Day 1: Arrive in Uganda, Rest, Kampala city tour.
You will arrive in Kampala through Entebbe international airport, and be picked up by our experienced driver guide, who will drive you to the KASUBI TOMBS in Kampala to visit the burial grounds for the previous four Kabakas (Buganda kings).
Therefore, the Kasubi Tombs is a place where the Kabaka and others in Buganda’s cultural hierarchy frequently carry out important ancient Ganda rituals. You will visit Uganda museum,Namugongo catholic church(martyrs church) local markets, historicals places and later descend to the lodge.
Day 2: Visit Mabamba Swamp for Shoebills; Transfer to Jinja
After breakfast, you embark on the drive from Kampala to Mabamba wetland, a journey of 60km from Kampala the capital of Uganda. The drive to Mabamba is a special experience availing up to 100% opportunities of exploring numerous bird species like Papyrus Gonolek, White Shouldered Tit, Red Cap, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White Winged Warbler, White Spotted Fluftail and Weyns Weaver.
After arriving in Mabamba Swamp, embark on a thrilling canoe experience and head to the swamp under the guidance of a local expert in paddling through the narrow water channels surrounded by dense and lush swamp flora. The swamp presents numerous species of birds including the elusive and the Vulnerable Shoebill stork, the Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Grey herons, Jacanas, Ruffaus Squaco, the globally threatened Pallid Harrier and Bellied Heron. Other species like blue swallow, ducks and egrets among other birds can be explored. The swamp dweller, Sitatunga antelope may be seen during this swamp tour. You have picnic lunch and then return to Kampala, driving through to Jinja – 87km north – east of Kampala arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: The rapids of Jinja and Source of the Nile
In the morning, after breakfast, you will be proceeding to adrift for the amazing experience of white water rafting. This activity will make you feel touched to the Nile waters because you will bond freely with the water falls. So you do not want to miss out on such a beautiful activity.
After this awesome adventure, you will have your lunch and relax a bit. After lunch, you take a ride to the source of the Nile-a quiet beautiful spectacular place where the environment is decorated with palm trees and incredible tropical flora. You will get to hear the gurgling Nile waters from a distance, observe local fishermen casting their nets in the river that takes 90 days to reach Egypt! –More so at the Nile you can even visit the floating craft shops and don’t fail to buy anything for yourself. Retire and relax at the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Preserve.
After breakfast at your accommodation in Kampala, embark on the trip to Murchison Falls National Park in the north of Uganda, a journey of about 6 hours’ drive. You traverse through the undulating hill slopes of Nakasongola before branching off at Nakitoma for 7 km to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary just 176km north of Kampala.
Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda following their extinction; and thus offers an unforgettable Rhino tracking experience. Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild.
Presently the sanctuary is home to fifteen (15) southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation. After this experience, you will continue on the drive to Masindi town for lunch and later proceed to Uganda’s largest park -Murchison Falls National Park for relaxation. Check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Murchison Falls National park, Game drive & Boat cruise
You will wake up very early in the morning to go for a morning game drive where you will have a chance to spot early risers and nocturnal species before they return to their hideouts. This is the most beautiful national park in Uganda and this is because it hosts 4/5 of the big 5 animals and also it also home to one of the most beautiful and powerful falls in the world so far.
Traverse the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park before returning later to the lodge for breakfast. The 3,893 sq. km park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including lions, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeests, antelopes, buffalo, and elephants. For the birders, you will enjoy a cock tail of them as these areas support the secretary bird and the black chested snake eagle, to name a few.
In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7 meter gorge plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert. Lots of bird diversity can be spotted and numerous animals resting and drinking water along the banks of the Nile. The most common ones being hippos, buffaloes, Nile crocodiles and birds include, the African fish eagle, Yellow billed stork, Egyptian goose, Egrets, Malachite kingfisher among others. The launch cruise will take you close to the falls’ base where you will be shown the spot where Ernest Hemingway’s plane crashed during sightseeing tour to Murchison falls in 1954.
You can then get off the boat and go hiking up the side of the falls to the top.
After the cruise, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Game drive and then Transfer to hoima
In the morning, take a last game drive in the Buligi sector of the park to spot some of the elusive species that you might have missed the previous day and continue to the exit of the park as you head towards the south west of Uganda. It is quite a long day drive of about 8 hours. You will arrive in Fort portal early evening, proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Days 7.Transfer to Kibale.
Today after a relaxed breakfast, you will drive to Kibale forest, you will break off for lunch in Fortportal town. You will reach at the lodge early, you may decide to take a walk or visit a village. Dinner and overnight at kibale forest camp
Day 8: Chimp Habituation and Night Walk.
Embark on a full day chimpanzee habituation experience, monitoring them closely during their daily activities, thereby getting used to human presence without changing their natural habitat.
Early visitors watch chimps leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30am before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.
Retire from this activity for relaxation and dinner, and later continue on a night walk with a ranger guide who will guide you through the forest’s night life – spotting as many nocturnals and insects as possible.
Day 9: Bigodi Swamp and Drive to Queen ENP via Toro Crater Lakes.
In the morning, undertake an excursion to Bigodi swamp ecotourism site, given its astounding flora and fauna, will be worth it too. The swamp has numerous populations of birds, a wide range of over 138 different species of birds including the Great Blue Turaco, and swamp animals like Sitatunga antelope. Return to the lodge and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park through the Fort portal crater region for scenic viewing. Have lunch in Fort portal and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National park.
Day 10: Queen ENP, Game Drive and Kazinga Channel Boat.
After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, engage in an early game drive in the undulating savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the extensive Kasenyi tracks to explore the park’s unique scenery marked with numerous herds of wildlife including lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, water bucks, jackals and flocks of unfamiliar bird species. The activity normally lasts for 3 – 4 hours after which you return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch before proceeding for a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This boasts to be home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers.
Later in the early evening, you can engage in other optional activities if you have the time before heading back to your lodge.
Day 11: Queen ENP game drive.
Transfer to the southern sector of the park to encounter the elusive climbing lions. This section of the park is well endowed with the infamous climbing lions together with other wild game that dwell in this woodland part of the park. The tree climbing lions prefer to lie flat on fig tree branches in the mid-morning sun while waiting for their prey. Do extensive game drive and retire at the lodge.
Day 12: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
After breakfast, undertake a journey to the south – in Kabale district to explore this famous lake that is known to be the “lake of 29 islands”. It is arguably the second deepest in Africa, after Lake Tanganyika and it boasts of having an exceptional scenery which flourishes with undulating slopes and steep hills of the Kigezi region.
Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi
Spend the day at Lake Bunyonyi, engage in a thrilling canoe experience to visit the inner islands and meet the local communities that dwell in the islands. Meet the local fishermen who have lived on this lake for decades and have found fortune in fishing. There also amazing spots for hiking, and viewing the Bunyonyi scenery on these is quite a memorable experience.
Day 14: A morning excursion in Lake Bunyonyi and Transfer to Rwanda.
After breakfast in the morning, undertake an excursion in Lake Bunyonyi area to explore the lake of 29 islands, hiking to the communities and viewing the amazing scenery of Kigezi region. Later transfer to Rwanda through Chanika boarder post. TodTay you will n overnight in Karongi on shore of lake kivu.
Day 15: Transfer from the border to Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda. Walk to the true source of the Nile
In the morning of this day, we shall pick you up from Rwanda – Congo border and transfer you to Nyungwe forest national park. Continue to view the furthest source of the Nile which is not so far from Gisakura. This point is a 4 hour drive from Uwinka, and within a 4 hour walk, you will reach what has been identified as the ‘true source of the Nile’.
Day 16: Nyungwe Canopy Walk and transfer to Kigali via Ntarama and Nyamata Genocide church memorials.
After breakfast, continue to this thrilling experience to walk on top of the forest canopy; the Nyungwe forest Canopy walk gives visitors a great opportunity to experience the rain forest with the canopy walk way challenge.
It is embedded in a specialized guided tour sloping down from the Uwinka visitor’s center through the Igishigishi trail. The trail which takes approximately 30minutes to get to the starting point of the canopy allows visitors to walk slowly in a steep slippery valley.
The Canopy walk way is 160Meters, and 70meters from ground. It has 3 sections with the first Canopy at 45Meters, the second at 90Meters and third being at 25Meters. From the top of the canopy walk way, you will be able to have a great view of the Nyungwe canopy, monkeys playing, close encounter with birds and on a clear day, Lake Kivu can be spotted.
After this experience, leave Nyungwe and proceed to Kigali; you will pass via Butale for a cultural experience at Nyanza king’s palace in Nyabisindu, the craft shops, and a visit to Ntarama and Nyamata Genocide Memorial churches along the way from Nyungwe. Arrive in Kigali in the evening for dinner, and overnight.
Day 17: Tour Kigali city and visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
After breakfast, embark on a city tour in Kigali. The Kigali City Tour begins as a historic journey through the city with a guided tour from the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the rapidly growing neighborhoods that are changing the face of the city. Kigali is one of the friendliest, cleanest and safest of Africa’s cities.
Undertake a visit to the famous Kigali genocide museum which is located in Gisozi, 15mins drive from the city centre. Pay your last respects to the deceased who lost their lives during ethnic turmoil between the Tutsis and Hutus that left over 800,000 Rwandans dead within a period of 3 months.
End of safari