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Uganda –  Silverbacks, Safari & Rwenzoris

Uganda

Journey Overview

TRAVEL PRICE PER PERSON:

From $3,965 per person

NIGHTS:

15 Nights

DESTINATIONS:

Uganda, Rwanda, and Mozambique

JOURNEY EXPERIENCE:

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Uganda –  Silverbacks, Safari & Rwenzoris

Journeying through Uganda, Rwanda, and Mozambique will unveil a remarkable adventure. From the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, where the Nile River roars through a narrow gorge, to the dense jungles of Bwindi and the Rwenzori Mountains, where I will have the privilege of observing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Exploring the diverse landscapes of Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the tranquil beauty of Lake Mburo will provide unique and unforgettable experiences. Encountering chimpanzees in Kibale and witnessing tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth will showcase the rich biodiversity, warm hospitality, and stunning natural wonders of Uganda. The journey through Rwanda will offer a glimpse into the country’s vibrant culture and the opportunity to visit the stunning Volcanoes National Park. Finally, Mozambique’s pristine beaches and coastal beauty will provide the perfect end to this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

ARRIVAL

Arriving in Uganda is an awe-inspiring experience. As your plane descends, you’ll be greeted by the mesmerizing sight of Lake Victoria and the lush, green landscape stretching out before you. It’s a captivating introduction to this beautiful country.

ENTEBBE

Entebbe, a captivating town nestled on the serene shores of Lake Victoria, is a vibrant gateway to the heart of Uganda. This picturesque destination offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical significance. As you explore Entebbe, you’ll be greeted by lush, tropical landscapes, where vibrant flowers and towering palm trees line the streets. The town’s crown jewel is the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, a peaceful oasis bursting with exotic flora and fauna. Here, you can meander along winding pathways, catch glimpses of colorful butterflies, and even spot playful vervet monkeys swinging through the treetops.

FULL BOARD

During your one-night stay at 2Friends Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to unwind and embrace the tranquil beauty of Lake Victoria. Upon check-in, take a leisurely stroll along the private beach front, basking in the serene atmosphere and stunning lake views. Later, venture to the nearby Botanical Gardens to explore lush greenery and diverse plant life. In the evening, savour a delectable dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, complemented by the soothing sound of gentle waves. After a restful night’s sleep, fuel up with a hearty breakfast before bidding farewell to this idyllic lakeside retreat, leaving with cherished memories of your brief but memorable stay in Entebbe.

The journey from Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park is a captivating expedition through the heart of Uganda, filled with diverse landscapes, wildlife encounters, and cultural experiences. After a roughly four-hour drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for an unforgettable rhino tracking experience, the road continues through lush countryside, characterized by rolling hills and vibrant greenery. As you approach Murchison Falls National Park, the terrain becomes more rugged, and the excitement builds, culminating in your arrival at this remarkable destination in Uganda’s heartland.

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Murchison Falls National Park, nestled in the heart of Uganda, is a true African gem renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and remarkable wildlife diversity. It is home to the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, where the mighty Nile River crashes through a narrow gorge, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. The park boasts a rich mosaic of landscapes, from sweeping savannas to dense jungles, providing a haven for iconic African wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, lions, and a multitude of bird species. Visitors can embark on thrilling game drives, boat safaris along the Nile, and experience the tranquil beauty of its serene wilderness. Murchison Falls National Park promises an unforgettable safari adventure, captivating all who venture into its wild embrace.

FULL BOARD

Upon your arrival at Murchison River Lodge after an exhilarating day at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, you’ll check in and unwind in the comfort of your accommodations. A delicious dinner awaits you, allowing you to savour local flavours and relax after your journey.

Your adventure begins with an early morning game drive, where you’ll have the chance to encounter the diverse wildlife that calls Murchison Falls National Park home. Keep your camera ready for sightings of elephants, giraffes, and the elusive lions that roam these savannas. Afterwards, a boat tour along the majestic Nile River awaits, providing a unique perspective on the park’s wildlife and stunning landscapes. Your day will culminate with a visit to the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, where the Nile crashes through a narrow gorge in a breathtaking display of natural power. In the evening, another game drive offers the opportunity to spot more wildlife as the sun sets over the park.

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast against the backdrop of the magnificent falls. Then, enjoy some leisure time to explore the lodge’s surroundings or simply relax by the river. In the evening, embark on another thrilling game drive, seeking out the park’s nocturnal inhabitants and capturing the magic of the African twilight.

The journey from Murchison River Lodge to Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve is a picturesque transition from the untamed wilderness of Murchison Falls National Park to the serene beauty of Uganda’s Kibale region. As you depart the lodge, the route unfolds through the captivating landscapes of the Nile River basin, where glimpses of wildlife may still accompany your journey. Heading south, the scenery gradually transforms from rugged savannah to rolling hills and fertile farmlands, signifying your approach to the Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve.

KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Kibale National Park, located in western Uganda, is a lush and biodiverse wonderland renowned for its dense tropical rainforests and exceptional primate population, including the largest community of habituated chimpanzees in East Africa. This protected area spans approximately 795 square kilometres and offers a range of thrilling wildlife experiences, from chimpanzee trekking to birdwatching, as it harbours over 350 bird species. Kibale’s stunning landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and rich biodiversity make it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers, providing a captivating window into Uganda’s natural treasures.

FULL BOARD

Begin your journey from Murchison River Lodge to Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve, taking in the picturesque drive that showcases Uganda’s diverse landscapes. Upon arrival, check into your accommodations at the reserve. As you settle in, embark on a leisurely stroll within the lodge’s lush surroundings, where you may be delighted to spot four different species of monkeys during a small jungle walk. In the evening, relish a delightful dinner at the lodge while reflecting on your first day’s adventures.

Start the day with an exhilarating chimpanzee tracking adventure, guided by experts who will lead you through the forest to observe these incredible primates in their natural habitat. Afterwards, visit a local coffee farm to gain insight into the process of coffee cultivation and production in the region, and enjoy the opportunity to interact with coffee farmers while savouring freshly brewed Ugandan coffee. In the evening, return to the lodge, where you can unwind and share stories of your chimpanzee encounters and coffee farm exploration over dinner.

The journey from Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve to the Rwenzori Mountains, where your trekking adventure commences, is a captivating transition from the serene beauty of crater lakes to the rugged grandeur of one of Africa’s most iconic mountain ranges. As you depart, the scenic drive through western Uganda unveils a landscape of rolling hills, villages, and fertile farmlands, offering glimpses of local life and culture. Approaching the base of the Rwenzori Mountains, the terrain becomes progressively more mountainous, and the air grows crisper, signalling your arrival at this alpine wonderland.

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONA PARK

The Rwenzori Mountains, often referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon,” are an awe-inspiring natural wonder nestled in the heart of Africa. Rising majestically along the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, these towering peaks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Rwenzoris are renowned for their dramatic, glaciated summits, some of which soar above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), making them Africa’s third-highest mountain range. What sets the Rwenzoris apart is their unique alpine environment, characterized by dense vegetation, moss-draped forests, and cascading waterfalls, which create a surreal and otherworldly landscape. The mountains are a sanctuary for diverse wildlife and are also a cherished destination for trekkers and mountaineers seeking to explore this pristine and challenging alpine wilderness.

Trekkers start at 1,450 meters and stay at Sine Hut (2,596 meters), or the more adventurous can continue to Kalalama Camp (3,134 meters) for panoramic vistas. The trek begins in the Afro Montane Forest Zone with a steady ascent of six kilometres through towering trees and abundant birdlife. After crossing a river, it steepens to Sine Camp. Enock’s Falls, just 200 meters from Sine Hut, is a picturesque highlight. The next day offers exploration before returning to Sine Camp or ascending to Kalalama Camp for more stunning views.

Starting from Sine Camp, the trek climbs steep bamboo forests with rich birdlife, including the Rwenzori Turaco and Malachite Sunbird. At 3,000 meters, you reach the Heather zone with towering Giant Heather trees. Kalalama Camp at 3,147 meters offers great views and a hike to Mutinda Peaks for Giant Lobelia plants. After lunch, cross to Samalira Camp at 3,170 meters, offering level walking through Giant Heather-covered ridges and misty streams. Samalira Camp provides stunning waterfall views, with options to explore their base or a moss-covered ridge above.

In the morning you descend through the bamboo forests with fantastic views across the lower hills and valleys to Forest View Camp where you have lunch or a small snack before descending through the Afro Montane Forest Zone with many birds and primates. At the bottom of the steeper descent you reach Nyamwamba Camp where you may rest again before walking out the final 6km to the park gate.

The journey from Rwenzori Mountain National Park to Bush Lodge typically takes approximately 2 to 4 hours by road, encompassing a picturesque transition from the rugged beauty of the Rwenzori Mountains to the serene surroundings of Bushenyi town in south-western Uganda. The road takes you through lush landscapes, charming villages, and rolling hills, offering insights into rural life. After this moderate travel time, you’ll arrive in Bushenyi, known for its warm hospitality.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Queen Elizabeth National Park, nestled in the heart of western Uganda, is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise and a testament to the country’s breathtaking natural beauty. Spanning over 1,900 square kilometres, this diverse and iconic park boasts an incredible array of landscapes, from the sweeping savannas of the Kasenyi Plains to the dense forests of Kyambura Gorge. It’s home to a staggering variety of wildlife, including the famed tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, the largest population of hippos in Africa along the Kazinga Channel, and an astonishing number of bird species, making it a prime birdwatching destination.

Upon arriving at Bush Lodge, settle into your comfortable accommodations and get ready for an unforgettable wildlife adventure. In the afternoon of your arrival, set out on a thrilling boat tour along the Kazinga Channel, offering an up-close encounter with hippos, crocodiles, and a wide array of bird species that call the channel home. As the sun sets, return to the lodge for a delightful dinner, relaxing in the tranquil ambiance of your surroundings.

The following day begins with an early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, an ideal time to witness the park’s diverse wildlife against the backdrop of the rising sun. Keep your camera ready to capture the majestic elephants, lions, buffaloes, and other magnificent creatures that roam these lands. After your game drive, head back to Bush Lodge for a hearty breakfast, reenergizing for the day’s adventures. In the afternoon, explore a nearby salt lake, where you can gain insights into the traditional salt extraction process and admire the scenic beauty of the area. Conclude your day with a delicious dinner at the lodge, reminiscing about your wildlife encounters and cultural experiences in this remarkable part of Uganda.

The journey from Bush Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park to Mutanda Lake Resort in south-western Uganda is a mesmerizing expedition through Uganda’s scenic landscapes. The drive typically spans approximately 3 to 4 hours, as you traverse the country’s south-western region, known for its rolling hills, picturesque villages, and lush countryside. En route, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the Virunga Mountains and Lake Mutanda itself, hinting at the natural beauty that awaits at your destination.

BWINDI IMPRENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in south-western Uganda, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its dense, rugged terrain and remarkable biodiversity. This protected area is renowned as one of the last strongholds of the critically endangered mountain gorilla, with nearly half of the world’s population residing here, making it a prime destination for gorilla trekking enthusiasts. The park’s lush rainforests, bamboo forests, and diverse flora and fauna offer a captivating backdrop for visitors, who can also encounter other primates, diverse bird species, and indigenous communities. Bwindi’s commitment to conservation, rich cultural heritage, and stunning natural beauty make it a must-visit destination for those seeking a truly immersive and unforgettable wildlife experience.

Upon your arrival at Mutanda Lake Resort, the serene beauty of Lake Mutanda welcomes you. Check-in and settle into your comfortable accommodation, where you’ll be immersed in the tranquil ambiance of the resort. The afternoon is dedicated to relaxation – whether you choose to unwind by the lakeshore, absorbing the breathtaking views, or indulge in the comforts of the resort, this time is yours for rejuvenation. In the evening, dine at the resort’s restaurant, relishing a delectable dinner while the sounds of the lake provide a serene backdrop.

Your second day promises an unforgettable adventure as you set out for a gorilla tracking expedition in the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After an early start and a briefing, venture into the dense forest to encounter the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This thrilling experience offers a unique opportunity to witness their beauty and behaviour up close. Upon returning from your gorilla tracking adventure, spend a leisurely afternoon by Lake Mutanda, reflecting on your remarkable encounter, taking in the serene lakeside views, or even refreshing yourself with a swim. In the evening, another delightful dinner at the resort awaits, allowing you to savour the flavours of Uganda and share stories of your extraordinary gorilla tracking experience.

The journey from Mutanda Lake Resort to Hyena Hill in Lake Mburo National Park is a picturesque transition that typically takes around 5 to 6 hours by road. Starting amidst the lush mountainous terrain around Lake Mutanda with glimpses of the Virunga Volcanoes, the drive gradually unfolds to reveal rolling hills and the savannas of Lake Mburo. Along the way, travellers might catch sight of zebras and antelopes, setting the stage for the wildlife encounters to come.

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Lake Mburo National Park, situated in south-western Uganda, is a compact but diverse protected area known for its stunning scenery and unique wildlife. The park’s landscape encompasses rolling savannas, acacia woodlands, and the picturesque Lake Mburo, which is dotted with islands. Visitors to this park can enjoy game drives, boat safaris, and nature walks, offering opportunities to spot wildlife such as zebras, impalas, hippos, and a variety of bird species. Lake Mburo National Park provides a tranquil and easily accessible safari experience, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a taste of Uganda’s wildlife and natural beauty.

Upon your morning arrival at Hyena Hill, take a moment to soak in the tranquil surroundings of Lake Mburo National Park as you settle into your cosy accommodations. After a delightful lunch at the lodge, your adventure begins with an exhilarating walking safari in the park. Accompanied by an experienced ranger, explore the savannah on foot, immersing yourself in the intricate details of the ecosystem. Track animal prints, observe the park’s diverse flora and fauna up close, and revel in the unique thrill of this walking safari experience.

The following day, kick start your morning with an early game drive, allowing you to witness Lake Mburo National Park’s remarkable wildlife in the soft morning light. Keep your camera ready for encounters with zebras, impalas, buffaloes, and the elusive leopards that call this park home. Return to Hyena Hill for a hearty breakfast, fuelling up for an afternoon of exploration. Later in the day, set out on a serene boat safari on Lake Mburo, offering a different perspective of the park’s beauty. As you drift along the water, spot hippos, crocodiles, and an array of water birds that thrive in this aquatic habitat. Each day concludes with a delicious dinner at the lodge, sharing tales of your wildlife adventures with fellow travellers under the starry African sky.

The journey back to Entebbe and 2Friends Beach Hotel from Hyena Hill in Lake Mburo National Park typically takes around 4 to 5 hours by road. Leaving behind the tranquil landscapes of Lake Mburo, the drive initially winds through the woodlands and savannas of the national park, offering potential wildlife sightings. As you continue, the scenery transitions into rolling hills and the vibrant rural life of Uganda. Finally, as you approach Entebbe, the magnificent expanse of Lake Victoria comes into view, welcoming your return to the peaceful shores of the lake and 2Friends Beach Hotel, where you can unwind in the serene ambiance and enjoy the beauty of Africa’s largest lake.

Upon your afternoon arrival at 2Friends Beach Hotel, settle into your comfortable lakeside accommodations, and let the tranquil ambiance wash over you. With the picturesque views of Lake Victoria as your backdrop, take this time to simply relax and unwind. As the evening approaches, indulge in a delightful dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, savouring the flavours of the region. After dinner, retire to your room for a restful night’s sleep, feeling completely rejuvenated as you prepare for your departure the following day, having enjoyed a serene and peaceful stay by the lakeside.

Leaving Arusha in Tanzania, you carry with you the vibrant tapestry of its markets, the warmth of its people, and the unique charm that defined your time in this captivating city.

As your journey concludes, it’s time to head back to Entebbe International Airport and make your way back home. Reflect on the wonderful experiences and cherished memories you’ve gathered during your time in Uganda. Your adventure may be ending, but the stories and moments you’ve collected will stay with you forever.

Services Overview

-2Friends Beach Hotel (Full Board)
-Murchison River Lodge (Full Board)
-Mutanda Lake Resort (Full Board)
-Hyena Hill (Full Board)
-Bush Lodge (Full Board)
-Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve (Full Board
-Chimpanze Tracking
-Rwenzori Hike
-All porters
-Food (meals)
-Accommodation whilst in the mountain
-Gorilla Tracking

-International flights
-Ziwa Rhino Tracking
-Game Drives / National Park Entries
-Boat Tour on Kazinga Channel
-Boat Safari
-Spa Treatments
-Meals not listed
-Tips

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