5 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK, MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK PRIMATES SAFARI.
Day 1 TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
You will be met by a tours representative from AA safaris and tours ltd who will brief you about this tour. Drive southwestwards to Queen Elizabeth Np . Queen Elizabeth Np is located in the western rift valley and runs from the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori to the Ishasha border post in the south. The Park has recorded a diversity of over 600 bird species where by some are endemic while others are migrant Albertine species. The drive is comfortable with a stop over at the Mpambire drum makers, coffee plantation and the equator. Visit the craters lakes region and the unique western rift valley escarpment. A brief game drive en route will enable you see buffaloes, kobs, elephants, bushbucks, and the rare occasional leopard. Dinner and over night stay at
Budget – Institute of Ecology
Mid range – Hippo Hill Camp or Ihamba Lodge
Luxury –Mweya safari lodge/ Jacana lodge / Katara Lodge or Kingfisher resort.
(Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD )
DAY 2 GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL
Take a cup of coffee and then go for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi miles track area to look out for the early risers and predators before they return to their hide –outs. Look out for hippos, spotted hyenas , lions, leopards, elephants, bushbuck, water buck and many other savannah wildlife that Queen Elizabeth harbors . Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast and then have lunch. In the afternoon, you will assemble at the Kazinga Channel( one that joins Lakes Edward and George) for a launch cruise . The boat ride along the Kazinga channel will entertain you will animals along the banks of the channel taking water . You will also see hippo, occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and an amazing bird watching opportunity. Retire for dinner and over night at your lodge.
DAY 3 CHIMPANZEE TREK IN KYAMBURA GORGE AND TRANSFER TO HOIMA
Take your breakfast and drive to Kyambura Gorge for a breathtaking Chimpanzee safari. This Uganda Safari guided trek may last 3-5 hours as you look out for man’s closest cousin the Chimpanzee. Along the trek, you will see colobus monkeys, baboons, red tailed and velvet monkeys and other primates. The chances of seeing chimpanzees on this trek are 60% however other primates encountered on this walk are surely a worth while . This chances of seeing them depend on how good weather is because occasional flooding can make the trails impassable. You will drive towards Forportal, have lunch en route and proceed to Hoima for dinner and overnight stay at
Hoima Kontik Hotel or Hoima Kolping Hotel or African Village guest House
DAY FOUR TO MURCHISON FALLS NP -
After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park through the Verdant country side with views of Lake Albert . Named after the spectacular Murchison Falls, Murchison falls national park is known as the biggest national park in Uganda where the world’s longest river detonates aggressively through a narrow crevice in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a foaming pool 43m below. Wildlife populace have increased from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, Giraffes, elephant, buffalo, leopards, and a variety of antelope are frequently encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing rate. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you drive over the still waters and the tropical winds blow against your face. You will visit the top of the falls to view the site at the Murchison falls Np where the water plunges into a narrow gorge from a 47 metres wide through a 7-10 metres wide . Dinner and overnight at
Budget Red Chilli Camp ( bandas)
Moderate Sambiya River Lodge/ Budongo Eco lodge
Upmarket Nile River Camp or cross by ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge on the northern bank of River Nile .
DAY 5 GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE
Take an early morning cup of tea or coffee and then go to the Northern Bank of the River Nile in Murchison Falls Np for an early morning game drive on either Buligi track or Albert or Queens Tracks north of the river Nile. You may also visit Nyamisika cliffs and have picnic breakfast – this is optional . Look out for the exclusive African Savannah wildlife such as the ; lion, antelope, giraffe, elephant, the Uganda kob among others. You will return to your lodge for mid morning breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, you will indulge in launch cruise along the Nile River to the bottom of the falls. The cruise takes you to the Bottom of the falls . Along the ride, you will encounter huge Nile crocodiles resting along the shores with their mouths open , Hippopotami will be seen yawning , birds along the river bank and if you are lucky , the legendary shoe bill stock can be seen and many other animals taking water along the river bank while so many other birds will be resting around like skimmers, cormorants, herons, kingfishers, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagle. Return to the lodge for dinner and over night.
DAY SIX BACK TO KAMPALA
Take breakfast and return to Kampala. There is an optional early morning chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo Forest ( subject to availability of Chimpanzee permits – and this option must be confirmed on booking time ) . ( Prices for optional activites change so they can be provided on request) .Kaniyo Pabidi is an Eco Tourism spot is found in Budongo forest the biggest Mahogany forest in East Africa where Trees grow up to 80 meters. The forest is well known known for its chimpanzees which form a number of groups. 6 families of Chimpanzees have been habituated so visitors have the likelihood of seeing them at close quarters. Budongo forest is also a home to other rare species of birds that include the Lemon Bellied Crombec and te Chocolate-backed Kingfisher. You will also be able to view the blue mountains of Congo and the Albertine Rift . Lunch en route. Later, you will be transferred to Kampala or Entebbe for your flight back home.
End of Safari .