Day 1: Australia – – Entebbe
Arrive to the airport with ample time in anticipation of your flights to Entebbe in Uganda!
Day 2: Entebbe
Your flight lands in this city in central Uganda and you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Those with flights arriving in the morning have the remainder of the day to use as leisure time.
Day 3: Entebbe – Mityana – Fort Portal – Kibale Forest National Park (B, L, D)
Get your first full day of this East Africa adventure underway as you travel towards Kibale Forest National Park. This journey sees you travel through the beautiful landscape of the Rift Valley – all rolling countryside, traditional homesteads and working farms. Today’s drive includes stops in Mityana and Fort Portal. The latter is known as the ‘Tourist City of Uganda’ and is popular with visitors thanks to its local markets and proximity to the Crater Lakes, Semuliki National Park and the chimpanzees that call Kibale Forest National Park home. A packed lunch is enjoyed along the way. You have the rest of the evening as leisure before enjoying a dinner at the lodge.
Day 4: Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park (B, L, D)
Wake up excited and ready to make your first foray into Kibale National Park in search of the chimpanzees that reside within this protected reserve. This experience is led by a knowledgeable guide and will see you track the chimps in order to catch a glimpse into their nests, daily activities and habitat. Chimpanzees aren’t the only primates you may see however, with populations of black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and grey cheeked mangabey also common. Afterwards, your group departs for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drop your luggage at the lodge and immediately set out on a thrilling afternoon game drive through the park. This is Uganda’s most visited national park and is home to African buffalo, hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, bush elephant, lions, leopards and more chimps. There are also more than 500 species of birdlife. Return to the lodge at dusk for dinner.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park (B, L, D)
An early wake up call is rewarded with an incredible morning game drive through the park. You will be moving throughout the park in a 4WD safari vehicle, specially equipped with a photo roof to enable you to stand up and take unobstructed photos of the landscape and the animals you come across. There are no more than six travellers per vehicle, meaning everyone gets a guaranteed window seat! Your group returns to the lodge for breakfast and has time to rest until lunch. Make for the waters of the Kazinga Channel at about 2pm, to embark on a magnificent boat cruise. Your sail lasts for about two hours and some of the wildlife you may see along the voyage include hippos, herds of buffalo, and an array of water birds. Return to the lodge for dinner.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (B, L, D)
Make the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This formidably-named forest is home to arguably Uganda’s most iconic primate, the endangered mountain gorilla. You arrive to the lodge in the late afternoon. Dinner is held at the lodge tonight.
Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (B, L, D)
Have breakfast at the lodge and then be transferred to the headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Here, you will meet with the local guides and rangers who will brief you on the etiquette of the trek and proper practices for viewing the gorillas. The guides and rangers are astonishingly knowledgeable about these magnificent primates and the park, and have much insight to pass on while you are here! Following the briefing, your group sets off on the challenging-at-times hike into the forest in search of the gorillas. This park is home to about 400 Bwindi gorilla; half of the world’s entire population. Seeing these endangered primates in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience. Feel in awe of the size of the gorilla and watch on as they interact with one another. The park is not just home to gorilla however, and some of the other wildlife you might see while here include colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, hornbills, vervet and small antelope. There are more than 200 species of butterfly, as well as 350 species of bird.
A packed lunch is included for the hike, and your group is slated to return to camp in the afternoon/evening for free time and dinner.
Please note that the gorilla trek crosses hilly and mountainous terrain, and travellers are recommended to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to undertake the hike.
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Mburo National Park (B, L, D)
Climb into your safari vehicle after breakfast to make the drive into the Kigezi district and on to Lake Mburo National Park. There journey is broken up by several stops for you to stretch your legs and take in the scenery. Lunch is served at the camp. Later in the afternoon it is back into the cars for a game drive. A former controlled hunting area and then a game reserve, Lake Mburo National Park achieved national park status in 1983 and is home to populations of zebra, impala, jackal, African leopard and hippo. Dinner is had back at camp.
Day 9: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe (B)
Another early morning game drive to start the day. In particular, keep a keen eye out for any animals you’ve yet to see – or those that only make an appearance in the morning. Breakfast is served upon your return to camp and your group then begins the drive back to Entebbe. Along the way however, there is a stop at the Equator! There is free time upon arriving in Entebbe.
Day 10: Entebbe – – Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D)
Have breakfast at the accommodation and then take a transfer to the airport to board your flight towards Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will be met by a transfer upon arrival in Kenya and taken via shared transfer to the camp for dinner.
Day 11: Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D)
Head out into Maasai Mara National Reserve on two game drives today: one in the morning and then another in the afternoon. This world-renowned park is named after the Maasai people and is famed for its populations of lions, cheetahs, elephants and leopards, as well as other wildlife synonymous with the African savanna. Maasai Mara National Reserve also sees part of the legendary Great Migration, where huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and gazelle move across the Serengeti. Make use of your safari vehicle’s photo roof to hone your camera-snapping skills and try your luck at capturing National Geographic-worthy images of this unrivalled landscape and the animals that live here.
Day 12: Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D)
It is back into the reserve with another morning and afternoon game drive. What wildlife will you see on these outings? Be sure to be vigilant on the watch for any animals you’ve not seen yet, and be sure to take advantage of your guide’s incredible local knowledge by asking plenty of questions!
Day 13: Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi – – Australia (B, L)
A shared transfer takes you to the nearby air strip for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. A transfer awaits your arrival in the Kenyan capital city and you are taken out to lunch at the Nyama Mama Capital Centre restaurant. At the appropriate time, you will be transported to the airport in order to catch your return flight to Australia.
Day 14: Australia
Arrive home today.