18-Days Go Wild in North-Eastern Uganda

At A Glance

● Visit the Source of the Nile by boat
● Arabica Coffee Tour & Hike
● Hike up the Sipi Falls and opt for Abseiling
● Experience community life in Karamoja and visit a Manyatta Homestead
● Game drives in the most remote national park of Uganda: Kidepo Valley National Park
● Visit a community in Northern Uganda and learn all about shea nuts & community life
● Take a boat to the massive Murchison Falls
● Visit a fishing village at Lake Albert
● Kampala City Safari
● Trek the distinct white rhinos

Safari Overview

This 18 Day North-Eastern Uganda self-drive safari will indeed take you “off-the-beaten-tracks” of North-Eastern and North-Western Uganda. Along the eastern route, you will have the chance to engage in numerous outdoor activities from Rafting & Stand Up Paddling in the Nile to hiking Sipi Falls & Mount Moroto at the Kenyan border.

You will visit the least visited wildlife reserves such as Pian Upe, Kidepo Valley National Park and also take advantage of Uganda’s biggest National Park – Murchison Falls NP. Besides exploring nature’s wonders, you will deep dive into various cultural and community encounters – from spending a night with shepherds of the Karamojong tribe around the fire to visiting the biggest Manyatta Village in Africa to learning how to make shea nut butter and cooking local dishes. The last days will be full of city adventures and hustles, the best views over the city, taking a boda-boda ride, or relaxing on Lake Victoria.


Customize your Safari! Our itineraries were carefully crafted by our safari consultants. They can be used as blue prints and customized according to your preferences, duration and budget.

Day 1
Arrival in Entebbe

After a long flight, the Pearl Afric Team will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport and bring you to your Hotel where you will be able to get a full briefing on your self-drive safari.

Day 2
Drive from Entebbe to Jinja

The first drive is an easy 3-hour drive from Entebbe to Jinja to The Source of the Nile.

Day 3
A Day on the Nile

Jinja offers a variety of water, outdoor and sports activities: Rafting, Tubing, Stand Up Paddling, Kayaking, Quad biking, cycling and horseback riding.

Day 4
Drive from Jinja to Sipi Falls

After breakfast, you will continue driving the eastern route from Jinja via Mbale to Kapchorwa/ Sipi Falls for an Arabica Coffee Tour & Hike.

Day 5
A Day in Sipi Falls

You will start this beautiful day with a hike to the Sipi Falls and may opt for ‘abseiling’ 100 meters down the Sipi Falls.

Day 6
Drive from Sipi Falls to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve

The drive will present you spectacular views towards an endless savannah land, have a game drive in one of the least visited wildlife reserves to spot ostriches, cheetahs, giraffes, and buffalos.

Day 7
Drive Pian Upe to Moroto

Today’s drive will get you “off-the-beaten tracks”. You will be driving from Pian Upe, to Moroto. Once you arrive, you may take the opportunity to immerse yourself into the deep culture by visiting a Manyatta homestead, organized by Karatunga.

Day 8
A Day in the land of the Karamojong Tribe

Today, you can visit communities, local markets and/ or spend a night with local shepherds. If you like a little bit more outdoor adventure, you may want to hike up Mount Moroto or take a bicycle tour around the untamed landscapes.

Day 9
Visit the Biggest Manyatta Village in Africa

Drive from Moroto to Kidepo Valley National Park and along the way, you have the chance to make a stopover in Nakapelimoru Village in Kotido to visit the biggest Manyatta Village in Africa.

Day 10
Exploring Kidepo Valley National Park

To fully enjoy the beauty and wildlife of Kidepo Valley National Park, you may opt for an early morning game drive together with a ranger who will guide you to the secret spots and hide-outs of elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, buffalos and more.

Day 11
Kidepo to Gulu

The journey continues with a dusty drive from Kidepo to Gulu with an optional community Visit.

Day 12
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

From Okere (Lira) or Gulu the drive continues towards Murchison Falls National Park. Enjoy and relax the rest of the afternoon.

Day 13
On Top of Murchison Falls

Today an early morning game drive is waiting for you. You will end the game drive at Red Chilli Rest Camp. In the afternoon, you can take a boat ride to the falls and hike up to the top of the falls.

Day 14
Visit a Fishing Village at Lake Albert

You will drive through remote villages as you proceed to Butiaba, a small fishing community at the lake. Our friendly guides will take you on a trip through his village and introduce you to live at the lake.

Day 15
Drive from Masindi to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After a relaxed morning, you will Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district. You can do a walking safari to see the Rhinos, do a canoe-trip to see the Shoebill or go birding.

Day 16
Drive from Ziwa to Kampala City

The next morning you will be driving from Ziwa to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. You may relax at Yellow Haven Lodge, take a stroll around the neighborhood, or jump right into the adventure of exploring Kampala city.

Day 17
A Day in the lively city of Kampala

We recommend you explore the city to get a feel of the everyday hustles of the city center. for scenic evening views; do a bean-to-bar chocolate tour at Dancing Cup, and much more.

Back to Entebbe

Depending on your flight schedule and further travel arrangements, you will drive back to Entebbe International Airport for your Out-Bound Flight.

Accommodation: Where you will sleep & relax...

For this safari and the complete luxury experience, we warmly recommended the following safari lodges:

Yellow Haven - Kampala

Yellow Haven is a one-of-a-kind Dutch-style Lodge easily accessible from Kampala – but miraculously from the hustle and bustle of the city

Red Chilli Hideaway

Red Chilli offers furnished safari tents and bandas in the southern bank of Murchsion falls NP.

Nile River Camp

The Nile River Camp is situated in Jinja City overlooking Bujagali Falls with great views of the Nile River.

Community Home Stay - Okere

Located close to Lira Town, this community homestay will offer you the opportunity to sleep in a grass-thatched house and experience village life first hand.

Rafiki Lodge - Sipi

Situated on a cliff, Rafiki Lodge offers family rooms, bandas, and basic rooms all designed with a beautiful view of Sipi Falls.

Karatunga - Moroto

Spend a night in comfy safari tents or opt for an eco-camp night out in the wilderness at Karatunga Safari camp.

Kidepo Savannah Lodge

The Kidepo Savannah Lodge is inspired by the savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops, and by the Karamojong, the tribe with their typical manyattas and colorful blankets.

Amuka Lodge

Amuka Lodge is a comfortable lodge with spacious cottages located at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

The Boma Guesthouse – Entebbe

One of Entebbe’s most original hotels with leafy greenery and a touch of colonial charm.

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