Venture to Kampala for an eclectic expedition through the wilds of Uganda

While gorillas occupy plenty of the limelight when it comes to Uganda adventure travel, rhino tracking is every bit as thrilling – and easily accessible. Join a 6-day round-trip expedition from Kampala that showcases one of Africa’s most exquisite beasts in its element. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary offers not only rhino-tracking with experts, but also some unforgettable birdwatching – out on the waterways of the Lugogo Wetlands. Continue to Murchison Falls National Park to see the mighty Nile dump spectacularly into Lake Albert, with plenty of time to get amongst the mahoganies and ironwoods of Rabongo Forest – the stomping ground (or perhaps swinging ground) of chimpanzees. Full of real life experiences, dramatic landscapes and a diverse array of wildlife sightings in the African bush, this Uganda expedition could only be described as a next-level adventure.


Start
Kampala, Uganda
Finish
Kampala, Uganda
Destination
Uganda
Style
Comfort
Theme
Expedition, Wildlife
Code
YGKU
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • The spread of wildlife on this 6-day of adventure is superb. One minute you’re tracking rhinos, the next you’re birdwatching from a canoe or combing the forests for chimpanzees

  • An included lecture on the rhino re-introduction project at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary provides excellent insight into one of Uganda’s great conservation efforts

  • Every traveller booked onto this adventure results in a donation towards East Africa Wildlife Society

  • This is a comfort trip, which means you’re going on safari in style. Travel in top-notch 4x4 comfort and enjoy well-appointed quarters throughout

Is this trip right for you?

  • This itinerary features some long travel days, which can be exacerbated by bumpy African roads. It is recommended that you pay close attention to the given approximations of driving hours.

  • There will be some early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Welcome to Uganda! With a population of over 30 million, this country is one of the five that make up the East African community. It's a country of great cultural diversity, and in recent years has been one of the most progressive in the region in terms of health education relating to HIV. On arrival in Entebbe Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kampala by our representative. There will be an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. Afterwards, head out into Kampala for an included group dinner to get to know your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for your 6 pm welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have this on hand.
Head towards Nakasongola District where Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is located. Check into your lodge, then take short nature walk to stretch your legs. There will be a talk to the group about the rhino re-introduction project at the sanctuary and learn your lodge helps the Rhino Fund of Uganda, with 10% of their revenue going towards operations and the upkeep of the rhinos. Bordering the sanctuary is the Lugogo Wetlands. This wetland is an integral part of the ecosystem and is home to a multitude of animals and rare birds. In addition to the shoebill canoe ride scheduled for tomorrow morning you'll be able to check out the birdlife on a optional nature walk.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Night Walk - USD25
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Birding / Nature Walk - USD25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rise nice and early this morning for a canoe ride in search of the unique shoebill bird in the Lugogo Wetlands. Avid birdwatchers will be delighted; in addition to the shoebill, more than 350 species of bird are found on the sanctuary. Among them are white crested turacos, giant kingfishers, palmnut vultures, barbets, and 11 of the woodpecker species, including the speckled-breasted woodpecker. After lunch at the lodge, we head into the sanctuary to track rhinos on foot. Accompanied by a well-trained guide you'll learn more about not only rhinos local botany, general bush knowledge, birds and other animals seen on the savannah. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and its resident beasts are patrolled and monitored by Rhino Fund Uganda’s own rangers on a 24/7 basis.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Rhino Trekking
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Shoebill Canoe Ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. We'll drive through the park and cross the Victoria Nile river to arrive at our lodge. After lunch and some free time, take a boat ride along the river towards Murchison Falls, looking out for crocodile and hippos. When reaching our destination we hike a short distance to check out the impressive falls. While the cascades don't drop a large distance to the river below, the force of the water is quite amazing; the Nile forces its way through a small gap in the rocks before flowing westward into Lake Albert.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Murchison National Park - Waterfall Hike
  • Murchison National Park - Boat Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a free day to either relax or take up some optional activities. A great option is to visit Kaniyo Pabidi, on Masindi road – it's a beautiful natural forest dominated by giant mahogany and ironwood trees. Here chimpanzees can be tracked from Kaniyo Pabidi tourism site, which is run by the Jane Goodall Institute. Birdlife here is also abundant and includes the chocolate-backed kingfisher, the white-thighed hornbill, and Puvel’s Illaposis which are endemic to the region. Another option for today is to explore Rabongo Forest is an island of tropical river forest set in a sea of grassland in the south-east of the conservation area (it's roughly a 1.5 hour drive from the lodge). Exploring on foot there is highly recommended – you might come across primates such as the black-white colobus, red tailed monkey, baboon or even a chimpanzee.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Budongo Forest Reserve - Chimp Trek - USD120
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we farewell the lush Murchison Falls National Park and head back to Kampala. After the long drive we anticipate to be back at the hotel before 6 pm, at which point the trip draws to a close.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
If you choose to fly from Entebbe Airport tonight please do not book onward flights for before 10 pm.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

4x4 safari vehicle, Boat, Canoe

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Lodge (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Rhino Trekking
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Shoebill Canoe Ride
  • Murchison National Park - Waterfall Hike
  • Murchison National Park - Boat Cruise

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Important notes

1. This is an expedition trip and requires a minimum of 4 people to depart. Please do not book any non-refundable flights or services before the trip is guaranteed to depart.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip.
3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Kampala on Day 6. Please do not book any flights until after 10pm this evening.

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