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16-Day Vacation Exploring the Wild Pearl of Africa

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Fly into Uganda and proceed to Murchison Falls with a visit to Zziwa (en route). Continue to Kibale Forest NP for chimp trekking before heading to the Rwenzori Mountain. You will trek the Rwenzori and then descend to Queen Elizabeth for game viewing. From Queen, proceed to Bwindi via Ishasha (well-known for tree-climbing lions) for gorilla trekking. Thereafter, visit Mgahinga for the Batwa trail experience and Lake Mburo NP for some game viewing. Return to Entebbe to catch flight back home.

Arrival location:

Entebbe, Uganda

Departure Location:

Entebbe, Uganda

Included in your experience:

Park fees (For non-residents)

Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)

Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)

All activities (Unless labeled as optional)

All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)

A professional driver/guide

All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)

All Taxes/VAT

Roundtrip airport transfer

Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Drinking water (On all days)

Not included in your experience:

International flights (From/to home)

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)

Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Required Equipment:

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* Rental equipment is availabel, see 'Additional activities' for details
    None Available for this package
  • Day1 - 2
    Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be received by a Home to Africa assigned driver/guide who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your booked accommodation. In case you have had an early landing in Uganda, you can proceed to visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden. The Garden is one of the places around Entebbe where you can spot many species of birds plus a few primates including: the black and white colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys. It is also a place of tranquility and peace, a feast for the eyes and there is notable absence of people and you simply immerse in nature, the sounds of birds breaking the stillness of the moment.
    Lake Victoria View Guest House Budget guest house in or near Entebbe
  • Day2 - 3
    Your driver will pick you from the accommodation and you will head out for Murchison falls. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison Falls, 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 of almost over 450 bird species including the dwarf king fisher and the Goliath heron among others. En route, make a visit to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary. You will have at least one hour of rhino tracking while here. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check into your accommodation to relax for the Evening.
    Fort Murchison (Room) Mid-range lodge just outside Murchison Falls | Breakfast Included
  • Day3 - 4
    Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo and elephants among others. For any birder, this area supports the secretary bird and black chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.
    Fort Murchison (Room) Mid-range lodge just outside Murchison Falls | Breakfast Included
  • Day4 - 5
    After breakfast at your accommodation, depart right away for Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is a bit longer but incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. You won’t get bored at all. Kibale NP is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L'Hoest's monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). On your chimpanzee trails, these can be seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.
    Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Mid-range guest house just outside Kibale | Breakfast Included
  • Day5 - 6
    Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them. Return to the lodge for lunch and then embark on a transfer to Kasese Town situated at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains. You will arrive and do little but just check-in, relax and overnight at the booked accommodation.
    Hotel Margherita Budget hotel in or near Kasese | Breakfast Included
  • Day6 - 7
    Have breakfast and drive to the rangers’ point (starting point for your trek). You will receive some briefing and then proceed with the hike to Sine Camp (at 2596m). The hike will take you through the tall forest trees of the Afro montane forest zone. This is a steady climb for about 6 kilometers then along a steep climb towards Sine hut. The hike will offer you lots of plant and flower species to view, birds and a chance of seeing some animal species like colobus monkeys and the blue monkeys swinging in the trees. While here, some clients prefer to sit outside enjoying the warmth of the campfire and chat to the guides about the mountains and life in their community. You will be served the dinner and spend the night.
    Sine Hut Budget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains | Breakfast Included
  • Day7 - 8
    After breakfast, trekking starts at 8.30am and you soon enter the bamboo-mimulopsis zone which is a steep climb with many high steps. After about 1.8 kilometers you reach Kalalama Camp (3.147m) which is located in the heather–rapanea zone. Here you will have a rest and a cup of tea. From this point (Kalalama Camp), you proceed along the heather zone passing by several streams and even waterfalls – all covered by the typical green moss vegetation. You will see a lot of Giant Heather trees, sometimes in a misty atmosphere. The arrival point of the day is Mutinda Camp at (3.688m) named after the Mutinda Peaks. From this point, you can climb further to Mutinda Lookout 3.925m which is about one hour and half walk plus one hour to descend back to the camp. The place is worth a visit as you stand on moss covered rocks with views across the Rwenzori Mountains, down to Kasese town and Lake George.
    Mutinda Camp Budget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains | Breakfast Included
  • Day8 - 9
    The trail from Mutinda Camp is a bit boggy with the typical wet vegetation and tussocks. You will enter the Alpine vegetation zone with the presence of the giant lobelias (Lobellia gibberoa), the groundsel (Senecio adnivalis) and the everlasting flowers as you cross the Mutinda valley. Later, climb a steep section up to Namusangi Valley (3.840 m) where you will enjoy the best view of the Mutinda Peaks. Along the Namusangi Valley, you cross various bogs as you climb to Bugata Camp at 4.062 m – the arrival point of the day. You will have a view of the Weismann’s Peak of Mount Luigi of Savoy which is often covered by snow. The vegetation area is covered with tussock grass, everlasting flowers, giant groundsel and giant lobelia. From the nearby Plozza Rock you will get fantastic views of nine lakes down the valley and Lake Nusuranja.
    Bugata Camp Budget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains | Breakfast Included
  • Day9 - 10
    Have breakfast and proceed for the Weismann peak. The trek starts by walking across the hillside below high cliffs above Bugata Lake. Continue around a ridge point to Lake Kopello where you will walk along the edge of the lake which according to researchers the water temperature averages 2˚C. As you climb, you will get excellent views of the four lakes along the valley below. The last section to the peak is steep on solid rock and can be difficult when snowing (iced up) and it may be necessary to use ropes for safety. On a clear day, you get fantastic views of all the main peaks, Mt Stanley, Mt Speke and Mt Baker. The top of Weismann’s Peak is relativity flat or dome shaped with deep moss growing on the rocks creating a beautiful atmosphere. It is also possible to visit Stella Peak before descending to the camp. Thereafter, you start to descend through a different route which makes the loop. Thus, you will descend down the Nyamwamba valley to Kiharo Camp (at 3460m) for the night.
    Kiharo Camp Budget mountain hut in or near Rwenzori Mountains | Breakfast Included
  • Day10 - 11
    Have breakfast and proceed down to the base camp where you will find the driver/guide waiting for you. Thereafter, you will be transferred to the booked accommodation inside Queen Elizabeth NP. Queen, one of the country’s most frequented tourist destinations. The park features diverse ecosystems called home by a variety of wildlife species - ten primate species (including chimpanzees), more than 600 bird species, and classic big games. You will arrive and just check-in and have some good rest after (of course) very strenuous days trekking the Rwenzori mountain.
    The Bush Lodge (Banda) Mid-range lodge just outside Queen Elizabeth | Breakfast Included
  • Day11 - 12
    Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and look out for wildlife such as: Lions, Elephants, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob, among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch. After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes George and Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
    The Bush Lodge (Banda) Mid-range lodge just outside Queen Elizabeth | Breakfast Included
  • Day12 - 13
    Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population) including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.
    Broadbill Forest Camp Budget tented camp just outside Bwindi | Breakfast Included
  • Day13 - 14
    After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Return to your lodge for some rest time and lunch. Thereafter, embark on a transfer to Lake Chahafi Resort for relaxation and the overnight stay.
    Lake Chahafi Resort Mid-range resort in or near Chahafi | Breakfast Included
  • Day14 - 15
    Have breakfast and proceed out for the Batwa trail experience. For generations, the Mgahinga dense forest was home to the indigenous Batwa (hunter – gatherers and fierce warriors) who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. Now, they lead visitors through the forest and introduce them to their old home and the techniques they used to survive in it. The remarkable trail unveils the hidden historical secret of the Batwa people. It expresses the true cultural background of the Batwa who are the famous traditional owners of the hilly forested areas occupied by Mgahinga Forest in the district of Kisoro. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for lunch and take the afternoon (evening) relaxing at the Lake Chahafi Resort (most likely reflecting on your trip so far).
    Lake Chahafi Resort Mid-range resort in or near Chahafi | Breakfast Included
  • Day15 - 16
    Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP. Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing. On the game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras in big numbers, topis, impalas, warthogs, Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation where you will spend the night. Optional: In case you’re interested, you may go out for the breathtaking Mburo night game drive. During the night game drive, expect to sight nocturnal creatures including huge snakes, python, hyena, owls and the elusive leopard (on a lucky day) among others. However, the cost for the night game drive is excluded and payable on the ground (as may be specified).
    Rwakobo Rock Mid-range lodge just outside Lake Mburo | Breakfast Included
  • Day16 - 17
    Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. Also, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelopes, Cape buffaloes among others. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport for your flight out. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!
    No accommodation (End of tour) | Breakfast Included
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