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Pamoja Tours and Travel

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

This discovery safari takes you to Uganda’s diverse settings, scenic landscapes and lush national parks, home to an impressive range of wildlife. Come face to face with chimpanzee, gorilla, lion and much more. The safari includes a boat ride to see crocodiles, hippo, elephants and bird life.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale National Park
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Kampala or Entebbe, end in Kampala or Entebbe

Summary

  • Day 1:  Warm welcome to Uganda
  • Day 2:  Drive to Kibale National park
  • Day 3:  Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp walk
  • Day 4:  Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 5:  Game Drive and Boat Safari
  • Day 6:  Drive to Lake Mutanda and Bwindi Forest
  • Day 7:  Gorilla tracking
  • Day 8:  Back to Entebbe or Kampala

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 3,500 per person, based on 1 person travelling

From USD 2,300 per person, based on 2 people travelling

From USD 2,150 per person, based on 3 people travelling

From USD 2,050 per person, based on 4 people travelling

From USD 1,950 per person, based on 5 people travelling

From USD 1,900 per person, based on 6 people travelling

What's Included

  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All taxes/VAT
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Drinking water

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline USD 10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

You will be picked up from Kampala International Airport by our representative. Depending on your arrival time, if there’s time you transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking then return back to Kampala for check in at your lodge. A city tour can be organized at an extra cost. Your room at Acactus Hotel is furnished in cosy safari style, equipped with satellite TV, telephone, fan, balcony and en suite bathroom.

Accommodation: Acactus Hotel
Meal plan: All meals and drinking water

Drive early from Kampala city through the scenic tea plantations to Fort Portal (western part of Uganda) where you will stop for lunch. Continue to Kibale National Park, which is particularly alluring to nature lovers with its excellent chimp tracking and birding. It has the highest concentration of primates in East Africa with 13 primates species including chimpanzee, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest and blue monkeys. Go for an afternoon primate walk to Kanyanchu River Camp, the most popular walk in the park with highlights including a miscellany of flora and fauna within the forest.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (safari tent, mid-range tented camp just outside the park)
Meal plan: All meals and drinking water

Today you have the opportunity to track chimpanzee. The forest walk will take 2 to 3 hours where you will follow chimpanzees, find them as they go about with their daily activities and watch them for an hour. After lunch, you will do a swamp walk at Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is good for general monkey viewing and one of the finest birding trails in the country. Overnight at your lodge.

Optional Activity: Chimpanzee Habituation

For an extra USD 70 per person, you can do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimp tracking. This will take the whole day and you will be 100% sure to come face to face with chimps. Book early because only 6 people are allowed to go per day. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (safari tent)
Meal Plan: All meals and drinking water

Have breakfast at the lodge and relax before driving to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Together with Kyambura and Kigezi Wildlife Reserves, Queen Elizabeth National Park forms one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. There are two main lakes, George and Edward, as well as the connecting Kazinga Channel. Thousands of hippos populate these lake shorelines. Open savannah dotted with acacia and euphorbia trees provide habitat for elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs and big herds of buffaloes. An afternoon game drive is good for hippo and elephant viewing in large numbers as well as leopard.

You stay in Irungu Forest Lodge which is located just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park. It offers private safari tents on raised wooden floors and canvas walls that can be rolled up to allow you to sit comfortably watching the savannah plains and breathtaking views across the park and Rwenzori Mountains.

Accommodation: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge (mid-range lodge just outside the park) 
Meal Plan: All meals and drinking water

Set off quite today with packed breakfast for an early morning game drive to catch the early risers in the Kasenyi Sector of the park. Expect to see elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs and a number of others. Return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon head out for a 2-hour launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel where you will see large concentrations of wildlife along the banks of the river like hippos, bathing elephants, buffaloes and a large number of bird species. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat safari, you have an en-route game drive back to the lodge.

Optional Activities

  • Hot Air Balloon Safari (USD 380 per person)
  • Lion tracking (USD 85 per person) – actively participate in monitoring some of the lions in the park (95% chances to see them)

Accommodation: Irungu Forest Safari Lodge 
Meal Plan: All meals and drinking water

Today you drive about 7 hours to Lake Mutanda, located in the south-western part of Uganda and close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. En route, pass through countryside, bamboo forest and admire great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch, you stop at a local restaurant (not inclusive). Your comfortable lodge has spectacular views overlooking the beautiful Lake Mutanda and the Virunga volcanoes. Tomorrow you will depart from here for the gorilla tracking so it’s best to get a good night’s sleep.

Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort (mid-range lodge in or near Lake Mutanda)
Meal plan: All meals and drinking water 

Get up early and report to the park headquarters for a brief talk with the guide. From here you set off into the montane forest for an encounter with the mountain gorillas. Listen out for their voices and grumbles, watch the young as they swing from tree to tree and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It’s an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rain forest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

Optional Activities

  • Take a guided community walk among the Batwa inhabitants of the park (USD 30 per person)
  • A guided walk to see wildlife and an array of birds (USD 30 per person)

After an early breakfast at the lodge, we will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe Airport stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot, a bit of souvenir shopping and lunch. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward travel. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch 

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