Uganda Geo Tour

THE PEARL GEOSAFARI

DAY 1: MURCHISON FALLS N. P VIA ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY

Depart Kampala very early for Murchison Falls National Park and enroute you will take a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Learn about Rhino conservation at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary: Established in 2005 to reintroduce the southern white rhinoceros to Uganda, and the only place in Uganda, where rhinos can be observed in their natural habitat. Track the Rhinos as you discover more about their behavior and the conservation programs to ensure sustainability.Right after here proceed with the journey the park.

Upon entrance firstvisit the top of Murchison Falls; at the top the Nile forces its way through a narrow rocky gorge, only 7 meters wide, and tumbles 43 metres before flowing westward into Lake Albert. Enjoy the stunning views as you discover more about the Great River Nile. Thereafter proceed to your lodge to check-in for lunch & spend the rest of the day at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: At the lodge, Murchison

DAY 2: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISEON THE NILE

After breakfast, you will have a game drive through the delta circuit, learn more about the unique wildlife, savannah vegetation, acacia and borassus palm trees propagated by elephants all the way from Congo.

Murchison Falls National Park (3893km2) is Uganda’s largest national park bisected by the Victoria Nile, with about 76 mammal species as well as Uganda’s largest population of Nile crocodiles, 450 bird species to include the rare shoe-billed stork, dwarf kingfisher, Goliath heron, Abyssinian ground hornbill, white-thighed hornbill and great blue turaco.

The animalshere include;Lions, jackals, hippos, waterbucks, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hyenas, oribis, Uganda Kobs, baboons and patasmonkeys and many more.Take a stop at the Nile Delta where you will view Hippos cooling off in the water, and have some photos around the bank.Discover more of these as you take a game drive.

Next will be an afternoon launch cruise;which will expose you toa variety of wildlife as you notice the physical geography along the world’s longest riverto the base of the waterfall. During this time most animals are seen here for water and cooling off to include:

  • Elephants and Hippos in their hundreds
  • The Nile crocodiles in large numbers
  • Small herds of buffalo, waterbuck, and kob
  • Birds like the African fish Eagle, Goliath heron, saddle-billed stork, African Jacana, Pied and malachite kingfishers, Piacpiac, rock pratincole kingfishers, and many more.

OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge, Murchison

DAY 3: EXPLORE THE WESTERN RIFT VALLEY

Today you will drive to Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, the best place to view the western rift valley.Spot a variety of animals which include 1200 Oribis, 600 Uganda Kobs plus buffaloes, hippos, warthogs, dik-dik, Sitatungas, reed-buck, water-buck, plus black and white Colobus monkeys among others with over 240 recorded bird species including the rare Shoebill stork. In addition to wildlife, the areas of interest here include:Lake Albert (Mwitanzige &formerly Lake Mobutu Sese Seko):The Lake forms a natural boundary between Uganda and DRC and it is one of the African Great Lakes, ranked Africa’s 7thlargest lake and the world’s 27th largest lake by volume. Get into details of this geographically significant lake while in Bugungu.

The Albertine (western) Rift Valley:This stretches from the northern end of Lake Albert to the southern end of Lake Tanganyika. As you get into this area you will spot the appearance of a rift valley, with amazing views and unique vegetation of mainly Afro-montane, savannah and acacia treessighted around the escarpments.

Wanseko fish landing site:Get here &observe the local fishing activities taking place.Discover the type of fish caught here together with the immediate market and factors influencing the fishing activities at Wanseko on Lake Albert. Later on in the day, return to your lodge and enjoy your leisure with dinner.

OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge, Murchison.

DAY 4: DEPART MURCHISON FALLS FOR FORT PORTAL

After your breakfast and check out from your lodge and start off your journey to towards the west to Fort Portal with an enroute lunch. Upon arrival spend the rest of the day at leisure or enjoy the night life of Fort Portal town.

OVERNIGHT: At the Hotel, Fort Portal

DAY 5: TOUR FORT PORTAL TO QUEEN ELIZABETH N. PARK

Today you will take a tour of Fort Portal town. Discover various tribes such as Batooro, Bakonjo, Bamba, Bakiga, and Basongora.Thereafter proceed to Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru,learn about the traditional myth/history of this place together with the geographical/scientific facts.

Visit the explosion crater lakes(on a guided hike) and reach Lake Saka, an explosion crater (bowl-shaped) formed as a result of an explosive event through the displacement and ejection of material from the underground to the earth’s surface.After here travel to Queen Elizabeth National Parkpast the Equator. Upon arrival check in and enjoy your lunch then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge, QENP

DAY 6: GAME DRIVE & KYAMBURA GORGE

Start off the day with breakfast and then go for a Dawn Game Drive;explore the park’s flora and fauna to include elusive bird species and a wide variety of animals. Don’t miss out the scenic views of the crater lakes like Nyamunuka which is medicinal to the animals. While on your game drive you will also traverse a variety of Crater Lakes which is a unique feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

During the game drive expect to see a variety of animals and birds which include;

  • 604 species of birds like the African fish eagle, yellow billed stork among others.
  • Primates
  • Cats like lions, Leopard, Carvel etc.
  • Candid like side stripped jackal
  • Civets, Genets and mongooses.
  • Elephants, buffalos, hippos and many more

After this wildlife experience you will get back to your lodge for lunch & a little leisure.

Then after lunch depart for Kyambura Gorge; the only place in Queen Elizabeth National Park where habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black &white colobus monkeys, baboons and vervets can be seen. Spot a variety of birds such as the blue-headed bee-eater and the African fin foot. Enjoy a Nature Walkthrough the gorge amidst spectacular sounds of fauna in an eco-environment.Proceed to the Bat Caves; learn about the sacred history of the caves which were once a hiding place for rebels during Amin’s regime. Watch pythons preying on bats and thereafter return to your lodge and enjoy a camp fire with dinner at leisure.OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge, QENP

DAY 7: THE CRATERS, KATWE SALT MINES & BOAT CRUISE

In the morning after breakfast, you will stroll through the park’s various crater lakes and other important geographical features.

Explore Katwe Explosion Craters;huge round basins scattered across the equator & an evidence of the Albertine Rift’s bubbling volcanic activity in times past, around the time the when Egyptian pyramids were built. Discover the Circular lakes&thevast Rift Valley escarpment together with stunning views of the Rwenzori Mountains,

Visit the Ancient Lake Katwe local Salt Works;this mysterious lake is far too salty to support aquatic life, though it has ensured the survival of the locals who have for so long been harvesting salt from its milky waters. The Katwe Salt Lake Tour will offer you a unique insight into the tough and fascinating process of salt mining by local means, also see the massively corroded salt factory.

After lunch next will be a BOAT CRUISE on Kazinga Channel where you will see the various wild animals as they come down to water and cool off.  By taking this expect:

  • Various birds like the African fish eagle, pelicans, flamingos, pied kingfishers, vultures, kites and many more mostly water birds.
  • Crocodiles, monitors and snakes
  • Buffaloes & hippos cooling off
  • See fishing communities
  • Views of Mweya Peninsular

After the boat cruise, head to Mweya Museum; learn about the formation history of the park’s unique physical features and vegetation, as exhibited in the museum.

OVERNIGHT: At the Lodge, QENP

DAY 8: KILEMBE MINES, RIVER NYAMWAMBA & THE RWENZORIS

On this day you have the opportunity to study about the copper mining activities, get close to the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains, experience river Nyamwamba & the Hotsprings.

Tour & study about the Copper Mines;located in Kilembe, a suburb town of Kasese in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Kilembe Mines is Uganda’s largest copper mine, with estimated deposits of copper in excess of 4,000,000 tones and an undetermined amount of cobalt ore.While here learn about the history, current affairs& future prospects with an opportunity to walk through the mining tunnels.

Experience the Rwenzori based River Nyamwamba;flowing from the glacial peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains past Kilembe Mines composed of black & white boulders. To the Bakonjo it is a sacred river; they believe that Ndyoka the god of all rivers resides therein, who when unhappy with the people’s actions unleashes his anger.

Proceed to Kiwa Heritage Hotsprings;a nature & cultural conservation center, with Hotsprings which have healing powers for different ailments as well a great relaxing effect on your body, with Bukangama community museumwhich stores the traditional history and aspirations of the Bakonjo. Get to the Nyamwamba Riverbank which is another wonderful sight of the mighty river with thousands of boulders & a ragged flood plain. After this tour head to your hotel for lunch and then enjoy rest of this day at leisure or take a walk around the scenic Kasese town.

OVERNIGHT: At the Hotel, Kasese

DAY 9: AT LEISURE AND TRAVEL TO KAMPALA CITY

Spend a leisurely morningwith breakfast at the hotel and later depart Kasese for Kampala. Take a stopover in Mbarara for lunch & the next one at the equator in Masaka, for a photo opportunity prior to arrival in Kampala.

END OF TOUR

Tour highlights:
  • The Murchison Launch cruise
  • Multiple Game drives
  • Cultural encounters
  • Visit Lake Albert
  • Discover River Nyamwamba
  • Discover the Western Rift Valley
  • Tour Kilembe Mines
  • Learn about the crater lakes
  • Discover Kyambura Gorge
  • Katwe Salt mining at a glance
  • At one of the world’s strongest falls
  • Visit Kiwa Hotsprings
  • Optional Rhino tracking
  • Tour Bugungu Wildlife Reserve
PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Full Board Meals & mineral water on safari
  • 8 night’s accommodation
  • All park entry fees
  • Game drives in MFNP& QENP
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits for Kibale
  • All ground transfers + airport 2 way
  • Services of an English–speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the round trip
  • 4X4 vehicle + driver guide
PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Meals and snacks not inclusive in accommodation
  • En Route–lunches
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • All drinks alcoholic & nonalcoholic
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Flight tickets & visas
  • Tips & gratuities

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