A 10 DAY PRIVATE SAFARI ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival & Transfer to Kampala
On the arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer your hotel in Kampala. Overnight at Hotel Africana or Similar Hotel
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Leave Kampala at 0800hrs. Drive through the famous Luweero triangle. Take a stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue on, taking a ferry across the river to Paraa Safari Lodge. Game viewing on the way is very good; look out for hippos, elephants, buffalos and many other animals, seen grazing on the banks of the river.Overnight at a Luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge/Midrange Sambiya River lodge/Budget Red Chili Camp (Full Board)
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, we will go for a morning Chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest. This is an undisturbed area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve where you can walk beneath mature mahogany and iron wood trees. Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity. You will certainly see many forest birds, including the chocolates-backed Kingfisher, the white-thigh hornbill and puvel’s illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa.
We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Overnight at a Luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge/Midrange Sambiya River lodge/Budget Red Chili Camp (Full Board)
Day 4: Travel from Murchison Falls National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After break fast, drive from Murchison Falls NP heading Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley. Drive through Hoima and reach the colorful and beautiful town of Fort Portal , the capital of the Tooro kingdom, situated in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon,” the Rwenzori. Have lunch at Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal or similar. We will then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in time for dinner.Overnight at Mweya safari Lodge/Institute of Ecology
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
This morning we will leave for the 08.00am. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee of different species, Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas, Lion and many others in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge is a home of very many bird species. We will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax before taking an afternoon boat trip along on Kazinga channel. This will give you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to the lodge. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Institute of Ecology.
Day 6: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This morning, we will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils.
Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. You need to carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, come back to the lodge and relax. Should you have the energy this afternoon, you will go for a village walk and see how Ugandans live! Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 8: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, we will make our scenic journey through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. An area referred as the “Switzerland of Africa”. We will continue to Lake Bunyonyi. This large and erratically shaped lake lies at an altitude of approximately 2000m, where it follows the contours of the hilly terrain that separates the towns of Kabale and Kisoro. It is a very scenic spot, dotted with small islands and ringed by steeped terraced hills. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and it is particularly good for water birds. IN the afternoon, you will go for a 2 hour boat ride inside Lake Bunyonyi to which will take you to various islands inside the lake for bird viewing, sight seeing and discovering the sites of the Bakiga culture.
Overnight at Arcadia Cottages/Bunyonyi Overland Camp (FB)
Day 9: Leave for Kampala
After break fast, we will depart for Kampala arriving in the late afternoon. . Lunch en route in Mbarara at Lake View Regency Hotel. A stopover is made at the Equator for photography.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Africana or similar hotel in Kampala.
Reserved for departure.
Quoted price includes;
- The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel
- Full time safari guide and his associated expenses
- Park entrance fees
- Accommodation and meals
- Boat trip
- Gorilla permit @$600 each
- Chimpanzee tracking
- All game drives
- But it excludes; Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beers, Beverages and tipping of staffs at the lodges.