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16 Days Uganda – Primate & Big 5 Safari
More budget:

16 Days: Kampala – Kampala

€1950.00
**Plus $600 – Gorilla Trekking permit
(to be brought in cash on arrival)

Included Highlights:
– Lake Mburo NP
– Lake Bunyonyi boat trip
– Gorilla Trekking
– Bwindi Forest
– Rubuguri Village
– Tree-climbing lions
– Queen Elizabeth NP
– Kibaale Forest
– Chimpanzee Trekking
– Murchison Falls (& NP)
– Rhino Trekking
– Nile River boat Cruise
– Lake Victoria boat cruise

 

Safari style:
More ‘budget’ safari

Price:
EU1950.00
(plus US$600 – Gorilla Trekking permit
To be brought in cash on arrival)

Accommodation type:
Lodge/Hotel: 3 nights
Camping: 12 nights

Duration:
16 Day: Kampala – Kampala

Included Meals:
Breakfast:16 Lunch:13 Dinner:13

Included extras:

Drinking Water
Welcome Package
All national park entrance fees

Excluded extras:
Gratuities/tips
personal drinks/snacks
Optional activities

Uganda has been dubbed “The Pearl of Africa.” Not only is it home to the world-famous Big 5, and some of the world’s last remaining Great Apes; it also has an impressive list of natural features, making it a destination of supreme diversity. Within its borders, Uganda boasts Lake Victoria – the largest lake in Africa; the Rwenzori Mountains – among the highest in the world; one of the last remaining true rain forests; and Murchison Falls – one of Africa’s most prestigious National Parks set alongside the world’s longest river – the Nile. All these things aside, it is said that the reason it has been dubbed The Pearl, is because of the people of Uganda.

featured highlights 

Gorilla Trekking – bwindi Forest

Queen Elizabeth National park

Chimpanzee Trekking – Kibale Forest

Murchison Falls & National Park

Trek with some of the worlds last remaining Silverback Gorillas in their natural habitat

Enjoy multiple safari’s in Queen Elizabeth National Park – home to the endemic tree-climbing lions.

Trek and spend time with humans closest living relative in their natural habitat.

Feel the explosive power of Murchison Falls, one of the worlds most powerful surges of water.

Rhino Trekking

Nile River Boat Cruise

Multiple Safari’s

Lake Victoria Cruise

Experience the southern White Rhino on foot on this epic Rhino trekking experience.

Cruise down the worlds longest river, where hippo’s rule, in search of the Shoe Billed Stork

Enjoy numerous Big 5 safari’s in the beautiful National Parks of Uganda

Discover the source of the worlds longest river, the Nile, on a relaxing sunset boat cruise

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala, Pre-Departure

 

Today will be our chance to prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. We will meet after lunch at Red Chilli Hideaway – a beautiful, relaxing lodge a short 10-minutes from Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. Here, we will have a chance to meet our fellow travelers and chat about the trip ahead before heading into town do shopping and exchange money before leaving civilisation for the following 2 weeks.

Accommodated – Red Chilli Hideaway

Day 2: Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park

 

After an early start to avoid the chaotic Kampala traffic, we will begin our journey southward to Lake Mburo National Park. During the drive, we will cross the Equator into the Southern Hemisphere, then continue through the rolling hills of banana plantations on one of the very few tarred roads in the country. Enjoy the comfort while you can! We will arrive at our campsite on the lake in time for lunch before heading on an evening game drive – our first chance to find some African wildlife.
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Camping: –
 Rwonyo campsite
Milage: 230km

Included:
Lake Mburo National Park
Evening Game Drive

 

Day 3: Lake Mburo NP - Lake Bunyonyi

 

After short morning game drive beneath the African sunrise, we leave Lake Mburo National Park and head further southwest to the incredibly beautiful Lake Bonyonyi, Uganda’s deepest lake which has formed in a massive crater. This fresh water lake is perfect for swimming in or just relaxing on the banks and taking in the breathtaking views. After a relaxing afternoon, we will end the day with a tranquil sunset boat cruise on this magnificent lake to visit some of Bunyonyi’s historic islands.
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Camping:Bunyonyi Overland resort
Milage: 180km

Included: Optional:
Lake Bunyonyi Boat cruise
Optional:
Kayaking

 

Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi - Rubuguri (Bwindi Forest)

 

Enjoy a relaxing start before we leave Lake Bonyoni behind and head to the southwestern corner of Uganda – the place where Footsteps Through Africa all began – the beautiful village of Rubuguri. Here is where we will spend the following 3 nights. We will arrive around mid- afternoon after driving through the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of the Bwindi Forest area. Our time here will be spent getting to know the amazing community where Footsteps first began, seeing some of the Footsteps projects in the area and, of course, this is where we will get to meet the majestic silverback and mountain gorillas in their natural habitat; a humbling and life changing experience.
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Camping – Karungi Lodge and campsite
Milage: 80km

 

Day 5: Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking

 

We will have an early start today as we prepare for the unforgettable gorilla trekking experience. We will spend most of the day out in the forest, tracking and spending time with these absolutely beautiful, critically endangered species. Without doubt, this is a highlight of the Ugandan experience.
Upon return to the campsite around mid-afternoon, you have a chance to relax after the challenging trek through the thick and slippery rain forest.
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Camping:
 Karungi lodge and campsite

 

 

Day 6: Rubuguri Village

 

This is what the Footsteps tours are all about. Today you will really get involved with the Footsteps Through Africa projects, which benefit hugely from the tours conducted throughout the continent. Get to know the community and the children who live here and are being given opportunities to learn and develop through sponsorships, donations, and good old sweat and tears! Take a moment to realise the difference you mare making and leave your own Footsteps Through Africa by painting, building and making memories at our current projects in the area.
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Camping: 
Karungi lodge and campsite

Included:
Rubuguri Village tour

 

Day 7: Bwindi - Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

After a memorable and heart-warming time in Rubuguri and the Bwindi forest area, it’s time for more safari!
Today we head further north to Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will spend 2 in the comfort of a lodge in this beautiful reserve, which is also one of two places in the world to find the iconic tree-climbing lions, and the endemic Uganda kob antelope.
In the early afternoon, we will arrive at our lodge on the Ishasha River – border to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Enjoy having some time to relax with hippo’s grunting in the river, before setting off on an evening game drive.
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Camping –  
Ishasha River camp
Milage: 110km

Included:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Evening Game drive
Ishasha River 

 

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

Day 8 brings a full day to enjoy and explore this beautiful and lush National Park. We will set off at sunrise for our early morning game drive in search of the endemic Tree-climbing lions, before returning to camp for a big, hearty brunch. After a relaxing siesta we will head off for our final game drive in the area.
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Camping –
 ishasha river camp

Included:
Queen Elizabeth NP
2 game drives
Ishasha river

 

Day 9 and 10: Queen Elizabeth - Kibale Forest (Chimpanzee Trekking)

 

After a few brilliant days with wildlife, we leave QENP and head to yet another iconic element of Ugandan tourism: chimpanzee trekking!
We will drive to Fort Portal – a town nestled in the middle of the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains, Africa’s 3rd highest mountain range, and home to the lush Kibale Forest, most famous for its chimpanzee populations in Africa. Here is were we will spend the next 2 nights in the comfort of a beautiful forest lodge, enjoying the incredible birdlife and scenery, in addition to our unforgettable chimp trekking experience.
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Camping –
Kibale Forest campsite
Milage: 230km

Included:
Kibale Forest
Chimpanzee Trekking 
Optional:
Bird & Forest walk

 

Day 11 and 12: Kibale Forest - Murchison Falls NP and Murchison Falls NP

 

This morning kicks off with an early start and a relatively long drive! We head to one of Africa’s most prestigious National Parks, Murchison Falls.
Murchison Falls itself is one of the most powerful surges of water in the world, where the mighty Nile River is pushed through a 6m-wide gap, creating a powerful explosion of water right in front of your eyes.
Falls aside, the massive, green, open plains of this National Park, stretched along the Nile River, are home to a huge variety of wildlife, including breeding herds of elephant, journey upon journey of the endemic 3-horned giraffe, a great population of lion, and much, much more. This is truly a mesmerising experience. Here, we will camp wild in the middle of the ‘Delta’ section of the park, an unfenced camping area, inviting all kinds of wildlife to stroll through our camp. Our time here will be spent relaxing at the wild camp and marking on numerous game drives.
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Camping: Murchison Falls Delta
Milage:
300km

Included:
Murchison Falls & Naional Park
3 Game Drives
Optional:
Nile Perch fishing excursion 

 

Day 13: Murchison Falls National Park - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Our time at Murchison Falls National Park would not be complete without a boat cruise down the longest river in the world: the Nile, this cruise also being our opportunity to find the worlds’ rarest bird, the Shoebill Stork! Once our cruise is complete, we begin the short journey to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – a private organisation in Uganda devoted to bringing the 5th member of the Big 5 back into wild Uganda. We will arrive at our campsite by lunchtime with some time to relax before heading on our memorable Rhino trekking experience.
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Camping:
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Milage: 144km

Included:
Nile River Boat cruise
Rhino trekking 

 

Day 14 and 15: Ziwa - Jinja and Jinja

 

We will have a leisurely morning before getting back on the road and head to the bustling town of Jinja, home to the Source of the Nile river on Lake Victoria, where we will spend the next 2 nights at our lodge built on the banks of the Nile.
Jinja is the tourist capital of Uganda, offering numerous optional activities, as well as restaurants and bars in the busy town centre.
Your town here can be spent at your own accord, although we will enjoy 1 last boat cruise, this time at the source on the Nile river on Lake Victoria.
Meals here will be at your own expense
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Accommodated – Nile River Camp (or similar)
Milage – 220km

Included:
Source of the Nile boat cruise
Optional:
White water rafting
Quad Biking
Horse Riding
Jet Boat
And more…

 

 

Day 16: Jinja - Kampala (Tour end)

 

Unfortunately, this day brings us to the end of an eye opening, unforgettable, inspiring, and adventurous experience through the Pearl of Africa. We will enjoy a relaxing start before taking the short drive across to Kampala, where we will arrive by lunchtime.
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