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From Kampala: Jinja & the Source of the River Nile Day Trip

1. From Kampala: Jinja & the Source of the River Nile Day Trip

Explore the Ugandan countryside and discover the town of Jinja on the shore of Lake Victoria with this full-day tour from Kampala. See a range of sights, including the source of the River Nile, Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest, Owen Falls Dam, and more. Get insights from your guide, and enjoy included lunch and hotel transfers. After pickup at your hotel in Kampala, drive for approximately 80 kilometers (around 50 miles) to Jinja. Visit the authentic, original source of the Nile site where the British explorer, John Hanning Speke, first discovered the River Nile (of course the Africans knew there was a river, but anyway). Stand where he stood, and take a picture with the monument. Next, go for a boat ride across the river and into Lake Victoria. See monkeys, monitor lizards, pythons, and maybe even an authentic African Witchdoctor. Admire a truly spectacular natural setting that is ideal for birdwatching and allows for nature walks. This tour is thoughtfully put together and the efficient itinerary also packs in Sezibwa Falls, a walk in the Mabira Forest, and Owen Falls Dam. All transportation and entrance fees are included.

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

2. 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.

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 UGA ROLL, 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: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Optional Gaddafi Mosque

5. 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.

Kampala: Lake Victoria Island Cycling Tour

6. 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.

Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari

7. 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: Private Motorized City Tour with Lunch

8. 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

9. 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.

From Kampala: 5-Day Private Wildlife Tour with Boat Cruise

10. From Kampala: 5-Day Private Wildlife Tour with Boat Cruise

They may be double our size, covered in fur, and walk on all-fours, but humans and Mountain gorillas are more similar than you think! Did you know, we share around 98% of our DNA with these fascinating beasts. This tour will enable you to encounter these beasts & a tour of Lake Bunyonyi-one of the most beautiful places on earth with about 30 islands connected like dots! Take a boat ride to “Punishment Island” and discover some magical myths, track chimpanzees in Kibaale National park. You will go for a game drive and boat cruise on Kazinga channel to search the tree-climbing lions, buffaloes, leopards, antelopes, Nile crocodiles, hyenas amongst others and lots of bird species. Day 1 Pick up and Transfer to Fort Portal Depending on your arrival time at Entebbe International Airport, you will be transferred to Fort Portal town. The journey takes you through the cool undulating tea plantations along Fort Portal town also known as Uganda’s Tourism City with lunch en-route. On arrival check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight at: Budget Accommodation • Kalitusi BackPackers • Prunus Hotel • Night Rose • Green Village Apartments Mid-range Accommodation • Mountains of the Moon Hotel • Fort Motel • Kalya Courts Luxury Accommodation • Nyeika Hotel • Kyaninga Lodge Day 2 Chimpanzee tracking and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park After early morning breakfast, your driver will take you for chimpanzee tracking activity which takes about 3 hours in Kibale Forest National Park where you will view a variety of monkeys, birds, butterflies in the tropical rain forest. After Chimpanzee tracking, you will be transferred to Queen National Park. On arrival have lunch at your hotel and after lunch goes for an afternoon boat cruise for 2 hours at Kazinga Channel where you will view buffaloes, Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of bird species. After the boat cruise, you go for an evening game drive as you head back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Budget Accommodation • Tembo Safri Lodge • UWA Banda's • Lions Track Over land Mid-range Accommodation • Kasenyi Safari Lodge • Engiri Lodge • Bush Lodge Luxury Accommodation • Mweya Safari Lodge • King Fisher Day 3 Ishasha Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi Have an early morning breakfast and depart to Ishasha sector to search the tree climbing lions in the fig trees as well spot elephants, topis, water backs, kobs and buffaloes. After a 2 hours game viewing, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On arrival, check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Budget Accommodation • Ruhondeza • Ruhija Community Rest Camp Mid-range Accommodation • Gorilla Friends Luxury Accommodation • Rushaga Gorilla Camp Day 4 Gorilla Experience and Visit Lake Bunyonyi Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the UWA offices for a briefing about the Gorilla tracking experience in the thick tropical rain forest of Bwindi. After the briefing, embark on a 3-hour trek in the jungle searching for the Gorilla family, when you find the family you're tracking, you will spend an hour with these might apes as you learn more about them and take memorable life tie photos. Later after tracking the gorillas, head to Lake Bunyonyi, a place that some travellers have with tears described as the most beautiful on earth. The hilly landscape, the about 30 islands connected like dots in the Garden of Eden should leave you breathless! You can choose to take an optional local boat ride to “Punishment Island” and see where the myth has it that non-virgins were left to die several decades ago as punishment. Listen to the tale of this place as you savour the scenery, the beauty of the most beautiful place on a late afternoon, depart Bunyonyi and spend the night in Kabale town. Optional tour of Kabale museum for some beautiful Bakiga folklore. Budget Accommodation • Lake Bunyonyi ECO resort • Itambira Island Mid-range Accommodation • Lake Bunynyi Eco Resort Luxury Accommodation • Overland Hotel • Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Day 5 Transfer to Entebbe International Airport with a stopover at Igongo cultural extravaganza/Equator After breakfast embark on a 7-8 hour drive to Entebbe Airport via Mbarara - Masaka high way with a stopover at the Equator at this imaginary line that dives the world into two hemispheres (Time for photo shoot & and a practical compelling experiment of seeing water swirl in two different directions. You will have lunch at Igongo cultural museum and a detour of the museum for a true cultural extravaganza from the great stories, artefacts etc. Across the road from the museum, visit and climb the imposing iconic “Biharwe Eclipse" monument, which was dated by astronomers and historians to have taken place in the year 1520 AD. This was the only scientifically dated event in the early history of the Great Lakes region, the eclipse, which was acknowledged in the legends of Bunyoro, Buganda and Nkore, became the key benchmark that was used by historians to determine royal genealogies of those kingdoms.

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What people are saying about Kampala

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.

A great tour of Kampala. Our guide was Arthur - he was a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable & professional. A great tour for those wanting to explore Kampala on foot, visit the markets with a local, and learn more about the city's history. Kampala can be overwhelming but having a local guide really helps. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes/shoes and Arthur can let you know when you can or cannot take photos. Highly recommended for first time visitors to Kampala!

Great trip over all - if you are unable to stay in Jinja for a night or two, this is the best way to get a wonderful taster and experience of Uganda beyond Kampala, and see the source of the longest river in the world with some breathtaking views. Might seem a bit pricey but with all that is included, it is well worth it. The driver and guide we very kind, and super fun to talk to. Very enriching experience. Highly recommend.

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!