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June 20, 2019

11 DAYS WILD SAFARI

Written By Amanda .E .N Lwanga

Highlights

  • Kibale Forest National Park – chimpanze tracking
  • Rwenzori Mountain National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – wildlife viewing boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Lake Bunyoni – beautiful scenary

Day 1:  Arrival and Orientation

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport or at a hotel/residence in Entebbe or Kampala.

Day 2:  Kampala/Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park

Depart your accommodations in Kampala or Entebbe at 6.30am for Kibale Forest National Park, a tropical rainforest with lush jungle vegetation and many great surprises. The journey is pleasant through various regions of Uganda with lunch along the way. The Rwenzori Mountains can be seen in the distance as you approach Kibale Forest. Check into your chosen accommodation.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Kibale Forest National Park

Day 3:  Chimpanzee tracking, Kibale Forest National Park

Early morning breakfast then head to the briefing center for your chimpanzee tracking, with a packed lunch. Track through the beautiful rugged forest in search of chimpanzees and other primates, an amazing experience. Butterflies and exotic birds abound in this park too. After the activity head back to the lodge and relax.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Kibale Forest National Park

Day 4:  Head to Rwenzori Mountains National Park

This morning after breakfast, take a scenic drive through crater lakes and beautiful rural villages to Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its ourstanding natural beauty. Arrive in time for lunch, relax and prepare for the next day’s activity.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Day 5:  One day hike Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Early morning hike to Mahoma Lake, a relatively easy walk climbing steadily through the montana forest. There is a steepish climb along the way which requires some level of fitness, however the unique biomes and vegetation is breathtaking and it will be a unique experience. That’s why this place is a RAMSAR site, a Wetland of Internatioal Importance.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Day 6:  Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which covers 1,978 sq km and lies north and south of the equator in south-western Uganda. The landscapes range from open savannah, rainforest and dense papyrus swamps to brooding crater lakes and the vastness of Lake Edward. It’s little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world.

Almost 100 mammal species live here including lion, hippo, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, elephant, Uganda kob, giant forest hog as well as 606 bird species such as black chested eagle, swallow tailed bee eaters, Verreaux’s eagle owl, African skimmer to name but a few. The wildlife is regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula, which also boasts a marvellous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7:  Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning starts with a game drive to the Kasenyi area to look for lion prides and other wildlife. Uganda kobs mate around this area, giving you a chance to see their breeding behaviors. Many animals will cross your path; elephants, antelopes and with a bit of luck also lions or hyenas.

Head back to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon embark on a boat trip to experience wildlife up close; hippos huff and spray mere feet away, buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the river’s edge. Among these are malachite and pied kingfishers, great white and pink-backed pelicans and open-billed stork. With some luck you will even spot elephants on the river banks coming for a drink and a bath. Spend the early evening at the lodge, enjoy the pool which overlooks the Kazinga Channel and observe animals from the pool deck.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8:  Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Naitional Park with another game drive en route showing your the  scenic diversity of the park.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Ishasha sector, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9:  Head to Lake Bunyonyi

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in south-western Uganda, close to the border with Rwanda. One of Uganda’s most beautiful lakes, it’s believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika and it’s name means ‘place of many little birds’. Arrive in time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and have lunch.

Overnight in one of the lodges, Lake Bunyonyi

Day 10:  Return to Kampala/Entebbe

Depart for Kampala/Entebbe with a stop over at the Equator for breaks and some craft shopping.

Day 11:  Depart

Relax and fly out depending on the time of your flight.

Mid-range budget

  • From USD 4,667 per person, based on 2 people sharing
  • From USD 3,890 per person, based on 4 people sharing
  • From USD 3,576 per person, based on 6-18 people sharing

Luxury budget

  • From USD 10,723 per person, based on 2 people sharing
  • From USD 9,890 per person, based on 4 people sharing
  • From USD 7,825 per person, based on 6 people sharing

 PRICES INCLUDE:

  • Full board accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals /meals en route
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle plus fuel
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Driver’s expenses, accommodation and meals
  • Boat tripsand game drives as per itinerary
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Chimpanzee trekking permits
  • Government taxes/levies


Excludes

  • Flights
  • Bar bills and snacks
  • Phone calls/internet
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal shopping
  • Porters fee/guiding carriers
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Any other personal expense outside the above

Note – Safari Classification

Safari classes are classified according to accommodation type. Budget is a simple camping sight with basic facilities and in most cases tents for camping. Medium is banda or cottage accomodation. Luxury consists of travel in high end comfortable safari vehicle, usually a Land Cruiser, five star accommodation with a swimming pool, no less than three course meals.

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