Discovery Trip to Uganda
December 28, 2012 - January 12, 2013
Feeling adventurous and not after safe bets? Luckily we had a group like this as we were still exploring Uganda at this point. Unlike other 1001Worlds trips, where we already know the best sites, hotels, bars and restaurants, here we were scouting out for those. We had been to Uganda once and had plenty of contacts there, but we figured our road trip portion might have some bumps on it. And it did, but only in the form of a flat tire, and that was quickly fixed. But the trip was mad fun and we saw a lot of animals on the safari and also just driving through national parks. We went chimp trekking and what an experience it was to see them in their natural habitat. Lake Bunyonyi never disappoints and neither does hectic Kampala with its parties. What a wild trip! What saddens us now, long after the trip, is the passing of the horrific anti-gay bill. It's a hard choice now: should we boycott the whole country or should we show our support to all those beautiful Ugandans, who are also against the bill?
Having stayed in Uganda for many years it always surprises me how I keep on enjoying this country. I mainly joined this trip for the great company of the other people but it turned out to be so much more! We explored nice places around Lake Bunyonyi (where I had not been before) and had a truly special new year's eve at Kabaale town with, by and among the local people. Ugandans are so friendly and welcoming! The day after we -on our own pace- moved to Fort Portal, while passing the beautiful scenes of Queen Elisabeth National Parc. Compared to other African countries Uganda is never too hot and never too cold. Was it Winston Churchill who said that it has the best climate in the world or did he just say that Uganda is the Pearl of Africa? In either case he was right! Uganda is a pearl not be missed if you looking for a special holiday.
Uganda keeps on amazing me
I was one of the lucky people who made the first trip to Uganda with 1001Worlds and I was simply amazed!!! Probably the best landscapes of Africa including lakes, forests, mountains, waterfalls; some of the most beautiful and rare animals like chimpanzees, grey crowned crane -the national symbol of Uganda-; some of the coolest hotels and resorts and most amazing restaurants of East Africa with a really adventurous road trip. Plus the crazy nightlife of Kampala and dark, delicious Ugandan coffee. It was such a trip, I felt in love with Africa again and was back to Uganda shortly after this trip. You shouldn't miss the next 1001 Worlds trip to Uganda and you won't regret.
It was my first trip to Uganda but not the last...
Lakes, forests, hills, game drive, chimpanzees, New Year's party and meeting tons of people - it was a beautiful trip that made me appreciate this corner of the world even more. And the group was fantastic!
I lived in Uganda for several years and did many trips all over the country for my work. I didn't go to western Uganda that much thought but I heard it is a gorgeous place. I was curious to discover new places in that area and finally do a safari and this trip was spot on. We went to restaurants and bars that I would not find on my own, safari was wonderful - no rush and no competing for best view of animals with other groups, but the best part was New Year's Eve outdoors party in a local hang out place in Kabale - champaign (local wine), music and tons of people.
Sorry there is no Playground for this trip: we introduced this feature after the trip.
SAT Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe. You probably traveled a long distance, so we’ll start by taking it easy, also getting used to the different climate and avoiding the slightly hectic pace of Kampala at first. We'll spend some time in Entebbe on the beach, a favorite local hangout and perhaps visit a bar to ring in Saturday night.
SUN Day 2: We’ll visit the pretty botanical garden of Entebbe with those, who don’t want to sleep in, getting rid of jet lag. In the afternoon we'll drive into Kampala, visit some local crafts markets or a fun cultural centre and have some excellent Indian food for dinner.
MON Day 3: We'll drive all the way close to the Rwandan border, arriving at one of the highlights of the trip: the serene and beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, spotted with small islands. You'll love the high altitude temperature: it's constantly pleasant.
TUE Day 4: Time for a refreshing swim in Lake Bunyonyi and complete relaxation at the beautiful lakeside hotel, sampling the lake’s tasty crayfish. We can visit the local communities and markets or maybe do a little canoeing on the lake.
WED Day 5: Today we'll do a boat trip to the other side of the lake and spend time on one of the islands, sunbathing, swimming, reading, walking around... You'll enjoy every second of it and understand why this is one of our favorite spots in Africa.
THU Day 6: We’ll head north towards Mbarara for some more contact with the locals. We'll visit a farmer and take in the small town life and sample some street food (they have the best goat meat in Uganda!) and a local bar there. Your hometown will feel ages away. On the way we can have a stop in Kabale to visit the interesting local ethnographic museum.
FRI Day 7: We drive long ways toward the north, to Fort Portal, to another peaceful lodge. We’ll visit some of the amazing crater lakes dotting the area on the way there and relax at the lodge in the evening, to a concert of birds.
SAT Day 8: Time to go visit chimpanzees. The real thing will be on foot with a ranger, so be prepared for a trek, and the ensuing excitement! In the evening, we’ll unwind by listening to birds and enjoying a glass of wine at the lodge.
SUN Day 9: We head to Murchison Falls National Park. This is one of the longest drives of the trip but the beautiful landscape will for sure keep you entertained and the destination, a river lodge with plenty of birds and hippos, will make up for it. We'll sleep in well equipped, permanent safari tents with open air showers: you'll fall in love with this place.
MON Day 10: A day of safari: You’re in luck with Murchison Falls Park as it’s not as full of tourists as its Kenyan or Tanzanian counterparts, but is as beautiful and varied. You’ll for sure feel the adrenaline with the first encounter with a group of elephants, so real, so close. The River Lodge is perfect for admiring sunsets.
TUE Day 11: Another day at the amazing river lodge, relaxing, observing birds, monkeys and hippos. We really recommend a river safari, which visits the waterfalls the park is named after, while getting to observe the wildlife from the boat. You won't believe the amount of hippos you'll see!
WED Day 12: Time to return back to city life: a long drive to Kampala. Once there, we can head straight to a great restaurant, live music or a bar, where we can hang out with the friends we made in the first weekend. Or you can just rest and get adjusted back to city life.
THU Day 13: We really recommend going on a motorcycle tour of Kampala: for sure the best way to see the hectic city. Thursday night is perfect for club hopping and dancing the night away. The people of Kampala for sure know how to do it!
FRI Day 14: A free day in Kampala, exploring different neighborhoods, cultural sites and souvenir shopping opportunities. Or if you still want to see more, you can opt to do a daytrip to Jinja, to the source of the River Nile, where you also have the option of trying white water rafting.
SAT Day 15: Time to say goodbye to your relaxing and exciting two weeks in Uganda. But we know you might return later: Uganda tends to have that effect on people.