10-days tour kibale ,queen.....

                                               

    THE PEARL OF AFRICA TOURISM EXPO (POATE 2017)

FAM TRIP ITINERARY

 

 

 

                                               GROUP 1: POATE 2017 FAM TRIP

                                                     Best of the Pearl

 

 

 

Tour duration: 10 Days


Destinations visited: Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth & Bwindi National Parks and the mighty River Nile.

Encounter chimps, gorillas & other primates on this tour through Savannah plains and West African jungles as you navigate Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Parks.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: 6/Feb. Arrival hosted buyers.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, meet & greet with an Aba Global Tours & Travel representative and thereafter transfer to Entebbe.

Overnight at Protea Hotel Entebbe.

 

Day 2: 7/Feb. Domestic flight to Kisoro + Batwa cultural excursion.

An early start sees you off to the airport to catch your domestic flight to Kisoro Airstrip, the gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will be met by a representative and driven through the countryside to your Batwa trail start off point.

Despite its rather forbidding name, Bwindi is a tropical forest wonderland. The landscape changes dramatically: Bwindi is a place of steep hillsides, dense jungle and towering trees.

Soak up the Kisoro scenery & Batwa/pygmy culture: Spend half of your first day trailing with the displaced Batwa pygmies who’ll share their amazing heritage and traditions with the world. Enjoy an incredible day hike in the Mgahinga rain forest with Batwa guides, see how the pygmies lived and hunted for hundreds of years in the forests, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for other colourful rainforest inhabitants and birds.

Overnight at Clouds Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp/Ruhija Safari Lodge

 

Day 3: 8/Feb. Gorilla trekking!!!

After a hearty breakfast to fuel you for your trek, you will set out in the early morning to find the gorillas. The going can be hard as the mountains are steep, the air humid and the vegetation dense. But the exertion is all worth it when you finally reach a group of gorillas eating, grooming, playing or napping. Their behavior is so familiar that you may feel like you have known them all your life; it is an inspiring and privileged moment to see these highly endangered creatures in the wild.

Once back at the lodge, you will no doubt appreciate a relaxing afternoon as you reflect on the day’s events

Overnight at Clouds Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp/Ruhija Safari Lodge

 

Day 4: 9/Feb. To Queen Elizabeth National Park

You drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley of Ishasha plains; be on the lookout for a pride of tree-climbing lions that have made an old fig their regular ‘hangout’.
Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

 

Day 5: 10/Feb. Game Drive + Boat Safari

Your day here starts early as you set off in the cool of the morning to look for game like lion; elephants, buffaloes, Ugandan kob and antelope on the Kasenyi plains while the dense thickets of the Mweya peninsula is the ideal hiding spot for notoriously shy leopard.

In the afternoon, you will cruise the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes George and Edward. One of the continent’s densest concentrations of hippo lives here, as well as large numbers of elephants, crocodiles and water birds like African fish eagles and pelicans.

Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

 

Day 6: 11/Feb. To Kibale forest – Africa’s Primate Capital!!

Today you embark on a Safari route that traces through small villages, picturesque green tea plantations and beautiful landscapes of numerous crater lakes of volcanic origin. Proceed to Kibale forest- home of great apes!

 

Kibale Forest boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins- the Chimpanzees. At this moment, in Uganda, there are approximately 4,950 Chimps left in the wild, which makes this forest a perfect and best place to spot chimpanzees in Africa! During the excursion, your ranger will point out the other species living in the forest, including birds, flora and fauna.

Of course, the stars of the show are chimpanzees and nine other species of primate. Smaller than their gorilla cousins but no less charming, intelligent or expressive, chimp families can cover vast distances and the trek in Kibale forest to find them will be filled all sorts of enchanting encounters. Other activities in this region include: Bigodi swamp walk, tour of Sempaya hot springs & Amabere Ga’ Nyinamwiru.

Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge/Crater Safari Lodge/Primate lodge.

 

Day 7: 12/Feb. Transfer to Kampala.

Overnight at Kampala Serena/Kampala Sheraton/Protea Hotel.

 

Day 8: 13/Feb. To Jinja/ Zip line in Mabira forest

Make your way to the second largest town- Uganda’s adrenaline pumping capital and the colonial manufacturing hub, Jinja. In Jinja the Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea.

 

En-route, enjoy an exhilarating canopy Super Sky way in the Mabira Forest- the biggest remaining tropical forest in Central Uganda. Experiencing the Mabira Forest canopy just makes you behave like monkeys! The Mabira Forest Canopy Super Skyway is a canopy "zip-line" system that sends you soaring between the tallest trees in the rainforest.

Overnight at Wildwaters Lodge/Jinja Nile Resort/Haven Lodge.

 

Day 9. 14/Feb: Activities in Jinja. (White water rafting/ kayaking/ Quad Biking/ Bungee jumping/ Horse riding/ Sunset cruise on the Nile) You’ll choose from a variety of adrenaline pumping activities on the Nile. Later in the evening, enjoy a sundowner cruise as you watch the sun set on the mighty Nile- the longest River in the world.

Overnight at Wildwaters Lodge/Jinja Nile Resort/Haven Lodge.

 

Day 10: 15/Feb. Tour of the Source of the Nile/Afternoon return to Kampala.

Explore the Source of the Mighty Nile by boat before returning to Kampala. The birdlife on some islands on the Nile is prolific. Look out for the slithery monitor lizards as they bask in the sun on some of the small islands. 

Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel/Kampala Sheraton Hotel/Protea Hotel Kampala.

 

Day 11: 16/Feb. Site inspection/ Evening cultural performance at Ndere Centre.

Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel/Kampala Sheraton Hotel/Protea Hotel Kampala.

 

Day 12: 17/Feb. POATE kicks off/Evening Official opening of POATE/Networking cocktail.

Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel/Kampala Sheraton Hotel/Protea Hotel Kampala.

 

Day 13: 18/Feb. POATE B2B meetings/ Evening sunset cruise on L. Victoria.

Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel/Kampala Sheraton Hotel/Protea Hotel Kampala.

 

Day 14: 19 /Feb. POATE final day/ Evening Tourism awards/farewell hosted buyers.

Overnight at Kampala Serena Hotel/Kampala Sheraton Hotel/Protea Hotel Kampala.

 

Day 15: 20/Feb. Hosted Buyer’s departure

 

 

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