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Murchison Falls/ Kibale/Queen Elizabeth

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Duration

7 days, 6 nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Overview

This is a 7 day Uganda safari to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. Murchison Falls derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with abundant wildlife. It is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. Game drives in the cool early morning before the sun rises too high allows you to see plenty of wildlife. Launch Trips on the River Nile is another key highlight of a visit to Murchison Falls National Park from Paraa to the foot of Murchison Falls. A visit to Kibale Forest National park is mainly for Chimpanzee trekking but also involves bird watching, nature walks through Kibale Forest or the Bigodi Swamp area, visiting to the local people, visiting one of the crater lakes or go for a swim. With lush tropical rainforest and fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale Forest National Park has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the largest number of the endangered chimpanzees in Uganda. The park also hosts over 325 species of birds and a number of impressive mammals, reptiles and amphibians as well as a colourful variety of butterflies. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s most popular tourist destination with diverse ecosystems which make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. For a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed wildlife sightings. Queen’s great variety of habitats means it is home to over 600 species. Hiking and nature treks are one of the more active ways to explore the landscapes and wildlife

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immerse yourself in extensive and exciting game drives
  • Participate in guided in epic hiking, forest walks and nature walks
  • Experience a spectacular boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls is a rewarding experience for nature lovers
  • Enjoy the awe inspiring view of Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge
  • Enjoy a tranquil sundowner cruise offers the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river
  • Experience the spectacular Chimpanzee & other primate trekking
  • Explore the Kazinga Channel by the mystical launch trips
  • Be hosted in Uganda's exclusive wilderness accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park

Depart Kampala early morning after breakfast taking a panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle to Murchison Falls National Park. You will drive through impressive flat landscapes of central Uganda including the district of Nakasongora before branching off at Nakitooma for 7km to connect to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Upon arriving in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, you will embark on a thrilling White Rhino tracking to encounter the fifteen southern white Rhinos that comprise of the adults and young ones. Rhinos are part of the big five of land animals and exploring them on foot is a rewarding encounter that you can explore on this Uganda safari. Continue on the drive to Murchison, arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options
-Budget accommodation : Red Chilli Rest -Mind range accommodation : Pakuba Safari Lodge or similar
-Luxury accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge , Baker's Lodge or similar
-Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park

Wake up early in readiness for a morning game drive in the cool early morning before the sun rises too high. You will see plenty of game on the Buligi, Albert and Queen’s tracks north of the River Nile. At Nyamusika Cliffs you can picnic, enjoy the view and watch elephants and other game on the grassy hillsides. After lunch, proceed for afternoon boat ride to the bottom of the Falls. The launch trip from Paraa to the falls (17km) and back takes about three hours. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you will see birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles, kingfishers and sometimes the rare shoebill. After the boat trip, return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options
-Budget accommodation : Red Chilli Rest Camp, Murchison River Lodge or similar
-Mind range accommodation : Pakuba Safari Lodge or similar
-Luxury accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge , Baker's Lodge or similar
-Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park - Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on your journey to Kibale National Park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the Lake. Have a stopover in Hoima for lunch then proceed across the interesting river Nkusi, passing through traditional Ugandan Villages arriving in the afternoon.
During the afternoon we have time to visit the scenic crater lakes region, checking out the superbly terraced tea estates. In the south of Fort Portal is Kasenda Crater Lakes region. It sits on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga—the back of the main building looks down over the lake, while the other side of the lodge looks out over another lake in the distance and, further off, the Rwenzori Mountains, which were perpetually shrouded in the clouds, except early in the morning. There’s plenty to do in this area and we can also take an hour’s walk around Lake Nyinambuga. Diner and overnight.

Accommodation options
-Budget accommodation: Rwenzori Guest House, Chimp Guest House , Kibale Forest Camp or similar
-Mind range accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages , Primate Lodge Cottages or similar
-Luxury accommodation: Ndali Lodge , Kyaninga Lodge , Crater Safari Lodge or similar
-Meal Plan: Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu Tourist centre for briefing before tracking the chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are the main attraction, of which five groups have been partially habituated to human contact. The guided walk is along well marked tracks and a distance of 3km to 5km is covered. The park is only accessible on foot; there are no motorable tracks open to tourists. This walk is restricted to four groups of four persons each, in the morning and the same number in the afternoon. There are more than 90% chances of encountering habituated chimps. This walk will also provide you with the opportunity to see a wide range of flora and fauna. View a variety of butterflies, birds and other insects. Have a tour of the crater region around Ndali lodge. In the afternoon enjoy a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland where there are a variety of birds and monkey species. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options
-Budget accommodation: Rwenzori Guest House, Chimp Guest House , Kibale Forest Camp or similar
-Mind range accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages , Primate Lodge Cottages or similar
-Luxury accommodation: Ndali Lodge , Kyaninga Lodge , Crater Safari Lodge or similar
-Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, check out from your accommodation and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes though Fort Portal southwards along the Eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains. On a clear day you may see the glaciated peaks as you gently descend into the Great Rift Valley to the park. The Rwenzori Peaks provide a magnificent backdrop to antelope-filled plains. Queen Elizabeth National Park covers about 2,000 square kilometers and spreads along the eastern shore of the Rift Valley’s Lake Edward.
The afternoon activities will include the exciting 3 hour launch trip on the Kazinga Channel. A boat trip along the hippo crowded banks of Kazinga Channel gives visitors a unique unequalled wildlife experience. Eye to eye with yawning hippos and surrounded by vast numbers of migrant and resident water birds, the boat puts one right in the heart of nature. Many buffaloes rest in the water while the big herds of elephant enjoy themselves drinking and playing along the Channel banks. Crocodiles have become a common sight and occasionally leopards may be seen. Dinner and overnight at accommodation of your choice.

Accommodation options
-Budget accommodation: Bush Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Mweya Hostels or similar
-Mind range accommodation: Twin Lakes , Kasenyi Safari Park, Ishasha jungle or similar
-Luxury accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge , Katara Lodge, Kyambaru Game Lodge or similar
-Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we will enjoy a game drive to the magnificent plains of Kasenyi, crater valleys, and the channel drive. Here we may spot lion, leopard, buffalos, bushbuck, waterbuck, reedbucks, African elephant and herds of Uganda kob then come back for lunch. Afternoon we drive to Maramagambo forest for a nature walk to visit bat caves where we may observe thousands of bats within inches of their roosts, and often pythons and monitor lizards poised to strike by the cave entrance.

Accommodation options
-Budget accommodation: Bush Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Mweya Hostels or similar
-Mind range accommodation: Twin Lakes , Kasenyi Safari Park, Ishasha jungle or similar
-Luxury accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge , Katara Lodge, Kyambaru Game Lodge or similar
-Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park- Kampala

After breakfast, check out and drive back to Entebbe via Mbarara, Masaka and Mpigi. Enroute have a lunch stopover in Mbarara. Then proceed with your drive to Entebbe. We may make stop over at the Equator line, Mpambire drum shops and Kampala craft shops.

-Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Included/Exclude

  • Return road transfer from Kampala and back
  • Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request)
  • Accommodations as indicated while on tour
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All applicable park entrance fees
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Free bottled water while on safari
  • International flight (can be arranged if required)
  • Visa and personal insurance.
  • Drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package

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