Uganda Itinerary

Day 1
ENTEBBE

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met on arrival and taken to our Guesthouse (10 minutes drive) where you can rest for the evening with free WIFI and friendly staff to assist you.

If you would like to participate in the Mabamba Swamp walk, latest arrival time in Entebbe at 1:30pm – immediately transfer to the Lodge, freshen up and transfer to the Swamp.

Optional – In the afternoon (departure from the hotel must be max at 14.30/15.00 hours) departure by car then local canoe to Mabamba Swamp, one of the best places to spot the rare shoebill storks. Of course some fortune is needed but rarely does one leave the swamp without seeing one! Many other water birds have chosen this area as their home so birding is always very interesting.

Enjoy a relaxing sundowner on Lake Victoria and then return to the Guest House for the evening.
Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House (garden room) www.papyrusguesthouse.com

Day 2
ENTEBBE – KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we depart for Kibale Forest National Park, the drive takes you through the countryside and Tea Plantations. You will have lunch en-route at Garden’s Resturant in Fort Portal town, enjoy a local African Buffet.

After lunch – you will visit the Nkuruba Nature Reserve, a community initiative to protect Lake Nkuruba one of the Crater Lakes in the region, enjoy a guided walk through Lake Nkuruba forest and wetland area, learning about monkeys ( lots of Black and White Colobus Monkeys are found here, birds and tree species found on the Nature Reserve. Transfer to Primate Lodge located in the Kibale Forest Park.

Travel distance: 315km, Travel time: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Primate Lodge Kibale **** – Kibale Forest National Park – www.ugandalodges.com

The luxury safari tents of Primate Lodge Kibale are raised on a wooden platform overlooking the forest and its primates. Each of them is tastefully decorated in African style, with comfortable twin beds, large windows and en-suite bathroom. The main lodge has a spacious dining room, serving local and international meals, with an adjacent bar and open lounge area.

Day 3
CHIMPANZEE TRACKING, HABITUATION EXPERIENCE

An early start at 6:30am for a full day Chimpanzee tracking and will not only learn about them but also about the flora and fauna of the national park. While
tracking, you will be able to spot different animal species like the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others as well as different bird species.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Primate Lodge Kibale **** – Kibale Forest National Park – www.ugandalodges.com

Day 4
BIGODI WETLAND SWAMP TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

This morning you will visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a nature walk. Rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species. Located outside the park in Magombe Swamp, it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Bushbucks and mongooses can also be found here. The sanctuary was set up to preserve the exclusive environmental features along with the wetland and is managed by the local community.

Equipped with a packed lunch you will then drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is the most popular park in Uganda as it offers diverse ecosystems, classic big game, 10 primate species and over 600 bird species.

Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park and is located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including Uganda Kob, Gazelle, Waterbuck and Warthog. Be prepared for large numbers of Hippo and Elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a Leopard.

You  will proceed to the head of the Mweya Peninsular to enjoy a cruise on the Kazinga Channel which is a  home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. After the boat cruise you will head to your accommodation for the night

Travel distance: 160km, Travel time: 2-3 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp – www.kasenyisafaricamp.com

Kasenyi Safari Camp is strategically located on the rim of lake Bunyampaka in the Kasenyi savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp has an elevated dining structure that is meticulously thatched. The tents are on platforms with a thatched canopy roof. There are four tents all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas and private decks. Many animals frequent the camp during day & at night. Lion prides,hippo, leopard, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, kob, hyena and wart hog are frequently seen. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling and lions roaring.

Day 5
GAME DRIVE – KYAMBURA GORGE

The stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes” is located in the far eastern corner of the well- known Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda. Approximately 1 km across – at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, this gorge is actually drained by River Kayambura. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda and it is swarmed a rich wildlife bio-diversity that comprises of primates, wild animals as well as birds.

Enter into this amazing Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical Rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing.  The gorge is another world on its own. while the Savannah above has a reasonable amount of light, plus sun shine that offers brightness, the tree canopy within this under-ground forest comprised of rich blocks of plant life shut out most of the sun rays and unless you are standing within a clearing you certainly will not require sunglasses or sun- hats since you may actually need to have a clearly view so as not to miss out on the great assortment of Wonders within the Kyambura Gorge.

Chimpanzee tracking (some of the Chimpanzees in this gorge have been habituated, which process took close to 2 years meaning that these chimpanzees are familiar with humans and can carry on their day to day  activities in the presence of humans.)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp – www.kasenyisafaricamp.com

Day 6
FULL DAY QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Morning and evening game drives in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park. This sector is the southern part of the park that is famous for its population of tree climbing Lions often to be seen in large fig trees in the plains. You will drive leisurely southwards; explore the park in an extensive game drive.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge – www.ugandajunglelodges.com

Day 7
ISHASHA – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Depart beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Edward flats, in search of tree climbing lion and via the Ishasha River to continue through the town of Kihihi to Buhoma the North sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and take an
optional guided walk through the impenetrable forest.

You will meet our Nkuringo Walking Safari guide who will walk with you 4 hours through the forest to Nkuringo, on the southern side via the Ivy River trail which is the shortest route. Your safari guide will meanwhile drive around to the lodge and will meet you there so we recommend you pack a little day pack as chances are high that you will arrive before him. A packed lunch will be provided.

Your arrival in Nkuringo will see you at 2160m above sea level. From the vantage of Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge a 270-degree panorama will hopefully unfold to reveal views of the volcanoes of the Virunga, the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and a huge swathe of primary forest that constitutes the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Travel distance: 90km, Travel time: 2-3 hours
Walking distance: 15km, 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge – www.mountaingorillalodge.com

Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge is located at the 2161m ASL on the Nteko ridge overlooking a beautiful swath of the world renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha river valley to the forested hill known as Nkuringo and the surrounding swathe of trees of the Bwindi Forest.

Day 8
GORILLA TRACKING ACTIVITY

The most exciting day of your safari, the briefing is at 8 am and you will learn about gorilla etiquette. And then you will start walking and hiking in the impenetrable forest until you find the gorillas. For one hour you are allowed to watch those majestic giants!

On completion of the gorilla tracking you will return to Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge to freshen up, and reflect back and browse your pictures of the gorilla tracking activity earlier in the day. Time permitting with one of the Nkuringo Walking Safaris guide team you can explore the village of Nkuringo to engage in some cultural interaction to the Batwa pygmies in Buniga forest.

Although Bwindi is mainly known for the gorillas it has a lot more to offer. The Batwa Trail, a firsthand introduction to one of the most unique cultures worldwide. The Batwa pygmies are a forest people displaced from the rain forest they shared with mountain gorillas. This experience will give you the opportunity to learn more about their age old culture while you enjoy a hike with the Batwa guides, see how they lived and hunted, hear ancient legends and learn about medical plants. The revenue generated from these activities directly benefits the Batwa to strengthen their community

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge – www.mountaingorillalodge.com

Day 9
NKURINGO – LAKE MBURO PARK

After breakfast depart Nkuringo via the town of Kabale through Mbarara town to stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch.

Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park where your accommodation will be at Mihingo Lodge, which is situated on a series of rocky outcrops on the boundary of the park with views of Lake Opeta. The lodge has a gorgeous infinity pool where the dining room overlooks a man-made waterhole that draws in game to include on occasions Eland antelope.

Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo in the afternoon and an evening game drive.

Travel distance: 390km, Travel time: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge – www.mihingolodge.com

Day 10
FULL DAY LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

An early morning game drive and guided nature walk in Lake Mburo park, the park is the safest for walking safaris. After return to the Lodge.

With a picnic breakfast, you will do a 4 hour hike up to hilltop viewpoints where you can begin a horseback safari. This is an exciting way to view wildlife, including eland and buffalo. Also commonly sighted are warthog, topi, impala, duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck and zebra. Transfer back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.  This evening there will be another game drive and a chance to see wildlife that you may have missed during the horse safari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge – www.mihingolodge.com

Day 11
LAKE MBURO – ENTEBBE

Return to Entebbe after a late breakfast, anticipated driving time 4-5 hours on the road. En route you will pass the equator where a coffee break can be taken.  Transfer directly to Entebbe International Airport for Evening Flight.
Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Included with this trip
. English speaking and experienced driver/guide
. Transport – comfortable 4WD safari vehicle
. Game drives with excellent game viewing
. airport transfers
. Entrance and ranger fees for the National Parks
. Fuel plus other activities as detailed in itinerary
· Operation of the above itinerary
. Twin share accommodation including taxes
. single supplement may be available upon request depending on availability for an additional cost of $960
. Meals as detailed in the itinerary
. AMREF Flying Doctors insurance
. Gorilla and Chimp permits are included in the tour price (US$750)
*payment is required for the Gorilla and Chimp permits at time of booking and is not refundable

Not Included with this trip
· International airfares and taxes
· Visa fees – each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
· Tips, personal telephone charges.
· Travel Insurance (compulsory) – You will need to provide the policy number prior to departure
· Items of a personal nature; postage, drinks and souvenirs
· Entrance and activity fees during free time which are not detailed on the itinerary
· Additional optional activities
· Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
. drinks
. laundry service
. tips
· Medical Advice – Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.