Day 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at The Boma (bed and breakfast)
The Boma is a welcoming guesthouse is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 minutes from Entebbe Airport. It is a tastefully restored colonial homestead consisting of comfortable bedrooms. Each of them is decorated along African themes and has their own private bathroom. A diners’ bar is set in a landscaped garden with lake views. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.
Day 2: ENTEBBE – KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (6-7 hours by road)
After a relaxed breakfast, you will depart Entebbe and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town, you will continue to Kibale National Park. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
The superior safari tents of Primate Lodge Kibale are raised on wooden platforms overlooking the forest and its primates. Each of them is tastefully decorated in African style, with comfortable twin beds, large windows and en suite bathrooms. The main lodge has a spacious dining room, serving local and international meals, with an adjacent bar and open lounge area.
Day 3: KIBALE FOREST & BIGODI SWAMP
Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After lunch, you transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale.(breakfast, lunch dinner)
Day 4: KIBALE FOREST – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (3 hours by road)
After a delicious breakfast, you transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park while passing the region of the Crater Lakes. Have lunch and relax at the pool before going on a game drive in search of the first wildlife, including buffalo, and elephant. Dinner and overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge.(breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Kyambura Game Lodge is situated at the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National park, with views over the park and the Rwenzori Mountains. The lodge consists of eight spacious and tastefully designed self-contained cottages with bath tubs/showers, separate toilets, locally made beds and a private wooden balcony. The lodge has a restaurant, well stocked bar with a fireplace, and a sundowner deck overlooking the park for relaxation in the evenings. Adjacent to the camp fire, where local traditional dances will be performed by the Banyaruguru Troupe, is a swimming pool.
Day 5: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
The day begins early as you start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. You search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a luxury boat cruise (drinks and canapés included!) along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. This cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Dinner and overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH – BWINDI NATIONAL PARK (4-5 ours by road)
After breakfast, you head south, passing the southern sector of the national park (if road conditions allow). This part is called Ishasha and is famous for the tree climbing lions. After a short game drive in this area, you continue to Bwindi. While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon, arrive in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Mahogany Springs is the newest lodge in Bwindi National Park. Located at a 2 minute drive from the headquarters, it offers eight luxury bandas with 2 double beds, en-suite bathroom and a private terrace with panoramic views of the forest and surrounding land. The main building includes a craft shop, large bar area, relaxing lounge area with fireplace, restaurant and a large veranda.
Day 7: GORILLA TRACKING
The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience! Those who prefer not to participate in the gorilla tracking can go for a guided forest walk or explore the surroundings with the Buhoma Village Walk. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 8: BWINDI – LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK (4-5 hours by road)
After breakfast, depart Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. As you enter the park, it is likely that you will spot some wildlife. Boat ride on the lake to view the rich bird life and many hippos that are cooling off. After an early dinner, experience a night game drive in an open Landrover with spot light. This 3 hour game drive provides good chances of seeing the elusive leopard and of course other nocturnal animals. Overnight at Mihingo Lodge. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat, situated in Lake Mburo National Park. It features ten rooms which are built on wooden platforms. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent, equipped with en suite bathrooms with stunning views. Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge’s property, enabling you to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks.
Day 9: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – KAMPALA (5 hours by road)
An early safari walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. Return to the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on your way out and drive back to Kampala. Arrival in the afternoon and leisure time to visit some shops or relax at the pool. Overnight at Le Petit Village. (breakfast, lunch)
Le Petit Village is located just 10 minutes from the city centre and offers twelve intimate rooms, decorated in safari chic rustic elegance. The rooms are self-contained and have flat screen TV’s, WIFI, phone, fridge and mini bar. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool and gourmet dining at the adjacent restaurant Le Chateau.
Day 10: DEPARTURE
Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories, you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. Depending on your flight schedule you can join a guide on a city tour and visit some interesting and historical sites. Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your international flight. (breakfast)
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