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Mandela Safari Holidays

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Mid Range

Tour Overview

SAVE USD 350 per person on Mandela Safari Holidays Uganda safari, which is packed with adventures. It begins with rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, before heading to the famous and beautiful Murchison Falls, then Kibale Forest for chimpanzee trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to a wealth of wildlife, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for an opportunity to get face to face with the endangered mountain gorillas, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you go golden monkey trekking and Lake Mburo National Park, with its large herds of zebras and impalas. On this trip, your legs will works – you will trek through the rain forests of Bwindi and Kibale as you search for big apes. Enjoy game drives as you look out for big game and birds as well as boat trips on to witness animals as they ease their thirst. All this and more in just 12 days. See you in Uganda!

Elephants Kazinga Channel
Elephants Mandela Safari Holidays
Gorilla Trekking Bwindi
Mandela Safari Holidays Car

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Lake Bunyonyi, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Hyena, Antelope, De Brazza’s Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, L'Hoest Monkey, Blue Monkey, Golden Monkey, Patas Monkey, Ugandan Kob, Hippo, Crocodile, Jackal, Rhino, Giraffe, Warthog, Red Colobus, Olive Baboon
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Optional Activities, Cultural Experience
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Entebbe, end in Entebbe
  • Minimum age:
    15

Price Per Person – USD

SPECIAL OFFER from USD 2,680 per person, two people traveling

SAVE USD 350
per person – normal price is USD 3,030 per person, two people traveling

What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 4WD safari vehicle (Landcruiser)
  • All accommodation & meals
  • Hiking to the top of the Murchison Falls
  • Gorilla permits (USD700 per person)
  • Chimpanzee permits (USD200 per person)
  • Golden monkey permit
  • All park entrance fees & game ranger fee
  • All game drives & boat trips
  • Bottled drinking water while on safari

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Rhino tracking
  • Porter for your forest treks
  • Drinks besides water provided in safari vehicle
  • Anything marked optional in the itinerary

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Mandela Safari Holidays
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Mandela Safari Holidays‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

On your arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be welcomed and picked up by your guide for transfer to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe to relax. On this day you will be briefed about your whole tour.

Meal plan – Dinner

Accommodation
Budget – Airport Guesthouse/Via Via Guesthouse 
Midrange – Malakai Eco Lodge

This morning you will be met by your safari guide. He will give you a short briefing about the whole tour and then you travel to Murchison Falls National Park. On the way, you have an option to do rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This is the only place to see rhinos in the wild in Uganda and where you track rhinos on foot under the guidance of an expert guide. We then continue to Murchison Falls National Park with a lunch stop and arrival will be in the afternoon. We check in to the lodge and relax.

Travel time – Approx 7 hrs

Meal Plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget –Hornbill Bush Lodge/Fort Murchison Camp

Midrange – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

Murchison Falls Boat Trip

After having breakfast, you have a morning game drive in search of giraffes, water bucks, elephants, warthogs, hyenas, leopards, oribis and so on. You then have lunch and get ready for the boat trip to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Expect to see hundreds of hippos bathing, crocodiles, warthogs, antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, lions, hyenas and many more. This park is also home to over 350 bird species. You are advised to wear a hat and insect repellent to avoid  insect bites. You will then hike with your guide to the top of the falls to see how the Victoria Nile plunges over 45 meters over the temnant rift valley wall thus creating the amazing Murchison Falls. You will also be able to see the rainbow that appears on the top of the falls no matter what time of the day. We then drive to our lodge to relax.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Fort Murchison Camp
Midrange – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

Wake up at leisure, have breakfast and then have a game drive in this magnificent park. Expect to check out of the park at before 10:00 am and then travel to Kibale Forest, the primate capital of the world. This is a kingdom that was built and lost on ivory due to the ivory trade in East Africa. Your guide will provide all the historical explanations about this. The forest is home to 13 primate species including the chimpanzee, blue monkeys, nocturnal portal, bush babies, and so on. It is also home to several species of butterflies. In the evening, you have an option to a walk in the Bigodi Wetlands giving you a opportunity to see several bird and primate species.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget – Kibale Forest Camp/Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Midrange – Turaco Tree Tops/Isunga Lodge

Wake up early for breakfast and then travel to Kyanyanchu Park head quarters where you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee tracking. You then enter the tropical rainforest as you search for man’s closest relatives; the chimpanzee. Having encountered them, enjoy a full hour observing their behavior and then return to your lodge to relax.

In the afternoon, you have an option to go for a Bigodi Swamp walk which might give you an opportunity to see some primate species including black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and so on. This is also a Ramsar site for bird watchers. Species to see include the African fish eagles, kingfishers, herons and so on.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation
Budget – Kibale Forest Camp/Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Midrange – Turaco Tree Tops/Isunga Lodge

Have breakfast and then embark on the road less travelled. Visit the Kasenda crater lakes on your way to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Common lakes include Lake Nkuruba, Lake Nyabikere, Lake Mubiro and others. Among these, the most visited are ones at the “top of the world”. Due to their scenic and romantic location they are commonly visited by the newlyweds. Drive to Queen Elizabeth and if time allows, we have an evening game drive around the Kasenyi area.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget – The Bush Lodge/Pumba Safari Cottages

Midrange –Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge/Parkview Safari Lodge

We wake up for an early breakfast and embark on a morning game drive around Kasenyi sector to search for the early risers. This sector is known as a mating ground for antelopes and therefore a hunting ground for predators such as lions and leopards.  The game drive lasts for 3 to 4 hrs and ends at the shores of Lake George. We then return to the lodge for a lunch break.

We are to have lunch on the Mweya peninsular and then a boat safari on the Kazinga channel in search for crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, water birds and more. This channel is a water stream that joins two lakes George and Edward and is known as a hippo paradise because it has the highest concentration of hippos in the world. We then drive to our safari lodge to relax.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget – The Bush Lodge/Pumba Safari Cottages

Midrange –Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge/ Parkview Safari Lodge

We eat breakfast and then travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Ishasha, south of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This place is famous for the rare tree climbing lions. Expect to see these cats lazying high in the fig trees. Continue to Bwindi Forest, a World Heritage site and home to more than half of the world’s only surviving mountain gorillas as well as other mammals. Arrival to your safari lodge will be in the early evening.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget –Mutanda Lake Resort (standard cottage)

Midrange -Mutanda Lake Resort (luxury cottage)

On this day, you wake up very early, move to the park headquarters for paperwork and then get briefed about gorilla trekking before entering the impenetrable forest. Be ready to walk for one to six hours depending on where you will find the gorillas. Having encountered them, you will be given a full hour to associate with them, an unforgettable experience. The mountain gorilla is the most powerful and muscular primate on earth. Expect to see more wildlife since the forest is home to other creatures including the black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest’s monkey, bushbucks, olive baboons, forest elephants, and many bird species. You will then be transferred back to your lodge to relax or visit a Batwa community. These are the original inhabitants of Bwindi forest.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget –Mutanda Lake Resort (standard cottage)

Midrange -Mutanda Lake Resort (luxury cottage)

Wake up early for breakfast and then travel to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Arrive in time for a briefing and then enter the forest to search for the rare golden monkeys. The trek will take anywhere from 45 minutes to six hours depending on where the monkeys will be on this day. Enjoy a full hour with the goldens and travel back to your lodge to relax. Your lodge is a resort on Lake Bunyonyi. This is Uganda’s deepest, Africa’s 2nd deepest lake and the world’s 3rd deepest lake. Relax and feel free to take part in a number of optional activities while here.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation
Budget – Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Midrange – Arcadia Lodges/Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Having had breakfast, travel to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s smallest savannah park, dominated by large herds of zebras and impalas. Other big game to see includes, the eland, buffaloes, waterbucks, topi and so on. Arrive in time for an evening game drive and later check in your lodge for overnight.

Meal plan – breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation
Budget – Eagles Nest Camp/Leopard Rest Camp
Midrange – Arcadia Lodges Mburo/Rwakobo Rock

Having had breakfast, feel free to take part in any of the optional activities such as safari walk,(30 USD), bike safaris (25 USD), horseback safaris (50 USD), boat trip (30 USD). The absence of large predators such as lions makes Lake Mburo a perfect place to enjoy these adventurous activities.

You then travel to Kampala or Entebbe to catch your flight. The journey takes you through the Ankole kingdom famous for its long horned cattle/Ankole cattle. You will have a lunch stop at Kayabwe/Equator village. This is where the earth is divided into south and northern hemisphere. In this case, you will cross from south to northern hemisphere and arrival at your destination will be in the early evening hence end of safari.

Meal plan – breakfast and lunch

Accommodation – Not included

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