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Friday 03 December 2020: Brussels - Entebbe
Baggage check-in to Entebbe (Uganda) at about 08:00 at Brussels Airport on Brussels Airlines flight SN465. Arrival at Entebbe International Airport at 22:00. Welcome and transfer to your hotel: Boma Guest House. Evening meal on the plane.
Saturday, December 4, 2020: Entebbe - Murchison Falls 350 km
Departure from Entebbe via Kampala to take the scenic northwest route through the famous Luwero Triangle to Murchison Falls National Park. A stop at the Rhino Ziwa Sanctuary, which opened in 1998 and aims to reintroduce black and white rhinos to Uganda's protected areas and to educate local communities about rhinos endangered as a result of poaching and destruction of their environment. The ride lasts almost two hours. You will have the opportunity to see them up close. Continue to Murchison Falls National Park, which we reach through lush forests that still seem untouched by human activity. First safari along the way. Set up for the night at Chobe Safari Lodge.
Sunday, December 5, 2020: Murchison Falls 180 km
Early in the morning you will go on a safari in the northern sector of the park.
Murchison Falls Protected Area includes Murchison Falls National Park and the Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Reserves that adjoin it. The park takes its name from Murchison Falls where the mighty Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a quiet river whose shores are teeming with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, buffaloes and elephants. The vegetation is characterized by savannah and river forest. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, Jackson bubales, oribis, Ugandan cobes and many bird species, including the rare beak-in-sabot.
Installation at Paraa Safari Lodge. After a little rest and lunch at the Lodge, you will enjoy a cruise on the peaceful Nile Victoria to the outskirts of Murchison Falls. Wildlife and avifauna are plentiful at this time of day. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Monday, December 6, 2020: Murchison Falls - Hoima 130 km
This morning's boat ride is a must, down 28 km you will reach the majestic Nile Victoria Delta which flows into Lake Albert... This is where you will have the best chance to observe the rare and strange "beak-in-sabot" that is part of the stork family!
After lunch at the Lodge, depart for the small town-stage of Hoima where you will meet a group of Boomu women. A visit to the picturesque village reveals the characteristics of daily rural life. A visit to the crèche, a cooking demonstration or a basket-making course can be arranged on request. Surrounded by beautiful spacious gardens and a tranquil environment, Hoima Cultural Lodge is a lodge located opposite the King Bunyoro Palace. Overnight at Hoima Cultural Lodge.
Tuesday, December 7, 2020: Hoima - Kibale 220 km
From the morning, drive to Kibale Forest National Park. Installation and lunch at Primate Lodge, nestled in the heart of the forest. In the afternoon, walk in the flood zone of Bigodi. Bigodi is a very interesting area, covered with swamp forests and papyrus. Avifauna is particularly developed, don't forget your binoculars to observe: The White-spotted Flufftail, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Barbet, Scaly-throated Honey guide, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Blue-shouldered and Snowy-headed Robin-Chats, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Great Blue Turacos and Hoornbills.
Overnight at Primate Lodge.
Wednesday, December 8, 2020: Kibale - Queen Elisabeth 150 km
In the morning, hike with the chimpanzees in the forest: Departure from the Lodge (Kanyanchu River) around 8:00 a.m. The walk lasts 2-4 hours (3 km to 5 km). Chimpanzees will be the stars of the morning. In addition to meeting our cousins, your guide will highlight the richness of the forest's biodiversity. Lunch and departure for Crater Lakes and Queen Elisabeth National Park. We will cross Ecuador for the first time. Safari in the late afternoon before joining the Park View Safari Lodge which offers spectacular views of the rugged Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Ruwenzori mountain ranges and the Kazinga Channel. Evening meal in nature (Bush Dinner - Evening Mag Exclusive). Overnight at Park View Safari Lodge.
Thursday, December 9, 2020: Queen Elisabeth National Park
Get ready for a safari in the park at 6:30 a.m. Queen Elizabeth National Park and kyambura and Kigezi Wildlife Reserves are one of Africa's most diverse ecosystems. The melting of the glacial waters of the Rwenzori Mountains created a vast network of wetlands including two main lakes, George and Edward, and the Kazinga Channel that connects them. Thousands of hippos inhabit these shores of the lake. The open savannah dotted with acacias and euphoria provides habitat for elephants, lions, leopards, Ugandan cobes and large herds of buffalo. Ten species of primates, including chimpanzees, are present. Among the many animals frequently observed, the rare hylochères are present (Giant Forest Pig) as well as the fassa cobe (waterbuck), damalisques (topi), hyenas and crocodiles.
Departure for an unforgettable cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Lunch at Mweya Lodge, in the heart of the park. In the afternoon, 4x4 safari in Queen Elisabeth Park. Return to the Lodge at the end of the day. Evening meal and overnight stay at Park View Safari Lodge.
Friday, December 10, 2020: Queen Elizabeth - Ishasha 80 km
The road runs along Queen Elizabeth Park, it crosses it from time to time... It is therefore not uncommon to come across species of great African fauna!
Installation and lunch at Jungle Lodge. Safari in the afternoon. The Ishasha area is a must and is an integral part of Queen Elisabeth Park. This area of the park is famous for its tree-climbing lions to rest in the branches of the majestic fig trees that adorn the plain. Night Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Saturday, December 11, 2020: Ishasha - Buhoma (Bwindi Forest) 140 km
After breakfast, safari in the Ishasha area, lunch and departure for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park and the small town of Buhoma located at the entrance to the park. Visit the village in the late afternoon.
Evening meal and overnight stay at Mahogany Spring.
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in southwestern Uganda, on the edge of the Western Rift Valley (AlbertinRift). It is divided into districts: Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro. Its size is 331 km2 and is located at an altitude that ranges from 1,160 meters (Ishasha Gorge) to 2,607 meters (Rwamanyonyi peak). The average annual temperature ranges from 7 to 20 degrees Celsius, with the coldest period being June and July. Of the park's neighbours, the majority are Bakiga and Bafumbira, who make up Uganda's densest ethnic groups (350 people/km2). Some Batwa (pygmies) are also present.
Species diversity: Bwindi is home to 326 gorillas (April 2019), or nearly half of the world's mountain gorilla population. There are also 346 species of birds and more than 200 species of butterflies. This Afromontane forest is dense with underfloors of ferns, vines and shrubs. Approximately 324 tree species have been recorded here, 10 of which are endemic.
Birdwatching: Bwindi is a birdwatcher's paradise!
The park has 346 species of birds, or 90% of the species of the Albertine Rift (Albert Lake). Informed birdwatchers can be supervised by park authorities to facilitate bird watching.
Sunday, December 12, 2020: Mountain Gorilla Approach (Bwindi Forest)
Enter the forest at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home to more than half of the world's mountain gorillas.
Walk in the forest to meet gorillas and/or chimpanzees: good walking shoes (well-drawn soles), long pants and long-sleeved shirts, jacket with hood that protects from humidity or even rain. Small backpack. Possibly gloves and leggings or place the socks over the pants.
After a brief information session by the guides, progress through the dense bush for a trek to discover these endangered animals, depending on where they built their nest the night before. For conservation reasons, the time given with the gorillas is 1 hour to observe the gentle giants who feed and play. Evening and night meal at Mahogany Spring.
Monday, December 13, 2020: Buhoma - Lake Mburo 270 km
After breakfast, depart for Mburo Lake National Park. Shortly after Mbarara, lunch stop at the Igongo Cultural Center. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park, 4x4 and boat safari on the lake. Installation at Mburo Safari Lodge.
Tuesday, December 14, 2020: Lake Mburo - Entebbe 270 km
Early morning safari to enjoy the park's rich biodiversity. After lunch at the Lodge, departure for Entebbe. On the road, you will cross Ecuador once again! Arrival in the late afternoon in Entebbe, baggage check-in bound for Brussels. Evening meal at a restaurant near the airport. Flight with Brussels Airlines around 11:20 p.m.
Wednesday 15 December 2020: Brussels
Arrival in Brussels at about 06:35.