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11 Days Wildlife and Walking Safari

The 11 days Wildlife and Walking Safari explore the wonders of nature in Uganda’s tourist destinations of Jinja, North Eastern, and Northern Uganda. This Safari explores the source of the Nile River, Sipi Falls, Pian Upe Reserve, and Game Safaris in Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park and winds down the tour with Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Highlights of the 11 days Wildlife and Walking Safari

  • Boat cruise to the Source of the Nile River
  • Hiking to Sipi Falls
  • Coffee Tour at Sipi Falls
  • Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration and Kapkwati Cave
  • Game Viewing and Nature walks in Pian Upe Reserve
  • Game viewing in Kidepo National Park and Murchison Falls National Game Park
  • Social interaction with the Karamojong people
  • Boat rides while at Murchison Falls National Park
  • View the top of Murchison Falls
  • Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Tour Itinerary 11 days Wildlife and Walking Safari

Day 1: Arrival at the Airport

Upon arriving at Entebbe Airport, you will be welcomed by your driver guide and transferred to your overnight accommodation at Papyrus Guest House.

Day 2: Entebbe – Jinja

On this day, you will transfer to Jinja with a stopover at the Ssezibwa Falls, a cultural site, and learn about preserved African traditional cultures. Later proceed to Jinja arriving in time for lunch, take a boat ride on the mighty River Nile in Jinja, and visit the famous Source of the Nile.  Take some photos at the source and thereafter enjoy the ride further into Lake Victoria, enjoying the beautiful countryside. For the keen birder, there are plenty of water birds including Cormorants, Egrets, Fish Eagles, and Pelicans among others.

Accommodation and Meals at Gately on the Nile.

Day 3: Travel to Kapchorwa and Hiking to Sipi Falls

Transfer to Kapchorwa to explore the environs of Mt. Elgon and Sipi Falls.  After check-in, head out for a coffee tour at Sipi Falls. This is a 3-hour experience taking a nature walk within the community to learn more about the Arabica Coffee Process. Meet local farmers as you tour the plantations and experience the coffee procession from harvesting to grinding and making a cup of coffee.

After late lunch, you will take a hike to the Sipi Falls following the Sipi River flow. From the top, the first waterfall plunges 85 meters over a cliff into the plunge pool below with a thunderous splash! Behind the waterfall is a vantage point for better views of the falls and panoramic views of the Mt. Elgon Slopes & the distant plains of the Karamoja region.

After the plunge, the river continues on its course through farmlands & local communities, flowing over rocks & small cliffs and thereby forming pools & rapids, before it plunges 65 meters over another big cliff, forming the second waterfall of the Sipi Falls.

This is the smallest of the three Sipi waterfalls. The waterfall forms a nice “natural shower” which you can go under and enjoy the cold pour, especially after a tiring hike.

Accommodation at Sipi Valley Resort

Day 4: Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration Tour

On this day you will head to the Mountain bamboo hikes that cover 7km to Kapkwai caves which pass via tropical and bamboo forests. It offers the opportunity of viewing primates, birds, and rare trees like the Elgon teak and Elgon Olive.

After a picnic lunch, you will explore the Kapkwai cave, the Cave exhibits unique geological formations, such as stalactites and stalagmites, formed over thousands of years. These natural features add to the allure and intrigue of the cave environment.  Later head back to the camp.  Accommodation at Sipi Valley Resort

Day 5: Sipi – Pian Upe Reserve

After breakfast, transfer to Pian Upe wildlife reserve. It is about a 3-4 hour drive from Sipi Falls of Kapchowra district located on the foothills of Mount Elgon. Have en-route lunch or a picnic lunch and then Proceed to the reserve. Pian Upe is home to several species, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, antelopes, and many bird species. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered animals like the Rothschild’s giraffe and the cheetah.

Accommodation and meals at Karamoja Overland Camp

Day 6:  Nature and Community Walks

This day starts with a guided nature walk to get up close and personal with the wilderness at Pian Upe wildlife reserve. For sightseeing, look out for zebras, antelopes, baboons, and the many birds in the reserve. The Reserve is also a birding paradise with over 300 bird species recorded. After a picnic lunch, engage in cultural interactions, visit local communities, and learn about their traditions, dances, and way of life.

Accommodation and meals at Karamoja Overland Camp

Day 7: Travel to Kidepo Park- Game Safari

This day is spent traversing the vast plains and semi-arid savannah of North Eastern Uganda to Kidepo Valley National Park arriving in time for lunch.  Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the wildest and most spectacular reserves in Africa with a landscape of small hills, rocky outcrops, and inselbergs. You will have an evening game drive taking in panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and wildlife such as Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson’s Hartebeest, and Klipspringer among others.

Accommodation and Meals at Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 8: Game Drive and Visit Karamojong Community

The day will start with a game drive, look out for several animals including Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Klipspringer, and possibly Lions, cheetahs, and other lower grassland mammals. The park is studded with small hills, rocky outcrops, and inselbergs from which one can obtain stunning views in all directions enjoying panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and photographic opportunities of wildlife from all corners.

In the afternoon, you will have a cultural experience with a visit to the local community of the Karamojong people by visiting one of the homesteads. You will meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. From here, you’re able to see the kraals, the grinding stones, and many more interesting items.

Accommodation at Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Day 9: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Head southwards to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park and is home to over 400 bird species. The park is also endowed with several attractions including mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other species include bushbucks, Uganda Kob, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas, hippos, and crocodiles among other resident creatures.

You will drive through the flat scenic landscape with local villages while enjoying the Ugandan countryside. You will arrive at Murchison Falls National Park in the afternoon and check in at your lodge.

Accommodation at Fort Murchison.

Day 10: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

This day will be spent in the park, with a game drive in Murchison Falls national park. Look out for the Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, and Waterbucks among others. You will continue browsing the circuits to the delta point for a cocktail of birds and mammals.

In the afternoon, you will go for the 14:00hrs boat ride on the Nile River to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos yawning, Grooming in their Pods, Nile Crocodiles, Elephants, and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your opportunity to see various birds’ species. The evening will be spent relaxing at the lodge.

Accommodation at Fort Murchison

Day 11:  Rhino Tracking and transfer to Entebbe

Depart the Park and head to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a 2 hr Rhino Trekking Session. Explore the wildlife ranch as you have a walking safari in search of the rhinos.  After tracking the rhinos, you will have lunch and then embark on your drive back to Entebbe Airport for your departure flight back home or to your next destination.

Included in the 11 days Wildlife and Walking 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, Activities mentioned, Accommodation as shown at the lodges mentioned in the itinerary,  Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), all Park Entrance Fees, Boat rides, Statutory Taxes where applicable. 

Excluded in the 11 days Wildlife and Walking Safari

International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Ugandan Entry Visa Fees USD 50 per person;  Room service, Beverages, Laundry, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities, Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.

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