15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour

15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour

The diverse and active 15 day Uganda Adventure Tour takes you off the beaten-track experience of the undiscovered East!  Get to marvel at the impressive Sipi Falls through to the savannah of Pian Upe, a cheetah habitat, then continue to seek out the Big 5 in Uganda’s Savannah’s park of Kidepo Valley from the Karamojong plains, stretching till the far horizon, immerse yourself in culture, adrenaline activities, history, explore the magnificent Murchison Falls and visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary home for the only Rhinos in Uganda. 

From thrilling wildlife safaris and breathtaking landscapes to cultural immersions and unforgettable experiences, our 15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour will leave you with memories of a lifetime!

Safari Highlights of the 15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour

  • Sipi waterfalls hike and Arabica coffee tour  
  • Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration
  • Game safari in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve 
  • Manyatta Experience in Karamoja plains.
  • Birding along the woodlands of Mt. Moroto.
  • Rock painting at the Art Site and Karamoja Cultural Museum
  • Kidepo Valley National Park with sprawling savannah wildlife scenes and soaring mountains
  • Hiking Mt. Morungole to visit the IK community
  • Big 5 game safari and Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls at Murchison Falls NP

Tour Itinerary for the 15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour

Day 1: Arrival

Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you will be picked up by a company representative and transferred to your hotel at the start of your 15 day Uganda Adventure Tour.   Accommodation at the Papyrus Guest House.

Day 2: To  Sipi Falls- Coffee tour 

After breakfast, head out towards Tororo, with a stopover to observe the Tororo Rock, a prominent rock that rises 300 meters above the surrounding plains. We proceed to Mbale, a charming town at the foot of Mount Elgon. This area is full of rich heritage and fascinating culture.

You will have a lunch stop in Mbale and with beautiful viewpoints on our way, we will reach Sipi Village, nestled between mountains and waterfalls. Lunch might be at the Lodge as well. 

After lunch, you will experience an Arabica coffee tour learning how coffee is processed from the seed to the cup. Accommodation and Meals at Rafiki Lodge Sipi

Day 3: Sipi Falls- Hiking to the waterfalls 

After breakfast, take a hike to the lovely Sipi Falls. Take a nature walk to the bottom of the famous waterfall, then continue with a steep climb to a series of caves. As you follow the challenging trail to the other waterfalls, you will pass maize fields, banana plantations, and typical bandas.

Cool off with a natural shower and enjoy the breathtaking views over the valley. Look out for the magnificent sunset as you relax as the sun goes down over the plains of Eastern Uganda.

Later relaxation at the Lodge or you may partake in the optional abseiling down the mountain, along the famous Sipi Falls on the 15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour. 

Accommodation and Meals at Rafiki Lodge Sipi

Day 4: Mount Elgon National Park

After breakfast, we drive to the Mount Elgon Forest Exploration Centre. Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano, situated on the border with Kenya. With 4321 meters of altitude, it is the fourth-highest mountain in East Africa and the second-highest peak in Uganda.

A day hike will allow you to explore the diverse mountain forest. There are two different trails to choose from, passing clear waterfalls, mysterious caves, and spectacular viewpoints.

It is a paradise for bird lovers, with about 300 different species of birds recorded in this enchanting area. Accommodation and Meals at Rafiki Lodge Sipi 

Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls

Day 5: Sipi Falls –Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve

Today you will transfer from Sipi Falls to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and discover the plains of Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve that comprise wilderness and rolling savannah plains, dotted with acacia woodlands and punctuated by weathered rock formations with a backdrop of Mount Kadam and Mount Napak.

Have a picnic lunch and thereafter explore the small network of wildlife tracks look out for the Roan antelope which is only found here, oribi, klipspringer, hyaenas, ostriches, and leopards, impala, Jackson’s hartebeest, Rothschild giraffes.

Look out for the Cheetahs as well,  this is the best place in Uganda to seek out these graceful cats! Later proceed to Karamoja Safari Camp. 

Day 6:  Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve – Moroto

After breakfast, head out for another game safari in Pian Upe before proceeding through Karamoja with stunning views with amazing scenery over the rugged landscape of the east of Uganda and Mount Kadam, which peaks at 3068 meters. Relaxation at the camp.  Accommodation and Meals at Karamoja Safari Camp.

Day 7: Moroto – Manyatta Experience and Birding 

After breakfast, you will head out for a visit to the Manyatta Experience in Karamoja plains. Learn more about the way of life of the local community by visiting a traditional Manyatta homestead. You will get to participate in some of the local community activities.

This local interaction is an unforgettable experience as you learn how to prepare local meals, the songs and dance of traditional folklore, make some crafts from the traditional Karamojong beads, listen to elders’ traditional stories, and play some traditional Karamojong games. 

Have lunch and later embark on a birding session along the woodlands of Mount Moroto, there are about 95 bird species look out for  Crested Francolin, Red-eyed Dove,  Ring-necked Dove,  Laughing Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Namaqua Dove, African Green-Pigeon, Buff-crested Bustard and White-bellied Go-away-bird.

Later head back to Karamoja Safari Camp for relaxation and an overnight stay.

Day 8: Rock paintings and Karamoja Cultural Museum

After breakfast, you will head out for an experience of Uganda’s rock art of ancient earth red paintings some of the rocks with paintings discovered are Loteleit rock, Mogoth rock, Nakapeliet rock,  Nakadanya rock, and Kobebe hills in Moroto District, all dotted through eastern Uganda. 

Explore the paintings from the Cushitic tribes that depict scenes including warriors shooting bows & arrows and herders grazing cattle. You will also visit the Karamoja Cultural Museum situated at the foot of Mount Moroto which is committed to preserving the cultural heritage of the Karamoja region.

Get to observe the exhibits of the fossils from the prehistory of Karamoja, artifacts from the colonial and pre-colonial history of the region, as well as memorabilia and implements of everyday life from the communities that live in the region.

Later head back to the camp for lunch and relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Karamoja Safari Camp

Day 9:  Transfer to Kidepo National Park Narus Valley  Game Safari 

Today you will set off for Kidepo Valley National Park, a true calling to the stunning wilderness. As you proceed, pass through the mountainous landscape of the Kotido region to reach one of Africa’s premier wilderness parks and arrive in time for lunch and relaxation.

After lunch, we get to explore the savannah plains on the floor of the Narus Valley, across a backdrop of the surrounding rugged hillsides.

This is an excellent time for a game safari as you look out for a variety of game herds including Burchell’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, African buffalo, and Grant’s gazelle as you drive. 

Along the way, you get to pass the seasonally dry Kidepo River, on a good day, you can spot large troops of baboons close to the riverbed. Depending on the time you might head towards the northern part of the park at the Kanangorok hot springs.

This area is particularly known for the flocks of ostrich found in the region.  It’s also the best place to look out for cheetahs. Later head back to your camp. Alternatively, you may have a nature walk experience in the Narus Valley. 

Accommodation and Meals at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.  

Day 10:  Kidepo Valley National Park  Mt. Morungole Hike / IK community.

Today head out for a community visit to the Ik people on the top of Morungole Mountain.  This is a long day and it takes about 4 hrs to climb uphill to the community and 2 hrs to descend. Get immersed in the cultural experience as the people share their cultural activities. Here you will spend a wonderful evening with the Karamajong people and have an insight into their way of life and beliefs, traditions, and norms.

This is an opportunity to participate in the traditional dances and songs of the indigenous local people as well. Accommodation and Meals at Kidepo Savannah Lodge. (You decide on the Long Hike – 15km to Mt. Morungole OR the Short Hike – 10km to the traditional Village Visit, Kidepo Valley Viewpoint).

Day 11: Transfer from Kidepo Park – Murchison Falls National Park

Today depart from your lodge as the sun rises over the savannah leaving behind the wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park and drive through the stunning rugged scenery of mountains and plains passing through Kitgum town onwards to the hub of northern Uganda, Gulu town.

Continue on your journey to reach Murchison Falls National Park heading to your accommodation for relaxation on the 15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour. Accommodation and Meals at Fort Murchison.

 Day 12:   Game Safari and  Boat Cruise To The Base Of Murchison Falls 

Today get to explore the wildlife tracks, along Victoria and Albert Nile savannah plains dotted with a backdrop of palm trees and pockets of Acacia tree woodlands.

Look out for Rothschild giraffes, lions, hippos, elephants, herds of buffalo, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, warthog, and waterbuck and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the elusive leopard! 

Get to stop over at the hippo pool on the Victoria Nile delta, where you can see hippos wallowing in the shallows across the water.

After lunch, embark on a boat cruise to navigate the course of the river Nile to the thundering base of Murchison Falls waterfall.  As you meander upstream passing hippos pods lazing in the water, look out for crocodiles, buffalo, waterbuck, elephants, and Uganda kob on the riverbanks.

To a bird watcher’s delight, there is a multitude of birds that can be spotted including the Red-throated and carmine bee-eaters nesting on the Nyamusika cliffs.

On reaching the base of the falls you’ll marvel at the spectacle of the White Nile surging through a 7-meter wide gap in the rock face, cutting through Fajao Gorge, and falling 43 meters into the river below, before it meanders off through the savannah plains of the park.

Accommodation and Meals at Fort Murchison.

Day 13: Murchison Falls to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After breakfast, transfer from Murchison Falls National Park (Kichumbanyobo gate) to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary through Kichumbanyobo gate, reaching Masindi town and proceeding to reach Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the home to Uganda’s only population of Rhino.

Have lunch and thereafter seek out the rhinos living in the sanctuary. You will have a rhino trek over the grassland and through the African bush on foot with a ranger to visit the Southern White Rhinos.

You will also get a briefing about the sanctuary and the other projects on the sanctuary. Accommodation and Meals at Amuka Safari Lodge.

Day 14:  Shoebill Walk & Canoe Tour At Lugogo Swamp – Entebbe

Earl morning breakfast and set off for Lugogo Swamp. At 06:00 am, you will drive for 45 minutes through the African Bush to reach the edge of the swamp where you will take a local motorized canoe gliding through the water in search of the rare and prehistoric-looking species, the Shoebill Stork.

The swamp has about 300 bird species including the Malachite Kingfisher and Rufous-bellied Heron among others. Head back to the mainland taking a walk along the swamp edge, giving you further opportunities for other bird species like the Black Crake and Common Squacco Heron before making the return drive back through the African bush.

Return to the camp for check out and head back to Entebbe arriving in the evening. Accommodation and Meals at Amuka Safari Lodge 

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Day 15: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Entebbe 

Breakfast and then depart from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary passing through vast plains and passing some markets selling a variety of tropical fruits arriving in the afternoon in Entebbe. Head to Boma Guest House for a refreshing moment and relaxation.

Later you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back home at the end of the 15 day Uganda Adventure Tour. 

Included in the 15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour

  • Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with gasoline/fuel
  • Drinking Water / Bottle for refilling
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
  • Accommodations mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner),
  • All Park Entrance Fees,
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ferry or boat crossing fees where applicable.

Excluded in the 15 Day Uganda Adventure Tour

  • International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
  • Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
  • Beverages, Communications charges
  • International Airport Departure Taxes,
  • Optional activities unless specified as included,
  • Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.

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