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Uganda – Hidden Gems of East Africa

Uganda

Journey Overview

TRAVEL PRICE PER PERSON:

From $21.087 per person

NIGHTS:

14 Nights

DESTINATIONS:

Uganda

JOURNEY EXPERIENCE:

Welcome to

Uganda – Hidden Gems of East Africa

Explore Uganda’s natural wonders and wildlife diversity, from mystical Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’s mountain gorillas to the abundant wildlife of Murchison Falls National Park. Discover the primate paradise of Kibale National Park and unwind at serene Lake Mburo National Park, creating lasting memories and a deep connection to Uganda’s wilderness.

Arriving at Kigali International Airport, you can feel the palpable anticipation in the air. Following a swift airport procedure, you transition towards the heart of Kigali, eager to embark on your Rwandan exploration. As you leave the airport terminal, you step onto a path brimming with opportunities to immerse yourself in Rwanda’s rich culture and awe-inspiring natural beauty. From the captivating wildlife to the undulating hills and serene lakes, Rwanda’s diversity unfolds before your eyes.

KIGALI

Kigali, the capital and largest city of Rwanda, is a vibrant and rapidly growing metropolis nestled in the heart of East Africa. Known as the “Green City,” Kigali boasts lush hills, clean streets, and a welcoming atmosphere. It’s a city where tradition and modernity coexist, offering a blend of cultural heritage and economic dynamism. Visitors can explore its bustling markets, cultural attractions, and enjoy the warm hospitality of its residents. Kigali is not only the political and economic hub of Rwanda, but also a city striving for sustainability and progress, making it an intriguing destination in the region.

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Upon your arrival at The Retreat Kigali, you’ll be warmly welcomed to this tranquil haven in the heart of the city. Check-in is a breeze, and you’ll quickly settle into your comfortable accommodations. Take a moment to relax and unwind, perhaps with a stroll through the hotel’s serene gardens or a dip in the pool. As the evening descends, savour a delectable dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, indulging in a fusion of local and international flavours. After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to a delicious breakfast.

The journey from Kigali, Rwanda, to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is an awe-inspiring adventure that typically takes approximately 4 to 5 hours by road. As you depart Kigali’s urban bustle, the drive offers glimpses of Rwanda’s picturesque hills and rural life before crossing into Uganda, where the landscape transforms into rolling hills and lush tea plantations.

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST LODGE

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Lodge is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of one of Africa’s most enchanting and biodiverse locations, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in south-western Uganda. This eco-lodge seamlessly blends luxury with nature, offering an immersive and sustainable experience that brings you closer to the wonders of the forest. The lodge’s architecture harmonizes with its surroundings, allowing you to connect with the lush rainforest from the comfort of your own private veranda or cosy lounge area. The lodge provides a range of accommodation options, from intimate forest cottages to spacious family units, all designed to provide you with a unique and authentic stay.

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Upon arrival at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, your haven in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. After checking in to your comfortable accommodation, each room offering breathtaking forest views, take the afternoon to unwind amidst the serene surroundings. The forest’s symphony provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation. As evening approaches, head to the lodge’s restaurant for a delectable dinner, where a fusion of local and international cuisine tantalizes your taste buds.

Rise early for a hearty breakfast as you prepare for an extraordinary day of gorilla tracking. A comprehensive briefing from experienced guides provides valuable insights into gorilla behaviour and the rules of engagement. The highlight of your stay unfolds as you embark on a mesmerizing gorilla tracking expedition. Led by expert guides and trackers, you’ll navigate the lush forest terrain in search of these magnificent creatures. Once you encounter them, you’ll have the privilege of spending a magical hour observing and photographing the gorillas in their natural habitat. After this unforgettable adventure, return to the lodge for a well-deserved lunch and spend the afternoon at your leisure, soaking in the forest’s tranquillity. The day concludes with another delightful dinner, allowing you to share stories and experiences from your gorilla tracking adventure while savouring the lodge’s enchanting ambiance.

The journey from Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Murchison Falls National Park is an exciting transition that begins with a short flight to Kasese Airport. This flight, which typically takes around 1 to 2 hours, offers not only convenience but also stunning aerial views of Uganda’s diverse landscapes. As you soar above the country, you’ll witness the dramatic shift from misty mountain forests to open savannas, providing a visual feast of Uganda’s natural beauty.

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Murchison Falls National Park, nestled in the north-western corner of Uganda, is a natural wonderland that exemplifies the raw, unbridled beauty of East Africa. Spanning over 3,800 square kilometres, this vast wilderness is renowned for its centrepiece, the spectacular Murchison Falls, where the Nile River surges through a narrow gorge, creating a thundering cascade that captivates all who witness it. The park’s diverse landscapes encompass expansive savannas, rolling grasslands, dense woodlands, and lush riverine forests, providing a sanctuary for an astounding variety of wildlife. Here, you can encounter the “Big Five” along with giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species. Exploring the park on game drives and boat safaris, you’ll immerse yourself in an authentic African safari experience, while cultural encounters with local communities add depth to your journey.

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Your adventure at Elephant Plains Lodge in Uganda begins with a warm welcome upon your arrival. Settle into your comfortable accommodation, where the serene ambiance of the lodge surrounds you. On the first afternoon, embark on an exhilarating boat safari along the Kazinga Channel, offering encounters with hippos, crocodiles, and a multitude of bird species. As day turns to night, relish a delicious dinner at the lodge.

The next morning, an early start leads to an extraordinary bush breakfast amid the Ugandan wilderness, immersing you in the sights and sounds of nature. Following this unique experience, venture on a game drive guided by experts, seeking out elephants, lions, buffalo, and various antelope species. After a morning filled with wildlife wonders, return to the lodge for a leisurely lunch. Spend your afternoon as you please, whether by taking a refreshing dip in the lodge’s pool or simply savouring the natural beauty that envelops you. As the sun sets, raise your glass to the African horizon during a Sundowner experience, set in a picturesque location within the lodge’s grounds.

The journey from Elephant Plains Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park to Chimpundu Lodge in Kibale Forest, Uganda, offers a remarkable transition from the savannas of the north to the lush rainforests of the south. Departing from Elephant Plains Lodge, you’ll embark on a scenic road transfer that spans approximately 5 to 7 hours, taking you through diverse landscapes and providing glimpses of local life along the way. As you journey southward, the terrain gradually shifts, welcoming you to the captivating beauty of Kibale Forest.

KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Kibale National Park, nestled in south-western Uganda, is an enchanting haven of biodiversity and lush rainforests that beckons nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike. Covering approximately 795 square kilometres, it stands as a precious sanctuary for a remarkable variety of species, including the iconic chimpanzees. Renowned as one of Africa’s finest locations for chimpanzee tracking, Kibale offers immersive encounters with our closest primate relatives. The park’s dense forests are also home to a plethora of other primates, birds, and wildlife, making it a hotspot for both primate enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Beyond its remarkable inhabitants, Kibale’s enchanting landscapes, tranquil crater lakes, and winding trails invite visitors to explore and discover the captivating secrets of this remarkable corner of Uganda.

Your two-night stay at Chimpundu Lodge, nestled on the edge of Uganda’s Kibale Forest, unfolds with a warm welcome as you settle into your comfortable rainforest accommodation. The adventure kicks off with an afternoon game drive, providing a glimpse into the region’s wildlife diversity, including primates and exotic birds.

The following day promises a thrilling chimpanzee tracking experience within Kibale Forest National Park, renowned for its vibrant chimpanzee population. Guided by experts, you’ll journey deep into the lush rainforest, where you can observe these remarkable primates in their natural habitat. Upon returning to the lodge, savour a delightful lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a cultural excursion, visiting local coffee farmers to discover the traditional methods of coffee cultivation, participate in the harvest, and relish freshly brewed Ugandan coffee, gaining insights into the coffee’s significance within the local community.

The journey from Chimpundu Lodge in Kibale Forest to Nile Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a mesmerizing transition from the lush rainforests of south-western Uganda to the captivating savannas and waterways of the country’s southwest. To expedite the travel process, this itinerary typically includes a domestic flight, providing travellers with awe-inspiring aerial vistas of Uganda’s diverse landscapes. The estimated flight duration of 2 to 3 hours reveals the dramatic transformation from verdant rainforests to expansive savannas, tranquil crater lakes, and the picturesque Kazinga Channel.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Queen Elizabeth National Park, located in south-western Uganda, is a diverse and iconic conservation area that encompasses an array of ecosystems, from sprawling savannas and lush forests to sparkling crater lakes and the meandering Kazinga Channel. Covering approximately 1,978 square kilometres, this park is celebrated for its rich biodiversity and is home to a wide range of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros), along with a multitude of bird species. It is renowned for its tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector and offers unforgettable boat safaris on the Kazinga Channel, providing an opportunity to spot hippos, crocodiles, and numerous water birds.

Your two-night escape at Nile Safari Lodge, nestled along the enchanting Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, begins with a warm welcome as you arrive. Settle into your luxurious accommodations, where breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness greet you. On your first evening, unwind and enjoy a leisurely dinner, allowing you to relax and prepare for the adventures ahead.

The following day, kick-start your morning with a memorable breakfast served against the backdrop of Murchison Falls. Witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Nile River surging through a narrow gorge. This sets the stage for a delightful day ahead. Afterwards, embark on a captivating boat tour through the serene Kazinga Channel delta. This waterway teems with wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and vibrant birdlife, offering superb photographic opportunities and a profound connection with the park’s aquatic ecosystems.

The journey from Nile Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park to Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo Valley National Park is a remarkable transition between two of Uganda’s most iconic national parks, showcasing the country’s diverse landscapes and wildlife. To make this journey efficient and minimize travel time, it often includes a domestic flight, allowing travellers to savour scenic aerial views of Uganda’s beauty. The estimated flight duration from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kidepo Valley National Park is approximately 2 to 3 hours.

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Kidepo Valley National Park, nestled in the remote north-eastern corner of Uganda, is a true African wilderness treasure. Its vast and rugged landscapes, framed by majestic mountain ranges and criss-crossed by the Narus and Kidepo Rivers, create a striking backdrop for a rich diversity of wildlife. Here, you can encounter Africa’s iconic animals, from lions and elephants to cheetahs and African wild dogs, against the backdrop of untamed wilderness. The park’s remote location has preserved its pristine condition, offering a truly authentic safari experience, while cultural interactions with the indigenous Karamojong people add a unique dimension to your adventure.

Your three-night journey at Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo Valley National Park begins with a warm welcome as you settle into your luxurious accommodations, enveloped by the untamed wilderness. On your first evening, immerse yourself in the magic of the African wilderness with a Sundowner Game Drive. As the sun bathes the rugged landscapes in golden hues, embark on an unforgettable journey into the savannas and woodlands to encounter the park’s iconic wildlife. Raise your glass to toast your arrival, marking the beginning of your immersive safari experience.

Each morning begins with the promise of adventure, starting with a memorable Bush Breakfast amidst the breathtaking natural beauty. Following this, venture out on game drives led by expert guides who unveil the secrets of Kidepo Valley’s unique ecosystem. Witness Africa’s iconic animals in their natural habitat, from majestic lions and towering elephants to the elusive cheetahs and African wild dogs. After exhilarating safaris, return to Apoka Safari Lodge to enjoy leisurely afternoons by the pool, where tranquillity reigns supreme.

Day three commences with another delightful Bush Breakfast, immersing you further into the heart of the wilderness. Embark on a morning game drive to delve deeper into Kidepo Valley National Park, where each corner reveals new wonders of the untamed landscapes and diverse wildlife. After a morning of exploration, return to the lodge to unwind at your leisure, perhaps indulging in spa treatments or simply savouring the serenity of Apoka Safari Lodge.

In the evening, continue the tradition with a Sundowner experience, raising your glass to celebrate the awe-inspiring African sunset. As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the skies with vivid colours, you’ll reflect on the remarkable experiences and unforgettable moments you’ve gathered during your stay in one of Uganda’s most pristine and captivating wilderness areas. These three nights at Apoka Safari Lodge offer a harmonious blend of thrilling wildlife encounters, serene relaxation, and the splendours of Kidepo Valley’s unspoiled landscapes.

The journey from Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo Valley National Park to Wildwaters Lodge in Jinja commences with a thrilling domestic flight, providing awe-inspiring aerial views of Uganda’s varied landscapes. This scenic flight, which offers a captivating transition from the untamed wilderness of the north to the serene shores of Lake Victoria, delivers you to Jinja, renowned as the Nile River’s source. Here, adventure and relaxation await, making this journey a seamless blend of flight and exploration, where you can uncover the rich diversity of Uganda’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

JINJA

Jinja, nestled along the northern shores of Lake Victoria in south-eastern Uganda, is a town renowned for its dual identity as both the “Adventure Capital of East Africa” and the historical source of the Nile River. This charming and vibrant destination seamlessly blends natural beauty, cultural significance, and thrilling outdoor pursuits. Visitors can embark on adrenaline-pumping adventures like white-water rafting on the wild Nile rapids or find tranquillity amidst lush gardens and riverside promenades. Exploring local markets, engaging with friendly residents, and discovering the vibrant traditions add cultural depth to the experience.

Upon check-in at Wildwaters Lodge, nestled on a private island in the Nile River, you’ll immediately be enchanted by the lodge’s harmonious blend with the natural surroundings. In the afternoon, embark on a mesmerizing boat excursion to explore the legendary source of the Nile River. As you navigate the riverbanks, where the Nile begins its remarkable journey, you’ll bear witness to both the historical and cultural significance of this iconic location.

Day two grants you the gift of serenity and leisure at Wildwaters Lodge and in the picturesque town of Jinja. Whether you opt for a leisurely morning in your cosy room, unwinding by the lodge’s inviting pool, or immersing yourself in the lush natural environment, this day is dedicated to rejuvenation and reflection.

As your journey in Uganda comes to a close, we want to express our gratitude for choosing Uganda as your travel destination. We hope your experiences here have been unforgettable, filled with adventure, discovery, and moments of relaxation. As you return home, may the memories of Uganda stay with you, and may your future travels be equally enriching and inspiring.

Services Overview

  • Airport Transfers
  • All Domestic Flights
  • All National Park Entrances
  • The Retreat Kigali (Full Board)
  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (Full Board)
  • Elephant Plains (Full Board)
  • Game Drives
  • Chimpundu Lodge (Full Board)
  • Nile Safari Lodge (Full Board)
  • Delta Boat Tour
  • Evening Game Drive
  • Apoka Safari Lodge (Full Board)
  • Wildwaters Lodge (Full Board)

 

  • International flights
  • Spa Treatments
  • Meals not listed
  • Tips

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