Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative, and you will be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation: Victoria View guesthouse or similar.

Today, you will head to the Murchison Falls National Park: Uganda's largest national park, approx. 3,893 sq. km., bisected from east to west by the Victoria Nile. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to admire some of the natural wonders that turn Uganda into the pearl of Africa.

Driving time: around 5 hours.
Accommodation: Heritage Safari lodge or similar.

You will start the day with an early-morning game drive in the northern circuit of the park. There, among the beautiful, rolling plains, you may encounter lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalos, elephants, bushbuck, spotted hyenas, wild cats, leopards as well as many other mammals residing in the park. For the birders, this area hosts secretary birds, black-chested snake eagles, tawny and marshal eagles along carmine and swallow-tailed bee-eaters and many other species.

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the bottom of the Murchison Falls where you will admire the Nile as it thunders through a small, 7-meter gap down to the delta. The banks of the Nile are home to many animals and bird species. You may see huge Nile crocodiles, hippos and other wildlife that may approach to drink from the river. Keep your camera handy so that you can capture these magical moments!

After docking at the base, you will trek to the top of the mighty and ferocious Murchison Falls (around 30 mins hike), admiring on the way the views of the falls from different angles. This activity requires some physical fitness. While at the top, you will feel your breath taken away by the force, the sound and the speed of the Nile River as it is pushed through a small gap between the rocks. If you are afraid of heights, you may avoid standing close to the edge, but for those who dare, this promises to be a spectacular experience you will never forget!

Game drive: approximately 2 hours.
Boat ride to the bottom of the Falls: 2 hours.

Accommodation: Heritage Safari lodge or similar.

After breakfast, you will head to the Kyambura Gorge to track down chimpanzees. The distance between Murchison Falls and the Kyambura Forest is relatively long and may feel strenuous; however, it will give you an authentic feel of Uganda’s countryside, and will help you further understand the patience required to observe and study nature. On the way, there will be regular stopovers to admire the Rift Valley escarpments, the lakes, the birdlife and local villages.
Upon arrival, the fatigue from the long drive will disappear, as you will start enjoying the breeze and beauty of the forest.

Driving time: 8 -9 hours.
Accommodation: Pumba Safari Cottages or similar.

Brace yourself for an encounter with humans’ closest cousins; the chimpanzees roaming in the forest of Kalinzu. Put on your jungle boots on and join the forest wardens on an early-morning chimpanzee tracking adventure!

During this activity, you will also have the opportunity to see a variety of other primates (including the Colobus Monkeys and the Mangabey), various animals as well as birds, butterflies, flowers and insects. Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98.7% of their DNA composition with us. They are sociable, intelligent, and communicative. They also use stones to crush nuts, empty pods to collect water and sticks to push termites out of their holes. You will leave having acquired exciting knowledge about these primates as well as beautiful lasting memories from Uganda.

After lunch, you will head to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for yet another amazing experience.
Upon arrival, you will relax at your lodge in preparation of the next day’s adventure.

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp or similar

Early in the morning, you will embark on your gorilla trekking adventure. This unique activity takes you through densely forested, steep hills until you finally meet these tranquil giants. The moment you set eyes on them will be etched in your memory for life, and the emotions cannot be described in words.

While entering the forest, you will first walk on a human-made trail, but later you will veer off to follow tracks left by forest elephants. The canopy will envelop you entirely with rare and exotic flora sprouting from every side. This is a challenging trek since it involves hiking through steep ascents and tangled trails.

Groups are organized based on the fitness levels of the participants, so you can participate in a shorter or longer hike depending on your preferences. For many, the chance to travel in such an exotic forest makes a longer hike worthwhile, as some gorilla troops are four hours away from the trailhead. Others might prefer to meet the gorillas that are the closest to the trailhead.

Once gorillas are located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour at their vicinity, before walking out of the dense forest.

In the evening, you will enjoy a cultural experience with the Batwa: former inhabitants of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest who maintained until recently a hunter-gatherer economy. For conservation purposes, they have been relocated outside the forest and are now adapting to their new life. Their lifestyle sheds light to the earliest years of humans on earth before the agricultural revolution. Connecting with them, as they showcase their traditional hunting skills, fire-making techniques, and dances, is not only educational but profoundly exciting.

Gorilla trekking time: 5-6 hours.
Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp or similar.

After the memorable expeditions of the last few days, it is time to bid Western Uganda goodbye and return to Kampala to catch your flight back home. This time, you will traverse the rolling hills and mountains of Kigezi and Ankole region, passing by valleys, lakes such as Bunyonyi, and forested areas, enjoying magnificent panoramic views.

You will also make a brief stop at the equator crossing to take a few photos and engage in typical, equator-themed experiments (like pouring water in a basin, observing how it swirls in opposite directions above or below the equator line).

Driving time: about 8 hours.
Accommodation: Victoria View guesthouse or similar.

Assuming that the results of the PCR test are obtained today and are negative, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure back home.