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14 Day Uganda Special Safari

 

1. Kidepo Valley National Park - Apoka (fly-in)
2. Kidepo Valley National Park - Apoka
3. Kidepo Valley National Park - Apoka
4. Murchison NP - Paraa (fly-in)
5. Murchison NP - Paraa
6. Kibale NP - Kyaninga/Ndali (10 h)
7. Kibale NP - Kyaninga/Ndali
8. Queen Elizabeth NP - Katara/Mweya (3 h)
9. Queen Elizabeth NP - Katara/Mweya
10. Ishasha NP - Ishasha Wilderness Camp (3 h)
11. Bwindi NP - Mahogany Springs/ Buhoma (3 h)
12. Bwindi NP - Mahogany Springs/ Buhoma
13. Lake Mburo NP – Mihingo (7 h)
14. Lake Mburo NP - Mihingo
15. Entebbe – The Boma (5 h)

Day 1 - Apoka Lodge, Kidepo Valley National Park:

After arriving at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda, you will board a charter plane to Kidepo Valley National park tucked away in the far Northeast corner of Uganda. The airstrip in a short scenic drive away from Apoka Lodge. When you reach the lodge it is time to relax, acclimatize and prepare yourselves for an adventurous day in the park. The lodge offers stunning views over the valley. How about a sundowner on the lookout tower before heading to the restaurant for dinner?

Day 2 – Apoka Lodge, Kidepo Valley National Park:

Today will be dedicated to exploring whatever Kidepo Valley has to offer. Being in such a remote area of the country, not many people venture up here, so while you are looking for game, you won’t be disturbed by too many others on a similar mission.

Kidepo Valley National Park is known for it’s vast herds of Buffalo. In addition, it is the only place in Uganda where you can see the Rothchild’s Giraffe and the Burchell’s Zebra together, and nowhere else in the country do you have the chance of spotting Cheetahs.

You will be back at the lodge in time for sunset.

Day 3 – Chobe Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park:

The trip to Murchison Falls National Park will give you the opportunity to see more of upcountry Uganda with rugged but beautiful scenery. Lunch will be had in Kitgum, after which you continue the journey. Once you reach Chobe Lodge, relax while overlooking the Nile to the sounds of hippos grunting in the water. If you are lucky, the odd elephant may wander into the lodge grounds seeking shade under the branches of acacia trees.

 

Day 4 – Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park:

Your guide will be waiting for you after breakfast to take you on a gamedrive into the Buligi area in further north in the park. The fully air-conditioned vehicle has a pop-up roof for uninhibited viewing of game, inverters to charge your camera batteries and a fridge, so that you will never miss a cold drink on the dusty road.

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.

Late afternoon you will proceed to Paraa Safari Lodge, also located on the banks of the mighty river Nile, where you will spend the night.

Day 5 - Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park:

Today is all about the river Nile. While sitting in a boat launch, you have the opportunity to view hippo, the famous and feared Nile Crocodile and a variety of other game from close at hand while they come down to the river banks for a drink or a wallow. Your destination is the bottom of 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!

The second trip of the day takes you to the top of the falls, giving you an entirely different impression.

After that it is back to Paraa Safari Lodge to recover from an action-packed day.

Day 6 – Lake Albert Safari Lodge, Lake Albert:

Your route today takes you south along the shores of Lake Albert. After half a day’s journey, you will reach Lake Albert Safari Lodge, overlooking Lake Albert from a great vantage point. This is where you will be spending the night.

Day 7 – Ndali Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park:

Back on the road again! The journey takes us through remote villages as we slowly begin ascending to the higher altitudes of Fort Portal in close proximity with the Rwenzori Mountains. Kyaninga Lodge/Ndali Lodge (Description of Lodge follows) is your destination for now and is located conveniently close to Kibale Forest National Park, home to over 600 chimpanzees.

Day 8 – Ndali Lodge, Kibale Forest National Park:

It’s going to be a looong day! But full of marvel! Today, get ready to join the researchers in their work following a group of chimpanzees in the forest. The aim is to get the chimps accustomed or habituated to human presence without interfering in their natural behavior. This is important, as the only way to generate funds urgently needed for the conservation of man’s closest relative (Did you know that we share up to 98% of a chimp’s genes? That makes us 98% chimp!) is through enabling people to catch a glimpse of them. While accompanying the researchers in their work, you have the chance of seeing the chimps de-nesting early in the morning, foraging and playing during the day, and building new nests for the night in the evening.

After this you will be more than looking forward for some relaxing time at the lodge.

Day 9 – Katara Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Today’s journey takes you due South, across the equator, and into Queen Elizabeth National Park. How about a short gamedrive in the Kasenyi Area of the park just to get a first impression of what this park has to offer? After that it is on to Katara Lodge, situated perching on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, with a sheer endless view of the savannah and the Rwenzori Mountains and the Blue Mountains in the Congo forming a perfect backdrop on a clear day. You can at times even see elephants crossing in the plain far below you.

Day 10 – Katara Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park:

An early start at 6am gives you the best chances of spotting lions, spotted hyenas and, if you are lucky, the lone leopard making himself comfortable in a tree to sleep through the heat of the day. Other wildlife worth noting are Elephants, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Bushbuck and Giant Forest Hogs.

You will return to Katara Lodge for a late breakfast and couple of hours to relax before heading out to another boat ride – this time on the Kazinga Channel, which links Lake George in the North with lake Edward further South.

The channel boasts the highest density of hippos anywhere in the country and the sheer number of birds is out of this world. Many of the park’s over 612 species of birds can be spotted along the channel making this a must-go destination for anybody interested in birds.

On the way back to the lodge, it is the perfect time of day to see herds of elephants making their way to or from the channel. Don’t be surprised to find them in the road causing minor delays. After all, one of the most important rules to obey in the wild: Elephants have the right of way – at all times!

Day 11 – Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Much of the road to the gorillas takes you through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Elephants, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Waterbuck and Topi are among the more common sights you can expect to see while driving through the park. Towards the end of the journey, we leave the savannah and head deep into the jungle into the home of the Mountain Gorillas! Enjoy a restful night while mentally preparing yourselves for the following morning’s trek to see Diane Fossey’s world famous mountain gorillas.

Day 12 – Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

No other activities are planned for this day except for tracking the mighty mountain gorilla, as the trek can take anything from 1 ½ to 7 hours, depending on where you will find the gorillas. Chances of seeing the gorillas are very high, as each group is closely monitored and the rangers accompanying your trek go to great lengths to ensure 100% satisfaction.

Day 13 – Mihingo Lodge, Lake Mburo National Park:

The drive from Bwindi to Lake Mburo takes you from the stunning scenic beauty of “Africa’s Switzerland” into the heartland of Uganda’s pastoralist Ankole-tribe, who are famous for their long horned Ankole cows. Lake Mburo National Park lies in southern Uganda and apart from an incredible array of birdlife, is teeming with Impala and Uganda’s largest zebra population.

The breathtaking Mihingo Lodge is the perfect stopover on your way to Kampala so make yourselves comfortable with a sundowner overlooking the waterhole which attracts everything from buffalo, warthogs and impala to zebra, bushbuck and even the majestic eland. After nightfall use the opportunity to see the resident family of bush babie (Thick Tailed Galagos) interact with each other.

Day 14 – Emin Pasha Hotel

You will head to Kampala today. You will be staying at the Emin Pasha, a boutique Hotel close to, yet seemingly a world apart from the hustle and bustle of Kampala street life. Excellent food and service will guarantee you a perfect ending to an amazing trip!

Once there, you can either spend reflecting on the past 2 weeks in the Pearl of Africa, while having a full body massage in the Spa, or, if you still haven’t had enough of the country and it’s people, go for a day trip into the seething, pulsating heart of Kampala.

 

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