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12 DAYS SAFARI ADVENTURE (1 FREE GORILLA PERMIT)

12 DAYS SAFARI ADVENTURE (1 FREE GORILLA PERMIT)

 

Day 1: To Murchison Falls NP

Early morning after breakfast we will leave for Murchison Falls.

We will stop at Ziwa Rhinos 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

Here we will stay and with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile, the evening will come with all the noise of an African night.

Driving time: ± 7,5 hours

Comfortable accommodation: Fort Murchison (self-contained rooms)

Budget accommodation: Fort Murchison (non-self-contained tents)

Day 2: In Murchison Falls NP

In the morning we will go for the game drive, special are here the lions, giraffes, Elephants, Leopards, Uganda Kobs and many more animals… In the afternoon we have the impressive launch trip on the Nile to the Falls. Hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and many birds will be seen.

Comfortable accommodation: Fort Murchison (self-contained rooms)

Budget accommodation: Fort Murchison (non-self-contained tents)

Day 3: In Murchison Falls NP

Early morning the boat will take us downstream to the delta. The place where the Nile enters Lake Albert! This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. Here is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill stork! In the afternoon is a visit to the top of the Falls, a wonderful view.

Comfortable accommodation: Fort Murchison (self-contained rooms)

Budget accommodation: Fort Murchison (non-self-contained tents)

Day 4: To Kibale Forest NP

Early morning departure for the journey to Kibale Forest! We will pass close to Lake Albert, on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest.

Driving time: ± 8 hours

Comfortable accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Ecosystem self-contained tents)

Budget accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (non-self-contained tents)

Day 5: Chimp Walk and Swamp Walk

At 08.00 we will start with the 4 hours chimp walk. Also, 10 other primates can be seen!! The park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon a walk through Bigodi Swamp (community-based project)

Comfortable accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Ecosystem self-contained tents)

Budget accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (non-self-contained tents)

Day 6: To Queen Elizabeth NP

Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth! Via Fort Portal, we reach midday Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. In the late afternoon, we will make a game drive.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

Comfortable accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Ecosystem self-contained Tents)

Budget accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Non-self-contained Tents)

Day 7: In Queen Elizabeth NP

This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.

Comfortable accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Ecosystem self-contained Tents)

Budget accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Non-self-contained Tents)

Day 8: To Kisoro

Early in the morning, we will leave for Kisoro. We will travel via Kabale and continue 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 us, 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 cosy 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 ambience.

Driving time: ± 6,5 hours

Comfortable accommodation: Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

Budget accommodation: Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

Day 9: Gorilla tracking

The day of Gorilla tracking! (NB: this can also be on Day 10 depending on the availability of the permits). You will travel by car from Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro to the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable NP (1hr), or to Mgahinga Gorilla NP (40min). Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45 am) and at 8.30 am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00 pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

Comfortable accommodation: Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

Budget accommodation: Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

Day 10: In Kisoro

With local organizations and the National Park we have developed a number of very interesting activities:

2nd Gorilla tracking

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda (1 day) If tracking the second time client has to sleep in Rwanda before the tracking date

Climbing Muhavura Volcano (± 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m)

Climbing Gahinga Volcano (± 6 hrs; distance 8km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m)

Sabinyo Gorge (± 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gain)

Climbing the Sabinyo volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, you need to be fit!! ± 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m)

In Magahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) (± 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km)

Bird walk in Magahinga (start at 10 AM, it can take up to 4-5 PM)

Several bicycles ride on mountain bikes. From 25km to 50km. The hills can be steep and tough!

Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bufumbira tribe)

Walk to Lake Mutanda and go canoeing on this beautiful lake.

Or just sit and relax or read a book in the garden of Travellers Rest!!

Comfortable accommodation: Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

Budget accommodation: Traveller’s Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

Day 11: To Lake Mburo NP

Early in the morning, we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, a smaller but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. In the park, we will go on an afternoon game- viewing/drive.

This little park hosts a variety of animals, that is to say, 68 mammal species, including a large number of impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi.

There are 315 bird species including; shoebill stork, red-faced barbet, crested crane, papyrus yellow warbler. The vegetation is a mainly open Savannah of Acacia tree, Olea and Boscia.

Lake Mburo is a natural haven for fauna and flora. The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffalos come to drink during the dry season. Others include; impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi.

The wide variety of resident birds includes Malachite Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, African Fish Eagles, Rufous Long-tailed Starlings, Blue-headed Weavers, Green-necked Doves, Hammerkops, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants and even rare Shoebills.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

Comfortable accommodation: Eagle’s Nest Camp (self-contained standing tents)

Budget accommodation: Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non-self-contained standing tents)

Day 12: To Kampala / Entebbe

Early morning we will go for a game walk. After late breakfast, the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala or Entebbe We will stop in Masaka for lunch and then continue the journey with a stop at the Equator for Tea/Coffee break and buying souvenirs. We will bring you back to the Hotel of your choice in Kampala overnight. If you are continuing your journey somewhere else or back home, we will bring you to the airport for check-in after refreshing from our guesthouse.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

 

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