Your tour at a glance:
|Day 1||Arrival Entebbe||Protea Hotel EBB||BB|
|Day 2||Entebbe – Murchison Falls NP||Paraa Safari Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 3||Murchison Falls||Paraa Safari Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 4||Murchison Falls- Kibale||Crater Safari Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 5||Kibale||Crater Safari Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 6||Kibale – Queen Elizabeth||Mweya Safari Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 7||Queen Elizabeth||Mweya Safari Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 8||Queen Elizabeth -Bwindi||Mahogany Springs||B,L,D|
|Day 9||Bwindi||Mahogany Springs||B,L,D|
|Day 10||Bwindi- Lake Bunyonyi||Heritage Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 11||Lake Bunyonyi||Heritage Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 12||Lake Bunyonyi- Lake Mburo||Mihingo Lodge||B,L,D|
|Day 13||Lake Mburo – Entebbe||Boma Guest House||B,L,D|
Arrival at Entebbe Airport, meet and greet and transfer to Protea Hotel Entebbe for overnight BB
Protea Hotel Entebbe, is a newly built 73-roomed Hotel in Entebbe an add on to the Protea Group of Hotels, the hotel is ideally located on the glistening shores of Lake Victoria and a convenient 1km from Entebbe International Airport. All rooms are spacious and well-appointed with en suite bathrooms and all modern amenities such as: Complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, Digital satellite television, Digital safes among others.
Depart Kampala early morning taking a panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle. Optional stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Opened up in 1998, the Rhino fund aims at re introducing black and white Rhinos in to Uganda’s protected areas as well as educating the local communities on endangered Rhinos, poaching and environmental conservation. The Rhino trek takes 1-2 hours and you will get an opportunity of viewing them at close quarters. Have a lunch stop in Masindi and continue on to the top of the falls. Checking in for the night at Paraa. B,L,D
Murchison Falls Protected Area (MFPA) comprises of Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Reserves. The park derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill.
These can be conducted at Rabongo Forest, Top of the Falls and Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo Forest.
Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park, northwest of Uganda.
Elevated high above the Falls on the north side of the river, the historic Lodge enjoys simply astounding views. With magnificent views of the majestic Murchison Falls, Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Set in a small area of landscaped gardens, the Lodge recreates the mood of quiet elegance for a new generation of guests.
Early morning game drive in the Northern sector of the park, on a good day, you may be able to see animals such as Giraffes, Lions, Hartebeests, Elephants, Cape buffalo and many other mammals. Bird species may include the Black Chested Snake Eagle, Blue Napped Mouse birds, the Secretary bird, Swallow Tailed Bee-eaters and the Silver Headed Agama. After the game drive your will drive you back to your lodge for late breakfast and relaxation. After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40 metre drop. En route, you may be able to see the Nile crocodile, pools of hippo, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge, B, L, D
Game Drives: In the cool early morning before the sun rises too high, set out for a game drive through the Buligi, Albert and Queen’s tracks north of the River Nile. At Nyamusika Cliffs you might be able to see and Elephants and other game on the grassy hillsides. Go well prepared for a four-hour game drive. The best time is 06:30hr and 16:00hr.
Launch Trips on the Nile:
One of the highlights of a visit to Murchison Falls National Park is the launch trip from Paraa to the foot of Murchison Falls. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you may be able to see birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles, kingfishers and sometimes the rare shoebill.
The launch trip from Paraa to the falls (17km) and back takes about three hours. A boat trip from Paraa to the Delta (28km) and back takes about four to five hours and you can see a similar variety of animals and birds. The boat trip is scheduled for 0900hr and 1400hr every day. Any special time arrangement can be made with park management.
Morning breakfast and start on your long drive to Fort Portal. Enjoy this long drive of 450 Kms passing through different homesteads. This will take you around 8 hours of driving, Arrive in the late afternoon check in for dinner and overnight stay at Crater Safari Lodge. B, L, D
Crater Safari Lodge is located in Kibale Forest National Park and is sculpted at the banks of Nyinabulitwa Crater lakes almost invisible in the landscape. On arrival a hidden corridor leads you down on a journey to a unique and unforgettable experience. The unexpected entrance opens to a panorama of uninterrupted breath-taking scenery. The Lodge has 9 ultra-luxurious cottages with traditional African style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. Each of the cottages features individually designed furniture, and a beautiful scenery around Lake Nyinabulitwa.
|With lush tropical rainforest and fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale National Park (KNP) is one of the most beautiful and stunning forests in Uganda. Kibale forest is certainly worth protecting as it is home to the largest number (in Uganda) of our closest living relative, the ENDANGERED chimpanzee, as well as the THREATENED red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the black and white colobus, blue monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies and pottos. The park also hosts over 325 species of birds including the yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinkerbird, littlegreenbul, green breasted pitta, African pitta, crowned eagle and the black bee-eater. There are a number of impressive mammals including forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers and bats. A keen observer may see some of the reptiles and amphibians as well as a colourful variety of butterflies. Furthermore, over 250 tree species have been recorded.
The most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park are the chimpanzees with over 1,450 individuals protected within the park. At Kanyanchu, a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in their natural environment (with more than 90% chance of viewing).
Early morning wake up to be ready for your chimp trekking experience today. Afternoon Bigodi swamp walk. Bigodi is a very interesting area of Papyrus and swamp forest. Distinct possibilities include White-spotted Flufftail, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Barbet and Scaly-throated Honey guide, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Blue-shouldered and Snowy-headed Robin-Chats, Black-faced Rufous Warbler and plenty of the spectacular Great Blue Turacos. Overnight at Crater Safari Lodge. B, L, D
|Primate Walk: This starts from Kanyanchu River Camp at 8:00am or 3:00pm. It lasts for 2-4 hours and is the most popular walk, highlighting the diversity of different animals and plant species within the forest. Chimpanzees are the main attraction, of which five groups have been partially habituated to human contact. The guided walk is along well marked tracks and a distance of 3km to 5km is covered. This walk is restricted to four groups of four persons each, in the morning and the same number in the
afternoon. For the ultimate prize encounter, the park also offers the chimpanzee habituation experience which allows visitors to spend time from de-nesting in the morning through to bedtime with the chimps.
Have an early morning tour to the crater lakes region. Visit the top of the world (A natural bridge)and view the snow Cap of Mount Rwenzori on a clear day. Have an early lunch at the lodge and drive through the foot hills of Rwenzori ranges on to Queen Elizabeth National park. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge B,L,D
Drive time: 2 – 3 hours
Mweya Safari Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A safari lodge compared to no other with sumptuous accommodation, breathtaking views from every room, an abundance of game and some of the best bird watching in East Africa. Mweya Safari Lodge is the perfect place to enhance your journal of discovery.
Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) together with Kyambura and Kigezi Wildlife Reserves form one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. The melting glacier waters of the Rwenzori Mountains create a vast wetland system comprising of two main lakes, George and Edward, as well as the connecting Kazinga Channel. Thousands of hippos populate these lake shorelines. Open savannah dotted with Acacia and Euphorbia trees provide habitat for elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs and big herds of buffaloes. Ten primate species including chimpanzees are present. Among the many animals frequently seen are giant forest hog, waterbucks, topi, hyenas and crocodiles. The park boasts of more bird species than any other park in Africa.
Get up ready for a 6.30 am morning game drive. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Look out for buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast.
After lunch go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a home of a variety of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water edge. Crocodiles are occasionally sighted along the channel banks. Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge B, L, D
|Game Drives: This is the act of driving through the park for the purpose of viewing animals. This is best done in the early morning and late afternoon hours. Over 200 km of well-maintained tracks give visitors access to the park’s game. Some of the tracks pass through large mating grounds of great herds of Uganda kob.
Hungry lions can often be seen searching for prey. The legendary giant forest hog is visible roaming the bush. When it is hot, large herds of elephant make their way down to the water. Buffalo and bushbucks can be found on the Channel track and adjacent circuits. The warthog is a hallmark sight on the Mweya Peninsula. The outstanding scenery along the Crater track brings visitors to volcanic craters at the foothills of the misty Mountains of the Moon (Mt. Rwenzori). The drive is a breathtaking experience. Our friendly staff will assist in planning for a game drive.
Launch Trip on the Kazinga Channel: A boat trip along the hippo crowded banks of Kazinga Channel gives visitors a unique unequalled wildlife experience. Eye to eye with yawning hippos and surrounded by vast numbers of migrant and resident water birds, the boat puts one right in the heart of nature. Many buffaloes rest in the water while the big herds of elephant enjoy themselves drinking and playing along the Channel banks. Crocodiles have become a common sight and occasionally leopards may be seen.
We Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park via Ishasha sector for game drive looking for the rare tree climbing lions, will continue driving to Bwindi Forest National Park, Overnight stay at Mahogany springs. B,L,D
Opened in April, 2011, Mahogany springs offers the best accommodation experience in Bwindi. Each of the eight cottages is very spacious with running hot/cold water, flushing toilets and a private verandah with great views of Bwindi forest. The lodge has got a great staff that makes you feel at home adding value to your safari experience.
|Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in south western Uganda, on the edge of the Western Rift Valley (Albertine rift) and is shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. It is 331 sq km in size and on an altitude range of 1,160 metres (Ishasha gorge) to 2,607 metres (Rwamanyonyi Peak). The annual average temperature range is 7°C – 20°C with the coldest period being June and July. Of the local people neighbouring the park, the majority are Bakiga and Bafumbira, constituting the most dense settlements in Uganda (350 people/sq km). A few Batwa are also found.
Species Diversity: Bwindi is home to 326 gorillas, almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. This afromontane forest has dense under storey of fern, vines and shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here, 10 of which occur nowhere else in Uganda.
Bird Watching: Bwindi is the bird watchers haven! It holds 346 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa and seven IUCN red data listed species. An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day! Visit Ruhija and Buhoma for this dream. Indicate your interest to the Park Management so that appropriate early morning departures can be arranged.
Day 9: Gorilla Tracking
Enter the forest at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the dense bush to trek for these endangered animals depending on where they built their nest the previous night. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. Observe the gentle giants as they feed and play. Overnight stay at Mahogany Springs. FB
|Gorilla Tracking: This is the major activity in Bwindi, with Ten Gorilla groups currently available daily for tourists. Mubare group (5 gorillas, 1 silverback) was opened for tourism in 1993, Habinyanja group (18 gorillas, 2 silverback) opened in July 1999, Rushegura group (20 gorillas, 1 silverback) was opened in July 2002, while Nkuringo group (20 gorillas, 3 silverbacks) was opened for tourism in April 2004. Bitukura group (14 members with Silverbacks) was opened up for tourism in 2008. Nshongi group was opened for tourism in 2009 and is believed to be the largest Gorilla family in the world with 25 gorilla members with 4 Silverbacks. Mishaya group with 9 members and 1 Silverback was opened up for Tourism in 2011, Oruzogo group with 23 gorilla members with 2 silverbacks was opened for tourism in June 2011 and Kahungye with 13 members including 3 silverbacks. The latest groups to be opened for tourism include Busingye which was opened at the beginning of the year 2013.
You need to book for your Gorilla Safari at least 6 months (but not more than two years) in advance to ensure that requested dates are available.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi can be challenging, therefore ensure fitness. The tracking experience starts at 8.30 am local time and can last from a few hours to a whole day! Registration at the gate commences at 7.45 am.
What to bring:
· Wear jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes and carry a rain jacket because the park is often wet.
· Put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds.
· Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellent.
· Carry a packed lunch.
For conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules apply and must be strictly adhered to:
· No one with a communicable disease (e.g. flu, diarrhea) is allowed to enter the park.
· Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, don’t surround them.
· Don’t get closer than 7 metres (21 feet) to the gorillas.
· Don’t eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 metres from the gorillas.
· Turn away from the gorillas if you have to sneeze or cough. Cover your nose and mouth in the process.
· Burry all human feaces a minimum of one foot deep and ensure that the hole is properly covered.
· Don’t leave litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed off properly.
· No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
· Don’t spit on vegetation or soil when in the park; use your hankie or other garment.
· Your group must not be more than 8 tourists and must all be over 15 years old.
We shall go for an optional guided forest walk. Rushurra trail will give you extensive views across the western rift valley floor. To the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale des Virungas provides a spectacular back drop and on a clear day, Lake Edward and Mount Rwenzori are visible. Muzabajirro trail offers breath taking views of Bwindi forest , the western rift valley and the Virungas. On the way you will view hundreds of pre – historic tree ferns. Have an early lunch at the lodge and drive to lake Bunyonyi, overnight stay at Heritage lodge. B,L,D
Drive time: 4 – 5 hours
HERITAGE LODGE, Set in idyllic isolation, on the tranquil waters of Lake Bunyonyi, in Kabale District, Southern Uganda, Ha’Buharo Island invites the traveler whose quest is rest and beauty. The island features self-contained family-size tents on platforms, and cottages, well spread out in to the woods and foliage, preserving the much cherished privacy. In keeping with the environmental significance of the island, the tents and cottages are built almost exclusively of natural materials, and are solar-powered. Running water, flush toilets and hot showers, provide added comfort.
Embark on an early boat ride around the islands on the lake, continue on to the Batwa communities and take note of their local livelihoods. Overnight stay at Heritage lodge B,L,D
Check out of the lodge with packed lunches and transfer to lake Mburo national park, overnight stay at Mihingo lodge. B,L,D
Drive time: 5 hours
Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and luxurious retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The Lodge has ten rooms which are built on wooden platforms and stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush toilets. Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge’s property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest setting, some with a lake view, and some on rock outcrops.
|Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP) is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. LMNP contains an extensive area of wetland. The park harbors several species of mammals including zebras, impalas, elands, topi and buffaloes. Its sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lakeshores has a varied mosaic of habitats: forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamps which all support a wealth of wildlife. The park is only 370sq km and the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks.
Location: Lake Mburo National Park is situated in Mbarara district. It is about 3.5 hours drive from Kampala. The park is accessed from the Masaka-Mbarara road; turn left to Nshara gate (13kms past Lyantonde) or alternatively turn left at Sanga trading centre (27kms past Lyantonde) which brings you through Sanga gate. Both junctions have clearly marked signposts. It is about13 km from Sanga trading centre to Sanga gate and 8 km from the main road to Nshara gate. It is about 20 minutes’ drive from either gate to Rwonyo park headquarters.
Early morning game drive and enjoy the rich biodiversity including large herds of zebra, impala, gigantic eland, topis and a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast. Have an early lunch at the lodge and transfer to Entebbe with a stop at the equator for souvenirs/photographs. Overnight stay at The Boma guest house. B,L,D.
The Boma is Entebbe’s most exclusive hotel set in tropical gardens and is a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. All rooms have ensuite private facilities like a toilet and a bath tab/shower with hot and cold running water.
Depending on the flight time, breakfast at the lodge and transfer to the airport to check in for your flight
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