16 Days Gorilla, Big five & Nature

16 Days Gorilla, Big five & Nature

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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 the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive! With these contrast: the tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. There’s the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes.Snowcapped peaks, tropical, sandy freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere. It’s all here, a feast for all the senses.

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Day by Day

Day one : Arrival in Entebbe, Uganda

Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a Home To Africa Tours and Travels representative, & transferred to your hotel in Kampala.

The Lake Victoria Serena Hotel
Meal Plan: Dinner

Day Two : River Nile ;Jinja

After an early morning breakfast transfer from the hotel to Jinja for the most exhilarating adventure sport; white water rafting. Enroute stop by Mbira forest; a natural rain forest and enjoy the beautiful nature sights.
At Jinja you will enjoy a half day of white water rafting. This is the most exciting, heart–pounding experience white water
rafting. Choose to raft in the paddle-powered boats for one of the wildest raft rides on the planet, or opt to be rowed downstream by our professional guides in the safety raft.

There are safety rafts and kayakers, a photographer and video-kayaker that record videos for your viewing at the end of the safari (you can buy a copy if interested). High-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets and custom-made rafting equipment are provided. No rafting or swimming experience is necessary.

Jinja Nile Resort
Meal plan:Breakfast,lunch and Dinner

Day Three : Murchison Falls National Park.

Transfer To Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Drive from Jinja and head to Murchison Falls National Park.
Enjoy your lunch before the drive by the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary to enjoy a trek of these magnificent endangered Rhinos. A well trained guide will take you on a 2 hr walk as you see firsthand how the Rhinos spend their day.You will then drive to Murchison Falls National. Arrive and check into your accommodation for the night as you anticipate the next day’s activi ties.

Day Four :Murchison Falls National Park;Game Drive and Boat Ride

The next morning after breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park, where you will have chances of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the secretary bird, and black chested snake eagle, to name a few.
In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls,where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, plunging 43 m into Lake Albert.

Paraa Safari, Lodge
Meal plan:Breakfast and Dinner

Day Five : Hoima

Game Drive and transfer to Hoima After an early breakfast, drive to the ferry crossing area and transfer to
the Northern bank famous for game drives for the most likelihood African elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos and many more as the checklist of mammals reaches up to 76 species. We continue the drive circuit to the delta point for a cocktail of birds and mammals. Come for lunch at the lodge and later transfer to Hoima Town where you will rest for the night.

Kontiki Hotel Hoima
Meal plan: Meal plan:Breakfast and Dinner

Day Six Kibaale National Park : Fortportal/ Kibale Forest National Park

After an early breakfast, you will pick up your packed lunch and Fortportal town. The drive is long, but incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.

You will stay at a wonderful lodge, just outside the town of Fort Portal, with spacious rooms and amazing views over one of the crater lakes in this area!

Papaya Lake Resort
Meal plan: Meal plan:Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day Seven : Kibaale National Park: Chimpanzee tracking & Swamp walk

Today you will experience some serious primate business! Kibale Forest

National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in theworld, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

Your swamp walk will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue Turaco!

Optional activity At an additional fee of only $70 US Dollar p.p. you do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives.

Papaya Lake Resort
Meal plan: Meal plan:Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day Eight : Queen Elizabeth N.P, To Queen Elizabeth NP, boat safari

After breakfast you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.

You stay overnight at the beautiful Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Mweya peninsula. Watch wildlife from your private veranda and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savanna. You will sleep in the exclusive deluxe safari tents.

In the afternoon, you will take a private boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.

Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the water to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

Mweya Safari Lodge- Deluxe Safari Tent
Meal plan:Breakfast,lunch & dinner.

Day Nine : Queen Elizabeth N.P, Game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP

This morning you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion,Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.
After breakfast you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to an area called Ishasha. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive.

You will stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a very luxurious lodge with wonderful views over the savanna and a river packed with hippos! Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en suite bathroom with a hot water ‘bush’ shower.

Optional Activities

* Hot air Balloon safari US$ 380 pp
* Chimp tracking Kyambura gorge US$ 50 pp
* Lion Predator tracking US$ 85 pp.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Meal plan:Breakfast,lunch & dinner.

Day Ten : Queen Elizabeth NP-Isasha Sector

Ishasha tree climbing lions- To escape from the heat during the day, the lions here have learned how
to climb the fig trees. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive, so keep your eyes open and look up! Besides these famous lions, there is other interesting wildlife to be seen, like buffalo and the :
Uganda kob.
Today, you can discuss with your guide how many game drives you wish to make.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Meal plan:Breakfast,lunch & dinner.

Day Eleven : Bwindi impenetrable forest NP

To Bwindi impenetrable forest NP, After breakfast you will game drive on your way out of the park for a last
chance at spotting those tree climbing lions. Lunch will be provided at the lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest;
home of the Mountain Gorillas. Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private veranda, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Get a good night’s sleep because tomorrow you have to be fresh for the Gorilla trekking.

Buhoma Lodge
Meal plan:Breakfast,lunch & dinner.

Day Twelve : Bwindi impenetrable forest NP

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate
the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as two hours to as many as seven hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal
with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. Later you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi to recuperate.

Buhoma Lodge
Meal plan:Breakfast,lunch & dinner.

Day Thirteen : Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi also called Place of many little birds is located in south western Uganda between two districts of Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. It’s Located at 1,962 m (6,437 ft) above sea level; it is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and 7 km (1.35 mi) wide. The depth of the lake is expected to vary between 44 m (144 Ft.) and 900 m (2,952 ft), which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming.

Travellers Rest
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Day Fourteen: Mgahinga Forest National Park

Towns on its shores include Kyevu and Muko, while its 29 islands include Punishment Island and Bushara Island. It is a popular location for watersports and is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides. It is a tourists and travelers haven especially for those who undertake a Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or come to Uganda after their Rwanda Gorilla safari experience. Here you will relax at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy the best scenery in the whole world, while you involve yourself in various cultural and community activities as well birding and canoe rides. Later in the afternoon embark on a 2 hr drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and check into your accommodation.

Golden Monkeys are unique to the Virunga mountain range which spans Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
They are some of the most beautiful monkey species, especially because of their striking golden fur coats, thus the name ‘Golden’ Monkeys. They live in large groups called troops, and inhabit the lower areas of the mountains which are largely covered with bamboo forest. They love to feed on the bamboo shoot. The tracking session starts off with a briefing by the rangers at the park offices at 7.30am, then starting the trek at 8.00am. The Monkeys do not veer off too high up the mountain but rather spend most of the time in the bamboo nearer to the base.
They travel in their hundreds, spending most of the time in the bamboo canopy picking the shoot from the tops,
but will often come down to the ground as well. The Golden Monkeys are photogenic and not shy to move within a small distance to human. You follow them through the forest for not more than one hour.

Day Fifteen : Lake Mburo National Park

Time to say goodbye to the gorillas and the jungle. Your safari continues to the Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon, which is the smallest of the national parks in Uganda, but should not be underestimated. Here, you can discover a variety of sometimes rare wildlife such as the Impala antelope and for the bird watcher, there is also the chance of encountering an abundance of tropical birds. You can further enjoy a boat ride on the lake or game drive / bush walk through the
Lake Mburo National Park, which is famous for its scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of antelopes as well as large herds of zebras. Giraffes were recently introduced to the park, which were translocated there from other national park lands.

Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available in the park: Safari either on horseback or mountain bike.

Mihingo Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Day Sixteen : Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe

Before your departure and drive back to Entebbe, you have another opportunity to enjoy a game drive or bush walk in the Lake Mburo National Park. The afternoon drive back to Entebbe also offers the additional chance to take a photo at the Equator crossing. Arriving back in Entebbe to enjoy your last night in Uganda at Lake Victoria Hotel
(Laico)

LAICO
Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch

Inclusive
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • 1 Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Park Entrance fees
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
Exclusive
  • International flight (can be arranged if required)
  • Visa and personal insurance.
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package
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