Day 1: Arrival.
On your arrival our guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to Lake Victoria Windsor hotel or The Boma Guest House BB.
Day 2: Ngamba Island Tour.
Wake up, have break fast and then later our tour guide will transfer you the pier for a boat transfer to Ngamba Island. There are two half day excursions to Ngamba Island. One starts at 09:00 hours while the other begins at 1200 hours. The choice is yours to choose whether you take any at any time but all are subject to availability and therefore we must book them in advance. Enjoy the ride while on the largest lake in East Africa - Lake Victoria is! At Ngamba Island, they have replicated some of the country’s conservation zones such as Savannah, wetlands and tropical forest.
The boat takes about 45 minutes across to Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary, crossing the Equator en-route. On arrival at this home to 39 orphaned chimps, you will be briefed about the sanctuary and its history. After, the chimpanzee feeding time will come! Watch these primates from the visitors’ platform while they are being fed. It is fascinating to watch the chimps intermingle with each other and with their keepers. You will realize that most of them have different characters just like Man. Whereby some are very greedy others aren’t.
This is charming! In the relatively short amount of time you will be there, you will be able to see such different personalities amongst the group, with some whistling for food and others clapping. Clearly, the exceptional option would be to re-introduce these orphaned chimpanzees to the wild however this is not possible for a number of different reasons and the sanctuary is not bad for second best. Return to the main land after which we will transfer you to at your Lodge BB.
Day 3: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park.
From Kampala, you will head to Murchison Falls National Park, but you will first take a luncheon at Masindi then proceed to the magnificent falls. So wondrous! Marvel at the robust Nile as it is farfetched into a seven-meter abyss to rumble 45 meters below. Check the series of cascades it forms, which can be viewed at different points up to the culmination. Next will be the dinner and overnight at Paraa Lodge/Nile safari Lodge (Up Market) Sambiya River Lodge (Moderate) Red Chillis camp (Budget).
Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park.
Wake up early morning for a cup of coffee or tea then set off for a 3-4 hours game drive on the northern Bank of the Nile River. Expect encounters of Game in this park that include Rothschild Giraffe, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest, Lions, Waterbucks and a variety of Savannah woodland birds. Return to your lodge. Have a mid morning breakfast and relax as you wait for lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for your reserved private boat ride along the Nile to view aqua game and avian species at close proximity. This is a unique encounter with a family of hippos, crocodiles, among other animals. For those interested in birds, watch out for the legendary shoe Bill stork if you are lucky and many other bird species. Then take dinner and overnight at your lodge
Day 5: Murchison Falls – Ndali Lodge.
Depart Murchison Falls after an early breakfast. You will pass through The Albertine rift via Hoima to the Verdant country side of Fort Portal. Have lunch en route and arrive in the late after noon. Dinner and over night at Ndali Lodge/Mountains of the moons Lodge (Up market) Rwenzori View House (Moderate) Chimps Nest Lodge (Budget).
Day 6: Kibale National Park.
Take breakfast early morning. Leave for Kibale Forest National Park, this is commonly accepted to have a diversity and highest massing of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided chimpanzee walk in the tropical rainforest evergreen in searching of the Hotsprings, Black white colobus monkeys, wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, butterflies of different species and many others. Have a luncheon, and then go to the Bigodi areas for a swamp walk. The guide will provide details about the flora and fauna that you will encounter and then after, you will be transferred back to your lodge.
Day 7: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take 2-4 hours. A game drive en route is rewarding with views of acacia trees, antelopes, birds and many other savanna wildlife and flora species. You will visit the crater lakes region, Katwe salt mines to see how salt is traditionally mined in Uganda. Then later transfer for dinner and overnight at Mweya safari Lodge/Kyambura Wildlife reserve/Jacana Safari Lodge (Up market) Hippo Hill Luxury tented camp (Moderate), Albertine river camp (Budget)
Day 8: Game drive and Launch cruise.
We take on a morning game drive in search of the wild game. The drive will provide excellent scenic view of the great Lakes of Lake Edwards and Lake George, then also their gutter-the great Kazinga channel. In the game drive, expect elephants, lions, buffaloes, kobs, the Python, hyenas, warthogs, birds’ hippos etc. Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast and then have lunch. In the after noon you will go for a boat - cruise along Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Expect to get exposed to a bird sin abundance both typical and migrants and the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Wake up for an early morning breakfast and then transfer to Kyambura gorge for a chimpanzee tour. Driving through grassland area, straight away we come transversely to an amazing ravine of tropical rainforest 100 meters deep. Trek into Kyambura River Gorge for an odd; experience hiking chimpanzees. It’s so paying to see the river valley, home of many bird and butterfly species. Rangers will provide the necessary information about the gorge and then later you will return to your lodge for lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi.
This morning, you will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will drive through the seasonal southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River if time permits and after searching for the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. If you are tracking gorillas in the southern part of Bwindi, you will not be able to drive via this sector to shorten the drive between Kisoro and Queen Elizabeth national park. Bird life and primate life in the Bwindi national park is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora.
Some bird watchers refer to Bwindi as a bird heaven! 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 Forest camp/Gorilla resort camp Clouds lodge (Up Market) Lake Kitandara Camp (Moderate) Buhoma Community Bandas (Budget).
Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Gorilla Tracking. Take breakfast, with your packed lunch and all your trekking gear, that is; a rain coat, ankle level hiking boots on, gardener’s gloves, pair of trousers and long sleeved shirt, etc go to the starting point for briefing by a ranger guide. Enter the gorilla sanctuary for your world premier wildlife encounter and adventure - Gorilla Tracking. The beauty of this rain forest is magnificent. The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great giant apes. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving experience! Whether you track the “M” group or the “N” group, you will not find wildlife experience quite as exhilarating or emotional. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Transfer to Rwanda.
After breakfast, drive across the Uganda - Rwanda - Cyanika Border. Have lunch en route and arrive at your lodge. You will check in and retire for dinner and over night at Virunga Volcanoes Lodge (Upmarket), Mountain Gorilla Nest Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Moderate), Kinigi Guest House/Muhavura Lodge (Budget).
Day 13: Another day of tracking gorillas.
An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive/walk to Kinigi park headquarters for briefing, group allocation and orientation. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins. Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take between 3-10 hours. Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Dinner and over night at your lodge
Day 14: Dianne Fossey hike/Golden monkey. Transfer to Kanombe airport.
Take breakfast and report to the starting point of the Dianne fossey hike for your excursion to slopes of the Bisoke volcano and pay a visit to the former Karisoke centre where the grave of Dian Fossey is located. Fantastic views, lush forested slopes and an exceptional environment. This fantastic hike to the grave will take 2 up 3 hours. Those who will choose Golden monkey tracking will be in for another primates watch treat. Return to the lodge to freshen up and then later, we will transfer you to Kigali and then to Kanombe airport for your flight back home.
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