These dream fly-in trips are set to help you avoid long driving distances when enjoying your holiday in Uganda. The Uganda safaris by Air with the use of light aircraft are in general tailor-made based upon budget and time constraints all the while maximizing your time game viewing and relaxing.
For every sector where there could have been long and rough drives, there a scheduled domestic flight for you, and a safari guide with a customized tours vehicle to do the transfers and game drives. It includes the most rewarding tourist experiences in Africa and selected the destinations based on several after-trip experiences.
The holiday comes with gorilla trekking tours experience in Bwindi, Kibale chimps tracking and a chance to encounter over 11 other primate species there, real African wildlife safari experiences, and Big5 wildlife viewing in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park.
You will see lots of wildlife in Uganda parks, see primates, and enjoy comprehensive game drives, beautiful Uganda scenery, with game viewing on the Savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park – giraffe, elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, and leopard among others. Enjoy canoe-trekking on the beautiful Lake Mutanda, as well as the unique tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha sector.
Take a flight to Murchison Falls national park landing at Pakuba Airstrip. Start with boat trip along the Nile often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals.
Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The birdlife is stunning with brightly coloured kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric-looking shoe bill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur.
Go for a game drive giving you the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, and a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoe bill stork.
Check out of the lodge to be transferred to Pakuba Airstrip in time for your scheduled flight to Semliki Airstrip. Upon arrival at Semliki Airstrip, our representative will transfer you to Kibale national park for chimpanzee trekking.
After breakfast, we visit the Sempaya Hot springs. These hot springs are the largest in Uganda, divided into female and male however they both have a geyser that shoots up from 8 meters holes with a high temperature of up to 100 degrees Celsius. The strength and hotness of the springs are amazing as one can boil eggs and, in few minutes, it is ready to eat. The community around the park also visit the springs to perform rituals basing on their beliefs.
On the next day after early breakfast, head to Kibale headquarters, you will be asked for your passport for registration and then briefed about the chimpanzee tracking. The trek is mostly mild trekking through the jungles of Kibale, guided by the park rangers.
You will be able to locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. You should be able to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
You will be allowed one hour in the presence of the chimpanzees, and then after led back to the park office where your tour driver is awaiting.
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for big five drive and climbing lions in the Ishasha sector. Enjoy the views of the Rwenzori Mountains, one of the great mountain ranges of the world.
Set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, and solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs.
In the afternoon, go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippos huff and spray at mere foot away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink-backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed stork, and many others.
Drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by Savannah grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of tree climbing lions in the afternoon and evening.
Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This park is home to the rare mountain gorillas plus 11 other primates’ species including the blue and red-tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it.
Early morning breakfast and transfer to the nearest Bwindi Forest National Park offices for checking and gorilla trek briefing. The park officers will be giving you more information on what to expect when you trek the gorillas, how to behave while in their presence, the ecology of mountain gorillas and other primates in Bwindi, relationships between the gorillas and humans, Bwindi Forest National Park management and the neighbouring communities – there’s just so much information you shall be receiving during the briefing.
You will be allocated to a group of not more than 8 other tourists with whom you will be trekking the gorillas. Each group is allocated a family of habituated gorillas (also known as a gorilla group) that they track.
Once in contact with the apes, spend one hour enjoying them. You will be allowed to take all the photos, videos, and even selfies while with the gorillas. Rangers even guide you on the best angles to do this. They shall be assisting to remove any blocking shrubs and also guide the gorillas to the best spot you can view them.
Wind up the trip with Coffee Tour and Lake Mutanda Canoeing. Through the coffee tour, you will learn how to dig, weed, and harvest organic coffee in a real farming environment. You will get involved and learn about the process from seedlings to the drink/cup. You will be able to take part in picking, pounding, roasting, grinding, and drinking coffee. The skills and knowledge needed by farmers will bring a new appreciation to your coffee drinking habits. Here you take nothing but the coffee-making experience.
You’ll then take on your 2-hour guided canoe challenge on the beautiful calm waters of Lake Mutanda. At the end of the canoe experience, take a walk through the communities and villages of Bwindi outskirts till you meet your driver to transfer you to the hotel. Transfer to Kihihi Airstrip for flight transfer to Entebbe.