18 Days Safari Exploring Almost All Uganda National Parks

This 18 Days Safari Exploring in Uganda will take you to the best places in the wonderful country of Uganda. You will visit and experience the very best tour Tubale safaris has to offer. Travel from East to West and North to South and see the diversity of Uganda’s flora and fauna. The mountains of Sipi Falls, are one of the best parks in the world.

Kidepo valley, meet the Karamojong and explore the River Nile, the savannas of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls, and the rain forests of Kibale and Bwindi. This 18 Days Safari Exploring Uganda through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture & animals and you will overnight in the best budget-range accommodations or camps in Uganda.

Kampala City Tour

Safari Quotation

  • MEAL PLAN: Mid-Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • 1 Person $ 5,150
  • 2 People $ 4,650
  • 3 People $4,450
  • 4 People $4,650
  • 5 People $3,650
  • 6 People $3,350
  • Drinking Water throughout.

Detailed 18 Days Safari Exploring Uganda National Parks

Day 1: Tour around Kampala City

Tour around Kampala City

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a Tubale Safaris guide/driver who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your booked accommodation. In case you have had an early landing in Uganda, you may opt to go out and tour Kampala City.

  • Main Destination: Kampala City
  • Accommodation: Cassia Lodge, Mid-range Hotel located just near Kampala City.
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water
Day 2: Transfer to Jinja for Water Rafting (Source of the Nile)

Jinja for Water Rafting (Source of the Nile)

You will be picked up very early in the morning and start your journey to Jinja. Along the way, you will see Mabira Forest, Sugar plantations in Lugazi, and finally the World’s longest river Nile. Jinja lies on the shore of Lake Victoria, about 3 hours East of Kampala. This town is famous as the historic source of the river Nile and at the same time the adrenaline capital of East Africa.

Besides enjoying peaceful sunsets, birdlife, and tranquility, this is also where visitors get their adventurous fix. Enjoy white-water rafting. Jinja has a gorgeous natural setting with crumbling colonial architecture. It also has a vibrant downtown and broad leafy residential streets set next to the Nile River that you will also enjoy.

  • Main Destination: Nile River
  • Accommodation 2 Friends Lodge, In or Near the Nile.
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water
Day 3: The Beautiful Sipi Falls

The Beautiful Sipi Falls

You will start your journey to Kumi District to the sipi falls on this day. A drive through the northeastern part of Uganda, to the foothills of Mt Elgon you reach a plateau 1800m above sea level where the beautiful Sipi Falls is located. This green area has a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills.

There are three falls separated by steep hillsides. It is quite cool here compared to the other parts of Uganda with temperate weather conditions. You will relax and enjoy the fresh air and the calm environment away from city hustles and traffic. Later in the day, a coffee tour and community visits are some of the activities you can enjoy besides the hikes.

  • Main Destination: Sipi Falls.
  • Accommodation Sipi River Lodge
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water
Day 4: Nature Hikes and Visit the Traditional Kraal

Nature Hikes and Visit the Traditional Kraal on the 18 Days Uganda Exploring Safari

Tubale Safaris strives to be innovative and takes responsibility by bringing you to places where no one else will go. One of these examples is Karamoja; an area in North-Eastern Uganda where you can learn about the traditional life of the Karamojong, the most traditional tribe still living in Uganda. In the early morning breakfast, you will leave for Moroto the area occupied by the Karamajongs. On reaching, you will have a scenic nature walk through the highest mountain of Karamoja.

During the walk, we will set camp at a traditional village of the So Tepeth mountain people. After this, you’l meet the Karamajong living in a Kraal, better known as Manyatta or Boma in Swahili. A Kraal is basically a village made out of huts surrounded by fences made of wood and thorns. These are put up to keep the cattle in and to protect them against rival tribes and wild animals. Some of the Kraals are permanent and others are temporary.

  • Main Destination: Karamoja
  • Accommodation Kara-Tunga, Karamoja Safari Camp.
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water
Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Wake up to the sights, sounds, and smells of pastoral life and after breakfast, we will continue our journey north through the rugged Karamoja scenery towards Kidepo Valley. In the morning you can still enjoy this unique opportunity to spend more time with the Karamojong tribe. After this thrilling experience, it is time to travel to the most remote and pristine national park in the country: Kidepo Valley National Park.

In the rugged semi-arid valleys in the extreme northeast of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park lies hidden away in a lost and not frequently visited corner between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya. It is a long but very rewarding journey to get to this area with some of the most beautiful scenery in Uganda. You’ll experience an afternoon game drive in the wild Narus valley where herds of elephants & buffalos as well as beautiful sights of lions and leopards sitting on various valley rocks can be spotted.

Day 6: Kidepo Game Drive

Full Exploring Safari in Kidepo Valley Uganda

Kidepo Valley national park is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari. An armed ranger is joining you for your safety and you will explore the wilderness on foot. During this activity, you get the chance to experience the wildlife up close, a totally different experience than game-viewing by car. Buffalo, waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, zebra, bush-buck, and of course the naughty baboons can be seen all year round as well as many different bird species.

The guide stops regularly, not merely searching for a game, but telling you about birds, insects, trees, animal droppings, the medicinal use of plants, and which animals eat which plants. Today in the afternoon you will go for another game drive in this amazing national park. The savannah is ringed by mountains and rocky ridges. It has a profusion of big game and hosts 475 bird species and over 80 mammal species, of which 28 were not known to occur (or very rarely) in any other Ugandan park.

Day 7: Transfer from Kidepo to Murchison Falls National Park

Extend the 18 Days Uganda Exploring safari to Murchison Falls

After an early breakfast, we’ll leave the camp and have one last chance to enjoy the beauty of Kidepo and maybe get a sight of any animals we missed. From the park gates, it is a two-hour drive through the rugged landscape (and roads!) of northern Uganda to Kitugum and then a further hour to Gulu where we will stop for lunch.

From Gulu, we’ll head south on good roads to the northern gates of Murchison Falls NP, Uganda’s best-known and biggest nature reserve. With the impressive and powerful Murchison waterfall and its remarkable animal populations, this is a must-visit in the Pearl of Africa We’ll have the opportunity to take a slow drive in the late afternoon through the park before setting up camp in the delta area of the park.

Day 8: Game Drive and the Mighty Falls

Day 8: Game Drive and the Mighty Falls

After an early breakfast, it is time to explore the park. On the Game drive, you will spot as many animals as possible. While driving through the park you can come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom. Hopefully, you see them all; elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope, and many tropical birds. They are all there.

A professional ranger with extensive knowledge of the park and its inhabitants will join you in your car. The park is especially known for its massive elephant population, a huge array of bird species, and big herds of buffalo. You will discover some of the park’s ecosystems and different scenery with dense woodland, extensive savannahs, and rolling grasslands.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation: Tilenga Safari Lodge.

Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water

Day 9: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 9: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Have breakfast in the morning and depart for Kibale forest National Park. Have Lunch at Fort Portal and proceed in the view of the Rwenzori Mountains. A guided nature walks in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary to see various bird species, butterflies, and primates. Dinner and overnight stay at Bigodi.

  • Main Destination: Kibale National Park.
  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp Inside Kibale N/P.
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water
Day 10: Chimpanzee Trekking and Bigodi Swamp Walk

Chimpanzee Trekking and Bigodi Swamp Walk

Today you will track the most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park, the chimpanzees. Chimpanzees share 98% of human genes making them our closest living relatives. They are found in 21 countries throughout Africa but are most easily sighted in Uganda due to their dense populations. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees left in the wild. The Chimpanzee Trekking experience here is done on several well-maintained walking trails.

There is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates, more than any other forest in East Africa, in fact. Besides our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees, you can find red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. In addition, you may see olive baboons, bush babies, and nocturnal pottos. after tracking, you have the opportunity for a guided walk through the swamps of Bigodi swamps.

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 11 of 18 Days Uganda Exploring Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in southwestern Uganda and is most often included in visitors’ itineraries. It is the second largest park in the country and is located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, next to Lake Edward and Lake George which are joined by the Kazinga channel. Few reserves in the world have such high biodiversity with landscapes including savannah, bushland, wetlands, and lush forests.

On your first game drive, it is time to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park with 200 kilometers of well-maintained game viewing tracks. We advise you to be alert and proactive on your game drive to help the ranger spot as many animals as possible. With an astonishing 5000 hippos, 2500 elephants, and over 10,000 buffalo thriving in its grasslands and shorelines, this park guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic species. Al being well you see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, different species of antelope, and just maybe some of the exciting predators such as; lion, leopard, civet, genal and serval cats.

Ten species of primates enjoy the park’s diverse habitats. Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys are easily spotted in the trees and of course the boldest species; baboons! They are all there! A professional ranger with extensive knowledge of the park and its inhabitants will join you in your car so you can ask your guide to search for specific birdlife or wildlife.

Day 12: Queens Game Drive and Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day 12: Queens Game Drive and Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel​

After you have enjoyed your breakfast you will be taken for a morning game drive in time to see the sunrise. The morning is the best time for a game drive as the African animal kingdom tends to be most active when during the golden hours of the first sunlight touching the savannah. You will continue the search for all the wildlife; elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog, and do not forget about the birds and the primates.

After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

Day 13: Chimpanzee Trekking and Tree Climbing Lions through the Ishasha Sector

Day 13: Chimpanzee Trekking and Tree Climbing Lions through the Ishasha Sector

Early in the morning, you will go for a hike in the Kyambura gorge; another gem in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This gorge is also called the “Valley of Apes” and is another world on its own. Drained by River Kayambura it now has a rich wildlife biodiversity, including a family of 16 chimpanzees and many bird species. The view from the top is very impressive as you look down a gorge filled with lush green tropical vegetation amidst an impressive valley.

A hike through the gorge gives you the opportunity to see chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, baboons, and vervet monkeys. This green-riverine forest also offers shelter to several forest birds. Although the chance of spotting chimpanzees is not as high as on an official trek in Kibale or Budongo forest, this landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and absolutely worth visiting.

  • Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp.
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water.
Day 14: Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Culture

Day 14 of 18 Days Uganda Exploring Safari: Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Culture

Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley.

Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lie on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared). Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa that can make a claim to hosting both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

In fact, half the world’s population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also, 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies, and 360 bird species call Bwindi home. This is the place to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment.

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for Relaxation

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for Relaxation

After breakfast, we shall start our journey to lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) with 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

You shall have an exciting boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi. In the afternoon you may have optional activities; a Canoe boat ride, a swim in the Bilharzia free lake, you may also explore a nearby village. Residents are happy about your visit and are open to explaining their daily lives.

  • Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi
  • Accommodation: Heritage Lodge
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water
Day 16: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 16 of 18 Days Exploring Uganda: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After your breakfast, and a brief visit to Kabale town, you will start your journey to Lake Mburo. Lake Mburo is a small national Park but should certainly not be underestimated. This is the only place in southern Uganda to see zebras and the only park in the country with impalas, slender mongoose, and giant bush rats. You can also look for hyenas, leopards, topis, elands, and the beautiful Rothschild’s giraffes, not to mention the lake itself which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles.

There are a lot of wonderful activities on offer, such as horse riding, bush walks, a boat safari on the lake, and a mountain bike safari. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range, especially combining the fresh air with the beautiful scenery of Lake Mburo National Park. En route, lunch in Mbarara town and visit the Igongo cultural center.

  • Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park.
  • Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Inside lake Mburo.
  • Meals & Drinks: All Meals and drinking water
Day 17: Nature walk and boat cruise

Day 17: Nature walk and boat cruise

What sets Lake Mburo Park apart from others is that Nature walks can be taken anywhere within the park with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide at your side. On an early morning guided walk you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl – at the same time you can often see hippos returning from grazing during the night and returning to Lake Mburo to keep cool during the day and protect their sensitive skin from the sun.

On a nature walk, you will often see Zebras, Giraffes, Eland, Topi, other antelopes, and buffalos. birds, butterflies. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond, from this vantage point you have a great view of 9 of the regional lakes found in the area. In the afternoon, a boat ride on Lake Mburo gets you in touch with the flora and fauna of the lake. Along the bank, you will see lots of animals coming to the water, especially during the dry season.

  • Main Destination: Lake Mburo
  • Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Inside lake Mburo
  • Meals & Drinks: All meals included, Drinking water
Day 18: Exit Lake Mburo and Transfer back to Kampala

Day 18: Exit Lake Mburo and Transfer back to Kampala

Early in the morning have a guided nature walk again, and return to the camp for a healthy breakfast. After, you will start your journey back to Entebbe. You will go cross the equator and experience being in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere at the same time and also have time to take photos. Buy a few souvenirs in the craft shops and have a quick picnic lunch. Later you depart for the Airport and take your flight back home.

  • Main Destination: Entebbe
  • Accommodation: No accommodation
  • Meals & Drinks: Breakfast, Lunch, and drinking water

18 Days Safari Exploring Uganda National Parks Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Includes:

  •  Park fees(For non-residents).
  •  All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  •  All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade).
  •  A professional driver/guide
  •  All transportation(Unless labeled as optional).
  •  All Taxes/VAT
  •  Roundtrip airport transfer
  •  Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section).
  •  Drinking water(On all days)

Price Excluded:

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day).
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • The government imposed increases in taxes and/or park fees.

Terms & Conditions

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).