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After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala, you will meet our representative who will brief you about your 15 days safari. After the briefing, you will depart for the Kampala city tour. You will visit places such as cultural sites like Uganda museum kasubi tombs which are the burial grounds for the Buganda kings and Nagalabi coronation grounds.
Have lunch in Kampala and later. In the evening you will transfer to Jinja, the journey takes you through mabira forest and Sezibwa falls later head to your hotel for dinner and over night.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the starting point for a full day rafting adventure on the Nile. After visit the source of River Nile and get a chance to see where the mighty River Nile (Longest River in Africa) starts its journey all the way to Mediterranean Sea but in case you choose to do the whole day rafting then you will stay there and have lunch on board later return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Our guide will meet you from your hotel.You will get a brief about the holiday experience ahead of you before the trip. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is the only place to trek wild Rhinos in Uganda. On arrival at the sanctuary, you will be given a briefing from your ranger guide on how to behave while on this Rhino trek. Once you locate the Rhinos, you can stay a maximum of one hour in their presence while taking pics. later have dinner and overnght at the lodge.
We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight.
The park provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife like lion, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and many birds like the rare shoebill stork. Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile.
After breakfast head to the delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls.
This afternoon 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 boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. Afterwards embark on an evening game drive as we head towards our hotel for dinner & overnight. This evening game chances you to more wildlife species that you might have missed in the morning game drives.
An early start by road for Kibale National Park via Albertine escarpment. As you drive along the rift valley scenery and section of lake Albert throughout the journey on a good murrum road. The distance is long taking about 7-8 hours
Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking. More primates like black and white columbus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect to see more bird and animal species.
At around 7:00pm expect to start off your night walk in Kibale forest accompanied by an armed game ranger. This will spot you to different mammal species like Thomas Garago, Bushbabys, genet cats, African palm civet, night jars, among others.
The park borders the Semuliki and Lamia Rivers, which are watering places for many animals. The park has two hot springs in a hot mineral encrusted swamp. One of the springs – Mumbuga spring – resembles a geyser by forming a 0.5 m high fountain. These hot springs attract a large number of shorebirds and they are a source of salt for many animals.
The park has over 60 mammal species, including forest buffalos, leopards, hippos, mona monkeys, water chevrotains, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the pygmy flying squirrel (Idiuus zenkeri). Nine species of duikers are found in the park, including the bay duiker (Cephalophus dorsalis). The park has eight primate species and almost 300 butterfly species.
Drive straight to Queen Elizabeth National Parl. The game seen will depend on the season; the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals.
This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the north east by Lake George and on the south west by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Congo Parc du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, topi, elephant, lion, giant forest hog, buffalo.
In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the Mountains of the Moon.
Later embark on an evening game drive while heading the lodge for dinner and overnight, this leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wild game.
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants and 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 will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippos huff and spray at a 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.
Another early start for a bush walk through the Maramagambo Forest. Due to its location, Maramagambo also has a great diversity of butterflies & birds. The walk culminates in a visit to volcanic caves that are home to thousands of bats. Pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bats cave as they prey on bats. In this walk you will see the picturesque blue lake Kimeranjojo which got its name after swallowing an elephant. Other trails will lead you to the Crater Lake and habitats of the wild chimps and forest bird.
In the afternoon you will proceed to Ishasha Sector. Drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another evening game drive in search of tree climbing lions.
Early morning game drive draws you closer interaction with nature in Ishasha. The mid-morning will be spent on the same game drive for the tree climbing lions, elephants and other Big Mammals thereafter proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 2-3 hours but driving through interesting features. We shall be arriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas plus 11 other primates species including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it.
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 tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas.
After having breakfast, we shall take a scenic drive to Lake Bunyonyi taking you through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. A short drive leads us to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi where we can relax and enjoy some reflection time. With its fresh water, bilharzias-free and beautiful landscapes, Lake Bunyonyi is a small paradise for travellers.
After meeting our guide, we are led out for a canoe trek as well as bird watching on the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, traversing to the gorgeous Kyabahinga peninsula. You will enjoy with the locals at least a cup of “Obushera” which is a local brew. You will ascend the Kyabahinga slopes having a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the birdlife and the verdant terrain. The view is very breathtaking! T
Among the bird species you will see are the Dusky Tutle Dove, the Handsome Francolin and Alpine Chat.
We drive east to Mbarara, now one of Uganda’s major towns, but formerly capital of Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area had a series of fiercely independent tribal states.
From here you continue to Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of the only two Ugandan parks home to Burchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated bird.
Upon arrival, you will go for the game drive which will give you insights of animal species like the zebras, topes, elephants, elands, impalas, buffaloes, antelopes and so many others.
Later at around 7:30pm head for a night game drive and expect to see more mammal species like leopards, white tailed mangoose, genet cats, night jars, among others.
After your early morning activities, return the lodge for a late breakfast and check-out. We then bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala / Entebbe.
En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment', then local community crafts shops and fruit markets. We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.