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12-Day Wonders of Northern Uganda Safari – Igeno Safaris
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12-Day Wonders of Northern Uganda Safari

GULU CITY
Igeno Safaris / 12-Day Wonders of Northern Uganda Safari

12-Day Wonders of Northern Uganda Safari

$4446

per person

This 12-day trip is designed to help you explore the off-the-beaten-track attractions of eastern and northern Uganda. Igeno Safaris has carefully crafted this safari, blending Uganda’s most breathtaking national parks, community experiences, as well as the best lodges in the country.
You will explore Sipi Falls and mingle with the famous Sabinyi tribe and also spend time in Kidepo Valley National Park – Uganda’s most isolated national park. You will visit the local Karamojong community, game-drive in Murchison Falls National Park and visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the sole habitat of black rhinos in Uganda. You will wrap up your trip with a visit to Jinja, the source of River Nile and East Africa’s adventure capital.

INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR

>>Airport pick-up and return
>>Fully escorted by Igeno Safaris guide
>>Ground transportation
>>11 nights accommodation
>>Daily breakfast, lunches and dinners
>>All sightseeing and park entry fees as per itinerary.

12 Days
Children and adults+ Age
  • Departure
    Entebbe International Airport
  • Departure Time
    Any time
  • Return Time
    As per your flight schedule
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
  • Include
    Airport pick-up and return
    All sightseeing and park entry fees as per itinerary
    Accommodation
    Personal Guide
    Ground transportation
    Daily breakfast, lunches and dinners
  • Not Included
    Anything else that’s not mentioned above
    Personal expenses
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Day 1: Welcome to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa!

When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, our guide/driver will pick you up and take you to Laico Lake Victoria Hotel – a mere seven-minute drive from the airport – where you’ll spend the night ahead of your eight-hour journey to Sipi Falls tomorrow. Time allowing, you’ll go on a tour of Entebbe and browse local markets, shop locally, or check out some of this chick colonial town’s popular eateries and pubs as you mingle with the locals – Africa’s friendliest people. Journey time: 7 minutes Accommodation options: Laico Lake Victoria Hotel
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Day 2: Transfer to Sipi Falls

After breakfast in the morning, you will be driven to the less explored eastern Uganda, passing through Jinja, Uganda’s second biggest town (you’ll return to Jinja on Day 10 to explore this fascinating destination full throttle), before arriving in Mbale, a lively town perched on the foothills of Mount Elgon, Africa’s seventh highest mountain. Along the way, you will enjoy great views of the Sipi Falls, the volcanic mountain brooding in the distance, as well as and various traditional homesteads. You will have lunch and dinner at Lacam Lodge, which will also be your abode for tonight. There is no activity lined up for today, so you’ll spend the evening relaxing at the lodge, drink in hand, as you enjoy a bit of camaraderie with the locals. Journey time: 4 hours Accommodation options: Lacam Lodge
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Day 3: Walk to Sipi Falls

Today begins with a wonderful morning walk to the bottom of the Sipi Falls, from where you will ascend to many caves. Along the trail, you will go past many homesteads, banana plantations, and fields of maize. After the morning hike, you’ll return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch before heading out again for a trek through this area’s lush coffee plantations. You will interact with the farmers and learn how coffee is processed locally and also get an opportunity to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee while you relax and marvel at the beautiful sunset. You’ll later return to the lodge for dinner and slumber. Accommodation options: Lacam Lodge
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Day 4: Transfer to Kitgum

After breakfast, you will head north to Kitgum district on a long, yet spectacular journey with breathtaking views of beautiful landscapes and villages. Off-the-beaten-track, the trip to Kitgum will help you learn about the effects of several years of war that ravaged the area, as well as how the locals are now rising from the abyss. Luckily, there is no more waring in the area, so your safety is guaranteed. You will have lunch at a restaurant along the way, arriving in Kitgum late afternoon. Upon arrival, you’ll just relax, dine and sleep at Fulgy’s Guesthouse ahead of tomorrow’s journey to Kidepo Valley National Park. Journey time: 8 hours Accommodation options: Fulgy’s Guesthouse
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Day 5: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you’ll visit a local primary school before continuing your journey northwestwards to Uganda’s border with South Sudan and into the magnificent Kidepo Valley National Park. Upon arrival, you will check into Nga’moru Wilderness Camp, where you’ll have lunch before heading out for a game drive in the park – an expedition that should produce sightings of various animal and bird species, including lions, giraffes, elephants and a variety of birds. After the game drive, you’ll head back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight. Journey time: 4 hours Accommodation options: Nga’moru Wilderness Camp
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Day 6: Game drive

An entire day within Kidepo Valley National Park! Early in the morning after breakfast, you’ll explore Narus River Valley on a game drive or safari walk. Here you’ll be rewarded with sightings of lions, giraffes, ostriches, elephants, zebras and a host of other wildlife that call Kidepo Valley National Park Home. With about 475 bird species resident in the park, birding enthusiasts are also guaranteed a hell of a blast during this game drive. In the afternoon, you will return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation and then pay a visit to a local Karamojong community. The Karamojong tribe is famous for its distinctive nomadic lifestyle and unique storytelling traditions. You will, later on, dine and slumber at Nga’moru Wilderness Camp. Accommodation options: Nga’moru Wilderness Camp
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Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Today you’ll be driven south to the famous Murchison Falls National Park – your packed lunch in hand. You’ll enter Uganda’s oldest conservation area through its northern section where you’ll immediately go on a game drive en route to the legendary River Nile. Today’s sightings will include buffaloes, elephants, hartebeests and Uganda Kobs roaming the savannah that is dotted with Borassus palm trees. You will be a guest at Paraa Lodge. Journey time: 5 hours Accommodation options: Nile Safari Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge
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Day 8: Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, you will cross the Nile using a ferry to the banks on the northern side of the park, where you will embark on a guided game drive to see various animals that reside in Murchison Falls National Park. This morning's sightings will include elephants, hyenas, lions, bohor reedbucks, Cape buffaloes, bushbucks, Rothschild's giraffes, oribi, hartebeests, waterbucks, and, if you’re lucky, you’ll also spot the elusive leopard. After the morning game drive, you will return to the lodge for lunch and a bit of relaxation. In the afternoon you will go out in the park again, this time for a boat ride to the bottom of the falls. By the river banks, you’ll see the giant Nile crocodiles, hippos and various bird species and just a short distance the Uganda kobs, buffaloes, elephants and waterbucks. Besides, there are different bird species here such as cormorant, bee-eater, Egyptian goose, kingfisher, pelican, hornbill, uncommon shoebill stork and the Goliath Heron. You will leave the boat and climb to the top of the falls for about an hour to see how marvellously the great River Nile thunderously explodes through a small gorge within the Rift Valley escarpment to fall into a pool about 43 metres below. Later in the evening, you will be driven back to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Game drive time: Full day Accommodation options: Nile Safari Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge | Chobe Safari Lodge
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Day 9: Drive to Masindi/community tour

Today you will be driven to Masindi, west of Murchison Falls National Park. Upon arrival in Masindi, your starting point will be the Boomu African Village, 20 kilometres from the park. It’s here that you’ll be introduced to the fascinating culture and traditions of the people of Bunyoro, the dominant tribe in midwestern Uganda. Boomu means ‘together’ in Runyoro, and it’s a women’s group that was founded in 1999 to empower local women both socially and economically. Poverty was – and still is – the primary challenge facing communities here, with limited access to essential services such as health and education. At its inception, the group focused on making crafts that they sold to tourists to supplement their incomes. But today, it has evolved into a fantastic community project that offers accommodation, dining, and unique guided community tours. This secluded and beautiful village is an excellent place to experience rural Uganda, still tethered to an ancient past, and to explore the fascinating history and cultures of the Banyoro. You will indulge in village walks for a peek into authentic rural life in Uganda, visit locals working in their farms, and also be regaled by local music and dance performers and storytellers. You will have lunch at the centre – fresh food harvested from nearby farms – before setting off for today’s final adventure: a hike through the nearby Kigaju Forest, which lies within the Budongo Forest catchment area. The forest has a stream in between and is a habitat for a variety of primates and other wildlife, including chimpanzees, black and white Columbus monkeys, baboons, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, tree-climbing squirrels, monitor lizards, pythons and over 130 species of birds. You will be a guest at the eco-friendly Kigaju Forest Camp, and it’s from here that you’ll begin your journey to your next destination tomorrow morning. Journey time: 2 hours Accommodation options: Kigaju Forest Camp
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Day 10: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Jinja

After having breakfast in the middle of the forest, you will be driven southwards to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda where you can track rhinos in the wild. This reserve was established to reintroduce black rhinos to Uganda following their extinction 1982. Here, with an Igeno Safaris guide in tow, you will have an opportunity to track rhinos and watch them at very close, yet safe distance. Today’s lunch will be served at a restaurant near the reserve. You will then proceed to Jinja and spend the night the The Haven – close to the source of River Nile, the world’s longest river. Journey time: 7 hours Accommodation options: The Haven
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Day 11: Visit the source of River Nile

Igeno Safaris couldn’t have thought of a better way for you to end your trip to Uganda than with an expedition to the spot where River Nile, the world’s longest river, begins its journey before meandering through the sands of the Sahara en route to the Mediterranean Sea. You will spend the bigger part of today entirely at your own leisure: reading a book, unwinding at the pool or taking pleasure in the spectacular views of River Nile. If you are interested in more adventure, you can set your adrenaline pumping by indulging in whitewater rafting right at the source of the Nile. Peddle as you relish the beautiful scenery and thunderous Class II-Class V rapids! Other activities available in Jinja include horseback riding, bungee jumping, village walks and quad bike safaris, among others. Again, you’ll spend the night at The Haven.
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Day 12: Departure

After coming into contact to the wonders and worries of eastern and northern Uganda, you will be dropped off at Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight, marking the end of your memorable 12-day trip with Igeno Safaris.

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