Discover Uganda’s natural and indigenous cultural heritage in this 18 days trip that takes you through her landscapes, wildlife, forests and magical beaches on Lake Victoria. Packaged in 17 days, the trip brings you to the wildest jungles of your life to see the wildlife in their natural habitat. As you look for the big five, you will be amazed by the cats in their active moments roaming in the Savannah of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison falls national parks.
You will be welcomed by the primates and gorillas swinging on the vines or munching the leaves and tree skins in the jungle as you get inspired how close they are to humans. You will visit the indigenous tribes that live near the parks to try the local life as you take a chance to practice the local tricks of surviving near the forests and savannahs packed with the seemingly dangerous wildlife, yet they just call them neighbors.
The trip takes you to six national parks, one wildlife reserve and ends with an opportunity to navigate Lake Victoria to the sand beaches of Ssese Island. Lake Victoria is a fresh water lake that joins the three countries of east Africa. You will definitely not forget sunrise on Ssese islands.
It is a true Ugandan experience packed in each of every 17 days!!
Day 1 – Enebbe – Kampala: Arrive Entebbe airport and transfer to Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Forest cottages (B)
Day 2 – Kampala – Murchison falls: Transfer from Kampala to Boomu campsite near Budongo forest/ Murchison falls National Park. We will do Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino and wildlife sanctuary. The rhino tracking experience that will take about 2 hours. The sanctuary is the only place you will find Rhinos in their natural habitat while in Uganda. The sanctuary was created to reintroduce the Rhinos after all were poached many years back. After rhino tracking, transfer to Boomu for dinner and overnight, on arrival, participate in the cooking tour of the local food of the Banyoro indigenous to this area. Boomu womens campsite (BLD)
Day 3 – Murchison falls: After early breakfast, we transfer to Murchison falls national park. On arrival, embark on a half day game drive on the northern bank of the river Nile. Game in this area includes Giraffe, Elephant, Harte beest, Lion, Uganda Kob, Oribi and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. Return to the Lodge and have lunch. After lunch, is the best time for a boat cruise along the river Nile for game viewing at a close range. This is a paradise of the Hippo and Crocodiles. Retire for Dinner and overnight. Red chilli hide-campsite (BLD)
Day 4 – Murchison falls – Kibale forest: After an early breakfast, transfer to Kibale National Park for chimps and primates, via Bugungu gate. Here we will view the shores of Lake Albert and drive through and up the escarpment which is part of the western leg of the East African rift valley. Arrive to dinner in Kibale National Park. Kibale forest camp (BLD)
Day 5 – Kibale forest: Explore Kibale chimps and other primates. Early morning breakfast and report to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where the chimpanzee tracking starts. Set off to the forest in search for man’s closest relatives, the endangered chimpanzee! The chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% and this can take from 30 minutes to 6 hours to find them. With them, we have options of spending a day (chimp habituation) or spending and hour (chimp tracking) Other primates in the forest that you will encounter are the threatened Red-colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys, the Red tailed monkeys, Blue monkey, Grey Cheeked mangabeys, velvet and many others not leaving out Butterflies. Return to your Lodging for lunch and in the afternoon you visit the Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Kibale forest camp BLD)
Day 6 – Kibal forest – Rwenzori: After breakfast, we transfer to the Ruboni community camp in the base of Rwenzori mountains of the moon. A welcome mid-morning with a village walk that give you the opportunity to mix with the locals as you listen to the traditional stories, weave baskets, do some farming. See the black smith making local tools and or visiting the traditional healer. In the evening we have an option of traditional dances performed by the local Bakonzo people before dinner and overnight. Ruboni Community camp (BLD)
Day 7 – Rwenzori mountains communities: After an early breakfast, trek to the peak of the community hill at 2400m. On a clear lucky day, we will have a chance to view margarita snow caped peak (5109m) the highest on Rwenzori Mountains. On return, relax at Ruboni community camp enjoying the mountain views from the balcony. Ruboni Community camp (BLD)
Day 8 – Rwnzori – Queen Elizabeth: Early morning we transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Arrive to a morning game drive on the northern parts of the park along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for opportunities to view the cats in action. Later, head to take a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel to see herds of Buffalo, Hippo and other animals at the edge of the channel as they cool off. Depending on the season European migrant birds like the terns and gulls congregate here in large flocks. After the boat cruise return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight. The elephant home or (BLD)
Day 9 – Queen Elizabeth: Explore Queen Elizabeth national park communities. You will visit the fishing villages, the traditional salt mining and the crater lakes over the escarpments. You will spend a good part of the day with the community making energy briquettes from waste and papers out of elephant dung before you head to dinner an overnight. This day will give you an opportunity to see how the local people relate with wildlife and nature around Queen Elizabeth national park. The elephant home (BLD)
Day 10 – Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi: Transfer from Queen to Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorillas. From our Bwindi base, or depending on where the gorilla permits are available, and where the gorillas are located, we will book our accommodation. The transfer is via Ishashsa giving us a possibility of a game drive in Ishashsa sector looking for the tree climbing lions. Buhoma community rest camp (BLD)
Day 11 – Bwindi: After breakfast and briefing by park rangers and with picnic lunch, embark on a 30 minutes – 8 hours trek to find the Mountain gorillas. The tracking starts at the area where the gorillas spent the previous day. On sighting gorillas, you will be allowed a full hour with them. You then retire for dinner and overnight. But for the energetic, there is a possibility of a village guided walk to experience some of the community tourism projects such as the life of batwa forest people. Buhoma community rest camp (BLD)
Day 12 – Bwindi- Lake Bunyonyi: After breakfast, transfer to lake Bunyonyi. Meaning “a lake of small birds” in the local Rukiga language, this is an ideal for bird watching. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake and the deepest Crater Lake in Africa. Lake bunyonyi is home to a large number of bird, Cray fish as well as otters. It is a short drive for two to three hours through arguably some of the most picturesque scenery in Uganda. We shall relax the rest of the day as we munch the Cray fish fresh from the lake. Byonamagara lodge (BLD)
Day 13 – Lake Bunyonyi: After breakfast, with a possibility of doing some water sports like canoe tours or traditional fishing activities. We will participate in the lake activities, birding around the island, the canoe tour or the cultural tour to the pigmies. Byonamagara lodge (BLD)
Day 14 – Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo: After enjoying the sunrise at the lake, drive to Lake Mburo, having lunch at Igongo cultural center. After lunch, we will check in the hotel and do the evening game drive in Lake Mburo national park. Rwakobo Rock (BLD)
Day 15 – Lake Mburo – Mabamba – Entebbe: After breakfast embark on the morning game drive looking for more wildlife as we head out of the park. We will be driving to Entebbe via Mabamba swamp looking for the elusive shoebill. We will have an option of stop at the equator, drum factory to take a coffee, pictures and purchase some gifts. Airport guest house (BB)
Day 16 – Entebbe – Ssese islands: After breakfast, we take a tour around Entebbe town. The places of interest include; the wildlife education center, the botanical gardens and then head to Nakiwogo to catch the ferry. On arrival at Ssese, take lunch and relax on the beaches. Optional activities this afternoon include; boat rides, Quad bikes, Bird watching, forest walks, watching playful monkeys, swimming, Cycling, Steam & Sauna, Massage and a camp fire in the evening. Brovad sands (BLD)
Day 17 – Ssese islands: Early morning, wake up to go for a forest walk. Return to lunch and relax the rest of the day on the beaches. Optional activities as above. Brovad (BLD)
Day 18 – Ssese island-Entebbe: In the morning, after breakfast, enjoy the scenery as you catch the ferry back to Entebbe for your flight back home tonight End of trip
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