Day 1: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park beginning from Kampala using the Bombo road; a drive that will take approximately 5 hours. Along the way you will see the well-known Luwero triangle, which currently has developed into a small town having a trading center famous for its painful history of the Baganda mass murder. Drive on and stopover for lunch at Masindi Hotel. You will drive through Budongo forest as well as Kaniyo Pabidi. On arrival in the park, proceed to the Top of the waterfalls; it is a very breathtaking site for unwinding and adventure. Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 2: Set out on an early morning game drive through the park to look for elephants, Uganda kobs, giraffes, lions, water bucks, hippos and buffaloes, plus a diversity of bird species. Return to the lodge for breakfast as well as wait for lunch while taking nature walks around the park and later enjoy a boat cruise in the afternoon to the bottom of the falls to see a diversity of wildlife on the riverbanks drinking water. You will see various antelope species, crocodiles, water bucks, hippos, elephants plus buffaloes among many others on the shore, in addition to a diversity of water bird species that make this a renowned birding paradise. The waterfalls display a natural beauty unmatched to no other place in the whole world. The 7-meter gorge together with a 43m drop of these falls results into a thunderous roar and a gorgeous rainbow in a cloud of water spray which leaves several tourists yearning. Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 3: After breakfast leave for chimpanzee trekking within Budongo forest which takes approximately 3 to 5 hours. Budongo forest is as well known for its special Mahogany tree species which are very tall. In addition, there are numerous primates including the forest galago, red-tailed monkeys, potto as well as blue monkey, in addition to several bird species like the yellow-footed eye catcher and the white-thighed hornbill. Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 4: Semliki National Park Drive to Semliki and head to Bundibugyo. enjoy this spectacular drive with views of Lake Albert and the legendary Mountain Rwenzori ranges. This park is situated in Bundibugyo district along the western border of Uganda with the Democratic Republic of Congo near Lake Albert. The park has a great location within western Albertine Rift valley region and occupies the eastern section of Ituri forest connecting Uganda with Congo River separated by river Semliki. Semliki is a site for ornithologists with approximately 400 species of bird mainly forest birds. approximately 300 species of trees have been recorded here and more than 52 mammal species including 11 diurnal species. In the night you will have a spot-lit game drive. the night, only one of this nature in the whole of Uganda and see the thin white-tailed mongoose, very small nightjars plus several cats. Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge
Day 5: Visit the highlight in Semliki, referred to as the Sempaya hot springs. These natural springs have a geyser shooting high from an 8-meter-wide hole at a very high temperature. Of its kind, this is the largest in the whole of Uganda. On this very trail, you may identify a couple of bird types such as the blue breasted kingfisher plus Frasier’s ant-thrush in addition to primates such as the grey checked mangabey plus the red-tailed monkey. Proceed to Mungilo waterfall to see some other fascinating birds, particularly ideal for birders. In the Late afternoon after lunch, take a boat ride on Lake Albert, a wonderful lake. See the various water animals and later head back to Semliki Safari Lodge where you will spend the night.
Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge
Day 6: Head to Kibale another favorite tourist destination. Enjoy the beautiful drive southwest through Fort Portal where you will have a lunch break. See the Toro Kingdom palace, the eating places, Royal tombs, the mosque and several shops however drive on to Kibale, only a couple of kilometers ahead. This national park has the biggest number of primates in the whole of East Africa such as chimpanzees, black & white Colobus monkeys, the blue monkeys plus baboons. After lunch, take a guided nature walk in the Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a place ideal for birders. The Papyrus Gonolek plus the Blue Turaco can easily be seen among other 137 bird types. In addition, there is a great array of colorful butterflies. It highlights an assortment of plants and animals in the forest. Accommodation: Kibale Forest camp
Day 7: Following breakfast, wake up early to track chimps near Kanyanchu. This can take you half a day. There are primates in the area like the golden monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, baboons, white and black Colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabeys, red Colobus, blue monkeys and pottos. Other animals involve forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs and a striking tree species. Later, return to Kampala with lunch along the way and this will end our safari.
- What Will You Do1: Transfer to Murchison Falls
2: Wildlife safari at Murchison Falls
3: Chimp Trekking in Budongo Forest
4: Transfer to Semliki National Park
5: Visit Sempaya hot springs
6: Transfer to Kibale National Park
7: Chimp Tracking and Departure
- What To Expect- Chimp Trekking in Budongo Forest and Kibale National Park
- Boat cruise at Murchison Falls national park
- Game drives and nature walks at the parks
- What Is Included- All Airport transfers
- Chimpanzee permits
- Accommodation and lodging
- Meals throughout the itinerary
- English speaking guides/drivers
- 4WD safari vehicles
- Domestic flights
- Park Fees
- Emergency Evacuations (AMREF)
- What Is Not Included- International flights
- Visa and customs fees or charges
- Travel Insurance
- Cigarettes and alcohol
- Know Before You GoEntebbe international airport is your gateway to and from Uganda. To avoid inconveniences that are occasioned by rushing at the time of departure, we advise that you book international flights departing from Entebbe after 8pm.
We will need you to furnish us with the following information:
- Flight number
- Arrival and departure date
- Flight times
VISA AND CONSULAR Advice:
Each individual traveler is responsible for obtaining the required visa, as visa requirements vary per country. For visa information, we advise our clients to consult the US State Department and local Embassies for non-US citizens.
1. A visa can be obtained at Entebbe international airport on arrival at a fee $50 per person.
2. Visas for all other East African Countries can be obtained, on arrival, at the international airport or at boarder points.
YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION:
Please remember to get your yellow fever vaccination as it is a crucial requirement especially if you are travelling to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Please be sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. Or check with a physician for more information.
Travel Health Advice
Stay healthy while you travel
Staying healthy while you travel is vital it isn't all about vaccinations and medicine. Most problems you could face are easily preventable. Drinking bottled, boiled or treated water, washing your hands properly before eating and carefully avoiding insect bites could save your life, money and Time.
ITINERARY, TRAVEL INSURANCE AND PASSPORT COPIES:
Leave a copy of your itinerary, travel insurance and passport to a family member, for reference purposes, in case of an emergency. Travel insurance is also compulsory on all trips.
WHAT TO CARRY:
- Rain Jacket /coat
- Shoes with good traction
- Travel plug adapter with USB port
- Antibacterial hand cleaning gel
- Good camera with fully charged battery and good memory card storage
- First aid kit
- Small back park
- Sun block hat
- Sun glasses
- Hiking boots
- Mosquito repellent
- Avoid expensive jewelry.
- Avoid all demonstrations and protests given their potential to turn violent.
- Monitor the media for information about any possible security risks and pay close attention to your personal security.
- Carry a copy of your passport and avoid hanging alone without the advice of the tour guide.
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