Safari Overview

For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life bird, insect, reptile, beast for vast scale Uganda is truly the Pearl of Africa. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Ugandas resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travellers. Visitors return for Ugandas welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda's most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda's diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades. Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda's many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Safari/Trip details

    Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
    On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Umoja Motherland tours guide, who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel, taking between 15 minutes to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.
    Overnight at Lake view guest house (B&B) Budget Munyonyo common wealth hotel (B&B) Midrange

    Day 2: Depart for Murchison falls National park
    Today after breakfast you will drive from Jinja to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km². You will travel off the beaten track as you drive north, passing the ancient Nyero Rock Paintings close to Kumi near Soroti. You will take a packed lunch to enjoy en route (around 7 hours). If Time permits, you may break your journey at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a species reintroduction program that has successfully bred over a dozen white rhino and the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino. These docile animals are best viewed on an early morning walking safari. 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 water buck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see. Swimming for the children.
    Overnight at Fort Murchison (FB) Budget, Paara safari lodge (FB) Mid range

    Day 3: Boat trip and hike to top of the fall
    Your morning will start with an early morning game drive. You may choose to take a packed breakfast to eat mid-morning or eat a full breakfast upon your return to the Lodge. Admire the wildlife and bird life of Murchison Falls National Park and ask your driver guide lots of questions along the way. After the game drive, you will return for lunch and an hour or to use relaxation by the pool. One of the highlights of this Safari will be the boat ride to the Nile Delta, home to the iconic Shoe bill. If time allows, visit the Top of the Falls and feel the force of the River Nile under your feet as the half a kilometer wide river narrows to just 7 m wide and cascades down through a 45 m drop.
    Overnight at Fort Murchison (FB) Budget Paara safari lodge (FB) Mid range

    Day 4: Drive to Fort Portal
    Wake up early morning and prepare for your long journey from Murchison falls National park to Fort portal were you will be spending your night. You will have an en route lunch.
    .Overnight Fort Motel(FB) Budget, Mountains of the Moon(FB)-Mid Range

    Day 5: Drive to Queen National park-Water Safari on the Kazinga Channel and Evening Game drive
    Wake up early in the morning and embark on your journey from Fort Portal to Queen Elizabeth National park, arrive to your lodge in time for lunch. The after lunch embark on your boat trip to 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 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. After the boat safari you will continue with your evening 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). 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!
    Dinner and Overnight at Buffalo safari lodge (FB) budget Twin lakes safari lodge (FB)Mid range

    Day 6: Morning Kalinzu Chimpanzee Trekking then depart For Bwindi.
    Wake up early morning have some coffee and don’t forget to pick your packed lunch, drive to Kalinzu in due time for your Chimpanzee trekking briefing then you embark on your Chimpanzee trekking hiking through the forest as you search for them. After the activity, 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 Ishashathan 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 (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes. After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Ruhija (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.
    Overnight Trekker’s Tarvan Cottages(FB)Budget, Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge (FB) Mid range

    Day 7: 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. The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact. In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 meters from the gorillas. 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 advise 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.
    Overnight Trekker’s Tarvan Cottages(FB) Budget, Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge (FB) Mid range

    Day 8: Drive to Lake Mburo National park
    Today you wake up in the morning and have breakfast after which you will embark on your journey from Bwindi Impenetrable National park to Lake Mburo National park. While on your drive, you will have beautiful scenery of the Kigezi highlands. Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. On your arrival, you will check into your lodge, then prepare for an evening Game drive.
    Overnight at Mpogo Lodge (FB) Budget, Rwakobo Rock lodge (FB) Mid range

    Day 9: Community tourism (Cow Milking/Local visit) & Boat trip
    Wake up in the morning for breakfast, after which you will embark on your community tourism, you will have a walk through the local community to the cattle herds men. You will participate in the morning milking the Ankole Long horned cattle, making yogurt the traditional way or take a stroll and visit the ghee factory in the neighborhood, where you get a chance to churn ghee the traditional way, in larger than life calabashes. Head back to lodge for lunch and after lunch head for a boat trip on Lake Mburo to view more aquatic animals like the Crocodiles and Hippos plus some other animals like the Buffalos and Antelopes that come by the Lake to quench their thirst.
    Overnight at Mpogo Lodge (FB) Budget, Rwakobo Rock lodge (FB) Mid range

    Day 10: Depart for Entebbe
    After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator. A day room will be organized for you to shower and change in Entebbe. After a farewell dinner, your Umoja Motherland tours guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight. Lake Victoria view Guest hotel (FB)Budget day room Munyonyo common wealth hotel (B&B) Midrange day room Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area

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