A Comprehensive Journey Exploring the primate rich mountains, tracking gorillas and chimpanzees, seeing unique tree-climbing lions on safari and visiting the source of the famous Nile River
Day 1: Karibu Guesthouse, Entebbe, Uganda
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to Karibu Guesthouse, only a few minutes’ drive away, where you will spend 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.
Karibu Guesthouse is a boutique guesthouse set on the leafy hillside of Entebbe with stunning views over Lake Victoria. It has light, spacious rooms and the open-air restaurant offers Mediterranean-style food and is the perfect place to enjoy a cold drink whilst watching the sun set over the lake.
Day 2 & 3: Paara Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast you will be transferred to Paara Safari Lodge, in Murchison Falls National Park, where you will spend 2 nights. En-route to the lodge you will be taken to visit the magnificent falls, where the mighty Nile is forced into a 7-metre crevice, crashing 45 metres below in a series of cascades that are viewable at different points alongside the falls. Over the next two days you will be able to choose from a variety of activities, such as chimpanzee-trekking, game-drives, trekking up the falls and fishing.
The lodge provides luxury accommodation overlooking The Nile River, which flows past the lodge’s large swimming pool. The rooms are all en-suite and have a river-facing balcony, allowing you to view game from your own room. An experienced chef prepares a wide range of international and local cuisine and there is an open barbeque on Saturdays with traditional dancers.
Day 4 & 5: Primate Lodge Kibale, Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda
After an early morning game-drive and breakfast you will depart for Primate Lodge Kibale in the densely forested Kibale Forest National Park, passing small villages, tea plantations and local markets on the way. Over the next two days you will be able to relax at the hotel or go chimp-trekking and bird-watching.
Info: Primate Lodge Kibale & Kibale Forest
The luxury safari tents of Primate Lodge Kibale are raised on a wooden platform overlooking the forest and its primates. Each of them is tastefully decorated in an African style, with comfortable twin beds, large windows and an en-suite bathroom. The main lodge has a spacious dining room serving local and international meals, with an adjacent bar and open lounge area.
Kibale Forest has the greatest concentration and variety of primates found anywhere in East Africa, making it the best place for primate-viewing. In the morning of your first full day, you will be able to go chimp-trekking, spending the morning with the chimps in the forest. You will hopefully see other primates on the way, such as the red-tailed monkey and the black and white colobus monkey. After a hearty lunch we transfer to the Bigodi Swamp, which is known for its diversity of birds and primates. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 6 & 7: Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast you will depart for Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing the beautiful crater lakes area on the way.
The day begins early with a morning game-drive around the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs gazelle. You’ll spend the morning searching for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari.
Info: Mewya Safari Lodge & Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park was formed in 1954 to preserve one of Uganda’s most diverse natural areas. After prevelant poaching and habitat loss during the Tanzania-Uganda civil war in 1978-9, the wildlife population has bounced back spectacularly, most noticably hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees. It is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds.
Mweya Safari Lodge is is ideally placed on a peninsular within the national park, with spectacular views over the Kazinga Channel. All rooms have balconies overlooking the channel and Lake Edward, private bathrooms and electricity. Other features include a beautiful swimming pool, a poolside bar, safari bar, souvenir shop and restaurant serving global cuisine.
Day 8 & 9: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi National Park, Uganda
After breakfast, you will be transferred south, passing the southern sector of the National Park (if road conditions allow). This part is called Ishasha and is famous for its tree-climbing lions. After a short game-drive in this area, you will continue to Bwindi, the home of the endangered mountain gorillas, arriving in the evening.
After an early breakfast and a restful sleep, there will be a pre-trek briefing at on how to behave around the gorillas. Gorilla-tracking is unpredictable, so it is difficult to foresee how many hours the hike will take. It may take 2-8 hours, and you should be prepared to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain, before you encounter any gorillas. For conservation purposes, the time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. After the trek you will return to the lodge.
Info: Buhoma Lodge & Bwindi
Recently renovated, Buhoma Lodge is an intimate lodge within the boundaries of the forest. It offers eight comfortable cottages, each with its own private veranda, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy. The rooms feature comfortable beds and en-suite bathroom with flushing toilets and hot showers. There is also an elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, and a fire place to warm you during the cool evenings.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is so named because of the thick vegetation and steep, fissured nature of the mountains within it. However, the difficult terrain has meant that a very large population of gorillas has been able to prosper in the mountains, without human encroachment and intense poaching. As a result, with a good guide, the park is one of the best places on earth to view these mighty creatures in their natural environment.
Day 10: Le Petit Village, Kampala
After breakfast you will depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Le Petit Village, Kampala, with lunch en-route.
Le Petit Village is located just 10 minutes from the city centre and offers twelve intimate rooms, decorated in safari-chic, rustic elegance. The rooms are self-contained and have flat screen TV’s, Wi-Fi, phone, fridge and mini bar. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool and gourmet dining at the adjacent restaurant, Le Chateau.
Day 11 & 12: Jinja Nile Resort, Jinja, Uganda
Over the next two days, you can visit the true source of the Nile and the spectacular waterfalls of the Bujagali Falls. You can also go rafting below the falls, which is an exhilarating day out, or explore the banks of the Nile by quad-bike.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to Jinja, on the banks of Lake Victoria, where the Nile finds its origin. On our way we will make a stop at Mabira Forest, one of the largest and most beautiful tropical forests in Uganda. A hike will enable you to stretch your legs and hopefully view different species of primates, birds and colourful butterflies.
Info: Jinja Nile Resort
Jinja Nile Resort rests on the banks of the River Nile. The cottages and hotel services are spread over 30 acres of gardens, palm trees and tropical plants, offering beautiful views of the magnificent Nile. The resort has 110 guest rooms, all with double and single bed. The rooms are colonial-style cottages with en-suite facilities, a small sitting room and private, Nile-facing balconies. The two restaurants have a Nile-facing terrace and provide local and international cuisine. The bars are stocked with a wide selection of wines, spirits and beers. Besides a swimming pool, the resort also has a health club, including gym, sauna, steam bath, tennis courts, pool tables and darts.
Day 13 & 14: Lacam Lodge, Sipi Falls, Uganda
After breakfast you will depart for Sipi Falls, nestled between mountains and waterfalls, stopping off for lunch en-route. If time allows you can enjoy a short hike in the afternoon around the village and surrounding area.
After a restful sleep you will be able to enjoy a hike to the lovely Sipi Falls. It is a beautiful walk to the bottom of the famous waterfall and through the series of caves at the bottom. As you follow the challenging trail to the other waterfalls, you will pass maize fields, banana plantations and typical bandas. Cool off with a natural shower and enjoy the breath-taking views over the valley. For the adventurous, the lodge offers abseiling down the side of the falls.
Info: Lacam Lodge & Sipi Falls
Lacam Lodge is built on the slopes of Mount Elgon and perched on the cliff edge, with unparalleled views of Sipi Falls. The cottages are constructed out of local timber and grass-thatch from the plains. Each banda hut is spacious, with two double beds, large verandas and a full wall of window facing the valley and falls. Even the shower is built with a view over the falls. The main structure, which features a bar, dining room and sun lounge, is built on stilts. Here you can enjoy a candle lit four-course meal, start the day with a full English breakfast or just relax with a cold drink.
The Sipi Falls area is primarily hiking destination, due to its cooler climate and it being the starting point for hikes up to Mt. Elgon and Lake Kyoga, with lovely views of the Karamoja plains. Abseiling is also available in the area.
Day 15: Le Petit Village, Kampala, Uganda
Day 15: Le Petit Village, Kampala, Uganda
After a relaxed breakfast, you will return to Kampala, enjoying lunch in Jinja en-route. Upon arrival at Le Petit Village, you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. The next morning you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.