Around Uganda Program

16Days/15Nights

 Day One: Meet - Transfer to Hotel.

Meet and assist upon arrival at Entebbe International airport and transfer to Grand Imperial Hotel in the heart of Kampala.

Transfer Time: About an hour Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast.

Day Two: Jinja Tour – Sipi Falls.

At 0700hrs, meet and greet at your grand imperial hotel and drive eastward through trading centers and roadside markets. Start your day’s adventure with a visit to Ssezibwa Falls; these are spectacular falls that emanate from two rivers that flow from Mabira Forest. An informative guide will narrate numerous stories with culture and deity inclination. Stretch into Mabira (Uganda’s Largest Natural Forest Reserve) and explore the forest’s rich flora and fauna with a hike to Griffins Falls.  Proceed to the Source of the Nile; you will have an occasion to ride on a boat to see where the Nile states it’s approximately 6000kms journey to Med Sea in Egypt. You will also have an occasion to see the Speke Monument which stands where John Speke stood and declared the discovery of the Source to the Mysterious Nile. Nile is derived from a Greek word “Nelios” which literally means “river valley”! The Nile is credited for one of the greatest civilizations in human history. For centuries this mysterious river fed the great Egyptian civilization with volumes of water and silt but the source remained unknown.  About 1862, John Speke, a great British Explorer reached the present day Jinja and exposed to the rest of the world, the vivid source of the Nile. Break for lunch and exit Jinja heading to Mbale town, continue to Kapchorwa and settle-in at Sipi River Lodge.

Transfer Time: About Five Hours to Sipi

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day Three: Visit Sipi Falls – Pian-Upe

Wake up to the sounds and calls of the wilderness, have breakfast and embark of the expedition covering the three Sipi Falls. These falls support a significant percentage of biodiversity on the foothills and base of Mt. Elgon. Return to Sipi River Lodge for lunch and exit Kapchorwa area heading to Pian-Upe. This game reserve is vast and extremely remote, it borders Lake Opeta to the west and Mt. Kadama to the east thus the reserve lies in a rich bio-diversity.  Settle-in at the Uganda Wildlife Banda and attend a cultural performance. Dinner and overnight at the Pian Upe Wildlife Bandas.

Transfer Time: About Two Hours to Pian-Upe

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day Four: Game drive – Moroto Town.

Day break hits in the vast plains of Pian Upe game-reserve, embark on exploring the vast wooded grassland with riverine woodland, kopjes, red acacia and desert date among other vegetation species. Look-out for plains zebra, eland and Grant’s gazelle. Others are Jackals, Topis, Cape buffalo, Roan Antelope, Rock hyrax, Aardvard, Spotted Heynas, Leopards, Jackals, Cheetahs, Bohor and Mountain Reedbuck, Oribi and Klipspringer among other animals. Primate residents include Vervets, Patas Monkeys and Olive Baboons. The birdlife is quite rich with about 242 confirmed species that include Ostriches, Secretary Bird and the Shoebill Stork in the Swampy areas of the park.  After an adventure in incredible Pian Upe, exit and transfer to Namalu Trading Centre and break for Lunch. Pay a visit to Kokumonge People – Nakapiripirit and proceed to Moroto town and overnight at Kara-tunga Guesthouse or similar.

Transfer Time: About Three Hours to Moroto

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day Five: Moroto - Kidepo Valley National Park.

After an early breakfast, check-out and embark on a long picturesque drive through sections of Matheniko and Bokora game-reserves and the vast Karamoja land to Kidepo Valley National Park. Settle-in at Apoka Rest Camp and a hot lunch shall be served to you. Later in the evening, take a sundown game-drive and watch the sunset as the dark takes over from daylight in Kidepo extreme wilderness. Dinner and overnight at Apoka Rest Camp.

Transfer Time: About Five Hours to Apoka - Kidepo

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day Six: Narus Valley – Kidepo Valley

Dawn breaks on the plains of Kidepo Valley National Park, wake-up, have breakfast and get on board for a game adventure across Kidepo seasonal river to the semi-arid section of the park. This section is famous for the Ostriches and the hot springs. Its right at the border point with South Sudan thus you can have wonderful scenery across the border. Return to the lodge for lunch and relation. Later in the evening, go for the sundowner up on Katurum hill. This offers a platform for a spectacular view of Narus Valley; absolutely breathtaking. Return to the Lodge and relax for the rest of the evening. All meals and bed at Apoka Rest Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day Seven: Sunrise Game-drive & Sundown game-drive or Tribal Visits.

Wake-up to the rhythm of nature, follow your adventure instincts on a morning game-drive, we shall employ a network of trails for you to fully explore Kidepo Valley National Park. Lunch break at Apoka Rest Camp, afternoon at leisure and a sundown game-drive for more avenues to see, watch and experience wildlife. You may choose to take another game-drive or take a tribal visit to a nearby Karamajong community. Still on this day, we can arrange a visit to Morungule Mountain to see the Ike people. This has to commence in the morning and takes almost three quarters of the day. Retire from the day at 

Transfer Time: About Five Hours to Sipi

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day Eight: Kidepo - Murchison Falls N.P

At 0630hrs bid farewell to Kidepo Valley and transfer via Kaabong, Kitgum, Atiak and break for lunch in Gulu town. Continue with the journey and follow the Karuma Bridge route to eventually turn to Pakwatch road and nestle-in at Fort Murchison Lodge. Under go check-in procedures and later embark on a sundown game-drive as an initial taste on adventure if time permits. Return to Fort Murchison and settle-in for the rest of the evening. Dinner and overnight there-in.                                                                                  

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.                                                                                                                  Transfer Time: About 7hrs

Day Nine: Sunrise Game-drive - Waterfall Boat - Hike to the Top of the Falls.  

Rise up early and join your driver/guide on an early morning game-adventure. Lookout for Buffalloes, Giraffes Elephants, Warthogs, Jackson Hartebeasts, Lions, Leopard and Heynas among others. The vast plains of Murchison Falls N.P. are decorated by Borussas Palms that feed elephants which turn do the propagation. Return to your lodging, relax and take a hot lunch. At 1400hrs, transfer to the pier, attend briefing and embark on a boat-cruise on the serene Nile Waters to the Bottom of Murchison Falls. On the way, lookout for pirates of the Nile; Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, variety birds including the African Fish Eagle and other animals that quench their thirst on the waters of the Nile. The float finally reveals the immensely spectacular Murchison Falls as the gigantic spillage from a height of 44 metres lands and settles from the "Devil's Cauldron". This is a perfect moment to employ your lens and take images of the beautiful Murchison Falls. At this point, leave the boat and take an approximately 45 minute hike to the Top of Murchison Falls where you can bear witness to the wonders of the Falls. The Niles moves from being almost 80 meters wide to funnel through a 6 metre gorge creating a mayhem sound and wing of beautiful rainbow. A litany of expressions explain the beauty of the falls and this you can experience by own presence. Join your driver/guide and ride back to Fort Murchison

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.                                                                                                                 

Day Ten: Breakfast – Transfer to Kibale Forest N.P.

Wake up to rhythm of nature, have breakfast, check-out and embark on a long scenic ride via Masindi and Hoima Towns respectively. Break for lunch and continue along the Albertine belt to Fort Portal. Proceed to your lodging facility near Kibale Forest N.P. Nestle-in at Forest Camp in Tents with a natural forest breeze. After dinner, prepare and undergo briefing by the ranger-guide.  With strong touches and night vision gear, follow your allocated guide on a night forest walk. Look out for bush babies, galagos and eagle owls among other animal species. Return to Kibale Forest Camp for the night. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.                                                                                                                  Transfer Time: About 8hrs

Day Eleven: Chimpanzee Tracking or Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

This early morning, wake-up and have breakfast, attend briefing by the Ranger-guide and enter the sanctuary to embark on your morning Chimpanzee tracking session. In addition to a large community of chimpanzees, there are 13 other primate species, including red and black-and-white colobus monkeys, l’Hoest’s, red-tailed, vervet and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, as well as four species of nocturnal primates.

The birdlife is prolific, with approximately 400 species recorded for the area. Highlights include the crested guineafowl, great blue turaco, grey parrot, green-breasted & African pitas, African crowned eagles and black bee-eaters. Break for lunch and then embark on an afternoon Bigodi Swamp Walk. The Swamp is a community based tourism project which offers a platform for you to see more primates, swamps and forest birds. On your tour, you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black and white colobus, red colobus, mangabey, red tail, vervet, and L’Hoest. Other wetlands mammals include baboons, sitatunga (an increasingly endangered swamp antelope), bush pigs, civet cats, mongooses, bush bucks and an occasional chimpanzee appearance. Return to Kibale Forest Camp for the night. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.                                                                                                                 

Day Twelve: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth N.P.

Arise to the wild rhythms of Kibale Forest, have breakfast, check-out and taking a scenic route via Fort Portal and Kasese Towns Respectively. Stop at the Kikorongo Equator point for a picture opportunity as you stand in the imaginary middle of the planet. Access Queen Elizabeth National Park Kabatooro gate, stand at the Queen’s Pavilion and get a panoramic view of the park.  Take an en-route game-drive as your transfer to Bush Lodge. Break for lunch, relax and later in the evening, join your driver/guide on a sundown game-drive. Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge.  

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Transfer Time: About 3hrs.

Day Thirteen: Sunrise Game-drive – Kazinga Boat-Launch

Wake-up to the sounds of the nature, get on board and embark on a sunrise game-drive. The vast savannah plains, swamps and forests of Queen Elizabeth are home to about 95 mammals and over 600 bird-species. Look-out for lions, leopards, elephants, warthogs, bushbucks, cape buffaloes and waterbucks among others. We shall utilize a network of trails to access animal habitats and create more avenues for you to see and experience as much as nature shall make available.

After lunch, transfer to the pier/dock to arrive on time for your afternoon boat-ride on boat Kazinga Channel. A thread of water that joins lakes George and Edward, Kazinga Channel is lifeline/habitat to Nile Crocodiles, arguably the highest concentration of Hippos on planet Earth, different species of Egrets, Goliath Herons, and Saddle - billed Storks, African Fish Eagles, Egyptian Gees and Cormorants among other bird species. The channel is a source of for Elephants, buffaloes and many other bird-species.  Return to the dock and exploit the remaining part of the day in the wild.

Meals and bed at Bush Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.                                                                                                     

Day Fourteen: To Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P.

Watch the sunrise over the panoramic lakes George and Edward, breakfast, check-out and take an en-route game-drive as you exit Mweya Peninsular section heading to the Ishasha section that is renowned for the tree-climbing lions. We shall employ a network of trails in the southern circuit to create viewing avenues of the great predators hanging in Fig and Acacia Trees. After picnic lunch, proceed and follow meandering routes to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.  Settle-in at Buhoma Community Rest Camp in Bwindi or Similar.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Transfer Time: About 7hrs

Day Fifteen: Day to Track Gorillas

A chilly and misty morning, wake-up and prepare for the summit of your Uganda Safari; the encounter with the critically endangered Gentle Great Apes!! Pack lunch, water and a rain gear and attend the briefing session to be conducted by the head-ranger.  After, get hold of your walking stick, carry your lunch, camera and binoculars and follow our allocated ranger-guide into the gorilla sanctuary. Follow instructions as shall be given by the ranger, maintain silence and appreciated nature. On sight of the gorillas, keep calm and watch them feed, play, swing from one branch to another and fully exploit the strictly one hour allowed in their presence. Bwindi Forest is an ancient forest with a diversity of flora and fauna for you to see, feel and experience. Return to the launch site, receive your tracking certificates and take a ride back to Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Similar. Possible Batwa Community visit if time permits.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.                                                                                                                 

Day Sixteen: Bwindi - Entebbe

Last moments in the domain of the Gentle Great Apes, breakfast, check-out and follow snaking routes via villages and trading centers to finally break for lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre. Get on board, and travel toward Kampala with a stop at the Equator Point for a photo opportunity and shopping for curio items/souvenirs. Proceed to Entebbe, freshen-up with farewell dinner and finally drop-off at Entebbe for onward flight out.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Transfer Time: About 6hrs

END OF SERVICE

 

Ape Treks-Demystify Africa Just Imagine

Your senses of anticipation as you hike through dense bamboo forest tracking the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Anticipation to be replaced with a thrilling sense of awe and wonder as you finally set your eyes on these greatest of the apes in their natural habitat.

Explore Gorilla Excursions request for More Information

Ape Treks on Facebook

ApeTreks On TripAdvisor


Ape Tweets

Ape Treks
Atop Sabyinyo Volcano, God the Chief Florist has thi for us! https://t.co/vaxKolr1FJ
Ape Treks
Its a Bronze Mannikin... We caught this little bird on camera at the Edge of Kibale Forest N.P. #apetreksughttps://t.co/2j8lTvadfN
Follow Ape Treks on Twitter

Contact Us

 

Plot 472 Nsambya Road, 2nd Floor Room 31 Millennium House Nsambya
P.O. Box 29671 Kampala Uganda

TEL:  +256 414 374 930 / 772 616 021