Masaba Explorer in UGANDA
Duration: 12 days

Dates:28th of December 2018 – 8th of January 2019
Number of participants:minimum 8 participants – max. 12 participants
For additional information you can write to Yasmine and Tim at the following email address: info@timtraveltours.com


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wonderful wildlife safaris, to see lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos and rhinos
  • Murchison Falls National Park: river cruise to see hippos and crocodiles
  • Masaba Coffee activities, visiting the plantations in the region of Mount Elgon
  • Sipi Falls: trekking
  • Bunyonyi lake: one of the most beautiful lakes of Africa, with its many islands
  • Gorilla trekking (optional)
  • Cultural local experience with people and visit of local markets
  • INCLUDES A MASABA COFFEE GUIDE FROM MILANO (MR. JEAN-CLAUDE LUVINI)

The Masaba Explorer trip was born from the request of the friends of Masaba Coffee to visit the places where the project of this coffee originated. We will begin the adventure right from the Mount Elgon region ("Masaba" in the local language), with visits to the washing stations and knowledge of the farmers who grow Masaba coffee.

Itinerary

Day 1 – 28th DEC 2018

International flight from Milano Malpensa to Entebbe in the morning. Night on board.

Day 2 – 29th DEC 2018

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by our local representatives.

Later after the brief we will head straight to Mbale. Lunch enroute, arriving in the evening.

Check in to your accommodation. Refreshments will be served. Later have dinner and overnight at Mount Elgon Hotel & Spa - Mbale. Lunch and dinner are inclusive.

Day 3 – 30th DEC 2018

MASABA COFFEE ACTIVITIES , planned by Jean-Claude Luvini and the local staff.

Overnight at Mount Elgon Hotel & Spa Mbale. Full board

Day 4 – 31th DEC 2018

MASABA COFFEE ACTIVITIES , planned by Jean-Claude Luvini and the local staff.

Overnight at Mount Elgon Hotel & Spa Mbale. Full board

Day 5 – 01st JAN 2019

Sipi falls is truly a gem in the East. Waterfalls are a sight to behold. They have such a scenic beauty and the roaring sound of waters falling down a steep rock makes it all simply magnificent!! A tour of the falls is well worth a trip to eastern Uganda. Exploring the caves behind the falls is very exciting and one of the trails can take you to the top where you will be able to see the water from above. The aerial view of the falls is breathtaking! You then have your lunch at Sipi River Lodge. After which we will return to overnight in Mbale Mount Elgon Hotel & Spa Mbale. Full board.

Day 6 – 02nd JAN 2019

After an early breakfast depart for Murchison Falls National Park.
We will take the North West route through Soroti and Lira Towns. Lunch enroute.
Later we will proceed to arrive in Murchison Falls National park by evening. Check in to your accommoadation, refreshments, dinner and overnight at Fort Murchison Hotel. Full board

Day 7 – 03rd JAN 2019

After an early breakfast game drive begins at 7:00 a.m.
It is with in this park that the natural beauty of the Nile is perfected. You will come across herds of elephants, giraffes, antelopes, Uganda kobs, buffaloes, waterbucks, lions, and several bird species also the unusual saddle bill storks.
Be back in time for your lunch. In the afternoon take a 3 hour launch cruise to the bottom of the falls and you will come across pools of hippos, be meters away from the toothsome crocodile with his jaws wide open and lots of game coming down to the Nile for the afternoon refreshing.
Later get back to Lodge Dinner and Overnight at Fort Murchison Hotel. Full board

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Day 8 – 04th JAN 2019

After an early wake up call we will depart Murchison Falls National Park and head to the Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary. The guided short walk will lead you to the Rhinos, the experience and thrill of walking by the side of these animals in this impressive piece of wooded savanna, coming to take pictures from a few meters is an unforgettable experience.
The ranger will explain all the behaviors of these White Rhinos, and after 1 hour we will return to the vehicles and return to the main office and fill in your comments. After seeing the rhinos go for lunch after which we will proceed with the tour and drive back to Kampala. Arriving in the early evening, check in to your accommodation.
We will decide to have your dinner out in town after which you will return to your accommodation. Overnight at Casia Lodge – Kampala. Full board

Day 9 – 05th JAN 2019

After breakfast we will proceed to Lake Bunyonyi. This morning, we will depart Kampala and head Southwards Uganda. Stop by the Uganda Equator for pictures and stretching after which we will proceed further South. We have lunch enroute and then arrive at Lake Bunyonyi by early evening.

Introduction: Lake Bunyonyi As its serpentine shape might suggest, is essentially a flooded valley system, extending Northwards from the Rwanda border over a distance of 25kms through the contours of the steep hills that separate Kabale and Kisoro. It is thought to have formed about 8,000 yrs ago, as a result of a lava flow from one of the Virunga Mountains, which blocked off the Ndego River at the present –day Muko to create a natural dam.

The lake has a total surface area of 60km sq, it lies at an altitude of of 1840m, known to be the deepest lake in Uganda and also the home of “otters & crayfish”. Also in its favor is the high altitude location which ensures a moderate climate and relatively low incidence of malaria and often becoming quite chilly at night. Bilharzia is reliably reported to be absent from the lake, as are crocodiles and hippos, which means that swimming is very safe. Active travelers are catered for, with motorized canoes that will take you to visit the several Islands of this lake and also visit the Pigmy tribe of this area. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge. Full board

Day 10 – 06th JAN 2019

For those who want to organize the daily extension to the Bwindi National Park with the Trekking with observation of the Mountain Gorillas must know that the minimum number of participants for this excursion is 2 people, that the park is 2 hours drive from the lake and that the permits for the Gorillas must be booked well in advance and that there may be the possibility that these dates are already sold out. The surcharge per person including the permit (600 USD), accompanying guide and extra fuel is 700 CHF

The others will have breakfast at leisure, then after you will slope down to the lake and begin with the day’s activities. Take the Motorized boats and visit the neighboring Islands and also see the pigmy tribe that lives around this area. Later return for lunch. After lunch take the afternoon activity on the lake, you can take yourself canoeing or take a swim in this very fresh and clean waters of Lake Bunyonyi or just bask in the sun at the waters edge. Later you will return to the Lodge for evening refreshments. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Lodge. Full board

Day 11 – 07th JAN 2019

After breakfast we will depart from this beautiful part of the world and transfer you back to Entebbe. We will have a lunch stop at the Uganda Equator as well as buying souvenirs. Then we will proceed to transfer and check in at Entebbe Airport connect to your home bound flight. Turkish international flight leaves from Entebbe at 04h55. Entebbe accommodation included to rest, take a shower and a short sleep. Transfer to the airport in the early morning of 06.01.

Day 12 – 08th JAN 2019

Arrival at Milano Malpensa in the early afternoon. End of the trip.

Price per person based on 8 participants: 3’290.00 CHF

*This price doesn't include flights, visas and airport taxes, in total approximately 1'100 CHF (maximum 1'300 CHF)

**Single room surcharge: 530 CHF

***Surcharge for optional day on 4th of January for the Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi National Park: 700 CHF person (min. 4 participants)

Price subject to change in exchange between USD and CHF

Starting from 8 participants you will travel with 2 4x4 jeeps.

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