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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 1,060 species of birds and an abundance of dense green Forest.
This is a safari for l nature 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 visiting the Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls in Jinja.
Day 1: Arrival - Entebbe and transfer to Kampala
At the airport you will be warmly welcomed by Toplife safaris employee, your Guide who will then transfer you to Kampala for the overnight at either Cassia Lodge/ Serena Hotel Kampala (Classic accommodation) or Humara Hotel/ Hotel Ruch (Mid-range). B/B.
Day 2: Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park.
An early departure - but well worth it! After breakfast, you are on your way North to Murchison Falls National Park having a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola to see 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 white rhino, and restore the populations in Uganda’s protected areas at a later stage. You will have lunch at the sanctuary before proceeding to largest protected area in Uganda. A visit to the top of the falls is worthwhile as it rewards seeing the world’s longest river winding its way through the park and plunges through a narrow gap is unforgettable. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge/ Barker’s Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Murchison River Lodge/ Kabalega Lodge (Mid-range accommodation). FB.
Day 3: Game drive and Launch trip After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of seeing Lions, Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant, warthogs, Orib as well as many other mammals of the park. For the birders, 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 Barker’s Lodge/ Parra Safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation) or Murchison River Lodge/ Kabalega Lodge (Mid-range accommodation). FB.
Day 4: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park.
After breakfast, you will have a mini game drive as you exit the park with a chance of viewing more wild life and bird species. 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 Primate Lodge/ Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge (Classic), a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake or Chimp Forest House/ Kibale Forest Camp (mid-range accommodation). Full Board.
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking
This morning after breakfast, you will go to Kanyanchu park headquarters for briefing before starting the memorable 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 it’s also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus.
There are networks 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/Kyaninga Lodge (Classic) or Chimp Forest Camp/ Kibale Forest Camp (B) (Mid-range accommodation). Full Board.
Day 6: Transfer from Kibale to Semliki Valley National Park.
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 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.you will check in to the services of either Semiliki Safari Lodge(Classic) or Mountains of the moon Hotel (mid-range) for dinner and overnight. Full Board.
Day 7: Chimp tracking and Boat Cruise.
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 (Classic) or Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Mid-range). Full Board.
Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
You will have breakfast and there after transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park is is home to a number of mammals including lions, leopards, Buffaloes,Elephants,Warthogs, primates Chimpanzees at Kyambura gorge plus a population of more than 600 species of birds. You will check in to the services of either Mweya Safari Lodge/ Kyambura Gorge Lodge (Classic) or Katara Lodge/ Mazike Lodge (Mid-range), have lunch and relax around the swimming pool. Later in the evening, go for a sundowner game drive. It’s 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. Go back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Game Drive and Boat Cruise.
This morning, you will have a game drive in the Kisenyi plains 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 Mweya Lodge/ Kyambura Gorge Lodge (Classic) or Katara Lodge/ Mazike. Full Board.
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
After breakfast, you will depart Queen Elizabeth for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will exit the park passing through the southern sector of the park famous for tree Climbing Lions. Populations which can only be found in this area in Uganda, it’s an exciting encounter seeing these animals relaxing on fig tree. Proceed to 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) 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 Safari Lodge/ Clouds Lodge (Classic) or Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Engage Lodge (Medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 11: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Wake up and have breakfast before proceeding to the park headquarters for briefing by the guides before embarking on tracking these Giant Apes. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear like hiking shoes, drinking water, rain coat because it might rain any time to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 1,004 left in the world! And more than half of the population is found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The tracking may take between 2 and 8 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) returning to the Camp in the evening. Dinner and over night at either Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Clouds Lodge (Classic) or Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Engage Lodge (Medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 12: Bwindi - Lake Mburo National Park.
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 go for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo. 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. after the boat cruise you will go for an evening game drive and over night at Mihingo Lodge/ Rwakobo Rock (Classic) or Mantana Tented Camp (mid-class). Full Board.
Day 13: 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 Wildwaters Lodge /Jinja Nile Resort (Classic) or King Fisher Resort/ Gately on Nile (Medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 14: Jinja – Entebbe international airport.
After breakfast, you will go to visit the source of the Nile and the spectacular Bujjagali falls.
With the biggest rafts on us, 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.
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