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This safari is specially designed for travelers who are very much interested in exploring the picturesque landscape and the vegetation cover of Uganda, and wildlife, giving you an opportunity to travel both on land and in air. Uganda is a very beautiful country characterized by beautiful skies with magnificent sites as the sun rises and sets over water, vegetation as well as land.
Day 1: Arrival
You will arrive on this day and be transferred to Entebbe Resort Beach Hotel for overnight stay. Situated on the lake shore, Resort Beach Hotel is glazed entirely in blue and sinuous in plan; the interior is dominated by an imposing central atrium, 6 floors high and capped by a glass roof.
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
On this day, we shall be transferred to Kajjansi Airfield and charter an aircraft to Murchison Falls National Park. This will take us about 45min to land at the Bugungu Airstrip. The journey will take you through a perch work of Uganda’s papyrus swamps, agricultural fields of the banana plantations, ultimately ending in the scenic view of the tropical forests canopy of Budongo and the savanna woodlands of Murchison Falls dotted with borassus palms.
Overnight at Paara Safari lodge.
Day 3: Early morning Game drive and afternoon Boat Cruise
We shall have an early breakfast and embark on a game drive from the lodge following the Delta Trail. If we are lucky this morning, we are likely to meet Lions craving for an early morning meal from the dominant antelope in the park – the Uganda Kob. This park is the biggest in Uganda and was named after the beautiful Murchison Falls; a point where the Nile River is forced into a 6.7m gap to form very powerful water surge. It also offers very big congregations of African Elephant, Cape buffalo, Deffasa waterbuck, Olive Baboons, Giraffe, Oribi and the shy Bushbuck is likely to be spotted in the entangled thickets of this park. For bird enthusiasts, here are the some of the species you cannot miss. These include; Swallow-tailed Bee eater, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, the Shoebill, Secretary Bird, Abyssinian Roller and Ground Hornbill, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Vinaceous Dove, Grosbeak Weaver, Buff-bellied Warbler, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Marabou Stork, Red-throated Bee-eater, Silver Bird, Beautiful Sunbird, Black-headed Gonolek, Speckle-fronted and Golden-backed Weavers, White-rumped Seedeater, Pel’s Fishing Owl, White Crested Turaco, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Carmine Bee-eater, Night jars (Pennant-winged &Standard-winged), Black-headed Gonolek, Spotted Dikkorp, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Kittlitz’s Plover, Water and Senegal Thicknees, Blue-naped and Speckled mouse birds, Spur-Winged Plover, African wattled Lapwing, Violet -Backed Starlings, Crowned Lapwings, Black-bellied Bustards, Red-necked Spurfowls, Northern, Red and Black-Winged Bishop, White-browed Coucal
We will return to our hotel for Lunch and then take an afternoon Launch cruise on the river Nile up to the bottom of the falls. Along this channel, there are chances of the Pel’s Fishing Owl and Shoebill, some of the most-sought-after birds. Other birds include; Pied Kingfishers, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Water Thick-knee, Long-toed Lapwing, Little Bittern, Blue-breasted and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters and many others. We shall also be hypnotized by large congregations of hippos, Nile crocodiles, Monitor Lizard as well as herds of Elephants as they come to quench their thirst.
Day 4: Exploration to the top of Murchison Falls
Today, we shall carry parked lunch and bird to the Southern Sector of the park up to the top of the Falls for the whole day. The top of the falls give you just yet another fantastic view of these falls as they start off. Specials here include; the White-crested Turaco, White-rumped Canary, Black-headed Lapwing, Yellow-billed Shrike, Spotted Dikkop, White headed helmeted Shrike etc. Overnight at the same lodge or any other of choice.
Day 5; Transfer to Fort Portal
As we fly to Fort portal you may have a fantastic view of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges and the captivating magical volcanic hills of the Fortportal Area. We will check in at Ndali Lodge, the only lodge in the country with a residential setting of the colonial era. Ndali Lodge is situated on a hill, looking out over rolling green cultivated hills lined with banana plantations, dotted with crater lakes and the rugged Rwenzori Mountain as a back drop.
In order to add impetus to our time, we will visit the natural wonders of Nyakasura hills and the unbelievable Amabere ga Nyinamwiru, the Omukama State-of-the-Art Palace and then the Karambi Royal tombs.
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking at Kibale National Park
We shall start very early and head to Kibale national park headquarters for briefing before we enter the forest to look for man’s closest living relatives, the chimpanzees. With the help of the tracker guides who monitor their movements, this activity may not take us more than 4hours. Our tracking will not be limited to only the chimpanzees; we shall also be able to meet other primate species, amongst them, the L’Hoest monkey, black and white colubus etc. this park is known to inhabit 13 primate species. In the afternoon, we will dedicate most of our time in the forest looking for other specialities, like the localized green-breasted pitta, African broadbill, fire-crested alethe, brown illadopsis, black bee-eater, wilcock’s honeyguide etc.
Day 7: Birding at Bigodi Swamp
We will come again to rake through the bigodi wetland sanctuary managed by the community. The communities here have established a 4km trail at the edge of the forest to help ecotourists enjoy the forest treasures while conserving the environment and uplifting the economic standards of her locals.
Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Drive to QENP arriving in time for lunch at mweya safari lodge where we shall be staying for the rest of our time here. This is the 2nd largest park in Uganda, and the most diverse national reserve in terms of habitats and species in the entire Africa. We shall start with a launch cruise along the famous Kazinga channel, which is known to be the parks hotspot, harbouring big congregations of hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, giant forest hogs etc. The channel is also one of the migratory stopovers for the waterfowls; Great and longtailed cormorants, white and pinkbaked pelicans, African skimmers, marsh, wood, green, and pipers, water dikkops, kittliz, crowned, Senegal, spurwinged and longtoed plovers, African and Eurasian spoonbill, pied kingfishers, etc.
Day 9: Game Drive
Today, after an early morning breakfast, we shall carry packed lunch and go on a game drive from the peninsula towards the kasenyi trail. While we look for birds like the blue, button and the harlequin quails, black coucal, montagus and pallid harriers etc, we are also likely to meet animals like elephants, lion, defassa waterbuck, kob, cape buffalo, and a lot more. Later in the afternoon, we shall move southwards to have a scenic view of the Kyambura gorge, the most panoramic view of a crack of the earth. We shall get back to our hotel towards dawn as we wait to have a chance for the frequent visitor, the leopard, near the hotel. Overnight at the same lodge.
Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Forest
Fly to Bwindi impenetrable national park. We shall check in Gorilla resort and straight away head for self guided nature walk in the forest in the afternoon. Bwindi is a world heritage site and famous for harbouring half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. It is also known to be a twitcher’s haven, holding 23 species of birds out of the 28 albertine rift endemics
Day 11: Gorilla tracking the whole day.
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Day 12: Gorilla tracking or Hiking the Rutshuru Hill
Optional second chance to be with the Mountain Gorillas. A mountain hike to Rutshuru overlooking the flat plains of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Day 13: Community walk at Buhoma
Buhoma community walk for the whole day. The community around the park have established their own trails adjacent to the park, taking you through the Pygmies homesteads, while enjoying their cultural performances and dance. This will ultimately lead you t o renown traditional healer. Alternatively we may choose to go birding in ruhiija section of the Bwindi through the neck and return to buhoma.
Day14: Fly to Entebbe for departure