901: Group Set departures – Classic Uganda safari

Ref: 901, 12 Days

901: Group Set departures – Classic Uganda safari

$4260 per person

This exciting and affordable group set departure safari enables you to meet new people and explore Uganda together, discovering a host of wildlife, including primates and rhinos.

 

You’ll experience primate tracking through lush forests and spend time with Uganda’s mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. There will be an opportunity to visit the only site to view southern white rhino in the wild. During the visit, you’ll  learn about the conservation project which has restored them to Uganda.  Relax and enjoy boat rides on some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of water. This classic safari is an excellent way to sample Uganda’s wildlife and primates, and vast, varied habitats.

 

Highlights

  • Go gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • Search for the Shoebill in swamps full of birdlife
  • Look out for tree-climbing lions
  • Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda where you can track rhinos

 

Overview

Day 1: Evening arrival
Day 2: Rhino Sanctuary and Murchison Falls National Park
Day 3: Game drive. Nile River cruise to falls; hike to top of the falls
Day 4: Travel to Lake Albert, in the Kabwoya Game Reserve
Day 5: Drive to Kibale via Fort Portal. Visit a community swamp conservation project
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking (12 years+) and continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Game drive, then boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
Day 8: Game drive in Ishasha. Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 9: Gorilla tracking (15 years+) or Batwa Tribal Experience
Day 10: Gorilla tracking (15 years+) or Batwa Tribal Experience
Day 11: Travel to Lake Mburo via Igongo cultural centre. Afternoon boat ride
Day 12: Nature walk and travel to Entebbe via the equator 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

 

Please note

Permits are required to track gorillas. The minimum ages is 15 years.  Gorilla permits are limited to eight people per gorilla family. Permits are also required to track chimps and the minimum age is 12 years.

Please read the information about primate tracking on our primates web page and remember to look at our suggested packing list.

 

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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
Accommodation: The Boma Guest House - Entebbe Meal plan: D
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Day 2: Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Continue to Murchison Falls National Park
08:00 drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for 2 hours of rhino tracking and learn about the sanctuary’s successful conservation measures. After lunch, continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the early evening.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge - Murchison Falls National Park Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 3: Morning game drive. Afternoon Nile River cruise to the bottom of the falls
06:00 Dawn game drive in search for early risers including lions, elephants, buffalo and leopards. At 14:00 enjoy a relaxing 2 hour Nile boat cruise to the bottom of the falls.  Alight and embark on the 45 mins hike to the top of the falls to enjoy spectacular views. Your guide will meet you at the top and take you back to your lodge.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge - Murchison Falls National Park Meal plan: B, L, D    
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Day 4: Travel to Lake Albert, in the Kabwoya Game Reserve
Take the 08:00 ferry across Nile and continue to Lake Albert Safari Lodge in the Kabwoya Game Reserve, 3 to 4 hours away, enjoying breath-taking views of the Albertine Rift Valley escarpment along the way. In the afternoon, visit a small fishing village and then enjoy a sunset bush dinner in the wilderness.
Accommodation: Lake Albert Lodge – Kabwoya Game Reserve  Meal Plan B, L, D  
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Day 5: Drive to Kibale via Fort Portal. Visit a community swamp conservation project
07:30 Drive through the reserve and on to Fort Portal, arriving for lunch, before continuing to your lodge to relax. At around 16:00, go for a 1.5 hour swamp walk in Bigodi Wetlands, a community conservation project and home to various birds and primates.
Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge - Kibale National Park    Meal Plan B, L, D
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Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking and continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park
07:00 After a briefing, park rangers will guide your group through the forest, tracking the chimpanzees. This can take several hours, but once found, you will spend a magical hour watching them go about their everyday activities, in their natural habitat. Lunch at the lodge and at 14:30, drive through the beautiful crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth National Park, around 3 hours away.
Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park Meal Plan B, L, D
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Day 7: Game drive and launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
06:00 Spend the morning searching for big game and visiting a fishing village before having lunch on the Mweya Peninsular. At 14:00 enjoy a relaxing 3 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and look out for the animals, including hippos, crocodiles and a host of birds along the banks. Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park Meal Plan B, L, D    
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Day 8: Drive through Ishasha for its tree-climbing lions en route to Bwindi
08:00 drive to the Ishasha sector, 2 hours away, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a 2 hour game drive before a local lunch. There is time for another game drive before proceeding to Bwindi, approx. 3 hours away. Accommodation: Chameleon Hill – Kisoro Meal Plan B, L, D
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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 07:15 meet your group and guides for a briefing, before entering the forest in search of your gorilla family; this can take between 3 to 6 hours. Once you find them, enjoy a magical hour watching them as they eat, play, groom and sleep – a truly special and memorable experience. A packed lunch will be provided to dine al fresco. Accommodation: Chameleon Hill – Kisoro Meal Plan B, L, D  
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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. Accommodation: Chameleon Hill – Kisoro Meal Plan B, L, D
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Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Boat cruise
07:30 Travel to Lake Mburo National Park, stopping at Igongo Cultural Centre for a local lunch. Continue to your lodge and relax. After lunch, drive through this small but fascinating park on your way to take a boat cruise on the lake. Drive back with chances of seeing zebra, impala and more.
Accommodation:  Rwakobo Rock - Lake Mburo National Park   Meal Plan B, L, D
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Day 12: Return to Entebbe via Equator for your evening flight home
07:00 Enjoy an early morning guided nature walk with a park ranger. Learn how to identify plants and track animals as you enjoy wildlife viewing at a close range. At 09:00 return to the lodge for breakfast and at 10:30 travel back to Entebbe, stopping at the equator for lunch. Relax in Entebbe before your evening flight home.
Please note: all timings and routings are approximate and subject to change at short notice.

Guide price: US$ 4,260 per person

Based on 2 adults sharing a double room, in mid-range accommodation, in low season 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

1 gorilla tracking permit each

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

Private safari vehicle 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).