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history • 9 days, 8 nights

Uganda and the Mysteries of the Nile

history • 9 days, 8 nights

Uganda and the Mysteries of the Nile

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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    Overland Adventure
from $4,435 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Discover the traditional kingdoms on Uganda’s White Nile, meet the communities who live along its banks, and experience the rainforests and savannas along its journey through Uganda. During this nine-day trip, you'll learn about the local history and legends of the Nile—the story beyond the explorers.

Uganda is home to one of geography’s greatest landmarks: the source of the Nile. Despite the critical importance of the river to ancient Egyptian civilization, the location of its source was unknown for centuries, known only to the tribes of Busoga and Buganda who lived on either side of its banks. Join us as we journey to the shores of Lake Victoria to see the source of the Nile, and follow the river through the diverse cultural and ecological landscape of modern-day Uganda. Led by an academic and an experienced local guide, we’ll eat local foods (some influenced by the region’s Asian population), admire the beautiful nature reserves and national parks, and discover the heritage of a country made up of 56 tribes—all while getting a sense for what makes Uganda so unique. At the end of the regular trip, you'll also have the chance to fly to western Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and spend a day trekking the rare and endangered mountain gorillas.

Note: There may be some modifications made to the itinerary during your trip, based on government directives and safety protocols.

  • Expeditionary history and the source of the Nile
  • Three of Uganda’s traditional kingdoms
  • Changing and dramatic landscapes
  • Local delicacies
  • Opportunity to visit Uganda's mountain gorillas


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The cost of this trip is $4,860 ($8,090 if taking the gorilla trekking extension), based on double occupancy. 

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $460 ($800 if taking the gorilla trekking extension). After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Activity Level

This tour is fairly active; travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking three to four miles each day, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Several parts of the tour involve some longer walks, including on uneven ground, as well as boat rides.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 22, and depart after 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, unless extending your stay to join either the three-day safari or gorilla trekking trip. (Email us for additional details.)

Yellow Fever Vaccination (Required)
Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Uganda. You'll need to have your yellow fever card/certification with you and ready for inspection by the immigration authorities when you arrive at the airport in Entebbe. (US passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for entry.)   An interactive map of clinics which are recommended by the CDC that provide the vaccine can be found here.  We also recommend consulting your physician for any additional recommendations.   
  • Eight nights of hotel accommodation.
  • The company of an experienced international tour leader and an expert local guide.
  • Private transport throughout the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events.
  • Airport arrival transfer.
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Entebbe, Uganda.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including alcoholic beverages.
  • If applicable, applying for a Uganda visa.
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Trip FAQ

Note that all travelers must have a valid passport, valid for six months after your return date. U.S. passport holders require a visa to enter Uganda. You can check here to see if you require a visa. If you do require a visa, you can apply online at Please note that you will need a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate both to apply for the visa, and to enter the country.

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