22 DAYS SAFARI TO UGANDA (CSU-221)

image19 - CopyDay One: Arrival and Transfer to Hotel in Kampala
A driver Guide from Cheetah Safaris will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport on your Arrival and Transfer your Hotel for your dinner and Overnight depending on your time of arrival. Dinner and Overnight at Sheraton Hotel Kampala / Cassia Lodge.

Day Two: Murchison Falls National Park – Top of The Falls
Today we will wake up early in the Morning on Time for Breakfast and depart Kampala for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Take a panoramic drive through the famous Luwero Triangle to Murchison Falls National Park. Have lunch Enroute in Masindi town .Upon arrival in the national park in the afternoon, we will visit the magnificent Top of the falls where you can marvel at the mighty Nile which is a fantastic sight. Here the longest river in the World is forced through a narrow gap in the rocks (only 7 meters wide) before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. The best thing ever happened to the Nile that on sunny days you can be able to see a rainbow. There after cross the ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge for your dinner and Overnight.

Day Three: Morning Game drive- Afternoon Launch Cruise
After an early cup of tea / Coffee, embark on an early morning game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing different animals like giraffes, elephants, Bushbucks, lions, hartebeest and a Variety of different species of birds. Return to the Lodge for a Hearty breakfast. Relax at the swimming pool side as you wait for your Lunch.
After lunch, your safari will up stream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Caldron”. This Boat / Launch Cruise along the Nile is often citied as being the highlight of the trip to Murchison falls since it allows you to get up- close and personal with animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The birdlife is stunning with brightly colored kingfishes and bee-eaters darting along the river banks. If you are lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and dinosaur. There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17- kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda Kobs. After taking shots of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you will return to the Lodge for dinner and an overnight at Paraa safari Lodge.

Day Four: Murchison Falls – Kibale National Park (Fortpotal)
After breakfast, we depart Murchison Falls and head towards Fort Portal with our packed Lunch from the Lodge. This long journey will be rewarded with stunning views as we pass through small villages and local markets heading southwest wards through the Albertine rift, this journey takes you through beautiful scenic area characterized by escarpments of the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations that can bee seen on your way. On arrival to this Lovely Town, we will continue to the dense forest of Kibale National Park or Spend the Night in the Town. Dinner and overnight at the Primates Lodge / Mountains of the Moon Hotel / Chimpanzee View Guest House.

Day Five: Chimpanzee Tracking – Bigodi Swamp Walk
An Early Morning breakfast to give you the energy for a walk in the Forest as the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After a hearty lunch we transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Dinner and overnight at Primates Lodge / Mountains of the Moon Hotel / Chimpanzee View Guest House.

Day Six: Mountain Rwenzori National Park – Nyabitaba Hut (2650m)
After an Early in the morning breakfast, we drive to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). We Meet porters and guides and begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut. Walk through the matooke plantations on the side of the steep foothills, past the local Bakonjo homesteads. Continue with the trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides. After crossing the Mahoma River, climb steeply through bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut. Dinner and Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut.( 6 Hour Trekking)

Day Seven: Nyabitaba Hut (2650m) – John Matte Hut (3505m).
From Nyabitaba follow the trail that drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Mubuku and Bujuku rivers. Passing through the bamboo forest, traverse through a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From the Nyamileju rock shelter, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. Finally reach John Matte Hut after passing through the fantastic Giant Lobelia found only in East Africa’s Highest Mountains. We Pass through these extra Ordinary Plants to John matte for dinner and Overnight at the John Matte Hut.( 7 Hour Trekking)

Day Eight: John Matte Hut (3505m) -Bujuku Hut (3962m)
Today the route from John Matte Hut takes us to the trail that drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters the Lower Bigo Bog, the home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. To improve walking , a board – walk has been constructed at The Upper Bigo bog which are reached by climbing a steep slope at the upper Bigo bog giving way to reach Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. Dinner and overnight at the Bujuku hut. ( 6 Hour Trekking)

Day Nine: Bujuku Hut (3962m) – Elena Hut (4430m).
Leaving Bujuku Hut, the trail takes you through more bog, while climbing the steep slopes west of the lake and through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail is divided into two. The trail on your right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders, while the trail on your left leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. Dinner and Overnight at the Coolly and Icy Elena Hut. ( 4-5 Hours Trekking)

Day Ten: Elena Hut (4430m)-Margherita peak (5109m) – Lake Kitandara Hut (4023m)
For those aiming at reaching Margherita peak (5109m) – the Highest Peak of the Famous Mountains of the Moon on the Stanley Complex, continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier. To reach the summit of Margherita, the climb takes about 5-7 hours depending on the weather conditions and the pace of climbing this mountain. This tough walk takes you over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. Note that this climb is for only physically fit and technical climbers. Climbing on to the glaciers, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Acclimatized to fog, altitude sickness and coolly weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita the highest peak of the Rwenzoris. Given the high altitude and the tough conditions even if you do not reach the peak, don’t get disappointed. Prepare for you return through the Scott-Elliot pass, where there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. After the trail that passes you through an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders, descend past the Kitandara Lakes for dinner and overnight at the Kitandara Hut.

Day Eleven: Kitandara Hut (4023m) – Freshfeild Pass (4282m) – Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
From Kitandara, take on the trail that ascends steeply up the headwall, Here the long descend begins spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. At this point you can view into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, take on the long trail passing the rock shelter at Bujongolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906 we continue our journey descending to Guy yeoman Hut for dinner and Overnight. ( 5-7 Hours Trekking)

Day Twelve: Guy yeoman Hut – Nyabitaba (2650m)
Take on the path down to Nyabitaba hut. The path can be slippery and muddy and there fore requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. Remember this is part of the adventure with in this mountain. Dinner and Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut. ( 5 Hours Trekking)

Day Thirteen: Nyabitaba Hut (2650m) – Nyakalengija trailhead (1615m) – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Descend gently down the muddy paths to the trailhead at Nyakalengija where we say Goodbye to the Porters and the Mountain Crew, finally proceed our drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Time for Lunch and a Free Afternoon to Relax after the Tiring Mountain Hike. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Simba Safari Lodge

Day Fourteen: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel
After having our Morning Breakfast, Relax by the Pool side, Have Lunch and Have an Afternoon Proceed to the Kazinga channel for a launch cruise where we may see a wide variety of Water animals such as hippos, elephants, solitary buffaloes and a vast array of birds come to drink Water at the Shores of the Channel. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Simba Safari Lodge

Day Fifteen: Queen Elizabeth- Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Tracking
After a cup of coffee embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens mile in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mongoose, waterbucks, kobs and, if lucky, the leopard, plus a lot of small animals and birds.
This afternoon we will drive back to the lodge in time for Lunch and after which we will drive to the North Eastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park the Kyambura Gorge, 16 kilometers long and 100meters deep is as a result of deep erosion by the Kyambura River and a Forest of Open Savannah.
Kyambura Gorge habours a family of Habitated Chimpanzees and when tracking we shall depart from the Fig Tree Camp at about 13:oohrs, However other animals can be seen in this Gorge as well such as the Red tailed , Vervet, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons and Giant Forest Hog.. After we shall drive back to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Simba Safari Lodge

Day Sixteen: Game drive in Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
After your morning breakfast, transfer to the southern Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is a Vast low-lying savannah plain lying south of the equator in the Albertine Rift Valley. The Ishasha River separates the larger Parc national des Virunga in the DR Congo with which it shares an international boundary. This Remote Ishasha region is famous for its tree climbing lions which cannot easily be spotted anywhere in the world.
You will have Lunch at your Lodge in Isasha. Tonight you will have your Dinner and Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp / Ishasha River Camp
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Day Seventeen: Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After your morning breakfast drive through the open savannah landscape characterized with a variety of acacia trees Proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Located amidst magnificent forests in the extreme end of South west Uganda , across the steep escarpments of the western rift valley, Bwindi is the only park in the world which is famous for harboring half of the world’s endangered gorillas. There are now only 650 left in the world! It is worthwhile for you to encounter one group of habituated gorillas believed to be the origin of mankind; the hottest attraction in Uganda today!
The forest is also a habitat for over 90 species of mammals, other primates and 346 species of bird life of which 90% of Albertine rift endemic to East Africa. Evening performances by local communities around Buhoma is worthwhile to see or cultural village walks to meet and interact with the local communities are optional activities to be done. If you prefer, you can relax amidst African jungle. Time permitting for arrival on time for Lunch and an Afternoon to make a visit to the local communities to have an adventure of Uganda’s rural communities or relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Homesteads / Gorilla Resort / Traveler’s Rest Hotel

Day Eighteen: Gorilla tracking
Begin the day with breakfast ready for trekking, which begins at 8:00 am with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots etc The guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy Primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 to 6 hours but its well worth the effort. Looking into the deep eyes of the rare, moving and fascinating mountain gorillas is quite an unforgettable experience that you can only receive from Uganda.
Dinner and over night at Buhoma Homesteads / Gorilla Resort / Traveler’s Rest Hotel

Day Nineteen: The Little Switzerland of Africa – Lake Bunyonyi
After having breakfast, we shall take a scenic drive to Kabale taking you through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. The scenery and the cool temperatures have awarded this area to be referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa” sine it nearly resembles the Swiss Alps. We shall have a convenient stopover at the Bakiga Museum in Kabale to discover the culture of the people living in the area. After having lunch, take a boat ride on Africa’s second deepest Lake Bunyonyi. The boat ride / Canoe will take you to various islands for bird viewing and sight seeing Here you will have a Chance to reach the Pygmy Island to see these people and their Ways of Living. Dinner and overnight at Bushara Island/ Bunyonyi Over land Camp/ Bunyonyi Safari Resort.

Day Twenty: Lake Bunyonyi – Masaka
An Early Morning breakfast, we drive to Masaka from Lake Bunyonyi, we will have Lunch Enroute, and we shall arrive Masaka on time for Dinner and Overnight at Hotel Brovad.

Day Twenty One : Masaka –Stopover at the Equator
After your Morning Breakfast, set off from Masaka and Enroute at the Equator while on your Way to Kampala. On arrival in Kampala, You will be transferred to your Hotel for your Dinner and Overnight at Sheraton Hotel / Cassia Lodge

Day Twenty Two: Departure – Outbound flight Back Home!
Our guide will transfer you to the Airport for your outbound flight back Home or if you time allows you can go around Kampala City for Shopping, Then Transfer to the Airport for your outbound flight back Home.

Enjoy Your Safari!

The above Safari plan Includes:
The cost of all ground Transportation in a 4×4 with Fuel
An English Speaking full time Safari guide and his associated Expenses
Accommodation and Meals on Full board
Game drives,
Boat cruises
Chimpanzee Permits
Gorilla Permits
Bigodi Walk
8 Days Mountain Hike on the Rwenzori Mountain inclusive of (Trekking Permit, Porters Wage, Park Fees, Accommodation in the Mountain, Guides wages, Food and a cook)
Entrance fees to the Parks
Ferry Crossing
Mineral Water in the Car

The Safari Plan Excludes:
Items of Personal Nature such as Launndary, Beverages, Beers, Airticket and Visa, Hiring of Equipment at the Mountain such as Crampons,Climbing Boots, Rubber Boots, Climbing Ropes, Harness and Ice Axe, Tipping.