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SAFARI SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Day 2: Kampala city tour
Day 3: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, Equator and Nature walk
Day 4: Morning game drive and boat cruise in the afternoon
Day 5: Transfer to lake Bunyonyi and rest
Day 6: Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi and rest
Day 7: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
Day 9: Ishasha Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 10: Morning game drive and boat ride on Kazinga channel
Day 11 : Morning game drive transfer to Kibale
Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park
Day 13: Drive to Semuliki valley national park
Day 14: Nature walk and Sempaya hot springs
Day 15: Depart for Masindi (Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary)
Day 16: Rhino tracking and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 17: Morning game drive and boat ride to the bottom of the falls in the afternoon
Day 18: Drive to Kidepo valley National park and afternoon rest
Day 19: Morning game drive and Cultural village tour
Day 20: Drive to Pian Upe Game reserve
Day 21: Whole day game drive in Pian Upe
Day 22: Transfer to Sipi falls
Day 23: Drive to Jinja for source of Nile viewing/ White water rafting
Day 24: Depart to Entebbe for your flight home

DETAILED ITENERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Our guide/Driver will receive you upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport. He will update you with all the information about the safari according to the reservation. Later check in at your hotel either in Entebbe or Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival some optional activities can be arranged on additional costs.

Day 2: Kampala City Tour

For the Kampala city tour, we take you to the Best Tourist sites in Kampala and these include the two world heritage sites; Kasubi Royal Tombs, Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine, Bahai Temple, King’s Palace not forgetting the Owino market before returning back to your hotel.

Kasubi tombs in Kampala

Day 3: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, equator and nature Walk

After breakfast, the driver/guide will meet you and depart for Lake Mburo National Park on smooth roads with a driving time of 3 hours maximum, passing through small towns before reaching the Equator. Here you will have the Equator experience of the Clockwise and Anti clockwise displacement of water of the northern and southern hemispheres respectively. Stretch legs, use facilities, refresh with cold drinks, coffee or tea and good art crafts. We then continue to Lake Mburo National park, check in at the lodge for lunch and later go for a Nature/ Village walk in the early evening before dinner.

Day 4: Morning Game drive and Boat cruise in the afternoon

After an early breakfast, we set out for a game drive and bird watching combined in search for game animals such as; Leopards, spotted hyenas, bush pigs, giraffes, buffaloes, eland, topis, impalas, bushbuck, waterbuck, wart hogs, in addition to birds; great blue starling, tawany eagle, vultures, bee eaters, among others. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, we shall go for a boat ride on Lake Mburo for a water safari. Here you will have a chance of seeing hippopotamus very close, Crocodiles, lots of water birds such as; the African fish eagles, African darter, Pied kingfishers, Malachite kingfishers, and many more. Sun set view at Kazuma outlook.

Day 5:Transfer to lake Bunyonyi and rest

After breakfast, we shall the head to Lake Bunyonyi. Arriving at the lodge at around noon, have lunch. And then rest or relax at the lake shores.

Lake Bunyonyi

Day 6: Canoeing on Lake bunyonyi

In the morning after breakfast, we set out for a canoe trekking experience, visiting the surrounding islands and learning the history of the region. Canoe trekking on this lake does not need any experience also the lake does not have big waves. This activity takes an average of 3 hours,and is very interesting. Return to the lodge for lunch and then go at Bushara Island and a swim in this lake is very safe. In the evening you go out for a hike to the view point of the lake. Later dinner at the lodge and rest.

canoeing at lake bunyonyi

Day 7: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mid-morning departure to Bwindi. Driving through the rolling hills of the Kigezi highlands with a Scenic view of the natural terraces, locals attending to their crops, you enter into world heritage site of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Check in to your lodge and then have lunch. In the afternoon, we join community walk. The highlight of this walk is meeting the Batwa. These are pygmy people who lived in the forest before it was turned into a national park. There are the Pygmy. They faced stigma from the general population which resulted into their settlement into the forest, others include, authentic traditional music and dancing, traditional healers etc. Then return to the lodge.

Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

After a very early breakfast, we go to the park offices, for briefing and gorilla group allocation. All forest activities are conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. At this Centre we meet the people who are joining the tracking group. 8 people in each group led by a range guide and armed escorts into the forest. Gorilla trekking is less predictable when it comes to the duration of the hike, but the good news is the ranger guide is in communication with the trackers who leave early in the morning before the visitors. And it’s very rewarding after meeting the gentle gorilla family in their natural home. Spend that quality time with them either by taking much more photos or just enjoying at once in a life Gorilla trekking experience. Return back for the tracking certificates before getting back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

Day 9: Ishasha Queen Elizabeth National Park

We drive to Ishasha, the southern sector of the Queen Elizabeth national park. This is the home of the legendary Tree climbing lions. Other game includes big herds of Buffaloes, Elephants, Uganda kobs, Topi, Leopardsand Hyenas. Arrive to the lodge for lunch and later set off for an afternoon game drive, enjoying the landscape. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Tree Climbing lion in Ishasha

Day 10: Morning Game drive and Boat ride on Kazinga channel

After an early breakfast, we set out for a game drive. This is just the right time of seeing Hyenas returning to their dens at night with Lions hunting if not feasting. Drive to the northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a boat ride on the beautiful Kazinga channel in the afternoon. This is a very good place for seeing Elephants, Buffaloes very close as they come to drink water from the channel. Hundreds of hippos, Nile crocodiles, monitor lizards, many bird species. Afterwards check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Kazinga Channnel Boat cruise-Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 11: Morning Game drive transfer to Kibale National park

After an early breakfast, we set out for a game drive in search for game animals such as; Lions, Leopards, hyenas, elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kob, birds, such as; martial eagles and long crested eagles. Return to the lodge for check out and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, lunch at the lodge. We then go for a community walk or swamp walk in the evening. If it’s a community walk, here you will visit the traditional healer, and return for the night.

Day 12: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park

In the morning after an early breakfast, you assemble to Kanyanchu visitor centre for briefing about the Chimpanzee tracking and appropriate behaviors in their presence. Later you will be led by a ranger guide into the forest to meet the chimps. Spend a quality hour with them. Tracking can be shorter or longer depending on the availability of food for the chimpanzee but the experience is always rewarding. Return to the camp for hot lunch and restful evening. Opportunity of doing optional activities on top of resting.

Day 13: Drive to Semuliki Valley National Park

After breakfast in the morning, we set off to Semuliki national park via Fort portal one of the most beautiful towns in Uganda where tea is grown in the shades of Rwenzori Mountains. We then stop at Amabere ga’nyina Mwiru caves, a historical place where a daughter to the king breast fed her son because her father had cut off her breast. Some nice waterfalls are also present. A top of the world view and beautiful crater lakes. Enjoy the scenic drive to the Semuliki Valley National Park and birders get rewarded with some of Africa’s best forest birds.

Day 14: Nature walk and Sempaya hot springs

In the morning we go for a Nature walk in Sempaya road. One of the wondrous tracks of a forest in Uganda providing the best views of monkeys and birds in the forest, and continue to the famous hot springs called Bintente with a boiling point of 110 degrees C. and female hot springs boiling up to 103 degrees C. Later transfer to Fort Portal for overnight.

The Sempaya Hot Springs

Day 15: Depart for Masindi (Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary)

After breakfast, we start driving northwards through Kagadi and a hot lunch stop in Hoima. A big town with nice restaurants. Afterwards continue to Masindi where we shall spend a night as we prepare for Rhino tracking the following day at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Day 16: Rhino tracking and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast we drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the breeding ground of White Rhinos. Rhinos in Uganda by 1984 had been killed to extinction which led to the establishment of this sanctuary and it’s also the only place in Uganda where you can see Rhinos in their natural habitat. Tracking Rhinos is amazing because it is like a nature walk with a ranger guide where you stand very close to the endangered Rhinos. After tracking settle down for a hot lunch before continuing to Murchison Falls National Park for dinner and overnight.

Day 17: Morning game drive and boat ride to the bottom of the falls in the afternoon

Today we set off very early in the morning in search of game especially the big cats that are more active at this time. Animals to be seen include; The Jackson heartbeats, Giraffes, Oribi, Uganda Kob, Water buck, Buffaloes and predators like Lions, Leopard, Hyenas, Jackles not forgetting the big giants like Elephants. After the morning game drive, we return to the lodge for lunch and boat ride in the afternoon. Aquatic animals and birds are seen during this boat ride, to mention but a few; Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodiles, Shoe Bill stock, African fish eagles, Bee eaters, King fisher’s and lots more. Seeing the bottom of the falls you will hike up to the top of the falls, for a clear view of the falls where you will meet your guide to bring you back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 18: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

In the morning we drive to Kidepo National Park through vast open plains and small settlements along the way to the very distinct Karamoja people. Driving time is 5-6 hours arriving for hot lunch at the lodge and then relaxation and rest after a long trip at the lodge and dinner.

Day 19: Morning Game drive and Cultural village tour

After a very early breakfast if not packed as a takeaway, we set off for a morning game drivesearching for Giraffes, Buffaloes, Elephants, Elands, Zebras, Reedbucks, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Jackals, Caracal, with a lot of birds, snakes on a lucky day. We then head back to the lodge for hot lunch and in the afternoon visit the Karamojong cultural village. This is a unique Culture similar to the Masai people of Kenya. Living in big settlements and many huts called the (Manyattas). Return to the lodge for dinner and a night.

Day 20: Drive to Pain Upe

After breakfast, we set off for Pian Upe game reserve. The Pianupe covers a total area of 2788 square kilometers. Driving time of 6-7 hours, the drive is long but worthwhile, seeing the Karamojong settlements with some attending to their cattle. Open plains offer food for the eyes. Arriving in the late afternoon or evening depending on the condition of the road.

Day 21: Whole day game drive in Pian Upe

In the morning after breakfast, we go out for a game drive. This is a great place to see Ostriches,Elands, and vast ranges of game, including; Greater Kudu, Roan antelope, Cape buffalo, four toed Hedgehog. We then return to the camp for lunch as we prepare for a second game drive in the evening, being one of the remote game reserve a lot of unique sightings are expected like the Cheetah and Leopard. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 22: Transfer to Sipi falls

After breakfast we aim for Sipi falls. These are a series of falls found in the eastern district of Uganda bordering Kenya on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park. Taking a nature walk and hikes is well worth it after spending so much time in the car. There are the cave walks and coffee tours. We arrive at the lodge for lunch before embarking on the afternoon and evening nature walks and then return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 23: Drive to Jinja

Jinja is located in the southern part of Uganda. It is the second largest city in the country after Kampala and so is industrial city. The construction of the Owen falls dam in 1952 led to the concentration of manufacturing industries here. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, offering a relaxing environment. It is where we traditionally find the source of the Nile. The world longest river originates from here. The town offers boat rides to the source of the Nile. The River Nile has a series of waterfalls like the Bujagali falls and now the Itanda falls known for White water rafting with grade seven rapids, horseback riding can also be done. You will enjoy the famous Rolex, Source of the Nile and White water rafting here.

Day 24: Depart to Entebbe for your flight home

Our whole safari is coming to an end, depending on the time of the flight we can leave Jinja in the morning or afternoon for Entebbe international airport bidding farewell to The pearl of Africa.