AVU009 – UGANDA WILDLIFE SAFARI (7 DAYS)

This unforgettable safari leads you to Murchison falls Nation Park- one of Uganda’s most exciting parks with a variety of tourist attractions services and activities. It is a home of wildlife like; elephants, giraffe or ibis and a variety of antelopes. The Park is bisected by the mighty river Nile – the world’s longest river- whose banks inhabit crocodiles, buffaloes, densest hippos and dazzling water birds. Proceed to Semliki wildlife reserve, its well known for its wildlife like the; Uganda kobs, elephants, the bird species on Lake Albert.

Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park- the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lots of small game and rare birds. Experience the launch cruise on Kazinga channel where you will be able to view the different wildlife as they come to cool of after a hot day.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

Day 2: Game Viewing / Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Tranfer to Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

Day 4: Boat ride – Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

Day 5: Game viewing / Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura gorge

Day 7: Return Trip to Kampala

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park
Leave Kampala at 0800hrs. Drive through the famous Luwero triangle. Take a stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. Continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue on, taking a ferry across the river to Paraa Safari Lodge. Game viewing on the way is very good; look out for hippos, elephants, buffalos and many other animals, seen grazing on the banks of the river.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Travel Time: About 6 hours

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 2: Game Viewing / Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, you will be transferred to northern part of the park for a game drive. View Elephants, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Lions, and a variety of bird species.

We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Bwana Tembo Lodge (Mid-range),

Red Chilli Tented Camp (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 3: Tranfer to Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

After breakfast, you will depart by road for Semliki Wildlife Reserve; this is a long and will take you down the eastern side of Lake Albert. Semliki reserve is situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley. It is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa with wonderful examples of Riparian forest, gallery rain forest, borassus palm forest, and short and high grass savannas. Chimps exist next to elephant, lion and buffalo as well as the usual western Uganda species. Following dinner we will go on a night drive. This is the only place in Uganda where you can do a spot lit night drive. You never know what you may see. Often the big cats are sighted as well as the diminutive genet and serval cats.

Unusual nocturnal dwellers also show themselves, such as the white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged nightjars depending on the time of year. There are always surprises on the night drives.

Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Mountain of the Moon (Mid-range)

Rwenzori view guest house (Basic).

Meal plan: Full Board

Travel time: About 5 hours

Day 4: Boat ride – Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

After breakfast climb aboard the vehicle with a packed lunch for a boat trip on Lake Albert to see the incredible and rare Shoebill, visually a cross between a dodo and a dinosaur. The lake is superb. There are sand cliffs where brightly colored colonies of red-throated bee-eaters dart in and out of their burrows, there are waterfalls several kilometers up the lake which provide a great picnic spot, and several fishing villages along the way, virtually untouched by the ‘western world’. The drive back to the Lodge through the borassus palm forest and the acacia savannah reveals different species of raptors and passerines.

Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Mountain of the Moon (Mid-range)

Rwenzori view guest house (Basic).

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 5: Game viewing / Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

An early morning game drive will give you a different perspective on the park and animals in it. Return to the Lodge for a late, but leisurely breakfast. On leaving Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, you will drive through the attractive green countryside eventually ascending the Western Rift Valley to Fort Portal. From here we will continue on to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will pass through the beautiful scenery of the foothills of the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch.

After lunch you will go for an afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. This will give you a chance to view and photograph hippos, buffalos, elephants, bushbucks, warthogs and a variety of bird life.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Kyambura Game Lodge or Katara Lodge (Mid-range),

Enganzi Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Travel Time: About 6 hours.

Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura gorge

Rise early and drive to Kyambura gorge for a thrilling chimpanzee Safari. The guided walk may last 3-5 hours depending on weather conditions and the movement of these chimps. In addition to seeing chimps, the walk may yield sightings of colobus, vervet, red-tailed monkeys, baboons and other primates.

Return to the lodge for lunch and relax by the side of the swimming pool before going for an evening game drive to the Kasenyi area of the park. Here you may be able to see hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas, and leopards, bush bucks, the stripped jackal and of course the several warthogs.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Kyambura Game Lodge or Katara Lodge (Mid-range),

Enganzi Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 7: Return Trip to Kampala

After a hearty breakfast, you will depart with a packed lunch to Kampala arriving in the afternoon. This drive will take you across the Equator where you will stop for an informative talk as well as a photographic opportunity.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Travel Time:About 7 Hours

End of Uganda Wildlife Safari (7 days)

The Safari Package Covers:

Park Entry
Boat ride
Launch cruise along Kazinga channel and the Nile
Cultural Tour
Park Ranger Fees.
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (6 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Air Fares
Visa Fees
Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$)
Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)