10 Days uganda safari
10 Days uganda safari : In this long safari to eastern and northern Uganda, you will explore the culture of the inhabitants here and beauty of the wilderness in this part of the country.
- Hike the stunning three series of the SIPI water-falls and swim in the man made pool
- Visit the Nile source in Jinja
- Encounter coffee production guided by the locals, pound and taste the authentic Arabica coffee.
- Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the whole day hike to the the slopes of Mount Elgon
- Visit a manyatta homestead to experience the beautiful culture of the Karamojong people as they sing and dance to entertain guests.
- Track the endangered white Rhinos at Zziwa sanctuary on your way back to Kampala
- Drive through major towns in northern Uganda and taste their local delicacies en route
Day 1: Transfer to Jinja and adventure (2 hours)
Start this safari from Kampala or Entebbe in the morning with a brief visit to Sezibwa falls for a short guided nature walk learning about its historical attachment to Buganda Kingdom. Next stop will be Mabira forest for a zip lining spree and thereafter a photo filled stopover at Najjembe for roadside roast– this is a major highlight of road trips in this part of the world.
Upon arrival in Jinja, check into your hotel, refresh, have lunch and rest overnight.
Accommodation: meal plan–full board
Day 2: Explore East Africas adventure capital
Begin your day with the adrenalin crushing quad bike experience at Bujagali biking through the villages and shrubs in this area, stop at various view points of the magnificent River Nile and enjoy photography with the horizon afar beyond.
Visit the source of the Nile for lunch and later on go for a guided two–hour sunset cruise before returning to your hotel for evenings rest and dinner.
Day 3: Transfer to Mbale and hike to Sipi Falls
Drive to this vibrant town in the morning, check into your hotel, have lunch and proceed to Kapchorwa for another fascinating experience, hike the 3 series of the water falls and practically process coffee with the experienced local brewers and taste your own production.
Return to your hotel to rest with dinner served later.
Accommodation: Mt Elgon hotel, full board meal plan
Day 4: Hike Mt Elgon via Kapkwai Forest Conservation Centre
After breakfast set off for Mt Elgon national park, this is a few kms away from your hotel of stay. Upon arrival at the conservation centre, you will be received by your ranger guide and briefed on the expedition.
The conservation area has two major entrances thus SIPI trail which is less steep and Sasa trail which is steeper, for a complete experience, you will have a loop where you go through SIPI and return via Sasa with breaks in between for meals and refreshments which will be hygienically packed.
There are various sceneries of flora and fauna including cliffs, caves, waterfalls, gorges, calderas, hot springs and mountain peaks.
You may encounter small antelopes and duikers, blue monkeys, white and black Columbus
monkeys which seem to be extinct and about 144 bird species including the endangered lammergeier. Half of Uganda’s butterfly species have been reported to be here.
Mt Elgon is the world’s largest caldera 40 km long and 18 km wide. Wagagai peak is 4,321m above sea level.
Enjoy photography for memories.
Return to your hotel after a whole days adventurous expedition.
Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park (8 hours)
Check out of the hotel and drive to Kabong north eastern Uganda which is home of the *true African wilderness*This journey will take the entire day given the distance therefore upon arrival, you will check into your hotel, have dinner and rest ahead of next day activities.
Accommodation: Apoka Lodge meal plan–full board
Day 6: Game drive and community excursion
This is Uganda’s most isolated national park covering an area of 1,442km2 The park is blessed with over 75 species of mammals, and 470 species of birds. Kidepo has two seasonal rivers; Kidepo valley and Narus valley rivers which disappear in the dry season leaving just pools for the wildlife.
While on the early morning game drive, you will spot the dik-dik, klipspringer, greater and lesser kudus, aardwolf, striped hyenas, reed buck, lions, leopards, large buffaloes, zebras, elephants, side striped jackals, giraffes and variety of bird species.
In the afternoon after a lunch break, visit a Karamojong village for a cultural encounter to see how this tribe is slow to civilization. Experience their unique life style, food preparation, dance and learn how much their cattle mean to them as they are a proud nomadic pastoral tribe. You will also see the rare Manyattas and have opportunity of photography.
Return to your hotel for rest and overnight stay.
Day 7: Transfer to Gulu (6 hours)
After your breakfast, embark on a journey out of Kidepo park west wards to Gulu for another expedition.Stop over in Kitgum or Lira town for lunch to taste the local delicacies of the Lango people before continuing to Gulu town for over night stay.
Accommodation: Acholi Inn Gulu, meal plan– dinner
Day 8: Visit Bakers Fort, Fort Patiko
Check out of your hotel and head to your next stop.
Baker’s Fort or Fort Patiko was a slave trade base constructed by Arabs and later became a military fort after being captured by Sir Samuel Baker. The site is now open to the public and subject to a fee levied by the sub county.
Ruins of Fort Patiko are found in Ajulu parish, Patiko sub-county, Aswa County located about 32 Kms north of Gulu town, there is a plaque on the remaining wall of a grain storage building in the centre of the fort that reads “Fatiko 1872 -88, founded by Sir Samuel Baker, occupied by Emin and Gordon”
The fort is enclosed by a trench16 feet wide and 15 feet deep dug by slaves on the orders of the Arabs to avoid the escape of captives as it was a slave collection centre. Its construction was completed on 25th December, 1872. It covers about 9.4 hectares.
It is neighboured by six hills – Ajulu, Ladwong, Akara, Abaka, Labworomor and Kiju.
Sir Samuel Baker took over the fort from 1872 to 1888 when he was sent on a mission by the Queen of England to stop slave trade done by Arabs, it then became the headquarters for Sir Emin Pasha and Gordon, the respective Governors of the Equatorial Province of the British Protectorate then.
These slaves were captured from northern Uganda, Gondokoro in Sudan and other areas. Ocecu Hill was the sorting ground for the slaves with healthy-looking ones forced to trek from Patiko through Sudan across the Red Sea and sold in Egypt.
The fort had 5 instrumental divisions to the Arab slave traders thus the industrial area, court yard, prosecution chamber by firing squad/beheading, concrete stores and the administrative chamber.
After the days tour, check into Fort Patiko hotel for overnight stay
Day 9: Aruu Falls one–day excursion – Pader
Aruu falls is located on the Gulu – Kitgum highway, 47 Km from Gulu, 57 Km from Kitgum and about 386 Km from Kampala.
Aruu Falls are a series of streams with roaring waterfalls offering magnificent natural beauty.
This jagged crashing cascade offers a thrilling unforgettable experience to its visitors who pass via ragged rocks as there isn’t a smooth defined path. The waterfalls are a perfect destination for adventure lovers who dare to swim in the natural pool at the base of the falls.
Aruu Falls campsite is the only developed and recommended site for camping here.
Return to Gulu for overnight stay
Day 10: Visit to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary and transfer back to Kampala
Wake up earlyand check out after breakfast, there will be a stop over at the Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district for an hours guided Rhino track.
This is home to the endangered white rhinos located on Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls. Ziwa is the only place in Uganda where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild. The sanctuary has a population of 22 southern white rhinos and has increasingly become popular with tourists en route Murchison Falls who are interested in Rhino tracking.
fter here, lunch will be at Kabalega diners then continue on your journey back to the city.
This marks the end of your adventure packed 10–day safari to eastern and northern Uganda.
Optional activities; Visit Murchison Falls and Bugoma forest, Visit Pian Upe and Mt Morungole, Raft the Nile in Jinja
- All adventure activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfers and professional photography
- Accommodation and meals, bottled mineral water, full time English speaking driver guide
- Visa fees, international flights and personal insurance
Phone bills, tips, laundry services and other personal expenses
- Alcoholic drinks and extra activities outside the itinerary
Please note:1. https://www.mia.go.ug/directorate/directorate-citizenship-and-immigration-control 2. Country health status: There is no health scare 3. Fees quoted include applicable government taxes and 18% VAT as per the taxation policy of Uganda.
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- Cancellations received within 30 -10 days’ notice to date of departure will incur 25 % charge
- Cancellations received within 9-2 days’ notice to date of departure will incur 50% charge
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- No shows without communication over the whole safari period will be charged 100%
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