9-Days Albertine Rift Encounter

Uganda’s best wildlife!

Comfort

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$2550,- PP

based on 2 adult travelers

Overview

The 9 Days Uganda Safari Encounter in the Albertine rift is a remarkable package that takes you to the Uganda’s tourism hot spot. The safari features active adventures like cycling in Mpanga tea estates, hiking in the Fort Portal Crater Lake Field, Mount Rwenzori hiking, Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest not forgetting Island Hopping on Lake Bunyonyi. The safari also features remarkable wild game viewing in the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park where four of the big five thrive namely lions including tree climbing lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants. The night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park also offers you sights of savannah dwelling nocturnal species.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) and transfer to the lodge

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal, do Mpanga Tea Estate Cycling, hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake hike to encounter the famous Kyeganywa hill with the views of Rwenzori Mountains, visit Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – the legendary heritage of the Bachwezi & then transfer to Kibale National Park.

Day 3: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park along with other 12 species of primates in the morning & transfer to Kasese

Day 4: Whole day hiking on Mount Rwenzori dubbed the legendary Mountains of the moon first summited by the duke of Abbruzi in 1906

Day 5: Morning game drive in the gently sloping savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park for amazing wildlife including lions, elephants, buffaloes, Antelopes, leopard, etc. & an afternoon launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel with sights of Hippos, Nile crocodiles and birds.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route (tree climbing lions).

Day 7: Gorilla trekking (Encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas where almost a half of the world population 400 out of 880 thrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 8: Half day Island Hopping on Lake Bunyonyi – the Lake of a thousand Islands as it has been dubbed because of its 29 islands surrounded the magical highlands of Kigezi famously known as the Switzerland of Africa & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park for a night game drive. Do night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park for amazing nocturnals including; hare, porcupine, Aardvack, white-tailed mongoose, honey badger, and side – stripped jackal, bush pig, spotted hyena, serval cat, jenet cat, civet, thick – tailed Galago and black galago.

Day 9:  Transfer to Kampala and departure.

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) and transfer to the lodge

Arrive in Uganda following the flight from your respective country of origin. You land at Entebbe International Airport which is the main gateway to Uganda where you will find the company representative dedicated to offer you a courteous welcome. The amazing weather and brightening atmosphere on the shores of Lake Victoria give you a remarkable first impression of Uganda. After briefing about Uganda and the safari, you will connect to the respective hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Lake Victoria Serena Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort

Camping

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal, do Mpanga Tea Estate Cycling, hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake.

After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala / Entebbe, you embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You will drive through impressive scenic landscapes on smooth tarmac viewing the unique geographical features including the Mubende Inselbergs not forgetting the small towns en route including Mpigi, Mityana, Mubende and Kyenjojo. You arrive in Mpanga tea estates in the mid-morning and then embark on a cycling experience. The green tea plantation is spread over a beautiful undulating landscape with endless scenic views which makes it ideal to encounter on your mountain bikes. Retreat from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Ndali Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 3:  Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park along with other 12 species of primates.

The encounter commences with a briefing from the respective park rangers who will be your guides through the activity detailing the conduct of the exercise. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative where you are also likely to meet other 12 Primate Species including the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush baby, olive baboon and potto which may be viewed during the trek. Finally you approach the common chimpanzees which have been fully habituated and thus offering you an opportunity to draw closer to them and take pictures. Viewing them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating and making pant hooting calls may lure you into unforgettable excitement. Retreat from the activity which tend to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your company safari guide, settle for your packed lunch after which you transfer to Kasese.

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Wild Camping

Day 4: Whole day hiking on Mount Rwenzori dubbed the legendary Mountains of the moon first summited by the duke of Abbruzi in 1906

Gather at Nyakalengija park station early in the morning to embark on the whole day hike to the Rwenzori Mountains. The Rwenzori Mountain rises to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks despite its closeness to the world’s main latitude – the Equator. Encounter the world heritage site which is greatly known for its impressive flora other than fauna. The impressive giant lobelias and groundsels are lovely to encounter. The sights of the peaks can be viewed at a distance, the sights of glaciers flowing down the mountain is beautiful not forgetting the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the rift valley lakes of George and Edward and Kasese town below. You have lunch on the mountain and retreat in the evening around 5pm for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Wild Camping

Day 5: Do Morning game drive in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park for amazing wildlife including lions, elephants, buffaloes, Antelopes, leopard, etc. & an afternoon launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel with sights of Hippos, Nile crocodiles and birds.

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive exploring the park’s rolling savannah landscapes dotted with counts of wild game including the big four of the big five like lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants, antelope species like water bucks, Kobs, bushbucks among others, jackals among other wild game. The stretch to Kasenyi and the Mweya peninsular offers you the best of these. You settle for lunch at Mweya lodge after which you gather at the Mweya jetty to embark on a thrilling boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel. The cruise takes 2 hours with possibilities of encountering the aquatic species such as Nile Crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting other wild game that tends to congregate on the channel shores to consume water.  Retreat from the activity and do a game drive along the channel track with in the Mweya peninsular to explore more game. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Wild Camping

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route (tree climbing lions).

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park driving through southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha well known for its tree climbing lions. The Ishasha sector presents a remarkable encounter with the unique tree climbing lions which are only existing in two spots in the whole world with Ishasha sector having the best viewing opportunities. You continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Wild Camping

Day 7: Encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas where almost a half of the world population 400 out of 880 thrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park supports a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas which on global scale are given as critically endangered. Therefore, undertaking the gorilla trekking experience in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi is such a life time endeavor that will create lasting memories. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The encounter to takes 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so. Retreat from the activity and transfer to the starting point to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco – resort

Budget / Basic: Byoona Amagara Island Retreat

Wild Camping

Day 8: Do half day Island Hopping on Lake Bunyonyi and a night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park for amazing nocturnals.

After breakfast, embark on a half day Island hopping exploration visiting the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi. You explore the Bucuranuka (Upside down) Island which is believed to have buried people alive after refusing to offer local brew to an old woman and she cursed the Island turn upside down burying its inhabitants.

The hopping experience exposes you to the local life of the Island communities including the process of brewing local beer. You retreat from the activity, have lunch at your respective lodge and then embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. At 7pm, you embark on the night game drive in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring nocturnal Species including hare, porcupine, Aardvack, white-tailed mongoose, honey badger, side – stripped jackal, bush pig, and black galago. You also have chances of viewing the day hunters and grazers having in a night rest. Retire for overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Muhingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

Wild Camping

Day 9:  Transfer to Kampala; Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe and departure through Entebbe International Airport in the evening

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kampala 437km and Entebbe 477km from Lake Bunyonyi. You make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center for traditional lunch and another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots where one leg is on the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere. The site also has good souvenir shops where you can secure your memorabilia about Uganda before continuing on the drive to catch up with an evening flight at Entebbe International Airport

End of Safari

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