6 Days Uganda Wildlife-Semliki, Queen Elizabeth & Lake Mburo National Park

Safari Overview:

The 6 Days Uganda Wildlife is highly rewarding safari package that will offer you an opportunity to explore Semulki national park famously known for its unique wild game species such as the pygmy antelope, two flying species of squirrels, forest buffalos, monkeys, leopards, water chevrotains, hippos, bush babies, civets, elephants and even the 9 species of duikers that can be only found in the park. The 6 Days Uganda Wildlife will also connect you to natural endowed Queen Elizabeth national park famous for its adventurous boat cruise on the Kazinga channel waters with full accounts of Hippos, crocodiles, Buffaloes. Thereafter, it links you to the compact gem of Lake Mburo national park. The safari will combine Uganda’s most three outstanding national parks and taste of world class services from some of the finest lodges in Uganda-the pearl of Africa.

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Semliki National Park & Afternoon visit to the Hot Springs.

Day 2: Do an Early Morning Game Drive and Afternoon Cultural Encounters with the Batwa Community.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and do afternoon Launch Cruise

Day 4: Do morning game drive & Afternoon Chimpanzee trekking

Day 5:  Transfer to Lake Mburo national park & do afternoon boat cruise.

Day 6: Do early morning Game drive & transfer to Kampala with stopover at the Uganda Equator.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Semliki National Park & Afternoon visit to the Hot Springs.

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Following an early morning breakfast, depart from Kampala to Semliki national park. The drive journey of 352 kilometers about 5-6hours without enroute stopovers will take you through the beautiful scenic landscape with rural setting and local populations. Come to halt in Fort Portal town for lunch after which you will proceed with 52 kilometers drive to Semliki National Park. Upon your arrival to the park, you will drive to the lodge to check-in and afterwards proceed to do an afternoon visit to the Hot springs. The long trail which takes like one hour leads you to the outer parts meeting the Male” spring and the trail continues through a patch of forest where you may watch the red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and black-and-white colobus monkeys. The 30-minutes hike through palm forest from the main road will lead you to the inner, “female” spring, mostly occupied by a boiling geyser where you can do live experiment of boiling Eggs and matooke within period of 30 minutes in boiling hot springs water. After the activity, you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Semliki Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Mid-Range), National Park Bandas and Campsites. (Budget).

Day 2: Do an Early Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Cultural encounter.

Early in the morning, report to the park for an early morning game drive through the well-organized three tracks that cross the savannah grassland of Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve. The early morning game drive may reward you with the views of the smaller forest and larger savannah elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, crocodile, warthog and the Ugandan bird species called the Uganda kob. If you are lucky, you may confront the pygmy hippopotami as well as leopards and elusive bush babies. After 3-4 hours game drive, you will retreat back to your lodge for relaxation, lunch as you wait for an evening cultural encounter with the local communities around Semulki National Park. After lunch, Embark on drive to the local community to have refreshing cultural interaction with the Batwa also dubbed the Pygmies in Uganda. The encounter will expose you to the local lifestyle of the Batwa people and the local guide will guide you to local homesteads, schools. The activity will enable you to enjoy cultural performances inform of dances, drama, stories and also visit to craft shops .Retreat back to you lodge after the activity for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations’: Semliki Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Mid-Range), National Park Bandas and Campsites. (Budget)

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do afternoon Launch Cruise

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Wake up early morning, take your breakfast and embark on transfer from Semliki to Queen Elizabeth National Park drive distance of 196kilometres about 3-4hours drive along rough road. The drive will take you through the impressive country side landscapes with rural setting and local people that you will be by-passing on your way to Queen. On your arrival to the park, you will connect to Mweya for lunch and an afternoon Kazinga Channel adventurous boat cruise. The boat cruise will offer you possibilities of encountering Hippos, Nile crocodiles, wild game drinking on the channel side and counts of water birds. Retire to your lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do morning game drive & Afternoon Chimpanzee trekking

After your early morning cup of coffee, like at 6:00am, you will embark on game drive at 6:30am in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The game drive will take you through Kasenyi with the opportunities of meeting the nocturnal wildlife species when they are retreating back to their hiding grounds and also meet the early morning risers when they are starting their daily activities of looking for food. The ranges of wild game which may be seen during the game drive include the elusive leopard, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, Side stripped Jackal; Oribis elephants, lions, buffaloes, Antelopes among others. The tracks are well designed to increase your possibilities of encountering wild game in their natural habitat of Queen Elizabeth National Park. After 3 -4 hour game drive covering about 200 kilometers, you will retire back to your lodge for relaxation, memory sharing and lunch. Thereafter, embark on the interesting afternoon chimpanzee trekking in the Kyambura gorge that starts from 2:00pm .The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment, the activity stretches an extra mile to teach you about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, including vegetation types; bird identification and behavior; and chimp and monkey ecology. While at the site, you stand a pretty good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins-Chimpanzees as they are habituated. The activity which lasts between 2-3 hours is very rewarding and after the activity you will retire to the nearby lodges for dinner and overnight and easy connection to Ishasha as you transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge (Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Mid-Range), Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget)

Day 5:  Transfer to Lake Mburo national park & do afternoon boat cruise.

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After taking relaxed breakfast in your Queen Elizabeth national park lodge, you will depart Queen driving to Lake Mburo national park drive distance of 180 kilometers. The drive will take you through the rolling hills, scenic landscape with rural setting and local populations. Upon your arrival in Lake Mburo National Park, you will have your lunch at the park while enjoying the views of different wildlife species and bird species. Afterwards, proceed to catch-up with an afternoon boat cruise which sets of at 2:30pm on the magnificent waters of Lake Mburo. The boat cruise which will take you between 2-3 hours of adventure will not only offer you opportunities of encountering the wild game such as Hippos, Nile Crocodiles, Buffaloes, waterbuck drinking on the banks of the lake, but it also brings you to place where you can have clear view of different water birds such as the colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles, Hammerkops and their enormous nests and even the prehistoric-looking Shoebill. Retreat back from the activity to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury), Arcadia Cottages Mburo (Mid-Range), Eagle’s Nest (Budget).

Day 6: Do early morning Game drive & transfer to Kampala with stopover at the Uganda Equator.

After an early morning breakfast, embark on an interesting game drive through the park in search of wild game. The connection of game tracks found in the eastern part of the park passes through a variety of beautiful landscape such as acacia woodland, wetlands vegetation, savannah grassland which supports the survival of different wildlife grazers including gigantic eland antelope, zebras, waterbucks, Klipspringer and the rare Topi, impala, warthog, oribi, buffalo, Defassa reedbuck. The game drive which will take you 2-3hours may reward you with the views of different wildlife species and an even different bird species. After the activity, you will retire back to the park headquarters and then proceed with the drive to Kampala. On your way, you will by-pass Mpigi village, famous for the Royal Drums Makers and of course the Ugandan Equator, where you will have your lunch stopover, take photos and shop for a souvenir. You will arrive to Kampala late in the evening and the driver guide will drive you back to your Kampala /Entebbe hotel for dinner and overnight or to Entebbe international Airport for your scheduled flight back Home.

End of the Safari.

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