Adventure in the Pearl takes you through a magical journey and you will appreciate nature, people, culture, food and excitement. The safari will take you through the wonders of the Pearl of Africa starting at the Nile River source, Bujagali falls, the Sipi falls, Murchison falls, Kibaale, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable National parks, Lake Bunyonyi sceneries, Lake Mburo, and Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria. You will marvel at the vast beauty of Uganda, the flora and fauna, the local people, the food and the sceneries. This safari can be undertaken all year with Gorilla tracking being a challenge in the wet seasons. Activities like white water rafting, Gorilla tracking, launch cruises, game drives, bird watching, nature guided walks, and canoeing on Lake Buyonyi among others may be done. The following is the possible itinerary but can be tailor made to suite your budget and needs as any one can engage in the safari although Gorilla tracking may be challenging if not ready and fit enough for the long walks involved.
The Source of the Nile
In the morning hours embark on the breath taking adventure on the Nile that will see you experience white water rafting on the River Nile along Bujagali falls. A group of professionals have been assembled and with up-to-date equipment and will make your rafting safe and memorable. Alternatively proceed for a tour around Jinja town and may appreciate the once industrial town of Uganda, its Asian architectural building designs and to cap it up visit the source of the mighty River Nile and the Ghandy monument. Have lunch break drive to Mbale arriving late evening. Check in at Mount Elgon Hotel to dinner and overnight.
The majestic Sipi Falls
Proceed after early morning breakfast to the Crow’s nest and engage in a guided nature walk to the Sipi River that originates from Mt. Elgon numerous caves, coffee plantations, bananas as well as homesteads may be seen. Have packed lunch and later in the evening return to Mbale, at Mount Elgon Hotel to dinner and overnight.
The untamed Murchison Falls (3,877sq km)
Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park early morning via Kampala through the historical Luwero triangle enjoying the sceneries. It will be along travel distance but one rewarding given the numerous sights and sounds enroute. Have a lunch break then Proceed to Kaniyo Pabidi to the Top of the falls
Early morning, ferry cross the River Nile to the northern bank for game viewing and expect to see elephants, lions, leopards and a heaven of antelopes. Have a lunch break then head for an afternoon Launch Cruise on the Nile where numerous birds like the African fish eagle, variety of king fishers among others may be seen. Have dinner and over night at Red Chilli Rest Camp/ Paraa/ Nile safari Lodge.
The Royal Town of Fort Portal
After sun rise break fast drive west to Fort Portal for Kibaale National Park enroute view scenery of rolling hills, escarpments, Lake Albert and some primates like baboons among others. Lunch break enroute as we proceed to Fort Portal. Check in, dinner and over night at Ndali/ Kanyanchu.
The Chimps and birds in Kibale Forest
After breakfast, head to Kibale forest in pursuit of chimpanzees and other primates such as the black and white Colobus monkey vervets, and la’hoest monkeys. These delightful creatures (chimps) more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees then have packed lunch. The National Park is about 795sqkm engulfing a dense and intense green vegetation that has a network of forest paths providing much joy to nature lovers and especially botanists and birders. The NP is home to over 250 species of birds, over 110species of forest tree species and over 15species of primate. Proceed back to mountain of the moon hotel to dinner and overnight.
The undiscovered Treasure
Drive to Semuliki National Park and marvel at the Sempaya hot springs as well as the winding escarpments of Mt. Rwenzori. Have packed lunch then proceed to Fort Portal check in at Mountains of the moon hotel to dinner and over night.
The Perfect game
Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park enroute view the scenery ranges of Mt. Rwenzori on your right, farm lands Hima cement factory among others. Lunch break at Kasese town then head to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stop over on the Equator for photography. Check in at Mweya or Jacana Safari Lodges / Albertine hostels to dinner and over night.
The mating Grounds
Head to the Kasenyi area, the mating ground for the kobs and look out for lions in pursuit of their prey, buffaloes, hyenas among others. Proceed to the crater section for scenic viewing, lunch break at Mweya. Proceed to the elegant Kazinga Channel for a launch cruise and expect view numerous bird species like king fishers, pelicans, cormorants, animals like hippos, elephants and crocodiles basking along the banks. Head back to Mweya or Jacana Safari Lodges / Albertine hostels to dinner and over night.
Chimps in the gorge
Visit Kyambura gorge for chimp tracking early morning, lunch break at Mweya Safari lodge, head for Katwe salt lake works and an evening game viewing enroute to Mweya, dinner and over night.
The kept secret
Proceed to Maramagambo Forest for nature guided walk, view birds, rock pythons, bat hawks, the giant fruit bats and bat caves among others. Overnight at Jacana lodge, watch the sun set and enjoy dinner on the Sun downer on Lake Nyamsikiri.
The Lions in the trees
After break fast drive south west to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park game viewing in Ishasha sector enroute. View the astonishing tree climbing lions, variety of antelopes in the rolling savannah. Lunch enroute, then proceed to Buhoma and check in at Gorilla Resort
The fascinating Mountain Gorillas
Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for your Gorilla trek, you then get a briefing from the park authorities and depart for Gorilla tracking in the tropical rain forest in pursuit of these habituated Gorilla families through the undergrowth and parting thick creepers. Ensure that you have lunch packed for you with bottled water as well. A reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Once up close to the group, a memorable whole one hour is allowed to be with these gentle giants. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas, listen to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male-the Silverback. It’s an extra-ordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of these last remaining mountain Gorillas-sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. Have packed lunch and return at leisure to Gorilla Resort to dinner and overnight.
The beautiful Lake Bunyonyi
Proceed to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale a lava damned lake and one of the deepest in East Africa, lunch break in kabala then proceed to Lake Bunyonyi Overland camp site. On a dug out canoe visit the various Islands on Lake Bunyonyi notably the “Akampene” or “Punishment Island” lunch break. Enjoy as well as the confines on the lake, feel the entertainment by the community culture, dinner and over night at Bushara/ Lake Bunyonyi Overland camp site.
Early morning drive to Lake Mburo National Park having lunch enroute. Proceed to the park headquarters viewing game at any opportunity like zebras, topis, buffaloes among others. Check in at Mantana / Rwonyo camp site. Proceed for a boat ride on Lake Mburo, dinner and over night at Mantana / Rwonyo rest camp.
Engage in an early morning game drive and may view leopards, buffaloes, hyenas, impalas, bushbucks among others as well as birds like crown cranes, wattled plovers, African Jacana among others. Proceed to kalangala in the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria with a stop over for refreshment, head to Bukakata landing site in time to catch the ferry. Check in at Pearl Gardens on Ssese Island and you may relax on the white sands of Ssese, Dinner and overnight at Pearl Gardens.
The Scenic Islands
Engage in a Nature guided walk on the Island, back to lunch. May have a boat ride on the mighty Lake Victoria fishing and enjoy sun set on the white sands, dinner and over night at Pearl Gardens.
Drive to Kampala having lunch enroute. Proceed to Kampala crossing the equator from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere and may have a stop at the royal drum makers. Check in at Emerald Hotel/ Red Chilli Hide away.
The Treasures of Kampala
Proceed on a tour in and around the kingdom of Buganda the biggest in Uganda. Visit the Lubiri (king’s palace) in mengo, the historical kabaka’s Lake as well as the monarch’s administration building where various Buganda clans will be explained. Proceed to the Kasubi Tombs where the fallen kings of Buganda were laid to rest. Visit the historical religious sites like Bahai temple the one and only temple of its kind Africa, Rubaga cathedral for Catholics, Namirembe cathedral for the Anglicans and the Muslim mosque. All these display unbelievable Roman and unique Arab architectural designs; in addition a visit to the Uganda museum to view Uganda’s artifacts is worthwhile. Check in at hotel Africana, Emerald Hotel/ Red Chili Hide away for dinner and overnight.
Leave for the Airport in time for your flight.
NOTE: Arrival accommodation is excluded; This safari can be tailor made to suite you needs
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The package includes:
* Ground transportation by 4WD land cruiser and Fuel
* Air port transfers
* Full board accommodation and a drink at meals
* English speaking Driver/Guide
* Activities in the package
The package excludes any cost of personal nature like:
* Personal drinks and cigarettes
* Air ticket and related costs
* Insurance covers