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Grand Tour of Uganda, including Murchison Falls


UPD12E
12 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
International flights quoted separately
This grand tour of the "Pearl of Africa" starts with a fly-in safari to the game-rich Murchison Falls on the banks of the Nile River. Continue with your private guide to experience chimp tracking in Kibale rainforest & the wildlife of Kazinga Channel & Queen Elizabeth Park. Track gorillas in Bwindi then relax at Lake Victoria. English speaking guide, light aircraft flights, gorilla permits & game viewing included.
Murchison Falls Safari Uganda Gorillas Bwindi Queen Elizabeth Park
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Murchison Falls
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Kibale
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Chimpanzee Tracking
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Queen Elizabeth Park
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Kazinga Channel
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Kyambura Gorge
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Ishasha Plains
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Jinja
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Murchison Falls
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Kibale
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Chimpanzee Tracking
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Queen Elizabeth Park
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Kazinga Channel
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Kyambura Gorge
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Ishasha Plains
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Jinja
Day 1
You will be met at Entebbe Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Check into your airport hotel and enjoy the warm blue African skies.
Day 2
Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your light aircraft flight to Murchison Falls National Park. This is one of the country's greatest wildlife conservation areas and was favoured by Winston Churchill, who called Uganda the "Pearl of Africa".
 
You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your game lodge, situated on the Nile River. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive along the banks of the river.
Day 3
After an early breakfast, start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile River, with the opportunity to see giraffe, elephant, lion, hartebeest and many different bird species.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a game viewing boat ride on the Nile River. When you reach the bottom of the Murchison Falls you will leave the boat and climb up to the top of the waterfalls - where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. Optional game viewing on horseback is available at some lodges.
Day 4
Today transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight via Entebbe, to Fort Portal in the shadow of the famed Rwenzori Mountains (or "mountains of the moon") and surrounded by tea plantations.
 
Fort Portal is the gateway to Kibale National Park, a protected tropical rainforest that has the highest concentration and greatest variety of primates (13 different species) in all of East Africa. The park is also home to the bushpig, duiker, otter, leopard and large herds of elephant that migrate between Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The bird life is also astonishing.
Day 5
This morning enjoy the amazing experience of Chimp Trekking, as you walk through the spectacular Kibale Rainforest with a guide, searching in the trees above for these intelligent primates.
 
Kibali is home to 13 different primate species including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and L’ Hoest’s monkey. Tracking a noisy chimp family is a thrilling experience and is best in the early morning. The birdlife is also outstanding, although the dense forest canopy does mean patience is needed. You can hope to see the huge crowned eagle, the black-and-white flycatcher, African grey parrot, black-necked and yellow-mantled weavers, and maybe the secretive black bee-eater.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is home to 8 different primate species, numerous other mammals and reptiles, and over 200 bird species.
 
Note: Chimp trekking is limited to a small group, with a minimum age of 12 years. Please note the chimpanzees move a lot - sometimes far into the dense forest. So wear good walking shoes and expect to walk a lot today.
Day 6
This morning transfer 3-hours through the scenic crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth National Park - an enormous wildlife sanctuary that extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, with the Kazinga Channel connecting these two great lakes.
 
Many game species can be found in this wetland region, including the elusive giant forest hog. On arrival enjoy a game drive in this vast game sanctuary.
Day 7
Rise early when game viewing conditions are at their best, for a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park - the most visited national park in Uganda and home to 11% of all the species in the world. It has 95 different species of mammal including lions, hippo, elephants, leopards and chimpanzees, as well as over 660 different bird species.
 
We head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs, where we search for lion, elephant, buffalo and other wild animals in their natural habitat, before returning to our lodge for lunch.
 
In the afternoon we take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Thanks to the abundant wildlife, including huge herds of elephants, buffalo & hundreds of hippos that cool off on the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari! The channel is also a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore and a great place to see the fish eagle.
Day 8
Enjoy more game viewing today, as we travel 3-hours through Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Ishasha Plains.
 
The area around Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males have black manes - a feature unique to the lions in this area. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive on the open plains.
Day 9
After some more game viewing on the Ishasha Plains, today we travel 4-hours to our lodge situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery of your remote forest surroundings.
Day 10
This morning we enter Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowers.
 
Rangers will allocate you to a small group to track a troop of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by a guide. Expect to walk 2 to 4-hours each way in steep, muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous animals on foot and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must be over 16 years to track gorillas and sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with the lodge and carry sufficient water (at least 2-3 bottles of 500ml). Warm weatherproof clothing is advised for the wet cool climate high in the mountains, including a rain poncho. You should wear long trousers, long sleeved tops, long socks (to tuck into your trousers), suitable walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Also hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
 
You can not be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 5 metres. No touching the gorillas is allowed (although they may decide to touch you)! The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 6-12 people per group and no flash photography is allowed.
Day 11
Transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Entebbe Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your Lake Victoria hotel.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue African skies on the shores of this magnificent inland sea.
Day 12
At leisure to relax and unwind on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa.
 
Situated on an elevated plateau in the western section of the Great Rift Valley and straddling the equator, the lake has more than 3,000 islands. Its shoreline stretches 2,138 miles (3,440 km) and forms the border between three countries - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
 
Enjoy the beach, boat rides on the lake, nature walks, fishing and island hopping. You can also take the speedboat to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
 
For birders this is a biodiversity hotspot where you can see African skimmers, Carruthers cisticola, northern brown-throated weavers, red-chested weavers, eastern grey plantain-eaters, water dikkop and papyrus gonolek. You may also see Stulhman's starlings, greenbuls, alethes, turacos, forest weavers, warblers, widowbirds and beautiful butterflies.
Day 13
Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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