9Day, Best of Uganda
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to City Hotel for overnight
Upon arrival at Entebbe, you will be met at the Airport by our Igufa Safaris’ representative. Go out on a brief city tour depending on time of arrival as you are transferred to your City hotel in Kampala. You will be briefed on the following day’s program before you retire for the night.
Day 2: to Murchison Falls National Park
Head north after breakfast towards Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP). Visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary along the way where rhinos roam free on a secured 7000 hectares of land. You will be lead in on foot in the company of a trained ranger guide.
Proceed on your journey after a deserved break and lunch at Kabalega Dinners before arriving at the MFNP park gate just outside the small upcountry town on Masindi. Visit the top of the falls where the Nile surely rages as it forces it’s way through an 8 meter gorge before dropping 45 meters. Arrive at your overnight lodge mid to late afternoon in time t appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the African sunset.
Day 3: MFNP Game Drive / Boat Safari
Early start – The best time to view game is before the sun is intense so we start early at dawn when the animals are out hunting and grazing in large numbers. After optional early or to go breakfast, transfer for a game drive to the northern bank/delta of MFNP in search of animals like; Giraffes, lions, Elephants, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck hyena and if you’re lucky, the leopard.
Return to lodge for lunch and thereafter, transfer for a 3hours boat ride on the Nile river to the bottom of the falls that allows you more bird watching and animal sightings like: – crocodiles, hippos and elephants on the river banks with an opportunity to hike to the top of the falls. Return to your overnight lodge after a fruitful day.
Day 4: to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Journey southwest to Queen Elizabeth national park (QENP) via Hoima town through country side traditional homesteads and tea plantations. Arrive in Fort Portal in time for lunch before proceeding to QENP.
Check into your lodge set in the wilderness with a African and trendy theme to make you safari comfortable.
Day 5: QENP activity
After an early morning warm up tea or coffee, you will head for a game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queen’s Mile in search of animals like: lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs and, if you’re lucky the leopard. There are about 606 bird species recorded here. After lunch, transfer to enjoy a unique two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing at close range. Return for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight at lodge. (FB)
Day 6: to Bwindi
Depart QENP sometime in the mid morning for the Ishasha sector should the roads permit. Ishasha is home to the world famous tree climbing lions however, the roads there are heavily affected during the rainy season. It is not known why these wild cats climb trees but it’s assumed that they do so to nap off their meal considering it’s cooler among the tree branches.
Enjoy a picknick lunch close to the DRC boarder before later proceeding to Bwindi where you are expected to arrive at your lodge in the early evening.
Day 7: “Gorilla in the mist”
Today is the big day, transfer to the gorilla tracking information office after breakfast for a pre-briefing. Later a park rangers will lead you into the forest tracking these great relatives of ours (Mountain gorillas); the rainforest is dense and is crisscrossed by numerous animal trails. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas as they interact with each other is a memorable one. After this day’s gorgeous adventure, you will return for lunch (if not parked). Relax and freshen up at your lodge and later depending on your interest, transfer for a short community walk to see these local people’s way of life and cultures or just relax at your lodge the rest of the day.
Day 8: to Kampala
Head northeast after breakfast, departing Bwindi for the city. Your journey allows you an en route lunch break at Igongo cultural center before proceeding to arrive in Kampala / Entebbe.
Day 9: Departure
Depending on time for scheduled return flight home, you will have the opportunity to visit a craft market before transfer to the airport.
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