18 days: Adventurers’ Road Trip

This road trip takes you to the off the beaten track to eastern and northern Uganda. Enjoy spectacular scenery, wildlife and cultural adventures and stop along the way to find out more about the interesting lives of the people you see as you pass by, such as those harvesting crops, selling in markets or going to fish. Experience daily life for some of Africa’s remotest tribes and see some of the world’s most endangered wildlife. This journey really will make you reflect on your own life and culture.

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  • Enjoy the best wildlife viewing with visits to Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls national parks
  • Boat ride along the River Nile
  • Spend a night with the herdsmen of the Karamoja in a Kraal
  • Spend a day kayaking on the Nile
  • Visit the Ik – a remote tribe on Mt Morungole
  • Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda where you can track rhinos
Day 1: Evening arrival
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will take you to your hotel a short drive from the airport.

Day 2: Track Mangabeys on your way to Jinja
On your way to Jinja, enjoy a forest walk in Mabira, Uganda s biggest forest reserve and home to many primates and birds. After lunch, visit the source of the River Nile.
Day 3: Enjoy kayaking on the Nile. Visit the community
Spend an exhilarating morning on the River Nile kayaking with your instructor through the rapids or in calmer water. Later visit a community  weaving project for an insight local crafts. Finally, enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Nile.
Day 4: Drive to Sipi and learn about processing coffee
Enjoy the spectacular views of the eastern panorama as you drive to Sipi for about 4 hours. After lunch, participate in a coffee processing experience – ‘from garden to cup’. Enjoy breath-taking views over the Karamoja plains as the sun goes down.
Day 5: Hike to the Sipi waterfalls
Sipi has 3 waterfalls: upper, middle and lower. Choose the route of your hike, with options to visit all 3 falls and pass through the local community. The views are outstanding. If you choose a shorter hike, you are free to relax back at the lodge afterwards and perhaps enjoy the birds in the gardens.
Day 6: Transfer to Pian Upe. Nature walk to the ‘caves’
Drive for about 2 hours to Pian Upe wildlife reserve, stopping along the way to absorb the scenery and interact with the locals you meet along the way. Take a walk in the reserve, to a rocky outcrop known as the caves, offering great views across the plains to the mountains beyond.
Day 7: Safari walk. Afternoon game drive
Begin your day with a 2 hour guided safari walk in the reserve – look out for the ostrich and roan antelope not found elsewhere in Uganda as well as grazers like Jackson’s hartebeest and buffaloes and, if you’re lucky, maybe a cheetah.
  Day 8: Spend a night with the nomadic herdsmen of Karamoja
Drive to Moroto for an amazing culture experience with the Karamajong. Participate in their daily activities and learn how to shoot a bow and arrow, do beadwork or traditional dancing. Later spend a night with the warriors in the kraal after helping bring the cows in.
Day 9: Interact with the locals on a community walk. Travel to Kidepo
After your experience with the Karamajong, enjoy a nature walk to the Tepeth – people of the mountains – before travelling to Kidepo Valley National Park, Africa’s “best-kept secret”.
Day 10: Nature walk in Africa’s wilderness. Game drive
Take a 2 hours guided safari walk in this stunningly beautiful park to get closer to the animals: zebra, eland and impala in particular. After lunch, go for a game drive to venture further into the park and see more.
  Day 11: Visit the Ik tribe in the Morungole mountains
Head out very early in the morning for a serious, long day’s hiking up Morungole mountain to find the Ik people – a small, remote tribe. Spending an hour learning how they live. An authentic African experience.
  Day 12: Transfer to Gulu
After a lazy start, drive for approx. 4 hours to Gulu – an ancient slave trade town, full of history. Relax and explore the Gulu town in the evening.
Day 13: Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
Drive 2-3 hours to reach Murchison Falls National Park. Have lunch and then enjoy a game drive in the park. Check-in to your lodge.
  Day 14: Game drive and boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.
Enjoy an early game drive in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and many more. Have lunch and enjoy a 2-3 hour boat cruise to the bottom of the falls where you alight and hike to the top of the falls for spectacular views.
  Day 15: Travel to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
This morning, transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Spend a relaxed afternoon at the lodge.
Day 16: Go rhino tracking. Proceed to Kampala
Meet your ranger guide at the sanctuary office, he will give a briefing and then lead you through the bush tracking Rhinos. Have lunch, continue to Kampala and spend the evening at your hotel.
Day 17: Visit the crafts markets
Spend the morning relaxing at your hotel, perhaps poolside, before exploring the city – check out the sites or visit some of the craft markets and art galleries for your souvenirs. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife with a meal in a city restaurant.
Day 18: Botanical Gardens and evening flight home
Drive to Entebbe and visit the lush green botanical gardens beside Lake Victoria. Your guide will take you to the airport in good time for your flight home.

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Responsible tourism: where possible, we use locally owned accommodation with good environmental credentials.

Any of the activities below can be swapped for activities in this itinerary or you can extend this itinerary to add any of them. This may involve additional costs. We will be pleased to advise you about options and extensions.

  1. Visit a Karamajong village if you don’t fancy the strenuous hike to see the Ik tribe.
  2. Bird watching in various locations en route
  3. Abseiling at Sipi

Please see our activities & experiences page for more information.

Guide price: USD 5,180 per person, based on 2 people travelling.

Price includes:

  • 1 rhino tracking permit each
  • Full-board, mid-range, non air-conditioned accommodation
  • Private safari vehicle with a driver and fuel for this itinerary
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes

Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs
  • Tips (normally 5–10% and around $100 for your guide).

Why do we use guide prices?
The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Insurance

AMREF flying doctors provide a medevac service in case of illness or injury during your safari. This costs $25pp for 31 days. We recommend this service and can include it in your package price.

Booking

Once you have selected one of our safari packages you need to send us a booking form. When we receive this we will check availability and inform you if any changes are necessary and issue an invoice for a 50% deposit plus the full cost of any tracking permits (in case of cancellation permit fees are non-refundable). Only once this payment is received can we guarantee availability and issue a booking confirmation. Full payment is required 70 days before travel.

Payments and cancellation

We charge in US dollars. Payment is by bank transfer into our Standard Chartered USD bank account in Uganda. You can also pay by credit card although there is a 5% administration charge. For those booking from within Uganda, cash payments are possible at our office.

When we book your safari, we have to pay non-refundable deposits on your behalf, for example to hotels. Therefore, we charge cancellation fees as follows:

30% of reservation costs if you cancel more than 50 days before your arrival date

100% of reservation costs if you cancel less than 50 days before your arrival date

We strongly recommend that you include cancellation cover in your travel insurance.

Disclaimer: We enter into an agreement with you in good faith but we sometimes encounter unexpected changes in local conditions which can affect your itinerary or price. These changes are beyond our control and we are not liable for them. While we endeavour to protect you against the effects of these changes, we reserve the right to amend the agreed itinerary and price in response to them. Such changes include but are not limited to weather conditions, road conditions, supplier price increases, fuel increases, government tax increases, supplier service changes e.g. cancellation of ferry services for river crossings or national park operations (track maintenance, animal translocations). We assure you that, we will always give you as much notice as possible of changes, suggest alternative plans and keep additional charges to a minimum.

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Accommodation

To help us select the right accommodation for your safari (and in the absence of a complete national hotel classification system e.g. 1*–5*) we use four levels: high-end, mid-range, budget and backpackers. These terms can mean different things to different people but are helpful to an extent.

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in all hotels. Where AC is available, there is usually an extra charge.

Some locations have a limited choice of accommodation and so, to stay there, you must accept what is available. Where possible we prefer to work with responsible accommodation providers. This means hotels and lodges which are locally owned, employ local staff, support their community and protect the local environment.

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Transport

As standard, we use a spacious 7-seat, 4×4 safari Land Cruiser, with pop-up roof, fridge and phone/camera charging facilities. This is the perfect safari vehicle.

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Alternatively, we offer a slightly cheaper 7-seater, 4×4 safari van with a pop-up roof.

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For large group tours we use small buses called Coasters. These usually seat around 28 people, including 5 jump (fold-down) seats in the aisle. They do not have a boot/trunk so luggage is carried on the back seats which reduces the seating capacity. The overhead luggage shelves are small and can only accommodate small bags. Therefore, we recommend you do not over pack.

All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for your itinerary. Additional activities, not included in your itinerary, may incur an additional fuel charge. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted.

Please let us know if you have any special travel requirements. For example, if your group has disabled members we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Fly-in safaris

Fancy a fly-in safari, hopping from one location to another by small plane? Or save time by travelling to one of the farther destinations on your itinerary by air instead of road? Domestic flights are available to a variety of locations in Uganda so you can visit all or some of the places in your itinerary by plane, enjoying stunning aerial views of the countryside and wildlife below.

Scheduled and charter flights are available. Scheduled flights have some limitations in terms of routings and days of operation and in some cases minimum numbers are required. We will be pleased to advise you if you wish to fly.

Note: The luggage limit on small aircraft is 15kg per person, including both hand and hold luggage.  This must be in soft bags not hard suitcases.

See our Responsible Tourism pages for information about our approach to tourism and advice on how to travel responsibly.

For general advice please see our travel advice webpage.