Pearl Of africa

12 Days 1+

HIGHLIGHTS

Game drives (safaris) on the savannahs of Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park, an experience you will never forget!

Rafting

See the source of the Nile in Jinja. If you dare you can go for rafting on the Nile.

Transportation

Transportation in 4*4 safari Vehicle with a pop up roof.

Visit Locals

Visit the local people and/or the pygmies and experience their local way of living.

Botanical Gardens

Visit the beautiful Entebbe Botanical Gardens and experience nature’s true calm.

Trip Itinerary

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FB= Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

BB= Bed & Breakfast

Day 1 - Arrival in Uganda

Today you will arrive at Entebbe airport and you will be welcomed by your safari guide. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have an optional city tour of Entebbe town. Entebbe was the colonialists’ administrative center and has many buildings that date over half a century ago. The name Entebbe means “the chair” in Luganda, which is the local language of the area. You may also choose to visit Entebbe botanical gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education centre (Entebbe Zoo).

Protea Hotel Entebbe (BB)

Karibu Guest House (BB)

Airport Guest House (BB)

Day 2 - Drive to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhinos sanctuary

This morning you will start your safari by driving to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a two-hour drive from Kampala, along the road on the way to Murchison Falls National Park. Ziwa Rhinos is home to the only remaining rhinos in the country after the animals were extinct in the wilderness. You track the rhinos and visit the information centre and craft shop. The bird life on the ranch is abundant, with even the rare shoebill stork present in the Lugogo Swamps. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary offers peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon we will visit the “top of the falls” for your chance to view the magnificence of the Nile. The park is cut into half by the famous River Nile where it has to squeeze itself through the legendary Murchison Falls, an impossibly narrow 7 m gap in a cleft rock creating a powerful explosion of white water.

Baker’s Lodge (FB)

Murchison River Lodge (FB)

Heritage Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 3 - Morning game drive and afternoon Boat ride

After an early breakfast, proceed for a game drive. Elephant, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, bush duiker, warthog and bushpig. Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. The boat will stop just tens of metres from the sinister, frothing and bubbling base of the falls.

Baker’s Lodge (FB)

Murchison River Lodge (FB)

Heritage Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 4 - Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and tea fields along the way.

Ndali Lodge (FB)

Primate Lodge (FB)

Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 5 - Chimpanzee trekking and visit Bigodi swamp

After breakfast you will embark on the search for chimpanzees in Kibale Forest national park. The park is also home for 10 other primate including l’ hoestes, red colobus, blues, red tailed and gray – cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. In the afternoon you will visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to search for smaller mammals and primates. Look out for the rare red colobus monkey and the sitatunga. The guided 4.5km circular trail through the swamp is also one of the best guided bird trails in East Africa as well as offering a realistic opportunity to see up to six different primate species in a space of a few hours. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters.

Ndali Lodge (FB)

Primate Lodge (FB)

Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 6 - Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, evening Game drive

Morning Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Along the way you will pass via the crater region and enjoy numerous photography opportunities. You will have an evening game drive enroute which may be rewarded with views of lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species.

Mweya Lodge (FB)

Marafiki Lodge (FB)

Simba Camp (FB)

Day 7 - Morning game drive and afternoon boat ride

Early in the morning you will set out for a game drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori mountains as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. In the afternoon you will enjoy the unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. 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 offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.

Mweya Lodge (FB)

Marafiki Lodge (FB)

Simba Camp (FB)

Day 8 - Drive to Ishasha Sector Queen Elizabeth

After breakfast you will transfer to Ishasha Area of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will have game drives in Ishasha sector, home to the famous [tree-climbing lions] and the large herds of game. The scenic beauty, the size of the euphorbias and combination of riverine forest, Savannah plain and equatorial forest makes this a memorable day, only found in Africa.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp (FB)

Enjojo Lodge (FB)

At The River Ishasha Camp (FB)

Day 9 - Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

Drive through the “Switzerland of Africa” area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Lake Bunyonyi. You will proceed to your accommodation at Africa’s Second deepest Lake.

Birdnest Resort (FB)

Birdnest Resort (FB)

Birdnest Eco Overseas (FB)

Day 10 - Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

Begin your gorilla trekking Journey in the morning with an early morning drive in the mist of Africa’s Switzerland to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, and set off into the tangled and mist-shrouded forests with guides and trackers who are very experienced at locating the gorillas by finding the nest the family had used the previous night. The search for these majestic animals goes through thick untamed rainforest, where you’ll be scrambling over mossy rocks and through deep undergrowth and it can be arduous at times, but the encounter is worth the effort. Watching gorillas in their natural habitat is a memory that will last a lifetime. The experienced ranger guides will willingly share with you a lot of information about history and lifestyle of the Gorillas. After spending an hour with the gorillas we head back to the lodge and relax.

Birdnest Resort (FB)

Birdnest Resort (FB)

Birdnest Eco Overseas (FB)

Day 11 - Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, evening game drive

After an early breakfast,Take out Doungout canoes for a feel of Bunyonyi’s calm waters with lots birds an otters that you are likely to see, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy an evening game drive on your way into the park. Drive along the Lake and stand chance to see herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and eland. Birdwatchers will enjoy some of the 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown faced Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola and White winged Warbler.

Mihingo Lodge (FB)

Rwakobo Rock (FB)

Arcadia Cottages (FB)

Day 12 - Morning nature walk, return to Entebbe and departure

Early in the morning you will proceed for a morning nature walk under the escort of an armed ranger. Enjoy the sights of animals including close encounters with herds of Zebra and antelopes. You will return to the lodge for breakfast and later depart for Entebbe where you will take your flight back home. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs.

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