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An Exclusive Overland Safari travelling into the heart of one of Africa's most diverse and scenic countries - Uganda.
This Uganda Tour takes you into the indigenous rainforests to trek mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild, as well as exploring vast waterways, game-rich wilderness areas and intriguing rural villages. Witness huge pods of hippos in Lake Mburo, tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, Murchison Falls on the Nile River and an endless variety of plains game in Queen Elizabeth Park.
After experiencing wild habitats, rare primates, abundant wildlife, beautiful landscapes and the friendly local people - this memorable Uganda Mountain Gorillas Safari ends in the adventure hub of Jinja.
This Uganda Mountain Gorillas Safari departs from a selected lodge near Entebbe at 08h00 on day one. From the lodge, we travel through the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda's vibrant capital city, before beginning our journey west. Along the way, we visit a drum market and a fruit market, as well as stopping at the Equator to take photos.
In the afternoon we enter the Lake Mburo National Park, known for its plains game and large hippo population. We spend our first-night camping on the shores of Lake Mburo.
Our day begins with a game drive and walk in Lake Mburo National Park. Then we leave the park and head south to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Our route takes us through landscapes of rolling hills scattered with banana plantations and herds of striking long-horned Ankole cattle. In the afternoon the roads through the mountain become rough and passing mist-shrouded villages we reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On day two we camp on the fringes of the rainforest.
Over the next two days, we go African Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi - the ultimate highlight of our Uganda tour. We set off in smaller groups with local guides, trekking into the forest to find a family of these wild Mountain Gorillas and spend some time with the family.
Trekking for these highly endangered mountain gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience - truly one of the most unique and rare wildlife encounters on earth!
Gorilla permits are limited, so we have to allow two days to ensure that the whole group gets to go trekking. Should all permits be available on day four, we then visit Lake Bunyonyi on day three. Between gorilla trekking, we enjoy village walks and seek out the splendid birds that populate the edges of Bwindi Forest.
Leaving the mountains and forests of Bwindi Forest National Park behind, we descend to the open savannahs of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we will spend the next two nights at a remote campsite. We explore the Ishasha section of the national park, an area well-known for its tree-climbing lions, as well as abundant mammal, reptile, and bird species - keep an eye out for the numerous primates that call this forest home. On our game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park, we scan the tall fig trees for lions and search the grasslands for other game.
We get an early start and after packing up camp, we traverse Queen Elizabeth National Park. Driving through the Maramagambo Forest we keep an eye out for wild chimpanzees and diverse birdlife en route to the Rwenzori Mountains.
We set up our camp at a local community centre and then take a walk through rural villages, before moving up into the forest to the Rwenzori lookout point where we have a picnic lunch. The "Mountains of the Moon" rise some 5000 meters above sea level, with slopes that are covered in tropical forest and yet, considering their proximity to the equator, it is surprising to see the peaks are often snow-capped.
After our picnic lunch we drive down the mountains by vehicle towards and on to the fringes of Fort Portal.
We leave the Rwenzori Mountains early in the morning and head down into the lush green tea plantations surrounding Fort Portal.
Today we cover a great distance, mostly on rough roads, to our camp in Murchison Falls National Park. Our camp tonight is managed by the Jane Goodall Institute and offers a relatively comfortable stay in the national park.
The day begins with an early morning guided walk (depending on where the chimpanzees are, there may be a short drive) in search of a group of chimpanzees that are quite accustomed to humans. This is a unique opportunity to witness chimpanzee behaviour in the wild. After spending about an hour with the primate group we walk back to camp.
Then we move on to Murchison Falls, where the Nile River plummets some 40m into the Rift Valley gorge below, rushing through a narrow gap. We explore the area around the falls and make our way downstream to cross the Nile River into the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park. This region of the park is home to Rothschild giraffes, amongst other animals and birds, so keep an eye out.
We spend the following two nights camping in a wilderness area inhabited by big game.
Early this morning we set off on a relaxing boat cruise down the Nile River, looking out for animals and birds - hopefully catching sight of the rare shoebill stork.
Should we be unable to travel by boat, then we drive through the bush. After the boat cruise, we continue in our safari vehicle, driving out of Murchison Falls National Park and on to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Established to re-introduce rhinos into the wild, Ziwa hosts the only wild population in Uganda. Tonight we camp near the protected area.
This morning, you have the chance to track rhinos on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (own expense). Walking through the dense bush in search of rhinos and other animals is an exhilarating experience.
After a morning of rhino tracking or relaxing in the bush, we pack up camp and head to Jinja. Tonight we enjoy an own expense dinner at one of the local restaurants, celebrating our unforgettable adventures in Uganda. We spend our last night in relative comfort at an adventure camp in Jinja.
Our Uganda Exclusive Overland Safari ends in Jinja this morning after breakfast. This afternoon you can catch a free transfer to Entebbe at 14h00.
The Nile River does, however, offer some of the most exciting one-day whitewater rafting trips in the world - a real adventure. There is also the opportunity to spend a day working on a local community project. Both of these activities are highly recommended, but optional and at your own expense. Booking an extra night at camp is advised if you decide to participate in either of these activities or perhaps spend a day relaxing at the "Source of the Nile".
Weather, road, and other local conditions will influence the route chosen on each tour and we may run the tour in reverse if required, so clients need to be flexible in this regard. An open mind and a spontaneous attitude will go a long way to ensuring that you get the most out of your adventures in Uganda.
A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Visas are required by most nationalities for Uganda and clients are responsible for obtaining these. Precautions against malaria are advisable and yellow fever inoculations are required. A small daypack is recommended for the day treks. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar, in small denominations and all currency notes should be dated 2000 or later.
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