Trip highlights: Lake Mburo, gorilla tracking in Bwindi, boat trips and game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, visiting the Batwa in Bwindi and Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest.
Day one: Arrival – Entebbe -Kampala – 42 km. On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly picked by our guide who will transfer you to Kampala for the overnight Day Two: Kampala – Lake Mburo – 230 km. After breakfast, depart Kampala for Lake Mburo National Park having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator – where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once, having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the evening. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and overnight
Day Three: Mburo – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Approx. 6.5 hours drive). After breakfast, you will have a game drive as you depart Mburo for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk (at an extra cost of $20 P.P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and get a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Day Four: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (There is an option of tracking in Nkuringo the southern sector of Bwindi or Rwanda as well). This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community returning to the Camp in the evening (at an extra cost of $15p.p). Dinner and overnight.
Day Five: Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth National Park. . (Approx. 4 hours drive). After breakfast, you will depart Bwindi for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive. It’s little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rainforest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few. The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.
Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Flycatcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Overnight at either Mweya
Day Six: Queen Elizabeth. This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kasenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area returning at the Lodge after a community walk. Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalos linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at Mweya.
Day Seven: Queen Elizabeth National Park- Kibale. (Approx. 3-4 hours drive) Have a morning game drive and later head for Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. In the afternoon, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis’, Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds, a good infrastructure and variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination returning in time for dinner.
Day Eight: Kibale National Park – Murchison Falls. (Approx. 7 hours drive). After breakfast, you are on your way to Murchison Fall National park. This is a long drive as you travel north through the Rwenzori and the evergreen tea estates but well worth it.. Once you reach the Nile in the heart of the Park you will cross on the ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge. The sight of the Nile River, the world’s longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable. Overnight at Paraa
Day Nine: Murchison Falls. After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of viewing Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Martial Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river. Overnight at Paraa
Day Ten: Murchison Falls – Kampala. (Approx. 6 hours drive). Early game drives to the Top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look into the gorge where the Nile squeezes into a 7 meter gorge dropping 40 meters. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. Later drive back to Kampala and transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
1.1 Gorilla and chimp permit per person. 2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary. 3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle. 4. Park entrance fees. 5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide. 6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari. 7. All boat trips. 8. All game drives. 9. All airport pick-ups and drops. 10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary. 11. And all government taxes/levies.
1. Bar Bills 2. Phone calls 3. Personal insurance 4. Laundry 5. Airfare 6. All other Services of a personal nature. 7. Driver guide’s gratuity.
Important: Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking. You’ll be charged for a visa to Rwanda Gorilla tracking is depend on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla tracking is highly controlled and permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible