Breathtakingly beautiful, Uganda stands out from its drier neighbours Kenya and Tanzania for its incredibly fertile crater lake landscape. In contrast to nearby savannah landscapes the lakes provide plentiful life-sustaining water to the flora and fauna and are topped up by two good rainy seasons each year.
Murchison Falls National Park has untamed wilderness, sprawling savannah and, of course, the dramatic waterfalls from which it takes its name. Home to numerous mammals and an incredible 450 species of birds it is a wildlife enthusiasts dream.
Kibale National Park protects an enormous moist evergreen rainforest and is home to a large population of habituated chimpanzees. More closely related to humans than any other mammal, these adorable apes are an absolute delight to witness as they go about their daily business in the humid rainforest canopy.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its Tree Climbing lions, makes the perfect destination for a Uganda Wildlife Safari. The park has a great diversity of habitats that include: lakes, savannah grasslands, forests and wetlands that serve as home to the biggest variety of large mammals in the country.
Mist often covers the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, an ancient and biologically diverse rainforest that dates back more than 25,000 years, comprising of approximately 400 plant species. This impenetrable forest is home to approximately half of the global mountain gorillas population, among which are a number of habituated groups, that can be tracked by visitors.
Arrive in Entebbe, welcome to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.
Start your road trip through Uganda by heading north towards the Murchison Falls National Park. En route, you will stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Uganda for a Rhino trek with the local rangers. The Rhinos here are protected 24/7 and hence are easily located. Spend an hour with these fascinating and endangered creatures, then carry on towards Murchison.
Today you will take a half-day game drive through Murchison Falls National Park. This park can has large herds of elephants, lions and plenty of birdlife.
The afternoon is set aside for a private boating safari on the river Nile, taking you right to the Murchison Falls. Here you can disembark and take a hike up the falls, guided by a local Uganda Wildlife guide, who talks about the history and importance of this ecological highlight.
Today you will depart the area and take the long scenic drive towards the Kibale National Park, home of the Chimpanzees.
After breakfast, your party will depart for a short drive to the Kibale National Park headquarters. After a brief introduction you will start your trek for one of the best Chimpanzee encounters available in Africa.
Kibale National Park is a lush tropical rainforest home to the endangered chimpanzees and the rare l’hoesti monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity of primates, 13 species in total, including the black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, bush babies, and pottos.
It also hosts over 325 species of birds and an impressive population of mammals including; forest elephants.
Transfer back to your venue for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a scheduled guided nature walk through the Bigodi Swamp Walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and boardwalk may be flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are provided for you.
This morning you will head out for the Top of the world hike. The walk takes you to spectacular views of tea plantations, crater lakes, villages, and encountering Ugandas friendly villages along the way.
The hiking trail starts from a pleasant, quiet, peaceful, and restful crater lake called lake Nyabikere, meaning lake of frogs, and on a clear morning, you can see the amazing Rwenzori mountain, the mountain of the moon.
After an early breakfast, you will check out and drive to the Queen Elizabeth National Park while visiting and enjoying sightseeing around the scenic crater lakes looking out for the majestic Rwenzori - Mountains of the Moon.
Today is set aside for some safari in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. First up is a lesson in using telemetry for locating prides of lions. You will pick up a ranger from Uganda Carnivore Project to accompany you during your morning safari. You will be allowed to go off-road to get up and close to one collared family of lions.
This afternoon you will enjoy a private Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise. The Kazinga channel connects Lake Albert and Lake George.
This morning, after breakfast, you will head south towards the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing the southern sector of the National Park. This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree-climbing lions. While driving through verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon arrive in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas.
Following an early breakfast, transfer to the park offices where participants are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide. Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate waterproof hiking boots, and a light raincoat.
After a pre-trekking briefing by your guide, you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk in sometimes steep and muddy conditions.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life. Afterward, you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for a deserved shower and lunch depending on the time taken on the trek.
In the afternoon (time permitting) you will be taken on a walking tour through the community, meeting with the wonderful ladies at Ride-4-A-Woman to learn more about their community involvement and life around the forest and with the gorillas.
Today you will be taken to the local airstrip for your flight back to Entebbe, where you will connect with your international flight.