This itinerary is unique, in that it offers travelers an opportunity to experience Uganda not only though its national parks and safaris, but also through the social and cultural background - the people on one hand, and the aspects of nature and conservation on the other. By visiting some missions, social projects, coffee producers, pastoral communities, the Batwa, and tea producers, you get the unique chance to learn and to interact with the people.

Furthermore, we bring you closer to relevant nature conservation issues such as the protection of the chimpanzees, and the deforestation versus the protection of forests (Echuya, Bugoma, Budongo and Mabira forests).

Day 1

Entebbe

Day 2

Kampala – Ssezibwa Falls – The Source of the Nile

Day 3

Bugisu Coffee of Mount Elgon/Sipi Falls

Day 4

Mbale – Mabira Forest

Day 5

Ziwa – Gulu

Day 6

Gulu Acholiland

Day 7

Murchison Falls National Park

Day 8

Murchison Falls National Park

Day 9

Budongo Forest – Chimpanzee Trekking

Day 10

Bugoma Forest – Fort Portal

Day 11

Fort Portal - Rwenzori

Day 12

Ishasha - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 13

Ishasha – Bwindi National Park

Day 14

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Day 15

The Batwa walk of Echuya Forest - Kitanga

Day 16

Kitanga Mission

Day 17

Central Uganda Ankole Region

Day 18

Entebbe


Day 1

Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you'll be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight at you select hotel of the options on offer.

Lodging

Bed & Breakfast options available.

Day 2

Kampala – Ssezibwa Falls – The Source of the Nile

After breakfast, drive to Jinja, a town within the cultural homeland of the Basoga and situated on the shores of Lake Victoria. Here you will find the source of the Nile.

You can have a stop-over at Ssezibwa Falls, where, as the legend has it, is a narration of the presence of the spirits of the traditional religion, including the spirit of water (Mukasa), of hunting
(Ddungu), of the rainbow (Musoke) and of fertility. Here you'll have a guided walk along and around the falls then visit the source of the Nile by canoe.

Lunch will be had at a restaurant near the source of the Nile.

Dinner and overnight will be at Kingfisher Safari Lodge that overlooks the source of the Nile.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Jinja
  • Ssezibwa Falls

Day 3

Bugisu Coffee of Mount Elgon/Sipi Falls

Today we transfer to Mbale and Mount Elgon, the most important region in Uganda in terms of coffee production. Here, the Bugisu Arabic AA quality coffee is cultivated at an altitude of about 2000
meters above sea level. Mbale is the capital town of the Bagisu people. On even years, there are the ritual ceremonies of circumcisions of young males over a period between August and December.

You'll get to visit coffee plantations and experience how coffee is cultivated, harvested and processed. You get to work in tandem with farmers and learn how to harvest the coffee. We organize
these activities with the kind support of the Kyagalani Coffee Cooperative of Budadiri, which also owns a coffee processing factory.

In the afternoon, you'll visit panoramic points to view the Mount Elgon's Sipi Falls (Optionally, you could walk to the Sipi Falls).

Dinner and overnight will be at Mount Elgon Hotel.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Mbale
  • Mount Elgon
  • Budadiri

Day 4

Mbale – Mabira Forest

Today your journey proceeds back to Jinja where, among other activities of the day, you get to visit the Busoga Kingdom palace in Bugembe as well as other sites of historical import.

You'll have lunch en route then proceed to Mabira Forest – a local symbol of civil struggle for the protection of forests in Uganda. Here, you'll take an afternoon nature walk and get to know more
about its huge biodiversity, in terms of tree species, birds, mammals like monkeys and the like.

Dinner and overnight will be at Rain Forest Lodge.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Jinja
  • Bugembe
  • Mabira Forest

Day 5

Ziwa – Gulu

In the morning, your journey continues. We head north in the direction of the Murchison Falls National Park. Optionally you may make a stopover for a nature walk at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a breeding project that saw the repopulation of the endangered white rhinos. You can watch them closely as they roam freely in the reserve.

Lunch will be served at the restaurant en route. In the afternoon/evening you'll get to Gulu, the capital town of the Acholi people.

Dinner and overnight will be at the Comboni Good Samaritans of Gulu.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Gulu

Activities

Day 6

Gulu Acholiland

In the morning, right after breakfast, we visit the Comboni projects. This is a local cooperative of disabled women who work on tailoring and handicrafts. We get to work, and learn from them.

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Today, it is also possible to organize a special lunch prepared by thewomen of the Comboni community in Kirombe as you learn how to cook African staple foods.

You will get to visit the historical site of Samuel Baker’s Fort at Patiko, founded in 1872 by Samuel Baker.

You'll also visit the Saint Mary Lacor Hospital. This is one of the most important hospitals in Uganda, and was open by Comboni missionaries and later supported with thanks to the Corti Foundation from Italy.

You'll have dinner and overnight at the Comboni Good Samaritans of Gulu.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Kirombe
  • Patiko
  • Sain Mary Lacor Hospital

Activities

Day 7

Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we proceed to the Murchison Falls National Park where we arrive in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, you'll go on a game drive of the park. This is the biggest national park in Uganda, and to many, the most rewarding for photographic safaris. Its geology has it situated at a point
where the River Nile encounters the depression of the Albertine Rift Valley and thereby creating a canyon in the rock – the Murchison Falls.

Dinner and overnight at you select lodging option of the options on offer.

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Murchison Falls National Park

Activities

Day 8

Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, you embark on an early morning game drive and explore the savannah of the Nile delta on Lake Albert's northern bank. As you view and take memorable photographs of the animals in the wild, you might find elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, very rarely, leopards.

After lunch, the afternoon will see you take a boat safari along the Nile, to the base of the magnificent Murchison Falls. It has an amazing concentration of wildlife on the Nile's banks which include hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species like African eagles, pelicans, the kingfisher, Egyptian geese and many more. You then get to walk to top of the falls.

Dinner and overnight will be at Budongo Eco-Lodge.
Full Board

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Nile Delta
  • Lake Albert

Day 9

Budongo Forest – Chimpanzee Trekking

After breakfast, we organize chimpanzee trekking in the Budongo forest. This is the largest remaining tropical forest in Uganda, covering 790 sq Km, and home to a population of endangered chimpanzees. This trekking is an eco-tourist activity which is possible with thanks to the conservation work done in the past by the Jane Goodall Institute and the National Forestry Authority to protect the forest and its primates. The guide will explain the history of chimpanzee conservation in Uganda and Budongo.

After lunch, you get to meet the local community through Kapega Guide Association and visit local villages.

Dinner and overnight will be in Hoima at the Hoima Cultural Lodge.

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Budongo Forest
  • Hoima

Activities

Day 10

Bugoma Forest – Fort Portal

After breakfast, our journey proceeds along Lake Albert to Bugoma Forest. This forest covers approximately 410 sq Km and is the habitat of chimpanzees and Ugandan mangabeys. It is also the site for a conservation effort by Destination Jungle through the Association for the Conservation of Bugoma Forest.

You can support the initiative of the “Chimpanzee go!”. This is a fund raising initiative which has the objective of collecting funds for reforestation projects of degraded areas, the protection of the
forest though law enforcement against illegal logging, to give incentives to private farmers living around the reserve and help maintain forest cover on private land. In 2016, the Association took a stand against the clearance of 30 percent of the natural forest to be replaced by a sugar plantation.

Eco-tourism activities in Bugoma contribute to reassure the protection of this habitat. Therefore, today we organize a nature walk with the possibility of tree planting which goes towards contributing to a better future for this ecosystem.

After lunch, the trip continues further South, at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in the region of the Kasenda Crater Lakes. You arrive at Kluges Farm Guest House which is set in a nice forested environment.

Dinner and overnight will be at your select option of those on offer.

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Bugoma Forest
  • Rwenzori Mountains
  • Kasenda Crater Lakes

Activities

Day 11

Fort Portal - Rwenzori

Today, you can choose among these activities (one is included): First, visit the coffee production and farmers in the Rwenzori region.

Second, have a cycling tour in the area of Fort Portal and the crater lakes, visiting panoramic points and meeting the locals along the way (half Day).

Third, you may take a short walk in the Rwenzori Mountains, along the forested cover, and to the Bakonjo homesteads. Lunch will be in a restaurant or by packed lunch according to the organization.

In the evening, dinner and overnight at your chosen option of the lodging facilities on offer.

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Fort Portal
  • Rwenzori Mountains

Day 12

Ishasha - Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the early morning, we take a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After lunch from the lodge, the afternoon will see us take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya peninsula along the Kazinga channel. This is one of the most popular sites in Uganda due to its
concentration of wildlife, bird life and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will likely see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants when they congregate to drink from the channel.

In the evening, we proceed to Ishasha for dinner and overnight at the Ishasha Jungle Lodge.
Full Board

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Mweya Peninsula
  • Kazinga Channel
  • Ishasha

Activities

Day 13

Ishasha – Bwindi National Park

After breakfast, take a game drive in search for the “tree climbing lions” which are spotted resting atop fig trees during the hot hours of the day. You might also see herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi
antelopes and more.

After lunch, we proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We stop-over en route at Kayonza tea factory, where you get to meet tea farmers and experience tea harvesting and processing.

Dinner and overnight will be at Bwindi Jungle Lodge.

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 14

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

The morning may see you take the optional gorilla safari in the tropical forest of Bwindi. The activity begins at 8 am. You'll follow the ranger guides in groups of up to 8 people as you search for habituated families of mountain gorillas. These groups are allocated according to the permits obtained for the trekking. You'll then get an hour to observe the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take a packed lunch and water with you in your bag. You may require the support of available porters to assist you with your luggage.

The mountain gorilla trekking is an activity that directly benefits the conservation of the endangered gorillas as well as the local communities around Bwindi National Park. This is because, the communities receive a percentage of the permits payment through investments into community projects. From the gorilla population census of 2012, Bwindi is reported to have a population of about
400 gorillas.

Alternatively, you may go on the Nkuringo walk in the forest between Nkuringo and Buhoma.

In the evening, we organize a party with the children of Nkuringo Bright Future and have a barbeque.

Dinner and overnight is at Bwindi Jungle Lodge.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Bwindi
  • Nkuringo
  • Buhoma

Day 15

The Batwa walk of Echuya Forest - Kitanga

Today’s activity is on the Batwa Trail, a walk into a forested site of Echuya Forest. The objective is to learn about the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Batwa Pigmies – a people who inhabit the forest. This project generates incomes for the Batwa community, who became poor and marginalized after being displaced from protected areas. These funds go towards helping in the education of their children and the provision of health services within the community.

During the walk, you get to learn about medicinal plants, visit the traditional hut, experience how they collect honey and also see traditional dances.

You'll have a packed lunch and then later in the afternoon, proceed to Kitanga Mission located between Bwindi and Kabale. It's a beautiful rural areas surrounded by green rolling hills.

Dinner and overnight will be at the Kitanga Guest House.

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Echuya Forest
  • Kabale

Day 16

Kitanga Mission

Kitanga Mission is a good example of how much can be done to improve on the livelihood of rural people when efforts are well channeled and managed. You'll get the chance to talk to the people of the mission. In Kitanga, you also have the opportunity to spend time with the local rural community and learn more about crop cultivation, animal husbandry and the traditional life of the Bakiga people. You may also visit the primary school, hospital and industrial park.

Dinner and overnight will be at the Kitanga Guest House.

Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Kitanga Mission

Day 17

Central Uganda Ankole Region

After breakfast, we head for central Uganda, the Ankole. Here you'll find the characteristic long-horn Ankole cattle and the pastoral Banyankole.

After lunch, we organize an encounter with a family, where you experience the life in a day of a pastoralist. The activities will include milking cows, cheese and ghee production, and tending for Ankole cows.

Dinner and overnight today may be in a family homestead or at the Igongo Cultural Resort.

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Lodging

Full Board options available.

Places

  • Ankole Region

Day 18

Entebbe

After breakfast, we drive back to Entebbe having lunch en route.

Today is reserved for departure from Entebbe International Airport.

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Lodging

Half Board options available.