The 16 Days Top of The World Gorillas, Chimpanzee & Big 5 Safari starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport and features Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale NP, extensive wild game viewing in Kidepo Valley NP, Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, and Lake Mburo National Park. The safari also features great sightseeing experience to the Top of the world.
|Start||Entebbe (Day 1)|
|Day 1-2||Murchison Falls NP|
|Day 3-4||Semuliki NP|
|Day 5||Kibale NP|
|Day 6-7||Queen Elizabeth NP|
|Day 8-9||Bwindi NP|
|Day 10||Lake Bunyonyi|
|Day 11-12||Lake Mburo NP|
|End||Entebbe (Day 15)|
You will be welcoed by Hail Tours guide and embark on a journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others.
Enjoy route, make a detour to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for your first Big 5 experience where you will have an hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check in at Red Chilli Rest Camp to relax for the Evening.
Eat breakfast in the morning before going on a game drive in the park’s northern area in search of some of the ‘big five’ (buffaloes, lions, elephants and possibly leopards). Other animals you might see include Rothschild giraffes, bushbucks, warthogs, waterbuck and a variety of antelope.
Return to your accommodation for lunch and a brief repose. After lunch, you will embark on a 3-hour boat trip to the base of the Falls. This trip is said to be the highlight of the safari in Murchison Falls since it allows you to get up close to the animal species within the water. Cruise past huge hippo pods, crocodiles and numerous aquatic birds adorning the north bank on the way to the mighty waterfalls. You will have an opportunity to take thousands of pictures, so carry your camera with you if you like. Later you’ll relax, enjoy and overnight stay at Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Murchison falls along river Nile is a true master piece of nature! In a small space a million cubic meters of water from the Nile squeeze themselves through the Albertine gorge as they make their way 6,853 km (4,258 miles) towards Egypt. Many people wonder how the scenic falls would actually be, but once you are on top of them and see the entire Nile going through a small gap, it makes sense why so many visitors make the trip. The Nile River is about 50 meters wide on top just before the falls, it drops down 43 meters through a 7-meter-wide gorge.
The journey to the top is a long one but once you reach this place, it becomes worth it. The thunderous spectacle and noise made by the water as it passes through the tiny hole is magnificent – one not to be missed by anyone with the means because no better words can explain the display.
Later transfer to Semuliki National Park where you will stay for the night at Ntoroko Game Lodge.
One of the things you do not want miss at Semuliki National Park are the two Hot Springs –there is the male hot-spring Bitende and the female hot spring is called Nyasimbi which spurts out bubbling water and steam about 2 meters into the air. The people living near the hot-springs used to boil food in the hot-spring pools, even now you can bring some eggs along and have them boiled here. The water have a temperature of around 100 Degrees Celsius. The surrounding pools are also quite hot.
In the afternoon, go for a game drive in Semuliki Valley. This Valley has much to offer to the visitors on Safari in Uganda such as game drives through the savannah, birding, chimpanzee tracking, the scenery alone is worth a visit to this Valley in the Albertine Western Rift…you will certainly enjoy your time here…
Look out for pygmy antelopes, squirrels, hopefully, you will also see the unique water chevron that has been named the fanged deer, forest elephants and buffaloes, lions and leopards. Later you can relax, enjoy dinner and overnight rest at Ntoroko Game Lodge.
The Bambuti Pygmies live on both side of the Semliki River and are closely related to the Basu Pygmies of the Democratic Republic of the Congo rather than to Batwa Pygmies around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Most safari companies refer to the Bambuti Pygmies as Batwa, but they are not and their culture and ways are different from each other. Both have lived in the forests for thousands of year.
The Bambuti Pygmies are much smaller in number than the Batwa People. Both were evicted from their ancient forests, though the Bambuti have limited hunting and gathering rights. They also can legally grow marijuana and smoke it. The Bambuti can be visited and today have their own guides unlike in the past. Learn about their culture, way of living and marriages.
Later in the afternoon, transfer to Kibale National Park. Overnight stay at Isunga Lodge.
Today you will track the most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park, the chimpanzees. Chimpanzees share 98% of human genes making them our closest living relatives. They are found in 21 countries throughout Africa, but are most easily sighted in Uganda due to their dense populations. There is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates, more than any other forest in East Africa, In fact, besides our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees, you can find red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. In addition, you may see olive baboons, bush babies and nocturnal pottos.
In the afternoon you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Via Kasese town and overstay for dinner and overnight rest at Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge.
On this morning, you will drive to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park reaching in the afternoon and embark on your Evening game drive. It is time to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park with her 200 kilometers of well-maintained game viewing tracks. With an astonishing 5000 hippos, 2500 elephants and over 10,000 buffalo thriving in its grasslands and shorelines, this park guarantees sightings of some of Africa’s most iconic species such as elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, different species of antelope, predators such as lions, leopard, civet, genal and serval cats, black-and-white colobus monkeys are easily spotted in the trees, and of course the boldest species; baboons etc. Then you can rela, enjoy dinner and overnight rest at Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge.
On this morning, you start your Journey to Bwindi National park en-route to the Ishasha Sector. You will drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha sector). This part is famous for its’ tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. However, these lionesses enjoy spending their time snoozing in fig trees to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. This is the most memorable sight in the park as you have never seen such photogenic lions posing for your camera before. Meanwhile don’t miss the stunning scenery and superb bird life in this southern remote section of the park either. Then you can check in at Gorilla Valley Lodge for dinner.
Encountering the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an experience of a lifetime. Half of the world’s population of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the nine habituated family groups who live in the park. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Once the family of gorillas has been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own.
If time and energy allows, visit the Batwa people and learn about their culture, way of living and know their origin. Did you know that this is the shortest and remote tribe in the country? Later you can relax, enjoy dinner and overnight rest at Gorilla Valley Lodge.
After breakfast, we shall start our journey to lake Bunyonyi in kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) with 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.
On this day, you shall have an exciting boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi. In the afternoon you may have optional activities; a Canoe boat ride, a swim in the Bilharzia free lake, you may also hike or explore a nearby village. Residents are happy for you visit and are open to explain their daily lives. You will enjoy dinner and overstay for the night at Bunyonyi View Resort.
On this day, you will have a full rest as you enjoy the floating islands of Lake Bunyonyi. You will exit lake Bunyonyi after lunch and head to Lake Mburo National Park reaching late in the evening. You will pass in Mbarara and visit the Igongo Cultural village this is more rewarding and amazing as you visit the Ankole museum. Continue to lake Mburo and the whole evening will be for resting only at Rwakobo Rock.
What sets Lake Mburo Park apart from others is that Nature walks can be taken anywhere within the park with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger. On an early morning guided walk you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl – at the same time you can often see hippos returning from grazing during the night and returning to Lake Mburo to keep cool during the day and protect their sensitive skin from the sun. On a nature walk you will often see Zebras, Giraffes, Eland, Topi and other antelopes, buffalo. Birds, butterflies. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond, from this vantage point you have a great view of 9 of the regional lakes found in the area.
In the afternoon, a boat ride on Lake Mburo gets you in touch with the flora and fauna of the lake. Along the bank, you will see lots of animals coming to water especially during the dry season. There are hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelopes, zebras. Later you can relax, enjoy dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock.
Early in the morning game drive in the park and sport the animals that were not sported the previous day. After, you will start your journey back to Entebbe. Cross the equator for Lunch and have time to take photos at the equator. You will also have an experiment to show the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere and also get a chance to be in these two places at the same time. Buy a few souvenirs in the craft shops and have quick lunch and later you continue with your journey to Kampala city to Acactus Hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight rest.
You will be picked up very early and start you journey to Jinja Town. This town is famous as the historic source of the Nile River and the capital of East Africa. Besides enjoying peaceful sunsets, bird life and tranquility, this is also where visitors get their adventurous fix. After you check-in at the Brisk Hotel Triangle, you will embark on the Nile for white water rafting on the magical waters of the Nile River as it cascades through a series of impermeable rocks forming rapids that would present one of the challenging encounters in your adventure world. A half day or full day rafting adventure is offered. In the evening you will drive back to the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay at Adrift River Base.
After breakfast, you will leave Jinja Town and travel to Mabira Forest, one of the main rain forests reserves in East Africa. This forest houses great counts of bird species, impressive flora and primates. You will enjoy a forest walk in Mabira that gives you great up-close experiences with nature. You can go for a nature walk without guides here if you wish. Forest walks for any fitness level can be done, including walks with children. During this walk, you will come across the monkey, birds, butterflies, flowering plants and ancient trees that have been here for centuries. Forest Canopy Super-Skyway zip-lining is the only Zip-line above the treetops in East Africa. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of the zip-line jumping through the tranquil Mabira Forest. In the evening you will be taken back to Kampala/Entebbe and this is where your safari will end.
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