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Entebbe International Park
Uganda
Min Age : 16 and Above
Max People : Travelers of all sizes

This Package gives you an opportunity to witness one of the most exciting safari combined with spectacular landscape that provides the setting for Africa’s most memorable visitor experience of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Unforgettable encounters with Chimpanzee during a walk in Kibale Forest, with the breathtaking and majestic sceneries across the entire mountain spectrum. You visit the cultural sites, interact with the local communities along Tourism circuit, learn Uganda’s and Rwanda’s cradle of mankind, witness the spirit of ancient Africa that lives on Culture, tradition and myth. Visit the vast open spaces full of oddities and secrets elastic thread of Natural wonders where you begin the journey into African wilderness. Photograph Uganda and Rwanda a poetry wrapped in beauty. Explore and walk in the footsteps of Sir Samuel and Mrs. Florence Baker, Ernest Hemingway and witness the miracles of the green landscapes, fertile valleys, shimmering lakes, and the big five mammals. Enjoy breathtaking experience, meet the closest and playful chimpanzee in Kibale forest National Park, discover the rich humbling evidence of African culture, experience the most beautiful birds such as saddle-billed stork, shoebill, red-throated bee-eater. Larger Mammal expected to be seen includes, Elephants, Buffalo, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Zebras, Kobs, Hippopotamus, Hyenas, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Elands, Topis, Impalas and many others. Highlights of national park including, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Budongo Forest, Kibale National Parks.

Tour Details

Get an opportunity to witness what is considered as one of the most exciting safari combined with spectacular landscape providing the setting for Africa’s most memorable visitor experience of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable, Unforgettable encounters with Chimpanzee during a walk in Kibale forest, with the breathtaking and majestic sceneries across entire mountain spectrum, visit the cultural sites, interact with the local communities along Tourism circuit, learn the Uganda’s and Rwanda’s cradle of mankind, witness the spirit of ancient Africa that lives on Culture, tradition and myth. Visit the vast open spaces full of oddities and secrets elastic thread of Natural wonders where you begin the journey into African wilderness. Photograph Uganda and Rwanda a poetry wrapped in beauty. Explore and walk in footsteps of Sir Samuel and Florence Baker, Ernest Hemingway witness the miracles of the green landscapes, fertile valleys, shimmering lakes, and witness the big five mammals enjoy breathtaking experience, meet the closest and playful chimpanzee in Kibale forest National Park, discover the rich humbling evidence of African culture, experience the most beautiful birds such as saddle-billed stork, shoebill, red-throated bee-eater. Larger Mammal expected to be seen includes, Elephants, Buffalo, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Zebras, Kobs, Hippopotamus, Hyenas, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Elands, Topis, Impalas and many others. Highlights of national park including, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Budongo Forest, Kibale National Parks.

Departure & Return Location

Etebbe International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
  • Full Board Accomodation
  • Professional Driver/ Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Park Entrance
  • Boat Cruise
  • Game Drives
  • Meals En-route

Price Excludes

  • Air flight Ticket
  • Insurance
  • Any Private Experience
  • Additional Accommodation

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Get an opportunity to witness what is considered as one of the most exciting safari combined with spectacular landscape providing the setting for Africa’s most memorable visitor experience of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable, Unforgettable encounters with Chimpanzee during a walk in Kibale forest, with the breathtaking and majestic sceneries across entire mountain spectrum, visit the cultural sites, interact with the local communities along Tourism circuit, learn the Uganda’s and Rwanda’s cradle of mankind, witness the spirit of ancient Africa that lives on Culture, tradition and myth. Visit the vast open spaces full of oddities and secrets elastic thread of Natural wonders where you begin the journey into African wilderness. Photograph Uganda and Rwanda a poetry wrapped in beauty. Explore and walk in footsteps of Sir Samuel and Florence Baker, Ernest Hemingway witness the miracles of the green landscapes, fertile valleys, shimmering lakes, and witness the big five mammals enjoy breathtaking experience, meet the closest and playful chimpanzee in Kibale forest National Park, discover the rich humbling evidence of African culture, experience the most beautiful birds such as saddle-billed stork, shoebill, red-throated bee-eater. Larger Mammal expected to be seen includes, Elephants, Buffalo, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Zebras, Kobs, Hippopotamus, Hyenas, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Elands, Topis, Impalas and many others. Highlights of national park including, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Budongo Forest, Kibale National Parks.

  • Kibale National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Equator Crossing Point
  • Igongo Cultural Center
Itinerary

Day 1Pick from Entebbe International Airport and Transfer to Kampala city and Visit Uganda Museum

Have a journey of discovering the history of Uganda from the museum in Kampala, expect to see, touch, even hear and even smell paleontologist and historic exhibits spanning colonial and medieval Uganda. It is a home of Uganda’s ethnological natural historical and traditional life collections cultural heritage

Day 2Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

Drive from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park taking Bombo Road, through Luwero-Gulu highway, through Nakasongola dry corridor before reaching Nakitoma and branch off point to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, before proceeding to Murchison Falls National Park. These are the only Rhinos in Uganda that are in the wild. Track them on the foot which is a good memorable engaging activity.
After tracking the Rhinos, drive to the selected Restaurants en-route for Lunch. Drive via the main gate of Kichumbanyobo, this time through Kaniyo- Pabidi forest the eastern sector is rewarding with plenty of forest birds, and primates such as baboons, Blue and black Columbus monkeys before reaching the escarpment with fantastic view.

Viewing of the top of Murchison Falls
Driving to the top of the falls is rewarding breath taking scenery, view the majestic waters of the River Nile, as it squeezes through at 6 meters cliff. You have an opportunity to see the violent compression through the narrow gorge creating a continuous roar into devils cauldron creating a trade mark rainbow. Afterwards, drive to the Lodge to check in for overnight.

Day 3Morning Game drive and Afternoon Boat Cruise in Murchison falls national park

After early morning breakfast, drive through this Palm dotted vegetation. Here in Murchison Falls National Park, you begin your journey into the soul of Africa. It is a journey defined by evocative stirring of all your senses at all the same time. It sparks to life with the roar of lions, and the laugh of hyenas, then experience the heightening of these senses, when you feel the ground vibrate of giant elephants cross right in-front of you, never to be forgotten sights and safari moments.
Enjoy the wide range of wildlife in the Nile valley for the best of iconic and unforgettable safari moments in Murchison falls national park. As you drive around watch the plentiful herds of Uganda cobs, heartbeats, water bucks, and buffalos, giraffes with spectacular view to watch some of beautiful and playful birds of Murchison falls. Drive back to the lodge for lunch and afterwards, drive down for the boat cruise at 02:00 pm.
Afternoon Boat Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
After lunch, drive down to the river for the afternoon boat cruise up stream to the bottom of Murchison Falls. It gives an opportunity to view the permanent residents of the river; such as, Hippopotamus, crocodiles, just meters away, enjoy the scenic view of Nyamsika Cliff the breeding grounds for pied kingfishers, Red-throated bee-eaters, and many other wildlife.
This three hours boat cruise provides you with the tranquil sun downer as you cruise back offering the classic view of an equatorial sunset reflected on the river. This is one of the most and unforgettable experience, the boat move just along the banks of the river to see animals and birds the frequent visitors of the river such as elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, baboons, warthogs. This is a rewarding experience, enjoyable and memorable. Drive back to the lodge.

Day 4Transfer to Kibale National Park

After morning breakfast drive to Kibale National Park via Hoima. Enjoy the drive from Hoima to Fort Portal through this set against the dramatic backdrop of distant mountains of the moon the jagged Rwenzoris before lies the vast tea plantation of Toro Kingdom. These buzzling endless green dotted tea plantation gives you a fantastic view for the best travel memory with stop over for lunch at selected restaurant/lodge in Fort Portal town. Before proceeding to Kibale National Park check in at the lodge for overnight.

Day 5Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park, Community Experience & Walk in Bigodi Wetland

After breakfast drive to Kanyanchu Visitors’ Centre for briefing; then proceed to the forest to track chimpanzee. Kibale Forest is the playground of the Chimpanzees; one of the few remaining areas of rainforest in Africa and offers the visitor the chance of viewing the 600 chimpanzees that rest in its tree canopy. The tracking is from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and you will go through this ritual accompanied by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Ranger Guides. Kibale Forest has the highest diversity of primates in Africa and is famously known as the primate capital of the world. After tracking drive back to the lodge.
After lunch go on the journey of discovery of the rich cultural tapestry. Join the local guide on the walk through the Bigodi Wetland Swamp to enjoy the local wildlife, birds and vegetation, the daily life of Batooro and Bakiga can be discovered during the village walk. Expect to see birds such as papyrus gonelek, Great blue Turacoo, swamp warblers, grey checked mangbay, black and white colobus monkeys etc. This walk is a rewarding for.

Day 6Morning game drive in Kasenyi Plains (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

After early morning breakfast drive to Kasenyi for the best morning clear photographs and in this vast savanna of Kasenyi which is the perfect setting for the classic African safari experience. Get prepared to photograph animals such as Uganda kobs, water bucks, herds of elephants and buffaloes which provide a dream photo opportunities before returning to the lodge for lunch. Enjoy the great view set against the backdrop of the jagged Ruwenzori Mountains. Enjoy the explosion craters. Enjoy the view of Lake Nyamununka in front to might Ruwenzori.
Afternoon Boat Cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After lunch drive to Kazinga Channel the Oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhibit the park. This two hours boat cruise will give you chance just to cruise few meters away from hippopotamuses and buffaloes while the hug slow moving elephants meander just by the shores. Enjoy the fantastic view and the best chance to photograph animals and birds while the expert ranger guide narrates the stories of these creatures. See local fishermen in the Lake Edward before returning to drive back to the lodge.

Day 7Morning game drive in Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

After early morning breakfast drive to Ishasha for morning game drive in this remote southern region. Enjoy the rewarding sightings of the tree-climbing lions lounging in the branches of the trees. Enjoy the varieties of other wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, topis, waterbucks. Uganda kobs, hippos get the best photographic opportunities. This classic African safaris is a great memorable experience before proceeding to the selected hotel for lunch. Before checking in at the lodge this drive from Ishasha to Katunguru is very charming as you sprawl in the great endless plains

Day 8Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After early morning breakfast at lodge drive to the gorilla tracking briefing point. Get registered and get general briefing before you see off to go and meet these beautiful majestic giant maintain gorillas in the forest. Tracking is captivating and unforgettable experience which is more than repays the effort needed to reach. Tracking starts at 8.30 a.m. and can last from a few hours to a whole day depending on where gorillas were left the previous day.
The park is characterized by tangled vegetation dropped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep slippery valleys and high-draughty ridges. It is ever chilly weather and challenging terrains offers the best experience in a trek though one of Africa’s most ancient rainforests in search of the endangered maintain gorillas ranks among the world’s premier wildlife encounters.
NB: You will go with packed lunch. After tracking visit a craft shop and maybe you can check in there for hand craft items. Afterwards drive back to the lodge as you enjoy the breath taking views of Bwindi forest the Uganda’s most pristine tracts of rainforest.

Day 9Transfer to Kigali and Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial center

After early morning breakfast drive to Kigali via kabala town proceeding to cross the border at katuna. The drive is interesting in this largely undiscovered dramatic mountains and volcanoes through Tea route in this north province before reaching Kigali city the Rwanda’s attractive capital, Kigali ranges over several hills, it offers the world class range of Hotels, Restaurants, it is one of the best places to experience the extra-ordinary spectacles of the Intore Royal Ballet, visit the exceptionally moving Kigali genocide memorial center a permanent exhibition documenting the tragedy of 1994 Rwanda Genocide. After the visit to Genocide drive to the Hotel for lunch before checking in for overnight.

Day 10Kigali City Tour and Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Visit Kigali the capital and conference hub of E.Africa forms the central stepping stone to various destinations within the country central and e.africa the city is green vibrant safe and brews superb homegrown tea and coffee.
Look out for Rwandan culture with diverse fine crafts and strong traditions. There are good shopping opportunities to be had in craft shop in and around Kigali. Don’t miss out the AGASEKE “peace basket” in Rwandan tradition, it’s a sign of love and respect to give someone.
Drive back to Uganda through Katuna-kabale road enjoy Rwanda the land of a thousand hills with it’s endless expansive lush mountains and diverse natural beauty before reaching the Switzerland of Africa that is kigezi region of south-western Uganda and finally drive through the land of milk and honey in Ankole and enjoy long-horned cattle.

Day 11Morning game drive in Lake Mburo National Park

After morning breakfast drive to Lake Mburo for game drive for the best photograph opportunities in search for big herds of elands, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, Baboon and best scenic view rapped in the rocky outcrop, acacia woodland, savannah and perfect birding experience and colorful birds, displaying and posing for the photos. Drive to the selected restaurant Hotel for lunch before proceeding for afternoon boat cruise.

Afternoon Boat Cruise in Lake Mburo National Park
After lunch proceed to the two hours boat cruise in search for the specials of Lake Mburo this cruise will give you an opportunity to photograph shoebill, airs of enormous fish eagles, hammerkops, Giant kingfisher, African finfoot, crocodiles and hippos with fantastic view of the lake reflected with marshy vegetation and drive back to the lodge afterwards.

Visit the Cultural Centre with collections of different attractions where the future meets the past. Visit the Igongo Cultural Museum and see the exhibits of the south western culture and her neighboring kingdoms and many others.

Day 12Transfer back to Kampala & Visit Equator Crossing Point

After breakfast transfer to Kampala along this route Mbarara-Masaka dry corridor, the drive along this route is amazing and impressive by the remarkable scenery that unfolds in sight. The Lowlands and Grassland savannas gradually give way to the cascading hills that seem never to end. You also enjoy the indigenous long horned Ankole Cattle in their land of milk and honey.

Water Experiment at the Equator
Uganda is one of the few countries that are traversed by the Equator, the imaginary line that divides the Earth into two equal halves. This point is about 72 Kilometers south of Kampala along the Kampala – Masaka Highway. At this point there are two circles made of concrete marking the equator line which is worth stopping for. You will enjoy

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