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On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight in BB to the hotel.
Overnight at: Cassia Lodge / Boma Hotel. BB
After breakfast, drive eastwards to Jinja, town on the shores of Lake Victoria where you find the source of the Nile, discovered by J. Speke in 1864. nOptional recommended: For lovers of water sports and nature, do not miss the opportunity to go white water rafting along river Nile for Half Day, one of the most exciting and safest in the world. You can also choose among other activities like “quad” riding, boat trips on the Nile, mountain bike cycling and horse riding. Lunch included.nVisit the source of the river Nile. Proceed to Mount Elgon at Sipi Falls, for dinner and overnight at Sipi River Lodge.
Full BoardnNote: we advise to book in advance the optional activities above mentioned. Today transfer is about 4 hours along tarmac roads.n
Overnight at: Sipi River Lodge. Full Board
After an early breakfast, you will trek through the Sipi Falls, characterised by four spectacular falls along river Sipi, flowing down the Mount Elgon. The area is particularly panoramic with view of the Karamoja valley. The activity will take you through the daily life of a typical African village. Lunch and in the afternoon proceed the journey to Lira, one of the capital towns of the Acholiland, in the direction to Kidepo National Park. Stop over is made at the archaeological site of Nyeru Rock Painting near Kumi.
Dinner and overnight at Lilian Towers Hotel / Brownstone Country Guest House. Full BoardnnNote: Today transfer is about 3 hours along tarmac roads.n
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Lilian Towers Hotel / Brownstone Country Guest House. Full Board
After an early breakfast, the trip proceeds northwards to Kidepo Valley National Park. This park is named after the river traversing this region at the border between Sudan and Kenya. This is one of the most unspoilt, pure wild places remaining in Africa.
Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge (C) (supplement for Apoka Safari Lodge) or Ngamooru Tented camp/UWA bandas (E). The bandas are modest but comfortable, with hot water and basic modern facilities. Mostly, the touch and immersion in the nature of the park is a guarantee. Full BoardnnNote: Today transfer is very long through the dirt roads of Karamoja.nn
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge (C) (supplement for Apoka Safari Lodge) or Ngamooru Tented camp/UWA bandas (E).
After breakfast take a photographic game drives along the trails of the national park and expect to explore the region of the river Narus valley. Kidepo contains one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan parks, with over 80 species of mammals several of which restricted only to Kidepo, like cheetah, striped hyena and caracal. The bird list boasts over 465 species. A part from the game drive, on request a visit to the local Karimojong homestead or “manyattas” can be organized.
Overnight at: Full board and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge (C) (supplement for Apoka Safari Lodge) or Ngamooru tented camp/UWA bandas (E). Full Board
After breakfast, last game drive or activity in Kidepo National Park. Proceed in the direction of Murchison Falls National Park, the biggest national park of Uganda. The distance is long therefore another stop over is needed in between. Lunch en route.
Arrive in the afternoon in Gulu, dinner and overnight.nNote: Today transfer is long, about 3 hours drive on dirt roads. If you like, today you can be accommodated at the Cottages of Comboni Good Samaritans of Gulu and see their social projects in handicraft, tailoring, education and other projects.
Overnight at: Bomah Hotel / The Pagoda. Full Board
After breakfast, transfer to Murchison Falls national park. Arrive in time for lunch at the lodge. The first photographic safari is in the afternoon. nNote: Today transfer is long, about 2 hours drive on dirt roads.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Murchison River Lodge (C) or Pakuba safari Lodge (E). Full Board
After breakfast, you will embark on an early morning game drive to explore the savannah in the Northern bank of the Nile. Among other animals in the wild, you might find elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, oribis, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and leopards. Drive back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, take another fascinating safari by boat along the magnificent river Nile to the base of the Murchison Falls.
It is amazing the concentration of wildlife in the bank of the river Nile, including hippos and many crocodiles, plus a variety of birds species. The trip will end with the trekking to the “top of the falls”, where the river Nile creates a narrow canyon of thunderous water large only 7 meters and it drops for over 43 meters. Enjoy this magnificent nature and the rainbow from the water.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Murchison River Lodge (C) or Pakuba Safari Lodge (E). Full Board
After breakfast you leave the National Park heading southwest along the Lake Albert and Rift Valley escarpment, with breathtaking panoramic sceneries.
Pass via Hoima the capital town of Bunyoro kingdom, one of the oldest in Uganda. Stop over for a cup of coffee and lunch en route. Drive to Fort Portal the capital town of Tooro kingdom which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains, the biggest mountain range in Africa. nNote: Today transfer is about 7 / 8 hours drive, through dirt road and the conditions are variable according to the rains. n
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Crater Safari Lodge / Primate Lodge (standard cottage) (C) or Isunga Lodge / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (E). Full Board
After breakfast, today you go for a nature walk in Kibale Forest National Park for experiencing the rain tropical forest, birding and especially as you encounter the chimpanzees in their natural environment. Other primates you might see include black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and velvet monkey.
After lunch, the journey through Uganda proceeds to the “pearl” of the national parks, Queen Elizabeth, which lies between Lake George on the East, Lake Edward on the West and the Rwenzori Mountains on the North. Have a game drive in the evening as you enter the park.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight, Mweya Safari Lodge /Makize Valley Lodge (C) or Ihamba Safari Lodge / Enganzi Lodge (E). Full Board
After a cup of coffee, go for a game drive experience along the tracks of the national park, in the Northern side towards Lake George and Kasenyi village. You might see lions, elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, perhaps the leopard though is shy and rare to be seen.
Lunch. In the afternoon, take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, bird’s life and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants while drinking from the channel. In the evening short transfer to the Ishasha sector of the park.
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge. Full Board
After breakfast the exploration of the park continues in the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth, Ishasha. Take a game drive in search for the “tree climbing lions” which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. See also herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. Lunch. Proceed where you find the rain tropical forests which are the natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas. You will reach an altitude of up to 2300 m above sea level in Bwindi.
The choice of the area of the “gorilla safari” depends on the availability and allocation of the permits for this activity. Arrive in Bwindi National Park for dinner and overnight.nNote: Today transfer is variable, according to the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions. nn
Overnight at: Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge (C) or Bakiga Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board
In the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the permits. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 370 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs.
Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and for this you might need the support of available porters. nDinner and overnight, Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge (C) or Bakiga Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full BoardnNote: In case of Bwindi Jungle Lodge, we also offer a boat trip on Lake Mulehe where the lodge is located, with birding and nature walk, according to the time available.n
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight, Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Bwindi Jungle Lodge (C) or Bakiga Lodge / Gorilla Valley Lodge (E). Full Board
After breakfast, optional, you can enjoy a walk in the nature of Echuya Forest, to encounter the Batwa pigmy’s and to learn about their history, traditions and culture. lunch. In the afternoon proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest of Ugandan National Parks. As you enter, go for game drive in search for the beautiful impalas, elands, topi and many antelopes, buffaloes, zebras.
Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge / Mantana Mburo Tented Camp (supplement for Mihingo lodge) (C) or Mpogo safari lodge (E). Full BoardnNote: Today transfer is about 4 hours drive, through tarmac roads.n
Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge / Mantana Mburo Tented Camp (supplement for Mihingo lodge) (C) or Mpogo safari lodge (E). Full Board
After the last game drive in the park (or optional nature walk in the park), the journey ends back to Entebbe. Lunch en route. Reserved for departure from Entebbe International airport. Half Board
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Bwindi Jungle Lodge