Uganda Safaris

Uganda Safaris (4)

Discover The Allure Of Uganda

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 00:00 Written by

Safari Highlights: – the magical Murchison falls, Primates, scenery, unique cultures, birds…

“No visit to Uganda would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Murchison Falls” 

Falls” National Park renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls, from which the park derives its name. Murchison Falls has abundant flora and fauna to delight the visitor. From rolling savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush and woodlands, the diversity of this park never ceases to amaze visitors and residents alike. They can be viewed from the top where the Nile River narrows from 50 metres to crash through a 7 metre gorge, falling 45 metres to the rocks below

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls NP (5-6hrs)

Pick up from your hotel at 6.00am after breakfast, followed by a drive to Murchison Falls NP passing through beautiful woodlands and Savannah grasslands; along the way you have the option to visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary a home to both black and white Rhinos where you will go Rhino tracking and see other wildlife at the reserve. Continue to Murchison falls National Park, arriving in time for lunch. Check in at the accommodation facility of your choice (Budget or Luxury).

Day 2: Game drive and Launch cruise

Wake up early with a snack and set off on a Sunrise game drive (about 6.00am) in the Nyamsika plateau, while  on the game drives, Cape buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe, Uganda kob, Jacksons hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and Bush pig plus large carnivores including lion, leopard and spotted hyena.

Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. And Crocodile and hippo will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork.

After the game drive, you will return to the lodge for a full breakfast then relax until time for lunch while enjoying the Hotel facilities. 

At 2:00pm, proceed for a boat trip on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork.

The boat stops just tens of meters from the "Devil’s Cauldron". From here you will disembark and take a hike to the top of the falls where your vehicle will be waiting for you for pick up. This is an awesome experience, as you will experience the Majestic Murchison falls forming into an impressive rainbow. – A great opportunity for pictures. Thereafter we shall return to your preferred accommodation facility for overnight (budget or luxury)

Day 3: Murchison Falls - Kampala

On this day you have you will check out after breakfast and we drive back to Kampala through Sambiya Gate and Budongo Forest having a view of many beautiful birds, monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees With lunch stop en route, arriving in the late afternoon. 

INCLUSIVE:

  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary at Paraa Lodge or Similar /Pakuba Safari Lodge or Similar
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle.
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Water, coffee or Tea while on safari and lunch en route.
  • Government taxes/levies.

EXCLUSIVE:

  • Items of a personal nature such as Bar Bills, Phone calls etc.
  • Rhino trekking at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Personal insurance (we can secure for you, please inquire on this)
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation, Dinners and other meals in Kampala
  • Activities or accommodations not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Air fare to and from Uganda
  • Tips and gratuity

4Days/3Nights Kidepo Valley Safari

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 00:00 Written by

Tucked in the Northern most corner of Uganda on the boarder of Kenya and Sudan, Kidepo protects the most exciting faunas of Uganda national park, yet seldom visited by tourists due to the difficulty of getting there; however the great diversity of animals in this park and the alluring scenery is worth the long journey. Kidepo boast strong wilderness atmosphere, rugged mountainous scenery and exceptional game viewing and bird watching; making it the most alluring destination in the country. The park is studded with rocky outcropsand small hills from which one can obtain stunning views and breathtaking savannah landscape which ends in rugged horizon. Unique carnivore endemic to the park includes the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, caracal, cheetah and hunting dog. Other carnivores include lion, leopard, several cats, spotted hyena, black – backed jackal and side striped – jackal. Elephants, burshell’s zebra, bush pig, warthoh Rothschild giraffe, Cape buffalo, eland, bush buck, waterbucks, bright gazelle, beisa oryx and roam antelope.

Safari Highlights: This safari takes you to Kidepo National park; one of Africa's last great wilderness areas- a tract of rugged savannah landscape dominated by Mount Morungole and cut by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers and with their perennial running water they make Kidepo an oasis in the semi desert.The safari will also expose you to the pastoralist's life style of the Karamajong tribe inhabiting this region.

Day 01: Transfer to Kidepo via Gulu (9 - 10 hrs)

Pick up early after breakfast from your hotel followed by a drive Northwards via Gulu to the lands of the pastoralist Karamojong natives, arriving in the evening, lunch en route. 

This land also boasts of Kidepo Valley National Park, which is Uganda's second biggest National Park covering 1,442 sq. KM.  Check-in dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (luxury) or Nga Moru Wilderness Camp (Budget); where you will relax and enjoy the lodge's facilities.

Day 02:• Full Day in Kidepo

This day will be spent exploring the Kidepo valley with abundant game all in one place near the river. You will wake up to a relaxed breakfast to unwind from the long journey. After that you will set off on an enchanting Ostrich drive (game drive) around the Kanangorok hot springs.

You will be rewarded with the variety and number of animals who come to drink water at the river banks. And Baboons may be seen roaming along the floor of Kidepo River and palm trees. You will then return to your lodge for lunch and relax.

Afternoon: Karamojong Cultural Village (full day)

After lunch you will be taken on a guided cultural village tour where you will get a unique, unforgettable experience and understanding of the Nomadic lifestyle around Karenga and Kidepo.  The elders will show you the Kraals, grinding stone, local defence fences and cultural dances known as ‘Edonga’. During the tour of the Karamajong ‘manyattas’  (homesteads) you will see kraals belonging to local communities, traditional costumes, stools, spears headdress, knives, bows and arrows and jewellery among others.

There are also interesting and worthy to take handcrafted souvenirs during your tour. Not to be missed on this tour is the local community near the park staging cultural dances such as the Emuya of the Naporre and Nyangia, Larakaraka and Apiti dances of the Acholi are worthy to see and participate in.  Return to the lodge for a late lunch and then relax till evening when you will set of on a sunset game drive, exploring more of Kidepo.

Day 03:  Transfer to Kampala

You will have a relaxed breakfast, followed by checkout and a drive back to Kampala using the Northern route passing via Karuma Falls arriving in the evening.

After that we leave you to take the rest of the day at leisure.

End of Safari!

Included in the Cost are: 

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary, when travelling luxury/midrange
  • Bed and breakfast only when staying in budget facility
  • First and Last night accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe
  • All ground transportation by fully customized safari vehicles as per the itinerary,
  • Fuel for the entire safari
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide,
  • Meals en route,
  • Park entrance fees,
  • Karamojong Village tour
  • Game walks,
  • Airport Transfers
  • Game drives & Park ranger fees
  • VAT and hotel taxes 

Excluded in the cost are: 

  • Airfare to and from Uganda,
  • VISA and departure taxes at the airport
  • Activities or accommodations NOT mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Meals if staying in budget facilities
  • Wines, beers and spirits & all beverages other than the bottled mineral water while on safari
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. telephone calls, tips and gratuity, laundry, souvenir et .
  • Personal insurance (IM Global offers very attractive packages, please check our website www.discoverafrica.co.ug for more info on how you can access this service)

Hidden Treasure in Gorilla Highland

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 00:00 Written by

Safari Highlights: “tucked away in the Gorilla Highlands, it is a must visit destination”

Lake Bunyonyi - a scenic Crater Lake located in South Western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale near the Rwandan border and is positioned 450 Kilometers from Kampala. It takes 7 hours of drive from Kampala and a drive of 100 Kilometers (2 hours) from Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The lake is believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with varying length of between 44 metres s to 900 metres. Lake Bunyonyi surface is a fresh with 25 degrees Celsius thus bilhazia free and safe for swimming. 

With 27 islands in it, the lake is surrounded by terraced hillsides and is a visitation darling of many foreign and domestic tourists. About 200 bird species have been recorded at the lake area since "Bunyonyi" also means "the place of many little birds". The bird species include the White tailed Blue Monard, grey crowned cranes, the African Harrier Hawk, Herons and egrets, the Levillant cuckoo, the Cardinal Woodpecker and the Rufous-breasted wryneck. Weavers nesting on the Island, include the large golden, slender-billed Baglafetch, as well as the yellow-backed and spectacled weavers.

ITINERARY

Day 1-Travel from Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi

Have breakfast at your hotel in Kampala and then set off to Southwestern Uganda for the lifetime experience in Lake Bunyonyi. Along the way stop over at the equator and take enough photos and buy some souvenirs. Proceed to Mbarara town where you will have lunch before heading to Kabale. When you reach Kabale town, continue to Lake Bunyonyi the evening.

Check in at the lodge of your choice, have dinner and an overnight.

Day 2- Tour around Lake Bunyonyi (Canoe/boat cruise, bird watching, sightseeing and community walks)

There is beauty in knowing about a place but the true beauty is in getting to know about the people living there because these are the heartbeat of that place and who knows how life without them would be like. Check out the many settlements and get insights about the lifestyle and cultures of the locals who will probably be easy to identify by their kangas (multi-colored wear). What’s more, you can visit the Batwa, a tribe of pygmies who are the original inhabitants of the country. These survive on inviting tourists into their community because they are facing the consequences of dispossession of their land by the government to build the Echuya Forest Reserve. Here they get to perform traditional folk songs and dances for their guests.

Have an early breakfast, and then visit the Abaheesi and Batwa communities, interact with them; it is surely a good time spent here. Have lunch at the resort and in the evening have a boat cruise on the lake where you will get chance to view various birds, beautiful landscape including some of the 29 islands. If you don’t go for a boat cruise you could opt for cycling around the area. Return to the lodge, have dinner and have an overnight.

Day 3- Lake Bunyonyi/ Hiking and Nature walks/ Cultural Heritage and Historical beliefs

For the spectacular enthralling tranquil, the guide will lead you to explore through the highlands of Kigezi or even on the islands while on foot where you are sure to have yourself a stunning sight of the landscapes and a variety of wildlife like the zebras, monkeys, forest tree plantations and otters that can be spotted in the waters among others. You can also go hiking through the ancient Echuya Forest with an expert tour guide.

You cannot say you have been to Bunyonyi if you haven’t found your way to any of the black smith sites. Here, you can have souvenirs made for you by the gifted locals who use it as a way to earn a living. Also get a chance to see the way the locals make their farm equipment from the hoes to the machetes and many more. In addition, you can get to stopover at the Bakiga Cultural Museum, a replica of a complete Bakiga homestead built in 2002 by Festo Karwemera a known elder of Kabale and a famous fighter for the language and culture of the Bakiga. There is also a village called Bufuka where tourists are welcome to experience the cultures of the Bakiga and the Batwa. While there, they can get to join in on the proceedings of the locals like weaving, dancing and singing. There are also some shrines and local medicine men on the hills of Kagalama that will further reveal to detail more about the historical beliefs of the local people.

Day 4- Travel back to Kampala

Have breakfast, and have the last glance of the stunning landscape, have a drive to Kampala stopping in Mbarara town for lunch. You will arrive in Kampala in the evening which marks the end of your tour around the beautiful lake Bunyonyi

INCLUDED

  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle.
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary

EXCLUDED 

  • Items of a personal nature such as Bar Bills, Phone calls etc.
  • Personal insurance (we can secure for you, please inquire on this)
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation, Dinners and other meals in Kampala
  • Activities or accommodations not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Air fare to and from Uganda
  • Tips and gratuity

 

Water, while on safari and lunch en route.

Government taxes/levies.

 

 

 

River Nile Adventures

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 00:00 Written by

Safari Highlights: – the Grade 5 rapids, picturesque, beautiful scenery, unique birds on the river banks…


No safari to Uganda would be complete without truly experiencing the Nile from its source. The ultimate white water rafting adventure that guarantees your heart pumping and adrenaline flow!

The Nile is the longest and one of the most historically significant rivers in the world, sustaining diverse cultures, and is therefore a brilliant subject for a biography. From the headwaters in the Rwenzori Mountains and the highlands of Ethiopia, it flows through thousands of miles of swamp, desert and lakes… and all that before it reaches Egypt.
Whether you are a first-timer, family or high adventure enthusiast, you’ll find your perfect white water adventure. River Nile offers opportunities for Grade Five White Water Rafting. The complete rafting trip covers 25 km of river Nile including some of the best rapids in the world. No experience is needed.

Itinerary
Morning: Transfer to Jinja (2-3 hrs)
Pick up from your hotel very early morning, followed by a drive through the Mbira forest on the way to Jinja where you will meet up with your experienced guide for your briefing before heading out and experiencing the River Nile for the full day.

Evening: Transfer back to Kampala
After a joyful tiresome day, you will be transferred back to Kampala.

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