Why Uganda is the coolest safari destination in world? Here my travel memories

Here is one of my travel best memories in Africa,as Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Drc Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, Emerged the best tourist destinations according to me especially if you fall in love with wildlife including fauna and flora.

Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris in Uganda.

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Itinerary for All Inclusive 12 days Uganda Safari with Gorillas tracking, chimps treks, and wildlife viewing safaris
All Inclusive 12 days Uganda tour and holiday to mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees in Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Game drives in Queen Elizabeth N.Park and Lake Mburo, Gorillas in BwindiImpenetrable Forest

Day 1: Briefing on the safari. Start for Murchison Falls National Park safari with a chance to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
After your breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle. You can choose to visit and track White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at $40/ per person. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.) Take a stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile river

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap. The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos. Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile. On the launch you may see schools of crocodiles and hippos basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge
Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodg

 Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) / Murchison River Lodge (tents)/ 

Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Day 2: Safari game drives Murchison Falls National Park looking for giraffes, elephants, lions, leopard, hippos, crocodiles, etc

 

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After break fast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge
Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodge
Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) / Murchison River Lodge (tents)/ 
Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

 

Day 3: drive to Kibale National Park for Chimps, primates tracking

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Leave Murchison falls N.P for Kibale Forest N.P via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of L. Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join L.Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to L. Albert and north to the Mediterranean sea.
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Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Fort Portal is a small and attractive city. The fort was built between 1891 and 1893 and named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar who arrived in Uganda in 1892 to formalise the protectorate of Uganda. He died of malaria a few months after the fort was completed.
During the afternoon we have time to visit the scenic crater lakes region, checking out the superbly terraced tea estates. In the south of Fort Portal is Kasenda Crater Lakes region. It sits on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga—the back of the main building looks down over the lake, while the other side of the lodge looks out over another lake in the distance and, further off, the Rwenzori Mountains, which were perpetually shrouded in the clouds, except early in the morning. There’s plenty to do in this area and we can also take an hour’s walk around Lake Nyinambuga.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

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Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park, viewing Rwenzoris, lots of craters lakes and wild animals
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Either a day’s walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori one of the great mountain ranges of the world,looking out for its forbidding peaks in the distance, or drive straight to Queen Elizabeth. The game seen will depend on the season; the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals.
Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours driving). Leaving through Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed “Mountains of the Moon”. This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.
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In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. The drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wildgame
Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Or Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort/ Simba Safari Camp (Tents)/  Mweya Hostels/ Bush Lodge (Tents)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive to see lions, leopard, elephant, buffallo, etc

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.
 Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Or Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort/ Simba Safari Camp (Tents)/  Mweya Hostels/ Bush Lodge (Tents)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, walk through the Maramagambo Forest
Another early start for a bush walk through the Maramagambo Forest. This is one of the largest forests in Uganda, and forms a habitat for a number of primates and forest dwellers. Due to its location, Maramagambo also has a great diversity of butterflies and birds. The walk culminates in a visit to volcanic caves that are home to thousands of bats. Pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bats cave as they prey on bats. In this walk you will see the picturesque Blue lake-Kimeranjojo which got its name after swallowing an Elephant. Other trails will lead you to the Crater Lake and habitats of the Wild chimps and forest bird.
In the afternoon you will have another game drive and during the dry season we will drive you to the Edward’s flats to see more elephants, large herds of buffalo and different waterbirds. Occasionally we might find in this area the shoebill stork and by surprise some hunting lions.
Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Or Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort/ Simba Safari Camp (Tents)/  Mweya Hostels/ Bush Lodge (Tents)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8:Drive  to Bwindi to track gorillas and other primates
Seasons allowing, you will drive through the Ishasha sector in search for the tree-climbing lions. Nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha. This game drive en route will expose you to some of the animals that you might have missed seeing while on your game drives in Kasenyi and Queens Mile. Arrival in Bwindi is in the late afternoon. Once you are checked-in, you could rather be interested in rural African culture and we suggest you take a guided village walk in Buhoma Village– see how Ugandans live, visit a local bar and meet the local medicine man! Please speak to your guide about the various options.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge
Moderate:
 Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel, or
 Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Campground
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

 

Day 9:
Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates

Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge
Moderate:
 Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel, or
 Ruhija Gorilla Friends Campor Buhoma Community Campground
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 10:Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive toLake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, etc.
We drive east to Mbarara, now one of Uganda’s major towns, but formerly capital of Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area had a series of fiercely independent tribal states. The once nomadic Bahima people, part of Bantu-speaking Ankole kingdom, are renowned for the particular bond they forge with their unique, long-horned Ankole cattle. These hardy cattle respond to their individual names when called by their male herder; he in turn lives in close harmony with them. From here you continue to Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of the only two Ugandan parks home to Buchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated bird.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Camp
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

Day 11:Safari in Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, Buffalo, Topi, birds, etc
Rise early for breakfast before a short drive to the Rwonyo Park Headquarters. This has often been a good chance of seeing hyenas coming back to their dens, hippos walking back to the water, you will see buffalo, zebra, impala and topi and with a bit of luck maybe even a sitatunga, an antelope rarely seen living in the papyrus swamps. After your early morning activities, return the lodge for a late breakfast on the wooden decking overlooking the water hole. Before lunch you can relax at the pool, the bar area or enjoy the privacy of your room. In the afternoon you can go on a game drive to Kazuma Look-out Point with a stunning view onto 9 of the lakes surrounding this Park. On your way you will see most of the animal species occurring in Lake Mburo National Park. The walk onto Kazuma Look-out Point is steep but short and extremely rewording and should not be missed when visiting this Park.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Camp
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

Day 12: Depart from Lake Mburo National Park Safari, return to Kampala   
Heading east from Lake Mburo, we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey. En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment’, then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.
We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home
  Inquire about this safari and tour prices. Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Tour price includes
Gorilla permits (each at US$600), chimpanzee veiwing permits, meals indicated on programme, experienced driver/guide, accommodation as per programme, park fees for the various parks, transport on tour as well as hotel transfers, entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme,  boat rides as on the program.

 

1 Day Lake Mburo to Mini safari to Lake Mburo

Itinerary for 1 day Lake Mburo Tour

National Park  Lake Mburo National Park habours several species not observed elsewhere in Uganda. It is the only place in Uganda to support a population of impala (from which Kampala city derives its name), and only one of the three protected areas countrywide where Burchell’s zebra occurs, the other two being the far less accessible Kidepo and Pian-Upe. Other antelopes easily seen are topi, bushbuck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bofor reedbuck, while the lake and lush fringing vegetaion support  healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bush-pig and hippopotamus. Large herds of the majestic eland keep roaming the park. The sitatunga confines itself to the swampy areas of the park. Only two diurnal primates occur in Lake Mburo: the vervet monkey and olive baboon. Nocturnal calls of the spotted hyena can be heard through the night.  Leopard, side-striped jackal and various smaller predators are also present, most visibly the white-tailed mongoose and three otter species resident in the lakes.

Leave Kampala from your place of stay at 6 am. Drive to Lake Mburo, water provided by us along the way. Check into Park and go on a Drive of the Park viewing the animals and birds along the 3 hour drive with Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide. Fabulous views of Buffaloes, Zebras, Leopards, a variety of antelopes, warthogs, and one of the few places to view zebras in Uganda.

Lunch (not included on tour cost please) along the Lake (there are 5 lakes within the Park) and then a boat ride along the shore. View crocodiles and lots of hippos with a variety of birds to see. This is the highlight of your trip there today.

Afterwards, we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey.
En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment’, 
then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.
We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.

 Tour Price for 1 Day Lake Mburo Tour/ Safari (These prices are just suggestive and may be lower or higher than suggested. Please inquire for actual prices). Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6
USD 388$ 240$ 180$ 150$ 130$ 110$
Private 1 Day Safari Price-includes:  Private Safari Vehicle and Driver, Fuel, Bottled Water for the journey, Entrance to Park including Vehicle,  1 Wildlife Game Drive with Wildlife Expert, Lake Mburo Boat Ride,  Equator Visit

 

 

Other Lake Mburo National Park Safari Tour Packages

 

 

8 days Safari Uganda Gorilla trek and Game safari to Lake Mburo, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park


Information about Lake Mburo National Park – Tours attractions, and accommodation

One of Uganda’s smaller national parks extending over 260km² with 20% of the surface area as wetlands. The major of these is Lake Mburo which is part of the cluster of 14 lakes that feed River Rwizi. The reminder of the park mainly consists of open savannah and acacia woodland. In the western park, the savannah is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested godges, while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line the verges of the various lakes.

The park is bypassed by the majority of safaris and independent travellers despite its relative accessibility although it offers some excellent game viewing, and you are most likely to see  a variety of different large mammals during day than you would see in any other Uganda national park.

Some 315 bird speceies have been recorded in Lake Mburo National Park. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see acacia related species.

The Lake Mburo boat trip

This is the most popular activity in Lake Mburo National Park. You will have nice sightings of hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, waterbuck, and bushbuck and any of the three otter species in the park.  Water birds seen on the boat trip include the African fish eagle, marabou stork, Narina trogon. Lake Mburo is the easiest place in Uganda to see the elusive Afrrican finfoot, which is generally associated with still waters below overhanging branches.

Itinerary for 3 days chimps trek to Uganda Kibale Forest National Park with Chimpanzee tracking, birding and primate walks
 

 

Day 1: Briefing on the safari as we drive to Kibale National Park for Chimps
Briefing on the safari before we drive westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park (about 5 hours). Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species.More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal
Instead of a 3 hour chimp Tracking, you can do an all day Habituation Experience (US$ 220 per person).  This experience can be done any time at Kibale Forest.

Day 3: Depart from the Chimps Trek Park Kibale, transfer to Kampala 
Breakfast and head for Kampala with our packed lunch through Fort Portal and Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda, arriving Kampala in the afternoon.

Please inquire for actual prices for this tour. Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Tour price includes
Chimpanzee tracking permit (each at US$150), meals indicated on programme, experienced driver/guide, accommodation as per programme, park fees for the various parks, transport on tour as well as hotel transfers, entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme.

3 days chimps trek to Uganda Kibale Forest National Park with Chimpanzee tracking, birding and primatewalks

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

 

CHIMPANZEE SAFARI BUDONDO FOREST

1 day Chimps trek in Budongo Forest Kaniyo-Pabidi, Murchison Falls National Park with primates and lots of birds

Located in Murchison Falls National Park Budongo Forest Reserve is 793 square kilometers of which only 53% is forest and the rest grassland. Budongo Forest boasts of a high biodiversity of 24 species of small animals 9 of which are primates, 465 species of trees and shrubs, 359 species of birds, 289 species of butterflies and 130 species of moths. The forest is renowned for its high number of mahogany trees and chimpanzees. The forest is believed to contain some 600-700 chimpanzees

In Kaniyo Pabidi, six groups have been habituated.  In May, June, July and August visitors have over a 90% chance of seeing the chimps. In February, March, April and September this drops to 70%, and in October, November, December and January, when food is scarcer, chances drop to 50%. For chimp tracking its best to start early around 7.00 am. The guides follow the daily movements of the habituated chimpanzee groups. Three years of recording their movements indicate July, August and September offer a 90% success rate of seeing the chimps. In February , March , April, May and September this decreases to 70 %, and in October, November, December and January when food is scarcer chances drop to 50%. The fluctuating fruiting seasons of the forest trees determine the chimp’s movements. It can take 30 minutes or all day to find them. Only children 7 years and upwards are allowed chimp tracking. Groups are limited to 6 people.

 

Itinerary for 1 day Chimpanzee Tracking Tour in Budongo Forest, Kaniyo Pabidi – A perfect one day Mini-Safari from Kampala if you want to see Chimpanzees in the Wild and have limited time.

Leave Kampala at 6 am for your 4 hour drive north to Budongo Forest.  Drive through the Ugandan countryside which alone is worth the trip toward Masindi.  There is lots to see and many fabulous picture opportunities.  You will be in a comfortable vehicle, English speaking driver, bottled water for your comfort.

Arrive at Kaniyo Pabidi at Budongo Forest and have lunch.

Chimpanzee tracking after lunch in this original Mahogany Forest.  You will be tracking habituated chimpanzees which means that they are used to humans.  This is a process that takes several years.  They are not tame, but simply used to having humans near them and near them you come and see them up close.

After tracking return to Kampala by 7 pm…a full day, but well worth it and a most rewarding experience.  Your best one day Chimpanzee tracking experience while in Uganda.

Each day, chimpanzees like gorillas move to another location for the night building new  nests for that day. Budongo Forest is a project of both the Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda Wildlife Authority. Enjoy your time with the chimpanzees.

If you like an overnight trip there is a basic lodging facility is available at a reasonable price and for those staying there is a restaurant where Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served.

Chimpanzee tracking is available for those over 18 years of age and in in good health, no colds, flu or any other transmittable illnesses. 

Tour Price For 1 Day Budongo Chimps Tracking (These prices are just suggestive and may be lower or higher than suggested. Please inquire for actual prices)    

No. of Persons 1 2 3 4 5
Amount per person in US Dollars $400 $268 $224 $202 $189

Safari Price-includes:

  • Safari Vehicle and Driver
  • Fuel
  • Bottled Water for the journey
  • Entrance to Murchison Falls Park including Vehicle
  • Chimpanzee Tracking Permit

Not included, Drinks at lodging, tips, phone calls, laundry

  8 days Safari Uganda Bwindi Gorilla trek, Chimps tracking in Kibale, and Game safarito Queen Elizabeth  National Park

Day 1: Briefing on the safari, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park to search for zebra, eland, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles, and birds
Meet and greet with our local guide over breakfast, and then after we drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums  and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa – the pathway of the sun and take photographs. Early afternoon, arrive in Lake Mburo for a lunch in the park grounds as you marvel at the game and birds within the park. Take a game drive in the afternoon and look out for zebras, topis, buffalo, elland, impala, water hogs, waterbucks etc
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge
Low Budget: Eagles Nest

Day 2: Drive  to Bwindi to track gorillas and other primates
After an early breakfast we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Mbarara town.
We drive through stunning volcanic landscape adorned with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced plantations of bananas, tea and thick montane forests to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Bwindi area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced rows of cultivation. You are really driving through the “Banana Republic” with banana plantations all around you, steep hills, small rivers……just amazing scenery. Arrive late afternoon at the park and check-in at accommodation.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Low Budget:
 Rushaga Gorilla Camp or  Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Gorilla Valley Lodge  or Buhoma Community Campground
Moderate: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/  Gorilla Mist Camp
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/  Trackers Lodge Buhoma
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 3: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates
Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Low Budget:
 Rushaga Gorilla Camp or  Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Gorilla Valley Lodge  or Buhoma Community Campground
Moderate: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/  Gorilla Mist Camp
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/  Trackers Lodge Buhoma
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4:
 Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – search Ishasha Sector for tree-climbing lions, elephants
After breakfast we drive through stunning savannah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha a much more remote and less-traveled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is their main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC.
As we enter the park, we do a game drive in search of the wild game. We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree climbing lions. We look particularly at the many fig trees where lions like to stay. But we also visit the Uganda kob mating ground which is their preferred hunting area.
Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Deluxe Tent/ Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge or  Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Ihamba Safari Lodge or  Bush Lodge (in rooms) or Buffalo Safari Resort or Enganzi Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price:  Bush Lodge in tents
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5:Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive to see lions, leopard, elephant, buffallo, etc
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.
Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Deluxe Tent/ Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge or  Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Ihamba Safari Lodge or  Bush Lodge (in rooms) or Buffalo Safari Resort or Enganzi Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price:  Bush Lodge in tents
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6:Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park/ transfer to Kibale Forest NP
After your breakfast, we check out and start our drive to Fort Portal. We do a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. Enjoy the drive back to the lodge through large expanses of savannah grasslands as you spot some wildlife enroute. 
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale 
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)
Low Budget:
 Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)
See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 7:Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
After breakfast we take a 45-minute drive takes us to Kibale National Park, where we spend the day hiking through the Kibale Forest in search of chimpanzees and other primates. This park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. Kibale is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Chimps tend to forage in small parties, or even as individuals. They usually travel on the ground, but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into larger groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as a fruiting fig tree.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally, hunt.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale 
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)
Low Budget:
 Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)
See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 8: Drive to Kampala 
Breakfast and head for Kampala (about 5 hours driving) via Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda. Depending on how much time we have on us we can tour around Kampala’s crafts and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.

Please inquire for actual prices for this tour. Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Tour price includes
Gorilla permits (each at US$600), chimpanzee veiwing permits, meals indicated on programme, experienced driver/guide, accommodation as per programme, park fees for the various parks, transport on tour as well as hotel transfers, entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme,  boat rides as on the program.

 

Best itinerary for Uganda selfdrive by Corinne vail

Rafting on worlds longest river nile, on white nile in Uganda

Finish your safari on beautiful ssese islands, a paradise in lake victoria

White Water Rafting in Uganda

Uganda’s white-water rafting industry is comparatively new – the first drop of the river by a paddler was in 1996, and the grade 4 and 5 extend of rapids on the Nile have since been developed into a world-class rafting destination possessing some of the most prevailing and constant rapids on earth. The powerful volume of water creates horrible rapids that provide an unforgettable rafting experience equivalent to that of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Home of the white-water rafting industry is the city of Jinja, located at the source of the River Nile, the longest river in the world. Bujagali Falls downstream of the Nile’s basis, and close to Jinja, has been vaunted the ‘adrenaline capital’ of Uganda, offering not only white water rafting, but also bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain biking and river boarding.

White water rafting is high on many people’s list of things to do here. With some lots of good rapids and a stunning river with high level its superlative. There are some very exhilarating sections with space between to lay back and float along taking in the landscape and enjoying the nature, particularly the many species of birds to be found here. There are four rafting companies offering day trips and two-day trips covering (45km) with overnight camping. Adrift Adventure Company and Nile River Explorers have been in service since 1996, Equator Rafts started in 2002 and Nalubale Rafting begun operating in 2005. Each company offers clients the choice of taking the safety boat and they also offer family float trips for the children less than 14 years old so they can also enjoy time on the water from the Owens Falls Dam down to Bujagali.

Top quality safety equipments and highly qualified and experienced guides run the largest rapids possible. Total rafting is for 25 km of river including some of the best rapids in the world. You don’t have to do all the side runs, except if you want to. The river is graded 4+ to 5 and provides one of the finest day rafting trips on Globe! Massive standing waves leap from the clear blue skies and rock walls tremble from the power of the booming rapids. Be among the first to be familiar with the incredible adventure and excitement of the Nile water rafting from this point of Bujagali falls.
Carry a swimsuit, a pair of sandals and shorts to wear on the river. You will get wet, so bring a change of outfit. Amenities exist for cameras to be protected from the while on the river. Don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, and a grin.

The White Nile has up to 7 times the volume of the Zambezi. The raft bursts through vast walls of the White Nile and drifts through warm pools in the Equatorial sun shine.


Do clients require experience?
 Clients do not need any earlier rafting experience. The guides train the clients on all parts of safety and organize them for a memorable experience.

 

 

 

EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF SECOND LARGEST FRESH WATER LAKE IN THE WORLD, LAKE VICTORIA.

The Source of the famous Nile River, Lake Victoria is located in East Africa. Discovered by John Speke in 1858 and named after the then Queen (Victoria) who was at the reins of England that time. The lake rests between three countries namely, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Lake Victoria covers an approximate 68,800 km squared.

Despite is massive size (About the same size as Ireland), it is massively shallow and its deepest point is only 100 meters. Lake Victoria is among the largest of fresh water bodies. It is known to be the largest tropical lake.

Lake Victoria contains about 15% of the total volume of water that is found in the neighboring Lake Tanganyika. The lake lies within an elevated plateau that is set in the western part of The Great Rift Valley.

The source of River Nile starts its journey from Jinja and meanders through Bujagali falls and drains in Lake Kyoga. It then cuts a passage West across karuma Falls. It follows the narrow passage of Murchison Falls towards Lake Albert through Uganda, Sudan and finally settles in Egypt.

The lake is completed by the existence of a group of 84 islands within it, known as the Ssese group. These Islands have significantly attracted tourism due to exciting natural surroundings including exotic wildlife. These islands differ from the sizes, shapes, vegetation including wildlife and people. .

Fact about Lake Victoria

  • Its shore line measures 3,440 km Long
  • Arab traders were the first to record the discovery of the lake. A map of the lake was created by them dating back to approximately 1160 AD.
  • There are more than 3,000 islets. More of these Islets are inhabited
  • Kiira and Nalubaale (Owen Falls) dams have been built on the Victoria Nile and the lake’s waters are used in the production of hydroelectricity.
  • Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are the three countries bordering Lake Victoria
  • The Ugandan cities of Entebbe and Kampala lie along the Northern Coast of the Lake.
  • Primary Outflows: The White Nile River which is commonly referred to as the Victoria Nile

COUNTRY:TANZANIA,UGANDA,KENYA
SURFACEAREA:68800
MAXIMUMDEPTH:83
AVERAGEDEPTH:40
LENGTH:337.0
WIDTH:250.0
CATCHMENTAREA:184000
ALTITUDE:1133

  • Pollution: Many towns surround this body of water. These towns dump thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the lake on a daily basis. This coupled with the fertilizer and chemicals from farms cause a huge pollution problem.
  • Water Hyacinth: This plant was introduced to Africa by Europeans; it reproduces rapidly and covers large areas of the lake. The dense mat of plants block sunlight needed for survival by the life below the surface.
  • The booming fish-export industry: The demand for fish has been increasing rapidly with the population of Africa. This is bringing the fish populations down to dangerously low levels.

Early Explorers

The British explorer John Hanning Speke is the first European who sighted the lake, on its southern shore, in 1858. Speke was in an expedition with Richard Francis Burton, an expedition aimed at exploring Central Africa and locating the Great Lakes.

Speke also believed that Lake Victoria was the source of the Nile, and named the lake after Queen Victoria. Burton was recovering from illness on the shores of Lake Tanganyika at the time, and was outraged at Speke’s claims to have found the source of the Nile.

David Livingstone was one of the explorers who failed to verify Speke’s claim, because he pushed too far West and entered the Congo River system. The truth of Speke’s claim was ultimately confirmed by Henry Morton Stanley, a Welsh-American explorer, who circumnavigated the lake and reported the great outflow on Lake Victoria’s northern shore.

Britain and Germany divided the lake at 1° South latitude in 1890, in the middle of European scramble for African colonies. The southern section was allotted to Germany, while the northern section to Britain. The Germans conducted important scientific projects on their section of the lake, for both strategic and research purposes.

Emil Pasha was a German doctor, naturalist and ornithologist. He stayed on the Nile north of Jinja for 12 years, and he used to send thousands of regional birds, animals and plants to museums in Europe. He founded the town of Bukoba in 1890, when he was on his way to his camp which was located near Lake Albert.

When he returned to Lake Albert, his camp was in total disorder. Going into the Congo, he was killed by a group of Arab slavers in 1892. The importance of his work is undeniable: he was the first pioneer naturalist who combined geographical exploration and scientific research in the fields of geology, biology,  anthropology, and medicine.

4 Days Ssese Islands Holiday Safari Tour | Ssese Islands Resort Hotel

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This is a four days exciting Ssese Islands tour that journeys you to the beautiful Ssese Islands which are a cluster of more than 80 small islands away from Entebbe, but in Uganda. It is such a natural paradise as majority of the island is unoccupied except for the roaming fishermen and the thickets of tropical rain-forests which are habitat to birds plus monkeys. In additional to the Nile Perch, other fish species caught on the island include: lung fish and Tilapia.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: Transfer to Ssese Islands
Drive to Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe reaching before 13:00 to ready for the ferry to set-off at 14:00. A ferry from Nakiwogo in Entebbe takes about three hours to reach Bugala Island the biggest among the Ssese Islands inside Lake Victoria. Dine and slumber at Brovad Sands Lodge

DAY 2: Forest walks and Boat rides
Begin the day with breakfast meanwhile feeling the breeze of currents from the lake. Take a guided forest walk to see various flora and fauna.

After lunch, a boat ride to various islands for sight seeing and birding is amazing. Dinner and overnight at Brovad Sands Lodge.

DAY 3: Full day relaxation
This day is dedicated for sunbathing along the beaches and relaxation. You can opt to go for spot fishing, and swimming in the pool. Dinner and overnight at Brovad Sands Lodge.

DAY 4: Ssese to Entebbe/Kampala
After breakfast, set-off at 08:00 from Bugala Island to Nakiwogo in Entebbe reaching at around 11:00 where you transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.

END OF THE SAFARI

 

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Why Uganda is one of the coolest safari destination in world? Here is my travel memories

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Here is one of my travel best memories in Africa,as Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Drc Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, Emerged the best tourist destinations according to me especially if you fall in love with wildlife including fauna and flora. i gathered enough information about this country with

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Itinerary for All Inclusive 12 days Uganda Safari with Gorillas tracking, chimps treks, and wildlife viewing safaris
All Inclusive 12 days Uganda tour and holiday to mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees in Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Game drives in Queen Elizabeth N.Park and Lake Mburo, Gorillas in BwindiImpenetrable Forest

Day 1: Briefing on the safari. Start for Murchison Falls National Park safari with a chance to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
After your breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle. You can choose to visit and track White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at $40/ per person. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.) Take a stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile river

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap. The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos. Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile. On the launch you may see schools of crocodiles and hippos basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge
Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodg

 Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) / Murchison River Lodge (tents)/ 

Red Chilli Rest Camp

 

Day 2: Safari game drives Murchison Falls National Park looking for giraffes, elephants, lions, leopard, hippos, crocodiles, etc

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After break fast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge
Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodge
Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) / Murchison River Lodge (tents)/ 
Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 3: drive to Kibale National Park for Chimps, primates tracking

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Leave Murchison falls N.P for Kibale Forest N.P via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake. Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of L. Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join L.Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to L. Albert and north to the Mediterranean sea.
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Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Fort Portal is a small and attractive city. The fort was built between 1891 and 1893 and named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar who arrived in Uganda in 1892 to formalise the protectorate of Uganda. He died of malaria a few months after the fort was completed.
During the afternoon we have time to visit the scenic crater lakes region, checking out the superbly terraced tea estates. In the south of Fort Portal is Kasenda Crater Lakes region. It sits on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga—the back of the main building looks down over the lake, while the other side of the lodge looks out over another lake in the distance and, further off, the Rwenzori Mountains, which were perpetually shrouded in the clouds, except early in the morning. There’s plenty to do in this area and we can also take an hour’s walk around Lake Nyinambuga.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

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Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park, viewing Rwenzoris, lots of craters lakes and wild animals
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Either a day’s walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori one of the great mountain ranges of the world,looking out for its forbidding peaks in the distance, or drive straight to Queen Elizabeth. The game seen will depend on the season; the Kasenyi plains are good for lion and the Mweya peninsula for a variety of animals.
Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours driving). Leaving through Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed “Mountains of the Moon”. This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the South West by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda Kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.
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In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. The drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wildgame

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Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Or Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort/ Simba Safari Camp (Tents)/  Mweya Hostels/ Bush Lodge (Tents)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive to see lions, leopard, elephant, buffallo, etc

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We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

lake-nakuru-national-park-rift-valley-kenya-picture-id115731612 Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Or Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort/ Simba Safari Camp (Tents)/  Mweya Hostels/ Bush Lodge (Tents)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, walk through the Maramagambo Forest

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Another early start for a bush walk through the Maramagambo Forest. This is one of the largest forests in Uganda, and forms a habitat for a number of primates and forest dwellers. Due to its location, Maramagambo also has a great diversity of butterflies and birds. The walk culminates in a visit to volcanic caves that are home to thousands of bats. Pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bats cave as they prey on bats. In this walk you will see the picturesque Blue lake-Kimeranjojo which got its name after swallowing an Elephant. Other trails will lead you to the Crater Lake and habitats of the Wild chimps and forest bird.
In the afternoon you will have another game drive and during the dry season we will drive you to the Edward’s flats to see more elephants, large herds of buffalo and different waterbirds. Occasionally we might find in this area the shoebill stork and by surprise some hunting lions.
Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Or Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (in rooms)/ Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort/ Simba Safari Camp (Tents)/  Mweya Hostels/ Bush Lodge (Tents)
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8:Drive  to Bwindi to track gorillas and other primates

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Seasons allowing, you will drive through the Ishasha sector in search for the tree-climbing lions. Nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha. This game drive en route will expose you to some of the animals that you might have missed seeing while on your game drives in Kasenyi and Queens Mile. Arrival in Bwindi is in the late afternoon. Once you are checked-in, you could rather be interested in rural African culture and we suggest you take a guided village walk in Buhoma Village– see how Ugandans live, visit a local bar and meet the local medicine man! Please speak to your guide about the various options.

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Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge
Moderate:
 Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel, or
 Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Campground
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 9:
Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates

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Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge
Moderate:
 Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel, or
 Ruhija Gorilla Friends Campor Buhoma Community Campground
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 10:Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive toLake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, etc.

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We drive east to Mbarara, now one of Uganda’s major towns, but formerly capital of Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area had a series of fiercely independent tribal states. The once nomadic Bahima people, part of Bantu-speaking Ankole kingdom, are renowned for the particular bond they forge with their unique, long-horned Ankole cattle. These hardy cattle respond to their individual names when called by their male herder; he in turn lives in close harmony with them. From here you continue to Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of the only two Ugandan parks home to Buchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated bird.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Camp
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

Day 11:Safari in Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, Buffalo, Topi, birds, etc

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Rise early for breakfast before a short drive to the Rwonyo Park Headquarters. This has often been a good chance of seeing hyenas coming back to their dens, hippos walking back to the water, you will see buffalo, zebra, impala and topi and with a bit of luck maybe even a sitatunga, an antelope rarely seen living in the papyrus swamps. After your early morning activities, return the lodge for a late breakfast on the wooden decking overlooking the water hole. Before lunch you can relax at the pool, the bar area or enjoy the privacy of your room. In the afternoon you can go on a game drive to Kazuma Look-out Point with a stunning view onto 9 of the lakes surrounding this Park. On your way you will see most of the animal species occurring in Lake Mburo National Park. The walk onto Kazuma Look-out Point is steep but short and extremely rewording and should not be missed when visiting this Park.

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Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Camp
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

Day 12: Depart from Lake Mburo National Park Safari, return to Kampala   
Heading east from Lake Mburo, we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey. En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment’, then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.
We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home
  Inquire about this safari and tour prices. Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Tour price includes
Gorilla permits (each at US$600), chimpanzee veiwing permits, meals indicated on programme, experienced driver/guide, accommodation as per programme, park fees for the various parks, transport on tour as well as hotel transfers, entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme,  boat rides as on the program.

1 Day Lake Mburo to Mini safari to Lake Mburo

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Itinerary for 1 day Lake Mburo Tour

National Park  Lake Mburo National Park habours several species not observed elsewhere in Uganda. It is the only place in Uganda to support a population of impala (from which Kampala city derives its name), and only one of the three protected areas countrywide where Burchell’s zebra occurs, the other two being the far less accessible Kidepo and Pian-Upe. Other antelopes easily seen are topi, bushbuck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bofor reedbuck, while the lake and lush fringing vegetaion support  healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bush-pig and hippopotamus. Large herds of the majestic eland keep roaming the park. The sitatunga confines itself to the swampy areas of the park. Only two diurnal primates occur in Lake Mburo: the vervet monkey and olive baboon. Nocturnal calls of the spotted hyena can be heard through the night.  Leopard, side-striped jackal and various smaller predators are also present, most visibly the white-tailed mongoose and three otter species resident in the lakes.

Leave Kampala from your place of stay at 6 am. Drive to Lake Mburo, water provided by us along the way. Check into Park and go on a Drive of the Park viewing the animals and birds along the 3 hour drive with Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide. Fabulous views of Buffaloes, Zebras, Leopards, a variety of antelopes, warthogs, and one of the few places to view zebras in Uganda.

Lunch (not included on tour cost please) along the Lake (there are 5 lakes within the Park) and then a boat ride along the shore. View crocodiles and lots of hippos with a variety of birds to see. This is the highlight of your trip there today.

Afterwards, we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey.
En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment’, 
then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.
We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home.

 Tour Price for 1 Day Lake Mburo Tour/ Safari (These prices are just suggestive and may be lower or higher than suggested. Please inquire for actual prices). Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6
USD 388$ 240$ 180$ 150$ 130$ 110$
Private 1 Day Safari Price-includes:  Private Safari Vehicle and Driver, Fuel, Bottled Water for the journey, Entrance to Park including Vehicle,  1 Wildlife Game Drive with Wildlife Expert, Lake Mburo Boat Ride,  Equator Visit

Other Lake Mburo National Park Safari Tour Packages

 

8 days Safari Uganda Gorilla trek and Game safari to Lake Mburo, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park


Information about Lake Mburo National Park – Tours attractions, and accommodation

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One of Uganda’s smaller national parks extending over 260km² with 20% of the surface area as wetlands. The major of these is Lake Mburo which is part of the cluster of 14 lakes that feed River Rwizi. The reminder of the park mainly consists of open savannah and acacia woodland. In the western park, the savannah is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested godges, while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line the verges of the various lakes.

The park is bypassed by the majority of safaris and independent travellers despite its relative accessibility although it offers some excellent game viewing, and you are most likely to see  a variety of different large mammals during day than you would see in any other Uganda national park.

Some 315 bird speceies have been recorded in Lake Mburo National Park. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see acacia related species.

The Lake Mburo boat trip

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This is the most popular activity in Lake Mburo National Park. You will have nice sightings of hippo, crocodiles, buffalo, waterbuck, and bushbuck and any of the three otter species in the park.  Water birds seen on the boat trip include the African fish eagle, marabou stork, Narina trogon. Lake Mburo is the easiest place in Uganda to see the elusive Afrrican finfoot, which is generally associated with still waters below overhanging branches.

Itinerary for 3 days chimps trek to Uganda Kibale Forest National Park with Chimpanzee tracking, birding and primate walks
 Day 1: Briefing on the safari as we drive to Kibale National Park for Chimps
Briefing on the safari before we drive westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park (about 5 hours). Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species.More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp 
Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal
Instead of a 3 hour chimp Tracking, you can do an all day Habituation Experience (US$ 220 per person).  This experience can be done any time at Kibale Forest.

Day 3: Depart from the Chimps Trek Park Kibale, transfer to Kampala 
Breakfast and head for Kampala with our packed lunch through Fort Portal and Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda, arriving Kampala in the afternoon.

Please inquire for actual prices for this tour. Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Tour price includes
Chimpanzee tracking permit (each at US$150), meals indicated on programme, experienced driver/guide, accommodation as per programme, park fees for the various parks, transport on tour as well as hotel transfers, entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme.

3 days chimps trek to Uganda Kibale Forest National Park with Chimpanzee tracking, birding and primatewalks

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

 

CHIMPANZEE SAFARI BUDONDO FOREST

1 day Chimps trek in Budongo Forest Kaniyo-Pabidi, Murchison Falls National Park with primates and lots of birds

Located in Murchison Falls National Park Budongo Forest Reserve is 793 square kilometers of which only 53% is forest and the rest grassland. Budongo Forest boasts of a high biodiversity of 24 species of small animals 9 of which are primates, 465 species of trees and shrubs, 359 species of birds, 289 species of butterflies and 130 species of moths. The forest is renowned for its high number of mahogany trees and chimpanzees. The forest is believed to contain some 600-700 chimpanzees

In Kaniyo Pabidi, six groups have been habituated.  In May, June, July and August visitors have over a 90% chance of seeing the chimps. In February, March, April and September this drops to 70%, and in October, November, December and January, when food is scarcer, chances drop to 50%. For chimp tracking its best to start early around 7.00 am. The guides follow the daily movements of the habituated chimpanzee groups. Three years of recording their movements indicate July, August and September offer a 90% success rate of seeing the chimps. In February , March , April, May and September this decreases to 70 %, and in October, November, December and January when food is scarcer chances drop to 50%. The fluctuating fruiting seasons of the forest trees determine the chimp’s movements. It can take 30 minutes or all day to find them. Only children 7 years and upwards are allowed chimp tracking. Groups are limited to 6 people.

Itinerary for 1 day Chimpanzee Tracking Tour in Budongo Forest, Kaniyo Pabidi – A perfect one day Mini-Safari from Kampala if you want to see Chimpanzees in the Wild and have limited time.

Leave Kampala at 6 am for your 4 hour drive north to Budongo Forest.  Drive through the Ugandan countryside which alone is worth the trip toward Masindi.  There is lots to see and many fabulous picture opportunities.  You will be in a comfortable vehicle, English speaking driver, bottled water for your comfort.

Arrive at Kaniyo Pabidi at Budongo Forest and have lunch.

Chimpanzee tracking after lunch in this original Mahogany Forest.  You will be tracking habituated chimpanzees which means that they are used to humans.  This is a process that takes several years.  They are not tame, but simply used to having humans near them and near them you come and see them up close.

After tracking return to Kampala by 7 pm…a full day, but well worth it and a most rewarding experience.  Your best one day Chimpanzee tracking experience while in Uganda.

Each day, chimpanzees like gorillas move to another location for the night building new  nests for that day. Budongo Forest is a project of both the Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda Wildlife Authority. Enjoy your time with the chimpanzees.

If you like an overnight trip there is a basic lodging facility is available at a reasonable price and for those staying there is a restaurant where Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served.

Chimpanzee tracking is available for those over 18 years of age and in in good health, no colds, flu or any other transmittable illnesses. 

Tour Price For 1 Day Budongo Chimps Tracking (These prices are just suggestive and may be lower or higher than suggested. Please inquire for actual prices)    

No. of Persons 1 2 3 4 5
Amount per person in US Dollars $400 $268 $224 $202 $189

Safari Price-includes:

  • Safari Vehicle and Driver
  • Fuel
  • Bottled Water for the journey
  • Entrance to Murchison Falls Park including Vehicle
  • Chimpanzee Tracking Permit

Not included, Drinks at lodging, tips, phone calls, laundry

  8 days Safari Uganda Bwindi Gorilla trek, Chimps tracking in Kibale, and Game safarito Queen Elizabeth  National Park

Day 1: Briefing on the safari, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park to search for zebra, eland, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles, and birds 

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Meet and greet with our local guide over breakfast, and then after we drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums  and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa – the pathway of the sun and take photographs. Early afternoon, arrive in Lake Mburo for a lunch in the park grounds as you marvel at the game and birds within the park. Take a game drive in the afternoon and look out for zebras, topis, buffalo, elland, impala, water hogs, waterbucks etc
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge
Low Budget: Eagles Nest

Day 2: Drive  to Bwindi to track gorillas and other primates
After an early breakfast we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Mbarara town.
We drive through stunning volcanic landscape adorned with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced plantations of bananas, tea and thick montane forests to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Bwindi area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced rows of cultivation. You are really driving through the “Banana Republic” with banana plantations all around you, steep hills, small rivers……just amazing scenery. Arrive late afternoon at the park and check-in at accommodation.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Low Budget:
 Rushaga Gorilla Camp or  Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Gorilla Valley Lodge  or Buhoma Community Campground
Moderate: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/  Gorilla Mist Camp
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/  Trackers Lodge Buhoma
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 3: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates
Today enjoy surely. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Low Budget:
 Rushaga Gorilla Camp or  Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Gorilla Valley Lodge  or Buhoma Community Campground
Moderate: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/  Gorilla Mist Camp
Up-market:
 Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/  Trackers Lodge Buhoma
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4:
 Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – search Ishasha Sector for tree-climbing lions, elephants

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After breakfast we drive through stunning savannah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha a much more remote and less-traveled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is their main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC.
As we enter the park, we do a game drive in search of the wild game. We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree climbing lions. We look particularly at the many fig trees where lions like to stay. But we also visit the Uganda kob mating ground which is their preferred hunting area.
Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Deluxe Tent/ Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge or  Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Ihamba Safari Lodge or  Bush Lodge (in rooms) or Buffalo Safari Resort or Enganzi Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price:  Bush Lodge in tents
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5:Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Game drive to see lions, leopard, elephant, buffallo, etc

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We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.
Overnight at Up-market/ Luxury: Deluxe Tent/ Deluxe room at Mweya Safari Lodge or  Katara Lodge
Mid-range or moderate facility: Ihamba Safari Lodge or  Bush Lodge (in rooms) or Buffalo Safari Resort or Enganzi Lodge (mid-range ) 
Budget price:  Bush Lodge in tents
See other Accommodation & Lodging options in or near to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6:Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park/ transfer to Kibale Forest NP
After your breakfast, we check out and start our drive to Fort Portal. We do a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. Enjoy the drive back to the lodge through large expanses of savannah grasslands as you spot some wildlife enroute. 
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale 
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)
Low Budget:
 Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)
See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 7:Chimpanzee tracking, tracking over 12 primates in Kibale National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
After breakfast we take a 45-minute drive takes us to Kibale National Park, where we spend the day hiking through the Kibale Forest in search of chimpanzees and other primates. This park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. Kibale is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Chimps tend to forage in small parties, or even as individuals. They usually travel on the ground, but being primarily fruit eaters, they mostly feed in trees. They coalesce into larger groups when they find an abundant source of food, such as a fruiting fig tree.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally, hunt.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis) 
Up-market:
 Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale 
Moderate:
 Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (self contained cottages)
Low Budget:
 Kibale Forest Camp (in tents) or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (shared bathroom rooms)
See other Lodging options in or near to Kibale / Fort Portal

Day 8: Drive to Kampala 
Breakfast and head for Kampala (about 5 hours driving) via Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda. Depending on how much time we have on us we can tour around Kampala’s crafts and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.

Please inquire for actual prices for this tour. Most Certainly you can get something for your budget.

Tour price includes
Gorilla permits (each at US$600), chimpanzee veiwing permits, meals indicated on programme, experienced driver/guide, accommodation as per programme, park fees for the various parks, transport on tour as well as hotel transfers, entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme,  boat rides as on the program.

White Water Rafting in Uganda

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Uganda’s white-water rafting industry is comparatively new – the first drop of the river by a paddler was in 1996, and the grade 4 and 5 extend of rapids on the Nile have since been developed into a world-class rafting destination possessing some of the most prevailing and constant rapids on earth. The powerful volume of water creates horrible rapids that provide an unforgettable rafting experience equivalent to that of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Home of the white-water rafting industry is the city of Jinja, located at the source of the River Nile, the longest river in the world. Bujagali Falls downstream of the Nile’s basis, and close to Jinja, has been vaunted the ‘adrenaline capital’ of Uganda, offering not only white water rafting, but also bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain biking and river boarding.

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White water rafting is high on many people’s list of things to do here. With some lots of good rapids and a stunning river with high level its superlative. There are some very exhilarating sections with space between to lay back and float along taking in the landscape and enjoying the nature, particularly the many species of birds to be found here. There are four rafting companies offering day trips and two-day trips covering (45km) with overnight camping. Adrift Adventure Company and Nile River Explorers have been in service since 1996, Equator Rafts started in 2002 and Nalubale Rafting begun operating in 2005. Each company offers clients the choice of taking the safety boat and they also offer family float trips for the children less than 14 years old so they can also enjoy time on the water from the Owens Falls Dam down to Bujagali.

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Top quality safety equipments and highly qualified and experienced guides run the largest rapids possible. Total rafting is for 25 km of river including some of the best rapids in the world. You don’t have to do all the side runs, except if you want to. The river is graded 4+ to 5 and provides one of the finest day rafting trips on Globe! Massive standing waves leap from the clear blue skies and rock walls tremble from the power of the booming rapids. Be among the first to be familiar with the incredible adventure and excitement of the Nile water rafting from this point of Bujagali falls.

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Carry a swimsuit, a pair of sandals and shorts to wear on the river. You will get wet, so bring a change of outfit. Amenities exist for cameras to be protected from the while on the river. Don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, and a grin.

The White Nile has up to 7 times the volume of the Zambezi. The raft bursts through vast walls of the White Nile and drifts through warm pools in the Equatorial sun shine.


Do clients require experience?
 Clients do not need any earlier rafting experience. The guides train the clients on all parts of safety and organize them for a memorable experience.

EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF SECOND LARGEST FRESH WATER LAKE IN THE WORLD, LAKE VICTORIA.

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The Source of the famous Nile River, Lake Victoria is located in East Africa. Discovered by John Speke in 1858 and named after the then Queen (Victoria) who was at the reins of England that time. The lake rests between three countries namely, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Lake Victoria covers an approximate 68,800 km squared.

Despite is massive size (About the same size as Ireland), it is massively shallow and its deepest point is only 100 meters. Lake Victoria is among the largest of fresh water bodies. It is known to be the largest tropical lake.

Lake Victoria contains about 15% of the total volume of water that is found in the neighboring Lake Tanganyika. The lake lies within an elevated plateau that is set in the western part of The Great Rift Valley.

The source of River Nile starts its journey from Jinja and meanders through Bujagali falls and drains in Lake Kyoga. It then cuts a passage West across karuma Falls. It follows the narrow passage of Murchison Falls towards Lake Albert through Uganda, Sudan and finally settles in Egypt.

The lake is completed by the existence of a group of 84 islands within it, known as the Ssese group. These Islands have significantly attracted tourism due to exciting natural surroundings including exotic wildlife. These islands differ from the sizes, shapes, vegetation including wildlife and people. .

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Fact about Lake Victoria

  • Its shore line measures 3,440 km Long
  • Arab traders were the first to record the discovery of the lake. A map of the lake was created by them dating back to approximately 1160 AD.
  • There are more than 3,000 islets. More of these Islets are inhabited
  • Kiira and Nalubaale (Owen Falls) dams have been built on the Victoria Nile and the lake’s waters are used in the production of hydroelectricity.
  • Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are the three countries bordering Lake Victoria
  • The Ugandan cities of Entebbe and Kampala lie along the Northern Coast of the Lake.
  • Primary Outflows: The White Nile River which is commonly referred to as the Victoria Nile

COUNTRY:TANZANIA,UGANDA,KENYA
SURFACEAREA:68800
MAXIMUMDEPTH:83
AVERAGEDEPTH:40
LENGTH:337.0
WIDTH:250.0
CATCHMENTAREA:184000
ALTITUDE:1133

  • Pollution: Many towns surround this body of water. These towns dump thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the lake on a daily basis. This coupled with the fertilizer and chemicals from farms cause a huge pollution problem.
  • Water Hyacinth: This plant was introduced to Africa by Europeans; it reproduces rapidly and covers large areas of the lake. The dense mat of plants block sunlight needed for survival by the life below the surface.
  • The booming fish-export industry: The demand for fish has been increasing rapidly with the population of Africa. This is bringing the fish populations down to dangerously low levels.

Early Explorers

The British explorer John Hanning Speke is the first European who sighted the lake, on its southern shore, in 1858. Speke was in an expedition with Richard Francis Burton, an expedition aimed at exploring Central Africa and locating the Great Lakes.

Speke also believed that Lake Victoria was the source of the Nile, and named the lake after Queen Victoria. Burton was recovering from illness on the shores of Lake Tanganyika at the time, and was outraged at Speke’s claims to have found the source of the Nile.

David Livingstone was one of the explorers who failed to verify Speke’s claim, because he pushed too far West and entered the Congo River system. The truth of Speke’s claim was ultimately confirmed by Henry Morton Stanley, a Welsh-American explorer, who circumnavigated the lake and reported the great outflow on Lake Victoria’s northern shore.

Britain and Germany divided the lake at 1° South latitude in 1890, in the middle of European scramble for African colonies. The southern section was allotted to Germany, while the northern section to Britain. The Germans conducted important scientific projects on their section of the lake, for both strategic and research purposes.

Emil Pasha was a German doctor, naturalist and ornithologist. He stayed on the Nile north of Jinja for 12 years, and he used to send thousands of regional birds, animals and plants to museums in Europe. He founded the town of Bukoba in 1890, when he was on his way to his camp which was located near Lake Albert.

When he returned to Lake Albert, his camp was in total disorder. Going into the Congo, he was killed by a group of Arab slavers in 1892. The importance of his work is undeniable: he was the first pioneer naturalist who combined geographical exploration and scientific research in the fields of geology, biology,  anthropology, and medicine.

4 Days Ssese Islands Holiday Safari Tour | Ssese Islands Resort Hotel. End your safari with atrip around ugandas most beautiful island.

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This is a four days exciting Ssese Islands tour that journeys you to the beautiful Ssese Islands which are a cluster of more than 80 small islands away from Entebbe, but in Uganda. It is such a natural paradise as majority of the island is unoccupied except for the roaming fishermen and the thickets of tropical rain-forests which are habitat to birds plus monkeys. In additional to the Nile Perch, other fish species caught on the island include: lung fish and Tilapia.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: Transfer to Ssese Islands
Drive to Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe reaching before 13:00 to ready for the ferry to set-off at 14:00. A ferry from Nakiwogo in Entebbe takes about three hours to reach Bugala Island the biggest among the Ssese Islands inside Lake Victoria. Dine and slumber at Brovad Sands Lodge

DAY 2: Forest walks and Boat rides
Begin the day with breakfast meanwhile feeling the breeze of currents from the lake. Take a guided forest walk to see various flora and fauna.

After lunch, a boat ride to various islands for sight seeing and birding is amazing. Dinner and overnight at Brovad Sands Lodge.

DAY 3: Full day relaxation
This day is dedicated for sunbathing along the beaches and relaxation. You can opt to go for spot fishing, and swimming in the pool. Dinner and overnight at Brovad Sands Lodge.

DAY 4: Ssese to Entebbe/Kampala
After breakfast, set-off at 08:00 from Bugala Island to Nakiwogo in Entebbe reaching at around 11:00 where you transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.

END OF THE SAFARI

Watchout my 10 Spectacular Movable Bridges that i will never forget when iam traveling

A movable bridge is a bridge that moves to allow passage (usually) for boats or barges. An advantage of making bridges moveable is the lower cost, due to the absence of high piers and long approaches. The principal disadvantage is that the traffic on the bridge must be halted when it is opened for passages.

 

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  2. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge spanning River Tyne in England between Gateshead’s Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle on the north bank. The bridge is essentially two graceful curves, one forming the deck and the other supporting it, spanning between the two islands running parallel to the quaysides.

     

     

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    To allow ships to pass underneath, this whole assembly rotates as a single, rigid structure. As the arch tilts lower, the pathway rises, each counterbalancing the other, and a pathway over the river is formed.

     

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    The parabolic curves of the deck extend the 105m (344ft) crossing distance to around 120m (394ft), giving enough extra length to provide the required clearance above the water. The appearance of the bridge when in motion leads to it sometimes being called the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge‘ or the ‘Winking Eye Bridge’ since its shape is akin to the blinking of an eye if seen from along the river. Visually elegant when static and in motion, the bridge offers a great spectacle during its opening operation.

     

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    The bridge is operated by six 45 cm (18 inches) diameter Hydraulic rams, three on each side, and each powered by a 55 kW electric motor. Small ships and boats up to 25 meters (82ft) tall can pass underneath. The bridge takes as little as 4.5 minutes to rotate through the full 40° from closed to open, depending on wind speed.

    The construction of the bridge won the architects Wilkinson Eyre the 2002 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, the 2003 Gifford IStructE Supreme Award, and in 2005, the Outstanding Structure Award from International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). [link, map]

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    1. Slauerhoffbrug, Netherlandsslauerhoffbrug-1
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    The Slauerhoffbrug is a fully automatic bascule bridge (aka tail bridge) in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. It uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place within the road itself.

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    It is also known as the “Slauerhoffbrug ‘Flying’ Drawbridge”. A tail bridge can quickly and efficiently be raised and lowered from one pylon (instead of hinges). This quickly allows water traffic to pass while only briefly stalling road traffic.

     

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    The deck is 15m by 15m (50x50ft). It is painted in yellow and blue, representative of Leeuwarden’s flag and seal. Slauerhoffbrug is perhaps named after J.J. Slauerhoff, the famous Leeuwarder, Dutch poet.

     

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    The pylon is situated next to the bridge. The skew bridge deck accentuates the asymmetrical shape. The pylon is provided with chases for the ballastblock in open position.

    The robust lift bearing disappears into the road deck. Main girders and cross girders are missing in the construction. The bottom of the bridge deck is flat. [link1, link2, map]

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    3. Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas, France

     

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    The Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas is a vertical-lift bridge over the Garonne in Bordeaux, France. It was inaugurated on 16 March 2013 by President François Hollande and Alain Juppé, mayor of Bordeaux. Its main span is 110 m (361 ft) long

     

     

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    The bridge has a lift height of approximately 50m (164ft) and it operate roughly 120 times per year for the passage of large vessels to the ports surrounding Bordeaux.

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    The lift span structure has symmetric cross-section and carries four traffic lanes – two mass transport tracks and two outboard sidewalk/bikeways.

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    Four, independent pylon towers-one at each corner of the lift span – support the span weight and permit the movement of the counterweights vertically inside each pylon.
    As of 2013, it is the longest vertical-lift bridge in Europe. It is named in honour of Jacques Chaban-Delmas, a former Prime Minister of France and a former mayor of Bordeaux. [link1, link2, map]

     

     

     

    4. Vizcaya Bridge, Spain

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    The Vizcaya Bridge is a transporter bridge that links the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas (part of Getxo) in the Biscay province of Spain, crossing the mouth of the Ibaizabal River.

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    People in the area, and even the official website, commonly call it the Puente Colgante (literally “hanging bridge”, used for suspension bridge in Spanish), although its structure is quite different from a suspension bridge.

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    The Vizcaya Bridge was built to connect the two banks which are situated at the mouth of the Ibaizabal River. It is the world’s oldest transporter bridge and was built in 1893, designed by Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel’s disciples and Elissague.

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    The bridge, still in use, is 164m (538ft) long, and its gondola can transport six cars and several dozen passengers in one and a half minutes. It operates every 8 minutes during the day (every hour at night), all year round, with different fares for day and night services, and is integrated into Bilbao’s Creditrans transport system.
    The structure is made of four 61 metre (200ft) towers which are the pillars and lay on the river banks.There are two new visitor lifts installed in the 50 meter (164ft) high pillars of the bridge that allow walking over the bridge’s platform, from where there is a view of the port and the Abra bay. [link, map]

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    5. Puente de la Mujer, Argentina
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    Puente de la Mujer (Spanish for “Women’s Bridge”) is a rotating footbridge for Dock 3 of the Puerto Madero commercial district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is of the Cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge type and is also a swing bridge, but somewhat unusual in its asymmetrical arrangement.

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    It has a single mast with cables suspending a portion of the bridge which rotates 90 degrees in order to allow water traffic to pass. When it swings to allow watercraft passage, the far end comes to a resting point on a stabilizing pylon.

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    The 170-metre (558ft) pedestrian bridge weighs 800 tonnes, is 6.2m (20ft) wide and is divided into two fixed portions, 25m (82ft) and 32.5m (107ft) long respectively, and a middle section of 102.5 m (336ft) that rotates on a white concrete pylon, allowing vessels to pass in less than two minutes.
    This central section is supported by a steel “needle” with a concrete core, about 34m (112ft) high. The “needle,” inclined at a 39° angle, anchors suspension cables which support the central span. A computer system at the eastern end of the bridge operates the turning mechanism when required. [link, map]

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    6. River Hull Footbridge, UK

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    The steel River Hull Footbridge (also called Scale Lane Bridge) is the world’s first footbridge that rotates to open or close for river traffic while pedestrians are still on it. The beautiful prefab structure designed by London-based McDowell+Benedetti spans the River Hull in Yorkshire and takes about two minutes to fully open or close. It connects the city center (Hull) with the eastern development, acting as both an important infrastructural urban element and a new civic landmark.

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    The footbridge is approximately 16 meters (52.5ft) in diameter and features a series of wheels running on a circular track below the hub that allows it to open and close – depending on the amount of river traffic.

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    A full sequence takes about two minutes and moves very slowly at a speed lower than that of the London Eye. Pedestrians and bikers can stay on it while it rotates and experience the river from a whole new perspective.

     

     

     

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    The lighting for the bridge was designed by Sutton Vane Associates, who made sure that the energy efficient lights cast a trace over the water at night and create an appearance of the bridge being defined by the point of light from the line of fittings.

    Small points of light emphasize the shape of the bridge and appear when the bridge starts to pivot. To add to the drama, a row of recessed lights turn on while the bridge is moving, creating a unique light show. [link, map]

    7. Hörn Bridge, Germany

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    The Hörn Bridge is a folding bridge in the city of Kiel in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The bridge spans over the end of the Kiel Fjord (called Hörn) and was designed by Gerkan, Marg and Partners. It is a three-segment bascule bridge with a main span of 25.5 metres (84 ft) that folds in the shape of the letter “N”. The bridge was built in 1997 and did cost DM 16 million.

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    The Hörn Bridge is 5 metres (16ft) wide and connects the city centre on the west bank of the Hörn with the Gaarden quarter on the east bank. The pedestrian bridge is especially important for passengers connecting between the Norway Ferry Terminal (Norwegenkai) and the main railway station.

     

     

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    Many Kielians were skeptical in regard to the design. There were repeated malfunctions of the mechanism upon startup, hence one of its nicknames, the “Klappt-Nix-Brücke” (Folds-not Bridge). In order to ensure crossing for pedestrians and cyclists, a hydraulically operated retractable bridge was built directly adjacent as an interim solution and is still used during repair and maintenance of the folding bridge. The Hörn Bridge is now accepted as a technical masterpiece and has become a tourist attraction.
    Usually the bridge opens once every hour in order to allow small- and medium-sized ships to travel in and out of the Hörn. The bridge offers one of the best panoramic views of the city of Kiel. It is also at the beginning and terminating point of a scenic route: the tourist route from Bremervörde to the Kieler Förde connects approximately 50 different ferries, bridges, ship locks, tidal barriers and maritime museums and its landmarks of the Rendsburg and Osten transporter bridges. [link, map]

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    8. Foryd Harbour Bridge, UK

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    Foryd Harbour Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge is located in Rhyl – a seaside resort town and community in Denbighshire, situated on the north east coast of Wales, UK. The iconic structure provides a single leaf bascule opening span over the navigable channel, giving unlimited clearance. To balance the lift, the back-span also lifts mirroring its twin.

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    A single Duplex stainless steel mast nearly 50m (164ft) tall houses a pulley mechanism and associated lift cables, providing a visual declaration of the bridge’s presence that will be visible from miles around and will also provide a central focus within the harbour.
    The mast is stayed by a system of rigging similar to that seen on many sailing boats. To accommodate the central mast, each deck splits to permit a 3 metre (10ft) walkway on either side. [link]

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    9. Submersible Bridges at Corinth Canal, Greece

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    The Corinth Canal in Greece cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland, connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.
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    Built between 1881 and 1893, the Corinth Canal is considered a great technical achievement for its time. Although the canal saves the 700-kilometer (435mi) journey around the Peloponnese, it is too narrow for modern ocean freighters, as it can only accommodate ships of a width of up to 16.5 meters (54ft) and a draught of 7.3 meters (24ft).

    A boat passes over the Submersible bridge at the eastern terminus of the Corinth Canal.

    submersible-2link Ships can only pass through the canal one at a time on a one-way system. Larger ships have to be towed by tugs. The canal is nowadays mostly used by tourist ships, with 11,000 ships using the canal every year.
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    In 1988, two submersible bridges were constructed exist across the Corinth Canal, one at each end, in Isthmia and Corinth. The bridge lowers the bridge deck 8 meters (26ft) below water level to permit waterborne traffic to use the waterway.

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    The primary advantage of lowering the bridge instead of lifting it above is that there is no structure above the shipping channel and thus no height limitation on ship traffic. This is particularly important for sailing vessels. Additionally, the lack of an above-deck structure is considered aesthetically pleasing. However, the presence of the submerged bridge structure limits the draft of vessels in the waterway. [link, map]

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    10. El Ferdan Railway Bridge, Egypt
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    The El Ferdan Railway Bridge, also known as the Al-Firdan Bridge, extends over the Suez Canal, close to the city of Ismailia in the northeast region of Egypt.
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    The bridge connects mainland Egypt with the Sinai Peninsula, and measuring 1,100 feet (335m) in length, it’s the world’s longest swing bridge. Both sides of the structure pivot on piers when it’s opening or closing, and thanks to a pair of electric slewing drives, it takes a total of 30 minutes to fully open.

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    Unlike other bridges on this list, the El Ferdan Railway Bridge stays open for water traffic, and it’s only closed to allow trains to cross the canal. A consortium of Belgian, German and Egyptian companies designed and built it, and construction was completed in 2001 at a cost of roughly $80 million. The bridge was officially opened on November 14, 2001. [link, map]

    Bonus 1: Barton Swing Aqueduct, UK
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    The Barton Swing Aqueduct is a moveable navigable aqueduct in Barton upon Irwell in Greater Manchester, England. It carries the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal.
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    The swinging action allows large vessels using the ship canal to pass underneath and smaller narrowboats to cross over the top.
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    The aqueduct, the first and only swing aqueduct in the world, is a Grade II listed building, considered a major feat of Victorian civil engineering. Designed by Sir Edward Leader Williams and built by Andrew Handyside of Derby, the swing bridge opened in 1894 and remains in regular use.
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    The aqueduct is a form of swing bridge. When closed, it allows canal traffic to pass along the Bridgewater Canal. When large vessels need to pass along the ship canal underneath, the 1450-tonne (1430-long-ton; 1600-short-ton) and 330-foot (100m) long iron trough is rotated 90 degrees on a pivot mounted on a small purpose-built island.
    Gates at each end of the trough retain around 800 tonnes of water; additional gates on each bank retain water in their adjacent stretches of canal. The aqueduct originally had a suspended towpath along its length, about 9 feet (2.7 m) above the water level of the Bridgewater Canal, which has now been removed. [link, map]

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    Bonus 2: M60A1 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge
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    The Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (US Army vehicle) was designed to launch and retrieve a class 60 bridge. Used during combat, an AVLB is a folding portable bridge that is transported on the top of a tank chassis. The AVLB vehicle carries a crew of two. It is powered by a 750 HP Diesel Engine. The bridge and vehicle total weight is 58 tons.
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    The Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB) only supports Abrams tank units using a caution crossing at reduced gap length (15 meters or 50ft) and at a reduced crossing speed. The M60A1 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge entered the Marine Corps inventory in the late 1980s. Current plan has the AVLB in use through 2015 and beyond. The WOLVERINE will replace the AVLB in the Engineer combat vehicle inventory.
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    The M60A1 AVLB is an armored vehicle used for launching and retrieving a 60-foot (18.3m) scissors-type bridge. The AVLB consists of three major sections: the launcher, the hull, and the bridge. The launcher is mounted as an integral part of the chassis. The bridge, when emplaced, is capable of supporting tracked and wheeled vehicles with a military load bearing capacity up to Class 60.
    The bridge can be retrieved from either end. The roadway width of the AVLB is 12.5 feet (3.8m). Bridge emplacement can be accomplished in 2 to 5 minutes, and retrieval can be accomplished in 10 minutes under armor protection. When unfolded, it can span up to 60 feet (18.3m) while supporting 70 tons of equipment. The AVLB spans a 15m (50ft) gap for Military Load Class 70, and spans an 18m (60ft) gap for Military Load Class 60. [link]

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These Eight Secret Waterfalls Will Make Your Next Vacation Magic

From Hawaii to Mongolia, these hidden delights will live on in your imagination.

Niagara, Iguazu, Victoria Falls: They’re some of the prettiest places in the world, but they’re definitely not secret. And if you don’t time your visit just right, you might end up having to elbow through crowds for the perfect photo op.

Truth is, getting a smaller waterfall all to yourself can be just as big a thrill, especially when you can jump in for a private swim, surrounded by nothing more than jungle thickets, imposing boulders, and the roaring soundtrack of mother nature’s most dramatic work.

Here are eight secret waterfalls worth working into your next vacation.

The 19 Falls in Ecuador’s Cloud Forest

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There are probably far more than 19 waterfalls in Ecuador’s mist-shrouded cloud forest, set three hours north and west of Quito. But that’s the number of cascades that the guides at Mashpi Lodge, a 22-room eco-resort set on a 3,200-acre natural reserve, have found on their swath of the country’s verdant countryside. A handful are worked into the lodge’s daily hikes—restricted to groups of six—but you should prioritize Magnolia waterfall, which has a so-called “natural jacuzzi.”

The Secret Falls of Sumba Island

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Falls on Sumba Island, Indonesia.

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To get to these secret falls, you must first figure out where Sumba Island is. (It’s in Indonesia.) Then you have to book into Nihiwatu, one of the world’s most raved-about resorts. (Really, it’s won nearly every accolade possible.) From there, it’s a 45-minute drive through the Wanukaka Valley, on Sumba’s south shore, and then a 90-minute hike to the main event: a cascade, framed by 300-meter cliffs, whose water crashes into a swimmable blue lagoon.

 

Jurassic Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

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Manawaiopuna Falls gathered fame as the “Jurassic Falls.”

Photographer: Ignacio Palacios/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images

What’s in a name? A mouthful, if you go by the official one for “Jurassic Falls,” Manawaiopuna. To make things easier, it’s been nicknamed after the famous Steven Spielberg film that made the falls famous. Until recently, though, Jurassic Falls were totally inaccessible, thanks to their location deep in the interior of Hawaii’s Kauai. Now you can get there with the help of Island Helicopters, which will fly you to the base of the 400-foot falls and take you on a short hike for the best views. (Pro tip: Stay at the St. Regis Princeville Resort and let the concierge coordinate your adventure.)

 

Orkhon Waterfalls, Mongolia

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Ovorkhangai, Orkkhon Valley, Mongolia.

Photographer: Nick Ledger/Getty Images/AWL Images RM

You don’t exactly think about waterfalls when you’re horseback riding through the steppes of Mongolia. They’re even more surprising come winter, when Mongolia turns into a frozen wonderland and the 20-foot-tall Orkhon Falls freeze over. But that’s what makes them so intriguing. Go with the help of Nomadic Expeditions, which works in stops at Orkhon on its 14-day Adventure Mongolia trips.

 

Bali’s “In the Know” Falls

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Sekumpul Waterfalls in Bali, Indonesia.

Photographer: kapulya/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The InterContinental Bali Resort is surrounded by so many undiscovered cascades that its staffers put a list together as part of an insider guide called “In the Know.” Finding them can mean going on a rigorous hike or taking a breezy nature walk, so the concierge is trained to pair travelers with the right guides and waterfall excursions to fit their abilities and interests.

 

The Machu Picchu Falls

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Falls near Machu Picchu in Peru.

Source: Inkaterra

As if Machu Picchu weren’t already shrouded with mystery, the area immediately surrounding it is home to two little-known waterfalls. First is an unnamed cascade at the end of a walking trail on the grounds of the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, in Aguas Calientes; guides lead meditative twilight walks to the falls and point out pre-Inca petroglyphs along the way. Then there are the secluded Mandor falls, midway between the hotel and Machu Picchu. It’ll take a half-day to hike there, but the trail is home to speckled-faced parrots and green jays, and Inkaterra’s guides will gladly lead the way.

 

Hellemobotn Falls, Norway

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Falls in a Scandanavian birch forest in Tysfjorden, Hellemobotn, Norway.

Photographer: Ralph Lee Hopkins

The most famous falls get their cred from towering heights; this one, in Norway’s far north, stands out for being practically horizontal. Guides from Lindblad Expeditions long admired them, having spotted the splashing water from afar, but they never knew exactly how to see them up close. This summer, a group discovered steep trails leading straight to the source. See them for yourself on the company’s Norway’s Fjords and Arctic Svalbard expedition.

 

The Picnic Waterfall, Thailand

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Falls on Koh Kood, Thailand.

Source: Soneva Kiri

Dining under a waterfall can be a risky endeavor. (Just see what it’s like at this spot in the Philippines.) But Soneva Kiri, a luxe resort on Thailand’s least populated island, Koh Kood, turns it into the ultimate date night. Guests can ask the concierge to set up a “destination meal” for two at the base of a small cascade, where the mist spray isn’t substantial enough to ruin your Penang curry.