20 Days Pearl of Africa Safari



Trip Summary:

The 20-day Pearl of Africa Safari, one of the longest trips in Uganda will give you a detailed thrilling experience on Uganda’s signature attractions, the ugly four, the big 4.  nature, birdlife, boat and canoe ride, natural walks. Primates especially face to face with a gorilla, night game drive, culinary experience, people and culture, two kinds of water falls, untrodden Uganda and more. On this trip, we guide you as we make more discoveries together. We are sure this will be a life changing trip. Welcome to the pearl of Africa.

Trip Highlight:

Day 1: Arrival in the Pearl of Africa

Day 2: Transfer to the Source of The Nile

Day 3:  Nile Rafting / Transfer to Sipi

Day 4: Sipi Falls

Day 5: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park

Day 6: Game drive and safari walk in Kidepo

Day 7: Visit to Kanangorok Hot-Springs

Day 8: Cultural Village Tour in Kidepo

Day 9: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park (441 Kms)

Day 10: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Day 11:  To Kibaale National Park

Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk for bird watching

Day 13:  Bigodi Birds Sanctuary and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 14: Game drive and Boat launch on Kazinga channel

Day 15: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 17: Face To Face with a  Gorilla

Day 18. Travel to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 19: Lake Mburo National Park

Day 20:  Entebbe International Airport and end of Safari



Day 1: Arrival to the Pearl Of Africa

Welcome to the Pearl Of Africa.  Arrival and head to your Hotel.  Safari Briefing

Day 2: Transfer to the Source of The Nile

We leave early in the morning and head to Jinja to visit the Source of the Nile. After Check in, we straight go to the spot where the World’s longest river – the Nile, starts its journey into the Mediterranean Ocean. In the Afternoon, you can choose among many options of activities, some of them very adventurous including white water rafting, jet boating, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking or bungee jumping.

Or ideally, take an evening local boat drive on the Lake Victoria, just meters away from the Source of the Nile, as you see watch the sun lazily shy away into the African horizons.  sundowner as you.

Day 3:  Nile Rafting / Transfer to Sipi

You will after your breakfast, you explore Jinja Further, if interested in White water rafting at an extra cost, the adventure starts at 09:30am with a comprehensive briefing and being fitted with the rafting gear. Rafting is on an 18 kilometer stretch of the Nile River.  No prior experience of is required. The first few rapids are of low grade (1, 2) to build the confidence of the participants before guiding them gradually into the more challenging grades. A total of eight major rapids are rafted to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure.  The rafting will be celebrated with a BQQ Lunch.

After Lunch, set off for the Sipi Falls on Mt Elgon. This will be a 4 hour journey through the town of Mbale arriving late in the afternoon.  You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Day 4: Sifi Falls

You will after your breakfast go for a hike to see the beautifully stunning Sipi falls that cascade over a 100-meter cliff. You will follow the challenging trail to two other waterfalls. You will pass maize fields, coffee gardens, banana plantations and typical African homesteads on your way and enjoy the breathtaking views over the laid-out valley. Those interested in experiencing a real thrill of watching the waterfalls from a very close distance will go abseiling down the mountain to the bottom of the famous Sipi Falls. At the end of the day you will experience a magnificent sunset before returning to your lodge

Day 5: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park

You will continue the journey to  Kidepo Valley National Park on a rough road. The journey to Kidepo from  Mbale through Soroti will take 7 – 10 hours depending on the weather conditions which determine the state of the roads in this part of the country. You will spend the night at one of the lodges in the park. Video National Park is one of Uganda’s untrodden destinations.

Along the road, you will make numerous stopovers as you interact with the community, some fresh fruits markets and jaw dropping sceneries – for photographs.

Day 6: Game drive and safari walk in Kidepo

You will wake up early for a game drive in the park to catch up with the early predators that will be returning to their habitats after a night hunt. In Kidepo you will find zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, leopards and this is the only place in Uganda where you can find the cheetah and ostrich. You’ll return to the lodge for a late breakfast, have a rest and go off in the mid -afternoon for a nature walk.  You will return to your lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Visit to Kanangorok Hot-Springs

You will have an early breakfast and drive to the border of Uganda and Sudan where hot springs are located. This area is also habours many ostriches which can easily be sited along the game tracks. In the late afternoon will enjoy the peace and beauty of the park on a leisure drive at your pace after which you will settle for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 8: Cultural Village Tour in Kidepo

The People Factor. You will be taken on a guided cultural village tour where you will learn about the nomadic lifestyle of the people around Karenga and Kidepo. During this cultural tour you will visit the Karamajong homesteads (manyattas) and see the kraals of cattle, the traditional costumes, stools, spears, headdress, knives, bows and arrows, jewelry, grinding stones and utensils all made locally by the natives. In the evening you will be taken for a sunset game drive to explore more of Kidepo.

Day 9: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park (441 Kms)

Wake up to an early breakfast and set off to Murchison Falls, Via Kitgum and Gulu. Am 5 – 8 hours drive  via  Kitgum town .  depending on the time of your arrival, proceed to Talenga Safari Lodge on the Albert Nile.

Day 10: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

You will wake up very early and set off at 6.30am for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.

Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork.

You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.

Day 11:  To Kibaale National Park

After breakfast, you will embark on   on a 5 – 7  hour journey to Kibaale  National ParkAs you leave your lodge,  visit the “top of the thunderous Murchison falls”, where you will observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds.

Then proceed as you drive is through verdant countryside interposing traditional homesteads and farms and via the town of Hoima, the Headquarters of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Uganda’s Oldest Kingdom.  arriving late in the afternoon.  Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking

Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk for bird watching

You will, after breakfast, head to Kibale Forest National Park to view the primates. The activity begins at 8.00am with a briefing of the rule for trekking the chimpanzees after which you set off to search for them in the forest. The exercise takes half a day and along the way you will see other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus and the Blue tailed and the Red-tailed monkeys swinging in the braches of this thick forest. Your guide will give you informative briefings on the lifestyles of the primates you will be coming across and on the plants as well as on the insects and butterflies in this forest to ensure that the trek is not only enjoyable but informative as well..

Day 13:  Bigodi Birds Sanctuary and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake up to an early breakfast and  go to the unique Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site where you will see uncommon plants and rare bird species such as the Great Blue Turacco, little Bulbul, Rwenzori Turaco and the Narina Trogon, among others or visit the crater lakes area to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Return to the Lodge for a late breakfast and check out.

You will after your breakfast set off on a 3 hour journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, On the Drive to you will be able to enjoy an impressive sight of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon” which you will clearly see on the road to Fort Portal. You will have lunch in   Kasese and Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking

Day 14: Game drive and Boat launch on Kazinga channel

You will wake up early for a morning game drive along the Kasenyi Sector of  the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Topis, Leopards, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda Kobs, among others. You will later in the afternoon go for a two hour boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. The cruise takes you through the highest population of Hippos and you will see a profusion of animals drinking on the water shores. This launch cruise rewards you with a great opportunity to take photos, watch birds and see the water animals,

Day 15: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Walk up to a very lazy breakfast and set off for Bwindi impenetrable forest. You can opt for visiting Kyambura Gorge , also known as ‘underground forest’  for Chimpanzees and natural walk.

Then Proceed to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Ishasha Sector, famous for tree climbing Lions.    In the late afternoon, proceed to your Lodge in Bwindi  or Mgahinga, depending on the gorilla tracking program.  Relax at your Lodge as you prepare for the HIKE.

Day 17: Face To Face with a  Gorilla

After an early breakfast you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the guides before you begin the search in the thick Bwindi forest for the giant gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park is renowned for its impressive mountain gorillas, although it is unpredictable for how long you will track before finding them since it all depends on their movement.

Though the time spent face to face with the gorilla is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. You will return to your lodge for a rest and later go set off for Lake Bunyonyi , Uganda’s deepest lake.

Day 18. Travel to Lake Bunyonyi

You will, after breakfast  you can do another Boat ride or Canoeing and hiking on Lake Bunyonyi on the lake is said to be the second deepest lake in Africa , a highland lake dotted with 29 islands, and one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias free.

Alternatively, you walk to the Batwa / Pygmy village and have a one to one interaction. In the afternoon, relax at your lodge as you see the son lazily bows out of the day.

Day 19: Lake Mburo National Park

Wake up to a breakfast and drive to Lake Mburo national Park. The park is known for Uganda’s biggest numbers of Zebras and Impalas plus the extremely shy Elands.  Relax at your lodge the whole day as you brace yourself for a night game drive.

After dinner, take a night drive where you are expected to see cats like civet, Janet and other shy animals. Listen to the natural sounds of the night as you drive under the peaceful African star filled sky. Return to your lodge.

Day 20; Entebbe International Airport

After a late breakfast, set off for 4 hour drive to Entebbe International Airport, making a stopover at the Equator Crossing Line and some roadside crafts markets of your Ugandan Souvenir. I hope you had the best of the Pearl of Africa.   We can also factor your specific interests in the trip,

Safe Journey back home.




Day 20: Transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight
Depending on your  departure , you may have a quick tour of Kampala , especially the crafts center  or transfer straight to  Airport for your scheduled flight back home.


  • Equator experience, Game drives in 7 National Park, Canoe rides and Boat launches on 3 Lakes
  • Gorilla trekking, Chimp trekking, Golden monkey trek, Volcano hiking, Natures walks
  • Cultural visits, Tree climbing lions, Hot springs, Scenic views, Sipi Falls, Mountain hiking and abseiling
  • Source of the Nile, Water adventure sports on the Nile

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