Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
At Entebbe International Airport, our professional guide will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you to your lodge.
Overnight at Protea Hotel (BB).
Day 2: Depart for Murchison Falls National park
Today you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km².Pass via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary if time allows, a Rhino program that has successfully bred over a dozen white rhino and the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino. Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. The River Nile runs through the park and attracts Nile crocodile, hippo and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see.
Overnight at Paraa Lodge (FB)
Day 3: Morning Game drive and afternoon Water Safari.
An early morning breakfast then embark game drive, were you see a variety of the wildlife and birdlife of Murchison Falls National Park. After the game drive, you will return for your heavy breakfast the relax at the lodges pool side after which you will have lunch. The embark on a boat ride to the Nile Delta, home to the iconic Shoebill and many other aquatic animals like the Hippos, Nile crocodiles, antelopes and animals like Buffalos at the water banks quenching their thirsty.
Overnight at Paraa Lodge (FB)
Day 4: Lake Albert, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve
Between Murchison Falls and Kibale Forest National Parks lies Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve, near the town of Hoima, your next destination. Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is located in the Albertine Western Rift Valley and comprises 225 km2. Lake Albert Lodge has a swimming pool and views of the Blue Mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo beyond Lake Albert.
During your evening game drive, look out for a wide variety of antelopes including Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda Kob, bushbucks and duikers not primates such as the striking Black and White Colobus Monkey.
If time allows, you may have the opportunity for a guided nature walk.
Overnight at Lake Albert Lodge (FB)
Day 5: Depart for Kibale Forest National Park
Today your guide will drive you from Hoima to Kibale Forest, an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies.
Overnight at Ndali lodge(FB)
Day 6: Chimp Tracking
After breakfast, it’s an early start to report to the ranger headquarters at 8 am in Kibale Forest National Park to track habituated Chimps. These engaging apes, our closest living relative, are great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruit trees. Your experienced guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers who will explain the fascinating traditional uses of the forest plant species. The forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest. Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the look-out for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Also look out for the Black and White Colobus Monkey, Red Tailed Monkey and Gray Cheeked Mangabey. In the afternoon if time permits, take a walk to Bigodi.
Overnight at Ndali Lodge (HB)
Day 7: Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park
Your driver guide will take you via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the (occasionally visible peaks of the) Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda. While heading to your lodge, you will do a short game drive were you will see elephants and Uganda Kob.
Overnight at Kasenyi Safari camp (FB)
Day 8: Game drive and Boat trip to Kazinga Channel
An early morning game drive. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope) that mate around this area. Wildlife to look out for includes elephants, antelope, warthogs, Baboons and occasionally a hyena. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard! Head back for breakfast then later lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo. The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.
Overnight at Kasenyi Safari Camp(FB)
Day 9: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on the expansive plains of Ishasha that you will be on the lookout for its famous resident: the tree climbing lion. A sighting is not guaranteed but you have a better chance of seeing them here in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha than anywhere else in Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas that make up
Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)
Day 10: Gorilla Tracking
You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes. Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advice on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base. If time allows in the afternoon you will visit the Batwa.
Overnight at Mahogany springs Lodge (FB)
Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park
A stop over at Lake Mburo National Park is the perfect way to break the long journey from Bwindi back to Kampala. You will depart Bwindi early after breakfast and drive the 227 km to Lake Mburo to arrive in time for lunch. You will drive through lush green scenery of the Kabale a pattern of heavily cultivated hills and deep valleys. Lake Mburo is known for its Burchill’s zebra which are this small national park’s most striking inhabitants, although the recent relocation of giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park adds to the park’s interest. The lack of large predators means that Lake Mburo is one of the few national parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari. Here you can do a game drive.
Overnight at Mihingo Lodge (FB)
Day 12: Drive to the Airport.
After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator. Head to Entebbe in due time for your out bound flight.
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