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Uganda Wildlife and Nature 11 Days 

 

Your 11 days tour highlights includes. •Big 5 •Chimpanzee trekking •Boat cruise. •Tree climbing lions •Gorilla trekking City tour. •Game drives •Village and Nature walks •Kampala city tour with its historical sights. 

 

Day 1:-Kampala-Murchison falls National park. You will be met by your guide and transferred by private vehicle to the Nile at Murchison Falls. Drive through the famous Luwero triangle. This is an area to the north of the Kampala, where President Yoweri Museveni started the guerrilla war in 1981, that propelled him and his National Resistance Movement into power in 1986. We will visit enroute the Ziwa Rhino Sancturay for an insight into the Rhino history and existence in the country. This location is in Nakasongola District, in the Kafu River Basin, off the Kampala-Gulu Highway.    Both the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), are endemic to Uganda. However due to a number of factors, including prolonged armed human conflict, poaching and the mismanagement of their natural habitat, by 1982, both species had been wiped out in the country. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary was established in 2005 to reintroduce rhinoceros to Uganda. The long term goal of the sanctuary is to build a sustainable rhinoceros population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda's protected areas. As of January 2010, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only location in Uganda, where rhinos can be observed in their natural habitat. Starting with a total of six donated animals, two from Solio Ranch in Kenya and two from Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Floria, in the United States, the rhino population has grown to eight (8) animals.    The sanctuary offers a secure place where rhino populations can be expanded by breeding, protected from human and non-human predators and gradually re-introduced in Uganda's national parks, while at the same time, allowing the public to enjoy these majestic animals, as the project moves forward.    Later today we will continue our drive through the Murchison Falls National Park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. Later on, cross the Nile on the Ferry and arrive at the lodge.    Dinner and Overnight at Murchison River Lodge. FB       Day 2: muchison falls national park Early today morning, you will enjoy a 3 – 4 hours game drive where you will expect to see several game like the Giraffe, Elephants, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, and many more.    We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls. This 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 bird life is stunning with brightly coloured kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. You will be back at the lodge to rest before the dawn of a new day.    Dinner and Overnight at Murchison River Lodge. FB       Day 3:Murchison falls-kibale Forest National park .  Up for your breakfast and then you will have your last game drive at the park as we transfer by private vehicle to Kibale National Park – home of the habituated Chimpanzees. You will drive straight to the Kibale Primate Lodge where you will be residing.  After checking in, you will go for a guided walk in Bigodi Swamp, a protected area situated in Magombe Swamp. Different trails are available to encounter a variety of birds (137 species), primates and butterflies. The different bird species like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller and other rare species are all in this place and also find the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted Barbets and Yellow-Billed Barbets. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the villagers of Bigodi and the revenues are shared by the local community.    There is also the Bigodi Village Walk another project initiated by the community is the Village walk. This guided walk takes you for a closer meeting with the Bigodi Trading Centre. Accompanied by a guide, who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle of this tribe, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, Catholic Church, traditional homesteads, learn about the crops and listen to the story telling of a Mzee(elderlyman).    Dinner and overnight at Mountain of the Moon. Meal plan: F/B       Day 4: Kibale Forest National park-Queen Elizabeth National park.  After breakfast, your guide will lead you to the ranger station in Kibale National Park to track Chimpanzees – these delightful apes, closely related to humans, 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 Bush babies. 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.    After the Chimpanzee experience, we will set off for the Queen Elizabeth National Park. If time allows, you will detour a little to see great sceneries and crater lakes of the Fort Portal area. You will arrive at QENP in time for an afternoon Game drive. Your afternoon will be spent enjoying the game drive. Marvel at the beauty of QENP, rich in Flora and Fauna, a miraculous park which awaits you with one of the richest varieties within one National Park worldwide.    Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge for your overnight. FB       Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park.  A very early rise this morning to enjoy a game drive. Elephants, hippopotamus, zebras, Duiker, Siatunga and Topi antelopes, Bohor Reedbuck, warthogs, the rare Giant Forest Hogs, mongoose and the Uganda Kob are numerous in the park. You will also expect to see a variety of bird life. Return to the lodge for your breakfast, before you take a visit and a guided tour of the Katwe Salt Lake and the activities there. You will visit the lake, see how the salt is mined, visit the factory, fishing village and the cattle keeping communities. Back to the lodge in time for lunch.    The afternoon is for a fantastic Boat trip on the Kazinga channel, which joins Lake George to Lake Edward. During this boat trip which lasts two hours, one sees a large Quantity of Hippopotamus, Crocodiles and a variety of Water birds. The boat drives slowly along the banks of the channel and a Ranger gives an explanation to everything. You’ll return to the Lodge in the late afternoon / evening.    Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge for your overnight. FB       Day 6: Queen Elizabeth-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  Together with your Equatorial Wild safaris guide, you will transfer by private vehicle south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha. Ishasha is a much more remote and less-traveled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is the main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC.    There is prolific plains game here - primarily Topi and Uganda Kob, Buffalo, Hippo and of course Elephant. There is plenty of smaller plains game and a number of primate species and this of course means that predators are in attendance. Spotted Hyena is a common visitor, and Leopard is occasionally sighted. However, a prime attraction for Ishasha is that it has a large lion population, and the frequency of sightings for this magnificent animal is higher here than anywhere else in Uganda.    An added bonus is that they have learned to climb trees to escape the midday heat and insects, and one is usually rewarded by the slightly surreal sight of anything up to six lions relaxing high up in a Sycamore Fig, Arbisia or Acacia. These are the only other lions apart from those in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park known to exhibit this behavior.    Later today, your guide will take you through Uganda’s rolling green hills through the highlands, also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’. Your road will then head even higher to where you can see the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. We then drop down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorilla. Tonight you will sleep to the sounds of the mountain rainforest.    Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Bandas for your overnight. FB       Day 7 : Bwindi Gorilla trekking  Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes).    Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 800 of these beautiful creatures left!.After trekking return to your lodge and if you are still energetic, go for evening guided walk on the Munyaga River and Waterfalls trails. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epithytic ferns and orchids .    Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Bandas for your overnight. FB       Day 8: Bwindi –Lake Bunyonyi  Breakfast at leisure and thereafter transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale – Uganda. Dotted with at least 20 small islands an encircled by steep terraced hills, Bunyonyi is a magical spot that has been renamed the “Switzerland of Africa”. Its high altitude and moderate temperatures as well as its beautiful scenery have qualified the island to be among the most popular destinations in Western Uganda.    This Lake is known as a haven for bird watchers. The lake has got distinct bird species which include grey crowned cranes, a variety of Herons and egrets, weaverbirds among others. It is also probably the best place in Africa to see otters-the diurnal spotted-necked otter.    Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Camp for your overnight. FB       Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi –Lake Mburo National Park. An early nature walk around the environs of your lodge. This offers an excellent opportunity for bird viewing and appreciating the African sunrise and beauty of sceneries.    Return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast take a boat ride on the lake to visit neighboring pygmy tribes with their unique culture. While on the boat, birding is one fascinating attraction and the view of the overland is breathtaking. After an early lunch you will set off for Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for an evening game drive that will take you to the Kazuma Look Out Point.    Here you will enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the lakes, swamps, the plains that run all the way to Tanzania and then the irresistible sunset! Lake Mburo offers the best opportunities for viewing the big Elands, Burchell’s Zebras, Topis, Buffalos and Impalas. With roughly 310 species, birds are also well represented. Among them are species whose breeding grounds are mainly characterised by the acacia trees, as well as water and swamp birds. The lake bearing the same name within the park attracts herds of hippos and crocodiles. The hedges of the embedded swamps hide the rare Sitatunga-antelope.    Dinner and overnight at Mburo Safari Lodge for your overnight. FB       Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park:  Today morning, you will wake up early to go for a bush walk. This is good for a `birding experience and for real nature exposure. You will enjoy the sounds of the birds and some distant wild animals and of course the different flora. Breakfast at the lodge and then take a mid morning boat ride on the Lake Mburo as you enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the lakes, swamps and plains.    Lunch at the lodge and the afternoon will be good for a game drive or a horseback ride.    Dinner and overnight at Mburo Safari Lodge for your overnight. FB       Day 11: Mburo – Kampala. At dawn, take game drive or a horseback ride in the park and later return to your accommodation for breakfast. Leave for Kampala in the afternoon stopping over at the Uganda Equator for some photo shoots and a visit to the Craft Village.    On arrival at Kampala, Uganda’s capital, we shall take a leisure tour of the city. We shall visit places like the Uganda Museum, Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo, Makerere University, the main worship centers of Namirembe Cathedral (Anglican), Rubaga Cathedral (Catholic), Old Kampala Mosque (Islam), and the Bahai Temple, all with a rich history to their existence. We will visit the Bulange (the big Buganda Kingdom’s government home and the Kasubi Tombs grounds too and then drop you off to your hotel.    And later you will be transferred to the Entebbe airport for your flight.   Meal plan H/B 

 

Tour Price $4080 Per Person Based on 2 people Sharing 4x4 wheel drive vehicle. •Accommodation (Comfort ) •Single Supplement $413 •The cost of the safari comes down when a vehicle is shared by 4-6 for $2660p/p •Email us if you need a lower Quote for Group Tours Or any upgrade in accommodation (Premium or Luxury) 

What is included in the Tour Price  •Airport transfers •Accommodation and meals as per itinerary •Park entry fees •Game drives •Boat cruise •Transportation by safari vehicle •Full time professional guide •Visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary 

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