21-Day Uganda Wilderness Camping Adventure

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Day 1

Arrival in Uganda

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after finalizing the formalities, you shall be welcomed by your guide, who will then drive you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have an optional city tour of Entebbe or visit Entebbe Botanical gardens.

Main Destination:

Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation:

Airport Guest House

  • Budget guest house located in or near Entebbe Airport

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 2

Visit Mabamba swamp and Kampala city tour

After breakfast you will head to Mabamba Swamp located on Lake Victoria. It is a large tract of marshlands with various channels through it which provides the perfect habitat for countless water birds. Keep your eyes open for the Shoebill Stork and web toed Sitatunga Antelopes. You will proceed to Kampala for a brief city Tour and lunch. Later you will drive to Jinja and camp overnight at The Haven lodge overlooking the rapids on River Nile.

Main Destination:

Mabamba Swamp

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • In or near Mabamba Swamp

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Boat ride to the source of the Nile

In the morning after breakfast you will have a boat ride to the Source of the Nile. There after you will have a city tour of Jinja town. Jinja is the second largest and industrial capital of Uganda. You may visit local markets or some industries. In the afternoon you start your journey to Kapchorwa home to the magnificent Sipi falls. You will camp overnight at Sipi falls resort.

Main Destination:

Nile River

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • In or near Nile River

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

Day 4

Sipi Falls hike and coffee community walk

You shall have a nature walk to the Sipi falls. These are a series of 3 waterfalls. You shall walk to the base of the falls and relax while taking a dip in the cool water of the falls, located at the base of Mt Elgon. In the afternoon you will go for a coffee community walk. The Sipi Falls area, found at the base of Mount Elgon is particularly famous for Bugisu Arabica Coffee produced and grown by the Local farmers. Bugisu Arabica only grows at an altitude of between 1,600 and 1,900 metres; it is the main cash crop in the area and genuinely one of the finest coffee’s in the world. You will again Camp overnight at Sipi falls resort.

Main Destination:

Sipi Falls

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • In or near Sipi Falls

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5

Drive to Moroto via Nyero rock paintings

Today after breakfast you will drive to Moroto town. Along the way you will visit the Nyero rock paintings. They comprise of a three-tiered rock shelter with primitive paintings on the inner surface that dates back to the Iron Age. In Kitgum, you will pitch camp relax and enjoy the beautiful and quiet ambiance at Moroto Hotel.

Main Destination:

Kitgum

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • In or near Kitgum

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6

Drive to Kidepo National Park and game drive

You will drive to Kidepo National Park with a packed lunch. Upon arrival you will set up camp inside the park and thereafter embark on an evening Game drive. The Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. It has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north agree that it is also the most magnificent, and ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses.

Main Destination:

Kidepo Valley National Park

Best Time to Visit September to March (Dry season)

High Season September to March (The park rarely gets crowded)

Best Weather September to November (End of the rains)

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Kidepo Valley NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7

Full day game drive and visit Hot springs

After your breakfast, start your drive through the Narus Valley where you will have a nature walk to the Hot springs. In the afternoon, you will enjoy another game drive Kidepo National Park is a savannah landscape that extends in all directions. It is home to elephant, zebra, giraffe, huge herds of buffalo, warthog, duiker, Jackson’s Hartebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah and hundreds of bird species. Afterwards you will retire to your campsite.

Main Destination:

Kidepo Valley National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Kidepo Valley NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8

Morning game drive and community visit

After an early morning breakfast, embark on a morning game that will take you through the park to see herds of buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, zebras and hopefully some lions, leopard and the elusive cheetah. This will also enable you to be in full sight of varieties of birds as well. You will rest until evening where you will go for a cultural tour in the Karimojong community. Here you will spend a wonderful evening with Karamajong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the tour you will be able to understand why their pride makes them slow to adapt to globalization.

Main Destination:

Kidepo Valley National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Kidepo Valley NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9

Drive to Murchison falls national park and game drive

After breakfast you shall drive south west to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest National Park. You shall have a stop in Gulu town to purchase some items then proceed to the national Park. The Nile Delta has the biggest concentration of wildlife in the park. After identifying your camping ground and setting up camp you will go for an evening Game drive in the park.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10

Full day game drives

After an early breakfast, proceed for a game drive. This is a beautiful drive across savannah, Borassus Palm Forest and grassland down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north. Drive in the open African savanna in search for Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest. Oribi, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, and enjoy spotting various Bird species such as the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters and many more. In the evening, you will have another game drive to catch another glimpse of the animals.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 11

Boat rides to the Nile Delta and to Murchison waterfalls

After an early breakfast, you will have boat ride to the Nile delta; keep a look out for a variety of bird species especially the Shoebill Stork. After lunch you will go for a boat ride up the Nile, to Murchison falls, where the park derives its name. You will hike to the top where you will experience the deafening roar of the falls. You will set camp at the Top of the Falls’ Campsite.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 12

Drive to Kibale National park

Today you will drive to Fort Portal to Kibale National Park. Along the way you will stop by a tea plantation if time permits. You will stop in Fort portal town to do shopping and there after proceed to Kibale Forest national park. You will pitch camp inside the park.

Main Destination:

Kibale Forest National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP See all animals

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 13

Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi swamp walk

Today you will track the most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park, the chimpanzees. With over 1,450 individuals protected within the park, Kibale forest is home to the largest number of the endangered chimpanzees in Uganda, as well as the threatened red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species. In the afternoon after tracking, you have the opportunity for a guided walk through the swamps of Bigodi swamps.

Main Destination:

Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Kibale NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 14

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park and visit Katwe salt lake

Today you will drive to the world-famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing the equator along the way. You will visit the Katwe salt lake and see how the lacal extract rock salt. This is a major economic activity in this area. You will proceed to the park and have an evening game drive. You will also camp overnight inside the park.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 15

Game drive and boat ride on the Kazinga channel

Have an Early Morning Game Drive. There are over 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog in this park. The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. In the afternoon, you shall have a boat ride on Kazinga Channel. Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park, from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and Crater Lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 16

Drive to Ishasha sector and game drive

After breakfast you will drive to Ishasha, the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. In Ishasha you will have a game drive in search of the unique tree-climbing lions. Only here the lions have the habit of climbing the trees. You will also camp in this magnificent wilderness.

Main Destination:

Ishasha Sector

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • In or near Ishasha

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 17

Game drive and drive to Bwindi national park

After breakfast you will have a morning game drive in Ishasha discovering other hiding spots that the tree climbing lions enjoy. Afterwards you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. The park is home to the endangered mountain gorillas. This fascinating mountain forest hosts chimpanzees and spectacular birds. You shall camp at Buhoma community camp and rest in preparation for gorilla trekking.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Just outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 18

Gorilla trekking and drive to Lkae Bunyonyi

This morning you will get up very early for gorilla trekking. Trekking the Mountain Gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The trek will take between 2 and 6 hours, but is well worth the effort. You will be led by an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. After trekking you will drive to Lkae Bunyonyi where you will camp overnight at Akaawe campsite.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Just outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 19

Relaxing at Lake Bunyonyi

You shall have an exciting boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi. In the afternoon you may have optional activities; a Canoe boat ride, a swim in the Bilharzia free lake, you may also explore a nearby village. Residents are happy for your visit and are open to explain their daily lives.

Main Destination:

Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • In or near Lake Bunyonyi

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 20

Drive to Lake Mburo National park and game drive

After breakfast you shall drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Even at the entrance to the park you can watch impalas and zebras. Have a game drive as you enter the park. The Lake Mburo National Park forms a mosaic-like habitat with rocks, dry slopes, open and wooded savannas, forests, and swamps increases. This diversity of habitats has the diversity of bird life with 313 bird species recorded in the park, including flame head Barbet, Long-tailed Zitting Cisticola (Tabora), African Bins Rail, Collared Barbet, binding Bush singer among others. You will also camp inside the park.

Main Destination:

Lake Mburo National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Accommodation:

Budget camping

  • Inside Lake Mburo NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 21

Nature walk and departure

Early in the morning have a guided nature walk, return to the camp for a hearty breakfast. After, you will start your journey back to Entebbe. Cross the equator and have time to take photos at the equator. Buy a few souvenirs and have a quick picnic lunch. Later you depart for the Airport and take your flight back home.

Main Destination:

Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment (Sleeping bag excluded)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour is not available to groups larger than 4 people.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

Rates Per Person

Solo 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5+ people
Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018 $8,690 $5,465 $4,675 $4,280 n/a*
Jan 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019 $8,690 $5,465 $4,675 $4,280 n/

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