Twelve Days in the Pearl of Africa
Explore the Pearl of Africa on a 12-day safari. This package takes you to several national parks, where you will go gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, do game drives, and take a boat cruise. Prices are $2950 per person.
Day 1: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel early in the morning before hitting the road for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. This park is located about 300 kilometres north of Kampala, passing through the famous Luwero triangle and have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and then have lunch at Kabalega dinners. We later proceed on entering the park through Kichombanyobo gate and visit the magnificent falls where you will enjoy and marvel at the mighty Nile, being forced into a seven meter crevice to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades that can be viewed at different points. Dinner and overnight at Fort Murchision, Murchision River Lodge Heritage Safari Lodge, or Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park - Game Drive & Cruise on the Nile
After an early morning breakfast, we drive down to the ferry and cross the Nile to the northern section of the park and start our game drive towards the Delta area, in search for wildlife that includes the Rothschild's giraffe, elephants, Jackson’s hartebeest, lions, warthogs, kobs, jackals, oribis, waterbucks, patas monkeys and leopards among others. Here also a variety of savannah woodland birds can be seen. After the morning game drive we go back to the lodge to relax and have lunch. Later in the afternoon, we go for a cruise on the Nile, for game viewing at close quarters as they come to cool off on the shores of the mighty river. Here you get the chance to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds. We come back to the lodge after about 3 hours, for dinner and an overnight stay at Fort Murchison. For an upgrade you can stay at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Travel to Kibale National Park
After breakfast, we travel to Kibale National Park, passing through traditional homesteads and the tea plantation of Fort Portal (Kabarore) with lunch en route. We arrive in the evening and check in to Kibale Primate Lodge for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 4: Kibale National Park - Chimpanzee Trekking
After breakfast we head to the Park Offices for registration and a briefing before we start trekking in one of East Africa’s oldest forests, with trees as high as 50 metres (165 feet). We'll spend about 3 hours in search of habituated chimpanzees. The forest also harbors about five primate species that include the black-and-white colobus, red colobus, red-tailed monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey. It is also home to a variety of bird species including the rare green-breasted pitta. After our adventures in the forest, we come back to the Lodge to have lunch and later go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is also very rewarding. We come back to the lodge for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 5: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast we travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, with our route taking us through the Crater Lakes region and heading south along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. These constitute the western Rift Valley and form the boundary between Uganda and the Congo. After en-route lunch at Kasese, we enter the park with a mini game drive, arriving in the afternoon to check in to Bush Lodge. Here we have a free afternoon, followed by dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Birdwatching & Cruise on the Kazinga Channel
The day begins early with an early morning cup of coffee and then starts our game drive towards the Kasenyi Plains in search of wildlife that includes elephants, waterbucks, kobs, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, bushbucks, hyenas, lions and leopards among the mammal species along with a variety of bird life. This park is said to have the highest concentration of bird species as compared to any park in the world - over 600 species. We come back to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon go for a cruise on the Kazinga Channel for yet another view of wildlife from up close as they come to cool off in the water. We come back to the lodge in the evening for dinner.
Day 7: Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park - Tree-climbing Lions
You will explore the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, considered by some experts as one of the most alluring game viewing areas of east Africa. At this off-the-beaten-path location, you will search for elephants, buffaloes, kobs, topis, and in the open savannah you might even see leopards. We continue to the northern circuit where the famous tree-climbing lions can be seen as we particularly look at the fig trees where lions like to stay. After an initial scouting we return back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. For an upgrade you may stay at Jungle Lodge Ishasha.
Day 8: Lake Katwe and Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast we visit Lake Katwe, a salt lake on the edge of the park, to see how salt is locally extracted. Did you know that latex is used as one of the protective gadgets in the mining of salt? Come and experience this, it’s worth visiting. We later travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park passing through the Ishasha sector where the famous tree-climbing lions can be seen as we are arriving in Bwindi in the evening. We will check in to the service of Gorilla Resort for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast we go to the park office for registration and briefing before we start the highlight for our safari: gorilla trekking. The hiking may be strenuous and on hilly terrain, but it is well worth it to see the mighty gorillas. This trek may last 2-8 hours depending on the food available to the gorillas. We come back to the lodge for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 10: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi
After a relaxed breakfast, we check out and drive to Lake Bunyonyi, arriving in the afternoon to Bunyonyi Overland Camp. There we have our lunch and relax a bit before heading out for a boat cruise along the lake. In this boat ride we can visit some of the lakes’ islands where we can see many water birds and some traditional dancers. We later come back to the camp for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 11: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park and Game Drive
After breakfast we travel to Lake Mburo National Park, passing through the rolling hills of Kigezi and Ankole on the way. After lunch en route, we arrive in the afternoon and enter the park with a mini game drive and check in to Eagles Nest Lodge. We then go for the game drive near Lake Mburo in search of wild life that includes hippos, crocodiles, elands, sitatungas and monitor lizards among others. We also expect to see a variety of bird life including the rare African finfoot. We come back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park and Travel to Kampala
The day begins early as we go for a nature walk on shores of Lake Mburo in search of wild life that includes zebras, impalas, reedbuck, klipspringers, buffaloes and leopards among other mammals and a variety of bird life that includes the papyrus gonolek. We go back to the lodge for breakfast and travel to Kampala, arriving in the afternoon to the airport or lodge. Thank you for supporting Bright Safaris Uganda and have a safe journey back home.