On day 1 of your safari, your experienced driver/ guide and appointed photographer will pick you up at the airport and take you to your accommodation. You will be given a short briefing and answers to any additional questions you might have regarding your upcoming safari.
Today, we will drive 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. In the afternoon, you can enjoy your first game drive on location or participate in a Nile Delta Boat Cruise to visit the papyrus ecosystem that developed in the area where the river Nile joins Lake Albert. The delta is home to a range of rare wetland birds, including the famous shoebill stork. Leopards can also be observed.
After an early breakfast, you will be heading out for a morning game drive to find the best game viewing and photo opportunities in the park. In the afternoon, you will be going on an impressive 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. The magic of Uganda comes alive in these natural marvels; an experience to remember forever.
After breakfast we depart to the Semliki National Park, one of the oldest protected area in Uganda and home to a staggering array of flora and fauna. The Reserve is situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley and is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa with wonderful examples of Riparian forest, and borassus palm forest, intersected with short and high grass savannas. Chimps exist next to rare forest elephants, lions, buffaloes as well as a variety of other species recognized in Western Uganda.
Further early morning and late afternoon game drives in the park complemented by hands on discussions / sessions on photography based on actual wildlife and nature photo opportunities. Photo editing advise as and when computers can be utilized.
Today, your journey continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving along Lake Albert and with a final view of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Queen Elizabeth is one of the oldest National Parks in Uganda, and the early morning game drive through the park 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. And then 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. Be assured that Kazinga will be one of the highlights of your safari.
Option 1 - Balloon Safari: You have the optional opportunity to start the day early with a new and unique way to experience the wilderness of Queen Elizabeth National Park teaming with wildlife. 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.
Option 2 - Chimpanzee Tracking: Optionally, you can also go on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the valley of the Kyambura Gorge with the further opportunity of observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat. The stunning Kyambura Gorge, also called the ‘Valley of the Apes’, is located in the far eastern corner of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and is about 1 kilometer across at its broadest point and 100 meters deep.
Another highlight of your visit awaits you during a game drive to Ishasha which is in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and with that the opportunity to see the rare and unique tree climbing lions. Legends have been built around the tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park and spotting one of the cats is a very special experience indeed as there are only two places in the world where you can find tree climbing lions.
Drive back from Queen Elizabeth to Entebbe with the additional opportunity to take a photo at the Equator crossing.
Time to say goodbye. Airport transfer and departure from Entebbe.
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