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  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This safari is packed with fantastic wildlife experiences; game drives and boat trip in Murchison Falls National Park, tracking chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, exploring Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to around 100 mammals and 606 bird species, and trekking to find gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Soak up the scenic views of savannah, tropical forest, waterfalls and lakes in the ‘Pearl of Africa’.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Guided Safari, Jungle Safari, Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo, Murchison
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Entebbe (or Kampala)

Highlights

  • Murchsion Falls National Park – game viewing
  • Kibale Forest National Park – chimpanzee tracking
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kazinga channel
  • Bwindi -Gorilla tracking

About Uganda

Uganda is a land of contrasts. In half a day you can drive from mist-shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife.  Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. There’s the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes. Snow capped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere. It’s all here, a feast for all the senses.

Note:

Safari classes are classified according to accommodation type. Budget is a simple camping sight with basic facilities and in most cases tents for camping. Medium is banda or cottage accomodation. Luxury consists of travel in high end comfortable safari vehicle, usually a Land Cruiser, five star accommodation with a swimming pool, no less than three course meals.

RATES – PER PERSON USD

Medium class safari – from USD 6,020, based on 4-6 people sharing

Luxury class safari – from USD 10,100, based on 4-6 people sharing

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals /meals en route
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle plus fuel
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Complimentary bottled drinking water
  • Driver’s expenses, accommodation and meals
  • Boat tripsand game drives as per itinerary
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Chimpanzee trekking permits
  • Government taxes/levies

What's Excluded

  • Flights
  • Bar bills and snacks
  • Phone calls/internet
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal shopping
  • Any optional activities
  • Porters fee/guiding carriers
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Any personal expenses outside the above

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Arrive in Entebbe or Kampala. Debrief and get ready for the safari.

An early departure from your place of residence for the long drive to to Murchison Falls National Park, which is 300 km north west of Kampala, approx. 6 hour drive. Stop over at Masindi for lunch on the way. After lunch drive to the entrance of the main gate of the park. After about 20 minutes’ drive in the park, you arrive in Budongo forests where you will get a chance to view the different monkey species and chimps as you drive through on your way to your choice of accommodation. If you choose Paraa Safari Lodge you cross the Nile on the ferry in the heart of the park. The sight of the Nile River, the world’s longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable.

Overnight at your choice of accommodation

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of viewing lion, giraffe, hartebeest, buffalo and elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders, these areas support the secretary bird, black chested snake eagle, tawny and marshal eagles, carmine and swallow tailed bee-eaters, to name just a few. This is a beautiful drive across borassus palm forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. You can choose to have lunch at Paraa Safari Lodge or Red Chill camping sight, enjoying the views overlooking the Nile.

In the afternoon, experience a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile crocodiles, big pods of hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river.

Overnight at your choice of accommodation

You can choose to sleep in and have a relaxing breakfast before leaving the park at about 10 am heading to Kibale Forest National Park. Get there in the afternoon and overnight at Primate Lodge or other choice of accommodation.

Overnight at your choice of accommodation

After breakfast you will track the chimps – an incredible experience. In the afternoon head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which covers 1,978 sq km and lies north and south of the equator in south-western Uganda. Its landscapes include From open savannah, rainforest, dense papyrus swamps, brooding crater lakes and the vast Lake Edward. Qeen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.

Almost 100 mammal species live here including lion, hippo, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, elephant, Uganda kob, giant forest hog as well as 606 bird species such as black chested eagle, swallow tailed bee eaters, Verreaux’s eagle owl, African skimmer to name but a few. The wildlife is regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula, which also boasts a marvellous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Overnight at your choice of accommodation

This morning starts with a game drive to the Kasenyi area to look for lion prides and other wildlife. Uganda kobs mate around this area, giving you a chance to see their breeding behaviors. Many animals will cross your path; elephants, antelopes and with a bit of luck also lions or hyenas.

Head back to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon embark on a boat trip to experience wildlife up close; hippos huff and spray mere feet away, buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the river’s edge. Among these are malachite and pied kingfishers, great white and pink-backed pelicans and open-billed stork. With some luck you will even spot elephants on the river banks coming for a drink and a bath. Spend the early evening at the lodge, enjoy the pool which overlooks the Kazinga Channel and observe animals from the pool deck.

Overnight at your choice of accommodation

After your hearty breakfast, exit the park at around 10 am and depart by road to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, situated in south western Uganda. The drive is approximately 3 hours, arriving late afternoon or evening depending on stops along the way. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a jungle of 331 sq km containing both montane and lowland forest, only accessible on foot. There are approximately 752 mountain gorillas in the entire world and here you can find half of them. It’s most famous for gorilla tracking but there also hiking trails where you can see a variety of birds, other primates, elephants and various small antelopes – the park is home to 120 species of mammals.

Overnight at  your choice of accommodation OR Gorilla Forest Camp

This morning starts with tracking the mountain gorillas, which takes two to eight hours depending on the location of the group. There are nine groups of habituated gorilla families in Bwindi, with eight tourists booked per group per day. The adventure requires a reasonable level of fitness since the forest comprises of dense tangled vegetation draped over the mountainous landscape of deeply fissured valleys and steep ridges.

Head back to the lodge/hotel for lunch and later in the afternoon embark on community walks provides an insight into the lives of Bakiga and Batwa (pygmy) people living beside the forest. Bwindi hills are inhabited by Bakiga, hard working farmers who have created the regions emblematic landscape of steeply terraced hills. Batwa pygyms inhabit the margins of Bwindi and Mgahinga forests and offer exciting tours to glimpse life through their eyes when they lived in forest.

We return to the lodge/hotel for dinner OR head to Lake Bunyonyi or Lake Mburo National Park. Here you relax, enjoy the pool and the beautiful scenery over Lake Bunyonyi island or Lake Mburo National Park.

Head to Kampala/airport.

Option of an extra night to stay on at Lake Bunyonyi (extra USD 220 per person)

If you’ve opted to stay on at Lake Bunyonyi, you depart today and head to Kampala/airport.

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