Day 1: Arrival Upon your arrival, look out for your safari guide holding a placard with your name. He will receive you and transfer you to your hotel where after checking in will debrief you on the details of your trip. You will freshen up and relax. Accommodation: Meal plan: Dinner
Day 2: Kampala Cultural tour After your breakfast, you set off for a long and exiting day, experience the ancient and modernity living hand in hand a stone throw away from the city center. We shall visit the Buganda Kingdom parliament which is the administrative center of the kingdom. Expect to experience the journey of the kingdom and how it has managed to preserve it’s heritage in the face of modernity. You will then visit the palace called “Lubiri” in the traditional language, where the king stays, learn about the traditional way of life. After lunch, we shall visit the Kasubi Tombs, a UNESCO world heritage site which is the burial place of the kings of the Buganda Kingdom. Accommodation: Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3: Equator, Katereke prison – Lake Mburo NP Your driver/guide will pick you from your hotel after your early morning breakfast. Today you will be head to western Uganda. Your first stop will be at Katereke underground prison ditch dug in the late 1800s as an incarceration center for political enemies including the king’s his own siblings for fear that they would take his throne, he later burnt them alive. It also serves as a cultural worship place where people for blessings from the spirits. Our next stop will be at the equator, stand, sing, swing, snap away between the hemispheres imagine that! You will then visit the traditional drum makers out of trees and cow skin. Drums are of cultural significance in every society in Africa, they are played for pleasure and also communication. You can buy a souvenir to support the trade. Your driver will then drive to Lake Mburo National Park where you will have an evening game drive. Accommodation: Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Lake Mburo National Park. After an early morning breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive in Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife - not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Last but not least: The Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to lake Mburo (1st July 2015)! Return to the lodge for Lunch and relaxation. In the evening, you will go for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo, this time round, look out for crocodiles, water animals and birds. Accommodation: Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boat In the morning, after your breakfast, you will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge. Accommodation: Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Game drive – Lake Katwe community Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise, breakfast will be served in the restaurant before we head out with packed lunch for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. We will visit Lake Katwe also known as the salt late, interact with the local communities, visit a women’s community group, you can support their efforts by purchasing a souvenir. We will then game drive back to the lodge. Accommodation Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Transfer to Fort Portal – Visit Tooro Kingdom, Amabere Caves Today, you will begin your journey to Fort portal. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. You will visit the Toro kingdom palace and the other cultural sites like the burial tombs of the fallen kings. The Toro Kingdom is a home for the world’s youngest king “Oyo”. You will learn about the history of Toro kingdom traditional dress code, language spoken, about the past kings and where they are buried among others, the numerous artifacts that represent their culture. After lunch, you will visit the Amabere Caves, a geographical formation of stunning stalactites and stalagmites forming a milky substance within the waterfall. The cultural significance of the place is the major reason of your visit to this site, get ready for the discovery! If you are fit enough, you will then go for hiking along the hills that are as a result of volcanic eruptions, sight swamps/ wetlands, the crater lakes. We will drive back to your hotel for the day. You can choose to have an evening walk in the cleanest and peaceful town in Uganda. You can also opt for the night life in the bars and the clubs. Accommodation: Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Semuliki National Park – hot springs, Batwa experience. After breakfast, drive to Semuliki National Park for an amazing nature walk. And half day Batwa heritage trail. The walk will expose to various birds like Rwenzori Turaco and primates including the rare deBrazza’s monkey, visit the famous Sempaya hot springs, female hot spring known as Nyasimbi and male hot spring known as Bitente where you will boil your plantains in this natural steam and they are ready in a couple of minutes. From here you will set off for the Batwa heritage trail a half day activity that takes you through the forests of Semuliki in the company of the indigenous Batwa guides as they interpret every forest landscape and what it mean to their traditional life. The forest provided a natural shelter that always provided a refugee for the Batwa in times of danger. You will listen to the sorrowful songs being sung by the Batwa women taking you through the course of their tradition; it is a rich taste of the fading typical African culture. Return from this activity and embark on the transfer to Fort Portal. Accommodation: Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking & Bigodi community walk Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers. After lunch, Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!
Day 10: Transfer to Kampala or airport After your breakfast, your driver/ guide will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know. Accommodation: Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch Inclusions Ground transportation on the tour Airport transfers. Accommodation and meals as per indicated in the itinerary Service on an English speaking driver Chimpanzee tracking permit
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End of the Safari