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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. We meet this evening for dinner and orientation. Overnight in Entebbe.
Day 2: Botanical Gardens & Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
After breakfast we visit the local botanical gardens situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. In the years after its establishment in 1898, the garden was very active in plant introduction from many parts of the world. Crop species of foreign origin such as cocoa, coffee, tea and rubber were introduced and evaluated. Here we enjoy a guided walk through a nature's lover paradise which includes a thick forest canopy and beautiful views of the lake.
Day 3: To Kampala, Abetavu Children's Village
Today we make our way to Kampala, the largest city and capital of Uganda.The city is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning: Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division and Lubaga Division. The city is coterminous with Kampala District. We will pass by the Independence monument, and the Parliament of Uganda. From here we continue to Rubaga & Namirembe Cathedrals before proceeding to the Kabaka’s Lake. From here we make our way to our central hotel where we enjoy a light lunch.
Day 4: Rhino Sanctuary, to Murchison Falls N.P,
We start early with a drive to 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.
Day 5: Murchison Falls, game drives
Today we 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 Victoria Nile.
Day 6: Murchison Falls, Delta & game drives
Enjoy a morning 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 7: 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 in Kibale.
Day 8: Chimp Trekking
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 9: 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. Overnight in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 10: To Ishasha
We depart for Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is known as the region where you can find the rare tree-climbing lions. Our drives are in the park so we can enjoy wildlife viewing while traveling to our next destination. Overnight in Ishasha - luxury tents on the banks of a river.
Day 11: Ishasha, Search for Tree-climbing Lions
We enjoy 2 game drives today, including a drive to the Edward Flats, providing another opportunity to see the shoebill, and also the region where we hope to find the tree-climbing lions. After several days of game viewing, relax at our luxury tents located at a beautiful spot on the banks of the river. Overnight in Ishasha.
Day 12: To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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. We then visit the local hospital followed by a local community project for women in the region. Overnight in Bwindi.
Day 13: Gorilla Trekking - Bwindi
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 14: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
We will spend some time in the village, or go on a forest walk today or relax at the lodge, or do some curio shopping all of which can be organized on the day. Overnight in Bwindi.
Day 15: To Rwanda
We will depart in the morning after breakfast and drive to the border at Kisoro to enter Rwanda. We drive via beautiful mountainous forests, and through local villages to reach this bustling little border town. On a clear day, you should be able to see the row of volcanoes, lining up along the border like sentries!
Day 16: Gorilla Trekking - Volcanoes National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for a day of mountain gorilla tracking. You will be transported by vehicle to the start point at the ORTPN offices, to meet your gorilla mountain trekking guide. A short briefing will follow by either a transfer, or a walk, to the allocated gorilla family.
Day 17: Kigali
Drive to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda… the roads are good, but quite busy with pedestrians! The rest of the day in Kigali and we will have time to visit the Genocide Museum, as well as other historical sites of interest. Tonight we enjoy our Farewell Dinner to reflect on this incredible journey. Overnight in Kigali.
Day 18: Depart Kigali
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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