Explore the Pearl of Africa Tour

19 Day Classic Uganda Adventure

Embark on the 19-day Classic Uganda Adventure, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of Uganda’s national parks. Venture beyond the tourist trails to discover hidden gems and extraordinary landscapes.

Begin your journey at Sipi Falls, then traverse Kidepo National Park before descending to the majestic Nile River in Murchison Falls NP. Continue to the lush tropical forests of Kibale, the domain of chimpanzees, and experience the avian splendor of the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Next, encounter the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their habitat at Bwindi Forest, followed by a tranquil retreat to the scenic Lake Bunyonyi, renowned for its myriad islands and rich cultural heritage.

Delve into the enchanting realm of golden monkeys at Mgahinga NP before concluding your adventure with thrilling game safaris, quad biking, and nature walks at Lake Mburo.

Safari Highlights of the 19-Day Classic Uganda Adventure

  • Kidepo Valley National Park with sprawling savannah wildlife scenes and soaring mountains, Kidepo National Park might be the most picturesque park in Africa. 
  • Adventure town of Jinja for the source of the Nile cruise and white water rafting
  • Sipi falls and coffee tour
  •  Murchison Falls NP for a boat ride on the mighty Nile River to the bottom of the Falls, and a game safari in search of the Big 5 Game. 
  • Rainforests of Kibale. Primates and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Savannah Wildlife Gem, Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife safari, and a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel 
  • Kichwamba Orphanage Foundation for a Coffee Tour Experience.  
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest NP
  • Golden monkey hiking in Mgahinga 
  • Quad biking and Night game drive in Lake Mburo 

Tour Itinerary for the Classic Uganda Adventure

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport (15mins)

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

Day 2: To Jinja – Rafting / Quad Biking 

Following breakfast at 7:30 am, our journey from Kampala to Jinja in the east begins. Upon arrival, you’ll have the option to experience the thrill of grade 3 rafting on the Nile, avoiding the intense rapids of grade 5.

Alternatively, you can choose a Quad Biking Session, guiding you through picturesque farms, lush forests, and quaint villages along the River Nile.

For those seeking an extra challenge, special sections can be added to the quad biking route. With ample time, we’ll explore further along the Nile, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the surrounding farms, forests, and villages along the eastern bank.

Accommodations and meals will be provided at Gately on the Nile.

Day 3: To Sipi Falls – Sipi Falls hike and Coffee tour 

Breakfast at 7:00 am then proceed to Sipi Falls arriving in time for the Sipi Falls Hike using the upper loop. This is a 3-3.5 hrs activity depending on the pace set by the group. This is an amazing walk that takes you on an upclimb to the top of the upper waterfall and beyond, walking through community plantations before reaching the national park boundary.

On a clear day, marvel at the majestic vistas, beholding the peaks of Elgon, the apex of Wanale Ridge, and the sprawling plains below. Following the hike, partake in a captivating coffee tour.

Immerse yourself in the coffee cultivation as you visit a local plantation nestled amidst the slopes of Elgon. Gain insights into the meticulous processes of coffee processing, cultivation, and harvesting.

End your day’s adventures with a serene retreat at Sipi Heritage Lodge.

Day 4: Sipi Falls – Kidepo National Park 

Breakfast and transfer to Kidepo National Park with lunch en route arriving in the evening for check-in. Accommodation and Meals at Kidepo Savannah Hotel

Day 5: Kidepo National Park

Your day on the Classic Uganda Adventure begins with the gentle glow of dawn as you venture into the enchanting Narus River Valley, either by a thrilling game drive or a serene safari walk.

Prepare to encounter a mesmerizing array of wildlife including majestic giraffes, graceful ostriches, striped zebras, colossal elephants, and regal lions, all amid the stunning backdrop of the African savannah.

The park is also a birder’s paradise as it boasts a bird list with over 475 species. Have lunch and relax before going on a visit to one of the local Karamojong communities.

In the afternoon, your adventure takes on a cultural hue as you immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions of the local Karamojong community.

Known for their distinctive nomadic lifestyle and captivating storytelling traditions, the Karamojong people welcome you to glimpse into their rich heritage, offering a glimpse into a world steeped in history and tradition.

Accommodation and Meals at Kidepo Savannah Hotel

Day 6: Kidepo – Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, head to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in time for lunch and relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Murchison River Lodge

Day 7: Game drive and launch cruise

After breakfast, you will continue to Murchison Falls National Park with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, giving you a greater chance of seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest, and different species of birds.

In the afternoon, you have a boat trip to the base of the falls. Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, waterbucks, and a variety of bird species at the bottom of the falls, an amazing scenic view of the Nile awaits you as well before returning to the lodge. Accommodation and Meals at Murchison River Lodge

Day 8: Drive to Fort Portal Town – Kibale National Park 

After breakfast head towards Fort Portal with lunch en route. The lovely town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for its many tea plantations. Proceed to Kibale National Park, home of the primates arriving in the evening for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Turaco TreeTops

Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park

Today the forest opens its doors for sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputed for having the highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey, and many others. 

After lunch, we transferred to Bigodi Community. Here you will have the choice to join a guided Swamp Walk through the Wetland Sanctuary, which is famous for the many birds and primates that live in this area.

 Accommodation and Meals at Turaco TreeTops

Day 10: Rwenzori Foothills – Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Today you can enjoy the majestic Rwenzori Mountains in their full glory! Have a guided walk at the foothills of the ‘Mountains of the Moon and learn about the local culture firsthand. Enjoy the scenic views, have a glimpse of village life, and meet the locals. Thereafter transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in time for late lunch on the Classic Uganda Adventure. 

In the evening, you may head out for an evening game drive or head out to the Kichwamba Orphanage Foundation for a coffee tour experience learning about the processing of coffee, and later a cultural dance session. Accommodation and Meals at Queen  Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Day 11: Lion Experiential Project and Boat Cruise Kazinga Channel

After breakfast, you will visit an experiential lion project. This experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring the pride in the park, using locator devices and learning habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior.

The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology, and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. 

 After lunch, head for the scheduled 3 hrs boat ride along the Kazinga channel joining Lake Edward and Lake George with excellent wildlife sightings including, multitudes of hippopotami, Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as hundreds of other plains game that come to it for water.

 Accommodation and Meals at Queen  Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Day 12: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi National Park 

After breakfast head to Bwindi National Park, the home of the mountain gorillas with lunch en route, take time to look at the amazing scenery and homesteads of the local communities. You will arrive in the early evening for relaxation on this Classic Uganda Adventure Experience. Accommodation and Meals at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Day 13: Gorilla Trekking

In the early morning, you will be briefed on gorilla tracking at the park headquarters and assigned groups of 8 people per group. Accompanied by a guide and your packed lunch, you will go in search of the gorillas in a small group. You walk through the forest, sometimes you descend again and then climb up a slope again. The duration of gorilla tracking is unpredictable. 

The walk can be quite strenuous due to the muddy trails and mountainous areas and can take up to 8 hours depending on how far the gorillas have moved in search of food. It is worth it and what awaits you, in the end, is indescribable.

For an hour you can admire these peaceful ‘Gentle Giants’ as they go about their daily activities of grooming, feeding, and playing.   It is a once-in-a-lifetime memorable experience on your 19-day Classic Uganda Adventure. Accommodation and Meals at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Day 14: Bwindi NP – Lake Bunyonyi -Culture on the Crest Tour

After breakfast to Lake Bunyonyi arriving in time for lunch at the Lodge. After lunch, you will embark on a 5-hour experience on the Kyabahinga Peninsula. You will canoe across the bay to the terraced hillsides of the Kyabahinga peninsula.

Have a stopover at a trading center above the school where the local brew is made, as you proceed to climb the slopes of Kyabahinga for about 30 minutes till the top of the hill, you will meet Omugurusi Jeremiah, a traditional healer, a well-known herbalist who will share with us some carefully chosen secrets of tropical highland flora. 

After that proceed to the ridge where you will find a home of a crafts maker who will demonstrate how the crafts are made, you can try them out as well. A descent down the hill and a short canoe ride will bring you back to our starting point. Accommodation and Meals at Travelers Rest Hotel

Day 15: Lake Bunyonyi – Mgahinga NP Golden Monkey Hike 

Following breakfast, make your way to Mgahinga National Park to attend a briefing regarding the guidelines and regulations for hiking with golden monkeys. The trek commences promptly at 8 a.m., following the Gahinga Trail in pursuit of these captivating creatures.

Typically lasting between 30 minutes to 3 hours, the trek duration varies based on the monkeys’ movements in their quest for food. You’ll have the opportunity to observe the golden monkeys for approximately 1 hour, witnessing their daily routines. Subsequently, descend along the trail back to the initial point of departure.

Accommodation and meals will be provided at Travelers Rest Hotel.

Day 16: Mgahinga – Lake Mburo National Park Boat Cruise 

We drive to Lake Mburo National Park and as we enter the park you will likely spot some wildlife, like impalas, zebras, and buffaloes arriving in time for relaxation and lunch.  In the afternoon you can go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich birdlife and the hippos that are cooling off.

In the evening, you will have an evening game drive in search of zebras, buffalos, giraffes, and impalas among others.  Accommodation and Meals at Rwakobo Rock.

Day 17: Nature walk / Biking safari and Night Game drive 

After breakfast head out for the Eland trail which takes about 2 hours. Get up close with nature and game as you proceed along the trail. Look out for Zebras, Waterbucks, Elands, and Impalas, OR embark on the Ankole trail 2-hour biking session within the park.  Later return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

At night, you might have a night game drive in search of the nocturnal animals in the park. Look out for the hyenas and leopards during this time. Later,  head back to the lodge. Accommodation and Meals at Rwakobo Rock.

Day 18: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe 

Early start of the day as we will go for a bushwalk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo National Park is renowned for its rich birdlife and beautiful lakes. Enjoy a nature walk searching for zebras, warthog, buffalo, and impala and, if you’re lucky, see the largest of Africa’s Antelope, the beautiful Eland.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area heading back towards the capital city. En route, we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos, and souvenir shopping. Accommodation and Meals at the Papyrus Guest House.

Day 19: Departure 

After breakfast, depending on your flight details, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back home at the end of your Classic Uganda Adventure.

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