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Uganda

Authentically the pearl of Africa, is really so stunning; lush, green and so beautiful everywhere with excellent weather, wonderful and very hospitable people, very safety and all rounded just a wonderful place to live in.

As a tourism destination, it is un-paralled; authentically the pearl of Africa where one can see Mountain Gorillas, Lions, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Buffaloes, Leopards, Eland, Chimpanzees and so many other wild game; the world’s longest the River Nile, Lake Victoria-the second largest fresh water lake in the world, the snow peaked Claudius Ptolemy’s fabled Rwenzori Mountains of the moon, and so many other amazing tourism and adventure activities; and we have not even spoken culture – the Batwa pygmy people, four ancient and still active traditional kingdoms, over 10% of all of the world’s bird species including the rare pre-historic Shoebill, and so many more.

You really need to come, see yourself.

Authentically the pearl of Africa and definitely one of the most beautiful countries in the Africa, Uganda is really so stunning; lush, fertile and green with tall mountains, deep valleys, large swathes of rain-forests inhabited by many species of primates, expansive wildlife infested savannas, innumerable water bodies; large lakes, big rivers and majestic waterfalls, excellent weather all year round as well as wonderful and reputedly the world’s most hospitable people.

As a tourism destination, it is unparalleled. Sitting on the Albertine rift at the very divide between the West African rain forest jungle and the East African semi-arid savannah, Uganda is like a macrocosm of Africa in one little space, a melting pot of the absolute best of both worlds; within her 10 national parks and reserves can be found all of the famous African Big-5 (Lions, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Buffaloes and Leopards) as well as 2x the Great Apes (Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees) and so many other wild game.

Key physical features include the world’s longest river, the River Nile; the world’s second largest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria; the snow-capped Claudius Ptolemy’s Rwenzori fabled Mountains of the moon, Mountain Elgon, Lakes Edward, George, Albert, Bunyonyi and Mburo; the Kazinga Channel, Murchison Falls and the Sipi Falls, Bwindi, Kibale and Budongo montane/rain-forests and so many other amazing tourism and adventure attractions.

Uganda’s key tourism attractions include Primates Tracking Tours for Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Bwindi, Kibale and Murchison Falls, regular Wildlife Viewing game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo and Kidepo Valley National Parks as well as at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; Ornithological Tours with outstanding birding guides, Adventure Tours like Whitewater rafting on the River Nile off Lake Victoria, Bungee Jumping, Quad Biking, Mountain climbing on the Rwenzoris and on Mt. Elgon, Launch cruises on the River Nile to the majestic Murchison Falls and to the Delta on Lake Albert as well as on the Kazinga Channel, horseback riding in Lake Mburo, Leisure holidays in Entebbe, Jinja on the Nile and Lake Victoria and Ssese Islands as well as Sightseeing tours in and around Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja.

As a Birding destination, her over 1,045 recorded bird species account for more than 10% of  the world’s total and the highest number of bird species per square kilometer including the rare and pre-historic Shoebill stock that is the haunt of many bird enthusiasts from all over the world, as well as very many endemics and so much more.

As a Cultural Tourism destination, Uganda is unrivalled; home to four ancient, but still surviving traditional African kingdoms each with an own living and reigning King including the Kampala based Buganda Kingdom (the largest), the Tooro, Banyoro, Busoga and Bakonjo. These well organized and ancient social cultural structures, together with many other beautiful cultural and tribes peoples, make Uganda one of the best cultural tourism destinations in Africa. Enjoy amazing Cultural tours visiting communities and unique tribes-peoples including the Batwa pygmy people and the Karamojong as well as touring traditional Kingdom Palaces in Buganda, Bunyoro, Tooro and Bakonjo in different parts of the country.

Entebbe International Airport is the main gateway into Uganda and is frequented by many international carriers including Kenya Airways, KLM, Emirates, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Rwandair, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai and many others.

Most persons, with a few exceptions, require a Visa to enter Uganda (please reconfirm your specific requirements with your Travel Agent before departure. Visas can often be obtained upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport at a fee of US$ 100.

A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is now a mandatory requirement for entry.
Anti Malarial prophylactics are recommended, please consult your medical practitioner ahead of your travel.
Vaccination for Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B are also recommended but not mandatory.

The best time to travel especially if participating in Gorillas or Primates tracking is during the dry season months. April, May October and November can be rainy. But Uganda is an all year destination. Mountain gorillas are found in rain forest where one can expect rain or sunshine pretty much any time, any day of the year.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Cheetahs, lions and elephants

Murchison Falls National Park.

Elephants, Buffaloes, Crocodiles, Hippos, Lions, the River Nile and Murchison Falls

Mburo National Park

Giraffes, Eland, Zebra in Lake

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and Kazinga Channel

Kibale National Park

Large Chimpanzee families and 12 other species of primates including Potos

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorillas and so many birds

UGANDA WONDERS

Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN KAMPALA, UGANDA
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a Safari-DMC representative and transferred to Cassia Lodge for overnight.
– balance of the day spent at leisure with meals under own arrangement.
Cassia Lodge

Day 2 – KAMPALA/KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive to Kibale Forest National Park (350kms/5½hrs). With lunch at a local restaurant in Fort Portal, you will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp late afternoon in time for dinner and overnight.
Kibale Forest Camp – BLD

Day 3 – CHIMPANZEE TRACKING – KIBALE
In the morning, transfer to the Park Offices for a guided Chimpanzee Tracking excursion in search of these cheeky apes that are considered, at 98.8% of our genes, to be man’s socially and genetically closest ape relatives.
you will return to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive parallel to the Rwenzoris fabled mountains of the moon to Queen Elizabeth National Park (185kms/3hrs). Arrive at Queen Katara Lodge in time for dinner and overnight.
Katara Lodge – BLD

Day 4 – QUEEN ELIZABETH
Arise at dawn with coffee, tea and cookies and proceed to the Kasenyi plains for an early morning game drive in search of lions, Uganda kobs, large herds of buffalo and elephants and other early risers and nocturnal animals like hyenas, genet cats, if lucky even leopard – early morning game drives are ideal for spotting overnight kills as well as fresh hunting before the sun gets too hot and the animals recoil back under shade. The light at sunrise is also excellent for fantastic photography including sunrise and birds.
You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and time to relax and enjoy the lodge amenities before lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a 2½hrs Launch Cruise on the Kazinga Channel,  famous for near guaranteed sightings of schools of hippos, Nile Crocodiles, wallowing buffalo, elephants feeding on the banks of the canal, many species of water birds and so much more.
Katara Lodge – BLD

Day 5 – QUEEN ELIZABETH/BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, check out with picnic lunches and drive south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (180kms) via QENP’s Ishasha area that is famous for black-maned tree climbing lions. With game viewing en-route and picnic lunches in the bush, you exit the park early afternoon and continue to Bwindi, home of the rare yet critically endangered mountain gorillas.
You will arrive at Engagi Lodge early evening with time to relax and acclimatize for your tomorrow’s hiking activity before dinner and overnight.
Engagi Lodge – BLD

Day 6 – BWINDI – GORILLA TRACKING
Arise at dawn for an early breakfast then transfer to the Park offices for your Gorilla Tracking excursion, arguably one of the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experiences in the world.
At the park office, all participants are brought together, divided into groups of 8, allocated a gorilla family to track as well as a specialist gorilla tracking guide then, at 0830hrs: briefing by your guide then transfer by car or on foot to the trailhead where the tracking begins.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you stay with them for one simply unforgettable hour as they go about their daily life – so like us; resting, feeding, playing, raising their young, mating; always seemingly oblivious of our presence bt definitely curious. But the hour is always over ‘too soon’ then you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge for a well-deserved shower and lunch or relaxation then dinner depending on time of return.
If time permits, you may enjoy an evening community walk around the local area and possibly meet the Batwa pygmy people who eke a life around the forest.
Engagi Lodge – BLD

Day 7 – BWINDI/LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, say goodbye to Bwindi and the gorillas and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. With lunch and game viewing en-route, arrive at Mantana Camp for dinner and overnight.
NB: optional at extra charge:  post dinner night game drive with a tracker and spotlight in hopes of seeing some of nocturnal species which are hard to find during the day; bush-babies, hyenas, civets and genet cats, hippos on foot, even the elusive leopard are most often seen.
Mantana Lake Mburo Camp – BLD

Day 8 – LAKE MBURO/ENTEBBE/DEPART
Arise early and join your Driver/guide on a Nature/Bush Walk with a specialist park guide and armed ranger; get as close to nature as possible.
Return to lodge for a late breakfast then check out and drive back to Kampala. With lunch en-route, you proceed directly to Entebbe International Airport for evening departure fight.
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