Women-only, scheduled-departure, group tour to Uganda

Ref: 701, 12 days

Women-only, scheduled-departure, group tour to Uganda

$4235 per person

It is reported that around two-thirds of today’s travellers are women. This tour is for women who want to get away, meet others, explore, see how different Ugandan women live and have a little me-time – all in a supportive, friendly environment.

This fully-escorted classic wildlife safari gives you time to explore a wide range of habitats in search of Uganda’s best known inhabitants like the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, Big 5 game and over 1,000 bird species. You will also visit some of Uganda’s successful conservation projects such as the rhino sanctuary. All this by vehicle, on foot and by boat to give you the best experiences. This safari doesn’t stop at wildlife though; there are also opportunities to meet the friendly local people and gain an insight into their culture and as well visit local womens’ projects.

Departure dates

09 – 20th June 2021 and 15th – 26th Sept 2021

Group size

4 – 12 people

 

 

Highlights

  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking experience
  • 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 local women and hear about their lives

Overview

Day 1: Evening arrival at Entebbe International Airport

Day 2: Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Game drive. Boat cruise on River Nile. Hike to the top of the falls

Day 4: Transfer to Kabwoya Game Reserve. Bush dinner

Day 5: Drive to Fort Portal. Visit Rubona women’s basket weavers

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 7: Lion tracking. Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Day 8: Game drive in Ishasha. Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 9: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest

Day 10: Travel to Lake Mburo and evening game drive

Day 11: Nature walk. Return to Kampala via the Equator

Day 12: Visit the 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 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 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 away from the airport. She will be your guide throughout this safari. Dinner is available up to 22:00
Accommodation: Boma Hotel – Entebbe Meal plan:  D
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Day 2: Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and travel to Murchison Falls National Park
07:00 Making an early start, drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (approx. 3 hours) where you will go on a guided nature walk including rhino tracking with chances to see the rhino at very close range. Have lunch and continue to Murchison Falls, Uganda’s largest national park (3 hours). Check into your lodge, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery around.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls National Park. Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 3: Dawn game drive and boat cruise on the River Nile. Hike to the top of the falls
Your day starts with a game drive in the northern sector of the park while animals are most active. Search for lions, elephants, buffalos, hartebeest, antelopes and tropical birds.  After lunch at your lodge, get on board for a boat cruise on the legendary River Nile. Then hike (about 45mins) to the top of the falls for spectacular views of the powerful Murchison falls.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls National Park. Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 4: Transfer to Kabwoya Game Reserve. Bush dinner
Transfer by boat through River Nile to Lake Albert where your guide will be waiting for you at Wanseko fishing village to drive you (approx. 3.5 hours) to Kabwoya game reserve up the stunning Albertine Rift Valley escarpment.  Settle in to the lodge and then enjoy a sunset bush dinner in the wilderness – a perfect African way to end your day
Accommodation: Lake Albert Lodge - Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 5: Transfer to Kibale via Fort Portal. Visit Rubona women’s basket weavers
This morning, you transfer to Kibale through Hoima – a town fast developing due to the discovery of oil (Approx. 5 hours). Enjoy amazing scenery, interesting villages and plenty of birdlife. In the afternoon, visit a women’s basket weaving group and neighbouring honey cooperative. the group make candles, propolis and other bee-related products). Meet and interacting with the women making things possible here.
Accommodation: Kluge’s Guest Farm – Fort Portal Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kibale forest boasts of the highest number of primates in East Africa. After an early morning briefing at 07:30, your ranger guide will take you tracking chimpanzees in the forest. Once you find them, you spend an hour with them, watching their daily activities and behaviour. In the afternoon, drive (approx. 2 hours) through the crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Accommodation: Mazike Valley Lodge - Queen Elizabeth National Park Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 7: Lion tracking and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
Today provides another outstanding wildlife experience as you move out early to spend 2-3 hours’ lion tracking. 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
Accommodation:Mazike Valley Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park. Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 8: Ishasha sector’s tree-climbing lions. Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Drive (approx. 2hours) further south to the 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 through the lush green countryside to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Check-in to the Ride 4 A Woman guest house, where you will spend your night. In the evening, meet the local women and learn more about their project – an interesting women’s development story.  
Accommodation: Ride 4 A Woman – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 9: Optional gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Time with local women
After an early morning briefing at 07:30, enjoy the jungle walk with your ranger guide and group (av. 3-6 hours). When you locate your gorilla family, you are allowed one full hour in the company of gentle giants – a truly humbling experience. Watch them as they go about their daily business in the forest. In the evening, relax at your lodge and interact with the vibrant women community. Learn about their culture and also participate in preparing the local food. For those not doing gorilla tracking, optional activities include: Community walk - $25 Batwa trail experience – meet the pygmy people - $80 Sewing with traditional fabric at Ride 4 A Woman - $25 Forest nature walk - $70
Accommodation: Ride 4 A Woman – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 10: Travel to Lake Mburo and evening game drive
07:30 after breakfast, start your journey to Lake Mburo National Park (approx. 5 hours). 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.
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock – Lake Mburo National Park. Meal plan:  B, L, D
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Day 11: Nature walk and a game drive. Return to Kampala via the Equator
07:00 have a 2-hour nature walk accompanied by an armed ranger guide, getting closer to nature. Then after, transfer to Kampala (approx. 4 hours) passing by the Equator, stopping to stretch your legs and enjoying photo moments. In the evening, relax as you watch a cultural music and dance performance.
Accommodation: Accommodation: Urban City Blue Hotel - Kampala Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 12: Time in Kampala then transfer to Entebbe for your flight home
Depending on your flight times, visit one of the craft centres for some souvenir shopping or relax in one of the city’s cafes. Transfer to Entebbe for lunch and, later, your guide will take you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Meal plan:  B, L

Guide price: from US$ 4,235 per person

 

 

Optional activities

Gorilla tracking permits - $ 700

Community walk - $25
Batwa trail experience – meet the pygmy people - $80
Sewing with traditional fabric at Ride 4 A Woman - $25
Forest nature walk - $70

 

Enjoy an early bird discount of USD 100 for bookings received before the end of 2020

The price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin room. Single rooms are also available at no extra cost.

 

 

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 chimp tracking permit each

Full board accommodation and meals

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

gorilla tracking permit, USD 700

International flights

Visas

Travel insurance

Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs

Tips (normally 5–10% and around $10 per day for your guide).