Welcome to Uganda! Arriving to a new and foreign place can be overwhelming. All your senses are operating in overdrive as you take in the unfamiliar sights, sounds and semels for your new surrounding. This is certainly the case for a first visit to Uganda. Your guide will be with you from the very beginning. Welcoming you at the airport and navigating you expertly through the lively traffic while you can lean back and watch your new world go by. If this is your first time travelling to Africa you will never forget your first acquaintance with her. The drive to the hotel is about 1min drive. Along the way you will catch a glimpse of the shimmering waters of Lake Vitoria on your right, see several cars and bod boda weave daringly through traffic, smartly dressed residents in colourfull fabrics negotiating the potholed streets, food stalls serving delicious rolex and wooden carts heavily laden with our staple food called it bananas
Day2 Transfer to Murchison fall national park.
Your Journey in Uganda begins with one of the oldest and biggest conservation area in the country. Murchison falls national park, the drive to the northern west of Uganda is long but very rewarding, taking you everchanging landscapes busy roadside and quite rural villages. This park is Uganda’s best known and biggest nature reserve and its most memorable feature is the Victoria Nile which cuts through the park running a series of rapids before shooting out of a narrow crack in an incredibly powerful waterfall. Boat safari during your stay will offer a close look at the majestic falls while providing ample opportunity to see the incredible wildlife that the park is known for along the way.
If you want take walk amongst the rhinos at ziwa rhino sanctuary, then it would be a nice way to break off your to stop off at Ziwa rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking. Uganda used to be home to a health population of both black and white rhinos. That was until civil war, widespread poaching and urbanization wiped out the species to from our land back in 197os. In an effort to re-introduce the species to Uganda parks the rhino fund Uganda together Uganda wildlife authority have set up a breeding program at ziwa rhino sanctuary. To date there are 2o plus southern white rhinos roaming the 700hectares of land that comprises the sanctuary, many which were born in the wild? On a visit to the sanctuary you will join an experienced ranger on the walk to find these magnificent creatures. A wonderful opportunity to see the endangered rhinos in the wild from close range
Day3. Murchison falls national park.
On your morning game drive a professional ranger with knowledge of the park and its inhabitants will join you in your vehicle. As this a private game drive you can ask your guide to tailor your trip towards specific birdlife and wildlife if you like. This park is especially known for its massive elephants population, wide array of bird species and big herds of buffalos. Giraffes, lions, antelopes and waterbucks can also be spotted here and if you search in the trees carefully, you may even spot one of the elusive leopard. The afternoon boast safari towards mucrhison falls is a special highlight of the day. Ont his private 3hour journey upstream on the Victoria nile to the base of the falls you will pass by breathtaking scenery as well as many crocodiles hundreds og hippos buffalos after birds, monkeys and other animals that come down to the nile for a cool drink in the hot of the day. For comfort complimentary drinks will be served on the boat. The boat will drop you near the waterfall for your hike up to the top of the falls. Make sure you are properly hydrated for the walk and be prepared to be blown away by the amazing views from top of falls.
Day4. Murchison falls national park
The nile delta is the area where the Victoria nile flows into l. Albert. The banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking showbill stork. If you are a keen bird watcher this trip is a must do but this 20km voyage downstream is also very nice opportunity to see beautifull landscape, the daily routine of the local fishermen who catch tilapia from their wooden canoes in the albertine and ofcourse some wildlife. It is not unusual to see elephants and hippo bathing in the river or crocodiles resting on the banks. Looking over in the treetops you may see the first signs of lifr from lively eastern fringed monkeys or baboons. One of the highlights of a 5hour boat ride is atop along the banks for superb bush breakfast served by our private chef.
In the one your boring afternoon, you choose to visit Budongo forest which located southern part of this park. This southern region of the park is home to the biggest mahogany forests in east Africa and habitat to the largest number of chimps in Uganda. During your walk in the forest you mau also come across other primates like the blue monkey, red-tailed monkey,vervet monkeys and olive baboons
Day5. Transfer to kibale national park.
Your journey to kibale forest will be your longest drive on this but scenic. The drive will take trough tea plantations, lively markets and over rolling hills of lush green countryside that is so characteristic of western Uganda.
Kibale national park itslf is an extensive tract of dense tropical rainforest located just east of the fortpotal town. The various ecosystems in this space are reputed to harbor the highest density of
Primates in Africa. The rare red colobus monkey as well as the black and white colobus are just some of the primates you may encounter on your forest walk here. The highlight of a trip to kibale forest is ofcourse to spend some time observing the wonderfully entertaining chimpanzees.
Day6. Chimpanzee tracking in kibale national park.
No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so suprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study.
While chimpanzees can be found in 21 countries throughout Africa, they are most easily sighted in Uganda due to the high concentration of the species here. On a chimpanzee tracking experience in kibale forest you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creature at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, praying and foraging is an incredible experience.
While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are after wild animals with wills and minds of their own!
Day7. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national aprk s ugandas most visited game park and arguably the most scenic. The national aprk protects the vast savannah plains, bushland, wetlands and forests that lie at the baseof rwenzori mountain range. Kazinga channel which flows through the park connects lake George in the east to the lake Edward in the west, attracts a rich array of animals and birds including the infamous nile crocodile and one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos. On your first game drive you will explore the along a 200km network of well maintained game viewing tracks
Day8, Game drive and boat cruise.
In the morning we offer you an opportunity to contribute to an important conservation program in queen Elizabeth national park. Ont his unique tracking research trip. You will follow a researcg team off the safari jeep tracks and into the bush in search of one of lion pride in the park. A tracing device in the vehicle will lead you directly to the lions where you will spend some time observing these charismatic cats. The data collected by the research will further the conservation programe in the park, while you get a unque and Intimate insight into the lives and habits of these fascinating predators.
Late in the day when the sun is high in the sky and the animals make their way to the river for a drink, we will head to kazinga channel for pricate safari boat, you will spot more hippos today than you canpossibly imagine. Herds of elephants and buffalos will also wander down to the shoreline to bathe in the cooling water. Aboat safari is fascinating way to get close to wildlife and for many visitors the boat safari is the highlight of their visit to queen elizabeth national park.
Optional activity; Chimpanzee tracking in the kyambura gorge ‘’the valley of apes’’ if you find safaris to be a bit too sedentary for your taste then a hike in the kyambura gorge is what you need to get your heart rate up. This stunning geological feature is known as the valley of apes and is another world unto itself. The view from the top is incredibly impressive with deep sunken gorge covered in lush tropical vegetation. As its nick name reveals the gorge is home to several primates’ species including chimpanzees the red tailed monkey black and white colobus monkey. You will also see colourful birds. While the chances of spotting chimpanzees are not high here as kibale forest national park. The landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and absolutely worth visiting.
Day9. Coffee experience and ishasha sector game drive.
The beautiful places that you been spending the past two nights used to be an old coffee store. The lodge is still very involved in the coffe industry in the area and this morning you will go on a coffee tour experience to explore the transformation of coffee bean into delicious Ugandan coffe . the process is all done by local community members. Sampling some of the coffee will make for a good start of your day and buying some coffee to take home will make a good souvenir as well as support to the local community
The Ishasha sector sourthen part of queen Elizabeth national park is your next destination. This area is famous for its tree climbing lions. While you will often see lion cubs climbing trees for fun, adults very rarely do this. In ishasha however the lion to spend the hot afternoon snoozing on shaded fig tree branch. The raised elevation exposes them to a nice breeze as well as provong an ecape from the bothersome tsetse flies below. While you are on hunt for the tree climbing lion don’t miss the stunning scenery and excellent birdlife in this remote spot of the park.
In the aftennon you will have sundowenrs arranged by your lodge at a secluded viewing point. Here you can savor the last views of the landscape before a stunning Africa sunset the on this day.
Day10. Bush breakfast and transfer to bwindi impenetrable national park.
Before you say goodbye to the savannah and head further south to the rainforests we invite you to a bush breakfast in the wilderness,complete with a dining set-up and a personal chef. Enjoy your morning coffe as the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the plains.
While you wont want to leave this beautifull place, bwindi impenetrable park. The home of mountaingorillas of Uganda, awaits. And also you will be staying in the edges of the forest.
Day 11. Gorilla tracking
Encountering the rare and endangered mountain gorillas of bwindi impenetrable national park is an experience of a lifetime.
Over half of the world’s population of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the nine habituated family groups who live in the park
Your tracking experience will be an exciting yet challenging, journey along forested slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. En route your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorilla has been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the hour ypu have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannersims reminds us somuch of our own.
Encountering mountain gorillas in the wild is a truly humbling and emotional experience, one that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life.
Day12. Transfer to airstrip for your flight to Entebbe.
Enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful corner of Uganda. In the early morning your guide will drop you off at the airstrip for you domestic flight to Entebbe international airport