TOUR CODE 010 - UGANDA HIGHLIGHTS
4 PARKS: MURCHISON FALLS, QUEEN ELIZABETH, KIBALE AND GORILLA TREKKING, 7 DAYS)
DAY 1: From Kampala, drive to Masindi passing traditional farms and villages. Reach Murchison Falls National Park after lunch enroute and tour the top of the Falls with amazing scenic viewpoints. Dinner and overnight at Sambiya River Lodge.
DAY 2: Cross the Nile by ferry and set off on an early morning game drive. Your guide helps spot elephant, giraffe, water buffalo, Ugandan kob and lion. After a packed lunch take a launch trip to the base of the majestic Murchison Falls. There is abundant bird life and you will most likely see numerous wild animals on the banks. Return to the excellent service and comfort of Sambiya River Lodge.
DAY 3: Depart early to the Fort Portal area. This area, nestled in the Rwenzori Mountains, is the seat of the Toro kingdom. Lunch enroute to Kibale Forest. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge or Ruwenzori View Guesthouse.
DAY 4: Early morning forest walk in search of chimpanzee. See other primates, forest birds and butterflies. Arrive at Mweya Safari Lodge in QENP after lunch. Relax on a cruise up the Kazinga Channel between Lakes Edward and George. Enjoy seeing wild animals on the banks and a wonderful variety of water birds. Lion, hippo, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob and warthogs are usually seen. Overnight at the beautifully situated Mweya Safari Lodge.
DAY 5: Awake early for a sun rise game drive to see elephant and lion. After breakfast depart for a gorilla sanctuary. Packed lunch enroute. Transit through the Kigezi Highlands with terraced banana plantations on the steep slopes. Dinner and overnight in Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga N.P at a lodge or luxury tented camp.
DAY 6: Rise early for gorilla trekking. The experienced ranger guides will brief you before the trek. Spend the day moving through dense forest in an exciting search for rare majestic mountain gorillas. Return to accommodation for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: Return to Kampala through the Kigezi highlands, the "Switzerland of Africa". Enjoy a relaxing lunch in Mbarara. Arrive in Kampala early evening.
NB.1 Because of the difficulty of obtaining both gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits 'last minute' this tour needs to booked well in advance or clients need to be flexible on their safari dates. Those tracking chimps must be at least 15 and those tracking gorillas must be at least 15 years of age.