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Saso Uganda Safaris

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This safari is packed full of amazing wildlife encounters and scenic beauty. Visit Mt. Elgon, renowned for its cliffs, waterfalls, caves and unique flora, and Jinja, the source of the River Nile. See the magnificent Murchison Falls with spectacular views and awesome variety of wildlife and birds. Kibale Forest National Park, is famous for its wild but habituated chimpanzees, other primates and colourful birds while in Queen Elizabeth National Park you can enjoy boat cruises and game drives. The climax of this safari is an encounter with the elusive mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, an experience of a lifetime, before exploring beautiful Lake Bunyonyi with its prolific birdlife and doing a wildlife safari on foot in Lake Mburo National Park.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Chimpanzee Safari, Family Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Jungle Safari, Primate Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo, Murchison
  • Wildlife:
    leopard, rhino, elephant, kob, baboons, chimpanzees, topi, impala
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari, Trekking, Canoe, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Entebbe, end in Entebbe

Highlights

  • Visit to Sipi Falls
  • Hiking and abseiling
  • Visit to Source of the Nile
  • White water rafting/bungee jumping/quad biking/cultural tour
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Scenic view of the Murchison Falls
  • Boat launches on lakes
  • Game drives in ntional parks
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking
  • Nature walks
  • Tree climbing lions in Ishasha
  • Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Village walk around Lake Bunyonyi
  • Volcano hiking / golden monkey trek
  • Cultural visit
  • Equator experience

Activity Schedule

  • Day 1:  Arrival in Uganda
  • Day 2:  Travel to Mt Elgon
  • Day 3:  Exploration of Mt. Elgon
  • Day 4:  Transfer to Jinja
  • Day 5:  Adventure on the Nile
  • Day 6:  Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 7:  Game drive and boat launch on the Nile
  • Day 8:  Visit to the top of the Falls and travel to Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day 9:  Chimp tracking and nature walk in Kibale Forest
  • Day 10: Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 11: Game Drive and travel to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 12: Canoeing and hiking on Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Kisoro
  • Day 13: African Gorilla Tour – the gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi
  • Day 14: Cultural Village Walk
  • Day 15: Game drive in the Lake Mburo Park and boat cruise on the Lake
  • Day 16: Travel to Kampala
  • Day 17: Visit to the chimp sanctuary on Ngamba Island
  • Day 18: Departure

Requirements for this Safari

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Yellow fever vaccination card
  • Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking permits – You can apply and secure these on line but experience has shown that it is better coordinated when you send money to the tour firm to handle it for you at no extra cost to the standard fee (USD 600)
  • Travel & Health Insurance – this should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel
  • Physical fitness

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 8,600 per person

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD with popup roof safari vehicle
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Game drives
  • Boat trips
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Rhino trekking fees
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Services of an English Speaking driver/guide
  • Community visit fees
  • Guided nature walks
  • Pick up and return airport transfers

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Other drinks
  • Tips to local guides
  • Laundry, telephone expenses etc.
  • Porter fees while trekking gorillas and chimpanzees

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to the hotel of your booking and brief you on the safari plan.

Luxury Lodge: Serena Hotel / Imperial Hotel 
Moderate:  Emin Pasha Hotel / Speke Resort Hotel
Budget facility: Acardia Cottages / Namirembe Guesthouse
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

After an early breakfast set off on the drive eastwards to Mt. Elgon. You will have a stopover at Ssezibwa Falls for a cultural feel and continue to Mbale town located in the foothills of Mt. Elgon. En-route you will drive past tea and sugarcane plantations, lush green forests and grasslands, colorful fruits beautifully displayed by the roadsides and enjoy a varied display of landscapes and local communities. You will have lunch in Mbale and proceed to Sipi village located between beautiful hills and waterfalls. Your dinner and overnight will be at one of the lodges adjacent to the Sipi Falls.

Luxury: Mbale Resort Hotel / Sipi River Lodge
Mid-range: Lacam Lodge / Masha Hotel / Noah’s Ark Hotels / Sipi Falls Resort
Budget: Crow’s Nest Rest Camp / Moses Campsite / Suam Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

You will have breakfast and then hike to the Mt. Elgon Forest Exploration Center for a briefing on the activities of the day. There are two hike option areas to choose one from. The popular forest exploration center trail loop site makes one enjoy the cool mist at Chebonet Falls, Kapkwai cave, the talking tree and a spectacular viewpoint of the low land areas below. The other is the long ‘arm’ of Mt. Elgon that bears the Wanale trails loop with vertical cliffs of ridge and several cascading waterfalls that make a very scenic drive. These two-day hike areas have short walk trails ranging between 3km and 11km that offer an excellent opportunity to experience Mt. Elgon’s unique plants and wildlife in a short period. In both, you will enjoy views of regenerating forests, fields of colourful flowers, extensive stands of bamboo and a variety of birds and wild animals. You will retire to a dinner and overnight at your lodge in the Sipi area.

Luxury: Mbale Resort Hotel / Sipi River Lodge
Mid-range: Lacam Lodge / Masha Hotel / Noah’s Ark Hotels / Sipi Falls Resort
Budget: Crow’s Nest Rest Camp / Moses Campsite / Suam Guest House
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

Leave early in the morning and head to Jinja to visit the source of the Nile, where this mighty river starts its 6,700 km journey through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. Here you can also enjoy some of the adventurous activity options including white water rafting, jet boating, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking or bungee jumping. En-route, you will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in the late afternoon and relax at the hotel of your booking until dinner and overnight.

Luxury: Jinja Nile Resort / Signature Hotel Apartments
Mid-range: 2 Friends Guest House / Bilkon Hotel / Brisk Hotel Triangle Jinja / Gately on the Nile
Budget: Hotel Triangle / Jinja Safari Lodge
Meal Plan:
Full Board Basis

After breakfast you will do adventurous white water rafting on the Nile River. The rafting begins at the source of the Nile at 09:30 am with a comprehensive briefing and fitting of the special rafting gear. The rafting is done on an 18 km stretch of the Nile River, no prior experience of rafting is required. The first few rapids are of low grade (1, 2) to build the confidence of the participants before guiding them gradually into the more challenging grades. A total of eight major rapids are rafted to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure. After the rafting adventure, you will be treated to a barbecue lunch and drinks before returning to Kampala.

Luxury Lodge: Serena Hotel / Imperial Hotel
Moderate: Hotel African / Speke Resort Hotel 
Budget facility: Forest Cottages / Namirembe Guesthouse 
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

After an early breakfast drive to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to trek the rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s rhino reintroduction project. There are 17 white rhinos and tracking is done on foot for 1 and half hours. You will continue to Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National Park. This part of the journey takes about 6-7 hours. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms) / Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison in tents / Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

You will have an early start (6.30am) and set off at for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream to the base of the Murchison Falls. En-route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds. The boat stops just tens of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge
Mid-range: Fort Murchison (in rooms) / Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison in tents / Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

After breakfast visit the top of the thunderous Murchison Falls, observe the River Nile squeezing itself through a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flowing down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will thereafter set off on an 8-hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is through verdant countryside dotted with traditional homesteads and farms and via the towns of Hoima and Fort Portal which rests in the shadow of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

Luxury: Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge
Moderate: Mountains of the Moon / Kibale Forest Camp / Crater Safari Lodge / Primate Lodge
Budget: Rwenzori Travelers / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

This morning head to Kibale Forest National Park to view the primates. This activity begins at 8.00am with a briefing of the rule for trekking the chimpanzees after which you set off to search for them in the forest. The exercise takes half a day and along the way you will see other primates such as grey cheeked mangabeys, phoestes, red colobus monkeys, blue tailed and red-tailed monkeys, swinging in the braches of this thick forest.

Your guide will give you informative briefings on the lifestyles of the primates you will be coming across and on the plants as well as on the insects and butterflies in this forest to ensure that the trek is not only enjoyable but informative as well. In the afternoon you will go for a guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The sanctuary offers great birding opportunities and nature walks. Besides birding, Bigodi village has a rich cultural heritage site where you can mix with the local people and enjoy the African traditions in terms of lifestyle and entertainment. Later you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hours).

Luxury: Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge
Moderate: Mountains of the Moon / Kibale Forest Camp / Crater Safari Lodge / Primate Lodge
Budget: Rwenzori Travelers / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
Meal plan: Full Board Basis 

After your morning breakfast, you will have an early morning game drive where you will look for lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck among others. You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42 km channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This safari trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful, with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight will be spent at your reserved lodge.

Luxury Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge / Jacana Lodge
Moderate:  Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms / Buffalo Safari Resort / Enganzi Lodge / Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge / Simba Safari Camp in tents / Bush Lodge in tents  
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

You will wake up early for a morning game drive in the park. Return to your lodge for a late breakfast after which you will travel to Lake Bunyonyi. The lake is said to be the second deepest lake in Africa and one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. From glistening backwaters and palm-fringed beaches to colourful villages, wildlife and tropical scenery, Bunyonyi is a truly exotic retreat place, perfect for adventure and relaxation. It is also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzia free. The journey takes 3-4 hours and you will have lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight will be at one of the many lodges near the lake.

Budget: Bushara Island Camp / Bunyonyi Overland in tents
Moderate: 
Bunyonyi Overland / Bunyonyi View Lodge
Up-market:
Bird’s Nest / Arcadia Cottages

Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

This morning you can choose to either have a canoe-ride on Lake Bunyonyi or a walk through the surrounding hills. The landscape around the lake is made up of steep slopes covered with lush green vegetation protruding from the water’s edge.

Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of bird life around the lake. You can get to know the seven islands, visit the local families and admire views of volcanoes. In the afternoon you will drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You drive through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’. You will see picturesque countryside, bamboo forests and have great views of the Virunga Mountains. If it’s a Monday or Thursday you will see a large colourful market in Kisoro. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Budget: Buhoma community Rest Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

This is the one of the safari highlights when you get to meet the gentle giants of Africa on your gorilla trek. Have an early morning breakfast and move to the park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the rules at 07:30 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the gorillas, which can take 2-8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. You will have one hour to stay with the gorilla family once sighted before returning to your lodge to rest. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Budget: Buhoma community Rest Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

After breakfast, go for a guided 3-5 hour community walk through the farms and villages of the Bufumbira and Bakiga tribes to experience the livelihoods of these local communities. You will visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human sicknesses, see how local beer is brewed using local methods and be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the local community entertainment groups. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi / Gorilla Safari Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort / Gorilla Mist Camp
Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge
Meal plan: Full Board Basis

You will have an early breakfast and travel to Lake Mburo National Park which is centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes rich in bird life while its green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like zebra, warthog, eland, impala among others. You will have lunch in Mbarara town and continue the drive to Lake Mburu. In the afternoon you will go for a 2-hour boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the water animals that include crocodiles and hippos. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Lake Mburo Camp / Arcadia Cottages
Moderate:
Lake Mburo Safari Lodge / Rakobo Rock
Budget:
Eagles Nest Camp
Meal Plan:
Full Board Basis

After breakfast explore the park on foot with an experienced game ranger who will explain to you which animals have left behind footprints and droppings and how long ago. Mburo is one of two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for tour on foot. Afterwards return to the lodge for lunch and later set off on your journey to Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel of your booking.

Luxury Lodge: Serena Hotel / Imperial Hotel
Moderate:  Emin Pasha Hotel / Speke Resort Hotel
Budget facility: Acardia Cottages / Namirembe Guesthouse
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the pier on Lake Victoria for an hour’s boat cruise to Ngamba Island. You will arrive at the chimpanzee sanctuary and be briefed about the sanctuary after which you will spend time with the chimps as they feed, relax and do acrobatic swings in the tree branches. Later you will go for a walking safari on the island with the young chimps and cruise back to Entebbe. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel of your booking.

Luxury Lodge: Serena Hotel / Speak Resort Munyonyo Hotel / Pearl of Africa Hotel
Moderate: Hotel African / Speke Resort Hotel
Budget facility: Forest Cottages / Namirembe Guesthouse
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis

In line with the timing of your departure flight you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight back home.

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