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9 day Family tour Uganda

Be Tarzan or Jane!


Uganda is the most family-friendly country in East Africa, due to its diversity and friendly people. Traveling in Uganda guarantees lots of fun and adventure, without giving up on the comfort.  We make sure you stay in comfortable lodges with family rooms, often with a swimming pool and always with stunning views. You will never be travelling for more than 6 hours and we organize lots of stop-overs on interesting places. 


  • Be a zoo-keeper for a day
  • Safari, waterfalls & adventure! 
  • Great family lodges!
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9 day Family tour Uganda

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!

You will be picked up from Entebbe airport by a representative of your accommodation for tonight. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel. 

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to do some optional activities in Entebbe; for example a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please note that all activities today are at your own cost.

Journey Time 15 minutes
Accommodation Via Via Entebbe
Meal Plan No meals included

Day 2: Zoo-keeper for a day experience

Today you will go on an exciting adventure with the entire family.

For lots of people a childrens dream to come true; be a zoo-keeper for a day! Wake up early and join the UWEC keepers in the kitchen to prepare the food, then jump on the tractor moving from one exhibit to another and help feed an amazing array of exotic and endangered animals from giraffes to lions and elephants to rare birds. You might even get a giant Python around your neck. Are you tough enough?  


Get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes as you attend keeper briefings, participate in recording of animal behaviour, or maybe even get the chance to perform health checks or help feed and rehabilitate a rescued animal. This could be your most rewarding and fulfilling day of work ever!


After this amazing experience you will make your way to the second largest town and the colonial manufacturing hub, Jinja. In Jinja the Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea. Many activities are available around town (see options in Day 3) though please note that all activities today are at your own expense.

In Jinja, you will stay at the Nile Porch which is overlooking the river Nile. There is a swimming pool too! 

Journey Time 2½ hours
Accommodation The Nile Porch - Family bungalow
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 3: Adventure in Jinja!

If you like adventure this is the place to be! Jinja is the fun place in Uganda and you can do all kinds of crazy things, like Quad biking, wildwater canoeing, Mountain biking, family rafting, horse back riding and so much more. If you prefer to relax instead it's as well a very good place to hang out. 


Optional activities in Jinja

Today you can relax at the lodge or choose optional activities:

  1. White water rafting  (full day USD 145 / half day USD 125)
  2. A horseback safari  (USD 50 for 2 hours / USD 70 for 3 hours)
  3. Quad-biking  (USD 70 for 2 hours / USD 90 for 3 hours)
  4. A day of whitewater kayaking on the river (USD 120)
  5. A sundowner cruise on the Nile (USD 35)
  6. A visit to the source of the Nile
  7. A visit to Jinja market
Journey Time depending on activity
Accommodation The Nile Porch - Family bungalow
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 4: To Sipi Falls

After lunch, a drive through the eastern part of Uganda takes you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level.

The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. You will stay in a wonderful lodge, which is overlooking a 60 meter high waterfall. From your lodge you can play in the small river too. 

Journey Time 4 Hours
Accommodation Sipi River Lodge - Family cottage
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Sipi Falls

Prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. After breakfast, choose to go on a 3-hour or - for the real adventurers - a 7-hour hike through the region. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture.

Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations and caves. Local villagers will be sure to greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles.

Accommodation Sipi River Lodge - Family cottage
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: To Murchison Falls N.P.

Today you continue your journey by crossing to the west of the country to Murchison Falls National Park

Covering an area of over 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43m down with a thunderous roar. There is lion, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, leopard and more. 



You will be staying at a great mid-range lodge, overlooking the River Nile. See bathing elephants and hippo from the verandah of the restaurant. There is a swimming pool as well. 

Journey Time 8 Hours
Accommodation Murchison River Lodge - Family cottage
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 7: Murchison Falls National Park

Get ready for an early wake up today! In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park.

Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park!


In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound. 

After the boat safari you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!

return back to your comfortable lodge, to enjoy a good meal and enjoy the views.

Accommodation Murchison River Lodge - Family cottage
Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Ziwa Rhino sanctuary

Today you will go to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will go – together with an experienced ranger for a safari hike to the rhinos. You will see the rhinos in a very close range!

Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program, as well as work to educate communities on endangered rhinos.



Today you will sleep in the family room of Amuka safari lodge. This semi-luxury lodge has everything you need in the bush. A nice swimming pool and cozy envirnment. It is located at walking distance from the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. 

Journey Time 3 hours
Accommodation       Amuka Safari Lodge - Family room
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 9: Departure

Today is unfortunately your last day with Matoke tours. Depending on your international flight departure you might still have some time to enjoy the swimming pool or an optional activity around the lodge. 

Your driver/guide will take you to Kampala or Entebbe airport for your international flight home. Please note that your flight must leave after 5 PM today. Otherwise we can organize an additional night in Entebbe or Kampala at an additional cost. 

This is the end of a wonderful family tour through Uganda! 

Journey time            5-6 hours             
Meal Plan Breakfast


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