14-Day Pearl of Africa Wildlife, Community and Cultural Safari

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14 Days
Availability : As you Plan
JINJA
LAKE BUNYONYI
Min Age : NA
Max People : Private Tailored Safari

Overview


Uganda is a land of contrasts; tangled jungle, snow-capped fabled mountain of the moon, roaring rapids, vast sparkling lakes, terraced hillsides, grassy plains, arid savanna, deep forest…and breathtaking beauty everywhere you look. In a matter of days you can see some of the world’s rarest creatures:  go tracking in the forest to see Gorillas and Chimps, search the marshlands for the elusive Shoebill, wander the forest floor following the trail of Forest Elephants, visit a Karamojong tribe or a Batwa (pygmy) village. This is a country worth knowing and it is definitely worth seeing.

Let Home to Africa take you on this remarkable safari into the wild Pearl of Africa that the Fond Memory will not be forgotten so soon.

Fun: White water rafting, game drive in the parks, boat trips to the base of the Murchison Falls and along the Kazinga Channel, chimp and gorilla trekking, interacting with the Karamojong and Batwa community.

Bragging Right: Being at the source of the Nile River and the top of the Murchison Falls, Close encounter with the chimps and gorillas in their natural habitat, sighting the big cats firsthand in their natural habitat, touring the Pearl of Africa.

 

My trip at a glance
Day and Date Destination Attention Accommodation Meals
Day One Entebbe Airport | Jinja | Hotel
  • Arrive, transfer to Jinja and overnight in the booked accommodation.
Source of the Smile Lunch, Dinner
Day Two Source of the Nile | Sipi River Lodge
  • Visit the source of the Nile (enjoy water rafting) and continue to Sipi River Lodge.
Sipi River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three Pian Upe Game Reserve | Kara-tunga Guesthouse
  • Go out and explore Pian Upe game reserve then proceed to Kara-tunga Guesthouse.
Kara-tunga Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four Kidepo Valley NP
  • Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park and undertake afternoon game drive in the park.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five Kidepo Valley NP
  • Undertake morning game drive and later go for community tour – Karamojong Village.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six Murchison Falls NP
  • Exit Kidepo and Travel to Murchison Falls National Park.
Pakuba Safari Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven Murchison Falls NP
  • Undertake morning game drive and the afternoon boat trip to the base of the falls.
Pakuba Safari Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight Kibale Forest NP
  • Exit Murchison and transfers to Kibale Forest National Park.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Queen’s Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Isasha area of Queen.
Broadbill Forest Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve Bwindi NP | Mgahinga Gorilla NP
  • Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP.
Travelers’ Rest Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen Mgahinga Gorilla NP | Lake Bunyonyi
  • Undertake the Batwa Trail experience and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.
Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen Entebbe Airport
  • Depart Bunyonyi for your outbound flight in Entebbe Airport.
Not provided (Unless requested) Breakfast, Lunch
Day and Date Destination Attention Accommodation Meals
Day One Entebbe Airport | Jinja | Hotel
  • Arrive, transfer to Jinja and overnight in the booked accommodation.
Source of the Smile Lunch, Dinner
Day Two Source of the Nile | Sipi River Lodge
  • Visit the source of the Nile (enjoy water rafting) and continue to Sipi River Lodge.
Sipi River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three Pian Upe Game Reserve | Kara-tunga Guesthouse
  • Go out and explore Pian Upe game reserve then proceed to Kara-tunga Guesthouse.
Kara-tunga Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four Kidepo Valley NP
  • Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park and undertake afternoon game drive in the park.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five Kidepo Valley NP
  • Undertake morning game drive and later go for community tour – Karamojong Village.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six Murchison Falls NP
  • Exit Kidepo and Travel to Murchison Falls National Park.
Pakuba Safari Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven Murchison Falls NP
  • Undertake morning game drive and the afternoon boat trip to the base of the falls.
Pakuba Safari Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight Kibale Forest NP
  • Exit Murchison and transfers to Kibale Forest National Park.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Queen’s Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Isasha area of Queen.
Broadbill Forest Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve Bwindi NP | Mgahinga Gorilla NP
  • Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP.
Travelers’ Rest Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen Mgahinga Gorilla NP | Lake Bunyonyi
  • Undertake the Batwa Trail experience and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.
Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen Entebbe Airport
  • Depart Bunyonyi for your outbound flight in Entebbe Airport.
Not provided (Unless requested) Breakfast, Lunch
My trip Step – by – Step

Day 1:  Arrive, transfer to Jinja and overnight in the booked accommodation.

Hopefully, you flight is scheduled for an early landing in Uganda. Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Home to Africa Guide/driver who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, he will brief you about the safari and then hit the road to Jinja where you will have an overnight stay at the booked accommodation.

Day 2:  Visit the source of the Nile (enjoy water rafting) and continue to Sipi River Lodge.

You will have your breakfast and thereafter go to the white water rafting point (at the source of the Nile). What better way to start your safari than to experience this most exciting, exhilarating, heart–pounding adventure firsthand? Get wet! Get wild! Get rafting! In fact no experience is required to undertake this epic adventure on the Nile.

After enjoying the white water rafting, you will have lunch and proceed with the journey to the Sipi River Lodge. Be sure to enjoy the spectacular view of the Elgon Mountain (natives call it Mount Masaba). Check into your accommodation on arrival and then enjoy your dinner plus the overnight stay

Day 3:  Go out and explore Pian Upe game reserve then proceed to Kara-tunga Guesthouse.

Be up early and have your breakfast then proceed for game drive in the pristine Pian Upe Game Reserve. During this game drive, you will have the chance to catch sight of different wildlife like Harte beast, including the big cats like the cheetah, lions, savannah zebras, buffaloes and the greater kudu and the only remaining numbers of roam antelope in the whole of Uganda.

The reserve is also a good place for Uganda birding experience. Some of the birds include: the Ostrich, the Jackson’s Hornbill, the white-headed Buffalo-weaver plus more. These birds can best be viewed in a swamp called Loporokocho. After the game drive and of course (packed) lunch, exit Pian Upe then heads out for Kara-Tunga Guesthouse where you will have your dinner and the overnight stay.

Day 4:  Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park and undertake afternoon game drive in the park.

Have breakfast then set off to Kidepo Valley National Park. You will reach early enough to have your lunch at the accommodation in Kidepo. After lunch you will go out for the afternoon game drive in the Narus Valley in the south of the park.

This is the section of Kidepo that has savannah grasslands mixed with acacia woodland. It is also the area of the park with permanent water sources throughout the year and for that matter most of the animals are found in this part of the park. During the hot afternoons, many animals collect around water sources. Expect to see large herds of Buffaloes, lots of Zebras, and antelope species and surely the lions. You will return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5:  Undertake morning game drive and later go for community tour – Karamojong Village.

Enjoy your breakfast then embark on yet another game drive into the park but this time head to Kidepo Valley in the northern area. The biggest highlight in this area is the famous sand bed of River Kidepo that is a seasonal river that does not flow during the long dry spells. It is lined with lush Borassus palms, creating a sight akin to an oasis in a desert. Enjoy the sights and sounds of birds in the Borassus palm.

Be on the look for ostriches, leopard (if you are lucky) and tortoises along the way. You may choose to have packed lunch or return for lunch at your accommodation and have a rest at the accommodation or undertake the Karamojong community tour.

Just in case you undertook the community tour, you will spend a wonderful evening with the Karamojong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the day, you will retire to your accommodation where you will enjoy your dinner and overnight rest.

Day 6:  Exit Kidepo and Travel to Murchison Falls National Park.

After an early breakfast, check out of the accommodation and travel to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For any birder, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others.

You will reach Murchison and do little but check into your accommodation then have some rest. Later, you will enjoy your meal and the overnight stay awaiting next day’s activities.

Day 7:  Undertake morning game drive and the afternoon boat trip to the base of the falls.

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. For any birder, these area supports the secretary bird and black chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for lunch.

After lunch you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.

Day 8:  Exit Murchison and transfers to Kibale Forest National Park.

After breakfast at your accommodation, drive to the top of the falls (if you didn’t hike) where you will have spectacular view of the falls before departing for Kibale NP. Else, depart right away (after breakfast) for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.

Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.

Day 9:  Chimp tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Have breakfast and head to the trekking point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in time to relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight at your booked accommodation.

Day 10:  Queen’s Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

On this day, you will have a game drive and launch trip (boat trip) on the Kazinga Channel. Early in the morning, you will go out for a game drive through the park with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills and abundance of wild animals like: reedbuck, bushbuck, kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffaloes and so much more. Have a break and relax as you eat lunch served at the lodge.

The afternoon adventure entails a launch trip (boat trip) on the Kazinga Channel, a water stream joining Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel attracts a large school of hippos and Nile crocodiles, besides the variety of birds that flock the reed shores like: the pelicans, kingfishers, saddle billed stork and sometimes the crowned cranes. Return to your accommodation in time for your dinner.

Day 11:  Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Ishasha area of Queen.

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!

Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population), including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Day 12:  Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP.

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored.

Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla NP. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation, relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 13:  Undertake the Batwa Trail experience and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Have breakfast and proceed out for the Batwa trail experience. For generations, the Mgahinga dense forest was home to the indigenous Batwa (hunter – gatherers and fierce warriors) who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. Now, they lead visitors through the forest and introduce them to their old home and the techniques they used to survive in it.

The remarkable trail unveils the hidden historical secret of the Batwa people. It expresses the true cultural background of the Batwa who are the famous traditional owners of the hilly forested areas occupied by Mgahinga Forest in the district of Kisoro.

Proceed to Lake Bunyonyi after the Batwa trail experience for relaxation with impeccable stunning view of the Bunyonyi little islands. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

Day 14: Depart Bunyonyi for your outbound flight in Entebbe Airport.

Have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with the spectacular view of the Bunyonyi little islands just right in front of you and thereafter embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport. Expect en route stopovers in Mbarara town for lunch and the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buying some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late afternoon/evening for drop off at the airport.

We do recommend for a late afternoon/evening outbound flight schedule for this day (if flying out). We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!

Our Pricing

Travelers Price/Person Discount From Base
Solo Traveler 5265 Base Price
2 Person Sharing 3784 28.13 %
3 Persons Sharing 3628 31.10%
4 Persons Sharing 3403 35.37%
5 Persons Sharing 3344 36.49%
6 Or More Persons Sharing 3180 39.60%
Inclusion Exclusion
  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable safari vehicle.
  • Phone calls and bar bills.
  •  Applicable park entrance fees.
  • Personal/travel insurance.
  • Services of a full-time English speaking driver/guide.
  • Laundry.
  • Water while on safari
  • Airfare
  • Any activity stated as “Optional”
  • All launch or boat trip as per itinerary.
  • All other Services of a personal nature.
  • Gorilla trekking permit USD 600 per person.
  • Driver guide’s gratuity.
  • Chimp trekking permit USD 150 per person.
  • Any activity stated as “Optional”
  • All airport/hotel pick-ups and drop off.
  • All kinds of drinks except water.
  • All activities as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • And all government taxes/levies.
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