14 days: The "Pearl of Africa" - Uganda classic safari
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
Bamboo Ecotours staff will pick you upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport and proceed to Central Inn for overnight. You will also have time to change money to use during the trip.
Day 2: Breakfast and visit Ngamba Islands Chimpanzee sanctuary
This trip starts in the morning after breakfast and takes you to the Ngamba Island which is a sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees. The Island is managed by Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust. The proceeds from your trip will contribute to the ongoing support of chimpanzee conservation. Dinner and Overnight at Central Inn.
Day 3: Kampala-Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Murchison Falls National Park
In the morning we will transfer from Kampala to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Rhino’s got extinct in Uganda in the early 1980s and Ziwa site is being used as a as breeding site for the black and white Rhino. After we will proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Dinner and Overnight at Parra Safari Lodge/RedChilli Rest Camp.
Day 4: Game drive and boat trip at Murchison Falls National Park
In the morning you will go for a game drive in the park to spot elephants, lions, giraffe and other wildlife. In the afternoon, you will take a relaxing boat trip on the River Nile and here you will have a chance to see crocodiles, hippos and a range of rare birds. You will also see for yourself the point where River Nile joins Lake Albert, which is one of the “major highlights” of this trip. Dinner and Overnight at Parra Safari Lodge/RedChilli Rest Camp.
Day 5: Visit the top of the Murchison Falls and transfer to Kibale National Park
This trip will take to you to upper Murchison Falls National Park where you have spectacular views of the Murchison Falls along the Nile River. After will head to Kibale National Park via Fort Portal town. In the afternoon, you will visit Bigodi Swamp which has a variety of bird species. Dinner and Overnight at Tooro Resort/Primate Lodge Kibale.
Day 6: Kibale National Park. Here you will go in into the jungle to encounter with chimpanzees and different species of monkeys like the Red Tailed Monkey, Olive baboon and Black and White Columbus Monkey.
Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drive and Kazinga Channel boat trip
In the morning you will start with the game drive where you should expect species such as elephants, buffaloes, side stripped jackals, hyena, leopards, Lions, warthogs, Uganda Kobs, giant forest Hogs. After lunch, you will take a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos and a variety of other animals like Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Day 8: Head to Ishasha for tree climbing lions and transfer to Kisoro in the afternoon
This trip takes you through Ishasha famously known for tree-climbing lions, the lions have learnt to climb the fig trees to escape the midday heat and if you’re lucky, you will see some sleepy lions relaxing in the branches. You will also see buffalo, topi and hippo among other species. After the game drive, you will proceed to Lake Bunyonyi for overnight.
Day 9: Visit local communities and experience their culture. This will be a good time for those who wish to do some short term volunteer work on community projects.
Day 10: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The gorilla trekking adventure will begin with a briefing by the guide on how to handle yourself once you enter the home of the “endangered species”. The trip can take about 3 to 9 hours deepening on how far the gorillas are inside the forest. Get hold of your camera as you will be able to take lots of photos. This will be “a remarkable experience”!
Day 11: The Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This is a unique cultural experience where you will be guided by an indigenous group called “Batwa”. They will walk you through how they used to hunt and gather fruits in the forest before they were evicted from the forest which is their ancestral land.
Day 12: Hike Sabyinyo volcano or go for golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Climbing the extinct volcano is done in south western Uganda and this consists of climbing 3peaks. Our hike to Sabyinyo takes us through muddy trails often on wooden ladders with expectations of patchy/partial rain and clearing clouds as you get to the beautiful view of Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo. At this time, the view is at times reduced to 10ft, reach the summit view and from here you will be able to see and stand in all the 3-Countries; Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. This hike sometimes involves walking straight high up the Mountain without going round it. The views and challenges of hiking Mt. Sabyinyo makes it an amazing experience for adventurers.
Day 13: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi or ‘Place of Little Birds’. The lake lies close to the border with Rwanda, and is thought of as one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzia free. The islands on the lake are wonderful for relaxing, canoe trekking, trying water sports and simply immersing yourself in the natural beauty of your surroundings. The nearby hills and papyrus swamps offer many opportunities for bird watching and the shady eucalyptus trees provide peaceful places to sit and read a book.
Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe/Kigali