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Honeymoon Safari in Uganda (Ref: NAAS825UG)

This exceptionally lovely 14 days Honeymoon holiday will give you and your loved one a wonderful escape in the spectacular wilderness of Uganda as you sight the beautiful animals in the various national parks. It is a perfect gate-away from the usual stay in hotels.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred for overnight at your hotel.

Overnight: Cassia Lodge/Lake Victoria Hotel (BB).

Day 2: Kampala - Nakasongola - Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast we shall drive North-West towards Masindi and Murchison Falls National Park, the largest national park in Uganda, offering an unrivalled experience including classic ‘big game’ viewing opportunities, chimpanzee tracking, breath-taking African scenery, the awesome river Nile, and the eponymous falls.

We will stopover in Nakasongola for a nature walk at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the breeding project which saw the rebirth of the endangered white and black rhinos. You can see them closely while walking freely in the reserve.

After Lunch, we continue to Murchison Falls National Park; you reach the river Nile where the beautiful Murchison Falls create a narrow canyon of thunderous water. You will have a view from the top of the falls. Check into your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge / Murchison River Lodge / Fort Murchison Lodge (Meal plan: F/B).

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast we shall embark on an early morning game drive, explore the savannah in the delta of the Nile on Lake Albert, Northern bank. Trips normally depart at 9.00 am and 2.00 pm. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you will see plenty of game and bird life. As you view and take memorable photographs of the animals in the wild, you might spot elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, waterbucks, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and, very rarely, the leopards. Drive back to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, we take the boat safari along the River Nile to the base of the magnificent Murchison Falls. The concentration of wildlife on the banks of the River Nile is quite amazing. You can spot hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of colourful bird species, like the African eagles, pelicans, kingfisher, Egyptian geese and much more.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge / Murchison River Lodge / Fort Murchison Lodge. (Meal plan: F/B)

Day 4: Murchison Falls - Kibale Forest Reserve

After an early breakfast, embark on a full day drive. En route Lunch and after continue driving to Kibale Forest Primates Reserve, while enjoying the scenic view of the undulating land forms and the fabled Mountains-of-the-Moon.

Kibale Forest Reserve contains the highest concentration of primates in the world. Located 35 km South of Fort Portal, it also shelters Uganda’s 3rd largest population of elephants. For visitors, the major attraction in the park is the 500-strong population of chimpanzees.

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga lodge / Ndali lodge / Kibale Safari Lodge / Kibale Primate Cottages / Kibale Safari Camp / Chimp N Nest / Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget), (Meal plan: F/B).

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking - Bigodi Foot Safari

Have breakfast, head to Kanyanchu Headquarters for briefing about do’s and don’ts of chimpanzee tracking. Thereafter enter the jungle to track the chimps as they swing on tree branches. You will also have the opportunity to spot other primates like white and black Columbus, Vervet monkeys, a variety of birds and much more floras of interest to florist tourists. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

In the afternoon embark on nature walk in Magombe swamp to search for birds like Shoebill, African pygmy goose, African Skimmer, Bateleur, etc. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Kyaninga lodge / Ndali lodge / Kibale Safari Lodge / Kibale Primate Cottages / Kibale Safari Camp / Chimp N Nest / Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget), (Meal plan: F/B).

Day 6: Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Boat Cruise

After early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park as you enjoy the scenic view of fabled Mountains-of-the-Moon. As you enter into the park take en-route game drive to spot wildlife and birds, including: buffaloes, warthogs, water and bush bucks, elephants, Uganda Kobs, topi and vultures, pink-backed pelicans, bee-eaters, sparrows, swallows, egrets, warblers, etc.

Have some delicious African cuisine for lunch, thereafter take 2 hours evening boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel that connects the Ramsar Lake George to Lake Edward.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Lodge / Katara Lodge / Jacana Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Bush Lodge. (Meal plan: F/B)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early in the morning, take a game drive along the tracks of the National Park, in the Northern sectors and towards Lake George and Kasenyi Village. You might spot lions, elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan Kobs, and perhaps the leopard which is a rare sighting. Queen Elizabeth enjoys unique landscapes and views of crater lakes and the Albertine Rift Valley, which make this area special and unforgettable.

Return for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya Peninsula along Kazinga Channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, birds and opportunities for good photographs. Moreover, you will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants as they come to drink from the channel. We shall go for another short game drive in the evening and try spotting more wildlife.

Return at lush to your lodge for dinner and overnight, as above, (Meal plan: FB).

Day 8: Ishasha - Bwindi Forest National Park

After breakfast, leave the Northern sector of Queen Elizabeth and head southwards, where you find the tropical rainforests which are the natural habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas. Pass through the Ishasha sector, the Southern region of Queen Elizabeth NP. Take a game drive in search for the “tree climbing lions” which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Fig trees. See also herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes, etc.

We shall have lunch en route. Arrive at Bwindi National Park in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Bwindi Engagi Lodge / Mahogany Springs / Gorilla Resort / Bwindi View Inn.

Day 9: Mountain Gorilla Tracking

In the morning we enter the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (ignore the repellent title; you can and should infiltrate the jungle) to track the gorillas. The activity starts at 8 am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 persons as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the permits. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 400 gorillas. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviours, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and for this you might need the support of available porters.

In the evening head to Lake Bunyonyi, wonderful scenery, for dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages / Heritage Lodge or Panorama Jajama Lodge. (Meal plan: F/B).

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, enjoy one of the most extraordinary wildlife and birding experience by boat as you cross the Lake Bunyonyi. The forested green islands on the lake are home to different species of endemic birds which the guide will help you to spot.

Return to the lodge for relaxation and embark on other indoor activities (Meal plan: F/B).

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala

Drive back to Kampala, with stopover for lunch at Agip Motel / Regency hotel, stopover at the Equator for amazing photographs, snacks, and souvenirs.

Dinner and Overnight: Cassia Lodge / Lake Victoria Hotel (Meal plan: F/B).

Day 12: Kampala - Bulago Island

After breakfast, drive to Munyonyo landing site to catch your speed boat and transfer to Bulago Islands to enjoy your romantic stay at the Pineapple Bay Resort; enjoy the white sand and the cool breeze of Lake Victoria.

Dinner and overnight: Pineapple Bay Resort (Meal plan: F/B).

Day 13: Bulago Island

Welcome to Bulago Island with your stay at Pineapple Bay, our Island retreat. Take off your shoes, wrap yourself up in a nice soft kikoy and heed the wise words of the Jungle Book’s King Louie: “Unwind yourself” at Pineapple Bay. Where you can lounge on a Lamu bed, looking out to the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria. Where you can charter a fishing-boat and head off with rod and tackle to fish for the legendary Nile Perch. Where you can arm yourself with binoculars and roam for kilometers over this unspoiled island paradise in search of hundreds of birds that make this their home. And then come back and plunge into the dark blue pool or go with the chef to the organic gardens and choose your own pineapple, your own avocado, and your own vegetables to have for lunch.

Sunlight reflects off the large expanse of water. Bulago Island is in your sights. The boat pulls into the perfect crescent-shaped bay, fringed by white sandy beach and coconut palms. Waves lap the shore and hundreds of little shorebirds dart across the sand, pecking and peeping. A mirage appears beyond the palms, a grand pink-hued structure replete with crenelated towers.

Dinner and overnight: Pineapple Bay (meal plan: F/B).

Day 14: Bulago Island-Entebbe Airport for departure

After breakfast, embark on the speed boat back to Kampala, take a short city tour to shop for souvenirs, later have lunch and prepare for transfer to Entebbe International Airport for departure formalities.

End of Honeymoon!



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