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17 days/16 Nights Uganda and Rwanda safari.

Uganda.

Detailed Itinerary

01Day 1: Program

White water rafting – Nile river

Meet our guide from Big Lion Safaris and drive east of Uganda from Kampala city to Jinja (2 hrs drive). As you leave the central business district, we shall stop at Namugongo martyrs shrine where the first Ugandan Christian's were killed because of their faith. And Mabira forest, a good birders site and continue to Jinja near Lake Victoria and its here that we find the source of the river Nile, you will enter a boat cruise to the point where the Nile starts. Dinner and overnight at the Gately on the Nile/ Igar hotel in Jinja.

02Day 2: Program

After your breakfast will be transferred to the start off point of your rafting. Today you are going to undertake a wild adventure, and this is water rafting. It's going to be a half day rafting, enjoy the big rapids on the river with the help of your guides. You will also have a chance to try it your way on the river. It's one activity that will leave the best memories of your Safari. If you love the thrill of playing adrenaline rush of abseiling, then you’re sure to enjoy water rafting. Dinner and rest at Gately on the Nile/Sunset hotel or Igar hotel.

03Day 3: Program

Transfer to Murchison Falls Park Tour

After your breakfast head to Murchison Falls National Park another destination with alot of scenery to appreciate about Uganda. You will have an enroute stop for lunch in Masindi town. After lunch drive straight to the park, enter the park with another stop at the top of the falls, such that you enjoy the sight and sound of the power of the falls and the river Nile. Dinner and overnight Paraa Safari Lodge/Pakuba Safari lodge or Red Chili camp

04Day 4: Program

Game drive on the northern banks of the river
After your breakfast, you will head out for a game drive in the Northern Nile delta circuit, have a chance to see a high concentration of wildlife. You might spot the leopards along the leopard track, The big Lions in Victoria track,  Jackson’s hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda Kobs because of the many breeding grounds and large families of the Defassa waterbuck, Roth's child giraffe towers, groups of the dainty oribi and buffalo herds. The delta also attracts birders with specials like the Abyssinian ground hornbill, the rare shoe bill stock, the goriath heron, and many more for the bird lovers., After your drive, have lunch at your lodge.

After lunch, you will head out for a boat trip on the famous Nile River to veiw the falls from their summit. Here you get another scenery from a different angle. This boat cruise is relaxing and you will appreciate God’s creation of the Murchison Falls, expect to see the largest crocs, Hippos, and elephants playing in the water. Different birds like the African jacana, crake, African fish eagle, malakite kingfisher, to mention but a few will be spotted.After a lovely encounter rest, dinner and over night Paraa Safari Lodge/ Pakuba lodge/ Red Chili Camp.

05Day 5: Program

Transfer to Semuliki park.

This morning leave Murchison Falls and drive to Fortpotal(8hrs) stopover in Hoima district for lunch . You will pass through the East African rift valley. The western arm of the rift valley extends through  Hoima and the Lake Albert. Reach and check-in at Semuliki Safari Lodge/ Rwenzori Guest view house. You will undertake a Night game drive. It is full of surprises. Often the giant cats are spotted as well as tiny jenet and serval cats. Bizarre night dwellers also show up, such as white-tailed mongoose and slender mongoose depending on the time of year. Return to the lodge for rest

06Day 6: Program

Sempaya hot springs
After taking breakfast, head for a short guided trail near Ntandi, Sempaya hot springs, and the most exciting activity in Semuliki national park. These have an evocative sight featuring hot water oozing out from a wide opening in the ground while shooting up at 100 (Celsius degree). After our nature walk we shall transfer to the caves( amabere ga nyina mwiru) for another interesting cultural trial tour. There is a very beautiful fall which is believed to have happened after a princess breast was cut off by her father. You will enjoy all these stories there. Dinner and over night at Fort motel/ Ducthess in Fortpotal.

07Day 7: Program

Transfer to Kibale national park.

After breakfast head for chimpanzee treking in kibale national park. The highlight of this day are the chimpanzees in the wild, and alot will be learnt about the chimps. Not only them, but there are other primates who live in this forest, like the grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboons, L’Hoest monkey and red colobus alongside the black and white colobus. After the trek head back to the lodge for lunch, relax and you will then undertake another activity which is the crater drive. You will go up to the top of the world. This is one of the the spectacular sights in this area. A cluster of craters lakes was formed due to volcanicity, many years ago.Dinner and overnight at chimpazee guesthouse/Isunga lodge.

08Day 8: Program

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park.
After breakfast, you will hit the road to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will drive through beautiful villages, with prefered stops to take photos in markets, plantations and the community. This will be a short drive (2hrs), seeing the views of Lake George and Lake Edward. The park lies at the foothills of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon.” Check in at Buffalo Safari lodge, Park veiw or pumba cotages. After relaxing, head for the evening game drive where you will see buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes, and elephants along the way as you drive slowly to visit the Lake Katwe town with its gorgeous exhibit of crater lakes. Check out salt mining at lake katwe crater. You will have a chance to see the flamingos at this lake depending on the time of year. Return back to the lodge and rest.

09Day 09: Program

Game driving and boat trip
Rise up early, take breakfast thereafter head for a game drive at the Kasenyi plains, your Safari guide will help out to look for Lions, leopards, bushbuck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes elephants, snakes to mention but a few. A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee-eater along the banks of Lake Edward. This can take you 3-4 hrs. Head back to the lodge for lunch then in the evening go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel (2hrs) along lake George-lake Edward. The kazinga channel joins lake Gorge with Edward. You will have a chance to hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes gaint Forrest hogs, leopards though rarely spotted. Watch birds for birders with over 550 resident species like flamingos, red chest, Papyrus Gonolek, pink-backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, pink-backed pelicans, water thick-knee, yellow-billed stork. Don’t forget your camera. Return to your lodge.

10Day 10: Program

Transfer to Bwindi through Ishasha
Enjoy the sweet morning melodies of birds up in the trees as you wake up for breakfast. After breakfast drive through Ishasha to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. If chance allows we shall spot the tree climbing lions sleeping in the huge fig trees of Ishasha area. Ishasha section is famous for it's tree climbing lions.(you can opt for an additional night in this area). Proceed to Bwindi national park a worldwide recognized habitat for the mountain gorillas. Sleep at enganzi, bakiga lodge or ichumbi lodge or broadbill lodge.

11Day 11: Program

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi.
Take your morning breakfast so that you energise before you head out to the jungle for gorilla trekking by 0800hrs. You will trek through the huge Bwindi forest as you search for the mountain gorillas to observe their behavior, this can be half-day or longer. A packed lunch is recommended to be carried and this will be eaten in the jungle. After tracking, go for briefs visits to batwa(pygmies who lived in the forest before it was gazzeted as a national Park) local community. Then retire back to lodge.

12Day 12: Program

Bwindi forest – Parc National Des Volcans (PNV).
After morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and leave Bwindi for Volcanoes National park. Enjoy the scenic drives through the rolling hills of Rwanda connecting to Volcanoes National park in Northwestern Rwanda. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge/ Gorilla’s Nest Hotel/Kinigi Guest House.

13Day 13: Program

Gorilla tracking in PNV:
Wake up early and enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by tracking of gorillas in the thick forest of PNV. Tracking may take 8hrs of a full day. You may visit the famous Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s’ main and biggest freshwater body. Retire back to the lodge for dinner and rest.

14Day 14: Program

Golden monkey trekking/ Dian Fossey hike – transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, transfer to the headquarters to get ready for golden monkey trekking. Volcanoes National park is home to the highest population of golden monkeys in Africa. Alternatively, hike to the graveyard of Dian Fossey, an American primatologist who lost her life to save the endangered mountain gorillas that were at the verge of extinction. You will later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for dinner and overnight at Rock resort Bunyonyi, accadia cottages or hawk's eye.

15Day 15: Program

Boat cruise & transfer to Lake Mburo.
Today, embark on a boat cruise to explore the different islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Cruise to punishment island where Bakiga girls who became pregnant before marriage would be taken and left to die in isolation. Other islands of lake Bunyonyi include Akampene, Bushara, and Bucuraniko among others. In the afternoon, transfer to Lake Mburo national park. Overnight at Rwakobo rock.

16Day 16: Program

Lake mburo game drives and boat cruise..
After breakfast head for morning game drive in search for Zebras, topis, errands, buffaloes, leopards, warthhogs, waterbucks, girrafes, and ‘impalas’ which are not easily observed anywhere else in Uganda. Kampala the capital of Uganda was named after these beautiful antelopes.Along the Kigambira loop are lakes Mburo, Kigambira and Kibikwa and klipspringers are frequent on the Kazuma track. Near Bisheshe gate there’s a rewarding site for birders. Later go for a boat trip which is cool for good sightings of hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, bushbuck, and the resident otters which are rarely spotted in Uganda. Also, the striking birds which may be seen are Abyssinian ground hornbills, egrets, Ross’ Turaco, Narina trogon, the rare shoe bill stock and herons plus the elusive African finfoot associated with still water below floating branches. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

17Day 17: Program

Mburo and transfer to Kampala..
After breakfast you will have a guided nature walk in the park. With an (armed ranger)This walk will get you close to the game. Learn and interact with these animals. There will also be a chance to spot birds at a closer range. You will then be transferred back to your final destination or airport with an enroute stop at the equator line for lunch.

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Activities
  • Top of the falls viewing
  • Morning game drive
  • Afternoon Boat ride
  • Top of the Falls Hike
  • En-route lunch
  • Chimp tracking
  • Bigodi community excursion/nature walk
  • Evening Game drive
  • Dinner & Overnight
  • Morning Game drive
  • Afternoon Boat ride
  • Equator stop over