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12 Days Northern Delight Safari Tour in Uganda

Fairway Hotel, Plot 1 Kafu Rd, Kampala, Uganda

Northern Uganda Safari Tour

Enjoy game drives on the savannahs of Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park, with chances of seeing wildlife from close quarters. You'll also get to experience a boat trip on the Nile to the Murchison Falls, where the Nile is forced through a gorge and drops 60 meters. Have spectacular wildlife viewing from the boat on the Nile where it reaches the delta into Lake Albert.

Key information

  • Children policy: Children below 12 years will pay half the adult rate and those above 12 years will pay the full adult price.
  • Starting and ending point: Entebbe
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 5 exciting game drives
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest
  • Spot elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, crocodiles, and more
  • Visit Jinja, Sipi Falls, Lira, Kidepo Valley, and Murchison Falls among others
  • Transport in a private 4x4 custom built safari vehicle
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

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11 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you have the option of booking the budget or luxury accommodation options:

Budget

  • First night: Fairway Hotel
  • Second night: The Nile Porch
  • Third night: Lacam Lodge
  • Fourth night: Margaritha Palace Hotel
  • Fifth, sixth, and seventh night: Kidepo Savannah Lodge
  • Eighth night: Bohma Hotel
  • Ninth and tenth night: Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Eleventh night: Budongo Forest Eco Lodge

Luxury

  • First night: Fairway Hotel
  • Second night: The Haven
  • Third night: Sipi River Lodge
  • Fourth night: Lillian Towers
  • Fifth, sixth, and seventh night: Apoka Safari Lodge
  • Eighth night: Bohma Hotel
  • Ninth and tenth night: Kabalega Wilderness
  • Eleventh night: Budongo Forest Eco Lodge

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to your accommodation.

  • Budget and luxury accommodation: Fairway Hotel (breakfast included)

Day 2: Drive to Jinja

After breakfast, drive to Jinja, where you will walk along the Nile and visit the source of the Nile. Visit local communities to see their rural and local way of living. It is also possible to go for white water-rafting, kayaking, quad biking or horse riding (optional activities). Please let Birdnest Travel know if you want to book these optional activities as it must be booked in advance (certainly in high season).

  • Luxury accommodation: The Haven (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: The Nile Porch (breakfast included)

Day 3: Drive to Sipi Falls

Today, you will drive to Sipi Falls, a beautiful crater landscape on the slopes of Mount Elgon (4321 meters). Make a beautiful walk to the three huge waterfalls in the afternoon. This area is known for its stunning panoramas of the Karamoja plains below and nice hanging villages. Sipi Falls is the highest Waterfall in Uganda, the water falls down for 100 meters.

  • Luxury accommodation: Sipi River Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Lacam Lodge (breakfast included)

Day 4: Drive to Lira

After a relaxing morning, you will drive to Lira. Make a stop at the Nyero Rock paintings dating back to the iron age. Lira is a nice town with many markets, cafes etc. On the way, you will make some stops to meet the local people.

  • Luxury accommodation: Lillian Towers (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Margaritha Palace Hotel (breakfast included)

Day 5: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park

Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park followed by evening relaxation over the fire place. Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the best national parks in Uganda with high chances to see lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, and large numbers of buffalo. Kidepo is also home to the Somali Ostrich.

  • Luxury accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6: Safari in Kidepo Valley National Park

Early morning and afternoon game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park.

  • Luxury accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 7: Visit a Karamajong village

Early morning game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park. In the afternoon, you will visit a Karamajong village, a unique cultural experience!

  • Luxury accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 8: Transfer to Kitgum

Early morning game drive as you transfer to Kitgum afterwards.

  • Luxury accommodation: Bohma Hotel (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Bohma Hotel (breakfast included)

Day 9: Visit Murchison Falls

Today, you will drive to Murchison Falls through the countryside entering the park from the northern part, a sunset relaxation. Murchison Falls is one of the most beautiful national parks of Uganda. One of the main attractions is the Nile, with the spectacular Murchison Falls, where the whole Nile is forced through a narrow gorge and falls 60 meters. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, and maybe leopards.

  • Luxury accommodation: Kabalega Wilderness (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (breakfast included)

Day 10: Murchison Falls National Park

Enjoy an early morning game drive and an afternoon boat ride on the Victoria Nile up to the bottom of the falls. The boat is an ideal platform to see birds and animals coming for a drink or a plunge.

  • Luxury accommodation: Kabalega Wilderness (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (breakfast included)

Day 11: Visit Budongo forest

After breakfast, drive south to Budongo forest. This forest is an interesting jungle with many bird species, primates, and chimpanzees. You will do chimpanzee tracking in the afternoon. Chimps are human's closest relatives. This is an experience you will never forget!

  • Luxury accommodation: Budongo Forest Eco Lodge (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)
  • Budget accommodation: Budongo Forest Eco Lodge (breakfast included)

Day 12: Departure

After breakfast and relaxation, proceed to the airport. Optional visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on the way if time allows. This is the only place in Uganda where you can see the White Rhino.

Location

This safari will take you from Entebbe to Jinja, Sipi Falls, Lira, Kidepo Valley National Park, Karamajong Village, Kitgum, Murchison Falls National Park, and Budongo Forest in Uganda.

Food

If you're booking the luxury package, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price while those booking the budget package will be served with daily breakfast only (except for the fifth, sixth, and seventh day wherein full board meals are included).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Bird watching
  • 5 game drives
  • Visit to the source of the Nile, Sipi Falls, and the Nyero Rock paintings
  • Boat trips on the Nile
  • Visit to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest
  • Services of a knowledgeable driver / guide
  • Transport in a private 4x4 custom built safari vehicle and fuel
  • Airport transfers
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Entrance fees to the included national parks

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Visa for Uganda
  • All optional activities
  • Insurances
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Birdnest Travel will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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