AAB Tours and Travel is a Travel and Safari Company dully incorporated in Uganda and operating safaris in the entire East Afric. A member of the Association of the Uganda Tours Operators (AUTO), AAB Tours and Travel specializes in offering the following services:
Gorilla Tracking: We book permits for tracking of Gorillas in Uganda. Gorillas Trekking is a very exciting activity that any tourist to Uganda should do before he leaves. We arrange gorillas tracking safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda plus Parc Des Volcanoes in Rwanda and rarely in eastern DR Congo.
Chimpanzee Trekking: We arrange for you trips to chimpanzee habitats like Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth NP and many other destinations.
Uganda Tours and East Africa Safaris: We offer tour services to other Uganda tourist attractions like the Source of the Nile, Lake Victoria, Kampala City and Cultural Sites among others. Under here, we offer activities like Mountain Climbing, White Water Rafting, Fishing Trips, bungy Jumping, biking, Community sightseeing and Cultural Tourism. We also organize similar trips to countries like Rwanda, Kenya, DR Congo and Tanzania.
Bird Watching Safaris: Uganda’s national parks, forests, bushes and swamps are homes to a many bird species that are of much interest on the side of tourists. In Uganda, over 1061 bird species have been recorded. The birds includes Shoebills, Turacos, Ostriches, Kingfishers, Grebes, Bee-eaters, Flamingos, Parrots, Hornbills, Crested Cranes, Wood hoopoes, Herons and Egrets, Shearwaters and Petrels, Pelicans, Cormorants, Darters, Bitterns, Hammerkop Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills, Weavers, Ducks, Geese and Swans, Osprey, Hawks, Kites and Eagles, Secretary-bird, Caracaras and Falcons, Pheasants and Partridges, Guinea fowl and many more.
Hotel Booking: We offer superb Hotel Booking Services for Hotels in Uganda. Our services are meant for a variety of destinations across Uganda to enable travelers stay comfortably. We advise our clients on the best Hotels in Uganda, Lodges, Guest Houses, Inns and all sorts of accommodations in and outside Kampala. With the main motive of customer satisfaction, we book accommodations for our clients basing on their budget and individual needs.
Air Ticket Booking. We make Air Ticket Booking from and to Uganda; we also make flight reservations and arrangements for domestic/inland charters. We pay attention to each and every possible aspect. We always Endeavour to get the best reasonable flight rates and with excellent services.
Car Hire Services: AAB Tours and Travel presents the following line of vehicles for hire ranging from:
(a) Saloon cars,
(b) 4X4 land cruisers,
(d) Land rovers,
(e) Range Rovers
(f) Heavy Commercials (Small, Medium and Huge Trucks)
(g) Trailers, Graders, Excavators, Crane/Heavy load lifting services and all types of road transport services.
We offer tailor made safaris, to make your holiday as memorable as possible, as listed below
Kampala City Tour
Uganda Safaris and Uganda Safari with AAB Tours and Travel
Uganda Tours and Uganda Safari Holidays in the Uganda National Parks, Source of the River Nile, Lake Victoria and other destinations with a knowledgeable tour operator are things one should be proud of. Besides the tours and safaris in Uganda, we as well offer African Safari Travel to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Eastern DR Congo. AAB Tours and Travel cordially invite you on a memorable African Travel experience to Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’, one of the countries in the world characterized by, natural beauty, endowed with abundant wildlife including the Mountain Gorillas, splendid natural attractiveness of its Lakes, Rivers and Mountains plus unrivalled cultural diversity.
The top Uganda Travel and African Safari destinations include Safari Travel Packages to the various safari areas of Uganda and entire East Africa. We have Exclusive, Luxury Travel, Midrange and Budget Safari Packages. The most popular Ugandan Travel destinations include Murchison Falls National Park, Bwindi Gorilla Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth NP, the chimpanzee sanctuary of Ngamba Island, the primates’ home of Kibale National Park plus Rwenzori and Mountain Elgon. Don’t forget Kidepo Valley, the amazing Lake Bunyonyi as well as Semliki National Park as areas one can’t afford to miss on a Uganda Safari.
A safari holiday in the Parc Nationale De Volcans, Nyungwe Forest, Akagera National Park and the Genocide Memorial Sites are a must when visiting Rwanda, the land of ‘100 Hills’.Kenya Safari Travel destinations include the Masai Mara reputed to be one of the most marvelous areas in the world. We also take you to Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro, Serengeti plus many other attractions in Tanzania. Our entire team members are reliably committed to making your Uganda Tour/East African Safari a properly planned and a proficiently accomplished adventure. We competently tailor-made Uganda tours, safaris and travel packages plus honeymoon itineraries to go well with your precise necessities as your explore the East African breeze.
Uganda is possibly the major eye-catching country on the African Continent for bird watchers. This is because of the unusual numbers of bird species recorded within its various spots and also the fact that the country offers an easy entrance to several natural habitats rich in birds that are not easy to reach somewhere else. Uganda’s significant avian diversity, 1,008 species recorded in an area similar to that of Great Britain can be accredited to its location at an intermediary point between the East African savanna, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north. The key to Uganda’s bird variety is its multiple habitats that are arid semi-dessert, rich savannahs, lowland and montane rainforests, vast wetlands, volcanoes and an Afro-alpine zone. Uganda covers an altitude from 650 to 5000m.
Logical of Uganda’s liaison position is the fact that only one bird is prevalent to the country, the rather ordinary ￼Fox’s weaver. On the other hand, if you take only East Africa into consideration, then roughly 150 bird species, more than 10% of the regional checklists are only in Uganda. This list includes seven of the 20 hornbill species recorded in the region, five out of 14 honey guides, seven out of 20 hornbill species recorded in the region, five out of 20 bush family as well as 13 members of the thrush family, 11 warblers, ten flycatchers, eight sun birds, eight weavers, eight finches, four tinker birds, four pigeons, 3 kingfishers, 3 sparrow hawks, 3 cuckoos and 3 nightjars.
The majority of these Uganda’s specials are West African and Congolese forest birds that should be very hard to see somewhere else because the other countries in which they occur are inadequately developed in Tourism. The rain forests of Western Uganda are mainly the country’s most important bird habitats and are of the maximum interest to birdwatchers principally if they are already familiar with the typical East African birds. The most appealing forests in Uganda with confined to a small area species is Semliki, Budongo Forest, Kibale Forest and Bwindi Forest. Conversely, Kibale is the Uganda’s spot for forest birds and the close by Magombe Swamp. Still the comparatively reclaimed botanical gardens in Entebbe will throw up several interesting bird species.
For tour lovers, if you want to see an extensive variety of birds in Uganda, try to visit Entebbe for water and forest birds, Lake Mburo water and acacia land associated birds, Queen Elizabeth with 600 recorded species, Murchison Falls, the finest place in East Africa to see the Papyrus-associated shoebill and Kidepo that boasts of over 50 recorded bird species.
AAB Tours and Travel has the following line of vehicles for hire ranging
We also offer modern leisure boat rides and Water Transport services
especially on Lake Victoria.
Our vehicles for hire are in different sizes and diverse types, custom-built safari mini vans, luxurious mini vans, coasters, buses and many more. Our car hire services include tours, airport transfers, conferences and project transport. Your travel comfort is a priority to us.
Uganda Hiking Safaris - Mountaineering Safaris to Mount Rwenzori & Mount Elgon National Park
Uganda is an outstanding hiking destination for climbers of bigger mountains and trekkers of small hills, medium sized and high mountains. Uganda with its combination of mountainous, hilly and flat landscape in various sections of the country is endowed with two mountains which a major potential destinations for hikers or climbers. The paramount physical feature for mountain trekkers is the magnificent Rwenzori Mountain is south-western Uganda and Mountain Elgon located in Eastern Uganda.
The snow capped Rwenzoris, famed in ancient times as the mountains of the moon, offer great and wonderful opportunities to hikers. Running along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Rwenzori Mountains have now been developed and opened to travelers interested in climbing not only the tallest ranges of Africa but also of the world as well. The Rwenzoris offer some exceptional walking to both trekkers at lower altitudes as well as mountaineers who would like to meet the challenge of ascending to the glacial peaks of over 5100 metres.
Hiking of the magical Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Uganda is a in fact an extraordinary experience, the surprises of the soaring glaciers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes, the bearded lichen hanging from enormous heathers with a background of rock-strewn cliffs, crags and snow-coated summits. The extensive diversity of plants and animals with numerous biological aspects as you go up through different vegetation zones, offers a definitive experience for hiking. Before, this exceptional and stunning hike was unavailable, completely intact and unquestionably among the most attractive climbing on the whole globe.￼
Rwenzori Mountain is among the World Heritage Sites and provides a chance to appreciate the natural world at its finest. The mountain’s plant life varies from thick tropical forest, bamboo forests, montane cloud forests to alpine vegetation and the landscape is beyond doubt fabulous. Higher than 4,500 metres the snow and glaciers enhance that special facet to the marvelous views all through this wholesome mountain collection. The Rwenzori range is an accurate mountain with several ascents and descents, qualifying it a hard ascend, though the panorama and the attractive plant life are unbelievable. The high rain of more than two and a half metres per year, the moss-covered rocks, the solid flora, the high peaks and precipices very tall above to the moss covered valleys and winding streams form a wonderful environment that changes through numerous ecological spheres as you ascend the mountain resulting into true distinctive experience.
In eastern Uganda, Mount Elgon with its caldera is pretty another well-liked hiking target for average and high hikers. It is essentially a deeply forested very old volcano with its base covering an area of more than 3000sq km. Although the mountain stands astride at the Kenyan border, its peak, known as Wagagai Peak is found on the side of Uganda. This manifests an amazing mountain climbing experience to tourists who are increasingly fascinated in hiking to reach moderate and high peaks.
AAB Tours and Travel avails to you a range of hiking choices from a day to eleven or more to go well with your adventure preferences and trip timetable.
￼RWENZORI MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK (RMNP)
￼MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK
￼Rwenzori Hiking & Queen Elizabeth NP – 12 Days
￼Rwenzori Mountain Climbing – 9 Days
￼Mountain Climbing & Gorilla Trekking – 13 Days
￼Mountain Hiking, Nature & Game Viewing – 27 Days
Hotel Booking with AAB Tours and Travel
We offer great rates and special deals at hotels, lodges and apartments. Our hotel reservation service is designed primarily for vacationers, tourists and business travelers from small to medium-sized businesses (Budget, Midrange and Luxury categories). We keep our clients in mind; we seek hotels, lodges and apartments that offer great value for money with ideal location, amenities, and services. We also survey our clients, and their feedback gives us the basis for our rating system.
www.aabtoursandtravel.com offers the choice of several hotels, lodges and apartments in Uganda. Whether you are travelling last minute, as a family or need a hotel for business we have the right hotel deals for you. We have a 24 hour phone line if you would prefer to speak to someone about any form of reservation or booking. Find, compare and book you great preferred hotel at well discounted prices all at www.aabtoursandtravel.com.
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3 DAYS FLYING SAFARI TO BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
Day 1: Entebbe- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast you will transfer to Kajansi airstrip for a charter flight to Kayonza airstrip. The flight time is 1 hour and 50 minutes. This air strip is 20kms drive to Bwindi national park. Proceed to Bwindi national park. You can do a community walk and enjoy the African traditional dances. Have lunch and relax at the lodge preparing for the next day. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast with packed lunch and drive you to UWA park headquarters for briefing. After briefing you will go for trekking which takes about 1 to 8 hours. You will have one hour only with the gorillas. During the trekking you may spot birds like the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer’s Rush Warbler, among others animals like the black fronted duikers, South African porcupines, golden monkey, giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo, bush pigs, buffaloes, elephants, jackals, Black and white colobus monkey, chimpanzee. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay
Day 3: Transfer from Bwindi National Park to Kayonza air strip –Kajjansi Air strip
After breakfast you will drive to Kayonza air strip for your connecting flight to Kajjansi Airstrip. From Kajjansi you will be transferred to your lodge/hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest
AAB Tours and Travel guide will pick you in the morning after breakfast, then depart from Kampala by road and head South-West to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Have a break in your journey for some enlightening interaction and pictographic break at the Uganda Equator before continuing to Mbarara Town where you have a lunch break. You will the drive straight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a habitat for the Uganda Mountain Gorillas and you will relax to the charms of the mountain rainforest. Overnight at Gorilla Resort or Buhoma community Bandas.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest
In the morning, have enough breakfast to gain power necessary for gorillas tracking during which a reliable scale of strength is crucial for the exercise. Before 8:00am, report to the ranger station for registration and briefing by one of the ranger guides. You will trek through chunky creepers and bushes with your guides to look for the Mountain Gorillas, an exercise that could last between 1 to 9 hours. It is amazing to sit in the forest among the gorillas, paying attention to them protest to each other. It is an unusual mood being with these stunning human-like animals. Time allowed with these primates is only 1 hour in which every minute counts much. With a free afternoon at your disposal, you can alternatively take a guided stride out on the Munyaga River trail that leads to three pleasant shining waterfalls with views of epiphytic ferns, tree ferns, orchid’s colorful butterflies or have a guided village hike to see how the locals use up their lives. Overnight at Gorilla Resort, Buhoma Community Bandas (FB).
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park,
Take breakfast and head off in the early hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the as Ishasha Sector, the southern isolated and fine-looking section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. It is stunning to see the lions enfold from the trees and you will also see hippos, buffalos and topis among others. Check-in in your hotel to have some time for relation at the lodge. Overnight at Mweya safari Lodge, Mweya Hostel of Institute of Ecology (FB)
Day 4: Short Game Drive and Drive to Kampala
Take breakfast and start your come back journey to Kampala taking a game drive to spot elephants, warthogs, waterbucks, hippos and others on your way out. Have lunch en-route in Mbarara town or Masaka and reach Kampala in the late afternoon.
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda measuring about 3,840 square kilometers (1,480 sq mi). The park is a portion of the 5,308 square kilometers (2,049 sq mi) that make up the Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA). Murchison Falls National Park is situated in Masindi District in western Uganda and in Amuru in northern Uganda. The park is a territory to the large African wild animals including Water buffalo, elephant, Crocodile, Lion, Leopard, Hippopotamus, Antelope, Giraffes, Uganda Kob, Oribi and other animals plus a number of bird species. River Nile crossing the park is a home to selection of water birds, including the amazing Shoe bill stork.
UGANDA SAFARI TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK.
DAY 01: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
From Kampala, head to Murchison Falls National Park going through Luwero, Nakasongola and Masindi district. The trip will provide you with vast mesmerizing view before you arrive at the park in the afternoon. Drive to the top of the falls where the Nile wonderfully demonstrates its splendor. At this spot, you will see the peaceful River Nile waters dropping through a slim gap to go down about 150 feet mixing up to create white water with a loud roar, a hard to believe scene! Cross over the Nile by ferry for dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
DAY 02: Game Drive Tour, Launch Cruise
At sunrise, have breakfast and start the morning game drive to have a glimpse of the early risers. This thrilling game drive will bring animals like the jackals, hyenas, giraffes, lions, antelopes, elephants and the Uganda kob among others to your sight. You will take a break from the game drive for something to eat and soon after have your lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for an open launch cruise. This boat cruise will take you to the bottom of the falls where animals like the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and an abundance of water birds like fish eagles, the exceptional shoebills and many more will be seen. Retreat for overnight and dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge.
DAY 3: Chimpanzee Trekking in Budongo (Optional) and drive to Kampala
Take an early expedition to Budongo Forest. You will go for an early morning walk in this vast forest where you will get to see a wider range of primates and chimpanzees. This forest has one of the highest primate concentrations in the whole world. You will see families of chimpanzees, baboons, colobus monkeys and other primates jumping without restraint in the forest tree branches. Move back to the lodge for a rest. Have Lunch and head back to Kampala where you will arrive in the evening.
RWENZORI MOUNTAINEERING – UGANDA ADVENTURE SAFARI
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast, drive off to Kasese via Masaka, Mbarara, Bushenyi going through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Make a stopover at Mpambire in Mpigi for traditional handicrafts. Stop at the Uganda Equator, a point for the imaginary line believed to be dividing the world into two hemispheres (Northern and Southern Hemisphere). Have lunch in Mbarara town before continuing to Rwenzori Mountain. Dinner and overnight in Kasese Town.
Day 2: Nyakalengija Trailhead (1600m).
After breakfast, initiate you initiate your mountaineering exercise by hiking to the Nyabitaba hut and shortly connect to Nyakalengija trailhead (1600m) with tour guides and porters climbing up to Nyabitaba hut going through the homesteads and the local plantations which is a amazing experience. Then follow the trail along the Mubuku River, via the landslides up and down rocks and bluffs. Walk across the Mahoma River and ascend steeply through the bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest to Nyabitaba Hut for an Overnight.
Day 3: Nyakalengija Trailhead - John Matte Hut (3350m)
From Nyabitaba hut, follow the trail which drops you down through the woodland to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, just below the meeting point of the Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. Ascend via the bamboo forest, going across a long and a strenuous stretch of slippery moss-covered rock. From Nyamileju rock shelter, on clear-sight days, Mount Stanley and Mount Speke can be seen before passing into the zone of the giant heather, lobelia and groundsel. The final stretch to the John Matte hut is across a strenuous marshland, the first of many for which the mountain is well-known. Overnight at John Matte Hut (FB)
Day 4: John Matte Hut - Bujuku Hut (3900m)
After John Matte Hut, the trail goes downhill to cross River Bujuku and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. Jumping a tussock after the other, the bog is crossed but at times the feet taste the glacial ooze. The Upper Bigo bog gives a way to Bujuku Lake, with the sight of Mt. Baker to the South and Mt Stanley to the West. Bujuku Hut, suitably positioned in the shadow of Mount Baker and Mount Speke, is in a narrow valley below Stuhlmann Pass. Be prepared for this trail which can be very cold for you as well as to the dwellers of Rwenzori. Overnight at Bujuku Hut (FB)
Day 5: Bujuku Hut - Elena Hut (4541)
From Bujuku, via more bog, the trail ascends the slopes west of the lake, passing through the magical Groundsel Gully as it goes up to Scott-Elliot Pass at 4372m. A metal ladder takes you over a steep section after which the trail splits into two at the head of the channel. The right path goes up to Elena Hut and Mount Stanley on a steep trail over large boulders whereas the left path leads to Scott-Elliot Pass and down to Kitandara Lakes. Overnight at Elena Hut, though the nights may be cool (FB).
Day 6: Elena Hut - Margherita Peak (5109m)
Hiking Margherita peak (5109m) to the base of the Stanley Glacier continues. Basing on the weather and one’s area familiarity, it can be a walk of between 4 to 7 hours to the pinnacle of Margherita. It is a hard walk over three glaciers, slippery rock, ice and very open on many sides. The physically fit are the only ones for this and it is a technical climb which needs roping up, crampons and proper equipment for cold, windy and icy conditions. It is good to try the final climb in a group of at least four-two climbers and 2 guides; (the extra guide has to be paid for at the time of booking). Climb on to the glacier, cross the Stanley Plateau and move on with the rise. Basing on altitude sickness, fog and weather, push up to the summit of Margherita, the Rwenzori peak. It is not guaranteed that everyone will reach the summit because of the altitude and the tough conditions. So do not get disappointed if you do not make it. Coming back to Scott-Elliot pass, you get magnificent views back to Bujuku Lake and Mount Speke, up to Mount Stanley and down to the Kitandara Lakes. Once over the pass the trail enters an alpine zone of sparse vegetation and rough boulders. Go down to Kitandara Hut for overnight, past the Kitandara Lakes. (If you do not wish to climb the peak, a more restful day walking from Elena Hut to Kitandara Hut 4,023m.) (FB)
Day 7: Guy Yeoman Hut (3260m)
After Kitandara, the trail goes up sharply to the headwall, spreading out from the Mount Baker base and proceeds to the south side of the mountain to Fresh field Pass. On a good day, you see part of the Congo in the west and Mount Stanley in the north. From the pass, the long mud-spattered trail goes down, going through the rock shelter at Bujongolo, this is the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906 (FB).
Day 8: Nyabitaba Hut (2650m)
This hike will lead you through the path down but can be slippery and muddy with little to hold on. Thus, you must be careful balancing over the vertical mud or steep rocks. Overnight at Nyabitaba Hut (FB).
Day 9: Nyakalengija Trailhead (1600m) – Back to Kampala
From Nyabitaba hut, move down gently to the muddy paths to the trailhead. Arrive late morning, head to Kasese for lunch and then drive to Kampala where you will arrive in the evening. Overnight at Hotel Africana
With this Safari for 19 days, you will enjoy bird watching, games drives and primate tracking in the various Uganda National Parks.
Day 1: Drive to Kampala
Land at Entebbe International Airport. Our guides will welcome you and transfer you to a booked accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe. Time allowing, you may have a brief Kampala city tour where you see attractions like the Kasubi Royal Tombs, the Uganda Museum, The Bahai Temple, the Martyrs’ Shrine in Namugongo and many more. Have dinner and overnight at a chosen hotel.
Day 2: Mabamba Swamp Trip.
Mabamba lies 50 km west of Kampala; it is of late a discovered habitat for the eagerly sought after bird, the Shoebill and bird watching here is done on canoes in the swamp water channels. Bird species at Mabamba include the Blue-headed Coucal, yellow Backed Weaver, African Water Rail, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Papyrus Gonolek, White-faced Whistling Duck, African Purple Swamp Hen, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, Squacco Heron, Blue Breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron and many others. Dinner and overnight in Kampala.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park Birding and Wildlife Tour.
In the morning, you start on your trip to Murchison Falls National park, Uganda’s largest National park that protects a large piece of natural African Savannah and interconnected by the great River Nile. You will arrive at the park in the afternoon and drive to the top of the falls where the park’s name was derived. At the falls, the world’s longest river explodes compellingly via a slim gap to push into a frothing pool, 43 metres down. You will then be transferred to the landing spot to cross the river to Paraa Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Wildlife Tour, Nile Boat Ride And Birding Safaris
Enjoy your breakfast and take a boat along the Victoria Nile to the Delta at the Lake Albert. This is a home for the Hippos and many exceptionally large Nile Crocodiles as well as special birds like the famous Shoebill, Pied Kingfishers, Abyssinian Roller, the Ground Hornbill, Secretary Bird, Red Throated Bee-eaters lining along the water banks; Goliath Heron, Sacred Ibis, Saddle-billed Stork, Senegal and Water Thick-Knee, Little Bittern, Osprey, Red-necked Falcon, Vinaceous Dove and Fulvous Whistling- Duck. Have lunch at the lodge and go for bird watching in the afternoon at the top of the falls where you will see the Grey Woodpecker, Darter and Giant Kingfisher, Western Violet Sunbird, Brown Twinspot, Red-Winged Pytilia, Bruce’s Pigeon, Red Shouldered Cuckoo-Shrike and others. Overnight and Dinner at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 5: Game Drive Safari
Have a game drive the whole day to the northern bank of the Victoria Nile with packed lunch. You will identify birds like the Rock Pranticole, Denham’s Bustard, Red Winged grey Warbler, Carmine Bee-eater, Pat Hawk, Pels Fishing Owl, Vinaceous Dove, White Rumped Canary and others. Have dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Bird Watching Tours in Budongo Forest
You will begin birding early enough in Budongo forest through the escarpment searching for the Fox’s Cisticola, Northern Combrec, Grey Headed Bush Shrike, Madagascar Heron, Lesser Masked Weaver and Shikra. You will use a full day in Budongo which is one of the biggest and most attractive forests in Uganda. The forest as well provides accommodation to birds like Yellow and Grey Long Bills, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Ituris Batis, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Red Tailed Ant-thrush and many more. Overnight and Dinner at the Forestry College.
Day 7: The Royal Mile And Busingiro Bird Watching Tour
Have breakfast and go bird watching the whole day in the Royal Mile and Busingiro Ecotourism Site. Get set to watch bird species like the Brown-backed Scrub-Robin, African Dwarf and Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow and Grey Long Bills, Yellow-browned Camaroptera and Cabanis Bunting, Narina Trogon, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Red-headed bluebill and Crested Malimbe. Overnight and dinner at Busingiro Tourism Site, Busingiro Camping or Forestry Cottages.
Day 8: Leave for Kibale Forest National Park.
Head off in the early hours for Kibale Forest National Park. The forest is known to be a place for habitation for about 13 primate species. The jungle is also a habitat to loads of birds like Masked Apalis, Joyful Greenbul, Black billed Turaco, White-naped Pigeon, African Pitta, White Collard Olive Back, Grey-winged Robin, Nahan’s Francolin, Tiny Sunbird and Buff-spotted Woodpecker among others. You will arrive at Kibale in the evening and have dinner and overnight at Kanyankyu Centre, Primate Lodge or Ndali Lodge.
Day 9: Primates and Bird Watching Tour in Kibale Forest National Park.
Get an early breakfast to increase energy for Chimps trekking. Go to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre to track habituated chimps. It is an attractive experience to watch them as they fall out, quarrel and play in the vegetation. You will also have a chance to view a wider collection of primates, birds and butterflies through a system of sheltered tropical rain forest paths. Overnight at Ndali Lodge/Rwenzori View Guest house/Kanyanchu Ecological site (FB)
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National park Tour.
Following to breakfast at Kibale, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second biggest national park, with over 600 species of birds. You will get to the park in the afternoon and go for an evening bird watching exercise which is definitely worthwhile. Bird species like Pelicans, Skimmers, Kingfishers, Thick-knees, Storks, Martins, Swallows, Weavers, Canaries, Kites, and relatively a lot of grassland species are a common at the park. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana Lodge or Institute of Ecology.
Day 11: Game Drive and Birding Tours.
Satisfied with breakfast, begin the morning game drive and birding while in the afternoon, after an appetizing lunch, you set out for a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel during which you will see groups of water birds. The Kazinga Channel that joins Lakes Edward to Lake George is distinguished for being one of the best bird watching spots in the park. You cannot fail to see birds like Plain Martin, African Skimmer, Lesser Swamp-warbler, Water thick-knee, Grey headed Gull, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Spoonbill and many more.
Day 12: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla National Park.
Have breakfast; head off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the globally known jungle address of the Mountain Gorillas. Despite the fact that the park is popular for its gorillas, it is at the same time a home for about 300 bird species. The drive will take you via the Ishasha Sector to get to Bwindi in the late afternoon. Unique birds like Red Throated Alethe, Banded Prinia, Yellow Eyed Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White-naped Raven, Magpie Mannikin, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Robin-chat, Neumann’s Warbler, Equator Akalat, Handsome Francolin, Mackinnon’s Fiscal , Narrow tailed Starling, Rwenzori batis, Pink-footed Puffback, African Golden Oriole, Brown capped Weaver, Grauer’s Warbler are seen at the park. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma community Bandas, Gorilla resort, Gorilla Forest Camp, Volcanoes Exclusive Camp, Buhoma Homestead.
DAY 13: Gorilla Tracking Tour
Contented with breakfast, move to the Park head offices for briefing prior to the gorilla tracking exercise. The briefing by the guide is usually at 9:00 am subsequent to which you will set off to find out the gigantic mountain gorillas. The period for tracking gorillas is unpredictable however it may range between 2-9 hours depending on their movements. The movement requires you to move up and down, a tiresome exercise but worth it. Bumping into the gorillas creates eagerness and enthusiasm and makes a trip to Uganda a memorable one for the rest of one’s life. Dinner and overnight at your booked lodge.
Day 14, 15, 16 & 16: Have Birding Tours.
On day 14, do bird watching in the Buhoma sector the whole day followed by birding in Ruhija on day 15. On day 16, head to Mubwindi for birding and come back to Ruhija on the day 17. The 4 km path to Mubwindi Swamp is the most exceptional place for some of the most hard to find of all the Rift-Valley endemics. The Mubwindi Swamp has species like the Rwenzori Apalis, Dwarf Honey guide, Fraser’s eagle-Owl, Stuhlmann’s Starling, White headed Wood Hoopoe and the Montane Nightjars among others. Dinner and overnight at any booked accommodations above.
Day 18: Drive To Lake Mburo National Park
In the morning, have breakfast and head off for Lake Mburo National park , a park with a animal and plant diversity. The park contains a widespread swamp and harbors numerous species of mammals and flora. You will arrive in the afternoon to go for a boat ride on the lake searching for birds like, Papyrus Gonolek, Black-collared Barbets, Ground Hornbill, White-winged Warbler, Brown-chested Plover and others. Dinner and overnight at Rwonyo Camp, Mihingo Lodge and Mantana tented Camp.
Day 19: Game Drive, Birding Safari and Return to Kampala
Take breakfast and set off for game drive and birding for half a day. After the game drive, have lunch and then after drive to Kampala. Dinner and overnight at any booked hotel.
Day 20: Departure
Depending of your time schedule, you will be driven to Entebbe International Airport to catch up a departure flight back home.
Lake Bunyonyi is found in South Western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale near the Rwandan border and it is positioned 450 Km from Kampala. It is a drive of 7 hours from Kampala and a drive of 100 km (2 hours) from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. Located at 1,962 metres above the sea level, the 25 km long and 7 km wide lake covering an area of 61 square kilometres is believed to be the deepest lake in Africa with varying length of between 44 m to 900 metres. The lake surface is a fresh with 25 degrees celicious thus bilhazia free and safe for swimming.
The lake has 29 islands that include Punishment Island and Bushara Island which are all concentrated in the central part. This water body is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides and is a visitation darling of many foreign and domestic tourists with a number of accommodations. Located seven kilometres west from Kabale Town, southwestern Uganda, Bunyonyi is surrounded by hills that are 2,200 to 2,478 metres high and intensely cultivated.
In the beginning of the 20th century, fish were introduced to the lake and in the 1930s fishing became profitable. Unfortunately in the 1960s the fish died massively as a result of a violent shallow mixing, likely caused by wind. Subsistence fishing prevailed in the lake, people mostly caught clarias species - the lake’s depth and stratification makes it difficult for the breeding of the common Ugandan species Nile Perch and Tilapia. Nevertheless, 300,000 Nile Tilapias and Clarias fish were released in the lake at the end of 2002. Also present in the lake are Mud fish, Cray fish and Mirrowcarp plus a plenty of their predators, otters.
About 200 bird species have been recorded at the lake area since “Bunyonyi” also means “the place of many little birds”. The bird species inlcude the White tailed Blue Monard, grey crowned cranes, the African Harrier Hawk, Herons and egrets, the Levillant cuckoo, the Cardinal Woodpecker and the Rufous-breasted wryneck. Weavers nesting on the Island, include the large golden, slender-billed Baglafetch, as well as the yellow-backed and spectacled weavers. The lake’s main centre is Bufuka Village. The area’s inhabitants are from the Bakiga and the Batwa tribes.
This island is also a place for Lake Bunyonyi Development Company, an organization with strong links to Church of Uganda. Tourism is the main source of funds for various developments around Bunyonyi areas. This island has many luxury tents, chalets, and also campsites for tourists to stay on. You can also hire canoes and sailboats to sail around the lake and its other islands. The island is forested with mainly eucalyptus trees that grow fast.
The Bakiga used to leave unmarried pregnant girls on this small island with a tree to die of hunger or die while trying to swim to the mainland as swimming skills were rare. This was to educate the rest, to show them not to do the same. A man without cows to pay the bride wealth could go to the island and get a girl. In the first half of the 20th century, the practice got abandoned but is still possible to find women who were picked up from Punishment Island today.
Around 1921, an English missionary, Dr. Leonard Sharp visited this place and established a leprosy treatment centre on the then uninhabited Bwama island in 1931. A church, patient quarters and a medical facility were built, while Sharp settled on Njuyeera Island meaning ‘white cottage’, after the similarity of the doctor’s small white house to Sharp’s father’s house in Shanklin, now The White House Hotel. The rationale of the leprosy colony was that of ‘voluntary segregation’, where the provision of a happy community to live in would attract leprosy sufferers, so removing them from the communities where they might infect others. The hospital buildings are used by a boarding secondary school which attracts students from the entire region and there is a primary school but no village on the island.
This island, according to legendary stories killed many people. About twenty were once brewing local sorghum beer there. An old woman was passing by and she said: “Can you give me some local beer?” They wrongly though that she was a beggar they knew. They refused her: "Get lost, beggar! Get lost! The old woman asked: “So you will not even give me a sip? Can I at least get somebody to take me to the mainland?” They answered: “Yes, because we are fed up with you!” They chose a young guy to take her over. When they reached the shore and the guy was just beginning to return, the island turned upside down and they all perished but only a chicken flew away and survived.
LAKE BUNYONYI UGANDA TOUR ACTIVITIES.
Safari activities at Bunyonyi include canoeing, boat riding, local tour, swimming, hiking the highlands around the lake, pygmy village tour and birding. AAB Tours and Travel will take you to Lake Bunyonyi Safaris to enjoy and experience the unique gifts of nature.
Walking around the lake Bunyonyi’s waters while listening to bird songs and the tearing water and consequently the feeling of the fresh breeze of Lake Bunyonyi and community around.
This is a key activity and a majority of bird species can be noticed, there are more than 200 species of birds recorded. Using a boat ride to the neighboring Nyombi swamp one is able to see a selection of bird species over the trees and the sky.
The waters of Lake Bunyonyi are free from the hazards of bilhazia, dangers of crocodiles, hippos and other threatening animals thus do not miss swimming opportunity. There are swimming spots with swimming docks on some islands of the lake.
Boat cruise and canoeing can also be enjoyed around the lake. This will help you experience the quietness, calmness and the tranquility of Lake Bunyonyi. A canoe ride at night is thrilling given the loud chorus of crickets, frogs, nocturnal birds singing plus the waving lake waters which all make the ride exceedingly exciting.
Historic and cultural tours;
there are attractive cultural and natural sights like the Bakora cave, the Batwa [pygmies] and the Abaheesi [traditional black smiths] communities that are accessible in close proximity. Also visiting islands around the lake like Habuharo, Akempene and Bucuraniko Island is a memory-catching experience.
Take a boat trip to the local communities of the Batwa/pygmies who live in the islands near the lake and see their ways of life, activities and their charming cultural dance performances.
Family unit or group picnics and relaxation can also be enjoyed on the islands in the areas of Lake Bunyonyi.
ACCESS TO LAKE BUNYONYI
Lake Bunyonyi is in the neighborhoods of Kabale town in South Western Uganda. On the road, it is 6 hours from Kampala (410 km) to Kabale town and 8 km marrum road from Kabale town to Lake Bunyonyi on your way to Bwindi Forest in Kabale or Mgahinga Gorilla home Kisoro district. Lake Bunyonyi is tangled between the hills of Kabale.
During this trip, tour activities at Queen Elizabeth National Park include;- Boat cruises at Kazinga channel, game drives, interaction with local people, visit to Kyambura wild life reserve, see traditional salt works and the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha segment.
Day 1: Drive to Elizabeth National Park
Early morning after breakfast, start your trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park (1978sq.km) in western Uganda. Have a break at the Uganda Equator for photo shoot. Move on to Mbarara town where you will have lunch before continuing to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is one of the most excellent treasures of Uganda and named after UK’s Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Uganda in 1954. As you get into the park you will be able to see the escapements of Rwenzori Mountain Crater Lakes, rift valley and spot some animals on the road side. Have an evening game drive in the park and see the tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, Kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks, warthogs and leopard. Then take dinner at Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology where you will have a good outlook of Kazinga channel and Lake Edward peninsular.
Day 2: Early morning game drive.
Have a cup of African tea in the morning and take chimp safari to Kyanbura Gorge and you will stumble upon with buffaloes, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda kobs and other animals plus a collection of birds. Over 95 species of mammals and 600 species of birds have been recorded. Then head to Katunguru trading centre where there are different ethnic groups with very much related languages for cultural performances. You will be taken back to Mweya Safari Lodge for refreshments and lunch. Take a boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon and spot buffaloes close to the water, scores of hippos, and swarms of pied kingfishers and Pelicans among others. After lunch, apart from boat cruise one can take jungle walks in the widespread Maramaganbo forest preceded by a brief history and back ground of the forest. While on the guided forest nature walks, you will see the bat cave with pythons in there. There are other trails which will lead you to the crater lakes and the blue River which is in the vicinity of the bat caves. You may probably see other primates like chimps plus elephants and birds. Return to your accommodation for dinner and over night.
DAY 3: Morning Game Drives
Wake up early on this day to catch up the early risers’ game drives that usually start at 6:30 when the predators are returning to their hideouts. You could possibly see elephants, lions, spotted hyenas, leopards and hippos grazing. Have a late breakfast at Mweya Safari Lodge and then proceed to Kampala taking Kasese-Fort Portal Road. Arrive in Kampala in the evening where you will have a wonderful dinner and over night as you reflect on the concluded exciting trip.
Day 4: Airport Transfer.
You will be picked by our driver for Air port transfer.
River Nile Water Rafting and Chimpanzee Treakking.
Day 1: Uganda Travel to Jinja
You will start your journey to Jinja after breakfast in Kampala. You will drive through Mukono. You will have a brief visit to Ssezibwa Falls in Mukono and admire natural beauty and the wonders of the area. Spend about two hours there and proceed to Jinja going through the thick Mabira Forest along the way. Check in at Jinja Nile Resort or Hotel triangle, take lunch and visit the source of the Nile and then go for a horse ride before retiring to your hotel for overnight and dinner.
Day 2 Rafting Safaris / Source of the Nile tour
You will raft the whole day. You will visit the Bujagali falls as well. After rafting, return to Kampala for overnight and dinner at Hotel Africana, Sheraton, Serena or Grand Imperial Hotel.
Day 3: Visit Ngamba Island, the Home of Chimpanzees
You will move to Ngamba Island for a motivating watching of the chimpanzees. Ngamba Island, a Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) in Lake Victoria, was established as a combined national and international initiative and an internationally recognized collaborative conservation effort, aimed at developing and implementing a long-standing strategy for the conservation of chimpanzees and their surroundings. The island is a home to 40 orphaned chimpanzees which are an endangered species found in forests and 20 of which have been brought to the island since when the sanctuary opened. Have your overnight on Ngamba Island in the well-organized tented accommodation.
Day 4: Viewing Chimpanzees in Ngamba Island
Take breakfast and start a forest walk on the island with the chimpanzees. After the walk you will sail to the main lake shores in Entebbe from where you will be driven to a hotel in Entebbe or Kampala for your lunch.
Day 5: Airport Transfer for a flight back home
End of Uganda the trip
This Holiday Tour lasting 14 Days takes you to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo National Parks
Day1: Airport Transfer to Kampala
Our representative picks at Entebbe International Airport and transfers you to a hotel either in Entebbe or Kampala. Hotel options in Entebbe include Entebbe Resort, Imperial Botanical hotel, Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel whereas in Kampala, there are a variety of options ie Hotel Africana, Serena, Sheraton and Grand Imperial Hotel.
Day 2: Kampala to Murchison Falls
After breakfast, start your long journey to Murchison Falls National Park, you may pass by Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola for Rhino viewing. Stop at Masindi town for lunch. Arrive at the park in the evening and use the remaining hours of the day by visiting the captivating top of Murchison falls. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge, Sambiya River Lodge or Red Chili Camp.
Day 3: Wildlife viewing in Murchison Falls
Take breakfast and enjoy a morning game drive. Have lunch at the lodge and utilize the afternoon for a boat cruise on River Nile up to bottom of the falls as you watch giraffes, lions, elephants and crowds of hippos plus a diversity of bird species including the shoebill. Overnight and dinner at the lodge.
Day 4: Set off for Kibale National Park
Drive to Fort Portal and connect to Kibale Primate Park. Arrive in the evening and check in either at Ndali Lodge, Fort Motel, Rwenzori View Guest House, Toro Resort or Bandas for a wonderful overnight and dinner.
Day 5: Chimpanzee primate tracking
Enjoy chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park. Have lunch and visit Bigodi Swamp Eco site sanctuary for more primate watching and birding. Overnight and dinner the hotel or lodge.
Day 6: Drive to Semuliki National park
Have your breakfast and leave Kibale to Semuliki National park, view the beautiful Rwenzori Mountains, the hot springs and the pygmies. Enjoy the night game drive looking for the rare species like leopard and other nocturnal animals. Overnight and dinner at the Luxury Semliki Lodge.
Day 7: Semuliki to Queen Elizabeth National park
Start the day with a morning game drive and nature walk. After the game drive, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and check in at Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology or Mweya Hostel for overnight.
Day 8: Game viewing boat/launch cruise on kazinga Channel
After breakfast, have a game drive and after lunch in the afternoon, take a boat sail on Kazinga Channel looking for a diversity of game and birds. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana safari Lodge.
Day 9: Primate Walk to Bwindi
After breakfast do Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge, if at the time of your booking, the chimp permit was available. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest camp, Gorilla Resort lodge, Kitandara Tented Camp, Buhoma Homestead or Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day11: Face to face with Gorillas
It is a wonderful day for gorilla tracking. Tracking of gorillas lasts between 2 to 8 hours depending on their movements. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest camp, Gorilla Resort lodge, Kitandara Tented camp, Buhoma Homestead or Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day12: Bwindi to Lake Mburo, enjoya launch Cruise,
After breakfast drive to Lake Mburo National Parks. Arrive in the lunch hours, check in at Mantana tented camp, Mihingo lodge, Rwonyo camp or Lake Victoria Hotel in Mbarara Town. After lunch at any of the above accommodations, take an afternoon boat ride on Lake Mburo during which, you will see a variety of animals and birds.
Day 13: Game Drive, Nature Walk
After breakfast, head for game drive in Lake Mburo National Park which is an extension of the Tanzanian plains with a variety of attractions; make a stopover for a lunch en-route. Move on with the game drive en-route in search of zebra, eland antelope, hippos, crocodiles, impala and birds. After lunch have guided walks around the park. Overnight at Mantana tented camp, Mihingo lodge or Rwonyo camp.
Day 14: Game Drive and return to Kampala
You start the day with an early breakfast, then a game drive through the park, and return to Kampala at your own convenience. Lunch en-route; make a stopover at Mpambire and Uganda Equator for a photo session and traditional handcraft shopping. Arrive in Kampala in the after and retire to you booked hotel.
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