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This 6 day trip will give the best of South Western Uganda, from watching lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park to a mesmerizing mountain gorilla experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The trip combines the best of Uganda's wildlife, landscapes and cultural encounters within 6 days.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda

You will be picked from Entebbe Airport by a guide driver. You will then be brought to your booked hotel of choice in Kampala. If you arrive on time, we will take you around Kampala for city tours.

Day 2: Drive to Bwindi

Together with our experienced guide driver, you will drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda. You will stop at the Equator for photograph opportunity and proceed for lunch at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara. You will drive across beautiful parts of the countryside with great landscape sceneries and after Kabale town, you will be welcomed by bamboo forests and superb views over the Virunga Mountains. You will be booked into a lodge of choice, from luxury to budget and that will determine your meal plan.

Day 3 - Gorilla Tracking

This time, be ready for a rare encounter with one of gentle giants- the Mountain Gorilla. This is no doubt the absolute highlight of a tour to Uganda for most visitors. It is a humbling experience to stand metres from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones.

After a briefing by park authorities, you will embark on a forest trek lasting from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range spontaneously in the thick forest.

There are 10 habituated gorilla families and you will be privileged to encounter and spend time with one of the families that can be visited by a group of eight people per day! Bwindi Impenetrable Forest also hosts five other species of primates, 113 mammals, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. So, this is more than a gorilla destination.

You will enjoy an exciting journey along forested slopes, bushes and bamboo before you ultimately reach the gorilla family. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly awesome and emotional experience.

Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth through interesting and captivating landscapes. Stop in Ishasha sector for the tree-climbing lions. On lucky day, you will find these self-styled kings of the jungle hunting! After the lion experience, you check in your hotel room and enjoy the best experience in the heart of the most beautiful savanna park.

Day 5: Game Safaris and Kazinga Channel Launch

After an early breakfast, go for a long game drive starting just in time to see game as they have their “breakfast”. This park offers variety of wildlife, be assured of a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. Our experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk will help you track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard.

In the afternoon, you will have a boat launch on Kazinga Channel, the oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park! Taking a boat tour along Kazinga Channel will give you a chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shoreline.

With a guaranteed seat on the boat and great views, there you will be entertained to over 60 bird species that can be spotted during the trip while expert ranger guides narrate the creatures’ stories.

Day 6: Return to Kampala through Fort Portal

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala through Fort Portal. This return drive gives an opportunity to view the misty ranges of Rwenzori Mountains. Please let us know if you want us to arrange accommodation for this night. You have time to depart to Entebbe Airport as this journey takes up to 10 hours, favuorable for flights scheduled from 10 pm and upwards.

Check out our other itineraries for more experiences to choose from. We are open to a customized trip arranged by you!

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Explore Uganda’s most popular tourist destination with diverse ecosystems including Kyambura Gorge, an underground tropical forest in the middle of savanna grassland!

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda

You will be picked from Entebbe Airport by a guide driver who will bring you to Kampala for an overnight. If you arrive on time, the driver will take you around Kampala for city tours.

 Day 2: Travel through Fort Portal

Our experienced guide driver will pick you up early from your hotel in Kampala and you drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park through Fort Portal, where you will stop for lunch. Fort Portal is about 3 hours' drive away from Queen Elizabeth National Park. Early arrival will allow you to go for a short game-drive into the park. You will stay at Kyambura Safari Lodge where you will be entertained at night by roaring lions and elephant visits near your banda.

Day 3 – Game Drives and Boat Launch on Kazinga

After an early breakfast, you go for a long game drive starting just in time to see game as they have their “breakfast”. This park offers variety of wildlife, be assured of a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. Our experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk will help you track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard. You will be directed to Ishasha sector to look for the famous tree-climbing lions.

In the afternoon, you will have a boat launch on Kazinga Channel, the oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park! Taking a boat tour along Kazinga Channel will give you a chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shoreline.

With a guaranteed seat on the boat and great views, there you will be entertained to over 60 bird species that can be spotted during the trip while expert ranger guides narrate the creatures’ stories.

 4-Day Cultural and community Experience

Early in the morning, visit Katwe Tourism Information Centre, with unusual lake that is far too salty to support much wildlife – though since the 16th Century it has ensured the survival of the Katwe villagers, who spend their days under the equatorial sun, walking the network of paths that cross-cross the lake and harvesting salt from its milky waters. Katwe Salt Lake Tour gives a unique insight into the fascinating yet tough process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. See villagers at work on the lake, cross the mud walkways and enter a traditional grass hut. You will also pass the nearby bird sanctuary lake, home to thousands of birds, including flamingoes from October to May.

You could be welcomed to a traditional homestead where you can enjoy cooking demonstrations that introduce you to the region’s cuisine, and there is also a trip to the local school. You will be offered a private shade to enjoy your lunchbox (packed lunch)

In the afternoon, we will take you to Kikorongo Women’s group for more cultural encounters. Kikorongo means “Too Much Sunshine” in the local language of Lukonzo – but the heat of the African plains has not diminished the energy of the Kikorongo Equator Cultural Performers! This vibrant performance, which takes place at the group’s permanent home, near the park, is a wonderful glimpse of life in Kikorongo, with dance, drama, music and fire-making. While a local interpreter explains the significance of the performances, you can sit back and watch village life unfold in front of you!

Kikorongo’s African ArtCraft Workshops will teach you how to weave baskets and bowls using natural fibers – it´s not as easy as the teachers make it look! They also demonstrate how to recycle magazines into colorful paper beads, which can be made into unique necklaces. If your own craft skills are not up to scratch, beautiful items made by the women´s group, such as baskets, bowls, purses and woven belts, are available to purchase.

Day 5: Chimp Tracking and Explosion Craters Views

The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment; it will teach you about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, including vegetation types; bird identification and behavior; and chimp and monkey ecology.

Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, you stand a pretty good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they are habituated. Tours last between one and three hours and start at 8 am daily. This also offers you a great birding opportunity and more game views.

In the afternoon, you will be driven between the Kabatoro gate and Queen’s Pavilion (27km drive), this gives you views of the enormous craters, circular lakes, the Rift Valley escarpment and the Kazinga channel, all in front of the mighty backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains. The 72 huge round basins scattered across the equator will give you more evidence of the Albertine Rift’s bubbling volcanic past.

Day 6: Drive Back to Kampala through Mbarara

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala. You will have your lunch after Mbarara town, at Igongo Cultural Center. You can add more days to enjoy Lake Mburo National Park that is just on your way or extend the journey to gorilla parks for unforgettable mountain gorilla tracking experience (check our Lake Mburo and Bwindi itineraries for details). A stopover at the equator (after Masaka town) for pictures and some souvenir shopping is memorable. Your driver/ guide will drop you back at your accommodation in Kampala (accommodation not included).

Journey Time 8 hours

Check out our other itineraries for more experiences to choose from. We are open to a customized trip arranged by you!

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Mesmerizing mountain gorilla experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a true highlight of a trip to Uganda.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda

You will be picked from Entebbe Airport by a guide driver who will bring you to Kampala for an overnight. If you arrive on time, the driver will take you around Kampala for city tours.

Day 2: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Together with our guide driver, set off from Kampala and drive to Bwindi in the South-Western part of Uganda near the borders with Rwanda and DR Congo. You cross a magnificent part of the country and see the great impressive countryside, bamboo forests, banana plantations and marvelous views over the Virunga Mountains. You will make stopover at a local restaurant on roadside for lunch (meal not inclusive).

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This time, be ready for a rare encounter with one of gentle giants - the Mountain Gorilla. This is no doubt the absolute highlight of a tour to Uganda for most visitors. It is a humbling experience to stand metres from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones.

After a briefing by park authorities, you will embark on a forest trek lasting from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range spontaneously in the thick forest.

There are 10 habituated gorilla families and you will be privileged to encounter and spend time with one of the families that can be visited by a group of eight people per day! Bwindi Impenetrable Forest also hosts five other species of primates, 113 mammals, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. So, this is more than a gorilla destination.

You will enjoy an exciting journey along forested slopes, bushes and bamboo before you ultimately reach the gorilla family. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly awesome and emotional experience.

Day 4: Drive Back to Kampala

Drive back to Kampala after breakfast. You will stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for refreshment and get a feel of Ankole culture. Your driver will also stop at the equator for the memorable photo opportunity and souvenir shopping.

Depending on your schedule, we can book for accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe. BUT if you wish to fly out, your flight should not be earlier than 10 pm. The journey from Kisoro to Kampala is 10 - 12 hours.

This trip offers you a chance to spend a few more days to visit Lake Bunyonyi (Africa’s second deepest lake) or Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for the Tree-Climbing Lions and more game sights and birding. Visit our itinerary for Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Age

Minimum age of 16 years

 

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Come and discover a variety of birdlife, including rare species, while you are guided by some of the most experienced local birding guides. With over 1,000 bird species recorded in Uganda, this is a birders' paradise. We will take you to the best hotspots and be sure to have a great Ugandan tour as you enjoy excellent diversity of habitats and animal life.

Trip Highlights

o The rare Shoebill
o Hundreds of tropical bird species
o The regal crested crane
o Good safari accommodation
o Game drives
o Boat cruises
o Murchison Falls –World's most powerful waterfall

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Our experienced bird guide driver will meet you at Entebbe Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to your hotel of choice in Kampala. Depending on the time of arrival, we may start our safari with bird watching around the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, before going to the city. Overnight Kampala (BB)

Day 2: Travel to Budongo Forest

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Budongo Forest Reserve, which is a five-hour drive from the capital Kampala. Your lunch will be ready at Budongo Eco Lodge that sits in the heart of Budongo Forest Reserve. Budongo is one of the largest forests in Uganda with an incredible biodiversity, including nine different primates, 360 bird species and 290 different types of butterflies.

In the afternoon, get into the forest for a short bird-walk. You will spend a night at Budongo Eco Lodge (FB).

Day 3: Birding in Budongo and drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Wake up early to walk the Royal Mile track. Your guide will tell you the rich tales associated with the track while birds sing for you. You will not miss African dwarf, blue-breasted and chocolate-backed kingfishers, Cassin's hawk eagle, Nahan's partridge, white-thighed hornbill, yellow-billed barbet, lemon-billed and lemon-bellied crombec, black-capped apalis, forest and chestnut-caped and yellow-footed flycatchers, Jameson's wattle-eye, Ituri bati and black-eared ground thrus.

After this beautiful forest birding, your guide will drive you into Murchison Falls NP, and you will spend a night at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB).

Day 4: Birding, game drives and boat cruise

You are in Uganda's largest national park with its stunning nature. After breakfast, go for an early long boat safari to the delta and look for the rare Shoebill! You won't miss the fish-eagle, Goliath heron, saddle-billed stork, African jacana, piedand malachite kingfishers, African skimmer, piac-piac, rock pratincole, black-winged red bishop, yellow-mantled widowbird and some migrates. The Nile escarpments are home of the nesting and colorful red-throated bee-eaters. Return to the Lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you can go for a game drive, where you will sight elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards and many different antelope and several bird species. You can also choose to go to the top of the falls and have a great view of Murchison Falls – the world's most powerful waterfall. You will spend a night at Paraa Lodge (FB).

Day 5: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

Take a beautiful drive further west through the green countryside and tea plantations that lead you into Fort Portal. Stopover for lunch and continue for an extra one-hour drive to Kibale Forest, where you will stay at Primate Lodge that is in the heart of the Forest (FB).

Day 6: Kibale Forest, Bigodi Swamp

In the morning, you will enter the forest for a guided birding walk, where you will encounter rare species, including the Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, White-collared Oliveback and Papyrus Canary. Kibale is one of the most varied tropical forests in Uganda and is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate, including the chimpanzee, so be at watch to see some of these primates. You will return to the lodge for lunch
in the afternoon, go to Bigodi Swamp for a guided walk along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms. You will see the great blue turaco and many other species, including white-spotted flufftail, yellow-spotted barbet, hairy-breasted barbet, bellow-billed barbet, western nicator, grey-winged robin-chat, white-tailed ant-thrush, brown-backed Scrub-robin, black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, brown-throated wattle-eye, superb sunbird, brown-crowned tchagra, bocage's bush-shrike, black bishop, white-breasted negrofinch, grey parrot and black-crowned waxbill, among others. Return to your lodge through local communities and villages. Overnight at Primate Lodge (BB)

Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will drive along the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains until you reach Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will spend a night at Mweya that is located on the peninsular facing Kazinga Channel that seperates Lake George and Edward. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 8: Game drive and boat safari

Take an early breakfast before going on a long game drive. While searching for birds, you won't miss a wide range of wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, lions, waterbuck, leopards, Uganda kob, warthogs and many more.

After lunch, take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel, where you will see an incredible amount of water-birds, including the yellow-billed and saddle-billed storks, various plovers, pelicans, cormorants, fish eagles, papyrus and the black-headed gonolek. You will spend a night at Mweya Safari Lodge (FB).

Day 9: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP

Take an early breakfast, checkout of your room and drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, do a game-drive searching for the tree-climbing lions and more birdlife, including black bee-eater, the broad billed roller, the Cassin's grey flycatcher, the Ross's Turaco and the double toothed barbet.

Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve; famous for rare mountain gorillas, but also boasts a rich bird list of over 350 bird species. Check in at Buhoma Gorilla Safari Lodge and go for a short walk along the Muyanga River trail in the afternoon to encounter blue kingfisher. (FB)

Day 10: Birding in Bwindi or optional gorilla tracking

Go for a long walk in and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you will have a chance to see the black-billed turaco, dusky and barred long-tailed cuckoos, bar-tailed trogon, black bee-eater, grey-throated barbet, Petit's cuckoo-shrike, Alliot's woodpecker, red-tailed bulbul, yellow-whiskered greenbulls, white-bellied robin-chat, white-tailed ant-thrush, rusty-faced warbler and white-browed crombeck. You will also come across the yellow-eyed black flycatcher, white-tailed blue flycatcher, white-tailed crested monarch, narrow-tailed starling, McKinnon's grey shrike, Luhder's and Doherty's bush-shrikes and black-headed waxbill.

Option to track mountain gorillas will attract US$600 per person for a gorilla permit and this must be booked well in advance (at least three months before departure).

In the afternoon, you can choose to stay at your lodge or do village walk to have an encounter with the local communities. Overnight at Buhoma Gorilla Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 11: Drive to Echuya Forest and Lake Bunyonyi

Drive through the rugged hills of Kisoro before arriving at Echuya Forest, where you have a chance to view the regal and the blue-headed sunbird, the red-faced woodland warbler and the Rwenzori batis, cinnamon bracken warbler, African harrier-hawk and the African hill bubler. You will also be able to view the Chubb's cisticola, cinnamon-chested bee-eater and the white-tailed blue flycatcher.

After this rich birding experience, you will continue to Lake Bunyonyi; regarded as the most beautiful lake of the world by the BBC. Bunyonyi (place of birds) is the second deepest lake in Africa. Overnight at Bunyonyi Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 12: Drive to Lake Mburo

After breakfast, you will begin your journey to Lake Mburo National Park through decorated hills, with cultivated stripes and ridges of Kabale. You will be welcomed by Lake Mburo National Park, which sits on the roadsides of the Kampala-Kabale highway. The park is home to zebras, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. You will also enjoy the sunset on boat cruise. You will spend a night at Mihingo Lodge, which has an impressive ambiance (FB).

Day 13: Bush walk and driver back to Kampala

After breakfast, check out of your room and go on a bush walk with an experienced ranger. You will notice footprints and animal droppings. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range and see several birds. Have lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre and drive to Kampala. Your guide driver will make a stopover at the Equator for a photo opportunity and for you to buy a souvenir. You will spend a night in Kampala (BB).

Day 14: Transfer to airport and departure

Your dedicated guide-driver will be on-time to pick you up to catch your flight. We are glad that we got an opportunity to give you the best of Uganda! We can't wait to receive your trip feedback! Thank You.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This trip gives a chance to have an encounter with the highest primate numbers in one destination. The park is a home to 13 primate species; including the illusive chimpanzees.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda

You will be picked from Entebbe Airport by a guide driver who will bring you to Kampala for an overnight. If you arrive on time, the driver will take you around Kampala for city tours.

Day 2: Drive to Kibale through Fort Portal

Set off from Kampala after breakfast and drive through an incredible scenery of tea plantations and the luxurious green countryside which characterizes so much of western Uganda. Arrive in time for dinner at Primate Lodge in the park.

Day 3: Primate Trail and Bigodi Swamp Walk

After an early breakfast, head out for primate tracking adventure in the forest. As you search for Kibale’s resident chimpanzees, don’t miss other primates such as grey-cheeked mangabays, red colubus, red-tailed and blue monkeys. Your expert guide will share the secrets of the forest’s flora and fauna, guaranteeing you an informative and enjoyable trail.

Visit Bigodi Women’s Group for captivating boardwalk trail through the papyrus swamp of the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. A cultural performance or a sunset drink at a nearby lodge will seal your day.

Day 4: Cultural Tour and onward travel

Go on an enthralling cultural tour of the Bigodi for guided nature walks, homestead visits, where you will see the preparation of food and learn traditional craft demonstrations (basket weaving and paper beads) from Bigodi Women’s Group.

You can choose to continue south to Semliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls National parks (see our itineraries) or return to Kampala. If you love birding, you can spend a few more days and enjoy the birding experience in a place where the tranquil is only interrupted by the melodious sounds of the numerous forest birds.

Check out our other itineraries for more experiences to choose from. We are open to a customized trip arranged by you

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Come and discover one of the best countries for variety of birdlife guided by Uganda's most experienced birding guides. With over 1000 bird species, Uganda is truly a birders heaven. We will take you through humid savannas of Queen Elizabeth National, swamps, tropics of Murchison falls and Budongo, Bwindi, Echuya, Kibale Forest reserves, trek through beautiful landscapes of Mburo N.P, countryside and we guarantee you to view the rare and endemic species including Africa's best Shoebill.                                                                         

Trip Highlights

  • Rare Bird species including shoebill
  • Rare mountain gorilla encounter
  • Explore Lake Bunyonyi-Africa's second deepest lake
  • Game drives
  • Tree climbing lions
  • Boat Cruises on Kazinga Channel
  • Encounter illusive chimpanzees
  • Discover numerous crater lakes
  • Experience Murchison Falls-World's most powerful waterfall
  • Birding at Royal Mile
  • Enjoy rhino experience at Ziwa sanctuary
  • Meet and interact with locals.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Our experienced bird guide driver will meet you at the airport in Entebbe upon your arrival and transfer you to your hotel of choice in Kampala. Depending on the time of arrival, we may start our safari with bird watching around the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe before transfers to the city. Overnight Kampala (BB)

Day 2: Uganda Bird watching safari to Mabamba Bay

Visit the Mabamba Village and its adjacent swamp for a birding affair. Mabamba bay, a labyrinth of channels and lagoons is located about 52 km from Kampala. This is a home to Red-headed Lovebird, African Crowned-Hornbills, and a range of sunbirds including the Green-headed, Green, Red-chested, Collared, Marico and Scarlet-chested. At Mabamba, you will have the best chance to see the shoebill stork. You will enter the swamp with a small boat to look for this huge and prehistoric-looking bird. After this awesome birding, you will proceed to Lake Mburo National Park for an overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge; while driving through the park; you will not miss Lesser Masked Weaver- bird and many more.

Day 3

Rise up early to explore the birding hotspots of Lake Mburo including the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, and the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty. There are also ideally-situated viewing platforms at the salt lick, in Miriti Valley, and in Rubanga Forest. You will view the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross's Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit and Finfoot among others. Return to your lodge for refreshment and lunch
In afternoon, you will be taken to Rubanga Forest (accessed by a vehicle or on foot). This is a real draw for keen birders with rare Red-faced Barbet among many other species. Overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge (BB)

Days 4: Lake Bunyonyi

After an early breakfast you pick drive to Lake Bunyonyi- that was regarded as the most beautiful lake of the world by BBC. The word "Bunyonyi" in the local language means, 'the place of very many little birds' and this deepest Lake in Africa indeed hosts several birds. The Lake is Bilharzia-free and has no crocodiles and Hippos; making it very safe to swim. You will enjoy the scenery and relax and have amazing birding experience on a boat ride. Overnight at Heritage Lodge Tented Camp.

Day 5: Echuya Forest and drive to Ruhinja

Echuya Forest sits on one of Kigezi hills and is one of the biggest surviving bamboo forest in Uganda. Here you will find the regal and the blue-headed sunbird, the red-faced woodland warbler and the Rwenzori batis, cinnamon bracken warbler, African harrier-hawk, African hill bubler, Chubb's cisticola, cinnamon-chested bee-eater and the white-tailed blue flycatcher. In the afternoon drive to Ruhija at the extreme side of Bwindi Impenetrable which is another bird paradise. Overnight at Trekkers Tavern Cottages (FB).

Day 6: Ruhija Hike

After an early breakfast you will be led to the Waterfall Trail where you spot the Lagdon's bush shrike, francolins and various apalis species. There is also a chance to see one of the 20 endangered species as the African green boardbill and the Grauer's rush warblers. Overnight at Trekkers Tavern, Cottages (FB)

Day 7: Transfer to Buhoma

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Buhoma in the north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve. Forest, the area not only famous because of gorillas, but also extremely interesting for birders as it hosts 350 species of birds; and 23 of them endemic to this forest!
In the afternoon you will go for a short walk on the Muyanga River Trail with the chance to encounter blue kingfisher. Overnight at Buhoma Gorilla Lodge (FB)

Day 8: Optional Gorilla tracking or Bamboo trail

Start early for an extended walks in and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve. On this walk you have a good chance to find the black-billed turaco, dusky and barred long-tailed cuckoos, bar-tailed trogon, black bee-eater, grey-throated barbet, Petit's cuckoo-shrike, Alliot's woodpecker, red-tailed bulbul, mountain and icterine and yellow-whiskered greenbulls, white-bellied robin-chat, white-tailed ant-thrush, rusty-faced warbler, white-browed crombeck, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, white-tailed blue flycatcher, white-tailed crested monarch, narrow-tailed starling, McKinnon's grey shrike, Luhder's and Doherty's bush-shrikes and black-headed waxbill. If you opt for a gorilla tracking on this day instead of the proposed program, you will need to $600 (per person) in advance.

Day 9: Ishasha and Queen Elizabeth N.P

After breakfast, you will leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha sector, frequently stopping for birding along the way. In Ishasha, you will do a game-drive looking for the tree-climbing lions and the rich birdlife of this area. Here you can find for example the black bee-eater, the broad billed roller, the Cassin's grey flycatcher, the Ross's Turaco and the double toothed barbet.

A safari through Queen Elizabeth National Park that boasts impressive Crater Lake scenery, expansive grasslands, papyrus swamps and tropical forests offers a rare opportunity to see huge herds of Elephants and Buffalos, hunting Lions, Leopards, and a diverse array of birds. It contains Uganda's best game populations as well as some of Uganda's best bird watching sites, an incredible bird list of 610 bird species and an overwhelming record of 296 species in a single day, makes this birding site the highest not only in Uganda but in Africa!

Depending on time of arrival, some late afternoon birding might produce views of the African Morning Dove, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed, Yellow-backed and Lesser-masked Weavers, Pin-tailed Whydah and Black-winged Pratincole.

Day 10: Birding in Queen Elizabeth National and on Kazinga Channel

After an early breakfast, you will take a game drive in the park towards the Kasenyi trail. The game drive will take you through a productive area of grassy plains with a variety of stork species including the remarkable Saddle-billed and Woolly necked Storks. Other species include the Bateleur, Grey Kestrel, Lappet-faced, Ruppell's Griffon, White-backed and Palm-nut Vultures, African Crake, Black Coucal, Common Button, Harlequin and Black-rumped Quails, Red-necked Spurfowl, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks. You will not miss mammals including Uganda Kobs, Lions, Warthogs, Bush Bucks, Deffassa Waterbucks, Spotted Hyenas, Leopards and many others. Return to your lodge for lunch and refreshment

In the afternoon, go for a launch tour at Kazinga Channel where you have an excellent birding experience. You will be blessed with congregations of African Skimmers, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Skimmer, White-faced Whistling Duck, Marsh, Wood and Common Sandpipers, Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana, African Wattled Plover. The cruise also gives you an opportunity to see herds of Elephants, Giant Forest Hogs, Buffalos, Monitor lizards, Crocodiles and the abundant Hippopotamus.

Day 11: Travel to Kibale Forest.

Driving the green country side on the way to Kibale Forest National Park offers you great birding stopovers. You should be very restless to reach Kibale as this park protects a diverse bird-list and array of primates including the illusive chimpanzee. Reach early for lunch and be checked in your room, refresh and prepare for an evening walk to see some good numbers and species.

Day 12: Birding and/or Chimp Tracking in Kibale and Bigodi Swamp

If you are you choose to go for Chimps (need to pay $150 extra for permit), you will be taken to a briefing point where park authorities will prepare you for a chimp encounter. This is a two affair as you will be able to view bird species including African Emerald Cuckoo, Purple-headed Starling, Black-billed Turacco, Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Blue-throated Roller, Narrow-tailed Starling, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-throated and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbirds.
You can stick decide to stick to birding and taking well designed trails that will offer you amazing encounters.

In the afternoon, your guide will take to Bigodi swamp for a bird-walk where you will be able to see the great blue turaco, papyrus gonolek, grey-throated, yellow-billed, yellow-spotted, double-toothed barbets, the speckled, yellow-rumped and yellow-throated tinker-barbets; yellow-bill, brown eared woodpecker; blue troathed roller; grey parrot; red-capped and snowy-headed robin-chats, grosbeak and northern brown-throated weaver.

Day 13: Drive to Masindi

You will enjoy great birding stops on your way until you reach Masindi where you will check in one of the Uganda's charming old hotel, visited by some famous people back in the days. You have time to relax in the evening.

Day 14: Birding at the Famous Royal Mile

Wake up early to walk the Royal Mile track which is part of Budongo Forest Reserve, one of Uganda's best and pristine forests with incredible biodiversity including 9 different primates and 360species of birds. Here, you can choose to spend either full or half day in the coolest environment to view and listen to different bird species sing for you.

On this track you are able to spot African dwarf, blue-breasted and chocolate-backed kingfishers, Cassin's hawk eagle, Nahan's partridge, white-thighed hornbill, yellow-billed barbet, lemon-billed and lemon-bellied crombec, black-capped apalis, forest and chestnut-caped and yellow-footed flycatchers, Jameson's wattle-eye, Ituri bati and black-eared ground thrus.

After this great walk and encounter, you will drive even deeper in the forest to spend a night at Budongo Eco Lodge, which sits in the heart of Budongo forest. Choose short birding-walk or stay at your lodge enjoying the calm forest environment.

Day 15: Cross to Murchison Falls

After breakfast, you will continue your journey into Murchison Falls N.P, be ready to enjoy the stunning nature of Uganda's largest park with its extended wildlife and birdlife along the Nile and in the savanna plains. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 16: Boat on the Delta & Game Drive in Murchison Falls Park

You will take a long boat safari to the delta on the Albert Nile where you will see the rare Shoebill, fish-eagle, Goliath heron, saddle-billed stork, African jacana, pied and malachite kingfishers, African skimmer, piac-piac, rock pratincole, black-winged red bishop, yellow-mantled widowbird and, depending on the season, some migrates. Don't miss the nesting and colorful red-throated bee-eaters on escarpments along the Nile.

Return to your lodge for lunch and relax before taking a game drive to observe the elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards and many different antelope in the afternoon. This will drive too will enrich your bird-list.

Day 17: Boat Cruise to View waterfalls and more birds

In the morning, you will take boat safari towards Murchison Falls-the world's most powerful waterfall. While on the cruise, watch crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, apes and so many beautiful birds until you are at bottom of the 43 meters high and famous Murchison Falls.

You will a walk a gentle trail along the falls and reach on top for clear viewing, you will stories to tell!
You will find your vehicle waiting to take you for lunch at even a more interesting lodge- Chobe where you will have you lunch and stay for overnight. You relax at the banks of Nile and keep watch of several bird species.

Day 18: Ziwa Sanctuary and return to Kampala

Set off from Chobe lodge and go to Ziwa through Karuma where you will not miss more spectacular falls. At Ziwa sanctuary, you will enjoy experience with rhinos and yes, several birds. Eat your lunch at Ziwa's canteen before driving back to Kampala.

Day 19: Transfer to Airport and Depart

Your dedicated guide-driver will be on-time to pick your up to catch your flight. We are glad that we got an opportunity to give the best of Uganda! We can't wait to receive your trip feedback!

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This five day trip gives you an exceptional moment to view River Nile as it squeezes itself into walls of the remnant rift valley, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the world’s most powerful waterfall.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda

You will be picked from Entebbe Airport by a guide driver who will bring you to Kampala for an overnight. If you arrive on time, the driver will take you around Kampala for city tours.

Day 2: Rhino Sanctuary and sunset views

Set off from Kampala and take the Masindi, branch off at Nakasongora to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a guided walk. You will view the rhinos walk followed by a picnic lunch. Continue up to the Park, check in to your accommodation and take a sunset cruise on the River Nile or drive to the top of the falls where you can view both Murchison and the smaller Uhuru falls as the sun slowly falls.

Day 3: Game Drive and Launch Trip

Make the most of the morning by taking the 7am ferry to begin the game drive in Buligi. The area is home to many lions, elephants, giraffes and other wildlife. After lunch, embark on the three-hour launch trip to the base of the falls. Cruise past huge hippo pods, crocodiles, bathing buffalo and numerous aquatic birds adorning the north bank on the way to the mighty waterfall.

Day 4: Birding on the Delta and Game Drive to top of Falls

Birders will be in for a thrilling experience during the boat ride to the Nile Delta, where the River Nile meets Lake Albert. Have your binoculars ready for the rich bird life including the shoebill stork, Goliath heron and grey crowned crane. Alternatively, spend your morning relaxing at your lodge, cooling off in the pool, or taking a cultural walk to Mubako community with a local guide. After lunch, hop in the car for a game drive along the newly opened Tebito track, finishing with a short walk down to the top of the fall on the north bank. Spend the night in a lodge in Budongo Forest.

Day 5: Chimp Tracking or Birding in Budongo Forest

Meet our distant cousins! Start early game drive to catch chimps leaving their nests in the Budongo Forest, looking out for other primates and forest bird species along the way. Alternatively, walk with our experienced guide along the renowned “Royal Mile” for some spectacular birding – over 360 species inhabit this forest. In the afternoon, as you leave the Conservation Area, take a detour to Boomu Women’s Group to discover a little about life in northwestern Uganda, and learn about the local culture, music and crafts. You can choose to stay longer for a nature walk in Bundogo tropical forest, head to Kidepo Valley National Park or drive back to Kampala (check out our Kidepo Valley National Park itinerary)

 

Check out our other itineraries for more experiences to choose from. We are open to a customized trip arranged by you!

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Trekking the mystic Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a fantastic and unique experience - the wonder of the high glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from giant heathers with a backdrop of rocky cliffs, crags and snowcapped summits. Ruwenzori mountains hike was selected by National Geographic as one of the world's best hikes. The wide variety of flora and fauna with several biospheres as you ascend through different vegetation zones creates the ultimate experience for trekking. Never before has this unique and beautiful trek been available, totally untouched and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful treks in the world.

The Rwenzori Mountains is a World Heritage Site and offers the opportunity to see nature at its best. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rainforest, bamboo forests to alpine vegetation. The scenery is truly spectacular. Above 4,500 metres, the snow and glaciers add a special dimension to the amazing views.

Trip highlights

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Spectacular sceneries
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Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Time permitting; you will take an evening city tour. You will spend a night in the capital Kampala (BB).

Day 2: Drive to Kasese

Depart Kampala for Kasese, stop in Fort Portal for lunch and continue. You will have dinner and spend a night at Equator Snow Lodge (BB).

Day 3: 8694ft

In the morning, you will transfer to Nyakalengija for weighing and porter allocation, before starting the climb of about five hours, walking through montane forest and the Bakonjo villages. Your stop will be at the first hut - Nyabitaba campsite (2650metres) for dinner and overnight. The campsite comprises a two-room wooden building, with annexed pit latrine and tap water piped from the near Lake Mahoma, which is worth a visit. There are beds in the hut and mattresses are provided. The location is beautiful with the fabulous views of the Portal Peaks in the North.

Day 4: 10990ft

Start early after breakfast and climb through the Kurt Shafer Bridge that crosses the Mobuku river confluence. This five-hour hike takes you through the bamboo, Lobelia and heath, finally ending at John Matte Hut (3350m). The hut is situated on a hillside on the banks of River Bujuku. It consists of a three-room wooden building and has a pit latrine. This is the point along the central circuit and is considered the most challenging part of the trekking.

Day 5: 13047ft

This day gets boggy as you hike through giant heather, lobelias and groundsel, through the cooking pot to the overnight hut at Bujuku. The average hiking time for this section is 4.5 - 5 hours. Overnight at Bujuku Hut (3977). The location is excellent, as it is found where the routes proceed to the Congolese side of the park, to Mount Stanley from the south and to Mount Speke from the north. It is near Lake Bujuku. Eco-toilets are available and spring water too. From this location, you have a spectacular view of Mount Baker, just in front of you, and the Stanley Plateau on the right.

Day 6: 14898ft

After breakfast, we will hike to Mount Speke and return to spend a night at Bujuku hut.

Day 7: 14898ft

Have an early breakfast and proceed on a muddy hike through steep cliffs. This is a section of giant groundsels and Lobelias that characterize the higher section of the Mountain. Ascend further to Elena Hut which acts as a base for the final assent of the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains. Meals and overnight at Elena Hut (4541m). This is the last point before climbing the Stanley Plateau. It is located on a rocky area of Mount Stanley at an altitude of 4.563 m. The hut is quite small and does not offer much comfort, considering the temperature and the location. It is used mainly as the staging post for ascending Mount Stanley. It overlooks directly Mount Baker and Mount Speke, though it is often submerged by the fog.

Day 8: 16761ft

This is the Big Day! Start before dawn for the chilly trek through snow and ice to climb to the 5109m Margerita Peak, the roof of the Rwenzori, before the views and the route are obscured by mist. Congratulations, you are among the few hikes to make it to the peak of the mountains of the moon - take pictures, relax and yes, you have made it! After a good rest, take a descending return through Scott Elliot Pass, which slopes the deep Kitandara Gorge to a mountain hut by the twin Kitandara lakes (4023m). Dinner and overnight at Kitandara hut.

Day 9: 3260 Meters/10695ft

Begin with a steep climb to Freshfield Pass (4282m), a spectacular spot carpeted by bright yellow mosses and offering tremendous view of Mount Stanley and Baker. The trail descends the Upper Mubuku valley. Dinner and overnight at Guy Yeoman Hut (3505m).

Day 10: Descent to Trailhead

The descent of about six hours starts to Nyabitaba through the heather zone, Mobuku River and the Bamboo forest, before heading to your final hut in the Mountains. Meals and overnight at Nyabitaba hut (2650m).

Day 11: Final slope

Take a final descent of the Rwenzori Mountains through the trail that follows the Mubuku down the cliffs of Karirupea to complete the Central Circuit at Nyabitaba Hut and continue to the trailhead at Ruboni for greater comforts. Overnight at Ruboni Community Camp.

Day 12: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

After a two-hour drive to Fort Portal and a stopover for lunch, continue on an hour's drive to Kibale Forest National Park, where you will stay at a nice lodge in the middle of the forest. Overnight at Primate Lodge (FB).

Day 13: Chimpanzee tracking & swamp walk

After an early morning briefing with park authorities, enter a different world for a primate encounter! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the illusive chimpanzees. An experienced forest ranger will take you chimp tracking. Besides the chimps, you might also see other monkey species, including the Red Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus and the Blue Monkey - Kibale is indeed a primate capital of the world! The birdlife in the forest is also inexhaustible and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco.

After a great primate experience, return to your lodge for lunch and a good rest as birds sing for you. In the afternoon, drive out of the forest for a swamp walk (2-3 hours) through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals will greet you with passionate waves. The highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco! Overnight at Primate Lodge (FB)

Day 14: Return to Kampala

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala; driving though beautiful tea plantation and green countryside. You will have enough time in Kampala to do any shopping and city tours. If your return is on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday, we will arrange a cultural evening experience with Ndere Cultural Troupe.

Day 15: Transfer to Entebbe and departure

Important information:
Best hiking conditions are there during the dry season (Dec-Feb and Jun-Aug). Hiking during the rainy season is impossible, given the extreme wet/cold conditions and the attendant risk of mud slides.

Includes:

  • Chimpanzee permit
  • All park entry fees
  • A 4x4 wheel land cruiser and fuel for the entire tour
  • English speaking Ugandan guide driver
  • Rwenzori Mountains trekking, porters, three meals a day, drinks and accommodation
  • Accommodation as listed in the programme
  • Meals according to the programme
  • All activities described in the programme

Excludes:

  • International flight fares
  • Country entry visa and airport taxes
  • Personal medical/travel insurance
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking
  • Warm sleeping bag on the mountain
  • International air fares
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff,
  • Extra snacks on the mountain
  • All activities that are not mentioned in the programme

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Come and experience a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda

You will be picked from Entebbe Airport by a guide driver who will bring you to Kampala for an overnight. If you arrive on time, the driver will take you around Kampala for city tours.

Day 2: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park

You can travel from Kampala or the western parks and arrive at Lake Mburo in the afternoon. You check into your choice of accommodation (from luxury to budget choices). Take a relaxing evening boat ride along the eastern banks of Lake Mburo as you view birds, crocodiles and hippos against the setting sun.

Day 3 – Game Drives in Lake Mburo National Park

Take a morning game drive and encounter zebras, buffalo, elands and impalas along with a great variety of birds. After lunch, walk with a ranger guide across the wooden observation platforms of the salt lick area, where wildlife gathers to lick the salty soil. You can do evening walks or choose to relax in your room as you prepare for a drive off in the morning.

Day 4: Return to Kampala

Take an optional visit to the Conservation Education Centre, near Sanga Gate. Check out Igongo Cultural Centre with a local museum to learn more about the area. Visit the craft stalls and take pictures of the equator monuments on either side of the road on your way back to Kampala. You can choose to stay long and enjoy bird watching within the park or continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park for tree climbing lions or go for mountain gorillas. Check our itineraries for these parks.

Check out our other itineraries for more experiences to choose from. We are open to a customized trip arranged by you!

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Come and experience Uganda in a safe but pocket-friendly way! This 17-day tour is well crafted for your enjoyment with well-selected accommodation and attractions.

Tour Highlights

  • View Rhinos at Ziwa Sanctuary
  • Spectacular and world's most powerful waterfall
  • Encounter illusive chimpanzees
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Game Drives
  • Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha
  • Rare mountain gorilla experience
  • Birding and forest walks
  • Lake Bunyonyi – the second deepest lake in Africa
  • Source of the Nile - World's longest river
  • Meet and interact with the locals

Detailed itinerary

Arrival in Uganda

You will be picked from Entebbe Airport by a guide-driver. You will then be brought to your booked hotel of choice in Kampala. If you arrive on time, we will take you around Kampala for city tours.

Day 2: Rhino Sanctuary and Murchison Falls National Park

You will set off from Kampala and take the Masindi Road, and branch off at Nakasongora to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a guided walk. You will view the rhinos walk followed by a picnic lunch. After lunch, drive past Masindi through Budongo Rain Forest and arrive on time to catch a ferry to cross to Murchison Falls National Park. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 3: Game Drive and Launch Trip

Make the most of the morning by taking the 7:00am ferry to begin the game drive in Buligi. The area is home to many lions, elephants, giraffes and other wildlife. After lunch, embark on the three-hour launch trip to the base of the falls. Cruise past huge hippo pods, crocodiles, bathing buffalo and numerous aquatic birds adorning the north bank on the way to the mighty waterfall. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 4: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to the southern part of the country to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest NP is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the much localised red colobus and L'Hoest's monkey and chimpanzees - indeed Kibale is the primate capital of the world. Overnight at Primate Lodge (FB)

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking

After breakfast, you will be briefed by park authorities before embarking on the popular chimp tracking. This experience lasts from 2 to 4 hours. With a range of butterflies and 335 bird species in Kibale forest, your trek will be a discovery filled experience. After viewing the chimps feed and play, return to your accommodation for lunch.

After lunch, take the swamp walk in the Bigodi sanctuary a habitat rich in bird-life some of the most common and sought after being the great Blue Turaco. Overnight at Primate Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Take an early breakfast and checkout your room to head to your exploring trip. You will pass through Fort Portal town and head to Kasese, driving along foothills of Rwenzori Mountains. You will check in Mweya Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background. Queen Elizabeth National Park has beautiful scenery and it is Uganda's most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of1978km². It is has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 bird species. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 7: Game Drives and Boat Cruise

After an early breakfast, go for a long game drive starting just in time to see game as they have their "breakfast". This park offers variety of wildlife, be assured of a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains.

The drive will also lead you to Ishasha Sector, famed for its tree-climbing lions. You will take a game drive in this sector of the park to find these big cats as they relax in large fig trees virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. The experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk will help you track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard.
In the afternoon, you will have a boat launch on Kazinga Channel, the oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park! Taking a boat tour along the Kazinga Channel will give you a chance to cruise just metres from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shoreline.
With a guaranteed seat on the boat and great views, you will be entertained to over 60 bird species that can be spotted during the trip while expert ranger guides narrate the creatures' stories. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (BDB)

Day 8: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, take a game drive through the Ishasha sector to have last views of the tree-climbing lions and leopards and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with 90 mammal species, including 11 primates. It is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its mountain gorilla population. Slightly more than half of the world's mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. You now know why UNESCO declared Bwindi a world heritage site! Overnight at Buhoma Gorilla Lodge (BLD)

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking Experience

After breakfast, take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent park authority guides and trackers, who will brief you on gorilla tracking guidelines. After the briefing, take a hike into the forest to look for the gorillas. The trekking can take between one and four hours and the terrain is rough and at times muddy. The beauty of forest and its scenery make the trekking worthwhile and encountering the gorillas is more humbling, the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed films are recommended. It can rain any time; hence waterproof clothing is vital, including protective gear for your camera. Return to your lodge; relax on the campfire and a good dinner. Overnight at Buhoma Gorilla Lodge (BLD)

Day 10: Forest Walk

Take a guided forest walk through the forest and have a close up experience of the natural wonders within a rainforest environment, including a number of monkey species, duikers, birds and many colorful butterflies. Return to your lodge for lunch. You can choose to visit a local community or stay at your lodge. Prepare for an early checkout as the journey is still on! Bwindi is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Overnight at Buhoma Gorilla Lodge (BLD)

Day 12: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, drive through rugged and crafty Kisoro hills that lead you to Lake Bunyonyi, where over 200 bird species have been recorded. "Bunyonyi" means "the place of many little birds" The lake's altitude is 1,950m, and it is surrounded by hills that are 2,200 to 2,478m high. It is the second deepest lake in Africa! Overnight at Bunyonyi Safari Camp (BB)

Day 13: Canoeing, Swimming and village community walks

You will have a day to relax, unwind in one of East Africa's most beautiful and highly elevated locations - 7,000ft above sea level – which offers great views of one of the most organised mountain farming in the world. Go for canoeing, swimming or village walks. Overnight at Bunyonyi Safari Camp (BB)

Day 14: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will drive through well-terraced Kigezi hills that lead you to the Ankole cattle corridor, which surrounds Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo is the best place in Uganda to see the gigantic eland antelope, zebra, topi, and impala, and several acacia-associated birds. You will take an afternoon game drive/walk accompanied by an armed ranger. Overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 15: Game Drive through the park and return to Kampala

After early breakfast, take a game drive through the acacia savannah and woodlands of the park, view zebra, impala, eland buffalo, topi, warthog and the occasional leopard. There are many savannah bird species including cocqui francolin, lapwings and hornbills. Drive out of the park and join the Masaka-Kampala highway. Stop at Zebra Hotel in Masaka for a good local lunch and drive on to Kampala. Make a stopover at the equator for a photo opportunity and souvenir shopping. You will arrive in Kampala in the afternoon to visit the craft markets for some more souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kampala (BB)

Day 16: Source of the Nile

After breakfast, drive to Jinja and visit the source River Nile – the world's longest river. Take a boat ride to the source of the river as it makes its 6400 kilometre journey to the Mediterranean. There is a range of activities, including white water rafting, horse riding, bungee jumping and speed boat cruises. You will have lunch on the boat, before returning to Kampala past Mabira Rain Forest. Overnight in Kampala (BB)

Day 17: Transfer to Entebbe and Departure

Your travel documents should be ready in your handbag. Today, your dedicated guide-driver will be waiting at the hotel lounge to take you to Entebbe to catch your flight on time. Fare thee well and thank you for giving us an opportunity to take you on a Ugandan safari. We hope you enjoyed your stay.

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