15-Day Top of the World, Gorillas, Chimps and the Big 5.

The 15 Days Top of the World Gorillas, Chimpanzee & Big 5 Safari starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport and features Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale NP, extensive wild game viewing in Kidepo Valley NP, Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, and Lake Mburo National Park. The safari also features great sightseeing experience to the Top of the world.

Route

A Lolim, MasindiB Lolim, MasindiC UgandaD UgandaE UgandaF KaseseG KaseseH BuhomaI BuhomaJ LyantondeK LyantondeL KampalaM JinjaN Kampala-Jinja Road

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport and Transfer to Murchison falls National Park.
You will be welcomed by Hail Tours Uganda driver and start your safari to Murchison Falls National Park. Along the way you will have a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda, where they are working hard to reintroduce rhinos to Uganda. Presently the sanctuary is home to twenty-two (22) southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk and Relaxation. Here you will go on a trek to see these impressive animals. After this visit you will continue your journey with a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way. Upon arrival to Murchison Falls National Park you will check-in at your hotel, settle in, enjoy dinner and enjoy your rest at Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park.
Meal plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 2: Murchison Game drive and afternoon boat trip to the base of the falls.
After breakfast you will head out for an action packed morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park, one of the best game parks to visit while in Uganda endowed with several attractions including over 76 mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas etc.
In the afternoon, you go for an afternoon boat cruise and along the shores of the Nile and within the waters you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures.There are also several primates in the Murchison falls national park including baboons and several monkey species and it’s also home to over 450 recorded bird species including the rare shoebill stork. Overnight at Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 3: Hike To The Top of the Falls and Transfer to Semuliki National Park
March 1864: “A magnificent sight burst suddenly upon us. . .. The fall of water was snow white, which had a superb effect as it contrasted with the dark cliffs that walled the river, while the graceful palms of the tropics and wild plantains perfected the beauty of the view. This was the greatest waterfall of the Nile. -Sir Samuel Baker, The Albert N’yanza.

After breakfast you will checkout and embark on your visit to the top of the falls. This is a magnificent classic highlight of the safari and your last day. You will experience the explosive mass of water at close range as it gushes through a narrow crevice thinking it’s in a move but in actual sense its reality.
The highlight of your tour in Murchison falls National Park is visiting the “Murchison Falls” a point along the Nile, within the park where River Nile forces its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide.
After this once in a lifetime experience you will leave the park and start the journey to Semuliki National Park having lunch along the way. Upon arrival to Semuliki, you will just check into your lodge and rest. Overnight stay at Ntoroko Game Lodge..
Main Destination: Semiliki National Park
Meal Plan: Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.

Day 4: Visit to the Sempaya Hot Springs and Evening Game Drives in Semuliki Valley.
One of the things you do not want to miss at Semuliki National Park are the two Hot Springs –there is the male hot-spring Bitende and the female hot spring is called Nyasimbi which spurts out bubbling water and steam about 2 meters into the air. The people living near the hot-springs used to boil food in the hot-spring pools, even now you can bring some eggs along and have them boiled here. The water have a temperature of around 100 Degrees Celsius. The surrounding pools are also quite hot.
In the afternoon, go for a game drive in Semuliki Valley. This Valley has much to offer to the visitors on Safari in Uganda such as game drives through the savannah, birding, chimpanzee tracking, the scenery alone is worth a visit to this Valley in the Albertine Western Rift…you will certainly enjoy your time here…
Look out for pygmy antelopes, squirrels, hopefully, you will also see the unique water chevron that has been named the fanged deer, forest elephants and buffaloes, lions and leopards. Retire to Ntoroko Game Lodge for overnight stay.
Main Destination: Semuliki National Park.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 5: Visit the Bambuti Pygmies and Transfer to Kibale National Park.
The Bambuti Pygmies live on both side of the Semliki River and are closely related to the Basu Pygmies of the Democratic Republic of the Congo rather than to Batwa Pygmies around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Most safari companies refer to the Bambuti Pygmies as Batwa, but they are not and their culture and ways are different from each other. Both have lived in the forests for thousands of year.
The Bambuti Pygmies are much smaller in number than the Batwa People. Both were evicted from their ancient forests, though the Bambuti have limited hunting and gathering rights. They also can legally grow marijuana and smoke it. The Bambuti can be visited and today have their own guides unlike in the past. Learn about their culture, way of living and marriages.
Later in the afternoon, transfer to Kibale National Park. Overnight stay at Isunga Lodge.
Main Destination: Kibale National Park.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Today you will track the most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park, the chimpanzees. Chimpanzees share 98% of human genes making them our closest living relatives. They are found in 21 countries throughout Africa, but are most easily sighted in Uganda due to their dense populations. There is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates, more than any other forest in East Africa, In fact, besides our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees, you can find red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. In addition, you may see olive baboons, bush babies and nocturnal pottos.
In the afternoon you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Via Kasese town. Overnight stay at Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge.
Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 7: Queen Morning Game drive and afternoon Boat trip along the Kazinga Channel
After you have enjoyed your breakfast you will be taken for a morning game drive in time to see the sun rise. The morning is the best time for a game drive as the African animal kingdom tends to be most active when during the golden hours of the first sunlight touching the savannah. You will continue the search for all the wildlife; elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog and do not forget about the birds and the primates.
After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. Retire to your lodge rest and prepare for the following day at Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge.
Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 8: Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
On this morning, you start your Journey to Bwindi National park en-route to the Ishasha Sector. You will drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha sector).
This part is famous for its’ tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. However, these lionesses enjoy spending their time snoozing in fig trees to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze.
This is the most memorable sight in the park as you have never seen such photogenic lions posing for your camera before. Meanwhile don't miss the stunning scenery and superb bird life in this southern remote section of the park either. Overnight stay at Gorilla Valley Lodge.
Main Destination: Bwindi National Park
Meal Plan: Meals include ; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner andDrinking water.

Day 9: Mighty Gorilla Trekking and Batwa Trail.
Encountering the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an experience of a lifetime. Half of the world’s population of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the nine habituated family groups who live in the park. Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours.
Once the family of gorillas has been located, settle in to your surroundings and enjoy the hour you have to quietly observe these fascinating primates whose habits and mannerisms remind us so much of our own.
If time and energy allows, visit the Batwa people and learn about their culture, way of living and know their origin. Did you know that this is the shortest and remote tribe in the country?
Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 10: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for Relaxation.
After breakfast, we shall start our journey to lake Bunyonyi in kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) with 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.
On this day, you shall have an exciting boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi. In the afternoon you may have optional activities; a Canoe boat ride, a swim in the Bilharzia free lake, you may also hike or explore a nearby village. Residents are happy for you visit and are open to explain their daily lives. You will spend your night at Bunyonyi View Resort.
Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 11: Bunyonyi-Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
On this day, you will have a full rest as you enjoy the floating islands of Lake Bunyonyi. You will exit lake Bunyonyi after lunch and head to Lake Mburo National Park reaching late in the evening.
You will pass in Mbarara and visit the Igongo Cultural village, this is more rewarding and amazing as you visit the Ankole museum. Continue to lake Mburo and the whole evening you will be for resting only at Rwakobo Rock.
Main Destination: Lake Mburo Ntional Park.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 12: Nature Walk and Afternoon Boat Cruise on Lake Mburo.
What sets Lake Mburo Park apart from others is that Nature walks can be taken anywhere within the park with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger. On an early morning guided walk you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl – at the same time you can often see hippos returning from grazing during the night and returning to Lake Mburo to keep cool during the day and protect their sensitive skin from the sun.
On a nature walk you will often see Zebras, Giraffes, Eland, Topi and other antelopes, buffalo. Birds, butterflies. Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond, from this vantage point you have a great view of 9 of the regional lakes found in the area.
In the afternoon, a boat ride on Lake Mburo gets you in touch with the flora and fauna of the lake. Along the bank, you will see lots of animals coming to water especially during the dry season. There are hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelopes, zebras etc. Later return to Rwakobo Rock for your overnight stay.
Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 13: Morning game drive and transfer back to Kampala.
Early in the morning game drive in the park and sport the animals that were not sported the previous day.
After, you will start your journey back to Entebbe. Cross the equator for Lunch and have time to take photos at the equator. You will also have an experiment to show the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere and also get a chance to be in these two places at the same time. Buy a few souvenirs in the craft shops and have quick lunch and later you continue with your journey to Kampala city and you will spend a night at Acactus Hotel.
Main Destination: kampala.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 14: White Water Rafting at The Nile.
You will be picked up very early and start you journey to Jinja Town. This town is famous as the historic source of the Nile River and the capital of East Africa. Besides enjoying peaceful sunsets, bird life and tranquility, this is also where visitors get their adventurous fix.
After you check-in at the Brisk Hotel Triangle, you will embark on the Nile for white water rafting on the magical waters of the Nile River as it cascades through a series of impermeable rocks forming rapids that would present one of the challenging encounters in your adventure world. A half day or full day rafting adventure is offered. In the evening you will drive back to the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay at River Base.
Main Destination: Jinja
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinking water.


Day 15: Transfer to Kampala Via Mabira Forest for Zip-Lining.
After breakfast, you will leave Jinja Town and travel to Mabira Forest, one of the main rain forests reserves in East Africa. This forest houses great counts of bird species, impressive flora and primates. You will enjoy a forest walk in Mabira that gives you great up-close experiences with nature. You can go for a nature walk without guides here if you wish.
Forest walks for any fitness level can be done, including walks with children. During this walk, you will come across the monkey, birds, butterflies, flowering plants and ancient trees that have been here for centuries.
Forest Canopy Super-Skyway zip-lining is the only Zip-line above the treetops in East Africa. Enjoy the adrenaline rush of the zip-line jumping through the tranquil Mabira Forest. In the evening you will be taken back to Kampala/Entebbe and this is where your safari will end.
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Main Destination: Kampala/Entebbe.
Meal Plan: Meals include; Breakfast, Lunch and Drinking water.