12 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Uganda
Fort Portal, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo. The itinerary for this tour must remain flexible to allow the best chance of seeing the gorillas.
Nairobi And Lake Nakuru National Park. We depart Nairobi at 10.00am to Lake Nakuru National Park. This journey goes via the Masai escarpment, which provides spectacular views of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park is famous for its large population of pink flamingos, which featured in the movie “Out of Africa”. Aside from flamingos Lake Nakuru boasts a sizeable population of rhinos, both black and white. The more sociable white rhino is a common sight seen grazing on the open plains, however its less sociable cousin, the black rhino often remains hidden in the dense bush. Although not native to this park they were introduced here because the park offered good security from poachers and they are being used in a breeding program to maintain and improve the rhino population
and gene pool. This park also has lion, leopard, buffalo, plains game (gazelle, antelope, zebra, impala and giraffe) and a large diverse bird population; which was the original reason the park was established. We camp in the Park, which gives us the thrill of hearing the night sounds of some of Africa’s famous wild beasts.
Jinja, Source of the Nile and Kampala. Leaving Lake Nakuru we head for Uganda and Kampala, via the Malaba border with its hundreds of transport trucks awaiting customs clearance. Scenery along the way consists of local villages, sugar and tea plantations and as much of this drive is at altitudes around 2000 metres above sea level you will also see fields of pyrethrum, distinguishable by its white and yellow flowers. The juice from the pyrethrum plant is a natural insect repellent and is harvested commercially and used to treat materials such as mosquito netting and clothes. After entering Uganda
we cross the Nile River at its source near Jinja, on the shores of Lake Victoria before arriving in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Kampala is a large modern city that has been rebuilt after its decimation by Idi Amin and the chaos of his rule.
Kyaninga Lodge, Fort Portal. Early morning transfer for the long drive to Fort Portal where you will overnight at one of the most spectacular lodges in Africa.
Queen Elizabeth National Park. Morning free to relax and enjoy the spectacular location above a crater lake before driving on to ‘Kyambura Game Lodge’ (stunningly situated high on a ridge with a
view of a watering hole below) at Queen Elizabeth National Park (a journey of approximately 4 hours). In the afternoon you will take a game drive near the Mweya Peninsula with a focus on Elephant, Lion and the rare Leopard.
Queen Elizabeth National Park. Early morning jeep safari in Queen Elizabeth NP. This afternoon you will be taken for a cruise on the Kazinga Channel to experience the spectacle of the highest concentration of hippo in the world. Overnight again at Kyambura.
Bwindi. After breakfast you will be driven to the ‘Engagi lodge’ at Bwindi (a journey of approximately 3 hours). Afternoon free to explore the surrounding forest and nearby communities.
Gorilla Trekking, Bwindi. after an early breakfast you will be transferred to the park headquarters to commence your Gorilla Trekking.
Lake Mburo National Park. After breakfast you will drive for about 6- 7 hours to reach the Mihingo Lodge’ at Lake Mburo. In the late afternoon you will be taken for a game drive around the park.
Lake Mburo-Kampala. Morning drive inside Lake Mburo National
Park. Later you will be driven back Kampala. Trip ends.