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12 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari 2022

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12 DAYS ULTIMATE UGANDA SAFARI

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Destinations:            Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Ishasha, Bwindi, Lake Mburo

Activities:      Game drives, boat rides, chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla trekking, Bigodi swamp, nature walk, swamp walk, crater visits.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1:                   Arrival in Uganda

Today you will arrive at Entebbe airport and you will be welcomed by your safari guide. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have an optional city tour of Entebbe town. Entebbe is one of the oldest towns in Uganda and has many buildings that date over half a century ago. It sits on the shores of Lake Victoria and here is found the only international airport in Uganda.

Accommodation

Medium:         Boma Guest House 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, -, –

Day 2:                        Drive to Murchison falls via Ziwa Rhinos sanctuary

This morning you will start your safari by driving to Murchison Falls National Park. This journey through the beautiful green countryside is filled with numerous photography opportunities and you may be able to stop along the way. En-route, you will visit Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the home to the only remaining rhinos in the country after the animals were extinct in the wilderness. You have a guided walk to see the rhinos and learn about the history and motives of the sanctuary. Upon completion, you will have lunch at the sanctuary and later proceed to Murchison falls national where you will arrive in the evening. Your accommodation is located inside the park besides the great River Nile. In the night you can hear the calls and roars of the wilderness.

Accommodation

Medium end: Twiga Safari Lodge 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:                        Morning game drive, afternoon Boat ride and hike to the top of Murchison falls

After an early breakfast, proceed for a game drive. Murchison falls National Park is the largest in Uganda and boasts of 76 mammals’ species and 451 birds’ species. Elephant, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot Oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, bush duiker, warthog and Bushpig. Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. After lunch, you will go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos and crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch where you may also see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob besides the Nile. This is also a zone of many bird species. You will then leave the boat and take a guided hike to the top of the thunderous Murchison falls. You will enjoy spectacular photography moments at the top of the falls before returning to your accommodation.
Accommodation

Medium end: Twiga Safari Lodge 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:                        Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast you will depart Murchison falls national park and drive southwards to Fort Portal town. This long drive will last 5 – 6.5 hours. It will lead you through the green countryside with some rough road surfaces. Along the way you will enjoy spectacular views of tea plantations. You may stop at any of them for photo moments and also to interact with the tea pickers. You will stop in Fort Portal town for lunch. Later you will proceed to your accommodation near Kibale Forest national park.

Kibale National park covers an area of about 795km and it is acknowledged to have one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forest. It is a habitat to many forest wildlife and among these include the primates along with chimpanzees. The park has a recorded 10 primate species as native which include blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and L’Hoest monkeys. The park is also home for a recorded 138 birds species which makes it an important birding destination in the country.

Accommodation:

Medium end:             Turaco Treetops Lodge   

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:                   Chimpanzee trekking and visit Bigodi swamp

After breakfast you will embark on the search for chimpanzees inside Kibale Forest national park. You will be led by experienced ranger guides who will provide detailed information, not only about primates, but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. The tracking lasts approximately 3 hours. You will spend an hour photographing the chimps before concluding and returning to the lodge.

In the afternoon you will visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to search for smaller mammals and primates. Look out for the rare red colobus monkey and the sitatunga. The guided 4.5km circular trail through the swamp is also one of the best guided bird trails in East Africa as well as offering a realistic opportunity to see up to six different primate species in a space of a few hours. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters.

Bigodi wetland sanctuary is a community based tourism initiative to enable communities around Kibale Forest national park appreciate the importance of tourism and natural resource conservation. The birding walk in the swamp is led by local birding guides who also lead community cultural tours. Tourists are able to visit a local school and homes where cultural practices are exhibited.

Accommodation:

Medium end:             Turaco Treetops Lodge 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:                        Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visit basket makers

Morning Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Along the way you will have a stop at Rubona Trading centre where you will visit a group of women who make and sell colorful baskets. This association of women was started to support families affected by HIV in the area. The women will demonstrate how they use local herbs to dye materials that they use into different colors. You may also purchase some baskets as souvenirs to support them. Upon arrival into the park, you may choose to do an evening game drive which might be rewarded with spotting of antelopes, elephants, buffaloes and sometimes lions.

Queen Elizabeth spans the equator line; monuments on either side of the road mark the exact spot where it crosses latitude 00. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. The park is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. The Katwe explosion craters mark the park’s highest point at 1,350m above sea level, while the lowest point is at 910m, at Lake Edward.

Accommodation

Medium:         Marafiki Lodge 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:                        Experiential predator tracking and afternoon boat ride    

Early in the morning in the company of researches; you will set off for an experiential predator tracking game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park. This activity gives you an opportunity to follow Lions with the help of tracking devices. You will be able to have up-close photography opportunities and vast information about the cats from the researchers. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Along this game drive, you will also be able to see leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck.

In the afternoon you will enjoy the unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.

Accommodation

Medium:         Marafiki Lodge 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:  Drive to Bwindi via Ishasha Sector Queen Elizabeth

After breakfast you will drive to Ishasha Area of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will have game drive in search of the famous tree-climbing lions and the large herds of game. You will be led by a ranger guide to assist you track the location of the big cats.

Afterwards you will drive through the “Switzerland of Africa” area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi. You will proceed to your accommodation located in the foreground of Bwindi impenetrable national park – The home of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects more than 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

Bwindi impenetrable national park was declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in 1994.

Accommodation

Medium end:  Engagi Lodge 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:                        Gorilla trekking in Bwindi national park, Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters from where you shall be briefed and grouped for the Gorilla trekking exercise. You will be led by experienced ranger guides and guards off into the tangled and mist-shrouded forests with trackers that assist in locating the gorillas by finding the nest the family had used the previous night. The search for these majestic animals goes through thick untamed rainforest and it can be arduous at times, but the encounter is worth the effort. Tracking gorillas on average takes 3 – 8 hours depending on how far the animals have moved. Watching gorillas in their natural habitat is a memory that will last a lifetime. The experienced ranger guides will willingly share with you a lot of information about history and lifestyle of the Gorillas. You will spend an hour following, observing and photographing the Gorillas as they feed, play and groom each other. After the experience you will exit Bwindi Forest and proceed to Lake Bunyonyi where you shall relax.

Accommodation

Medium:         Arcadia Cottages 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10:          Relaxing and optional exploration of Lake Bunyonyi

This day is at your disposal to relax and enjoy the idyllic settings of Lake Bunyonyi. You may choose to swim at the hotel or receive a massage. You can also swim in Lake Bunyonyi – which is Bilharzia free and safe from life threatening animals. There are also a number of optional adventure activities you may choose to do around Lake Bunyonyi. These include:

  • Biking around the Lake Bunyonyi
  • Island tours in canoe boats
  • A boat ride around the islands
  • Adventure park challenge and zip lining across the Lake.
  • A community and school tour.

All these activities can be arranged a day prior.

Accommodation

Medium:         Arcadia Cottages 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11:          Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, evening game drive

After an early breakfast, you will and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch along the way and also enjoy more photography stops. Enjoy an evening game drive on your way into the park. Drive along the Lake and stand chance to see herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and eland. Birdwatchers will enjoy some of the 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown faced Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola and White winged Warbler.

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, Oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders.

Accommodation

Medium end: Rwakobo rock 

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12:        Morning nature walk, return to Entebbe and departure

Early in the morning you will proceed for a morning nature walk under the escort of an armed ranger. Enjoy the sights of animals including close encounters with herds of Zebra and antelopes. You will return to the lodge for breakfast and later depart for Entebbe where you will take your flight to your next destination. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs.

Meal plan:                  Breakfast, Lunch, _

 

 

PRICES (2021 & 2022)

Group size  1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax SRS
Medium End

 

* The prices are based on per person sharing a twin/ double room. Clients who would like to occupy a single room shall pay a single room surcharge indicated.

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12 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari 2022