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8 NIGHT CLASSIC UGANDA


This safari takes you to Uganda’s major national parks taking in wildlife, birds, hiking and finally the famed Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Towards the end of your safari, you visit Lake Mburo National Park, which is the nearest game park to Uganda’s capital Kampala. In Mburo, you can do a bush-walk to see game at close quarters with an armed ranger, on horse-back or on a mountain bike.

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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Black and white rhinos are kept in a semi-natural environment as part of efforts to breed them before they are re-introduced in the wild. Rhinos became extinct in the wild in the 1970s due to poaching. 

Boat Cruise

With over 4,000 hippos along this stretch of river, thousands of crocodiles and stunning birdlife, you are assured of a great adventure. If you are in luck, you will see the rare shoebill on the river’s bank. The boat takes you to the base of the falls where you will be in awe of the mighty falls. At the bottom of the falls, you have the option of hiking up to the top which counts for a good physical work-out and getting bathed in the misty spray at top. At the top, you can take pictures and busk in the misty spray that is created as the river falls through the 7-metre crack. 

Kazinga Channel

The banks of the channel are home to many bird species that include pink-backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, the saddle billed stork among others.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

The guides will take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, looking for where the family of gorillas you are looking for, spent the night. (The search 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). When you finally locate the family that you are searching for, 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 in the knowledge that you are in the presence of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild. 


 

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

A representative from Rickshaw Travels Uganda will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa at the airport and transfer you to your chosen accommodation in Kampala. 

Meal Plan: No meals inclusive

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls

After an early breakfast, we depart for Murchison Falls National Park with a stop-over en-route at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

We will then continue to Murchison Falls via Masindi town, arriving in the middle of the afternoon. Check-in at your chosen lodge and can relax for the rest of the day.

Dinner and overnight at your chosen accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Game Drive & boat cruise to bottom of the falls

To get the most of this amazing safari, you will go on an early morning game drive towards the northern river bank in search of Cape buffalo, elephants, reed bucks, lions, Rothschild’s giraffes, hyenas, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks and the elusive leopard. You will return to your accommodation for a mid-morning breakfast; relax at the lodge till lunch.

After lunch, at 2.00pm, you will head out for a boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is one of the highlights of your safari to Murchison Falls (refer to description for more info)

Dinner and overnight at your chosen accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early morning breakfast your guide will brief you about the 9-hour journey down into the Great Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way, you will traverse traditional homesteads surrounded by crop plantations and arrive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening.

Dinner and overnight at your chosen accommodation. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Game drive – Queen Elizabeth National Park

To be able to view game that rise early including the elusive leopard, lions and spotted hyenas, you will do an early morning game drive before returning to your accommodation for breakfast and a bit of relaxation.

You will then start another game drive following the Kasenyi track for abundant wildlife such as hippos, Cape buffalo, hyenas, lions and a lot of antelope species etc.

You will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax before taking an afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga channel to have a close look at hippos, buffalo and crocodiles.  After your boat cruise, you will return to the lodge at sun-set for overnight stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge and transfer to Bwindi

After breakfast, you will explore Kyambura Gorge Wildlife Reserve in Kyambura, drive through grassland area, where you will come across an amazing gorge of tropical rainforest 100 meters deep.

Hike into Kyambura River Gorge for an unforgettable experience trekking chimpanzees. You may see them or not but it’s a rewarding experience not only to see the chimpanzees, but also to see the beautiful river valley that houses numerous bird and butterfly species.

After this, you will then transfer to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the park. While in Ishasha, watch out for the famous tree-climbing lions resting atop fig trees after a morning hunt. Dinner and overnight at your chosen accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

Have an early breakfast preferably at 6.00am and transfer to the starting point of the Rushaga Gorilla family that you will be trekking. With packed lunch in your carry-on, your guide will deliver you to the trekking start point before 8:00 am for registration and a briefing from the rangers on what to expect before commencing your trek.

After the end of your trek, the rangers and guides will lead you back to the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you to transfer you to Lake Bunyonyi where you will spend the night.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi (visit the Punishment Island) and transfer to L. Mburo NP

After an early morning breakfast, you will enjoy a boat ride (motorised canoe) on Lake Bunyonyi for sightseeing of the 25 islands and the opportunity to see the Punishment Island where non-virgin girls were abandoned. Later on, you will transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Walking safari & transfer to Kampala/Entebbe

Lake Mburo N.P is one of two game parks in Uganda where visitors are allowed to go for a bush walk with an experienced ranger. When you go on a walking safari in Mburo, it is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

Visitors can choose two optional activities including a mountain-bike safari ($15 pp extra) or a horseback safari ($60 pp etra) for 2 hours. You will spot buffalo, zebra, gazelle etc as you ride while also enjoying wonderful scenery along the way.

After your walking safari, you will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will commence your return to Kampala or Entebbe Airport with a stop at the Equator Crossing for some fun photography and the opportunity to purchase a souvenir for your Uganda safari.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

*                Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the package. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10pm or later. If you want us to book an extra night or more for you in Kampala/Entebbe, please let us know and we will do the rest. 

Includes:

  • Accommodation in standard rooms as described above (or similar) according to the option chosen
  • On the ground transport in Safari Mini Vans/ Toyota Land cruisers
  • Game drives, excursions and sight-seeing activities (if any) as described above
  • Activities (if any) as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking driver guide
  • Gorilla Permits
  • Bottled water whilst on safari (2 half-litre bottles per person per day)

NON-RESIDENT RATE


Excludes:

  • Personal expenses such travel and medical insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including water, soft drinks, luxury champagne, spirits or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Cost of obtaining passport and Visas
  • Any optional tours and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International + Airfare
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