19 Days Best of Uganda Tour

Destination

  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Semuliki National Park
  • Kibale National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi National Park

Uganda, the pearl of Africa derived its name from the word Ganda that made meaning among the communities of most tribes. For most tribes the word meant a collection of people with similar characteristics. The ‘U’ at the beginning of the word Uganda could literally mean United or unity. It is the smallest country among all the East African countries. There are several ethnic groups; Nilotics cover the north and parts of the east, Bantu the west, central and stretching off to the east. The south western part is occupied by the Hamites and the Nilo Hamites in the north-eastern area. All the ethnic groups have different tribes that speak different languages although closely related. These tribes are differentiated by the values they hold important and therefore consider unique. Most of them are also organized under traditional heads like the Won Nyaci of Lango (north), the Omugabe of Ankole (west), the Omusinga of Rwenzururu(west), the Rwoth of Acholi and Paidah(north), the Emorimor of Teso(east), the Kyabazinga of Busoga(east), the Omukama of Bunyoro and Tooro(west) and the Kabaka of Buganda(central). A visit to the cultural headquarters in each of these kingdoms is recommended for an in-depth understanding of the qualities that distinguish them.

Uganda’s several climatic regions affect the economic activities of the people in those regions. These are equatorial, tropical, semi-arid and the montane. Most areas enjoy the tropical climate that is characterized by both hot and wet conditions. Uganda is among the only three countries in the world that are crossed by the equator but still have the montane climate. Areas crossed by the equator are majorly low lying.

The physical features are what form the real backbone of tourism in Uganda. We have the relief features like mountains, plains, plateaus and valleys. The major mountains include Rwenzori, Elgon, Mufumbiro and Moroto. Mt. Rwenzori is the highest of them all and was named by HM Stanley as the mountains of the moon because it’s peak is covered by snow which glitters just like the moon. The mountains were formed differently which gives each special attractions and are covered by green vegetation of thick forests and bamboo except those found in North-Eastern Uganda. It is in these forests that one can get chanced to view the most rare animal species as well as experience walks through thick yet undisturbed natural vegetation. Uganda’s natural forests include, Ssese island forest (with sandy beaches), Bwindi impenetrable forest (where the famous mountain gorillas live), Budongo, Bugoma, Mabira(biggest natural forest in Uganda), Kibale (with the biggest concetration of chimpanzess), Maramagambo and Marabigambo The famous East African rift valley has got an arm in Uganda too cutting through the western part. Most of Uganda is a plateau. This makes it impossible to predict what to expect at the very next turn.

Apart from the relief features described above, Uganda is also richly endowed with drainage features that include rivers, lakes, hotsprings and swamps. All these are home to a rich biodiversity of both plants and animals. The longest river in the world, River Nile has its source in Uganda. Right from when it starts its journey from Lake Victoria (the biggest fresh water lake in Africa) in Jinja to when it crosses the borders of Uganda to South Sudan, are unbelievable forms and water animals that most visitors cannot have enough of.  Hotsprings are found in the rift-valley stretch.

Uganda’s vegetation favours the survival of most animals and plant species. The wet and dry savanna/ grassland covers the biggest part. Many of our national parks are found in these areas. The grass provides pasture for most animals and is also their habitat. Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth, L.Mburo, Kidepo, Kibale and R.Semliki national parks are all found in this type of vegetation and lies in the tropical climatic belt. Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga forest, Mt.Elgon, Mt.Rwenzori are located in the montane vegetation type. A collection of gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, lions, leopards, elephants, bufallos, rhionos, giraffes, kobs, zebras, impalas, hippos, hyenas, rabbits, jackals are among the many animals one should expect to see. The blends of different vegetation and the many water bodies make Uganda one of the best birding destinations.  It is almost obvious that for bird lovers, your experience during this itinerary will be unforgettable.

Activities

  • White water rafting
  • Birding
  • Game rides
  • Boat cruises
  • Hikes
  • Chimpazee habituation/tracking
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Cultural interactions

Suggested Itenerary

Day 1

Arrive at Entebbe airport

Days 2,3,4,5

Murchison falls national park

Begin with a tour to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary enroute to the park.  Activities following this are game drive, launch cruise, hikes to top of the falls, chimpanzee tracking.

Days 6 & 7

Semuliki national park. This park is famous for the biggest geothermal hot springs

Days 8 & 9

Kibale national park with Africa’s biggest concentration of chimpanzees. Engage in the habituation activity

 Days 10, 11 & 12

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel, Game drive to Kasenyi plains and Ishasha for the famous tree climbing lions and traditional salt mining at Katwe.

Days 13, 14

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Gorilla tracking

Day 15

Return to Kampala

Days 16 & 17

Jinja and the source of the Nile

Drive to Jinja and the source of River Nile. You can choose to participate in Jinja’s famous sports games like bungee jumping, water rafting, fishing, horseback safaris, Quad biking or decide to relax.

Day 18

Back to Kampala or Entebbe

Transfer to Kampala or Entebbe spend the whole evening at your hotel relaxing and sun bathing as you  prepare for your flight back home the next day.

Day 19

Flights back home