Known as Uganda’s most popular destinations, Queen Elizabeth National Park is ideal for game watching, spotting endangered primates such as the chimpanzees and big game. Wind down in the remarkable sandy beaches of Ssese Islands and enjoy exceptional scenery, relaxing walks and canoeing and other exciting activities.
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Upon arrival at the airport in Entebbe we will be met by our safari guide for transfer to Airport View Hotel for a pre-Safari briefing. We will then have our dinner and overnight stay on bed and breakfast basis.
Today we drive to Lake Mburo National Park. The 3 to 4 hour drive takes us to the Arcadia Lodge for lunch. After lunch we explore the park which is an extensive area of wetland, rolling hills, grassy woodlands and grassy valleys supporting a vast wealth of wildlife. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebras, impalas, elands, buffaloes, oribi, Defassa waterbucks, leopards, hippos, hyenas, topi and reedbucks. As the sun sets over the lake we return to the lodge for our dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast we drive via Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth National park. The drive takes about 4 hours and we arrive just in time for lunch at the Mweya Safari Lodge. Queen Elizabeth National Park, set against the backdrop of the Ruwenzori Mountains, is Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystem, which includes sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, makes it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. An afternoon game reveals the wildlife treasures in the park with guaranteed sightings of antelopes, buffaloes and elephants and other diverse plains game. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the lodge.
Today after breakfast we take a boat trip on Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Albert to Lake Edward. The wildlife viewing experience includes the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. There are also crocodiles, countless birds on the shore and overhead as well as in the water. A pleasant quiet boat ride is the best opportunity to capture great photos of elephants, buffaloes and plains game on the shores. We return to the lodge for lunch and relax at the pool. In the later afternoon we take another game drive. Dinner and overnight stay will once again be at the lodge.
Today we will have a long drive (about 6 to 7 hours, 450 km) via Fort Hall to Murchinson Falls with lunch on the way. We arrive there just in time to board the last ferry across the Nile to Paraa Safari for our dinner and overnight stay. Murchison Falls National Park lies in the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley and is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area (1976 skm), hosting 76 species of mammals inclusive the big five and 451 birds.
Today we spend the entire day exploring Murchinson National Park with packed lunch. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchinson Falls, the centerpiece of the park. Our game drives take us to the top of falls. On our way, we encounter giraffes, herds of Uganda Kobs, buffaloes, lions, elephants, warthogs and lots of plains game. With some luck we might get a glance of a leopard. At sunset we return to the lodge for our dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, we take a cruise on the Nile to the base of the Murchinson Falls. Murchinson Falls derives its name from Sir Roderick Murchinson (1851–1853), who was the President of the Royal Geographical Society. He was the catalyst for many explorations within ‘colonial’ Africa, most notably in the search for the source of the river Nile. On our cruise we encounter hippos and crocodiles in the river while elephants, buffaloes, plains game and giraffes visit the riverbanks to quench their thirst. The view at the base is spectacular. The Nile funnels into a 7 meter wide gorge and drops down 45m with astonishing power. We return to the lodge for lunch and can opt to rest at the pool or explore the vast park further. Dinner and the overnight stay will once again be at the lodge.
Today we take a long drive with packed lunch on our way to Ssese Island, an archipelago of 84 islands located in the middle of Lake Victoria. We arrive just in time to take a ferry from Bukata to Kalangata. Lonely Planet was voted Ssese Islands among the top 10 ‘Romantic Secret Islands in the world for 2011’ The Ssese Islands is arguably an paradise island characterized by golden sandy beaches, whispering palm trees, exotic flora and fauna. The Islands are a perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Ssese Island Beach Resort.
After breakfast we go for a forest walk to enjoy some of Uganda's Natural forests with plenty of wildlife. This walk will reward you with exciting game watch like Monkeys, baboons, butterflies, and good sceneries. After the walk we return to the hotel for lunch and relax and savor some of the activities at the islands like sun bathing, swimming, bird watching, or fishing in the afternoon. Dinner and the overnight stay will once again be at the Ssese Island Beach Resort.
After an early breakfast, we take the 8.00 am ferry to Entebbe for a 3 to 4 hour journey. We will be picked up and check in at Entebbe Serena on Bed & breakfast Basis. In the afternoon, we can relax at the pool or visit the botanical garden.
Depending on the timing of our international flight we will be transferred to Entebbe airport for our international departure.