14 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PEARL OF AFRICA TOUR PACKAGES
DAY 1: ARRIVAL(Travel time: +1hr)
You will be met by a representative from HT Agency Tours, who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Protea Hotel for High end or Fairway Hotel for mid–range Meal Plan (Dinner)
DAY 2: KAMPALA - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK (Travel time: +7hrs)
Start your amazing day with an early drive North West towards Murchison Falls National Park. You will make a stopover for lunch and a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in
Uganda. The sanctuary provides trained rangers who will ably guide you through the Rhino tracking expedition. You will have the opportunity to observe the rhinos at a very close and safe distance. Dinner and overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge for high end or Pakuba Safari Lodge for mid-range Meal Plan (Full Board)
DAY 3: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Murchison Falls National Park is home to 76 species of mammals including four of the “Big Five”, with huge herds of buffaloes and elephants, well– camouflaged leopards and a healthy population of lions. It is also known for its giraffes; in Uganda these can only be viewed here and in Kidepo Valley. Begin this day with an early breakfast and an early morning game drive at Murchison falls and be prepared to see resident animals such as elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, lions and antelopes. Following lunch you’ll enjoy one of the best features of this Park – the boat cruise tour on the river Nile. You will see a variety of animals along the river banks among which are numerous crocodiles, buffaloes, antelopes are and elephants plus different birds such as water birds, shoe bill storks and fish eagles. Dinner and overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge Meal Plan (Full Board)
DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – KIBALE NATIONAL PARK (Travel time: +6hrs)
Start the day with an early breakfast and thereafter drive to Kibale National Park which is home to over 1000 chimpanzees including the black and white colobus monkey, grey cheeked Mangabey and red tailed monkey. Arrive in time for a sumptuous lunch at your lodge. After lunch you will go and experience the life of a chimpanzee! Here you will be allowed to spend some time with these mesmerizing creatures, as you observe them swing from one tree to another, feed, play around or progress steadily on the ground right in front of you. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge for High-end or Fort Motel for Mid-range Meal plan (Dinner)
DAY 5: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK – SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK (Travel time: +1hr)
After breakfast, transfer to Semuliki National Park where you will visit the hot springs and the pygmies in the Ituri forest. Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semuliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years. You will then return to Semuliki Safari Lodge for your lunch and thereafter have an afternoon boat ride. This is conducted on Lake Albert and the main attractions are Shoe bills, African Pygmy Goose, Blue-breasted and Blue- Cheeked Bee-eaters and Blue-headed Coucal. Later you will drive back to Kibale National Park to relax and prepare the journey the following day. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge for High-end or Fort Motel for Mid- range Meal plan (Full Board)
DAY 6: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK- QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (Travel time: 2hrs)
Start your day with breakfast at your lodge then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and water buck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. Check in the Lodge and spend the rest of the day relaxing and reminiscing the events and experiences you have had so far in the pearl of Africa. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge for High-end or Parkview Safari Lodge for Mid-range Meal Plan: Full Board
DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Begin your day with a cup of coffee. Early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile makes visitors encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs lakes and a variety of birds. Return to the Lodge for lunch and later the afternoon you will have a two hours Boat cruise along the famous Kazinga channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, Kobs, Warthogs and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Hot Air Balloon Safari: Experience the ildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park in a new, unique way. Wake upearly to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen lizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enoy the serene tranquility of the African bush. You will take off early at dawn for a flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the sun rises and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning takes you. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge for High-end or Parkview Safari Lodge for Mid-range Meal Plan: Full Board.
DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK (Travel time: +5hrs)
Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park via the Ishasha sector which is famed for the tree climbing lions. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests. These inhabit an estimate of 320 mountain Gorillas roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge for High-end or Haven Lodge for Mid-range
Meal plan: Full Board
DAY 9: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there you will set off for your thrill experience of the Gorillas in the Mist. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas. The wildlife including additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds, will certainly be very beautiful and really enhance this extremely special The tracking / trekking can entail some thorough climbing as well as hiking although when you come face to face with the tranquil yet potent Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away from you observing the group, the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their everyday routine just right in front of you is all very overwhelming. You can never find any mountain gorillas living in the zoo, save for just in this not large area of Africa where a number of the remnant mountain gorillas can be seen. Luckily because of too many efforts, this population is thriving and well surviving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and visitors get the opportunity of observing them at close proximity. After this magical experience, we will transfer to Mgahinga National Park. Dinner and overnight at Mount Gahinga Lodge for High-end or Chameleon Hill Lodge for Mid-range Meal plan: Full Board
DAY 10: MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain Gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkeys. On this trip you will track the gorilla family at this park. You may also have an opportunity to spot the unique golden monkeys. The park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. You will take a hike on the batwa trail. While here you will be able to experience the culture and way of life of the pygmies. You will then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi known to be the second deepest lake in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge for High End or Bunyonyi Safari Resort for Mid–range Meal Plan Dinner
DAY 11: LAKE BUNYONYI
Because of the tiring experience in Bwindi and Mgahinga, you will take pleasure in some time to relax on the shores of this beautiful lake. There are various activities for the guest to enjoy here such as swimming, bird watching, sun bathing including a boat trip around the islands as well as cycling. After a healthy lunch you will have a nature walk around the lake to spot these beautiful birds and also enjoy the scenery. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge for High End or Bunyonyi Safari Resort for Mid-range for Meal Plan: Full Board
DAY 12: LAKE BUNYONYI- LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK (Travel time: +3hrs)
Have an early breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National park arriving in time for a mid–morning game drive that will take you to the Kazuma Look Out Point. Here you will enjoy the beautiful Sceneries of the lakes, swamps, the plains that run all the way to Tanzania and then the irresistible sunset! Lake Mburo offers the best opportunities for viewing the big Elands, Burchell Zebras, Topis, Buffaloes and Impalas. With roughly 310 species, birds are also well represented. Among them are species whose breeding grounds are mainly characterized by the acacia trees, as well as water and swamp birds. The lake bearing the same name within the park attracts herds of hippos and crocodiles. The hedges of the embedded swamps hide the rare Sitatunga–antelope. Return to your lodge for a late lunch and relax for the rest of the day. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge for High end, or Arcadia Cottages for Mid–range Meal Plan: Full Board
DAY 13: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
After an early morning breakfast, explore the park with a game drive in search of animals like: zebras, impalas, Topis, buffaloes, elands. Bird watching opportunities are excellent here, with about 313 bird species recorded here including the rare shoe bill stork, White winged Warbler, Crested Francolin among others. You will then return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch you will go for a boat ride that gives you the chance to view water animals like; Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and water birds including; Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, Cormorant, and the rare shoe bill stork. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge for High end, or Arcadia Cottages for Mid-range Meal Plan: Full Board
DAY 14: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – DEPARTURE (Travel time: +5hrs)
Enjoy a morning of relaxation and the beautiful scenery around the lodge as you prepare to journey back to Kampala. After lunch proceed to Kampala or Entebbe to a place or hotel of choice where your guide shall drop you or be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your out bond flight back home or to your next destination. Meal plan (Breakfast and Lunch)
END OF THE TOURS
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All ground handling that is a 4x4 land cruiser / minibus, fuel and an English speaking driver guide
2 gorilla permits per person
1 chimpanzee permit per person
Hot spring visit
Hot air baloon
Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
All park entrance fees
Ferry crossing fees
Tracking the Rhinos
Hike to the top of the falls
Water while on safari
All other activities included in the itinerary
Activities not included in this itinerary
Laundry and other services of personal nature and driver’s/guide’s tips.
- Your guide will manage all programs’ timing
- During the trip, the following dietary requirement(s) are served: Regular (typically includes meat, fish, milk, sea food, …). If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to us
- Please note that the feasibility of the tour will depend on the availability of the proposed accommodations
- We do not take responsibility for any airline schedule changes that may occur after quoting or booking. We will do everything we can to alleviate any disruption of your itinerary or holiday but cannot be held responsible for any loss of funds, bookings, missed connections or other prebooked/paid services.
Visit to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
Game drives–BIG 5
Double Gorilla tracking
The hike of the Batwa trail
Boat ride on the lake Mburo
Stopover at the Equator
7 National Parks
- For safe operation
- Given the fluid nature of local COVID-19 protocols, our itineraries are regularly reviewed and will be modified based on local requirements to ensure a safe experience. If a major change is necessary, we will let you know before departure.
- Our guide will use their judgment during the trip to modify the itinerary if physical distancing cannot be achieved
- Our guide will receive in-depth training on COVID-19 protocols and how to conduct our journeys in the “new normal”.
- Our guide will brief you upon arrival on the use of face masks and physical distancing during the trip, based on local government guidelines.
- Only restaurants with strict protocols that comply with local food hygiene and physical distancing requirements will be used. We will encourage outdoor dining areas where possible.
- All of our staff and third party suppliers will be continually informed of new health and safety protocols.
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- Our drivers will follow local protocols on the use of face masks and physical distancing required.
- Our drivers will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues in the vehicle and encourage customers to wash their hands when getting into the vehicle.
- All vehicles will be disinfected (seats, door handles, etc.) regularly throughout the day.
- Protocols for Hotels
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- We will ensure that these measures include; improved room cleaning, ventilation, physical distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff retraining and minimization of contact within properties
- If You Get Sick
- All of our leaders are trained to help any guest who becomes ill while traveling.
- We also have an “action plan” in case of suspected COVID-19 cases within the group and are ready to seek medical support at any time.
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- Our recommendations
- We recommend you to bring your own face masks (at least 2 reusable) and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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