Zakale Expeditions

Enchanting Uganda

Day 1 : Depart Home

Your adventure begins as you depart for Africa!

Day 2 :Arrival – Kampala
On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide from Zakale Expeditions who will assist with the transfer to Kampala Serena Hotel. Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala, the hotel stands amidst 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political and social life.

Drawing its architectural inspiration from the abundance of Uganda's lakes and rivers, the hotel has been created around a central water theme, which manifests itself both in the extensive water gardens and in the hand-carved panels and shimmering mosaics with which it is decorated

Overnight:  Kampala Serena Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 3 : Kibale National Park


Your adventure begins as you drive (eight hours) to the Kibale Forest area.  After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin, pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown.  Upon reaching Kyanjojo in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), your drive takes you through beautiful tea plantations and into the Kibale tropical rain forest.  Once this tropical rainforest provided a home for large herds of migrating forest elephants and, even now, the park contains the largest population of this subspecies in Uganda.  Though rarely seen, the signs of their presence are abundant.   Kibale's greatest claim to fame however, is its variety of primates and its families of habituated chimpanzees – it is home to an astonishing 12 species of primates and provides one of the highest primate densities in the world.

Overnight:  Kyaninga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4 : Kibale National Park

Choose from a variety of activities including chimpanzee tracking and birding in the Kibale Forest as well as walks in the Bigodi Swamp. At night the dining room is festooned with candles - the lodge has no electricity or generators to destroy the tranquillity and atmosphere.

Overnight:  Kyaninga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest national park at 764 square miles. Your journey offers a panoramic view over rolling, cultivated countryside.  Continue your gentle descent into the great African Rift Valley and the park.  You will enjoy two full days of wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a world biosphere reserve (UNESCO, 1979), which includes a RAMSAR wetland site.  Your drives will afford you an opportunity to perhaps watch the entertaining antics of the Ugandan kob. Although still numerous in western Uganda, the kob is far less common now in other areas of East Africa. It was once found in western Kenya and northern Tanzania but has not been seen there in recent years. Kobs do still range across sub-Saharan Africa. The kob is similar in appearance to the impala, but the two species are not related. The Ugandan kob generally is reddish-brown, but other subspecies range from light brown to almost black. The underside of the body is white, a white ring appears around each eye, and a white patch or chevron appears on the throat; a black stripe runs down the front of each foreleg.

Overnight:  Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6 : Queen Elizabeth National Park


Varied habitats in Queen Elizabeth National Park - lakeshore, swamp, grassland and forest - support a remarkable 612 species of birds. Visit Pelican Point, a remote grassland with excellent views across Lake Edward, or explore the Katwe Explosion Crater, a cluster of extinct volcanoes. The winding 27 kilometre Crater Drive has superb views into the depths of numerous craters, some filled by lakes facing towards the Rwenzori Mountains and across the rift valley floor.

Besides your drives you will also embark on a two-hour launch trip on the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world, reported to be about 30,000.  Nile crocodile, African rock python, monitor lizard, and snakes can also be sighted.  The boat ride will also afford excellent birding opportunities.

You will spend the next two nights at Mweya Lodge, which is built on a peninsula offering stunning views of Lake Edward, Kazinga Channel, and the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background.  It is a luxury lodge in the old style with a restaurant, bar, terrace, and swimming pool.  The comfortable rooms have en suite facilities.

Overnight:  Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Drive today to Bwindi National Park (a journey of around 4 hours), the natural habitat for just over half the world's last surviving population of mountain gorillas. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a luxury tented camp perched on the side of a mountain, the ideal base for gorilla tracking and birding excursions. Each tent has two queen-sized beds carved by Ugandan artisans, ensuite facilities and a bathtub looking out onto the forest. Guests can sit around the cosy campfire at night and enjoy Bwindi's crystal clear mountain sky.

Overnight:  Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8 & 9 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The mountain gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 600 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of four habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that allows a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. Experienced guides will accompany you, many of who have been involved in the habituation process. Your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them - a look into one of these magnificent creatures' eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us.

Overnight:  Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10 : Lake Mburo


Today continue your journey to Lake Mburo. Mihingo Lodge is spread out on top of a rock formation on a private 283 acre stretch of land near Lake Mburo National Park. The lodge blends into the environment with a large African style thatched dining area built out of rocks, weathered olive wood trees and grass and relies primarily on solar power. Ten private tents are spread out amongst the rocks, designed by well-known Kenyan architect Tibor Gall, with large open windows, luxurious bathroom and veranda for views of Lake Kachera to the east or the park to the west. The lodge offers a range of activities - bush walks and game drives, boat trips on Lake Mburo, fishing trips and mountain bike trails to Lake Kachera.

Overnight:  Mihingo Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11 : Entebbe

This morning we drive back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. If time permits it is possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and a visit to the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers.

Later you will be transferred to Boma Guest House for your last night in Uganda.

Overnight:  Boma Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 12 : Departure

Breakfast will be at Boma Guest House. After this last taste of Africa, your guide will meet you and assist with the transfer to the airport for your International flight back home.

Day 13 : Arrival back home

Arrive back home with Memories of a trip of a lifetime!

The Pearl Of Africa Tour

Day 1 : Depart Home

Your adventure begins as you depart for Africa!

Day 2 : Arrival – Kampala

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide from Zakale Expeditions who will assist with the transfer to Kampala Serena Hotel. Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala, the hotel stands amidst 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political and social life.

Drawing its architectural inspiration from the abundance of Uganda's lakes and rivers, the hotel has been created around a central water theme, which manifests itself both in the extensive water gardens and in the hand-carved panels and shimmering mosaics with which it is decorated

Overnight:  Kampala Serena Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park


Beginning with a panoramic drive northwest, stop and visit the ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY (a sanctuary created to re-introduce Rhino to Uganda after their extinction in 1982) after lunch Proceed to Murchison Falls NP for and afternoon game drive around Chobe Safari Lodge area, later check in to the lodge, marveling over the panoramic views of the Nile and enjoy your first evening in the African bush.

Overnight:  Chobe Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4 : On Safari at Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, embark on an early morning game drive/ transfer to the heart of the Murchison Falls National Park where your guide will help you spot the plethora of wildlife found in the Park.After lunch, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls just tens of meters from the "Devil's Cauldron." Return inthe evening for dinner and an overnight accommodation at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Overnight:  Paraa Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5 : On Safari at Murchison Falls National Park


Today visit the top of the Murchison Falls, from this vantage point you will have an opportunity to see the Nile's beauty perfected as you watch the Nile forced through a seven meter cleft in the rocks and plunge 45 meters below, forming a spectacular rainbow. Return to the lodge for lunch and after an afternoon siesta; venture on a game drive through the Borassus Palms plains, a visual feast.

Overnight:  Paraa Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6 : Safari along the Albertine Escarpment

After breakfast at the lodge, cross the Nile by ferry and then proceed to Fort Portal via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley. This will be a long drive passing though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled "Mountains of the Moon," The Journey is long,at least half a day of driving. Arrive in the afternoon; relax after the drive, and then overnight accommodation at Ndali Lodge.

Overnight:  Ndali Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7 : Chimpanzee Tracking at Kibale National Park


After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, for primate viewing. The activity starts early in the morning. Your guide will help you search for chimpanzees and other primates within the park, as it is host to 13 species of primates. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. A visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as you encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna.

Overnight:  Ndali Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest national park at 764 square miles. Your journey offers a panoramic view over rolling, cultivated countryside.  Continue your gentle descent into the great African Rift Valley and the park.  You will enjoy two full days of wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, a world biosphere reserve (UNESCO, 1979), which includes a RAMSAR wetland site.  Your drives will afford you an opportunity to perhaps watch the entertaining antics of the Ugandan kob. Although still numerous in western Uganda, the kob is far less common now in other areas of East Africa. It was once found in western Kenya and northern Tanzania but has not been seen there in recent years. Kobs do still range across sub-Saharan Africa. The kob is similar in appearance to the impala, but the two species are not related. The Ugandan kob generally is reddish-brown, but other subspecies range from light brown to almost black. The underside of the body is white, a white ring appears around each eye, and a white patch or chevron appears on the throat; a black stripe runs down the front of each foreleg.

Overnight:  Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9 : Queen Elizabeth National Park


Varied habitats in Queen Elizabeth National Park - lakeshore, swamp, grassland and forest - support a remarkable 612 species of birds. Visit Pelican Point, a remote grassland with excellent views across Lake Edward, or explore the Katwe Explosion Crater, a cluster of extinct volcanoes. The winding 27 kilometre Crater Drive has superb views into the depths of numerous craters, some filled by lakes facing towards the Rwenzori Mountains and across the rift valley floor.

Besides your drives you will also embark on a two-hour launch trip on the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world, reported to be about 30,000.  Nile crocodile, African rock python, monitor lizard, and snakes can also be sighted.  The boat ride will also afford excellent birding opportunities.

You will spend the next two nights at Mweya Lodge, which is built on a peninsula offering stunning views of Lake Edward, Kazinga Channel, and the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background.  It is a luxury lodge in the old style with a restaurant, bar, terrace, and swimming pool.  The comfortable rooms have en suite facilities.

Overnight:  Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


Drive today to Bwindi National Park (a journey of around 4 hours), the natural habitat for just over half the world's last surviving population of mountain gorillas. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a luxury tented camp perched on the side of a mountain, the ideal base for gorilla tracking and birding excursions. Each tent has two queen-sized beds carved by Ugandan artisans, ensuite facilities and a bathtub looking out onto the forest. Guests can sit around the cosy campfire at night and enjoy Bwindi's crystal clear mountain sky.

Overnight:  Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11 : Gorilla Tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


The mountain gorillas in Bwindi are part of a worldwide population of just 600 individuals. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of four habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that allows a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. Experienced guides will accompany you, many of who have been involved in the habituation process. Your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them - a look into one of these magnificent creatures' eyes brings home the bond that exists between them and us.

Overnight:  Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 12 : Lake Mburo

Today continue your journey to Lake Mburo. Mihingo Lodge is spread out on top of a rock formation on a private 283 acre stretch of land near Lake Mburo National Park. The lodge blends into the environment with a large African style thatched dining area built out of rocks, weathered olive wood trees and grass and relies primarily on solar power. Ten private tents are spread out amongst the rocks, designed by well-known Kenyan architect Tibor Gall, with large open windows, luxurious bathroom and veranda for views of Lake Kachera to the east or the park to the west. The lodge offers a range of activities - bush walks and game drives, boat trips on Lake Mburo, fishing trips and mountain bike trails to Lake Kachera.

Overnight:  Mihingo Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 13 : Entebbe

This morning we drive back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. If time permits it is possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and a visit to the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers.

Later you will be transferred to Boma Guest House for your last night in Uganda.

Overnight:  Boma Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 14 : Departure

Breakfast will be at Boma Guest House. After this last taste of Africa, your guide will meet you and assist with the transfer to the airport for your International flight back home.

Day 15 : Arrival back home

Arrive back home with Memories of a trip of a lifetime!

Grand Uganda & Rwanda Tour

Day 1 : Depart Home

Your adventure begins as you depart for Africa!

Day 2 : Arrival – Kampala

On arrival at the airport, meet our experienced guide from Zakale Expeditions who will assist with the transfer to Kampala Serena Hotel. Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala, the hotel stands amidst 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political and social life.

Drawing its architectural inspiration from the abundance of Uganda's lakes and rivers, the hotel has been created around a central water theme, which manifests itself both in the extensive water gardens and in the hand-carved panels and shimmering mosaics with which it is decorated

Overnight:  Kampala Serena Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 3 : Queen Elizabeth National Park


This morning you will be met by your expert guide who will brief you on the wonderful events ahead before departing for Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the route south you will be able to stop at the royal drum makers and stand astride the Equator before continuing to Queen Elizabeth and the contemporary Mweya Safari Lodge. The Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains - the 'Mountains of the Moon'; Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness
Overnight:  Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

Varied habitats in Queen Elizabeth National Park - lakeshore, swamp, grassland and forest - support a remarkable 612 species of birds. Visit Pelican Point, a remote grassland with excellent views across Lake Edward, or explore the Katwe Explosion Crater, a cluster of extinct volcanoes. The winding 27 kilometre Crater Drive has superb views into the depths of numerous craters, some filled by lakes facing towards the Rwenzori Mountains and across the rift valley floor.

Overnight:  Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5 : Queen Elizabeth National Park


Track one of our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the waters edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.

Overnight:  Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Travel through the park to your next destination where you will have a wildlife drive to look for the elusive tree-climbing lions, en route to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will pass through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) with the hope of seeing the glaciated peaks. The drive is a full day of gently descending in the great African rift valley to Queen Elizabeth National Park and continuing to Bwindi, passing through the scenic area known as the Switzerland of East Africa. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi's Impenetrable Forest is a true African “jungle”, so called because of the dense undergrowth, vines and other vegetation which make it almost 'impenetrable'. It is both mysterious and awesome. The lowland rainforest and Montane forest vegetation constantly struggle to reach heights that will allow it to receive more light.

Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at Buhoma Lodge, located only five minutes’ walk from Bwindi Park Headquarters. The lodge consists of eight traditionally built wooden cottages with individual verandahs allowing excellent views towards the pristine tropical rain forests of the area. All bathrooms have hot and cold running water and flush toilets.  A solar system provides for lighting in the cottages, common areas and central facilities for video and camera charging.  The emphasis is on providing an intimate, homely atmosphere while at the same time ensuring that facilities and services expected by guests are available.  The cool evenings (as the lodge is at almost 5,000 feet above sea level) are compensated for with a fireplace in the common area, providing a cozy environment for guests to meet with each other and discuss the events of the day.  A bar service provides local beer, waragi (Ugandan gin), sodas and wines for purchase.

Overnight:  Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


There is an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular, heavily vegetated and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Return for dinner and overnight accommodation at the Buhoma Lodge.

Overnight:  Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8 : Volcanoes National Park

Your early morning drive takes you to Kinigi and the Parc National des Volcans, part of the Virunga Conservation Area covering more than 48 square miles, and is home of five Virunga volcanoes: Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Visoke, Muhabura and the Karisimbi, the highest volcano – all of which are extinct. The Virunga ecosystem is composed of four major vegetation zones: bamboo (base altitude), hagenia and hypericum forest (8,500-10,800 feet), sub-alpine (10,800-13,000 feet) and afro-alpine (above 13,000 feet).

In the foothills of the mighty Virungas volcanoes, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge has fantastic views and is only minutes away from the Volcanoes National Park, where you can take thrilling treks on foot to see mountain gorilla.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. Your lovely cottage is comfortable and has en suite bathrooms, hot and cold water and you are attended to by friendly and helpful staff. With a central bar, lounge and dining room area, all rooms have magnificent views of the Virunga Mountains and the Ruhengeri Valley.

Overnight:  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9 : Gorilla Tracking


After breakfast we take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including waterproof bag for cameras and film.

Overnight:  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10 : Kigali

This morning drive to Kigali via the city of Musanze (Ruhengeri), a small friendly town of 70,000 people and formerly a Belgian colony. Ruhengeri is situated in a shallow valley with easily climbed hills, panoramic views of the city and volcanoes. Enjoy the crisp mountain air and mingle with the culturally diverse residents during a visit to Ruhengeri’s outdoor market. The hustle and bustle combined with welcoming stall vendors will be enjoyed by everyone. Heaping bins of fresh tomatoes, beans and maize vie for attention alongside beautiful fabrics. A trip to the Artisan Village showcases hand-crafted items, including colorful baskets and beautiful hand-thrown pottery.


Continue with your drive to Kigali and your home for this evening, Kigali Serena, located in the center of Kigali’s heart. Each of the 104 air conditioned guest rooms include en-suite facilities, in-room mini bar and coffee making supplies, satellite television, telephone and contemporary décor. You may want to take a dip in the pool or work out in the hotel’s gym.

Overnight:  Kigali Serena Hotel
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11 : Departure

Today time permitting a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre is offered to learn about the lessons learned so this tragedy never happens again.  As an outsider, it is almost impossible to understand the true scope of what really happened here in 1994.  Your visit to the center will help bring some of the tragedy to light as you learn about individual stories of losing family and friends while at the same time learning about the efforts of Rwandans to heal and carry on as one people. Say goodbye to the land of a thousand hills this afternoon as you are transferred to the airport for your International flight back home.

Day 12 : Arrival back home

Arrive back home with Memories of a trip of a lifetime!

 

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