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Gt001: 12 Nights / Lakes & Primate Safaris

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Day 1: Kigali, Rwanda

Visitors are met on arrival by our representative and transferred to their hotel. A City tour can be arranged with the option of visiting the Genocide Memorial Sites. This is a fascinating visit to an important statement about Rwanda’s past but not for the fainthearted . The intention is to show Rwanda’s commitment to such atrocities never happening again but the evidence of what happened can be distressing. Alternative tours can be arranged should visitors prefer.

1 overnight Laico Umubano Kigali

Days 2&3: Volcano National Park,

We wake up early, at 5am for breakfast & then depart immediately for the road transfer (90 minutes) to Ruhengeri where we complete the formalities for our Gorilla trip at the National Park Headquarters.

This is one of the most exhilarating and moving wildlife experiences you can have: you get so close to these giant primates, observing them observing you  their almost human movements, innate dignity and social interaction make a unique connection within each of us. A later start on the second day still gives us plenty of time for the beautiful climb and another hours guided visit to the Mountain Gorillas made famous by Diane Fossey and immortalized in the film Gorillas in the Mist.

2 overnights Gorillas Nest Lodge

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

We get up early for breakfast and depart for the Cyanika border with Uganda, and continue onto Queen Elizabeth National Park

1 overnight Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Days 5&6: Queen Elisabeth National Park

We drive on via Ishasha in search of the famous tree climbing lions then on to the Queen Elisabeth National Park. This beautiful park is dominated on its northern border by the snowcapped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains- the famous Mountains of the Moon. 20 years ago the park had the highest density of wildlife of any park in Africa but these populations were severely depleted during Idi Amin’s regime. Thankfully today they are well on their way toward recovery. Uganda Kob occur in the thousands as well as numerous Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbuck, African Buffalo, Topi, Warthog and Elephant. Giant Forest Hogs are fairly common in and near the forested areas as well as Lion and Leopard.

Our second day begins with an early morning trip on the freshwater Kasinga Channel which joins Lake Edward and Lake George and is home to the largest concentration of Nile Hippos in the world. The birding here is excellent, ranging in size from the tiny, brilliant Malachite Kingfisher to the giant Goliath Heron.

2 overnights Mweya Lodge

Day 7 Kibale Forest

We spend the morning game driving in Queen Elisabeth National Park. After lunch we set off for Kibale Forest, traveling north through Ugandan villages and small traditional farms of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities as we look out for Black-headed Gonolek, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Double-toothed Barbet, Long-crested Eagle, and the numerous sunbirds and weavers that perch near the road. As we approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, we enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. We arrive at Fort Portal, then continue to the Kibale Forest arriving late afternoon.

1 overnight Ndali Lodge

Days 8&9, Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest has well marked trails making the forest easily accessible. We spend these 2 days hiking int the rainforest in search of primates. Commonly seen species include Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, and both Red Colobus and Black-and-white Colobus Monkeys and the impressive, elusive Chimpanzees. Chimps are abundant here, and there is a high likelihood of observing them as they make their nomadic treks along forest trails and forage for fruit in the canopy above. Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Great Blue Turaco, Grey Parrot and Narina�s Trogon are just a few of the many colorful central African birds we hope to find here. We explore a nearby-forested swamp that is excellent for viewing birds, primates and magnificent butterflies. On the way back to the lodge night game drives may yield glimpses of Greater and Needle-clawed Galago, Palm Civet, Mongoose, African Civet or Serval.Cats.

2 overnights Ndali Lodge

Day 10. Murchison Falls National Park

We depart in the early morning for the famous Murchison Falls National Park, via Hoima and Buitaba Escarpment. The Murchison Falls National Park is bisected by the vast and beautiful Nile River. This is Uganda’s largest National park and is a scenic wonderland with rolling grasslands, river valleys, the meandering Victoria Nile and Lake Albert. Sir Winston Churchill described Murchison Falls National park as ‘Kew Gardens and London Zoo” all rolled into one!

1 overnight Nile Safari Camp

Day 11 Nile River & Murchison Falls

We board our river launch for an excursion to the foot of Murchinson Falls. The ten-mile journey to the foot of one of Africa’s most powerful and dramatic waterfalls, the Murchison Falls is a memory you will cherish forever. At this point, the mighty Victoria Nile is squeezed through a mere 15- foot- wide gorge and released over a sheer cliff in a cataclysm of thunderous white water. En route are large herds of Hippopotamus plus enormous Nile crocodiles, African buffalo, Water buck, Elephants and Rothschild’s Giraffes. For birding enthusiasts: Goliath and purple Heron, Rock Pratincoles, and Red-throated Bee-eaters, and the possibility of seeing the rare and strange Shoebill Stork.

1 overnight Nile Safari Camp

Day 12. Budongo Forest Reserve

A full day will be spent visiting the acclaimed Budongo Forest Reserve which lies at the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley and to the south of Murchison Falls. It is the largest tract of natural forest in East Africa and boasts Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees and over 350 birds species. In addition to Chimpanzees, there are Colobus and red- tailed Monkeys, tree Pangolins, African giant squirrels and over 250 butterfly species.

1 overnight Nile Safari Camp

Day 13: Depart

We depart by private charter to Entebbe to connect with departure flight home.