HIGHLIGHTS: Uganda is a land of contrast. In half a day you can drive from mist shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with t he musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive!
On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our safari guide who will then transfer you to the booked hotel. Depending on your preference a tour of Kampala City can be arranged; experience rich cultural history of the Buganda Kingdom from which the name ‘Uganda’ was derived. A visit to the Uganda Museum and feel the energy of Kampala’s vibrant night life.
Early morning breakfast and off you is for another game drive across the Savannah,
along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises. Climb to the narrow gorge that makes the famous Murchison Falls, first gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting
76 species of mammals and 451 birds and a popular spot for white water rafting in Uganda. Look out for the crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and a variety of birds along the banks.
The game drive is on an open roof vehicle to the north of the River Nile where the park is crowded with different animals.
The gorilla trek can proceed for more than 2 hours but it is worthwhile when you meet a family that you have been tracking for a long time.
Please carry a wide brimmed hat, binoculars and a good camera to capture the wild’s moments. Sights include the giraffes, buffaloes, a few lion prides, oribi, antelopes and waterbucks. Head back to your lodge for a sumptuous lunch before your afternoon rides. On the 3 hour boat trip, gently moving along the river bank viewing crocodiles, an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, lots of birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more.
The boat moves gently up the river and stay on the left hand side so that you see
Depart for Fort portal after breakfast, driving for about 4 hours towards Kibaale
Forest National Park. Kibale is highest at the park’s northern tip, which stands
1,590m above sea level. The lowest point is 1,100m on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south and covers 795km2 of beautiful forest. You will have lunch from any hotel enroute.
This park is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, red cheeked monkeys and red tailed monkeys.
On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.
Start your day on an early chimpanzee tracking in the abundant forest.
The chimps are the prime attractions in this park, despite the presence of other species of primates like red colobus monkeys, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies. Other animals include forest elephant, buffalo, forest hog, antelopes and other birds.
You will have a lunch break before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early in the morning you will go with a ranger head for a game drive through the
park, with magnificent views of the plains, valleys, terraced hills and wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, kob, warthogs, elephants, lions, buffalos and so much more. Have a break and relax as you eat lunch served at the lodge.
The afternoon adventure entails a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, water stream joining Lake Edward and Lake George.
The channel attract a large school of Hippos and Nile crocodiles, besides the variety of birds that flock the reed shores like the shoebill, pelicans, kingfishers, saddle billed stork and sometimes the crowned cranes.
After an early morning breakfast, board vehicle and head for Bwindi National park. En-route pass through Ishaha, south of Queen Elizabeth Park, famous for its tree climbing lions.
Continue on to Bwindi forest for the montane gorillas, a population of the few left in the world.
The forest is also home to over 300 species of birds, particularly Albertine endemics like the double collared sunbird, Kivu ground thrushes, short tailed warbler and African grey parrots.
24 of 26 species are found in the park alone.
After an early morning breakfast, take a walk to the park’s offices for preliminary briefing where you will be allocated into groups of 8 persons and given about 2 armed ranger guides to lead you through the thick forest.
Trek through the forest’s thick vegetation hearing creaks and groans of the gorilla and monkeys at a distance.
Identify the spoors and trails of the gorillas from their previous night spots and then track them.
Finding the gorillas is quite an anxious feeling, you have only 1 hour to enjoy the
amazing creatures as they feed and grumble with their little ones.
Take pictures of them as your tour guide identifies for you this particular family, its name and usual behavior.
The tracking sometimes lasts 2-7 hours thus the need to pack your lunch for the adventure.
After an early morning breakfast, set off to Lake Mburo National Park;
Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes and stop by Mbarara town for lunch break.
Arrive in the park in the early afternoon for a boat ride on the lake or game drive in the park.
On the game drive, there are different animals to see such as the eland, zebras, hyenas, leopards, buffalos, sitatunga and other mammals. The boat ride on the lake is good for birding safaris for several birds like African Harrier Hawk, yellow- backed, cormorant fish eagles, spectacled weavers, Levillant, shoe bill stork, heron etc. the shores of the lake are crowded with crocodiles and a number of hippos.
Later, relax at Mihingo Lodge, where you will spend the night.
Breakfast in the morning and there is an early option for a a bush walk in the park
and a Kampala city tour if you’ve late departures.