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7 Days River Nile & Chimpanzee Tracking

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Duration

7 Days / 6 Night

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

5 people

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Languages

English, Francais

Overview

Kampala – Jinja – Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest National Park
7 Days / 6 Nights
Group Size: 1 – 5.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boat cruise to the Source of the Nile
  • Discover the Buganda Heritage
  • Exclusive Game drives
  • Cultural encounter (Bigodi Community)
  • Scenic views & stunning sunsets
  • The Murchison Launch cruise
  • Visit one of the world’s strongest waterfalls
  • Experience the Rhinos at Ziwa
  • Exclusive Chimp Trekking
  • Birding at Bigodi Wetland

Itinerary

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Day 1: Meet & Greet with Transfer To The Hotel

Journey Time: 45 min-1 Hr
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be received by our representative & transferred to your hotel in Kampala City.
Check-in & stay at leisure, with dinner at the Hotel (client’s own cost).
Basis
Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Nile Village Hotel & Spa, Jinja

Day Tour Jinja With Optional Activities
Journey Time: 2 hours
At 08:00 am depart Kampala on a sightseeing trip to Jinja.
Have a brief stopover at Sezibwa Falls (Very beautiful) and thereafter proceed to Griffin Falls Camp Mabira for Zip lining or a forest walk.
Proceed to the Source of the Great River Nile). Enjoy a boat cruise to the source of the Nile & explore;

Various bird species including Kingfishers
One of the best spots to see otters
Get close to the oldest Jinja port
Explore the fish farming activities around the port
Sightseeing the John Speke Monument
Photo opportunity at Mahatma Gandhi Monument
Souvenir Shopping at the craft market
and check in to your pre-arranged accommodation. In the evening, you can opt for a Sundowner boat cruise.

Day 3: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park

Day Itinerary
Road Trip To Murchison Falls Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Journey time: 6 -7 Hours
Early breakfast & depart Jinja for Murchison Falls National Park.
Stopover for lunch in Masindi and later continue to the park. You will have the opportunity to walk to the falls before checking in at the lodge for dinner, leisure & overnight.

Rhino Trekking at Ziwa (optional): En route to Masindi 3 hours’ drive out of Kampala, you will make a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track rare Rhinos before proceeding to the National Park.
Visit the Top of the falls; spot a permanent rainbow amidst the loud sound of the waterfall. The view is rewarding as it explains why Murchison Falls is one of the world’s powerful waterfalls. And soon after experiencing the perfect scenery, proceed to the ferry dock, crossover to the lodge so as a check-in with the rest of the day at leisure.

Murchison Falls National Park
Stretching from the shores of Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest National Park. The Nile River flows through the middle of the park creating the impressive Murchison Falls which is the park’s major attraction. The landscape features dense rainforest, undulating savannah, and a diversity of abundant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy prime game-viewing along the Buligi Circuit. The forests are home to numerous primates, including Chimpanzees, and near the river, buffalo, elephants, and Rothschild-Giraffes can be seen. Other commonly spotted wildlife include lions, antelope, waterbucks, hippos, and crocodiles.

Optional
Morning Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Recommended
Afternoon Visit the top of the falls

Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Pakuba Safari Lodge is located in North West of Uganda on the Eastern Bank of the Albert Nile. The tastefully furnished rooms offer comfort, style & serenity. Here you can enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls & marvel at the views through the mist.

Alternate: Paraa Safari Lodge
Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the northwest of Uganda overlooking one of nature's best-kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channeled into a gorge only six meters wide and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls - one of the world's most powerful flows of natural water.

Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with a balcony and private bathroom.
The safari décor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie "The African Queen" (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart).

Enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist. A variety of ecosystems and an impressive 451 species of birds await.

Basis
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, and Lunch
Tea, Coffee, and Soft Drinks Included

Day 4: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park

Day Itinerary
Game Drive & Launch Cruise To The Bottom Of The Falls
After an early breakfast, you will have a game drive through the delta circuit, reputably known for high concentrations of wildlife. Return to the lodge and spend the rest of the morning at leisure with lunch at the lodge.

What to expect;
Lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas, hartebeests, oribi, Uganda Kobs, chimpanzees, and patas monkeys.
In the afternoon, you will go for the superb launch cruise on the Nile. In addition to taking you close to the base of the waterfall, the 3-hour launch trip follows a stretch of the Nile with a compelling African atmosphere. Game viewing is excellent with stunning birdlife.
What to expect:
Hippos in their hundreds
Some of the largest Nile crocodiles left in Africa,
Small herds of buffalo, waterbuck & kob , elephants

The birdlife on the banks is stunning. Birds to be seen include the African fish Eagle, Goliath heron, saddle-billed stork, African Jacana, Pied and malachite kingfishers, African skimmer, Piacpiac, rock pratincole kingfishers, bee-eaters, and many more.

You will spend a quiet evening at the lodge with a tasty dinner.
Activities
Morning Game drive
Afternoon Murchison Falls Bottom of the Falls Cruise
Afternoon Bird watching on the Nile

Wild Frontiers Murchison Falls Bottom of the Falls Cruise
Wild Frontiers Murchison Falls Bottom of the Falls Cruise is a three-hour scheduled and private cruise from park headquarters to the head of Fajao Gorge at the base of Murchison Falls. Passengers can witness the mighty force of the Nile River pushing through a narrow seven-meter gap, cascading down a forty-meter cliff to the vast gorge below.

The power of the falls and the scenic views from their base are breathtaking. Large resident populations of hippo float in the water along the way, groups of crocodile bask on the shore, and herds of elephant, buffalo, and antelope can be seen moving along the riverbanks. The river offers spectacular opportunities for bird watchers, with a wide range of water birds and vibrant Bee-eaters nesting in the cliffs along the river's bank.

Basis
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

Day 5: Primate Lodge Kibale, Kibale Forest National Park

Day Itinerary
Depart Murchison Falls To Kibale N. Park
Journey time: 6 - 7 Hrs
Early in the morning, after your breakfast, you will depart for Kibale National Park with your lunch stopover in Hoima.
Kibale National Park contains one of the most varied tracts of the tropical rain forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. Upon your arrival you will drive straight to your Lodge and recuperate from the long journey.

Kibale Forest National Park
Located in southern Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is the habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all manner of monkey including: red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest's monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here. When you’re not searching for monkeys there are over 300 bird species and an incredible 250 species of butterfly to keep you busy. Visitors can look forward to chimpanzee tracking, birding tours and guided nature walks.

Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale
Primate Lodge in Kibale is an exclusive eco-lodge situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. It is surrounded by a lush tropical forest that is home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimpanzees. Privately secluded in the rainforest, this safari lodge offers you a truly authentic jungle experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates in Uganda. Whether you wish a high level of luxury and comfort, rather stay in a midrange cottage or want to bring your own tent, Primate Lodge Kibale is the ideal place for you. Primate Lodge Kibale was awarded with the Chimp Award 2008 for Investment in Eco-Tourism by UWA.

Alternate: Papaya Lake Lodge
Papaya Lake Lodge is situated about 350 km away from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, in one of the country’s most scenic regions. The Great Crater Lakes area boasts over 20 extinct volcanic craters, forming a necklace of lakes, each unique in shape, size and colour, and each boasting its own distinct ecosystem.

Papaya Lake Lodge offers nine spacious and bright cottages. They are all situated on the extinct volcano crater’s slope and have breath-taking views of the Lyantonde Lake. Each of the cottages offers complete privacy, hidden from view by a green wall of sympathetic treetops. Eight of the cottages feature two beds (one king-size and one single), local stone-decorated bathrooms with shower units and verandas equipped with deckchairs. The ninth cottage is a two-floor villa boasting three bedrooms, a fireplace-lit living room, a spacious bathroom and a large terrace. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Basis
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

Day 6: Primate Lodge Kibale, Kibale Forest National Park

Day Itinerary
Primate Adventure In Kibale National Park
At 795 sq.km, this is home to over 351 tree species some over 200 years old, famous for 13 primate species including Chimpanzees, 70 mammals species & over 375 bird species. In the morning, start of the day with breakfast and get ready for the day’s exciting activities.

First thing, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking combined with an all green forest walk where you will see various bird species (great blue turaco), and more primates like the black and white colobus monkey, you will also view more animals to include bushbucks and mongoose.

Right after this activity, return to your lodge for refreshment and stay at leisure while enjoying your lunch. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Bigodi Community (optional) where you will be interacting freely with the locals. Then proceed to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a nice spot for birds; to include; African hobby, great blue turaco, Black kite, Swamp flycatcher, Scarlet-chested bird, Grey-crowned crane, Herons, Weaver birds and many more. Later on, in the evening, you will return to your lodge and enjoy your evening amidst the most captivating ambiance.

Activities
Morning Chimp tracking in Kibale National Park

Optional
Afternoon Bigodi Community & the wetland sanctuary

Basis
Full Board - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks Included

Day 7: End of Itinerary

Day Itinerary
Depart Kibale Via Kampala To Entebbe & Departure
Journey time: 5 - 6 Hrs
Early breakfast & start off your journey via Kampala City straight to Entebbe International Airport to check in for your outbound departure.
END OF SAFARI
DISCLAIMER: 1. The journey time(s) stated in the itinerary is an estimation and it is subject to variation depending on traffic and road conditions.
2. Listed accommodation options are subject to availability at the time of booking. If not available, similar properties will be considered
Basis
Bed and Breakfast

Included/Exclude

  • Return transfers in an air-conditioned 4 x 4 vehicle
  • 2 way airport transfers
  • The services of an English-speaking tour guide
  • Full board meals in both Parks
  • Bed & Breakfast for Jinja
  • All activities except those listed as optional
  • Daily mineral water on safari
  • 6 Nights’ accommodation
  • Transport in a 4X4 land cruiser (Window seat guaranteed)
  • AMREF Medical evacuation cover
  • Chimp permits & park entry fees
  • ​​​​​Expenses of a personal nature
  • Visa Fees & Flight tickets
  • Optional activities
  • Enroute meals & snacks
  • Other drinks except mineral water
  • Medical / travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities

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