Day 1:Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to Lake Victoria Serena Hotel.
Lake Victoria Serena Resort is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world, barely 35km from Entebbe International Airport and 15km from Kampala city. Guest accommodation comprises 87 rooms (30 Twins rooms, 45 Standard rooms (02 are paraplegic), 08 Executive Suites and 02 Presidential Suites) but will increase to 124 when completely finished.
All rooms have a private balcony offering stunning views of the lake and are equipped with an electronic safe, flat screen television, uninterrupted power supply, automatic self locking doors with a magnetic card system, 24 hour security, mini bar and complimentary welcome fruit basket. Other facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars, state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a fully fledged Spa facility alongside a modern gymnasium and free internet access. Balance of the evening spent at leisure with dinner under own arrangements.
Lake Victoria Serena Hotel (BB)
Day 2: After breakfast, you drive northwest, via Bombo town and with a lunch stop in Masindi town, to Murchison Falls National Park (300 kms / 5 hrs). Once in the park, cross over to the northern bank by ferry and Check in at Paara Lodge.
After breakfast, and transfer to Entebbe International airport for your scheduled flight to Murchison Falls National Park – ETD 0830 hrs, approx 1hr 40 min. On arrival at the local airstrip, met and transferred to Paara Safari Lodge (20 min) for check in and lunch.
At the dramatic Murchison Falls, the world’s longest river explodes through a narrow, 7m cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43M below. In the lush borassus grassland north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered. In the southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimpanzees and other rain forest creatures while the River Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations. Add a dazzling variety of water-birds, including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork, and Welcome (!) to Murchison Falls National Park; an untamed African Savannah bisected east to west, for 115 kms, by the mighty river Nile.
Situated approx. 300 kms/5 hrs northwest of Kampala, this 3,840 km² park spreading inland from the shores of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile is Uganda’s largest National Park. And the only one where all of the ‘Big Five’ are to be found; buffalo, elephant, lion and occasional leopard seen above the Nile while rhinos are being bred in a sanctuary south of the park – 40 to 50 of them are lined up for release into the wild by around 2040. Together with the adjacent 748 km² Bugungu Wildlife Reserve and the 720 km² Karuma Wildlife Reserve, the park is part of the greater, 5,308 km², Murchison Falls Conservation Area. Special activities include launch trips to the base of the falls, Boat trips to the Lake Albert delta, Chimpanzee tracking at Rabongo Forest and Budongo Forest en-route from Masindi plus regular game viewing drives.
Paara Safari Lodge is well known for its luxurious and comfortable accommodation. It has about 54 beautiful rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as balconies and some number of suits that offer a perfect view of the Nile. The lodge is well known for its high quality facilities that are offered to Visitors. These include swimming pool, restaurant with both international and local foods, full stocked bar, lounge and the beautiful natural gardens on the landscape
Paara Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 3: Arise at dawn with coffee/ tea and snacks then depart for an early morning game drive to catch up with the predators and early risers – like jackals, hyenas, giraffe, lion, antelope, elephant, Uganda kob, baboons, velvet monkeys, Jackson’s hartebeest, herds of buffalo, bush bucks, warthogs, water bucks, etc. Return to lodge for a late breakfast and relax before lunch.
In the afternoon you will go for a launch boat cruise on the Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls, an opportunity to animals like wallowing buffaloes, schools of hippos, large Nile crocodiles, elephants and plenty of water birds like fish eagles and various storks. Disembark at the bottom of the falls and hike to its top where the calm Nile perfects its beauty – forcing its mighty self through a narrow 8 meter gorge to fall a distance of about 150 ft in a thunderous roar of white water – absolutely incredible scenery!
Paara Safari Lodge (FB)
Day 4: After breakfast, check in to your charter flight to Kibale National Park. The park is Uganda’s primates’ paradise, her 776 km² of moist evergreen rain forest home to the highest concentration of primates in the world – 13 species, including the very ‘localized’ Red Columbus as well as L’Hoest’s monkey. The elusive forest elephant, smaller, hairier than its bush counterpart, moves seasonally into the park; other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog, leopard and half a dozen antelope species. Bird life is prolific with 335 species including horn bills, pittas, turacos, the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush and African Grey Parrots.
But the park’s principal attraction remains the opportunity to track her 500 habituated Chimpanzees. These delightful apes, genetically the closest living relatives of man, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. Tracking usually takes about 4 hrs.
One other unique experience in Kibali: join the habituation team that goes out in the morning to study the chimpanzees and habituate them humans.
Check in at Kyaninga Lodge in the afternoon, evening sightseeing around the Crater Lakes near Ndali.