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21 Day This is Uganda! Safari (medium)

 

1. Kampala – Cassia/ Le Petit Village or Ziwa Ranch (3 h north of Kampala)
2. Kitgum – Fugly’s (8 h or 6 h depending where you stay)
3. Kidepo NP - Nga’ Moru (4 h)
4. Kidepo NP - Nga’ Moru
5. Murchison NP - Bwana Tembo (8 h)/ Murchison River Lodge/ Fort Murchison
6. Murchison NP - Bwana Tembo/ Murchison River Lodge/ Fort Murchison
7. Hoima - Kon Tiki (7 h)
8. Kibale – Chimps Nest/ Nyinabulitwa (6 h)
9. Kibale – Chimps Nest/ Nyinabulitwa (Chimp Tracking + Bigodi Swamp Walk)
10. Queen Elizabeth NP - Bushlodge (Gamedrive) (4 h)
11. Queen Elizabeth NP - Bushlodge (Gamedrive + Boat)
12. Queen Elizabeth NP - Bushlodge (Chimps + Craters+ Baboon Cliffs)
13. Ishasha - @ The River (3 h)
14. Bwindi NP - Mutanda Resort/ Nkuringo Camp (7 h) or Bakiga Lodge (5 h)
15. Bwindi NP - Mutanda Resort/ Nkuringo Camp (Nkuringo) or Bakiga Lodge (Ruhija)
16. Lake Bunyonyi – Birdsnest (3 h)
17. Lake Bunyonyi – Birdsnest
18. Lake Mburo NP – Mihingo (5 h)
19. Lake Mburo NP – Mihingo
20. Nile South of Jinja - The Haven (7 h)
21. Nile South of Jinja - The Haven (rafting/quad biking/horse riding)

Day 1 – Kampala or ZIWA Rhino Sanctuary

Depending on the time of arrival, you will either spend your first night in Kampala or head north to ZIWA Rhino Sanctuary. This is the only place in Uganda where you can actually still see Rhinos. The last Rhino in Uganda was hunted down in the 80’s and this is the first attempt to reintroduce these amazing beasts back into the wild. You have the opportunity to go on a walking safari through the sanctuary and come face to face with the rhinos, who are well used to people by now.

Day 2 –Kitgum, Fugly’s Guest House:

After an early rise, the road takes us into the north. In a town called Kitgum, we will spend the night in a cozy little hotel. Good food and ice cold drinks are just what is needed after a long, dusty road.

Day 3 –Kidepo Valley National Park, Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp:

Today’s road is by far shorter than yesterday’s, and the scenery while approaching Kidepo Valley is stunning. Rugged mountains and sparse vegetation calls for unique survival techniques from the local population, who struggle to make a living up here. Our destination for today is Nga Moru Wilderness Camp, conveniently situated right on the border of the Natiobnal Park. Nga Moru means “The Place of Rocks” in the local Karamojong language, and it truly is a camp in the middle of the wilderness. It was built on a little hill overlooking the savannah, which is at times also favoured by a pride of lions. So please no strolls around your rooms at night.

Day 4 – Kidepo Valley National Park, Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp:

An early morning game drive is an exciting way to start the day. Compared to other parks in East Africa you are unlikely to see any other vehicles. You will probably have the whole park to yourself and be able to explore in complete peace. Animals in Ugandan national parks are not collared and radio tracked so you really have to use your eyes to look for them and the knowledge of your guide to find them. It’s far more exciting this way. You are likely to see enormous herds of buffalo, Elephant, lion, Burchell’s zebra, Rothschild giraffe, many more plains game and if you’re lucky cheetah.

Day 5 – Murchison Falls National Park, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp:

We leave Kidepo in the morning, have a short stopover in Kitgum for lunch and then proceed to Bwana Tembo on the northern edge of Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge overlooks the River Nile on a calm stretch just after leaving Lake Albert. It is run by an Italian family, so look forward to delicious homemade pasta.

Day 6 – Murchison Falls National Park, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp:

After breakfast we are heading out onto a gamedrive into the Buligi and the Nile Delta further north in the park.

Being the largest national park in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is home to some of Uganda’s largest Elephants, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Uganda Kob, Cape Buffalo, Oribi, Jackson’s Hartebeest and many more. Also lions, spotted hyena and leopards can be seen, especially in the delta area in the northern sector of the park. Birdlife is stunning and even include sightings of the rare Shoebill.

In the afternoon, we will take a boat along the river Nile towards the falls. Being the largest cataract on one of the world’s most famous rivers, the sheer magnitude of the mighty Nile forcing itself through the narrow gap before crashing down 40 meters is bound to impress!

We will be back at the lodge in time for sundowners.

Day 7 – Hoima, Kon Tiki Hotel:

The long route from Murchison Falls National Park to Fort Portal is best broken down into two parts. We will spend the night in the little town of Hoima. After the drive, you can chose to explore this quaint upcountry center or just relax by the hotel pool.

Day 8 – Fort Portal/Kibale Forest, Kibale Forest National Park:

The second leg of the journey takes us to the higher altitudes of Fort Portal in close proximity to the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Your lodge is located conveniently close to Kibale Forest National Park, home to over 600 chimpanzees.

Day 9 - Kibale Forest National Park, Chimps Nest or Nyinabulitwa:

Reportedly the best place in the world for seeing chimpanzees is Kibale Forest National Park. A morning trek may get you face to face with man’s closest relative. Did you know that we share up to 98% of a chimp’s genes? That makes us 98% chimp!

In the afternoon a walk through the Bigodi Swamp is planned. A local women’s group decided to battle poverty by setting up a cultural and nature attraction, where guests can get an insight in the way of life out here.

After a long day on your feet, it is time to relax at the lodge a bit.

Day 10 – Bush Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Today’s journey takes you due South, across the equator, and into Queen Elizabeth National Park. How about a short gamedrive in the Kasenyi Area of the park just to get a first impression of what this park has to offer? After that it is on to Bushlodge, nestled along a cove of the Kazinga Channel. Here you will fall asleep to the sounds of hippo grunting all around you.

Day 11 – Bush Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park:

An early start at 6:30am gives you the best chances of spotting lions, spotted hyenas and, if you are lucky, the lone leopard making himself comfortable in a tree to sleep through the heat of the day. Other wildlife worth noting are Elephants, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Bushbuck and Giant Forest Hogs.

You will return to Bush Lodge for a late breakfast and couple of hours to relax before heading out onto the Mweya peninsula for a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, which links Lake George in the North with lake Edward further South.

The channel boasts the highest density of hippos anywhere in the country and the sheer number of birds is out of this world. Many of the park’s over 612 species of birds can be spotted along the channel making this a must-go destination for anybody interested in birds.

On the way back to the lodge, it is the perfect time of day to see herds of elephants making their way to or from the channel. Don’t be surprised to find them in the road causing minor delays. After all, one of the most important rules to obey in the wild: Elephants have the right of way – at all times!

Day 12 – Bush Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National park:

Kyambura Gorge is located within Queen Elizabeth National Park and is home to a family of chimpanzees. A morning trek takes you down into the gorge for another chance of seeing the apes. The gorge itself is a deep cut through the savannah with rainforest at its bottom, lining the Kyambura River. It is quite a steep descent to the bottom of the gorge, so you will be surprised to see the tracks of hippo and elephant on the sheer sides.

Back to Bush Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you are off to explore the explosion craters, which form the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Although wildlife, especially elephant, can be seen from the track, this tour focuses on the stunning scenery. The craters were formed about 8000 years ago by volcanic activity and each crater varies from it’s neighbor. You will see craters lakes, craters with savannah at their bottom and forested craters. It is a rough ride but worth it! The culmination will be reaching Baboon Cliffs, where you will stop to enjoy the sun setting over Lake Edward. Driving back in darkness gives you an entirely different experience of the African Bush.

Day 13 – Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Ishasha Sector-Queen Elizabeth National park:

After breakfast you’ll have have a 2 hour drive to Ishasha, famous for its tree climbing lions. This southern most part of Queen Elizabeth national park is truly beautiful. With its huge fig trees and open grassland; it’s just like paradise. You’ll stay in a lovely camp on the edge of the Ntungwe River. Enjoy the close to nature experience of sleeping while listening to the sounds of the African night.

Day 14 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

This journey will take you from open savannah, climbing into the hills, through the occasional Ugandan village. Then you will descend into a completely different world of steep V-shaped valleys, covered with untouched primary rain forest as far as the eye can see. A world apart from the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You’ll need a rain coat and warm clothes as there are frequent tropical downpours. Accommodation depends on where the group of gorillas you are scheduled to track are located.

Day 15 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

As you wake early to the exotic sounds of the forest it’s hard not to feel full of excitement for the adventure ahead. Trekking Gorillas in the mist can take anything from 1 and half hours to 8 hours! Chances of seeing the gorillas are very high as each group is closely monitored and the ranger guides accompanying you do everything they can to help you find these magnificent primates. Your experienced guides have an incredible wealth of knowledge with regards to the flora and fauna of the rain forest.

Day 16 – Lake Bunyonyi, BirdNest

Relaxing on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi after the drive from Bwindi is the best way to overcome any soreness in your legs after tracking the gorillas. Your lodge is overlooks a stunning stretch of Africa’s second deepest lake.

Day 17 – Lake Bunyonyi, Birdnest

Another day on one of the most beautiful lakes the country has to offer! Apart from relaxing, however, you can chose to go on a boat trip on the lake, visit a local fish market or explore the shores on your own. We have no further activities planned for today, so enjoy the luxury of time to spare doing whatever your heart desires.

Day 18 – Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge:

Today is a longish drive, about 7 hours to Mihingo lodge where you can really relax and feel at home. Lake Mburo is a small and attractive park with many lakes and it is home to the Bahima tribe and the beautiful long horned Ankole cows. If you haven’t already seen a Leopard then you will have a good chance to see one here. Buffalo, Eland, Zebra, Impala, Waterbuck, Topi, warthog and bush buck are plentiful.

Mihingo lodge is spread out over a rocky outcrop, each room with its own unique view and privacy. Mihingo is blessed with the tranquility that solar polar provides.

This is a spectacular lodge that blends into its surroundings and is at one with nature. You can enjoy the excitement of sleeping in a tent with the luxury of an adjoining spacious stone bathroom.

Day 19 –Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge:

After trekking Gorillas, Mihingo lodge is the ultimate in relaxation where you can immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of the location simply by sitting on your verandah with a good book or lying by the infinity pool and watching the animals at the waterhole below without having to leave the premisis at all. Early morning tea and coffee are brought to your room and all meals are eaten in the main thatched dining room. Mihingo lodge serves wonderful fresh buffets and has an excellent reputation for very good food.                         

Lake Mburo is the only national park in Uganda where you can ride horses. Whether you are a novice or an experienced rider it is a wonderful way to see the animals and feel part of nature. You can choose from a 1 hour walk on a horse up to a 4 hour ride.

If you are feeling rather stiff from your Gorilla trekking why not treat yourself to a soothing Mihingo massage. The proceeds of which go to the MCCDF which is a project that compensates local farmers for livestock killed by Leopard, Lion or Hyena.

In the afternoon we suggest a game drive is to Kazuma look-out. It’s good to leave the lodge between 3 or 4 and takes as it takes about an hour to drive to Kazuma. From here you will see a stunning panoramic view of the 6 surrounding lakes. It’s fun to take a sun-dower with you and drive back to the lodge leaving Kazuma at 6ish to increase your chances of seeing a Leopard on the way home.

Day 20 – The Haven, Jinja-Source of the Nile:

Your journey takes you back to the river Nile, although this time to the Source of the Nile in Jinja, where it originates from Lake Victoria. It was here that Stanley confirmed the source of the Nile in 1872.

The Haven is located right by the river, close to the first rapids, and is ranked as one of the best accomodations in Jinja.

Day 21 – The Haven, Jinja-Source of the Nile:

Some action towards the end of your trip: Choose between braving the rapids on a raft with a bunch of other daredevils similarly fearless, horseriding along the banks of the river, or muddying yourselves on quadbikes! Whichever you chose, you can’t go wrong! Alternatively, could you imagine hurling yourself off a tower looming over the Nile with nothing breaking your fall other than a bungee cord? Maybe racing UP some of the world’s best rapids in a jet boat is more to your liking? The possibilities are endless…

The night will be spent at The Haven again.

 

 

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