501: HONEYMOON SPECIAL: UGANDA & ZANZIBAR

Ref: 501, 14 days

501: HONEYMOON SPECIAL: UGANDA & ZANZIBAR

$8420 per person

This trip offers you a romantic and very special honeymoon experience! Enjoy game viewing and an encounter with the Batwa tribe before relaxing on Zanzibar’s stunning beaches.

Summary

Uganda is known as the “Pearl of Africa”. A well-deserved accolade; this beautiful country in the heart of Africa boasts a fascinating heritage, diverse habitats, stunning scenery and is home to the “Big Five” and a wealth of other wildlife. This trip is an ideal combination of safari and beach, wildlife and relaxation. It offers you a romantic and very special honeymoon safari experience!

 

You will have an amazing moment with the endangered mountain gorillas, enjoying their company, explore the savannah for game and also meet the forest pygmy people before relaxing on the pristine, white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and staying in the carefully selected elegant lodges and camps. A visit to the spice farm, where you will see, smell and taste the food from locally and freshly produced spices will complete your honeymoon experience.

 

Highlights

  • 1 domestic flight over scenic Uganda
  • Memorable moment with the mountain gorillas in the jungle
  • Game viewing on the African savannah
  • Meet the forest pygmy people ‘The Batwa’
  • Relax on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar
  • Visit the spice gardens

 

Overview

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: 07:00 Flight to Kisoro. Transfer to your lodge

Day 3: Gorilla tracking

Day 4: Batwa trail experience ‘the forest pygmy people’

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Game drive in Ishasha

Day 6: Bush breakfast and game drive. Safari to Mweya peninsula

Day 7: Lion tracking and boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking. Lake Mburo national park. Evening at the look out

Day 9: Game drive. Relaxed evening. Optional community walk

Day 10: Drive to Entebbe. Behind the scenes with animals at UWEC

Day 11: Entebbe. International flight to Zanzibar

Day 12: Spice tour and afternoon relaxation at your hotel

Day 13: Full day relaxing at Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort

Day 14: Departure to airport for your International flight home

 

When is the best time of year to visit Uganda?

Although Ugandan seasons have become less predictable in recent years, peak 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 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 slightly 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, migration seasons
  • If you plan to climb the Rwenzori mountains, ask our advice about the best times
  • Hiking may be better in dry seasons.

 

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: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who then will transfer you to a nearby hotel. Spend your first night in quiet surroundings of Entebbe.  
Accommodation:  Hotel Number 5 – Entebbe
Meals: B&B
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Day 2: 07:00 Flight to Kisoro Airstrip
Your hotel representative transfers you to the airport for your domestic flight to Kisoro. Upon arrival, you will be met by Venture Uganda safari guide, who will drive you to your lodge near Mgahinga national park. Settle in, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the environment. Later, take a guided 2-3-hour village walk and learn about the plants, birds and meet the local people.  
Accommodation: Mt Gahinga Lodge Mgahinga National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 3: Thrilling moments with Gorillas
Today is the highlight of your tour… prepare yourself for an encounter with some of the gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorillas. 08:00 After a short briefing at the park headquarters with your small group, your ranger guide will lead you through the tropical rainforest in search of your gorilla family. Stay with them for an hour, observing their behaviour in their natural habitat.  
Accommodation:Mt Gahinga Lodge Mgahinga National Park.
Meal Plan: B, L, D  
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Day 4: Batwa trail experience
Today you will head out for an amazing and historical hike to meet the pygmy people. Walk for 5 to 6 hours on the gentle mountain slopes with a Batwa guide who will show you how the ‘forest keepers’ lived as hunter-gatherers before the forest was gazetted as a protected area. This activity helps to fund the Batwa’s life outside the forest. Have a relaxed evening as you enjoy your stay at the lodge.  
Accommodation: Mt Gahinga Lodge Mgahinga National Park.
Meal Plan: B, L, D  
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Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Game drive in Ishasha
Drive (2 hours) further north to Queen Elizabeth’s Ishasha sector, home to the famous tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a game drive in search of these big cats and other animals. After lunch, continue (2 hours) through the lush green savannah to Mweya peninsula. Enjoy your evening in Mweya Safari Lodge, found in the heart of Uganda’s second largest national park  
Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp – Queen Elizabeth national Park.
Meal Plan: B, L, D  
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Day 6: Bush breakfast and game drive. Safari to Mweya peninsula
The African safari experience is a story of its own! As you get in to the outdoors of the African savannah, a bush breakfast is that added plus. Feel and enjoy sights and sounds of the African bush as you take your breakfast. There after head for a game drive in Ishasha wilderness. After your lunch, you transfer to Mweya peninsula approx. 2 hours away. Relax for the evening at your lodge.  
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth national Park.
Meal Plan: B, L, D  
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Day 7: Lion tracking and boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Today provides another outstanding wildlife experience as you move out early to spend 2-3 hours with the lion researchers. Participate in their activities on the day which may include monitoring species, climate and habitat, learning about tracking and how tracking devices are used and learning about the animals. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise along Kazinga Channel, known for its high concentration of hippos. Expect to see buffalo, crocodile, elephant and a range of beautiful birds along the banks.  
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth national Park.
Meal Plan: B, L, D  
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Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking. Lake Mburo national park. Evening at the look out
Drive to Kyambura gorge ‘valley of apes’, where you will go tracking chimpanzees. 08:00 after your briefing from your wildlife ranger, trek the forest in search of your chimp family. Spend one hour watching their behaviour, see them play, feeding and groom. Afterwards, you continue your journey to Lake Mburo with a stop en route for lunch. Your evening will be relaxed at the look out, a beautiful location high up on the rock. Sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery across the park and your drinks.
Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo national park
Meal Plan: B, L, D
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Day 11: Entebbe and an International flight to Zanzibar
Rising to the beautiful and quiet environs of Entebbe, enjoy a relaxed morning at your hotel and then transfer to the airport to catch your flight to the pristine island of Zanzibar.  
Accommodation: Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort - Zanzibar.
Meal Plan: B, L, D
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Day 9: Game drive. Optional: Community walk
Lake Mburo is one of Uganda’s smallest but most interesting parks. Although it does not have elephant and lion, it has large populations of some species not found in many other Ugandan parks such as eland, zebra and impala. Take a game drive to see more of the park, the wildlife and birds. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the lodge, swimming or reading as you enjoy the pristine environment and stunning views. Optional: Take a guided walk to the local community (2-3 hours). Interact with them and learn about their cultural heritage and the long-horned cattle.  
Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo national park.
Meal Plan: B, L, D
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Day 10: Drive to Entebbe. Behind the scenes with animals at UWEC
This morning, you return to Entebbe approx. 4 hours. Have your lunch and after, you head to Uganda Wildlife Education centre (former zoo) for an educative tour. You go behind the scenes with animal care takers to see, learn how the animals are taken care of and participate.  
Accommodation: Hotel Number 5 – Entebbe
Meal Plan: B, L, D
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Day 12: Spice tour and afternoon relaxation at your hotel
A tour to Zanzibar is not complete until one visits the spice gardens. This 3-hour guided tour takes you through a profusion of greenery, where you can see, smell, and even taste a variety of mouth-watering fruits before you enjoy a meal prepared from the produce and spices shown to you during the tour. After lunch, soak in the sun on the white sandy beaches or just relax by the poolside.
Accommodation:Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort - Zanzibar.
Meal Plan: B, L, D
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Day 13: Full day relaxing at Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort
Today is the perfect day to end an African safari. You may soak in the waters of these pristine white sand beaches of Zanzibar or feel free to lay in the sun, with your sun cream on, and enjoy the unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean before your eyes. Spa treatments are also available on this romantic island if you would like a little pampering before returning home.
Accommodation: Tulia Zanzibar Beach Resort -Zanzibar.
Meal Plan: B, L, D
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Day 14: Departure to airport for your International flight home
Enjoy your breakfast and depending on your flight back home, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.  
Meal Plan: B

Guide price: from US$ 8,420 per person

 

Based on 2 adults sharing a double room in high-end accommodation and travelling in a safari Land Cruiser vehicle. However, it can be adapted for mid-range clients by changing the accommodation and transport used.

 

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, 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 domestic flight

1 gorilla and 1 chimp tracking permit each

Full-board, non-air-conditioned accommodation

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).