17 DAYS BEST OF UGANDA, RWANDA &TANZANIA

17 DAYS BEST OF UGANDA, RWANDA &TANZANIA

Itinerary

DAY 1 : KAMPALA


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Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport where your Uganda Adventure Safari starts by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. Your will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.

Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money Changed on this day ,If time allowing you may go for a city tour. All activities today are at your own cost. You may visit the botanical gardens at a supplement of $10 per person or visit the Uganda Wildlife Educational centre at supplement of $15 per pesrson or go for a cheese and wine sundowner on Lake Victoria at a supplement of $85 per person.

DAY 2 : MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK


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After your early morning breakfast drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park, you may stopover at the Rhino Sanctuary where you will have an opportunity to trek Rhinos.

There are 15 Rhinos which were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and half hours. Proceed to Masindi Town for lunch and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon.

DAY 3 : MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK


Arise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

Alternatively you may opt to go for a hot air balloon safari at a supplement of $380 per person

After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.

After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls, where you will have the amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening.

Alternatively, you may choose to pay a supplement of $500 per group below 10 PAX to join a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls where you will mix with the high concentration of mammals as well you will get a chance of coming close to the endemic Albertine rift Shoe bill stork in the wilderness

DAY 4 : KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK


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After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates. You will have a stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive at you lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Alternatively, you may opt to fly to Kibale Forest National Park at a supplement of $470 per person

DAY 5 : KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK


After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they gloom and bond with one another.

After lunch, head to Bigodi . Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq-km Magombe Swamp that's home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting

DAY 6 : SOUTHERN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK


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After breakfast at your lodge before you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals.

Upon arriving at your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species.

DAY 7 : SOUTHERN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK


Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Later, have an afternoon game drive as you transfer to Ishasha Plains – sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park for tree climbing lion search .

Alternatively Afternoon visit to the bat and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras at a supplement of $30 per person. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc.

DAY 8 : BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST


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After your breakfast, pack-up your bags and take a morning game drive through the park for your final visit with the tree climbing lions and other wildlife before heading out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to Bwindi. The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

DAY 9 : BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST


After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones.

Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening at a supplement of $25 per person. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow's safari adventure.

You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $900 per person – here you will be sure of meeting and spending enough time with the Gorillas.

DAY 10 : VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK


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After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park.

On the way , you may opt to visit the ib'cugwa cultural village at a supplement of $35 per person where you will be treated as a King and Queen and you will learn the culture of the Rwandese.

Alternatively, you may opt to do Golden Monkeys Tracking in Mgahinga Forestat a supplement of $100 per person before crossing over to Rwanda.

You will spend a night in the famous- ''Hotel Rwanda''- Hotel des milles Collines

DAY 11 : KIGALI


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After breakfast, you will proceed for another adventurous hike to Dian Fossey graveyard/tombs and you go back to your lodge for lunch and later proceed to Kigali for the night. Time allowing you may opt for the city tour- to visit the Genocide museum, local museums, markets, local craft/ coffee shops at a supplement of $35 per person.

DAY 12 : PEMBA ISLAND


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After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport to catch your international flight to Tanzania.

You will be met on arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport and transferred to Terminal 1 for your onward flight to Pemba. This flight departs at 14:30 in the afternoon and arrives Pemba at 15:35 where drivers from The Manta Resort will be waiting for you to transfer you to the resort.

On arrival at the resort you will be checked in and your beach holiday begins.

Enjoy, the sun, sea, and sand at this eclectic resort.

While similar in size to its neighbouring Unguja Island, Pemba is far less developed and touristy. As a result, this island paradise has a remarkably remote, authentic and unspoilt feel to it. The coastline is lined with gorgeous mangroves and stunning secluded beaches. Known throughout East Africa as a centre for practicing and learning the ancient arts of traditional African healing, the island has a rich and fascinating history and cultural heritage which the notoriously friendly locals seem eager to share with visitors. Pemba is home to three main towns and boasts a wide range of attractions. Spend your days: exploring the indigenous Ngezi and Ras Kiuyu Forests, both brimming with an abundance of unusual bird and wildlife; scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters which are home to a variety of marine life including mantas and turtles; or discovering the incredible Ras Mkumbuu Ruins which date back to the 11th century.

DAY 13 : PEMBA ISLAND


Full Day at the Beach

DAY 14 : PEMBA ISLAND


Full Day at the Beach

DAY 15 : PEMBA ISLAND


Full Day at the Beach

DAY 16 : PEMBA ISLAND


One of the days during the course of your stay, you will get to experience the unique and most scenic room of the resort - The Underwater Room where you will get the opportunity to sleep in an underwater room to get the experience of sleeping with the marine wildlife.

A private floating island with your bedroom four meters below the surface. It is yours to enjoy while sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck, lounging and dining on the water deck and sleeping surrounded by a tropical marine environment.

Spotlighting the water around you at night from your underwater room, we are sure will be absolutely breathtaking.

DAY 17 : END OF ITINERARY


After breakfast, you will check out of the resort and be transferred to Pemba Airport for your return flight to Dar es Salaam. On arrival in Dar, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the international terminal to catch your return flight home and we bid you farewell and until next time!

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