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Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari

1. Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari

Day 1 : Drive to Murchison Falls National Park - Hike to the Top of the Falls After your early morning breakfast, meet your driver/guide at 7:00 AM and listen to a brief on your 3 days Murchison Falls wildlife safari Uganda package. Begin the 6-hour drive to Uganda's biggest national park, Murchison falls National Park. Take a stopover in Luwero District to pick fruits like oranges, pineapples, passion fruits, and jackfruits. Then proceed to lunch at the Kabalega Dinners or Masindi town for lunch at Masindi Hotel. Afterward, drive out of Masindi town to a dirt road for about 20 minutes and arrive at  Murchison falls National Park where the fun begins. You'll immediately be ushered into a wildlife park by a number of stubborn baboons lining up along the road. They'll grapple for goodies, so ensure the windscreens are up else they will snatch anything inviting from the car. Day 2: Morning Game Drive through the park and Boat Ride on the Victoria Nile After your early morning breakfast at around 6:30 AM, your driver-guide together with the game ranger will pick you up at exactly 7:00 AM for the early morning game drive. This is the best time to catch sight of the nocturnal animals and hunters before they return to their hideouts, as well as seeing the early risers. Take a ferry from the South section of the National Park across the Nile that bisects the park. Once on the northern side, you'll be in the area where the most game can be found.  Explore the major game trails especially around the area of Paraa for good game spotting including elephants, lions, giraffes, antelopes, jackals, hyenas, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Jackson's Hartebeests and hopefully the elusive leopards among others. At around 11:30 AM, return to the lodge for your lunch and some relaxation. Shortly after, set out for the afternoon boat ride on the Victoria Nile which is the highest spot of any Murchison Falls Safari. Spot lots of hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, and many other animals that come to drink water, refresh and cool themselves off the scorching sun and some animals to eat the fresh grass along the river banks. The Nile is also a birds' magnet. You will also be shown the crush point of Ernest Hemingway. The ride takes you close to the base of the Murchison Falls where you are met with yet another view of the lovely falls. Take a hike to the top of the falls before the return ride, then return back to the lodge for your dinner. Day 3: Early Morning Game Drive through the park and return to Kampala to get dropped off at your lodging Wake up early in the morning and get prepared for another game drive through the park. Expect to increase your game count and spot more wildlife on the final day of this trip. At around 11:00 AM, check out of the hotel and drive to Masindi town for a tasty lunch. Then, embark on the return journey back to Kampala where you will be dropped off at your preferred destination.

Kampala: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Optional Gaddafi Mosque

2. Kampala: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Optional Gaddafi Mosque

Embark on a 3-hour walking tour of Kampala with a local guide. Discover both popular and lesser-known landmarks, and get a taste of local life in bustling markets. Opt to upgrade your experience to include a 1-hour visit to the Gaddafi National Mosque at the end of the walking tour. Meet up at the Craft Market on Buganda Road and receive a briefing from the guide. Then, visit historical monuments and noteworthy government installations like Constitutional Square, the World War Memorial Monument, Independence Monument, the King Muteesa II Monument, and the Main Post Office. Take a toilet/refreshment break at a popular local café. Next, cross to activity-filled downtown Kampala and experience the hubbub of Nakasero Market, the Old Taxi Park, and Owino Market. Taste street food, smell herbs and spices, and shop for local fabrics. Finish with an optional boda (local motorbike taxi) ride back to the Craft Market — or walk if you prefer — and round off your experience by shopping for souvenirs or sampling local coffee at the 1000 Cups cafe. If you select the option that includes the Gaddafi National Mosque, officially the Uganda National Mosque, you will ride a boda to the mosque and spend 1 hour touring it. Climb to the top of the minaret and get the best view of the city. See how the city expanded out from the spot where Fredrick Lugard established the old city of Kampala. Finally, conclude your tour by returning to the Craft Market by boda.

Lake Mburo National Park with Equator, Game Drive & Cruise

3. Lake Mburo National Park with Equator, Game Drive & Cruise

Start the tour with an early morning pick up from your hotel or accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe. Then, head to Kayabwe for your breakfast stop after which you will be taken to Lake Mburo National Park, located in Kiruhura District in the Western Region of Uganda (approximately 240 km west of Kampala). Once in the park, embark on a 3-hour game drive in search of the many species the park has to offer. The park has a variety of animals such as zebra, hippopotamus, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalo, jackal, lion, African leopard, and over 300 bird species. You will have the option to leave the vehicle and go on a guided walk along the walking trail. After the game drive, enjoy the chance to relax in the shade while lunch is served. After lunch, head to the lakeshore to enjoy a 2-hour boat trip. During the cruise, spot hippos, hornbills, and papyrus gonaleks. Finally, head back to Kampala, stopping at the Equator to experience being in both hemispheres at the same time. Be sure to take some pictures here of this unforgettable experience. Once back in Kampala, get dropped off back at your accommodation to conclude the tour.

Kampala: Three-Hour Food Tour

4. Kampala: Three-Hour Food Tour

Meet up mid-morning at a popular, local cafe in a food-rich suburb of Kampala called Kawokya. Start with a visit to Ugaroll, a cafe that makes Kampala's best rolex. Continue on to Kamwokya market to taste a wide range of in-season fruit, including passion fruit, mango, pineapple, melons, and much more. The market also contains a variety of local street food stalls. Wander through the market and sample snacks like samosas, more rolex, and sesame cakes. Proceed then to a local grill and try Uganda's most popular roast meat. Take a 15-minute boda (motorbike taxi) ride to the final stop: a popular, local restaurant. Settle in for a generous spread of different local staples, including smoked tilapia, beef in peanut sauce, chicken steamed in banana leaves, and much more.

Kampala: Lake Victoria Island Cycling Tour

5. Kampala: Lake Victoria Island Cycling Tour

You will begin by gathering at the Ggaba Beach House Gardens at 8:00AM. From there a 30-minute boat ride will take you across Lake Victoria from where you will start riding. The ride will take about 2-3 hours depending on your skill and fitness level, and is approximately 20 kilometers long. Your guide knows the area very well, and can adjust the route according to your skill and fitness level. The area provides some of Uganda’s best mountain bike trails which will lead you through lovely villages and beautiful nature. There are some nice climbs, and the track will contain a mix of wide gravel roads and single trails. During the trip you will stop at a typical Ugandan trading center for some local snacks, where you will be able to buy water and other things if required. Towards the end of your trip you will settle down for drinks at one of Lake Victoria's beautiful white beaches. As you begin your return trip back you will have to pedal the final 2-kilometer-stretch, following which you will find your boat waiting to take you back to the tour starting point.

Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

6. Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

After pickup from your Kampala accommodation, enjoy a hearty breakfast to set you up for the adventure. Then, travel for 5-6 hours towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at the Kazinga Channel for a rest stop along the way.  Arrive at the park in the afternoon and head off on a scenic boat cruise. Look out for the array of wildlife, including buffalo, hippopotamus, elephants, and more. From the boat, admire the rolling grasslands, then pass by the plains of Kasenyi, where lions stalk their prey. After the cruise, enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep at your picturesque safari lodge. Wake up on day two with a tasty breakfast, then embark on a morning game drive through Kasenyi. On the drive, encounter an array of big and small game. Later, check out of the lodge and enjoy an optional walk through the park in search of primates, before beginning the return journey.  On your way back to Kampala, stop for lunch at the Mpambire Drum Center, where you can see drums being made by the locals and shop for souvenirs.

Kampala: Private Motorized City Tour with Lunch

7. Kampala: Private Motorized City Tour with Lunch

After a morning hotel pickup, visit Kabaka's Palace to find out about the history of the Buganda Kingdom and colonialism. The Baganda people are Uganda's largest tribe and the people from whom the country derives its name. Next, explore the striking Kampala Central Mosque, also known as the Gaddafi Mosque. Located at the center of the original old city of Kampala, the mosque sits on the site where colonial British rulers established governance. Stop for a quick lunch at a traditional restaurant in the bustling suburb of Mengo, then proceed to Kampala's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and the burial place of the Baganda royal family, the Kasubi Royal Tombs. Then, discover the Baha'i Temple, Africa's only Baha'i temple. Finally, visit the Namugongo Martyr's Museum in Namugongo before concluding the tour with drop-off at your hotel.

Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

8. Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

Day 1 Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, then be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Enjoy a city walking tour if you arrive before 12:00 PM local time, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on your first day. Day 2 Depart for your first destination, the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Afterward, head to Murchison Falls National Park. Hike to the top of Murchison Falls followed by dinner and an overnight stay at a 3-star safari lodge. Day 3 After breakfast, embark on a morning game drive. Spot 4 of the Big Five game species, lion, water buffalo, leopard, and elephants. Enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the River Nile where you may spot hippos, Nile crocodiles, buffalo, and several bird species. Later, go on an evening predator game drive. Day 4 Enter Kibale Forest National Park for a 7-hour scenic drive through local villages and towns. In the evening, rest up at a forest camp. Day 5 Embark on a day of tracking chimpanzees and other primates. See species including Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, and L'hoest's monkeys. In the afternoon drive, through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Day 6 Head out on a morning game drive through the Kasenyi plains where you will spot elephants, buffalo, kobs, warthogs, waterbuck, and potentially some leopards and lions. After lunch take a leisurely cruise on the Kazinga channel. Day 7 Depart for Bwindi National Park with a game drive through the Ishasha sector (home of the tree-climbing lions). Arrive at the Bwindi Forest in the afternoon. Day 8 Hike through the dense Bwindi Forest with an experienced ranger in search of the resident gorilla family. Enjoy 1 hour of time watching the gorillas. Continue to Lake Bunyonyi with an evening-time motorized canoe ride on the lake. Day 9 On the penultimate day, travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Check-in at the Mburo Eagle's Nest hotel, before an evening game drive. Day 10 Embark on a short game walk before departing for Entebbe. Stop for lunch before being dropped off back at Entebbe International Airport to check-in for departure flight. An extra night's stay in Entebbe for next day's departure can be arranged on request.

Uganda: 7-Day Trip to See Gorillas, Chimps, and Big Cats

9. Uganda: 7-Day Trip to See Gorillas, Chimps, and Big Cats

Day 1: Pick up and Transfer to Kibale Forest NP Your driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Kibale Forest National Park. Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner Lodge: Turaco Treetops Lodge/ Similar Day 2: Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. Later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Marafiki Safari Lodge/ Similar Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Leopard (though a rare sighting), Cape bushbuck, Cape Buffalos, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, and Uganda kob among others. In the afternoon you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Marafiki Safari Lodge/ Similar Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi with en-route game drive in Ishasha area Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable NP through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Bakiga Lodge Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi After breakfast you will transfer to the park headquarters for the briefing before you set off through the tracks to search for the gorillas. You will go with packed lunch because it’s hard to determine how long it will take you to meet these humble giants. However, the time ranges between 2-9 hours depending on the movement of the giant primates. The activity is tedious, it entails walking along steep hilly tracks however encountering these great relatives of man erases all the poor memories/ hardships you went through in trying to find them. Later continue driving further south to Lake Bunyonyi. A very beautiful lake with 29 islands which might make you feel like you are out of Africa. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy the evening game viewing Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Rwakobo Rock Resort Day 7: Mburo park (nature) walk and transfer to Entebbe or Kampala Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. Later hit the road to Entebbe and Kampala. Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

From Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer

10. From Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer

Day 1: Travel from Kampala to Murchison Falls, Visit the top of the falls On this day you will embark on a 3 to 4 hours drive towards northwestern Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park. upon arrival visit the top of the falls to view the world's strongest falls near the devil's cauldron. Day 2: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Nile After breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive and later in the afternoon go for a boat cruise where you will see lots of games, including lions, elephants, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, Nile crocodiles, and lots of bird species. Day 3: Morning Game drive and later pass via the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking

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What people are saying about Kampala

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

I had a tour with Andrew in January 2022 and it was basically a private tour as I was alone there (the tour was booked quite late a day before). It was a lot of fun, pretty informative and we did a lot of walking (other option is always taking boda-bodas if you are: a bit adventurous /wanna be local/up for fun/not feeling like in a walking mood). We visited quite many spots and you can influence on the order (I could at least). I liked it so next day I asked Andrew to come with me again and we went to there other spots of Uganda like Kabaka's palace, Royal Mile, Namirembe Cathedral, National museum and Acacia Mall. I generally recommend this tour and express my huge appreciation for making my two days in Kampala really memorable.

Our driver was very nice and knowledgeable which made the experience even better. It's a busy day and many hours by car, but it's worth it. The visit to Lake Mburo National Park was absolutely amazing. Something that can be a little better is information about what is included at breakfast and lunch because we had to make individual orders, it was a bit unclear. Overall a packed day with lots of great impressions.

A totally beautiful, day-filling trip. With good all-round support and good contact. It could only be spent a little more time in the park, which is hardly possible with the great program. All in all a great day!!! Very happy to be back soon!

An absolute must-do when visiting Kampala! My guide Arthur was superb. I learned so much about the rush history and culture of Uganda. I had a great day. Highly recommend!

It was fantastic! Andrew was really informative and full of great energy and I got to learn so much about the history of Uganda. Highly recommend.