The Best of Western Uganda

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel To Murchison Falls National park

Depart Kampala towards north of Uganda. Have a stop-over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to view Rhino, animals that became extinct in the early 1980s due to excessive poaching. Enroute, we will visit a few pineapple gardens, and possibly taste Uganda’s organic fruits right from where they are grown – every visitor to taste them has been left speechless! Proceed to Murchison Falls National park, through a plateau covered in green and typical African settlements. Expect to meet some primates (baboons, Colobus and Vervet Monkeys), butterflies and birds. Dinner & Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 2: Chimpanzee sights and Waterfall Sounds

Wake up to the sounds of birds and typical wild fresh air, and start day with a delicious breakfast. Set off for chimpanzee tracking, to have a wild encounter with the apes with which human beings share 98% of genetic material. Seeing them in their natural habitat is a thrilling experience. But the best of the day will come with the afternoon visit to the top of the Murchison Falls, a point where River Nile plunges into a 4 meter wide crevice, as it falls 40 meters down to produce a thunderous noise and a full rainbow in front of you. You can spend a day, and a lifetime just enjoying this sight of the Nile without ever getting tired. In the vicinity are birds, butterflies and wild animals. Dinner and Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 3: Wild Game Drives and Sights of Murchison Falls

Have early morning breakfast and set off for morning game drive in the park many say is the most densely populated protected area in Uganda. You will encounter lots of birds, elephants, giraffe, lions, buffalos, and if lucky, leopards and hyenas. Besides, the beautiful plains you will see on this drive will take away your breath! You will also visit the site where men and women (local community) make handicrafts and souvenirs, to see how the process goes and possibly try out by yourself, and also learn how your stay in Uganda impacts the lives of the rural poor.

Later in the afternoon, you will take a boat cruise on the Nile towards the base of the Murchison Waterfalls, to complete the sight obtained when you view the falls from above. You may opt to have one more round of the top of the waterfall, on a guided walk from the base. Return to lodge for afternoon rest and overnight stay.

Day 4: Set off for Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have morning breakfast and set off for Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). Enroute to QENP, you will enjoy wonderful scenic views, rural settlements, views of the Great East African Rift Valley, escarpments, lakes and a variety of other sights. Reach QENP late afternoon, check-in at lodge and rest for remainder of day.

Day 5: Savanna wildlife sights

Have early morning breakfast and set off for the morning game drive in the grazers mating area. Carefully search for lions, hyenas, elephants, buffaloes and many more wild animals. Return to lodge for lunch and take an afternoon luxury boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, connecting between lakes Edward and George. Your eyes will be treated to varieties of bird species, wild animals, including dozens of schools of hippos. This cruise is ranked by many as one of the most exciting activities in Uganda. In the evening, you will be treated to community cultural dance and drama.

Day 6: Tree Climbing lions and descent to the land of Mountain Gorillas

After early morning breakfast, we shall set off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south, carefully driving through the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park for more wild animals and importantly, tree climbing lion. Driving through rural Uganda, with sights of green hills marked by agricultural terraces are truly refreshing. Reach Bwindi late afternoon and have good rest for the big day, gorilla sights and sounds.

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking

Have an early morning breakfast, after which you will get to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest information centre for briefing. You will then set off into this tropical rainforest, hilly and soggy, to track the mountain gorillas. It’s a fairly tough walk but one you’ll never forget – the sight of these apes as they feed, play and relax is extremely amazing. Besides the gorillas, our close relatives still in the wild, you will encounter hundreds of bird species, small mammals, primates and lots of plant life. Return to lodge for overnight stay.

Day 8: Community Sights and Sounds

Have morning breakfast and head to the Sir Winston Churchill pavilion, a breathtaking sight where he stood over a century ago to have a magnificent look at the Kigezi region. At this historic point, you will have a wonderful view of the Kigezi region, with its green hills, rivers, lakes and scattered settlements, all in one sight as seen by Churchill. 

Set off for ancient burial cave exploration in Lake Mutanda. This is the only lake declared Bilharzia free during the colonial time and was visited by all the former colonial governors of Uganda. You will see burial caves for kings, for distinguished women who produced over 13 children; and for girls who conceived before marriage among others. The remains of the people buried in these caves are clearly visible.

After the cave exploration, you will be treated to a fascinating canoe rally by some of the strongest men in the local communities using traditional canoes, while women and men are performing cultural dances for you. You are free to participate in all these activities. Return to lodge for overnight stay.

Day 9: Return to Kampala and departure

Have morning breakfast and set off for Kampala with a stop-over at Igongo Cultural Museum, the Equator (as we cross from the south to the northern hemisphere) and eventual departure through Entebbe International Airport.