15 DAY TRIP: JINJA, MURCHISION FALLS NATIONAL PARK (MFNP), KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK (KFNP), QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (QEP), ISHASHA, BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK (BINP), LAKE BUNYONYI & LAKE MBURO
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe airport. Transfer to Kampala.
Day 2: Transfer to Jinja via Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest and the Source of the Nile.
Day 3 White water rafting:
Day 4: Murchison Falls
Day 5: Day 5 Game Drive and Boat Cruise on the Nile
Day 6 Drive to Fortportal
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Arrival at Entebbe airport. Transfer to Kampala.
Transfer to Jinja via Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest and the Source of the Nile. Overnight at Jinja Nile Resort.
White water rafting: 27 Kilometers of the best grade 5 rafting you could ever experience. Up to 12 rapids are run on this full day section of the mighty River Nile. Four of them are Grade 5 and are guaranteed to get your heart pumping and adrenaline flowing. Watch out for '' Total Gunga'', ''Big Brother'', ''Over Time'' and the simply awesome ''The Bad Place''. You do not need to know how to swim to do this. Your safety is paramount and it is our business to make sure have the best time possible in the most secure setting. A huge BBQ awaits you at the end, perfect after your unforgettable experience! Overnight at Jinja Nile Resort.
Beginning with the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle we branch off to the photo hunt for rhinos in the Ziwa Ranch swamps. It takes about 2 hrs. We will proceed to a spectacularly situated site at the top of the falls where you can see the Nile's perfect beauty. Marvel at the Nile, ranging from a width of 50 meters to a mere 6 meters in a canyon which drops 40 meters with a thunderous roar, creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile: Murchison Falls. Overnight at Nile Safari Camp.
After an early breakfast, proceed for a game drive. Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe, Uganda Kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, bush duiker, warthog and bushpig. Large carnivores include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. In the afternoon, go for a boat safari upstream on the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of metes from the ''Devil's Cauldron''. Over this 17 km stretch, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and look for elephant, waterbuck and Uganda kob. This is also a zone many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. Overnight at Nile Safari Camp.
All day drive (8 hrs), south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside, past traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled mountains of the moon (Rwenzori Mountains). Overnight at Ndali Lodge.
In the morning, we will transfer to KFNP. Primates resident in Kibale forest include chimps, L'hoestes, red and blue colobus, red tailed monkeys and grey cheeked mangabeys. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only about primates, but also on all the flora and fauna and will ensure that our walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for bird watching and for seeing primates at close quarters. In the afternoon, we will then proceed to QEP following the mystical Rwenzori mountain range for much of the journey. A game drive en route may be rewarded with views of lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here making it a prime target for birdwatchers. Species recorded include the shoebill stork, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of raptors including several falcons and eagles. In the crater lakes, there are spectacular flocks of flamingos, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
QEP's diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop, provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, Topi and bush buck.
North of the main gate is the crater area, one of the most scenic parts of the park. The unique 2 hour lunch trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward passes through possibly the highest hippo concentration in Africa and many mammals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. The cruise offers an excellent platform for photography and game viewing. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
In the morning, we proceed to Ishasha area, famous for tree-climbing lions, huge herds of elephant, buffalo. Overnight at the well appointed and patronized Ishasha Tented Camp. The night sounds are unforgettable !!
After scintillating game drives in Ishasha park, we will transfer to BINP. This park is home to more than half of the world's wild mountain gorilla population and was declared a National World Heritage Site in December 1994. World Heritage Sites are internationally recognized as natural features of outstanding beauty or scientific value. The landscape here is rugged, with deep valleys running between steep sided hills and ridges with barely a square kilometer of the park flat. There are continuous stands of both lowland and montane rainforest with a dense undergrowth of herbs, vines and shrubs (hence the name impenetrable). This area is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with the richest faunal community in East Africa. There are estimated to be 120 species of mammals (more than any other national park in Uganda except Queen Elizabeth) and is the only park where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist together.
There are an estimated 260 species of birds, including 23 localized species found only along the Albertine Rift Valley and 14 found nowhere else in Uganda. The pristine rainforest of this park is home to approximately 300 species of butterfly (including two endangered species of swallowtails), 200 native tree species and many species of reptiles and amphibians (including one species of frog that may be new to science).
The park is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley and covers 311 sq. km, making it one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this 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 and terrain you will take varies with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp
Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi through the famous Switzerland of Uganda after all your dreams of seeing the gorillas, Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest crater lake in Uganda, fishing, canoeing and visting pygmies and swimming, relaxing watching sunset in the governing are part of tourist activities. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Over Land Camp.
After breakfast, fishing, canoeing, visiting pygmies, swimming at your leisure are options. Enjoy your dinner of crayfish. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Over Land Camp.
After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park (15 hrs), entering the park through the Nshara Gate. Enjoy an afternoon game drive along the lake shore track. The ''Kigambara Loop'', with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you may find herds of zebra.
African buffalo and eland as well as oribi and topi. Birdwatchers can enjoy the more than 250 species of birds found around Lake Mburo, including papyrus gonolek, brown-faced lapwing, Carruther's Cisticola, the extraordinary white-winged warbler and bare-faced go-away bird. A boat ride on Lake Mburo allows the visitor to get quite close to crocodiles and hippos. Spend the night under canvas in the heart of the African bush, under the starry African sky.
After breakfast, proceed for a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger (this is the only park where you are not entirely imprisoned in a vehicle). The kopjes are particularly interesting as are camouflaged klipspringers and topis. There is cattle herding in the area and it is amusing to see zebra peaceably grazing alongside the long-horned Ankole cattle. Return to Kampala.
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