Animal Kingdom and Incontaminated Nature

Mountain gorillas, Gold monkeys, forest elephants, buffalos, duikers, bushbucks, leopards and the giant forest hogs!

7 – UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS

DAY 1: ENTEBBE

Arrival to Entebbe airport and transfer to the guesthouse in Entebbe. No meals included.

Overnight at Victoria View Guesthouse (-/-/-)

 

 

DAY 2: ENTEBBE – MBALE/MT ELGON

Breakfast and depart towards Mbale, a city situated at the bottom of Mt. Elgon. We will be briefed about the trekking in Mt. Elgon´s NP office in Mbale. After shopping for food for the mountains, we go to the Sipi Falls in the foothills of Mt Elgon and not far from the town of Kapchorwe. It is a series of three spectacular waterfalls where we will do a walk for about 1.5 hours to enjoy the views of Mt Elgon above them, and the wide plains of eastern and northern Uganda disappearing into the distance below. Then we will proceed to Budadiri for overnight.

The guide/driver will remain in Budadiri while the clients do the trekking.

Dinner and overnight at Last Chance Hotel (non self-contained rooms) (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 3: BUDADIRI – SASA CAMP

Early breakfast, meet our ranger and porters and then we will start our trekking to Mt. Elgon (4321m) – one of the highest mountains in Africa. Today it is a 6-8 hour walk, about 14 Kms. The hike will allow you to explore Mt Elgon’s diverse montane forest including the bamboo. The Sasa trail will lead you to the Mudange cliefs (The rock of death). Just at the top you will have spectacular views, just beyond the Bumasola (1770m), of Budadiri and Mbale town. You will then proceed to Sasa river camp. The walk will take you mainly through a thick montane forest, later you walk in the bambo forest as you approach the camp for our first night in the mountain, at the bottom of Mt. Elgon. You could  see leopards, forest elephants and antilopes, mostly the duikers and also some mountain bird spices like the beautiful great blue turaco, Rose’s turaco the ring-necked and golden-spotted tail doves, fly catchers, endangered Lammergeiers, the rare Jacksons’s Francolin, Guinea fowls, Sunbirds and many others.

Dinner and overnight in camping at Sasa Camp (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 4: SASA CAMP – MUDE CAMP

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will start our walk ascending Mt Elgon. You will walk through four distinct forest types, the lush montane forest composed of the mixed bamboo belt, the fascinating heath and the spectacular moorland hyrachs, the Elgon teak, which contains stands of some of the most rare and endemic plant species like the Giant Lobelia Elgonensis, dotted clusters of peculiar Groundsels that are really unique to Africa, also you will encounter the dense scrubs and brilliant everlasting wild flowers. Early afternoon we will arrive at our second camp, Mude Camp. Today the walk will take 4-6 hours, about 9 Kms.

Dinner and overnight in camping at Mude Camp (3.500m)(B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 5: MUDE CAMP – MT ELGON (PEAK) – MUDE CAMP

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will ascend through wide open grassland with beautiful scenic views of rugged peaks. The wagagai trail will take you to the top of Jackson’s summit at 4165m here you will have views of the collapsed craters, covering over 40km wide. You will then hike to the top of Mt. Elgon (4321m), where we will arrive in about 6 hours. After long relaxing we descend to our camp.

Dinner and overnight in camping at Mude Camp (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 6: MUDE CAMP – BUDADIRI – MBALE

Today after the breakfast we descend to Budadiri along the Sasa Trail through bamboo forest and thick montane forest down to the Mudange Cliff. Thereafter we will walk through the coffee fields, the onion and the banana plantations. The vegetation and climate changes a lot, which is very interesting. It is a 7-8 hour walk, about 30 Kms. Then we drive to Mbale town for an overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Mbale Resort Hotel – Executive Room (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY7: MBALE – PIAN UPE GAME RESERVE

Today after breakfast, we will drive (approx. 3 hours) to Pian Upe game reserve. This game reserve covers an area of 2788 sq. km from Mt. Kadam to Mt. Napak to the North. Within the reserve boundaries live giraffes, lions, zebras, antelopes, leopards, buffaloes and many other species. Pian Upe is the largest reserve in Uganda and one of the few places where to observe Rothschild’s Giraffe. We will arrive in time for lunch at the park Bandas. Afternoon game drive in search of animals such as giraffes, lions, leopard, zebras, buffaloes, Harte beast, greater kudu, topi, Orib.

Dinner and overnight in the Park Bandas (self contained and twin rooms) (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 8:    PIAN UPE GAME RESERVE – KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Very early morning game and return for breakfast before departing towards Kidepo Valley National park going via Moroto, Kotido and Kabongo district where the park is. Lunch can be in Kotido or Kabongo and the drive takes us approx. 6 hours. Arrive at the lodge for a free evening to relax.

Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 9: KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

After an early morning breakfast, embark on a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. Where a variety of animals and birds can be seen roving around like the fast running Ostrich.

Have an afternoon Game Drive that will take you through the Narus Valley to see herds of buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, zebras and hopefully some lions, leopard and the elusive cheetah. This will also enable you to be in full sight of varieties of birds as well.

Stops will be made at any time in order for you to be able to take pictures of fabulous wildlife and birds along the way. En route to your camp for lunch and have a brief rest, until evening where you will go for a cultural tour in the Karamajong community.

Here you will spend a wonderful evening with Karamojong people and have an insight of their way of life and beliefs. At the end of the tour you will be able to understand why their pride makes them slow to adapt to globalization.

Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge (B/L/D)

 

 

 

 

DAY 10:          KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Have an early breakfast and go for a nature walk to view a variety of fauna and flora species in the park. Return to your lodge for lunch and a brief rest in the mid-afternoon. Take another exciting game drive across savannah, hills, small forests, dry river beds and rings of mountains around you.

Dinner and overnight at Kidepo Savannah Lodge (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 11:          KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – MURCHIOSN FALLS NP

Breakfast and leave Kidepo NP towards Murchison Falls NP. We will drive through Karenga, Kitgum and Gulu, where we will have our lunch stop. After we will continue our journey to our lodge near the Nile.

Dinner and overnight at Kabalega Wilderness or Pakuba Lodge (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 12:          MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast and go for a morning game drive in the northern bank of river Nile as we look out for the elephants, Cape buffalos, Roth’s child giraffe, hartebeests, Oribis, bushbucks, Bohor reedbucks, spotted hyenas and with some luck you could even spot the lions and leopard. We will be back in time to have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise (at 14:00 hours) upstream to the “bottom of the falls”. The Nile here gets calm at the base of the falls, we stop a few meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”, where it compresses 47m to squeeze through a 6-meter canyon dropping 40m with a thunderous roar.  En-route, marvel at the, hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephants as well as a lot of bird species like Goliath heron, pelican bee– eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. At this point we will get off the boat and, hike to the “top of the falls” to catch a close view of the beauty that forms the Murchison Falls. This is a guided walk that takes about one and a half- hour. Our driver will pick us from the top and then drive back to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Kabalega Wilderness or Pakuba Lodge (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 13:          MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast and relax at the lodge, in afternoon, you can (optional activity and price not included) to do a boat to the delta.

Dinner and overnight at Kabalega Wilderness or Pakuba Lodge (B/L/D)

 

           

DAY 14:          MURCHISON – FORT-PORTAL

This day we drive to Fort Portal via Hoima, in a breathtaking landscape that forms the Albertine western Rift Valley. It is a quite long drive (8 to 9 hours) but we will have several stop overs to relax, and sightseeing as we pass verdant countryside, traditional homesteads and farms. We will have our packed/picnic lunch on the way. Check in and relax for the rest of the evening.

Dinner and overnight in the Hotel Mountains of the Moon (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 15:          FORT/PORTAL – SEMLIKI GAME RESERVE

After breakfast, depart to Semuliki Game Reserve with packed lunch. The park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in Bundibugyo district. The drive is approx. 2 hours enjoying the striking scenes of the Western Albertine rift valley to Bundibugyo town.  Semuliki Game reserve is next to western border of Uganda and Congo Republic next to Lake Albert and covers the eastern part of the Ituri forest joining Uganda and Congo River separated by the Semliki River. Arrive and we will begin with the most eye-catching item in Semuliki, the Sempaya hot springs. These natural springs have a geyser shooting up from an 8 meters-wide hole at a hot temperature. It’s the largest of its kind in Uganda. We will later drive back to Fort – Portal and to Kibale National park for an overnight.

Dinner and overnight in the Kibale Forest camp (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 16:          KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Today we will go for chimpanzee tracking in the Kibale Forest National Park which is home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda. Of the approximately 5’000 chimpanzees which still exist in Uganda, around 1’450 live here in this forest. In the afternoon we enjoy the lodge or visit the Bigodi swamp for a nature walk. On this approximately 3-hour tour we can discover other primates and the great blue Turaco, a beautiful bird.

Dinner and overnight in the Kibale Forest camp (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 17:          KIBALE  – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

In the morning we leave Kibale National Park and drive towards the mystical Rwenzori Mountains continuing to Queen Elizabeth National Park. As we reach the park boundaries, we may see some animals along the way. We will have our lunch at the Lodge in the park. After lunch we take time off to relax and enjoy the view and maybe observe some of the animals that may come close to the lodge like the Mongoose.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge (B/L/D)

 

DAY 18:          QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning game drive in the park: Queen Elizabeth National Park is a diverse ecosystem with savannahs, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters. It is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Safaris in this park offer excellent opportunities to see wild animals such as lions, warthogs, leopards, giant forest hog, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi, bushbuck and other animals. The park has over 550 species of birds. In the afternoon we enjoy a unique 2-hour cruise on the Kazinga Channel to Lake Edward. This cruise offers excellent opportunities for a variety of big game and bird watching.

Dinner and overnight at Bush Lodge (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 19:          QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – RUSHAGA SECTOR

We leave the lodge early in the morning with our packed lunch and drive through Ishasha the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (time allowing, we will do a short game drive looking for tree climbing Lions) to Mutanda Lake Resort with views of Kigezi Highlands. We will continue our journey with views of Bwindi Impenetrable National up to Kabale-Kisoro high way.   Arrive at the lodge for an overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Mutanda Lake Resort (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 20:          GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI/RUSHAGA

Early in the morning we drive to the park headquarters (approx. 1 hr) for a briefing before we   enter the sanctuary of the mountain gorillas, the spectacular Bwindi Impenetrable rainforest. It has a dramatic, steep wooded landscape with numerous mammals such as the endangered mountain gorillas, the Gold monkey, forest elephants, buffalo, duiker, bushbuck, leopard and giant forest hogs. Meeting the mountain gorillas is an exciting and fascinating experience that you will never forget.

Dinner and overnight at Mutanda Lake Resort (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 21:          LAKE BUNYONYI

After lunch, we depart to Kabale and to Lake Bunyonyi still driving through Kigezi Highlands, an area which was named by Winston Churchill as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Our accommodation is located on a hill with excellent views of the Lake with its many islands. Lake Bunyonyi has a depth of up to 900 metres, making it one of the deepest Lakes on our planet.

Dinner and overnight in the Arcadia cottages (B/L/D)

DAY 22:          LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast we drive to Lake Mburo National Park which is located on the way back to Kampala. In the Park we have the opportunity to discover the largest antelope the eland and zebras. In Uganda, they can only be found here and in the Kidepo National Park. Recently the Uganda Wildlife Authority had transferred some 15 giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park to this park. With some luck we can also spot them in their new home.

Dinner and overnight at the Mihingo Lodge (B/L/D)

 

 

DAY 23:          LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – ENTEBBE (DEPARTURE)

Early morning we go for a walking safari into the park. After that we come back to the lodge for a late breakfast.Thereafter, we leave the Lake Mburo National Park and drive towards Kampala. This ride takes us back across the equator, where we should take the opportunity to shoot a souvenir photo. Continue to Entebbe for your departure (B/L/-)

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