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10 DAY UGANDA PRIMATE SAFARI

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Day 1: Arrival – Entebbe 

A Rwego Safaris representative will greet you at the Entebbe International Airport and arrange for a transfer to your Entebbe hotel.

 

Overnight at Hotel No 5- luxury room (BB)

Day 2: Kampala City Tour

You will be transferred to Kampala today; the 40 km/hour drive, depending on traffic, will take you to Uganda’s vibrant capital. From the whistling conductor on the Kampala public transportation system, known as the “Taxis,” to the exquisite display of produce in the neighborhood markets, and much more.

Arrival at Namugongo Shrine

We’re going to Namugongo Shrine, a memorial site where 22 young Catholic men were burned to death for defying Kabaka Mwanga’s order to cease worshiping the God of heaven that the missionaries had vainly preached. The believers gather a lot of holy water for divine healing from a wheel that is said to have been formed by supernatural or divine power.

Bahai Temple

We shall drive to Baha’i Temple; this being the only Baha’i Temple in Africa makes Uganda a primetour and safari destination to many tourists. It is located on Kikaya hill also overseeing Kampala. It is a beautiful place with lots of beautiful trees most of them fruit tree species plus flowers as well as a green carpet like grass with clean clear gazetted paths leading to the dome. This park like environment attracts many people who sit on the grass and have a peaceful moment or hold picnics.

Take a tour around the grounds as well as the worship house and hear about its history as well as the present Bahai Community in Uganda.

Uganda Museum

Take an exciting guided tour of the museum’s expansive galleries, which feature exhibits on Uganda’s indigenous ethnography and culture, archaeology, early history, science and industry, natural history, and traditional music gallery. Fans of traditional African music will find indigenous instruments on display, such as drums, lyres, xylophones, harps, and tube-fiddles, from the various tribes in Uganda. Undoubtedly going to be a treat!

After the visit to the Uganda museum, we shall have lunch en route before continuing to the Kabaka’s parliament.

Kabaka’s parliament-Bulange

The Kabaka’s parliament is referred to as the Great Lukiiko of the kingdom of Buganda. The kingdom has always had a culture of discussing issues regarding its political, social, economic and cultural matters. The Lukiiko is the legislative assembly which convenes at Mengo in the Bulange building and it formulates the Buganda bi-laws. Before Bulange building was constructed, members of the Lukiko used to sit under trees on grass but later, there decided to build the Lukiiko sit which was grass thatched. Later Sir Apollo Kaggwa who was then the prime minister decided to build a new Bulange with bricks.

Kabaka’s palace

The Kabakas of Buganda have a ceremonial palace in which a new modern house-‘Tweekobe’’ was built. Here Kabaka Muteesa 2 was attacked by Idi Amin’s soldiers forcing him into exile in Great Britain from where he later died of poison. Situated on a hill overlooking Kampala, this palace is enclosed in a ring fence covering close to a thousand acres. Still present are the torture chambers inside which Amin used to torture (using electric shock as well). The presence of human bones makes these chambers a living memory to those who lost their loved ones. Still at the gate of the palace is a traditional fire source that has never burnt out since the inception of the Buganda monarchy/kingdom shall never stop burning at least a king is dead. From the Kabaka’s place you will have magnificent views of the Kabaka’s lake.

Gaddafi National mosque

The Uganda National Mosque is a mosque located at Kampala Hill in the Old Kampala area of Kampala, Uganda. Completed in 2006, it seats up to 15,000 worshipers and can hold another 1,100 in the gallery, while the terrace will cater for another 3,500. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya commissioned the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the Muslim population. Uganda has many mosques but this one is a skyscraper mosque. The completed mosque was opened officially in June 2007 under the name Gaddafi National Mosque. Have lunch and continue to the Kabaka’s palace and parliament.

Visit the palace house, President Idi Amin’s canon, the torture chamber and also learn how to prepare traditional food + other cultural related activities.

Buganda Road Craft Market and National Theatre Market

We plan to cap off the day with a quick trip to the Buganda Road Craft Market before continuing our souvenir-shopping at the National Theatre Craft Market. After all of this, we hope to have enjoyed a day full of adventure and lifelong memories.

Overnight at Hotel No 5- luxury room (BB)

Day 3: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

We leave Entebbe and make our way to Fort Portal. You will be rewarded for your lengthy travel with breathtaking vistas as you pass by tiny towns and regional marketplaces. Fort Portal, known for its numerous tea plantations, is situated beneath the legendary “Mountains of the Moon.” We shall proceed to Kibale National Park’s thick woodland from this charming town.

Kibale Forest National Park is an extensive Biodiversity National Park in South Uganda and also known as the “Primate Paradise” has one of the greatest variety and concentration of primates in Africa including our famous cousins the Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s, Black-and- White Colobus and the Olive Baboons. There is also a wide array of unique birds, forest elephants (smaller and hairier than the more familiar savannah elephant) and much more.

Dinner and Overnight at Primate Lodge Luxury Cottages – FB

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimpanzee tracking experience.

Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthral you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.

Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.

Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting.

Dinner and Overnight at Primate Lodge Luxury Cottages – FB

Day 5: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast, we will check out visiting and enjoy sight-seeing around the scenic crater lakes that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Afterwards, you will proceed south alongside the majestic Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in time lunch and an afternoon game-drive.

Dinner and overnight at Elephant Plains Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)

Day 6: AM Game drive & Boat Cruise along the Kazinga Channel

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon we take on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a 33km long natural and pre-historic canal that joins Lakes Edward and Lake George. Formed by tectonic activity millions of years ago during the formation of the rift valleys, the canal, 2 to 3kms at its widest, is now the most dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park and one her key tourist attractions.

On a scheduled boat ride over a 12km stretch from Mweya to the bird sanctuary (2hrs), guests are almost always guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including large schools of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing buffaloes on its reedy banks, elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as numerous other plains game that come to drink at its water’s edge all day long.

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and Overnight at Elephant Plains Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi NP

After breakfast, travel via Ishasha to leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Upon arrival check in and have lunch. You will first take a short break before setting out on an evening village walk to interact with the residents and experience the local way of life. Afterwards, spend the night and dine back at the lodge.

Dinner and Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge- cottage (B-L-D)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei), lies on the edge of the albertine Rift Valley in south-western Uganda, with a wide altitude range between 1,160m and 2,600m.

The forest itself, dating back to the ice ages, is one of Uganda’s oldest and ecologically most diverse with almost 400 species of plants, 350 species of birds including 23 Albertine Rift endemics as well as 120 mammals species including lots of smaller ones like rodents and bats but also the Gorillas, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Elephants and Antelopes.

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking (3 to 8hrs)

Arise early today and prepare for an amazing adventure; an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Following breakfast, transfer to the park offices where participants are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

You drive to the trailhead for the beginning of your exciting adventure after your guide gives a pre-tracking briefing that covers the gorillas in general, your assigned gorilla family, and necessary safety precautions. Participants should expect to walk long distances in steep and occasionally muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the duration can vary greatly, ranging from two to eight hours or more, but the excitement of encountering a massive mountain gorilla silverback will more than make up for the difficulty of the search.

You get to spend the allotted hour with the gorillas after you spot them, watching them go about their daily lives—feeding, moving, playing, tending to their young, and occasionally engaging in some friendly competition between the younger gorillas. It’s an absolutely amazing and unforgettable experience!

NB: Coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla must truly be the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experience on earth!

Afterwards, you hike back to base where your Driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for a deserved shower and lunch or dinner depending on the time taken on the trek.

Dinner and Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge – cottage (B-L-D)

Day 9: Drive from Bwindi National Park to Lake Mburo National Park

Rise early, check out and head to lake Mburo National Park, this is a beautiful drive with a lot of nature to enjoy along the way, enjoy lunch at Igongo cultural visit. Evening game drive upon arrival in the park.

Return to the lodge for a beautiful evening and rest by the lodge – dinner will be arranged.

Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo Lodge- tented room (B-L-D)

Day 10: Drive to Entebbe for departure

Nature walk and drive to Entebbe from Lake Mburo National Park with lunch en route.

Connect with your International flight back home.

 

 

 

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