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UGANDA EXPLORER

12 DAYS UGANDA AND PRIMATE SAFARI

Day 1: arrival

Meet and greet our Sabili Tours’ representative on arrival at Entebbe International airport.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Golf Course Hotel/Cassia lodge (High Class)

Metropole Hotel/Hotel Triangle (Mid range)

Namirembe Guest House/Holiday Express (Budget)

Hotel Triangle (Budget)

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls national park

Have breakfast at your Kampala hotel after which you will be driven through Luweero; Nakasongola district. Visit Zziwa rhino sanctuary and track rhinos then have lunch. After lunch; proceed to Murchison falls national park and on arrival check into your lodge. Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Paraa safari lodge/Nile safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge (High Class)

Fort Murchison/Murchison River lodge (Mid range)

Red Chilli Bandas/Fort Murchison Tents (Budget)

Day 3: game drives and launch cruise              

Look out for giraffe, buffaloes, oribi, waterbuck, Uganda kob, hartebeest and elephants during an early morning game drive on the northern banks of the park. Return to your lodge for lunch. Enjoy the launch trip on River Nile where you may see Nile crocodiles, hippos, and birds like Sacred Ibis, Bar-breasted Fire finch, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Black-billed Barbet, Piacpiac, Yellow-throated Greenbul, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Black Crake, Black-headed Plover, Black-headed Gondola, Beautiful Sunbird, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Rock Pratincole, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, White-fronted Black Chat, Blue-napped Moosebird, White-rumped Seedeater, Spotted Morning Thrush, Long Tailed Nightjar, Saddle-billed Stork, Black-headed Batis, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Giant Kingfisher, Black-lored Babbler, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Yellow-fronted Tinker bird and the Grey-crowned Crane and many more

Paraa safari lodge/Nile safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge (High Class)

Fort Murchison/Murchison River lodge (Mid range)

Red Chilli Bandas/Fort Murchison Tents (Budget)

Day 4: transfer to Kibale forest national

Breakfast early then begin your journey to Kibale Forest national park. The drive will take up most of your day with a lunch stop over enroute.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Ndaali lodge/Kyaninga lodge (High Class)

Kibale Forest camp/Klug’s guest house (Mid range)

Nyinabulitwa camp/ Chimpanzee guest house (Budget)

Day 5: chimp tracking and nature walk

Enjoy searching for chimpanzees in Kibale forest in the morning then return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch you may either have a nature walk in Bigodi swamp or alternatively have a nature walk in the crater lakes region as you encounter local communities.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Ndaali lodge/Kyaninga lodge (High Class)

Kibale Forest camp/Klug’s guest house (Mid range)

Nyinabulitwa camp/ Chimpanzee guest house (Budget)

Day 6: transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

On arrival check into your lodge and have lunch. After lunch enjoy a game drive in the crater lakes area where you will view lots of birds and wildlife. Possible sightings may include White shouldered cliff chat, Broad-tailed Warbler, common Buttonquail, marsh Tchagra, Curlew Sandpiper, Croaking Cisticola, Eurasian Mash Harrier, Lesser Flamingos, Common Greenshank, African Moustached Warbler, Greater Flamingos, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Stint, Southern Red Bishop, Montagu’s Harrier, Gull-billed Tern, Avocet, Pallid Harrier and the Red-capped Lark Uganda kob, occasional elephant, lions, buffaloes and bush backs.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mweya safari lodge/Jacana Lodge (High Class)

Ihamba safari lodge/Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba (Mid range)

Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge/ Simba safari camp (Budget)

Day 7: morning game drive and launch cruise

Enjoy another game drive in the morning along the Kasenyi tracks then return to your lodge. In the afternoon board a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel.  Possible sightings of warthogs, large pods of hippos, the sitatunga, Knob-billed Ducks, Squacco Heron, Great White and Pink-backed pelicans, White-faced whistling Ducks, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, giant forest hog, elephants, a crocodile, topi, waterbuck, buffalo, Uganda kob, leopard.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mweya safari lodge/Jacana Lodge (High Class)

Ihamba safari lodge/Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba (Mid range)

Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge/ Simba safari camp (Budget)

Day 8: game drive and transfer to Bwindi

Have a guided nature walk in the Kyambura gorge or alternatively with acquisition of a permit; track chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge. Return to your lodge for lunch then transfer to Bwindi through the Ishasha sector where you may possibly see the famous tree climbing lion.  You will reach Bwindi in the evening and check into your lodge whilst you await to encounter the mountain gorilla tomorrow.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Gorilla resort/Mahogany springs/Engagi lodge (High Class)

Nkuringo safari lodge/Silver Back lodge (Mid range)

Buhoma community Bandas/Nkuringo gorilla camp/Nkuringo safari lodge (Budget)

Day 9: gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest

Encounter the mountain gorilla in the thick rain forest. A Silver back weighs 3times as much as an average man thus is enormous. Nevertheless despite being enormous; the mountain gorilla is undoubtedly very peaceful in comparison to other primates. This makes tracking the mountain gorilla reasonably safe. Several families have been fully habituated and are accessible to visitors. Getting to the point where you will view the mountain gorilla is normally hard work since it will require you to be reasonably fit. Nevertheless despite the steep slopes, dense vegetation and slippery passages in case of rain, gorilla tracking can be attempted by adults of any age successfully without any regrets.  After the whole experience both the financial and physical expense are worthwhile.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Gorilla resort/Mahogany springs/Engagi lodge (High Class)

Nkuringo safari lodge/Silver Back lodge (Mid range)

Buhoma community Bandas/Nkuringo gorilla camp/Nkuringo safari lodge (Budget)

Day 10: transfer to Lake Mburo national park/night game drive

Leave Bwindi and drive to Lake Mburo national park. On arrival have lunch and rest then later in the evening have a guided night game drive in the park to view nocturnal wildlife.

Dinner and overnight at:

Mihingo lodge/Mantana Tented Camp (High Class)

Rwaboko rock/Arcadia cottages (Mid range)

Rwonyo rest camp (Budget)

Day 11: game drives and boat ride                              

Enjoy a morning game drive where you will view the early risers, then later on return to your lodge for breakfast and later lunch. Have an afternoon boat ride to view hippos, water bucks and birds like African fin foot, African Marsh Harrier, African Hawk, Long Crested Martial Eagles, African Fish Eagles, African Water Rail, Shoe Bill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, African Darter, Verreuax’s eagle and many more

Dinner and overnight at:

Mihingo lodge/Mantana Tented Camp (High Class)

Rwaboko rock/Arcadia cottages (Mid range)

Rwonyo rest camp (Budget)

Day 12: salt lick and transfer to Kampala

After breakfast report for the salt lick nature walk. This walk will give you opportunities to view at least 4 different animal species at anytime of the day as they enjoy licking the salty soil. Transfer back to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for photos ending your safari with your arrival.