At L’hoest’s Safaris, we unfold Uganda’s most popular wild experience taking you to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking, Murchison Falls for an amazing wildlife tour, Kibale Forests for a chimpanzee trek, to the magnificence Rwenzori Mountains for a hike up to Margherita peak before going to down in to Queen Elizabeth for an outstanding rare wildlife encounters including a game drive in search of tree climbing lions before heading to Bwindi for Gorilla Trekking. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rain forest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site,
Day 1: Arrival Entebbe Airport-Entebbe
You’ll be personally met by our company representative upon arrival at Entebbe airport, and transfer to Protea Hotel (High end), The Boma Hotel (Mid Lodge) or Anderita Beach Hotel (budget end) Meal plan: Dinner
Day 2: Kampala- Murchison Falls National Park
Begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to Murchison Falls “. Overnight and dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge/Barkers Lodge (high end), Fort Murchison Murchison River Lodge (Mid Lodge) or Heritage Lodge, Bwana Tembo (budget end)Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park
After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. Your guide will help you spot Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob crocodile. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your – quite heavy – hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge. Overnight and dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge/Barkers Lodge (high end), Fort Murchison River Lodge (Mid Lodge) or Heritage Lodge, Bwana Tembo (budget end)Meal Plan B-L-D
Day 4: Murchison Falls-Kibale
All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Meals and overnight at Crater Lodge/Ndali Lodge (high end) or Primate Lodge (Mid Lodge) or Kibale Forest Camp (budget end). Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking & Bigodi Walk-Rwenzori
After early breakfast, report at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but not a guarantee. Kibale National Park is one of the beautiful and stunning forests in the Uganda. It is home to our closest living relatives the endangered Chimpanzee, the threatened Red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest also boasts of having one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the Black and white colobus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
After lunch visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary from where you will take on a guided walk around the Swamp which will provide you with the opportunity to see a wide range of flora and fauna. View a variety of butterflies, birds and other insects. Thereafter drive to the Rwenzori Mountains Dinner and overnight at Equator Snow Lodge (high end) Sandton Hotel Kasese (mid end) or Ruboni Campsite (Budget end) Meal plan Lunch and dinner
Day 6: First day trek
1 Nyakalengija 1600m – Nybitaba Hut 2650m
From the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Head Quarter at Nyakalengija, 1.646 m, you will receive the briefing from the guides, with the possibility of hiring equipment. The hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass. You follow the Mobuku River, until crossing the Mahoma River. The trail passes through an open bracken fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m, which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. From the location, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks, 4.627 m. and in front Mount Kyniangoma. During the day, you might see monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and hearing the chimpanzees.
Day 7: Second day Trek
Nyabitaba Hut 2650m – John Matte Hut 3380m
Descend the ridge to the Mubuku River then climb through bamboo forest toward John Matte Hut (3380m). The afternoon is tiring boulder hopping ascending along the north side of the Bujuku river through giant heather forest (4.1/2-5.1/2 hours)
Day 8: Third day Trek
3 John Matte Hut (3380m) – Bujuku Hut 3972m
Trek from John Matte Hut (3380m) to Bujuku Hut (3977m). We encounter the first of notorious bogs for which the Uganda approach to the peaks is famous. Traverse around Bigo Bog and Lake Bujuku. Look for the ‘everlasting flower’ known to remain on the plants for 40-years!
Day 9: Fourth day Trek
4 Bujuku Hut 3900m- Elena Hut 4541m
From Bujuku Hut you climb through moss draped groundsel vegetation, to Scott Elliot Pass, 4.372 m., between Mt. Baker and Stanley. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. for spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley.
Day 10: Fifth day Trek
Mt. Stanely/Margherita Peak – 5109m
Elena Hut 4541m – Punta Margherita 5109 m. – Elena Hut 4541m- Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. Elena Hut to Margherita peak (5109m) then down Elena Hut 4541m . Early morning traverse of the Elena glacier to the Stanley Plateau where crampons may be required. Cross this in a NW direction and follow the Margherita glacier to the col and to the summit (3 hours). Descend to Elena Hut and after you descend to Upper Kitandara lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara lake where is located Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m. Time to complete the hike about 3 hours more. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia.
Day 11: Sixth day Trek
Kitandara Hut – Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m.
From Lake Kitandara you climb to Freshfield Pass, 4.282 m., a long flat of high alpine mossy glades, before descending the circuit among rocky and boggy areas. The panorama is dominated by the glaciers of Mounts Stanley and Baker and Mount of Savoy. A muddy trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where starts the Kabamba valley down to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. This can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, vegetations and rivers.
Seventh day Trek
Guy Yeoman Hut – Nyabitaba hut. Drop very steeply alongside the Mubuku River, past Kichuchu, another rock shelter and join our original route near the confluence of the Bujuku River (3.1/2 hours).
Day 13: Eighth Day Trek
Nyabitaba Hut to the Nyakalengija road head (2-hours). Descend steeply off the ridge and notice enter the warm rainforest. Look for the tropical forest birds and monkeys.
Day 14: Rwenzori–Queen Elizabeth NP
Here we have a short break before we walk the final distance through mountain montane forest. After debriefing, we sign off and walk down to Trekkers Hostel. Some fast walkers have descended to the rangers post by midday thereafter drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Evening relaxation and sightseeing at the Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Kasenyi Safari Camp/Katara Lodge (high end lodge) or Enganzi Safari Lodge (Mid Lodge) or Simba Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge (Budget Facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15: Queen Elizabeth NP
Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. Proceed after lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel – one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Kasenyi Safari Camp/Katara Lodge (high end lodge) or Enganzi Safari Lodge (Mid Lodge) or Simba Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge (Budget Facility) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16: Queen Elizabeth NP-Bwindi
With previous day’s memories, visit Maramagambo forest, many surprises await you here for example pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bat cave floor using the bats as a source of food. The cave is near a picturesque formerly Blue lake and Hunters cave. You may also see forest birds such as bat hawks, brown eared woodpecker and other primates. After the walk, proceed to Ishasha. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 4 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Springs (high end lodge) or Sliver back Lodge/The Haven Buhoma (Mid range) or Buhoma community Bandas (Budget facility) Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 17: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast set off early with guides to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent green swathe of dense rainforest, so ancient that survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, it’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 720. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.
Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Springs (high end lodge) or Sliver back Lodge/The Haven Buhoma (Mid range) or Buhoma community Bandas (Budget facility) Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 18: Bwindi –Entebbe
After early breakfast, Drive back to Kampala with a visit to Igongo Cultural village to explore and learn the Bahima and Ankole culture. This is the place where the future meets the past. Continue your drive to the Equator crossing with your lunch enroute before you drive to back to Entebbe. Overnight and dinner at Protea Hotel (High end), The Boma Hotel (Mid Lodge) or Anderita Beach Hotel (budget end). Meal Plan B-L & D
Day 19: Entebbe Out
Today is dedicated for your airport transfer to the Airport to catch your out bound flight back home or to your next destination. Meal Plan B End of Service
The above safari package includes:-
Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
Igongo cultural village visit
One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance
Kibale Chimpanzee Permits
Night game drive in Queen Elizabeth
Ziwa sanctuary Rhino Tour
Services of English speaking Driver/guide.
Bat cave visit
Hike to the top of the falls
Central circuit Hiking Mountain Rwenzori for 8 days up to Margherita peak 5,109m
Ferry crossings fees
Important to Climbers:
Climbers must be prepared to walk for up to 8 hours every day via steep cliff and muddy paths.
Climbers must bring along their own climbing gear or hire it at the base camp.
Our porters carry 8 kg of personal climbing gear
What to bring:
Sleeping bag, rucksack, sleeping mat, good hiking gumboots, water proof trousers, rain coat, heavy worm jacket, hand gloves, scarf and cup, jumper, torch, Light changeable clothing, sweaters, insect repellants, sun cream, sun glasses, hat, binoculars, and cameras etc.
However, the package excludes: Personal insurance, Equipment for the hike, Extra Luggage (extra 25kg per person), Any changes in the program itinerary while in the Rwenzori, expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco.