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12-Day Uganda Wildlife Safari – Rafting the Nile & Ssese Island Visit

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12-Day Uganda Wildlife Safari – Rafting the Nile & Ssese Island Visit

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe Airport, pick up and transfer to the accommodation.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a Home to Africa assigned English-speaking professional driver-guide will receive and welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will transfer to the booked accommodation (Entebbe). Optional (at extra cost): In case you have had an early landing in Uganda and interested, you can proceed to visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden. The Garden is one of the places around Entebbe where you can spot many species of birds and a few primates such as: the black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys. It is also a place of tranquility and peace, a feast for the eyes with notable absence of people and you simply immerse in nature with the sounds of birds breaking the stillness of the moment.

Accommodation: Lake Victoria View Guest House.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 2: Drive to Jinja (early) and enjoy full day rafting on the Nile and later relax.

Be up early and at about 6 or 6:30am, you will hit the road to Jinja where you will enjoy a full day white water rafting on the Nile. What better way to start your safari than to experience this most exciting, exhilarating, mind-blowing adventure on the Nile firsthand! Get wet, get wild, get rafting. In fact, no experience is required to undertake this unforgettable adventure on the Nile. Thereafter, proceed to the booked accommodation.

Accommodation: Nile Porch.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 3: Transfer to Murchison National Park. If time allows, proceed for some game drive.

After breakfast, the assigned driver-guide will pick you and hit the road to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely, the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here will fascinate you. There will be a stop for lunch en route. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the Evening. Optional: If interested and time allows, you can proceed for a late afternoon-evening game drive.

Accommodation: Fort Murchison.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 4: Sunrise game drive, afternoon boat trip plus top of the falls walk.

Have your breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park and be on the look for wildlife including: lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. For any birder, there are quite a number of birds to sight too during the drive. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch. Optional (extra cost): Hot-air balloon safari at ($380 pp) in place of game drive.

After lunch, you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (approx. 45 minutes) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a bit strenuous but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening.

Accommodation: Fort Murchison.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 5: Exit Murchison and transfer to Kibale NP. Visit crater lakes if time permits.

After breakfast at your accommodation, depart right away for Kibale Forest National Park – popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). The drive is quite long but incredibly scenic – passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations that characterize this part of Uganda. The beautiful scenery will amaze you all the way. Upon arrival at the accommodation, check in and relax. Optional (at extra cost): If interested and time allows, you may go for; crater lakes excursion, Bigodi swamp walk, or visit The Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves for some cultural/historical insights.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 6: Chimp tracking Kibale Forest, lunch and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP.

Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ post where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking (Kibale Forest) and you will be left amazed by the presence of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour in their presence. You will return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in the late afternoon and check into the booked accommodation.

Accommodation: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 7: Morning game drive Kasenyi plains, afternoon boat along the Kazinga Channel.

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch.

After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. Optional (no cost): From the boat trip (if interested), you can proceed for a brief late afternoon-evening game drive before returning to the lodge.

Accommodation: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 8: Exit Queen and transfer to Bwindi via Ishasha in search of tree-climbing lions.

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are hard to spot (most especially when they are down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular!

Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population) including several habituated groups, which you will trek. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 9: Gorilla trekking Bwindi, drive to Mbarara City and overnight at the booked hotel.

Have breakfast and move to the rangers’ post. You will receive some briefing (from a ranger guide) on the dos and don’ts during trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the Bwindi Forest for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you have located a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. Return to the accommodation, check out and embark on a transfer to Mbarara City.

Accommodation: Nyore Hillside Retreat.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 10: Drive to Bukakata Landing site, board a ferry to Ssese Islands.

Enjoy your breakfast and thereafter, embark on a drive (about 3hrs) to Bukakata Landing Site, Masaka. From there, you will catch a ferry destined for Ssese Islands, Kalangala District. From the ferry, you will be driven to the booked accommodation and begin enjoying the beauty of Ssese Island. You may move out and stroll along the sandy beach of Lake Victoria and then return for dinner.

Accommodation: Brovad Sands Lodge.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 11: Full day at your disposal – chilling and enjoying the Ssese Island’s beauty.

This day is at your disposal. You may choose to just relax at the comfort of your accommodation or go out for some activities. If intending to move out, you may consider any of the following activities (offered by the lodge); fishing, swimming, boat ride, forest walk, quad biking among others depending on interest. Enjoy Ssese Island and Brovad Sands Lodge.

Accommodation: Brovad Sands Lodge.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner.

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout.

Day 12: Catch a ferry (8am) to Nakiwogo – Entebbe, and connect to the Airport.

Be up early, have breakfast and move out to catch a ferry destined for Nakiwogo – Entebbe. The ferry arrives at Nakiwogo between 11:30am and 12 noon. From there you will connect to the Entebbe Int’l Airport to catch flight out. Optional (extra cost): Just in case you have a late flight and you would like to do some activity before going to the airport, then you may consider any of the following; tour to Entebbe Botanical Gardens (if interested in birds and primates), excursion to Mabamba swamp in search of shoebill stork, the Lake Victoria sunset boat cruise.

Location: Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation: On Accommodation

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout

 

 

Tour Includes:

Airport transfers

4×4 transport with English speaking local guide/driver for all road transport

Accommodation & all meals above

All park entrances fees

Drinking water in the vehicle

Mentioned activities

 

 

Tour Excludes:

International visas

Accommodation facilities while in Kampala

All expenses of personal nature such as tips and drinks

Health:

Yellow fever and malaria prophylactics are required

COVID19 certificate

Visas:

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda which can be obtained on arrival at USD 50 per person, single entry. Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months

 

Flights:

It is imperative that you confirm your onward /return flights.

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    Departure & Return Location

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    Departure Time

    3 Hours Before Flight Time

    Price Includes

    • Air fares
    • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
    • Tour Guide
    • Entrance Fees
    • All transportation in destination location

    Price Excludes

    • Guide Service Fee
    • Driver Service Fee
    • Any Private Expenses
    • Room Service Fees

    Complementaries

    • Umbrella
    • Sunscreen
    • T-Shirt
    • Entrance Fees
    What to Expect

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    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

    We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

    Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

    Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

    Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

    Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

    Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

    An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

    Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

    It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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