This 8 day safari in Uganda is a chance for you to experience the wildlife and bird watching attractions in Uganda; begin birding in Entebbe, enjoy the scenic view and bird life in Mt Elgon national park, go to Kidepo national park in the north east( a hot spot for game drive and birding). You shall also visit the karimajong people and learn about their culture then transfer back to Kampala.
- Day 01: Birding in Entebbe
- Day 02: Drive to Mt Elgon National Park
- Day 03: Transfer to Kidepo valley National park
- Day 04: Birding and Game viewing in Kidepo
- Day 05: Nature walks
- Day 06: Community visit and picnic
- Day 07: Transfer to Kampala
- Day 08: Drive to the Airport – Depart
Day 1: Birding in Entebbe.
Meet your guide to transfer you to a Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, the visitors will explore numerous sites like the Botanical gardens at the shores of Lake Victoria for the Black and white Casqued Hornbill and Ross’s Turaco, Park Alexander for blue turacos or Ngamba Island chimp sanctuary which hosts over 300 bird species and an option of a boat trip. Dinner and over night stay at Serena Hotel, Africana Hotel or Equatorial hotel in Kampala.
h3>Day 2: Drive to Mt Elgon National Park.
Have breakfast and leave for Mbale, lunch en route. Stop at Sipi falls-Mt Elgon National Park for a forest exploration around the park expecting to see the Tacazze sun-bird, bronze napped pigeon, Hartlaub’s turaco and a good number of wild animals. Dinner and overnight stay at Sipi falls lodge.
Day 3: Transfer to Kidepo valley National park.
After breakfast drive to Apoka rest camp, built with comfort as the materials are local craftsmen with natural canvas walls surrounded by a rocky kopje and endless views of the savannah. Lunch at Apoka lodge and go for an evening game drive around the park expecting to see the ostrich, Kori, Carmine and a variety of wild animals. Dinner and overnight stay at Apoka lodge.
Day 4: Birding and Game viewing in Kidepo.
After breakfast advance to the Narus valley for the attractive silver bird, small bands of yellow-billed shrike and other wide spread species like the Vinaceous dove, Nubian woodpecker, magnificent starlings, little weaver and red-cheeked cordon-bleu, Hoopoe, Mosque swallow and some wild animals such as the tree climbing lions, elephants, leopards, bush duiker and jackal. Have lunch at the lodge and head to Morungule Mountain for forest exploration with a ranger guide to enable you fully witness all the birds such as the ostrich, kori bustard, verreaux’s eagle, Egyptian vulture and pygmy falcon plus other wild animals like buffaloes, bush pigs, kavirondo bush baby and bush buck. Dinner and overnight stay at Apoka lodge.
Day 5: Nature walks.
You will have a morning breakfast and go for a walk in the Kidepo valley. These guided walks last for a short time roughly two hours and you will encounter various animal and bird life and continue to the splendid river valley which provide you with a great feeling of nature. After lunch travel to Kidepo valley to view several bird species found there like the 4 species of hornbills that is red billed, yellow-billed, Jackson’s hornbill and giant Abyssinian ground hornbill. Dinner and overnight stay at Apoka lodge.
Day 6: Community visit and picnic.
You will have a delicious breakfast and visit the Karamajong “Manyattas” (homesteads),
and kraals, you will see traditional costumes, stools, headdresses, bows, arrows, knives, spears and jewelry. Head to the picnic site on the sand and enjoy the soft sound of palm leaves in constant motion with the wind with fresh air to make your visit worth remembering. Dinner and overnight stay at Apoka lodge.
Day 7: Transfer to Kampala.
After breakfast leave for Kampala. Lunch en route while dinner and overnight at Imperial Hotel or Golf view Inn.
Day 8: Drive to the Airport.
Depending on the time of your flight, you may enjoy a half birding day around Entebbe at Uganda wildlife education centre, in other respects; you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.
Where to Stay
Kampala serena hotel
Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala, the hotel stands amidst 72 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political and social life.
Located in the border lands of north-eastern Uganda, in Kidepo National Park, and known for providing its guests with a luxurious and bona fide experience.
Situated on a kopje, and built from mixed materials (wood, thatch and canvas), Apoka Lodge consists of a main house, a swimming pool and 10 rooms. Making the most of the kopje’s lower slopes for support and shade.