Most people visit Uganda solely to see gorillas, but on this safari you’ll see that the country is actually one of Africa’s top all round natural history destinations. In addition to primates you will see a fantastic variety of mammals and birds. You will explore remote places where Giraffes lurk, Elephants roam and Primates swing through the treetops of tropical rainforests. See the most spectacular falls, Hippos, Zebras, Buffalos, the rare shoebill and many more species.
From Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Mburo and to the Source of the River Nile.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Entebbe. Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria, you are met by your trip leader or representative and driven a short distance to the Lake Victoria Hotel, your lodging for the first night in Uganda. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can visit the botanical gardens, which is walk able distance from the hotel.
Day 2: Entebbe/Murchison Falls National Park (Approximately 6-7 hours). Your tour of Uganda’s wild side begins with a morning drive north to Murchison Falls National Park stopping at Masindi for lunch arriving in Paraa lodge later in the afternoon. Once you reach the Nile in the heart of the park, you will cross on a ferry to Paraa Safari lodge.Overnight Paraa Safari lodge. The lodge is located in the North bank, which is the closest location to the wild in the park. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park. After breakfast you will go for an early morning game drive on the rolling plains where you can view lions, giraffe, hartebeest, Buffalo and elephant as well many other mammals of the park. Take an afternoon boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls. This launch trip is for a bout three hours. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park. This morning after breakfast, take a boat ride down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert, it provides a best chance in Africa of sighting the rare shoe bill. Lunch at the lodge and then take another afternoon game drive returning to the lodge at dusk. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Murchison Falls / Kibale (Approximately 8 hours drive). Early breakfast, cross the Nile River by ferry, game drive to the top of Murchison falls. Later, drive through beautiful agricultural countryside. Upon reaching Kyenjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rainforest. Overnight Ndali Lodge / Chimp's Nest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Kibale Forest. Today you spend the day hiking through the dense overgrowth of the Kibale Forest in search of primates, both greater and lesser.
Once you have encountered the Chimps, you will continue hiking through the forest, looking for birds and lesser primates. Expert national park guides will accompany us and will reveal some of the botanical secrets of the forest. A night walk to see the potto and galagoo can be arranged (optional). Overnight Ndali Lodge / Overnight Chim's Nest Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Kibale/Queen Elizabeth National Park (Approximately 3 hours drive). After an early morning breakfast, you will say goodbye to Kibale and return to Fort Portal. This rural Ugandan town is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we stop briefly to examine some of this local art. Leaving Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains—the famed “Mountains of the Moon”.Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Today’s exploration of Queen Elizabeth National Park begins with an early morning launch trip on the Kazinga Channel. This fresh water system, joining Lake Edward and Lake George, boasts of the highest concentration of Nile Hippos in the world. This area is excellent for birders and you expect to see species ranging in size from the tiny and brilliant Malachite Kingfisher to the Giant Goliath Heron. You leave the water and re-unite with your drivers to explore the park in a more traditional manner. In addition to these semi-aquatic mammals, the launch affords unique opportunities to view other mammals, and birds as they come to the waters edge to drink or bathe. Overnight Mweya Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth/Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Approximately 6 hours). You are up early this morning for a final game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, hoping to catch a glimpse of the more elusive wildlife of this lovely sanctuary. You then drive through Ishasha area of the park hoping to see the famous tree climbing lions (weather permitting) and then through the scenic area known as the “Switzerland” of East Africa, to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for your gorilla treks. Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp / Engagi Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi National Park is certainly aptly named. On its steep slopes and in the deep valleys, the largest of the primates has managed to escape extinction.Report at the park office at 7.30am for the gorilla tracking. Carry a picnic lunch and plenty of water. It can rain at short notice; Meeting our ranger guides, gorilla watchers head off the steep, trail-less slopes to search for gorillas.
If your group size is less than six members, the park rangers will add other trekkers to your group. You have no way of knowing who these trekkers will be or what physical condition they may be in, and our group will need to trek together. Should your gorilla trekking end early, rainforest walks in Bwindi can be arranged. Other wildlife you may encounter includes yellow-backed duiker and a variety of birds. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Second Gorilla Trek. Early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters with a picnic lunch for your second Gorilla trek. Today you visit a different group from yesterdays. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Bwindi/Lake Mburo (Approximately 7 hours drive). After breakfast we depart for Lake Mburo National Park. En route, we pass through Uganda’s Ankole District where the people keep massively horned cattle. The horns of these domestic beasts may measure well in excess of four feet each. Small children tend their herds, making sure that the cattle don’t invade the fertile fields and banana plantations that dot the countryside.
We continue to Lake Mburo National Park. Mburo offers perhaps the best opportunities in Uganda to see birds associated with acacia woodlands. We overnight Mihingo Lodge / Mantana tented camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Lake Mburo /Kampala / Jinja (approximately 6.5 hours drive). You will view game as you leave the camp for Kampala, pass through the town of Masaka near the shores of Lake Victoria, then continue through huge papyrus swamps, fragmented rainforest, with a stop at the Mpigi Royal drum makers and witness how drums have been made in Uganda for centuries. Long before the coming of the Europeans, the Buganda people had a highly structured society and drums were used extensively for long distance and rapid communications. Later proceed to Jinja arriving at Gately on Nile / Nile Porch in the evening, where you overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Jinja/ Entebbe / Departure (Approximately 3 hours drive). This morning, you will visit the spectacular Bujagali Falls and the source of the Nile. On your way to Kampala you will branch off the main road and visit the Ssezibwa falls, which is a cultural site, used by the Kabaka’s (Kings) for traditional healing. A witch doctor lives here and the Baganda people visit this site regularly. Transfer to Entebbe for your flight out depending on flight departure times. Includes: (B), (L).
Your departure flight should be late in the afternoon or in the evening otherwise, another night can be arranged in Entebbe. By no means are you restricted to this itinerary. If you like a certain itinerary, we shall design it for you.
Supplemental Tour Information:
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Expert leadership
- Meals as noted
- Airport transfers
- Park fees and sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
- 2 Gorilla permits
- Ground transportation.
- International airfare or flights of any kind
- Meals not noted on the itinerary
- Insurance of any kind
- Excess baggage charges
- Airport taxes
- Items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc).
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