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Explore Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

Why visit Uganda?

Uganda Safari Tours

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa”. In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa”. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa…”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda’s many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

For detailed Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please contact Around Africa Safaris.

Safaris in Uganda

Did you know Uganda is a convenient base for exploring other East African countries too?

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa”. In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa”. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa…”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travellers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda’s many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart.

A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Around Africa Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your accommodation/guesthouse in entebbe, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Overnight at The Boma guest house (BB)

Day 2: Depart for Jinja. Source of the Nile

Drive to Jinja in the early morning. Several kilometers downstream from the ‘The Source’, the White Nile takes its first big step down along the 6,300 kilometer journey to the Mediterranean Sea through Bujagali Falls or ‘Budhagali’ in Lusoga, the language of the Busoga peoples who live in this area on the east bank of the Nile. Here the river is split into seven channels. Over many generations Budhagali has been a sacred site for the Busoga people and it is not uncommon to see traditional healers and others coming down to the riverbanks leave offerings to the spirits who live by the river and in the large mvule trees nearby. Bujagali Falls are now submerged, powering East Africa via the Bujagali hydro electricity project.

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In Jinja, you will have a chance to visit the Source of the Nile and the the spot where Speke became the first European to see the Nile’s source in 1862. There is also a memorial to Mahatma Ghandi, as this is where his ashes were scattered. Should there be time, we’ll take a drive through Jinja town itself. Jinja is known as the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Optional adventures include fishing, bungee jumping, quad biking, boating, a nostalgic African Queen Cruise or simply kayaking. The Jinja Sailing Club is highly recommended for lunch or a sunset boat cruise (guest’s own cost).

Overnight at 2 Friends Guest house (FB)

DAY 3: White Water Rafting and depart for Mbale and Sipi Falls

In the early morning hours, the adventure starts with half day white water rafting over the River Nile’s world-famous rapids. White water rafting is one of Uganda’s most popular activities, and is well organized with an excellent safety record. You will be kitted out with safety equipment, and have plenty of time to practice your man-oeuvres on the river before you hit the real white water. It is an exhilarating experience that will be captured on camera and filmed by the kayakers who paddle alongside you on your adrenaline adventure.

Lunch is included in the white water rafting package. In the afternoon, we will take the short drive through Jinja town as we proceed to Sipi Falls.

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Sipi Falls is home to a series of three spectacular waterfalls, which you can admire from a distance or right up close. Sipi Falls is situated just outside Mount Elgon National Park, site of an incredible number of bird species as well as being the largest volcanic base in the world.

Overnight at Sipi River Lodge (FB)

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DAY 4: Hike to Sipi Falls

Sipi offers great hiking, mountain biking and fishing (additional options). The sunsets from Sipi Falls down onto the plains below are breathtaking. Spend the day exploring the area on foot. You might even want to swim in one of the pools underneath the waterfalls! The birdwatcher guide can be booked as an option.

Overnight at Sipi River Lodge (FB)

DAY 5: Depart for Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we set off on our long drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km². We travel off the beaten track as we drive north, passing the ancient Nyero Rock Paintings close to Kumi near Soroti. We will take a packed lunch to enjoy en route (around 7 hours).

Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. The River Nile runs through the park and attracts Nile crocodile, hippo and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda Kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see.

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Paraa Safari Lodge, one of Uganda’s first safari lodges, is set within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, giving you easy access for game drives. It’s well designed modern interiors, balconies and numerous swimming pools overlook the River Nile, on its journey from the river’s source in Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert.

Overnight at Paraa Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Game drive and Boat cruise bottom of the falls

Up early for a morning game drive your drive will take you across to Lake Albert and the Nile Delta where you are most likely to see a lot of animals. Murchison Falls National Park is  well cited for the best wildlife viewing  – giraffe, buffalo, lion, elephant, Nile crocodile, hippo, oribi, bush buck, waterbuck.

Return to the lodge for lunch and the chance to relax before taking a boat trip in the afternoon which takes around 3 hours. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison Falls National Park since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The birdlife is stunning with eagles, brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the river banks. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.

Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)

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Day 7: Full day Game Drive Murchison falls

After your early morning breakfast, enjoy an early morning game drive. Your drive will take you across to Lake Albert and the Nile Delta. Murchison Falls National Park is well known for its fantastic wildlife viewing. Remember, every game drive is different! You never know what you will see. In the afternoon, you will take a boat ride to the bottom of the falls, passing huge Nile crocodiles basking in the sun at the base of the waterfalls.

Please note that your itinerary is flexible; you are welcome to discuss the program with your guide if you’d like to change the days and times of the boat rides and game drives. The availability of the boat cruises should also be considered if amending your schedule.

Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)

DAY 8: Depart for Kibale National Park

This morning after an early breakfast, we will cross the ferry and drive to Kibale Forest National Park.  The park an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, black faced Vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bush-babies

In the afternoon you will have the day at leisure  or take a short walk and bird watching with your safari guide around the lodge. Butterfly lovers and botanists will be impressed by equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species.

Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation.

Primate lodge has nine spacious and en-suite Luxury Cottages, each secluded deep in the forest for maximum privacy and a natural ‘living in nature’ feel, come complete with 2x Double size Bed or 1x King Size Bed, a sitting area with two comfortable arm chairs, a reading table and an adjoining large veranda with excellent views to the forest. The seven mid-level Forest Cottages are private and en-suite with spacious bathrooms, 2x Twin size Beds or 1x King Size Bed as well as a spacious veranda over-looking the rain-forest with lounge chairs.

Overnight at Primate lodge Luxury or standard cottages (FB)

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DAY 9: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park

This morning after breakfast we will depart for Kibale National Park.

We need to report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 7;45am to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest paths in light terrain provides much joy to nature lovers and especially botanists and birders are in for a special treat. The elusive forest elephant, a smaller version of his large savannah cousin, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and half a dozen of antelope species.

NOTE:  Please listen to the instructions of the local rangers at all times. It is forbidden to approach the chimpanzees closer than 5 meters, to feed them or to use flash photography. You are allowed exactly one hour with the chimpanzees before returning to the base station.

After the trek we will have lunch at the lodge before continuing to the nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. A guided 4,5 km circular trail through this small sanctuary is a must for birders. The path might be muddy so again, it is advisable to wear hiking boots.

Some of the birds you might spot are the great blue touraco, papyrus gonalek, barbets, woodpeckers, blue-throated rollers, grey parrot, bronze sunbirds, grey-backed black finch, swamp flycatcher…..and so the list goes on. Needless to say that birders will definitely enjoy it but you might also encounter one of the five primate species of the area.

Overnight at Primate lodge luxury/standard cottages (FB)

DAY 10: Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning after a leizily breakfast, we will depart from Primate lodge and continue onwards to Queen Elizabeth National Park (roughly a three hour drive). We will pass the Northern Crater Area; with its beautiful lakes and rich grasslands set deep into volcanic craters it is one of the most breathtaking sceneries in the park.

The Park covers 1,978 sq km and lies north and south of the equator in southwestern Uganda. From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula – which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Bird species include the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to name but a few.

Katara Lodge is perched high on the Kichwamba escarpment with breathtaking views across the floor of the Rift Valley. Ahead of you are the foothills of the Rwenzori’s. To the left in the distance are the chain of eight Virunga volcanoes. In the afternoon, relax by the swimming for and taking the splendid landscapes.

Overnight at Katara Lodge (HB)

DAY 11: Game Drive & Boat Trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park

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 and this gives you a chance to see their breeding behaviors. Many animals will cross your paths, elephants, antelopes and with a bit of luck also lions or hyenas. you will return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat-ride for your water safari on the Kazinga Channel  that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo.

The expert from Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB)

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Day 12: Primate walk – Kyambura Gorge

This morning we will leave for the 8.00 am primate/forest walk in Kyambura Gorge. You are likely to encounter primate species, sight birds and with a bit of luck find a community of chimpanzees who reside in the gorge. These delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. We will return to the lodge for lunch.

You will have the afternoon at leisure or   you can request your guide to take you to one of the caves around the Twin Lakes around kyambura area.

Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB)

DAY 13: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on this Ishasha plains that you will be on the lookout for its famous resident: the tree climbing lion. A sighting is not guaranteed but you have a better chance of seeing them here in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha than anywhere else in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes. Bwindi bird watching is highly recommended by the African Bird Club.

After a few hours in the vehicle, you will arrive at the lodge in time for dinner.

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare.

Overnight at Mahogany springs Lodge (FB)

Day 14: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for your gorilla trek. Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

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Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Have the rest of the afternoon at leisure!!

Overnight Mahogany springs Lodge (FB)

DAY 15: Transfer to Entebbe with a stop at the Equator

After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator. From here, your Around Africa Safaris driver guide will escort you to your guesthouse in Entebbe for your last night in Uganda. After an exciting and unforgettable journey and one last dinner together, your guide will wish you a safe journey.

Overnight at the Boma guest house (HB)

DAY 16: Transfer to the airport

Depending on the time of your flight home, there may be time for an (optional) visit to Entebbe’s Botanical Gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria, home to Black and White Colubus monkeys, Hornbills and many other birds. This can be arranged by the guesthouse, who will also organise the short road transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight.

Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area.

Room at the Boma (B&B) Midrange

2 people sharing 4 people sharing 6 people sharing person supplement
Price per client from $6,220.00 $4,890.00 $4,800.00 $900.00
Optional extras, add:
Whitewater Rafting half day incl. lunch $115.00 $115.00 $115.00
Ziwa Rhinos $40.00 $40.00 $40.00
Boat ride to the delta $55.00 $55.00 $55.00
Batwa Trail $70.00 $70.00 $70.00

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

  1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
  2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
  3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
  4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
  5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
  6. 6. For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel – English speaking tourist guide – 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

  • Visa fees
  • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
  • Additional meals
  • Tips
  • Activities not part of the described programme
  • International travel insurance

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary

From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Uganda and Rwandas’ most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds (Uganda). Yet there is so much more: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing, grade 5 white water rafting and more. Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

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Rwanda – the “Land of a Thousand Hills” – is a country of verdant beauty and abundant fauna and flora. The country is flourishing, and tourists love this safe little country that has invested heavily in tourism and infrastructure over the last two decades. Forest birding, crystal clear lakes, savannah safaris and authentic traditional culture encourage visitors to Rwanda to stay longer.

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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Around Africa Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. You will be dropped off at The Boma in Entebbe for your first night. (FB)

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Day 2: Depart for Murchison Falls National Park

Today you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km².

Time permitting, you may break your journey at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a species reintroduction programme that has successfully bred over a dozen white rhino and the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino. These docile animals are best viewed on an early morning walking safari.

Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. The River Nile runs through the park and attracts Nile crocodile, hippo and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see. If time allows, visit the Top of the Falls and feel the force of the River Nile under your feet as the half a kilometre wide river narrows to just 7 m wide and cascades down through a 45 m drop.

Paraa Safari Lodge, one of Uganda’s first safari lodges, is set within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park, giving you easy access for game drives. It’s well designed modern interiors, balconies and numerous swimming pools overlook the River Nile, on its journey from the river’s source in Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert.

Overnight at Paraa Lodge (FB)

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Day 3: Game drive and Boat Safari on the Nile

Up early for a morning game drive your drive will take you across to Lake Albert and the Nile Delta where you are most likely to see a lot of animals. Murchison Falls National Park is  well cited for the best wildlife viewing  – giraffe, buffalo, lion, elephant, Nile crocodile, hippo, oribi, bush buck, waterbuck.

Return to the lodge for lunch and the chance to relax before taking a boat trip in the afternoon which takes around 3 hours. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison Falls National Park since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The birdlife is stunning with eagles, brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the river banks. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.

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Overnight Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)

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DAY 4: Depart for Kibale National Park

This morning after an early we will cross the ferry and drive to Kibale Forest National Park.  The park an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, black faced Vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies.

Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation.

Primate lodge has nine spacious and en-suite Luxury Cottages, each secluded deep in the forest for maximum privacy and a natural ‘living in nature’ feel, come complete with 2x Double size Bed or 1x King Size Bed, a sitting area with two comfortable arm chairs, a reading table and an adjoining large veranda with excellent views to the forest. The seven mid-level Forest Cottages are private and en-suite with spacious bathrooms, 2x Twin size Beds or 1x King Size Bed as well as a spacious veranda over-looking the rain-forest with lounge chairs.

Overnight at Primate Lodge (FB)

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DAY 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park

This morning after breakfast we will depart for Kibale National Park.

We need to report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 7;45am to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest paths in light terrain provides much joy to nature lovers and especially botanists and birders are in for a special treat. The elusive forest elephant, a smaller version of his large savannah cousin, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and half a dozen of antelope species.

NOTE:  Please listen to the instructions of the local rangers at all times. It is forbidden to approach the chimpanzees closer than 5 meters, to feed them or to use flash photography. You are allowed exactly one hour with the chimpanzees before returning to the base station.

After the trek we will have lunch at the lodge before continuing to the nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. A guided 4,5 km circular trail through this small sanctuary is a must for birders. The path might be muddy so again, it is advisable to wear hiking boots.

Some of the birds you might spot are the great blue touraco, papyrus gonalek, barbets, woodpeckers, blue-throated rollers, grey parrot, bronze sunbirds, grey-backed black finch, swamp flycatcher…..and so the list goes on. Needless to say that birders will definitely enjoy it but you might also encounter one of the Eight primate species of the area.

Overnight Primates lodge (FB)

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DAY 6: Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning after a leizily breakfast, we will depart from Primate lodge and continue onwards to Queen Elizabeth National Park (roughly a three hour drive). We will pass the Northern Crater Area; with its beautiful lakes and rich grasslands set deep into volcanic craters it is one of the most breathtaking sceneries in the park.

The Park covers 1,978 sq km and lies north and south of the equator in southwestern Uganda. From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula – which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Bird species include the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to name but a few.

Katara Lodge is perched high on the Kichwamba escarpment with breathtaking views across the floor of the Rift Valley. Ahead of you are the foothills of the Rwenzori’s. To the left in the distance are the chain of eight Virunga volcanoes. In the afternoon, relax by the swimming for and taking the splendid landscapes.

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Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB)

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DAY 7: Game Drive & Boat Trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park

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 and this gives you a chance to see their breeding behaviors. Many animals will cross your paths, elephants, antelopes and with a bit of luck also lions or hyenas. you will return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat-ride for your water safari on the Kazinga Channel  that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo.

The expert from Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

Overnight at Mweya or Katara Lodge (FB)

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Day 8: Primate walk – Kyambura George

This morning we will leave for the 8.00 am primate/forest walk in Kyambura Gorge. You are likely to encounter primate species, sight birds and with a bit of luck find a community of chimpanzees who reside in the gorge. These delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. We will return to the lodge for lunch.

You will have the afternoon at leisure or   you can request your guide to take you to one of the caves around the Twin Lakes around kyambura area.

Overnight at Mweya or Katara Lodge (FB)

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DAY 9: Depart for Rwanda

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we will depart QENP and continue our safari southwards to the Ugandan-Rwandan border. At Kabale, one gets the first impressive view of the volcanic mountains of the Virunga complex. Later we will cross the border to Rwanda through Kyanika border. From here, it’s only 1 hour to Parc National des Volcans and to your lodge. Now you can prepare in a breath-taking landscape for an amazing hiking the following days.

Overnight Mountain Gorilla view Lodge (FB)

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Day 10: Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for your gorilla trek. Before 7 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

In the afternoon, there is an optional activity; of visit the Iby’iwacu cultural village to watch a cultural dance, meet a local medicine man, or even discover the house of a local king. These cultural activities are popular for visitors and offer alternative incomes to reformed poachers.

Overnight Gorilla Nest Lodge (FB)

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Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi

The day after your mountain gorilla trek, you will return to Uganda and drive to Lake Bunyonyi, a lake of 22 islands, exquisite birdlife, otters, and optional activities such as canoeing and community tourism experiences. Bunyonyi means “little birds.” You will enjoy a picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon, take a walk to photograph the islands from on high, or go on a nature walk.

Overnight at Bird’s Nest (FB)

Day 12: Depart to Lake Mburo National Park

In the early morning we will drive from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo. Enjoy driving through Kabale “Gorilla Highlands” which is also known as the Switzerland of Africa. You will marvel at how people farm this steep land. The altitude is 2,347 metres (7,700 feet) above sea level at its highest point, making Kabale higher than most parts of Uganda.

By contrast, Lake Mburo the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks can be hot and dry.

Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The 8 comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. This idyllic spot is situated just over 1Km from the Nshara Gate of Lake Mburo National Park. Day or night excursions into the park are very worthwhile.

Two overnights at Rwakobo Rock (FB)

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Day 13: Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is one of the few national parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari, to see some of its 350 bird species, and impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. Burchill’s zebra are Lake Mburo’s most striking inhabitants, although the recent relocation of giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park adds to the park’s interest. In the evening, you can even go for an optional nocturnal game drive. Highly recommended!

On this day, choose between the early morning walk or the afternoon boat ride on the lake.

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DAY 14: Depart for Entebbe

After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator. From here, your Around Africa Safaris driver guide will escort you to your guesthouse in Entebbe for your last night in Uganda. After an exciting and unforgettable journey and one last dinner together, your guide will wish you a safe journey.

Including Jeep

2 people sharing 4 people sharing 6 people sharing Single person supplement
USD per Person from $5,994.00 $5,019.00 $4,829.00 $599.00

Including safari minibus

2 people sharing 4 people sharing 6 people sharing Single person supplement
USD per Person from $5,716.00 $4,905.00 $4,620.00 $599.00

For Uganda and Rwanda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

  1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
  2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
  3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
  4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
  5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
  6. 6. For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel
  • English speaking tourist guide
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

  • Visa fees
  • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
  • Additional meals
  • Tips
  • Activities not part of the described programme
  • International travel insurance

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary

Included:

Safari vehicle, fuel, guide, 1 Gorilla Permit per person, 1 Chimp Permit per person, all National Park entry fees, all activities as described despite optional activities

Not included:

International flights, visa fees, tips, beverages, personal items

Please note: that the prices and the program can change due to availability or other unplanned conditions like road conditions, weather etc

Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking

  • Long sleeve shirts and trousers (old clothes recommended as they can get very dirty and torn from the thorns and jungle foliage)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses (although once in the jungle you are in the shade)
  • Gardening gloves to protect your hand from the thorns and vines
  • Good ,comfortable sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Long socks to truck your trousers into
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera with lenses of different mill metres
  • Waterproof rucksack (or plastic bags inside your rucksack)
  • Plenty of water (the camp provides a packed lunch and lots of water
  • For evenings at the camp it is worth taking a warm fleece as evenings can be chilly. For the daytime light, casual clothes generally suffice.

This 13 day tour combines the lush greenery and biodiversity of Uganda with the teeming wildlife of Tanzania and the Arab-influenced Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are incomparable in terms of vast landscapes and wildlife numbers. The tour commences with the challenging trek to see Uganda’s gorillas and ends with rest and relaxation on Zanzibar’s white beaches.

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa.” In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Tanzania’s Serengeti is known as one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.’

Game-viewing includes: huge buffalo herds and thousands of antelope. The Great Migration of one and a half million Wildebeest traverse the Mara River twice yearly between the Serengeti and Maasai Mara in Kenya.

Tanzania is the base from which to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. On this itinerary, you will spend quality time in the major Tanzanian national parks. You will visit Lake Manyara, travel into the Serengeti and end the safari tour by visiting Ngorongoro Crater. If the time of year is right, you will also encounter the wildebeest migration.

The island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, has miles of white sandy beaches and tiny islands, an idyllic destination for snorkeling, coral reef diving and deep sea fishing. The aroma of sensual spices, Swahili fusion cuisine and Arab history infuse Stonetown’s maze of cobbled courtyards to make a dream destination. Zanzibar is a tantalising destination in which to unwind for a few days.

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DAY 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Around Africa Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Overnight at the Boma Guest House.

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Day 2: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park

After breakfast, your driver will collect you for the drive via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the (occasionally visible peaks of the) Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda.

Mweya Lodge is set on a peninsular that is surrounded by water on three sides. From the swimming pool and terraces, it’s possible to watch elephant, hippo, crocodile, Cape buffalo, Banded Mongooses and a dazzling array of birds.

Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

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Day 3: Boat at Kazinga Channel

Start your day early with a 6 o’clock coffee or tea wake-up call, ready for your early morning game drive. Make sure to ask the hotel staff for a packed breakfast that morning. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope) that mate around this area. Wildlife to look out for includes elephants, antelope, warthogs, Baboons and occasionally a hyena. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard!

After your Safari, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours relaxation by the pool and lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo.

The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

After the boat ride, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National park.

Overnight at the Haven Lodge

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Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes. Bwindi bird watching is highly recommended by the African Bird Club.

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

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In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Some afternoons, there is an option of watching a dance by the Batwa tribe, the original inhabitants of the forest. Note: the dance performance also depends on how many visitors there are staying at the lodge that night.

Overnight at the Haven Lodge

Day 5: Drive back to Entebbe Airport to catch your connection flight to Kilimanjaro/ transfer to Arusha.

At Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be collected for the transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Arusha Hotel.

Day 6: Arusha/Lake Manyara

After breakfast and check out, your driver will take you to your next destination: Lake Manyara National Park, a photographer’s game viewing paradise. Here you will find a park teeming with wildlife. If you are lucky, you may spot the famous tree climbing lions resting in acacia trees. From your vehicles, you will have a marvelous view of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, sparkling in the sun. Remember to have your camera batteries recharged.

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Dinner and overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

Day 7: Lake Manyara / Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will embark on your drive towards the unique and gorgeous Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park. The gorge lies on the same spot as an ancient lake, which was covered by thick layers of volcanic ash, to carefully preserve the world’s earliest records of mankind. This extremely important prehistoric site was discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey and the exhibitions from different periods in its history are on display in the Oldupai Gorge Museum, located on the gorge’s rim.

Your visit will also include the famous Maasai Bomas, where you will be able to meet the Maasai people and get to know their culture and habits. Entering the Serengeti National Park for your game drive, you will see the most intriguing and amazing African landscape roll out before your eyes. Here you will experience African wildlife in all its glory.

Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.

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Day 8: Serengeti / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Your day will start with an early morning game drive in the Serengeti. From here you will head towards Ngorongoro Conservation Area via the famous Oldupai Gorge also known as “The Cradle of Mankind” to arrive at your lodge in the evening.

Dinner and overnight on the rim at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

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Day 9: Ngorongoro / Arusha

After breakfast, your lodge will hand you a packed lunch which you will take on your next journey: descending to tour the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, an undoubted highlight of your 13 day tour. “Africa’s Garden of Eden” – the Ngorongoro Crater – is home to 30,000 animals including the rare Black Rhino and black-maned male lions.

After your crater tour, you will proceed to Arusha for overnight.

Overnight at the Arusha Hotel (Dinner not included)

Day 10: Arusha / Zanzibar (beach)

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel. The rest of the morning is at your leisure. (Lunch not included).

You will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your scheduled flight to Zanzibar departing at 1400 hrs. On arrival at approximately 1520 hrs, you will be met and transferred to your beach hotel, where you have a chance to relax on the sandy white beaches and explore the resort’s inclusive activities.

Dinner and overnight at Blue Bay Beach Resort – Superior room/Breezes Beach Club & Spa (B&B)

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Day 11 & 12: Zanzibar (beach)

Your days in Zanzibar can be as relaxing or active as you choose. Some of the optional activities include:

  • Wander Stonetown’s cobbled courtyards
  • Sail into the sunset on a Dhow,
  • Take a spice tour
  • Eat grilled seafood at Forodhani waterfront market
  • Lie on the pristine Fumba Beach or snorkel in crystal waters
  • Picnic on one of the islands – look out for dolphins
  • Climb an ancient Baobab tree, swim in a mangrove lagoon
  • Dive in the coral gardens
  • Go deep sea fishing, rent kayaks or windsurfers

Dinner and overnight at Blue Bay Beach Resort – Superior room/Breezes Beach Club & Spa (B&B)

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Day 13: Zanzibar / Depart

Breakfast and check out. You will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your flight to the next destination.

Costs

Seasons Per person Sharing(AAS) Single room Supplement(AAS)
From To
01.11.15 14.12.15 $4,498.00 $553.00

For Uganda and East Africa itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

  1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
  2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
  3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
  4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
  5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.

Includes

  • All mentioned transfers in Arusha and Zanzibar
  • 2 nights bed and breakfast in Arusha
  • Full board on safari
  • All Park entrance fees to the mentioned national parks
  • Services of professional English speaking driver guides
  • Game drives and transportation in our custom made 4 x 4 Land cruiser
  • Government taxes
  • Launch trip on Kazinga Channel
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park
  • All Park entrance fees
  • All meals on the safari
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • All game viewing activities specified
  • Scheduled flight Arusha / Zanzibar (maximum 15kgs of luggage per person in soft sided bags are allowed)
  • 3 nights Half board in Zanzibar
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas
  • Any sightseeing, excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Anything else not mentioned above
  • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
  • Additional meals
  • Tips
  • Activities not part of the described programme
  • International travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature / laundry / souvenirs

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary
Tour highlights

1. Trekking through one the most beautiful Mountain Areas worldwide

2. Climb up to Magherita Peak

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Your Around Africa Safaris guide will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your guesthouse. Depending on your arrival time you can discover Entebbe with the second largest Lake in the World: Lake Victoria. You can visit the Botanical Gardens with many types of Primates and amazing birdlife. After a short briefing, enjoy the night before the start of your exciting Africa-Adventure-Tour starts.

Overnight at The Boma Guesthouse Entebbe (BB)

Day 2: Entebbe – Rwenzori Mountains National Park

After a good sleep and a fortifying breakfast we head in direction of West Uganda.

You will see many plantains, swamps and bush land towards Mubende, where we stop for a lunch break (additional expense knocks costed in itinerary).

Today’s destination is Kasese near the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. You will reach your accommodation in the afternoon when, if there is time you can enjoy walks around the area.

Overnight in Hotel Magherita (B, D)

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NINE DAY TREK to Margherita Peak 5,109 metres

Margherita Peak is Africa’s third highest peak, however the real beauty is in the climb up the Kilembe route. The forest and valley flora is diverse with trees and valleys of ferns. The trees are alive with many species of birds and primates and as you walk up the trail you will see chimp nests high up in the tall trees; if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a resident chimpanzee as they scamper away. Climbing Magherita Peak is more of a hard scramble than a climb, except for a few difficult moves. When it snows it is more difficult; however the rewards and exhilaration of reaching the top is enormous as you look across Albert Peak to the DRC (Congo) then east across the spectra of the Rwenzori Mountains.

We provide all the equipment necessary for the climb: crampons, ropes, harnesses, and carabinas. You need to bring good hiking boots, warm clothing, a warm sleeping bag and rain gear. We do also hire sleeping bags.

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Day 1: Kyanjuki – Sine Hut

Steady walk with a steep climb for the last kilometer. Start at Trekkers at 1,450 meters and sleep at Sine Hut at 2,596 meters: height gain of 1,146 meters.

For those who want a bigger challenge and add in a climb to Mutinda Lookout at 3,975 metres – which is directly above Mutinda Camp 3,688 metres – you may continue to Kalalama Camp at 3,147m. This will they give you ample time to climb Mutinda Lookout in the afternoon and enjoy the views plus acquire better acclimatization for higher altitudes. The climb takes about 40 minutes to one hour

Guides generally brief clients at the start of the trek or the night before.

The trek starts at Trekkers Hostel in Kyanjuki, which is situated 1,450 meters above sea level and 12 kilometers from Kasese. It is best to start by 9 am but may leave as late as 11am. You walk 2.2km to the UWA rangers post at 1,727 meters, which takes about one hour. Here you pay the gate entrance fee and the rangers brief you on the rules of the National Park.

We start by walking up the valley floor through tall forest trees of the Afro Montane Forest Zone. This is a steady climb with multitudes of birds and a chance of seeing a wild chimpanzee or blue monkey scampering off through the forest. At times visitors may see troupes of 15 to 20 Colobus monkeys scampering through the tree tops. There are rare sightings of the L’Hoest monkey which are one of the Bukonzo cultural emblems, protected by the virtue of the King or Omusinga. There is a wide variety of plant species from forest trees to bamboos thickets, low shrubs, flowers, fungi, with many moss and lichen covered vines hanging from the tall trees creating an awesome appeal. Enock’s Falls are just 200 meters from Sine Hut and offer a splendid opportunity to capture a great screensaver for your memories.

The 10-bedded wooden hut is set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge. On the large verandah you may sit and enjoy the beauty of the Afro Montane forest while you look down at a fantastic waterfall crashing over the rocks far below. Sine is just below the bamboo zone and the area around has many different bird species. Sleep at Sine Hut 2,585 metres.

Day 2: Mutinda Camp

After a good breakfast, trekking starts at 8.30am and you soon enter the BambooMimulopsis Zone which is a steep climb with many high steps. In the wet season the bamboo area is rather muddy and slippery, making the going slow. However the atmosphere and the forest is beautiful as you climb 551 metres altitude and a distance of 1.8km to Kalalama Camp at 3,147 meters which is in the Heather-Rapanea Zone. Here you can take a rest and enjoy a quick cup of tea or coffee before heading on to Mutinda Camp. The trail meanders up and over several small knolls along a ridge top then drops down the side of the valley before climbing again, and in doing so crosses several small streams, passing close to moss covered waterfalls. You then climb steadily along the side of a beautiful mossy river which tumbles down over the rocks under the Giant Heather trees whose trunks are covered in green moss with old man beards (Usnea lichen) hanging from the branches. The trail twists and turns as you climb up the deep valley, which has an enormous variety of plants and flowers. This valley is unique with many Giant Heather trees creating a beautiful atmosphere, often shrouded in mist. Eventually you get to Mutinda Camp which is set near a small river that drops off a waterfall and offers a chance to wash, refresh and relax or, you may wish to climb up to the top of the Mutinda Lookout (one and a half hours up and one hour down). The view and the atmosphere are amazing as you stand on moss covered rocks at 3,925 meters with views across the Rwenzori Mountains, down to Kasese town and Lake George.

Note:- During the summer of 2011/2012 from December to late March there was a unprecedented dry spell and on the 9th February 2012 a large fire burnt across much of the alpine area of the Rwenzori Mountains. Fortunately, due to the high rainfall, the vegetation is recovering and the mosses are again growing on the rocks and cliff faces. The worst affected area is above Kiharo Camp where there was a large forest of Giant Heather trees, which are now blackened sticks; however, the area still holds a beauty with towering cliffs and small areas unaffected by fire along the valley floor with the deep green of fresh shoots and vegetation, bringing new life to the mountains. All of the tussock grass, Giant Groundsel, has regrown and the Malachite Sunbirds are feeding on the flowers of the Giant Lobellias. Kiharo Camp has been moved below the burnt area and is particularly beautiful with many birds, animals, rock hyrax and several species of rare chameleons, some have been found living at altitudes of 3,650 metres. The affected areas are between Mutinda and Bugata Camps on day 3 and on the way down from Bugata Camp to Kiharo Camp. We have since shifted Kiharo Camp down the valley a little so as to be in an area not affected by the fire. Since the dry spell we have been experiencing heavy rains throughout and the vegetation and mosses are regenerating much faster than expected.

Day 3: Bugata Camp

4.9 km starting at 3,688 meters climbing to 4,062 meters.

Alpine Zone. The trail here is boggy, particularly in the wet season but with a little skill you can step from tussock to tussock to make the going easier. You cross the Mutinda valley through the tussock grass and everlasting flowers interspersed with many Giant Lobelias before climbing a steep section up to the Namusangi Valley (3,840 meters), which ends abruptly with sheer waterfalls and fantastic views of Mutinda Peaks. The Namusangi Valley is wide, with many ups and downs and crossing several bogs as the trail climbs steadily to Bugata Camp at 4,062 meters. Bugata Camp is situated way up Bamwanjara Pass high above Bugata Lake with views across Lake Kopello to Weismann’s Peak, which is often covered with snow; from here you have valley views of Lake Africa and Lake Kanganyika and the many small peaks towards Mutinda Camp. The area is covered with tussock grass, everlasting flowers (Helichrysum), St John’s Wort (Hypericum becquaeritii), giant groundsel (Senecio adnivalis) and Giant lobelia (Lobellia gibberoa). There are many Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophuc nigrifrons rubidus) which are a sub-species only found in the Rwenzori Mountains. In the past they have been very hard to see due to the thick vegetation but since the fire, which burnt across the alpine region of the Rwenzori Mountains, they are now easier to see in the new shorter growth.

In the dryer season you may choose to walk directly up the valley but a more scenic trail meanders along the hilltops with fantastic views of Lake Nusuranja from Plozza Rock. From Plozza Rock you also get fantastic views down the valley of nine lakes ringed by rugged peaks and ridges.

Bugata Camp has good facilities, solar lights, good toilets and bathrooms where the guides may prepare some warm water in a basin for you to wash. Bugata also has a heli pad (GPS reading N 18.312 E29 53.457) in case of any need for rescue by helicopter.

Day 4: Bamwanjara Pass

6.2 km starting at 4,062 meters climbing over 4,450 meters sleeping at 3,974 meters. Commence trekking at 8.30am to climb up Bamwanjara Pass, where the trail climbs steadily with several long flat bogs. The area is covered by everlasting flowers and Giant groundsel with the bogs being mainly tussock grass and Giant lobelia, whose nectar is the main food source for the Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia johnstonu dartmouthi) which is common in this area and unique to the Rwenzori Mountains. As you climb you look back to see the glacial lakes far below in the valley.

On reaching the top of Banwamjara Pass you get excellent views of all the main snow capped peaks where we have a small shelter for you to rest and enjoy the scenery. The walk down to Kacholpe Lakes is steep and often very muddy but offers fantastic views of Kachope Lakes and McConnell’s Prong. Butawu Camp (3,974m) is set on a ridge high above Butawu River which flows down from Scott Elliott Pass through Kitandara Lakes and has excellent views of the snow capped Mt Baker.

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Day 5: Margherita Camp

4.2 km Starting at 3.974 meters climbing to 4.485 meters.

Walk back along the ridge before crossing several wet areas and small rivers coming from Mt Baker and Freshfields Pass to join Butawu River. The walk up Scott Elliott Pass is enjoyable as you climb through the pass and up the ridge of Mt Stanley to Margherita Camp at 4,485 meters which is below Elena Hut. It is sheltered with a ring of high rocks and it is the original camp used by the Italian Prince Luigi Amadeo di Savoia, Duke of the Abruzzi, who mounted a very powerful expedition in 1906, composed of biologists, surveyors, a geologist and a photographer. The Italian led team, between June and July 1906 climbed the mountains, opening a new page in the history of mountaineering and exploration in Africa, and providing an answer to the most unresolved geographical questions in the region for centuries. Some of the peaks still have the names which the Duke chose to honor the Italian Kingdom and Queen Margherita – hence our naming this camp Margherita Camp. From here you have great views of Mt Baker, Scott Elliot Pass and some of the high glaciers on Mt Stanley.

Day 6: Margherita Peak 5.109m

Day starts at 4,485 meters with a climb to Margherita Peak at 5,109 meters; return to Margherita Camp then descend to Butawu Camp at 3,974 meters to sleep. Distance of 3.5km to the peak then 3.5km return to Margherita Camp followed by 4.2km down to Butawu Camp. Total distance 11.2km.

Wake up at 4.30am, have a quick snack and start climbing so as to be on the Stanley Glacier before sunrise. The climb up from Elena can be difficult if covered in snow and ice but it is classed as a difficult scramble. Once on the Stanley glacier the going is easy however, the climb to Margherita glacier can be challenging and slippery in bad weather. Rwenzori Trekking Services has recently installed a new fixed static rope with bolts every three meters leading down a ledge to the top of a six-meter aluminum ladder. This is a safe route and anyone with reasonable fitness and head for heights is able to pass. It is not classed as technical and it is easy in dry conditions. The climb up Margherita glacier is steep and requires that you are fit. On getting near to the top of the glacier you then climb around an exposed section of rock, which is also bolted and roped, to get on the ridge running up to the top of Margherita Peak. On a clear day the views from Margherita Peak are awesome and your goal is achieved!

After summiting you then descend directly to Butawu Camp or in the case of bad weather, you may need to stay in Margherita Camp; however, the following day it will be necessary to bypass Butawu Camp directly to Bugata Camp.

Day 7: Bugata Camp

6.2km hike starting at 3,974 meters, climbing over 4,450 meters and sleeping at Bugata Camp 4,062 meters.

A late breakfast at 8.30am to start trekking by 9am. The climb up Bamwanjara Pass which is steep and in wet weather can be rather boggy makes it slow going and tiresome. While crossing the pass you get the chance to see hyrax sitting at the entrance to their rock shelter, warming in the sun. Their main predator is the Rwenzori Leopard Panthera pardus ruwenzori, which is rarely seen; occasionally people do get a glimpse. The leopard has been heavily poached for its skin in the past and there are few left. There is a skeleton nearby in a small rock shelter for those who doubt the existence of leopard at those heights. However on a rare occasion on a misty or overcast day, you may be lucky to see one briefly as they move between the rocks. Sleep at Bugata Camp.

Day 8: Kiharo Camp or Samalira Camp

Descend to either Kiharo Camp 3,460 metres or Samalira Camp 3,170 metres.

Early morning set off around Lake Bugata and the outlet of Kopello Lake, then climb 200 metres to the confluence of the two valleys. As you descend the upper areas of the Nyamwamba Valley there is a large area of thick Giant Groundsel with dense evergreen undergrowth and moss with the rocky peaks towering above. As you descend the valley you will notice the terrain is made up of several flat boggy areas where millions of years ago glaciers sat and since melted, leaving a wall of big rocks in front of where it lay. The valley is home to many Red Forest Duiker (Cephalophuc nigrifrons rubidus). At night you may stay in Kiharo Camp at 3,460 metres, an area rich in evergreen plants and babbling streams. At night the air is filled with the calls of the rock hyrax in the rocky cliffs high above.

Note:- As it is necessary to skip one of the camps, you may either stay in Kiharo and enjoy the lush vegetation and rocky cliffs or may descend to Samalira Camp at 3,170 meters, making a shorter trek down to base camp the following day.

Day 9 of Trekking: back Hotel Magherita

Assuming that you slept in Kiharo Camp, you wake up to the shrill calls of the Ruwenzori Turaco (Ruwenzorornis johnstoni) and other birds. After a hearty breakfast you walk down the valley which is home to many species of birds who dive in and out the thick vegetation. Chameleons are a common sight as they crawl along the branches of the thick vegetation feeding on insects. In the clear areas you may catch a glimpse of a Duiker quietly feeding surrounded by Giant Lobellias and a variety of flowering plants. After descending a few kilometres you climb two hundred metres up to a ridge overlooking the peaks. In the evening you will have returned to the hotel to rest after an amazing journey.

Day 12: Rwenzori Mountains NP – Entebbe

In the morning we drive back to Entebbe. Your Safari Guide will wish you good bye and you can spend time relaxing after the exciting trekking and prepare for tomorrow’s flight. Overnight at The Boma Guesthouse Entebbe (BB)

Day 13: Entebbe

Depending on your flight time, the guesthouse will drive you to the airport.

2pax 4pax 6pax single suppl
USD per Person from $3,228 $2,631 $2,534 $230.00

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

  1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and 2020.
  2. 2. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
  3. 3. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
  4. 4. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
  5. 5. For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

including

  • All overnights in middle range accommodation before and after the trekking; in camps or huts on the trekking
  • All meals as mentioned in the program
  • 4×4 Jeep
  • Mountain equipment, ranger, porters, cook, gas, cooker
  • tents
  • National Park entry fees
  • All transfers
  • Taxes
  • Water en route
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

exclusive

  • Visa to enter Uganda
  • Alcoholic and other beverages
  • Other meals
  • Tips
  • Activities which are not mentioned in the program
  • International travel insurance
  • Hiking boots, rain gear, warm clothes, sleeping bag

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa.” In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa”. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa…”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda’s many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Around Africa Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your guesthouse, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Overnight at The Boma Guesthouse (B&B)

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Day 2: Depart for Murchison Falls National park

Today you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area of over 4000 km2.

Time permitting, you may break your journey at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a species reintroduction programme that has successfully bred over a dozen white rhino and the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino. These docile animals are best viewed on an early morning walking safari.

Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. The River Nile runs through the park and attracts Nile crocodile, hippo and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see. If time allows, visit the Top of the Falls and feel the force of the River Nile under your feet as the half a kilometre wide river narrows to just 7 m wide and cascades down through a 45 m drop.

The popular yet intimate Murchison River Lodge sits on the southern bank of the River Nile overlooking the river on its journey from the river’s source in Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert. Set in beautiful surroundings, the lodge offers comfortable and relaxing mid-range accommodation in thatched cottages, thatched safari tents and simple camping tents in its shaded and wellpositioned campsite.

Overnight at Murchison River Lodge (FB)

Day 3: Boat Trip to the Delta in search of the Shoebill

Your morning will start with an early morning game drive. You may choose to take a packed breakfast to eat mid-morning or eat a full breakfast upon your return to the Lodge. Admire the wildlife and birdlife of Murchison Falls National Park and ask your driver guide lots of questions along the way. After the game drive, you will return for lunch and an hour or to use relaxation by the pool.

One of the highlights of this Safari will be the boat ride to the Nile Delta, home to the iconic Shoebill.

Overnight at Murchison River Lodge (FB)

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Day 4: Lake Albert, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve

Between Murchison Falls and Kibale Forest National Parks lies Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve, near the town of Hoima, your next destination. Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is located in the Albertine Western Rift Valley and comprises 225 km2. Lake Albert Lodge has a swimming pool and views of the Blue Mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo beyond Lake Albert.

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During your evening game drive, look out for a wide variety of antelopes including Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda Kob, bushbucks and duikers not primates such as the striking Black and White Colobus Monkey.

If time allows, you may have the opportunity for a guided nature walk.

Overnight at Lake Albert Lodge (FB)

Day 5: Depart for Kibale Forest National Park

Today your guide will drive you from Hoima to Kibale Forest, an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies.

Kluges Guest Farm is a Ugandan-German family-owned lodge where you can enjoy a pool, stunning gardens and evenings by the campfire.

Overnight at Kluges Guest farm (FB)

Day 6: Chimp Tracking

After breakfast, it’s an early start to report to the ranger headquarters at 8 am in Kibale Forest National Park to track habituated Chimps.

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These engaging apes, our closest living relative, are great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruit trees. Your experienced guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers who will explain the fascinating traditional uses of the forest plant species.

The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest. Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the look-out for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Also look out for the Black and White Colobus Monkey, Red Tailed Monkey and Gray Cheeked Mangabey. Butterfly lovers and botanists will be impressed by equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species.

In the afternoon visit the neighbouring Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Cleverly constructed boardwalks lead you through Papyrus that towers above your head in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. With over 130 bird species, multi-colored butterflies, eight different types of primates and the rare, semi-aquatic Sitatunga (antelope), this is community tourism at its best.

Overnight at Kluges Guest farm (HB)

Day 7: Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park

Your driver guide will take you via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the (occasionally visible peaks of the) Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda.

En route to your lodge, you are likely to see a variety of game, particularly elephants and Uganda Kob. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard!

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Katara Lodge is perched high on the Kichwamba escarpment with breath taking views across the floor of the Rift Valley. Ahead of you are the foothills of the Rwenzori’s. To the left in the distance are the chain of eight Virunga volcanoes.

Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB)

Day 8: Game drive and water safari on the Kazinga Channel

Start your day early with a 6 o’clock coffee or tea wake-up call, ready for your early morning game drive. Make sure to ask the hotel staff for a packed breakfast that morning. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope) that mate around this area. Wildlife to look out for includes elephants, antelope, warthogs, Baboons and occasionally a hyena. If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard!

After your Safari, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours relaxation by the pool and lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo.

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The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB)

Day 9: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – and look out for treeclimbing lions!

Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on the expansive plains of Ishasha that you will be on the lookout for its famous resident: the tree climbing lion. A sighting is not guaranteed but you have a better chance of seeing them here in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha than anywhere else in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World

Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes. Bwindi bird watching is highly recommended by the African Bird Club.

After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.

Silverback Lodge is perched on a high point, overlooking the breathtakingly beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The view is stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails. Occasionally, primate viewing is possible right from your room.

Overnight at Silverback Lodge (FB)

Day 10: Gorilla Tracking

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

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Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Some afternoons, there is an option of watching a dance by the Batwa tribe, the original inhabitants of the forest. Note: the dance performance also depends on how many visitors there are staying at the lodge that night.

Overnight at Silverback Lodge (FB)

Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park

A stop over at Lake Mburo National Park is the perfect way to break the long journey from Bwindi back to Kampala. You will depart Bwindi early after breakfast and drive the 227 km to Lake Mburo to arrive in time for lunch. You will drive through lush green scenery of the Kabale “Gorilla Highlands” a pattern of heavily cultivated hills and deep valleys. You will marvel at how people farm this steep land. The altitude is 2,347 metres (7,700 ft) above sea level at its highest point, making Kabale higher than most parts of Uganda.

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By contrast, Lake Mburo can be hot and dry. Burchill’s zebra are this small national park’s most striking inhabitants, although the recent relocation of giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park adds to the park’s interest. The lack of large predators means that Lake Mburo is one of the few national parks in Uganda where you can do a walking safari. In the evening, you can even go for a nocturnal game drive. Highly recommended!

Overnight at Lake Mburo Lodge (FB)

Day 12: A stop at the Equator

After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator.

After a farewell dinner, your Around Africa Safaris guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area.

Transfer to the airport (HB) Mid range

2 people sharing 4 people sharing 6 people sharing Single person supplement
Price per client from $4,970 $4,090 $3,930 $450.00

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

    1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
    2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
    3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
    4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
    5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
    6. 6. For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel – English speaking tourist guide – 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

    • Visa fees
    • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
    • Additional meals
    • Tips
    • Activities not part of the described programme
    • International travel insurance

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary

This 10 day tour combines the lush greenery and biodiversity of Uganda with the Arab-influenced Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. The tour commences with the challenging trek to see the gorillas and ends with rest and relaxation on Zanzibar’s white beaches.

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa.” In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

The island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, has miles of white sandy beaches and tiny islands, an idyllic destination for snorkeling, coral reef diving and deep sea fishing. The aroma of sensual spices, Swahili fusion cuisine and Arab history infuse Stonetown’s maze of cobbled courtyards to make a dream destination. Zanzibar is a tantalising destination in which to unwind for a few days.

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Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport.

After your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be transferred to your guesthouse in Entebbe.

Overnight at 2 Friends Beach Hotel.

Day 2: Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (8 hours’ drive from Kampala).

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes. Bwindi bird watching is highly recommended by the African Bird Club.

After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home in Bwindi) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.

Overnight at The Haven, a community lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 3: Gorilla trekking!

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

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Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Some afternoons, there is an option of watching a dance by the Batwa tribe, the original inhabitants of the forest.

Overnight at The Haven.

Day 4: Entebbe – Zanzibar.

After breakfast, you will transfer to Entebbe for your connection flight to Dar es Salaam and onwards to Zanzibar Airport and transfer to your beach resort.

Everyone falls in love with the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. Stretch out in the hot sun as the cool breeze from the ocean fans over you. Breezes Beach Club and Spa offers a range of inclusive activities.

Dinner and overnight at Breezes Beach Club and Spa.

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Day 5 – 9: Zanzibar beach, Relax and unwind in Zanzibar.

Your days in Zanzibar can be as relaxing or active as you choose. Some of the optional activities include:

  • Wander Stonetown’s cobbled courtyards
  • Sail into the sunset on a Dhow,
  • Take a spice tour
  • Eat grilled seafood at Forodhani waterfront market
  • Lie on the pristine Fumba Beach or snorkel in crystal waters
  • Picnic on one of the islands – look out for dolphins
  • Climb an ancient Baobab tree, swim in a mangrove lagoon
  • Dive in the coral gardens
  • Go deep sea fishing, rent kayaks or windsurfers

Dinner and overnight at Breezes Beach Club and Spa.

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Day 10: ZANZIBAR – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, according to your flight schedule, you will be transferred from the resort to Zanzibar airport for your scheduled flight back home.

Costs

2 people sharing
Price per client from $2,963

For Uganda and East Africa itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

    1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
    2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
    3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
    4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
    5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB) basis
  • Safari vehicle and fuel (transfer)
  • English speaking tourist guide
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

    • International flights
    • Visa fees
    • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
    • Additional meals
    • Tips
    • Activities not part of the described programme
    • International travel insurance
    • Items of personal nature / souvenirs

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary
There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa.” In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa”. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa…”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda’s many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Day 1

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Around Africa Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena (B&B)

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Day 2: Depart for Kibale Forest

This morning we will depart for Fort Portal and explore the area around the base of the Rwenzori Mountains with an (optional) visit to the world-famous Ruwenzori Mountain Sculpture Foundation. Later we drive to Kibale Forest National Park, in Western Uganda, an incredibly diverse forest that is home to over 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red Colubus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies. Cleverly constructed boardwalks lead you through Papyrus that towers above your head in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, a few minutes’ drive from Kibale Forest. With over 130 bird species, multicolored butterflies, eight different types of primates and the rare, semi-aquatic Sitatunga (antelope), this is community tourism at its best.

Overnight Kyaninga/Primate Safari Lodge (FB)

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Day 3: chimpanzee tracking

After breakfast, it’s an early start to report to the ranger headquarters at 8 am in Kibale Forest National Park to track habituated Chimps. These engaging apes, our closest living relative, are great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruiting trees. Your experience guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers.

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The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest. Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the look-out for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Butterfly lovers and botanists will be impressed by equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species.

Overnight Kyaninga/Primate Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 4: The Rift Valley

On day four, your driver will take you via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the (occasionally visible peaks of the) Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo and over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda.

Overnight at Katara Lodge or Mweya Lodge which both offer panoramic views of the whole park (FB)

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Day 5: Water Safari on the Kazinga Channel

Start your day early with a 6 o’clock coffee or tea wake-up call, ready for your early morning game drive. Make sure to ask the hotel staff for a packed breakfast that morning. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope). If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard!

After your Safari, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours relaxation by the pool and lunch.

In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee-eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink.

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The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

Overnight Mweya/Katara Lodge (FB)

DAY 6: Depart For Bwindi – home of the mountain gorilla!

Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on the expansive plains of Ishasha that you will be on the lookout for its famous resident: the tree climbing lion. A sighting is not guaranteed but you have a better chance of seeing them here in the large lowlimbed fig trees of Ishasha than anywhere else in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World

Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.

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After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.

Overnight Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

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The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Overnight Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day 8: Depart for Entebbe

After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator.

A dayroom will be organized for you to shower and change in Entebbe. After a farewell dinner, your Around Africa Safaris guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight.

Dayroom at Lake Victoria Serena (FB)

Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area.

Luxury

2 people sharing 4 people sharing 6 people sharing Single person supplement
Price per client from $3,559 $3,220 $3,177 $578.00

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

    1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
    2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
    3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
    4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
    5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
    6. 6. For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel – English speaking tourist guide – 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

    • Visa fees
    • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
    • Additional meals
    • Tips
    • Activities not part of the described programme
    • International travel insurance

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary

(Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi)

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa.” In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa”. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa…”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda’s many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Day 1: Arrival

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Around Africa Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena (B&B)

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Day 2: Depart for Queen Elizabeth National park

This morning we will depart for Fort Portal and explore the area around the base of the Rwenzori Mountains with an (optional) visit to the world-famous Ruwenzori Mountain Sculpture Foundation. From here, your driver will take you via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the (occasionally visible peaks of the) Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo and over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda.

Overnight at Katara Lodge (HB)

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Day 3: Boat safari on the Kazinga Channel

Start your day early with a 6 o’clock coffee or tea wake-up call, ready for your early morning game drive. Make sure to ask the hotel staff for a packed breakfast that morning. A popular route for the game drive is the Kasenyi sector, well-known for its lions that prey on Queen Elizabeth’s large population of Uganda Kob (antelope). If you are very lucky, you may spot a Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig. Keep your eyes peeled to spot an elusive leopard!

After your Safari, you will head back to the lodge for a few hours relaxation by the pool and lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a boat for a water safari on the Kazinga Channel at Mweya that connects the two lakes of Edward and George. This is likely to be a big highlight of your trip! The expert Uganda Wildlife Authority guides will identify many of the Channel’s 100 bird species and you’re likely to see African Skimmers, Great White Pelicans, Spoonbill and a number of Bee-eater species. Hippos wallow at the edge of the water, huge Nile crocodiles bask in the sun and elephants come down to drink. The Kazinga Channel boat ride is a brilliant opportunity to take some close-up wildlife shots.

Overnight at Katara Lodge (FB)

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Day 4: look out for the tree climbing lions!

Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on the expansive plains of Ishasha that you will be on the lookout for its famous resident: the tree climbing lion. A sighting is not guaranteed but you have a better chance of seeing them here in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishasha than anywhere else in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO Natural World

Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.

After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs (FB)

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs (FB)

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Day 6: A stop on the Equator

After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator.

A dayroom will be organized for you to shower and change in Entebbe. After a farewell dinner, your Around Africa Safaris guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight.

Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area.

Dayroom at Lake Victoria Serena (FB)

Option – Luxury

2 people sharing 4 people sharing 6 people sharing Single person supplement
Price per client from $2,773 $2,524 $2,491 $504.00

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

    1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
    2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
    3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
    4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
    5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
    6. 6. For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel – English speaking tourist guide – 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

    • Visa fees
    • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
    • Additional meals
    • Tips
    • Activities not part of the described programme
    • International travel insurance

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa.” In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa”. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa…”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda’s many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Day 1: Arrival

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your Around Africa Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your guesthouse, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

Overnight at The Boma (B&B)

Day 2: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km2 at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.

After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.

Overnight Silverback Lodge (HB)

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Overnight Silverback Lodge (FB)

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Day 4: a photo opportunity at the Equator

After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator. From here, your Around Africa Safaris driver guide will escort you to your guesthouse in Entebbe for your last night in Uganda. After an exciting and unforgettable journey and one last dinner together, your guide will wish you a safe journey.

Overnight at The Boma (HB)

Day 5

Depending on the time of your flight home, there may be time for an (optional) visit to Entebbe’s Botanical Gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria, home to Black and White Colubus monkeys, Hornbills and many other birds. This can be arranged by the guesthouse, who will also organise the short road transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight.

Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area.

Overnight at The Boma (B&B)

2 people sharing 4 people sharing 6 people sharing Single person supplement
Price per client from $2,182 $1,786 $1,704 $319.00

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

    1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
    2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
    3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
    4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
    5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.
    6. 6. For FAQs, including what equipment to bring for your Gorilla tracking, please visit our website.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Safari vehicle and fuel – English speaking tourist guide – 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Game drives and walks
  • Entrance fees to the national parks
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

    • Visa fees
    • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
    • Additional meals
    • Tips
    • Activities not part of the described programme
    • International travel insurance

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary

Jinja is strategically located at the Source of the Nile, where Lake Victoria flows into the famous River Nile. It is the perfect base for a wide range of activities and watersports. In addition to the famous white water rafting, you might like to try Tandem kayaking, canoeing, Stand Up paddling, fishing, birdwatching, the sunset cruise, quad biking, bungy jumping or horseriding. If you love adrenaline activities, we’re sure you’ll want to try some of these too!

Day 1

The transfer from Kampala to Jinja takes approximately three hours. Along the way, you may choose to stop at Mabira Forest, famous for its birds and primates.

Jinja Town is definitely worth a visit for its fading yet still majestic colonial architecture. Jinja has a very welcoming, relaxed feel to the place. The main street is a great place for getting a good cup of coffee and buying some crafts.

Nestled in a luxuriant rainforest on its own private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile, Wildwaters Lodge is breathtaking. Thick riverine forest naturally covers the island and each of the ten timber-floor rooms is nestled amidst the forest with private views over the River Nile and its rapids. The expansive, canvas walled, traditionally thatched rooms each boast private decks with elegant free-standing baths and wash basins carved from the local pink granite. Softly lit with hand made furniture, you can relax in comfort on this island paradise listening to the thunder of the Nile rapids, and the calls of the many species of bird who call the island

home. Elevated wooden walkways gracefully link the rooms to the restaurant and bar area and offer an unforgettable walk through the heart of the forest.

The main lodge is located quite unbelievably on a solid rock peninsula, amidst the rapids of the River Nile. Relax here, cooled by the constant breezes from the racing rapids or plunge into the adjacent natural swimming pool, carved by the river over millennia from pink granite. This is the ultimate location to enjoy one of the last wild areas of the entire Nile. The lodge is at the heart of the newly formed Wildwaters Reserve, a group of mid-stream islands in the Nile, mostly widely recognised as the home for the legendary whitewater rafting on the Nile. They are also home to river otters, giant monitor lizards and hundreds of species of birds.

Overnight at Wild Waters Lodge (HB)

Day 2

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Widely regarded as “the best one day rafting trip on the planet”, grade 5 whitewater rafting is the safest and most popular trip down the Nile. The rapids are challenging – but you will be safe in the hands of the expert rafters who know the river best. Your day will start with safety briefings, practice and more practice, before you embark on your down river adventure. The white water is exhilarating, and your nerves will soon give way to screams of laughter. A hearty lunch is provided on one of the islands in the middle of the day. This will be a day to remember. The rafting team will be there to photograph and video all the activities for you (optional charge).

Overnight at Wild Waters Lodge (FB)

Day 3

After breakfast, your driver will transfer back to Kampala. Unless you have a plane to catch in Entebbe, you’re welcome to visit Jinja town or try out some of the other adventure activities for which Jinja is famous!

2 people sharing
Price per client from $1270

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

    1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
    2. 2. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
    3. 3. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
    4. 4. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.

Included

  • All accommodation on Half Board (HB), Full Board (FB) or Bed and Breakfast (B&B) basis as quoted in the text
  • Return transport to Jinja
  • 2 nights accommodation at Wild Waters Lodge
  • Full day white water rafting on the Nile
  • Meal plan as per the itinerary
  • English speaking tourist guide
  • All boat tours
  • Taxes
  • Free mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

    • International flights
    • Visa fees
    • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
    • Additional meals
    • Tips
    • Activities not part of the described programme
    • International travel insurance
    • Items of personal nature / souvenirs

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide – Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary

There is no other country in Africa – like Uganda – the “Pearl of Africa.” In 1908, in his book My African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill wrote:

“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa”. The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa…”

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From its source in Lake Victoria, the River Nile crosses the Rift Valley to give Uganda a dazzling range of unique habitats. Uganda’s resulting beauty, natural wonders and biodiversity have impressed generations of travelers. Visitors return for Uganda’s welcoming people and temperate climate. Uganda’s most coveted natural attractions include the endangered Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzees and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda’s diverse habitats have enthralled wildlife-watchers, and seasoned African Safari-goers, for decades.

Hikers and mountain climbers congregate in the Rwenzori Mountains as well as in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which also boasts three major peaks. Game and bird viewing is particularly popular in Uganda’s many national parks, and one of the special attractions is the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Yet there is so much more to Uganda: walking or quad bike safaris, mountain climbing and grade 5 white water rafting are a few of the adventure activities. Her culture of 52 tribes and their languages and dance set the country apart. A comparatively small country, Uganda has won many accolades including Lonely Planet number one destination to visit in 2012.

Day 1: Arrival  Entebbe international airport and fly to Kihihi airstrip.

Today after arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will connect with earolink flight from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi Airstrip. On arrival, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to your lodge.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.

Overnight Haven Lodge (FB)/ Buhoma lodge (FB)

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In the afternoon, if time allows, you will visit the Batwa “pygmy” tribe are the original inhabitants of the forest. Enjoy the ‘Batwa Experience’ and learn how this unique culture lived and hunted in the forest. You may even have a chance to try their bow and arrow!

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge (FB).

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 07:45 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

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In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge (FB)

Day 3: Kihihi – Entebbe

After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Kihihi Airstrip for your short flight back to Entebbe and your international flight home.

Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure. The departures area of the airport has a small restaurant, several duty-free shops and a seating area.

2 people sharing
Price per client from $1778

For Uganda itineraries and costs – customised to your specification and price range – please get in touch with Around Africa Safaris!

Please note:

    1. 1. Prices are valid for 2019 and can change in 2020.
    2. 2. The Gorilla Tracking included in this safari depends on the availability of gorilla trekking permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance, especially during peak seasons of Christmas and school holidays. We therefore strongly recommend booking early.
    3. 3. The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, the duration of your tour, the number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are subject to availability, although we always endeavour to stick as closely as possible to this programme. For the majority of itineraries, we can offer luxury, midrange or budget versions of this safari upon request.
    4. 4. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan as described in this itinerary, due to weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. Occasionally, the planned route of the tour has to change according to the situation on the ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan.
    5. 5. By booking this safari, the client accepts Around Africa Safaris’ terms and conditions of business, available to read on our web site.

Included

  • All accommodation on Full Board (FB) basis as quoted in the text
  • 4×4 Land cruiser Safari vehicle and fuel
  • English speaking tourist driver guide
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 2 domestic flights (Entebbe-kihihi and return)
  • Taxes
  • Drinking water in the vehicle during the tour
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded

  • Visa fees
  • Drinks / alcoholic drinks
  • Additional meals
  • Tips
  • Activities not part of the described programme
  • International travel insurance

Optional

  • German or another language speaking Safari-Guide
  • Other activities highlighted as optional in the itinerary