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Uganda - The complete safari experience

  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Nile cruise and game drives
  • Chimpanzee Trekking, Kibale Forest
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kazinga Channel cruise
  • Gorilla Trekking, Bwindi Forest

Overview

Uganda truly offers the complete safari experience. On this 11-day tour, from 08 to 18 June 2018, visit the Murchison Falls National Park where you will enjoy game drives and views of the falls. From here travel to the Kibale Forest in search of chimpanzees. A swamp walk, game drives in the Queen Elizabeth National Park and a cruise on the Kazinga Channel rounds out your experience. End the tour with a gorilla trek in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Arrive at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. You will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Check-in and dinner at the Boma Guest House.

Overnight: The Boma Entebbe or similar (dinner)

Day 2: Entebbe to Murchison (approx. 6 hours)

Today you will depart early after breakfast to Murchison Falls National Park. The park lies in north-western Uganda, spreading inland from the shore of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile. It is known for its wildlife which has partly recovered from a massacre by poachers and troops under Idi Amin’s regime. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest national park. It measures approximately 3,840 square kilometres.
Enjoy lunch en route at Masindi Township in a local restaurant. This afternoon you will visit the top falls before crossing the Nile on a ferry. Check-in at Paraa Safari lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

This morning there will be an early morning game drive before returning to the lodge for lunch. In Murchison Falls National Park there are four of the "Big Five": buffalos, elephants, lions and leopards. Due to excessive hunting and poaching, rhinos became extinct by 1983 in the park. White rhinos are now being bred again in the 7000 ha Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which is located 70 km south of the park.

During the afternoon enjoy a scenic boat trip to the base of the falls.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 4: Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest (approx. 8 hours)

Today we drive to Kibale Forest Reserve via Hoima and Fort Portal, through breath-taking landscapes that form the Albertine Western Rift Valley. It is quite a long drive (8 to 9 hours) on a very bad road, but we will have several stops to stretch our legs and to admire the verdant countryside, traditional homesteads and farms. We will have our packed/ picnic lunch along the way.
Check in at Primate Lodge in the Kibale Forest; relax for the rest of the evening.

Overnight: Primate Lodge or similar (breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner)

Day 5: Kibale

After breakfast you will enjoy a trek searching for the chimps and other primates.

Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale’s 795 km² contains one of the most beautiful and the most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is home to a number of forest wildlife species, most especially 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. You will return to the lodge for lunch and then there will be a guided walk in the Bigodi Swamp in the afternoon.

Overnight: Primate Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 6: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park (approx. 3½ hours)

After breakfast you will transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park with a short game drive en route. The Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different bird species and about 100 mammal species.

You will arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. After lunch there will be an afternoon game drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park covers an area of about 1978 km²; its position provides a magnificent view of the Rift Valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Lake George.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a morning game drive and lunch at the lodge, you will spend the rest of the afternoon on the Kazinga Channel. The Kazinga Channel is a wide, 32-kilometre long, natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and is a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 8: QENP to Bwindi Forest Reserve (approx. 5 hours)

After breakfast, collect packed lunches and drive to Maramagambo Forest for a guided walk. Thereafter, proceed cutting across Queen Elizabeth Park, exiting on the southern end, and drive to the Buhoma sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you will check in at your lodge, home for two nights.

Overnight: Engagi Bwindi Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve

Following an early breakfast, the group will be divided into two groups for the gorilla trek. The trek will be through rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. At times the walking can be tough and long, but when you catch your first glimpse of a magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be totally forgotten. There are no words to describe this visit to a “gorilla family home”. To sit in the forest close-up observing the family life of gorillas is mind blowing. Bwindi has five gorilla families residing in the wild.

Return to the resort in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Engagi Bwindi Lodge or similar (breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner)

Day 10: Bwindi Forest to Lake Mburo (approx. 6 hours)

This morning after an early breakfast you will depart for Lake Mburo with a game drive through the park. The park has a variety of animals such as zebra, impala, buffalo and over three hundred (300) bird species. At 260 square kilometres, the park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks.

Overnight: Mantana Lake Tented Camp or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 11: Lake Mburo to Entebbe (approx. 4 hours)

07:00 - Depart for Entebbe
12:00 - Arrive in Entebbe and transfer to the airport. Check-in for your return flight.

End of services

Dates

08 to 18 June 2018

Rates

Land Package:
(Based on a minimum group of 10 adults)
Per person sharing: USD 4,780.00
Single Supplement: USD 710.00

Gorilla permits (cost to be added to land package)
Per person: USD 600.00

Included

  • Arrival airport transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in standard rooms throughout on DBB in Entebbe and FB on safari
  • Exclusive transport in custom-made, 6-seater safari land cruiser, driven by a professional English-speaking driver/guide (s) 
  • Visit to the top of the falls on day 2 
  • Schedule shared waterfall cruise on day 3
  • Guided Bigodi swamp walk on day 5
  • Schedule shared boat cruise on day 7 (approx. 2 ½ hours)
  • Guided walk at the Maramagambo Forest 
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees and game drives as indicated 
  • Emergency medical evacuation by the flying doctors service (all hospital bills to be settled by client) 
  • Unlimited bottled mineral water in the safari vehicles

Excluded

  • International flights 
  • Any optional activity
  • Drinks not specified
  • Ugandan visas costs (approx. US$ 50 per person)
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, telephone and personal expenses
  • Gorilla permit (quoted separately)

GORILLA TRACKING NOTES:

  • Please ensure that you are fit. A good guideline is that you must be able to keep a steady pace for about 2 – 3 hours along a steep slope.
  • On your visit you will be taken to where the guides left the gorillas the day before. From there you will follow the gorillas’ trail to find them. You can spend between 3 and 10 hours walking in the forest in uneven terrain.
  • What to pack: a small backpack to carry sun screen, enough water, a hat, sun glasses, camera and/or video camera. The lodge will provide a picnic lunch, but also take your own energy bars or something sweet for extra energy.
  • The lodge provide walking sticks, but if you have your own bring it along.
  • If you have gaiters you are welcome to bring it, but don’t buy if you don’t have. Just bring long socks so that you can tuck your paints into the socks. It is a precaution against safari ants.
  • A long sleeved shirt is recommended to protect your arms against thorns and branches. Long pants are recommended as well as a pair of garden gloves to protect your hands.
  • It is also highly recommended that you make use of the services of a porter during the track.
  • Flash photography is not permitted. Ensure that you know how to disable your flash. When taking pictures, move slowly and carefully.