Day 1: Arrival, airport transfer: arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel or Sophies Motel for dinner and overnight. Meal Plan – Bed and Breakfast.
Day 2: To Murchison Falls Park: Begin the panoramic drive northwest through the famous Luweero Triangle and Masindi Town to Murchison Falls National Park, arriving in time for a picnic at the top of the falls where you can see the Nile’s beauty perfected!
Marvel at the Nile, compressing from 50 meters squeezed through a 6 meter canyon dropping 40 metres with a thunderous roar, creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile… ‘The Murchison falls’; enjoy the sunset as you return to the lodge. Return for Dinner and overnight stay at Red Chilli Camp or Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Primate Trek: Proceed for a forest walk in Pabidi Forest. Primates resident I this forest include L’hoestes, red colobus, blues, red tailed monkeys, and grey cheeked mangabeys. This walk is excellent for birdwatching and for seeing primates at close quarter. Return in time for a refreshing sundowner as you go unwind and watch the sun slip slowly below the Blue Mountains of Congo. Dinner and overnight at the Sambiya River Lodge.
Day 4: Game Drive, Launch Trip: Early morning game drive on the Northern Bank. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, rothchild’s giraffe, hartebeast, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are luck, the leopard.
After a packed lunch picnic, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob.
Day 5: To Kibale Forest: All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and pass traditional homesteads and farms. Fort portal rests in the shadow of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon.’ Dinner and overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge or Chimps Nest Lodge.
Day 6: Chimpanzee Trek: All day search of chimpanzee and ten other primates including, phoestes, red-colobus, blues, red-tailed and grey-cheeked Mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora and will insure that your walk is both information and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarter. Dinner and overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge or Chimps Nest Lodge.
Day 7: To Queen Elizabeth Park, Game Drive, Launch Trip: Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. A game driven en route to view lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species arriving in time for Lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward.
This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge on Mweya Institute of Ecology Hostel.
Day 8: Two game drives today. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s divers eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic crates is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.
Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori as a backdrop, provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, Topi and bush buck. These two game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Uganda wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Mweya Institute of Ecology Hostel.
Day 9: Kyambura Primate Trek: Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic crater is home of an incredible abundance of wildlife. An early morning walk in the spectacular Kyambura Gorge provides excellent opportunities to see chimpanzees, L‘hoestes, red colobus and more. After a picnic lunch, return to the Mweya area for another exiting and scintillating game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Students’ hostels.
Day 10: Game Drive in Ishasha: Early morning transfer to Ishasha Area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is home of the famous tree climbing lions and the large herd of game. The scenic beauty, the size of the euphorbias and the combination of forest, Savannah plain and equatorial forest makes this a memorable day, only found in Africa. Dinner and overnight stay at Savannah Resort Hotel.
Day 11: To Bwindi Gorilla Sanctuary: Drive through the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ area know as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillsides and winding roads to Bwindi. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma home steed.
Day 12: Gorilla Tracking: Early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular. It offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal’s trails allowing access tourists. Mammals recorded include the endangered Mt. Gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, black-fronted duiker bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and others.
This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain varies according to the movements of the marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time and observing the flora is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma homesteads.
Day 13: Forest Nature Walk: After breakfast, you will proceed on a forest walk to see more of what Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is all about. It is the richest East African Forest in bio-diversity. Almost without comparison! You will see the picturesque triple waterfalls, lots and lots of birds, butterflies and beautiful trees. Look over the panoramas of Congo and down south to Rwanda. Late afternoon to Kihihi. Dinner and overnight stay at Savannah Resort Hotel.
Day 14: Kigezi Drive: Drive through the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi. Dinner and overnight stay at the Volcano Tented Camp.
Days 15-16: To Lake Bunyonyi: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. This mountain tarn is surrounded by its terraced hills. Enjoy Bilharzia free swimming, dug out canoeing, sunbathing, hilly walks or mountain bike riding and cray fishing. Dinner and overnight stay at the Swedish run Far Out Island Camp. Dinner and overnight at Overland Camp Bunyonyi.
Day 17-18: To Lake mburo: After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Enter the Park through the Sanga Gate. Afternoon game drive along the lakeshore track. With its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the ‘Kigambara Loop’ offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Find here herds of Zebra, cape buffalo and eland. Pribi and topi are easily approached. Along with the game drive, many visitors enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo.
Self-guided nature trails are also available. Birdwatchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown-faced Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, the extraordinary White Winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-away bird. Return to Lake Mburo Tented Camp for candlelit dinner and first class service, all under canvas in the heart of the African Bush underneath the starlit African sky.
Day 19: Game Drive, Boat ride: After breakfast, proceed for a game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting and comouflage kilspringer and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peaceably. Return for lunch which should be taken leisurely enjoying the view of the lakes in this park.
Enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the crocs and hippos. This is the only park where you are not entirely imprisoned in a vehicle. Drive to Ssese Islands which is about 30 kilometers from Nyendo along Masaka Bukakata, take a ferry cross to Bugoma landing site where you drive through Kalangala town to Lutoboka home of gardens.
Day 20: To Ssese Islands: Ssese Island archipelago consists of 84 islands, 63 of which are inhabited. The largest and most populated Island of them is Bugala Island. After breakfast, go for a forest and a nature walk where you expect to see monkeys, lady bird and other birds. After lunch go for a boat ride. Overnight at Ssesse Palm Beach Resort.
Day 21: Fishing, to Kampala. After break go for sport fishing at fast leisurely drive back to Kampala with a stop over a drum makers.
Day 22: Free Day. Your day of leisure enjoy personalized options. You could go for a tour of Kampala City. This vibrant African City has quite a number of attractions. This trip culminates at the Uganda Craft Village where you can buy curious, souvenirs and mementos to remind you of your Uganda tour and also as gifts for your family and friends back home. You could go either white water rafting, or a tour of Jinja which is the Source of the Nile, Bujagali Falls and Samuka Island. You could also take a boat ride to Ngamba Island to see chimpanzees that have been rescued from unscrupulous wildlife and from urban captivity.
Price quoted per person in a group of 4: USD$4655 per person sharing. Discounts apply on larger groups.
- Park fees
- Ranger fees
- All boat rides and launch cruise
- Transportation by ship MV Kalangala and 4x4 safari Land cruiser, ferry crossings
- Chimpanzee and gorilla permits
- Bottled mineral water
- English speaking driver guide.
- Personal expenses.
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