Uganda/Rwanda

This insights our guests to best of the savannah and forests of Uganda; with great opportunities for Chimpanzees, gorillas and other varieties of monkeys and the savannah wildlife of  climbing lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Topi, Hurt beast, Cob, warthog, forest hog through excellent birding areas of Uganda described as Important Birding Areas to the best scenic areas of Queen Elizabeth National Park; crossing to Rwanda Volcano NP for another superb gorilla tracking experience more so when you realize that there are only 700 of these creatures left in the world, as you marvel at the sheer size of the sliver buck. The safari leads to Bujagali world class rafting, source of Nile to Mt. Elgon and Entebbe city tour.

DAY 1: Entebbe Air Port

On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe Airport, he will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and highlights of your travel itinerary.

DAY 2: Masindi and Ziwa rhino sanctuary.

After breakfast begin an approximate 6 hours travel to Masindi, Have lunch along the way probably at the head quarters of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Ziwa is a breeding center for Rhino reintroduction into Uganda wildlife areas especially Murchison falls national park, where its Rhinos were hunted to extinction. The sanctuary has over 10 Rhinos including babies born in Uganda. After lunch go for Rhino tracking which should take 30min to 3 hours, with an opportunity to seeing a variety of savanna birds, Bushbucks, Hares and Mongooses. After get to your cars and drive to Masindi and check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 4: Chimp tracking and Murchison NP

After an early breakfast drive to Kanio Pabidi, a chimp eco tourism centre in Budongo forest, walk beneath a natural forest of about 120 chimpanzees but only 30 chimps are habituated for tourism under mature mahogany and iron wood trees. There are several other primate species such as the Black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Blue monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons. The Forest enjoys a prolific bird life especially the chocolate backed kingfisher and the Pruvels illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa. The walk will take 2 to 3 hours in the search for the famed man closest wild relatives. Come back and relax at the coffee terrace, have lunch and head north to Murchison Falls.

Take a stopover at the top of Murchison falls; this is the river Nile’s crowning glory, here, the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on the other side in a crushing 43m plume of white water.  The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge open-mouthed crocodiles. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Baker in 1864. He considered these falls to be the most important object through the entire course of the Nile. From here you shall continue to take a ferry to the luxurious Paara lodge as you look out for wildlife that may be seen grazing along the way. You shall check in to your hotel in the late evening.

DAY 5: Game Drive and Boat

After your early breakfast you will go for an early morning game drive through palm studded grassland that support dense populations of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey. Come back for lunch; relax to be ready for an afternoon boat ride.

After lunch go for a 3 hours boat cruise to see how the mighty river is funneling through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment. The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of Hippos, and huge open-mouthed Crocodiles. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sundowner at the hotel swimming pool terrace.

DAY 6: Kibale

After breakfast with packed lunch cross the Nile River with the ferry of 7:00am for 10 hours long drive to Fort portal, passing close to Lake Albert in Bulisa to view Lake Albert and Murchison falls atop escarpment out of the rift valley. Arrive in Fort portal in the late afternoon.

DAY 7: Chimp and Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast you will have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 am the tracking start time for Chimps. This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey. These delightful apes are a tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in the trees; and the shady forest trails provides much more to delight Botanists, Butterfly lovers and Birders. 335 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush while the much smaller and hairy forest Elephant and other terrestrial mammals like Buffaloes, Giant forest hogs can also been seen.

After lunch drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park; through the northern creator area a beautiful scenic area. This cluster of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30min north of Mweya. The winding 27km crater drive between the main equator gate provide awesome superb views into the depths of various craters, some filled with lovely lakes facing towards the Ruwenzori mountains and across the rift valley floor.

Day 8: Game drive and Boat

After an early morning coffee, you will go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to view game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of Lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog and the un expected Giant forest hog the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open forests. Come back at 11:00 am for a late breakfast.

After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40km channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward VII and successor George V. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory bird species.  Come back early enough for a sundowner.

Day 9: Kyambura and Ishasha

After an early morning coffee drive to fig tree camp, the tourist center for Kyambura river gorge. Track chimps in the dramatic gorge on the eastern side of the park 35 km from Mweya lodge. The 16km gorge is a home to 30 chimps and also hosts the black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons, the birds include the Black and white casqued horn bill, Great blue turacco, Ross’s turacco and Black bee eater among others.

After your packed lunch drive to Ishasha Sector the home of the climbing lions. In about 124km from Mweya lies Ishasha, the southern sector of the park, a sector which provides a true wildness experience; diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare Shoe bill; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Waterbuck and may more.

Day 10: Game drive and Bwindi 

Go for an early game drive, come back by 10:00 am, have breakfast, leisure around and after lunch head to Bwindi forest; this is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to Elephants, Chimpanzees, Monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines.

Day 11: Gorilla tracking

Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas’ camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there are only 800 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world.

If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga river trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and bwindi colorful array of butterflies or do community village walk to see how people live; the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer.

Day 12: Volcanoes NP – Rwanda

After a leisurely morning leave Bwindi for Kisoro, arrive in Kisoro early enough for lunch. After lunch cross over to Rwanda, clear with the boarder requirements, you guide will help you change money, adjust your clock to minus one of Ugandan time and check in to your hotel in the evening, Leisure around before Dinner.

Day 13: Gorilla tracking

Have an early start, after breakfast be at the Pac des Volcano head quarters at 7: 00am for briefing with your packed lunch and enough water. Start a rewarding but demanding experience into the mountains, you may walk 1 to 8 hours depending on the movement of these delightful creatures. After return to your hotel, and if time allows you may have a community walk or visit the pygmies the original inhabitants of this area.

Day 14: Diana Fossey or Golden monkey or Karusoke centre

This is too an early morning activity, after breakfast with packed lunch visit the Diana Facie grave, an American lady who was studying Gorillas in  this park but was un luckily killed and buried in this camp. You may track the golden monkeys, rare and endemic to the Virunga. Come back in the afternoon and drive to Kigali for an overnight stay.

Day 15: Kigali and Lake Mburo NP

After breakfast visit the Genocide memorial, and drive to Lake Mburo through Katuna boarder, across the best of Uganda mountain scenery to Lake Mburo National Park, Check in your hotel in the evening.

Day 16: Game Walk

Explore the park on foot, after breakfast transverse the acacia studded national park to view the Impala; the only place to get theses antelope in Uganda, Zebras, Elands, Topi, Oribi, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp dwelling antelope among others. Come back early enough for lunch to enjoy the boat ride on lake Mburo. View the lake associated water birds, Hippos, Crocodile and watch out for the localized papyrus yellow warbler in the swamps and the pre- historic shoe bill.  Come back leisure around before Dinner.

Day 17: Jinja

After a morning game drive, you will drive to Jinja, driving through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long horned cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you about to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator at the trading centre of Nabusake marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and a local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemisphere. There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at Wavamuno shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on.

Proceed on through Kampala head east passing through coffee, tea, and sugar plantations through the Mabira forest; a forest that has been to the public outcry when government unleashed plans to give it away to a sugar developer. In the forest enjoy the sight of primates, Birds, and Butterflies as you stop for a simple break, will proceed on to arrive in Jinja in the evening early enough for dinner at your hotel.

Day 18: Rafting Bujagali.

After breakfast go for the white water rafting at Bujagali. This lies down stream of the source of the Nile, it is the East African counterpart to more southerly `adrenaline capitals such as Victoria falls and cape town. This is the launching point of the famous white water rafting that ranks as one of the most thrilling but also one of the safest in the world, passing through three heat stopping grade five rapids in one day. Other activities include, kayaking, mountain biking, squad biking and a bungee jump from 44m cliff above the Nile.  Have lunch while rafting provided by the rafting company. Come back in the evening with yet new stories to tell. Go to your hotel leisure and have dinner.

Day 19: Source of the Nile and Mbale

After breakfast drive to the source of the longest river in Africa the Nile river. The source of the Nile eluded too heavily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victoria age. The desire to uncover this geographical holy creel inspired the epic journeys of exploration under taken by Dr. Livingston, HM Stanley, Burton and Speke. It was Speke on a pioneering 1862 expedition around Lake Victoria who first controversially suggested that a small water fall flowing north words out of Lake Victoria might be the legendary source spring to the mighty Nile River, a theory that was confirmed by Stanley more than ten years later. Take a canoe for one hour ride to see the actual source of the Nile.

Day 20: Entebbe Airport

You shall be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your flight and to say goodbye to Uganda with new stories to tell over to your friends back home.