The Pearl of Africa – ACU11

Day 1: Arrival @ Entebbe - Drive to Murchison falls. App. 4 – 5 hours’ drive
Meet on arrival at the airport, assist through customs and start for Murchison falls. Have a de-tour of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary - a sanctuary created to re-introduce Rhino to Uganda after their extinction in 1982), you will have a ride around the reserve. Lunch and proceed to Chobe with panoramic views of the Nile as you enjoy your first evening in the wilderness. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the Lodge.

Day 2: Nature walk & Game in the Heart of the Park.
Today, you will enjoy nature walks in the Africa bush. This part of Murchison falls is endowed with bird life, butterflies, scenery and the panoramic views of the Nile. Have a relaxed noon by the pool. After lunch, proceed to the heart of the Murchison Falls National Park, enroute, you will enjoy a game drive as your guide helps you spot the plethora of wildlife found in the Park. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the Lodge.

Day 3: Game Viewing and Boat ride.
Early morning game drive to the delta circuit where there’s a possibility of spotting the leopards along the leopard track, the Jackson's hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda Kobs because of the many breeding grounds and large families of the Defassa waterbuck, together with giraffe herds, groups of the dainty oribi and buffalo herds. The high supply of Kobs called for an unavoidable prides of lions to the delta too. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the "Devil's Cauldron." Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 4: Safari along the Albertine Escarpment to Kibale.
After breakfast at the lodge, cross the Nile by ferry and then proceed to Fort Portal via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley. You will drive through verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Picnic lunch or proceed to Fort-portal for a warm meal. You will cross the ever green Fort Portal town that rests in the shadow of the fabled "Mountains of the Moon," arriving at your lodge late afternoon. Enjoy the sunset as it drops in the Rwenzoris giving you the best view of the horizon. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest NP. Tracking takes about 3 to 4 hrs.
After Breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu park Headquarters in time for a briefing and head out to the forest. Chimpanzee tracking starts early in the morning and takes about 3-4 hours. Kibale Forest is a host to 13 primate species. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. After lunch, go for a walk in Bigodi - an eco-tourism swamp with rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6: Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park. App. 3 hrs drive.
Start for Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Explore the Katwe crater area and later proceed to the Lodge for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a game drive where you may be rewarded with game including the waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. Sundowner in the savannah and return to the Lodge for dinner with an option to go for a night game drive. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 7: Hot air balloon trip & Water Safari.
There's no better way to get the lay of the land and incredible scenic photos than looking down on Uganda from a hot-air balloon. After an early rise and a coffee to get the brain functioning, guests are whisked to our lift-off spot about 10 km from Mweya peninsular. Taking to the air just before sunrise, we drift over Kasenyi area with its euphorbia trees and small crater lakes in search of lion, leopard, elephant, kob and other antelope while snatching peeks of Lake George, the Rwenzori Mountains and the Rift Valley. This new alternative to the early morning game drive is the only one of its kind in Uganda. The flight ends with a soft landing in the wilderness and a delightful bush breakfast. The balloon pilots are adept at positioning their lighter-than-air craft for good wildlife encounters and will lower the balloon to take advantage of a kill or interesting animal behavior. After lunch, enjoy a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through high concentrations of Hippos and a wide variety of animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This river cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth N.P. – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
After an early morning breakfast, proceed to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. As you drive along the road via Ishasha sector, (famous for its tree climbing Lions) you should see a multitude of animals. Arrive at the camp in the afternoon, relax around the camp. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tracking takes 3 – 10 hours.
There is an early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular, heavily vegetated and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giantsis a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Mburo N.P. App 4-5 hrs drive.
After an early breakfast, you will depart from Bwindi and proceed to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, go for a boat ride. The Eastern banks of Lake Mburo are best explored by a tranquil two-hour boat voyage. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, buffalo, and hippos as well as colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles and Hammerkops with their enormous nests. Lake Mburo has a wide range of activities available to choose from and on payment of supplement, you may go for Horseback Safaris, Night drives, and walking safaris. Meals and Overnight accommodation included at the lodge.

Day 11: Game drive and out to Kampala or Entebbe.
Morning game drives; After an early breakfast, head out for a game drive in search for big game. The game drive will take you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways. The network of game tracks in the east of the park passes a variety of landscape features; acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides, rock outcrops and seasonally flooded valley floors. With stops at places of interest, proceed to Kampala, optional craft shopping and proceed to the airport in time for your evening return flight or drop off at your residence. Depending on flight schedule, you may need a day’s room near the airport for which we shall book upon request –

It’s our guests’ choice depending on preference and budget; we don’t restrict on where to stay but here are recommended options;
Lion Range (Luxury): Chobe lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Bakers lodge (Murchison), Kyaninga, Ndali or Primate lodge (Kibale), Mweya lodge, Kyambura gorge Lodge or Katara lodge (QENP), Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp /Bwindi Lodge/Clouds Lodge/Buhoma lodge, Mihingo lodge or Mantana tented camp.
Pride Range (Mid-range): Fort Murchison, Bwana tembo Safari camp (Murchison), Kibale Forest Camp or Crater Safari lodge (Kibale), Bush lodge or Engazi lodge, Silverback/Mahogany springs/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge, Lake Mburo Safari Lodge. Please get in touch for more options.

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