Arusha - Tanzania
DAY 1: KAMPALA – RHINOS – MURCHISON FALLS N.P
At 0630hrs, depart your hotel and route via the outskirts of the city heading to the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This is a special occasion to track the extremely endangered White Rhino at ZZiwa. You will not only witness the most successful Rhino breeding project in the world but also contribute to their survival. Proceed to Masindi town and access the park via Kichumbanyobo gate. Take a scenic ride under shades of green, cross the season Sambiya River to the Nile River, continue and cross by ferry to the North Bank and settle-in at Paraa Lodge. Later in the evening, take a sunset game-drive and end your day in an adventurous style. Accommodation at your preferred lodging facility.
Transfer Time: About 7hrs
DAY 2: SUNRISE GAME-DRIVE – WATERFALL BOAT – HIKE TO THE TOP OF MURCHISON FALLS.
Wake-up to the wild sounds and join your driver/guide on an early morning game-drives. Murchison Falls is haven to 76 mammal species and over 451 recorded bird-species. The north-bank section is savannah that is naturally decorated with borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland. Looking out for Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Herds of Buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Hippos by the delta, Waterbuck, Bushback and Jackson’s Hartebeest among others. The birdlife is also rich with species like the Abyssinian Ground Horn Bill, Grey Herons, African Fish Eagle and Saddle-billed Storks among others. Return to the Lodge for lunch. At 1400hrs, transfer down to the pier/dock on the Nile River. Get on board and undergo briefing by the boat-guide. Against the current, start your boat-cruise heading to Murchison Falls. En-route, you are likely to see Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and other animal species grazing on the banks. Birding enthusiasts are likely to spot African Fish Eagles, Pied Kingfishers, Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated bee-eaters and egret species among others. The boat shall pull over close to a rock before the “Devil’s Cauldron”, take pictures, sit on the rocks and exploit every moment with full sight of the Bottom of Murchison Falls. Dis embark from the boat and take a hike to the Top of Murchison Falls. At the top, you will bear witness to the great wonder of nature as Mighty Nile funnels itself through a 7 – 8 meter gorge. With incredible force, the Nile roars and groans creating a permanent spillage and a set of rainbow arches. Join your driver/guide and ride back to the hotel.
Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
DAY 3: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING – TO KAMPALA OR ENTEBBE.
As they call and hoot (chimpanzees) welcoming the light of the day, wake-up, take an early breakfast, check-out and transfer to Kanio Pabidi Forest. Undergo briefing by the resident ranger/guide and follow him/her as he leads you to the chimpanzee sanctuary. Other resident primates are olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangbeys among others. Your informative guide shall show you the various types of trees and narrate stories about the forest in the ancient times of the traditional kings. The highlight of the tracking session is “man’s closest cousins”, the chimpanzees that you can see at close quarters. Return to the base and your waiting driver/guide shall route you back to either Kampala or Entebbe with lunch en-route.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
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