This 20 Days Home Stay safari takes you on a breathtaking round trip around Uganda featuring sceneries, animals and the hospitable people of Uganda.
Right from Entebbe to the North, West and South western and back to Entebbe. You will have a chance to experience nature at its best including the big five, different bird and plant species not forgetting Chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking.
A major highlight is the homestay experience where you spend some days with a typical Ugandan home learning their culture and ways of life. This is quite rewarding and you won’t remain the same.
DAY 1: ENTEBBE
Arrival, meet your professional Shoebill safaris smiling guide at Entebbe international Airport. Entebbe is a major town in Central Uganda located on Lake Victoria peninsula. It’s approximately 37 kilometers southwest of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Drive to your Hotel. Overnight
DAY 2: ENTEBBE- MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast drive to North West from Kampala with a stop at Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking and lunch. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison covers 3,840-sq km and has recorded 76 mammal species and over 450 bird species. It lies 619m at the delta and 1,292 at Rabongo Hill. The mean temperature is 0C- high and 21 0C- low. Dinner and overnight at Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 3: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
After a rather early breakfast, morning game drive. There are chances of spotting unique African savannah animals like giraffes, Lions, Elephants and several antelopes. Afternoon, we’ll cruise to the bottom of the falls. The falls are rare and magnificent, they are one of Africa’s wonders and a must see for everyone. We of course cannot fail to mention that it’s from these falls that Murchison derives its name. Catch up with pods of Hippos, crocodiles and a vast number of water birds. . Dinner and overnight at Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast on our way out another possible drive to the top of the falls for a breathtaking sight and we’ll have the opportunity to experience this massive rush of water at close range as it splashes and forces its way through and above the rocks taking the pathway to the base of the falls and back. Drive to Kibale Forest National Park for yet another exiting adventure. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Lodge
DAY 5: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, chimp tracking and meet the rather real cousins of human beings. There is a rich bird life in this forest. If you are a keen birder you will record a reasonably high number of different bird species. Notable are various monkeys that keep tossing from one tree to another as you walk along. Lunch at the lodge, Afternoon visit Tooro palace located just on the outskirts of Fort portal town. Learn the Tooro culture and if possible meet the youngest king. . Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Lodge
DAY 6: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Fort portal boost of rich cultural sites and beautiful crater lakes that tell of the past history. After breakfast visit the Famous Mabereganyinamwiru and see what the locals call milk that flows from the breasts of a said woman who was thrown in that valley. Visit the various crater lakes and the valleys and hear the myth surrounding these areas. There is a possibility of joining a community as well. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Lodge
DAY 7: KIBALE FOREST. N PARK – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park with possible visit to the local community leaving in the Park. Learn how these people co-exist with the animals in the Park. Queen Elizabeth is the second largest park and has a variety of wildlife to view. Dinner and overnight at Munyanyange caves Lodge
DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After a cup of tea or coffee morning game drive to the vast park for chances of the early hunting cats, herds of elephants, antelopes, buffalos and many more. Return to the lodge for a full breakfast, free time, after lunch go for the launch cruise on the famous Kazinga channel where you get to see the schools of Hippos, buffalos and a variety of beautiful water bird species like jacanas, fish eagles, Shoebill and pelicans along the channel. Get to see the feared crocodiles as they sun bath away. Dinner and overnight at Munyanyange caves Lodge
DAY 9: QUEEN- BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast transfer southwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth N.P in Ishasha where there are chances of seeing the tree-climbing lions. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to the forest giants that are closely related to human beings, the gorillas. These come second to the Chimpanzees. This Impenetrable Forest is still one of the best virgin tropical rain forests in East Africa. Keen birders will love this Park. Dinner and overnight at Ride for a woman guest House
DAY 10: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, briefing, gorilla tracking. Evening community walk and entertainment around the fire place by ride for a woman women.
Ride for a woman project is one of the local projects that supports the women and children in this community through hand crafts making and providing school necessities for the pupils. Dinner and overnight at Ride for a woman guest House.
DAY 11: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK – KISORO
After breakfast drive towards Kisoro and continue to Lake Chahafi. In the afternoon you can relax or optionally take a canoe trip.
Lake Chahafi Resort sits just 20 minutes away from Kisoro town, in an area of complete natural beauty. It is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Virungas, the highest peak being Mt Muhavura which rises majestically up on its own. A perfect peaceful retreat from the busy town, come and spend a day relaxing at the lake, or a cozy evening next to the fireplace in the bar. Dinner and overnight at Lake Chahafi resort.
DAY 12: KISORO- MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK/BUNYONYI
After breakfast drive to Mgahinga National Park for Golden Monkey tracking.
Then continue to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest lake and a perfect place to relax. If you are looking for a more private, secluded and romantic place, Lake Bunyonyi is number one in Uganda. In the afternoon you can relax at the lodge or swim in the lake. Dinner and overnight at Birds nest Lodge
DAY 13: BUNYONYI – RUKUNGIRI/ HOMESTAY
After breakfast drive to Rukungiri where you will spend the next few days in a community.
Join our home stay tours. Visit a typical home in Uganda and learn their culture and ways of living. There are various activities you will indulge yourself.
DAY 14-17: RUKUNGIRI/ HOMESTAY
Join our homestay tours. Visit a typical home in Uganda and learn their culture and ways of living.
There are various activities you will indulge yourself in. these include milking cows, churning milk to get butter, gardening, grinding millet to get flour, preparing and cooking food using firewood, making banana juice, harvesting and making coffee, fetching water, and a lot more.
Better still join the local women in basketry, weaving mats, table clothes and various crafts. Listen to the local folk songs and stories as you work with the women. There is local cultural entertainment in the evenings to relax your mind after a long day of work.
You can also volunteer at a nearby primary school and hospital, take walks to the hot spring or simply ride a bike in the community.
DAY 18: RUKUNGIRI/ HOMESTAY/LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast begin our journey to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo boosts of a variety of game including zebras, elands, and impalas Giraffes that were recently introduced, which are not found in most other National Parks in Uganda. Additionally, Lake Mburo has big numbers of waterbucks, topis, buffalos, hippos, duikers, bushbucks, klipspringers and on a good lucky day you will see oribis, reedbucks, leopards and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge
DAY 19: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
You will wake up early and go for a nature walk. You will return to your accommodation for a hearty breakfast, have a have a boat ride on the lake and in the afternoon have a cultural visit with the herdsmen who live in the park. You will visit their homes experience their cattle keeping lifestyle and see how they churn milk into butter locally. Notable are long horned Ankole cows. Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge
DAY 20: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – ENTEBBE
After breakfast, you will start your journey back to Entebbe. Enjoy the green along the route plus the famous Ankole long horned cattle. Stop over at the equator for snap shots of a lifetime. Have a chance to be at the South and Northern hemispheres at the same time. Buy a few souvenirs and have a picnic lunch. Proceed to Entebbe arriving early afternoon. Depending on your travel plans, evening flight back home or overnight in Entebbe.