birds.



Day 12: Transfer to Ishasha

After this experience, we drive to watch them and proceed to Ishasha, famed for the tree-climbing lions. It is not easy to sight these but we shall mount a search with the help of rangers. Lunch will be a picnic or at the lodge.

Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

  • Up market – Ishasha wilderness camp
  • Mid range – Bwindi Jungle lodge
  • Budget – Enjojo Lodge

Day 13: Expedition to the Gorillas in Bwindi Forest

Today we start journey to the home of the gentle giants of Bwindi – Mountain gorillas. The journey takes us through the terraced hills of Kigezi highlands. Lunch will be along the way or at the lodge depending on time of arrival. Take your well-deserved rest at your hotel in the lodge.

Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

  • Up market – Buhoma Lodge
  • Mid range – Haven Lodge
  • Budget – Rest Camp

Day 14: Mountain Gorilla trekking

baby-and-mother-gorillaMountain gorillas are true gentle giants found in Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable forestis abounding with life hosting species of birds, butterflies, primates, mammals, and trees. Your ranger guide will guide you to in conjunction with early trackers to the enormous and rare mountain gorillas deep in the jungles of Bwindi. The trekking experience takes anything from on hour (rarely) to about 8 hours to accomplish,  you only have one hour with gorillas to capture your finest moment. For those not interested in gorilla tracking can take a community village walk or short guided forest walk.

Day 15: Walk in the footsteps of the Batwa

The Batwa are an indigenous tribe that lived in the forest and depended on it for livelihood because they were hunter-gatherers. Today you will meet some of the Batwa and they will take you through the forest and how they lived and depended on it. This tour takes you through the Batwa trail showing you how they co-existed with the wildlife and raised families.

Day 16: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

As you reminisce on your gorilla experiences we depart for Lake Bunyonyi, the 2nd deepest lake in Africa. Enjoy stunning scenery – interlocking hills terraced by the locals as they practice farming named the “Switzerland of Africa” by Churchill, the great British diplomat.

Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

  • Up market – BirdsNest@Bunyonyi
  • Mid range – Arcadia cottages
  • Budget – Bugombe Gateway Camp

Day 17: Lake Bunyonyi Islands

lake-bunyonyiToday after a good night sleep, wake up and enjoy the rays of the sun over Lake Bunyonyi. It is surrounded by beautiful hills terraced by the locals as they grow potatoes and other crops for their food and excess for sale.

Take a canoe ride to some of the 29 Islands that will give you an overview of the cultural and history of the area. Most notable is the story of the ‘punishment island’ your guide will share this story while on your  boat ride.

In the afternoon, you can dive in the lake for a swim, go bird watching, or hike up a steep hill for more views of the lake and its islands. Alternatively you can set by the lake shores and enjoy reading a book.

Day 18: Journey to the home of Zebras – Lake Mburo national park

zebras lake mburo national parkLake Mburo National Park is a small gem in south western Uganda – en route to you pass through beautiful landscapes, plantations, and farms.

Our lunch will be at Igongo cultural Museum- exhibiting the life of the native people of the area.We will in the park later that afternoon and take a boat trip on Lake Mburo.

Journey time – 4 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner


  • Up market – Mihingo Lodge
  • Mid range – Rwakobo Rock
  • Budget – Eagles Nest

Day 19: Transfer to Kampala via Equator Monument

uganda-equatorAfter an early breakfast, we take a game drive and proceed to Kampala, with a stopover at the famous Equator line. Have lunch in the city or Equator depending on arrival time and proceed to Jinja.

Journey time – 4 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner


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

Day 20: End of the Classic African Safari

We hope you had a fantastic time in the Pearl of Africa both in the wild and with the people of Uganda. Buy souvenirs and transfer to the airport.

Gorilla trekking tips

  1. Bwindi impenetrable national park requires hiking,  you should pace yourself and drink plenty of water.
  2. Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden. Your ranger guide will communicate designated time and place for such.
  3. We encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  4. Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  5. Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  6. Long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  7. Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  8. Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a minimum fee of $20 or 50,000 Ugx

Tour includes

  • Ground transport
  • Gorilla permit fees
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Park entrance
  • Boat trips
  • Water rafting
  • 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