Staying in first-class accommodations throughout, this fantastic itinerary will allow you to discover all of Uganda’s wildlife highlights in ultimate comfort. Travelling via 4wd Land Cruiser in the company of an expert driver and guide, you will visit 4 of Uganda’s finest National Parks to enjoy some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife experiences. From up-close encounters with the famous...
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
Welcome to Uganda, the “pearl of Africa”! Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport a representative will be waiting for you to drive you to the Protea Hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in this modern hotel overlooking Lake Victoria in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Overnight stay at the Protea Hotel with breakfast included.
Today your adventure truly begins and after an early breakfast at your hotel you will be collected by your English speaking driver and guide to begin your journey through some of Uganda’s most remarkable National Parks. Travelling in a comfortable 4wd safari land cruiser your 330km journey to your first stopover, Kibale Forest National Park, will begin. The journey is likely to take in the region of 5 hours but the spectacular scenery along the way is sure to keep you more than occupied.
Along the way we will stop at Fort Portal for lunch. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for its many tea plantations and you will have time for some photo opportunities before continuing on to Kibale. Kibale Forest is home to the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa, including over 1000 chimpanzees. Tomorrow you will have the chance to get up-close to these intriguing animals so after a delicious dinner at the lodge a good night’s rest is in order in preparation for a new day of adventure.
2 nights accommodation at Kibale Primate Lodge in a luxury cottage with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Today it’s time for one of the highlights of your trip as we take the short walk into the forest to begin your chimpanzee tracking experience! Kibale Forest is home to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa, and is renowned as being the best place to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. After a pre-tracking briefing you will begin your hike into the forest to visit a large habituated family of chimps that consists of over 120 individuals. Along the way you are likely to spot some of the forest’s fascinating residents including other primates and bird species such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings, and your informative guide will tell you all there is to know about this beautiful forest and its unique flora and fauna.
Upon sighting the chimpanzees you will have an hour to observe them, soaking up their captivating behaviour as they climb through the trees, groom, growl, feed, and take care of their young. An unforgettable experience that will no doubt leave a lasting impression.
After your exciting morning tracking the chimpanzees you will head back to the lodge for lunch before travelling to the nearby Bigodi Swamp for a very different nature experience. Here you can enjoy a guided swamp walk, an initiative of the local community, to discover the area’s rich diversity of birds and primates. In the early evening we return to the lodge for dinner and a well-deserved rest.
After breakfast at the lodge you will set off for the next stop on your itinerary, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Your journey will take in the region of 3 hours across the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. En route we will explore the scenic crater lakes region that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park before reaching the exceptionally beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This remarkably scenic national park’s landscape is as diverse as its abundant wildlife population, with its green savannah plains with small acacia and euphorbia trees giving way to sunken crater lakes and swamps, bounded by the snow-covered peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Home to 95 different species of mammals including lions, elephants, Uganda Kobs, elephants, hippos and crocodiles, the area also has the highest number of bird species found in any national park in Africa with over 600 having been recorded.
Upon arrival at the beautiful Katara Lodge you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure soaking up the scenic views or enjoying a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
2 nights accommodation in Katara Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This morning we begin bright and early and head into the park for an exciting game drive experience to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. As we drive through this scenic park you will be on the lookout for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat.
After an adventurous morning we will take a relaxing afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, to enjoy sightings of the world’s highest concentration of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and a multitude of birds. This 2 hour boat ride with snacks and beverages included will take us along a 14km stretch of the channel before we return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious dinner and some relaxation after what will have been an adventure-filled and memorable day.
After breakfast this morning our day will start with a further game drive through the park as we travel south towards Ishasha and the next stop on our itinerary. This part of the park is famous for its tree climbing lions, and after lunch and a bit of relaxation we will take a game drive through the area in search of sightings of these beautiful animals lounging in the fig trees.
Overnight accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Our last day in Queen Elizabeth National Park begins with an early morning game drive in search of sightings of lions, elephants and other wildlife in action, before a thoroughly enjoyable bush breakfast in the middle of the wilderness where you can sit back and listen to the early morning sounds while the chef prepares a delicious full English breakfast.
After a game drive back to the lodge it will be time to pack up your things and start your journey to our next destination, the remarkable Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and is quite simply the best place to observe these gentle giants at a close distance. The park is also home to 9 other primates and features spectacular scenery of trails, rivers and waterfalls.
The journey to Bwindi will take approximately 2 hours and upon arriving at Buhoma Lodge within the boundary of the park you can enjoy a delightful welcome dinner and a good night’s sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s mountain gorilla experience.
2 nights accommodation at Buhoma Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! After an early breakfast you will join your transfer to the offices of the National Park where upon arrival you will be allocated a gorilla family, an 8-person group and a gorilla trekking guide. After a briefing into what lies ahead, including safety precautions and an introduction to the behaviour of the gorillas, you will be driven to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure.
Depending on the gorilla family that you have been allocated the trek to see them can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 6 hours so patience and an average fitness level are required. The terrain can be muddy, and rainy weather is likely, but as you trek through the jungle the anticipation of seeing these gentle giants in the wild, along with the spectacular views and likely bird sightings on offer, is likely to be more than enough distraction from that. And we can almost guarantee that when you come face to face with these majestic animals the trek will soon become a distant memory!
Upon sighting the gorillas your group will be allowed one hour with them to watch them as they go about their daily lives; feeding, moving, playing, wrestling and feeding their young – this will be a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi have been designed to ensure that numbers are kept to a minimum whilst still offering the experience of seeing these animals in the wild so that more can be done to protect them and ensure the species’ ongoing survival. The vast majority of your gorilla permit cost goes to protecting these vulnerable animals and ensuring that their population thrives. Thanks to these conservation efforts, in the last few years the mountain gorillas population in Bwindi NP alone has increased from 300 to 400! Without tourist visits there would be substantially less funds available to do this. Each of the habituated families of mountain gorillas are only allowed to be visited by one group of eight people per day, and only 72 visitors are allowed each day.
After your thrilling experience of witnessing the famous mountain gorillas up-close, your guide will lead you back to base where you will be transferred back to the lodge for a delicious dinner and the chance to reflect on what may well have been the greatest wildlife experience of your life.
After breakfast this morning we will make our way to the final national park of our tour as you jump back into the land cruiser and head towards the beautiful Lake Mburo National Park. The 390km journey to Lake Mburo will take approximately 5 hours, and along the way we will stop at a restaurant close to the entrance of the park for lunch. A relaxing game drive through this beautiful park will take us to Mihingo Lodge and after a tasty evening meal you will have the opportunity to partake in an optional night-time game drive. Lake Mburo is the smallest of the Ugandan national parks but it certainly packs a punch in terms of dramatic scenery and fascinating wildlife, and it is also one of the few parks in Uganda where you can watch wildlife after the sun has set.
An exciting night game drive offers an unusual twist on regular game drives and allows you to search for a variety of animals that you would not easily see during the day, such as bush pigs, genet cats and white tailed mongoose. The elusive leopards and spotted hyenas are also best seen at night and with some luck you will be able to spot the one male lion in the park who resides down by Lake Mburo!
Overnight stay at Mihingo Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As your truly memorable luxury Uganda safari comes to an end there’s time for one last adventure as you enjoy an early morning guided bush walk. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including impalas, zebras, gigantic elands and giraffes. There are also excellent birding opportunities here, with over 315 species having been recorded in the area. Experiencing a safari on foot will allow you to notice the smaller, often overlooked details and usually brings you much closer to the wildlife than when in a car.
After returning to the lodge for breakfast your driver will be waiting to take you back to Entebbe, with a game drive scheduled along the way. The journey back to Entebbe airport will take approximately 6 hours and as you relax and soak up the surrounding scenery filled with memories of your unforgettable experiences, make sure to keep an eye out for the black-and-white colobus monkeys that will be hiding along the road. En-route we will make a stop at the Uganda Equator for lunch, some souvenir shopping and some photo opportunities before arriving at the airport for your homeward or onward flights.
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