11 Days Big Five and Primates of Africa DTL0015

Day 01: Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning at 0800hr, depart for Murchison Falls Park which is Uganda's biggest national park famous for its spectacular Murchison Falls where the world's longest river (River Nile) forces its way through a 7 meters narrow gorge before it tumbles down 43 meters to form a breathtaking bottom of the falls and continuation of the Victoria Nile as it joins Lake Albert where it forms the Albert Nile on its way to the Mediterranean sea. We drive to Zziwa in nakasongola for Rhino tracking sighting these giant herbivores that were reintroduced in Uganda after their extinction due to poaching -the rhino is also considered among Africa's big five in wildlife and with this safari, you have chances of encountering all the big5. Enjoy lunch here after tracking and then proceed through Masindi town to the park with a visit to the top of the mighty falls before your check in, relaxation and dinner at hotel/Lodge.

Day 02: Murchison Falls National Park

Today enjoy an early morning game drive in the park in search of wildlife encountering animals like the Roth's child giraffe, Jackson's hartebeest, Buffalo, Orib among others and at times carnivores like the Lion, Hyena and chances of the odd Leopard - buligi tracks are a perfect place to begin from while on a game drive. Return early in time for breakfast from 0930hr and relaxation before lunch. After your lunch at 1425hr, embark on a breathtaking boat cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls (world's most powerful waterfall) with a spectacular view while sighting Nile crocodiles, hippos in water, various bird species and other wildlife along the river banks. Return to the lodge after the cruise for your evening chill, dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Kibale National Park

Wake up to a delight heavy breakfast at 0900hr then embark on a long day's drive departing Murchison Falls driving southwest to Kibale National park one of the last remaining expanses containing lowland and montane forest cover in Africa. Its an important safari destination in Uganda famous for its highest concentration of primates in Africa which are 13 primate species that include one of the largest number of habituated chimpanzees, endangered red colobus monkey, the rare L'Hoest's monkey, Mangabey and Blue monkey among others. Besides primates, the park is also home to 352 birdspecies, terrestrial mammals like the blue duikers, African buffalo and carnivores like the African Leopard, golden cats and servals. We arrive early evening on this day to prepare for the park's popular activity "Chimpanzee tracking" that you shall do tomorrow morning. Overnight in Kibale.

Day 04: Chimpanzee Tracking

Early morning at 0800hr after briefing, set feet into nature to track chimpanzees of Kibale forest - chimpanzees are believed to be man's closest cousin with 98% of human genes and it is an enchanting experience to watch these apes as they feed, play and squabble in their natural habitat while calls of birds can be heard as other primate species like black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkey and others can be seen playing atop tree branches. Option: In the afternoon, you can choose to have a 3 hours nature walk in the prestine Bigodi wetland sanctuary yet another amazing area in this park sighting monkey species, reptiles and bird species. Overnight in Kibale.

Day 05: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Checkout of hotel / Lodge after breakfast in Kibale National park and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park which is Uganda's most popular tourist destination with diverse ecosystems and fertile wetlands that make it an ideal habitat for big game. Arrive early in time for lunch and check in, and then at 1445hr embark on a 2hours breathtaking sunset boat cruise along the 32 km Kazinga channel a haven for hippos and crocodiles while a variety of bird species and mammals roam the banks of this tributary that joins Lakes George and Edward together. The beauty of the Mweya peninsular and Mountains of the moon in the backdrop make this cruise the major safari highlight to this park for any first time visitors.

Day 06: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning at 0630hrs after a cup of tea, transfer to kasenyi sector in the park for a wildlife viewing drive. This part of the park is a mating ground known to attract carnivores like the Lion, leopard and hyena to hunt their prey due to the presence of many Kobs Antelope specie) despite other wildlife species thus giving you a higher chance to have a glimpse on these wildlife killers. While here you can encounter bird species like plovers, snake banded eagle, pin tailed whyder, saddle billed stoke and flamingos before ending the drive in time for your breakfast at 1030hrs. In the afternoon at 1425hrs you will embark on a drive to the explosion craters sighting a number of beautiful amazing crater lakes with beautiful scenery of the park ending your day's exploration. Overnight at Queen Elizabeth park.

Day 07: Bwindi National Park (Gorilla Haven)

Wakeup at sunrise, enjoy a delight breakfast and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a haven for more than half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas that are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and D.R.Congo. Along the way we shall have a game drive in Ishasha sector famous for its tree climbing lions that can be sighted atop fig tree branches ready to pounce on roaming mammals like antelope and buffalo. Enjoy lunch here after the drive and then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable forest renowned for Gorilla tracking activity and bird watching arriving early evening for check in, relaxation and overnight at hotel / Lodge.

Day 08: Bwindi National Park (Gorilla Tracking Day)

Wake up to an early morning breakfast between 6:00am and 7:00am, meet and greet at 08:00am with the ranger guides for briefing about the Gorilla tracking activity which commences at 08:30am, it is a very captivating and unforgettable experience while with these gentle giant apes in the dense rainforest as they forage and play. The tracking can last for a few hours or more depending on the gorillas' proximity from where they were left yesterday and therefore the trek can at times be tiresome and demanding for fitness - whilst here, other primate species can be encountered and bird species having it in mind that Bwindi is also a bird watcher's haven with over 330 species including 23 Albertine endemics. You are advised to carry a hiking stick, light back pack with packed lunch, at least 2 Liters of water, rain gear, insect repellant, camera(but endeavor to switch off the flash), wear long pants, hiking boots and a hat. After the gorilla tracking experience, return to lodge for afternoon relaxation. Optional; A community walk or Batwa pygmy's cultural experience is worth a bonus to sum up your day before your dinner and overnight.

Day 09: Pygmies and Lake Bunyonyi Relaxation

Today morning, get amazed by the Batwa pygmies cultural experience in Bwindi learning about their way of life, culture, tales and history. The Batwa pygmies are fruit gatherers and hunters that live secluded in forest areas along the Albertine graben which include Bwindi, Rwenzori and Semuliki in Uganda while others can be traced in D.R.Congo and Rwanda. After the experience, return for lunch and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi thought after to be the second deepest lake in Africa with spectacular views and over 20 Islands where some have amazing tales. Enjoy relaxation, dinner and overnight here.

Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park

At 0900hrs after breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park which is the closest park from the capital city Kampala and the only park ideal for a foot safari. Upon arrival you shall have enroute game viewing sighting mammals like impalas, zebra, Topi among others. Check in at hotel / lodge, enjoy lunch and then at 1445hr embark on an afternoon boat cruise on the lake spotting hippos and water birds, utmost a glimpse of the rare African fin foot. Overnight here

Day 11: Mburo / Kampala

Today wakeup to an early morning guided nature walk at 0630hr encountering different wildlife species and enjoying the beauty of Nature. Lake Mburo is ideal for a foot safari and morning jog in the wilderness that makes you enjoy a captivating unique activity where you meet wildlife like Zebra, Topi, Impala, Buffalo, Eland, Waterbuck, Sitatunga reedbuck and plenty of bird species face to face - return in time for breakfast and relaxation. After lunch depart for Kampala with a stopover at the Masaka Equator line (a point of wonder as the guide shall demonstrate to you). Arrive Kampala early evening and transfer to your place of accommodation or airport for your flight back home thus ending your safari.

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