Uganda

The Pearl of Africa

Day 1 – Entebbe
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport. Overnight

Day 2 – Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast driving northwest towards Masindi and Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, which offers beautiful sceneries of grassland acacia savannah in the north and tropical forests in the south.
Stop for a nature walk at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the breeding project which saw the rebirth of the endangered white and black rhinos. You can see them closely while walking freely in the reserve. Lunch. Proceed to the national park to reach the river Nile where the beautiful Murchison Falls create a narrow canyon of thunderous water. Overnight.

Day 3 – Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast embark on an early morning game drive, explore the savannah in the delta of the Nile on Lake Albert, Northern bank. You might find elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, very rarely, the leopards. Drive back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, boat safari along the river Nile to the base of the magnificent Murchison Falls. It is amazing the concentration of wildlife in the bank of the river Nile, including hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird’s species, like African eagles, pelicans, kingfisher, Egyptian geese and much more. Overnight.

Day 4 – Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest – Hoima
Early morning drive to Budongo Forest, in Kaniyo-Pabidi, for the tropical forest trekking. This is the natural habitat of the chimpanzees and other primates such as black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, vervet monkey and baboons. Lunch. In the afternoon, optional, a cultural activity with Boomu Women Group, eco-tourist site or visit the fishermen villages on the shore of Lake Albert. Overnight in Hoima.

Day 5 – Hoima to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leave Hoima heading southwest along the Lake Albert and Rift Valley escarpment, with breathtaking panoramic sceneries. Queen Elizabeth National Park. Lunch. The road follows along the Rwenzori mountain range to Kasese town. Evening game drive. Overnight.

Day 6 – Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the early morning, game drive along the tracks of the national park, in the Northern sectors and towards Lake George and Kasenyi village. You might see lions, elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, perhaps the leopard which is a rare sight. Queen Elizabeth enjoys unique landscapes and views of crater lakes and the Albertine Rift Valley, which make this area special and unforgettable. Lunch. In the afternoon, take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, bird’s life and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants while drinking from the channel. In the evening another short game drive. Overnight.

Day 7 – Ishasha – Bwindi Forest National Park
After breakfast, leave the Northern sector of Queen Elizabeth and head southwards, to find the rain tropical forests which are the natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas. Pass through the Ishasha sector, the southern region of Queen Elizabeth NP. Take a game drive in search for the “tree climbing lions” which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. See also herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. Lunch en route. Reach Bwindi National Park or Kisoro by evening. Overnight.

Day 8 – Mountain gorilla safari
In the morning the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the permits. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 370 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and for this you might need the support of available porters. Overnight in Bwindi.

Day 9 – Bwindi – Entebbe
After breakfast, drive to Entebbe for your flight. Lunch enroute.