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UgandaMountains, savannahs and national parks

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Uganda is situated right on the Equator. With its 20 million inhabitants it is a large country of savannah grasslands dotted with lakes and papyrus marshes. Uganda is also the land of the Rwenzori Mtns, the famous “Mountains of the Moon” with their snow-capped peaks; of the western branch of the Rift Valley with its sparkling lakes; of impenetrable forests of jungle vegetation; of hills that have ...

Uganda is situated right on the Equator. With its 20 million inhabitants it is a large country of savannah grasslands dotted with lakes and papyrus marshes. Uganda is also the land of the Rwenzori Mtns, the famous “Mountains of the Moon” with their snow-capped peaks; of the western branch of the Rift Valley with its sparkling lakes; of impenetrable forests of jungle vegetation; of hills that have been cultivated with care by meticulous local farmers, of vast stretches of grassland used by the proud nomadic herdsmen of the Banyankole tribe; of tea plantations whose endless green carpet stretches to the distant horizon. The national parks scattered throughout the country are home to an unparalleled abundance and variety of wildlife. It is not, therefore, without good reason that it had so impressed Winston Churchill, who referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa” in the heart of the British Empire.

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Trip highlights
  • Savannah
    Savannah
  • Safari
    Safari
  • Jungle
    Jungle
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • Mountain
    Mountain

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Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport

Arrive at Entebbe Airport, probably the friendliest in Africa, met by our driver guides. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Visited:
Entebbe
Accommodation
Hotel No.5 (Entebbe)

Day 2: Entebbe - Mabamba - Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast to drive to The Mabamba Swamps west of Entebbe is one of the best and most convenient places to see the elusive Shoebill. After a few minutes in a small canoe the papyrus reeds opens up into a flat grassy wetlands where a number of Shoebill can regularly be seen.


The bird is easiest seen in the morning when they stalk their main prey, the mudfish or frogs, but may be spotted all day. They may stand absolutely still for long periods awaiting the movements of their prey and then suddenly strike with a marvellous speed.


Although one can reach Mabamba by road we highly recommend the boat tour across Lake Victoria. Reaching Mabamba by boat, rather than by car, gives you an opportunity to see many of the birds that you may otherwise miss. Sometimes even the shoebill may elude you in the canoes only to be seen as you approach, or leave, by the bigger boat.


Departure heading west for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch along the way. Lake Mburo national park is located in Western Uganda about 230km from Kampala, making it the closest national park compared to all the national parks in Uganda. The park has a variety of animals such as zebras, impala, buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles, and for the birding enthusiasts, this is almost a haven with over three hundred (300) bird species. After settling in to your accommodations.

Visited:
Entebbe, Mabamba, Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation
Night at the Rwakobo Rock (Mburo)

Day 3: Natural walk in Lake Mburo National Park - Queen Elisabeth National Park

Safari walking exposes travellers to nature of the trail providing them with an opportunity to spot exceptional nature insights. The visitors explore this loop on foot at their own pace accompanied by an armed ranger. It is just to say that the most alluring and unique activity in Lake Mburo National Park is the safari walk simply because you are permitted to walk anywhere in the whole park without any confines of the vehicle. This gives tourists the unique opportunity to get out and about and absorb the wonders of the African jungle. Your safari guide will usually identify interesting insects, talk about enchanting plants, and discuss the ecosystem and also sometimes trekking some of the larger animals. It’s a great form to appreciate the tiny wildlife, which can’t be easily seen from a vehicle.


There are different trails that you can follow during these game walks in Lake Mburo national park. At Rwonyo, this guided walk will lead you to a salt lick where a variety of animals is attracted to the salty rocks. The trail to the western side of the lake begins at 7 am and usually takes approximately 2 hours. This early morning of the day, you may encounter hyenas returning to their dens and hippos heading to the lake. Walks through the woodland allow one to sight forest birds and mammals, and the hike to the top of the hill rewards visitors with an eye catching view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes. It is such a rare experience to be able to walk in a park amidst the wildlife with a breath of fresh air from the lake.


Afternoon lunch, route to Queen Elisabeth NP along the foothills of Rwenzoris Mountain range. Then you will have dinner and an overnight stay at hotel.

Visited:
Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elisabeth
Accommodation
Night at Bush Lodge (Queen Elisabeth)

Day 4: Game Drive - Boat on Kazinga Channel

A game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park will be highly rewarding for you will see animals including leopards, elephants, hogs, lions, buffaloes, duikers, hyenas, as well as many antelope species.


A 2-hour boat cruise from Kazinga channel to Lake Edward is taken after lunch. The sail offers an opportunity to see the highest concentration of water submerged hippos at close range, surrounded by over 550 species of migrant and resident birds and crocodiles drinking and resting on the shores. The sail provides an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. Then you will have dinner and an overnight stay at hotel.

Visited:
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP

Enjoy an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s mile in the park. Some of the animals you will see include Cape buffalo, elephants, topis, kobs, warthogs, waterbucks, hyenas, leopards, as well as lions and many birds. Following the game drive, take a trip to Bwindi via Maramagambo and Ishasha. Down the road to Ishasha your chances of seeing antelopes, waterbucks, cobs, elephants, and buffalo is very high. Once you get there you may rest at hotel.

Visited:
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi NP
Accommodation
Buhoma Community Rest Camp (PN Queen Elisabeth)

Day 6: Guide walking from Buhoma to Nkuringo

Buhoma is on the Northern side of the rainforest and Nkuringo is on the Southern side, near the town of Kisoro. The drive between Buhoma and Nkuringo takes about 7—8 hours, depending on road and weather conditions, a more pleasant alternative to driving is hiking though the rainforest. 


A walking safari activity gives you the opportunity to experience the raw culture, the nature and the sincerity of the Ugandan people you meet along the way. We specialize in guided nature walks between Buhoma Village and the town of Kisoro, in south-western Uganda as well as through the dense Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to mountain gorillas, and emerge at the charming traditional hilltop community of Nkuringo, and vice versa.


This experience offers an inside perspective of village life in rural Uganda and highlights the wonders of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and creates experiences and feelings which cannot be found when in a vehicle.

Visited:
Accommodation
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge ()

Day 7: Mountain Gorillas

Have breakfast and transfer you to park offices for briefing about Mountain Gorilla trekking by the park warden then connect to the forest to search for the gorillas. The time taken is usually between 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Meeting the gorillas unexpectedly is one of the most captivating lifetime experiences. You will have a chance to observe and take pictures at very close range. You will observe adults feeding and groaning among themselves. After an hour with the long-awaited gorillas, your ranger guide will lead you back to the starting point where your driver will readily be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge for a restful evening.


Drive to Kabale district to lake Bunyonyi. The lake is located between Kisoro and Kabale in the southwestern Uganda close to the border with Rwanda and it’s believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with the depth between 44m and 900m deep and width of about 7 to 25kms. The driver will drive slowly so you can enjoy pictures of the rolling hills of the region. It’s usually one and a half hours drive with lunch stopover. Upon arrival at Lake Bunyonyi with great scenic views of surrounding hills of the region. It’s usually one and a half hours drive with lunch stopover. Upon arrival at Lake Bunyonyi with great scenic views of surrounding hills, connect for a boat ride/ canoe paddle and visit the main islands including the community. Have dinner overnight stay at lodge as above.

Visited:
Kabale, Bunyonyi See
Accommodation
Night at BirdNest Resort (Bunyonyi See)

Day 8: Departure

After early morning breakfast, embark on a 6-7 hours journey back to Kampala ,  lunch at Equator . Arrive in Entebbe and connect to the airport for your scheduled flight.

Visited:
Entebbe

EntebbeMabambaLake Mburo National ParkQueen ElisabethQueen Elizabeth National ParkBwindi NPKabaleBunyonyi See

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For 2 Adults
SeasonPrice Per Adult
Average trip price
January $3,690
From February to March $3,690
From April to May $3,630
June $3,690
From July to August $3,330
From September to October $3,690
November $3,630
December $3,690

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