9 DAYS MURCHISON FALLS, THROUGH HOIMA, TO KIBALE, THEN QUEEN ELIZABETH, TO BWINDI AND FINALY TO LAKE BUNYOYI THTOUGH KABALE
This safari gives you the opportunity to visit Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo National Parks in Uganda. Furthermore you can visit the Kasenda Crater Lake region and enjoy the scenery around Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. Some of the activities include Gorilla tracking, the chimpanzee trekking, birding and game drives along the parks trails. Lunch cruises are organized in the parks.
Day 1: the marvelous Murchison Falls
After an early breakfast, leave Kampala heading northwest. You will have your lunch enroute and proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, with a brief stop on the top of the falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it squeezes’ through a seven meter canyon. The 43 meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in the spray.
Day2: the boat cruise on the river Nile and Game Drive
Embark on an early morning game drive on the Northern bank where your guide will help you spot a great number of animals and birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side. After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. This is also the habitat for many bird species. The boat leaves you near the falls and you can hike to the top of the falls (optional). It is an exciting experience that brings you very close to the rushing whitewater as it squeezes itself through the narrow crevice below. The resulting mist from the turbulence often produces rainbows. Your driver will be waiting for you here and return for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Fort Portal in the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon
Transfer from Murchison Falls NP driving Southwest through the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley. Lunch enroute and later drive through Hoima and reach the colorful and beautiful town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Toro kingdom, situated in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon,” the Rwenzori.
Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
Due to the fact that primates are very mobile and viewing them is not predictable but forest walk is enriching, activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning and takes about 4 to 5 hours of Your morning will spend most of the in the forest in search of chimpanzees.. This forest is home to large numbers of chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed, grey cheeked mangabeys, birds, and butterflies. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora. After lunch, visit either the Kasenda Crater Lake region or Bigodi community initiative swamp and enjoy the amazing panoramic views. After your lunch drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Have a game drive en-route, Dinner and overnight at the Lodge, with its wonderful location on top of the Mweya peninsula.
Day 5: the boat cruise on Kazinga Channel and Game Drive
Enjoy the unique two hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.
Day 6 – Drive to Bwindi through the Ishasha Sector to see tree climbing lions
With your packed lunch, drive to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the Park in search of the tree climbing lions found only in this area of Uganda. The landscape is open savannah with acacia trees. Have packed lunch. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – The encounter with mountain gorillas
After an early breakfast, you will be briefed by the park rangers before entering the gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is dense and crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, the thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a memorable experience. Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with one other. Dinner and overnight
Day 8: Drive and arrive at the wonderful Lake Bunyonyi
Take breakfast before driving to Kabale through the rolling hills and terraced landscape. This area is referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Lunch at Arcadia Cottages, with its unique and amazing panoramic view of Lake Bunyonyi and in the afternoon, a boat ride on the lake to the various islands is a great opportunity for bird viewing and sightseeing.
Day 9: Transfer Back to Kampala
Make your way back to Kampala in time for you international flight back home.