Uganda self-drive tour – 21 days

20 Days

participants: 1 – 4

Self-drive trip in the pearl of Africa

This self-drive tour offers you the opportunity to get to know Uganda with its beautiful landscapes and friendly people. You drive with your four-wheel drive vehicle, determine the daily schedule according to your ideas and wishes, you stay in good to very good lodges and enjoy your vacation. Uganda is ideal for self-drivers, all long-distance roads are developed and asphalted, the infrastructure is very good and the inhabitants are helpful. We pre-book your accommodation, park entrance fees and permits for the gorillas and chimpanzees so that you can go on your trip with peace of mind. Look forward to a great vacation.


Self-drive tour
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking
Big 5 in the National Parks
Contact with the country and its people
great landscapes


20 x breakfast
19 x lunch or lunch box
19 x dinner
20 x overnight stays in lodges
Transfers according to the itinerary
19 Days Car Rental Toyota Rav4 od. similar
All National Park entrance fees as per travel guide
1 Bradt Uganda Travel Guide
Road Map Uganda


Chimpanzee Permit (USD 200)
Gorilla Permit ($700)
Boat safari/walking safari fees (USD 30)
Fees for Ziwa Rhino Santuary (USD 50)


We are happy to book international flights from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Vienna or Zurich.
Price per person:
with 2 participants: 4395 Euro
with 4 participants: 3960 Euro
Trip starts: daily


Day 1: Arrival day – Entebbe (EBB), Uganda

After landing in Entebbe, you will be met by our driver at the airport and driven to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit the Entebbe Botanical Gardens or take a boat trip to the Mabamba Swamp.


Day 2: Vehicle handover and briefing at the hotel

After breakfast you take over your vehicle and after a thorough briefing you set off on well-maintained roads past Kampala to the northwest of Uganda to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
– Travel time approx. 4-5 hours

Day 3: Visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Drive to Murchison Falls NP

After breakfast you have the opportunity to visit the rhinos in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will walk through the bush with an experienced ranger and visit one of the giant rhinos. You should always remain calm. You can observe these magnificent animals, which are otherwise so rare, at close range. After lunch, continue your journey to Murchison Falls National Park.
– Travel time approx. 3-4 hours

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park, game drive and boat safari

Today we set off early in the morning on our first game drive in the park. Murchison NP offers a wide variety of different animals.  Lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis and of course the Uganda kobs are the best known. Your guide will take you to the most beautiful places and will never tire of answering your questions. The vegetation with the savannah and the riverside forest will inspire you. After lunch, you will set off on a boat safari towards Murchison Falls. Crocodiles, hippos and water birds accompany you on your trip on the Nile to the impressive waterfalls. Just before the thundering spray of the waterfalls, the boat moors on a rock, you enjoy the view of the river and take your photos. If you wish, you can hike along a steep path to the top of the waterfalls from where your guide will pick you up. Alternatively, you can return by boat.

Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park – Lake Albert Lodge

After breakfast, you will go on another morning game drive in Murchison National Park. The journey then continues in the direction of Lake Albert. On the way you will come to a wonderful viewpoint where you can take photos of the lake. In the late afternoon you reach the lodge with a view of Lake Albert.
– Travel time approx. 5-6 hours

Day 6: Lake Albert

Today you have the opportunity to go on a nature walk or game drive in the Kabwoya Reserve, explore the landscape and see many wild animals such as the dycker, Uganda kobs and bushbuck as well as warthogs. An experienced ranger will guide you through the reserve and you don’t have to worry about your safety as there are no predators in the reserve. 

Day 7: Lake Albert – Fort Portal

In the morning you set off towards Fort Portal, the lively town at the foot of the Rwenzori offers the opportunity to visit the market or have a snack in one of the cafés. You then continue to your lodge, just outside the city.

– Travel time approx. 2-3 hours

Day 8: Fort Portal – Crater Lakes

Drive from Fort Portal into the surrounding area, where more than 50 crater lakes can be found. There are very beautiful hiking opportunities by the lakes, and in one of the villages you have the opportunity to visit a school. The tour then continues into the Kibale Forest.
– Travel time 2-3 hours

Day 9: Kibale National Park, chimpanzee tracking

This morning you will head to the Kibale Forest where you will follow the tracks of the chimpanzees in the rainforest accompanied by an experienced guide. The silence is interrupted by the unfamiliar sounds of a few birds. The chimpanzees also report you loudly. With a bit of luck, you will soon spot the first primates! Watch the chimpanzees as they play, eat, louse, cuddle or even mate.

Day 10: Kibale Forest National Park – Queen Elisabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will travel towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. The hilly crater landscape with its more than 50 lakes and green pastures is reminiscent of the landscape of the Swiss Alps.  The slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains on the right-hand side of the road complete the magnificent picture. Kasese, the last town before Queen Elisabeth National Park, offers the opportunity to do a little shopping, after which your first game drive begins. After an exciting game drive, you will reach your lodge in the evening

Day 11: Queen Elisabeth National Park, game drive and boat safari

Today you start early for a morning game drive in Queen Elisabeth National Park. The extensive park lies at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the Mountains of the Moon. Lake Edward and Lake George are located within the park. In the national park you will go on an adventurous game drive with all that the African animal world has to offer. You will find lions, buffalo, hyenas and also the Kobe antelope, which is native to Uganda. The Kazinga Canal connects the two lakes. Crocodiles and hippos live here, as well as a large number of bird species, some of which can only be found in this area. In the afternoon you go on a boat safari on the canal where you have the opportunity to see these animals at close range.

Day 12: Queen Elisabeth NP – Game drive and tree lions in Ishasha

After breakfast, you will go on another game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Around 3000 elephants live in the park. The tour then continues to the south of the park, to the Ishasha region. This area is known for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha also provides a habitat for leopards, hyenas and hippos

Day 13: Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today’s drive takes us to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The endangered mountain gorillas live here. The population of animals has increased from around 800 to 1100 in the last 9 years. This is largely thanks to tourism, whose payments contribute to the protection of these unique animals. The gorilla families are carefully guarded and their names such as Otaka, Elsa or Nyakina will soon be familiar to you.

Day 14: The highlight of Uganda: gorilla tracking!

Bwindi Impenatrable NP is home to around 500 mountain gorillas, half of the world’s remaining population.  The primates belong to the endangered animal species despite the number of 1,100 that have now been recorded. Tourism has contributed significantly to the fact that the animals are no longer persecuted by the local population but are protected. After a short briefing, you hike into the densely forested jungle with an experienced guide, a ranger and a few porters. Your guide will show you the  tracks of the animals, answer your questions about the vegetation and soon you will be up close to the mighty animals. You have one hour to follow the primates, observe them and take photos. In the afternoon you are back at your lodge and have time to relax and reflect on the day’s experiences.

Day 15: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, we continue on to Lake Bunyoni, even though the distance of the day is only around 120 km. The winding road through the mountainous landscape repeatedly offers fantastic views of the lake and the Virunga volcanoes in the distance. In the afternoon you arrive at your lodge by the lake.
– Travel time: approx. 4 hours

Day 16: Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyoni is known for its 19 islands, the landscape is impressive and always offers new great impressions.  Today you have the opportunity to go on a boat tour or dugout canoe tour with a local fisherman. Visit one of the islands, maybe you will see some of the zebras that live on one of the islands. The lake, 900 meters deep, is considered the second deepest lake in Africa. The lake has a depth of 900 meters and is the second deepest lake in Africa. Other possible activities include a hike in the surrounding area or a visit to a Batwa community.

Day 17: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

The journey today takes you along winding roads through small villages and towns with a lively atmosphere towards Lake Mburo National Park. After your arrival at the lodge, you can enjoy the view of the park from the swimming pool.

-Travel time about 4-5 hours

Day 18: Activities in Lake Mburo National Park

Today you set off on your first game drive. In Lake Mburo NP, the Ankole cattle with their horns are particularly striking. Zebras, impalas and reedbucks can often be seen outside the park boundaries. The lake after which the park is named is home to crocodiles, hippos and a large number of rare birds. Here in Lake Mburo National Park it is permitted to go on a foot safari. Together with an experienced ranger, you go on an exploration tour. The guide will show you the footprints and tell you which animal was on the move here. Alternatively, you can go on a boat safari on the lake, where you will be amazed by the many hippos, crocodiles and birdlife. The lodge offers the possibility of a riding safari for an extra charge.


Day 19: Lake Mburo National Park, boat safari – drive to Entebbe

In Lake Mburo National Park, you can go on a boat safari on the lake of the same name. You go on the tour with a ranger and see large groups of hippos, their heads glistening in the sunlight. Not far away, a fisherman balances on a dugout canoe. Around midday you will set off on your return journey to Kampala. Of course you will make a stop at the equator for a souvenir photo. You return the rental car in the evening.

Day 20: Departure day – Airport Entebbe (EBB), Uganda

Today, depending on the time of your return flight, you can relax at the lodge or go on a city tour of Kampala with our driver. Our driver will take you to your return flight or to your connecting stay, e.g. in Zanzibar or at Lake Victoria, in good time.


Carpe Diem Guesthouse

catering: breakfast
stay: 1 night

Location: Carpe Diem is located above Entebbe with a fantastic view of Lake Victoria. In the quiet garden you can enjoy the sunset over the huge lake.  Facilities: The cosily furnished rooms have a private bathroom, each room can be booked as a single, double or triple room. Wifi is available in all rooms and in the garden. Restaurant: Breakfast is served and international cuisine with French accents is served throughout the day.  Activities:  Excursions to the surrounding area, e.g. to the Entebbe Botanical Garden, can be arranged


Amuka Safari Lodge

stay: 1 night

Location: Amuka Lodge is located in a pristine forest area deep in the heart of the Ziwa Rhino Sancturary in Nakitoma with a swimming pool, bar and open restaurant. Amenities: The tasteful lodge has ten cottages constructed of hardwood and stone with a large private veranda. All chalets are located in the forest. Restaurant: The open restaurant serves local and European cuisine in buffet style. Cooking and baking takes place in the kitchen and in the open air. The bar is the perfect place to end the day.

Murchison River Lodge

stay: 2 nights

Location: Murchison River Lodge is located right on the banks of the Nile. From here you can enjoy a direct view of the river and Africa’s safari world with the papyrus islands and the hippos. In the beautiful surroundings you can relax and enjoy your safari. Accommodation: The cottages are scattered around the grounds of the lodge. They are all straw safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and terraces. In the evening you can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere around the fire pit. Restaurant: Under the large thatched roof there is an open restaurant, bar and terrace, the breathtaking view of the Nile will delight you. While enjoying your breakfast or dinner, you can spot elephants, hippos, and more from this magnificent vantage point.


Kikonko Lodge

stay: 2 nights

Location: Kikonko Lodge is located south of Hoima in Buseruka on a mountainside overlooking Lake Albert. Facilities: The lodge offers a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a shared lounge. Each room at the hotel has a terrace with garden views, a private bathroom and lake views. Restaurant: The property offers a continental or à la carte breakfast, European and local dishes are offered.

Kluge’s Guest Farm

stay: 1 night

Location: At the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains in Kibale, the comfortable guest farm is set in a unique tropical parkland setting with a small outdoor swimming pool. Facilities: The spacious complex includes 10 bungalows furnished in African style combined with European standards. All bungalows have a toilet and bathtub. A ground-level terrace invites you to a breathtaking view of the mountain landscape of the mighty Rwenzori Mountains. Restaurant: The exquisite restaurant “Gavamukulya” serves lovingly prepared à la carte dishes from our own cultivation. Free WIFI is available.

Turaco Treetops

stay: 2 nights

Location: The lodge is located in Kibale close to the border of the Kibale Forest. Facilities: All cosy cottages have a private balcony with an outdoor shower. On the private balcony you have a great view of the Kibale forest with monkeys and elephants. Restaurant: The kitchen serves a variety of delicious international dishes. The restaurant is located on a hill and offers a great view over the jungle and the Rwenzori mountains.

Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

stay: 2 nights

Location: Surrounded by the Queen Elisabeth National Park and located on the edge of the Kazinga Canal, this lodge offers a unique ambience. The nocturnal bush sounds of hippos and hyenas will certainly be remembered for a long time. Accommodation: The lodge has 12 rooms on a raised platform, built from canevas and local woods. The huge windows with mosquito nets allow for a 180 degree view and make for a natural experience. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the river. The rooms have a bathroom with toilet and an outdoor shower. Restaurant: If the weather permits, a 4-course menu will be served in the evening in a cozy atmosphere outside the restaurant around the campfire.

Enjojo Lodge

stay: 1 night

Location: Enjojo Lodge is located in the Ishasha Distict of Queen Elizabeth NP just a few hundred meters from the Park Gate. The lodge property is located in an acacia forest with lush vegetation. Accommodation: The thatched cottages are connected by a wooden walkway. The rooms have a private bathroom and an outdoor shower with hot and cold water. Guests can relax on the large veranda. Restaurant: In the restaurant and bar, guests can enjoy homemade food and alcoholic beverages. In the evening there is a campfire with a view of the waterhole in front of it. Activities: Walks, Game drives


Engagi Lodge

stay: 2 nights

Location: Engagi Lodge is located in Buhoma, just a few hundred meters from the gate to gorilla tracking in Bwindi NP. Facilities: The bungalows have a terrace from which you can enjoy the view of the Bwindi NP. The rooms have a small seating area, a double bed and a bathroom with shower and toilet. Restaurant: Here you can enjoy excellent international food and local dishes.

Bird Nest Lake Bunyonyi Main Lodge

stay: 2 nights

Location: The Bird Nest Resort is located at the tip of a small peninsula right on the beach of Lake Bunyonyi. Facilities: The spacious rooms with lake view feature a seating area, a bathroom and a terrace or balcony. Reaturant: Overlooking the lake, the restaurant offers international cuisine with local touches.

Rwakobo Rock

stay: 2 nights

Location: Rwakobo Rock Lodge is located 1 km north of the Nshara Gate of Lake Mburo National Park.
The pool, located on a hill, offers great views over the national park. Facilities: The tastefully furnished
Lodge has 8 individual, spacious cabins with rooftops. The cabins offer great views for watching the sunset on your own
Veranda. Restaurant: Food is served as a buffet or set menu. Depending on the weather, a campfire will be lit.
– a great opportunity to exchange ideas with other travelers.

Cassia Lodge

stay: 1 night

Location: Cassia Lodge is located in Kampala on a hill with a fantastic panoramic view of Lake Victoria. The outdoor pool and rooms also have views of the lake. Facilities: The rooms at Cassia Lodge are air-conditioned, have a mosquito net, a seating area and a desk. The rooms have a bathroom with shower and free toiletries, a flat-screen TV and a balcony. Free Wi-Fi is offered. Restaurant: Here guests can enjoy national and international cuisine.