19 Days Secret of The Pearl of Africa

Safari Overview

A green, hilly and elevated country with many lakes and mountains, Uganda's appeal lies in its simplicity. Discover one of Africa’s most scenic national parks containing some of the rare animal species and faunas that are not found in any other Ugandan parks. Kidepo is for sure Uganda’s most beautiful and best kept secret as voted by Lonely Planet 2017.

This 19-days adventure takes you on a journey through the primal forests of Uganda in search of primates; visiting Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls & Lake Mburo National Parks for thrilling wildlife experiences.

Your tour at a glance

Day 1. Arrival Uganda 

Day 2. Source of Nile tour/ To Kapchorwa 

Day 3 Sipi Falls hike/Coffee Tour 

Day 4 Game drive Pian Upe/To Moroto

Day 5 Nature walk/Cultural Tour/ Night in Kraal Bush Camping 

Day 6 To Kidepo/ Evening Game Drive 

Day 7 Game Drive/ Nature walk 

Day 8 To Murchison Falls N.P 

Day 9 Morning & Afternoon Boat Cruise/ Hike to Top of falls

Day 10  Rhino Tracking 

Day 11. To Kibale forest NP

Day 12 Chimpanzee Tracking/ Bigodi swamp walk 

Day 13 To Queen Elizabeth N.P/ Boat Cruise 

Day 14 Lion Tracking/ game drive to Ishasha 

Day 15 To Bwindi NP

Day 16  Gorilla Tracking 

Day 17 To Lake Mburo N.P/ Game Drive 

Day 18  Walking safari/ Night Game Drive 

Day 19 To Entebbe / Night Departure 

Safari/Trip details
  • 1 - Arrival to Uganda/Entebbe

    Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our company representative and transferred to your hotel for refreshment & overnight.

  • 2 - Source of the Nile Tour/To Kapchorwa

    Today, you will make your way to the second largest town and the colonial manufacturing hub, Jinja. In Jinja the Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea. Proceed to visit the spot at which the world’s longest river makes its way to the Mediterranean Sea.

    You will later head to Kapchorwa, home to the beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level.

    Enjoy amazing views of a series of three tall waterfalls all plunging in cascades along the lower slopes of Mt Elgon. The Sipi Falls area is particularly famous for locally grown Bugisu Arabica coffee.

    The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. Then rest and overnight in your lodge.

  • 3 - Sipi Falls Hike/Coffe Tour.

    Prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. Today you will go on a 3-hour hike to the bottom of one of the falls. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture.

    Be certain that you'll pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations and caves. Local villagers will often greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles.

    In the afternoon, get ready for a fantastic cultural experience of coffee farming. Sipi Falls is the home of Bugisu washed Arabica coffee - one of the finest coffees in the world. You have the chance to learn the process of making this coffee, talk to the farmers, learning about the plantations and then roasting your own coffee to take home with you.

    The tour starts with a walk around the local area to see the coffee plantations to learn a little about the life of a coffee plant. If you're here during the harvesting season (usually around September) then you can also help pick and wash the coffee. Then rest and overnight to your lodge.

  • 4 - Game Drive-Pian Upe/To Moroto.

    Transfer to Moroto. En route have a visit to Pian Upe Game Reserve. The Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is a conservation area in the Karamoja sub region of northeastern Uganda. It is the second largest conservation protected area in Uganda. Most of the reserve is covered by undisturbed grassland and wooded grassland giving you clear views of the reserve alongside its inhabitants.

    Although the area once supported healthy populations of lions, elephants, black rhinos and giraffes, these are now locally extinct. The last giraffe was reportedly poached in 1995. Be sure to see populations of plain zebra, common eland and Grants gazelle.

    Get to enjoy the beautiful scenery endowed in this Game Reserve. Not many include the Pian Upe experience on their safari list so be sure to enjoy the reserve all to yourself appreciating the beauty that nature comes with.  Proceed to Moroto for overnight and refreshment. 

  • 5 - Nature Walk/Cultural Tour/Night in a Kraal.

    Today you embark on a community/cultural excursion that brings you into direct contact with Karamajong tribe. Sun Africa Expeditions strives to be an innovative leader in the industry and takes its responsibility by bringing you to places where no one else will go. One of these examples is Karamoja - an arid area in north eastern Uganda inhabited by the Karamajong. These cattle-herding natives are related to the Maasai in Kenya in their dress, language, and ways of life.

    You will get to visit a manyatta- the traditional home of the Karamajong. Karamajong people are not so used to interacting with tourists, so before beginning the visit we will ask you to sign the "code of conduct" with basic guidelines about how to avoid cultural interference. This will ensure a sustainable tourism model that does not corrupt local traditions and ways of life. For Tonight you will spend the night bush camping in the Kraal with the Karamojong warriors.

  • 6 - Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park/Evening Game Drive.

    Discover one of Africa’s most scenic national parks containing one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan parks, with over 80 species of animals, several of which are only found in the Kidepo Valley like; cheetahs, striped hyenas, caracal. Get to see lions, elephants, leopards, warthogs, ostriches, buffaloes, giraffes and over 465 birds species. Go in for an evening game drive before settling for the night.

  • 7 - Game Drive/Nature Walk.

    On a game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park you will find zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and leopards. This is also the only place in Uganda where you can find the cheetah and ostrich.

    Kidepo is famous for its lions relaxing on the rocks - a scene which may remind you of a certain Disney film. You may even spot a leopard or cheetah! Besides the 4x4 safaris you can also take a bush walk in the park with an armed ranger.

    In the afternoon, you will indulge in a nature walk in Kidepo N.P, one of the parks in Uganda where it’s possible to go for a walking safari with an experienced ranger. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings, the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

  • 8 - Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

    Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls is Uganda's best highlight with exceptional wildlife and landscapes.

    The meandering Victoria Nile and the dramatic Murchison Falls neatly bisecting Uganda's largest park, you'd expect a wide range of animals at Murchison Falls and you'd be right. It's a stunning habitat for wildlife and it’s where to go in Uganda for classic big game species. Then later have rest and overnight in your lodge.

  • 9 - Boat Cruise to the Nile Delta/Bottom of the Falls/Hike Top of the Falls.

    Early morning trip to the Lake Albert Delta is a must for any bird and wildlife enthusiast.

    The Victoria Nile delta, a 20km voyage downstream from Paraa, is home to rare wetland birds including shoebill and papyrus endemic species.

    In the afternoon, a 3hour Boat Cruise along the Victoria Nile will lead you to the base of the Murchison Falls. Along the way, you will be able to view a wide variety of birds and wildlife; numerous hippos, elephants and crocodiles, as well as breathtaking scenery.

    At the bottom of the falls, is an island from which you’ll get off the boat and hike to the top of the Murchison falls with magnificent views below. See where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below.

  • 10 - To Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

    Today you trek rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary- this Rhino reserve is a true success story of the revival of rhinoceros after the extreme poaching that killed the last rhino in Uganda in 1982. Doing this guided trek gets you “up close and personal” to these special animals that are among “Africa’s Big five.”

  • 11 - Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

    Today morning, you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive through this lush green countryside is scenic. On arrival at Kibale forest; you will enter a completely different world… some serious monkey business!

    Although you are here specifically to track Chimps, the forest is home to at least 12 Primate species including: the Red-Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus plus Blue Monkeys. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco. If you are very lucky, you may even catch a Glimpse of the meandering herd of Forest Elephant.

  • 12 - Chimpanzee Tracking/Bigodi Swamp Walk.

    In the morning your chimpanzee tracking excursion will commence. During the excursion, your ranger will point out the other species living in the forest, including birds, flora and fauna Of course; the stars of the show are chimpanzees and nine other species of primate. Smaller than their gorilla cousins but no less charming, intelligent or expressive, chimp families can cover vast distances and the trek in Kibale forest to find them will be filled with all sorts of enchanting encounters.

    In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a nature excursion. Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland and some beautiful scenery. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk through the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco bird! Then later have rest and overnight to your lodge.

  • 13 - Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park/Boat Cruise.

    Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park- the oldest& second largest National Park in Uganda, is located at the base of the massive Rwenzori Mountains, adjacent to lakes Edward& George, covered by Savannah plains that provide an abundance of Game viewing like; Elephants that trumpet when you get too close, lazy Leopards laying in the sun, abundant Gazelle and buck, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos and others.

    In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel- a natural channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. View Buffaloes, Elephants, Water bucks, Crocodiles and the highest concentration of Hippos plus a variety of colourful species of Water birds like Crested Eagles, Pelicans and Cormorants – an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom which comes to the waterhole to drink or bathe. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

  • 14 - Lion Tracking/Game Drive/To Ishasha.

    Get up close to wild African fauna on this is rewarding adventure- Lion Tracking. This unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the lions in the park, using locator devices you will learn 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. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions!

    The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.

    You will proceed out to the beautiful wilderness of Ishasha plains that are a part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. If you’re lucky, a game drive through the open Savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley will enable you view ‘Tree climbing Lions’ and other wild animals. Then later have rest and overnight to your lodge.

  • 15 - Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

    Today you transfer to Bwindi National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. You’ll proceed through the breath taking; ever green mountain country - deep to the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders of Rwanda. You will see a great country-side of bamboo forest and have great views of landscape. Check into your hotel for relaxation.

  • 16 - Gorilla Tracking.

    Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts of both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.

    The Gorillas you will track belong to one of the nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat.

    En-route, you will discover  out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

    The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours or more! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

  • 17 - Transfer to Lake mburo national Park/Game drive.

    You’ll bid farewell to this beautiful land characterized by terraced hills of cultivation, Coffee &Tea plantations, Lakes and ever green beautiful scenery as you make your way to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala as well as an abundance of other wildlife like Giraffes, Bush bucks, Warthogs, Uganda Kob, Oribi, Topi, Buffaloes, Water bucks, Baboons, Monkeys and 300 Bird species in the papyrus swamp land- not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles!

    You will indulge in a game drive in the park and later transfer to your lodge for refreshment and overnight.

  • 18 - Walking Safari/Night Game Drive.

    In the morning, you will indulge in a nature walk in the park. Lake Mburo N.P. is one of the parks in Uganda where it’s possible to go for a walking safari with an experienced ranger. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings, the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

    As the sun goes down, embark on a night Game drive. A night drive experience is completely different from a day safari - a whole new world of animal species (nocturnal) awaits you! It gives you a different perspective of the park and wildlife.

    See how the guides find the smallest of creatures from Chameleons to the elusive Leopard. The dark night sky and the slight unknown get your heart pounding.

     A powerful spotlight on an open safari vehicle ensures great views and lots of animal encounters in the dark African Bush. During a night game drive watch an amazing sunset before heading out, once twilight sets in it is often considered the best time to continue looking for African wildlife. Your ranger will share expert knowledge and information about each nocturnal species and their behavior. Then later come back for rest and overnight to your lodge.

  • 19 - Departure/To Entebbe.

    Today you will depart Lake Mburo N.P to Entebbe. En-route, you may have a stopover at the Uganda equator crossing for a requisite snap shot and some souvenir shopping or meals.  

    Upon arrival in Entebbe, depending on the time of your departure flight and how you feel, you can simply relax or explore the city of Entebbe before departing to the airport from where you’ll catch your flight back home.

    This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!!

Safari Inclusions  

 Arrival and Departure Airport transfers in Uganda.

 Meals on Safari Itinerary based on BB (Bed & Breakfast)

 Transportation in a 4x4 Safari vehicle with English Speaking Driver/Guide.

 Mid range /Budget accommodation in Lodge while on safari

 1 Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda per person

 1 chimp trekking permit in Uganda for each person

 1 Rhino tracking permit for each person.

 1 Lion tracking permit for each person.

 All park Entry fees.

 3 Boat Cruises

 Bottled drinking water (1 Liter per client each day)

 All activities described on itinerary except those described as ‘Optional’.

Safari Exclusions  

• International Airfares to and fro Uganda.

• Soft & alcoholic Drinks.

• Entry visas and airport taxes.

• International Travel insurance.

• All personal expenditure such as tips, telephone calls.

• All activities described and NOT described on the itinerary.

• All activities described as ‘Optional’

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