Day 1: Arrival and hotel transfer.
On arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be met and received by your driver guide from African Crane Safaris who will then brief you as he transfers you to your hotel for overnight depending on your arrival time.
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison falls national park.
After an early morning breakfast at 7:30am, you will be picked by your driver guide who will then transfer you North West via Masindi town to Murchison falls national park that allows you an en-route visit to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking before proceeding for a lunch break in Masindi town. On arrival at the park; you will encounter a variety of animal and bird species as you proceed to visit the top of the falls and later return to check in your lodge, relax into the evening, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Murchison falls
After an early morning breakfast, you will transfer for a game drive to the northern bank in search of animals like: lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, buffaloes among other animal and bird species that your guide will help you spot. This will see you return to your lodge, for lunch. After lunch, transfer for a three hours boat ride on the Nile River to the bottom of falls where you will have the opportunity to view animals like; hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, buffaloes and elephants on the river bank with an option to hike to the top of the falls. Return to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, depart Murchison Falls and drive Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the Western Rift Valley. Drive through toHoima the town of the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, passing through verdant countryside traditional homesteads and tea plantations. Arriving Fort portal town late in the afternoon and proceed to Kibale forest national park. On arrival, you will relax for the rest of the day, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking (Kibale).
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the Chimpanzee tracking information office for a pre-briefing by the ranger guides who will then lead you into the rain forest in search of chimpanzees. These primates are very mobile and viewing them is unpredictable but a forest walk is an enriching activity that starts at 8.00 am taking about 4 to 5 hours. This forest is home to a large number of chimpanzees and other primates including Lhoestes, Red-colobus, Blues, Red-tailed, grey cheeked mangabeys, birds, and butterflies. The guide will provide a detailed explanation on not only primates but on all the forest’s fauna and flora. Return to have your lunch. After lunch, transfer for a swamp/community walk to KAFRED, a local community initiative in Bigodi for yet more primate and bird watching experience with an opportunity to meet and interact with the local communities living here. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Kibale – Rwenzori mountains national park
After your breakfast, transfer to Rwenzori mountains national park that allows you an en-route visit to the palace of the youngest king ever crowned in the world-Tooro kingdom palace for a cultural and historical brief, proceed to yet another famous cultural site-Amabere ga Nyinamwiru where you will have an interesting twin story of this treasured waterfalls. One has a cultural formation and the other geographical with stalagmites and stalactites. Enjoy the scenic views of the fabled Mountains of the Moon, if time allows, you will proceed to visit the crater lakes before returning for lunch in Fort portal town and proceed to Rwenzori mountains national park, arriving for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Begin the climb to Nyabitaba Hut (2650m).
After breakfast drive to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m). Make final arrangements for a guide and porters. Begin hiking up to Nyabitaba hut. Walk through the banana gardens on the side of the steep foothills, past the typical Bakonjo homesteads. Follow the trail along the Mubuku River, through landslides and up and down rocks and bluffs. Cross the Mahoma River and climb steeply through bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut for overnight (Full Board).
Day 8: To John Matte Hut (3350m).
The trail from Nyabitaba drops down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. A steep ascent through bamboo forest, traversing a long and exhausting stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From Nyamileju rock shelter, on clear days, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be glimpsed before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. The final stretch to the hut is across a tiring bog, the first of many for which the mountain is infamous (Full Board).
Day 9: To Bujuku Hut (3900m).
Immediately after John Matte Hut, the trail drops down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. Jumping from tussock to tussock, the bog is finally crossed but rarely without the feet sampling some of the freezing ooze below. The Upper Bigo bog gives way to Bujuku Lake, with views of Mt Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, well located in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is set in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. A spectacular setting but it can be very cold, even for the Rwenzoris. (Full Board).
Day 10: To Elena Hut (4541m).
Leaving Bujuku, through more bog, the trail climbs the steep slopes west of the lake, passing through the magical Groundsel Gully as it ascends to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. At the head of the gully a metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail splits into two. The right leads up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders. The left path leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. For those sleeping at the basic Elena Hut be prepared for a cold and icy night (Full Board).
Day 11: For those climbing Margherita peak (5109m) continue to the base of the Stanley Glacier.
Depending on the weather and the individual’s acclimatization, it can be a four to seven hour walk to the summit of Margherita. This is a tough walk over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very exposed areas which are open on many sides. It is only for the physically fit and is a technical climb which requires roping up, crampons and appropriate equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions.
It is best to attempt the final climb in a minimum group of 4 climbers and two guides; (a supplement for the extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking). Climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanley Plateau and proceed with the ascent. Subject to altitude sickness, fog and weather, scramble up to the summit of Margherita, crown of the Rwenzoris. Due to the altitude and the tough conditions not everybody will make it to the summit so do not be disappointed if you do not.
Returning to Scott-Elliot pass, there are spectacular views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. Once over the pass the trail enters an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. Descend to the Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes. (For those who do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut 4,023m.) (Full Board).
Day 12: To Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m).
From Kitandara, the trail ascends steeply up the headwall, spreading out from the base of Mount Baker and continuing along the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. On a clear day there are views into the Congo to the west and Mount Stanley to the north. From the pass, the long muddy descent continues, passing the rock shelter at Bujangolo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906 (Full Board).
Day 13: To Nyabitaba (2650m).
The path down can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on to and requires careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rock. An overnight stop at the Nyabitaba Hut is a pleasant rest after the exertion of the previous days (Full Board).
Day 14: To Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) – Queen Elizabeth National park.
A gentle descent down the muddy paths to the trailhead, arriving to relax at Margherita hotel and after lunch transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. On arrival, you will relax freely at your hostel or explore by yourself, dinner and overnight.
Day 15: Queen Elizabeth national park.
After an early morning warm up tea or coffee, you will head for a game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens mile in search of animals like: lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs and, if you’re lucky the leopard, with a remarkable 606 bird species. Return for a full breakfast, relax at your lodge into the lunch break and after lunch, transfer to enjoy a unique two hours boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing at close range. Return to your lodge and relax for the rest of the evening, dinner and overnight.
Day 16: Queen Elizabeth national – Ishasha sector - Bwindi Impenetrable gorilla forest.
After an morning breakfast, transfer for a game drive in the Ishaha sector of the tree climbing lions in search of these great cats and to the Edward flats in search of more animal species. Proceed later to Bwindi through the Kigezi highlands in the beauties of the “Switzerland of Africa”. Dinner and overnight .
Day 17: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi)
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the gorilla tracking information office for a pre-briefing by the ranger guides who will then lead you into the forest trekking this great relatives of ours (Gorillas). The rainforest is dense and is crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, the thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a memorable one. Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. After this day’s gorgeous adventure, you will return to your lodge for lunch (if not parked). Freshen up and if time allows, you will transfer for a community walk to see this people’s way of life and culture, dinner and overnight.
Day 18: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi.
After your breakfast, transfer to lake Bunyonyi, arriving to relax at your lodge, after lunch, transfer for a scenic ride around lake Bunyonyi’s numerous islands like the punishment Island, Pygmies Island among others for a great opportunity for photography, sightseeing and bird watching of species like Otters, Pied kingfishers, swallows, the African Hobby, Black Kite, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested, Bronze and Red-chested Sunbirds, White-headed Saw-wing among. Return for dinner and overnight.
Day 19: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo national park.
After your breakfast, you will take an en-route scenic drive as we transfer to Lake Mburo national park, arriving to have your lunch in your lodge. After lunch, relax for the rest of the day or just go explore by yourself. Dinner and overnight.
Day 20: Lake Mburo
After an early morning breakfast, transfer for a game drive in search of animals like: zebras, topis, elands, impalas, buffalos with about 313 bird species recorded here including the rare shoebill stork, Crested Francolin, White-winged Warbler among other species. This will see you return for your lunch, after lunch transfer for a boat ride that gives you the opportunity to view animals and birds like; Crocodiles, Hippopotamus birds like Pelicans, Heron, Cormorant, Black crake, Fish Eagles and the rare shoebill stork. Return to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.
Day 21: Lake Mburo National Park – Kampala.
After your breakfast, depart Lake Mburo with an en-route game drive as you transfer back to Kampala via Masaka arriving to have your lunch in Kampala. After lunch, transfer to do some shopping before returning to your hotel for overnight.
Day 22: Airport transfer.
You will be transferred to Entebbe airport for your onward flight.