On this first day of your luxury fly-in safari, your experienced driver and tour guide will collect you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in Entebbe. You will be given a short briefing and answers to any questions you might have regarding your upcoming fly-in safari. Enjoy your first night in Uganda at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa which is listed as one of the best hotels in Uganda.
Today, a transfer will be arranged to take you on a domestic flight to Kidepo Valley National Park far in the north-east of Uganda. The aircraft in use for such flights, such as the Cessna Caravan or Dehavilland Twin Otter, have been specifically built for STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) conditions often found in up-country national parks and rural Africa in general.
The Kidepo Valley National Park has been consistently rated as one of the best national parks in Africa due to its remote wild charm and open lightly wooded savannahs, teeming with game. One of the highlights this park has to offer is the largest group of buffalos in Africa counting more than 2.000 animals. Your adventure on a flying safari to the far corners of magical Uganda is an exciting experience and memorable event to cherish forever.
Abundant opportunities for game drives and bush walks in one of the most spectacular national parks, famous for its remote ‘hard to get to’ location and wide open landscapes, dotted with rocky ridges, rolling grasslands and lions roaming the plains against the backdrop of distant hills. The park shares its name with the famous Kidepo and Narus valleys that stretch across the border into South Sudan and contain one of the most exciting diversity of wildlife of any national park in Uganda, including the greater and lesser kudu and eland. Carnivores include the lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and black-backed and side-striped jackals. Other large species regularly seen wandering into the park sometimes from as far as South Sudan are elephant, Burchell’s zebra, Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape Buffalo and Jackson’s Hartebeest. The park also offers an extensive range of tropical birds to discover and driving north to the hot springs also gives you the opportunity to see ostriches.
Today, you will take a charter flight to Murchison Falls National Park, which is the largest national park in Uganda. The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland with the south dominated by woodland and forest patches that offer an amazing variety of wildlife such as buffalo, lion, elephant, kob as well as Rothschild’s giraffe. In the southern sector of the park, you can also venture on chimpanzee tracking in the Budongo forest. The park shares its name with the famous Murchison Falls, whose massive 43 meter falls of boiling water are forced through a 7 meter wide gap before crashing into the wooded country below.
After an early breakfast, you will be heading out for a morning game drive and in the afternoon, you will be going on an tour of the River Nile to the spectacular base of the Murchison Falls, where you can observe Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and a magnificent variety of tropical birds with the roar of the falls as a backdrop. Once you reach the bottom part of the falls, you will depart the boat and venture on a trek to the top of the falls with a grand view of the mist covered landscape and a close-up view of the falls from above. Your further programme for the day includes an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the dense jumble of the Budongo Forest with the further opportunity of observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available on this day:
Nile Delta Cruise to visit the papyrus ecosystem that developed in the area where the river Nile joins Lake Albert.
A scenic flight takes you back to an airfield near Entebbe and a transfer to your hotel. Time permitted, you can try your hand at a round of golf on the 9-hole championship course next to the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa. A further charter flight to the south of Uganda awaits the next day.
A scenic charter flight takes you from Entebbe to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Kyambura Gorge lodge is situated in a valley by the same name where you can also go on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees, with the further opportunity of observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat. The stunning Kyambura Gorge, commonly known as the ‘Valley of Apes’, is located in the far eastern corner of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and is about 1 kilometre across at its broadest point and 100 meters deep.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the oldest park lands in Uganda and the early morning game drive through lush wooded savannah provides you with the exhilarating opportunity to see an amazing variety of wildlife up close. The park is home to 95 species of mammals and over 500 species of tropical birds as well as the world's largest concentration of hippos in the world. After the game drive, you will experience an exciting boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel, a 32 km long natural link between two of the largest lakes in the area - Lake Edward to Lake George - as it meanders through the lush park with its abundance of wildlife. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available on this day:
Balloon Safari: Catch the sunrise, as you silently glide over the park in a large hot air balloon and enjoy a bush breakfast in the wild with the serene vistas of rolling green hills and savannahs as a backdrop.
After breakfast, you make your way from the Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to the world famous Mountain Gorillas. Almost half of all Mountain Gorillas live in Bwindi and the park itself is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its expanse of ancient and undisturbed tropical rainforest dating back to the last ice age. The lush opportunities for exploration that nature has to offer in this park appear almost limitless. Enjoy your dinner and overnight at the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, situated more than 2.000 meters above sea level and overlooking the Virunga volcanoes.
In the morning, you venture out on a trek into the dense and tangled rainforest past beautiful water falls with sunlight filtering through the dense foliage of the jungle canopy. Today’s activity represent another major highlight of your Ugandan safari as you are going to track the world famous Mountain Gorillas. On this tracking adventure, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to visit the Mountain Gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforest, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a mountain gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors.
Take a short ride to reach the Mgahinga Gorilla NP, where you first venture into the forests to track the rare and endangered Golden Monkeys, which are considered the smallest of the primates. Next you venture on the 'Batwa Trail' which was initiated by the Batwa Forest People and has been implemented with support from the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. Batwa guides take visitors on a day long hike along the mountain trails in Mgahinga Gorilla NP to share with them the secrets of this primeval forest. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available on this day:
Volcano Trekking: Alternatively, you can venture on an exhilarating climb on one of the three Virunga Volcanoes on the Ugandan side of the border. The climbs vary in degrees of difficulty and lengths. Mount Muhabura is considered demanding. Mount Sabinyo can be demanding and sometimes difficult. Mount Gahinga is the smallest and therefore the easiest to climb.
Take a flight back from Kisoro to Kajjansi airfield near Entebbe. A short transfer takes you back to your first class accommodation at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa. Time permitted, you can again try your hand at the 9-hole (soon to be 18-hole) Lake Victoria Serena Championship Golf Course.
Time to say goodbye. Airport transfer and departure from Entebbe.
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