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WILDLIFE SAFARIS

22 days the best of Uganda

 

In this program they organize  all travel .   Arrival to Entebbe , Kampala/ Entebbe – Jinja, Jinja Tour – transfer to Sipi Falls, Sipi Falls, Sipi falls – Kidepo National Park,  Kidepo National Park, Karamojong Cultural tour, Kidepo – Murchison Falls,  Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park,  Kibale National Park, Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park,  Ishasha ,  Ishasha – Bwindi, Bwindi National Park, Batwa, Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi, Kampala city tour these are the 22 days the best Uganda in these all cultural and traditional travel is immerged.

Highlights

Day 1  Arrival to Entebbe

Upon arrival, look out for your driver guide, he will be holding a placard with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel for freshening up and relaxation as your body adjusts to the beautiful weather of the Pearl of Africa. He will brief you on how your trip

will go. Feel free to ask him/ her any questions. 

 DAY 2; Kampala/ Entebbe – Jinja

To beat the morning traffic, you will rise early and after your breakfast set off. Your first stop will be Ssezibwa falls; a traditional cultural site for the Baganda. Here your guide will take you through the cultural significance which originates from the legendary history of the place. Your next stop will be in Mabira forest, take in fresh breathes on your African forest nature walk, camera in hand, there are quiet a number of butterflies, birds, monkeys and flowers among others. Snap away, there is no hurry, you are in The pearl of Africa.

Driving through sugar cane plantations, tea plantations, you will head to your lodge for the night in the adventure city of East Africa Jinja, the home of the source of the river Nile.

 DAY3; Jinja Tour – transfer to Sipi Falls

After an early breakfast, you will have a tour of Jinja Town, drive to the Source of the Nile for a boat cruise to the source, and imagine the photo moment at the source of the longest river on earth! In the mid-morning, drive through the eastern part of Uganda brings you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level.

The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. Arriving in the early afternoon at leisure, you will stay in a simple, but nice self-contained cottage. From the resort you have beautiful views over the valley and one of the waterfalls.

 DAY 4; Sipi Falls

Prepare yourself for a beautiful day in bliss. After breakfast, choose to go on a 3-hour or - for the real adventurers - 7-hour hike. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture.

Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you'll pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations and caves. Local villagers will often greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles.

 DAY 5; Sipi falls – Kidepo National Park

After a rich breakfast you'll be ready for a fantastic cultural experience of coffee farming. Sipi Falls is the home of Bugisu washed arabica coffee - one of the finest coffees in the world. You have the chance to learn the process of making this coffee, talk to the farmers, learning about the plantations and then roasting your own coffee to take home with you.

The tour starts with a walk around the local area to see the coffee plantations to learn a little about the life of a coffee plant. If you're here during the harvesting season (usually around September) then you can also help pick and wash the coffee.

You will then be transferred to Kidepo National Park, driving through amazing landscapes, African homesteads, we will arrive in the late afternoon, check into your overnight accommodation.

 Day 6; Kidepo National Park

This park has won many accolades but most notably the real wild of Africa that explains our choice of bringing you here to experience it uncontaminated. You will go for your early morning game drive, a chance to spot the big five in splendor, return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon; take another route on an evening game drive, a chance to capture the perfect savannah African sunset that will make you proud.

 Day 7: Karamojong Cultural tour

After breakfast with your packed lunch, you will set off for a hike to the Mountains of Morungole where the ancient indigenous Karamojong thrive. It is a rewarding day that incorporates culture and sightseeing experience. The impressive flat landscapes of Kidepo plains are pardoned by series of hills and mountains that also mark the area among which include Mount Morungole presenting an impressive landscape that offers magical scenic views. The indigenous Karamojong have maintained their traditions and their remote living have sheltered them from the wind of globalization thus presenting an authentic touch of an African culture. You will explore their way of life, their religions, family bonds, marriage practices, architecture and other cultural aspects that are worth understanding. You retreat from the encounter and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 Day 8: Kidepo – Murchison Falls

Today’s journey is scenic, filled with amazing landscapes, vast open land with mountain back drops and endless skylines enroute to Pakwatch. Driving past Kitgum, Gulu and eventually arrive in Murchison Falls National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 

DAY 9; Murchison Falls National Park

You will need to rise for breakfast and an early start on your game drive while the animals are the most active.

A drive through the park brings you eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there!

Covering an area of 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park's name derives from its famous waterfall; the mighty Murchison Falls!

 In the afternoon you will make a  boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approaches you with a thunderous sound.

Upon arriving at the base of the falls you will have the option (not inclusive) of taking a tough hike (about 50 minutes) to the top, from where you have a perfect view of the impressive falls.

 DAY 10; Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, you will pick up your packed lunch and exit the park to the south. The drive is long, but incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.

 

DAY 11; Kibale National Park

Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!

An experienced forest ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. En route you might also see other monkey species that live in this forest. Once located, you will spend a full hour with the chimps. Since they are wild animals we can never guarantee that you will see them. You might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.

 Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!

 

DAY 12; Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.

 In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.

Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the water to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

                             

DAY 13; Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.

In the afternoon, you will visit a local community surrounding the National park, their main source of income is harvesting salt from a lake called Katwe. Spend time with them, learn about their ways of life. In the evening, game drive back to your hotel.

 

DAY 14; Ishasha 

After breakfast, with your packed lunch - you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to an area called Ishasha. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive.

To escape from the heat during the day, the lions here have learned how to climb the fig trees. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive, so keep your eyes open and look up! Besides these famous lions, there is other interesting wildlife to be seen, like buffalo and the Uganda kob.

Return to your lodge for the night.

 

DAY 15; Ishasha – Bwindi

This morning wake up at leisure, take a scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National park, sandwiched between the rift valley, the mountain ranges of the Rwenzoris, savannah grasslands and afro- montane forest;  imagine the views!

 DAY 16; Bwindi National Park

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

 Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family.

The time taken to track the Gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

 DAY 17; Batwa

This is the cultural highlight of the tour. After an early morning breakfast, you will set off for the Batwa heritage trail a full  day activity that takes you through the forests of Mgahinga in the company of the indigenous Batwa guides as they interpret every forest landscape and what it mean to their traditional life. The forest provided a natural shelter that always provided a refugee for the Batwa in times of danger.  You learn their wild honey harvesting means, the traditional medical plants, the tree houses, the hunting techniques, the edible roots and plants before arriving at Garama Cave which was the central place for their converging while still in the forest.. You will listen to the sorrowful songs being sung by the Batwa women taking you through the course of their tradition; it is a moment of wonder and deep exploration into the Batwa culture that is at stake of fading away.

Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

 DAY 18; Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi

Wake up at leisure,  We shall then bid farewell to the impenetrable forest and head off to Lake Bunyonyi. Bunyonyi means “small birds” in the local language and is therefore Lake Bunyonyi is a must visit for birders. We shall take it easy at the shores of this beautiful lake. Activities available during our stay include; birding, cycling, sunbathing, and canoeing amongst others.

 DAY 19; Lake Bunyonyi

This day will be an activity free day, meaning that you can take on extra activities at your own cost or just relax at the hotel, while watching the serene environment around you.

 DAY 20; Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

Today after your breakfast, you will be transferred to Kampala, we will have multiple stops for photo taking moments including the equator, stand, dance, swing, between the two hemispheres, imagine that! We arrive in the later afternoon, check into your hotel for relaxation.

 Day 21; Kampala city tour 

After breakfast, we will go on a Kampala City tour and visit places of interest. Visit craft markets, historical places, religious places, and many more.

Day 22; Transfer to Airport

This is the end of what we hope has been a very fruitful trip. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. We hope to see you, your friends and family soon.

   Inclusions

  • Ground transportation on the tour
  • Airport transfers.
  • Accommodation and meals as per indicated in the itinerary
  • Service on an English speaking driver
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit

 

Exclusions

  • Airfares
  • Visa or Insurance
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature
  • Soft or alcoholic drinks
  • Extra meals and extra activities

 

End of the Safari