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Uganda itinerary

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This itinerary ensures that you will see all the best that Uganda has to offer, both in wildlife and scenery.  It also gives you the chance to see the endangered and rare mountain gorillas.

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Uganda

Day 1:     Kampala

Day 3:     Murchison Falls National Park

Day 5:     Kibale

Day 6:     Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9:     Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 11:    Lake Bunyonyi

Day 13:    Lake Victoria

Day 15:    Depart Uganda

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The lesser known of East Africa’s countries, Uganda has a diverse offering in wildlife, scenery and experiences. Where else can you plan to see gorillas in their mountain homelands, watch chimpanzees range through the trees in search of fruit and anything else, see the Big 5 in classic African panorama and finish with a few days on a beach on Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria.

Day 1: Kampala

Take time to explore this lake side city and perhaps take a trip out to Mabamba Swamp for some seriously good bird watching. Amongst the highlights would be a good sighting of the incredible shoebill bird with its large flattened beak.

Two nights Kampala

Day 3: Murchison Falls

Next stop is Murchison Falls National Park where the River Nile is compressed from 47 metres wide to squeeze through 6 metre canyon and drop 40 metres making for a powerful view. This Park has all of the main plains animals and some unusual ones such as oribi and Rothschild giraffe. Join traditional game drives and then take a boat cruise to the foot of the Falls known as the Devil’s Cauldron. Going in the late afternoon ensures you will see all the wildlife coming down for their evening drink. Plenty of crocs and hippo to see along the way and over 450 species of bird are found here.

Two nights Murchison Falls National Park

Day 5: Kibale

Your drive takes you along the western rim of the Rift Valley and then to the Kibale Forest National Park. Here you will be guided by the expert trackers/rangers of the Park through the forest looking for the troops of chimps hunting through the trees. There are plenty of other monkeys to be found here, such as the red tailed monkey and grey cheeked Mangabey.

One night Kibale

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive on into the Queen Elizabeth National Park and have a game drive looking for giant Forest Hogs on your way to camp. Here you have the conventional game drives looking for the usual plains game and their predators, most notably lion that climb in to the trees. Then take to a boat on the Kazinga Channel home to what is considered the largest number of hippo in Africa. Take a guided walk to the Blue Lake and the caves nearby which is home to millions of bats which in turn feed many python.

Three nights Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Enjoy a game drive as you leave the Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you will meet the Batwa people who live here. Here you will receive briefing from the Park staff before your guide takes you through the forest to seek out the gorilla family that live here. You will have an hour with these gentle giants before returning to the lodge.

Two nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi

Last tour through the forest before heading to Lake Bunyonyi where you can cruise out to Punishment Island where in past days unmarried pregnant girls where abandoned as punishment for conceiving before marriage. Relax in this beautiful location.

Two nights Lake Bunyonyi

 

Day 13: Lake Victoria

Back to Lake Victoria and a boat transfer to one of the islands on the Lake for some time to relax on a beach.

Two nights Lake Victoria

 

Day 15: Depart Uganda

Leave Uganda today for the onward or homeward journey.

Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

Uganda

Picture courtesy of Bethan Evans

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Being so close to a family of gorillas, who have accepted you as part of the day, and watching their family interactions. Magical, and worth the climb through the forest even in the wet.

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Yukon Highlights

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In this self-drive itinerary we introduce you to the fascinating land that is Canada’s Yukon before dipping into Alaska’s south-west corner.

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Yukon Highlights

Day 1: Vancouver
Day 2: Whitehorse
Day 4: Dawson City
Day 6: Beaver Creek
Day 7: Haines Junction
Day 8: Haines
Day 10: Skagway
Day 11: Johnson’s Crossing
Day 13 : Whitehorse
Day 14: Depart Whitehorse

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Day 1: Vancouver
Fly to Vancouver, British Columbia for an overnight stay to explore the many attractions of this vibrant city.
One night Vancouver

Day 2: Whitehorse
Fly to Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse. Explore the many attractions including great museums, fine dining, a hot springs and great shopping. Visit the S.S Klondike, the largest sternwheeler to ply the Yukon River and a Parks Canada National Historic Site. Take a trip to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve to watch and photograph the wildlife in their natural preserve – including woodland caribou, moose, elk and Dall’s sheep amongst others.
Two nights Whitehorse

Day 4: Dawson City
Collect your hire car this morning and drive to Dawson City, a vibrant mining, cultural and tourism centre, and the home of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, and today a National Historic Site. Explore the Klondike goldfields to get a taste of the gold fever that gripped North America a century ago, pan for gold on Bonanza Creek – where the gold was originally discovered back in 1896 – at the free claim owned by the Klondike Visitors Association. And – if you’re feeling lucky – visit Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall and try your luck at roulette or blackjack.
Two nights Dawson City

Day 6: Beaver Creek
A full day’s drive today – a free ferry takes you across the Yukon River to the winding, scenic ‘Top of the World’ Highway. This ridge-top road crosses into Alaska and joins the Taylor Highway before joining up with the Alaska Highway at Tetlin Junction.
One night Beaver Creek

Day 7: Haines Junction
Leave Beaver Creek today, crossing the White River – named after the milky sediments it carries – past the Kluane Wilderness Village and Burwash Landing – a small first Nation Community on the shores of the Kluane Lake.
One night Haines Junction

Day 8: Haines
Travel down into Alaska today to your next destination – Haines – situated at the northern end of America’s longest fjord, sharing a border with 20 million acres of protected wilderness. Haines is a picturesque fishing village located on a finger of land between the Chilkat and Chilkoot inlets on the Lynn Canal.
Two nights Haines

Day 10: Skagway
Travel on the Alaska Marine Highway today for the 1-hour journey to Skagway. This is the State run ferry service that provides a much needed link with the outside world to many communities otherwise cut off the rest of the world.
One night Skagway

Day 11: Johnson’s Crossing
Your journey takes you back into the Yukon today – crossing the Teslin River on route to your next stop at Johnson’s Crossing, in the Southern Lakes region.
Two nights Johnson’s Crossing

Day 13 : Whitehorse
Today’s drive will take you back to the capital city.
One night Whitehorse

Day 14: Depart Whitehorse

All photographs by kind permission Yukon Tourism

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For hen lovers, the long drive between Dawson City and Beaver Creek (nearly 9 hours) may be a step too far, however, you could break the journey at Chicken, Alaska, population in single digits and limited accommodation – but would be great to get the t-shirt!!

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The Grand Circle

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Canyons and National Parks make up this Grand Circle itinerary. For keen photographers, make sure you include a trip to Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell.

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The Grand Circle

For many, a visit to the Grand Canyon is a must – in our opinion, the wow factor of the Grand Canyon is even greater if you have first seen some of the smaller canyons that together feed the Colorado River.  It is the might of this river that has forged the spectacle of the Grand Canyon that we see today.

Day 1: Las Vegas
Day 3: Zion National Park
Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 6: Capitol Reef National Park
Day 7: Moab
Day 9: Ouray
Day 10: Mesa Verde National Park
Day 12: Monument Valley
Day 13: Lake Powell
Day 15: Grand Canyon
Day 17: Las Vegas
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This itinerary starts with the glitz of Las Vegas, continuing through several of the smaller canyons and National Parks that together make up the area known as the Grand Circle.  Quite apart from the immense scenery that this itinerary offers, for keen geographers and geologists, this area shows just how great an influence river systems have – the Grand Canyon is the result!

Day 1: Las Vegas
Direct flight from London to Las Vegas. Two nights here to relax after your flights, with the opportunity to experience the buzz of this crazy city.
Las Vegas 2 nights

Day 3: Zion National Park
Pick up your hire car and drive to Zion National Park – famed for its towering sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, seeping springs, waterfalls, scenic vistas and emerald pools. The hiking here is simply spectacular – with trails to suit all levels of fitness.
Zion National Park 2 nights

Day 5: Bryce Canyon National Park
Short but spectacular drive to Bryce Canyon; famous for its unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Eerie hoodoos are on display here – hiking and horseback trails wind through the maze of canyons.
Bryce Canyon 1 night

Day 6: Capitol Reef National Park
Drive along scenic Highway 12 which winds spectacularly through this part of Utah. With a diverse range of beautiful landscapes, there are dozens of photo opportunities along the way including Kodachrome Basin, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the Anasazi Indian State Park. Overnight at Capitol Reef National Park, taking time to explore the canyons, domes, petroglyphs and orchards of this lesser known Park.
Capitol Reef 1 night

Day 7: Moab
And on to Moab, considered by many to be the adventure capital of the West; mountain biking, hiking, horse-riding and river trips through the red rock canyons are on offer here. Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Park, make this a wonderful destination.
Moab 2 nights

Day 9: Ouray
Into Colorado and an overnight stop in the quaint town of Ouray, in the heart of the Rockies – the mountains forming a beautiful and spectacular backdrop.
Ouray 1 night

Day 10: Mesa Verde National Park
Down through Silverton and Durango then on to the remarkable hidden gem that is Mesa Verde National Park. This world heritage site is an amazing place to explore: home to Ancestral Puebloans, many of the best preserved buildings were built high on the cliff walls, well protected from the elements.
Mesa Verde 2 nights
If time allows you may consider adding in a night at the magical Canyon de Chelly where the Navajo still farm and raise sheep on lands once populated by the Puebloans.

Day 12: Monument Valley
On to Monument Valley (stopping en route at the Four Corners National Monument where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet). For a unique experience, join an overnight tour into the heart of the area, staying in a traditional Navajo Hogan dwelling. Your tour includes a sunset or sunrise jeep tour, a Navajo style dinner, entertainment around a camp fire with the opportunity to learn about the history and traditions of the Navajo people.

Monument Valley 1 night

Day 13: Lake Powell
Drive to Lake Powell, formed by the damming of the Colorado River at Glen Canyon – a place for relaxation and peace, as well as a centre for a multitude of adventure activities. Take a cruise into some of the Lake’s intriguing canyons, take a float trip down the Colorado River (to the start of the Grand Canyon), explore the weird and wonderful Antelope Canyon, a must for photographers…
Lake Powell 2 nights

Day 15: Grand Canyon
Drive to the Grand Canyon, making sure that you arrive in time to catch the view at sunset and sunrise when the light is at its best. Take a thrilling flight over the canyon by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.
Grand Canyon 2 nights

Day 17: Vegas
Complete the circle with a drive along a section of historic Route 66 back to Vegas in preparation for your direct flights home.
Or why not consider adding a couple of nights in the lovely town of Sedona, a perfect place to relax at the end of your trip. Then down to Phoenix for your direct flights back to the UK.

      

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Its difficult to pick the best part of this itinerary – it rather depends on your perspective.  For keen photographers, make sure you include a trip to Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell.

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