Day one: The genesis: Pick Up & Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is located 176 km from Kampala on the Gulu highway and sits on70 square kilometers of land; this was formerly a private ranch. The sanctuary is en-route to Murchison falls national park and many visit it as part of an itinerary to the park. The trip is through the countryside passing homesteads and various roadside vegetable and fruit markets. The plan is to get to see the Rhinos before it’s too hot for them to feed. It is very critical that you heed to the ranger’s instructions while on the trek because Rhinos can be aggressive if they sense a need to defend themselves. Depending on the location of the Rhinos, you may need to drive closer to their location before you start the trek to reduce on the distance. Your ranger guide will share different information on the behavior of Rhinos and how you ought to behave while as you trek. Once you locate the Rhinos, you can stay a maximum of one hour in their presence. Sometimes different families are within distance of each other, in which case you will get an opportunity to visit more than one group. You also have a chance of other animal sightings on this nature walk, they include Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Kobs, Leopard (rarely), duikers etc . Dinner and overnight stay at Ziwa guest house.
Day Two: Transfer to Murchison falls national park
You will have an early breakfast and then depart for Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include; the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill. Retire at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Dinner and overnight at Fort Murchison.
Day Three: Game drive and Boat Cruise
After an early morning breakfast, you cross the Nile by the Ferry and go for game drive on the northern bank. The game found in this part of the park includes Elephants, Rothschild Giraffe, Jackson Hartebeest, Leopard, Lions, Kobs and a variety of woodland and Savannah birds among others. Then in the afternoon after lunch, you go for a boat cruise on the Nile for game viewing at a close range. On this cruise you expect to see many schools of Hippos and Crocodiles and some water birdsat a close range. Dine and slumber at Fort Murchison
Day Four: Morning Game drive and Hike to the top of the falls
Wake up early enough for your morning game drive. Chances of seeing the morning risers are high. After the drive come back to the lodge for breakfast, relax and later take a hike to the top of the falls. Observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. Retire at the lodge Dinner and overnight stay.
Day Five: Transfer to Fortportal
You will have breakfast at leisure then have a scenic drive to Fort Portal with beautifull views of the crater lakes. Have a lunch enroute and then transfer to Mountains of the moon for dinner and overnight.
Day Six: Rwenzori Hiking
After early morning breakfast you will depart to Rwenzori National Park for your 1 day hiking. Services are offered by Rwenzori services.
Day Seven: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After your morning breakfast drive through the great western Rift Valley’s Albertine escarpment to the southwest Uganda. Arrive at the Tooro kingdom’s capital, Fort Portal located in the shadows of the magical “mountains of the moon” -Rwenzori. In the afternoon after lunch continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park and on your way to Bush lodge for dinner and overnight, enjoy the stunning scenery and seeing the wonderful sights as you drive to Twin lakes safari lodge.
Day Eight: Game drive and boat cruise
The day begins with an early breakfast and we go for a game drive in the Kasenyi Kobs mating ground which is in the northern sector of this Park. We are more likely to see waterbucks, buffaloes, elephants, lions and warthogs in their nature habitat. The game drive normally takes 2-3hours. After lunch we go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, a natural channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. This is a very interesting cruise because of the big numbers of animals and birds it offers. It also takes 2hours. Dinner and overnight at Twin Lakes safari lodge.
Day Nine: Lake Mburo National Park and Departure
After an early morning breakfast, we drive through Lake Mburo National Park. It is the only place in Uganda that supports massive herds of “impalas”…. Kampala city derives its name from here. Other antelopes easily seen are topi, bushbuck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bofor reedbuck. Buffalos, warthogs, bush-pigs and hippopotamus and many others. Drive back to Entebbe with lunch en-route and stop at the Equator for photos, arriving in the afternoon and drive straight to the airport for your flight home.