Wonders Of The Pearl Safari 15 Days

from$4,500

Tour highlights:
  • The Murchison Launch cruise
  • Canoe rides
  • Multiple Game drives
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Gorilla tracking experience
  • Cultural encounters
  • Discover lake Bunyonyi
  • Track the tree climbing lions
  • Visit Lake Mburo National Park
  • Experience one of the world’s strongest waterfalls
  • Optional Rhino tracking
  • A true African sunset experience

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL

Journey time: 45mins-1hr

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by a member of our team who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Arrive at the hotel & stay at leisure while enjoying the cool breeze of Lake Victoria.

OVERNIGHT: Fairway Hotel(Bed & Breakfast)

DAY 2: MURCHISON FALLS N. P VIA ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY

Journey time: 5–6hrs

Depart Kampala very early for Murchison Falls National Park: Optional Activity

  • En-route to Masindi 3 hours’ drive out of Kampala, take a stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track Rhinos before proceeding to the National Park.

Upon entrance into the park, visit the top of the falls; here you will spot a permanent rainbow right from the top as you feel the loud sound of the waterfall.

The view is rewarding as it explains why Murchison Falls is famously known as one of the world’s strongest waterfalls. And soon after experiencing the perfect scenery, proceed to the ferry dock and crossover to access your lodge so as check in and enjoy your leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Pakuba Safari Lodge

DAY 3: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISEON THE NILE

After an early breakfast, you will have a game drive through the delta circuit, reputably known for high concentrations of wildlife. This 4-5 hour game drive will reward you with stunning views of the savanna and other plant vegetation of the acacia and borassus palm trees propagated by elephants all the way from Congo.

Expect a wide variety of wildlife including;Lions, 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.Later on, drive back to the lodge and enjoy your lunch.

Thereafter, next is an afternoon launch cruise on the Nile; offering you a chance to experience a variety of wildlife as you enjoy the stunning views along the world’s longest river. In addition to taking you close to the base of the waterfall, the 3 hour launch trip follows a stretch of the Nile with a compelling African atmosphere. Game viewing is excellent where you will expect;

  • Hippos in their hundreds
  • The Nile crocodiles
  • Small herds of buffalo, waterbuck, and kob
  • Elephants

The birdlife on the banks is so captivating and the birds to be seen include the African fish Eagle, Goliath heron, saddle-billed stork, African Jacana, Pied and malachite kingfishers, African skimmer, Piacpiac, rock pratincole kingfishers, bee-eaters and many more. After the launch cruise, return to your lodge and stay at leisure with dinner in progress.

OVERNIGHT: Pakuba Safari Lodge

DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Journey time: 6hrs: 55mins

Early in the morning, after your breakfast, you will depart for Kibale National Park with your lunch stopover in Hoima.

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of the tropical rain forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. Upon your arrival you will drive straight to your Lodge and recuperate from the long journey.

OVERNIGHT: Kibale Forest Camp

DAY 5: EXPLORE THE ‘’World’s Primate Capital’’

Kibale is famously known for Chimpanzee tracking.The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, of which 13 species are primates including the chimpanzee, with over 375 bird species.

On this day you will take part in Chimpanzee trackingwhere you will have an exclusive experience of the chimps plus many more primates which include but not limited to the following; Ugandan mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, de brazza’s monkey, redcolobus monkey, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkeys, baboons and many more varied types of primates right within this amazing conservation area. In addition to the primate experience, you will also spot a variety of birds especially the great blue turaco, African hobby, Black kite, Swamp flycatcher, Scarlet-chested bird, Grey-crowned crane, Herons, Weaver birds, White-tailed blue monad, African harrier hawk, Egrets, White-headed saw-wing bird, Red-chested sunbirds and many more endemics.

Thereafter, return to your lodge for lunch & refreshment, you may choose to stay at leisure for the rest of the day.Alternatively, after lunch take an optional visit to KAFRED at Bigodi Village, where you will have interesting cultural encounters; to include:

  • Visiting homesteads
  • Visiting a local church & Bigodi Trading Center
  • Bigodi village trail
  • Guided nature walks in Bigodi wetland sanctuary (Birding)
  • Experience a Ugandan school system
  • Visit elders’ homes for story telling
  • Get engaged in local community interactions.
  • Be entertained with cultural songs, dances & plays plus souvenir purchases.

Later on, after this memorable experience, return to you lodge and enjoy your leisure in a quiet environment with sounds of fauna.

OVERNIGHT: Kibale Forest Camp

DAY 6: KIBALE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Journey time: 2hrs: 45mins 

Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savannah, shady humid forests, sparkling lakes, wetlands and amazing craters. Ideal for big game, primate species to include Chimps and over 600 bird species. It has superb scenic views of Kazinga Channel, the Rwenzori Mountains and crater lakes which are home to a wide variety of birds.

After your breakfast enjoy a leisurely morning, and later on start off your journey to ‘’a medley of wonders’’. On arrival after a stopover at the equator, you will check into your lodge for lunch, refreshment and leisure.

OVERNIGHT: The Bush Lodge

DAY 7: EXPLORE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Start off the day with a tasty breakfast and then get deeper into the highlights of this amazing park. Dawn Game Drive; explore the park’s flora and fauna to include elusive bird species and a wide variety of animals like elephants, buffaloes, hippos, impalas, waterbucks,  Kobs, warthogs and many more. Don’t miss out the scenic views of the crater lakes like Nyamunuka which is medicinal to the animals.

Katwe Community; discover the people and their culture where you will learn about salt mining by the local means from Lake Katwe and interact with the local people and share cultural experiences. After here, return to your lodge for a lunch and leisure in preparations for the afternoon activities.

Launch cruise; this is the main activity after lunch where you will spot a number of birds like; the African fish eagle, pelicans, flamingos, Hammerkop, egrets, the African fin foot, pied kingfishers, marabou storks, vultures, kites and many more, together with animals like hippos, buffalos, warthogs, crocodiles, waterbucks and more as most of them visit to water and cool off. This boat cruise is spiced up with stunning views of the Mweya peninsular and a local fishing village along the lake shores. Visit Mweya Museum; after the boat cruise, with this visit you will learn more about the parks history, animals, physical features (crater lakes formation) together with the parks future prospects. After the day’s activities, you will return to your lodge and enjoy a sundowner leisure. OVERNIGHT: The Bush Lodge

DAY 8: EXPLORE ISASHA SECTOR (Optional Activity) OR AT LEISURE

After your breakfast, travel to another amazing scene of unique flora and fauna. This scenic journey takes approximately 2 hours from the Mweya Peninsular rewarding you with the most amazing experience. Arrive and enjoy your day at leisure or go explore Ishasha Sector.

Located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha will offer you an unforgettable of experience. The sector is a composition of riverine and open savannah kind of vegetation alongside the acacia and fig trees.

The undulating landscapes that provide a clear view of wildlife and the entire National Park, is another signature attraction about Ishasha sector.

Encounter the Tree climbing lions;this is the most captivating experience in Ishasha, thus its popularity in the entre national park. Tree climbing lions that reside up in the acacia and fig trees are spotted each and every time hanging up in the trees, as they try avoid tsetse fly and other ground insects’ bites, and they usually enjoy their prey high up in the trees. In addition to the tree climbing lions other animals are seen here including; elephants, buffalos, antelopes, Uganda Kobs, impalas, waterbucks, warthogs, and elands among others. So spend enough time here for a wonderful experience.

Later on, return to your lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

DAY 9: TRAVEL TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Journey time: 4 hrs: 25mins 

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you will have a transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Southerly Ishasha Sector. On arrival, check into your lodge and recuperate from the journey.

At 331 sq.km, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas, over 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species, 400 plant species, 63 tree species, 120 mammal species & 27 frog species. Here is the chance to meet and interact with the shortest people (Batwa) of the mountains.

OVERNIGHT:Buhoma Community Haven Lodge

DAY 10: GORILLA TRACKING DAY WITH OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing at exactly 8:00am and tracking will commence in the next 30 min after registration and briefing by the ranger guides.

Gorilla tracking is a very captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the effort needed to reach Bwindi. This starts at 8:30am and can last a few hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day. After gorilla tracking, return to your lodge and have your lunch.

In the evening you may opt for a community tour (optional) where you will meet and interact with the shortest people (Batwa) of the mountains; learn about their way of life such as; hunting skills, medicinal knowledge, child upbringing, cuisines, art and crafts and many more interesting aspects.

OVERNIGHT: Buhoma Community Haven Lodge

DAY 11: SCENIC JOURNEY TO THE MAGICAL LAKE BUNYONYI

Journey time: 2 hrs: 15mins 

After checking out of your Lodge, start off your journey to the most scenic Lake Bunyonyi, this journey comprises the beautiful views of Kisoro’s green hills.Upon arrival get to your lodge, check in and enjoy your lunch.

Then after lunch enjoy a community/nature walk with visits to;

  • The terraced gardens at Lake Bunyonyi as you hike.
  • Birding is awesome here, explore the unique birds of this pristine area.
  • Bakora cave & the Abaheesi (traditional Blacksmiths)
  • Visit a local market, homesteads & local schools around Lake Bunyonyi.
  • Crafts are also there to purchase as souvenirs in support of the community’s development programs.

OVERNIGHT: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort

DAY 12: EXPLORE BUNYONYI TO LAKE MBURO N. PARK

Journey time: 3hrs–30mins

After breakfast, you will get involved in a yet another adventurous experience which includes:

  • Dug-out canoeing; explore the 29 Islands of Lake Bunyonyi together with guided nature walks.
  • Visit the historical Islands of Akampene (punishment Island), Bwama &Njubeera Island (Sharp’s Island)
  • Akampene (Punishment Island):This was used by the Bakiga; as a punishment to unmarried pregnant girls by way of leaving them on this Island to die of hunger or while swimming to the mainland as few people knew how to swim. The main reason was to serve as a lesson to the rest from doing the same thing. So, a man without bride price (cows) would go to the Island & pick up a girl.
  • Bwama & Njubeera Island (Sharp’s Island):Leonard Sharp, an English missionary, settled on this Island in 1921 & opened up a Leprosy Treatment Center in 1931 on Bwama Island while having his residence on Njubeera Island.

Return to your lodge for lunch and refreshment followed by a check out. Then immediatelystart off your journey to Lake Mburo National Park.

Lake Mburo National Park is conveniently located close to the KampalaMbarara highway, with varied wildlife in the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland. It is home to over 332 bird species including the rare African fin foot, shoebill, papyrus gonolek, yellow warbler, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattle, plover among others. Upon arrival in the evening, spend the rest of the day at leisure while at the lodge. OVERNIGHT: Eagle’s Nest Lodge

DAY 13: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE IN LAKE MBURO

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will go for your game drive in the woodland acacia. Expect a variety of flora and fauna which includes zebras, Roth’s child giraffes, elephants, elands, wart hogs, topis, Kobs and by chance some leopards. Here is a chance to spot some rare bird species which include water and swamp birds like Papyrus gonolek, Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork,Cisticola,White-winged Warbler, Crested Crane and many more. Visit the salt licksand watch animals licking natural saltto supplement their diet while at a viewing platform.

After your game drive you will return to your lodge and stay at leisure with lunch in progress.

After lunch take a boat cruisewill take you close to the rich flora and fauna of Lake Mburo. And along the shores, you will spot a variety of animals that come to water and cool off, thus suitable during the afternoon.

These include hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, buffaloes, and over 3 types of otters that are found in the lake. The birds to expect also include but not limited to Malachite Kingfishers, African Fish Eagle, Blue HeadedWeavers, Rufous, and Long Tailed Starlings, Pied kingfishers, Hammerkop, Herons, Pelicans, the rare Shoebill Stork as well as the cormorants and hadada ibis. Here is another opportunity to view the crocodiles as well as hippos in their hundreds.

After boat cruise, feel free to take part in some optional activities which include; horseback rides, walking safari, or mountain bikingthrough the park with a ranger guide where you will spot more wildlife, including elands, zebras, buffaloes, klipspringer, and more grazers. OVERNIGHT: Eagle’s Nest Lodge

DAY 14: AT LEISURE AND TRAVEL TO KAMPALA CITY

Journey time: 4hrs: 25mins 

Spend a leisurely day with lunch at the lodge, and after lunch depart Lake Mburo for Kampala. Take a stopover at the equator in Masaka; for a photo opportunity. After this equator moment, proceed to Kampala city and spend the rest of the day at leisure. OVERNIGHT; Fairway Hotel Kampala

DAY 15: KAMPALA CITY TOUR & DEPARTURE

Journey time: 45mins – 1hr

On this final day of your safari, enjoy a brief tour of Kampala citywith visits to; the highlights of the city such as the Buganda palace, Uganda museum, Nakaseromarket, all the historical monuments, the largest craft village and temples. You will later be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to check in for your next home departure flight.

END OF SAFARI

DISCLAIMER:The journey time stated in the itinerary is an estimation and it is subject to variation depending on traffic and road conditions.

TOUR PRICE:Quoted in USD per person sharing

Based on:2 pax: 4500 USD per person sharing

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • Full Board Meals & mineral water on safari
  • 14 night’s accommodation
  • Kampala City tour
  • All park entry fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • Game drives in Lake Mburo & 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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