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Day 1: We depart Kampala early in the morning and we provide bottled water along the journey to Murchison Falls. We stop off at the top of the falls for lunch and enjoy our packed lunch looking at this most awesome sight of the Nile tumbling down 43 meters through a 7-meter gorge, the ground shaking because of the sheer power of the water.
We arrive for lunch at either Paraa Lodge (upscale) or Red Chilli (Budget). After lunch relax and take in the sun either near the pool in Paraa or overlooking the Nile from the restaurant at Red Chilli. If you are staying at Paraa Lodge, you will be crossing the Nile to reach your lodging destination by ferry. If at Red Chilli, you will cross the Nile for your evening game drive.
This is not a hurried event, but you slowly drive along the lake into the savannah and usually it will be about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Sights, sounds, and of course a most wonderful sunset as you return to your lodging facility for a delightful dinner. At Paraa Lodge you will be sitting on the veranda overlooking the Nile, at Red Chilli you can see the Nile below as you eat your dinner.
Enjoy the moment as you reflect on your day, the quiet of the wilderness only broken by an occasional sound of an animal in the distance.
Day 2: An early breakfast and then off to a second game drive. Guiding you to where the animals are so that you have the best opportunity for viewing and picture taking. There is nothing like seeing some lion cubs with their mother, Giraffes grazing and Elephants moving across the savannah. You return to the lodging facility for rest and lunch.
After lunch, it is one of the highlights of your Murchison Falls National Park Safari, the boat launch trip on the Nile. You will move up toward Murchison Falls viewing crocodiles, an abundance of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, many birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more. The boat moves gently up the river, it is best to take some water along since it can get warm.
The Falls are an awesome display of the power of nature. The river is 50 meters above the falls, moves down through a 7 meter gorge and falls down 43 meters, the sound is deafening and the sight makes one realize how powerful nature can be.
Nearby is a bank filled with Nile crocodiles basking in the afternoon sun, just down from there you can see a group of hippos frolicking in the water of the Nile.
The journey down river slowly begins and more opportunity for viewing animals before you return to your lodging for dinner and an evening of rest and relaxation.
Day 3: An early breakfast at Paraa Lodge or Red Chilli Camp and we move toward Kibale Forest through beautiful Ugandan countryside. We stop for lunch along the way and reach Fort Portal in the late afternoon where we check into out Lodging such as up-market Ndali Lodge or budget Kibale Primate Lodge.
That evening we will take a nocturnal walk in Kibale forest that is with spotlights and most rewarding seeing the nocturnal animals of the forest here such as Bush Baby and Potto.
We have dinner, rest, and get ready for a big day tomorrow.
Day 4: It’s breakfast time and a hardy one it is and off to Kibali Forest National Park for Chimpanzee tracking (trekking) and most likely your guide will spot other primates, various birds, flora and fauna for you. Kibale Forest is one of the best places for primates in Uganda and you will surely have a successful morning.
We will have lunch and depart for the Mweya Peninsula of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we arrive in the late afternoon for check in at Mweya Lodge or the Simba Safari Camp. Dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Safari: Early rise and then a sunrise game drive. Afterwards there is a sumptuous breakfast, that morning you will also go and see the crater areas with their breathtaking view. Afternoon boat rides on the Kazinga channel with all of its wildlife and abundance of birds. Then it is off to an evening game drive, dinner and rest at your lodging place.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth Park – Chimpanzee tracking (trekking) – Bat Cave & Night Game Drive
Another great breakfast and for those staying at Mweya Lodge, we overlook the Kazinga channel as the sun rises over Queen Elizabeth Park. This morning it is off to Kyambura Gorge for Chimpanzee tracking (trekking). This is a relative easy walk guided by a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger who will guide you to the place where the chimps are. They move nightly so it takes the skills of an experienced ranger to guide you to the chimpanzees.
Afterwards we have our packed lunch and we are off to the Maramagambo Forest area for the bat cave where we usually find a large python resting inside of it. The cave with its thousands of bats is a most awesome experience for most visitors and surely, you will find it the same.
After an early dinner, we proceed for a new feature at Queen Elizabeth, the nocturnal game drive where you will see many animals that you do not normally find during daytime hours. This will be quite thrilling for you and even if you do not get any pictures, the experience alone is worth it.
Day 7 – we move to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking)
A nice breakfast and we slowly move toward Bwindi and hopefully we will see some tree-climbing lions along the way in the Ishasha area of the park. We reach our tented camp or budget lodging in time for lunch and some rest. In the afternoon, we take a forest walk the location depending on where we have the permits for the gorillas. Many opportunities for other mammals and birds to be seen as a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger guides us.
We return to the lodging facility for a break, dinner and sleep for the night
Day 8 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla: After an early breakfast, it is off for the morning briefing before embarking on one of the most awesome experiences – gorilla tracking at Bwindi Forest. The gorilla tracking (trekking) at Bwindi can last from a few hours to the whole day. The gorillas move to a new location daily and never stay in the same place, twice. There are no words to describe what you will encounter on your Gorilla tracking (trekking) experience. Simply a powerful experience to see these animals up close within 5 meters of your party of eight. Children under 15 are not permitted. The walk alone is worth it, the kind of forest you will encounter, the ridges and valleys, the streams that flow through it and of course, you will encounter other wildlife besides the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Information Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Pictures
After your tracking (trekking) experience return to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest. If there is time, you might do an afternoon walkabout in a pigmy village and give you some cultural insights into the local Batwa culture.
DAY 9: The Gorilla tracking (trekking) Safari ends and we shift to Lake Mburo: It is early breakfast and off to Lake Mburo National Park. The perfect place to break a long journey at one of the most delightful places in Uganda. You can stay at one of the classy up-market tented camps that are eco-friendly and simply one of the nicest places you have ever stayed at or you can stay at the budget facility.
We arrive for an afternoon lunch and check-in and then it is off to leisurely cruise around the lake. There is much wildlife to be seen from hippos to crocodiles, birds of all kinds, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes and much more.
We return for some afternoon rest and then it is off to a sunset walk with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger. Again, you will see lots more animals and after the walk, it is dinner at your lodging with a well-deserved night of rest.
Day 10: The Safari week is about to come to an end: It is breakfast and an early morning game drive through the five lake game park, viewing the fabulous animals and birds in a lovely setting of acacia trees dotted savannah. Checkout afterwards and a journey back to Kampala, on the way we stop at Masaka for lunch, back toward Kampala stopping at Nabusanke Trading Center where you can stand on the equator, take pictures and also buy some souvenirs and crafts then on to Mpambire where you can observe the Buganda Royal Drum Makers and even buy a few, back on our journey arriving at the Hotel of your choice in Kampala
Day 11: Depart Kampala early in the morning after breakfast and off to Jinja for a day of rafting on the Nile from mild to wild, (you can easily opt out of this portion of the trip and choose a Mabira Forest visit, source of the Nile, Jinja Town, Bujagali Falls and return to Kampala in the evening to the hotel of your choice.
Day 12: Breakfast and a morning drive through the city for a cultural tour of Kampala with lunch, seeing some of the historic sites such as the Kabakas Tombs, Namirembe Cathedrals, busy markets, downtown area of Kampala, lunch, shopping for gifts from Uganda and off to the airport or your hotel.