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14 Day Uganda Special Safari

 

1. Kampala – Le Petit Village or Ziwa Ranch (3 h north of Kampala)
2. Kitgum – Fugly’s (8 h or 6 h depending where you stay)
3. Kidepo NP - Nga’ Moru (4 h)
4. Kidepo NP - Nga’ Moru
5. Murchison NP - Bwana Tembo (8 h)
6. Murchison NP - Bwana Tembo
7. Hoima - Kon Tiki (7 h)
8. Kibale – Chimps Nest/ Nyinabulitwa (6 h)
9. Kibale – Chimps Nest/ Nyinabulitwa
10. Queen Elizabeth NP – Bushlodge (4 h)
11. Bwindi NP - Mutanda Resort/ Nkuringo Camp (7 h) or Bakiga Lodge (7 h)
12. Bwindi NP - Mutanda Resort/ Nkuringo Camp (Nkuringo) or Bakiga Lodge (Ruhija)
13. Lake Mburo NP – Mihingo (7 h)
14. Lake Mburo NP - Mihingo

Day 1 – Kampala or ZIWA Rhino Sanctuary

Depending on the time of arrival, you will either spend your first night in Kampala or head north to ZIWA Rhino Sanctuary. This is the only place in Uganda where you can actually still see Rhinos. The last Rhino in Uganda was hunted down in the 80’s and this is the first attempt to reintroduce these amazing beasts back into the wild. You have the opportunity to go on a walking safari through the sanctuary and come face to face with the rhinos, who are well used to people by now.

Day 2 –Kitgum, Fugly’s Guest House:

After an early rise, the road takes us into the north. In a town called Kitgum, we will spend the night in a cozy little hotel. Good food and ice cold drinks are just what is needed after a long, dusty road.

Day 3 –Kidepo Valley National Park, Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp:

Today’s road is by far shorter than yesterday’s, and the scenery while approaching Kidepo Valley is stunning. Rugged mountains and sparse vegetation calls for unique survival techniques from the local population, who struggle to make a living up here. Our destination for today is Nga Moru Wilderness Camp, conveniently situated right on the border of the Natiobnal Park. Nga Moru means “The Place of Rocks” in the local Karamojong language, and it truly is a camp in the middle of the wilderness. It was built on a little hill overlooking the savannah, which is at times also favoured by a pride of lions. So please no strolls around your rooms at night.

Day 4 – Kidepo Valley National Park, Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp:

An early morning game drive is an exciting way to start the day. Compared to other parks in East Africa you are unlikely to see any other vehicles. You will probably have the whole park to yourself and be able to explore in complete peace. Animals in Ugandan national parks are not collared and radio tracked so you really have to use your eyes to look for them and the knowledge of your guide to find them. It’s far more exciting this way. You are likely to see enormous herds of buffalo, Elephant, lion, Burchell’s zebra, Rothschild giraffe, many more plains game and if you’re lucky cheetah.

Day 5 – Murchison Falls National Park, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp:

We leave Kidepo in the morning, have a short stopover in Kitgum for lunch and then proceed to Bwana Tembo on the northern edge of Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge overlooks the River Nile on a calm stretch just after leaving Lake Albert. It is run by an Italian family, so look forward to delicious homemade pasta.

Day 6 – Murchison Falls National Park, Bwana Tembo Safari Camp:

After breakfast we are heading out onto a gamedrive into the Buligi and the Nile Delta further north in the park.

Being the largest national park in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is home to some of Uganda’s largest Elephants, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Uganda Kob, Cape Buffalo, Oribi, Jackson’s Hartebeest and many more. Also lions, spotted hyena and leopards can be seen, especially in the delta area in the northern sector of the park. Birdlife is stunning and even include sightings of the rare Shoebill.

In the afternoon, we will take a boat along the river Nile towards the falls. Being the largest cataract on one of the world’s most famous rivers, the sheer magnitude of the mighty Nile forcing itself through the narrow gap before crashing down 40 meters is bound to impress!

We will be back at the lodge in time for sundowners.

Day 7 – Hoima, Kon Tiki Hotel:

The long route from Murchison Falls National Park to Fort Portal is best broken down into two parts. We will spend the night in the little town of Hoima. After the drive, you can chose to explore this quaint upcountry center or just relax by the hotel pool.

Day 8 – Fort Portal/Kibale Forest, Kibale Forest National Park:

The second leg of the journey takes us to the higher altitudes of Fort Portal in close proximity to the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Your lodge is located conveniently close to Kibale Forest National Park, home to over 600 chimpanzees.

Day 9 - Kibale Forest National Park, Chimps Nest or Nyinabulitwa:

Reportedly the best place in the world for seeing chimpanzees is Kibale Forest National Park. A morning trek may get you face to face with man’s closest relative. Did you know that we share up to 98% of a chimp’s genes? That makes us 98% chimp!

In the afternoon a walk through the Bigodi Swamp is planned. A local women’s group decided to battle poverty by setting up a cultural and nature attraction, where guests can get an insight in the way of life out here.

After a long day on your feet, it is time to relax at the lodge a bit.

Day 10 – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bushlodge:

It’s about a 3 hour drive to Bushlodge, depending on what you see once you enter Queen Elizabeth national park. Elephants often cross the road and have right of way! Situated on the banks of the Kazinga channel, Hippos frequently leave the safety of the water to come and graze on the lodge grounds.

If want to see lots of animals but don’t want to get back in the car, why not go on the launch trip which takes 2 hours and is a relaxing way to see lots of game and over 612 species of birds can be spotted along the channel.

Day 11 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

This journey will take you from open savannah, climbing into the hills, through the occasional Ugandan village. Then you will descend into a completely different world of steep V-shaped valleys, covered with untouched primary rain forest as far as the eye can see. A world apart from the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You’ll need a rain coat and warm clothes as there are frequent tropical downpours. Accommodation depends on where the group of gorillas you are scheduled to track are located.

Day 12 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

As you wake early to the exotic sounds of the forest it’s hard not to feel full of excitement for the adventure ahead. Trekking Gorillas in the mist can take anything from 1 and half hours to 8 hours! Chances of seeing the gorillas are very high as each group is closely monitored and the ranger guides accompanying you do everything they can to help you find these magnificent primates. Your experienced guides have an incredible wealth of knowledge with regards to the flora and fauna of the rain forest.

Day 13 – Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge:

Today is a longish drive, about 7 hours to Mihingo lodge where you can really relax and feel at home. Lake Mburo is a small and attractive park with many lakes and it is home to the Bahima tribe and the beautiful long horned Ankole cows. If you haven’t already seen a Leopard then you will have a good chance to see one here. Buffalo, Eland, Zebra, Impala, Waterbuck, Topi, warthog and bush buck are plentiful.

Mihingo lodge is spread out over a rocky outcrop, each room with its own unique view and privacy. Mihingo is blessed with the tranquility that solar polar provides.

This is a spectacular lodge that blends into its surroundings and is at one with nature. You can enjoy the excitement of sleeping in a tent with the luxury of an adjoining spacious stone bathroom.

Day 14 –Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge:

After trekking Gorillas, Mihingo lodge is the ultimate in relaxation where you can immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility of the location simply by sitting on your verandah with a good book or lying by the infinity pool and watching the animals at the waterhole below without having to leave the premisis at all. Early morning tea and coffee are brought to your room and all meals are eaten in the main thatched dining room. Mihingo lodge serves wonderful fresh buffets and has an excellent reputation for very good food.                         

Lake Mburo is the only national park in Uganda where you can ride horses. Whether you are a novice or an experienced rider it is a wonderful way to see the animals and feel part of nature. You can choose from a 1 hour walk on a horse up to a 4 hour ride.

If you are feeling rather stiff from your Gorilla trekking why not treat yourself to a soothing Mihingo massage. The proceeds of which go to the MCCDF which is a project that compensates local farmers for livestock killed by Leopard, Lion or Hyena.

In the afternoon we suggest a game drive is to Kazuma look-out. It’s good to leave the lodge between 3 or 4 and takes as it takes about an hour to drive to Kazuma. From here you will see a stunning panoramic view of the 6 surrounding lakes. It’s fun to take a sun-dower with you and drive back to the lodge leaving Kazuma at 6ish to increase your chances of seeing a Leopard on the way home.

 

 

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