21 days Uganda

21 dgn oeganda kaartThis 21 day journey originated from our passion for the country and its hospitable and friendly people of Uganda. It is a beautiful combination of a visit to the northeast undiscovered by mass tourism, and the west which is characterized by the overwhelming flora and fauna, you see the color green as far as the eyes can see! Uganda is not only a must for nature lovers but also a full safari country!

Highlights of this trip:
-Self Drive through the Ugandan landscape and stop whenever you want!
-Sleep in a rooftop tent, you are one with nature!
-Guided tour and staying the night at Children’s Welfare Mission
-Jinja, Camping on the Nile-Boat ride to the origin of the Nile
-Karamajong tribes
-Visit the largest Manyatta East Africa
-Selfdrive Safari in Kidepo National Park
-Selfdrive Safari and visit waterfalls in Murchison Falls National Park
-Shopping at local markets
-Visit Fishing villages Lake Edward
-Camp at the Nkuruba crater lake
-Nature walk Rwenzori Mountains-Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura gorge
-Selfdrive Safari Queen Elizabeth National Park
-Kano ride Lake Bunyony

Price based on 2 adults and 1 car   € 4675 ,- pp
Price based on 4 adults and 2 cars € 3900 ,- pp
Price based on 6 adults and 3 cars € 4050 ,- pp
Children under 17 accompanied by at least two adults € 1795 , – pp

Prices valid for 2018/2019.
We drive with up to 2 adults per car.

This price includes :

-transfers to and from the airport Entebbe
-2 nights guest house children’s village
-All nights at Camp Sites
-Entrance fees all walks and excursions as described
-Toyota Landcruiser Prado 4 × 4 with camping equipment consisting of:
-Roof tent (Largest size 1.60 x 2.40) with mattress
-Pillows / sleeping bags
-Chairs / table
-Cooking equipment / a complete set of crockery
-Gas burner / Gas bottle
-2 Oil lamps-Refrigerator
-80 L water tank with filter (for drinking)
-Converter 12v to 220v for charging laptop, camera etc.
-Vhf Radio intercommunication
-Fuel (diesel)
-Guide / Mechanic with own car
This car is equipped with sand ladders, winch, hi lift jack, tools and other parts

-Flight, flight price indication: Flight (1 transfer) € 750,- Direct flight € 900,-
-Food: price indication € 75,- per week
-(non) alcoholic beverages
-Visa on arrival Uganda $ 50,- available at the airport
-Travel insurance

Day 1
Flight Amsterdam – Entebbe. At the airport you will be welcomed and after 1,5 hours drive you arrive at the children’s village, Children’s Welfare Mission (www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl). This village is located northeast of the capital Kampala.The first 2 nights you stay in the guesthouse of the children’s village.

Day 2
Guided tour of the children’s village. You may attend a class because the children’s village has its own primary and secondary school. Upon arrival on Saturday there is the possibility to attend the Sunday service. Children are accustomed to “muzungus” and just go through their daily activities so you do not need to feel embarrassed with your presence. Explanation of your car and camping equipment. Stocking up supplies for the coming days. (at local markets among other places).

Day 3
Today you will first drive yourself and you will discover the hectic traffic around Kampala. As we leave the city it becomes more quieter on the road so you can enjoy the green, hilly landscape. After about 2 hours we arrive in Jinja, we stay just outside the city at a campsite on the banks of the River Nile (Nile river explorers). During the boat trip you will discover the rich bird life along the shores and sail to the source of the Nile.

Day 4
The drive to Mbale gives a good idea of the products that are grown in Uganda, the fields are full of tea plantations, sugarcane and papyrus plants. We take our time and stop for a photo or lunch if you want. You stay just outside the center of Mbale in a spacious campsite of the UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority).

Day 5
From now on we drive only off road further towards the northeast of Uganda, the habitat of the Karamajong. In 2010, this area was disarmed and is safe to visit. Because there are few tourists you can fully enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The landscape is dominated by large manyattas, the traditionally built huts where Karmajong live in harmony with nature. We search for a place to camp for the night in the wild.

Day 6
We drive the last stretch to Kotido. Only 10 km away from this village is the largest manyatta of East Africa, where we pay a visit with a guide. We are welcomed by the locals and participate in their daily lives. From the nearby mountain we have a magnificent view over this Nakipelimoru Manyatta and the surrounding area. We spend the night at a campsite situated in Kotido.

Day 7
Located in the northeast corner, about 700 km from Kampala and the border with Sudan and Kenya; lies Kidepo N.P. the most isolated park of Uganda! Here you can find unsurpassed landscapes unlike any in other parks in East Africa. There are more than 86 species of wildlife, including elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, dik-dik, buffalo, waterbuck and oribi. There are six different primates and more than 460 bird species. The vegetation can best be described as open savanna with trees that vary widely in structure and composition. On the high mountain forest sites dominate, while the areas along the river Lorupei are covered with dense acacia forests. In the afternoon we camp in the park on a hill with magnificent views and with a little luck a typical African sunset.

Day 8
Today, we wake with the sunrise and you can make a 2 hour walk or make a game drive accompanied by a ranger. Kidepo N.P. has thanks to its location only 3,000 visitors a year, often we are the only one that day! We continue to Kitgum, the largest town in the far north and the center of administration for the region. In the whole area, we see traditional villages and vast fields of cotton plantations. 90% of the population lives on the farm here. We camp at the Bomah hotel in Kitgum. This hotel has a pool.

Day 9
We drive a few hours to the town of Gulu to relax there at the pool at the Acholi Inn. After a week of buying food at local markets, we can do so now at a supermarket!

Day 10
A short drive to the Fort Murchison Falls Lodge located on the shores of Lake Edward (www.naturelodges.biz). From the roof of the lodge, you can enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets. It is an ideal starting point for the next days visit to the Murchison Falls NP.

Day 11
Perhaps the most impressive thing the Nile shows on its long journey from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea, is the Murchison waterfalls. The longest river in the world plunges down from a width of around six meters in an explosive cloud of sparkling white waters. Murchison Falls N.P. Uganda is the largest wildlife park: 3840 km2. The Nile divides the park in two. The landscape varies from dense rainforest in the hilly southwestern part to flat savanna’s in the northwest. The Murchison Falls is one of the most beautiful parks in Africa because of its location on the Nile. Today we take a game drive in the vast savanna. We will certainly come across buffaloes, elephants, lions, hartebeest, and Uganda Kobs! Moreover, Murchison Falls is the only park in Uganda where you can see giraffes. The bird life along the river banks is extravagant with as many as 350 species of birds, including kingfishers, bee-eaters and the rare shoebill stork. We also visit the top of the waterfall. Millions of liters of water fall through a six meter narrow gap with immense noise. Per second, 360,000 gallons of water flows through it. We spend the night in the midst of the wild along the banks of the Nile just a few hundred meters from the waterfall.

Day 12
We drive along the shores of Lake Albert farther south. It is very worthwhile to take a look at one of the fishing villages along the lake. The people here are still not used to tourists and they go on with their daily activities during our visit. After a visit to the hot springs and the salt lake in Kibiro we camp at African Village Guest Farm, just outside Hoima.

Day 13
We drive mostly off-road but on a good road towards Fort Portal. You can stop whenever you want to visit a local market, making contact with the local people, or to have lunch under a beautiful tree. In the vicinity of Fort Portal, the hills are covered with tea plantations. It looks like a big green blanket of patchwork. You will not eat such delicious pineapples as the one that grow there. We spend the night at a place loved by us; Nkuruba Campsite (www.nkuruba.com).

Day 14
Today you continue to unwind and spend a day at Nkuruba Campsite, which was set up by the local people. The camp site is located on the Nkuruba crater lake where you can swim safely. You can also just paddle in the water while you get a pedicure treatment because of the small fish that eat the dead skin off your feet! You can also choose to take a walk or visit the local market. Every day the red tailed, velvet and colobus monkeys come to the crater lake. They provide hours of entertainment!

Day 15
In the afternoon we arrive at Rwenzori Turaco View Campsite, situated at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains. In the afternoon, you can set off with a guide for a forest / nature walk or a “village walk”, with the focus on the lifestyle of the local people.

Day 16
Today we visit the Kyambura gorge. Not only the search for chimpanzees here is a unique experience, even the 2 to 3 hours walk through the 100 meter deep ravine, covered with tropical rainforest, is very impressive. It is also the habitat of the red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus and other primates. We take an afternoon game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP and spend the night on the shores of Lake Edward. Often hippos come here at night and graze right beside your car.

Day 17
We make a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP. You can expect virtually all types of landscape here. UNESCO has a lot of interest in the ecosystem here, and for good reason. There are wet and dry savannas, crater lakes, swamps and tropical (rain) forest. It is therefore not surprising that almost all animals find a place to live undisturbed without having to worry about their daily food. The most exceptional animal, virtually unique in Uganda and elsewhere and a landmark of the first order, are the tree climbing lions. Also on the ground species like the leopard, warthog, large buffalo, hyenas, hundreds of Ugandan kobs, various species of antelope, hippos and thousands of large groups of baboons can be seen. Birds? More than 600 species! In the afternoon we drive to Lake Bunyonyi where we camp at Amasiko Eco Farm (www.amasiko.org) Amasiko is located at the tip of a peninsula in Lake Bunyonyi a crater lake in the Kigezi highlands a mountainous region in southwestern Uganda. It is a unique location, far from mass tourism. We spend 2 nights here.

Day 18
Lake Bunyonyi is free from diseases and pests, making it ideal for swimming. You can take a dip from the gangway. The lake is 6 meters deep here. A large variety of birds live on Amasiko. A couple of cranes live in one of the tall trees. Amasiko is thus an ideal place for bird watchers. Bring your own binoculars with you! In consultation with you we can take a cultural walk, canoe ride or a trip by motorboat. For $ 10,- you can order a delicious 3 course dinner in the “living room restaurant”

Day 19
We drive slowly back towards Kampala, on the way we show you another special place; Rwakobo Rock ( www.rwakoborock.com ). Rwakobo Rock hotel is located on the edge of Lake Mburo National Park. A small climb to the top of the hill is rewarded with a magnificent view. The restaurant also has a fantastic view and you will be entertained by the monkeys and deer running around in the immediate area. For $ 10,- The English owner can make a delicious 3 course dinner.

Day 20
We drive back to Kampala on the tarmac road.

Day 21
Flight Entebbe – Amsterdam. You will be taken by taxi to the airport of Entebbe.