Welcome to Uganda
On your grand arrival at Entebbe you will be met by AAS guide. Having passed immigration and luggage collection please exit the arrival hall and look out for your AAS guide who will be gladly waiting for you holding up a signboard with your name and featuring our logo. You will then be transferred to your lodge. Depending your flight schedule, depart to Kampala for lunch at Cassia lodge. Cassia Lodge is located on Buziga Hill, one of the highest hills of Kampala close to Lake Victoria. The environment is cool with few mosquitoes and an astonishing view of the lake as well as the city and a large swimming pool.
Overnight at Cassia Lodge Kampala/ Lake Victoria Serena [B,B]
Depart to Fortportal
You will have an early morning breakfast at 8am depart to Fort portal .Set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision and six years of unwavering commitment to creating an experience of Africa’s beauty unlike anything else. With its eight raised cabins,Kyaninga Lodge is located 15 minutes outside Fort Portal town. Perched atop a hill overlooking a stunning blue crater lake, the lodge enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, set against a magnificent backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. In the afternoon you may opt to enjoy Tennis,badminton,Croquet and swimming.
Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge fort portal/Primates Lodge [B,L,D]
With a wakeup call by whistling birds at 7am. The most favourite of Kibale’s walks embarks on from the Kanyanchu Visitor Center at 08:00 & 14:00hrs and lasts 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzees are the most sought after primate by visitors, but you should look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked mangabey. Kyaninga Lodge is less than an hour away from Kibale National Park, one of Africa’s premier destinations for chimpanzee tracking tours. The 795 square kilometers of the park contain some of the continent’s most dense and varied rainforest, and are home to 13 species of primates. The star attraction are the 1500 chimpanzees, but the guided walks will offer the opportunity to see rare red colobus and L’Hoest monkeys, as well as olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, blue monkeys and bush babies. The forest is also home to over 300 species of birds, with six species endemic to the park, and other mammals including leopard, rare forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hog and half a dozen species of antelope. Kyaninga Lodge is also a comfortable two hour drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s best known safari destination and one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world. Drive back for lunch and go for a lakeside walk, cultural village walk and swimming pool.
Overnight Kyaninga Lodge/Primates Lodge [B,L,D]
An early Breakfast and packed lunch, depart to Bwindi. Drive through Fort portal- Kasese road towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. With its luxurious suites that have their own exquisitely designed terrace with magnificent panoramic views over the grounds, river and surrounding areas, Mahogany Springs is situated in one of the most intimate, secluded, beautiful and most importantly natural settings in the world. Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare. With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world Bwindi is often described as bird watchers paradise and the fact that Mahogany Springs is set back on an open piece of land by the river ensures it has many rare species visiting the lodge every day.
Overnight Mahogany Springs/Buhoma Lodge [B,L,D]
Wake up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for your gorilla trek. Before7.45 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. In the afternoon depending on your trek, if you come back early and you have the energy, you will enjoy the Batwa dance. The Batwa tribe better known as the Pygmies only began leaving their forest homes around 15 years ago and still live locally.
Overnight Mahogany Springs/Buhoma Lodge [B,L,D]
Depart to Lake Mburo National Park
With a distance of 227 km from Bwindi early departure with and a long drive toward Lake Mburo is ideal. Enjoy driving through Kabale highlands. The topography is mainly green, interlocking and heavily cultivated hills with spectacular valleys. The altitude of the district ranges between 1,219 metres (3,999 ft) and 2,347 metres (7,700 ft) above sea level. This altitude makes it colder than the rest of the country. Lunch will be at your lodge. Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park . It features ten rooms which are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with en-suite bathrooms with stunning views, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush loos. You will enjoy afternoon game boat ride on Lake Mburo.
Overnight at Mihingo Lodge/Rwakobo Rock Lodge [B,L,D]
Depart to Source of the Nile Jinja
This morning you will have coffee followed by an early morning drive around the park.It is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda.It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years.It is home to 350 bird species as well as to zebras,impalas,eland,buffaloes,Defassawaterbucks,leopard,hippo,hyena,topi and reedbucks. Breakfast will be at 10am,followed by a late checkout as you prepare to drive to Jinja.A visit to the Equator is worthwhile. Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two half passes. The Equator or the Uganda equator crosses into Uganda at a point situated 72km south of Kampala along the Kampala – Masaka road. At this point, there are two cement circles marking the equator line and it is worth stopping if you are traveling to Masaka or Kampala for a photo moment. Also watch a demonstration by local entrepreneur on how water swirls in opposite directions in the northern & southern hemispheres at the equator line. Other equator markers are located in Kasese district within the Queen Elizabeth National Park, 420km southwest of Kampala. Another reason that make equator worthwhile stop are the great shopping bargains. The point has got several craft shops and art galleries run by individuals and organizations. These craft stalls sell souvenirs and handmade products while some with marks talking about the Equator. It will not be inconveniencing if you bought a T-shirt with words ‘I crossed the Uganda Equator'. The Equator has also got two main restaurants, one at Gallery Antique shop and the other at Aid Child. These serve decent English food and tasty coffee. From Here drive through towards Jinja. Overnight Gately on the Nile/Wildwaters Lodge[B,L,D]
Depending on what will be ideal for you. There are two rafting services offered: After breakfast you will enjoy whitewater rafting or family floating trip over the source of the mighty River Nile. Before the building of the Owen Falls Dam, this was the site of the Ripon Falls, where the Nile, known locally as Omugga Kiyara, thundered out of Lake Victoria on its long journey to the Mediterranean. There is a large plaque covering the 'discovery' of the source by John Speke, although many Africans contend that their ancestors knew this was the Nile's source long before the white man found out about it. The Nile has two major tributaries the White Nile and Blue Nile. The White Nile is longer and rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source still undetermined but located in either Rwanda or Burundi. It flows north through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda and South Sudan. The Blue Nile is the source of most of the water and fertile soil. It begins at Lake Tana,in Ethiopia at and flows into Sudan from the southeast. The two rivers meet near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
The northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt, a country whose civilization has depended on the river since ancient times. Most of the population and cities of Egypt lie along those parts of the Nile valley north of Aswan, and nearly all the cultural and historical sites of Ancient Egypt are found along riverbanks. The Nile ends in a larger delta that empties into the Mediterranean Sea. You will have lunch in Jinja as your prepare to drive back to Cassia Lodge for an excellent international cuisine in a serene environment.(Over Night at Cassia Lodge D,B)
After your breakfast, Checkout at Cassia lodge. For your PM flight you will drive and walk around Kampala as well as shopping from Craft shops within Shopping Malls. Your ASS guide will transfer you to the Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 2 hours prior to departure of the flight. In the departure hall (after check-in) you will find a small restaurant, a sitting area and several duty-free shops for your convenience.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.