402: Adventure & Safari

Ref: 402, 8 days

402: Adventure & Safari

$2720 per person

Prepare to experience adrenaline activities in stunning locations and view some of Uganda’s iconic wildlife on this thrilling adventure & safari holiday.

Summary

This exciting adventure & safari trip takes you to some of Uganda’s most spectacular sites, including its biggest natural forest and its oldest volcano. Experience high adrenaline activities, such as white-water rafting, zip-lining,  mountain biking and abseiling. Explore rich and varied habitats and encounter some of Uganda’s finest wildlife along the way. Enjoy a game drive and a guided nature walk to track southern white rhino. And there’ll be the chance to relax on a sunset cruise on River Nile – the world’s longest river.

 

Highlights

  • Spend a day on the River Nile whitewater rafting and kayaking
  • Enjoy the best wildlife viewing and a boat ride to the spectacular falls
  • Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda where you can track rhinos

Overview

Day 1: Evening arrival
Day 2: Visit the source of the Nile. Bungee jump
Day 3: Enjoy white water rafting and kayaking on the Nile. Enjoy a sunset cruise
Day 4: Zip-lining and mountain biking in Mabira
Day 5: Rhino tracking and nature walk at Ziwa sanctuary. Proceed to Masindi.
Day 6: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park and take a boat ride to the bottom of the falls
Day 7: Game drive and travel to Kampala via the escarpment in the afternoon.
Day 8: Visit the Entebbe crafts village. Have lunch before your evening flight home

 

When is the best time of year to visit Uganda?

Although Ugandan seasons have become less predictable in recent years, peak tourist seasons usually coincide with dry seasons. When choosing your dates consider:

  • Uganda is an all-year round destination with a pleasant climate and temperatures averaging in the mid 20s0C. The huge variety in altitude means temperatures vary around the country (but this also means increased biodiversity)
  • Flight prices often increase in European/American holiday seasons
  • There are fewer tourists in low seasons so you can have the place to yourselves!
  • Many hotels offer all-year prices so the price of your visit may not change much between seasons
  • Most major roads going from the capital, Kampala, up-country are tarmac. Conditions on murram roads may worsen, to varying degrees, in rainy season
  • Rainy season can be good for birding as there is more food (bugs) available
  • If you are targeting certain birds, ask our advice on breeding and migration seasons
  • Should you plan to climb the Rwenzori mountains, dry seasons are best
  • Hiking may be better in rainy seasons when it is cooler

 

 

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Day 1: Evening arrival and transfer to Kampala
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, where you will be met by your guide. Transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Kampala.
Meal plan: D (depending on time of arrival) 
Accommodation: Cassia Lodge – Kampala
2
Day 2: Visit the source of the Nile and go bungee jumping
Enjoy the scenic 2 hour drive to Jinja before taking a short boat ride to the Source of the River Nile. After lunch in town, travel 20 minutes to Bujagali for the Nile High Bungee. If a straight-forward jump is not enough, try a tandem jump, water touch or full-moon jump. Hang out or explore this beautiful area overlooking the Nile for the rest of the day.
Meal plan: B, L, D
Accommodation:  2 friends – Jinja
3
Day 3: Whitewater rafting or kayaking. Sunset cruise.
Spend a full day on the river; you’ll have the chance to challenge yourself with grade 5 rapids, but there are calmer waters to enjoy if you prefer. All activities are led by expert guides and meet the highest international safety standards. Finally, relax and share stories of the day on a fun-filled sunset boat cruise.
Meal plan: B, L, D
Accommodation: 2 friends – Jinja
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Day 4: Zip-lining and mountain biking in Mabira forest
Travel to Mabira, about an hour away, for a mountain biking safari in the forest, watched by the resident primates and birds. After lunch at Griffin Falls camp, have fun on the Super Skyway canopy zip-line system, set in the lush canopy of this tropical rainforest. Return to Kampala and relax.
Meal pan: B, L, D
Accommodation: Cassia Lodge – Kampala – Jinja
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Day 5: Transfer to rhino sanctuary for tracking. Transfer to Masindi
Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 4 to 5 hours away, for rhino-tracking with your guide on foot, in the bush. After lunch, continue to Masindi for a late afternoon forest walk.
Meal plan: B, L, D
Accommodation: Masindi Hotel – Masindi
6
Day 6: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park. Take a boat cruise
After breakfast, enjoy the scenic journey to Murchison Falls National Park, 2 to 3 hours away. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Nile and then take a relaxing boat trip to the bottom of the falls where you can see the wildlife on the river banks as you pass. Alight at the falls and hike to the top for breath-taking views across the park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
Accommodation:  Pakuba Safari LodgeMurchison Falls National Park
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Day 7: Game drive and return to Kampala
Take a dawn game drive to see early risers like the elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, various antelopes and many bird species. Return to Kampala via the Albertine Rift valley escarpment for stunning views to Congo.
Meal plan: B, L, D
Accommodation:  Cassia Lodge – Kampala  
8
Day 8: Drive to Entebbe, craft shopping and departure
After a lazy start, transfer to Entebbe where you can do some craft shopping and hang out at the beach on the shores of Lake Victoria before your guide drops you at the airport for your flight home.
Please note: all timings and routings are approximate and subject to change at short notice.

Guide price: US$ 2,720 per person

Based on 2 adults sharing a double room, in mid-range accommodation and travelling in a safari Land Cruiser (all our safaris and tours can be adapted to high-end, mid-range or budget versions)

 

The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

 

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, exchange rates fluctuate, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

 

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Price includes

A double room in mid-range, non-air-conditioned accommodation with a full board meal plan

Private safari Land Cruiser with 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 $10 per day for your guide).