14 Days Off The Beaten Track Safari

14 Days Off The Beaten Track Safari

This 14 days off the beaten track safari adventure takes you through the hidden gems of East and Northern Uganda! Begin your journey with a breathtaking stop at Sipi Falls before delving into the untamed savannah of Pian Upe, where cheetahs roam free.

Brace yourself for an encounter with the legendary Big 5 as we explore the vast plains of Kidepo Valley National Park, where the spirit of the Karamojong people whispers through the wind.

Immerse yourself in a tapestry of culture, adrenaline-pumping activities, and rich history as we traverse the rugged landscapes. Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of Murchison Falls and delve into the wonders of Lake Albert Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.

Join us on a safari beyond imagination, where every moment is infused with excitement and discovery. Get ready to blaze your trail through Uganda’s hidden treasures and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Safari Highlights of 14 Days Off The Beaten Track Safari 

  • Sipi Falls Hike and Coffee Tour
  • Game safari in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve 
  • Manyatta Experience in Karamoja plains.
  • Rock paintings and Karamoja Cultural Museum
  • Kidepo Valley National Park with sprawling savannah wildlife scenes and soaring mountains
  • Big 5 game safari and Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls at Murchison Falls NP
  • Lake Albert – Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve
  • Handpicked Mid-range Lodges that support community empowerment and responsible travel.

Itinerary for the 14 Days Off The Beaten Track Safari 

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 14 Days Off The Beaten Track Safari.

 Accommodation at the Boma 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. We will have a lunch stop at Mbale and with beautiful viewpoints on our way we will reach Sipi Village, nestled between mountains and waterfalls.

After lunch, you will have a village coffee tour learning how coffee is processed from the seed to the cup.

Accommodation and Meals at Sipi Heritage Lodge

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. Accommodation and Meals at Sipi Heritage Lodge

Day 4: To Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve

Today transfer 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. 

Pian Upe Reserve

Day 5:  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. Accommodation and Meals at Karamoja Safari Camp.

Day 6: Manyatta Experience and Karamoja Museum 

After breakfast, you will head out for a visit to 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. 

After lunch, 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 7: To Kidepo National Park Narus Valley  Game Safari 

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Kotido’s stunning landscapes to Africa’s wilderness oasis. Arrive at the premier park- Kidepo Valley National Park for a delectable lunch and serene relaxation.

In the afternoon, explore the Narus Valley’s vast plains on an exciting safari. Spot iconic wildlife like Burchell’s zebra and majestic buffalo against a breathtaking backdrop.

Follow the Kidepo River, where baboon troops roam, and venture to Kanangorok hot springs for ostrich sightings and glimpses of elusive cheetahs.

End your day at Kidepo Savannah Lodge, where comfort and delicious meals await, promising an unforgettable African adventure!

Day 8:  Kidepo Valley Park  Nature Walk and Community Visit

Today, venture into the heart of the Narus Valley, where the vast savannah plains await your exploration. Accompanied by a Wildlife Authority ranger, embark on a walking safari, a remarkable opportunity to intimately connect with the wilderness and its inhabitants.

Your knowledgeable ranger will guide you through the savannah, shedding light on the park’s rich biodiversity and storied history. Keep your senses sharp as you track various game herds, including the majestic Burchell’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, Grant’s gazelle, and the elegant Rothschild’s giraffe.

As the day transitions to evening, delve into a cultural immersion with a visit to the local community. Spend a captivating evening among the Karamajong people, gaining invaluable insights into their customs, beliefs, and way of life.

Participate in traditional dances and songs, embracing the vibrant heritage of the indigenous community. This experience promises to be a captivating blend of nature, culture, and unforgettable encounters.

Accommodation and Meals at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

Day 9: Transfer from Kidepo Park – Murchison Falls National Park

Embark on your journey from the lodge as dawn breaks over the sprawling savannah, bidding farewell to the untamed beauty of Kidepo Valley National Park.

Traverse through the breathtaking rugged landscapes of mountains and plains, meandering past Kitgum town, onwards to the vibrant heart of northern Uganda, Gulu town.

Press on with your expedition towards Murchison Falls National Park, immersing yourself in the captivating scenery along the way. Finally, arrive at your designated accommodation within the park, where you can unwind and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Accommodation and Meals at Fort Murchison.

 Day 10:   Game Safari and  Boat Cruise 

Today, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of wildlife that thrives along the savannah plains bordering the Victoria and Albert Nile.

Amidst the picturesque backdrop of palm trees and scattered Acacia woodlands, a treasure trove of animal encounters awaits. Look out for the majestic Rothschild giraffes gracefully roaming the plains, the regal lions surveying their domain, and the lumbering hippos finding respite in the waters.

Elephants, buffalo herds, Jackson’s hartebeest, bushbucks, Uganda kob, warthogs, and waterbucks add to the spectacle of biodiversity.

Venture to the hippo pool nestled in the Victoria Nile delta, where these colossal creatures lounge in the shallows, offering a glimpse into their aquatic world.

Following a satisfying lunch, embark on a serene boat cruise along the Nile, tracing its course towards the thundering Murchison Falls. Along the journey, observe the tranquil scenes of hippos, crocodiles, and various wildlife congregating along the riverbanks.

For enthusiasts of avian diversity, the skies and cliffs are adorned with a kaleidoscope of birdlife, including the vibrant Red-throated and Northern-carmine Bee-eaters nesting atop the Nyamusika cliffs. Arriving at the base of Murchison Falls, prepare to be captivated by nature’s grandeur as the White Nile cascades through a narrow gap cervice plummeting 43 meters into the depths below, carving its path through the rugged Fajao Gorge before meandering across the vast savannah plains.

Head back to Fort Murchison for relaxation and overnight stay.

Day 11: Murchison Falls to Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

After breakfast, transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Lake Albert passing through the great escarpments of Biso arriving in time for lunch at the lodge.  After lunch head out on an expedition for fossils that have existed for generations.

Fossil hunting allows tourists to go out on an expedition for fossils that have existed for generations in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.  Accommodation and Meals at Lake Albert Safari Lodge

Day 12: Nature walk and Night Game Drive

Today you will start your day with a guided nature walk in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve.  The nature walks will start from the Albertine Rift escarpment which rewards tourists with breathtaking views of several antelope species, warthogs, primates, and bird species among others. Later return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

After a bush early dinner, enjoy a night-guided game drive through the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. Look out for leopards, hyenas, bush babies, civets, and also warthog, bushbuck, and waterbucks that continue their feeding activities throughout the night.

Accommodation and Meals at Lake Albert Safari Lodge

Day 13: Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve – Entebbe 

Breakfast and then depart for Entebbe passing through vast plains and passing some markets selling a variety of tropical fruits arriving in the early afternoon. Head to Boma Guest House for a late lunch and relaxation. Accommodation at the Boma Guest House.

Day 14: Departure

Today you will set off for the airport for your onward flight back home.

Included in the 14 Days Off The Beaten Track Safari

  • Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with gasoline/fuel
  • Mineral water in the vehicle,
  • Services of an English speaking Driver/guide,
  • Accommodations mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals as shown (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 14 Days Off The Beaten Track Safari

  • International Airfares; Excess baggage charges;
  • Ugandan Entry Visa Fees
  • Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.;
  • Tips, and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff,
  • Optional activities unless specified as included,
  • Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.