Primate Watch, Wildlife Holiday – 12 days

Primate Watch, Wildlife Holiday – 12 days

Day 1: Architectural, Cultural Sites, Traditional Dances

Wildlife holiday starts with an early arrival at Entebbe airport, where you are received by a company representative and later transfer to your booked hotel for check in and refreshments.  Cultural site visits, first visit will be at Namugongo Marytr’s shrine (Historical attraction) a site where 22 Christian catholic converts were executed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II in 1886. Touristic shrines have been built there by both the Roman Catholic Church and Church of Uganda and Christian’s pilgrimage to this place every year. The victims were canonised in 1969.Return to town for a local Ugandan lunch, later drive for 25minutes from Kampala city to another cultural site (Nnamasole Baagalayaze Tombs) this is a former palace for Nnamasole Baagalayaze mother of Kabaka Mwanga II. Currently it’s a cultural centre that celebrates the people and history of Buganda .Enjoy traditional performances, try your hand at arts and crafts, and hear vivid stories about the history of the Kingdom and its past Kings. On your way back visit the Bahai temple and if it’s a Wednesday & Sunday end up at Ndere centre, Ndere troupe (flute) is a group that brings you magnificent performances and social education from Uganda. It’s also a home that welcomes all artists and people of different walks of life to use, participate and bring variety of art & culture to the centre. You will enjoy all different dances from all over Uganda, have dinner at the centre and there after drive to your booked hotel B/B

Day 2: Murchison Falls, Rhino tracking, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Murchison Falls Park is in the Northwestern part of Uganda. You will drive through a series of districts with busy trading centers and road side fruit markets, areas with fertile soils, woodland, papyrus swamps and farmland with the Ankole long horned cattle. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary can be arranged and this gives you a break from the long journey. After Rhino tracking drive down to Masindi town for your lunch break and there after continue your journey to Murchison Falls going through Budongo forest, open savanna woodland, and extensive grassland. The drive on the southern bank of the Nile is more of a vegetarian safari because animals can’t cross the Victoria Nile. A few kilometers past the Sambiya River you drive 12 km to the top of Murchison Falls where the White Nile is funneled into a 7 meter wide rock gorge on its way to Lake Albert. Drive back and check in at a booked lodge.

Day 3: Game Drive, Boat cruise, Launch cruise

Game viewing starts with an early rise at 6.30 a.m. If you are on the southern bank, you have to cross to the northern bank on a ferry. The drive takes you through open grassland dotted with Borassus Palms and a panoramic view. You will have a chance to see herds of buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffe, elephants, prides of lions, hartebeests, ibis, kobs, waterbucks to mention just a few. In the afternoon at 2 p.m, take a 3-hour launch cruise along the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls. Along the way you will experience close quarter contact with schools of hippos basking by the Nile bank, Nile crocodile incubating eggs, lots of birds, animals watering and the magnificent falls. Return to your lodges by 5 p.m.

Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park, depart Paraa at 7a.m ready to cross to the southern bank if you resided on the Northern bank of the Nile. Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, driving past Lake Albert en route to Hoima town. Stop at the escarpment for a magnificent view over the lake and the distant mountains of Congo. Continue to Fort Portal for a late lunch and check in at a booked hotel.

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking, Primate Walk

Primate walk, drive to Kibale National Park early enough for your morning primate watch This forest park is a home to the highest diversity of primates in East Africa. The park has 13 species of primates and the chimpanzees are the main attraction. Take a primate walk of 3-4 hours depending on where the monkeys are. Return for a lunch break and refreshments and there after get ready for a swamp walk driving for 10 minutes from Kanyanchu tourist centre will get you to the reception of Bigodi sanctuary, where you will meet the guides who will brief you about the conservation of Magombe swamp and later guide you through a birding and primate excursion (2-3 hrs). Return and drive back to your hotel.

Day 6: Maramagombo Forest, Bat cave, Forest walk

Depart hotel at 8 am for Queen Elizabeth National Park stopping over at the Equator for pictures. Proceed to your booked hotel for your lunch and there after drive to Maramagambo Forest, the 1-2 hours’ walk will take you through an open young forest and the loop trail gets you to a cave of thousands of fruit bats and Rock pythons. Drive back to the hotel through the open grassland and woodlands looking for elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs and Uganda kobs.

Day 7: Game viewing Boat cruise Kazinga channel

Wildlife and game viewing starts at 6.30 am spotting the early risers like spotted hyenas, leopards, and lions. Return in time for a late breakfast then take time to relax by the swimming pool with a view of the lakes. At 3 p.m take a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel where you will see many animals watering, hippos basking and yawning and a number of bird species at the bird sanctuary. Return to the hotel by 5 p.m.

Day 8: Tree Climbing Lions, Ishasha sector

Depart from the hotel early in the morning and travel to Bwindi Forest through the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha sector). Have a game drive in the sector looking for tree climbing lions and topis. Take a picnic lunch after your drive and then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable park. Check in at a booked hotel late afternoon.

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking Bwindi National Park

Gorilla viewing is a great day of adventure and experience. After breakfast have yourself ready with your cameras, packed lunch and enough water before you set off for the experience of a lifetime. The tracking starts at 8.30am and can take from 30 minutes to the whole day depending to where the gorillas are. After the adventure a certificate awaits the successful tracker. The day may be demanding at times but is well worth the effort.

Day 10: Game Drive, Game Viewing.

Early morning drive to Lake Mburo, the home of zebras. Stop in Mbarara for lunch and proceed to the tented camp. Take an afternoon game drive and expect to see zebras, topis, impalas, warthogs, elands, oribis and a wide variety of birdlife. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Nature Walk, Lake Mburo National Park

Take a morning nature walk to the hyena den, wandering through the acacia woodland and experiencing the touch of the different flora and the calls of zebras. Return for breakfast at the tented camp and depart for Kampala. Have a stopover in Masaka for lunch and at the Equator for pictures and souvenirs. Arrive in time & check in at your booked hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12: End of Safari

Transfer to Entebbe for your flight.