Itinerary

7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1. Arrival

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala for overnight

 

Day 2. Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning, leave Kampala driving Northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle. If you start early morning, it is possible to visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to see rhinos in the wild. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3.840 Kms, named after the falls on the Victoria Nile, which divides the park into two sectors. Relax a bit at a situated site on the top of the spectacular falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometre wide down through a 7-metre canyon. The 43-metre drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best of the Nile River Dinner and overnight

 

Day 3. The boat cruise on the river Nile

Your day starts with an early morning game drive, transverse the Northern part of the park for a game drive to view and take photographs of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, hippos, giraffes, Uganda kobs, lions, if you are lucky the leopards, plus a variety of bird species. After lunch, proceed for a two-hour cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. This is an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles along the riverbanks. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight

 

Day 4. Transfer to Fort Portal

Early morning transfer from Murchison Falls driving Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley. Drive through Hoima and reach the colourful and beautiful town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, situated in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon,” the Rwenzori.

 

Day 5. Queen Elizabeth national park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park after breakfast. Have a game drive en –route to the lodge.After lunch, enjoy the two hours launch trip on Kazinga Channel for amazing bird life and a variety of wildlife. An evening drive to the crater lakes region is rewarding. Dinner & overnight

 

Day 6. The habituated chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge

Take an early morning cup of coffee before setting off for a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s mile in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, buffalos, warthogs and lots of animals and birds. Get back to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, drive to Kyambura gorge for a forest walk to look for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates. This gorge is 16 km long in the Rift Valley and 100 metres deep. The rangers will provide you with a walking stick for this spectacular trekking. Dinner & overnight

 

Day 7. Departure

Transfer to Kampala

Itinerary

15 Days 14 Nights

Day 1. Arrival

Welcome to Uganda. On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala for the overnight

 

Day 2. To Kidepo Valley National Park

After your breakfast prepare to start your journey to the most virgin national park in Uganda. This journey takes you through the plain and remote vegetation to the northern part of the Uganda, with a lunch stopover in Gulu town, before proceeding to Kitgum for Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3. Wildlife and African Landscape

Arrive at your Lodge on time for lunch, enjoy panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and photographic opportunities of wildlife from the verandah of the lodge. An evening game drive along the Narus River Valley for game Viewing and photography of Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson ‘s Hartebeest, Klipspringer and possibly Lions. Dinner and overnight at Apoka Lodge or Nga’moru.

 

Day 4. Game drives and cultural visits

Embark on a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. A variety of animals can be seen roaming around including Ostrich. In the afternoon have a cultural experience that will bring you into contact with Karamjong peoples at Kareena and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5. Transfer to Murchison falls national park

Have an early breakfast and depart for Murchison Falls National park. This drive again goes through Kitgum and Gulu from where an en route lunch can be enjoyed. This journey will take an approximate time of 7 to 8 hours, reaching in Murchison Falls an evening game drive will be optional. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 6. The boat cruise on the river Nile

After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive on the Northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribis, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and if you are lucky, leopards. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometre stretch, you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat for many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. After you will return for dinner and overnight

 

Day 7. Murchison falls to Hoima

After early morning breakfast check out with packed lunch and head South Westward for Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve via the Albertine rift through verdant country arriving late afternoon. Proceed on the Butiaba route past tea estates and Kyehoro fishing village.

 

Day 8. Transfer to Fort Portal

Wake up at leisure for a hearty breakfast at leisure. Check out as you game in search of kobs, hartebeests and waterbucks. Visit historical and cultural sites including Royal Mparo Tombs in Hoima.   King Kabalega’s tomb, covered with white spotted brown cowhide, fixed around the vault with nine traditional hoes. Later processed to Fort portal the capital of the Toro kingdom, in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon,” the Rwenzori. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 9. Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale

After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, for primate viewing. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. A half day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-colobus monkeys, Blues, Red-tailed and grey-cheeked mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora. After lunch, do not miss the beauty of the Kasenda Crater Lakes, which dominates all the surrounding areas with the possibility of amazing panoramic views. Dinner and overnight 

 

Day 10. Queen Elizabeth national park.

After early breakfast, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. A game drive en route. Arrive early for lunch on top of the Mweya peninsula. Enjoy the unique two-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. The prolific bird life is colourful with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 11. The tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector

After breakfast proceed to the Ishasha sector of the Park via Maramagambo Forest. Have game drive on a search for the rare tree climbing lions found only in this area of Uganda. These lions enjoy resting on the fig trees when the day is warm. The landscape is an open savannah with a variety of acacia trees. Lunch en route. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and overnight

 

Day 12. Gorilla tracking

Early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary of Bwindi Forest. The rainforest is spectacular as it is dense with its landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails that can be accessed by tourists. This park is best known for the fascinating mountain gorillas. The time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a wonderful and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience watching and taking photographs of them as they interact with each other. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 13. Lake Bunyonyi experience

Take breakfast before making a scenic journey to Kabale through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with the terraced landscape. This area is referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Stopover at the Bakiga Museum in Kabale to discover the culture of the people living in the area. Lunch at Heritage Lodge, with a unique and amazing panoramic view of the Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest in Uganda. Afternoon boat ride on the lake around the various islands for bird viewing and sightseeing. Return for dinner and overnight

 

Day 14. Lake Mburo national park

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest park in Uganda. Take a game drive in search of the beautiful impalas, zebras, cape buffalos, elands, oribi and topi. Along with the game drive, you may also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo. The park is a very good opportunity for bird watchers, who will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found here, including Papyrus gonoleks, Brown-faced lapwings, and Carruther’s cisticolas. Return to Kampala. Dinner and overnight

 

Day 15. Departure
This day is reserved for your departure

Itinerary

8 Days 7 Nights   Day 1: On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala for overnight The Lodge. BB   Day2: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park After breakfast, your guide will pick you from your lodge and transfer you to Lake Mburo national park. Stop over at the Equator at Kayabwe for photographs and water experiments. Proceed and have lunch in the park, later have a boat ride on the lake. The park is a very good opportunity for bird watchers, who will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found here, including Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced lapwings, Carruther’s cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-faced Go-away bird. Dinner and overnight at Mpogo Lodge. FB   Day 3: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Have an early game drive in search of the beautiful impalas, zebras, cape buffalos, elands, oribi and topi, later transfer to Bwindi, with lunch en route. You reach Bwindi in the evening for dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community. FB   Day 4: The encounter with mountains gorillas Morning briefing from the rangers at 8.00 am before you enter the gorilla sanctuary. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters’ frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 600. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together. In the evening return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.   Day 5: Tree climbing lions of Ishasha After breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park, through Ishasha the southern sector of the park. You will do a game drive in the open savannah covered by acacias trees on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. You will search for the typical tree-climbing lions, a population which is only found in this part of the country. It is impressive to see the animals while they are resting lying on top of the fig’s trees. Have lunch en route. In the afternoon proceed to Bush lodge for dinner and overnight. FB   Day 6: Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward Embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens’s mile tracks in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, cape buffalo, warthogs, leopard, spotted hyena, mongoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topi and a lot of small animals and birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch on board, the boat cruise for the best navigation of the Kazinga Channel, a good experience for birders, as you will see many water birds, cormorants, pelicans, eagles, as well as crocodiles, hippos, elephants. In the evening you proceed to Fort Portal for dinner and overnight at Ataco Country Resort. FB Day 7: Chimpanzees trekking in Kibale National Park Go for an early morning chimpanzee viewing in Kibale National Park. After lunch enjoy an early afternoon nature walk to view the butterflies and other insects. Visit the tropical swamps and their vegetation. Have a chance of seeing some water birds. Have an evening tour of the crater region, visit “top of the world’’, the natural bridge and a view of the snow cap on the Rwenzori on a clear day. Dinner and overnight at Ataco Country Resort. FB   Day 8: Reserved for departure.  

Itinerary

20 Days 19 Nights

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

On arrival, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala, Tristal hotel.

 

DAY 2: KAMPALA CULTURAL SITES TOUR
Our safari guide will pick you from your hotel for a tour of the major cultural sites in and around Kampala. These include Kasubi tombs where Buganda kings and royals are buried, Kabaka’s lake and Palace, Nagalabi coronation site, Nakasero Green Market, Uganda Museum, Cultural Market, Bahai temple, Namugongo shrines and many other interesting sites. You will get to learn the real history of what happened in Buganda, the transformations they have gone through and how different cultures interact without clashing with one another. In the evening, go and have an exciting entertainment welcome from Ndere Centre in Kampala. See how amazingly the dancers wiggle their bodies to the lively beats of the traditional instruments. Dinner and overnight at Tristal hotel.

 

DAY 3: THE SOURCE OF THE NILE, BUJAGALI & TORORO
After breakfast, you will drive to the eastern part of Uganda and visit the White Nile which is seven times the volume of the Zambezi and the longest river in Africa. Make a visit to the mighty Bujagali falls and get a chance of seeing the real sparkling white water of the Nile as it forces its way through the stones. Listen to the mysteries that surround Bujagali falls and have Lunch at Sunset Hotel. Drive to Tororo in the afternoon, dinner and overnight at Tororo Rock Hotel.

 

DAY 4: TORORO ROCK HILL
After breakfast, you will climb the Tororo Rock hill.  The highest altitude of the hill is 4865ft with a gradient of about 0.75 from the east to the west. Visit the ancestral cave and the various Rock paintings. Return back for lunch at the Hotel and get an afternoon entertainment by the local community group. Dinner and overnight at Tororo Rock Hotel.

 

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO KAMPALA
After breakfast transfer back to Kampala. Have the afternoon relaxing. Dinner and overnight at Tristal hotel.

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DAY 6: TRIP TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast in the morning, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Make a stopover in Masindi for lunch. Proceed to the Park and visit the falls. These are the most exciting falls in East and Central Africa the reason why the park is named after the falls, see how and where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below.  Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge or Red Chilli

 

DAY 7: THE MURCHISON FALLS & WILDLIFE
Wake up for an early breakfast then go for a game drive. Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing frequency. After lunch, you will take a boat to the bottom of the falls. An exciting cruise with lots of hippos, the most feared Nile crocodiles, elephants and the lovely bird species along. Dinner and overnight at Red Chili.

 

Day 8: FORT PORTAL & THE TOORO PALACE
After breakfast proceed to Hoima, Visit the Kings Palace and have lunch at Kolping Hotel. The Entogoro cultural dancers will entertain you. You will then proceed to Fort Portal. Dinner and overnight at Ataco Country Resort.

Day 9: KARAMBI TOMBS & THE CRATER VALLEY REGION
Wake up early morning for breakfast then continue for the day’s activities. Activities include visiting the Toro Kings Palace, a palace of the youngest king ever. Visit Karambi Kings’ burial grounds. Lunch at the Hotel and enjoy the entertainment by the Batoro Cultural dancers. Later proceed to Crater Valley Kibale (CVK) for Dinner and overnight Tika’s homestead.

 

Day 10: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE FOREST
Wake up early and have breakfast then proceed to the forest for chimpanzee tracking. This activity is done in groups of 6. Kibale forest is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests and is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. Kibale’s major attraction, however, is tracking habituated chimpanzees. These delightful apes which are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. Return for lunch at the hotel, and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge.

 

Day 11: QUEEN ELIZABETH WILDLIFE TOUR
Wake up early at 6:00 am and go for a game drive in the park. Early game drives offer higher chances of spotting the members of the cat family. This park is known for its open savannah, rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephants, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda Kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula. In the afternoon you will take a launch cruise on Kazinga channel. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Hostel.

 

Day 12: WILDLIFE & THE LOCAL COMMUNITY KATWE SALTWORKS
Wake up early morning and have breakfast then go for another morning game drive. In the afternoon you will visit the Katwe salt works. Men and women do this locally. See the indigenous technological way of extracting salt. Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge.

 

Day 13: AFRICAN WEDDING CEREMONY
After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to Bunyaruguru and join the local women and men in the preparation of a rural wedding ceremony. The whole group is expected to participate in the activities which include peeling bananas, fetching firewood, constructing sheds, fetching water from the streams, and any other activities that will be available. The group shall be divided into small groups each undertaking different activities. These activities shall be announced and the group members are free to choose what they have interest in. You will go back to the Hotel in the evening. Bush Lodge.

 

Day 14: WEDDING CEREMONY
Wake up and have breakfast at the lodge, then drive back to the wedding site. Here we again join the community in the activities of the day. These include cooking, Preparing the reception, Decorating, preparing the cake, welcoming guests, serving and being served. Bush Lodge.

 

Day 15: QUEEN ELIZABETH COMMUNITY TOUR
You will spend the whole day at Rutoto Primary School interacting with the community. This school has been built as the result of the proceeds from Queen Elizabeth N.P. We shall interact with the school children, the youth, women and men. This is the day for sharing experiences and visiting some homes and gardens. Proceed to Mbarara for an overnight stay at Acacia Hotel.

 

Day 16: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE & THE GORILLAS
After breakfast, you will travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest the home of gorillas. A magnificent verdant sheathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest is one of the few in Africa which has flourished throughout the last Ice Age is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most thrilling and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer but we should not let it distract us from Bwindi’s broader biodiversity and as a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m. The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present. During the forest walk, you will be able to see all these species in the forest. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Homestead.

 

Day 17: GORILLA TRACKING IN THE BWINDI FOREST
You will go for a whole day gorilla tracking in the forest. Gorilla tracking is a very captivating activity; it involves walking in the wilderness in search of these great apes. It is a challenging activity, therefore before tracking, one should ensure physical fitness. Eight people are permitted per group per day and a total of eighteen people are taken into the forest. There are four groups for viewing. There are three groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which include Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura.
Return from the park and have lunch. You will have the afternoon relaxing and in the evening you will get entertainment by the Pygmies (Batwa). The Batwa were once recognized as the owners of the high montane forest. The men used to hunt and collect honey and other forest products, which were exchanged for village goods, while the women gathered vegetables, mushrooms and fruits as well as working for local farming people. At the beginning of the 20th century, some Batwa leaders became powerful enough to claim tribute from their neighbours. Since then, however, as the forest has been cut down by local farmers, the Batwa have become insolvent and despised. Most are entirely landless; they live as tenants or squatters on other peoples land’, church or state land, and pay the landlords with labour in exchange for food: collecting firewood and water and doing farm work. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Homestead.

 

Day 18: BANYANKOLE CULTURAL TOUR
In the morning after breakfast, you will travel back to Mbarara having lunch en route. Make a stopover at Igongo cultural centre to have a view on the Banyankole culture. Overnight stay at Mburo Safari Lodge.

 

Day 19: WILDLIFE IN LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast drive to Lake Mburo National Park for a game drive. And proceed to Kampala. Lunch at Hotel Brovad Masaka. Shopping at the Cultural Center handcrafts. Dinner and overnight stay at Tristal Hotel.

 

Day 20: Departure

This day is reserved for your departure.

 

 

Itinerary

16 days 15 nights

Day 1:
On the arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will meet our representative who will take you for dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel or Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe.

Day 2: Botanical Gardens and Mabamba Swamp
After breakfast, you will start birding around the botanical gardens. Look out for Slender-billed Weaver, Brown-throated Weaver¸ Golden-backed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Grey-headed Gull, Long-tailed Cormorant, Common Squacco Heron,Yellow-billed Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatcher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Splendid Glossy Starling, Black-headed Gonolek, Orange Weaver, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Red-chested Sunbird, Ross’s Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Great Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler and many others. After lunch at the hotel proceed for Mabamba Swamp and board the canoe for the best tour of the swamp. You can find the Shoebill stork, Swamp Flycatcher, Purple Swamphen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy-goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Goliath Heron, Black Crake and many more birds. Return to Lake Victoria Laico Hotel or Botanical Beach Hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 3 and 4 Budongo Forest
After breakfast drive to Budongo Forest one of the main birding sanctuaries in Uganda. After lunch in Masindi Hotel, go for afternoon and evening birding and look out for the White-crested Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Bat Hawk, Black-shouldered Nightjar, White-crested Turaco, Crowned Eagle and African Wood-owl. Dinner and overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge.
In the second day after an early breakfast start birding at the Royal Mile. You will look for the rare Nahan’s Francolin, Banded Snake-eagle, African Pied Hornbill, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black Bishop, Brown Twinsport, Black-bellied Firefinch, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, Yellow-billed Barbet, Spotted Greenbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Slender-billed Greenbul, Black-capped Apalis, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Green Hylia, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Forest Flycatcher, Fire-crested Alethe, Yellow Longbill, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-footed Flycatcher, African Dwarf Kingfisher. Packed lunch and dinner overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge.


Day 5 and Day 6 Kibale National Park
Early morning departure for the chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest, before leaving to Kibale National Park. This is a rainforest which hosts over 9 species of primates, including chimpanzee, red colobus, black and white colobus, grey-cheeked Mangaby and red-tailed monkey. Among other birds, you find here Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Green-backed Twinspot, Bicoloured Mannikin, White-naped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Greenbul, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater and many others. A nature walk at Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary ecotourist site is rewarding. This is home to Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide and Black-faced Rufous Warbler. Lunch is included. Dinner and overnight at Rujuna Hilltop Guest House.


Day 7 and 8 Semliki National Park
From Fort Portal drive to Semliki National Park, one of the top destination for birding in Uganda. The forest along river Semliki is home to Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-robin, Capuchin Babbler, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Yellow-throated Green Cuckoo, White-bellied Kingfisher, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Black-winged Oriole, Red-eyed Puffback, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbe, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Zenker’s Honeyguide and African Piculet. Dinner and first overnight at Semliki Lodge, second night back to Fort Portal at Rujuna Hilltop Guest House or proceed to Kasese.


Day 9 Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. This Park records over 550 bird species. The one-day record in this Park is 296, which is one of the highest in the world. After lunch enjoy a boat cruise along Kazinga Channel, where the concentration of water birds and photographs is extraordinary. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.


Day 10: Game drive in the park and Ishasha sector
After an early cup of coffee, you start birding early morning in the open savannah for birds like the Temminck’s Courser, Martial Eagle, Rupell’s Griffon Vulture, then return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Maramagambo Forest and Ishasha sector. Dinner and overnight in Silverback Lodge.


Day 11: Bwindi Forest
In the early morning, you can hear the songs of the Snowy-capped Robin-chat, Luehder’s Bush-shrike and the Grey-capped Warbler while having breakfast. You will spend the whole day birding in Bwindi Forest, one of the most interesting ecosystems in Africa for the concentration of biodiversity. Over 350 bird species are recorded. These include Red-throated Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Grey-throated Barbet, Black Bee-eater, Forest Robin, Montane Oriole, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Pettit’s Cuckooshrike, Black-faced Rufous Warbler and many more. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


Day 12: Ruhija in southern Bwindi

Depart to reach Ruhiija in the south of the forest. One has to be prepared to walk on steep mountain tracks. Ruhiija section of Bwindi offers premier high altitude birding in Uganda. Bird watching in Ruhiija makes Bwindi qualify as the best birding spot in Africa – ranked by members of the African Bird Club. It is here that the most sought-after endemics of the Albertine Rift in Uganda are found. As we move up to Ruhiija, the high altitude section of Bwindi, we pass through the Neck, an excellent birding area in its own right which we will explore as we go along. Roadside birding to Ruhiija provides excellent chances of encountering Black Bee-eater, Augur Buzzard, Handsome Francolin, Red-throated Wryneck, Archer’s Robin Chat, Collared Apalis, Bronze Sunbird, Scarce Swift, Black Saw-wing, Cassin’s Grey and White-eyed Slaty Flycatchers, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Toro Olive Greenbul, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Many-coloured Bush-shrike, Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Yellow Bishop, Collared Apalis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Stripe-breasted Tit, White-naped Raven, Strange and Baglafecht Weaver, Dusky Crimson-Wing, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Black-and-White Mannikin, the rare Dusky Twinspot, Streaky Seedeater, Archer’s Robin-chat, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Dusky Crimsonwing and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. Other high elevation species occurring here are Olive Pigeon, White-starred Robin, Cinnamon Bracken Warbler and Mountain Illadopsis. Dinner and overnight at the Ruhiija Campsite.

 

Day 13:  Birding to Mubwindi Swamp

After breakfast, we head out for a whole day birding to the Mubwindi Swamp. The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp drops from 2350m to 2050 m and is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all rift endemics including Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill the beautiful Regal Sunbird and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis and African Hill Babbler sometimes treated as a separate species Rwenzori Hill Babbler, the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler and Carruthers’ Cisticola. Other very difficult to see species include: Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds, Grauer’s Broadbills, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, Strange Weaver, Black-headed Waxbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Waller’s Starling, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Ludher’s Bush-shrike Handsome Francolin and Montane Nightjar. Proceed to Kabale for dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages.

 

Day 14:  Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast go for a boat ride on the lake for bird viewing. Have lunch. Proceed to Lake Mburo with dinner and overnight at Mantana Tented Camp.

Day 15:  Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, enjoying birding in the swampy area and Lake Mburo. You will hear the songs of Morning Dove, Dideric Cuckoo, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-headed Weaver and Ring-necked Dove. Among others, you will go searching for Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-bellied Bustard, Helmeted Guineafowl, Coqui Francolin, Rufous-napped Lark plus many raptors. In the evening transfer to Kampala for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 16:

Reserved for the airport transfer or extensions.

 

Itinerary

7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1:

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala for overnight at Imperial Royale or Metropole Hotel or The Lodge  BB

Day 2: The Source of the river Nile

Depart Kampala by 8.00am; drive to Jinja the second largest town in Uganda. It is characterised by the Asian quarters, the brewery industries and the colourful gardens. Visit the Source of the Nile on Lake Victoria, the monument of Gandhi, and then proceed to the “Itanda Falls”, to view the spectacular rapids on the river Nile a few kilometres from the source. OPTIONAL: Try the unforgettable emotion of the white water rafting, which is one of the main attraction in Jinja. In the evening relax back to the hotel for dinner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort or 2 Friends Guesthouse or Sunset International. FB

Day 3: The Rhinos of Ziwa sanctuary

Early morning depart Jinja on a panoramic drive Northwest of Uganda through the famous Luwero Triangle to Murchison Falls National Park,  Optional: visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk to see the rare rhinos in the wild. Lunch in Masindi Hotel. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3.840 Kms, named after the falls on the Victoria Nile. Relax a bit at a situated site on the top of the spectacular falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometre wide down through a seven-meter canyon. The 43-meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best of the Nile River. Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge.

Day 4: The boat cruise on the river Nile

Embark on an early morning game drive in the park. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat on the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls just ten meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometre stretch, you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat of many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hombills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. Return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight as above.

Day 5: Fort Portal at the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon

Transfer from Murchison Falls driving Southwest through the Albertine Escarpment of the Western Rift Valley. We ensure that you have packed lunch, drive through Hoima, the town of the Bunyoro kingdom, passing through verdant countryside, tea plantations and traditional homesteads. You arrive in the colourful and pretty town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” (Rwenzori).Dinner and overnight at Mountains of the Moon Hotel or Ataco Country Resort .FB

 

Day 6: The boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. A game drive en route may be rewarded with a view of waterbucks, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, spotted hyenas and a variety of antelope species. Arrive early for lunch on top of the Mweya peninsula. Enjoy the unique two-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. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge or Ihamba safari lodge or Bush lodge.

Day 7: End of service

This day you can opt to have an early game drive, as you return back to Kampala.

 

Itinerary

16 Days 15 Nights

Day 1:
On the arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will meet our representative who will take you for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: The Marvellous Murchison Falls National Park
Early morning, leave Kampala driving northwest to Murchison falls national park. Visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk to see the rare rhinos in the wild. Lunch in Masindi Hotel. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3.840 Kms, named after the falls on the Victoria Nile. Relax a bit at a situated site on the top of the spectacular falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometre wide down through a seven-meter canyon. The 43-meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best of the Nile River.

 

Day 3: The Boat cruise on the river Nile

Embark on an early morning game drive on the Northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribis, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and if you are lucky, leopards. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometre stretch, you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat for many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hombills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. Return for dinner and overnight as above.

 

Day 4: Fort portal on the shadow of the mountains of the moon

Transfer from Murchison Falls Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the Western Rift Valley. You drive through Hoima, the town of the Bunyoro kingdom, passing through verdant countryside, tea plantations and traditional homesteads. You reach the colourful and pretty town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon,” the Ruwenzori.

 

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park   

Drive to Kibale Forest National Park after an early break, for primate viewing. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. A half day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed and grey-cheeked mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora. After lunch a visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. On the way back do not miss the beauty of the Kasenda Crater Lakes, which dominates all the surrounding areas with the possibility of amazing panoramic views.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National park

Visit the Semliki National Park. This park has fantastic scenery, hot springs, forest jungle walk, birding, primates viewing and River Semliki as it meanders. At “Mungu Ni Mukubwa’’ while in the mountains, the road offers scenic views of the meandering river, fuming hot springs and tropical rainforest. Visit the Bambuti (pygmy) community. Have a picnic lunch at the Sempaya hot springs and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey.

Day 7: Kyambura Gorge and Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel

Early morning drive to Kyambura Gorge for a thrilling Chimpanzee safari. Your guided walk may last three to five hours and in addition to seeing the chimps, the trip may yield sightings of the colobus monkeys, baboons, red-tailed and vervet monkeys, and other primates. It is important to note that the chimpanzee safari is subject to availability of permits and good weather because occasional flooding can make the trails impassable. Return to the lodge for lunch and take an afternoon Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari.

Day 8: Game drive in the Ishasha sector

Have a very early breakfast and then go for a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bushbuck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. Drive further along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia trees. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector. Lunch break then take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions.

Day 9: Bwindi impenetrable national park

Early breakfast before going on another game drive in search of tree climbing lions then proceed to Bwindi where you will arrive in time for a late lunch. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red-tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it.

 

Day 10: Encounter with the mountain Gorillas

Morning briefing from the rangers at 8.00 am before you enter the gorilla sanctuary. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters’ frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 600. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.

Day 11: The wonderful Lake Bunyonyi

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. Lunch break then take on afternoon boat ride to some of the islands on the lake.

Day 12: Lake Mburo national park

Drive to Lake Mburo National park. Arrive in time for a boat ride on the Lake. The presence of Lake Mburo within the park is a blessing worth mentioning. The lake is rich with a diversity of animal and plant species which will be viewed clearly as you are on the boat trip. Expect to see hippopotami and birds like African Finfoot, Pelicans, Black Crake, Heron, cormorant, fish eagle; you may also sight the rare Shoebill Stork. You can opt to take on a short nature walk after the boat ride. All these will furnish your visit with pride.

Day 13: Game drive

After an early breakfast, take on a morning game drive. Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and colour. It contains an extensive wetland. You are likely to see elands, impalas, waterbucks, warthogs, topis and zebras. Thereafter transfer to Kampala.

Day 14: The Source of the river Nile

Depart Kampala by 8.00am; drive to Jinja the second largest town in Uganda. It is characterised by the Asian quarters, the brewery industries and the colourful gardens. Visit the Source of the Nile on Lake Victoria, the monument of Gandhi, and then proceed to the “Bujagali Falls”, to view the spectacular rapids on the river Nile a few kilometres from the source. OPTIONAL: Try the unforgettable emotion of the white water rafting, which is one of the main attraction in Jinja. After lunch drive to Mbale.

Day 15: The Sipi Falls

Go for a nature walk to the Sipi Falls there are four spectacular waterfalls on the river Sipi, which originates from Mount Elgon. The starting point is from Crow’s Nest, a camping and lodging site which organizes community projects and training of local guides. You will see the caves and the plantations of coffee, matooke and sugar cane. We ensure that you have packed lunch for the day. In the afternoon return to Jinja.

Day 16: Reserved for your departure from Entebbe International Airport

After breakfast return to Kampala. Spend the day at leisure and for your own shopping in Kampala. The city tour of the capital town can be arranged, to see the most relevant cultural and traditional sites of Buganda. Evening reserved for transfer to airport and departure.

 

Itinerary

3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1-Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leave Kampala driving  Southwest through Masaka and Mbarara to reach the park. Stop over at the Equator, a famous spot for photography. For the rest of journey, enjoy the Acacia woodland, long-horned ankole cattle and Ishaka tea plantations, Lunch en route. Go for an evening game drive and return for dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (C) or Ihamba Safari Lodge (M) or Bush Lodge (B)

Day 2: Game drives and launch trip on Kazinga Channel

Enjoy the sunrise by taking an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track, Queen’s mile and expect to see Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Kobs, Waterbuck, and if you are lucky the shy Leopard and Spotted Hyena. Return to the lodge for breakfast.  In the afternoon enjoy the spectacular boat cruise on Kazinga Channel for amazing bird life and a variety of wild animals. Evening sightseeing around the volcanic crater area and Baboon cliff are amazing! Dinner and overnight as above.

Day 3:
Return to Kampala at leisure.

 

Itinerary

5 Days and 4 Nights

Day 1 – The Marvellous Murchison Falls

Depart from Kampala driving northwest to Murchison Falls National Park. (optional: Visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk to see the rare rhinos in the wild.) Lunch in Masindi Hotel. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3.840 Kms, named after the falls on the Victoria Nile. Dinner and overnight at Pakuba safari lodge.


Day 2 – The boat cruise on the river Nile

Embark on an early morning game drive on the Northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and if you are lucky, leopards. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometre stretch, you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat for many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 3 – Murchison Falls at ease.

After breakfast optional: you will go back for the marathon second day of full game drives in the park. This time you will focus on various animals of your choice especially the lions, elephants and giraffes. This is another experience that you will not forget so easily. You will have lunch in the afternoon and thereafter be driven to the top of the falls for a breathtaking sight of the raging Nile as it forces its way through a rocky gap barely six meters wide. This is the point where the Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river. You will also have nature walk around in the park. Today you will transfer to Budongo Eco lodge for dinner and overnight.

Activities: Wildlife viewing, visiting the top of the falls and Bird Watching / Nature walk.

Day 4 – Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest

Breakfast in Budongo Forest – Chimpanzee Tracking a three to four-hour small group experience visiting some of the habituated Chimpanzees of Budongo Forest- spending an hour with them and observing them. Each day, chimpanzees like gorillas move to another location for the night building new nests for that day. Budongo Forest is a project of both the Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda Wildlife Authority. Enjoy your time with the chimpanzees. After your experience, you will return to your lodge for Lunch. In the Afternoon you can opt to go for a nature walk in the forest or relax to wash away the days walk.

Day 5 – Departure

This day is reserved for your departure.