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This private safari will let you experience the Uganda in a beautiful way. Known as “THE PEARL OF AFRICA” it is the gem at its heart and no other country in Africa has the breadth of major experiences like it. Highlights on this tour are Entebbe, Jinja, Moroto, Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Bugoma Central Forest Reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, a Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Mburo National Park.
It is the only country in East Africa that has a combination of the:
….and you will get to experience all up close and personal on this once in a lifetime guided safari and tour that is guaranteed to provide emotional memories that will last a lifetime.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, Jinja, Kampala, Moroto, Kidepo Valley National Park, Bugoma Central Forest Reserve, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Park
Entebbe – Entebbe
20 nights in tented camps and safari lodges, based on meals as specified in the detailed itinerary
African Travels will send you to the most beautiful and unique accommodations in Africa. They are not only run by excellent staff, they also give back to the local community and operate as eco friendly as possible. Located in the most beautiful and safe locations, they will contribute to your ultimate Africa experience. We will make sure they tick all the boxes! Upgrades and extensions available.
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will brief you on your itinerary, and assist with your Covid-19 requirements.
Then you will be transferred to your delightful boutique accommodation for overnight stay.
Today you will have your breakfast at leisure as you’re waiting for your Covid-19 results. As soon as you have the all-clear, you will be assisted to check out for your 3 hours transfer to Jinja.
Jinja town is in southern Uganda, on the shore of Lake Victoria. The source of the Nile is at Coronation Park marked by a garden and a monument honoring British explorer John Hanning Speke. Owen Falls Dam and Bujagali Dam both span the Nile. Farther north on the river, Itanda Falls is known for its white-water rapids. East of Jinja, on Lake Victoria, Samuka Island is home to birdlife, including little egrets.
You will arrive in time for lunch, After you may decide to relax with the Hotel facilities or take some extra optional activities which you can organize through Holland Park Hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at your accommodation.
KARAMAJONG CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
You will have breakfast at leisure as your check out will be at 9 am heading to Kidepo Valley National Park with en-route lunch in Soroti town where you will reach by midday. Later you will proceed to Kidepo to the starting point of your activity 3 hours further drive.
Your local Karamoja guide will be there waiting for you to start your scenic nature walk through the valley of Mt Moroto, the highest mountain of Karamojong. During the walk where you will have your Night with warriors. You will get the first-hand impression of Uganda’s last living cultures guided by a passionate and experienced guide. Experience, traditional life, and domestic duties in the village that’s lead by the famously strong women of Karamoja.
A Night with Karimojong Warrior Nomads
The experience is well known as Karimojong pastoral life with an overnight with Warrior Nomads and nowadays passionate cattle herders in the Kraal. You will participate and help to bring the cows to the kraal, milking the cow, herding, learn how to identify local greens, experience traditions as spearing a cow for blood to drink, and eat it roasted and get your own Karimojong name. Then spend a night under the stars with the Warriors nomads taking care of the herd.
After breakfast, you will descend Mount Morungole which takes around 3.5 hours. At the bottom, your driver/guide will be waiting for you and transfer you back to Kidepo Savanna Lodge. This transfer will take you 5 hours drive, pick up your packed lunch from Murooto, and proceed with your drive to the lodge, reaching by 4 pm. The rest of the afternoon and evening will be your to relax in the anticipation of tomorrow’s game drive.
Dinner and overnight at your Accommodation
GAME DRIVE IN KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Set off early at 7 am for a morning for a game drive into the park and get a chance to watch early risers. You will explore the game trails in the Narus valley, a savannah grassland favored by many herbivores and predators. The southerly Narus Valley contains the park’s only permanent water points and wildlife congregates in this area for much of the year. Look for buffalo and elephant in the swamps along the valley floor, giraffe and eland on the drier slopes above, and scan the rock outcrops for lions. After a 3-hour game viewing, you shall return to the lodge for breakfast and relax in the comforts of the lodge.
After lunch, at 3 pm, we will proceed for another afternoon game drive to view some other animals we might have not seen in the morning game drive. For this afternoon game drives your expert driver-guide will help you spot the lions that may be sitting on the valley’s various rocks. Other wildlife includes elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, ostrich, buffalo, and much more, in the wild Narus Valley.
Return to your Accommodation for Dinner and Overnight.
IK PEOPLE TREK AND CAMPING EXPERIENCE
Combine your Kidepo Valley Safari with a visit to Uganda’s mysterious Ik-tribe living on Mount Morungole.
This morning you will be picked up at 6 am after an early breakfast by your driver-guide and your day to day Kara-Tunga Guide will join you in your vehicle and be taken to the base of Mount Morungole reaching by 7 am. The trek up to the isolated Ik people takes around 4 hours and you need to be of good fitness as the climb is steep and the path narrow at times.
Hike Mount Morungole and visit Uganda’s mysterious Ik-tribe of Northeast Uganda
Mount Morungole (also known as Ik land) is located in the absolute northern hills of Karamoja. Here lives the smallest tribe of Uganda called the Ik. The Ik have always lived in nowadays Kidepo Valley National Park but have been displaced 50 years ago whereby they now live on the mountain ridges.
Visiting the IK gives you a rare insight into a unique tribe in Africa. You will find stunningly beautiful scenery the higher your climb takes you, simply breathtaking scenes in the valleys below you and into the Eastern Rift Valley of Kenya and over to Southern Sudan.
Homestay with the IK People.
You will have experience with one-night homestay with the community staying in a traditional Hut. After the hike, we drive to the northeastern ends of Ikland and stay with the community overlooking Kenya’s Rift Valley. You will have a chance to swap stories about this unique cultural experience as you relax after a long day’s walk.
Dinner and over Night with IK people homestay.
Today you will wake up for breakfast with views over Kidepo Valley. We will farewell the humble Ik People at 10 am before descending. The descent will take you around 3 hours to the bottom where you will find your driver-guide waiting with your lunch.
After lunch, we will spend our afternoon game drive with a chance to view many other animals we might have not seen in the previous game drives. Your expert driver-guide will help you spot other wildlife includes elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, ostrich, buffalo, and much more, in the wild Narus Valley.
Proceed to your Accommodation for Dinner and Overnight.
Today you have the whole day to explore and do a game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park after the beautiful experience with the Ik people in the previous day. Or you may decide to skip the morning game drive and spend the morning relaxing with the lodge facilities. Kideppo is one of the most beautiful National Parks in Uganda. The game drives can be done along the Narus Valley in search of giraffes, ostriches, zebras, elephants, lions, Eland, Jackal, and many others.
We will proceed with the game drive to view some other animals we might have not seen in other game drives. your expert driver-guide will help you spot the lions that may be sitting on the valley’s various rocks. Other wildlife includes elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, ostrich, buffalo, and much more, in the wild Narus Valley.
Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Today after your breakfast, you will be helped to check out from your lodge and your driver-guide will be waiting for you right at the reception. Your Journey today from Kidepo Valley National park to Murchison falls National Park will take you roughly 6 hours with en-route lunch in Gulu town. Your driver-guide will be stopping for beautiful landscape memorable pictures.
You will check in to your accommodation by 16pm, freshen up and relax with the accommodation facilities.
Dinner and Overnight at your accommodation.
GAME DRIVE AND BOAT SAFARI
Today after early morning breakfast, we will Set off at 7:30 am with your packed lunch for the 3 hours drive to Murchison Riverboat Cruise on the Victoria Nile River. Over a 17km stretch enjoy sightings of hippos, crocodiles, elephant, waterbuck, and Uganda Kobs. The boat will stop just tens of meters from the sinister, frothing, and bubbling base of the falls where you can take pictures of the majestic Murchison Falls. Have your packed lunch and proceed for the next session of today’s activities.
After Lunch, We will proceed for a game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas and olive baboons and a list of six species of primates found in the park.
After the game drive, we shall transfer back to your accommodation reaching at around 4 pm for a freshen up, dinner, and overnight stay
GAME DRIVE AND RHINO TREK
After breakfast, we will check out of your accommodation by 7 am and go for a game drive before we transfer for a 3 hours drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and lunch at Amuka Lodge.
There are different Game drive tracks found in Murchison Falls National that are followed while on a game drive such as Albert, Victoria, and Buligi tracks. Taking all these tracks while on the game drive gives you a totally different experience since each is endowed with various eco-systems.
The Buligi is a 7km track north of Paraa and is among the most commonly used tracks for game viewing. Also, areas like Nyamsika gorge are home to a big number of water animals that come to get water and Nyamsika cliffs have a higher concentration of buffaloes, lions as well as different birds like the Egyptian plover and the bee-eaters.
As we are heading to Ziwa rhino Sanctuary, we will leave Murchison falls by 10 am and drive straight for your lunch at Amuka lodge reaching by 1 pm for hot lunch before you proceed with the Rhino trek.
After Lunch, we have a super interesting white Rhino trek. Ziwa has 22 free-roaming white Rhinos. Seeing Rhinos in their natural environment, up close and in person is an unforgettable experience. Due to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary being the only park in Uganda where you will find wild Rhinoceros. This is an essential stop if you are looking to complete your “big five” safari experience.
The trek takes about 2 hours in the company of a well trained and knowledgeable local guide who will educate you on their habits, behaviors, and conservation plans of these unique animals. You will fall in love with Rhinos after this experience. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Later after this fascinating and interesting trek, we will drive back to Amuka safari lodge for checking in for your Dinner and overnight.
SHOEBILL CANOE SAFARI
Today after your breakfast, we will leave for the shoebill canoe safari by 8 am. Shoebill canoe safari is one of Uganda’s best-kept secrets is part of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary’s border. A 10-kilometer swamp border in the majestic Lugogo Wetlands. This wetland is an integral part of the ecosystem and is home to a multitude of animals and rare birds. It provides guests with some of the most unparalleled opportunities for bird viewing in Uganda – including the threatened and endangered Shoebill Stork. Our amazing birding is due to three biospheres being integrated into the Wetlands meaning that vast numbers of birds really seen reside in this area.
Taking a pair of binoculars and well-worn bird book on the usual tour, avid bird watchers will be ecstatic to view some of the 350+ species found on the Sanctuary, including White Crested Turacos, Giant Kingfishers, Palm-nut Vultures, Barbets, and 11 of the woodpecker species, including the Speckled-breasted Woodpecker.
After the Shoebill safari and other birds at Rugogo wetlands at around 11 am, we will return to your accommodation, for early lunch, and check out for 3.5 hours scenic transfer to Bugoma forest central reserve.
Bugoma Central Forest Reserve has more than 23 species of mammal, more than 255 species of bird, 289 species of butterfly, 130 species of moths, and 260 species of trees. Here also we find mammals that include Monkeys & chimpanzees. We will arrive at around 4:30 pm, heck in and relax with the lodge facilities as you enjoy the beautiful lodge surroundings perhaps you may see the primates mentioned in this forest.
Dinner and overnight stay at your accommodation
Today you will have your breakfast and check out of your accommodation with packed lunch and start our drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park at 8 am the drive is about about 4.5 hours to the Equator gate which is the entry and check-in point. Register for the park entrance, and proceed with the game drive.
The park has 200 kilometers of well-maintained game viewing tracks, we advise you to be alert and pro-active on your game drive to help the guide spot as many animals as possible. With an astonishing 5000 hippos, 2500 elephants, and over 10,000 buffalo thriving in its grasslands and shorelines, this park guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic species.
All being well you see elephants, buffaloes, different species of antelope, and just maybe some of the exciting predators such as lion, leopard, civet, genal, and serval cats and 10 species of primates enjoy the park’s diverse habitats. Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys are easily spotted in the trees, and of course the boldest species; baboons! They are all there! A professional guide with extensive knowledge of the park and its inhabitants will help you to specify birdlife or wildlife. After the game drive, we will drive to catch up with the 5 pm sundowner boat safari at the Kazinga channel.
You will enjoy a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural waterway between Lake Edward and Lake George. This cruise will be one of the highlights of your safari as you sight abundant birdlife and view elephants, buffaloes, and hundreds of hippos cooling off at the shores. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
After the boat-safari, we will retire at your accommodation for check-in, dinner, and overnight.
Today have breakfast at 7:00 as you will be leaving by 8 am for Kasenyi plains in search of animals you may have not seen in the previous day including lions in this region. After the game drive, you will return to your accommodation for a hot lunch before you head for the Mongoose tracking experience at Mweya peninsular.
After Lunch, you will proceed for your afternoon experience. The drive from your lodge will take you about 50 minutes through the park to Mweya peninsular where the Mongoose tracking experience activity is done.
Mongoose tracking experience.
They are ten species of Mongoose recorded in Uganda with the banded Mongoose regularly seen around the Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Banded Mongoose experience is based around the park in Western Uganda and the Peninsula also supports a population of 400 banded mongooses living in twelve or more social groups.
Tracking of Mongoose is normally done using a locator device while you are with your expert guides, have a closer look at their unique long tails and behavior, and later embark to your vehicle with a game drive through the park you will get to view most animals such as Kobs, lions and many more.
Return to your accommodation for a freshen up, dinner, and overnight stay.
After an early breakfast, we shall head off to Kalinzu Forest Reserve where the rangers will give you a trek briefing before we head off to find our closest living relative. The Kalinzu Chimpanzees are considered extremely reliable with a trekking success rate of over 95%.
In Uganda today, Efforts to actually conserve the chimpanzees are extensively acknowledged and well supported. Actually, The Jane Goodall Foundation has played a major role in the overall conservation of not only these Chimpanzees but the Gorillas as well found in Uganda.
You will most likely finish around 11 am. From there be transferred to your lodge for lunch, a freshen up, and later a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Southern sector (Ishasha)
You will leave your lodge by 1:30 pm for your transfer to the Ishasha sector park of Queen Elizabeth national park for about 2 hours drive with en-route game drive. During this drive, through the park, you will get to view most animals such as leopards, forest hogs, buffalos, elephants, waterbuck, and others, and of course, you won’t miss the stunning scenery and superb birdlife and butterflies in this southern remote section.
You will retire at your accommodation at around 5 pm for dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
ISHASHA GAME DRIVE
The day begins early at 7 am as we start with game drives. Later we will head towards Bwindi, driving through the Ishasha sector. We shall start with a game drive in the Ishasha sector in search of Tree climbing Lions as this part is famous for its’ unique tree-climbing lions. Whilst all lions can climb trees these two feelings of pride are the only ones found to spend the majority of their time in trees.
This region is also well known for Topis not anywhere else in the other national parks in Uganda, Birdlife, herds of elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes are regularly spotted. Vervet monkeys, baboons, have become residents to this region of Queen Elizabeth.
You will retire at your accommodation in Bwindi National Park Ruhija region, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. You will check-in for lunch, a freshen up, and relax with the lodge facilities as we prepare the next adventure as well as the highlight of the tour, of course, Mountain Gorilla Tracking.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The Rare Mountain Mountain Gorilla
The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests lie on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared).
The Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa that can make claim to hosting both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, 1/3 of the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided into 15 habituated family groups.
Also, 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies, and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This is one of the three places to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas up close for your very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ moment in the world.
The gorillas you will trek belong to one of fifteen family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting (for some also challenging) journey along forested (sometimes slippery) slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboo before you eventually reach the gentle giants.
En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity. Think of dung, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots. The time to complete the gorilla trekking can be as little as 2 – 6 hours! Once the family of gorillas has been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour observing them. Coming face-to-face with the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience.
This is a fantastic part of your tour you will definitely remember for the rest of your life. Return to your lodge for a freshen up, lunch, and relaxation with the lodge facilities.
Dinner and overnight stay at your accommodation
Have a most enjoyable breakfast regaling your stories & encounter with the Mountain Gorillas. After breakfast, we will embark on our safari vehicle for our 2 hours scenic transfer to our next destination where we are having our coffee experience.
On this tour, you will have the coffee experience in this region where you will be guided from the coffee plantation field through all processing stages up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee enjoyed in our compound with beautiful mountain views and good sceneries of Lake Mutanda.
The main interest is to produce delicious coffee from seed to the cup and we do care that each part of the process is done with the highest care and attention to detail. We take care of seedlings, harvest beans, process them, and roast coffee beans traditionally. All is done by hand, without electrified machines. We emphasize the involvement of family and community members.
Later you will be transferred to Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge for lunch, a freshen up, and relax with the lodge facilities with great views of Lake Mulehe.
This lodge is perched on the peninsula within the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge overlooks the spectacular Lake Mulehe and Virunga Mountain Ranges. Ideal for adventurous guests, the lodge is near the Mount Mgahinga Gorilla National park.
The lodge is featured with a unique style that reflects the original African architecture while featuring all the comforts of home such as an en-suite bathroom and veranda with panoramic views.
Dinner and Overnight at your accommodation
Today is your last day in Bwindi National Park zones. After your breakfast, you will check out of your accommodation and embark on your vehicle at 8 am for your transfer to another unique traditional experience with Batwa in Rushaga Region.
Batwa are the minority since the early 1990s. This cultural tour is a re-enactment but a very real one as many members still recall living as forest dwellers and these tours now help them earn income.
Their traditions and skills are practiced as well as pass on these traditions to the next generation. Their bush skills are a delight and their small stature will amaze you.
After the Batwa experience, you will return to your vehicle by 11 am and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park via Great Lakes Museum visit and Lunch before you proceed to Lake Mburo national park.
Lake Mburo National park is a small national Park (on the route from Bwindi National Park back to Entebbe) but should certainly not be underestimated. This is the only place in southern Uganda to see zebras and the only park in the country with impalas, slender mongoose, and giant bush rats. You can also look for hyenas, leopards, topis, elands, and the beautiful Rothschild’s giraffes, not to mention the lake itself which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles!
There are a lot of wonderful activities on offer, such as horse-riding, bush walks, boat safari on the lake, and mountain bike safari. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such a close range, especially combining the fresh air with the beautiful scenery of Lake Mburo National Park. Today you will retire at your accommodation for a freshen up, relax at your accommodation diner, and overnight.
After breakfast at leisure, you will leave your accommodation for the morning game drive by 9 am. This park is the only place in southern Uganda where you can see zebras and the only park in the country with impalas, slender mongoose, and giant bush rats. You can also look for hyenas, leopards, topis, elands, and the beautiful Rothschild’s giraffes, not to mention the lake itself which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles.
Return to your accommodation for hot lunch as you swap stories for your last park activities and new animals spot you have not seen in other national parks. You may decide to relax with the lodge facilities or proceed with the afternoon game drive.
Dinner and Overnight at your accommodation.
WALKING SAFARI AND GAME DRIVE
Today you will wake up for an early Walking Safari: Lake Mburo National Park is one of the two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a safari walk with an experienced ranger. Footprints and animal droppings tell which animal has been here and how long ago. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such a close range. Get active and get close to zebra, gazelle, Eland, and sometimes even giraffe. Return to your lodge for a freshen up, breakfast, and relaxation with the lodge facilities.
Later after your lunch, you will be assisted to check out of the hotel and your driver will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight back home.
We wish you a safe flight back home
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