Scheduled Group Tours

Our scheduled departure, group tours provide the chance to join a group, with a fixed itinerary and explore Uganda together, at a reduced price. 

Group size: min 4 – max 12 people

Departure dates:

2018:                                          2019:

8-21 Sept                                    6 Jan-8 Feb

3-16 Nov                                     2-15 Mar

1-14 Dec                                      4-17 May

More dates will be added for 2019. Bookings accepted up to 70 days before travel.

Dry season: Dec-Feb, Jun-Sep. Rainy season: Mar-May, Oct-Nov

 

14 days/ 13 nights relaxed tour of western Uganda

Price: USD 6,250 per person (not including flights).

This safari is designed to let you explore western Uganda, at a relaxed pace, with enough time in each destination to really appreciate what it has to offer. The tour includes gorilla and chimp tracking, lots of other wildlife viewing experiences and insights into Uganda’s fascinating culture. You will stay in some lovely lodges and enjoy the best of Ugandan hospitality.

          

 
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  • gorilla and chimpanzee tracking 
  • game viewing on foot, by road, mountain bike and boat
  • predator tracking experience
  • stunning scenery
  • coffee farm tour
Day 1: Evening arrival in Entebbe
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will take you to your hotel, a short drive from the airport. Your guide will escort you throughout your tour.

Day 2: Drive to Kibale. relax at lodge
8:00am drive to Kibale, stopping en route for lunch in Fort Portal. This is a long drive but you will enjoy beautiful scenery along the way and will able to relax on arrival at the stunning Papaya Lake Lodge.
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking. Afternoon swamp walk
At 8:00am you will join your group and guide and head into the rain forest to track the chimps. Spend an hour with them observing their fascinating social behaviour. In the afternoon take a swamp walk with chances to see more primates and the colourful local birds.  
Day 4: Tour crater lakes region. Afternoon boat cruise
Enjoy a tour of this stunningly beautiful area as you travel south towards Queen Elizabeth national park. After lunch at your lodge, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel for some relaxing game viewing as the animals come down to the water.
Day 5: Predator tracking. Game  drive around the park
Start your day with a predator tracking experience with researchers from the park. Then later in the day, take a full game drive, touring the park in search of animals and birds and enjoying sights like the salt lake. There is also time to enjoy the great food, views and facilities at the lodge.
Day 6: Drive to Ishasha. Afternoon game drive
This morning you head towards the southern sector of the park – Ishasha – famous for its tree-climbing lions and large herds of antelope. Also visit the river which forms the border between Uganda and DR. Congo.
Day 7: Game drive. Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
There is a chance for a last game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP this morning before you continue your journey south to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. On arrival there may be time for a nature or community walk or to just kick back and enjoy the views from the lodge.
Day 8: Gorilla tracking or Batwa tribal experience
According to the availability of permits, some or all of the group will track today. Meet the rangers and begin your trek through the forest trying to catch up with your gorilla family. Once you find them, spend an hour with them watching as they groom, eat, play and even snooze! A truly memorable experience. Those that do not track today will visit the Batwa.
Day 9: Gorilla tracking or Batwa tribal experience
For those that tracked yesterday, today there is an opportunity to meet the Batwa – a tribe of pygmy forest keepers. They will show you how they  to live in harmony with the forest, tell you all about their culture and take you to some of their special sites. You can even participate in some of their daily activities 
Day 10: Travel to Lake Mburo national park. Cultural centre
This morning you travel towards Lake Mburo national park (approx. 5 hours) and stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch. In the afternoon you  visit their museum of the Ankole Kingdom and learn more about their culture. Then continue to the wonderful Mihingo Safari Lodge.
  Day 11: Mountain bike safari. Night game drive
Start today with a guided mountain bike safari, cycling around the park and getting closer to the animals than by car. In the afternoon explore further afield by car and visit spots like the look-out for great views. In the evening take a night drive to look for the park’s nocturnal inhabitants.
Day 12: Nature walk. Game drive. Boat cruise
This morning, choose whether to relax and enjoy the facilities at the lodge, including their rock pool, or take a game drive around the park. After lunch there will be another game drive ending at the lake where you will take a boat cruise, which is especially good for bird watching. In the evening, if you are lucky, the bushbabies may visit.
Day 13: Travel to Rakai. Bark cloth making. Coffee farm tour
Travel 3 hours north to Rakai district and enjoy some community experiences including participating in the production of bark cloth and touring a coffee farm to learn about local coffee production ‘from seed to cup’. Enjoy an evening BBQ in a simple, local hotel.
Day 14: Return to Entebbe. Craft shopping. Evening departure
Return to Entebbe stopping at the equator for photos with one foot in each hemisphere. There will be time for some craft shopping at the equator or in Entebbe before your evening flight home.

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

During this tour, in certain locations, if there is an activity you do not want to do, for example a mountain bike safari, we can substitute another activity such as a nature walk or horse back safari. We may have to charge additional costs depending on the activity. Send us an enquiry and we will be happy to advise you.

USD 6,250 per person. Single supplement payable. Group size 4-12 people

Price includes:

  • 1 gorilla and 1 chimp tracking permit each
  • 1 predictor tracking experience each
  • Full-board, non air-conditioned accommodation
  • Private safari vehicle with a driver and fuel for this itinerary
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes
Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs
  • Tips (normally 5–10% and around $100 for your guide).

Note: please ensure you the flights you choose match the itinerary start and end times. If not, you may need to book an extra night in an Entebbe hotel. We would be happy to book flights and/or accommodation for you upon request. 

Booking

To book this safari you need to send us a booking form. When we receive this we will check availability and inform you if the group is full or if any changes are necessary and issue an invoice for a 40% deposit plus the full cost of any tracking permits (in case of cancellation permit fees are non-refundable). Only once this payment is received can we guarantee availability and issue a booking confirmation. Full payment is required 70 days before travel.

Payments and cancellation

We charge in US dollars. Payment is by bank transfer into our Standard Chartered USD bank account in Uganda. You can also pay by credit card although there is a 5% administration charge. For those booking from within Uganda, cash payments are possible at our office.

When we book your safari, we have to pay non-refundable deposits on your behalf, for example to hotels. Therefore, we charge cancellation fees as follows:

30% of reservation costs if you cancel more than 50 days before your arrival date

100% of reservation costs if you cancel less than 50 days before your arrival date

We strongly recommend that you include cancellation cover in your travel insurance.

Disclaimer: We enter into an agreement with you in good faith but we sometimes encounter unexpected changes in local conditions which can affect your itinerary or price. These changes are beyond our control and we are not liable for them. While we endeavour to protect you against the effects of these changes, we reserve the right to amend the agreed itinerary and price in response to them. Such changes include but are not limited to weather conditions, road conditions, supplier price increases, fuel increases, government tax increases, supplier service changes e.g. cancellation of ferry services for river crossings or national park operations (track maintenance, animal translocations). We assure you that, we will always give you as much notice as possible of changes, suggest alternative plans and keep additional charges to a minimum.

Accommodation

This safari uses the following hotels and lodges, subject to availability. If they are full, we will substitute accommodation of a similar standard.

Best Western, Entebbe

Papaya Lake Lodge, Kibale

Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth national park

Enjojo Lodge, Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth national park

Engagi Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable national park

Mihingo Safari Lodge, Lake Mburo national park

Nabisere hotel, Rakai district

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in most accommodation up-country. Where AC is available, there is usually an extra charge.

Some locations have a limited choice of accommodation and so, to stay there, you must accept what is available. Where possible we prefer to work with responsible accommodation providers. This means hotels and lodges which are locally owned, employ local staff, support their community and protect the local environment.

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Transport

You will travel in a spacious, 6-seat, 4×4 safari Land Cruiser, with pop-up roof, fridge and phone/camera charging facilities. This is the perfect safari vehicle.

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All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for your itinerary. Additional activities, not included in your itinerary, may incur an additional fuel charge. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted.

Please let us know if you have any special travel requirements. For example, if your group has disabled members we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

See our Responsible Tourism pages for information about our approach to tourism and advice on how to travel responsibly.

For general advice please see our travel advice webpage.