15 Days Wildlife and Hiking

15 Days Uganda wildlife and hiking

Day 1: To Murchison Falls NP
Early morning we will pick you from the hotel or guesthouse of your choice and take you to Murchison Falls National Park. We will stop for lunch in Masindi and then drive for 90 kms through the park, aiming for Paraa. On the way we will visit the Top of the Falls, with a wonderful view over Murchison Falls and the Nile. We will reach Paraa late in the afternoon, and Luxury Tour participants will cross the Nile by ferry to reach Paraa Safari Lodge. For Budget Tour clients, “We will stop at Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos and also have Lunch here before contuining via Karuma Bridge to reach later in the afternoon at Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries.” The day will close with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile, and the evening coming with all the noise of an African night.
Driving time: ± 7,5 hours
Budget accommodation: Fort Murchison
Luxury tour: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge

Day 2: In Murchison Falls NP
The day will be spent viewing game around the park and along the Nile. We will leave early in the morning (if staying at Nile Safari Lodge or Red Chilli Paraa we will cross the Nile with the ferry at 7.00am) and go on a game drive from 8.00am to 12.00noon, seeing several animals including lions and giraffes. In the afternoon (2.00pm to 5.00 pm) we will go on the impressive launch trip on the Nile, up to the Falls, giving you a chance to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and many many different birds!
Budget accommodation: Fort Murchison
Luxury Tour: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge

Day 3: To Kibale Forest
Early in the morning we will leave for Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert: on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, where we will stay sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest. Sometimes we stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse, overlooking Nyabikere Crater Lake, where we will stay. The lake is famous for the frogs: at night they always give a beautiful concert.
Driving time: ± 9 hours
Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (self-contained tents) or Chimpanzee Guesthouse/Bandas (self-contained Banda’s) – Both outside the forest)
Luxury Tour: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge in Luxury Tents

Day 4: Chimp walk
At 8.00am we will start with the 4 hour chimp walk – during which you may also get to see 10 other primates! Kibale Park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project).
Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (self-contained tents) or Chimpanzee Guesthouse/Bandas (self-contained Banda’s) – Both outside the forest)
Luxury Tour: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge in Luxury Tents

Day 5: To Queen Elizabeth NP
Early morning we will leave for Queen Elizabeth NP. We will travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP at midday, with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. You will check in at your accommodation and have lunch, and in the late afternoon (4.00-7.00pm) we will go on a game drive.
Driving time: ± 4,5 hours
Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco friendly self-conatined tents)
Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

Day 6: In Queen Elizabeth NP
This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the programme is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.
Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco friendly self-conatined tents)
Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

Day 7: In Queen Elizabeth NP
Our second day in this beautiful park. Very early in the morning after breakfast we will go to Kyambura Gorge. Here people can go for a 2-3 hour walk into the Gorge to meet the chimpanzees. After Lunch at Jacana Safari Lodge, we will drive for 2 hours to the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions. Game drive in the afternoon to search for the tree climbing lions.
Budget Accommodation: Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp
Luxury Tour: Ishasha Wilderness Camp or Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp

Day 8: To Bwindi
In the morning we will go on a game drive looking for the unique tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, and in the afternoon we will continue to Bwindi. On the trip we will pass Kihihi and journey through mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rainforest.

Day 9: Gorilla tracking! Bwindi
Gorilla tracking! Buhoma is only 5 minutes’ walk from the offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, where at 07.45am you will receive a pre-briefing and at 08:00am you will start the gorilla trek. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 12:00 noon at the latest.
Driving time: ± 4,5 hours
Budget accommodation: Buhoma Community Bandas (toilet and showers are shared)
Luxury Tour: Buhoma Lodge or Silverback Lodge

Day 10: To Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast we will drive to Lake Bunyonyi, a beautiful place surrounded by the hills of Western Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is famous for birds, otters and delicious crayfish. We will spend the rest of the day here, have a swim if you want, try a canoe, or simply relax looking at the over 300 birds species you can sometimes see from the veranda (bring your binoculars)!
Driving time: ± 4,5 hours
Simple accommodation: Overland Campsite and Bandas (self contained and breakfast inclusive)
Luxury Tour: Bushara Island Luxury Tented Camp or Bunyonyi Safari Resort

Day 11: To Kisoro
Early in the morning we will leave for Kisoro, travelling through a beautiful landscape also defined as the “Switzerland of Africa”: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay at the famous Travellers Rest Hotel.

In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited the Travellers Rest Hotel many, many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Fossey said about the hotel: “It was my second home”. Travellers Rest Hotel is just outside Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for the tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance.
Driving time: ± 3-5 hours
Simple accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (Suite Room)

Days 12-13: In Kisoro
Days 12 and 13 will be spent in and around Kisoro, with Travellers Rest Hotel as the home base.

In Kisoro you can undertake several very interesting activities, all of which can be done individually or in groups. They include Gorilla tracking in Nkuringo, South Bwindi (1 day – this could be either day 12 or 13, depending on the availability of permits and it’s also optional).

a) Gorilla tracking in Rwanda (requires staying in Rwanda the night before, so for example if you decide to trek gorillas in Rwanda on day 14 you will spend the night of day 14 there). After the trekking you will cross back to Kisoro.
b) Climbing Muhavura Volcano (± 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m).
c) Climbing Gahinga Volcano (± 6 hrs; distance 8km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m).
d) Visit to Sabinyo Gorge (± 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gain).
e) Climbing Sabinyo Volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, but you need to be fit!! ± 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m).
f) Hiking in Mgahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) (± 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km).
g) Bird walk in Mgahinga (start at 10am, it can last until 4-5pm).
h) Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bafumbira tribe)
i) Walk to Lake Mutanda. Visit Python island and go canoeing on this beautiful lake.
j) Batwa Trail; It starts at the base of Mt Muhavura at 8.00 am and finishes by 3-4 pm. You’ll need walking shoes, hat, and raingear, and a packed lunch with sufficient drinks.
The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you’ll see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and, above all a home. Along the trail, you’ll fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without a matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions: The highlight of the trail is a descent into the Garama cave, a 200m-long lava tube beneath Mt. Mgahinga. The Batwa are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama Cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance. The Batwa trail is a celebration of the forest culture of the “‘first people.”It is impossible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day’s events conclude with a discussion about the Batwa’s current situation; how it can be improved; and progress to date towards doing so.
Budget accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
Luxury Tour: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (Suite Room)

Day 14: To Lake Mburo
Early in the morning we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, a smaller but unique park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with Impalas and Zebras. In the park we will go on an evening game-viewing drive.
Driving time: ± 5 hours
Budget accommodation: Mburo Eagle’s Nest camp
Luxury Tour: Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Luxury Tented Camp

Day 15: To Kampala
First thing in the morning we will go for a game drive/walk, and after a late breakfast the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala. On the way back you will have lunch in Mbarara/Masaka town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.
Driving time: ± 9 hours