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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: To Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, To Mabira forest reserve
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 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: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Today we 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. Following our rhino encounter, we continue on to Masindi. Overnight in Masindi.
Day 4: 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 Victoria Nile.
Day 5: Murchison Falls — game drives
Set out on your morning safari game drive. We take a ferry across the Nile before searching for elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, baboons, several species of primate, numerous types of antelope and of course, excellent birding opportunities. Lunch back at the lodge.
Day 6: 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 7: 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 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 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. We continue on to Jacana (in Queen Elizabeth National Park) for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: 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
We enjoy 2 game drives today, including a drive to the delta, 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: 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 meeting 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”. Overnight in Bwindi.
Day 13: 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 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: Bwindi to Rwanda
From Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, 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 in Rwanda
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. Overnight at Kigali.
Day 18: Kigali
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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