This 6 days safari takes you to the largest and oldest national park in Uganda; Murchison Falls National park for a rewarding wildlife encounter. And to Bwindi impenetrable National Park, a habit to half of the total population of rare Mountain gorillas around the Virunga chain of mountains. Murchison Falls national park is home to a variety of wildlife species and the most powerful waterfalls on earth.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in a misty jungle located in the southwestern part of Uganda. You will do Rhino tracking in Ziwa Sanctuary, game drive, boat cruise, cultural encounter and gorilla trekking in these 6 days. The nights and meals will be in standard restaurants and accommodation facilities in and around the different national parks. Pickup and drop-off at Entebbe international airport or Kampala City.
Detailed Murchison Falls & Bwindi Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Pickup and Kampala City Tour
Explore Uganda right from its capital; today meet our driver guide at the airport for the start of your safari. The guide will brief you about the entire trip and then enjoy a cup of juice or hot coffee. Thereafter have a city tour to the local markets to learn how Ugandans do trade.
After, visit the Museum to look at the ancient tools, cultural symbols and artefacts preserved. Lunch will be at Ndere cultural center, before proceeding to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Greet your intestines with a yummy breakfast meal in the morning; thereafter get behind the steering wheel for a 5-6 hour scenic drive to Murchison; with amazing views of captivating buildings, plantations, and landscapes. The upcountry is very beautiful and you will discover it while traversing the city and the active towns with local natives exhibiting fresh fruits, cassava, honey and other items for sale.
Have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a rewarding one-hour Rhino trekking experience. Rhinos are grouped as endangered and a member of African big 5 mammals. Lunch will follow in Masindi town, before heading to the park for registration and then check-in at the lodge in the evening hours. You will relax and wait for dinner before driving to your bed for a sweet slumber.
Day 3: Game drive and Boat Cruise
At daybreak, enjoy your buffet breakfast, before departing your lodge for a rewarding 3-4 hours’ game drive in the northern sector of Murchison Falls National Park. The northern sector is where we find the savannah vegetation and several park residents, prey and predators.
Whereas finding the cats, namely lions and leopards is pure luck, several other grazers can be seen with ease, such as the African elephants, cape Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, Zebras, Giraffes, warthogs and Oribis among others. You will close the game drive with a photo moment and picnic breakfast, before having a lunch break.
In the afternoon, you will have a boat cruise to the bottom of the fall, and a subsequent hike to the top of the world’s most powerful waterfall. On the boat, you will enjoy the cool breeze and the views of several mammals such as hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds to mention but a few. The cruise takes visitors to the point offering the clearest view of deafening thunders and water pouring squeezing through the 8-meter gorge. You will proceed with a hike to top of the falls, crossing the Devil’s cauldron to the bubbling waters. Enjoy the breathtaking views and take amazing photos, before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Murchison falls national park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After a very early morning breakfast, you will depart Murchison falls national park for a full day drive to Bwindi impenetrable National park, with lunch en-route in Fort portal. Enjoy the endless breathtaking views of the rolling hills, lush vegetables, African homesteads and buzzing towns.
You will arrive and register at the park in the evening, before proceeding to check-in to your lodge late in the evening for dinner and a nap.
Day 5: Gorilla trekking and Batwa pygmies encounter
Start this day with a yummy breakfast meal at the lodge and then depart for the park headquarters to meet the rest of the trekkers and park rangers. The ranger guides will explain the life of these Apes, the trekking rules and allocate you to the gorilla group of your choice. There are over 15 mountain gorilla families in the park, but you will only track one of them, by the guidance of an experienced ranger guide.
The trekking exercise lasts for roughly 1-8 hours depending on the hour far the Apes have moved, and your trekking speed, while identifying several other plants, mammals, primates, and birds in the lush Jungle. Once in the forest, you will have to follow the Jungle rhythm, spend a maximum of an hour with your relatives; taking photos, and watching them play, feed and relax, before returning to the lodge for lunch and a rest.
In the evening, it will be an optional visit to Batwa pygmies – hunters and gatherers. As you interact in the community be part of the songs, dance and smiles, before making a drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Departure
Enjoy relaxed breakfast meal, before checking out of the lodge for a rewarding drive to Entebbe International Airport or Kampala city. There comes a stopover at the equator for photography, lunch, and confirm the point where equator divides the world between the southern and northern hemispheres.
End of Safari.
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