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Uganda Grand Tour

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Detailed Itinerary

This Uganda grand tour takes you on a cultural tour around Kampala, adventure tour to Jinja, and then on wildlife and primate tour around Uganda. It begins with a tour of the royal coronation grounds for the Buganda king, Bagalayazze burial grounds of Buganda Queen mothers, and Katereke Priosn ditch. You will then drive to Jinja Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls for whitewater rafting. From there, you will drive back to Kampala and proceed to Murchison Falls national park for game drive and launch trip to the bottom of the Falls. Thereafter you will drive to Kibale Forest for chimpanzee nd other primate tracking. You will proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park for another game drive and launch cruise on the spectacular Kazinga Channel. Driver thereafter to Bwindi Impenetrable forest for a spell with the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. You will then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi to relax after the strenuous mountain gorilla tracking. Thereafter you drive to Lake Mburo national park for a game drive and a boat trip. You will then drive back to Kampala marking the end of the Uganda Grand Tour.

 

Day 1: Uganda Cultural and Religious Tour.

On this day, you will drive around Kampala beginning with a tour of the Buganda coronation grounds in Buddo Naggalabi. This is where the Buganda Kings have been crowned for the past 700 years or thereabouts. Buganda accession ceremonies take place on this hill because it’s believed to be the place where Kintu, the first king of Buganda, murdered his blood brother Bemba and replaced him in the 13th century. The Naggalabi coronation ground is the single most important site in the Buganda culture and hence lies in the heart of the kingdom. You will then proceed to Bagalayazze, the traditional burial grounds of the Buganda Queen mothers. You will stay the afternoon with the current Queen mother, and share a meal prepared by her and her daughters. Later you will drive to the Katereke Prison Ditch which was dug by King Kalema in the late 19th century. The ditch is a unique relic from a particularly unstable and violent period in the Buganda history. Some superstitious Baganda still go to the ditch for spiritual healing and prayers.

Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge or Golf Course Hotel.

 Day 2: Tour of Jinja.

After an early breakfast, you will transfer to Jinja Bujagali Falls for an adventurous white water rafting experience and thereafter you will drive to the Source of the Nile or a relaxed afternoon. Later you will drive back to Kampala.

Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge or Golf Course Hotel.

Day 3: Uganda Grand Tour to Murchison Falls Uganda

After a quick breakfast, you will begin the 4-5 hour drive to Murchison Falls national park. This national park is the largest in Uganda covering 3,840 sq km, and has recorded 76 mammal species and about 450 bird species. The altitude is approximately 619m around the delta and 1,292m around the Rabongo Hill. Upon arrival, drive to the magnificent Top of the falls for a picnic lunch as you gaze in awe at the mighty River Nile being forced through a 7-metre gap to thunder 45m below in a series of glorious cascades.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge or Sambiya River Lodge.

Day 4: Uganda Game viewing and Birding Safari

 

A shoebill stork couple

Shoebill storks during a Uganda grand safari

After an early morning breakfast, you will be ferried to the northern bank of the River Nile where you will have a morning game drive. You may also opt for a game walk with a game ranger while trailing animals and studying animal spoor. Game that you are likely to view includes Uganda Kob, Giraffe, Oribi, Elephant, Hartebeest, Lion, and a variety of Savannah and woodland birds. Birds you are likely to see include the Eagles, and the very rare Shoebill, if lucky enough, will be a lifer for this trip. Later after lunch, you have a launch cruise on the River Nile where you have chance to view game and various bird species at close range. The banks and waters of the River Nile are scattered with Hippo and Crocodiles.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge or Sambiya River Lodge.

 

Day 5: Uganda Chimpanzee tracking to Kibale Forest

After breakfast, you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park having lunch en route. You will drive through beautiful sceneries of western Uganda. You will be driving through traditional homesteads and farms. You will be struck by the scenic beauty of the Rwenzori ranges plus the expansive stretch of the largely savanna grasslands. Kibale forest is one of the most beautiful and ancient forests in Uganda, home to the endangered Chimpanzee and other endangered primates like the Red Colobus Monkey and the L’Hoestes Monkey.

Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp or Primate Lodge.

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking adventure Uganda

After an early morning breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre for a briefing prior to chimpanzee tracking as part of your Uganda grand tour. Thereafter you head out for the chimp tracking expedition. You have a 90% chance of viewing the endangered chimps. While on the chimpanzee trek, you also have chance for other primates like the Black and White Colobus, Blue Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Red-tailed Monkey and Bush Babies and Pottos. After lunch, you will visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a guided board walk. Here you have chances to see many interesting bird species, and also a variety of flora. There is also a variety of beautiful butterflies and other insects. There is also choice for visiting tea plantations as they are numerous in this region. After a picnic lunch, you will have a board walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. This place hosts a diversity of birds, butterflies, and various flora species. Later you may also visit the tea plantations, the crater region, or just visit the local communities.

Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp or Primate Lodge.

Day 7: Wildlife Tour to Queen Elizabeth national park

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. En route on a clear day, you will be able to see the mysterious Rwenzori Mountain ranges. Upon arrival in Queen Elizabeth national park, you will have an afternoon launch cruise on the spectacular Kazinga channel. This is the water way that joins Lakes Edward and George. On the cruise you have wonderful chances o see Buffaloes, Uganda Kob, Hippos, huge Nile Crocodiles, and a diversity of bird life at the shores and flying high up in the skies. The launch cruise will be the highlight of your entire Ugandan Safari.

Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge or Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Day 8: Game Drive and Nature Walk in Imaramagambo Forest

You will start very early, have a quick cup of coffee, arrange for packed lunch and then set off for a morning game drive in the park. Game you are likely to view here includes Lion, Buffalo, Hippo, Uganda Kob, Elephant, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Striped Jackal, the rather elusive Leopard, Hyena, the comical Warthog, and other wildlife. There are also some good bird species that can be seen on the game drive. Later after a picnic lunch, you will drive to the Imaramagambo forest. Here you will be awed by the sight of pythons which are found in the crevices of the bat cave; they use the bats for food. The bat cave is found near a picturesque Blue lake and the Hunters’ cave. Forest bird species here include Bat hawk, Brown-eared Woodpecker and primates.

Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge or Ihamba Safari Lodge.

Day 9: Uganda Primate Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Start very early with breakfast and then drive out of Queen Elizabeth national park; you may be able to view game that you may have missed out on before. It is approximately 4 hours driving to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, having lunch en route. Depending on weather and road conditions, you may drive through the Ishasha section which is famed for tree climbing lions, or through Rukungiri enjoying beautiful sceneries en route. Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park hosts more than half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas, and also other primates including Blue and Red-tailed Monkeys.

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Buhoma Lodge.

Day 10: Uganda Gorilla tracking Safari 

After an early breakfast, you will gather at the park headquarters for a briefing prior to the gorilla tracking activity. This is one of the highlights of your Uganda grand tour. Together with a knowledgeable guide, you will head off into the thick rainforest forest to track these gentle giants. The time taken to search for these apes takes from between 1 hour to an entire day. This is because the gorillas do not stay in one place for very long. The gorilla trek involves moving up and down a steep mountainous terrain hence you need to be physically fit. Once you look into the eyes of these gentle giants, you will forget your aching limbs as this is a once in a lifetime experience! Later you may opt to have a Village walk around the Buhoma Community.

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Buhoma Lodge.

 Day 11: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi – Kabale.

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale for a relaxing spell on one of the islands.  Lake Bunyonyi, a birdwatcher’s and nature lover’s delight, also the second deepest Crater Lake in Uganda and Africa as a whole is one of the few bilharzia-free lakes in Uganda. On a boat ride to the various islands, you will appreciate the scenic beauty of Lake Bunyonyi. Dotted with at least 20 small islands and encircled by steep terraced hills, Bunyonyi is a magical spot that has been renamed the “Switzerland of Africa”. Its high altitude and moderate temperatures as well as its beautiful scenery have qualified the island to be among the most popular destinations in Western Uganda. Although the hills surrounding are heavily cultivated, a combination of forest groves, gardens, farm fields, open water and extensive marshes attract a wide diversity of bird life (over 200 species). Commonly sighted birds include grey crowned cranes, a variety of Herons and egrets, White tailed Blue Monard, African Harrier Hawk, Levillant cuckoo, Cardinal Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted wryneck. Weavers nesting on the Island include large golden, slender-billed, baglafetch, yellow-backed and spectacled weavers among others. It is also probably the best places in Africa to see the spot-necked otters readily fishing the Lake shore. You will also have a nature walk on Kyahugye Island where you expect to see different antelope species in addition to crested Crane, Egyptian Geese, and other birds.

Dinner at Bunyonyi Wildlife Resort – Kyahugye or Heritage Lodge.

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park.

After a leisurely breakfast, you will proceed to Lake Mburo national park. Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland, Lake Mburo, the smallest park in Uganda, has markedly different fauna to other reserves hence it hosts a high diversity of wildlife. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mburo which has a diversity of flora and fauna; you will admire it clearly on this boat ride. You will enjoy views of Hippos in the water, rich birdlife including African Fin foot, Pelicans, Black Crake, Heron, etc.

Dinner and overnight at Mantana or Arcadia Cottages.

Day 13: Game Drive in the park and then transfer to Kampala.

Have a quick cup of coffee and then set out on a game drive in the park. Animals hosted in this park include Zebra, Uganda Kob, Impala, Buffalo, Eland and Topi as herbivores and also the rare Roan antelope and Hyenas, Leopard, and Jackals as predators etc. later after lunch, you will transfer to Kampala stopping at the Equator for photographs and picking souvenirs for loved ones back home.

Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe – Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Early breakfast, and then you drive out of the park on a final game drive. You will then proceed to Entebbe with lunch en route, and drive towards the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Watch the chimps as they feed, play, etc. Later you will be driven to your accommodation.

Dinner and overnight at Entebbe Travellers Inn or Imperial Resort Beach.

Day 15: Departure.

This day marks the end of the Uganda Grand Tour. You will drive to the airport arriving in good time for our departure flight back home.

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