Blazing Trail Wildlife Adventure – 14 DAYS
Wildlife in Uganda
Depart from Kampala for south-western Uganda. Cross the Equator, driving through savannah and scattered bush country. Enter lake Mburo N.P., the only park in Uganda that surrounds an entire lake. See herds of Zebra and other savannah mammals. This park also acts as home to over 300 species of birds. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake and game drive. Dinner and overnight at Rwonyo Rest Camp or Mantana Camp.
From lake Mburo, drive through the mountainous and heavily terraced area of Kigezi, aptly named “the Switzerland of Africa”. Stop at beautiful Lake Bunyonyi – Lake of Little Birds – before continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga Gorilla N.P. The evergreen forest and the service are relaxing after the long day’s journey. Overnight at a Luxury Camp or lodge.
During the early morning your guides will brief you before you head into the dense forest on your search of the gorillas and an intimate interaction with these gentle and endangered animals. The forest also affords viewing of other primates including blue monkeys, L’oehst monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and chimpanzee, along with a variety of birdlife. The time spent trekking in this unspoiled tropical forest and watching the gorillas is certainly worth the effort. In the evening relax back at a Luxury Camp or lodge.
Enter the forest for a repeat of the mountain gorilla tracking experience or choose a less demanding forest walk. Dinner and overnight at Luxury camp or lodge.
Leave the gorilla sanctuary for the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. View the amazing contrast in the scenery as you move from dense forest to open grasslands dotted with flat-topped acacia and primeval euphorbia trees. Famous for its tree-climbing lions, this part of the park is also known for large herds of buffalo and kob. Continue to Mweya Safari Lodge on the shore of Lake Edward for dinner and overnight stay.
Start your day with the excitement of an early morning game drive. Then visit the volcanic area of Queen Elizabeth N.P. with its many salt lakes and extinct craters. In the afternoon, cruise on Kazinga Channel, which joins lakes George, and Edward. From the comfort of your boat you can watch for elephant and other game on the shore. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and water birds can be seen along the banks. Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge with dinner.
Early morning departure for exploration of Semuliki N. P. and Sempaya Hot Spring. This area is largely untouched by man. As an extension of the vast forest of the Congo, several species of birds and animals are unique to this park. Overnight at the Semuliki Safari Lodge.
Spend the morning exploring the lush forest filled with primates and birds. After lunch, search for Chimpanzee and other primates. Dinner and overnight stay at Semuliki Safari Lodge.
Leisurely drive to Kibale forest. This mature hardwood forest harbours 11 species of primates and a vast variety of birds and butterflies. Lunch upon arrival and the afternoon is free for short hikes and exploring the surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay at Ndali Lodge or Ruwenzori Guesthouse.
Early morning visit to Kibale forest for chimpanzee trekking. The forest also houses other primates like grey cheeked mangabeys, baboons, and vervet monkeys. Picnic lunch at Bigodi Forest Camp. In the afternoon, walk through the swamps to see birds and primates at close range. Overnight stay with all meals at Ndali Safari lodge or Ruwenzori Guesthouse.
After breakfast depart for Murchison Falls N. P. through the village towns of Kagadi and Hoima with lunch enroute. Proceed to Sambiya River Lodge, which is centrally located in the Park. With its picturesque setting and reputation for good service the lodge is a perfect base for your last three nights of safari.
Morning visit to the top of the Murchison Falls where you will see the Nile crash through a 7 metre gorge. In the afternoon, enjoy the spectacular boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Large crocodiles, hippopotamus, water birds, and other game can be spotted from the boat. Return to Sambiya River Lodge for overnight stay.
Cross the Nile for an early game drive on the Northern Bank. Animals frequently spotted here include Uganda kob, hartebeest, elephants, Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape buffalo, topi, and lion. After lunch at the Lodge, relax by the pool or experience nature close-up on a forest walk with a ranger guide. Overnight stay at Sambiya River Lodge.
Depart Murchison Falls through Masindi and Luwero Districts. See traditional homesteads and farms enroute. Arrive in Kampala early evening.