<text-align=”justify”>10 days the best of Uganda Safari.
Trip highlights: Nature, Culture, gorilla tracking, 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
On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly picked by our guide who will transfer you to your hotel of Choice. B/B. Preferably,Entebbe.
Day Two: Kampala – Bwindi – 640 km. 12 hours
After breakfast, depart Entebbe for Bwindi impenetrable National Park, on our way we will have a stop to look at the local Drum maker( drums play an integral part in our cultures) ,before the Equator crossing – where you will have a coffee and be able to stand on both hemispheres of the earth, at once. We will continue to Mbarara by passing Lake Mburo National park to Mbarara, where we shall visit a museum, and then proceed to Bwindi for dinner and overnight at Bwindi View. Full Board. Lunch will at Igongo Cultural centre.
Day Three: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Full day
Note: it is highly recommended to carry waterproof clothing and good hiking shoes- Physical fitness is a requirement.
This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for tracking the rare and highly endangered mountain Gorillas, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 840 individuals in the world, Bwindi has over 480 individuals
The tracking may take between 4 and 8 hours, through steep forested hills and valleys, there are tracking guides, assistants and rangers, Who make sure, your who make sure your hike is enjoy and successful, they interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. On the hike you will see so many forest birds, butterflies and plants only endemic here, an area that survived the ice age.
Depending on the time you spend in the forest tracking, if 4 or less hours, you will have a chance to relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community returning to the Camp/ lodge in the evening, for Dinner and overnight. Full Board.
Day Five: Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth National Park. . (Approx. 5-7 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park,through the Ishasha sector, you will drive north through Queen Elizabeth’s Ishasha Sector to look for tree climbing lions only seen here in the world. It is an impressive sight to see the lions lounging and enjoying the warm Albertine rift breeze in either, ficus, albizia or acacia trees. Later we will drive to Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking.(this gorge is a trough cut in the floor of the rift valley floor, with a river flowing down there and a rich tropical forest that harbours around 25 chimpanzees. It like an island in the ocean.
, Queen Elizabeth is a wonder of melodies, it has the highest biodiversity concentrations per square kilometre in Africa, – from the open Savannah to Rainforest, dense Papyrus Swamps, Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward flats in Ishasha and rocky kopjes atop volcanic hills.
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 Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chapin’s’ Flycatcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos,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, etc. All these are regularly sighted around the park.
. Overnight will be at Bush lodge/ Kazinga view lodge/ buffalo lodge Full Board.
Day Six: Queen Elizabeth.
This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kasenyi sector, to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob, waterbucks, hyenas’ leopard and many more. You will return at the Lodge for breakfast.
Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippo that huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalos, Elephants that will be enjoying their afternoon baths in the channel, plus a tremendous variety of birds that grace the bushes along the shores and waters, they might include, Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers and many more. December to March offer spectacular sightings of some of the migrant birds. Overnight will be at Bush lodge/Kazinga view/ Buffalo lodge. Full Board.
Day Seven: Queen Elizabeth National Park- to Kyenjojo, . (Approx. 6-9 hours drive)
After Breakfast you will do a morning game drive and later transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest concentration of primates in Africa (hence the primate capital of Africa) such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus, to mention but a few. There an optional swamp walk in Kibale, before continuing to Kyenjojo centre, a place named after Elephants, for dinner and overnight, at Tooro royal Cottages.
day Eight- Murchison Falls, National park
After Breakfast we transfer to Murchison falls- through the rift valley floor and Bugungu gate, we will have travelled along the western Albertine rift ridge, through villages and wildlife reserves. Overnight will be at Red chilli camp/ Heritage lodge. F/B
Day nine: Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, we will go for an early morning game drive in the Nile- Albert delta 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 bird enthusiast , these areas support a good number of savannah species, among them are 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, you will go for a boat trip to the base 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 wildlife species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big schools of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river. Back to lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.
Day Ten: Murchison Falls – Kampala. (approx. 6 hours drive).
Early game drive 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/Entebbe, where you have a day or two, to do optional activities, like Visiting the source of the Nile, white water rafting on the Nile, fishing on Africa’s largest lake Victoria.
. Costing : 4people each $4,355p/p
The safari package cost to include the following:
• Transportation by a 4×4 station wagon.
• Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
• Three-hour boat trip along River Nile.
• Park fees
• Ferry crossing
• Driver/guide subsistence allowance.
• Ranger guide fees
.The cost of optional activities are paid are not included in the Package cost,
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, telephone, cigars, etc.