Savannah Uganda

Starting with Kidepo NP an amazing exciting fauna of regional and globally threatened species, the palm studded habitat of Murchison teamed up with the Rothschild giraffe, lions, heart beasts, side striped fox to the open grass land and euphorbia candelabrum bushes of Queen Elizabeth National park full of the Uganda cob, Elephants lions and un common giant forest hogs to the acacia studded national park of Lake Mburo; the only place to get the Impala in Uganda among the Zebras and Elands.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

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. 

  • Arrival  
  • Be met by Pearl Eco – Safaris staff 
  • Drive to your hotel 
  • Dinner and over night 

Day 2

Drive to Moroto

After breakfast, drive to Moroto town a stop point en route to Kidepo valley NP. Moroto is the capital of the Karamojong a reminiscent tribe to the cattle keeping group of the Masai of Kenya. The Karamojong are traditional cattle keepers still living on cattle for their livelihood. They live in a rather hostile climate; dry and sort of water. They live in cluster villages in their traditional huts now popularly known as manyattas.  

  • Breakfast 
  • Drive to Moroto town 
  • Lunch en route 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 3

Drive to Kidepo Valley NP

After breakfast visit the Karamojong homesteads; insight self to their way of living. The cluster communities, traditions, customs, and way of life. As you mesmerize to their dance and drama; more so when you see them happy in an environment you might think is un habitable.  
There after drive to Kidepo NP. The Park boasts of an amazing exciting fauna of any Ugandan National Park; a checklist of 77 species of mammals, several of which are restricted to Kidepo and Karamoja region alone. The restricted species include the bat eared Fox, striped Hyena, Aardwolf, Caracal, cheetah, lesser Kudu, Chandlers, mountain Reedbuck, Klipspringer, and quencher’s Dikdik. 

Kidepo National Park is located in the north eastern corner 700km away from Kampala, tucked between the borders with Sudan and Kenya. Though Uganda’s most isolated National Park. but the most magnificent wildlife National Park not only in Uganda but Africa’s finest wildness. Protecting a wide range of rare regional endemics and globally threatened wildlife species; 77 species of mammals and 475 ssp of birds.  

  • Morning break fast 
  • Visit the Karamojong manyata 
  • Drive to Kidepo valley NP 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 4

Full Day Game Drive

After breakfast drive the Narus Valley an excellent sport for game viewing; a wonderful treat to the biggest herd of buffaloes is most likely as well as heartbeats, giraffe, zebras, jackals, and a small tenancy population of elands. Settle under a tree for your packed lunch as you get mesmerized to the beautiful scenery of the park atop the Nurus valley. Game viewing opportunity include; Lion, Leopard, Sported Hyena, Black backed jackal, Side striped Jackal, Elephants, Burchell`s zebra, Bush pigs, Warthogs, Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape Buffaloes, Eland, Bushbuck, Bush duiker, Defassa waterbuck, Bohor reedbuck, Jackson's heartbeats, Oribi and five species of primates including Kavirondo Bush baby. 

  • Early morning break fast 
  • Morning game drive 
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Afternoon game drive 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 5

Game walk and evening game drive

After breakfast with an armed ranger go ‘game viewing’ on foot; smell nature, touch nature, feel nature, listen to every sounds of nature. Watch how wildlife responds to you while on foot in comparison to being in a car. After lunch drive to the east of the park; Kidepo River for an opportunity to seeing the ostrich; visit the hot springs and touch the Sudan boarder. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Game viewing on foot 7am -10 am 
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • After noon game drive 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 6

Drive to Murchison Falls NP

After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls NP, through Gulu a wonderful stop for lunch. Proceed on to enter Murchison though Tangi or Wangwa entrance; proceed on to your hotel while watching game.
 
This is the country’s largest Wildlife protected area whose palm studded grassland supports dense population of lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda Cob together with the localized Rothschild`s Giraffe and Patas monkey. Immerse concentration of Hippos and birds observed from the morning and the afternoon launch trips along the Nile below the spectacular waterfalls from which the park is named, named by explorer Baker and his wife Florence in 1864 after the president of the Royal Geographical Society then; an Eco-system described by Winston Churchill in 1907 as `Kew gardens and the zoo combined on un limited scale`. Churchill hiked, boated and bicycled up the Nile. Since then, the park has seen many more other notables that include, Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, Humphrey Bogart, the prince of Wales (Edward VII) 1930 and the Queen Mother 1959. And today is you.  

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Drive to Murchison Falls NP 7 hrs.  
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 7

Game drive and Boat cruise on the Nile River

After your early breakfast you shall go for an early morning game drive through palm studded grassland that supports dense population of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey.  
After lunch go for a 3 hrs. boat cruise to see how the mighty river is funneling through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment. The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of Hippos, and huge Crocodiles; below the spectacular waterfalls from which the park is named. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sundowner at the hotel swimming pool terrace.

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 a 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. 

  • Early morning break fast 
  • Morning game drive 
  • Lunch at the hotel 
  • Accommodation- midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel 
     

Day 8

Boat cruise to the Delta and Evening Game drive

Take a cruise to the Delta with breakfast on the boat. See how the Nile is joining lake Albert in a complex delta swamp system, as you watch the hippos and a variety of water birds including seeing the Shoebill stork a prehistoric looking bird but Africa’s most sought.  
In the afternoon take another game driver to catchup with what you could have missed.  

  • Morning break fast 
  • Boat cruise to the delta 
  • Lunch at the hotel 
  • Evening game drive 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 9

Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast with packed lunch start early for 10 hrs. long drive to Queen Elizabeth NP passing close to Lake Albert in Bulisa to view Lake Albert and Murchison falls atop escarpment out of the rift valley. Arrive in Queen Elizabeth NP in the evening but early enough for dinner at your hotel.  

Set majestically in the shadow of the Ruwenzoris, this 2,465 SQ km enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George of lush savannah where a mosaic of habitats offers prime grazing for 95 mammals, specialties include giant forest hog and the legendry tree climbing lions of the Ishasha and a checklist of 612 bird species that testify to the extraordinary ecological diversity of this park. `There still exists no better introduction or a more inciting invitation to visit the park`, Douglas Warlocks remarked in 1952 owing to the Parks great mammal density by then.  

  • Morning break fast 
  • Drive to Murchison Queen Elizabeth NP 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 10

Game Drive and Boat

After an early morning breakfast, 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 see include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog and the un expected Giant Forest Hog; African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open woodlands.

After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George; these remember Queen Victoria sons, the heir Edward VII and successor George V. The launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to viewing the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile and wind range of water bird species a shore both resident and migratory.  Come back early enough for a sundowner. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Morning game drive 
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Boar cruise on the Kazinga channel 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 11

Game drive and Scenic crater drive

 After breakfast have a second game drive into the wooded habitat of Queen Elizabeth NP dominated by Euphorbia candelabrum ssp into which elephants, giant forest hogs and leopards disappear like vapor.

In the afternoon take the crater scenic drive to be amused by the wonder of volcanocity that has created lakes with forests but dry, with marsh vegetation and water filled; that peak up at Katwe salt crater where traditional salt mining is still active and profitable. Insight yourself onto salt mining and processing as you get surprised to precolonial history of the area; Katwe as a center of commerce in the prehistoric times of the long distance trade. Where the eastern Africans with clothing, utensils and guns would meet central Africans with ivory and precious metals. Through batter trade they would exchange these goods; and at one-time salt was used as the measure of value – used as money. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Morning game drive 
  • Lunch at the hotel 
  • Afternoon crater drive 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 12

Drive to Lake Mburo NP

After breakfast drive to lake Mburo NP, pass through awesome country side termed as the best food producer of Uganda thus exhibiting a Ugandan rich community. Vast banana and tea plantation and wonderful farms of cattle, where some are still kept traditionally on extensive communal owned land. Have lunch enroute probably at Igongo cultural center; a center that show case the traditions of the Abanyankole. It has a restaurant, a gift shop and a museum. 
Lake Mburo NP is a special Park; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color.

Its sculpture landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore with a variety of mosaic habitats, forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamp support a wealth of wildlife. Its mammal diversity is second to none in western Uganda. It is the only place you can find the impala in Uganda and the only place you can find the Zebra, Eland, Oribi, Klipspringer Roan antelope in western Uganda. Surprisingly it has mammal similarity with Kidepo National Park - about 1000km away in North Eastern Uganda than Its neighbor Queen Elizabeth National Park only 150km away to the west.  

  • Leisure morning breakfast 
  • Drive to Lake Mburo NP 4 hrs. 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Evening game drive 
  • Night game drive  
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 13

Game Walk and night game drive.

Explore the park on foot, transverse the acacia studded national park to view the Impala; the only place to get this antelope in Uganda, other game includes Zebras, Elands, Topi, Oribi, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp antelope among others. 
Have a leisurely afternoon to reserve energy for a night game drive; look for those species of animals that are active at night. Leopards, hyenas, pottos and mongooses and genets. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Game viewing on foot  
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Night game drive 
  • Accommodation – midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 14

Drive to Entebbe

After breakfast drive through a beautiful Ugandan countryside to Kampala, look out for the long honed cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you about to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator at the trading center before Nabusake 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. Nearing Kampala in the District of Mpigi is the traditional drum makers. They make drums of varied size and other musical instruments of different sizes and functions, have a stopover and get the history and usefulness of drums of the rich African culture and proceed on to Kampala and Entebbe for your departure. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Drive to Entebbe 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Equator 
  • Mpampire traditional drum makers 
  • Departure