13 DAYS OF BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND KIBAALE FOREST NATIONAL PARKS AND JINJA
Wilderness trips will take you on this 13 days tour around Uganda showing the best of
INSIGHT ON PLACES TO BE VISITED
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to over 326 gorillas, accommodating almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. A tour to this park enables get up close and personal with the rare species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different bird species and about 100 mammal species. Some of the animals to look out for include: healthy populations of Elephants, the kobs, bush bucks, topis, and water bucks. Animals to watch out for in the mweya peninsular are; Buffaloes, elephants, warthogs and hippos.
For a person interested in birding it has More than 610 bird species recorded in the park. You will get to see some species will on the boat cruise on the Kazinga channel.
Kibaale forest national park has the highest concentration of primate species with thirteen primate species in 795km2. It is because of this that it is known as the primate capital of the world. If you travel to this park I guarantee that you will see some of these Primates
Kidepo Valley National Park is 1,442 square kilometers of true wilderness lying in the extreme northeastern corner of Uganda along the borders with Sudan and Kenya. This is the most remote of all Uganda’s destinations. The vast savannah plains and rugged mountain landscape of Kidepo Valley National Park makes it by far the most spectacular of Uganda’s parks.
Kidepo boasts of a diverse range of animal species with a list of more than 80 mammal species. Some of the animals to look out for include healthy populations of elephants, Burchell’s zebra, buffalos, Rothschild giraffe, elands, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, bonhor reedbuck’s, waterbucks and Kongoni
It has got Plentiful numbers of carnivores such as leopards, lions, and spotted hyena, black-backed and side-striped jackals are also seen.
This park was listed as one of the 10 best national parks in Africa by CNN publication.
Jinja has been branded as the adventure capital of Uganda because of the adventure activities carried out on the river Nile. Spots like Itanda falls where white water rafting is done have been the main attractions that have made Jinja prominent and become a center for adventure activities. The “Source of the Nile”, is also one of Jinja’s prominent attractions.
13 DAYS ITINNERY
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Visit to the equator crossing and Igongo cultural center)
You will be picked up by the guide from your hotel in Kampala who will transfer you by private vehicle south-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will stop over at the Uganda Equator for some photo shoots and a visit to the Craft Village. You will then head towards the western Uganda district and town of Mbarara at Igongo Cultural center where you will take your lunch. Your driver will then take you through Uganda’s rolling green hills through the highlands, also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’. Your road will then head even higher to where you can see the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. We then drop down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorilla. Tonight you will sleep to the sounds of the mountain rainforest.
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. With your packed lunch report to the ranger station before 8:00 am for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes). Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 800 of these beautiful creatures left!
Day 3: Transfer from Bwindi through the Isasha sector to see the tree climbing lions and other animals to Queen Elizabeth National Park (Katwe salt lake tour in QENP)
After breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park. The journey will take you through the Ishasha sector where you will have a game drive enroute. You will be able to encounter the tree climbing Lions, Uganda Kobs, and monkeys to mention but a few.
Upon reaching Queen Elizabeth, check in at your accommodation, have lunch and go for a guided tour of the Katwe Salt Lake. You will visit the lake, see how the salt is mined, visit the factory, fishing village and the cattle keeping communities.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National park (Game drives and a launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel)
A very early rise this morning to enjoy a game drive. Elephants, hippopotamus, zebras, Duiker, Siatunga and Topi antelopes, Bohor Reedbuck, warthogs, the rare Giant Forest Hogs, mongoose and the Uganda Kob are numerous in the park. You will also expect to see a variety of bird life. Return to the lodge for your breakfast and relax as you wait to go for a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel after you have had your lunch
The afternoon is for a fantastic Boat trip on the Kazinga channel, which joins Lake George to Lake Edward. During this boat trip which lasts two hours, one sees a large Quantity of Hippopotamus, Crocodiles and a variety of Water birds. The boat drives slowly along the banks of the channel and a Ranger gives an explanation to everything. You’ll return to the Lodge in the late afternoon / evening.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibaale forest national park (Chimp trekking) Via Fort portal (Visit to the crater lakes region)
After breakfast you will set off for Kibaale forest through the beautiful Fort Portal route. You first stop point will be Fort portal for lunch. Fort Portal is a land of Crater lakes, hills, and irresistible sceneries, with the giant Rwenzori Mountains evidently punctuating the skyline’s background – the Mountains of the moon.
You will visit the crater lakes and enjoy the best scenic million dollar view of the foot hills of mountain Rwenzori region. If you desire you will take a hike to the top of the Nyakasura hills to see the crater lakes and the great sceneries formed by the Nyakasura hills. After lunch in Fort portal town you will set off for Kibale forest national park for dinner and over night.
Day 6 Kibaale forest National Park
After a hearty breakfast you will go for a whole day search of chimpanzee and 10 other primate including phoestes, red Colobus, blues, and red tailed and grey cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but also on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters. After chimp trekking you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Kibaale forest National Park to Gulu
After breakfast you will embark on a long scenic ride to Gulu for overnight. This will only be a day for travelling
Day 8 Gulu to Kidepo Valley National park
After breakfast you will head to the borders of Kidepo Valley national park via Kitgum to Ngamoru wilderness camp. Nga’Moru Camp is situated on the border of the Kidepo Valley National Park, only 4kms from the Katarum Gate which is 4 km from Kidepo valley national Park. Ngamoru Widerness Camp offers spectacular views of the Narus Valley and the savannah plains stretching all the way to the Morungole Mountains. Elephant, Hyenas, Waterbuck, Zebra and Lion are frequent visitors to the Camp
Day 9 Game drives in Kidepo valley National Park
Wake-up to the rhythm of nature and take a sunrise game-drive in and around Apoka Valley. The morning game-adventure shall take the route to the Kidepo valley section of the park via Kidepo seasonal river. The semi-arid section of the park is home to hot springs and to elegant and majestic Ostriches. This section of the park also commands amazing sceneries of mountains across the border in Sudan. This day you also have a safari walk in the park with an armed ranger. Return Nga’Moru Wilderness Camp
Day 10 Transfer to Gulu
After breakfast you will check out and drive to Gulu for dinner and over night.
Day 11 Gulu to Kampala via Nakasongola (Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
After breakfast you will head out to Ziwa rhino sanctuary which is found in Nakasongola along Gulu Kampala High way for a guided tour around the Rhinos in the sanctuary. After that tour you will go for a picnic lunch and later on proceed to Kampala.
Day 12 Kampala to Jinja for white water rafting.
You will have an early breakfast and head to Jinja so that you can be in time for rafting From Kampala to Jinja it is one hour and a half hours.
Today is going to be about adrenaline and real adventure! Prepare to get wet and wild as you go rafting! This is definitely going to be fun. Considered one of the wildest one day white water rafting trips in the world, no safari to Uganda would be complete without truly experiencing the Nile from its source. You too can enter the list of rafters of the mighty Nile by conquering this wild and untamed river.
On arrival at the rafting base, you will be briefed on what to expect. You will go for rafting and explore the waters of the mighty Nile through a half day grade 3 rafting experience that will take you 3 to 4 hours on the falls of the mighty Nile.
The rafting will be spiced up with a buffet lunch and complimentary drinks after the raft.
You will spend a greater part of the afternoon relaxing at the source of the Nile. Of course nowadays there are some souvenir sellers there, but otherwise it is quiet and beautiful, filled with palm trees, fantastic tropical plants and as you walk down the steps toward the Nile you can smell of the flowers there.
You will go for Sunset cruise on the river Nile and discover the head waters of the Nile in the most memorable way as you watch the sun go down. What a great way to salute a great day!!!!!!
As you stand in full view of the Nile, you can hear the gurgling water and watch fishermen throwing their nets. It finally dawns on you that you are right there at the longest river in Africa, a river that flows from Uganda, all the way to the north of Egypt into the Mediterranean Sea. You will to go way back to history and try to fit into the shoes of British explorer John Hanning Speke,s coming to this river, being the first European explorer to discover the source of the Nile the world’s longest river.
Day 13(Jinja to Entebbe via Kampala)
You will leave Jinja at leisure and head to Entebbe via Kampala to catch your flight.