Go off the beaten track and explore the unknown east and north of Uganda. An amazing safari that combines Uganda’s most beautiful national parks with community experiences and the finest lodges of the country.
Highlights of the Secrets of the North Safari:
- Exploration of the Sipi Falls and meeting with the Sabinyi tribe
- Stay in Uganda’s most remote national park: Kidepo Valley
- Visit to the local Karamojong community
- Excellent game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park
- Jungle experience including chimp tracking in Budongo Forest
- Visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda with wild rhinos
- Amazing safari combined with community experiences while staying in Uganda’s finest lodges
Day 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a Great Lakes Safaris representative and transferred to your accommodation in Entebbe. Overnight at The Boma.
Day 2: ENTEBBE – SIPI FALLS
Today we will leave depart to the unknown east. Via Jinja we proceed to Mbale, a charming town at the foot of the Mount Elgon. This area is full of rich heritage and fascinating culture. We will have a lunch stop at Mbale and with beautiful viewpoints on our way we will reach Sipi Village, nestled between mountains and waterfalls. Dinner and overnight at Lacam Lodge.
Day 3: SIPI FALLS
In the morning you will enjoy a hike to the lovely Sipi Falls. It is a beautiful walk to the bottom of the famous waterfall, and then continue with a steep climb to a series of caves. As you follow the challenging trail to the other waterfalls, you will pass maize fields, banana plantations and typical bandas.
Return to the lodge for a delicious lunch and some relaxing. In the afternoon you will visit a Coffee Project and find out why Sipi Falls is home to one of the finest coffees in the world. Talk to the farmers, see the plantations and learn more about the process behind coffee making. Then enjoy your freshly brewed cup of coffee as you relax and watch the sunset… Dinner and overnight at Lacam Lodge.
Day 4: SIPI FALLS – KITGUM
After breakfast we continue our journey and head to the north. It is a long but beautiful drive as we pass different types of landscapes and traditional villages. This area is really off-the-beaten track and not visited by many tourists yet. You will witness what the many years of civil unrest have done to this region, but also how it is slowly but steadily developing again. It is completely safe to travel and with a lunch stop en route you will arrive in the late afternoon in Kitgum. Dinner and overnight at Fulgy’s Guesthouse.
Day 5: KITGUM – KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
In the morning we will visit a primary school in the surroundings of Kitgum. Then we continue towards the border with Sudan and enter Kidepo Valley National Park. Have lunch at your accommodation in the middle of the national park, with beautiful views over the vast plains and go for a game drive in the afternoon for a first introduction with the wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Nga’moru Wilderness Camp.
Day 6: KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
A full day in one of the most beautiful and certainly most remote national parks in Uganda! Early in the morning you will explore the Narus River Valley by game drive or safari walk. Go in search of giraffes, ostriches, zebras, elephants and lions. The park is also a birders paradise as it boasts a bird list with over 475 species. Have lunch and relax before going on a visit to one of the local Karamojong communities. The Karamojong tribe is well known for their unique nomadic lifestyle and rich traditions of storytelling. Dinner and overnight at Nga’moru Wilderness Camp.
Day 7: KIDEPO VALLEY – MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Today we head south to Murchison Falls National Park. We will enter the park from the north and with a game drive continue south towards the famous river Nile. Look out for buffaloes, hartebeests, Uganda Kobs and elephants while we pass the savannah dotted with Borassus palm trees. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 8: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast we start the day with another game drive on the northern bank of the Nile. In the afternoon the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the river Nile for game viewing at close quarters. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 9: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
In the morning we will visit the magnificent Top of the Falls where you can marvel at the mighty Nile. Watch how the fall is being forced into a seven meter crevice to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades. After this spectacular scenery we continue to the southern part of the national park, Budongo Forest Reserve. Here you will go for a guided chimp tracking in the forest. Together with your guide you will look out for tracks well hidden in the forest in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Dinner and overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge.
Day 10: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – JINJA
After a delicious breakfast in the midst of the tropical rainforest we calmly depart the national park and drive towards the south. En route we can make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The reserve was created to reintroduce rhinos to the country which have been extinct since 1982. Together with a guide you will track the rhinos and observe them in their habitat at a very close and safe distance. After this activity continue to Jinja for overnight at the Source of the Nile. Dinner and overnight at The Haven – Honeymoon Bungalow.
Day 11: JINJA
No better way than to end your safari at the banks of the river Nile! You can spend the day at your own leisure and read a book, relax at the natural pool or enjoy the breathtaking views of the Nile. Those who wish to experience some adventure can decide to go rafting the Source of the Nile. After receiving instructions, you will start peddling and enjoy the beautiful scenery and thundering rapids at its fullest! Other optional activities include the Wild Nile Jet, bungee jumping, quadbike safari, horseback riding along the Nile, village walk or a visit to the true origin of the Nile. Dinner and overnight at The Haven – Honeymoon Bungalow.
Day 12: DEPARTURE
Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. In time you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight.
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Tour package price: From GBP ₤2,860/= per person
Please contact our Tour Consultants for the detailed price information!
** Gorilla Safari Extensions are available on request **
Included in the price:
- Airport transfers
- Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle for day 4 and 5 including an experienced English speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as described in the itinerary, based on a double room sharing
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Entrance and ranger fees for the national parks
- Activities mentioned in the program
- Permit for chimp tracking in Budongo Forest
- Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- International flight
- Visa (GBP ₤35)
- Optional activities in Jinja
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Items of personal nature
- Laundry service
Terms and conditions apply.
This safari supports Eco-Tourism in Uganda. The included accommodations have been carefully selected, based on their contribution to sustainable tourism. Your stay will directly benefit the local communities and conservation projects. The funds from the tracking permits are used for the protection of the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees that are living in Uganda’s rainforests.