5 Days Uganda Wildlife Tour | Jinja, Lake Mburo, and Queen Elizabeth National Park
Arrival and travel to Kampala
You will be met by our driver/guide at Entebbe International Airport who will drive you to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. You will check in at Serena hotel or Sheraton Hotel Kampala or Hotel Africana or any other hotel of your choice in the city center where you will have dinner and rest for the night.
Entebbe International Airport
Day 1: Kampala – Jinja
After an early breakfast you will be picked up from designated point and be driven on an enjoyable sight seeing trip to Jinja. Jinja is an old colonial industrial town of Uganda and is setup at the source of River Nile on the shores of Lake Victoria. For those that are interested in water rafting on the Nile, this will be your day. For those that opt out of rafting on the Nile, you will be able to visit the source of the Nile, visit Masese landing site, Own Falls dam and other sites in the town. Lunch will be served activity in addition to a barbeque at the banks of the river Nile later inon in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, you will then be driven back to the Kampala.
Source of the Nile
Day 2: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park
You be will be picked from your hotel or residence after breakfast and embark on your travel to Lake Mburo National Park. You will stop at Mpigi Equator Crossing monument and Ugandan Craft Market.
You will arrive in time for an afternoon/early evening game drive and boat ride where you will see unique game like the Eland ,Topi ,klipspringer and zebra. The attractive acacia dotted savannah is a house for huge zebras and buffaloes which graze these peaceful acres. Hippos rest peacefully in the lake(Mburo). Owing to a wide range of habitats including the lake, broad savannah, rcoks, the park offers a wide range of wonderful biodiversity including more than 300 different species of birds in the park.
You will be checked in at one of our partner camps and/or lodges including Matana Luxury Camp or Rwonyo Camp where you will have dinner and rest for the night.
Zebras in Mburo National Park
Day 2/3 continued: Cultural Tourism: Biharwe eclipse 1520 AD Monument
This monument was erected on Biharwe hill in commemoration of the Biharwe Eclipse which was dated by astronomers and historians to have taken place in the year 1520 AD. As the scientifically dated event in the early history of legends of Bunyoro, Buganda and Nkore became the key benchmark that was used by historians to determine the royal genealogies of those kingdoms.
The three pillars of this monument represent the three kings who were contemporaties at the time, namely Nakibinge of Buganda, Olimi1 Rwitamahanga of Bunyoro, and Ntare 1 Nyabugarobwera of Nkore. Olimi 1 Rwitamahanga Kalimbi Rukidi was the 5th Omukama (king) of the Babiito dynasty and the most marital ruler of Bunyoro of the 16th century.
He invaded Buganda, Nkore, Mpororo and Rwanda and plundered cattle from those kingdoms. Nkore lost most of its cattle herds due to these constant raids and suffered severe famine called Eijunga Nyonza where wild berries were used as dowry for brides.
It was on Olimi’s return journey after raiding cattle from Rwanda and Mpororo that an eclipse appeared when the raiders had reached Biharwe. The eclipse generated fear and superstion, forcing the king and his warriors to flee in disarray, leaving all the people of Nkore were able to own cattle again.
According to legends the cows that were abandoned at Biharwe were named by the people “Empenda ya Munoni” and “Enduga mwiguru” (cows that came from heaven )after that incident, the people of Nkore were able to own cattle again.
Biharwe 1520 AD Eclipse Monument
Day 4: Lake Mburo – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you will be driven south west ward to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You have a choice of carrying packed lunch or a stop over at Igongo Cultural Centre or Mbarara town for lunch or both. As you descend to the western leg of the great East African Rift valley you will also see the Rwenzori Mountain range in background.At its highest, the Rwenzori Mountains reach 5,109m above see level. For the evening you will be checkin at partner lodge of your choice including Mweya Safari Lodge, Twin Lakes Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge and many others.
Hippos in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast you will go for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge where you will not only see the chimpanzee but also other primates like the Columbus monkeys, velvet monkeys, plus baboons.
You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will take an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where you will see a variety of game mostly marine animals. The Kazing Channel connects Lake Edward and Lake George and is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes and elephants graze near the banks.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda and has been designated a biosphere reserve for humanity under UNESCO. If time allows, you will take an evening game drive to the twin crater lakes before returning to the lodge for dinner and retiring for the night.
Leopard in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala
You will go on an early morning park game drive to catch up with the early risers and predators, lion, leopard returning to their hide out. You will be likely to meet stripped jackal and of course several warthogs. After a late breakfast, you will proceed to Kampala with packed lunch and have an opportunity for a stop in the tea estates of Bushenyi and wonderful scenery on your way to Kampala and Entebbe to catch your flight home or other destination.