Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Entebbe Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park, where we visit the top of the falls to enjoy the magnificent views. Overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge (BLD)
Half day game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. Escorted by a game ranger you have the option for a game walk. Game in the area includes giraffe, elephant, lion, Ugandan kob and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. Afternoon Nile cruise to view hippo and crocodiles.Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge. (BLD) (BLD)
After an early breakfast we spend the day driving to Kibale Forest. Before arriving in Kibale we will take a beautiful walk to stretch our legs at Bigodi Swamp a community project where you will be accompanied by a local community guide. The swamp is an oasis for birdlife and it is also common to see different primate species on the walk. Overnight Ndali Lodge. (BLD)
This morning we take a walk in beautiful Kibale Forest in search of chimpanzees and other monkeys. Later we take a beautiful drive towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival at
Afternoon game drive with the impressive Rwenzori Mountains as a spectacular backdrop. Overnight Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge or Kyambura Gorge Lodge (BLD)
Today take an early morning game drive to the northerly parts of the park along the Kasenyi track, followed by an afternoon cruise on the Kazinga Channel, to view buffalo, hippo and other animals at the edge of the channel as they cool off. European migratory birds, including flocks of terns and gulls can also be seen in the area. Overnight Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge or Kyambura Gorge Lodge (BLD)
Travel by road through beautiful mountain scenery often referred to as ‘little Switzerland’ to Bwindi. Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge. (BLD)
After a briefing with the park ranger guides, we commence our trek to see the reclusive mountain gorilla. We generally start our search in an area where the gorillas were known to be the previous night. Nonetheless the trek can be strenuous and the terrain tough so you need to be prepared. On locating the gorillas we can spend up to one hour viewing in very close vicinity, before returning to the visitor centre. This is one of the undoubted highlights of travel in Africa – to spend time with these unique and powerful creatures in their natural habitat is an experience not easily forgotten. Overnight Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge. (BLD)
Lake Bunyonyi (“Place of many little birds”) lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Located at 1,962 m (6,437 ft) above sea level, it is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and 7 km (1.35 mi) wide.
The depth of the lake is rumored to vary between 44 m (144 ft) and 900 m (2,952 ft), which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming, however, this claim is not verifiable and patrons of the lake have tested positive as recently as 2012. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces”.
Towns on its shores include Kyevu and Muko, while its 29 islands include Punishment Island and Bushara Island. It is a popular location for watersports and is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides. It is popular with both foreign and domestic tourists and there is a wide variety of tourist accommodation.
This morning we have an early start and a long days drive back to Kampala, stopping en-route at Lake Mburo National Park for lunch with views over the savannah. We will also do a short game drive after lunch on our way back to the main road where we may be able to spot giraffe, zebra and various species of antelope. Arrive in Entebbe early evening and overnight at Serena Hote(BL)