18 Days Cultural Experience and Wildlife

18 Days explore the Pearl of Africa

18 Days explore the Pearl of Africa; Traverse and discover Uganda’s natural beauty and diverse cultures from the central to the east, north and western regions, experiencing the varied beautiful landscapes, traditions and sceneries. Visit all of the most awesome National Parks of Uganda

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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

You will be picked by our driver/guide who will transfer you to Airport link Entebbe for overnight. He will brief you about the tour and what time to pick you on the second day.

Day 2: To Kidepo Valley National Park

Early morning after breakfast, we will leave Entebbe for Kidepo Valley National Park which is in the northern part of Uganda. We will stop at Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos. You will have a quick lunch and then proceed to kitgum overnight at Cactus Hotel Kitgum

DAY 03 : Transfer to Kidepo

After breakfast proceed to Kidepo Valley National Park, check in at your hotel and later do an afternoon game drive in the beautiful Kidepo valley national park.This National park ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. From Apoka, in the heart of the national park, a savanna landscape extends in all directions, far beyond the gazetted area of 1442km2, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges.

Budget accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Self-contained Tents) Comfortable accommodation: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Non self-contained Tents)

DAY 04 : Morning game drive and cultural experience.

Kidepo Valley inhabits one of the most exciting faunas of any Ugandan parks, with over 80 species of mammals several of which are endemic to Kidepo National Park like the cheetah, the striped hyena the caracal and over 465 bird species including the ostriches. In the afternoon visit the Karamojong village to learn more about their culture, music and dance Karamoja has a cattle culture and the Karamojong are notorious as cattle raiders. Unlike most other Ugandans, many Karamojong shun western-style clothes and instead wear “traditional” dress of a blanket -like shawl, often in red and black. The women wear elaborate beadwork. Budget accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Non self-contained Tents) Comfortable accommodation: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Self-contained Tents)

DAY 05 : TO Murchison Falls National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast, and then leave for Murchison falls national park the northern sector with lunch along the way. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. There are a lot of animals to see on your way to the hotel through the park such as elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents. We reach Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries later in the afternoon. Here we will stay and with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile the evening will come with all the noise of an African night. Driving time: ± 5 hours Budget accommodation: Pakuba lodge

DAY 06 : In Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning head for a game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After lunch, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. Here you will see the River Nile said to be the 2nd longest river in the world crush through a narrow gorge and forming the magnificent Murchison fall. While on the cruise you will see hippos, crocodiles elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob among others. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. Overnight at your lodge. Accommodation at Pakuba lodge Comfortable accommodation: Fort Murchison (self-contained rooms)

DAY 07 : To Kibale Forest National Park

After your very early morning breakfast drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and pass traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon, and the town was named after a British Special Commissioner for Uganda Sir. Gerald Portal, whose statue graces the main road of the town. Kibale Forest National Park is one of Africa’s greatest tropical rain forests, and is home to a number of forest wildlife, most notably 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, and 375 species of birds. We traverse through Ugandan traditional Villages where you see people in gardens nurturing their traditional crops such as millet, sorghum, beans and maize. Keep eyes open for some bird species along the roads such as Long-Crested Eagles, Double-Toothed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Fan-tailed Widowbird, sunbirds and weavers as we travel. We shall have a stopover at Fort portal town for late lunch, and after continue to our accommodation, check-in and have an evening off relaxing. Driving time: ± 5 hours Budget accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (Non self-contained tents) Comfortable accommodation: – Kiable Forest Camp (self-contained rooms)

DAY 08 : Chimp walk and Swamp Walk

After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primates. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Red colobus, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search for Wild chimpanzees. We have the opportunity to do a community/Swamp walk in Bigodi after your chimp tracking . Accommodation: Kibale Forest camp (Non self-contained tents) Comfortable accommodation: – Kiable Forest Camp (self-contained rooms)

DAY 09 : TO Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth. Via Fort Portal we reach at midday Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. In the late afternoon we will make a game drive. Driving time: ± 5,5 hours Budget accommodation:- Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Non self-contained Tents) Comfortable accommodation: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (self-contained Tents)

DAY 10 : In Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be superb. Expect to see a lot aquatic birds, hippos, crocodiles. We then retire back to our accommodation for dinner and overnight Budget accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (Non self-contained Tents) Comfortable accommodation: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp (self-contained Tents)

DAY 11 : In Queen Elizabeth NP Ishasha sector (Tree climbing lions)

After an early breakfast, we do a second game drive before embarking on a journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Long-horned Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. We then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.On this day we proceed to Ishasha sector famously known for its climbing lions and having the biggest population of Topis. Budget accommodation: Enjojo Tents (Non self-contained Tents) Comfortable accommodation: Enjojo Bandas (self-contained Tents)

DAY 12 : Morning drive in search for more wild and have an afternoon rest.

DAY 13 : Transfer to Bwindi.

In the morning we leave Bwindi for Kisoro, the bad road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. Driving time: ± 4 hours Comfortable accommodation: Trakker’s Ruhija (self-contained rooms)

DAY 14 : Gorilla tracking

We will head to the briefing point at the park headquarters and from here you will be briefed about the does and don’ts while in the jungle forest with the gentle Giants. You will be provided with walking sticks and you are also advised to have your lunch parked with enough drinking water. The Gorillas share with us humans 95% of their genes and starring into their pondering eyes is as overwhelming as it is awesome. After tracking we will travel back to our lodge, relax, dine and overnight. Comfortable accommodation: – Trekkers Ruhija (self-contained rooms)

DAY 15 : Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Relaxing at this beautiful where you have the option of doing a boat cruise and get know more history about this beautiful lake, this lake consists of 29 small islands with different historical backgrounds. Accommodation: Crater bay cottages Bunyonyi. Comfortable accommodation: – Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (self-contained rooms)

DAY 16 : To Lake Mburo National Part

AEarly in the morning we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, a smaller but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. If staying in budget accommodation this afternoon will be for the village/cultural walk. Driving time: ± 5,5 hours Budget accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents) Comfortable accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents)

DAY 17 : In Lake Mburo National Park

Early morning, we will go for a game walk. In the afternoon a boat trip on Lake Mburo followed by another game drive in the afternoon / early evening. This little park hosts a variety of animals, that is to say 68 mammal species, including a large number of impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. There are 315 bird species including; shoebill stork, red faced barbet, crested crane, papyrus yellow warbler. The vegetation is mainly open Savannah of Acacia trees, Olea and Boscia.Lake Mburo is a natural haven for fauna and flora. The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffalos come to drink during the dry season. Others include; impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. The wide variety of resident birds includes Malachite Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, African Fish Eagles, Rufous Long-tailed Starlings, Blue-headed Weavers, Green-necked Doves, Hammerkops, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants and even rare Shoebills. Budget accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents) Comfortable accommodation: – Eagle’s Nest Camp (Non self-contained standing tents)

DAY 18 : To Kampala / Entebbe.

Having a stopover at the equator monument and also doing water experience.

Safari Cost Includes Our Safari cost exclude:
»Airport Transfer
»Full board accommodation
»Full-time English speaking professional driver/guide
»All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
»Bottled water while on safari
»Transport 4×4 safari Van
»Meals as specified in Itinerary
»Park Fee and ferry crossing
»For short trips, accommodation on arrival and departure are not included, but can be arranged on request.
»Laundry services
»Beverages/ drinks
»One Gorilla Permit per person @ $ 700.00
» Medical Insurance
»Visas (Uganda @ $50, East Africa @ $100 )

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