Day 1: Arrive Entebbe, pick up
and overnight at the booked accommodation.
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a Home to Africa assigned driver (guide) will receive and welcome
you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will transfer to the
booked accommodation (Entebbe). In case you have had an early landing in
Uganda, you can proceed to visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden. The Garden is
one of the places around Entebbe where you can spot many species of birds
and a few primates such as: the black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys.
It is also a place of tranquility and peace, a feast for the eyes with notable
absence of people and you simply immerse in nature, the sounds of birds
breaking the stillness of the moment.
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls NP with rhino
tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
After breakfast, the assigned
driver (guide) will pick you from the hotel and hit the road to Murchison Falls
National Park. The highlights of this park include the roaring rapids of the
Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will
have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants.
Then surely, the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here will
En route, make a visit to
Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for your first Big 5 experience where you will have an
hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your
lunch. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the
Day 3: Murchison game drive, boat trip to the base
of the falls plus top of the falls’ walk.
Have your breakfast, depart for
an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest
National Park and be on the look for wildlife including: lions, leopards
(though hard to spot) among others. For any birder, there are quite a number of
birds to sight too during the drive. Return to the accommodation for some rest
time and lunch. OPTIONAL: If
interested, you may opt for the hot air balloon safari (instead) at an extra
cost (on ground).
After lunch, you will head out for the boat trip to the base of
Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles
and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of
the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is
unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have
a relaxed evening.
Day 4: Exit Murchison Falls NP and Transfer to Kibale
Forest National Park.
After breakfast at your
accommodation, depart right
away for Kibale Forest
National Park. The drive is quite long but
incredibly scenic – passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills
dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. The beautiful scenery will amaze you all
Kibale NP is popular for its primates like
the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed
monkeys, L'Hoest's monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). While on your chimpanzee trails, you will see them swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.
You will reach and do little but
check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight
Day 5: Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and (afternoon)
explore the Kibale crater lakes.
Have breakfast and head to the
rangers’ post where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during
chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale
Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking (Kibale Forest) and you will be amazed by
the presence of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a
full hour in their presence. You will return to the lodge for some rest time
Later (after lunch), proceed to
explore the crater lakes, crowned with a hike to the “top of the world”. You will enjoy the beauty of the numerous
small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views. Take a hike to
Lake Nkuruba where you will encounter different species of primates and birds.
Meet and interact with the local people as you walk through their villages and
enjoy the panoramic views of the Kibale area.
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP, relax and
proceed for the afternoon (evening) game drive.
Have a relaxed breakfast at the
accommodation and drive off to Queen Elizabeth NP. You will reach Queen early
enough to relax, have lunch and in the afternoon proceed out for game viewing.
During the game drive, look out for wild animals like: reedbuck, bushbuck, kob,
warthogs, elephants, lions and buffaloes to mention but a few.
Alternatively, you could choose to go for the Queen’s
breathtaking explosion crater drive (instead). The drive is sightseeing with very
spectacular view of the breathtaking scenery in and around Queen. There are
also some wildlife to see along the drive although commonest are sights of Cape
Buffaloes plus Elephants. Return to the accommodation for relaxation, dinner
and the overnight stay.
Day 7: Undertake
morning game drive and later go on a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
Be up early and have your
breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and be on the
look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus the big cats: lions, leopards
(though hard to spot) among others. Return to the accommodation for some rest
time and lunch.
After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel
that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife
including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate
you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will
have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
Day 8: Exit Queen, transfer to Bwindi NP with en
route game viewing in Ishasha (South).
Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth
National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though
sometimes they are hard to spot (most especially when they are down in the
grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the
sight will be spectacular!
to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain
gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain
gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population) including
several habituated groups, which you will trek. With a
strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your
accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi
gorilla trekking experience the following day.
Day 9: Gorilla
trekking Bwindi & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, sightseeing.
After an early breakfast and a
briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your
adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers
dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed
by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the
terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a
gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of
spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is unforgettable.
Thereafter, you will return to
the accommodation for checkout then drive off to Lake Bunyonyi. The lake is
framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various
shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you
could admire them all day..
Day 10: Go explore Lake Bunyonyi: enjoy a canoe ride,
interact with the community etc.
After breakfast, you will have
the option of visiting and interacting with the local community who inhabit areas
surrounding Lake Bunyonyi. Alternatively, you could opt for a
canoe trek on Lake Bunyonyi which will introduce you to the major islands and
their rich history but also there will be some great time spent in the
traditional dugout canoe. Return to your accommodation for lunch and relaxation
probably reflecting on your trip so far…
Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy
afternoon (evening) game viewing.
Have breakfast and set off (about 5 hour’s drive) to Lake Mburo NP
via Mbarara town. You will arrive in the early afternoon and take some rest
before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing. On the
game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras, topis, impalas,
Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation
where you will spend the night. OPTIONAL: In case you are interested, you may
go out for the breathtaking Mburo night game drive (at an extra cost on the ground). During the night game drive,
expect to sight nocturnal creatures including huge snakes, python, hyena, owls
and the elusive leopard (on a lucky day) among others.
Day 12: Mburo park (bush) walk and transfer to
Entebbe Airport for your flight out.
Enjoy your early breakfast and
proceed for the Mburo morning park (bush) walk in the presence of an armed
Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk; you
will have the opportunity to encounter (at
close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelope, Cape
buffaloes among others.
Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see
Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9
of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the
accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport for your
flight out (recommended for 18:00 onward). We hope to see you (or any referral)
when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!