Pearl of Africa full exposure safari
Having a dream to visit and exhaust Uganda’s diversities, your dream will start at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary abreeding ground of rhino in Uganda. Enjoy a stunningly unique game drive on Uganda’s large savannah protected land Murchison Falls National Park and enjoy a boat cruise to the Murchison Falls and the
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Having a dream to visit and exhaust Uganda's diversities, your dream will start at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary abreeding ground of rhino in Uganda. Enjoy a stunningly unique game drive on Uganda's large savannah protected land Murchison Falls National Park and enjoy a boat cruise to the Murchison Falls and the Victoria Nile delta. For bird watchers, the delta has it for you having a fair chance to see the strange shoebill. Tracking in Kibale Forest during a chimp walk and watch species of birds especially in bigodi swamp and smaller primate species when walking in search of Chimpanzee. Look out for lion, leopard and the unique Uganda kob during game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Observe lots of African buffalo, hippo, bush elephant and other mammals when sailing the Kazinga Channel, don’t forget to look out for birds and large nile crocodiles. Meet a small group of chimpanzees in the untouched Kyambura Gorge and look for tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha Sector. Have a relaxing day at Lake Bunyonyi or rent a canoe and watch for otters and birdlife.
Enjoy one of the highlights of this tour: gorilla tracking. Visit the last mountain gorillas in the Afromontane forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and spend an hour amongst these gentle giants. Have an extra day to explore Kisoro and surroundings. Spend time at a coffee tour or climb for example Mount Gahinga. Have to complete this great tour several game drives in Lake Mburo and watch for impala, plains zebra, eland antelope and topi, but don’t forget the wide variety of birds. Have a relaxing boat trip on Lake Mburo and look for the elusive African fin foot and wonder yourself about the large numbers of African fish eagle.
- Airport transfers to and from
- The first and last night in Uganda
- Guide and his expenses
- Ground transportation Vehicle
- Transportation Fuel
- English speaking driver
- Park entrance
- Gorilla permit (we organize it for you)
- Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner
- Bottled water
- Rangers in the parks
- Laundry services
- All activities in Kisoro
- Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
- Any other personal interests
With an early morning breakfast, our drivers to pick you from the hotel or guesthouse and drives you to Murchison Falls National Park. If you had and over nigh in Entebbe, join a busy rushing hour on Entebbe road before jam gets so had to pass through, get out of Kampala city to continue with your journey to Murchison national park. A stopover for lunch in Masindi town, after lunch drive for 90 kms through the park for Paraa lodge. Visit the Top of the Falls, with a wonderful view over Murchison Falls national park and the river Nile. Reach Paraa lodge late in the afternoon, Luxury Tour participants will cross the river Nile by ferry to reach Paraa Safari Lodge. If you’re on a budget tour, we stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos and also have Lunch here before continuing via Karuma Bridge to reach later in the afternoon at Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries. The day will close with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile, and the evening coming with all the noise of an African night. Driving time: ± 7,5 hours Day 1, 2 and 3 Budget Tour: Fort Murchison – Camping
Spend a full day in game drive viewing animals around the park and along the water bunks of river Nile. Leave early in the morning and if you had an overnight at Nile Safari Lodge, Red Chilli or Paraa, you will weak up early enough to catch up with a ferry crossing river Nile at 7.00am to go on a game drive from 8.00am to 12.00noon, this will give you opportunities view several animals types including lions and giraffes. In the afternoon (2.00pm to 5.00 pm) enjoy one unique experience go on the impressive launch trip on the Nile, climb up to the Falls and have the sweetness of the breeze, giving you a chance to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and variety different bird species along the river sides in the water and in the air birds like the shoebill which are all over the place
In the morning of this day, weak up ready for another treat of boat cruise which will take you to downstream of the delta apace where the river Nile enters Lake Albert. It will take you 5-6 hours but it’s worth the time you will spend on a boat, showing you all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds you might ever heard of before in your country and those that you might have read about in some books. Watch our resident birds which are endemic and cannot be found elsewhere in the world but only in our stunning conservation areas, have a great chance to watch the elusive Shoebill Stork. Enjoy the rest of your evening at the lodge after all that long and interesting journey in the heart of Africa
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and prepare to join your driver to depart for Kibale Forest forest national park. Pass so closely to Lake Albert on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular and panoramic for one to have a couple of pictures before the weather becomes un clear, head through various vallies but beautiful, homes of the locals and cultivated lands which will later lead you to join the main fort portal Kampala road. Arrive at Kibale Forest Camp in the afternoon, where you will stay sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest monkeys, birds and other small primates especially nocturnal animals which feed at night. Driving time: ± 9 hours Day 4 and 5 Budget Tour: Kibale Forest Camp – camping
This day is a rewarding opportunity for the chimp tracking. Kibale forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rain forest in search for the wild chimpanzee, having a chance of also seeing red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey and more primates in the park. After lunch, we transfer to the Bigodi swamp for totally different nature walk. The Bigodi swamp walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Dinner and overnight at the safari tents of the primate lodge Kibale.
After an early morning refreshment, organize your luggage’s to leave for Queen Elizabeth national park located in the western ends of Uganda, don't miss to see various ridges of mount Rwenzori on your right as your heading to Kasese town. Travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya peninsular in Queen Elizabeth NP at mid-day time, with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. You will check in at your accommodation and have lunch, and in the late afternoon (4.00-7.00pm) we will go on a game drive since wild animals are already grazing and others hunting for dinner like lions and hyenas. Driving time: ± 4,5 hours Day 6, 7 and 8 Budget Tour: The Bush Lodge – camping
For this day will start early enough with a game drive to have chance seeing wildlife before heading to their hide out's mostly nocturnal animals who feed during the night, head to the mating ground of Uganda Kobs. Keep you eye open to view lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitats before returning for lunch at our camping lodge. In the afternoon we take on about cruise along the kazinga channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel inhabits abundant birdlife some of which are migrants and others resident birds that is sighted, elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling along the lake shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Overnight and dinner at simba camp.
Spend another full day of wildlife in queen Elizabeth park which is more interesting and rewarding in all that yours to enjoy seeing in this savannah. Very early in the morning after breakfast you will be driven to Kyambura Gorge, you will go for a 3-4 hour walk into the Gorge to meet the chimpanzees in their own way of life. After Lunch at Jacana Safari Lodge, we will drive for 2 hours to the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions. Game drive in the afternoon to search for the tree climbing lions as this will be another different experience you will be introduced to in your safari with us.
Drive to Lake Bunyonyi after breakfast, one of the hiden but very beautiful place surrounded by rolling hills of Western Uganda. The road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. Lake Bunyonyi is famous for birds, otters and delicious crayfish. We will spend the rest of the day here, have a swim if you want, try a canoe, or simply relax looking at the over 300 bird’s species you can sometimes see from the veranda (bring your binoculars to enjoy more)! Driving time: ± 4,5 hours Day 9 Budget Tour: Craterbay Cottages
In the morning leave to the Southern part of Bwindi national park. For people who like to walking, the first 14 km is a stunning beautiful walk along the lakeshore and above on the hills which is more inspiring and motivating during your safari. Join your safari land cruiser, the road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. You will be guided through mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest and bamboo forest until you get to Bwindi Driving time: ± 4,5 hours Day 10 and 11 Budget Tour: Gorilla Valley Lodge
This is the day of Gorilla tracking in the gorilla habitants. From Gorilla Valley Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge it is 30 minutes by car to Nkuringo/Nshongi/Mishaya/Kahungye group in South Bwindi. At 7:45 A:M you will be at the Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable NP for pre-briefing and at 8:30 you will start the trek after finding the Gorillas you will spend with maximum 1 hour. All visitors are expected back to the starting point by 7:00 P: M. Being physically fit is recommended since it is a serious trek in search for gorillas. An overnight and dinner at the lodge
Early in the morning we will leave for Kisoro, travelling through a beautiful landscape also defined as the “Switzerland of Africa”: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath you, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay at the famous Travellers Rest Hotel. In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited the Travellers Rest Hotel many, many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Fossey said about the hotel: “It was my second home”. Travellers Rest Hotel is just outside Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for the tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance. Driving time: ± 3,5 hours Day 12 and 13 Budget Tour: Travellers Rest Hotel
Days 12 and 13 will be spent in and around Kisoro, making Travellers Rest Hotel as the home base since its strategic. Here we have various activity options which you can choose to have for the day, all of which can be done individually or in groups. They include: 1. Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga (1 day). NB: the gorilla in Mgahinga move around so the Uganda Wildlife Authority doesn’t sell permits in advance – you have to take your chance once you are in Kisoro. 2. Gorilla tracking in Rwanda. NB: if you are going for the 2nd gorilla trek in Rwanda you will be transferring to Rwanda on day 2 after trekking in Uganda, and spend a night there. After the trekking you will cross back to Kisoro (1 day). 3. Climbing Muhavura Volcano (± 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m). 4. Climbing Gahinga Volcano (± 6 hrs; distance 8km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m). 5. Visit to Sabinyo Gorge (± 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gains). 6. Climbing Sabinyo Volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, but you need to be fit!! ± 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m). 7. Hiking in Mgahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) (± 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km). 8. Bird walk in Mgahinga (start at 10am, it can last until 4-5pm). 9. Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bufumbira tribe) 10. Walk to Lake Mutanda. Visit Python island and go canoeing on this beautiful lake. 11. Batwa Trail: It starts at the base of Mt Muhavura at 8.00 am and finishes by 3-4 pm. You’ll need walking shoes, hat, and raingear, and a packed lunch with sufficient drinks. The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you’ll see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and, above all a home. Along the trail, you’ll fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without a matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions. The highlight of the trail is a descent into the Garama cave, a 200m-long lava tube beneath Mt. gahinga. The Batwa are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama Cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance. The Batwa trail is celebration of the forest culture of the “‘first people. “It is impossible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day’s events conclude with a discussion about the Batwa’s current situation; how it can be improved; and progress to date towards doing so. 12. Or just sit and relax or read a book in the garden of Travellers Rest Hotel! Day 14: Kisoro - Lake Mburo national park Early in the morning you will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, Uganda's smallest savannah but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. Watch mammals like leopards, hyena as the common predators in the park and in the afternoon make a village/cultural walk and visit cattle keepers who rear larger numbers of Angole long horned cattle as their predominant activity. Driving time: ± 5 hours Day 14 and 15 Budget accommodation: Mburo Eagle’s Nest – camping
Early in the morning you will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, Uganda's smallest savannah but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. Watch mammals like leopards, hyena as the common predators in the park and in the afternoon make a village/cultural walk and visit cattle keepers who rear larger numbers of Angole long horned cattle as their predominant activity. Driving time: ± 5 hours Day 14 and 15 Budget accommodation: Mburo Eagle’s Nest – camping
Early in the morning make a game walk, in the afternoon a boat trip on Lake Mburo followed by a game drive in the afternoon or in the evening. This small national park hosts a variety of animal’s species, over 68 mammal species have been recorded including a large number of Impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), plains zebras, Uganda kobs, duikers, bushbucks, topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, Defassa waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. There are 315 bird species on record. The vegetation is mainly open savannah of acacia trees, olea and boscia. Lake Mburo NP is a natural haven for fauna and flora. The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffaloes come to drink during the dry season. The wide variety of resident birds includes fin foots, malachite kingfishers, pied kingfishers, African fish eagles, Rüppell’s long-tailed starlings, blue-headed coucals, tambourine doves, hammerkops, pelicans, herons, cormorants, red-faced barbets, grey crowned cranes, papyrus yellow warblers and even rare shoebills.
After breakfast the last part of the journey will bring you back to Kampala. On the way back you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight. Driving time: ± 5 hours