DAY 1: ARRIVAL UGANDA
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, meet our representative English speaking guide, greet and transfer to your hotel for overnight and refreshment.
DAY 2: JINJA TOUR
Today, you will make your way to the second largest town and the colonial manufacturing hub, Jinja. In Jinja the Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea. En-route, you will stop at the Sezibwa Falls a cultural site well known for its terrific falls. As stated by the local convictions this river is believed to have been born by a human being. Proceed to Jinja and visit the source of the Nile. Get to see the spot at which the world’s longest river makes its way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Optional Activities in Jinja
- A horseback safari
- Sun downer Cruise on the Nile
- A day of white water rafting
- A day of white water kayaking on the river
- A visit to Jinja market
- A Village walk
DAY 3: KAMPALA CITY TOUR
On this day, you head back to Kampala for a city tour. Kampala the capital of Uganda is an amazing city seated on 7hills and located in the central region. It is not as advanced as Modern day first world cities but has lots of infrastructural development going on and Kampala’s main tourist attractions are majorly pre-colonial and colonial sites that have a lot of historical attachment to Ugandans. You will explore some of the seven hills of Kampala and visit several places among which include:
- Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine: This is a memorial place from where 22 Catholic young men/martyrs were officially burnt to ashes after rebelling against King Mwanga when he ordered them to stop worshiping the missionary`s preached God of heaven but in vain. Every 3rd June the Catholic Church and their counterpart of Anglican persuasion flock this place from all over Africa most of them by foot to commemorate this day in honour of their Religious heroes. There unique architecture of the temple of worship in this place is stunning!
- Kabaka’s Palace &Parliament: In this palace, king Muteesa II was attacked by Idi Amin`s soldiers forcing him into exile in Great Britain from where he later died of poisoning. Situated on a hill overlooking Kampala, this palace is a symbol of rich cultural history for many Ugandans. Still present are the torture chambers inside which Idi Amin used to tortureany one perceived a political threat. The presence of human blood writings on these wall chambers are a living memory to those who lost loved ones during the dark era in Ugandan history. Still at the gate of this palace is a traditional fire source that has never burnt out since the inception of the Buganda monarchy/Kingdom and shall never stop burning least a king is dead. Here is a representation of all Baganda Clans and their respective role in this Kingdom since time in memorial as narrated by a royalist at this fire source. A short distance away but directly positioned gate to gate is the Bulange- a parliament in which the Kabaka and his ministers have since old days sat to deliberate upon issues concerning Buganda Kingdom. The architectural design of this building has proven a spectacular tour site to many local and international visitors.
- Gadaffi Mosque:This is the biggest mosque in East & Central Africa with an excellent mix of African, Arabic and modern European Architecture. Make sure to climb the 308 steps of the minaret to get the most amazing view of Kampala and its surroundings- It is unforgettable!!
DAY 4: ZIWA RHINOS/ TO MURCHISON FALLS N.P
Transfer to Murchison Falls N.P. En route, trek rhinos at the Ziwa rhino sanctuary. This Rhino reserve is a true success story of the revival of rhinoceros after the extreme poaching that killed the last rhino in Uganda in 1982. Doing this guided trek gets you “up close and personal” to these special animals that are among “Africa’s Big five.”
Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park which is the largest national park and Uganda's flagship with exceptional wildlife. The meandering Victoria Nile and the dramatic Murchison Falls neatly bisecting Uganda's largest park, here you'd expect a wide range of animals and you'd be right. It's a stunning habitat for wildlife and it’s where to go in Uganda for classic big game species.
DAY 5: GAME DRIVE/ BOAT CRUISE
After an early breakfast, you head out on an early game drive while the animals are the most active since it’s not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. This is the best time to spot wild animals. A drive through the park brings you eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there in Murchison Falls National Park!
In the afternoon, a 3-hour Boat Cruise along the Victoria Nile will lead you to the base of the Murchison Falls. Along the way, you will be able to view a wide variety of birds and wildlife; numerous hippos, elephants and crocodiles, as well as breathtaking scenery.
Optional Activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari
Nothing is quite like the powerful Murchison Falls. Flying over the largest protected area in a hot air balloon allows you the pleasure of experiencing her beauty and power first-hand. There is an astonishing range of activities from sunrise/post sunrise, hot air balloon safari with/ without bush breakfast, Sunset hot air balloon safari, short rides for large groups and students and bird-eye view. Experience the wildlife of Murchison Falls NP in a, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of the Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush. Rise as the suns rises and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning take you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below. After a smooth landing you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of sparkling juice before returning to your lodge.
Hot Air Balloon Flights schedule:
- Sunrise: 5:00am – 9:30am (includes bush breakfast)
- Sunset: 4:00pm – 6:30pm
DAY 6: TO KIBALE- AFRICA’S PRIMATE CAPITAL
In the morning you embark on a Safari route to Western Uganda covered in small villages, picturesque green tea plantations and beautiful landscapes of numerous crater lakes of volcanic origin to Kibale forest- home of great apes! Kibale Forest boasts of the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins- the Chimpanzees. At this moment, in Uganda, there are approximately 4,950 Chimps left in the wild, which makes this forest a perfect and best place to spot chimpanzees in Africa!
Day 7: Chimp Trek/ Bigodi Nature Walk
8:00am your chimpanzee tracking excursion will commence.During the excursion, your ranger will point out the other species living in the forest, including birds, flora and fauna Of course; the stars of the show are chimpanzees and nine other species of primate. Smaller than their gorilla cousins but no less charming, intelligent or expressive, chimp families can cover vast distances and the trek in Kibale forest to find them will be filled with all sorts of enchanting encounters. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a nature excursion. Your swamp walk (1- 2 hours) will take you through grassland and some beautiful scenery. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk through the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco bird!
Day 8: To Queen Elizabeth N.P/ Boat Cruise
Head out to Queen Elizabeth National Park - the oldest & second largest National Park in Uganda, located at the base of the massive Rwenzori Mountains, adjacent to lakes Edward& George.The park is covered by Savannah plains that provide an abundance of Game viewing like; Elephants that trumpet when you get too close, lazy Leopards laying in the sun, abundant Gazelle and buck, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos and others
In the afternoon, take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel- a natural channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. View Buffaloes, Elephants, Waterbucks, Crocodiles and the highest concentration of Hippos plus a variety of colourful species of Water birds like Crested Eagles, Pelicans and Cormorants – an Amazing diverse collection of the African animal Kingdom which comes to the waterhole to drink or bathe. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
DAY 9: GAME DRIVE/ NATURE WALK
Goin for a game drive in time to see the sun rise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park; Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc. In the afternoon, you will indulge in a nature walk in Queen Elizabeth N.P, one of the parks in Uganda where it’s possible to go for a walking safari with an experienced ranger. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings, the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.
Optional Activity: Lion Tracking
Get up close to wild African fauna, on this is rewarding adventure that is - Lion Tracking!! This unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park. Using locator devices, you’ll learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior of these great cats. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions! The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Other experiential tourism activities currently available are; Mongoose Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night.
DAY 10: TO BWINDI N.P
Today you transfer to Bwindi National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. You’ll proceed through the breath taking; ever green mountain country - deep to the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders of Rwanda. You will see a great country-side of bamboo forest and have great views of landscape. You later check into your hotel for relaxation.We recommend an early night in-order to be ready for your big day tomorrow.
DAY 11: GORILLA TRACKING
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. You will be required to wake up early in the morning then be led to the visitor’s reception center for a briefing about the park. You are allocated guides before heading Into the forest in search of Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts of both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The Gorillas you will track belong to one of the habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours or more! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’
DAY 12: TO CYANIKA BOARDER/ DEPARTURE
On this day, you’ll bid farewell to the beautiful ‘Pearl of Africa’.
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!!