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14 days Uganda wildlife, nature and culture group safari is a magical journey, promising you an experience like no other. It is filled with back to back fun that includes, cultural activities, nature and bird watching in Mabamba wetland island and along the shores of Lake Victoria, Game drives through Murchison falls National park where you will visit the most powerfull falls in the world, Queen Elizabeth National park, Lake Mburo National park, Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest National park, a visit to lake Bunyonyi and so much more. Hey there! Don’t bounce off yet, this East Africa Experience can be tailor made to suite your style too. Inquire with our team of experts to makes sure they get everything right – including accommodation, transportation, meals and the gorilla permits. You’re in luck! This tour comes with a chimpanzee permit, excluding the gorilla permit.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a Churchill Safaris representative who will then transfer you to either Entebbe or Kampala for an overnight.
If you arrive early go for an optional Kampala city tour or visit the Entebbe botanical gardens, the beautifully landscaped botanical Garden, established in 1901, lie on the shores of Africa’s greatest lake – Lake Victoria. They offer a superb introduction to Ugandan birds and are situated conveniently close to the capital and international airport. The gardens host a variety of open country and woodland species and you can easily spend a pleasant couple of hours here. The tall trees near the main entrance are the favorite day-roost of a pair of Verreaux’s eagle owls. The key birds of the gardens are orange tufted and red chested Sunbirds and orange weaver. The latter breed in the bushes on the shores of Lake Victoria along with slender-billed, Northern Brown –throated, yellow backed, Jackson’s Golden –backed , Black-headed and Vieillot’s black weavers .The rocky headland makes an ideal observation point . On the lake and around the shore looks for long tailed Cormorant , Common Squacco and black-headed herons, hamerkop ,African Open-billed Stork , yellow billed duck , Grey headed gull , various terns ,giant and pied Kingfishers and swamp Flycatcher . Scan the boats at the large jetty near the Pratincoles (2-3 pairs are usually present). Black headed Gonolek and Red- chested Sunbird occur in the dense scrub covering the headland and so many more. If you still have some time, a possible visit to the Uganda Wildlife education center before returning to your lodge/hotel for the night..
1. Mabamba wetland visit: The swamp area is home to more than 250 bird species, including the rare shoe bill stork and mysterious-looking wooden beak. It has a body length of 150 cm and a wingspan of well over 2.5 meters, which makes it one of the world’s largest birds. Its name comes from it very characteristic beak that is very wide, hard, sharp and woody. Its hunting technique is peculiar and peculiar, as it hunts by standing completely still and staring into the water while waiting for the prey to come to the surface. When it sees the prey, it throws its head into the prey with all its might and uses the pointed pin of the beak to prick the fish. This is probably the main reason why it lives in swamp areas, as such a hunting technique would otherwise cause severe headaches on the mainland. The boat trip around the swamp area can be purchased for approx. 500, – Danish kroner per person. The trip must be booked well in advance of departure.
Accommodation: Overnight at Airport Link guest house BB
Meal plan: Bed and breakfast.
Travel time: 300km approx. 7-8hours
Activities for the day: Transfer Kampala – Murchison falls with an option visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
After breakfast, proceed to Uganda’s largest national park- Murchison falls NP located in Pakwach the Northern part of Uganda. The 3,893 sq km park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the secretary bird and the black chested snake eagle. If lucky enough, you will sight tree climbing lions as well here. On the way, you can choose to take an optional visit to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking at an extra $50 per person arriving in the afternoon.
Accommodation: Pakuba Game lodge HB/ Parkside Safari Lodge
A wonderful safari game lodge found in the Murchison Falls National Park, the lodge has been refurbished with a touch of class. The lodge offers a warm and inviting atmosphere and it’s a home to a wonderful selection of birds, all the general plains game from Giraffe to Impala and innumerable species of reptiles and insects. The area is blessed with a temperate climate all year round. Accommodation is luxurious and all rooms have bathroom en suite and a terrace.
Meals are a combination of Ugandan and French cuisine with excellent Ugandan wines to complete the experience. Special diets are available on request.
Activities for the day: Morning game drive and afternoon launch cruise on Murchison falls.
This morning you will depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park returning later to the lodge for breakfast. The 3,893 sq km park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the secretary bird and the black chested snake eagle, to name a few.
In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7 meter gap plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert. The banks of the Nile are densely populated with crocodiles, hippopotamus, and a range of other wildlife that come to the river to drink.
Accommodation: Pakuba game lodge HB/ Parkside Safari Lodge
Travel Time: approx… 3-4 hours
Activities of the day: Visit the top of the falls, then transfer to Hoima passing via Butiaba, lunch and overnight in Hoima.
This morning you will visit the top of the falls and later proceed to Hoima to cut down the long drive to Kibale passing Butiaba to view the beautiful landscape of Lake Albert, visit the Kibiro hot springs if desired arriving in the afternoon. While being entertained by one of the cultural groups, you will have dinner and overnight at Hoima Cultural Lodge.
Surrounded by beautiful vast gardens, Hoima Cultural Lodge is a perfect break from the 9-10 hours’ drive on the dirt road between Murchison falls and Kibale which helps clients rejuvenate for the rest of their journey.
The lodge offers spacious en-suite grass thatched cottages ideal for couples and families with each room brightly colored and furnished with African Art pieces which give clients an African feel.
While at the lodge, we offer clients cultural activities like visiting the palace, participating in making pottery, the Mparo Tombs, giving clients a chance of participating in cooking the local African cuisine if desired, engaging in activities such as Cultural dancing, interacting with the local community and talking to them about the Bunyoro culture. Clients may choose to take pleasure in relaxing in the beautiful gardens thereafter proceeding to their next destination.
Travel time: Approx.: 5 hours
Activities of the day: Breakfast, transfer to Kibale.
This morning you will have breakfast and then proceed to Kibale forest for two nights. Kibale is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.
Later in the evening you may choose to go for an optional crater lakes walk or a Visit to the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru caves – The Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are a historic site believed to be the birthplace of the founding King of the Bachwezi. Located 5km west of Fort portal, the main cave is small and supported by pillar like formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Standing alongside are the moss-covered rocks behind a small waterfall returning to your lodge in the evening.
Accommodation: Turaco Treetops Lodge/Chimpanzee forest lodge HB
Activities of the day: Morning chimpanzee tracking, lunch & afternoon Bigodi swamp walk.
This morning you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience. Spend the morning in the forest returning to the lodge in time for lunch.
Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.
Overnight at Turaco Treetops Lodge/Chimpanzee forest lodge HB
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Travel time: Approx. 2-3 hours
Activities of the day: Breakfast, then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park and later an afternoon game drive.
Have breakfast and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National park for two nights. On the day’s journey we pass several small villages and tea plantations with a stop to learn a little more about the process from the time the leaves are picked until we sit and enjoy a cup of tasty tea at home on the sofa. We see the bushes, and hear more about the cultivation and picking. From there continue to the factory, where you’ll be taught more about the processing process from the leaves is picked until they are exported. Later continue with the journey passing via the Equator on the road, where it becomes possible to take pictures lying down, standing upside down or with one leg on each side of the line separating the northern and southern hemispheres as you continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. Uganda’s second largest National Park, the 1,978 sq km has everything from open savannah to rain forest. Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Have a mini game drive while entering the park and later go for another evening game drive and overnight at your lodge.
Accommodation: Buffalo safari lodge HB / Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Activities of the day: Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on Kazinga channel.
In morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob, before returning to the Lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon take a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers.
Kikorongo African Art Workshop: Traditional crafts hold a special significance in Ugandan villages. Small baskets of groundnuts as a sign of friendship; a calabash on top of a house to ward off evil spirits or a traditional healer´s woven purse filled with natural remedies. Kikorongo Women Community invites you to learn their traditional skills during this fascinating workshop.
Balloon safari: This can be arranged while in the park with the help of your guide at a cost of $380 per person.
After an early wake up coffee or tea with some cakes or cookies at 5:00am, your guide will drive you to Kasenyi gate where you may take off from. The takeoff locations are selected according to where the animals are few and will not be interrupted. After a safety demonstration and testing of the balloon, you will be ready to take off with your crew. The flight takes off at approximately 6:10 am and it takes approximately 1 hour to 1:15 minutes.
While in the air, guests get a chance of taking wonderful photos, great panoramic views, wildlife and the whole park at large. The balloon flies at an altitude of about 760 meters and lands back at an identified safe site at approximately 7:30am.
After that, your driver would drive you back to your lodge for a heartily breakfast.
Queen’s Pavilion: Just 800 meters from the equator monument, and overlooking a thrilling landscape of crater lakes is the Queen´s Pavilion, a community-run internet café. This is the perfect spot to revive yourself after an early morning safari with a cup of Ugandan tea or coffee. Listen to the elephants trumpeting on the dry plains below and enjoy the savannah views.
Katwe Salt Walk: This tour offers a unique insight into the fascinating process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. During the tour you will see community members at work, cross the mud walkways and enter one of the traditional grass huts used to shelter and store tools. The nearby bird sanctuary lake offers a chance to see flamingos from October to May.
Overnight at Buffalo safari lodge HB/ Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Activities of the day: Morning game drive in search of tree climbing lions, later transfer to Bwindi.
Today you will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights. Home to over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Interacting with these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer and should not be missed! The ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq km and boasts 90 mammal species, including a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon and many others.
Relax in the evening and get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Accommodation: Lake Mulehe Gorilla lodge HB
The Lodge is in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, approximately 1793m above sea level, and where the habituated Rushaga, and Nkuringo gorilla groups are to be found as well as Mount Mgahinga National Park. With breathtaking views over Lake Mulehe there are many other activities on offer such as hiking in the Virunga’s, boat trips on Lake Mulehe or Lake Mutanda, village walks, forest walks and golden monkey trekking at Mgahinga NP.
Activities of the day: Gorilla tracking for the day.
This morning you will set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all.
Overnight at Lake Mulehe gorilla lodge HB
Activities of the day: relax at the lodge in the morning and afternoon coffee tour in Mgahinga.
This morning, you can choose to relax at the lodge from the gorilla trek the previous day or go for an optional canoe boat ride on Lake Mulehe.
In the afternoon, you shall go for a coffee tour experience at a local farm where you’ll learn about coffee from planting, harvesting to processing coffee and have an opportunity to make your own cup to drink.
Later return to the lodge where you’ll be entertained by the Batwa people in a cultural dance and overnight at Lake Mulehe Gorilla lodge on HB.
Lake Bunyonyi: Travel Time: 80 km, 2 hours
Activities of the day: Breakfast, transfer Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi, lunch & afternoon optional activities.
Lake Bunyonyi (“Place of many little birds”) is the perfect place to stop for a break. The serene lake is rumored to be the deepest in Africa, reaching depths of 900 meters. The lake stretches around 25 km in length and 7 meters wide, with 29 islands scattered throughout. Although it can be very tempting to just sit by the water and soak up the sun. Have a boat ride exploring the different islands surrounding lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon.
Overnight at Heritage safari Lodge HB
Activities of the day: Breakfast, transfer Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo and optional game drive in the afternoon or other activities available.
The adventure continues as you spend one night at Lake Mburo National Park.
The 371 sq km park is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains and has distinctly different fauna compared to other Ugandan parks. It is the best place in the country to see Eland Antelope, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Arriving in the park for lunch you can rest before exploring the park on game drive for the rest of the afternoon.
1. Horseback Riding Safaris: What better way to explore the park than on horseback! Horseback riding safaris are available for various times and are suitable for all levels of riders including the non-experienced.
2. Boat Safari: Take a cruise along Lake Mburo which is home to dense populations of hippos and crocodiles.
Heyna Hill lodge is a peaceful and secluded retreat where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. Set in the pristine Ankole ranch-lands surrounding Lake Mburo National Park; whether you want to sit back, sip on an ice-cold drink in a hammock or head out into Lake Mburo National Park for a day of exciting exploration, there is something for everyone here.
Heyna Hill Lodge is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild. Overnight at Hyena Hill lodge on HB
Travel Time: Travel Time: 298 km, 4.5 hours
This morning you will have breakfast and then proceed to Kampala/Entebbe having a stop at the Equator-where you will be able to stand in both hemispheres simultaneously arriving in the afternoon and later fly out.
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