8-Days Active Adventure Vacation

Uganda’s best wildlife!

Comfort

Overview

8 Days Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda is one of the prime adventure safari packages that you can ever have in Uganda. The safari features white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile River in Jinja, the Mpanga tea estate cycling, Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves walk and Fort Portal crater lake hike in Fort portal, Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk in Kibale National Park area, the Mount Rwenzori hiking, the wild game viewing and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the boat and Batwa experience on Lake Bunyonyi and culture and heritage tour at Igongo Cultural Center and the 1520 AD Eclipse monument. It is a magical wonder worth exploring.

Summarized itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal. Do Mpanga Tea estate cycling and Fort Portal Crater lake hike and Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves

Day 3: Do Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi wetland walk and transfer to Kasese

Day 4: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Climbing

Day 5: Do game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and do afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride & visit the Batwa community on one of the Islands

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to tour the cultural museum & traditional lunch, hike the Biharwe hill to explore the 1520AD eclipse monument & then transfer to Kampala

Day 1: Transfer to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

Transfer to Jinja early in the morning 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to catch up with the white water rafting on the famous Nile River the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to you rafts with the team of expert guides to traverse the speedy waters clashing the ancient rapids to produce a plume of spray and powerful waves that hit you ruthlessly after encountering you on their way. Rafting on the Nile is a safe and adventurous encounter that qualifies to be among the active adventure vacation safari activities in Uganda. Retreat from the half day rafting experience and connect to the bungee jumping site an afternoon bungee jumping experience. You are tied with the latex rubber in the ankles that allows you to slope for over 44m down the waters of the Nile from the cliff safely. You enjoy the great adventure with the wind rushing through your air, the views of the cliff and the views of the sky which combine to generate lasting experience. Retire from the Jinja adventure and return to Kampala for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange / Standard:  Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic:  Buziga Country Resort

Camping at Back Packers Hostel

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal. Do Mpanga Tea estate cycling and Fort Portal Crater lake hike and Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves

Mubende Inselbergs not forgetting the small towns en route including Mpigi, Mityana, Mubende and Kyenjojo. You arrive in Mpanga tea estates in the mid-morning and then embark on a cycling experience. The green tea plantation is spread over a beautiful undulating landscape with endless scenic views which makes it ideal to encounter on your mountain bikes. On your cycling, you encounter the estate staff plucking tea and you are free to participate in the exercise to gain the exact touch. Retreat from the activity and continue to Fort Portal town where you will settle for lunch after which you will connect to Fort Portal Crater Lake Area. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by the local inhabitants of the place with deep understanding and history of the place. You visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – the breast like features believed to have belonged to Nyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father had been alerted that the child will take over his throne. The milk continues to flow out of Nyinamwiru’s breasts. Retreat from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi wetland walk and transfer to Kasese

Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 8am. The encounter commences with a briefing from the respective park rangers who will be your guides through the activity detailing the conduct of the exercise. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. The dense forests of Kibale comprise of lush flora with mature trees marked with huge buttress and climbers, impressive bird species including the African Pitta, Afep Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, White-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Crowned Eagle, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Western Nicator, Little Greenbul, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Brown-chested Alethe, African Grey Parrot, Brown Illadopsis, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Collared Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Black-eared Ground Thrush Little Green Bul and Abyssinian Ground-thrush among others. Apart from chimps, Kibale also supports other 12 Primate Species including the threatened red colobus with the highest population thriving in.

Kibale, the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush baby, olive baboon and potto which may be viewed  during the trek. Finally you approach the common chimpanzees which have been fully habituated and thus offering you an opportunity to draw closer to them and take pictures. Viewing them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating and making pant hooting calls may lure you into unforgettable excitement. You have hour availed to you to encounter these precious apes and you are free to take as many photos as you can. Retreat from the activity which tend to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your company safari guide, settle for your packed lunch after which you transfer to Bigodi Wetland for an afternoon eco-walk. The Bigodi wetland is an eco-community initiative offering impressive nature walk in the community controlled wetland which features over 138 species of birds including the famous Great Blue Turaco and a range of hornbills. The swamp also shelters the swamp dwelling sitatunga antelope and other primate species like monkeys with chimpanzees making occasional visit. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kasese arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Wild Camping

Day 4: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Climbing

Gather at Nyakalengija ranger post to start the Mount Rwenzori hike at 8am. Organized by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services that manages the central circuit, the Rwenzori hike is a daylong encounter enabling you to explore the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in detail. The Rwenzori Mountains stand as the third highest in Africa rising to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. The day long exploration to the legendary mountains of the moon presents magical sights of the Rwenzori ridges, the rift valley lakes below including Edward and George, the savannah stretches of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the panoramic view of Kasese town. Retire at 5pm for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge  

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp    

Wild Camping

Day 5: Do game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and do afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Settle for breakfast at 6am and connect to the park to embark on the game drive activity at 7am exploring the magical wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You drive through Kasenyi plains exploring the Kob’s mating ground and the extensive grassland and woodland that supports a myriad of wild game including the Cape Buffaloes, the African elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Bushbucks, the Uganda Kobs, the side stripped jackal, the leopard, spotted hyenas, the lions among other species. Retreat from the 3 – 4 hour activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to the Mweya jetty for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise. The boat cruise starts at 2pm and takes 2 hours giving you an opportunity to explore the calm waters of the 45km long Kazinga Channel filled with counts of Hippos, the Nile crocodiles, the water birds on the shores and a range of wild game drinking water from the channel. Upon retreating from the cruise, you embark on a mini game drive along the channel track in the Mweya peninsular as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Bush Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages   / Kazinga Channel View Resort

Wild Camping

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast at 7am, you embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 218km Ruhija and 309km Rushaga depending on the lodge selected. You undertake a memorable game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of the famous tree climbing lions and other wildlife like water bucks, buffaloes, kobs and elephants.

 

The fig tree branches of Ishasha present memorable day beds for the lions which derives a unique encounter with the Kings of the Jungle in the wilderness of Uganda. Retreat from the drive and continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge   / Buhoma Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp    / Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Wild Camping

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride & visit the Batwa community on one of the Islands

Settle for breakfast at 6am and connect to the respective park headquarter to catch up with the briefing at 8am about the conduct of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable

National Park. The park rangers allocate the respective family to track and brief you about the activity after which you head to the park for the active gorilla trekking exercise. In the company of the ranger guides very armed for protection against any wild attack, you traverse the forest marked by lush flora, magical birds and other fauna like duikers in search of the critically endangered mountain gorillas where 400 of them are known to be thriving in the impenetrable forest. The steep hills intercepted by deep valleys and streams present challenging hike which is an experience of itself. The one hour with the gorillas is magical as you see them forage, socialize, the young ones play and the silverback demonstrating its might luring you to take as many photos as you can. Retreat from this activity which can take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and connect to Lake Bunyonyi 52km from Ruhija and 73km from Rushaga driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands with magical sceneries. Upon arrival, you embark on the boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring the famous lake of a thousand Islands a dub that it has acquired because of its 29 Islands. You also visit the Batwa people on one of the Islands to explore their traditions before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort  

Budget / Basic: Byoona Amagara Island Retreat

Resort Camping

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to tour the cultural museum & traditional lunch, hike the Biharwe hill to explore the 1520AD eclipse monument & then transfer to Kampala

After breakfast, embark on the 437km about 7 hours transfer to Kampala making a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to visit the Erijukiro Museum which features a range of artifacts of all tribes of south western Uganda. There are also a range of sculptures and writings that brings out the history of the region. You proceed to visit the 1520AD Eclipse monument which is a living testimony of the total solar eclipse that befell the region in that year. The locals attach a lot of tradition to it as it marked their repossession of cows. The King Olimi of Bunyoro had raided all the cows of Ankole and the Banyankole were starving but when he was from raiding Rwanda and had reached Biharwe (Ankole) heading back to Bunyoro, the total eclipse occurred and him and his men were frightened and abandoned all the cows and when the eclipse was offer the local people found the cows all over and they believed that they had come from heaven and named them “enduga mwiguru”. Retreat from this historical tour and settle for lunch at Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant at Igongo Cultural Center and then continue on the drive to Kampala. Another stop is made at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for impressive photo shoots and water experiments that justify the geographical divide

between the north and southern hemispheres. You can visit any of the gift shops to get yourself a souvenir to take back home.

End of the 8 Days Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda

After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala / Entebbe, you embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You will drive through impressive scenic landscapes on smooth tarmac viewing the unique geographical features including the

Please book this tour now via 

our 24/7 hot line: +256 392670765 / +256 790695916

email: info@ugandasafaris.co.uk

We are warmly waiting for your inquiry!

OR: FIND US AT OUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS

PLOT 31 NTINDA
AT NTINDA COMPLEX

KAMPALA UGANDA

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refunded if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before arrival.
  • Balance should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Interested in this safari?

Most Recommended Uganda safaris

Uganda Gorilla Permits costs

Uganda gorilla permits cost $600 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

Best time to visit Uganda

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.