This 14 days’ grand tour will take you through two countries, first to Rwanda and then to Uganda, and to three national parks famous for their teeming wildlife including the mountain gorillas. You will visit Kigali City as well as Musanze caves and Diana Fossey Memorial; you will proceed to Kisoro Town in Uganda from where you will track mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park; then you will travel to Lake Bunyonyi and to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Kitagata Hot Springs and Karinzu Forest where you will track chimpanzees. The highlights of Queen Elizabeth National Park will be the big game drives and a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel; then you will proceed to Murchison Falls National Park and to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, where you will be treated to a city tour as well as to an unforgettable visit of Mabira Forest and Ssezibwa Falls. You will wind up your tour in Entebbe where you will board the plane for your return flight back home.
21 DAYS UGANDA GREAT EXPEDITION
21 DAYS UGANDA GREAT EXPEDITION2018-04-05T08:26:14+03:00
Day 1: Travel from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala to Jinja.
En route to Jinja, you will visit Sezibwa Falls and go through the huge Mabira Forest to the Source of the Nile in Jinja for lunch and possibly bungee jumping. The high bungee on the Nile is one of the most spectacular sights you can imagine. The view from the bungee tower overlooking the source of the world’s longest river is sensational; leading the jumper to dozens of heavily forested islands with flocks of long-tailed cormorants swimming in the swirling currents below and to a troop of Velvet monkeys and crowds of onlookers cheering from the nearby bar. Retire to your hotel in the evening.
Day 2: Spend the day in Jinja.
The highlight of the day will be to visit Itanda Falls downstream the Nile River, where you’ll enjoy a memorable white water rafting adventure, while swerving through high water waves and currents. After Itanda Falls you may opt for an evening adventure on the live streets of Jinja Town.
Day 3: Travel from Jinja to Kampala and do a city tour.
From the Jinja tour and sightseeing trip you will return to Kampala for a city tour, which will take you to places that include: Bahai Temple, Uganda Museum, Gadaffi Mosque (whose high tower commands the view of the whole of Kampala), Buganda Kingdom Parliament, Kasubi Tombs for Buganda Royals, the Torturing Chambers of Idd Amin and Uganda Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo. You should not visit Uganda and not do a Kampala City tour.
Day 4: Travel from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP)
At MFNP you will enjoy a boat cruise to the top of the spectacular Murchison Falls on this River Nile, as well as bird watching and game drive so that you can see different species of animals and birds especially elephant, giraffe, warthogs, lions and others.
Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park
Stay in the wildlife reserve as you will need to spend another day to enjoy what Murchison Falls National Park has to offer.
Day 6: Travel from Murchison National Park to Kibaale Forest National Park.
After your visit to Murchison Falls National Park has come to an end, you will undertake another spectacular journey to Kibaale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking. When you arrive at your camp, you may take a lunch break and then go for a nature walk in the tropical rain forest which is home to many species of primates and birds.
Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibaale Forest National Park.
If you’re a primatologist, then you are in the right place! Early in the morning you will go in search of chimpanzees. This is a particularly alluring experience to nature lovers, for the excellent chimp tracking and birding experience it provides. Kibaale Forest has probably the highest concentration of primates in East Africa with about 13 different primate species including chimpanzees, Vervet, red-tailed L’Hoest and blue monkeys. After chimp tracking in the morning you should not miss the afternoon primate walk to Kanyanchu River camp, the most popular walk in the park, before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park the following morning.
Day 8: Travel from Kibaale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
En route to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) tour a part of the Uganda countryside that is unforgettable. After arriving at your camp in QENP you may do an evening game drive.
Day 9: Spend the Day in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Enjoy a game drive in the park. QENP is a park with diverse ecosystems, home to tree-climbing lions and leopards, and one of Uganda’s oldest and most exciting parks. It was officially demarcated, along with Murchison Falls National Park, in 1952. The park lies on the floor of Africa’s Western Rift Valley, in the beauty of thick trees, mountains and craters and contains over 95 species of mammals – more than any other park in Uganda. Watch wild game and a wide variety of bird species.
Day 10: Do a Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
Get on a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. The Kazinga Channel is a wide, 32-kilometre (19 mile) long natural channel connecting the two Lakes. This channel is among the most important features in QENP giving a wonderful view of the most important wildlife within the park. Along Kazinga Channel, be ready to watch the largest population of hippos in the whole world as well as plentiful Nile crocodiles, over 380 bird species whistling and winging along making up the beauty of the Pearl of Africa. The shores of Kazinga Channel draw a large number of wild animals, a myriad of bird species, in addition to reptiles throughout the year, with a large concentration of hippos. These big animals can be seen throughout the duration of the boat cruise and particularly close to the entrance of the spectacular Lake Edward. The boat cruise along Kazinga Channel is extremely rewarding and among the finest and most liked launch trips in the country. After the morning cruise, you might opt to take an afternoon game drive and wildlife adventure especially to the Ishasha sector of QENP where there are tree climbing lions and leopards, before getting to your lodge to rest and prepare for the journey the next day.
Day 11: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for Gorilla Tracking.
Today’s journey will take you through the Ishasha Sector of QENP, home of tree-climbing lions. Check-in into the park and into your accommodation at Bwindi ready for the big encounter with the majestic mountain gorillas the following day.
Day 12: This Day is for Gorilla Tracking.
In the morning, you will assemble at the park headquarters for briefing from the park rangers about the do’s and don’ts when you encounter mountain gorillas. You will then proceed for the memorable adventure hiking through the mountainous thick forest, an activity that may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the primates. You will meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour, then descend to the park headquarters thereafter to your Lodge for lunch and relaxation.
Day 13: Bird Watching in Bwindi and/or Culture Walk
On this day, you may go to enjoy bird watching and possibly opt also to visit the nearby Batwa community, where you will be entertained and given tales of the community’s unique culture. As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa were known as “The Keepers of the Forest.” The history of these small-statured people is long and rich. The Batwa survived by hunting small game using arrows or nets and gathering plants and fruits in the rain forest. Some anthropologists estimate that pygmy tribes such as the Batwa have existed in the equatorial forests of Africa for 60,000 years or more. Later you will enjoy dinner at your lodge or hotel.
Day 14: Travel from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Bunyonyi
On this day you will travel to Lake Bunyonyi and the Kigezi highlands. Lake “Bunyonyi” is locally translated as “a place of little birds”; and it offers refreshing experiences ranging from canoeing, swimming, and bird watching. A part of the day can be spent swimming in the lake as the water in the lake is free of bilharzia. The lake lies in the valleys of the Kigezi highlands with a number of terraced hills adding to the scenic beauty of this popular lake. There are several bird species that Lake Bunyonyi attracts including herons, weaver birds, and the grey crowned cranes. The temperatures are quite moderate, and it gets really cool in the morning as mist covers the Kigezi highlands. The quietness, serenity and cool atmosphere plus breathtaking sights of the highly terraced hills and the beauty of the lake are quite magical to experience.
Day 15: Walking, Swimming and Canoeing in Lake Bunyonyi
This day can be spent swimming, walking and bird watching in this scenic part of Kigezi highlands. You may hire a canoe and explore the surroundings hills from the boat, as you travel quietly to several small islands to enjoy the rich birdlife.
Day 16: Do an Afternoon Bird Walk in Mukoni Village
You may start the morning relaxing, swimming and walking. In the afternoon you may do a bird walk in Mukoni village, past small farms from where you can enjoy the spectacular views as you look out for many birds. Generally, 40 to 50 different species may be seen on this walk, including the African hobby, black kite, swamp flycatcher, scarlet – chested, bronze and red – chested sun birds, etc.
Day 17: Travel from Lake Bunyonyi to Mburo National Park.
By travelling at a leisurely pace from L. Bunyonyi to Mburo National Park, you will still have time to do an evening game drive or a boat drive in this beautiful national park. You may opt for an evening camp fire.
Day 18: Travel from Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe via the equator.
On the way to Entebbe you will have a lunch stopover at the equator for a photo opportunity and to watch the famous water experiment. You will then reach Entebbe and check out the Uganda Reptiles Village. It is a sanctuary for snakes and much more. The day will be complete with a drink at Jahazi Grill, which is situated on a cliff above Lake Victoria.
Day 19: Explore Entebbe and the Surrounding Countryside
Enjoy a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). At UWEC you will see a variety of species of wild birds and Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Beacked weaver, African paradise, Baglafecht weaver, Rose-breasted grosbeak and many others. Encounter different species of flycatchers; Red bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and Raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby and many more species including captive wild animals within the zoo. In the afternoon, you may proceed to Entebbe Botanical Gardens along the shores of Lake Victoria for another birding experience. Here, you’ll experience immensely the beauty of nature combined with the sounds of various birds whistling while watching glamorous plants that will make you feel like you’re in the Garden of Eden.
Day 20: Visit Mabamba Swamp
This wetland close to Entebbe is famous for Shoebill Stork and other birds. At Mabamba Swamp, most of the birding is done from a boat, and you’ll look out for the Shoebill in the sky and down in the marsh land. Here you will spot the African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron and Black Crake. Canoeing through Mabamba swamp can usually take you the whole day; however, the experience will be one that you’ll never forget. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Many visitors have opted for a night life experience in the town of Entebbe.
Day 21: Departure
Spend the morning and part of the afternoon walking or cycling in the streets of Entebbe and surrounding beaches. In the evening catch your home bound flight from Entebbe International Airport.