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Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe
You are met upon arrival in Entebbe and transferred to your hotel. Entebbe is a pleasant and convenient city in which to start our journey. Today we will meet in our hotel lobby at 3pm and set out to visit Abetavu Children's Village. Upon our return, we will enjoy the welcome dinner. Overnight in Entebbe.
Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo
This morning, we journey by speed boat on Lake Victoria to Ngamba Island, a sanctuary for chimpanzees. We learn about one of our closest relatives, the chimpanzees and also about the work that is done on the island. We can see the chimpanzees at close range, watch their behavior and their playfulness. We will also observe one of their daily feedings. It is a real treat to see the chimps in this comfortable and intimate setting on Ngamba Island.
Day 3: Lake Mburo
This morning we will enjoy a game drive. Have your camera ready for zebras, gazelles, Ugandan kop, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, oribi, and the largest antelope, the massive eland. Keep an eye out for the ever elusive leopard.
Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Pygmies
This morning we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In the afternoon, we take a walk through a rural village, learning about the herbs and medicines from the local medicine man and also meet some of the Pygmies who live in the region. The Pygmies are the smallest people on earth with males averaging 4'8" and women averaging 4'6". Dinner and overnight in Bwindi.
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking
Today is easily one of the highlights of the entire journey as we trek up the side of the mountain to spend time with one of the resident gorilla families who make Bwindi forest their home. The reward is great, but there are certainly some challenges along the way.
Day 6: To Ishasha
We depart for Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Upon our arrival in Ishasha, we shall visit a community project followed by an afternoon game drive in the region where you can search for the rare tree-climbing lions. Overnight in Ishasha.
Day 7: Ishasha
We enjoy 2 game drives today, including a drive to the delta, providing an opportunity to see the shoebill, and also the region where we hope to find the tree-climbing lions. After game viewing, relax at our luxury tents located at a beautiful spot on the banks of the river. Overnight in Ishasha.
Day 8: To Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We enjoy our lunch at a hotel overlooking the Kazinga channel. We explore the Kazinga channel by boat, gliding past the banks full of birds, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and other park inhabitants. We continue on to Mweya Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: To Kibale
Today we have a long drive to the mountainous tea plantation area of Kibale. As the elevation increases, the scenery becomes ever more spectacular. Pass by the many tea plantations, small rural towns and several crater lakes. Overnight at Kibale/Ndali lodge or similar.
Day 10: Chimp Trekking and Swamp Walk
In the morning we set out to enjoy one of our great ape encounters. We hike in Kibale National Park and have a rare opportunity to see chimpanzees in the wild - truly a special experience.
Day 11: Kibale to Masindi
Today we make the long drive to Masindi where we will enjoy some free time in the afternoon to relax. Tonight we will dine at our hotel. Overnight at the Masindi Hotel or similar.
Day 12: Masindi To Murchison Falls
After breakfast we will make our way to Murchison Falls. See and feel the rage and thunder of these magnificent falls from close range. Enjoy a picnic lunch from the upper view of these falls, before they flow into the Nile.
Day 13: Murchison Falls - Game Drives
Enjoy an afternoon boat journey along the Nile to the delta, passing hippos in the water; and gliding past riverbanks teaming with birdlife. At the delta, keep a watchful eye for the massive but elusive shoebill, we return to our lodge for lunch.
Day 14: Murchison Falls - Morning Game Drive, Free Afternoon
Enjoy another morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park to view the wild inhabitants who make this place their home. The park itself is part of the Great East Rift Valley. After our safari, we return to our lodge for lunch.
Day 15: Murchison Falls to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Entebbe
Today we make our way back to Entebbe. Along the way we will stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. An experienced ranger will lead you on a hike to find the resident white rhinos. Unfortunately, rhinos were hunted to extinction in Uganda but are being re-introduced with the longterm goal of seeing them once again roam the grasslands of Uganda. It is a truly fascinating experience seeing these white rhinos up close. Following our rhino encounter, we continue on to Entebbe where you will have some free time to relax prior to the farewell dinner. Overnight in Entebbe.
Day 16: Depart Entebbe
Today we bid a fond farewell to this wildlife paradise as we transfer to the airport for our departure flight.
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