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All about the Uganda Safari.

6 Days Uganda Safari

Highlights

Destinations: Entebbe, Queen Elizabeth, Ishasha, Bwindi

Activities: Game drives, boat ride, chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla trekking.

Uganda, “The Pearl of Africa” As a tourism destination, Uganda is blessed with natural advantages. Located at the heart of Africa, the country is rich in wildlife, nature, culture, heritage and history. Its biological and cultural diversity is unmatched for a country the size of Great Britain or the US state of Oregon.

Eleven per cent of all birds in the world can be found in Uganda. In fact, Uganda has more species of birds per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world. It is a bird’s haven for bird enthusiasts.

Uganda is the home of the world’s largest population of gorillas and other primates as well as a range of other wildlife including the Big Five, reptiles and over 1,000 species of birds (50 percent of Africa’s birds and butterfly species).

With almost 40 percent of its land mass is covered by water, rivers and wetlands, it is little wonder that Uganda is home to the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river. Temperatures all year round average 25-30c.

And for those who like to socialize, this is the land of some of the friendliest people anywhere. Kampala is known for its entertainment earning it the title entertainment capital of East Africa.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation in all the mentioned lodges for both options.
  • An experienced English speaking Safari Guide
  • Transportation in 4*4 safari Vehicle with a pop up roof.
  • Fuel, transportation and meals as indicated on respective days.
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary.
  • One Gorilla trekking permit per person.
  • All Entrance Fees and relevant government Tax.
  • Mineral Water on the entire Safari.
  • Administration fees.

 

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • International, regional and local Airfares.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
  • Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low-cost group rates.
  1. Day1 Day 1: Arrival in Uganda, optional activities in Entebbe Town.

    Today you will arrive at Entebbe airport and you will be received and transferred to the lodge by our safari guide. You will relax at the lodge or choose to do optional activities depending on your time of arrival. These optional activities include; a city tour, visit to the fishing village, biking, visit to the zoo or a half day visit to Ngamba islands. Entebbe was the colonialists’ administrative center and has many buildings that date over half a century ago. The name Entebbe means “the chair” in Luganda, which is the local language of the area. You may also choose to visit Entebbe botanical gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Entebbe Zoo).

    Accommodation             

    Budget: Acacia Beach Hotel (http://acaciabeachentebbe.com/)

    Medium:             Lake Heights Hotel (http://lakeheightshotel.com/LakeHeights/Index.aspx)

    High End:             Hotel No. 5 (https://www.wildfrontiers.com/hotel-no-5/)

    Meal plan:          B, -, –

  2. Day2 Day 2: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park; evening game drive

    After an early breakfast, you will start your journey to Queen Elizabeth National park. Enjoy the long drive through the green countryside and many photo opportunities. You will also stop at the equator along the way. Upon arrival in the park, you will take an evening game drive to explore the park. Enjoy the search for Lions, Leopards, Buffalo, Elephants, Antelopes, Hyenas, Baboons and a host of bird species in the savannah. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to explore.

    Accommodation

    Budget: Buffalo safari Lodge (www.savannahlodges.com)

    Medium:             Marafiki Lodge (http://www.marafikisafaris.com/accommodation.html)

    High End:             Mweya Lodge (https://mweyalodge.com/)

    Meal plan:          B, L, D

  3. Day3 Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and afternoon boat ride

    After an early breakfast you will drive to Kyambura gorge overlooking the Great Rift Valley for chimpanzees in the forested part of Queen Elizabeth national park. This are is a favorite for primates most especially the large populations of Chimpanzee. The walk will be led and guarded by rangers who will give you more information about the primates. Along the way you may encounter other Apes like Monkeys, Buffaloes, Antelopes and many birds’ species. After tracking you will return to the main part of the park for lunch and afterwards you will take an afternoon boat ride on Kazinga channel where you will be able to watch animals quench their afternoon thirst. In the evening you will relax at your accommodation.

    Accommodation

    Budget: Buffalo safari Lodge (www.savannahlodges.com)

    Medium:             Marafiki Lodge (http://www.marafikisafaris.com/accommodation.html)

    High End:             Mweya Lodge (https://mweyalodge.com/)

    Meal plan:          B, L, D

  4. Day4 Day 4: Drive to Bwindi NP via Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth

    After breakfast you will drive to Ishasha Area of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will have a game drive in search of the famous tree climbing lions and large herds of animals. The scenic beauty, the size of the euphorbias and combination of riverine forest, Savannah plain and equatorial forest makes this a memorable place, only found in Africa. You will be assisted by a ranger guide to track the big cats. Afterwards you will proceed to Bwindi NP passing through the picturesque countryside. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is an ultra-thick jungle that is home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.

    Accommodation:            

    Budget: Gorilla Valley Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/gorilla-valley-lodge/)

    Medium:             Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (http://ichumbigorillalodge.com/)

    High End:             Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge (https://www.mountaingorillalodge.com/)

    Meal plan:          B, L, D

  5. Day5 Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

    Begin your gorilla trek in the early morning, and set off into the tangled and mist-shrouded forests with guides and trackers who are very experienced at locating the Gorillas by finding the nest the family had used the previous night. The search for these majestic animals goes through thick untamed rainforest, where you’ll be scrambling over mossy rocks and through deep undergrowth and it can be arduous at times, but the encounter is worth the effort. Watching Gorillas in their natural habitat is a memory that will last a lifetime.

    The experienced ranger guides will willingly share with you a lot of information about history and lifestyle of the Gorillas. After spending an hour with the gorillas we head back to the lodge and relax.

    Accommodation:            

    Budget: Gorilla Valley Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/gorilla-valley-lodge/)

    Medium:             Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (http://ichumbigorillalodge.com/)

    High End:             Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge (https://www.mountaingorillalodge.com/)

    Meal plan:          B, L, D

     

  6. Day6 Day 6: Return to Entebbe, departure

    After an early breakfast, you will start you long return journey to Entebbe airport by road. Enjoy the beautiful view of “The Switzerland of Uganda” along the way. You will arrive in Entebbe in the evening and check in for your departure flight back home. An option of a flight from Kisoro to Entebbe is also available at a surcharge.

    Meal plan: B, L, _

  • Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour.
  • Minimum Gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  • Minimum Chimpanzee tracking age is 15 years
  • Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  • While possession of a Gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the Gorillas, the quality of the Gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed.
  • Maximum time allowed with the Gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour.
  • Rain poncho (lightweight)
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Leather gardening -type gloves
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by you either from your home town or Kampala.
  • Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from your home town or Kampala.

 

Kindly note that to book Gorilla permits is subject to availability and payment. For cases of lack of availability in a requested Gorilla group, we shall suggest an alternative and communicate any changes in the program.

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