15 days / 14 nights Highlights of Uganda

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15 days / 14 nights Highlights of Uganda
Uganda Martyrs, Rhino Tracking, Game drives in: Murchison NP, Semliki NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, and Lake Mburo NP. Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi, Lake Bunyonyi.

Accommodation: Budget, Mid-range & Luxury

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Uganda! You will have an awesome by experiencing all the highlights in just one trip! You will visit the most beautiful national parks of the country, meet the gorillas and swim the deepest lake of Uganda-Lake Bunyonyi which is Bilharzias -free!

Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

Depending on the time of arrival, our guide will take you on a city tour for an exciting introduction to the capital. Visit some interesting and historical sites, including the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, the Uganda Museum and of course the African Craft Village. We also advise you to have money changed today.

Overnight at Orchidea Guesthouse. For upgrade you can stay at Le Petit Village.

Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

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Today we shall head to the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. Enjoy a lunch stop in Masindi before we enter the park. We will visit the magnificent falls where you will enjoy and marvel at the mighty Nile. The famous waterfall is being forced into a seven meter crevice, to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades. This spectacular scenery can be viewed from different points up at the baler’s summit.

Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 3: Game Drive

After an early morning breakfast you will enjoy a half-day game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, escorted by a ranger. Game in this part includes the elephant, Rothschild giraffe, Jackson hartebeest, lions, oribis, waterbucks and a variety of savannah woodland birds. After lunch we will go on a Nile cruise for game viewing at close quarters. Watch how hippos take a bath; elephants come to drink and crocodiles lying lazy at the shores.

Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 4: Murchison Falls – Fort Portal

We depart Murchison Falls and head towards Fort Portal. The drive is almost eight hours but will provide you with some stunning views as you pass small African villages and banana plantations. The lovely town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations.

Dinner and overnight at the cottages of Primate Lodge Kibale.

Day 5: Semliki National Park

After breakfast we drive towards Semliki National Park. The scenic, winding road will lead us through green mountains and offers you a magnificent view at the River Semliki and D. R. Congo. After arriving in the protected area, a ranger will accompany us on a beautiful nature walk through the Ituri Rainforest. Enjoy the peacefulness of the forest, look out for the rich birdlife at the swamp and boil an egg in the hot springs that have become an interesting natural attraction. It will be completed with a picnic lunch provided by the guide, while you explore the real Africa. Later in the afternoon we return to Kibale Forest.

Dinner and overnight at the cottages of Primate Lodge Kibale.

DAY 6: Kibale National Park & Bigodi Swamp

Today is the D-day for tracking the closest cousins of Man-Chimpanzees. Kibale forest morning breeze will welcome you as you head to the information center for briefing before we head for tracking. This forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others.

After the trek, we shall have a sumptuous lunch and share our experiences of tracking the Chimps this morning.

We shall then head to Bigodi Swamp for totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.

Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale. (B-L-D)

Day 7: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park

We transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a beautiful route via Kasese, with the Rwenzori Mountains on your right side and the green valley on the left. A game drive on our way to the accommodation in the middle of the national park gives us the chance to spot waterbucks, warthogs and other wildlife.

After lunch we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Dinner and overnight at Kingfisher Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After our breakfast, we shall start our day by heading to the mating ground of Uganda kob in Kasenyi for a morning game drive. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch.

In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Dinner and overnight at Kingfisher Lodge. (B-L-D)

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi

After breakfast you may choose for the optional activity of exploring Kyambura Wildlife Reserve (not included). Driving through a grassland area, all of a sudden we come across an amazing gorge of one hundred meters deep, covered with tropical rainforest. You will hike into the gorge of the Kyambura River in search of the wild chimpanzees. It is a beautiful walk through the river valley, home to many birds and butterfly species.

Later we will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head towards Bwindi. On our way, we shall search the famous tree climbing lions in Ishasha where we shall stop and have lunch en-route.

The scenic route runs through a verdant countryside while you pass traditional homesteads and farms.

In Bwindi dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Bandas. For upgrade you can stay at Mahogany Springs.

Day 10: Bwindi Gorilla Safari

The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest.

A unique and unforgettable experience! Those who prefer not to participate in the gorilla tracking can explore the surroundings at own arrangement or join a nature/village walk.

Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Bandas. For upgrade you can stay at Mahogany Springs.

Day 11: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast you can choose to have a guided village walk for a closer meeting with the local community. Learn about their way of living as you walk through coffee, tea and banana plantations. Afterwards we depart to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda and second deepest in Africa. This area is often called “Little Switzerland of Uganda” and boosts one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Relax or go for a canoe trip while you watch the beautiful sunset.

Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Camp. For upgrade you can stay at Bird Nest Resort.

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi

After the challenging and strenuous hike in Bwindi, some relaxing moments on the shores of this peaceful lake are most welcome. The options here are birding, nature walks, swimming or canoeing (not included).

Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Camp. For upgrade you can stay at Bird Nest Resort.

Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast we drive to Lake Mburo National Park which takes us about four hours with lunch en route. As we enter the park and head towards the accommodation it is likely that you will see some wildlife, like impalas, topis, warthogs, zebras (not seen in any of the parks we have visited so far) and buffaloes. After checking-in you will go on a boat ride on Lake Mburo and enjoy the rich birdlife and the hippos that are cooling off.

Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge. For upgrade you can stay at Mihingo Lodge.

Day 14: Lake Mburo National Park – Kampala

Early start of the day as we will go for a nature walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. After breakfast we transfer to Kampala with a stop at the equator for photos or shopping.

Arrive in Kampala early in the evening.

Overnight at Orchidea Guesthouse. For upgrade you can stay at Le Petit Village.

Day 15: Departure

After your breakfast (depending on your flight schedule), our representative will take you to the airport with a stopover in downtown Kampala.

We look forward to seeing you for yet another tour e.g. Kidepo Valley National Park, Cultural Tours in the East-home of the Uganda Jews (Abayudaaya), Mountain Climbing of Rwenzori or Elgon.