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Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

1. Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

After pickup from your Kampala accommodation, enjoy a hearty breakfast to set you up for the adventure. Then, travel for 5-6 hours towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at the Kazinga Channel for a rest stop along the way.  Arrive at the park in the afternoon and head off on a scenic boat cruise. Look out for the array of wildlife, including buffalo, hippopotamus, elephants, and more. From the boat, admire the rolling grasslands, then pass by the plains of Kasenyi, where lions stalk their prey. After the cruise, enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep at your picturesque safari lodge. Wake up on day two with a tasty breakfast, then embark on a morning game drive through Kasenyi. On the drive, encounter an array of big and small game. Later, check out of the lodge and enjoy an optional walk through the park in search of primates, before beginning the return journey.  On your way back to Kampala, stop for lunch at the Mpambire Drum Center, where you can see drums being made by the locals and shop for souvenirs.

Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari

2. Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari

Day 1 : Drive to Murchison Falls National Park - Hike to the Top of the Falls After your early morning breakfast, meet your driver/guide at 7:00 AM and listen to a brief on your 3 days Murchison Falls wildlife safari Uganda package. Begin the 6-hour drive to Uganda's biggest national park, Murchison falls National Park. Take a stopover in Luwero District to pick fruits like oranges, pineapples, passion fruits, and jackfruits. Then proceed to lunch at the Kabalega Dinners or Masindi town for lunch at Masindi Hotel. Afterward, drive out of Masindi town to a dirt road for about 20 minutes and arrive at  Murchison falls National Park where the fun begins. You'll immediately be ushered into a wildlife park by a number of stubborn baboons lining up along the road. They'll grapple for goodies, so ensure the windscreens are up else they will snatch anything inviting from the car. Day 2: Morning Game Drive through the park and Boat Ride on the Victoria Nile After your early morning breakfast at around 6:30 AM, your driver-guide together with the game ranger will pick you up at exactly 7:00 AM for the early morning game drive. This is the best time to catch sight of the nocturnal animals and hunters before they return to their hideouts, as well as seeing the early risers. Take a ferry from the South section of the National Park across the Nile that bisects the park. Once on the northern side, you'll be in the area where the most game can be found.  Explore the major game trails especially around the area of Paraa for good game spotting including elephants, lions, giraffes, antelopes, jackals, hyenas, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, Jackson's Hartebeests and hopefully the elusive leopards among others. At around 11:30 AM, return to the lodge for your lunch and some relaxation. Shortly after, set out for the afternoon boat ride on the Victoria Nile which is the highest spot of any Murchison Falls Safari. Spot lots of hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, and many other animals that come to drink water, refresh and cool themselves off the scorching sun and some animals to eat the fresh grass along the river banks. The Nile is also a birds' magnet. You will also be shown the crush point of Ernest Hemingway. The ride takes you close to the base of the Murchison Falls where you are met with yet another view of the lovely falls. Take a hike to the top of the falls before the return ride, then return back to the lodge for your dinner. Day 3: Early Morning Game Drive through the park and return to Kampala to get dropped off at your lodging Wake up early in the morning and get prepared for another game drive through the park. Expect to increase your game count and spot more wildlife on the final day of this trip. At around 11:00 AM, check out of the hotel and drive to Masindi town for a tasty lunch. Then, embark on the return journey back to Kampala where you will be dropped off at your preferred destination.

From Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer

3. From Kampala: 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer

Day 1: Travel from Kampala to Murchison Falls, Visit the top of the falls On this day you will embark on a 3 to 4 hours drive towards northwestern Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park. upon arrival visit the top of the falls to view the world's strongest falls near the devil's cauldron. Day 2: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Nile After breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive and later in the afternoon go for a boat cruise where you will see lots of games, including lions, elephants, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, Nile crocodiles, and lots of bird species. Day 3: Morning Game drive and later pass via the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking

Uganda: 7-Day Trip to See Gorillas, Chimps, and Big Cats

4. Uganda: 7-Day Trip to See Gorillas, Chimps, and Big Cats

Day 1: Pick up and Transfer to Kibale Forest NP Your driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Kibale Forest National Park. Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner Lodge: Turaco Treetops Lodge/ Similar Day 2: Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. Later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Marafiki Safari Lodge/ Similar Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Leopard (though a rare sighting), Cape bushbuck, Cape Buffalos, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, and Uganda kob among others. In the afternoon you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Marafiki Safari Lodge/ Similar Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi with en-route game drive in Ishasha area Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable NP through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Bakiga Lodge Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi After breakfast you will transfer to the park headquarters for the briefing before you set off through the tracks to search for the gorillas. You will go with packed lunch because it’s hard to determine how long it will take you to meet these humble giants. However, the time ranges between 2-9 hours depending on the movement of the giant primates. The activity is tedious, it entails walking along steep hilly tracks however encountering these great relatives of man erases all the poor memories/ hardships you went through in trying to find them. Later continue driving further south to Lake Bunyonyi. A very beautiful lake with 29 islands which might make you feel like you are out of Africa. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy the evening game viewing Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Lodge: Rwakobo Rock Resort Day 7: Mburo park (nature) walk and transfer to Entebbe or Kampala Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. Later hit the road to Entebbe and Kampala. Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

5. Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

Day 1 Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, then be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Enjoy a city walking tour if you arrive before 12:00 PM local time, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on your first day. Day 2 Depart for your first destination, the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Afterward, head to Murchison Falls National Park. Hike to the top of Murchison Falls followed by dinner and an overnight stay at a 3-star safari lodge. Day 3 After breakfast, embark on a morning game drive. Spot 4 of the Big Five game species, lion, water buffalo, leopard, and elephants. Enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the River Nile where you may spot hippos, Nile crocodiles, buffalo, and several bird species. Later, go on an evening predator game drive. Day 4 Enter Kibale Forest National Park for a 7-hour scenic drive through local villages and towns. In the evening, rest up at a forest camp. Day 5 Embark on a day of tracking chimpanzees and other primates. See species including Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, and L'hoest's monkeys. In the afternoon drive, through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Day 6 Head out on a morning game drive through the Kasenyi plains where you will spot elephants, buffalo, kobs, warthogs, waterbuck, and potentially some leopards and lions. After lunch take a leisurely cruise on the Kazinga channel. Day 7 Depart for Bwindi National Park with a game drive through the Ishasha sector (home of the tree-climbing lions). Arrive at the Bwindi Forest in the afternoon. Day 8 Hike through the dense Bwindi Forest with an experienced ranger in search of the resident gorilla family. Enjoy 1 hour of time watching the gorillas. Continue to Lake Bunyonyi with an evening-time motorized canoe ride on the lake. Day 9 On the penultimate day, travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Check-in at the Mburo Eagle's Nest hotel, before an evening game drive. Day 10 Embark on a short game walk before departing for Entebbe. Stop for lunch before being dropped off back at Entebbe International Airport to check-in for departure flight. An extra night's stay in Entebbe for next day's departure can be arranged on request.

From Kampala: 5-Day Private Wildlife Tour with Boat Cruise

6. From Kampala: 5-Day Private Wildlife Tour with Boat Cruise

They may be double our size, covered in fur, and walk on all-fours, but humans and Mountain gorillas are more similar than you think! Did you know, we share around 98% of our DNA with these fascinating beasts. This tour will enable you to encounter these beasts & a tour of Lake Bunyonyi-one of the most beautiful places on earth with about 30 islands connected like dots! Take a boat ride to “Punishment Island” and discover some magical myths, track chimpanzees in Kibaale National park. You will go for a game drive and boat cruise on Kazinga channel to search the tree-climbing lions, buffaloes, leopards, antelopes, Nile crocodiles, hyenas amongst others and lots of bird species. Day 1 Pick up and Transfer to Fort Portal Depending on your arrival time at Entebbe International Airport, you will be transferred to Fort Portal town. The journey takes you through the cool undulating tea plantations along Fort Portal town also known as Uganda’s Tourism City with lunch en-route. On arrival check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight at: Budget Accommodation • Kalitusi BackPackers • Prunus Hotel • Night Rose • Green Village Apartments Mid-range Accommodation • Mountains of the Moon Hotel • Fort Motel • Kalya Courts Luxury Accommodation • Nyeika Hotel • Kyaninga Lodge Day 2 Chimpanzee tracking and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park After early morning breakfast, your driver will take you for chimpanzee tracking activity which takes about 3 hours in Kibale Forest National Park where you will view a variety of monkeys, birds, butterflies in the tropical rain forest. After Chimpanzee tracking, you will be transferred to Queen National Park. On arrival have lunch at your hotel and after lunch goes for an afternoon boat cruise for 2 hours at Kazinga Channel where you will view buffaloes, Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of bird species. After the boat cruise, you go for an evening game drive as you head back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Budget Accommodation • Tembo Safri Lodge • UWA Banda's • Lions Track Over land Mid-range Accommodation • Kasenyi Safari Lodge • Engiri Lodge • Bush Lodge Luxury Accommodation • Mweya Safari Lodge • King Fisher Day 3 Ishasha Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi Have an early morning breakfast and depart to Ishasha sector to search the tree climbing lions in the fig trees as well spot elephants, topis, water backs, kobs and buffaloes. After a 2 hours game viewing, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On arrival, check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Budget Accommodation • Ruhondeza • Ruhija Community Rest Camp Mid-range Accommodation • Gorilla Friends Luxury Accommodation • Rushaga Gorilla Camp Day 4 Gorilla Experience and Visit Lake Bunyonyi Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the UWA offices for a briefing about the Gorilla tracking experience in the thick tropical rain forest of Bwindi. After the briefing, embark on a 3-hour trek in the jungle searching for the Gorilla family, when you find the family you're tracking, you will spend an hour with these might apes as you learn more about them and take memorable life tie photos. Later after tracking the gorillas, head to Lake Bunyonyi, a place that some travellers have with tears described as the most beautiful on earth. The hilly landscape, the about 30 islands connected like dots in the Garden of Eden should leave you breathless! You can choose to take an optional local boat ride to “Punishment Island” and see where the myth has it that non-virgins were left to die several decades ago as punishment. Listen to the tale of this place as you savour the scenery, the beauty of the most beautiful place on a late afternoon, depart Bunyonyi and spend the night in Kabale town. Optional tour of Kabale museum for some beautiful Bakiga folklore. Budget Accommodation • Lake Bunyonyi ECO resort • Itambira Island Mid-range Accommodation • Lake Bunynyi Eco Resort Luxury Accommodation • Overland Hotel • Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Day 5 Transfer to Entebbe International Airport with a stopover at Igongo cultural extravaganza/Equator After breakfast embark on a 7-8 hour drive to Entebbe Airport via Mbarara - Masaka high way with a stopover at the Equator at this imaginary line that dives the world into two hemispheres (Time for photo shoot & and a practical compelling experiment of seeing water swirl in two different directions. You will have lunch at Igongo cultural museum and a detour of the museum for a true cultural extravaganza from the great stories, artefacts etc. Across the road from the museum, visit and climb the imposing iconic “Biharwe Eclipse" monument, which was dated by astronomers and historians to have taken place in the year 1520 AD. This was the only scientifically dated event in the early history of the Great Lakes region, the eclipse, which was acknowledged in the legends of Bunyoro, Buganda and Nkore, became the key benchmark that was used by historians to determine royal genealogies of those kingdoms.

Kampala/Enteebe: Kidepo Valley Park and Karamoja 7-Day Trip

7. Kampala/Enteebe: Kidepo Valley Park and Karamoja 7-Day Trip

Explore the Karamoja region on a 7-day trip with meals and accommodations from Kampala or Enteebe. Meet local people and visit Sipi Falls, Moroto, Karamajong village, and Mount Morungole. Look for animals like lions and buffalo on two game drives at the Kidepo Valley National Park. Day 1: Be picked up from Kampala or Enteebe in a comfortable and air-conditioned car and begin our journey to Sipi Falls. Have a tasty lunch and do the Sipi Falls walk in the afternoon. Stay for the night in the Sipi Falls lodge which has an amazing view of the falls. Day 2: Sit back and relax on the day to Moroto. Take in views of the countryside on the drive. Have time to unwind in your cozy cottage at the Mt Moroto hotel. Day 3:Visit a traditional Karamajong village, called a Manyatta and step back in time and learn about local culture with the exhibits at the Karamoja historic museum. In the afternoon, go to the edge of the Karamoja region, to the town of Kaabong and stay at the Kaabong Resort hotel. Day 4: Climb up Mount Morungole to meet the Ik people, one of the smallest ethnic groups of Uganda. Hear the Nilo-saharan language spoken listen to their story and learn more about their lifestyle. In the evening spend time with locals around the campfire or hike to the mount Murongole. Come back to the hotel in the evening and stay another night at the Kaabong resort hotel. Day 5:Hike down Mount Morungole and head to Kidepo to spend the rest of the day on a game drive. Spot local wildlife like elephants, giraffes, hyenas, and leopards. Spend the night at the Kidepo Savannah Lodge. Day 6: Drive thorugh the Kidepo Valley National Park on a second game drive which will give you the chance to see more wildlife. Return to your accommodation in the park at the Kidepo savannah lodge at the end of your tour. Day 7: Return to Kampala or Enteebe through Gulu, so that you can take in the sights on a different course than before.

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