Hakuna Matata in Uganda

Hakuna Matata in Uganda

Hakuna Matata in Uganda

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Operator:   Home To Africa Tours & Travel
Price From: 3,229 USD
Program duration: 7 days

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About this program

Hakuna Matata! Made famous in Disney’s The Lion King, the Swahili phrase can be roughly translated as “No Worries!”

Journey to Uganda and have the chance to view wildlife in a way you may have only dreamed! Watch as enormous elephants pass you in an open-air safari vehicle, or as a chimpanzee whips past your head swinging from one tree to another! Experience the wild adventures like whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, horseback riding and a whole lot more!

Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest national park. Here you will discover a wealth of wildlife in their natural habitats and have numerous opportunities to capture them on camera to show your friends!


Day 1: Arrive Entebbe Airport

Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a Home To Africa Tours and Travels representative & transferred to your accommodation in Kampala.

Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a delicious breakfast, you'll continue on to Uganda's second largest national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range and adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park, but be prepared for huge numbers of hippos and elephants, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard!

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is among the most remarkable national parks within Uganda. It is known for its outstanding wildlife and is a perfect place to enjoy chimpanzee tracking/trekking within the Kyambura Gorge. The gorge is home to several habituated chimpanzees. Taking a cruise on the Kazinga Channel is one the highlights of safaris within Queen Elizabeth Park. The launch cruise offers wonderful chances to take pictures because the boat drifts slowly by the shores of the channel. The Kazinga Channel supports the largest number of hippos in all of Africa.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Discover Queen Elizabeth National Park in the cool morning on an early game drive that exposes us to diverse wildlife. Look for elephants, buffaloes, big cats including leopards and lions. There is a rich bird life including storks in the wetlands as well as, flamingos in the salt lakes at Kasenyi. This afternoon take a community walk to the nearby village and beautiful crater lake. In the evening, watch as warthogs and hyenas and many more species that are residents of this park, are spotted along the circuits. Relax at the lodge taking in the view of the magnificent sunset.

Day 5: Head off to Jinja

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast, taking in the views from the lodge one last time before embarking on the drive back to Kampala, en-route to Jinja. Stop for lunch in Masaka and continue on to Kampala where you have the option to stop for shopping before proceeding to your destination. Known famously as the historic source of the Nile River, Jinja has emerged as the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Here you can have your fix of whitewater rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, horseback riding and bungee jumping. The town itself is a buzzing little place with some wonderful, crumbling colonial architecture. Coming from Kampala, the Owen Falls Dam forms a spectacular gateway to the town.

Day 6: Jinja, Nile River & Fun!

Get wet! Get wild! Get rafting! You have no idea how much fun you are about to have! Considered one of the wildest one-day whitewater rafting trips in the world, no safari to Uganda would be complete without truly experiencing the Nile River from its source. Can you conquer this wild and untamed river? Brace yourself! Expert photographers capture all the smiles and action on both video and still photography so that you can relive the adventure for years to come. After a quick briefing, you will be fitted out with life jackets and helmets provided by Nile River Explorers before heading off 15 km downriver to the start point of today's rafting. Rafting is a physical activity so make sure you eat before! Snacks of fruit, nuts and biscuits are provided on the river to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day. At the end of the day, we pull over at our new Riverside Restaurant, just downstream of the Hairy Lemon Island, for a delicious BBQ buffet lunch, cold beers and sodas.

Day 7: Departure Day

After an early morning breakfast you have an option to take the Kyabirwa Quad Bike Safari. This 1hr trip takes you along the banks of the river, through farms, forests and villages. This is a good ‘snack-size’ safari for those with young children or where time is limited. Or, go for a short tour in Jinja town before your journey back to Kampala/ Entebbe.

Country Fast Facts


Official Language(s)Swahili, English
Population37,873,253 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Warm Semi-arid, Tropical Savanna, Monsoon, Equatorial
Major Airport(s):Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Economic Driver(s):Agriculture, Textiles, Mining

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