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This Uganda tour is one of the best experiences which includes many famous sanctuaries, rivers, wildlife, and much more. The Gorilla trek in Uganda is an experience that you will remember for lifetime. The tour also includes a visit to the source of one of the mightiest rivers, the Nile at Jinja. You can enjoy various activities such as white water rafting at Jinja and the Nile cruise at the Murchison Falls. You will also have the opportunity to go hiking at the top of Murchison Falls and then relaxing at the end of the tour at Kampala where you can also experience the nightlife of the city. This tour will give you one of the most holistic travel experiences in Uganda.
Arrival at Entebbe, drive down to Jinja
On the first day of the Uganda tour, you will arrive in Entebbe where you will be met by one of our representatives and will go on a straight drive down to Jinja. From there you will be transferred to your hotel after a 2.5 hours drive with your lunch on the route. If the time permits, you can also opt for birding at Mabira forest or even zip-lining on the way to Jinja. After checking in the hotel you can spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel
After Breakfast, you can get out for a tour of Jinja. First, you will visit the Sezibwa Falls Cultural Heritage site and look at the gorgeous waterfalls. You will learn a great deal about the preserved African traditional culture here. Then you will go for a trek at the Mabira rainforest where you'll have the natural experience of the wildlife such as monkeys and birds. Next, you can take a boat ride on the River Nile and visit the source of the mighty River.
You can also include whitewater rafting, kayaking, and sunset cruise if you wish to, along the river.
Jinja to Murchison Falls ( via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)
After finishing up your breakfast you will head up towards the North West of Uganda through the Kampala Gulu Highway to the Murchison Falls National Park and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary has 22 reintroduced White Rhinos. You will be a part of the Rhino monitoring exercise with an experienced ranger.
After this experience, you will head to the Murchison Falls National Park where you can go to the top and the bottom of the falls. There are numerous viewpoints around among which the most impressive would be the foaming waters rushing in the gorge with the roar. After this wonderful experience, you will check in your hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure.
You will set off early in the morning on this day for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau where you will spot various animals like the Cape Buffaloes, Rothschild's giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbucks among many others.
Some of the common birds that may be spotted here are the Goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, Kingfishers, Hornbills, shoebill stork, and the saddlebill stork.
Murchison Falls to Kibale National Park
You will drive down to the Pakuba Airfield after an early morning breakfast for your flight to the Kasese Airstrip near the Kibale National Park. Here you will meet your private driver/guide who will transfer you to your lodge. You can reach and rest there for some time. In the afternoon, you can go on a Bigodi Swamp walk. Located in the Magombe swamp the area is famous for its biodiversity and the huge population of the primates such as the vervet monkey, L'Hoest monkey, and many others. Other mammals such as sitatunga, mongooses, bush pigs, and others are also included in the swamp region.
Overnight at the hotel.
Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National park
Today you will leave for the Kibale Forest after another early breakfast. Known widely for one of the best varieties and high concentrations of the primates in East Africa. After a briefing by the rangers, you will head into the forest for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda which will last about an hour. Apart from these chimpanzees, other primates such as the Black and white Colobus monkeys, L'Hoest Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Red-tailed Monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species such as the rumped tinkerbird, green breasted pitta, yellow spotted nicator, little green bull, black bee-eater, crowned eagle and mammals like Elephants can be easily spotted in the walk.
After this, you will go to the Queen Elizabeth National park on a 3-hour drive. If the day is clear, you will have the opportunity to look at the stunning views of the Rwenzori Mountains also known as the mountains of the moon. After this, you will check in your lodge and rest in your room.
Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
After your breakfast, you can set off for a game drive in the Northern part of the park in search of lions, solitary buffaloes, and Elephants on the Kasenyi Track. Morning time is the best to spot cats because of the heavy population of the Uganda kobs. After this, you can return to the lodge for lunch and some rest and later head to a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel.
On the Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise which is widely renowned for wildlife and bird-viewing, you will also have the chance to spot Elephants, huge crocodiles, buffaloes, and many more animals. Various bird species such as the pink backed pelicans, malachite and pied Kingfishers, saddle-billed stork, and many more can also be spotted around the cruise.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today you will visit the dazzling Kyambura Gorge which was formed by erosion from the Kyambura River. The gorge also forms a border between the Kyambura Reserve and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. An isolated cover of the riparian forest is also contained inside the gorge. You will go through the gorge and spend the morning on a nature walk while being accompanied by an official ranger. Here you can track down about 20 chimpanzees and many other primates which inhabit the gorge. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Ishasha sector for an afternoon game drive searching for lions among other wildlife.
Later, you will check in your hotel and rest for the evening.
Ishasha sector - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This morning you will begin the day with a relaxing game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions. The resident Leopards can also be sighted but they have become very rare in the park. Later, you will leave the park and head towards the southern region to the renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Here you will relax after arriving and prepare for the next morning when you will go for your first gorilla trekking experience.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After all the preparation, today you will set off on your gorilla tracking in Uganda at the beginning of which you will be briefed at the park headquarters about trek safety. The mountain gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide mountain gorilla population of 1000. This trek can last from two hours to as long as 8 hours.
Once you spot the gorilla family, a maximum of one hour is allowed for the guests to spend with them. This experience will be one of the most thrilling and adventurous ones of your life. At the end of this trek, you will make your way back to the lodge.
Bwindi to Kampala
Today you will be transferred to the airstrip for the flight back to Entebbe. The other option is to drive back to Entebbe but the drive will be long and you will reach by late afternoon. On arrival at Entebbe, you will be transferred to Kampala where you can check-in and rest for a while. In the evening you can head out to explore the nightlife of Kampala. The pub club hybrids with the dance floors and the pool tables are filled with the European and American expats.
Today you will explore Kampala for all the major sight-seeing activities.
Some of the highlights are the Uganda National Museum, the Royal Mile - Lubiri Palace and Bulange Parliament, Kasubi Royal Tombs, Nantaweta Monument, the Independence Monument and the Baha'i temple. The evening will be at leisure.
Kampala - Entebbe and fly out
Today you will be transferred to the Entebbe International Airport depending on your international flight. This day will mark the end of your Uganda tour.
Flyback home or to your next destination with pleasant memories of Ugandan hospitality.