What to do and see in Kampala, Central Region: The Best Multi-day Tours

May 22, 2022 Timmy Ribble

Near the banks of Lake Victoria, Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is a lively city with a long history. Before the British, the city was the capital of the Buganda Kingdom, and remains so to this day. The city sits on several hills, each housing an important government or religious building. Kasubi Hill is the home of the Kasubi Tombs, a sacred burial ground of Buganda Kings. The Uganda Museum sits atop Kololo Hill, and features a hands-on collection of traditional musical instruments.
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1. 14 Day The Pearl of Africa Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

Bamboo Ecotours
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The 14-day budget safari offered by Bamboo Ecotours takes you to the most stunning tourist attractions in southwestern Uganda. The major highlights are game drives, gorilla trekking and community experiences.

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Reviewed By Quest402245

We are fanatically independent travellers who refuse to go for all-in packages but prefer to vet hotels ourselves and arrange independent transport. This may not be right for everyone but that's the way we roll. We made up our own itinerary for a Kenyan/Ugandan trip but the reality of real journey distances, gorilla permits and other unknowns drove us to choose a company that would respect our wishes while offering on-the-ground advice. The Ugandan leg was Bamboo Eco Tours. My first contact with Edison and his calm knowledgeable Whattsups assured us that we had chosen the right company. At one point I accidentally transferred our entire hotel pre-payments to the Eco Tours account. No problem. Edison transferred the money himself out of his account and to the correct parties. Integrity, professionalism and honesty are the fundamentals of this company. After the Kenyan shutdown we were forced (thankfully in retrospect!!) to cancel our 2 weeks there and add it onto our Ugandan itinerary. No problem!! Edison was on it and we arranged for an extended 26 day epic trip. We stayed a leisurely 5 nights in the Kampala Serena and met up with Fred. From the get go he was polite, friendly and extremely concerned that we would get everything we dreamed off out of this holiday. My first bizarre request was to visit the old Entebbe terminal where the famous July 3/4, 1976 raid was carried out by Israel to free hostages. Hotel: Sorry...it is a UN area and is off limits to tourists. Fred: Let me see what I can do. I have a friend.... The long and the short of it is Fred made it happen. We got a tour of the bullet-riddled tower and environs. Without Fred and Ecotours...forget it!! What a thrill and we hadn't even left Kampala yet!! We had a wonderful city tour with Fred who saw quickly that some midday RnR at the Serena was in order. Bless him!!! Next day it was the road!!! First stop was Mahingo Lodge near Lake Mburo. Fred quietly let us settle in before materialising like Jeeves to ask when we wanted to start next day. That was typical of his understated but efficient manner. We viewed lots of game in Fred's 4 wheel drive aka "The Beast"!! There was no place it could not go and Fred is a fantastically safe driver. Main roads in Uganda are excellent but the side roads are brutal!! No problem for The Beast!! Then on to Kyumbura Gorge where we were the only guests for 3 days!! We even had our own butler!! But that's another review!! Next to Mt Mgahinga Lodge sitting under 2 volcanoes; part of a string of volcanoes stretching into DRC Congo. This was Fred's home town so he was invaluable in getting us to the Silver back and Golden Monkey trekking sites on time and relaxed. Words cannot describe the experience of the Silverback encounter. A family of 9 gorillas in even terrain moving around you. We were alone but for the rangers, porters and trackers...no other tourists!!! I actually wept after the experience. One of the greatest moments spent travelling....ever!! The walk up to the jumping off point was surprisingly tough. Fred told me of a US lady who wanted to give up even at this point. He said to me that HE wanted to cry for her vanished dreams so he convinced her to go on and she did! What a guy!! On the journey home a small poor child stood by our car. I felt obliged to give him some money. As we drove away Fred spoke to him in Ugandan. I asked him what he had said. "Go give it to your mother to spend on books and clothes not on candy!!" Later I found out Fred had gone away and found out the mother to check he had given the money to her. That tells you everything you need to know about this wonderful person!! Then we drove to Bwindi as we had actually gotten TWO gorilla permits in case the trackers couldn't locate the families!! Trust me they ALWAYS get their man...or primate!! That was a heck of a drive but Fred enriched it by conversing on the terrain, the vegetables, fruit and local villages. What a trip!! The man literally eats and drinks like a bird and runs on power like a Terminator!! Bwindi was totally different and a little bit more touristy although way down on pre-covid days. We again did the gorillas and the trek was even worse than the other two due to the dense forest and steep terrain. It also rained!! Viewing of the gorillas was again different and magical although we enjoyed the Mgahinga experience more. Sliding and slipping down the mountain in the rain was brutal but Fred was there to meet us in The Beast!! We drove back to Kampala stopping off at our favourite Mahingo Lodge again on the way. I also added Jinja and the site of the Speke identification of the source of the Nile. Fred was totally up for it!! This turned into an epic day with beautiful clouds piled up over Lake Victoria. Highly recommended. Finally back at the Serena it was time to say goodbye. We hugged and shed a tear and said goodbye to the guy who had shared one of the greatest trips of our lives. Go with Bamboo Eco Tours. They have the key to unlock the treasures within Uganda's preposterously beautiful land and magical people. You can thank me later!!!

2. Three days murchison falls National park adventure

Nathan Edielu
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Murchison falls national park has a river flowing through it and its not just a river but historic River Nile which is one of Africa's natural wonders and it has the most powerful waterfall in the world. Murchison falls national park offers more things to do and see and the tour will capture most of the African wild experience.

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Private transportation, All Fees and Taxes, Boat ride to the top of the falls, Park entrance fees, Game drives in the park, Accomodation, Rhino tracking permit, Fuel, Driver guide fees, Ferry crossing fees

Exclusions: Flights, First and the last night in Uganda., Drinks, Personal shopping, Tips

Reviewed By pettern2020

Nathan is an excelent guide and a safe driver! Best person to take you around in Kampala???? Highly recommended!

3. 3 Day Tour Lake Mburo National Park

Synergy Partners, Kira Road, Kampala, Uganda Prime Tours Uganda
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Transportation by 4*4 land cruiser Full board accommodation 2 and half hour boat cruise along Lake Mburo Birding Game drive Park fees Ranger guide driver allowance fee

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner

Exclusions: Use of bicycle, Use of Snorkelling equipment

Reviewed By AinaSto

We had a amazing trip to Lake Mburo with the guide Hawa and the driver from Prime Tours. We spotted surpizingly many animals all over the park, and also went on the 2 h boat trip on the lake. We saw zebras, impalas, bush pigs, baboons, monkeys, water buffalo, giraffes, crocodiles, hippos, different birds among others. The lunch place was very nice and had a beautiful view over the lake. If you have time, we recommend staying the night, as it was quite a long drive to make in one day. We left home at 0600 am, and got home at 11.30 pm.

4. 3-Day Gorilla Trekking Bunyonyi Mist Relaxation Safari

Hail tours Uganda
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We make sure our clients are happy and we give our clients what they want. Making you happy and making sure you enjoy your holiday with out any worried is our priority.

Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, All Fees and Taxes, Private transportation, Park fees,Gorilla permits, All activities, A professional, Airport transfer

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Reviewed By Princemerald

My experience was waooooooow it was fun relaxing,cool, and refresh I really enjoyed my visit there.it was the best business vacation I have ever been too.i highly recommend you going there.

5. 3 Days Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Uganda

Wild Travel Safaris & Adventures
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This 3 Day Gorilla Trek Safari and Lake Bunyonyi features a gorilla trek in the misty mountains with a bonus second night spent on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. During your trek, you will walk through the beautiful jungle and spend one hour with the mountain gorillas. Meeting these gorillas is a once in a lifetime experience. Come explore Africa with us!

Inclusions: Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lunch, Dinner, Private transportation, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: International flights(From/to home), Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour., Tips, Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.), Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Reviewed By lcemily

We had an amazing time with Claire on our safari to Murchison falls! We did a 3 days safari at Murchison falls, we enjoyed our stay and saw lots of animals. She was beyond accomodating and flexible to all our requests and is very knowledgeable about tourism in Uganda. Claire went above and beyond for us during our visit! Would love to travel again with you Claire next year.

6. 5 Days Bwindi gorilla trekking and Queen Elizabeth safari

East African Jungle Safaris
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This 5 Days Gorilla Tracking & wildlife safari takes us to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, home to the internationally renowned mountain gorillas and former forest people then proceeds to Queen Elizabeth National Park that holds the greatest biodiversity of wildlife including the tree climbing lions, buffaloes, leopards, elephants and hippos, and take the exciting launch cruise on the Kazinga channel.

Inclusions: 4 nights accommodation, Fuel surcharge, National Park fees, Bottled water, 3-course dinner, 3-course lunch, Driver/guide, Professional guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions: Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Reviewed By 816manarm

This was a lovely 7 day tour that I enjoyed very much with my husband. The guide Eddie was friendly, knowledgeable and patient answering our questions. He attentively spotted animals for us to watch. The accommodation places were clean and comfortable. Uganda is such a lovely country with friendly people and children waving at you wherever you. The nature there is very beautiful with lots of green hillside, lakes , forests and mountains. I loved the activities of people in the Bigodi swamp walk and their way of doing things . I loved the animals everywhere. The trip was really unforgettable. I would only recommend that the gorilla trekking activity be moved to the end of the tour because it's strenuous and could affect one's enjoyment of the rest of the tour especially if one gets injured. I also believe people should be made aware beforehand of the nature of this activity and how slippery or steep the ground is there in the impenetrable forest. EAJS really delivered all the program as I hoped for and as they designed. I only wish we had been able to do the Batwa cultural experience which was part of the tour and I was looking forward to it but we didn't have the time to do it unfortunately. Apart from that, the tour was great and I would recommend it to my friends.

7. 3Day safari to murchison falls national park

Vienna Uganda Tours And Travel LTD
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This 3 Day safari will take you to Uganda’s largest national park known as Murchison Falls National Park, on your way you shall have a stop over at ziwa rhino sanctuary for rhino trekking. here, you shall be able to see both black and white rhinos then there after, you proceed to the park which is situated in Northwestern Uganda on an area of 3,840 sq km, gazetted in 1926 as a game reserve. It is classified with Savannah grasslands, and the Victoria Nile that flows through separating it into two (the northern and southern bank). Murchison Falls is home to over 451 bird species such as the Great blue Turaco, Goliath heron, african fish eagles, the Shoe bill, and the dwarf kingfisher among others, 76 mammal species, a big number of Nile crocodiles and above all the magnificent and thunderous Murchison Falls squeezing their way through a gorge that is 8m wide. You will have an opportunity to enjoy both your game drives and the boat cruises along the Nile River.

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8. 7 Days Small Group Adventure Holiday

Primate World Safaris
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Starting off with a tour of East Africa’s adventure capital – Jinja, to see a number of falls & visit the source of the Nile (World’s second longest river). This will be your chance to engage in one of the adrenaline activities like white water rafting, Kayaking, bungee jumping, quad biking, horseback riding and more. You will travel to south western Uganda, to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through a rich green countryside of fort-portal town with views of the Rwenzori mountains. This park will give you a chance to view some of its amazing attractions like the Kazinga channel, crater lakes, Kyambura gorge, Ishasha tree climbing lions and a lot more. Later move on to the southern part of Uganda to Bwindi, and spend a night at one of those eco lodges situated amidst the Jungles. After that, you will embark on a journey back to Kampala or Entebbe passing by the Equator line, one of the nice spots for your souvenir shopping and relaxation.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast, WiFi on board, Air-conditioned vehicle, All fuel for the tour, Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner), Park-entrance fees for all National parks, 1 Gorilla permit per person., Drinking water throughout the safari.

Exclusions: International air fares, Entry visa Uganda, Meals that are not part of your accommodation., A porter for during the gorilla tracking’s (someone who carries your daypack)., Personal (medical/travel) insurance, Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc., All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)

Reviewed By According_to_Maya

Had such an incredible time on our 12 day safari around Uganda with Primate World Safaris. Jackson took care of all our arrangements and promptly and helpfully answered our questions before we confirmed our booking. We found Primate World Safaris through Responsible Travel and were told that they are the best in Uganda for ensuring responsible visits to national parks and respect for wildlife. We were picked up from the airport by our guide, Alex Gabiito, and our adventure started. Our itinerary was busy and varied maximising our time in Uganda. It included: - an exhilerating experience white water rafting on the Nile; - a visit to Murchison Falls NP to view the breathtaking and explosive waterfall, as well as spotting elephants, lions, various antelope, buffalo, various exotic birds and monkeys in the park; - trekking chimpanzees in Kibale forest; - spotting leopards, crocodiles, hippos, lots of elephants, zebras, giraffes, warthogs and numerous birds in Queen Elizabeth NP and Lake Mburo NP; - trekking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; - meeting local communities and conservationists to hear about their amazing work preserving Uganda's wildlife. Our guide, Alex, was very knowledgeable and experienced and is highly recommended, especially if you're a bird enthusiast (he was nominated Uganda's best bird guide a couple of years' ago). He made sure that we saw and experienced as much as we could in the time we had. We felt safe and looked after at all times. The accommodation we stayed in far exceeded our expectations and made sure we were rested enough for our jam-packed itinerary. Uganda is stunning and has so much to offer - I can't imagine anywhere else that has such a high concentration of amazing wildlife and scenery. If you want an authentic and responsible safari trip to Uganda, choose Primate World Safaris.

9. Private 3-Day Safari Tour at Murchison Falls National Park

Gorilla safari uganda
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This 3 days/2 nights weekend getaway is an ideal option for busy but rather adventurous travelers. You get to see lots in 2 nights. It can be an extension to any Wildlife or Primate long Safari. The exciting journey takes you into Uganda’s oldest National park which lies on the Northern end of the Albertine rift Valley. A visit to the Rhino sanctuary is a good start as you learn and track the only Rhinos in the country. You will go on game drives and search for Big Game then later have a relaxing boat cruise along the Nile towards the bottom of the thunderous Murchison falls.

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch

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Reviewed By victoriagodschilds

I had the best time of my life with myler safaris. The team had the best customer service and the they were very welcoming. Iam so glad I chose the best safari tour in Uganda I can't wait to book with you again. Love from Canada ????????

10. 2 Days Murchison Falls Safari in Uganda

serena hotel, Laburnam Apartments, Kampala, Uganda Kjong Uganda Safaris

This 2 Days Murchison falls wildlife safari in Uganda is designed specifically for short timer visitors that would love to experience Murchison falls National Park, this 2 days Murchison falls park wildlife safari in Uganda starts with a drive from Kampala city heading to Murchison falls national park for afternoon boat cruise and next day morning game drive then Rhino trekking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary then drive back to Kampala.

Inclusions: Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Rhino Trekking Permit per person, Boat Cruise on the Nile River

Exclusions: All optional activities, All personal expenses , Tips

Reviewed By bizliz10

We were incredibly lucky to have Fred as our driver- he drove brilliantly on the interesting terrain and happily turned his music off, so that we could sleep for most of our long distant drives. He was incredibly knowledgeable and seemed to know everyone and every dialect, which was very helpful when we were trying to decipher what the children were saying to us. We were unlucky with the group on our first gorilla trek and we were very grateful to Fred,l for making sure that our second gorilla trek was a success. We can’t thank him enough for his peaceful kind manner, throughout our trip, which was brilliantly organised, from start to finish.

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