Looking for a unique experience? Visit the reintroduced white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Have an early morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park to find the rare Rothschild’s giraffe and the fastest monkey in Africa, the patas monkey. Relax during an afternoon boat trip to the mighty Murchison Falls. Enjoy a walk through Bigodi Swamp and see wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest during an exciting chimp walk. Observe African fish eagles during the Kazinga Channel boat trip and look for the seldom seen giant forest hog and leopard while having a game drive in the late afternoon in Queen Elizabeth NP. Have a unique close encounter with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National park and choose between a relaxing day in Travelers Rest in Kisoro or climb the three peaks of Mount Sabinyo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls
Arrival and Pick up at Entebbe International Airport or any preferred location in Uganda Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. We will stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos and also have Lunch here before continuing via Karuma Bridge to reach later in the afternoon at Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries. The day will close with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile and the evening coming with all the calmness of an African night. Diner and Overnight at Nile Safari Lodge
Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park
Early Morning Breakfast as early as 6:00am The day will be spent viewing game around the park and along the Nile. We will leave early in the morning (if staying at Nile Safari Lodge or Red Chili Paraa we will cross the Nile with the ferry at 7.00am) and go on a game drive from 8.00am to 12.00noon, seeing several animals including lions and giraffes. In the afternoon (2.00pm to 5.00 pm) we will go on the impressive launch trip on the Nile, up to the falls, giving you a chance to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and plethora of birds!
Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Early in the morning we will leave for Kibale NP. We will pass close to Lake Albert: on a clear day the view from the top of the Albertine rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, where we shall have a relaxed tropical rainforest night.
Day 4: Chimp Walk
At 8.00am we will start with the 4 hour chimp walk – during which you may also get to see 10 other primates! Kibale Park is also known for butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp and later on return to your accommodation facility.
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning we will leave for Queen Elizabeth NP. We will travel through Fort Portal and reach The Bush Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP at midday, with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. You will check in at your accommodation and have lunch, and in the late afternoon (4.00-7.00pm) we will go on a game drive through the Crater track.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the programme is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside. In the evening we will go on a game drive to the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs.
Day 7: Transfer to Kisoro
Early in the morning we will leave for Kisoro. We will travel via Kabale and continue through a beautiful landscape also defined as the “Switzerland of Africa”: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay at the famous Travelers Rest Hotel. In the 1960’s the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fosey visited the Travelers Rest Hotel many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Fosey said about the hotel: “It was my second home”. Travelers Rest Hotel is just outside Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for the tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance.
Day 8: Gorilla Tracking
The day of Gorilla tracking (NB: this can also be on Day 9 depending on the availability of the permits).You will travel by car from Travelers Rest Hotel in Kisoro to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable NP (1hr), or to Mgahinga Gorilla NP (40min). Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended. It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Stella and Trudy’s story: “At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”
Day 9: Kisoro
This will be spent in and around Kisoro, with Travelers Rest Hotel as the home base. In Kisoro we have developed a number of very interesting activities in close collaboration with local organizations and the National Park. All the activities can be done individually or in groups. They include: Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga (1 day) NB: The gorillas in Mgahinga move around so the Uganda Wildlife Authority doesn’t sell permits in advance – you have to take your chance once you are in Kisoro.
Day 10: Departure
Early in the morning after breakfast you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for a flight.