Classic Uganda Adventure

‘Best wilderness national park in the world’

Small, personal group sizes

Planet’s largest herd of African Buffaloes

Discover the best Uganda has to offer

CNN Travel named Kidepo Valley National Park the best wilderness national park in the world on three separate occasions. Witness one of the world’s largest herds of African Buffaloes along with lions, cheetahs, ostriches, zebras and giraffes – to name a few!

What you'll see...

Marvel at the enchanting surroundings of Murchison Falls National Park

The incredible savannahs of Kidepo Valley National Park

Admire the magnificent Murchison Falls - the world's most powerful waterfall

The park is home to almost 500 bird species (a birder’s dream)

Home to 77 different mammals, including lions, cheetahs, hartebeest, zebras, and giraffes!

Visit Kibale Forest: the primate capital of the world

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Trip Details
Price (per person)

$8000


Departure time

Confirmed upon booking


Meeting point

Our driver guide will pick you up upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport


Availability

July – September
December – February


Duration

9 days


Group size

Minimum: 2
Maximum: 12


Included
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Transport on safari
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Airport transfers
  • Lodging
  • Full daily breakfast

Not included
  • Price of international flights
  • All passport and visa fees
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Health vaccinations
  • Deviations from tour
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, faxes etc.)
  • Laundry in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellations or other inconveniences beyond our control

What to bring

Check out our good to know section for the essentials!


Participation requirements

We generally suggest that you have a reasonable level of fitness and health coupled with a moderately active lifestyle in order to fully enjoy this trip

Overview of Your Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Uganda

Upon landing, you will be greeted by our Nile Basin Safari guide who will then transfer you, by car, to your accommodation in Entebbe. As local Ugandans, our guides know Uganda with unrivaled knowledge and familiarity, so you’ll be in safe hands from the moment you land to the moment you leave.
We’ll give you the day to rest up from your flight before starting our adventure tomorrow!

Overnight: Lake Victoria Hotel / Hotel No.5

Day 2: Kidepo Valley National Park

After breakfast at your hotel you will be collected by car for your scheduled mid-day flight to the Kidepo airstrip, in the Kidepo Valley National Park. Upon landing, you will be collected by an Apoka Safari Lodge vehicle to transfer you to your lodge. The rugged isolated wilderness of the Kidepo Valley National Park is ranked as one of Africa’s most prized and less-explored destinations. The park has been named by CNN Travel as the world’s best wilderness national park on three separate occasions.

Overnight: Apoka Safari Lodge

Day 3: Kidepo Valley National Park

We’ll first take an excursion to witness the local Ik and Karamojong people of Kidepo, two of Africa’s most isolated tribes. The Karamojong and the Ik are some of the few tribes in Uganda that have maintained most of their traditions and rituals. Afterwards, we’ll go on a game drive where you will witness, first hand, Uganda’s exceptional wildlife as nature intended. Here, we can see the greater and lesser kudu and eland, as well as some of the world’s biggest herds of African Buffalo. The park also hosts incredible cheetahs, ostriches, giraffes and many more wild animals.
Go birding – the park is a bird watcher’s paradise. Expect to see rare and beautiful birds like the parakeets which can only be found in Kidepo.

Overnight: Apoka Safari Lodge

Day 4 : Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast you will be driven in a comfortable 4X4 cruiser to Murchison Falls National Park. Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park is where the mighty Nile River bisects. The river flourishes savannahs and is flanked by lush riverine woodlands, before bursting through a chasm in the rift valley to form the raging Murchison Falls. This body of water is the most powerful waterfall in the world due to the sheer amount of water that goes through this narrow 7 meter gorge.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge /Chobe Safari Lodge

Day 5: Murchison Falls

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll head out for a half-day game drive on the northern bank of the Nile with your professional ranger guide. There is an abundance of wildlife in this part of the park including; lions, elephants, Rothschild giraffe, Jackson hartebeest, warthogs, orbis, waterbucks and a variety of savannah woodland birds. After lunch take to the waters of the Nile River on a boat cruise for game viewing at close quarters. Watch how hippos jostle in the waters of the Nile River, lordly elephants come for an afternoon drink and gigantic crocodiles lazily bask at the shores of Africa’s longest river.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge/ Chobe Safari Lodge

Day 6: Murchison Falls - Fort Portal

After breakfast, we’ll leave Murchison Falls National Park and drive south towards Fort Portal. The drive is nearly eight hours but offers some stunning views as you pass through traditional Ugandan villages and farm plantations. The lovely, quaint town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for many tea plantations.

Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 7: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational day of chimp tracking. Kibale Forest boasts the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees. Expect to see red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys and many more wonderful animals that call this forest home. After a hearty lunch at the lodge, we make our way to the Bigodi Swamp for another exciting nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and takes approximately two hours. The Bigodi Swamp offers us an opportunity to see various primates and bird species.

Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

We’ll travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park today. We’ll take a beautiful route via Kasese, with the Rwenzori Mountains on your right side and the luscious green valley on the left. A game drive on our way to the accommodation in the middle of the park gives us the chance to spot waterbucks, warthogs and other native wildlife. After lunch, hop aboard a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the enormous elephants, buffaloes and the hundreds of hippos, this cruise will certainly be one of the highlights of your safari.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 9: Entebbe

Day 9: Departure

Drop off at Entebbe International Airport in time to catch your international flight back home.

It was a pleasure having you!

Good to Know

Prepare
No matter how many pictures you have seen or what expectations you have, the very first moment you see the animals in the wild will be unforgettable.
Sort your photography gear the night before leaving on the tour. Don’t be that person who forgets to bring the lense or memory card, or worse, forgets to fully charge the battery.

Hand luggage
Firstly, try to restrict your hand luggage to one item only. If you are a photographer, then this will mean you must have sufficient space in your camera bag for travel documents, your prescription medication and/or glasses, binoculars and even a change of clothes. Please check with your airline before boarding.

Ask questions
Don’t be shy! There’s no such thing as a silly question. Ask, ask and ask some more.

Spray yourself stupid
Mosquitos. Need we say more?

Give the camera a rest
You’ll have some incredible opportunities for photos along the way but don’t forget to pause and really take in where you are.

 

What to bring:

  • Most important: passport, itinerary, travel insurance docs and eTickets
  • Prescription meds and preventative pharmaceuticals (eg. for diarrhea, headaches, heartburn, insect bites, hygiene (hand sanitizer), indigestion, sore throat (lozenges), eye irritations (drops) and, most importantly, anti-malarial tablets
  • Prescription glasses, hat, sunblock
  • Camera, video and binoculars. Seems an obvious one but very important!
  • Casual but comfortable clothes. Layering is key. T-shirt, shirt or blouse with long sleeves and collars help to protect from the sun and mosquitoes. Fleece or warm jacket. A pair of safari trousers — those that zip off at the knees are very handy, too. Comfortable walking shoes and socks. Hat. Bandanna or cotton scarf and a sarong
  • Toiletries
  • Phone, music, tablet or laptop, adaptor
  • A good flashlight. A good book. A travel diary or journal
  • Finally, don’t forget your sense of humor, patience and some common sense
Frequently Asked Questions

Is Uganda safe?

Yes. The threat of diseases and terrorism is global and Uganda, like many European nations, has stepped up its internal security and medical inspections at the border points accordingly. Our tourist sites are extremely well guarded.
Regarding the tap water, it is generally not safe to drink. Stick to bottled water which most hotels and lodges will provide or can also buy your own in many of the stores.

When is the best time to visit Uganda?

Uganda is a diverse country with variable conditions but the country is considered a year-round destination for tourists.

Do I need a visa to go to Uganda?

Yes, visas are required for entry into Uganda and can be obtained upon arrival. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. You can obtain a single-entry tourist visa ($50) and an East African tourist visa (between Uganda | Rwanda | Kenya) for $100 upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport; valid for three months.

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