12 Days Uganda Safari (CSU-121)

imagezDay 1:
You safari guide will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2:
Your safari guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you through Uganda’s rolling green hills towards Lake Mburo National Park (the drive will take approximately 3-4 hours).
You will stop over at the Equator for a photo taking as well as an informative talk.
You will have a lunch break in Masaka at the Brovad hotel before heading to the park. In the afternoon before taking a boat ride on the Lake Mburo. The lake is rich with a diversity of animals and plant species. These include the crocodiles, hippos, and the birds like the pelican, heron, fish eagle and the shoebill stock all of which will furnish your visit with pride.
Overnight camping & dinner in the park (full board)

Day 3:
After breakfast we will go for a morning game drive; here you will be able to see the zebras, impala’s eland topis and the buffaloes. The park has about 68 different species of mammals. The common ones are zebra, impala, buffalo, topi, and eland. Some of the rarer animals include the roan antelopes, leopards, hyenas and jackals. After the game drive, we will depart for Lake Bunyonyi, where we will spend the night. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi campsite (full board)

Day 4:
This morning after our breakfast we will take a boat to the Pygmy island and see some cultural performances. After the performance we will take the boat back to the bunyonyi campsite for lunch. After lunch you will have a boat trip to and from one of the islands of the lake. 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. You will be staying at Bunyonyi campsite overlooking the lake. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi campsite (full board)

Day 5:
Following breakfast, we will depart to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with our packed lunch. When we arrive at the park we shall assemble at our camping ground and relax as we get ready for the afternoon activities. Should you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge.
OR If you have the afternoon free, how about a guided village walk – see how the Ugandans live, visit a local bar and meet the local medicine man! Overnight camping at the Buhoma Community Rest Camp in the park

Day 6:
Your guide will take you along to the ranger station to register before 8.00am. You will be given a short talk by the rangers before setting off. The trackers will lead you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left in the world. Today after tracking we will leave Bwindi passing through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park known as Ishasha, famed for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will see buffalo, topi and hippo among other species. It is a fabulous sight to see the lions draped large low-limbed fig tree of Ishasha.
You will relax in the afternoon and should you have the energy late this afternoon, your guide will take you around the park for an evening game drive. Overnight dinner and camping at Albertine Safari Camp (full board)

Day 7:
An early rise – a pre-breakfast “sunrise game drive” starts the day after which we will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast. We often see numerous elephant as well as water hog, lion, hyena, Uganda kob, waterbuck and bushbuck. We will return to the camp for lunch.
In the afternoon a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel 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 kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to camp. Later this afternoon, you will go to the maramagambo forest, where you will have a nature walk through the forest and you will have a chance to see the bat cave and the blue lake and birds as well. After which you will be led up to the jacana safari lodge and see the luxurious place as one of the accommodation facilities of the park then later return to your camping ground for your last night in the Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Overnight dinner and camping at Albertine Safari Camp (Full Board)

Day 8:
After a morning breakfast, we will depart by road with our packed lunch to Fort Portal. On arrival in Fort portal, your guide will drive you to your camping area where you will stay prior to your chimpanzee tracking tomorrow. If you have the energy this afternoon, your guide will drive you around Fort Portal Town. Here you will have a chance to visit the Toro Kingdom Palace which is run by a teenage king. Camping dinner in the park at the Primate’s Lodge (full board)

Day 9:
Following breakfast, we will depart for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park. These delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bushbabies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.
This afternoon don’t miss the chance to see the famous stalagmites and stalactites (“Nababere ga nyina mwiru”) and the local markets in Fort Portal Town. Overnight at Primate’s Lodge (full board)

Day 10:
After breakfast, we shall depart by road for Murchison Falls National Park. This scenic drive will take approximately 8-9 hours and will give you a good insight on the Ugandan way of life. You will stop over in Masindi town for lunch. This journey is very long so when you get to the park you will get the chance to rest and get ready for the next day’s activities. Camping at the Red Chilli Hideaway Camp (full board)

Day 11
You will rise for an early breakfast and then go on a morning drive to Lake Albert and the Nile delta in the lush grassland. Here we should see elephant, buffalo, giraffe lion and a variety of antelope. Return to the camp for lunch and then take a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 8 meter gap, dropping 40 metres to the bottom. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the rare shoebill stork. Camping at the Red Chilli Hideaway Camp (full board)

Day 12:
Up early for breakfast, you have a drive up to the will stop at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Afterwards, we shall depart back to Kampala. On arrival in Kampala your safari guide will transfer you to your hotel. Have a nice flight home!
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