Day 1: Arrival into Entebbe
Arrive Entebbe and transfer to the Lake Victoria Laico Hotel for overnight on a bed and breakfast basis. Hotel overlooks the second Largest inland Lake in the World. Meal Plan:Lunch and Dinner.
Day 2: Drive to Kitgum. About 6 hours
Morning breakfast at the hotel and transfer through Kampala. Have Lunch at Kafu and proceed through Gulu to arrive in the early evening in Kitgum. Meals and overnight at the Bomah Hotel. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3: Kidepo National park. About 3 hours with occasional stops
Breakfast and transfer to Kidepo national park . Begin the mid morning game viewing safari on the plains of Kidepo National park. The park guests include notable explorers and renowned personalities like Ernest Hemingway, Sir Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. The morning safari with a ranger guide starts from the lodge as you see Beisa Oryx, bat eared foxes , Leopard, greater Kudu and Lion. Later in afternoon, return to your luxury lodge for lunch and the day at the pool. In the afternoon, you could visit one of the traditional homesteads referred to as manyattas of the Masai-like Karamajong tribes-people who are predominantly cattle keepers or have an evening game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight at the NgamoruWIlderness Camp. http://ngamoru.blogspot.ug/ Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. /timeline_item]
Day 4: Drive to Murchison falls National park. About 6 hours
After breakfast, have a final game drive in the park before driving to Murchison falls national park. Arrive for a late evening game drive through the park and proceed to the overnight accommodations at Paraa Safari Lodge on the banks of the Nile. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 5: Murchison falls National park
Morning wake up and transfer to the viewing deck for a morning breakfast overlooking the River Nile. Later, start a morning drive to the ferry crossing point and proceed to the northern bank with an armed ranger guide who will be happy to conduct some walking safaris at some points in the park. With chilled drinks in the vehicle, you begin the game drive in search of the big Five and other wildlife in the park. Driving through the Nyamsika flats, your ranger guide will be looking out for Rothschild giraffe, African Elephant, Lowell’s Hartebeest, the cute little Oribi camouflaging in the grass and Cape buffalo. Towards Pakuba, the Nile leaves Lake Albert to from the Albert Nile around the Delta area where the rare shoe billed stork stands motionless in the swamps. In the early afternoon, return to the comfort of your top bush Lodge arriving for lunch. You will later drive sail through Paraa along the banks where hordes of Hippo can be seen grunting and yawning in the afternoon heat. Nile crocodiles are also seen basking along the sandy sections of the river. Look out for African Fish Eagle, Long toed Lapwing Plover, Red throated bee-eater, Bush buck, Giraffe, Elephant and Leopard. Later, take pictures at the bottom of the falls near Fajao and return to your Lodge for dinner and Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Drive to Fort Portal. 6-7 Hours
Breakfast and departure for Kibale National park. Meals and overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 7: Chimpanzee Trekking. About 30 minutes from the lodge
Breakfast at the Lodge and proceed with a lunch box to the Kibale Forest National park. This semi deciduous moist forest in the foothills of the Albertine rift boasts of over 12 species of primates which some of which include; blue monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, Black and white guerezacolubus, red tailed monkeys, red colubus, Olive Baboons, Grey cheeked mangabeys and the chimpanzees that have been habituated to human visitation. The chimpanzee troop is mostly in the canopies and tends to feed on the ripening fruit of the fig trees and other trees. They tend to come down on the ground when moving to other locations or when trapping other monkeys that are hunted for protein. In the afternoon, you will have a short drive back through the Craters and return to your overnight accommodation at the Kibale Primate Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 8: To Queen ELizabeth national park. About 3 hours
Breakfast at leisure and finally drive through Kasese and on to the Queen Elizabeth National park. On arrival, you will have a drive in the park as you enjoy a mid morning game drive on the plains of the park. The animals to see on the drive include the Uganda Kob, Bush buck, Deffassa water buck, Ugandan musk shrew, Giant forest Hog and Elephants. The afternoon can be spent at the swimming pool where wildlife on the peninsula can be viewed from here. Elephants and Hippo are most common during the afternoons across the Lake Katwe salt factory. In the evening, have dinner and transfer to your private Luxury Tented Camps overlooking the park. Katara Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National park.
Morning pre breakfast coffee and snacks before a morning game viewing safari in your customized safari vehicle. Depart through the Kabatooro gate and spot herds of elephant feed through the euphorbia candelabra trees. Hyenas active in the mid mornings at carcasses or fresh kills. Later on, maybe spot the elusive leopard or a pride of lions. Check out the crater Lake of Nyamunuka to spot the flamingos and the cape buffalo. Proceed to the Game viewing tracks across the main Kasese road and to the Kob mating grounds for photo opportunities.The Antelopes court, fight off other males and display for the females. It is also here that lions stalk the Kob and hunts witnessed from the safety of your open truck. After the game drive, you depart for the main lodge and arrive for a late breakfast and spending time in your room or enjoying a drink at the swimming pool or spa. Later on in the afternoon, have a game viewing tour of the Kazinga channel. Cape buffalo in large numbers or in solitary herds, crocodile, Hippo in large schools and a host of migratory birds on the banks crowns your day with the guide identifying each and every bird on the water. Eventually, sail back and drive out. Dinner and overnight at the Katara Lodge. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 10: To Ishasha. About 3 hours transit and an extra hour to Bwindi after the tree climbing lions
Morning breakfast and thereafter, check out of the lodge. The four hour road transfer to Ishasha is through the National park. See Elephant, Topi, Uganda Kob, Olive Baboon, Leopard or the tree climbing Lions in the trees along the road. Proceed though the wilderness and transfer to the The Gorilla Tented Camp arriving in the early afternoon for lunch. Later on, spend the evening at camp with a local group of traditional dancers over a bonfire. Meals and overnight at this upmarket accommodation. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 11: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi
The lodge will provide a picnic lunch and bottled water immediately after breakfast. Then transfer to the nearby gorilla park office where the guides conduct a brief on the forest code of conduct. Eventually, start the arduous hike to the gorillas with your tracker and ranger guides. They from time to time stop for the needed breaks and water breaks. The gorillas are located and the viewing takes only 60 minutes before the lunch stop and eventual return. Dinner and overnight at the Bwindi accommodations. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 12: Long drive to Entebbe. About 9 hours
We finally end our Uganda gorilla safari after breakfast and drive through the little Switzerland of Kigezi. The trip winds through the mountainous farmlands before heading to Mbarara for a picnic lunch. Along the way to Kampala, you could stop for some picture opportunities before arriving late in the evening to be dropped off at the airport in the evening. Meal Plan:Breakfast & Lunch.
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