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Group size: Max 16
Tour Code : DRI02
Single Supplement : EUR 135 (2018 rate)
Safari Vehicle Type: 13-seater overland truck
“The Pearl of Africa” – Uganda offers a unique diversity of wildlife, natural beauty, and friendly inhabitants that all combine to make the country one of Africa’s hidden gems. This tour includes famous attractions of trekking in indigenous forests to see wild Gorilla’s and Chimpanzee’s, as well as exploring vast water-ways, mystical villages hidden in mist, and the lesser known sights of Tree Climbing Lions, huge pods of Hippopotamus, and of course the endless variety of plains animals.
DAY 1: ENTEBBE – LAKE MBURO NAT. PARK
Departing from Cassia Lodge near Entebbe at 08h00, we make our way through the outskirts of the vibrant capital city – Kampala before starting our journey west. On our route today we will visit the drum market, a fruit market, and we will stop at the Equator. This afternoon we enter the Lake Mburo National Park, known for its plains game and large Hippo population – we camp the night on the Lake shore.
DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
We start the day with a game drive / walk and then exit the park to travel through a landscape of rolling hills littered with banana plantations and herds of impressive long-horned Ankole cattle. This afternoon we travel on rough mountain roads, passing remote villages – often shrouded in mist, toward the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Our camp for the night is at the edge of the forest.
DAY 3 – 4: BWINDI GORILLA TREK
On one of these days we will partake in what is undoubtedly the highlight of the tour – Gorilla Trekking! We split up into small groups and with local guides, trek up into the forest to locate and spend time with a family of these few remaining wild Mountain Gorillas. As the Gorilla permits are limited we will allow two days for all of the group to partake, should all permits be available on day 4 we would visit Lake Bunyoni on Day 3. Whilst not Gorilla trekking we will enjoy village walks and will spend time searching for the magnificent birds inhabiting the fringe of the forest.
DAY 5 – 6: QUEEN ELISABETH NAT. PARK – ISHASHA
Leaving the mountains and forests behind us, we drop down to the grasslands of the Queen Elisabeth National Park, here we will spend two nights camping at a remote camp. Besides abundant mammal, reptile, and bird species, Ishasha is renowned for its huge tree climbing Lions. We will game drive extensively searching the tall fig trees for Lion, and the savannah for other game.
DAY 7: Q. E. NAT. PARK – CHIMPANZEE’S
Packing up camp, we travel the length of the Park and through the Maramagambo Forest where we hope to encounter wild Chimpanzee and an amazing variety of birdlife. Arriving at Kyambura Gorge this afternoon, we have the option of an additional guided Chimpanzee trek here ( own expense). Tonight we camp in the vicinity.
DAY 8: RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
This morning we will travel through the Park before continuing north to the Rwenzori – “Mountains of the Moon”. After setting up camp at a local community centre, we will enjoy a lengthy walk through numerous rural villages and up into the forest to the Rwenzori lookout point. Rising some 5000 meters above sea level, the slopes of these mountains are covered in tropical forest and yet the peaks are often snow-capped, a bewildering sight considering their proximity to the Equator.
DAY 9: MURCHISON FALLS NAT. PARK
An early start, we leave the Mountains behind us and descend into the luminous green tea plantations surrounding Fort Portal. We cover vast distance today and mostly on rough roads. Our destination tonight is the Kaniyo-Pabidi camp in Murchison Falls National Park, this camp is managed by the Jane Goodall Institute and provides relatively comfortable facilities.
DAY 10: MURCHISON FALLS / VICTORIA NILE
Early this morning we set off on a guided walk in search of a group of habituated Chimpanzees. We hope to spend an hour with the group before returning to camp. Then it’s off to Murchison Falls, a narrow gap though which the Nile River falls 40m into the Rift Valley. We will spend some time here exploring the Fall’s. Next we travel downstream to cross the Nile in order to enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the Park. We will camp tonight in a big game area.
DAY 11: ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
Rising early, we board a boat that will then take us on a leisurely cruise slowly down the Nile River – along the way we hope to catch a glimpse of the rare Shoebill stork as well as a multitude of other animals. (At times it may not be possible to travel by boat – we will then drive by road.) Reunited with our vehicle, we exit the Park and travel to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a project established to reintroduce Rhino into their original habitat in protected areas. Camp the night.
DAY 12: JINJA
This morning, clients who wish to, may partake in tracking Rhino on foot through the thick bush (own expense). After packing up camp for the last time, we set off for Jinja where we spend our last night in relative comfort at Adrift camp. Tonight we enjoy an own expense dinner at the restaurant to celebrate our adventures.
DAY 13: JINJA to ENTEBBE
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. The truck will head back to Entebbe at 14:00 to miss the peak our Kampala Traffic. Clients are welcome to jump on this transfer at no additional costs however we cannot adjust this time as the guide have post tour responsibilities to attend to.
However the Nile River offers some of the wildest one day White Water Rafting in the world – a day’s adventure not to be missed. From the Adrift camp clients are also able to spend a day exploring a local community project. Both of these activities are optional and own expense. We advise those that would like to catch our 14:00 transfer back to Entebbe to organised HALFDAY TRIPS on this day. If you wish to enjoy or simply wish to relax at the “Source of the Nile” or spend an extra night at the camp you are more than welcome to book a post night in Jinja
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DEPARTURES :Every Second Sunday