Uganda Short Trips

In Kampala and have just a day to spare and are wondering if you can do a worthwhile trip out of Kampala and be back before nightfall? On this page we list the top one day tours you can do to enjoy a wildlife outing or experience an exhilarating adventure, you have options to choose from and there are prices so you can decide fast. However if you can afford a night or two, continue scrolling down for great short trips out of Kampala.

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The 1 day Jinja tour is one of the top day trips or excursions you can take from Kampala because it offers a variety of sites and experiences ranging from nature to culture. The prime destination on this day tour is the famous Source of the River Nile in Jinja, however along the way to Jinja you get to visit the Sezibwa Falls which is an important cultural heritage site and Mabira Forest Reserve which is home to variety of forest wildlife including birds, monkeys, trees, etc…

chimpanzee ngamba island

This is a half day chimpanzee trip to a chimpanzee sanctuary on Lake Victoria where you will view the chimps from a platform behind a fence. This is a perfect chimp trip for those who want to see and learn about the chimpanzees – our closest relatives – but cannot afford time to go for a chimpanzee trekking safari in the park. It is also good trip for family with kids as there is no age restriction.

shoebill at Mabamba swamp UgandaThis 1 day birding trip takes you to Mabamba wetland on Lake Victoria which is one of the top birding spots in Uganda to look for the famous Shoebill and tick off many wetland birds. Mabamba wetland is the main destination on this trip but the extension to Mpanga Forest will improve your bird list with more forest bird species. This trip is excellent for birding enthusiasts that are visiting Uganda for business and have a day to spare and want to do some birding.

animals in murchison falls national park

Have only 2 days and would like to do a quick safari that will enable you to see as many animals as possible? Then book this 2 day trip to Murchison Falls National Park which is Uganda’s biggest park and most popular for safaris. The park offers wonderful animals viewing in the savanna plains and along the mighty River Nile which cuts through the park. The park is also home to the world’s strongest waterfalls – the Murchison Falls – which are located on the Nile and a sight to behold!

chimpanzee tracking uganda

If you want to see chimps in the wild, this is one of the best short trips you can do. Kibale National park hosts the biggest population of chimps in Uganda and is therefore the first destination many will think about for a chimpanzee trekking tour in Uganda. As an extra on this trip you shall do a walk in a wetland near Kibale forest to see a number of monkeys and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Note that only persons aged 15 and above are allowed to go for the chimpanzee tour in Kibale forest.

Chimp in Budongo forest

Budongo forest is the largest forest in East Africa and hosts the second largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda after Kibale forest. One large habituated community of chimps at Kaniyo Pabidi provides arguably the best chimpanzee trekking adventure in Uganda. This territory of the forest is also situated within the boundary of Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda is prime safari destination giving you an opportunity to see more wildlife and the powerful Murchison Falls in addition to the chimpanzee trek.


Are you a lover of the outdoors and would like to do a 2 day trip out of Kampala? This is 2 day Sipi Falls and Jinja tour takes you to the east, the home of the adventures in Uganda. You will take on Sipi falls hike in the foothills of the Mount Elgon as the main adventure but before getting to Sipi there are several interesting spots you shall experience along the way including Sezibwa falls, Mabira forest and the Source of the River Nile and Lake Victoria.

This safari trip takes you to Uganda’s smallest savanna park – Lake Mburo National Park – which offers great animal viewing and an amazing scenery. Lake Mburo National Park is also the closest safari park to Kampala and is a good choice for a quick safari trip to see some animals and experience the beautiful savanna environment. The park is about 3 hours drive from Kampala. Mburo is popular for its many grazing animals such zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, and several species of antelope.

mountain gorillas bwindi uganda

This trip takes you to do the popular gorilla trekking tour in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi National Park is the best destination for gorilla trips because of the large population of gorillas, and a whole 19 gorilla families have been habituated for gorilla tours which is highest of any park. Note that only persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to participate in this experience.

You can choose to book this fly in gorilla trip and get to the gorilla parks quicker instead of taking the long 8 – 9 hour road journey which the above 3 day gorilla trip offers. The fly in trip allows you to reach earlier and afford enough time to enjoy the natural beauty and also be relaxed before your strenuous gorilla trekking adventure in the highlands the following day.

lion murchison falls uganda

Book this 3 day Murchison Falls tour for arguably the best safari experience in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park is the biggest park in Uganda and offers great animal sightings including giraffes, elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, etc… The park is crossed by the might River Nile on which the spectacular Murchison Falls are located and on this trip you get to see them up-close!  This trip is less rushed than the 2 day trip option and is therefore the ideal short trip to Murchison Falls National. As an option, you may want to include a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a walk to see the only Rhinos in the world in Uganda.


This trip takes you to one of Uganda’s most popular safari destinations – the Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is one of the most beautiful parks in Africa that is blessed with an amazing scenery of lush hills and plains that are dotted by sparkling crater lakes with the distant views of the Rwenzori Mountains in the horizon. You will explore the savanna plains and the magical Kazinga Channel to see several animals and birds.

Ankole long horned cows

This trip takes you for a short safari experience in the Lake Mburo National Park to see animals such as giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and lots of antelope species, and after the safari you shall have a local farm experience with the beautiful Ankole long horned cows which are an interesting local breed of cows that has sharped the cultures and traditions of the tribe in this region. You will engage in a number of interesting farming experience such as grazing and milking


This chimpanzee tour takes you to Kibale National Park for the chimpanzee tracking adventure which allows to track chimps in the forest and see them for one hour. But if you want to see the chimps for a longer time you can choose to do the chimpanzee habituation experience which allows you to spend a full day with the chimps in the forest. This 3 day tour also includes extra activities such as a walk in the Bigodi wetlands to see monkeys and a trip through the crater lakes region to explore this breathtaking landscape.

mount sabyinyo

For hiking enthusiasts, this is arguably one of the best hiking tours you can do in Uganda. This tour takes you for a day hike on Mt. Sabyinyo which is one of the 8 volcanoes in Virunga Mountains. Mt. Sabyinyo is well situated in the middle of the Virunga volcanoes chain offering incredible views of the Virungas. The volcano has a unique shape in the Virungas having 3 peaks and conquering all the peaks in one day is an incredible fit!

white-water-rafting-ugandaThis tour to eastern Uganda is perfect for the adrenaline junkies and outdoors lovers. The tour itinerary includes trekking in Mabira forest, boat trip to the source of the Nile,  quad biking along the Nile, hiking and abseiling at Sipi Falls, but the biggest highlight of them all is full day white water Rafting on the Nile.

This 4 days tour combines a safari experience and a chimpanzee tracking adventure all of which are done Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest and most popular park. Murchison Falls National Park diverse habitats harbor a wide variety of wildlife. The savanna and grasslands in north of the park and the might River Nile which cuts through the park are home to several animals such as lions, hippos, elephants, giraffes etc… While the south of the Murchison Falls park extends into Budongo forest that hosts the second biggest population of chimps in Uganda.

This four days tour offer the ultimate short wildlife experience you can have in Uganda as you get to explore the Murchison Falls National Park which is Uganda’s biggest park and offers the best safari experience. Top up this incredible safari in Murchison Falls park with a night at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is the place to see rhinos in the wild in Uganda. The highlights of this tour include three game drives in Murchison Falls park, boat safari along the Nile, visit to the top of the Murchison Falls, and a walk to see rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

tree climbing lions

Book this trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park that is one of the best safari destinations in Uganda to see animals such as hyenas, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, hippos, and crocodiles among others. However the park is most popular for the tree climbing lions which are found in the remote part of the park that you will visit to look for the lions and more wildlife.


This tour takes you for the chimpanzee trekking adventure in Kibale National Park which is the main chimpanzee tours destination in Uganda as it is home to the most number of chimps in Uganda, and then go to enjoy a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see many animals and experience the beautiful savanna

Rwenzori waterfalls

This 4 days tour takes to Queen Elizabeth National Park an amazing wildlife safari that offers sightings of many animals, and thereafter you will have a taste of the Rwenzori Mountains with a short hike in the bottom of the mountains that will take you to beautiful set of two waterfalls.

wildlife kidepo valley national park

This fly in trip takes you to the spectacular Kidepo Valley National Park that has been featured as one of the best parks in Africa, mostly recognized for having the best landscape and huge buffalo herds. However Kidepo Valley National park is located very far from Kampala making it hard to reach by road, but a 1.5 hours flight from Entebbe airport will have you enjoy one of the most pristine places on earth.

lake bunyonyi

This 4 days tour takes for the amazing gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi National Park which will see you trek through thick jungles and hike steep hills to find the gorillas. The gorilla tracking adventure in Bwindi National Park is quite tiresome and therefore the best place to go for much needed relaxation is the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi which will treat you to the beautiful scenery and a cool soothing breeze.

golden monkey

This tour takes you for the famous gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Living in the Virunga mountains with the gorillas is another rare primate called the golden monkey. These incredibly beautiful monkeys  are found only in the Virunga mountains, and hiking in the volcanoes to see these monkeys which stay in bamboo forests near the base of the mountains is an exciting adventure and a great addition to the gorilla tour

zebras in Lake Mburo National Park

This trip takes you for a short savanna wildlife experience in Lake Mburo National Park to see animals before going for the highlight of the trip which is the gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi National Park. Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest savanna park in Uganda and is located along the way to the gorillas in western Uganda and therefore offers a nice stopover to experience the savannah and see animals before going for the gorilla adventure. Though small, Lake Mburo National Park is remarkable endowed with beautiful savannah landscape and harbors lots of animals, especially the herbivores

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