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10 Days Best of Uganda Safari

The latest groups to be opened for tourism include Busingye which was opened at the beginning of the year 2013. You need to book for your Gorilla Safari at least 6 months (but not more than two years) in advance to ensure that requested dates are available. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi can be challenging, therefore ensure fitness. The tracking experience starts at 8.30 am local time and can last from a few hours to a whole day! Registration at the gate commences at 7.45 am.

 

Day 1: Arrival - Speke Hotel


Arrival at Entebbe, Airport. Meet and greet and then transfer to Speke Hotel Kampala for Over Night BB.

Speke Hotel, The Hotel is located in the heart of Kampala. Close to banks and business centres it offers all the charms of bygone days now complimented by efficient, modern services and facilities. Its restaurants offer a selection of dishes, there is daily entertainment, and the hotel has a well stocked bar and there are business meeting venues available.

Day 2: : Kampala – Murchison Falls.

Pick from Kampala at 08.00 am and Depart for Murchison Falls National park taking a panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle. One stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Opened up in 1998, the Rhino fund aims at re introducing black and white Rhinos in to Uganda’s protected areas as well as educating the local communities on endangered Rhinos, poaching and environmental conservation. The Rhino trek takes 1-2 hours and you will get an opportunity of viewing them at close quarters. Have lunch in Masindi town at a selected hotel or Restaurant and continue on to the top of the falls. Dinner and overnight in at Paraa. B,L,D

 Murchison Falls Protected Area (MFPA) comprises of Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Reserves. The park derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill.

 Nature Walks: These can be conducted at Rabongo Forest, Top of the Falls and Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo Forest. Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park, northwest of Uganda. Elevated high above the Falls on the north side of the river, the historic Lodge enjoys simply astounding views. With magnificent views of the majestic Murchison Falls, Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Set in a small area of landscaped gardens, the Lodge recreates the mood of quiet elegance for a new generation of guests.

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Day 3: Game Driving and Boat Cruising

Early morning game drive in the Northern sector of the park, on a go, You may be able to see animals such as Giraffes, Lions, Hartebeests, Elephants, Cape buffalo and many other mammals. Bird species may include the Black Chested Snake Eagle, Blue Napped Mouse birds, the Secretary bird, Swallow Tailed Bee-eaters and the Silver Headed Agama. After the game drive your will drive you back to your lodge for late breakfast and relaxation. After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40 metre drop. En route, you may be able to see the Nile crocodile, pools of hippo, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge, B, L, D

Game Drives: In the cool early morning before the sun rises too high, set out for a game drive through the Buligi, Albert and Queen’s tracks north of the River Nile. At Nyamusika Cliffs you might be able to see and Elephants and other game on the grassy hillsides. Go well prepared for a four-hour game drive. The best time is 06:30hr and 16:00hr.
Launch Trips on the Nile: One of the highlights of a visit to Murchison Falls National Park is the launch trip from Paraa to the foot of Murchison Falls. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you may be able to see birds like herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles, kingfishers and sometimes the rare shoebill. The launch trip from Paraa to the falls (17km) and back takes about three hours. A boat trip from Paraa to the Delta (28km) and back takes about four to five hours and you can see a similar variety of animals and birds. The boat trip is scheduled for 0900hr and 1400hr every day. Any special time arrangement can be made with park management.

Day 4: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park.

Early in the Morning will depart with your packed lunch, visit the top of the falls and continue driving back to Kibale Forest National Park, Overnight at Crater Safari Lodge. With lush tropical rainforest and fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale National Park (KNP) 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 (in Uganda) of our closest living relative, the ENDANGERED chimpanzee, as well as the THREATENED red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the black and white colobus, 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 tinkerbird, littlegreenbul, green breasted pitta, African pitta, 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 colourful variety of butterflies. Furthermore, over 250 tree species have been recorded. The most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park are the chimpanzees with over 1,450 individuals protected within the park. At Kanyanchu, a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in their natural environment (with more than 90% chance of viewing).  Crater Safari Lodge is located in Kibale Forest National Park and is sculpted at the banks of Nyinabulitwa Crater lakes almost invisible in the landscape. On arrival a hidden corridor leads you down on a journey to a unique and unforgettable experience. The unexpected entrance opens to a panorama of uninterrupted breath-taking scenery. The Lodge has 9 ultra-luxurious cottages with traditional African style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. Each of the cottages features individually designed furniture, and a beautiful scenery around Lake Nyinabulitwa.

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