Famously nicknamed ‘The Pearl of Africa’, Uganda lies astride the Equator in Eastern Africa between longitudes  29° and 35°E. and latitudes 4°N and 2°S, at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea- level.

 

Uganda experiences a temperate climate even though the majority of the country is within the tropics with temperatures between 16 – 26°C for the majority of the year (April – November). However, during the warmer months (December – March) temperatures can exceed 30°C.

 

Most of the country lies within the Nile basin with the Victoria Nile draining from Lake Victoria, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, into Lake Kyoga and from there into Lake Albert before flowing northwards  into South Sudan.

 

One of the most diverse countries in the region, Uganda has more than 50 different tribes and ethnicities. A melting pot of different cultures, Ugandans are very welcoming and hospitable.

Highlights

  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Murchison Falls
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

What you should bring along on this Trek

  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
What you should bring along on this Trek
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
What to expect on this Trek
  • Government imposed increase of park fees and/or taxes
  • All entrance fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
A few disclaimers
The following are not included in the price quoted for this Trek:-
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips (Communities here do survive most on tips, though it is not a must to tip. Tip at will, tipping guideline to your guide could relevantly be US$ 30.00 pp per day upon how you feel)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)
  • All alcoholic drinks and cigarettes
1

Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

Early in the morning, you’ll set off from your lodgings in Kampala and drive north towards Masindi. Make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary home to the endangered African rhino. The sanctuary covers an area of 70 square kilometres and in addition to the rhinos is also home to over forty mammalian and reptilian species including monkeys, hippos, crocodiles and numerous bird species. You’ll trek the sanctuary with a trained guide and see the rhinos and other animals up close.
After a picnic lunch, you’ll drive further north to Murchison Falls National Park.
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into a vast palm-dotted Savannah. The park’s leading feature is marked by the Victoria Nile which squeezes through an 8 meter wide cleavage and plunges down through an approximately 45 meters long fall forming an amazing rainbow in the hotter hours of the day, with a stream that flows quietly across the rift valley into Lake Albert.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
2

Wildlife Trek & Launch Cruise

Wake up early in the morning and embark on a game drive to catch the animals enjoying their morning meal. You’ll drive through the park following the instructions of an experienced ranger and encounter lions, buffaloes, elephants, hippos, different kinds of antelopes, warthogs, and many species of birds and butterflies. You’ll return to the lodge to enjoy a late breakfast, explore its surroundings and lounge by the pool.
After lunch, you’ll take a boat down the Victoria Nile River to the base of the Murchison falls. The ride takes you along the extensive papyrus edged Victoria Nile home to many animals and birds. Expect to encounter hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and other animals that come to the river for a drink and a dip.
Finally a hike to the top of the falls to enjoy the views and experience the power of the roaring  Nile as it squeezes through a narrow gap and cascades down into the ‘Devils Cauldron’.
Activities: Game Drive & Boat Cruise
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
3

Murchison Falls NP - Kibaale Forest National Park

You’ll then set off for the pristine Kibale Forest National Park, a scenic drive that will take you through a lush green countryside dotted with tea plantations. You will have a packed lunch which you can enjoy along the way.
On arrival, you will enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing at your hotel.
Activities: Scenic Drive
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
4

Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk

Kibale Forest National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. Kibale Forest is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rain forests and is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys.
You will track chimpanzees with an experienced guide and on finding them will spend approximately an hour with them. These delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are awesome to watch as they bicker and have fun in fruit trees. A network of shady forest trails also provides much to engross botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the Prirogrine’s ground thrush.
After lunch, you’ll take a trip to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is located outside the park in Magombe Swamp. Alternatively you can take a cultural village trek and a lakeside walk along the shores of one of the crater lakes.
Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner, delightful conversation or a good book and some zzzs.
Activities: Chimpanzee Tracking, Nature & Cultural Treks
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
5

Kibale Forest NP - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you’ll relax at the lodge before making trails in the early afternoon for QENP further west of Kibale. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in western Uganda and stretches across Kasese, Bundibugyo and Bushenyi districts and covers an area of 1978km2.
The park’s ecosystem which includes sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 bird species. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalos, elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on unsuspecting Uganda Kobs.
After an evening game drive, you’ll retire to your lodgings for the night.
Activities: Game Drive
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6

Wildlife Trek & Kazinga Channel Launch Cruise

After an early breakfast, go for an early morning game drive in the park’s well maintained tracks. This drive provides excellent opportunities to see lions, leopards, warthogs, buffalo, elephants, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topis, bush bucks and many more.
After lunch, take a rewarding scenic boat cruise down the channel which joins lakes George and Edward. You’ll cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffaloes while elephants linger on the shoreline. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and relaxation.
Activities: Morning Game Drive
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
7

QENP - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

In the morning you’ll set off for the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park.
Ishasha is dominated by acacia woodland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest and is most famous for tree climbing lions.
You’ll then proceed south to Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Forest is an old growth or virgin forest and is one of the oldest and most ecologically diverse forests in Uganda. Located in the south west on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, it covers an area of approximately 331 square kilometers and is famously home to almost half the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas. The forest is also the source of five major rivers which flow into Lake Edward.
You’ll check into your lodgings and relax.
Activities: Climbing Lions
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
8

Gorilla Tracking, Nature & Cultural Treks

Very early in the morning, we will receive a briefing from the park guides on the dos and don’ts and then we’ll venture off into the forest.
Tracking gorillas is an exhilarating experience taking you deep into the thick jungle and requires a modest level of physical fitness as it can take anywhere from 2- 4 hours to find the gorillas. Once you have found the gorillas, you’ll be able to spend up to one hour with them!
“At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”
                                                                             — Stella & Trudy
In the afternoon we can take an optional guided trek to visit the surrounding communities. You’ll meet and interact with the locals and immerse yourself in some of the traditional pastimes like cultural dances and storytelling.
Returning to the lodge late in the day and settle in for a quiet evening, dinner and a good night’s sleep.
NOTE: Please note that if you are unwell with anything contagious, even a common cold, you may be denied any of the treks to ensure the safety of these creatures.
Activities: Gorilla Tracking, Nature & Cultural Treks
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
9

Bwindi - Lake Mburo National Park

In the morning, you’ll set off for Lake Mburo National Park which is located in Mbarara district. On the way, you’ll visit the Great Lakes Museum along Ntungamo-Kabale road. The Great Lakes Museum was opened in 2014 to preserve and promote  the history and culture of the region.
On arrival in Mbarara you’ll visit the Igongo cultural centre which also has a museum dedicated to the cultural history of western Uganda. You’ll then set off for Lake Mburo National park, about an hour’s drive away. On arrival at the park, you’ll take a short game drive before checking into your lodgings for the evening.
Activities: Great Lakes Museum, Game Drive
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
10

Bush Trek & Transfer to Kampala/Entebbe

Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.
Lake Mburo National Park supports globally threatened species of birds, including two of the endangered cichlid fish species which have gone extinct in the main lakes and it is the only area in Uganda in which the Impala is found. The park also provides refuge to 22 species of Palaearctic and Afro-tropical migrant birds during adverse conditions, within the wooded Savanna with Acacia/Commiphora thicket and grasslands.
Lake Mburo national park is one of the two parks where bush walks are allowed lead by an experienced ranger guide. You will enjoy the scenery and get up close and walk with the wild animals.
After lunch, you’ll set off for Kampala/Entebbe arriving at your lodgings late in the evening.
Activities: Bush Trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
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