901: 14 Days: Uganda family safari: Wildlife, Culture

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901: 14 Days: Uganda family safari: Wildlife, Culture

$4250 per person

Imagine seeing your little ones amazed as they see an African lion in the wild or an elephant for the first time. Imagine them learning skills in a natural habitat like conservation, animal tracking and survival in the African savannah….

Imagine seeing your little ones amazed as they see an African lion in the wild or an elephant for the first time. Imagine them learning skills in a natural habitat like conservation, animal tracking and survival in the African savannah. Imagine hearing them re-tell the tale of some of the African cultures, dances, the different picture of African traditions around a camp fire under the starlit sky and surrounded by nature!

This family safari to Uganda takes you to well selected destinations, friendly for families, using carefully thought lodges and hotels. You explore some of Uganda’s fabulous national parks and sites in the western part of the country in a combination of nature walks including rhino tracking, game drives, boat trips and bush experiences (age dependant).  The children’s programme involves learning bush skills from identifying animal tracks and identification to bush lore, conservation and so much more. This safari doesn’t stop at wildlife; there are also opportunities to meet the friendly local people and gain an insight into their culture. Share this kind of excitement with your children on a family holiday to Africa!

Highlights

  • An intimate African bush experience for the children
  • Amazing game viewing in some of Uganda’s savannah parks
  • Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda where you can track rhinos
  • Meet the warm and welcoming local hosts

Overview

Day 1: Evening arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Day 2: Easy morning in Entebbe. Behind the scenes with animals
Day 3: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Day 4: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park. Game drive

Day 5: Morning game drive. Boat cruise on River Nile
Day 6: Transfer to Fort Portal
Day 7: Visit the hot springs. Village walk
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth national park. Salt Lake visit
Day 9: Lion tracking. Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Day 10: Relaxed day in Queen Elizabeth
Day 11: Travel to Lake Mburo via Igongo Cultural Centre. Evening game drive
Day 12: Savannah bush experience and community visit
Day 13: Transfer to Kampala via the Equator. Cultural music and dance performance

Day 14: Visit African craft market. 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 J)
  • 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.

 

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Day 1: Evening arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe, a short drive from the airport. Its location gives you a beautiful feel of leafy quiet environment. S/He will be your guide throughout this safari.
Accommodation: The Boma Hotel – Entebbe.
Meal plan: D
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Day 2: Entebbe. Behind the scenes at wildlife education centre
Enjoy a relaxed morning in Entebbe, get to see the busy side of town.  After your lunch, you head to Uganda Wildlife Education centre (former zoo) which is only a short drive from your hotel for an educative tour. This is a beautiful tour that takes you behind the scenes with animal care takers to see and learn how the animals are taken care of and participate.
Accommodation: The Boma Hotel – Entebbe.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 3: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Nature walk and rhino tracking
Today you make your way northwards to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (approx. 3 hours) a successful conservation project in Uganda that has seen southern white rhinos return to the wild. After your lunch, in the late afternoon hours, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide for a nature walk including rhino tracking with chances to see the rhino at very close range. There is so much to learn about nature and the successes as your visit contributes a lot to the conservation of rhinos at the ranch.
Accommodation: Amuka Safari Lodge – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 4: Murchison Falls national park. Game drive
This morning you continue your safari to Murchison falls, Uganda’s largest national park with prolific wildlife. Its vast savannah grassland is home to four of the big five of the African Animal Kingdom. The park is beautifully bisected by the legendary River Nile and home to the world’s powerful Murchison falls. You arrive at your lodge with a spectacular view of the Nile and a friendly and cool natural environment. Later in the evening, you head out on a game drive as you get introduced to the wonders of this park.
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 5: Dawn game drive and boat cruise on the River Nile
Your day starts with a game drive on the northern sector of the park while animals are most active. While on a game drive in this savannah park, expect to see; elephants, buffalos, hartebeest, hyena, antelopes and tropical birds and keeping your eyes peeled for lions and leopard. After lunch at your lodge, get on board for a relaxing boat cruise on River Nile to see ‘the most powerful falls in the world’.  Spotted along the river and shoreline, are hippos and crocodiles, some animals quenching thirst and birds. The view of the falls at the base is incredible and most visitors never miss this boat trip.
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 6: Transfer to Fort Portal
After your breakfast, you will drive southwards to Fort Portal through Hoima – a town fast developing due to the discovery of oil. Enjoy amazing scenery, interesting villages and plenty of birdlife. Arrive at your beautiful lodge with stunning views over the crater lakes and across to the Rwenzori mountains. Relax at the lodge or feel free to take a stroll around the lodge to the lake.
Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge - Fort Portal.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 7: Visit to the hot springs. Optional: village walk
Waking up to the stunning hills and crater lakes of Fort Portal, you will be heading to Semuliki national park approx. 1 hour drive away. The drive is incredibly scenic, enjoy the views of the picturisque western arm of the African rift valley. On arrival, meet your guide who will lead you on nature walk to the twin hotsprings. The hot springs have a high temperature of up to about 100 degrees celicius and amazingly visitors can’t miss boiling eggs or banana blistering spings. Monkeys and mangabey are some of the animals that can be seen here. Optional: In the evening, a visit to a nearby village brings you close to the local people and provides the chance to learn about their culture, food,  crops and lifestyle.
Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge Fort Portal.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 8: Queen Elizabeth national park. Visit to Katwe Salt Lake
Drive (approx. 2-3 hours) through the crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping en route at places of interest like the founders making bronze sculptures or at scenic spots along the way.  Relax at the lodge as you have your lunch and, later, visit Katwe Salt Lake and learn how local people are using ancient salt mining techniques to make a living. You will also have the chance to visit a nearby fishing village.
Accommodation: Katara Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 9: Lion tracking and launch cruise on the 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. Relax and enjoy your lunch then take an afternoon 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: Katara Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 10: Relaxed day in Queen Elizabeth national park
The location of Mweya safari lodge provides a relaxing environment for visitors. This day will be open and very relaxed. Enjoy your stay at your private cottage, read a book, swimming and you can also arrange for another relaxed game drive with your safari guide.
Accommodation: Katara Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 11: Travel to Lake Mburo national park and evening game drive.
Start your journey to Lake Mburo, one of Uganda’s smallest yet amazing national park. The park offers the only chance of seeing the zebra, eland and impala on this trip. Make a stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for a local lunch. Then, continue into the park (about 1.5 hours). Enjoy an evening game drive exploring the park corners in search of the resident wildlife, such as impala, zebra, buffalos. Keep a look-out for the Rothschild’s giraffe.
Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 12: Savannah bush experience and community visit
This will be one of the special days for the little ones, as you will go out with your guide for a safari walk and experience. The bush walk will provide children the chance to immerse themselves in to the African savannah experience as this will cover a host of topics, learning lots of things and skills, from wild animals to domestic, animal tracks, bush survival skills and the diverse flora and fauna. We can also pan to have a bush meal, weather permitting.  In the afternoon hours, we’ll have a community visit. You will meet the local people and learn about the treasured long-cows and the traditional practices. Then wind your day at the look out, a beautiful location with stunning views across the park, watching the sunset.
Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge – Lake Mburo National Park.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 13: Travel to Kampala via the Equator. Cultural music and dance performance
Travel to Kampala this morning with a stop at the Equator to stretch your legs, enjoy photo moments and cross from the southern to the northern hemisphere. Have a relaxed afternoon at your hotel, then in the evening enjoy a traditional performance with music and dances from around Uganda.
Accommodation: Cassia Lodge – Kampala.
Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 14: African craft village. Travel to Entebbe. Flight Home.
At a relaxed pace, explore the craft markets for a little souvenir shopping. Then later, your guide will take you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Meal plan: B, L, D

Guide price: from US$ 4,250 per person 

Based on 4 people sharing a family 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)

This itinerary uses the accommodation listed and our guide price is based on those. If the hotel of your choice does not have availability on your preferred dates, we can recommend others of a similar standard and price.

 

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

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).