Itinerary Great Lakes Safaris Inspection Trip Uganda 2011 Day 1 Tuesday 10th May 2011 Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be welcomed by a Great Lakes Safaris representative and transferred to your accommodation. Overnight at Cassia Lodge (B&B).
Day 2 Wednesday 11th May 2011 Enjoy a delicious breakfast before we calmly depart for one of the most beautiful national parks in Africa: Murchison Falls National Park. Have lunch in Budongo Forest, in the southern part of the national park, and go for an inspection of the facilities at Budongo Eco Lodge. The tropical rainforest is home to many different primates and is one of the best places in Uganda to track chimpanzees. In the afternoon continue to the middle of the national park where you will cross the river Nile by ferry. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge. (B-L-D)
Day 3 Thursday 12th May 2011 After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxing. In the afternoon the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the river Nile for game viewing at close quarters.
www.safari-uganda.com Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls we will leave the boat and climb our way to the Top of the Falls. Watch how the fall is being forced into a seven meter and crevice to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades. A magnificent view! From here we drive to our accommodation on the southern bank of the river Nile. Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Lodge. (B-L-D)
Day 4 Friday 13th May 2011 We depart Murchison Falls and head towards Fort Portal. It is a long but rewarding journey with stunning views as you pass small villages and local markets. En route we will make several stops for photos and have a picnic lunch amidst the beautiful lush scenery. In the late afternoon arrival in Fort Portal, which rests in the shadow of the fabled â€œMountains of the Moonâ€? and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale. (B-L-D)
Day 5 Saturday 14th May 2011 Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of 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 there is the possibility to go for site inspection or you can choose to visit Bigodi Swamp for a 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 Primate Lodge Kibale. (B-L-D)
Day 6 Sunday 15th May 2011 After a delicious breakfast we calmly transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, with a short stop for site inspection. Check in and have lunch before we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted,
www.safari-uganda.com sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari! Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge. (B-L-D)
Day 7 Monday 16th May 2011 The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat. After this activity we calmly head south towards Bwindi Forest National Park. As we pass the southern sector called Ishasha, we will make some stops en route for lodge inspections. In the late afternoon arrival at the home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Engagi Lodge. (B-LD)
Day 8 Tuesday 17th May 2011 The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience! If time allows, lodge inspections can be carried out in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge. (B-L-D)
Day 9 Wednesday 18th May 2011 After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park with lunch en route. As we enter the park it is likely that you will spot some wildlife like impalas, zebras, buffaloes and maybe the elusive elands. In the afternoon site inspection and boat ride on the lake. Enjoy the rich birdlife and the many hippos that are cooling off. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge. (B-L-D)
www.safari-uganda.com Day 10
Thursday 19th May 2011
Early start of the day as we will go for a nature walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. Return to the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out, we depart the protected area and drive back towards the capital city. Have a stop at the Uganda equator before we continue to Entebbe where a farewell dinner awaits you. In time you will be dropped at Entebbe International Airport for your international flight. (B-L-D)
Price for this 10-days FAM trip
USD $ 990 per person
Included in the price: airport transfers according to the program, ground transport per private 4WD Land Cruiser, experienced English speaking driver/guide, accommodation in places mentioned in the itinerary, based on a single room with en-suite bathroom, meals as described in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle, entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks, activities and excursions mentioned in the program, permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest National Park.
Excluded: international flight, visa, gorilla permit, meals not mentioned above, beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle, tips and gratuities for the guides and accommodation staff, laundry, travel insurance and other items of personal nature.
Note: The tracking activities require a good level of fitness and can vary in duration from two to several hours depending on the location of the chimps or gorillas. This can be over mountainous and muddy ground, so good boots are essential. If your flight schedule does not match the program, we will be happy to arrange extra pre- or post safari accommodation. Please contact us for the possibilities and supplements.