This safari insight you into the forest and savannah worlds; exhbiting a diversity of primates, ranging from the chimps to the baboons, the canopy dwelling black and white Columbus monkeys to the rare red tailed monkey, the savannah Murchison
restricted Pattas to the velvet monkey, the highly restricted mountain gorillas to the golden monkeys. While the giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, topi, impala, Cob, Elephants, Buffaloes, water buck, forest hogs among others are the treasures of the savannah world. To the birders the safari insights into the over 1000 species on record in Uganda notching with Queen Elizabeth 612 species while Bwindi has 23 restricted albertine rift endemics.
DAY 1: Entebbe Air Port
On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe Airport, he will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and highlights of your travel itinerary.
DAY 2: Budongo Chimp tracking - Murchison
After an early breakfast drive to Kanio Pabidi, a chimp Eco-tourism center in Budongo forest, walk beneath a natural forest of about 120 chimpanzees but only 30 chimps are habituated for tourism under mature mahogany and iron wood trees. There are other primate species such as Black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Blue monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons. The Forest enjoys a prolific bird life especially the chocolate backed kingfisher and the Pruvels illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa. The walk will take 2 to 3 hours in your search for the famed man closest wild relatives. Come back and relax at the coffee terrace, have lunch and head north to Murchison Falls.
Take a stopover at the top of Murchison falls; this is the River Nile’s crowning glory. Here, the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on the other side in a crushing 43m plume of white water! The calm river then gives comfort to its profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge open-mouthed crocodiles. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Baker in 1864. He considered this falls to be the most important object through the entire course of the Nile. From here you shall continue to take a ferry to the luxurious Paara lodge as you look out for wildlife that may be seen grazing along the way. You shall check in to your hotel in the late evening.
DAY 3: Game drive and Boat
After your early breakfast you will go for an early morning game drive through palm studded grassland that supports dense population of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey. Come back for lunch; relax to be ready for an afternoon boat ride.
After lunch go for a 3 hours boat cruise to see how the mighty river is funneling through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on this side in a crushing 43m plume of white water. The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and crocodiles, below the waterfalls from which the park is named. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sundowner at the hotel swimming pool terrace.
DAY 4: Kibale
After breakfast with packed lunch cross the Nile River with the ferry of 7: 00 am for 10 hours long drive to Fort portal, passing close to Lake Albert in Bulisa to view Lake Albert and Murchison falls atop escarpment out of the rift valley. Arrive in Fort portal in the late afternoon.
DAY 5: Chimp and Forest walk
After breakfast have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 am the tracking start time for chimps. This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey. These delightful apes are a tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in the trees as you walk in a shady forest trails that may provide much more to delight Botanists, Butterfly lovers and Birders. 335 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic prirogrine’s ground thrush while the much smaller and hairy forest Elephant and other terrestrial mammals like Buffaloes, Giant forest hogs can also been seen.
In the afternoon go for a forest walk, Bigodi swamp walk, community walk or leisure around.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Have a relaxed day; after breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth NP entering the park via the northern crater area through a beautiful scenic view. This cluster of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30 minutes drive north of Mweya. The winding 27 km crater drive between the main equator gate provide awesome superb views into the depths of various craters, some filled with lovely lakes facing towards the Ruwenzori mountains and across the rift valley floor.
Day 7: Game drive and Boat
After early morning coffee, go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to view game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopard Waterbuck, Bush Buck Warthog and the un expected Giant Forest Hog, the African largest wild swine which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open forests. Come back for a late breakfast.
After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40 km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward vii and successor George v. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: elephants, hippos, buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory birds.
Day 8: Kyambura and Ishasha
After an early morning coffee drive to fig tree camp, the tourist center for Kyambura River gorge. Track chimps in the dramatic Kyambura gorge on the eastern side of the park 35 km from Mweya lodge. The 16 km gorge is a home to 30 chimps and also hosts the black and white Columbus monkey, red tailed monkey, velvet monkey and baboons, the birds include the black and white casqued horn bill, great blue turacco, Ross’s turacco and Black Bee eater among others.
And there after head to the southern sector of the Park home of the climbing lions. In about 124 km from Mweya lies Ishasha the southern sector of the park, a sector which provides a true wildness experience; diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare shoe bill; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Waterbuck among others.
Day 9: Game drive - Bwindi
Go for early game drive, come back by 10:00 am have breakfast, leisure around and after lunch head to Bwindi forest. This is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to elephants, Chimpanzees, monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines.
Day 10: Gorilla tracking
Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00 am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas’ camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there only 800 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world.
If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga River trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi colorful array of butterflies. Or do community villages walk; see how people live, Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer and dance and drama.
DAY 11: Lake Mburo
After breakfast drive to Lake Mburo National Park; this is the closest savannah reserve to Kampala. It is centered on series of swamp fringed lakes known for their rich bird life notably the African fin foot. The green acacia wood land surrounding the lake harbors dense populations of Zebras, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Impala and various other grazers including the last surviving population of Elands, the largest African antelope. Check in your hotel in the evening.
Day 12: Game Walk and Kampala
Explore the park on foot; after breakfast transverse the acacia studded national park to view the Impala; the only place to get this envelope in Uganda with Zebras, Elands, Topi, Orib, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp antelope among others. After the walk drive to Kampala
You will drive through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long horned cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you about to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemisphere. There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at flamingo shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on to Kampala to arrive late evening but early enough for dinner
Day 13: Entebbe Airport
City tour; Uganda wildlife Education Center, Botanical Garden, Reptile village and the beach life in Entebbe: have lunch and transfer to the Airport for departure.