12th-22th May 2023
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Late evening arrival through Entebbe International Airport, we will be greeted by our guide; transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast, we will begin our adventure driving northwest to Masindi and Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park, which offers beautiful scenery of savannah acacia grasslands to the north and tropical forests to the south.
We will stop for a nature walk at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the breeding project that saw the rebirth of endangered white rhinos. You can see them up close as you walk freely in the reserve. We will have lunch before proceeding to the national park; we will reach the Nile River where the beautiful Murchison Falls create a narrow canyon of water. We will be able to observe this spectacle from the top of the falls. On the way back to the lodge we will have the chance to go on an incredible photo safari. We will arrive at the lodge for an exquisite dinner. Overnight stay.
Note: Today’s drive is approximately 6 hours, part of it on a dirt road within the park.
After breakfast, early in the morning we will start our first safari, of the day, exploring the savannah in the Nile delta on Lake Albert on the north shore. We will be able to observe and take memorable photographic shots of animals in nature, it will be possible to find elephants, lions, buffaloes, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, very rarely, leopards. We will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, another unmissable safari in the park. Dinner and overnight in lodge.
After breakfast we will leave the National Park heading southwest along the escarpment of Lake Albert and the Rift Valley, with breathtaking panoramic sceneries. Drive to Fort Portal, the capital of the kingdom of Tooro, which lies in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, the largest mountain range in Africa. Lunch followed by an afternoon chimpanzee trek in the Kibale forest. Other primates that we will be able to see include black and white colobus, red-tailed monkey and velvet monkey. Dinner and overnight in Kibale.
Notes: Today the transfer is about 6 hours by car, on a dirt road whose conditions will vary depending on rainfall.
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, we will cross a very interesting area from a landscape point of view and not only; we will be surrounded by volcanic lakes on a hilly area, moreover there will be the opportunity to stop along the countless villages to make some portraits of the locals, it will be a wonderful experience. Lunch, and in the afternoon, we will board the most exciting safari boat along the Kazinga Channel, one of Uganda’s most famous sites for its concentration of wildlife, birdlife and opportunities for good photography. We will also see many hippos, buffaloes and elephants that will come down to drink in the canal. Another incredible photographic safari awaits us before we return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Early in the morning, we will go on safari along the trails of the Queen Elizabeth National Park as we proceed south towards the plains of Ishasha. We will have lunch with breathtaking views of the savannah. We will reach Bwindi National Park by evening . Dinner and overnight with a beautiful view of Lake Mulehe.
Note: Today transfer can take up to 6 hours and depends on roads conditions and on the location of the gorilla permits. The choice of the area of the gorilla safari depends on the availability of permits.
After breakfast, we set off in our jeep to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. We are in the natural habitat of mountain gorillas, which are unfortunately on the verge of extinction due to poaching. Once we reach the meeting point with the rangers, we will have a briefing before starting this wonderful experience. We will walk through the rainforest until we find the mountain gorilla family; we will spend as much time with them as our respective permits allow. It will be something truly unique, because we will be able to witness their daily life, seeing them play, fight, socialise is priceless, and we will be able to take some crazy photographs. It will be necessary to bring a packed lunch and water in the bag that we will take in the morning directly from the lodge. I recommend the support of the porters, it serves to help and support the local population, plus raise awareness and keep poachers away. When our time runs out, we will start walking back to our starting point. During the rest of the day, we will see how much time we have available, to make the most of every moment; we can visit the local market, or otherwise if we are very tired we can return to the lodge to enjoy the sunset, perhaps looking at the shots taken during the day. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
In the morning after breakfast we will leave our lodge and later enter the tropical rainforest of Mgahinga, for the Golden Monkey trekking; you will be enchanted, it is one of my favourite forests, we are on the border with Rwanda, and then the Volcanoes National Park and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The activity starts at 8am and we will follow the guides and rangers in a group of up to eight people as we search for the endangered golden monkey family. It will be necessary to bring a packed lunch and water in the bag we will take in the morning directly from the lodge. I recommend porter support, it helps to help and support the local population, plus raise awareness and keep poachers away. Dinner and overnight at the lodge with the beautiful view of Lake Mulehe.
After breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest of Ugandan National Parks. Lunch en route. We will immediately go on a photographic safari, perhaps catching a glimpse of the beautiful eland, the largest species of impala, as well as antelope, buffalo, zebra and many giraffe, hippo and countless bird species. Lake Mburo offers many photographic opportunities, and an interesting optional activity is a boat trip with a local guide. We return to the lodge for dinner.
Note: Today transfer is about 4 hours’ drive, through tarmac roads.
After breakfast, we will go in search of the beautiful surrounding nature, this will be our last safari. Lunch on the way, and return to Entebbe. Once in the capital, we will have plenty of time to relax in our hotel and take a shower before heading to the airport to catch our flight home.
End of our wonderful experience in the African Pearl.