COME TRAVEL WITH MIRAMA HILLS SAFARI
Duration: 11 Days Safari
Info: Come for a 19 days Uganda Adventure safari
Meet the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & climb the Rwenzori Mountains during this Great Travel Journey. A Uganda safari for the adventurous! Includes a seven day hike in the Rwenzori mountains as well gorilla trekking, game viewing in 3 national parks, safari walk in Ziwa rhino sanctuary.
THIS 11 DAYS UGANDA ADVENTURE SAFARI INCLUDES:
• Kampala • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary • Murchison Falls National Park • Budongo Forest • Crater Lakes area • Rwenzori Mountains National Park • Queen Elizabeth National Park • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park • Lake Bunyonyi • Lake Mburo National Park
PRICES from 8,765 USD INCLUDE:
• Gorilla Permits
• English speaking Guide
• Ranger for trekking
• Boat Rides
• Bottled Water
• Cultural Tours
• Park Entrance Fees
• All Activities mentioned apart from the extra/optional ones.
• International flights
• Visas charges
• Laundry services
• Alcohol drinks
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT
We meet our tour guide at the airport and are taken to Kampala on the way we see the vast fresh water lake, Lake Victoria. Relax at the hotel to be ready for your gorilla trekking and Rwenzori Mountains hike safari starting the next day.
Overnight Green Valley Hotel, Ggaba.
DAY 2: : TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK VIA ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
Your safari guide picks you in the morning and you start the journey to Murchison Falls national park for our Gorilla Trekking and Rwenzori Mountains Safari. Along the way we make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where rhinos are being reintroduced to Uganda. Here you make a trek to see the rhinos close up. You have lunch along the way and continue on to the lodge just outside Murchison Falls NP.
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 3: : GAME DRIVE AND BOAT-CRUISE ON THE NILE
After taking early morning breakfast, you guide drive picks you then set off for a game-drive in the park. You have the chance of seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffalos, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76. We continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and then in the afternoon 3 hour boat ride to the base of the falls where you get to see the Hippos, Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. After the boat-cruise we head back to the lodge.
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 4: GAME-DRIVE IN MURCHISON FALLS NP AND VISIT TOP OF THE FALLS
In the early morning after breakfast, meet our Guide for the game drive for the most likelihood seeing elephants, giraffes, buffalos, possibly big cats hunting plus more as the checklist of mammals in this park reaches 76. We continue browsing the drive circuits to the delta point for a cocktail of birds and mammals species along the banks. Have lunch and then visit the top of the falls -this is a magnificent classic highlight on our 4th day as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice. After this we head to the lodge in Budongo forest and enjoy listening to the sounds of the forest.
Overnight in at Budongo Eco Lodge.
DAY 5: CHIMPS TREKKING IN BUDONGO FOREST & TRANSFER TO HOIMA.
Get into Budongo Forest for chimps trekking in the morning. You go with a specialized guide and hopefully get an exciting meeting with the chimpanzees. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch some forest species, then transfer to the town Hoima. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool at the hotel in Hoima.
Overnight in Kontiki Hotel.
DAY 6: AFTER BREAKFAST TRANSFER TO THE CRATER LAKES AREA BY FORT PORTAL
As we are still exploring our Gorilla trekking & Rwenzori mountains safari it’s a long drive with our target to have lunch in Fortpotal. A punctuation of stopovers at sceneries like the rift valley escarpment on Lake Albert, typical African village setup in the far country side and tea plantations along the drive ways offer chances for stretching along the way as we check in late afternoon. A host of different species of Monkeys- red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies in this area. In the forest canopy butterflies and various bird species like the native Great blue Turaco and joyful greenbul.
Overnight at Isunga Lodge
DAY 7: VILLAGE WALK BEFORE TRANSFER TO RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
After breakfast enjoy a village walk and crater exploration in this beautiful area then transfer to Rwenzori base camp to get ready for the adventure starting tomorrow, a highlight of our gorilla trekking & Rwenzori mountains hike safari.
Overnight Rwenzori Base Camp
DAY 8: STAGE 1: FROM NYAKALENGIJA TO NYABITABA HUT, 2.652 M.
From the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Head Quarter at Nyakalengija, 1.646 m., you will receive the briefing from the guides, with the possibility of hiring equipment. The Rwenzori mountains hike starts through the plantations and homes of the Bakonjo, the people of the mountain, gradually reaching garden plots and elephants grass. You follow the Mobuku river, until crossing the Mahoma river. The trail passes through an open fern slopes and Podorcarpus Forest, up to Nyabitaba Hut, 2.652 m., which is the arrival point for the day. This will take from 5 to 6 hours. From the location, you are facing on the North the Portal Peaks, 4.627 m. and in front Mount Kyniangoma. During the day, you might see monkeys, the Rwenzori Turaco and hearing the chimpanzees.
DAY 9: STAGE 2: FROM NYABITABA HUT TO JOHN MATTE HUT, 3.414 M.
From Nyabitaba Hut you cross the Kurt Shaffer Bridge, through a muddy area along the Mubuku river. Then the trail climbs up through the bamboo forest. You reach a steep rocky area, which leads to Nyamuleju Hut. This point marks the start of the giant lobelia and groundsel zone. The trail proceeds through a number of typical plants along the Bujuku river. The final point is John Matte Hut, 3.414 m. for spending the night. From Nyabitaba Hut to John Matte it can take approximately 6 hours. Enjoy the view of Mount Stanley and snow capped Margherita and Elena Peaks.
DAY 10: STAGE 3: FROM JOHN MATTE HUT TO BUJUKU HUT, 3.962 M
From John Matte Hut you continue the Rwenzori Mountains hike by crossing the Bujuku River and enter the lower Bigo bog, a grassy bog where you experience how to jump from tussock to tussock. You reach Bigo Hut and enter the upper Bigo bog, proceeding to Lake Bujuku, where it is starting the alpine savannah zone of little vegetation. You finally arrive at Bujuku Hut, 3.962 m. This day hike can take up to 5 hours. There you have a view on the peaks of Mount Stanley, Mount Baker and Mount Speke.
DAY 11: STAGE 4: FROM BUJUKU HUT TO ELENA HUT, 4.540 M.
From Bujuku Hut you continue hike the Rwenzori Mountains with a climb through moss draped groundsel vegetation, to Scott Elliot Pass, 4.372 m., between Mt. Baker and Stanley. Here you divert to Elena Hut, 4.540 m. for spending the night before climbing Mt. Stanley.
DAY 12: STAGE 5 FROM ELENA HUT TO KITANDARA HUT, 4.023 M.
From Elena Hut you ascend the last tract of rock and ice which leads to Margherita Peak on Mt. Stanley, 5.109 m. Time to complete the climbing about 3 hours. After you descend to Upper Kitandara lake and through thick mud to Lower Kitandara lake where is located Kitandara Hut, 4.023 m where you will spend the night. Time to complete the hike about 3 hours more. From Kitandara Hut you can proceed for climbing Mount Baker or Mount Luigi di Savoia and the peak Vittorio Sella. Enjoy the view of Mt. Luigi di Savoia.
DAY 13: STAGE 6: FROM KITANDARA HUT TO GUY YEOMAN HUT, 3.261 M.
From Lake Kitandara you climb to Freshfield Pass, 4.282 m., a long flat of high alpine mossy glades, before descending the circuit among rocky and boggy areas. The panorama is dominated by the glaciers of Mounts Stanley and Baker and Mount of Savoy. The trail leads to Akendahi, Bujongolo and Kabamba rock shelters, where starts the Kabamba valley down to Guy Yeoman Hut, 3.261 m. This can take up to 6 hours. The hut is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, vegetations and rivers.
DAY 14: STAGE 7: FROM GUY YEOMAN HUT BACK TO NYAKALENGIJA
Final descent back to Nyakalengija. The trial is attractive along the valley of the Mobuku and Kichuchu rivers, rich in plants and flowers of the heather zone before reaching the bamboo forest. See Kabamba falls on the way. Time to reach Nyabitaba Hut is about 4 hours. From Nyabitaba starts the 40 minutes trial to see Lake Mahoma and back to the hut for descending to the Park Head Quarter. The trial takes more 2 to 3 hours. By the base camp your guide meets you to take you to the lodge by Queen Elizabeth national park for the night as you have finished the Rwenzori mountains hike.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages
DAY 15: RELAXED MORNING AT THE LODGE AND BOAT-CRUISE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.
Spend the morning relaxing at the lodge, enjoying the view and resting after your hike in the Rwenzori Mountains. After lunch at the lodge the adventure of our gorilla trekking & Rwenzori mountains hike safari continues and it is time for the boat-cruise on Kazinga channel, this is a 32km channel which links Lake Edward and Lake George. This channel is said to contain the world’s largest concentration of Hippos. Be ready to see land and water adapted hippopotamuses and also the Nile crocodile gaping along the banks.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages
DAY 16: TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NP VIA ISHASHA SECTOR.
This morning we transfer through the Ishasha part of Queen Elizabeth national park. An adventurous vast savanna area with topis and the southern version of elephants, famous for its tree-climbing lions. After hopefully spotting some tree-climbing lions during the game-drive we head towards Bwindi Impenetrable national park. The journey takes us from flat savanna, via cultivated hills to forest covered mountains.
Overnight at Buhoma Community Rest Camp
DAY 17: GORILLA TREKKING DAY- BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the mountain gorillas. Have an early breakfast and be taken to the starting point of the gorilla trekking for the second highlight on our gorilla trekking & Rwenzori mountains hike safari. Together with a specialized guide you set off into the beautiful jungle and get to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas. This impenetrable forest is as well full of birds, butterflies and plant species plus forest hog, forest elephants, after the trek we transfer through the forest to Lake Bunyonyi, it’s a beautiful drive through the neck of the impenetrable forest.
Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort.
DAY 18: AFTER BREAKFAST TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO, THE ‘ZEBRA MAGNET’.
Leave Lake Bunyonyi behind and continue driving through the hilly areas, out of the vast savanna dotted with acacia and shrubs. Our aim is to be at the lodge for lunch before heading out for an afternoon game-drive. We search for zebras, topis, warthogs, giraffes, cape buffaloes and impalas as we drive along the tracks.
Overnight at Rwakobo Rock.
DAY 19: EARLY MORNING SAFARI WALK IN LAKE MBURO NP & TRANSFER TO ENTEBBE.
Get early up for a safari walk by the lodge with chance to see zebras, waterbucks, birds and buffaloes in their day break jungle life! Get back to the lodge for breakfast and thereafter start the drive back to Entebbe taking. Make a stop by the Equator for lunch, souvenir shopping and some photo poses where the southern- and northern hemispheres meet. Reach Entebbe in the afternoon (if you have a late evening or night flight you can travel this day).
COME TRAVEL WITH MIRAMA HILLS SAFARI