SAFARI ITINERARIES

Uganda

  • Explore Uganda 14 days Safaris - Tour Code:TLU 01
    • A Classic Discovery Tour to Uganda.
      This 14 day safari-journey to the world¹s richest country offering an
      abundance of wildlife is also an experience into the cultural life style of
      the remote areas of Uganda. While Gorilla and chimp tracking is
      the highlight of this safari-journey, you will also be seeing Lions, Hippos,
      Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants, over 900 species of birds and an abundance of dense green Forest. This is a
      safari-journey for lovers of nature and natural lovers!
      Trip highlights: Murchison Falls, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale and Semliki Valley wildlife reserve, Bigodi Swamp walk, boat trips and game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National parks, gorilla tracking in Bwindi or Rwanda, visiting the Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls in Jinja.
      Day 1: Arrival - Entebbe -Kampala - 42km.
      On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your representative from TopLife Safaris who will then transfer you to Kampala for the over night at either Cassia Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation) or Pope Paul Hotel (Low budget/basic accommodation). B/B.
      Day 2: Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park. 300km north west of Kampala (approx. 6 hour drive).
      An early departure - but well worth it! After breakfast, you are on your way North to Murchison Falls National Park having a break at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola to view the Rhinos. Uganda ’s Rhinos became extinct in the early 1980s, after a period of civil unrest and heavy poaching. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.
      This is a long drive as you travel north through the country and once you reach the Nile in the heart of the Park, you will cross on the ferry to Paraa.

      The sight of the Nile River, the world's longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable.
      Overnight at either Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Safari Camp(High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge(Medium class accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp(Low budget/basic accommodation).
      Paraa Safari Lodge over looks the mighty Nile where Hippos wallow in the water. The lodge is located on the North bank, which is the closest location to the wildlife in the Park. Full Board.

      Day 3: Murchison Falls.
      After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of viewing Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan.
      In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river. Overnight at either Nile Safari Camp(High end/luxurious accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp(Low budget/basic accommodation).
      Full Board.
      Day 4: Murchison Falls - Kibale. (Approx. 7 hours drive).
      Early game drive to the Top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look in to the gorge where the Nile squeezes in to a 7 meter gorge dropping 40 meters. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. Later head for Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. Relax in the evening have dinner and over night at either Primate lodge (C), a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled "Mountains of the Moon" or Nyinabulitwa resort (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 5: Kibale National Park.
      This morning you will go for the morning Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis', Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds, a good infrastructure and variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination returning in time for a heartily breakfast.
      Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organisation formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. This swamp is a home to approximately 137 bird species and its also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus.
      There are a network of forest trails that radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road.
      Dinner and over night at either Primate lodge (C) or Nyinabulitwa resort (B) (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 6: Kibale - Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve. (Approx. 2.5 hours drive).
      This valley is known as the “Garden of Eden” and has a magnificent view of the River Semliki meandering to Lake Albert. You will stop to visit a local farmer and have a brief tour of his farm then take your picnic lunch at the hot water springs arriving at the Lodge in the afternoon.
      In the late evening, have a game drive which may reveal herds of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities.
      This evening you will dine and stay at the Semliki Safari Lodge. This is a high-end, low impact safari lodge set amid 550 square kms of game reserve. All rooms with private facilities. Dinner and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation )or Camping (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 7: Semliki Valley.
      After breakfast, you will experience a day of real discovery. Early morning Chimpanzee tracking in the Gallery Forest of the Mugiri River and then afterwards go and visit a local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris - the inhabitants are looking forward to welcoming and entertaining you. After touring the area, you will have lunch and later go for a boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill returning to the Lodge in the evening. Dinner and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation )or Camping (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 8: Semliki - Queen Elizabeth National park. ( Approx. 4.5 hours drive).
      Early morning game drive and if desired your coffee will be brought to your tent then head for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive.
      Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, - from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
      Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few.
      The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
      Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.
      Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Fly Catcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Simba safari camp (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 9: Queen Elizabeth.
      This morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area returning at the Lodge for breakfast.
      Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Here Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalos linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Simba safari camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 10: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Approx. 4 hours drive).
      After breakfast, you will have a game drive as you depart Queen Elizabeth for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
      Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk ( at an extra cost of $20 P.P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Resort(High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
      Day 11: Gorilla Tracking - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
      (There is an option of tracking in Nkuringo the southern sector of Bwindi or Rwanda as well).
      This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community walk ( at an extra cost of $15 P.P) returning to the Camp in the evening. Dinner and over night at either Gorilla Resort (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.

      Day 12: Bwindi - Lake Mburo National Park. (Approx. 6.5 hours drive)

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      After breakfast, you will proceed to Lake Mburo National Park passing through the Switzerland of Uganda (Kabale) with beautiful scenery and terraced farming arriving at Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon.
      After lunch, you may decide to go for a boat trip or relax in your room. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and over night at Mihingo Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Mantana Tented Camp (mid-class) or UWA’s Tents (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day Thirteen: Lake Mburo - Kampala - Jinja.
      After breakfast, proceed to Kampala having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator - where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once arriving in Jinja in the evening. Dinner and over night at either Paraa Safari Lodge/Jinja Nile Resort ( High end/luxurious accommodation), or King Fisher Resort(Medium class accommodation) or Speke’s Camp (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 13: Jinja - Fly out
      After breakfast, you will go to visit the source of the Nile and the spectacular Bujjagali falls.
      With the biggest rafts on the river, you will see how those who are rafting are able to safely conquer the most challenging rapids, watch the local fishermen and the fantastic birdlife. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to later catch your flight back home depending on the International flight departure times.
      Important:
      Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking.
      Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all park are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible

    Tranquil  Uganda Safari Tour 10 days 9 nights- Tour Code: TLU02
    • Where to go: With this safari you will visit the three most important national parks in Uganda, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable. Furthermore you can relax and enjoy the scenery of Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale.
      What activities & attractions: during the safari expect to take the Gorilla tracking walk, the chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge. You will do a lot of birding and game drives in private vehicles along the parks trials. 
      Who can do it: anybody can join this tour itinerary, though the gorilla tracking can be generally the most demanding activity in terms of readiness to walk many hours in the rain tropical forest.
      When to go: generally all the year long is possible to undertake gorilla tracking and game drives in Uganda. The dry seasons are most likely to guarantee a better road conditions in the parks.
      Day 1

      On the arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala, Cassia lodge(Classic) Pope Paul hotel(Budget). BB

      Day 2 - The marvelous Murchison Falls on the Nile

      After breakfast, leave Kampala driving northwest. Visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk to see the rare rhinos in the wild. Lunch in Masindi. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3.840 Kms, named after the falls on the Victoria Nile. Relax a bit at a situated site on the top of the spectacular falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometer wide down through a seven meter canyon. The 43 meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best of the Nile River. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (C) with a unique view of the River or Red Chilli Rest Camp (B). FB

      Day 3 - The boat cruise on the river Nile

      After an early breakfast, transverse  the Northern part of the park for a game drive to view and take photographs of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, hippos, giraffes, Uganda kobs, lions, if you are lucky the leopards, plus a variety of bird species. After lunch, proceed for a two-hour cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls from where appalling water escapes through the narrow gorge forming a great thunder. This is an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles along the riverbanks. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. FB

      Day 4 -  Fort Portal on the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon

      After breakfast drive from Murchison Falls NP heading Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley. Drive through Hoima and reach the colorful and beautiful town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, situated in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon,” the Rwenzori. Have lunch at Mountains of the Moon Hotel in Fort Portal or similar. In the afternoon you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and sightseeing on the way to Jacana safari lodge (C) or Institute of Ecology Cottages (B) for dinner and overnight. This day’s journey is long, as it takes an average of 8 hours. FB

      Day 5 -  Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Pearl of Uganda

      Take an early morning cup of coffee before setting off for a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s mile in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, buffalos, warthogs and lots of animals and birds. Get back to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, enjoy the two hours launch trip on Kazinga Channel for amazing bird life and a variety of wild life. Evening drive to the crater lakes region is lovely and splendid. Dinner & overnight at Jacana safari lodge (C) or Institute of Ecology Cottages (B). FB

      Day 6 - The habituated chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge

      After a cup of coffee, with a packed breakfast and lunch, drive to Kyambura gorge for a forest walk to look for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates. This gorge is 16 km long on the Rift Valley and 100 meter deep. The rangers will provide you with a walking stick for this spectacular trekking. After primate walk, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Maramagambo and Ishasha sector of the Park.  Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Nkuringo Lodge (C) or Buhoma Community – Kisoro Tourist Hotel (B). FB

      Day 7 - The magic encounter with the mountains gorillas

      After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. You need to carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, come back to the Homestead for lunch before making a scenic journey to Kabale through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. An area referred as the "Switzerland of Africa”. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages, with the best, incredible view on the Lake Bunyonyi. FB

      Day 8 - The fabulous scenery of Lake Bunyonyi

      After an early breakfast, have a two hour boat ride inside Lake Bunyonyi to various islands inside the lake for bird viewing, sight seeing and discovering the sites of the Bakiga culture. Drive to lake Mburo National park checking in at Mihingo lodge for dinner and over night.

       
      Day 9
      Have a morning game drive in the park in search for the lions, kobs family , hyenas,  and you will see zebras  as well as other attractions. Relax for lunch and have an afternoon boat ride along lake Mburo to see several bird species and hippos.(may have optional GAME WALK in the evening)
      Dinner and over night at the Agip motel (B).

      Day10
      Transfer back to Kampala. Lunch en route in Masaka. A stopover is made at the Equator for photography. Transfer  to the air port for departure flight.

       
      Tariff per person  (including Gorilla Permit):

      1 CLASSIC (C)

      Single room supplement:  USD
      Supplement Serena Hotel Kampala:  USD per person per day

      Hotels: hotels and lodges standard category and bandas, double room accommodation.

      2 BUDGET (B)

       

      Single room supplement:  USD

      Hotels: hotels and lodges budget category and bandas, double room accommodation.

      The tariff includes:
      -Airport transfer
      - Full board accommodation, included one soft drink for the meals
      - Ground transportation by 4x4 tourist Land Cruiser or minibus
      - English speaking Driver/Guide
      - Entrance fees, taxes and “gorilla permit”

       The tariff does not include:
      - Air ticket.
      - Health Insurance 50$ A.A.R.
      - Entrance visas: 50 USD directly from Entebbe Int. Airport.
      - Extra drinks and tips.

    Essence Uganda 9 Days Safaris Tour Code: TLU03
    • Day 1: Kampala - Murchison Falls
      A buffalo with an egret and other birds perched on it in Murchison Falls National ParkBeginning with a panoramic drive northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town, Stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. Proceed to Murchison Falls NP via Budongo forest, drive to the top of the spectacular fall where you can see the Nile's perfected beauty, and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometer wide down through a 7-meter canyon. The 150-meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray - the best thing to ever happen to the Nile. Finally, you can enjoy the sunset as you return to the superb comfort and service of Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile safari camp(C),or Sambiya River Lodge/Red chilli Rest Camp.(BLD)
      Day 2: Game Viewing Safari - Murchison Falls NP
      After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive on the northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, rothchild's giraffes, hartebeasts, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas, and on rare cases leopards. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the "Devil's Cauldron." There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat of many bird species including goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hombills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shots of the photogenic Murchison Falls you will return for dinner and an overnight stay at Nile safari camp(C),or Sambiya river lodge.(BLD)
      Day 3: Safari through the Albertine Rift:
      Greet the early morning sun yet for another game drive to spot those wild species you could have missed on the previous game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast at around 10: 30am.Relax at the lodge. Have an early lunch at 1pm and be ready for the ferry crossing at exactly 2pm. Drive via the Albertaine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi-Hoima-Fort portal road. This will be a long drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal, passing though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the Fabled "Mountains of the Moon," The Journey is long! At least four hours of driving. Dinner and overnight at Primate lodge (C), Mid range Rwenzori view guest house/Budget Sky tree house.(BLD)
      Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest
      After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest N/P, for primate viewing. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. An all day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. A visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Primate lodge (C), Mid range Rwenzori view guest house/Budget Sky tree house.(BLD)

      Day 5: Queen Elizabeth NP
      Mweya Safari Lodge In Queen ElizabethAfter early breakfast, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. A game drive Enroute may be rewarded with view of waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight atJacana safari lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge /budget Institute of ecology.(BLD)

      Day 6: Game Viewing along the Kasenyi Track
      After a cup of coffee , Embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs, and lots many small animals and birds. After the game drive, proceed to Bwindi via Maramagambo and Ishasha sector. As you drive along the road via Ishasha sector, animals such as the waterbucks, elephant, antelopes, buffalo, kobs, can be seen along the road. Relax around the Forest camp. Dinner and over night at the luxurious Gorilla Resort Camp set deep in the rain forest ,Mid range Buhoma home stead ,or budget Buhoma community bandas.(BLD)
      Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
      There is an early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. Recorded mammals here include the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephants, black-fronted duikers, bushbucks, leopards, giant forest hogs as well as other animals. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Dinner and over night at the luxurious Gorilla Resort Camp,Buhoma home stead ,or budget Buhoma community bandas.(BLD)

      Day 8: Game Viewing in Lake Mburo
      After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park and enter the Park through the Nshara Gate. The afternoon game drive will take you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the "Kigambara Loop" offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you can find herds of zebra, cape buffalo and eland, and Pribi and topi are easy to approach. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo and self-guided nature trails. Bird watchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced Lapwings, Carruther's Cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-away bird. You will return for dinner and first class service at the Agip Motel.

      Day 9: Return Trip to Kampala
      Head to Kampala, the drive back to Kampala stops at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Here you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs and you will arrive in Kampala before lunch.

    MAVERICK Primates Uganda Safari, 7 days 6 nights - Tour Code: TLU04

    • Where to go:this safari gives you the opportunity to visit the most important national parks in Uganda for primates viewing, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth and KibaleNational Parks.
      What activities & attractions: during the safari expect to take the Gorilla tracking walk and the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest. You will do a lot of birding and game drives in private vehicles along the Queen Elizabeth National Park, including the boat cruise along Kazinga Channel 
      Who can do it: anybody can join this tour itinerary, though the gorilla tracking can be generally the most demanding activity in terms of readiness to walk many hours in the rain tropical forest.
      When to go: generally all the year long is possible to undertake gorilla tracking and game drives in Uganda. The dry seasons are most likely to guarantee a better road conditions in the parks
      Day 1
      On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala for your dinner and overnight at Cassia lodge(C-Classic)or Pope Paul hotel(B-Budget).BB
      Day 2 - Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

      After breakfast drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Mbarara, where you will have lunch at Lake View Regency Hotel. In the way you can admire the green tea plantations, the Ankole cattle and the Ugandan farms. You reach Bwindi in the evening for dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort – Nkuringo Lodge (C) or Buhoma Community – Kisoro Tourist Hotel (B). FB

      Day 3 - The encounter with mountains gorillas

      After breakfast drive to the site for briefing before the start of the trekking at 8am. The forest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. This park is best known for the fascinating mountains gorillas. The time taken to reach them and the terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Dinner and overnight at Savannah Hotel. FB
      Day 4 - Tree climbing lions of Ishasha
      After breakfast you drive via the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Go for the game drive in the open savannah covered by acacias trees on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. You will search for the typical tree climbing lions, a population which is only found in this part of the country. It is impressive to see the animals while they are resting lying on top of the fig’s trees. Have lunch en route. In the afternoon proceed to Jacana safari lodge (C) or Institute of Ecology Cottages (B) for dinner and overnight. FB
      Day 5 - Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward
      After a cup of coffee, embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens mile tracks in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, cape buffalo, warthogs, leopard, spotted hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topi and a lot of small animals and birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax on the swimming pool. After lunch board the boat cruise for the best navigation of the Kazinga Channel, a good experience for birding, as you will see many water birds, cormorants, pelicans, eagles, as well as crocodiles, hippos, elephants. In the evening you proceed to Fort Portal for dinner and overnight at Nynabulitwa Country Resort or Fort Motel. FB
      Day 6 - Chimpanzees trekking in Kibale National Park
      After Breakfast, you drive to Kibale National Park for the chimpanzee and primate trekking in the forest. Here is found one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Uganda. After lunch in Fort Portal return to Kampala for dinner and overnight at Cassia lodge(Classic) Pope Paul hotel(Budget). FB
      Day 7
      Reserved to departure. BB
      The tariff includes:
      - Full board accommodation included one soft drink for the meals
      - Ground transportation by 4x4 Land Cruiser
      -English speaking Driver/Guide
      - Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
      - Entrance fees, taxes

       The tariff does not include:
      - Air ticket.
      - Tourist insurance
      - Entrance visas: USD 50 directly from Entebbe Int. Airport.
      - Extra drinks and tips.

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION

      - Tour tariffs are based on all known costs and rates of exchange at the time of the transfer, any significant changes beyond our will be immediately communicated to our clients.
      - We also retain the right to alter any arrangements due to local conditions. We also retain the right to refuse any person from participating or continuing any tour if that person causes or is deemed to cause hazard or inconvenience to other clients and to our environment and ecosystems.
      - Please note that in Uganda US dollar banknotes series before year 2000 are accepted only with a low exchange rate, therefore clients are advised to travel to Uganda with more recent banknotes series.  The same applies to banknotes below 50 USD.

       

    Kidepo Valley Scenic view, 6 days 3 nights - Tour Code: TLU05

    • Where to go: Kidepo Valley National Park in the North Eastern Uganda bordering Sudan.
      Activities & attractions: Game drives, cultural visits to kraals and karamojong homesteads called Manyatas. View the rolling savannah grasslands. Nature walks.
      Kidepo Valley National Park is located on Uganda's border with Sudan and Kenya in the extreme corner in the Northeast of the country. The park comprises rolling savannah grassland and rugged spectacular mountain landscape. The park is accessible by road or by Air from Entebbe. Kidepo is considered one of the wildest, original African parks in Africa, offering a great experience of nature and game viewing.
      Day 1 (departure )
      You will be transferred very early in the morning at 6:30am to Gulu, with a stop over at ziwa rhino sanctuary  to see the rhinos, then proceed to Gulu town for lunch at Acholi inn which takes about 6-7 hours.Proceed to Kitgum which takes 2 hours  for dinner and over night at far horizon  guest house.

      Day 2
      After an early breakfast, drive to Kidepo valley national park which is just 135km , check in at Apoka safari lodge to cool off the exhaustion. After lunch, enjoy panoramic views of the Narus River Valley and photographic opportunities of wildlife from the verandah of the lodge. An evening game drive along the Narus River Valley for game Viewing and photography of Elephants, herds of Buffaloes, Jackals, Jackson's Hartebeest, Klipspringer and possibly Lions. Dinner and overnight at Apoka Lodge.

      Day 3
       Have break fast , go for morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. A variety of animals can be seen roaming around including Ostrich. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon have a cultural experience that will bring into contact with Karamjong peoples at Karenna and Kapedo. Meet the local elders and have an opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, the grinding stones and many more interesting items. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
      Day 4
      Another day to enjoy wildlife and African landscape in Kidepo. You  may visit the remains of Katurum lodge in the afternoon  and have a game walk  to see herds of buffaloes, lions, hyenas,  and many bird species.Full board accommodation in Apoka Lodge.
      Day 5
      After breakfast, leave early morning for Siipi falls via Moroto to see the manyattas ( traditional  houses for Karamajongs and also enjoy the dry rivers in the area as well as mout Moroto view.Have lunch in Moroto, before proceeding to  check in at Locam lodge siipi  for dinner and over night.
      Day 6
       After breakfast, visit the wonderful water falls of Siipi to catch a clear view of the scenic beauty of the area. Transfer to Mbale for lunch and return to Kampala or Entebbe air port for departure flight.

       Tariff per person:

      The tariff includes:
      - Airport transfer
      - Full board Accommodation at Apoka Lodge, including drinks
      - Entrance fees
      - Game drives, cultural visits to the kraals and Karamojong Homesteads called Manyatas

      The tariff excludes:
      - Airline return ticket.
      - The safari excludes any cost of personal nature e.g. drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes etc

      Get in touch with our thrilling team of professionals who will assist in the preparation of your Uganda and East Africa safari.

    Gorilla Safari Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 3 days 2 nights - Tour Code: TLU06
    • Where:Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in South Western Uganda
      Activities & attractions:Famous for gorilla trekking in Uganda.
      Who can do:whoever enjoys walking for a few hours within one of the most interesting rain tropical forest.
      When to do:Gorilla tracking in Bwindi is organized all the year, previous booking of the gorilla permits

      Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest is one of the few in Africa to have flourished and a home to half of the world’s endangered population of mountain gorillas. Looking into the expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter Uganda has to offer!
      Apart from gorilla trekking, the park boosts of 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and prominent bird species. It is a treasure chest of flora and fauna with four gorilla groups currently available to be visited by only six persons per group on daily basis. However, strict rules have to be followed to prevent behavioral disturbances and transmission of diseases.

       

      Day 1
      Leave Kampala in the morning and drive southwards. A first stop over at the Equator, a famous spot for photography. For the rest of the journey, view the long horned Ankole cattle, papyrus, acacia woodland and terraced landscape of Kigezi highlands on your way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Lunch enroute in Mbarara. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Nkuringo Lodge (C) or Buhoma Community – Kisoro Tourist Hotel (B). FB

      Day 2 - Gorilla Tracking in the rain tropical forest
      After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the gorilla tracking in the forest sanctuary. The activity starts at 8.00am. You need to carry packed lunch, drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. The time taken to find the gorillas varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. An encounter with an earth shaking 350 pound silver back or a baby gorilla is very exciting and never forgotten experience! Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Gorilla Resort or Nkuringo Lodge (C) or Buhoma Community – Kisoro Tourist Hotel (B). FB

      Day 3
      Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable national park to back to Kampala.

       

      Possible one day extension: spend the night on Lake Bunyonyi is a rewarding choice; visit Lake Mburo National Park as well on the way back to Kampala.

      The safari includes:
      - Full board accommodation at Bwindi Gorilla Resort / Nkuringo Lodge (Classic) or Buhoma Community / Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget)
      - Ground transportation by a 4x4 Land Cruiser.
      - Park entrance fees.
      - One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance.
      - English Speaking Driver/Guide
      - Government Taxes.

      The safari excludes any cost of personal nature e.g. drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes.

    Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Safari 3 Days 2 Nights - Tour Code: TLUO7


    • Where: Queen Elizabeth National Park, the “Pearl” of the Ugandan parks, designated a Biosphere Reserve for humanity under UNESCO auspice is located on the Western border of Uganda.

      What activities: game drives, boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge.

      Who: anybody can join this wonderful safari

      When to go: the dry season is the best period, however tours are arranged all year

      Queen Elizabeth National Park has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for humanity under UNESCO auspice. The park, in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, covers 1,978sq.km and includes a remarkable variety of ecosystems, from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows savannah and swamps. It is the home of the famous tree climbing lions as well as the Uganda kob, other antelope's species, elephant, baboons, hippos, buffalo, and chimps and many more.
      Over 500 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers. The bird species includes the black bee- eater, 11 types of king fisher, and several species of falcons, eagles and the raptors and many more. In the crater lakes to the north, flocks of flamingoes can be found. A favorite way to view the game is by launch trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward.

      Day 1
      Leave Kampala heading Southwest via Masaka and Mbarara. Stop at the Equator a famous spot for photography. For the rest of journey, enjoy the beautiful papyrus swamps, Acacia woodland and Ishaka tea plantation. Lunch at Mweya Safari Lodge and go for an evening game drive. Dinner overnight at Jacana safari lodge (C) or Institute of Ecology Cottages (B).

      Day 2 - Game drive and launch trip on Kazinga Channel
      After a cup of coffee, enjoy the sunrise and take an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track, Queen’s mile and expect to see Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, Kobs, Waterbuck, and if you are lucky the shy Leopard and Spotted Hyena. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch and relax at the swimming pool site. Afternoon, go for a spectacular boat cruise on Kazinga Channel for amazing bird life and a variety of wild animals. Evening sight seeing around the crater area set deep into the volcanic craters and Baboon cliff is amazing! Dinner overnight at Jacana safari lodge (C) or Institute of Ecology Cottages (B).

      Day 3 - Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge

      After breakfast, drive to Kyambura Gorge for a forest walk in search for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates. This gorge is 16 km long on the Rift Valley and 100 meter deep. The rangers will provide you with a walking stick for this spectacular trekking. Lunch en route. Return back to Kampala.

      Optional Extension: take a game drive to Ishasha sector in search for the tree climbing lions and spend the night at Savannah Hotel.

       

      BUDGET

      Single room supplement: USD

      The safari package includes:
      Ground transportation by a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser
      English Speaking Driver Guide
      Full board accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge for a classic Safari or Institute of Ecology Cottages for Budget Safari
      Park entrance fees
      Chimpanzee trekking along Kyambura Gorge
      Boat trip on Kazinga Channel
      Government taxes

      The safari excludes any cost of personal nature e.g. drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes etc.

    Murchison Falls National Park Safari: 3 days Tour Code:TLU 08
    • Murchison falls National Park derives it name from the Murchison falls where the mighty river Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with Hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The Vegetation is characterized by savannah, Riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes; lions, leopards, chimpanzee giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda Kob, Chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill stock.
      DAY 1: Kampala - Murchison Falls NP.
      Leave Kampala at 0800hrs. Drive through the famous Luwero triangle. Take a stop over at Masindi hotel for breakfast. Drive to the park through Budongo forest on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley in time to enjoy the fabulous falls where the Nile perfects its gorgeous falls concocts a deafening roar and rainbow in a spiral of the spray.cross the great River Nile by a ferry before you retire to the superb confort and service of Paraa Safari lodge. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge or Red Chillis Camp.
      DAY 2: Wildlife Safari - Murchison Falls NP
      Take breakfast and you will be transferred to northern part of the park for a game drive. View Elephants, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Lions, and a variety of bird species. After lunch, proceed for a two-hour launch cruise up to the substructure of the mighty Murchison falls where sinister water escapes from the narrow gorge, an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles, water birds along the river banks enabling a wonderful birding safari. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
      DAY 3: Budongo Forest - Kampala Return Trip.
      After breakfast, cross the river back via Budongo forest and lunch at Masindi hotel. Return to Kampala at leisure.
      There is an optional activity of chimpanzee tracking at Pabidi Budongo forest on day three in the morning before driving back to kampala.
      The safari includes:
      Lunch en route at Masindi Hotel
      Park entrance fees
      Ferry crossing
      Park ranger fees
      Relevant government taxes.
      A two hour boat trip along the Nile
      Full board accommodation
      Driver's allowance
      Ground transportation by a 4x4 land cruiser
      The safari excludes any cost of personal nature e.g. drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation in Uganda on arrival.

    Ssese Islands Lake Victoria Uganda Tour, 3 days 2 nights - Tour Code: TLU09
    • Ssese Islands are an archipelago of 84 islands in the Lake Victoria in the Ugandan side. Some of them are very large in side, like Bugala and Bukasa. Others are little and without human population. Especially the Bay of Lutoboka in Bugala Island is becoming an attracting site for visitors and tourists, in search for a very quite and relaxing place to enjoy sunbath and swimming in the uncontaminated water. The islands are also well known for their untouched tropical rain forests and birds. It is a very nice opportunity to practice sport fishing, to hire a boat and move around or to hire a bicycle to explore the interior of Bugala.

      Day 1
      Leave Kampala for Entebbe Pier at Nakiwogo. The ferry boat leaves at 2pm on Lake Victoria and reach Lutoboka bay in Bugala Island after three hours. Enjoy the navigation in a very comfortable atmosphere. The representative of Ssesse Habitant Resort Beach will conduct you to the resort for dinner and overnight. 

      Day 2
      Relax on the beach of Ssesse Habitat Resort, where you can have cold drinks and nice traditional food, while swimming in the beautiful water and taking sun bath. Other activities can be arranged: take a bicycle and ride to explore the forest and the sites in the biggest amongst the Ssese Islands; walk to enjoy the nature, birding and monkeys all around. Full board and overnight at Ssesse habitat Resort Beach.

      Day 3
      Leave at 8am by ferry boat. You reach Entebbe Pier after three hours and you will be transferred back to Kampala.

      Extension days can be arranged.
      Optional extra day transfer to Bukasa Island (second largest Island)  on 3 hours boat ride  to have a historical tale of the back ground of Bassesse people, cultural performances and medicine man.( you need to go with packed lunch)

      The tour package includes:
      Full board accommodation at Mirembe Resort Beach
      Transportation from Kampala to Entebbe Nakiwogo Pier
      Ferry boat to Kalangala and return

    Birding Uganda safari 20 days Tour Code:TLU 010
    • Day 1: Arrival – Kampala.
      On arrival at Entebbe Airport, your guide from TopLife Safaris will warmly welcome you and later transfer you to either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana (Medium class accommodation) or Namirembe Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation). B/B.
      Day 2: Kampala – Jinja - Kampala
      After breakfast and a briefing from the General Manager, you will set off on the eastbound road to Mabira Forest. This is the nearest site for the Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike, Nahan's Francolin, Forest Wood Hoopoe, Green tailed Bristlebill, Joyful Greenbul, Tit Hylia, Grey Longbill and the Sooty Boubou.
      Spend the whole morning birding in this forest and the surrounding areas and later transfer to the source of the Nile in the afternoon. Have a picnic lunch there and later visit the spectacular Bujagali Falls returning to Kampala in the evening for the overnight at either Cassia Lodge(High end/luxurious accommodation)or Pope Paul Hotel (Low budget/basic accommodation). B/B.
      Day 3: Kampala – Budongo.
      This morning you will depart Kampala for Budongo Forest Reserve which lies at the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south of Murchison Falls National Park and protects the largest natural forest area in East
      Africa. It boasts an impressive bird list of over 350 species and is the best site in Uganda for a number of sought-after birds such as Nahan's Francolin, Cassin's Spinetail, Ituri Batis and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. This birding hot spot is also home to Uganda's largest population of Chimpanzees. An excellent network of trails and a wide track known as “The Royal Mile" provides access to the forest.
      The Royal Mile is considered by some to be the country's premier forest birding locality. Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted and African Dwarf Kingfishers are remarkably common and this is definitely the best place in Uganda to see these three species. Birding in the afternoon and over night at Masindi Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Alinda Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation). F/B.
      Day 4: Royal Mile – Murchison Falls.
      After an early morning breakfast, drive to the Royal Mile and spend the whole day birding here. In the evening, transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Kaniyo Pabidi, have a game drive while entering and over night at either Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp(High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge(Medium class accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp(Low budget/basic accommodation).
      Murchison Falls has a variety of unique habitants and lots of superb birds, which make a visit to this park a must for every birder.
      Habitat: Dense woodland and open grassland Savannah, Papyrus swamps, moist woodland and grassy under storey, Borrasus Palm Forest, lakeshores and riverbanks.
      Key species: Egyptian Plover, Secretary Bird, Silver Bird, Denham's Bustard, Rock Platincoles, Wire-tailed Swallow, Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater, and many more. F/B.
      Day 5: Murchison Falls.
      After breakfast, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-metre gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river, -later return to the Lodge for lunch.
      Then off for an early evening drive on to the rolling plains where you can view Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the bird watchers, these areas
      support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Overnight at either Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp(High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge(Medium class accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp(Low budget/basic accommodation). F/B
      Day 6: Murchison Falls – Kibale.
      Early game drive to the top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look in to the gorge where the Nile squeezes in to a 7-metre gorge dropping 40 metres. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a
      beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. In the afternoon, drive to Kibale National Park bird watching enroute arriving in the evening and over night at either Primate lodge (C), Mantana, Rwenzori Guest House, Ataco or Primate lodge Kibale in the evening.
      Kibale Forest has a total of 335 bird species and it's a tall evergreen forest with grassland, swamps and exotic conifers.
      The main key species here are; White Collard Oliveback, Leaflove, African Broadbill, Willcock's Honeyguide, Green Breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Grey Winged Robin, Red Winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, White Bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red Chested Fluftail, Grey Winged Robin, White Napped pigeon, Chestnut Winged Starling etc. F/B.
      Day 7: Kibale
      Early morning wake up and get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis', Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds and a good infrastructure & a variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination. There is a network of forest trails which radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road. Birding in the forest interior can be frustrating, how ever, as many species are very shy & difficult to see in the under growth. You will visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development fringing the park. We will be able to see the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets then return to either Primate lodge (C), Mantana, Rwenzori Guest House, Ataco or Primate lodge Kibale in the evening. Full Board. F/B.

      Day 8: Kibale – Semliki Valley Reserve.
      Leave the hotel early heading North to Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve arriving at the lodge at teatime. Over 350 species have been recorded at Semliki and this is also a good area to see the extraordinary Shoebill and other wetland varieties. The key species here include the African Pygmy Goose, Red-necked Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-breasted Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Piapiac, Leaflove and Black-chinned Quail-Finch. Take tea by the pool and watch as the Hamerkop dips into the water and the Weaver birds flock nearby. The most exciting aspect is that new species are still being discovered in the reserve. You might be lucky enough to discover one. Have an afternoon boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge or the Camp site. F/B.
      Day 9: Semliki Valley Reserve.
      Early morning Chimp tracking in the gallery forest of the Mugiri River. Leaflove are in proliferation here, despite being scarce in the rest of Uganda. In the Forest you may see: White-spotted Flufftail, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush and Blue-breasted Kingfisher.
      In the late afternoon, a game drive will reveal herds of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities: White-crested Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Mouse birds, Kingfishers and Bee-Eaters, to name a few. Or take a night drive if possible to see Pennant and Standard Wing Nightjars within 2 metres. Over night at Semliki Safari lodge or the Camp site. F/B.
      Day 10: Semliki Valley Reserve.
      Spend the whole day birding in Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge or the Camp site. F/B.
      Day 11: Semliki – Queen Elizabeth.
      Early morning game drive & if desired your coffee would be brought to your tent then leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park home of a total of 604 different bird species. There are also good chances of seeing Elephants and Hippos here.
      Habitat: Low land forest, moist thickets open woodland and grassland Savannah, permanent and seasonal swamps, lakes and rivers.
      Key species: African Skimmer, Black Rumped Button Quail, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingoes, Grey Capped Warbler, White's and Abdim's Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Wooly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, and numerous classes of Raptors, Vultures and Plovers etc. Birding in the evening and over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hill TompCamp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 12: Queen Elizabeth.
      Whole day in Queen Elizabeth National Park bird watching while on a game drive both in the morning and in the afternoon returning to the lodge for lunch and over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hill TompCamp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation).
      Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, - from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
      There are almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog in this park.
      The primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
      Reptiles are the amazing huge rock-Python, Puffadders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory. Dinner and over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hill TompCamp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day Thirteen: Queen Elizabeth.
      A boat trip along the channel on this day will give you wildlife up close: Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the channel’s edge. These may include the Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers. There is also a Bird Observatory here, which was set up with the aim of studying both migratory and resident birds. Since its inception in 1997 more new species have been identified, including Uganda's first record of the Bar-tailed Godwit. Have a game drive and over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hill TompCamp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.

      Day 14: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi.
      After breakfast, have a game drive while leaving the park and continue through the lush hills birding enroute to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park best known for Gorillas, arriving in the evening.
      This is a Montane Forest with patches of bamboo, Montane marshes and medium altitude forests. There are about 23 Albertine Rift Endemics that can be seen here with the most exciting being the African Green Broadbill, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Short Tailed Warbler, Rwenzori Turacco, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Kivu Ground Thrush, Montane Masked Apalis, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Green Camaroptera, Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Lagden's Bush Shrike, Waller's Starling, Oriole Finch, Streaky Seed Eater, Chubb's Cisticola, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo and the Brown Capped Weaver. Overnight at either Gorilla Resort Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 15:
      Mix your love of birds with gorilla tracking on this day! This morning you will report at the park office at 7:30 am to get ready for the Gorilla tracking. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours with a Park Guide interpreting the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the Camp or take a forest nature walk that will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Resort Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 16: Bwindi – Ruhija.
      Spend the morning bird watching and later transfer to Ruhiija Sector birding enroute, go to Mubwindi Swamp and over night at either A& K’s mobile tented Camp ( High end accommodation) or Ruhija guest House ( Low budget accommodation).F/B.
      Day 17:Bwindi – Mburo.
      After breakfast, depart Bwindi for Lake Mburo National Park having a game drive while entering the Park.
      Lake Mburo National Park has markedly different fauna to other Parks and Reserves, and its the best place in the country to see the gigantic Eland Antelope, as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and several Acacia –associated birds. The five lakes with in the Park attract Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga Antelope and Red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonalek.
      Have an evening game drive and over night at Mihingo Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Mantana Tented Camp (mid-class) or UWA’s Tents (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
      Day 18: Mburo
      Early morning wake up for bird watching while on a game drive & get a chance to see species like the Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Finfoot, Black Collard Barbet etc.
      Have an afternoon boat trip and later an early evening game drives and over night at either Mantana Tented Camp/Muhingo (High end accommodation) or UWA Bandas ( Low budget accommodation). F/B..
      Day 19: Mburo - Kampala
      After breakfast have a game drive while leaving the Park, have a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand on the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once arriving in Kampala in the evening and over night at either either Cassia Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation)or Pope Paul Hotel (Low budget/basic accommodation). H/B.
      Day 20: Kampala- Mabamba
      After breakfast you will set off again on the southbound road to Mabamba Wetland. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill Stork, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek and the White Winged Warbler. Spend the whole day birding in this wetland and the surrounding areas, have a picnic lunch there returning to Entebbe in the evening to later catch your flight home depending on departure times. H/B.
      Note:
      Key species and sites: Elephant, Hippo, Gorilla, Chimps, Primates Monkeys (Red tailed, Colobus, Blue, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys) Lion, Leopards, Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog, Wart Hog, Uganda Kob, Deffesa Water buck. Reed buck, Oribi, Topi, Jackson's Hertebeest, Impala, Eland, Crocodiles, Python. We will see many other things including an astounding array of birds, an incredible diversity of flora, and scenery. Rwenzori Mountains, Western Rift Valley, Crater lakes, Rift Valley lakes, Waterfalls, short grass Savanna, high grass Savanna, Acacia Forests, Borassus Palm Forests, Papyrus Marshes, Lowland Rain Forest, woodland Savannah, Montane Rain Forest and Gallery Rain Forest. Needless to say there are always many surprises on route.
      Transportation:
      You will be travelling in 4-wheel drive vehicles in good condition with excellent driver guides who are able to handle all the requirements for the discerning traveller.
      Quotation:

      1.1 Gorilla Permit per person.
      2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
      3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle.
      4. Park entrance fees.
      5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
      6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
      7. All boat trips.
      8. All game drives.
      9. All airport pick ups and drops.
      10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
      11. And all government taxes/levies.
      Excluded Are:
      1. Bar Bills
      2. Phone calls
      3. Personal insurance
      4. Laundry
      5. Air fare
      6. All other Services of a personal nature.
      7. Driver guide’s gratuity.
      Important:
      Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking..
      Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all park are in a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.
      Transportation:
      Please note that clients will be travelling in 4wheel drive vehicles, with enough legroom, with well-experienced guides who can handle all the requirements of the discerning traveller.

Contact Toplife Safaris:
P.O. Box 4315
Kampala, Uganda
Tel. +256 783 155 629, +256 701 494 880,+256 414 597 526.
E-mail: tours@toplifesafaris.co.ug
Website: www.toplifesafaris.co.ug

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