Uganda Wildlife explorer

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Kampala Uganda
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Jinja Uganda
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Uganda

Tour Dates

2018
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From EUR 1845 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 600)
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Overview

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa, offers a unique diversity of wildlife, natural beauty, and friendly inhabitants that all combine to make this country one of Africa’s hidden gems. This tour includes the obvious attractions of trekking in indigenous forests to see wild gorillas and chimpanzees, 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. This tour endeavours to explore the scenic beauty of Uganda, its people, and its wildlife. We will cover approximately 2000km, some of it on extremely bad roads, but the rewards are unequaled. Weather, roads, and other local conditions will influence the route chosen on each tour and we may run the tour in reverse if required, clients should be flexible in this regard. Clients should be equipped with an open mind and a spontaneous disposition in order to best enjoy the superb offerings of Uganda. Departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 – 4 people.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ENTEBBE - LAKE MBURO NAT. PARK

Our Uganda adventure begins on departure from our hotel near Entebbe at 08h00 on Day 1 of the tour. We make our way through the outskirts of the vibrant capital city, Kampala, before starting our journey west. On our route today we visit a drum 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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Drum market/- Equator/- Lake Mburo National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Dinner (Lunch at own expense)

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 alive with banana plantations and herds of impressive long-horned Ankole cattle. Though the roads are rough, this afternoon we travel on some of the most scenic roads in Uganda, passing remote villages often shrouded in mist, toward the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We set up camp for the night at the edge of the forest and it is with great excitement that we prepare for the following day.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game Drive on the way out of the Mburo Park/ - Scenic Drive to Bwindi

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Bwindi Forest

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 - 4: BWINDI GORILLA TREK

Undoubtedly the highlight for all – trekking in a true wilderness to spend time with the majestic mountain gorilla. We split up into small groups and with local guides, trek up into this true jungle to locate and spend time with a family of the few remaining wild Mountain Gorillas. The hike in the jungle is a real adventure and forms part of the overall experience. Guests should come prepared for a hike through dense forest and uneven terrain. 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 will visit Lake Bunyoni on Day 3. Whilst not gorilla trekking, guests have the option to go on a local village walk led by a local guide. The forest offers fantastic birding and guest can also choose to spend time searching for the magnificent birds inhabiting the fringe of the forest

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/- Gorilla Tracking/- Bwindi Jungle

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Bwindi Forest

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK - ISHASHA

Leaving the mountains and forests behind us, we drop down to the grasslands of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here we will spend two nights camping at a remote location within the National Park. Besides abundant mammal, reptile and bird species, Ishasha is renowned for its huge Tree Climbing Lions. Fantastic bird life as well as numerous species of primates can be found in this area. We will game drive extensively searching the tall fig trees for lion and the savannah for other game. Our guide will take time to give us more information on the various wildlife encountered in the park that covers over 1900 km².

Hightlights

Hightlights:

- Queen Elizabeth National Park/ - Camp on the Ishasha river/ - 2 Nights within the Park/- Tree Climbing Lions/- Massive Hippo Population

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NAT. PARK – RWENZORI MOUNTAINS

Packing up camp, we travel the length of the park and through the Maramagambo Forest and make our way to the Rwenzoris – “Mountains of the Moon”. After an easy walk through numerous rural villages and up to the base of the forest to the Rwenzori lookout point, we have a picnic lunch. Rising some 5000m 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. After lunch we proceed down the mountain with our vehicle towards the outskirts of Fort Portal.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Drive through Maramogambo Forest/ - Outskirts of Lake Edward/ - Ruwenzori Mountains/ - Village Walk

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: MURCHISON FALLS NAT. PARK

An early start, we leave the mountains behind us and travel through 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 and provides relatively comfortable facilities.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Murchison Falls National Park/ - Accommodation at the Old Jane Goodall Institute

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wood Cabins

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 & 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. Depending on where these chimps were last seen, we may have to drive a short distance where we can then start our chimpanzee track. Then it’s off to Murchison Falls, a narrow gap though which the Nile River falling 40m into the Rift Valley. We will spend some time here exploring the falls. Next, we travel downstream to cross the Nile in order to enjoy two nights in the northern part of the park. In this section, the park opens up to wide open spaces, rolling hills, scenery of a different kind and also gives you an opportunity to see a different species of giraffe known as the Rothschild Giraffe. We will camp two nights in a big game area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Chimpanzee Track with included permit/ - Murchison Falls/ - Northern Part of Murchison Falls National Park/ - Wild Camping in big game area.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Victoria Nile Boat Cruise/ - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary/ - Scenic Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Drive through many villages/ - Jinja (adventure Capital of Uganda)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Adrift Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

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