This tour takes you to the most popular national parks of Uganda including Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable and Lake Mburo National as well as Lake Bunyonyi.
Trip Highlights: include the magnificent Murchison Falls, the famous mountain gorilla and chimpanzee treks, game drives, boat cruises, birding, and scenery.
DAY 1: ENTEBBE – KAMPALA (37 KMS) (DRIVE TIME: APPROX. 45 MIN – 1 HOUR)
Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport by Crystal Guide who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. After a short transfer to your hotel (45min – 1 hour drive) you will be briefed about you safari. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money Changed this day. To get to know Kampala, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Overnight at either Serena Hotel (www.serenahotels.com)/ Sheraton Hotel (www.sheraton.com/kampala) for high end accommodation or Hotel Africana (www.hotelafricana.com) for Medium range accommodation or Namirembe Guest House (www.namirembe-guesthouse. com) for Budget accommodation.
DAY 2: KAMPALA – MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK (311 KMS) (Time DRIVE: APPROX. 6-7 HOURS)
Early morning begin the panoramic drive northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle, visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, then drive to Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Time allowing visit the top of the falls. Dinner and overnight at either Paraa Safari Lodge www.paraalodge. com) /Nile safari Lodge (www.geolodgesafrica.com) for high end accommodation, Sambiya River Lodge for medium range accommodation or Red Chilli Camp for budget accommodation FB
DAY 3: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Early morning game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the toothsome hippos, home of crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, return to your Lodge. Dinner and overnight at either Paraa Safari Lodge(www.paraalodge.com) /Nile safari Lodge (www.geolodgesafrica.com) for high end accommodation, Sambiya River Lodge for medium range accommodation or Red Chilli Camp for budget accommodation FB
DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (441) KMS
After your morning breakfast drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and pass traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. The drive takes approximately 8 hours. Dinner and overnight at Crater Safari Lodge.Www.crystallodgesuganda.com
The lodge comprises of seven ultra-luxurious double/twin cottages and two larger cottages each with two rooms to sleep up to four. These family cottages are ideal for larger groups or families. All the cottages have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water as well as solar lighting, internet access, individually designed furniture and stunning scenery around Lake Nyinabulitwa.Amenities at the lodge include a restaurant, bar, lounge, crafts shop, mobile spa facility and campfire area overlooking the Crater Lake.
Day 5: KIBALE – SEMLIKI NP
Depart early after breakfast for the hot springs and crown the day in the pygmy villages
located near the Ituri Rainforest. The visit to the villages has proven to be an interesting
cultural experience. The guide will have lunch arranged for you to be served as a picnic while you experience the “real Africa”. Dinner and overnight at either Primate Lodge (www.ugandalodges.com)/ Ndali Lodge (www.ndalilodge.com) for high end accommodation, Mountains of the Moon Hotel (www.mountainsofthemoon.co.ug) for mid-range accommodation or Rwenzori View Guest House for budget accommodation. FB
DAY 6: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. After lunch we explore the Crater Lake region, which has many crater lakes. Dinner and overnight at either Primate Lodge (www.ugandalodges.com)/ Ndali Lodge (www.ndalilodge.com) for high end accommodation, Mountains of the Moon Hotel (www.mountainsofthemoon.co.ug) for mid-range accommodation or Rwenzori View Guest House for budget accommodation. FB
DAY 7: KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK -QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After your morning breakfast, you will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park the second largest national park in the country following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. As you go through the game park you might spot some animals. After lunch enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. This launch/cruise offers and excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species. Overnight at either Mweya Safari Lodge (www.mweyalodge.com) or Jacana Safari Lodge (www.geolodgesafrica.com) for high end accommodation, Kingfisher Kichwamba Lodge for medium range accommodation or Marafik Safari Lodge for Budget accommodation. FB
DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park¹s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning Game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. These two game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are
memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. After stretching our legs, we visit the bat cave and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a
chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Overnight at either Mweya Safari Lodge (www.mweyalodge.com) or Jacana Safari Lodge (www.geolodgesafrica.com) for high end accommodation, Kingfisher Kichwamba Lodge for medium range accommodation or Albertine Rift Camp for Budget accommodation. FB
DAY 9: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONALPARK (150KMS)
Drive through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands
with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector where you will have an opportunity to see the tree climbing lions, arriving in the evening. Dinner and Overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge www.gorillasafarilodge.com) . FB.
Gorilla Safari Lodge offers its guests luxury accommodation in eleven spacious cottages, each providing the perfect setting to relax after an exciting day of trekking. The well-appointed cottages all have solar-powered lighting, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flush toilets and individual verandahs offering excellent views of the unspoiled tropical rainforest. Two of the cottages have two rooms (both en-suite and featuring a cosy fireplace) with an inter-joining door making them the ideal choice for families or larger groups of people traveling together. The main lodge includes a restaurant, bar, lounge and campfire area overlooking the forest.
DAY 10: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Early morning entry into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the rainforest is
spectacular, It offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal¹s trails allowing access to tourists. Mammals recorded include the endangered Mt Gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and others. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure. There is always a ranger guide to interpret the Fauna and the Flora. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact the others that are not going Gorilla tracking will have community walk to observe traditional. In the afternoon, relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge www.gorillasafarilodge.com). FB.
DAY 11: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK – LAKE BUNYONYI 110KMS
We will drive to Lake Bunyonyi, spending the night overlooking Uganda deepest lake, where you may try your hand at paddling at dugout canoe, or eating fresh water crayfish. Dinner and Overnight at either White Horse Inn or Heritage Lodge Habuharo or Bunyonyi Overland Camp(FB)
DAY 12: LAKE BUNYONYI – LAKE MBURO NP 167KMS
Early in the morning embark on a 3 hours’ drive to lake Mburo National Park. You will have an evening game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting and camouflage kilspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peaceably. Return for lunch which should be taken leisurely enjoying the view of the lakes in this park. Enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the croc and hippos. Dinner and Overnight at either Mihingo lodge (www.mihingolodge.com) or Mantana Tented Camp or Acadia Cottages. (FB)
DAY 13: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – KAMPALA
After breakfast, Leisurely drive back to Kampala, have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and take some
photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon. Overnight at either Serena Hotel (www.serenahotels.com) / Sheraton Hotel (www.sheraton.com/kampala) for Luxury accommodation or Hotel Africana (www.hotelafricana.com) for Medium range accommodation or Namirembe Guest House (www.namirembe-guesthouse.com) for Budget accommodation. (BB)
DAY 14: DEPARTURE
Depending on the departure time, go for a city tour and visit the craft markets before transferring to airport to catch your flight back home.