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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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Tasmania

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With over a third of Tasmania devoted to National Parks, it is great for exploring the great outdoors. The island offers many opportunities for self-drive itineraries, walking holidays along with many other outdoor activities.

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Tasmania

With over a third of Tasmania devoted to National Parks, this island offers many opportunities for self-drive itineraries, walking holidays and a number of other outdoor activities.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you plan enough time – there is plenty to see and do. Many people save Tasmania for a second or subsequent visit to Australia, but when you do do decide to visit, make sure you spent enough time here!

Day 1: Hobart
Day 4: Strahan
Day 7: Cradle Mountain
Day 10: Launceston
Day 12: Freycinet Peninsula
Day 15: Port Arthur
Day 17: Hobart

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With over a third of Tasmania devoted to National Parks, this island offers many opportunities for self-drive itineraries, walking holidays and a number of other outdoor activities.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you plan enough time – there is plenty to see and do.

Day 1: Hobart
Hobart, the capital city, is an intriguing blend of heritage, lifestyle, culture and scenery. The city is defined by the river, the sea and the surrounding peaks – Mt Wellington, occasionally seen with a sprinkle of snow, dominates. Explore both the city and surroundings; the nearby historic town of Richmond gives an eerie insight into the hardships of early Van Diemen’s Land convict life.
Hobart 3 Nights

Day 4: Strahan
Wind your way along the mighty Derwent River Valley. Beyond the towering Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park and the historic village of Hamilton is Lake St Clair, where pretty coves and beaches welcome weary bush walkers at the end of the Overland Track from Cradle Mountain. Drive the astonishing road to Mount Lyell and on to Queenstown, before dropping down into the town of Strahan. During your stay enjoy a performance of ‘The Ship That Never Was’ – the story of the last great escape from Sarah Island Penal Colony. Cruise Macquarie Harbour to the lower reaches of the mighty Gordon River. Visit Sarah Island. Take a trip on the West Coast Wilderness Railway which cuts through the rain-forested gorge of the King River.
Strahan 3 nights

Day 7: Cradle Mountain
The West Coast Wilderness Way now takes you north through Zeehan (take time to visit the Pioneer Folk Museum), Roseberry, Tullah and on to Cradle Mountain. Put on your hiking boots and try some of the many well marked trails.
Cradle Mountain 3 nights

If time allows you may consider taking time to explore the North Western coast along, the Great Nature Trail; explore Narawntapu National Park with its abundant wildlife including penguins, seals and platypus. Sample delicious local food and wine, straight from the farm. Continue west along the picturesque coast to Arthur’s River, known by the locals as the ‘Edge of the world’. Visit Dismal Swamp Maze and the sunken blackwood forest; other highlights include the historic village of Stanley and the dramatic landform of The Nut.

Day 10: Launceston
Continue on to historic Launceston, the perfect base for your exploration of the Tamar Valley Wine Route. Visit one of the many picturesque vineyards that produce Tasmania’s famous cool climate wines. Sample the region’s specialities at roadside wine centres and restaurants along the way.
Launceston 2 nights

Day 12: Freycinet Peninsula
Follow a route taking you through the vivid lavender and poppy fields around Scottsdale then on to the turquoise sea at St Helens. Hikers may want to add some time in The Bay of Fires Conservation Area, considered a gem of the Tasmanian coast line. Continue to the Freycinet Peninsula. Explore fishing villages, vineyards, National Parks and mountain gorges, to say nothing of Wineglass Bay. Take a ferry across to Maria Island, or if time allows, spend several days on an organised walking break on these little known Islands.
Freycinet Peninsula 3 nights

Day 15: Port Arthur
The final stop on your journey of discovery takes you to the historic town of Port Arthur, passing Eaglehawk Neck, where savage dogs once guarded the narrow isthmus from escaping convicts. The Port Arthur Historic Site is a fascinating journey through the lives of the convicts; lose yourself in the history that some here may prefer to forget. Join the ‘Historic Ghost Tour after Dark’ – if you dare!
Port Arthur 2 nights

Day 17: Hobart
Finally, return to Hobart from where you will leave this gem of an island.

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Mountain Lake St Clair National Park      Tas Cradle Mountain

Tas - wineglass bay - better one      Tasmanian Devil

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For truly stunning views of the Franklin River Valley and Frenchman’s Cap, take a short walk to Donaghys lookout in Tasmania’s west.  This easy 3 km, 40 minute return walk offers one of the best views into Tasmania’s western wilderness. The walk is located between the Franklin and Collingwood Rivers, 47 km from Queenstown or 35 km from Derwent Bridge

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The Province of Quebec

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So often overlooked, but in our opinion, a Canadian province that offers charm, sophistication and a huge welcome, to say nothing of gourmet meals, wildlife and an array of interesting places to stay.  Quebec offers some excellent skiing in the winter time and other winter activities as well.  Both Montreal and Quebec City are great choices for a shorter city break

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The Province of Quebec

Day 1: Montreal
Day 3: St Alexis des Monts
Day 6: Lac St Jean
Day 8: Chicoutimi
Day 9: Tadoussac
Day 10: Le Malbaie
Day 12: Quebec City
Day 14: Depart Quebec

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This vast area is home to over 7 million inhabitants, mainly clustered along the banksand floodplains of the mighty St Lawrence – the Eastern Townships and Gaspé Peninsular to the south, the Laurentians, Lac St Jean and the Saguenay Fjord to the north. This itinerary offers a taste of the Province to the self-drive traveller and as with all our itineraries can be adapted to suit you.

Day 1: Montreal
Fly to Montreal for a two night stay in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Two nights Montreal

Day 3: St Alexis des Monts
Drive to St Alexis des Monts for a stay on the shores of Lac Sacacomie.
Three nights St Alexis des Monts

Day 6: Lac St Jean
Drive north east where your destination is Lac St Jean. We suggest a two-night stay at Val Jalbert, a historic village once home to a thriving paper and pulp business, now lovingly restored. A cycle trail skirts the lake itself – the zoo at St Felicien is worth a visit. Discover the history & way of life of the Montagnais Ameridians through an exhibition & films at Pointe-Bleue. Visit the small Perron Cheddar Cheese factory in St Prime.
Two nights Lac St Jean

Day 8: Chicoutimi
Today, head into the Saguenay Fjord, and to the small town of Chicoutimi. A short distance away the Site de la Nouvelle-France was used as the film set for the movie ‘Black Robe’ and has now been transformed into a visitor attraction. Visit Quebec City as it was in the 1600’s and the house of its founder Samuel de Champlain. The Parc du Saguenay sits on the shore of the Riviere Saguenay, stretching from the banks of the estuary to Sainte Rose du Nord.
One night Chicoutimi

Day 9: Tadoussac
Down to the mouth of the fjord today, to Tadoussac where whale watching is the order of the day. Visit the Mammals Interpretation Centre where you can learn more on the fascinating way of life of the whales & play at being a Marine Biologist!
One night Tadoussac

Day 10: Le Malbaie
Follow a route west to the little town of La Malbaie for a two night stay. Charlevoix is famous for its local artisan food producers – follow the Flavour Trail and sample many of the local delights. Visit the Parc des Hautes Gorges, hire a bike and cycle through the Parc.
Two nights La Malbaie

Day 12: Quebec City
Return to Quebec City – stunning with its walled old city and historic significance, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the area of Petit Champlain, or take a ferry across the St Lawrence for stunning views of the city. Visit the Citadel and walk on the Dufferin Boardwalk for stunning views of the mighty St. Lawrence River or take a ride up to the top of the Observation tower.
Two nights Quebec City

Day 14: Depart Quebec

Cap Jaseaux

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Lac St Jean

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Quebec city credit C Parent yqb tourism

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Sacacomie

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The Province of Quebec

Nothing can be more beautiful than to awake to the sight of a pristine lake surrounded by wooded hills.  This is the view that awaits with a stay at one of our all time favourite properties – Hotel Sacacomie

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We had a fantastic time in Canada. We saw and experienced so much that I hardly know where to start. The hotels were top class (!) Highlights were the wildlife (bears, beavers and whales in the wild, plus the ones at the Biodome in Montreal), Quebec, the botanical gardens at Montreal (absolutely superb!). All the arrangements worked perfectly.

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