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Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe
You are met upon arrival in Entebbe and transferred to your hotel. Entebbe is a pleasant and convenient city in which to start our journey. We meet this evening for dinner and orientation.
Day 2: Botanical Gardens & Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
After breakfast we visit the local botanical gardens situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. In the years after its establishment in 1898, the garden was very active in plant introduction from many parts of the world. Crop species of foreign origin such as cocoa, coffee, tea and rubber were introduced and evaluated. Here we enjoy a guided walk through a nature lover's paradise which includes a thick forest canopy and beautiful views of the lake.
Day 3: To Kampala, Abetavu Children's Village
Today we make our way to Kampala, the largest city and capital of Uganda.The city is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning: Kampala Central Division, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division and Lubaga Division. The city is coterminous with Kampala District. We will pass by the Independence monument, and the Parliament of Uganda. From here we continue to Rubaga & Namirembe Cathedrals before proceeding to Kabaka's Lake. From here we make our way to our central hotel where we enjoy a light lunch.
Day 4: Rhino Sanctuary, to Murchison Falls N.P.
We start early with a drive to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. An experienced ranger will lead you on a hike to find the resident white rhinos. Unfortunately, rhinos were hunted to extinction in Uganda but are being re-introduced with the long-term goal of seeing them once again roam the grasslands of Uganda. It is a truly fascinating experience seeing these white rhinos up close.
Day 5: Murchison Falls, Game Drives
Early this morning, we set off on a safari game drive. We take a ferry across the Nile before searching for elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, baboons, several species of primates, numerous types of antelope and of course, excellent birding opportunities. We return to the lodge in time for lunch.
Day 6: Murchison Falls, Delta & Game Drives
Enjoy a morning boat journey along the Nile to the delta, passing hippos in the water, and gliding past riverbanks teaming with birdlife. At the delta, keep a watchful eye for the massive but elusive shoebill. After a picnic lunch we meet our safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park. Here we will have an opportunity to view the wild inhabitants who make this place their home. The park itself is part of the Great East Rift Valley. After our safari we return to the lodge where we can enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 7: To Kibale
Today we have a long drive to the mountainous tea plantation area of Kibale. As the elevation increases, the scenery becomes ever more spectacular. Pass by the many tea plantations, small rural towns and several crater lakes.
Day 8: Chimp Trekking
In the morning, we set out to enjoy one of our great ape encounters. We hike in Kibale National Park and have a rare opportunity to see chimpanzees in the wild - a truly a special experience.
Day 9: To Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We enjoy our lunch at a hotel overlooking the Kazinga Channel. We explore the Kazinga Channel by boat, gliding past the banks full of birds, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and other park inhabitants.
Day 10: To Ishasha
We depart for Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is known as the region where you can find the rare tree-climbing lions. Our drives are in the park so we can enjoy wildlife viewing while traveling to our next destination.
Day 11: Ishasha, Search for Tree-Climbing Lions
We enjoy 2 game drives today, including a drive to the Edward Flats, providing another opportunity to see the shoebill, and also the region where we hope to find the tree-climbing lions. After several days of game viewing, relax at our luxury tents located at a beautiful spot on the banks of the river.
Day 12: To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This morning we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Upon our arrival we enjoy a late lunch at our lodge followed by an afternoon at leisure.
Day 13: Gorilla Trekking - Bwindi
Today is easily one of the highlights of the entire journey as we trek up the side of the mountain to spend time with one of the resident gorilla families who make Bwindi Forest their home. The reward is great, but there are certainly some challenges along the way.
Day 14: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast, we spend the morning walking through Bwindi village. Here, we have an opportunity to meet the village medicine man and learn about his healing herbs and medicines. We return to our lodge in time for lunch.
Day 15: To Rwanda
We will depart in the morning after breakfast and drive to the border at Kisoro to enter Rwanda. We drive via beautiful mountainous forests, and through local villages to reach this bustling little border town. On a clear day, you should be able to see the row of volcanoes, lining up along the border like sentries!
Day 16: Golden Monkeys Trekking (or optional Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park)
After an early breakfast, we depart to visit the golden monkeys, which along with the mountain gorillas, is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. The golden monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes monkey, also known as the “blue monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor. Golden monkeys are among the most endangered primates in Africa and it is believed the only viable population of these monkeys is in the Virunga volcanoes. Two groups with over 100 individuals each are being habituated for visitors in the Virungas. The Kabatwa group are found in the east of the park on the flanks of the Sabinyo volcano, and the Musongo group are higher up on the flanks of the Karisimbi volcano at an altitude of about 2800-3000 meters.
Day 17: Kigali
Today we drive to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The roads are good, but quite busy with pedestrians! We will have time to visit the Genocide Museum, as well as other historical sites of interest. Tonight we enjoy our farewell dinner to reflect on this incredible journey.
Day 18: Depart Kigali
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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