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15 Days Uganda’s Adventure & Diving in Mafia


Overview:
This 15 days Uganda Adventure Safari starts and ends in Entebbe International Airport. Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas of Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa's major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breathtaking. Also get a close encounter with other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and amazing culture and if you are a keen Birder, this is the place to be. Experience the wonder of the World’s reknown Murchison Falls as it squeezes through the narrow gorge. – Crown Your Africa Safari at Mafia Island! 

Brief Itinerary

Day1: Arrive and Transfer to Hotel

Day2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park with an optional stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at an extra fee of $45 per person

Day3: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise - Hike to the Top of the Falls

Day4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day5: Morning Game Drive and afternoon Boat Cruise into Lake Edward

Day6: Early Morning Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu – Early Afternoon Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha Sector for Tree Climbing Lion Game Drive

Day7: Gorilla Tracking

Day8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day9: Transfer to Entebbe

Day10: Flight to Zanzibar or Dare salaam through Nairobi and Kilimajaro Airport (at extra Cost) – You will enjoy a Connecting Flight to Mafia Island

Day11: Diving

Day12: Diving

Day13: Diving

Day14: Diving (Leisure)

Day15: Departure Home 

Detailed Itinerary:
Day1: Arrive and Transfer to Hotel
Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport where your Uganda Adventure Safari starts by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. Your will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.
Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have money Changed on this day and time allowing you may go for city tour with the help of our driver/guide, visit the shopping Malls around town and craft villages to get items which you may need while in upcountry
Accommodation: Via via Guest House 
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park with an optional stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary at an extra fee of $45 per person

After your early morning breakfast drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park, you may stopover at the Rhino Sanctuary for an optional opportunity to trek Rhinos at an extra fee of $45 per person. There are 15 Rhinos which were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and half hours. Proceed to Masindi Town for lunch at your expense and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon.

Accommodation: Fort Murchison  

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day3: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise - Hike to the Top of the Falls

Arise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may continue to the top of the falls at an extra fee of $15 per person where you will have the amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening. 

Alternatively, you may choose to pay a supplement of $500 per group below 10 PAX to join a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls where you will mix with the high concentration of mammals as well you will get a chance of coming close to the endemic Albertine rift Shoe bill stork in the wilderness 

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge or Sambiya River Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima through Fort Portal and through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates viewing the mystical Rwenzori Back drops. You will arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation: The Baboon Resort or Twin Lakes Safari Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day5: Morning Game Drive and afternoon Boat Cruise into Lake Edward

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings!

Enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species.  

Have an afternoon optional Nature Walk at an extra fee of $30 per person to the bat and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Return to the lodge for dinner and your last overnight stay. 

Accommodation: The Baboon Resort or Twin Lakes Safari Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day6: Early Morning Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu – Early Afternoon Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha Sector for Tree Climbing Lion Game Drive

Have morning breakfast and together with your guide, proceed to Kalinzu forest with Packed lunch, you will spend your Time on Nature walks, hiking as you look out for Man’s closest relative – the Chimpanzee in Kalinzu Forest. Primate tracking is one of the best highlight Tourism activity in Africa – You will have a Chance to explore Queen Elizabeth’s Once the off Beaten tourism track and now one of the best Chimpanzee tracking places to Kyambura George in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Immediately, you will proceed through Ishasha plains for the visit with the tree climbing lions and other wildlife before heading out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to Bwindi. The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay. 

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Resort or Gorilla Valley Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day6: Early Morning Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu – Early Afternoon Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha Sector for Tree Climbing Lion Game Drive

Have morning breakfast and together with your guide, proceed to Kalinzu forest with Packed lunch, you will spend your Time on Nature walks, hiking as you look out for Man’s closest relative – the Chimpanzee in Kalinzu Forest. Primate tracking is one of the best highlight Tourism activity in Africa – You will have a Chance to explore Queen Elizabeth’s Once the off Beaten tourism track and now one of the best Chimpanzee tracking places to Kyambura George in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Immediately, you will proceed through Ishasha plains for the visit with the tree climbing lions and other wildlife before heading out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to Bwindi. The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay. 

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Resort or Gorilla Valley Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day7: Gorilla Tracking

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating.

One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow's safari adventure.

You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $900 per person – here you will be sure of meeting and spending enough time with the Gorillas.  

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain 

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Resort or Gorilla Valley Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast drive to Lake Bunyonyi which has breathtaking scenery. Spend the night overlooking Uganda deepest lake, where you may try your hand at paddling at dugout canoe, or eating fresh water crayfish.

Accommodation: Bird’s Nest  

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day9: Transfer to Entebbe

Drive to Entebbe with a stopover at the Equator for water experience, here you will too have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Take some photos, then another stop over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations arriving in the afternoon.

Accommodation: The Boma Guest House  

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day10: Flight to Zanzibar or Dare salaam through Nairobi and Kilimajaro Airport (at extra Cost) – You will enjoy a Connecting Flight to Mafia Island where you will meet with a Representative to transfer you to the Lodge

Overnight: Mafia Island Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day11: Diving (3 Dives)

Overnight: Mafia Island Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day12: Diving (3 Dives)

Overnight: Mafia Island Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day13: Diving (3 Dives)

Overnight: Mafia Island Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day14: Diving (Leisure Dives)

Overnight: Mafia Island Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 Day15: Departure Home Back Home

TOUR INCLUSIONS

• All ground transportation in
  A 4x4 safari vehicle with all fuel
• Full time driver/guide with all his associated expenses
• Accommodation based on per person sharing
• Meals are on Full Board apart from in Cities or Towns.
• Park entrance fees
• Boat cruises
• Game drives
• Ferry Crossing
• 1 Gorilla permit per person
• 1 Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
• Equator water Experinec
• Well bottled mineral water
• Connecting Flight From Dare Salaam/Zanzibar to Mafia
• Diving in Mafia
• Any other items included in the above itinerary

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

• International Air tickets
• Domestic Flight from Murchison to Queen Elizabeth National    Park
• Visas
• Personal insurance
• All meal enroute an in Cities/town where Accommodation is on Bed and Breakfast
• Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, etc
• All meals en route and in cities
• Any other items which are not included in the above itinerary
• All optional activities 

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