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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
How Many Days to Spend in Uganda

Though you can experience the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park in three to four days to embark on game drives and see abundant birdlife, a week offers a well-rounded trip to Uganda. Include time in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to trek in search of the mountain gorillas, experience the wonders of the Nile from Jinja, and head to Kibale National Park, where you can watch chimpanzees in virgin rainforests. And with a more leisurely pace, there's also time to discover Entebbe's and Kampala's markets and museums.

Enjoy a boat safari on the Nile River from Lake Victoria (its source), Uganda
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5 Days in Uganda - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With five short days in Uganda, you can comfortably visit two destinations. Nature lovers should consider gorilla tracking at Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth national parks, while intrepid travelers will want to experience an off-road quad-biking adventure in Jinja. Focus on culture and cuisine while meeting rescued chimps at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, or go off the beaten path and observe wildlife in Mgahinga National Park.

Discover Uganda's buzzy capital, Kampala, on a guided city tour
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1 Week in Uganda - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Uganda, you can race around the country, ticking off the must-see sites in Entebbe, Kibale National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on a highlights tour, or go in search of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees on a wildlife-focused trip. Those eager to get their heart rate up and see the country from all angles can opt for an active adventure, while those looking to minimize time spent in the vehicle should split their time between the cultural delights of Entebbe and Kampala.

Observe mountain gorillas like this infant in famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as you track them with a guide
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10 Days in Uganda - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Depending on your preferred activities, you can cover four to seven destinations on a 10-day itinerary in Uganda. Travelers wanting wildlife highlights should see Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, while those looking to hit the national parks should include Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the tree-climbing lions. For adventure sports, visit Jinja and make the three-day hike across Mount Elgon. For a culture-focused itinerary, consider a Sabiny cave experience in Kapchorwa, and add Rwanda to visit NGOs in Kigali.

On a culture tour of Uganda, check out the rescued animals, like these Giraffes, at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center
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2 Weeks in Uganda - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Uganda, you can experience six regions—or move at a faster pace and add a visit to Rwanda. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, white rhino encounters at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, and bird-watching in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary are ideal for wildlife enthusiasts. Active travelers can tackle a three-day hike up Mount Elgon and try whitewater rafting on the Nile, while those keen on culture can learn the traditional dances of the Ik Tribe and enjoy storytelling by the Sabiny people.