Arrive at Entebbe international airport in Uganda. We where welcomed by our Staff of Real-Africa-Adventures who transferred us to the IMPERIAL RESORT BEACH HOTEL. If you are a early arrival you will visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) for information about Uganda’s unique flora and fauna. Have a feel of ex situ conservation and get in close contact with the lion, zebras, chimpanzees, buffalo, Rhino, water bucks, dickers, crocodiles, colobus monkeys, shoe bill stocks, and different species of birds and animals. Here you can feel the breeze of the lake and see a variety of fishing birds along the lake shores. If it’s a weekend, you can enjoy a thrilling performance from local cultural groups. We had dinner at the Imperial Beach Hotel.
After an early breakfast we drive through Kampala Northwards through a series of districts. Lunch was at the Masindi Hotel (rambling colonial era hotel) – with an attractive wooded ground in Masindi town, this is a a gate-way to Budongo Forest and Murchison falls National Park. Watch out for the mighty tropical Budongo forest. More appealing is the green, leafy stretch of surburbia that runs north from the town center past the golf course. We visited the top of the mighty Murchison-falls and they where extra ordinary. There is a point where the water escapes through a narrow gorge forming splendid thunder and roar! We relaxed and and took some photographs at the spot with a permanent rainbow. Here their was a Ferry Crossing to Paraa Safari lodge with comfortable accommodation and typical Ugandan hospitality. We had dinner at Paraa lodge.
Late morning breakfast, and then we traveled into the northern part for a game drive. Watch out for the large elephant herds, we also saw buffalo, water buck, giraffes, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, and a variety of bird and other animal species. After lunch, we enjoyed a two-hour cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls-an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles along the riverbanks. We returned to the lodge for dinner.
Breakfast was served early as we greet the early morning rising sun. Ensure to be in time before the ferry crosses. We all carryed a picnic lunch for a long drive via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the way to Kibale forest National Park. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Today we had a very early morning primate viewing on a guided forest walk in Kibale Forest National Park. The activity starts at 6.00 am immediately after breakfast. This part of the country has the highest number of primates in Africa. Watch out for the wonder that is the chimp families, and the red Colobus monkeys swinging through the dense forest with birds, we all so saw butterflies and many reptiles as well as small insects which are a common feature in this park. A visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing for an encounter of rare and beautiful flora and fauna. We had lunch at the Kanyanchu Tourist centre. This is the Fort portal on the way to the Semiliki National Park. Dinner and overnight at the Semiliki Safari Lodge.
We enjoyed our breakfast at 8:00 am and visited the Semliki Wildlife Reserve for a boat ride on the Lake Albert for some birdwatching. We return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch we drove to the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. This is some beautiful scenery of the foothills of Mount Rwenzori and a game drive on the way to Mweya Safari Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari.
After an early breakfast, set off for a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens’ Mile in the park and expected to see Lions, Elephants, buffalo, Warthogs and birds. We saw plenty. We got back to the lodge for Lunch. After lunch we took a trip on Kazinga channel for the amazing bird life in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari Lodge.
After a cup of coffee, we drove to the Kyambura gorge for a forest walk to look for the habituated chimpanzees and other primates, reptiles, leopards and many more rare species of animals. We carryed our own picnic lunch today. After tracking and some driving to the Bwindi through Maramagambo and Ishasha sector we enjoyed the game viewing. Here they have tree climbing lions. WOW. Dinner and overnight at the Buhoma Homestead.
After an early breakfast we departed to the National Park and began our gorilla trek. The Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, and sightings cannot be guaranteed – we saw them. We were led by experienced trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the tracking begins. The gorillas, whose continuous search for food requires a nomadic lifestyle, determine the duration of the hike.
The tuff trek can take between one and six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 7,500 feet and over rough terrain. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. These massive primates are extremely rare, only approximately 650 remaining.
When the gorillas are encountered, any fatigue is quickly forgotten. Few who have had this rare privilege would disagree. Each strictly regulated 60-minute visit passes all too quickly, and you depart leaving the gorillas to their fragile existence. We return to the lodge for a late lunch. If your trek was relatively short, you will have the opportunity for a forest walk with a guide. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
You will head to Kabale. The road to Kabale took us into the Uganda Highlands – the Switzerland of Africa – the great views and vistas of this lush green area is wonderful.
From here we continued towards the Kampala on good tarmac roads to Lake Mburo National park. This small park offers a great variety of game including zebra, leopard, various antelope and hippo – as well as prolific birdlife. Here we went on a walk with a local guide. Dinner and overnight White Horse Inn.
We had an early game drive in Lake Mburo National park to view and take photographs of the impala, Zebras, Waterbucks, Eland, Hippo and a variety of Birds. We drove to the Ssese Islands via Bukakata. We took a roll on roll off ferry to the Bugala Island, this is the main island of the Ssese Islands group. After lunch activities we went for some bird watching and a nature walk where saw mant monkeys, ladybirds, parrots, and turacos they reside inside the forests. you will get a fresh breeze from Lake Victoria. We returned to the resort for dinner and overnight at Ssese Palm Beach Resort.
After breakfast, we participated in one of the areas most exciting activities in the fishing grounds. We returned to the resort to catch a ferry and then drive to Kampala. Dinner and over night at Namirembe Guest House.
After an early Breakfast, we drove to the Eastwards to Jinja. We enjoyed viewing the Sugar and Tea plantations, Mabira Forest, fruit and craft markets along the road to Owen falls Dam, We visited Bujagalli falls and the source of the Nile, where its long journey to Mediterranean sea starts. We had a picnic lunch. We drove back to the Hotel in Kampala.
The last day we took a transfer to the airport for our flight home via Johannesburg.
Gerald Crawford was born in South Africa, studied electronics, telecommunication, eco-travel and African travel concepts. He taught responsible tourism in South Africa. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me on. E-mail Address: [email protected] Website Address: [http://www.12234455.co.za]
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