16 Days Uganda Gorillas Safari & Great Migration Kenya Masai Mara
Highlights: Queen Elizabeth National Park , Bwindi Gorillas , Lake Mburo National Park, Amboselli National Park, Lake Nakuru National, Masai Mara National Park.
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda The Pearl of Africa!
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by Representatives from Uganda Wildlife Scene Safaris . Later transfer to your place of accommodation relax from Jet lag overnight at: Cassia Lodge- Kampala.
Day 2: To After breakfast depart Kampala City and head to Kibale National Park.
Introduction: This is in Western Uganda, 35 km from Fort Portal town, which is 360kms from Kampala via Mubende town. With lush tropical rainforest and fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale National Park is one of the most beautiful and stunning forests in Uganda. Kibale Forest is certainly worth protecting as it is home to the Largest number of our closest living relatives with a 98.4% same DNA composition like us.(The endangered Chimpanzees ). As well as the Red colobus monkeys, and the rare L’Hoesti monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates totaling to 13 species including the Black and white colobus monkey, Blue monkey and Grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey bush babies and pottos . The park also hosts over 325 species of birds including the yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the African pitta, the crowned eagle and the black bee eater. There are a number of impressive mammals including; forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers, and bats. A keen observer may see some of the reptiles and amphibians as well as a variety of colorful butterflies. Further more 250 species of trees have been recorded. But the most famous inhabitants are the Chimpanzees with over than 1,450 individuals are protected with in the park. At Kanyancu , a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in the natural environment with more than 99% chance of viewing. Have Lunch enroute and later arrive at your Hotel. Refreshments will be served, refresh and relax, meal plans dinner and overnight at The Dutchess – Fort portal
Day 4: After a warm wake up coffee at 6:15am at 6:30am start your early morning game drive to be in time to see the big cats in action. Game drive lasts for 3-4 hrs get back for breakfast relax and lunch. At 2:45pm Take the boat cruise on the Famous Kazinga Channel which connects Lake George to Lake Edward. The cruise on the water will last 2 hrs return by 5:00pm embark on the evening game drive which will bring you back to the hotel by 7:00pm. Refresh, meal plans dinner, campfire and overnight at Bush Lodge or Simba Safari Camp .
Day 5: To Bwindi Gorillas National Park: After breakfast begin your drive driving through the Southern Sector of Queen Elizabeth “Ishasha sector” famous for the tree climbing lions. Spot a place to have lunch later proceed to arrive at Buhoma. check in at the Haven Lodge or Buhoma Community Rest Camp. Transfer time: 3hrs Meals (BLD)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Introduction : It is the richest forest in Uganda in terms of number of plant species. Also home to half of the population of the critically endangered mountain Gorillas in the world.Gazetted in 1991 with an area of 331sq km, 514km away from the capital Kampala covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kabale districts in south western Ugandan districts.
Attractions :This is the richest forest in Uganda with a number of plant species, as the area is one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa where lowland and montane communities emerge.The valley bottoms contain a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, shrubs, with only a few trees hence it’s name ” The Impenetrable Forest” This is one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There exists half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest. There are also several endangered species of birds within limited ranges.
Gorilla tracking begun on 1st April 1993. It is advisable to make your booking for gorilla tracking +3 Months with us in advance. Atleast a few months before your intended date of visit. It commonly rains in this area. Come with a rain gear, a good pair of hiking boots, gloves and elastic bandage in case of sprains.
Day 6: Tracking the mountain gorillas: After an early breakfast you will head to the park headquarters and get the briefing from the chief park warden get into your groups and later its on to your adventure to meet these thrilling gentle giants of Bwindi National Park. Tracking time varies according to the movements of these giants it could take from 30 mins to 5hrs so we highly recommend that you are in a good physical condition to track these gorillas. There are porters at the briefing point and if you need one to carry your equipment please do inform the warden and one will be readily available at a fee of $20 USD. After tracking you will get back to the camp and relieve those special moments with the group. Dinner and Overnight at the Haven Lodge or Buhoma Community Rest Camp. Meals (BLD)
Day 7: Lake Mburo National Park:
Introduction :Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s fourth National park was gazzeted in 1982.The park covers an area surface of 256km sq and it is the only park to contain an entire lake. It offers varied scenic beauty hills and valleys. Attractions will include : Include: Zebras, Impala, Topis, Wipsprings, Elands, Buffaloes, Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.
You will do game drive enroute on your way in arrive and check in to the Mburo Safari Lodge. Later take an evening boat cruise on Lake Mburo itself animals to see here are Hippos, Buffaloes, Impalas, Waterbucks, crocodiles, Warthogs, Bushbucks, and lots of display of different types of Kingfishers and Fish Eagles later return for dinner and overnight at the Rwakobo Rock or Mpogo Lodge.
Day 8: After breakfast prepare to leave this part of the world and head back to Kampala. Stop by the Equator for some Souvenir shopping and lunch enroute. Later proceed to arrive in Kampala by Early evening. Arrive and check in to your accommodation stay the night at Cassia Lodge – Kampala.
Day 9: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport and connect to your flight to Nairobi Kenya. On Arrivals in Nairobi, you will be met by representatives from Uganda Wildlife Scene Safaris and have you transferred to Amboseli National Park You then depart to the Amboseli National Park arriving for lunch at the Lodge.
After lunch you will proceed to the park for a wildlife viewing experience. Dinner and overnight at the Amboseli Sopa Safari Lodge (Full Board)
Nestled in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, this national park offers the best chance of a close-up view of the African savannah Elephants grazing in the open plains or wallowing in the mud. Kilimanjaro’s 6,000-meter high snow-capped peaks towers above the park and presiding over the landscape, which boasts more big game than almost anywhere else in Africa.
Day 10 : -Amboseli National Park
After an early breakfast you will go on an early wildlife viewing drive in the park return back to the lodge for lunch then have your sumptuous lunch and rest for about an hour.
At 16h00 when the weather cools down and the wildlife are active proceed for the afternoon game drives -within this park is a temporary lake, Lake Amboseli, which flood during years of heavy rainfall. Amboseli is famous for its big game and its great scenic beauty- the landscape is dominated by Mount Kilimanjaro (Highest in Africa) and ‘floating’ elephants within the swamps. Dinner and overnight at the Amboseli Sopa Safari Lodge (Full Board)
Day 11: Nakuru National Park: After an early breakfast proceed to Lake Nakuru National park with picnic lunch via Nairobi. Dubbed ‘the greatest bird spectacle on earth’ due to the millions of Fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, Lake Nakuru is also an ornithologist’s paradise, a uniquely rewarding game-viewing venue and a sanctuary for both the black and white Rhino. Check in and then you will proceed on the afternoon game drives in the park – famous for the great masses of Flamingos, the white and black rhinos and herds of buffaloes. It’s also a Unesco World Heritage site as well as a Ramsar site. Dinner and overnight at the Flamingo Hill Tented Camp (Full Board Basis)
Day 12: Lake Nakuru National Park to Maasai Mara Game Reserve this day you will have early breakfast, then at 07:30hrs you will depart for a 4-5 hour drive along the floor of the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara game reserve. Arrive for lunch at the Lodge, after lunch you will proceed to the park for wildlife viewing later returning to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Salt Springs Mara Camp. (Full Board Basis)
Day 12 to Day 15: Masai Mara Game Reserve All Breakfasts at the lodge you can choose to go on the 3 hours each morning and afternoon game viewing drives. You may also choose to go on a full day game drives with picnic lunch. This is Kenya’s Jewel and never disappoints in terms of wildlife encounters. Lions, Cheetah, Elephants and thousands of other plains animals abound throughout the year. In the months of mid-July to November, the migration of the wildebeest plays out in the open plains – a spectacle not to be missed. All dinner and overnights are at the Salt Springs Mara Camp. (Full Board Basis)
Day 16: After breakfast you will depart on a leisurely drive to Nairobi arriving late afternoon and we transfer you to the Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta international airport where you will connect your departure flight home. End of Safari.