**Plus $600 – Gorilla Trekking permit
(to be brought in cash on arrival)
– 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
More ‘budget’ safari
(plus US$600 – Gorilla Trekking permit
To be brought in cash on arrival)
Lodge/Hotel: 3 nights
Camping: 12 nights
16 Day: Kampala – Kampala
Breakfast:16 Lunch:13 Dinner:13
All national park entrance fees
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.
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.
Nile River Boat Cruise
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.
Camping: – Rwonyo campsite
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.
Camping:Bunyonyi Overland resort
Lake Bunyonyi Boat cruise
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.
Camping – Karungi Lodge and campsite
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.
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.
Camping: Karungi lodge and campsite
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.
Camping – Ishasha River camp
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Evening Game drive
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.
Camping – ishasha river camp
Queen Elizabeth NP
2 game drives
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.
Camping – Kibale Forest campsite
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.
Camping: Murchison Falls Delta
Murchison Falls & Naional Park
3 Game Drives
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.
Camping: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Nile River Boat cruise
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
BL / B
Accommodated – Nile River Camp (or similar)
Milage – 220km
Source of the Nile boat cruise
White water rafting
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.