Join a group – set departures

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 18 people

Departure dates (bookings accepted up to 70 days before travel)
2018 
16 – 27 Nov
10 – 21 Dec

2019 (more dates will be added for 2019)
7 – 18 Jan
8 – 19 Feb
2 – 13 Mar
4 – 15 May 

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

 

12-day Classic Uganda Safari

Price: USD 3,440 per person (not including flights).

This classic safari takes you to some of Uganda’s best national parks for amazing game viewing along with highlights like gorilla, chimpanzee and white rhino tracking. Enjoy beautiful scenery as you travel and visit famous sites including the equator, River Nile and Albertine Rift Valley. Meet the friendly local people and gain an insight into their cultures: past and present, participating in a range of activities including preparing local foods and using a bow and arrow! Travel with a group of like-minded people and enjoy activities together such as an evening campfire.

          

 
HighlightsItineraryPriceAccommodation & TransportTravel advice
  • Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • Excellent game viewing opportunities
  • Interact with local people on a village walk
  • Boat cruises on famous water bodies

 

Day 1: Travel to Uganda arriving at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will be with you throughout this safari. He/she will take you to your hotel in Entebbe. (1.5 hours)


Day 2: Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Continue to Murchison Falls National Park
08hr00 drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for 2-hours of rhino tracking and learn about the sanctuary’s successful conservation measures. Enjoy your lunch and then continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the early evening.
Day 3: Morning game drive. Afternoon Nile River cruise to the bottom of the falls
06hr00 dawn game drive in search for early risers including lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard. 12hr30 lunch at Paraa Safari Lodge. 14hr00 2-hour Nile boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and spectacular views on a hike to the top (1 hour). Your guide will meet you at the top and take you back to your lodge.
Day 4: Travel to Lake Albert, in the Kabwoya Game Reserve
Take the 8hr00 ferry across Nile and continue to Lake Albert Safari Lodge in the Kabwoya Game Reserve, enjoying breath-taking views of the Albertine Rift Valley escarpment along the way (3-4 hours). In the afternoon, visit a small fishing village and then enjoy a sunset bush dinner in the wilderness.  
Day 5:  Drive to Kibale via Fort Portal. Visit a community swamp conservation project
07hr30 drive through the reserve and on to Fort Portal (approx. 5hrs) for lunch. Then continue (approx. 45 mins) to your lodge and relax. At around 16hr00, go for a 1.5-hour swamp walk in Bigodi Wetlands – a community conservation project and home to various birds and primates
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking and continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park
07hr00 park rangers will guide your group through the forest, tracking the chimpanzees. Once found, spend an hour watching them go about their everyday activities, in their natural habitat (3-6 hours). Lunch at the lodge and at 14hr30, drive through the crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth N.P. (3.5 hours)
Day 7: Game drive and launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
06hr00 spend the morning searching for big game and visiting a fishing village (approx. 5 hrs). Lunch on the Mweya Peninsular. 14hr00 enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel seeing the animals and birds along the banks (3 hours).
Day 8: Drive through Ishasha for its tree-climbing lions en route to Bwindi
08hr00 drive for approx. 2 hours to the Ishasha sector famous for its tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a 2-hour game drive before having a local lunch. There is time for another game drive before proceeding to Bwindi (approx. 2 hours)
Day 9: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi or Batwa tribal experience
According to the availability of permits, you will either track gorillas today or tomorrow. At 07hr15 meet your group and guides. Enter the forest in search of your gorilla family (approx 3 – 8 hrs). Watch them for one hour as they eat, play, groom and sleep – a truly engaging and memorable experience. Packed lunch
Day 10: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi or Batwa tribal experience
Gain an insight into Batwa culture. This pygmy tribe of former ‘forest keepers’ lost their home when the national park was created. See how they lived in the forest and participate in activities such as using a bow and arrow or preparing food. This activity supports the Batwa to adapt to a new way of life.
Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Game drive
07hr30 travel to Lake Mburo National Park stopping at Igongo Cultural Centre for a local lunch at around 12hr30. Continue to your lodge and relax. 16hr30 take a game drive to explore this small but interesting park which offers the only chance on this safari of seeing the zebra and impala.
Day 12: Return to Entebbe via Equator for your evening flight home
07hr00 guided nature walk with a park ranger. Learn how to identify plants and track animals as you enjoy wildlife viewing at a close range. 09hr00 return to the lodge for breakfast and at 10hr30 travel back to Entebbe making a stop at the equator for lunch. Relax in Entebbe before your evening flight home.

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

USD 3,440 per person. Single supplement payable. Group size 4-18 people

Price includes:

  • 1 gorilla and 1 chimp tracking permit 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 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

If you would like to join this group, set departure safari, you need to send us a booking form quoting reference: SDSIC18/19. We suggest you buy your international flights before booking (or we can book flights for you upon request). Once we receive your booking form, we will issue booking confirmation details including an invoice for a 40% deposit plus the full cost of gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferrable. We suggest you include cancellation cover in your travel insurance.

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

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/price.

Airport Guest House – Entebbe
Fort Murchison – Murchison Falls National Park
Lake Albert Lodge – Kabwoya Game Reserve
Kibale Guest Cottages – Kibale National Park
Ihamba Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Gorilla Valley Lodge – Bwindi Impenetrable National
Rwakobo Rock – Lake Mburo National Park

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

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Transport

You will travel in a comfortable, 4X4 safari van with a large, open roof hatch for game viewing in the national parks.

  

 

 

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.