Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest And Murchison Falls National Parks
Meet and greet at 0700hrs at your hotel or home in Kampala. Begin drive to Lake Mburo. Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland, Lake Mburo has markedly different fauna to other parks and reserves.
Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as zebra, waterbuck, Klipspringer and the rare topi, impala, and several acacia - associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialties such as the sitatunga antelope and red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonolek.
Mburo is the closest national park to Kampala and offers a refreshing stopover when travelling to or from the western parks and reserves. Afternoon boat ride. Dinner and over night at Mantana Tented Camp Lake Mburo.
Breakfast then do a safari walk with an armed ranger. Later, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. You then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, famously known as the "Switzerland of Africa", with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. This rainforest is spectacular. It offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Mammals include the endangered mountain gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog, etc. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas.
The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, exciting adventure of a lifetime. The gorilla is a shy, peaceful and gentle primate. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.
Drive north through volcanic formations of the Western Rift Valley towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. The descent reveals a stunning panorama of Lakes George and Edward amidst game-filled plains. In the evening, proceed for a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. The trip passes through possibly the highest hippo concentration in Africa and many mammals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. The cruise offers an excellent platform for photography and game viewing. The birdlife is colorful and abundant.
For dinner and overnight return to Mweya Safari Lodge that is beautifully situated on a bluff overlooking the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward.
After breakfast proceed for one game drive through Elizabeth National Park's diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. The game drive in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, de fassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. Proceed to Kibale National Park.
The journey to Kibale is approximately 2 hours. You will get to Kibale in time for lunch. Chimp tracking is scheduled for the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Breakfast is followed by a trip to the Bigodi Swamps for birdwatching. Sitatunga sightings very common. Chimp tracking is scheduled for the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Depart Kibale via Fort-Portal which rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Whole day drive via Hoima to Murchison Falls National Park, through verdant countryside vegetation and past traditional homesteads and farms. Have a picnic lunch enroute. Enjoy the great accommodation and service of Paraa Safari Lodge.
Cross the placid Victoria Nile to the northern Bank. Your guide will help you spot elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After a packed lunch picnic, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of metres from the "Devil's Cauldron".
En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Geese, Pelican Bee-eater, Kingfisher, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill Stork. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
After breakfast proceed to the top of the falls! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from upto 1 km squeezing through a 7-metre canyon, dropping 150 metres with a thunderous roar and creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile..."the Murchison Falls". After a picnic lunch, return to Kampala arriving late afternoon.
High Range accommodation at
- Mantana Tented Camp,
- Gorilla Forest Camp,
- Mweya Safari Lodge,
- Ndali Lodge
- Paraa Safari Lodge.