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21 Days Exciting wildlife and cultural safari

Tour Details

This safari introduces you to see the best of Uganda cultural and wildlife adventure experience visiting Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park home for the Chimpanzees, a hike to the Rwenzori also known as  “mountains of the moon”, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park for gorilla tracking, a visit to Lake Bunyonyi the home of “little birds” Lake Mburo National Park, a community stay in eastern Uganda, and complete your holiday with white water rafting in the River Nile the world’s longest river.

 

Tour Highlights:

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport.
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.
Day 3: Game drive and Launch cruise along the Nile.
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.
Day 5: Chimp tracking and transfer to Mount Rwenzori.
Day 6: Rwenzori Mountains. (Nyakalengija – Nyabitaba hut 2650 Metres) 8649 Ft.
Day 7: Nyabitaba Hut – John Matte Hut 3350 Metres (1099 Ft)
Day 8: Descend John Matte – Nyakalengija and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 9: Game drive and Launch cruise at Kazinga channel.
Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 11: Gorilla tracking experience.
Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mutanda in Kisoro.
Day 13: Community Visit.
Day 14: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.
Day 15: Morning game drive and transfer to Kampala
Day 16: Transfer to Mbale.
Day 17: Community and Cultural Visit.
Day 18: Transfer to Sipi Falls.
Day 19: Transfer to Jinja.
Day 20: White water rafting/ Bungee jumping and transfer back to Kampala.
Day 21: Reserved for departure.

 

Accommodation

Destination Up Market: Mid-Range Budget
Kampala Serena Hotel Protea Hotel Namirembe Guest house
Murchison falls N/P Chobe lodge Pakuba Lodge Budongo Eco lodge
Kibale forest N/P Ndali lodge Kibale Primate Lodge Rwenzori view guest house.
Queen Elizabeth N/P Mweya Safari Lodge Margherita Hotel Simba safari Camp
Bwindi forest N/P Engagi Lodge Buhoma Havens Lodge Buhoma community camp
Mgahinga N/P Chameleon hill lodge Mutanda lake resort Travelers rest camp
Lake Mburo N/P Mihingo lodge Rwakobo rock Lodge Rwonyo camp
Mt elgon N/P Mbale resort Hotel Mt Elgon hotel Wash and Wills hotel
Sipi falls Sipi river lodge Lacam lodge
Jinja Nile resort hotel Jinja Gately source of the Nile Nile explores camp Jinja

Day 1,Arrive at Entebbe international airport.

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. You will be picked by our driver and transferred to Kampala where you will spend the night. Depending on your time of arrival, we will take you for a city tour and also get you oriented with Ugandan money and culture. Dinner and overnight in Kampala.

Day 2,Transfer to Murchison falls National Park.

Wakeup early morning for breakfast after transfer to Murchison Falls National Park, and have a brief stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and Wildlife Ranch for Rhino tracking, later proceed to Masindi for lunch depending on your time flow before entering the park. We will head straight to the top of Murchison Falls 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. We will then drive to check in for dinner and overnight in Murchison.

Day 3,Game drive and Launch cruise along the Nile.

Wakeup early in the morning for breakfast and later head out on a game drive in the park to find; 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 lions are seen with increasing frequency. We return to our accommodation to relax and have lunch. After lunch, we will take a boat cruise on the Nile River. The Nile River – the longest in the world, hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork. Dinner and overnight in Murchison.

Day 4,Transfer to Kibale forest National Park.

After breakfast, prepare for the drive southwards to Kibale Forest National Park, the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests. Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the much localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. Kibale’s major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 5,Chimp tracking & Transfer to Mount Rwenzori.

Wakeup early morning for breakfast and later proceed to Kanyancu UWA centre for a briefing after go to the forest for Chimpanzee tracking. This experience lasts from 2 to 4 hours. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight in for botanists and butterfly lovers, if you love birds; you are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. Return to your accommodation for lunch. After lunch, we drive south to get ready for our ascend to the mountains of the moon. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 6, Rwenzori Mountains. Nyakalengija - Nyabitaba Hut 2650 Metres (8694ft.)

After an early breakfast, we drive to the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and prepare to climb. The Rwenzori Mountain is elevated at 5,109m (16,761ft). We will start climbing the mountain today from Nyakalengija and will spend the night at Nyabitaba hut – 2650metres (8694ft.).

Day 7, Nyabitaba Hut- John Matte Hut 3350 metres to (1099ft)

Start early after breakfast and climb through the Kurt Shafer Bridge that crosses the Mobuku River Confluence. This 5 hour hike takes us through the bamboo, Lobelia and heath finally ending at John Matte Hut – 3350m (10990ft.). This is as high as we will go. Please bring your hiking boots, insect repellent, a hat, rain coat and other essentials to make your mountain hike as great as it should be.

Day 8,Descend John Matte – Nyakalengija & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After early breakfast, we will begin our descent of the mountain and be transferred for dinner and overnight. Accommodation at lodge

Day 9,Game drive & Launch Cruise along the Kazinga channel.

Wakeup for an early breakfast today and later proceed for a morning game drive. This morning we aim to catch the big cats i.e. lions as they hunt or feed on their morning kill. Lions mostly hunt as the morning dawns because the temperatures are cooler and more hunting-friendly for the king of the jungle. Other sights to expect are hyenas before they disappear into the thickets, Cape buffalo, the handsome Uganda kob, warthog, elephant, leopard, and waterbuck. Return to Simba camp for late breakfast and lunch. Right after lunch, we will drive to Mweya to take a cruise on the Kazinga channel. Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 10, Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

After breakfast, we drive through the Ishasha sector of the park. This sector of the park is famous for its tree-climbing lions. We will then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park host to the famous endangered mountain gorillas. A magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.Relax or go for an evening village walk and shopping at the craft market. At an altitude of up to 2,607 meters (8553ft). Expect some cooler temperatures in the evenings. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 11,Gorilla tracking experience.

After a 0645am breakfast, head to the information center for a briefing before embarking on the long awaited Gorilla trekking which may last from 3 hours up to 8 hours or more of the day. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. Return to lodge for a well deserved hot shower and rest. This evening you could shop for souvenirs at the craft market, go for a village walk and interact with some locals in the community. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 12,Transfer to Lake Mutanda in Kisoro.

Wakeup early morning for breakfast and later transfer to Kisoro on Lake Mutanda for a canoe cruise to the sin Island of Kanyangushu Sin Island meaning Punishment Island where the misfit people in the society were taken. There are two islands that earned the name Punishment Islands for being the places where criminals & misfits of the society were taken and dumped as a punishment. Another intriguing island is the Python Island, which is home to pythons. The pythons are however rarely seen. Unmarried pregnant girls, the elderly with no one to care for them, criminals such as thieves, and unwanted people from the region would be tied & taken to the island and left to die there. Others would be killed and dumped at these islands. Caves with skeletal remains are found at the islands. These two islands are feared by the locals & no one walks on them because of the belief that they are haunted by the dead. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 13, Community visit.

Wakeup for breakfast today and prepare yourself for a hike around lake Mutanda, as you proceed to the Hike you will also be able to interact with the local communities around the area experience the local culture foristance the chameleon hill women group dancers and enjoy the traditional music in this south western Uganda community. Dinner and overnight as above.

Day 14, Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

After breakfast, we head out to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as zebra, Topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds. You will take an afternoon game drive/walk accompanied by an armed ranger. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 15,Morning game drive & Transfer to Kampala.

After early breakfast, take a game drive through the acacia savannah and woodlands of the park. Animals common here are; zebra, impala, eland (the largest antelope specie), buffalo, Topi, warthog and the occasional leopard. There’s many savannah bird species including; cocqui francolin, lapwings, hornbills. Return for late breakfast then transfer to Kampala via Masaka making a stop at the equator for souvenir shopping, lunch and picture taking; we will make another stop at the drum makers shop and get so see how they make the local traditional drums. Arrive in Kampala this afternoon to visit the craft markets for some more souvenir shopping. Dinner and overnight in Kampala.

Day 16,Transfer to Mbale

Drive eastward after breakfast, heading to Mbale with a lunch break at the Mbale Resort Hotel. This region is home of Arabica coffee growing which some of the best coffee in the world. We will drive to a local village 25 kilometers outside Mbale, which will be your home for the next two days. Remember there is no electricity, no running water or indoor plumbing in this village. You will experience the long-drop latrine (toilet) facilities. You will be able to share in the food, the laughter and culture of the Gishu people of eastern Uganda. Dinner and overnight at lodge

Day 17,Community & Cultural Visit.

Arise to the alarm of the rooster. We will walk through the village and experience the subsistence tradition of the local people, the coffee growth and coffee processing. Today you will visit some local village schools. We will share in the local food and hospitality and friendliness of the people we may also have a chance to witness an initiation ceremony as is the culture among the people here to initiate young men who reach the age of 14 and above through a circumcision procedure. This happens only during even numbered years. Dinner and overnight as above.

Day 18,Transfer to Sipi Falls.

After breakfast, we will depart this rural eastern Uganda village with memories of our culture experience. We will then drive to Sipi Falls. Activities here include caving, hiking, and abseiling. Hikes around the falls offer stunning views of the Karamoja plains and the slopes of Mt. Elgon. Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 19, Transfer to the Source of the Nile Jinja.

After breakfast, we depart Sipi Falls and head for Jinja through Mbale to arrive Jinja for lunch at a local African restaurant. We will visit the source of the Nile River as well as Bujagali Falls. Jinja is the adventure capital of Uganda with unending adventure opportunities including; white-water rafting, bungee jumping, and quad biking along the shores of the Nile. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 20,White water rafting /Bungee Jumping and Transfer Back to Kampala.

After an early breakfast, we will head out for a white-water rafting adventure on the Nile River. There’s an option to bungee into the Nile before the rafting and taking the jetty on the Nile – Race up the rapids at breathtaking speeds powered by 450HP of motor. The whitewater rafting experience will cover 31 kilometers and will last up to 6 hours plunging through some awesome grade 5 rapids. After these activities continue for overnight in Kampala Accommodation in Kampala.

Day 21, Reserved for Departure.

Wakeup early morning for breakfast and either go shopping around Kampala after transfer to the airport for your flight back home depending on your flight time.

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  • Location : Uganda

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