Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport. You will be met and transfer to your hotel in Kampala. Met by our local guide for transfer to your hotel in Kampala. Entebbe is about 42 kms from Kampala. You will remember that it was at Entebbe where the Israelis heroically released hostages that was on a hijacked Air France Airbus in 1976. Overnight at Sheraton Kampala Hotel ( Upmarket) Imperial Royal ( Moderate) Holiday express hotel Kampala ( Budget) (BB)
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park after an early morning breakfast. We will pass by the top of the falls where you can see the Nile’s beauty perfected!! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from 50 meters to squeeze through a 6-meter canyon dropping 40 meters with a thunderous roar creating a beautiful rainbow, plums of spray and the best thing that happened on the Nile … “the Murchison Falls”. Enjoy the sunset as you return to the lodge. Enjoy superb comfort and service at the Paraa Safari Lodge ( Upmarket) Nile Safari lodge, Sambiya River Lodge budget stay. FB.
Day 3: After breakfast we will take a morning game drive on the northern Bank. Our ranger will help us view the extraordinary variety of wildlife living here including the Uganda Kob, elephant, lion, giraffe, antelope, a vast variety of eagles and much more. After a packed picnic lunch, we will take the boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the best of the far and enjoyable. We’ll pass pods of hippo, crocs, vast birdlife and butterflies. We’ll maybe see the legendary Shoebill Stork. Overnight at the lodge. FB.
DAY 4: Kibale Forest National
Leave Murchison falls N.P for Kibale Forest N.P via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of L. Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join L.Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to L. Albert and north to the Mediterranean sea. Overnight at Ndali Lodge/ Travellers’ Inn. Meal Plan: B, L,D
Day 5: Chimps and primate search – Kibale
After breakfast we take a 45-minute drive takes us to Kibale National Park, where we spend the day hiking through the Kibale Forest in search of chimpanzees and other primates. This park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. Kibale is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Chimps tend to forage in small parties, or even as individuals. They usually travel on the ground, but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into larger groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as a fruiting fig tree.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally, hunt. Hunting behavior is fascinating but it takes luck to be present when it happens: groups of adult male chimps move quickly through the forest canopy trying to trap red colobus monkeys or bushbabies, and will occasionally capture ground dwellers such as young duikers (small antelopes of which there are three varieties in Kibale Forest). Chimpanzees are highly social animals, so their behavior is always fascinating to watch. They are highly vocal and communicate with a large variety of sounds and gestures. It’s very exciting when a whole group suddenly bursts into a cacophony of wild hooting. We do
Overnight at Ndali Lodge. (upmarket) Primate Lodge ( moderate) Kibale Safari Lodge ( Budget)Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Kibale/ Queen Elizabeth National Park
Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours). Leave Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow – capped 16,000 – foot Rwenzori Mountains – the famed “ mountains of the moon”. This 767 – square – mille conservation area is bordered no the North East by lake George and on the south West by Lake Edward; its Western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Viringa. You will expect to see teeming herds of Impala – like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and Lion, giant Forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingo reside seasonally.
Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at jacana Lodge. PM go for a Launch trip along the Kazinga channel. This gives 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 kingfishes, saddle billed stork and many others. Overnight for 2 nights at Mweya Safari Lodge ( Upmarket) Katara Lodge ( Moderate) Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge ( Budget) (Full Board).
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
We set out early in the morning for a game drive on the northern part on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. In the afternoon we make half day guide foot safari (rough three hours) through Kyambura Gorge in the Eastern sector of the park in search of chimpanzees and other primates. The walk takes you along the river gorge through tropical forest where you are also likely to see black – and white colobus monkey and red – tailed monkey. The chimpanzee population here is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting.
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today we leave Mweya Safari Lodge for Bwindi with picnic, driving through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drive on our way wee reveal more elephant and, invariably, large numbers of graceful Uganda Kob, the symbol of Ugandan National Parks. After checking – in at our accommodation, you can rather be interested in rural African culture we suggest you take a guided village walk in Buhoma Village – see how Ugandans live, visit a local bar and meet the local medicine man!
Overnight (for 2 nights) at Gorilla Forest Camp ( upmarket) Engagi Lodge( Moderate) Buhoma Community Camp (Budget) (Full board).
Day 9: Gorilla Tracking
Today you will enjoy surely! After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip – Gorilla trekking – which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be totally forgotten. These gentle giants are highly endangered and anyone suffering even the slightest of ailments, including a cough will not be allowed to go the trek. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 meters from the gorilla, sit around them for a whole sometimes weigh up to 250 Kilos. Pictures with non flash lens can be taken.
Day 10:Transfer to Rwanda
Take breakfast and depart for Rwanda. You will cross the border via Kisoro then clear at the boarder – Rwanda is 1 hour behind Uganda . Located in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcans is home to the steep slopes of this wonderful mountain range – home of the rare mountain gorilla – and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which cuddles evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla view Lodge/Gorilla nest camp ( Upmarket),
La Palme Hotel (Moderate),
Muhabura Lodge / Kinigi guest house (budget accommodation)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11: Gorilla Trekking, Parc National des Volcans
Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.
Accommodation options available
Up-market: Virunga Lodge
Moderate: La Palme Hotel
Lowest Price: Kinigi Guest House.
Day 12: Golden Monkey Tracking /Akagera National Park
This morning we will seek out the recently habituated troop of the rare Golden monkey. Transfer to Kigali, the Capital of Rwanda.
Day 13: City Tour of Kigali
You have a Kigali city tour today and visit the Genocide Memorial Museum before you transfer to the airport for your onward international flight. The city tour includes the old town (Nyamirambo) and Muslim quarter, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours – and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home