Uganda: Discover the Pearl 12 days 11 nights Apes Primates ,wildlife Culture

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 12  days   11 nights Apes Primates ,wildlife Culture  Source of The Nile & The Great Lakes    Murchison Falls National Park – Fort Portal  ,Queen Elizabeth N.P, Bwindi ,lake Mutanda/Bunyonyi,Lake Mburo   N.P Source of The Nile 

Day One   Arrival,Kampala /Entebbe

You are met by your host at Entebbe International airport. Transfer to Lake Victoria Serena , Marriot Protea/Best Western Holiday inn   Entebbe or Kampala Forest Cottages 10 min  (45mins -2 hr drive depending on traffic) .(Dont forget to change money)Check in for Dinner and  overnight .(Bed & Bfst) 

Day  two

Depart for Murchison Falls N.P at 07:00. Make your entry at Kacumbanyobo Gate. Visit the Top of the Falls where The Nile on its tempestuous journey is forced into a narrow  crevice before dropping 40M below in a thundering cauldron; giving birth to scores of birdlife,hippo, Nile crocodile  lying in wait for victims. Check in at Paraa Safari ,Kabalega or Pakuba  lodge  .Dinner & overnight   (5 hr drive) (Full Board)

Day three DAYS HIGHLIGHT- Game drive  ,launch cruise

05:30 Early morning wakeup call and breakfast .Game drive  in time to catch the animals, Ground/ Abyssinian Hornbill, Grey Kestrel, Elephant, Buffalo, Hartebeest, Giraffe, Duiker, kob, Lion and the elusive Leopard. 

14:00 After lunch check out and head for  an afternoon launch cruise- Spot Plenty of Birdlife, Malachite Kingfisher, Fish Eagle, Cormorants, and Saddle billed Stork, Hippo, crocodile,  Buffalo, Giraffe, Elephant  .Anchor 300 M  from the bottom of the falls. Take photographs with the breathtaking falls in the backdrop veering past the canyon where Ernest Hemingway the famous 20th century writer crash landed.Exit the boat at the bottom of the falls and take the trail to the top of the falls where your vehicle shall be waiting for you. Transfer to Budongo EcoLodge for Dinner & Overnight (Full Board)

Day  four  Chimp tracking,  , Albertine Rift

After an early breakfast,check out and head for  chimp tracking. Birding is excellent with the chance of sighting rarities such as the yellow-footed flycatcher, Ituribatis, and white tithed hornbill. Other primates to be seen in the forest include black and white colobus monkeys leaping and chartering in the tall trees as well as the blue monkeys. After tracking proceed to Fort Portal with a lunch stopover in Kontiki hotel or Hoima  Cultural Village  through verdant country side ,traditional homesteads and farms. Dinner and overnight Kyaninga Lodge , Fort  Motel or Mountains of The Moon . (6hr drive). (Half Board)

Day five      Queen Elizabeth N. Park

 08:00After early morning breakfast, check out and depart for Queen Elizabeth N. Park . (there is an option to visit Kibale Forest N.Park for another chance of chimp tracking) Enroute you get to spot the fabled ‘Mountains of The Moon’ past tea estates and Kasese town.Stopover at the Equator for photographs before proceeding. Game drive enroute to Mweya peninsular .  Checkin at Katara or Mweya Safari or Buffalo Lodge for Dinner & Overnight  ( 2hr Drive) (Full Board)

Day six Game drive, Cultural visit

05:30 Early wakeup call   in time for a game drive   in search of predators lions, elephants,Giant Forest Hog, Warthogs, elephants, Topi, Buffalo  the Kob Mating Grounds and birdlife .Options:  Visit  Hamukungu fishing village or Kikorongo’s or,African Art Craft village.Learn the art of weaving  baskets and bowls using natural fibre. Walk through the Katwe Salt mines that have sustained livelihoods since dating back to the 16th C. Cross the mud walkways and enter a traditional grass hut for a traditional  experience. You may also pass the nearby bird sanctuary lake, home to thousands of birds, including flamingoes from October to May.   Return to your Lodge for lunch.

 2:00PM After lunch head for an afternoon launch trip. Up close to a variety of hippo,elephant,buffalo. fish eagle, goliath heron, African Jacana and   Egyptian geese. ‘U’  turn just before the mountain ranges in the horizon  before you return to base (2 hour cruise). Return to Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara or Buffalo Lodge for  Dinner and  Overnight . (Full Board)

Day  seven   Bwindi impenetrable Forest National park  Mt.Gorillas

After breakfast at leisure ,depart for Bwindi impenetrable Forest National park via the Southern ishasha with a chance of spotting  tree Climbing Lions,topi, kobs ,birdlife ,elephant and buffalo .Check-in at Mahogany Lodge ,Gorilla Mist Ruhija  or Silverback Lodge or similar camp Take an optional visit to the local medicineman or visit the waterfalls in the forest.Dinner &overnight.(Full Board)

Day eight  Gorilla tracking

Have an early morning wakeup call at 6:30AM and breakfast before briefing by ranger/guide at 8:00am before you begin our trek. (Dont forget your packed lunch). Depart for Lake  Lake Mutanda or Lake Bunyonyi as you drive through the misty slopes of Bwindithrough Echuya Forest Reserve renown for endemic birdlife . (3-5hrs)Checkin at  Chameleon Hill or Mutanda Lake Resort   OR  Birds Nest or Bunyony i Eco-Resort  if staying at  Lake Bunyonyi .Dinner & Overnight  (Half Board)

Day nine  Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast ,take an island trip  by motorboat.  If staying at Lake Mutanda, your ride to the burial place of Kyangushu will be followed by Mutanda Island, the biggest and the only inhabited one. On a clear day it offers views of Bunagana (Congo border), Lake Mulehe and Bwindi NP. There are also other trails including the village trail and the Batwa tribal trail available on request.  

 

If staying on ,Lake Bunyonyi it offers similar  activities including Island hoping boat ride, visit to Kyevu market & volcanic gas emissions,Bukora cave and abaheshi blacksmiths, local market , hiking and bird watching.  

After lunch at leisure,  head to Lake Mburo National Park  with a  brief stopover at Igongo Cultural Museum.  Game drive enroute Check in at  Mihingo , Mburo Safari  lodge or Eagles Nest  for dinner & overnight   . (3hr drive)Dinner & Overnight  (Half Board)

Day  ten Lake Mburo National Park/Equator and Jinja

08:00After breakfast check out as you game drive enroute .Spot  Zebra, Cape buffalo, eland, topi, or take a guided walk  or a visit to the local herdsmen in the surrounding  villages. Depart for Jinja with a stopover at the Equator. Take  photos astride the Centre of The World. Enroute to Jinja you pass through  tea and sugar plantations and the luxuriant Mabira Forest with a lunch stop in Kampala .Check in at Haven , Nile  or Eden Resort for  Dinner & Overnight. (5-5.5hrdrive)

Day eleven   Source of The Nile

After breakfast , head for a trip to  Itanda Falls   Explore the local villages and main street Jinja. Be on time for a boat cruise at  The Source of The Nile   .After lunch at Sailing Club ,depart for Kampala past fruit markets arriving late afternoon .checkin at Kampala Serena or Fairway hotel or Kampala Forest Cottages for dinner & overnight

Day twelve Departure

After breakfast at leisure, depart for Entebbe International Airport to catch your onward flight. Depending on flight time you may wish to visit the,Kasubi tombs, Botanical Gardens in Entebbe.

Included: Accommodation mainly on full board outside Kampala , transportation with English speaking driver guide, Park Entrances, Game Drives, launch cruises, cultural visits,   1 carton of water Excludes: Visa,   tips, Travel Cover and evacuation fees within Uganda ( $25),chimp tracking option in Kibale Forest($150) ,airport transfers,meals enroute,optional activities ,alcoholic beverages, any items not mentioned above and items of a personal nature.              

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