Day 1: Our tour representative or guide will pick you up from your hotel. Depart for Murchison Falls National Park. The drive will take approximately 5-6 hours and will give you a good insight on the Ugandan way of life. You will stop at Masindi for Lunch and then proceed to the top of the falls to see waterfalls plunging from a 46 meters wide gorge down to a 7 meters gorge, this is a fantastic view! From here, we will continue on, taking a ferry across the river to Paraa Safari Lodge. Dinner and overnight at High end Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari camps. Mid range Sambiya River lodge basic Red Chillis camp.
Day 2: After a cup of coffee, you will be transferred to the northern part of Murchison falls National Park for an early morning game drive. The guide will explain more about each encounters like Giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Lions, and a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge for a nap and a mid morning breakfast. Have lunch and then you will proceed for an afternoon launch cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls where menacing water escapes from the narrow gorge, an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles, water birds along the river banks enabling a wonderful birding safari. One of the highlights of a visit to Murchison Falls National Park is the launch trip from Paraa to the foot of Murchison Falls. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you will see elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and a variety of birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles, kingfishers and sometimes the rare shoebill. The launch trip from Paraa to the Falls (17km) and back takes about three hours. Overnight at your lodge.
Day 3: After breakfast, we will go for a morning Chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest. Kaniyo Pabidi is an undisturbed area of a natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve where you can walk beneath mature mahogany and iron wood trees. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity here though you will unquestionably see many forest birds, including the chocolates-backed Kingfisher, the white-thigh horn-bill, the chocolates-backed Kingfisher and puvel's illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa. Transfer to Kibale National Park. This scenic drive takes 8- 9 hours. With lush tropical rain-forest and fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale National Park (KNP) is one of the most beautiful and stunning forests in Uganda.
It is certainly worth protecting as it is home to the largest number of our closest living relative, the endangered Chimpanzee, as well as the threatened red Colobus monkey and the rare I'Hoest monkey in Uganda. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling to about'13 species including the black and white colobus monkeys, Blue monkey and gray - cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies and pottos. The park also hosts over 325 species of birds including the yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinker-bird. We will pass via the Albertine escarpment. On a clear day, the view on the top of the Albert rift is fantastic. Have lunch en route and arrive Fortpoartal in the late Afternoon. Dinner and overnight at a Luxurious Ndali Lodge/ Primates Lodge/ Mid range Rwenzori View Guest House/ Budget Kanyankyu Ecological Bandas.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking. We will wake up early and depart to Kanyankyu tourists center for clearance and briefing from the Ranger guides before we head to the forest for our next activity Chimpanzee tracking. This is the most popular walk of Kibale’s walks and it starts at 0800 hours and lasts for 2-3 hours depending on the time you take to encounter chimpanzees. Though you will be searching for these habituated chimpanzees, you will encounter other primates like the Black and white Colobus Monkeys’ Chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees while they hunt for monkeys to prey on.
The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, gray mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies. A system of shady forest trails offers much to pleasure botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than her Savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park to search for Elephants food that grows in the swampy area of this forest, while other terrestrial mammals include giant forest hog, buffalo among others. Overnight at a luxurious at your lodge.
Day 5: To Queen Elizabeth National Park. Depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will pass through the crater Valley with beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep. This is truly the most magnificent scenery in the park. Queen Elizabeth hosts a large variety and volume of wildlife. It boasts one of the highest bio diversity ranging from the open Savannah to Rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 species that include Hippos, Buffaloes, Lions, Leopard, Spotted Hyena and the elusive giant forest hog.
There are over 606 species of birds found here including the martial eagle, Verreaux’s eagle owl, black-rumped buttonquail and African skimmer among others. The primates include Chimps, Blue Magabeys, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. After checking in and having lunch, you will head for an evening game drive. We often spot Elephants, warthogs, water-bucks, hippos and others. You might want to head to the Kasenyi area of the park where lions are frequently spotted. Overnight at Lux Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge/ Budget Institute of Ecology.
Day 6: After a cup of coffee, this morning we will leave for the 08.00am chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee, Black and white Colobus monkeys primates like the colobus monkeys, blue Mangebeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others. This gorge is a home of very many bird species. Proceed to Jacana Lodge where we will have our lunch. This is a small intimate lodge situated in Maramagambo forest on a gorgeous crater lake. After lunch, you will go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest for a nature walk, expect encounters like the great Blue Lake Kimeranjojo. Guides will tell you the myths attached to its name then proceed to the Bats cave a home to the Python that preys on bats. Overnight at Lux Mweya Safari Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge/ Budget Institute of Ecology.
Day 7: Take a cup of coffee and go for an early morning game drive in this park, provide excellent opportunities to see Lions, Cape Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, Leopards, Elephants, Defassa Water-bucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Over night at Lux Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana safari Lodge/ Budget Institute of Ecology.
Day 8: To Bwindi National Park. This morning, we will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We will drive through the Ishasha Sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. Overnight at Gorilla Resort Camp L. Kitandara, Luxury Camp Buhoma Community Bandas (Full Board).
Day 9: Gorilla Tracking. You will rise relatively early for a jovial breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours therefore a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silver-back. It is amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left in the world! If you have the afternoon free, you will take a guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live. Overnight at Gorilla Resort Camp/ L. Kitandara Luxury Camp Buhoma Community Bandas (Full Board).
Day 10: To Kampala. Transfer To Kampala. Take a stop over at the equator. Lunch en route.
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