21 DAYS’ AFRICAN BIG 5 SAFARIS
These 21 DAYS’ AFRICAN BIG 5 SAFARIS takes you to the best tourism destinations in Uganda for exciting activities like gorilla/chimp trekking, birding & wildlife viewing. This tour takes you to most of the country’s national parks like Murchison Falls NP, Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and many more. It begins and ends in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe international airport
Upon your arrival at the Entebbe international airport the main gateway to Uganda, you will meet and get greeted by our company representative who will later drive you to Kampala for your dinner and overnight. However in case you arrive in time you will first enjoy a city tour and visit interesting places around Kampala city. Dinner and overnight at The Lodge (budget), Cassia Lodge, Boma Guest House,(midrange) Hotel Africana, Serena Hotel (luxury)
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park
You will be picked up from your hotel/lodge by our safari driver after your breakfast, and then after you will embark on a transfer to the southwestern part of the country to Lake Mburo national park which is about 3-4 hours’ drive from the capital city Kampala. You will make the first stopover at the Equator crossing at Kayabwe, where you will receive informative talks and snack taking, and photography. The equator is the point that divides between the north and south spheres. From here you will continue on the drive to the park arriving in time for lunch. After assembling at Lake Mburo for an evening boat cruise for an opportunity to watch various species of mammal and birds that feed and live on the lake like schools of hippos, the Nile crocodiles among another wild game drinking on the shores, the African fish eagle, pelicans, Black Crake, Heron, Cormorant among other bird species are present at the park. Retire from the activity and return to the lodge or relaxation, dinner, and overnight Lake View Hotel/Eagles Nest, Rwenyo Tented Camp, Arcadia Cottages Mburo, Mantana, and Mihingo safari lodge
Day 3: Morning Game drive and natural walk
Wake up for breakfast after, enjoy a game drive to explore the striking savannah acacia landscapes with rolling hills marked with bulging Kopje rocks and ancient Precambrian rocks part of the park to catch up with various species of animals, games expected to see include Burchell’s Zebra, elephant, warthogs, eland, Rothschild Giraffes, impala, Uganda kobs, waterbuck, buffaloes just to mention but a few. Come back to the lodge for lunch, after lunch enjoys the nature walk through flora and fauna culminating into a ‘’salt lake’’ where you will be fortunate to see a minimum of 4 different species of animals while they lick the salty soil. Or you will enjoy the Banyankole community tour. Dinner and overnight at, Lake View Hotel/Eagles Nest, Rwenyo Tented Camp, Arcadia Cottages Mburo, Montana, and Mihingo safari lodge
Day 4: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, an evening canoe paddle
After a hearty breakfast, you will be driven to Lake Bunyonyi the deepest lake in Africa, its located in the southwest of Uganda about 4 hours’ from lake Mburo N.P. You will be driven through a green countryside landscape of southwestern Uganda. You will arrive in the afternoon for relaxation and refreshment. After, go for a canoe ride to explore the lake. Retreat for dinner and overnight at. Birdnest at Lake Bunyonyi Resort Midrange/midrange: Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort Budget: Byoona Amagara Island Retreat or Wild Camping
Day 5: Enjoy a sunrise boat cruise at the lake and transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and then after, enjoy a sunrise boat cruise to explore the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi, here you will be able to explore each and every corner of the lake including different islands, with views of different species of birds. After which you will come back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch will be a transfer to Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. Arrive in the late evening for relaxation followed with a dinner and an overnight at Amajambere iwacu Community Camp (Budget), Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort (Midrange / Chameleon Hill Lodge Luxury.
Day 6: Golden monkey tracking or Batwa heritage trail and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
With a relatively hearty breakfast, head to the park headquarters to receive short briefings about golden monkey tracking which are also known as endangered species and known to be living only in the Virunga massif on a world scale. The ranger guide will take you through the forest to begin the activity one of the most breathtaking activities done on earth. Tracking time is unpredictable it can go from 1-6 hours while in the forest searching for them, once they are meet you are strict, allowed one hour with them while taking photography as well as studying their behaviors. The other option would be undertaking a community walk which takes you to meet the ancient heritage of the Batwa that used to inhabit the forest for over 500 years however, they were forced out of the forest for the conservation process. They will entertain you through their cultural dance and music as well as giving you their historic stories. Retreat from any activity of your choice and relax at the lodge followed by a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park. Dinner and an overnight at Buhoma Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Mahogany lodge, Gorilla safari Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Engazi Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Friend Camp, Buhoma Community Camp Ground, Wagtail safari lodge
Day 7: Gorilla tracking and nature walk
Wake up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. The guide will drive you to the park headquarters for registration and also receive short briefings about the dos and don’ts while with these giants. After, set deep into the forest following the ranger guide to begin the gorilla tracking experience. This trek can take from half an hour to 8 hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is needs as well as tracking gears like sturdy pair of walking shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and blouses. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, it’s really a breathtaking moment sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world. You are strictly allowed only one hour with ounce you meet these giants while taking photography as well as studying their behaviors. After this delightful activity, get back to the lodge for late lunch. If you still have the energy this evening, go for a guided village walk to see how Ugandans live. Buhoma Lodge, Chameleon Hill lodge, mahogany lodge, Gorilla safari Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Engazi Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Friend Camp, Buhoma Community Camp Ground, Wagtail safari lodge.
Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park a home to wide biodiversity of wildlife. You will pass through the famous part of the park Ishasha sector, enjoy an en-route game drive, if lucky you will see the tree-climbing lions site in the fig trees or tree branches along with other wild game like buffaloes, elephants, antelopes among others. After this encounter, continue on the drive to Queen Elizabeth (northern section) arriving in the evening for relaxation, at Mweya safari lodge, Katara Lodge, (luxury)Jacana safari lodge, Kyambura game lodge, Ihamba lakeside lodge, Simba safari lodge, Engazi game lodge, (mid-range) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget
Day 9: Game drive and launch cruise
Wake up for a cup of tea or coffee and then after proceed to the savannah area of the park Kasenyi to do a morning game drive to catch up with early animals rushing from their hideouts, games expected to see include lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, waterbucks, jackals among others. The activity lasts 3 – 4 hours after which you return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, embark on a 2 hours launch cruise on the Kazinga channel that connects lakes, Edward and George, the launch cruise gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close like schools of hippos, just feet away from the boat, buffaloes linger in the shallows as well as elephant. The shores are also home to various species of birds including pink-backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed stork, and many others, after drive slowly back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge, Katara Lodge, (luxury)Jacana safari lodge, Kyambura game lodge, Ihamba lakeside lodge, Simba safari lodge, Engazi game lodge, (mid-range) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget
Day 10: Morning Chimp trekking in Kyambura Gorge, and transfer to Kasese
Wake up early for a morning breakfast, and then after you will have a short briefing from the park warden about the dos and don’ts while with the chimps. After, leave for 8:00 am chimp trek in the Kyambura George. The ranger guide will take you deep into the forest to track our close relatives, chimps are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruitful trees or tree branches. Tracking may go from 1-6 hours since meeting them depends on where they spent their last night, once they are met only one hour is allowed to stay with them. After retreating from the activity and get back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch then transfer you will transfer to Maramagambo forest for an afternoon nature walk. The walk is rewarding with sights to very many species of birds and other flora with impressive sights to bat cave where counts of bats thrive along with the python. From here you proceed to Kasese on the slopes of the mythical Rwenzori Mountains commonly known as the mountains of the moon. Dinner and overnight at Equator Snow Lodge, mountains of the moon, Luxury), Ihamba Safari Lodge (Midrange) / Ruboni Community Camp (Budget)
Day 11: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Hiking and later transfer to Kibale National Park
This day is reserved for exploring the legendary mountains of the moon; Mountains Rwenzori is immense to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. The day’s venture is an exciting encounter of the mountain slopes sightseeing the lush flora that have earned it a status as a world heritage site. Mountain Rwenzori is known as the tallest mountain range in Africa since the Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya are free-standing. After almost a full day of activity, transfer to Kibale Forest National Park via Rwimi for relaxation, dinner, and overnight. Kyaninga Lodge, Primate Lodge Kibale, Ndali Lodge (luxury), Chimps Nest Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (mid-range), Rwenzori View Guesthouse(budget)
Day 12: Chimp tracking and Bigodi nature walk
After breakfast, report to the ranger station in Kibale forest national park before 8:00 am here you will first receive a short briefing about chimp tracking and then following the ranger guide to the forest to begin the most thought after activity at the park chimp tracking. These delightful apes more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are magnificent to watch as they squabble and play in fruitful trees or on tree branches. Tracking time is unpredictable however it can from 1-6 hours as meeting them depends on where they spent their last night from, therefore some physical fitness is needed. Once they are met you are strictly allowed only one hour with them taking photography as well as studying their behaviors. Retire back to the lodge for lunch, after lunch, you will go for a guided walk in Bigodi wetland sanctuary to look for more species of primates and birds like the shining blue kingfisher, blue Throated Roller, see various species of trees among many other species plant. Kyaninga Lodge, Primate Lodge Kibale, Ndali Lodge (luxury), Chimps Nest Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House (mid-range), Rwenzori View Guesthouse (budget)
Day 13: Transfer to Hoima take a visit to the Bunyoro Kitara Heritage Trail
After morning breakfast, embark on the transfer to Hoima with a fantastic drive all through including the beautiful town of Fort Portal. Arrive in time for lunch after which you drive to the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom to encounter the heritage of the Banyoro. Here you will be given informative information from the caretakers of the place, explore the Royal tombs where the Kings of Bunyoro lay in rest including King Kabalega who is well known for resisting British rule. Walkthrough Hoima town before you withdrawal for relaxation and an overnight Kontiki Hotel.
Day 14: Hoima to Murchison Falls National Park.
This day will be reserved for a transfer to Murchison Falls national park passing through the magnificent picturesque landscapes of the Albertine rift with views of Lake Albert and the Blue Mountains of Congo. Make a stopover at Kibiro Salt Gardens and hot springs en route to explore the traditional means of salt extraction and how the local people especially women apply their native knowledge to derive one of the fine salts you can ever have. From here you will continue with your drive to Murchison Falls National Park entering through Bugungu gate. Check in to your booked accommodation for relaxation, dinner, and overnight Paraa Safari Lodge, Pakuba Game Lodge(luxury) Nile Safari Lodge, Sambiya River Lodge, Bwana Temba Safari Lodge(mid-range), Red Chill Rest Camp Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget).
Day 15: Game drive and launch cruise
Morning breakfast is followed by a transfer to the northern part of the park for a game drive to catch up with a wide variety of games that live at the park. Games expected to see include elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, lions, warthogs, giraffes, and a variety of bird species. After, take a slow drive back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, proceed for a two hours launch cruise on the Nile River up to the substructure of the mighty Murchison falls for more opportunity to view various amazing species wildlife like schools of hippos, crocodiles, water birds along the river bank lucky visitors can spot the rare shoebills. After the activity drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge, Pakuba Game Lodge(luxury) Nile Safari Lodge, Sambiya River Lodge, Bwana Temba Safari Lodge(mid-range), Red Chill Rest Camp Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget).
Day 16: Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park.
After a heavy breakfast at the lodge, embark on the transfer to Kidepo valley national park in the far northern part of Uganda. The park is known as the largest in Uganda perched in a natural systematic dry savannah overlooking the border of South Sudan and Kenya. Pass through Gulu and Kitgum the areas which suffered much from the Lord’s Resistance Army headed by Kony. However, the area is now free and Kony was fought out of this part of Uganda. Arrive in Kidepo Valley National Park in the late evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight. Apoka Safari Lodge (Upmarket) Nga’ moru Wilderness (Midrange) or Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)
Day 17: Do morning game drive and Karimojong community tour
Early morning breakfast, after embark on a game drive in the savannah landscape of the Kidepo valley national park. Drive to the Narus valley where most of the animals congregate as they come to drink water. Games expected to see include lions, elephants, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, cheetah, warthogs among much other wildlife; you may also come across the Ostrich. After the activity Retreat back to the lodge for relaxation and have lunch. After in the afternoon go for a community walk to Karimojng pastoralist with their exciting custom that surrounds these authentic people. They will take you around their homesteads, cattle Kraals, their cultural Manyattas and they will also perform for you their cultural songs, after come back at the lodge for dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (Upmarket) Nga’ Moru Wilderness (Midrange) or Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)
Day 18: Trek to Morungole Mountains to the native Karimojong
On this day you will hike to the Morungole Mountains where the native Karimojong are known to be flourishing. The native Karimojong are famously known to be the original inhabitants of the area before they were forced to the mountains by the coming of the pastoralist groups. The climbs are rewarding as you will be fortunate to see the remarkable views of the Karamoja plains and the south Sudan Mountains. After the activity retire back to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (Upmarket) Nga’ Moru Wilderness (Midrange) or Apoka Rest Camp (Budget)
Day 19: Transfer to Sipi Area. Do game drive in Pian Upe Game Reserve en route
On this day after breakfast, you will embark on another thriving activity in the Sipi area in the eastern part of Uganda. However, you will first enjoy a game drive in the famed Pian Upe Game Reserve for the opportunity to see more species of wildlife like Jackals, Civets, Spotted hyenas, Servals, Leopards, Wildcats, Vervet monkeys, Patas monkeys, Olive baboons, vervet monkeys, Topi, Cape buffalo, just to mention but a few. After the activity embark on the transfer to Sipi Area .dinner and overnight at Crown’s nest campsite (Budget), Lacam Lodge (Midrange), Sipi River Lodge (Luxury),
Day 20: Trek Sipi falls and then transfer to Jinja
Wake up early for a hearty breakfast and then embark on the hike to Sipi falls. The hike is rewarding with impressive views of the calming water and landscapes including the farmland of the Bagisu. After this wonderful activity, you will drive to Jinja with a fantastic drive throughout including sightseeing of rice and sugar plantation. Arrive in Jinja in the evening check into your book accommodation for dinner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort (Luxury), King Fisher Resort (Midrange), Source of the Smile Guesthouse (Budget).
Day 21: White water rafting and depart to Kampala.
Wake up leisurely for a hearty breakfast, you will head to the Nile River and enjoy a lifetime experience of white water rafting to the bottom of the Nile, the white water rafting is considered one of the best in the world. If not you can go for bungee jumping, the 44 meters jump from above the Nile River. Don’t forget your swimsuit, changing outfit, sunglasses, and sunscreen. After this activity get back to the lodge for lunch and later embark on 3- 4 hours back to Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel, Hotel Africana, Cassia Lodge, Boma Lodge, the lodge
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