Uganda Suggested Itineraries
 
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Uganda Suggested Itinerary - 10 day Classical Uganda Safari visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi , Kibale, Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park for the opportunity to view Gorilla's and Chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions (maybe) & many species of birds.

 
Ngamba Island chimpThis ten day safari includes a thrilling visit with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, chimpanzee tracking in both Kibale National Park and Kyambura Gorge, multiple game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wide array of wildlife, including the famous tree climbing lions.

Uganda boasts some of the best bird watching in Africa, with over 1000 different species, including the rare shoebill stork and the remarkable grey crowned crane.

Luxury accommodation, professional guides and custom made safari vehicles - this safari will be the trip of a lifetime. Please note - two gorilla trekking options are available with this itinerary based on availability.

Murchison Falls may be added at the end, to really see all the highlights of Uganda in one trip.
 
Note chimp and gorilla permits shown separately.
This itinerary can depart at any time with a minimum of two people (private basis - surcharge may apply).

2018 Rates (Per person sharing):
01 January - 31 December (except April, May and November): US$4940 (single supplement is $1025)
April, May and November 2018: US$4250 (single supplement is $790)
2018 Scheduled departures (with other people in your vehicle) - minimum 2 people must be booked on these dates for the tour to commence:
9 November 2018 – LOW SEASON
20 December 2018 – Christmas in Uganda *
 
*Christmas supplement on application.
 
2019 10 day Classic Uganda tour rates Per person sharing Single supplement
01 January - 31 December (except April, May and November) US$4 945 * US$1 115
April, May and November  US$4 275 * US$780
 
2019 Scheduled departures (with other people in your vehicle) - minimum 2 people must be booked on these dates for the tour to commence:
4 January 2019
16 January 2019
09 February 2019
22 February 2019
15 March 2019
29 March 2019
20 April (Easter) 2019
22 May 2019
02 June 2019
21 June 2019
05 July 2019
19 July 2019
02 August 2019
30 August 2019
20 September 2019
27 September 2019
18 October 2019
25 October 2019
08 November 2019
20 December 2019
 
Includes
Meet & greet at Entebbe airport,
Airport transfers throughout,
1 night accommodation at Hotel No. 5 or Boma or similar including breakfast,
One way domestic flight from Entebbe to Kihihi on a scheduled flight (light aircraft),
4x4 transport with English speaking local driver/guide,
Bottled water in safari vehicle,
3 nights accommodation at Buhoma Lodge including all meals and local drinks,
Community visit en route from Bwindi to Ishasha,
2 nights accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks,
1 x Sundowner drinks and snacks at Ishasha,
1 night accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge including all meals (no drinks),
All park entrance fees,
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park,
Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel,
2 nights accommodation in Kibale at Primates Lodge or similar including all meals (no drinks),
Full liability insurance cover,
24 hour emergency contact.
 
Excludes:
Gorilla Permit of USD600 per trek Bwindi,
Kyambura chimpanzee permit USD 50,
Kibale chimpanzee permit USD 150,
All international flights and airport taxes,
Personal expenses such as porters, drinks, tips, visas and travel insurance,
Services/activities/meals not included above.
 
*Please note: The flight ENTEBBE - KIHIHI flight has been included in above price (USD300 one-way). Please check at time of booking whether the flight price has increased which will be beyond our control, and a small surcharge may be applicable.
 
Luggage restriction of 15kgs soft bags only on light aircraft flight.
 
2018 & 2019 Optional activities:
Guided forest walk Bwindi including park fees: USD 75 per person
Community visit Bwindi: USD 30 per person
Batwa Pygmies visit: USD 85 per person
2nd Gorilla trek including purchase fee: USD 670 per person
 
Permit prices in 2018 & 2019:
Gorilla permits excluded $600 per trek
Chimp permit Chamburu from $50 per trek
Chimp permit Kibale from $150 per trek
Permit prices are subject to change.
 
Day 1:
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your accommodation.

Entebbe is a small, quiet town located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is easy to explore on foot or local transport ie motorbikes known as “boda bodas” or local taxis. Visit local markets to buy clothes and crafts, curio shops for souvenirs, and the Botanical Gardens on Lake Victoria where you can walk among beautiful trees, watch monkeys moving through the canopy above, and spot many indigenous bird species. Entebbe has a wide variety of restaurants serving many different cuisines as well as several bars and clubs where you can sample the local beer, catch a game of football and chat with the local Ugandans, known for their open and friendly nature.

Overnight at Hotel No.5, The Boma or similar, on a bed and breakfast basis.

The Boma Guest House
The Boma is a small, family run guest house located in the suburbs of Entebbe. A converted residential home, The Boma offers quiet, relaxed accommodation and a peaceful atmosphere. Each en suite room is uniquely decorated, with many having their own veranda. Gourmet meals are prepared upon request and guests can enjoy the welcoming bar area any time of day as well as the guest house’s large garden, private swimming pool and large patio boasting a beautiful views toward Lake Victoria.
 
Hotel No. 5:
Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Hotel No.5 is a stylish boutique hotel. With all luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for guests looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. Make yourself at home – unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym. Attention to detail, outstanding dining and an attentive guest experience are synonymous with Hotel No 5.

Day 2:
Depart your lodge, for the short drive to the Entebbe domestic airport for your scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip, near Bwindi/Queen Elizabeth National parks.
The flight takes just over an hour (depending on the plane used) and on arrival you will be met by a representative and driven to Buhoma Lodge, located at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The drive to the lodge is through local villages and mountain roads – lovely scenery and very interesting en route!
Guests will have the opportunity for two days of gorilla tracking (pre-booking essential). Other activities that can be enjoyed in and around the park include forest walks, visits to a local school or orphanage or Batwa pygmy village, and curio shopping.

Bwindi National Park, located in south western Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, is considered the most diverse forest in Uganda. The area, one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa, where lowland and mountain habitats meet, contains a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, and shrubs. Home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies, and 160 species of trees, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa. The park contains almost one half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site. Bwindi is also home to several endangered bird species with very limited ranges, and acts as an important catchment area for many rivers, supplying water for agriculture in the surrounding region.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge or similar on a full board basis.

Buhoma Lodge
Buhoma LodgeSituated on the slopes of the Forests of Bwindi, adjacent to the national park, this exclusive lodge offers uninterrupted views of the pristine rain forest canopy. The lodge has ten beautifully appointed and spacious cottages situated along the mountainside, each with its own private veranda. Large comfortable beds ensure a good night’s rest following an exhilarating day of gorilla tracking. En suite bathrooms are spacious and equipped with flushing toilets and piping hot showers, with the honeymoon cottage boasting a ‘cuddle-tub’. Meals are wholesome and freshly prepared with a variety of international dishes and local specialties such as matoke and g-nut sauce. Unlimited hot beverages are available all day on a self-serve basis and are delivered to your cottage with early morning wake up calls upon request, allowing guests to watch the sun rise over the forest from their own private verandas. Lighting and heating throughout the lodge is solar powered and the lodge’s inviting upper level lounge, bar and dining area, where guests can relax, dine and discuss the day’s events, offers a cozy fireplaces providing warmth and comfort in the cool evenings.

Day 3:
Following breakfast at the lodge, you will walk down to National Park Headquarters to meet your guides for the day and begin your gorilla tracking experience. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the mountain slopes*. The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is abundantly rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 850 remaining in the wild. This is an experience you won’t soon forget! *Some of the gorilla families are located in an area which you will need to travel to by vehicle, but don’t worry – we will transport you there!

Following the trek, return to your accommodation and, if time allows, take a guided afternoon forest or community walk. Please note: tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks up to six hours or longer, at high altitudes, not uncommon. Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 95%.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge or similar on a full board basis.

Day 4:
Those with pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience following breakfast at the lodge. Depending upon individual itinerary schedules, guests not tracking gorillas may wish to enjoy other activities available in the area such as a forest walk, a visit to a local school/orphanage or Batwa pygmy village, and curio shopping.

Forest Walk (Optional)
Embark on a walk through tropical rainforest with experienced wildlife guides. Enjoy scenic views, the sights and sounds of the rain forest, ample opportunities for bird watching and glimpses of the many monkey species living in the park as they move through the forest canopy.

Village Community Walk (Optional)
Enjoy a community walk through the local villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Optional activities include visits to a traditional home, local orphanage or school, banana brewing demonstrations and even meeting traditional medicinal healers. This three to four hour walk is easily tailored to your individual schedule and interests.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge or similar on a full board basis.

Day 5:

This morning we depart Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and travel (2-3 hours) to Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Time permitting, during our drive from Bwindi to Ishasha, we may visit a Community Project on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here the local people allow you to enjoy some time in their homesteads, as well as see some of the crops and curios they produce, and visit the local elephant trench project – which stops elephants coming into the village and raiding crops.

Afternoon game drives will be enjoyed in the Ishasha area, looking for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant, Uganda kob and of course the famous tree-climbing lion typically found in the area.

Queen Elizabeth National Park spreads over 1,978 sq km in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, leopard, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds. With both a riverine and savannah habitat, the park includes the southern Ishasha area with the massive Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The northern Mweya area, traversed by the equator and dominated by the scenery of crater lakes, is often occupied by large flocks of flamingos.

A game viewing boat cruise from Mweya along the Kazinga channel, which joins Lake Edward and Lake George, provides one of the most memorable experiences of the park.

With the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains to the north and the Virunga Volcanoes to the south, there are few places on earth to rival the scenery in the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, or similar, in Queen Elizabeth National Park on a full board basis.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park
This exclusive tented camp offers the only luxury accommodation in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and is ideally located between Bwindi and the Mweya area of the park. The camp has ten luxurious safari tents, with each spacious en suite tent offering its own private dressing area, hot water “bush” shower and eco-friendly flush toilet. A central traditionally thatched dining and lounge area provides guests with a relaxing environment in which to enjoy sundowners, meals and after dinner chats around the fire.

Day 6:
Spend the day enjoying game drives in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Game Drives – Ishasha Sector
The Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park is rich with wildlife including warthog, water buck, bush buck, leopard, Ugandan kob, elephants, countless bird species and even the rare giant forest hog. The Ishasha sector of the park is known for its famous tree climbing lions sometimes found lying about in the branches of the native fig trees.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, or similar, in Queen Elizabeth National Park on a full board basis.

Day 7:
Game Drives – Mweya Sector
In the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth National Park, also rich with wildlife, visitors will find vast numbers of Uganda’s unique and strange Euphorbia, or “candelabra” tree. The many nearby crater lakes and mountain ranges provide a beautiful backdrop for your journey.

Boat Cruise - Kazinga Channel
Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You may encounter herds of elephant, buffalos and antelopes, families of warthogs, large groups of hippos, and crocodiles basking on the shore. Kazinga’s shores are a haven for numerous birds, including many migratory species as they make their way south to warmer climates. The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages set along the banks.

Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, or similar, on a full board basis.

Mweya Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari LodgeLocated on a peninsula overlooking the Kazinga Channel on one side and the Rwenzori Mountains on the other, this well positioned lodge provides some of the best accommodation and service facilities in western Uganda. Amenities include a swimming pool, the Tembo bar and an elegant air-conditioned restaurant with global cuisine. Breakfast is served on the lodge’s outdoor terrace with views of the Kazinga Channel below.

Day 8:
This morning we will travel to the Chamburu Gorge (Kyamaburu) to enjoy Chimpanzee trekking. After this activity, we travel back to the lodge and pack ready to depart to Kibale Forest.

Kibale Forest – is a 2-3 hour drive from QENP (north) on good roads. On a clear day you may get views of the Rwenzoris in the distance.

Two nights spent in the area to allow time for chimpanzee tracking in the forest, (permits must be pre purchased). You can also do a forest walk (guided) during your stay, or simply enjoy the area and perhaps visit the Bigodi Swamps, or the Vanilla Farm close to Ndali Lodge. All meals included.

Kibale Forest
Kibale, 766 km2 is one of Uganda’s enchanting forested parks. Here, you can hike in the park for hours observing the drama of life in a rain forest. The park contains pristine lowland tropical rain forest, montane forest, and mixed tropical deciduous forest. In addition to forest, you will also notice areas of grassland and of swamp. The forest is rich in wildlife. It is most noted for its primate population. Some of these are red-tailed monkey, diademed monkey, olive baboon, chimpanzee, black and white colobus. Some of the other mammals you might see are bushbuck, Harvey’s red duiker, blue duiker, bush pig, and African civet. More difficult to spot are buffalo, waterbuck, hippo, warthog, and giant forest hog. Herds of elephant once travelled back and forth through the area. These elephants have become more and more rare, and now are seldom seen. The birdlike in the forest and grasslands of the forest is abundant. There are almost 300 species, which have been identified here. One particularly worth noting is the endemic to Kibale forest. There are 144 species of butterfly in the park and a diverse population of moths and other insects. A system of trails has been developed within the park, and tour guides are available to guide visitors.

Overnight at Primate Lodge or similar on a full board basis.

Primate Lodge
Primate Lodge Safari tent accommodationLocated in Kibale National Park, less than 500 meters from the start of the park’s chimpanzee tracking, Primate Lodge offers eight luxury en suite tents. Each tastefully decorated tent sits on a raised wooden deck and has its own private veranda overlooking the forest, African style beds, large windows and hot and cold running water. The lodge’s restaurant and bar with comfortable chairs, sofas and soft cushions and a fireplace for chilly evenings makes it a perfect place to dine and relax after the day’s activities.

Day 9:
Chimpanzee Tracking
This activity will generally take place in the morning. You will either be driven or walk down to the Kibale Forest National Parks’ headquarters to meet your guides for your morning’s chimp tracking experience. The forest is alive with noise and you should be lucky enough to see the habituated chimps during your trek.

Overnight at Primate Lodge or similar on a full board basis.

Day 10:
Depart after an early breakfast for the drive back to Entebbe, stopping for curio shopping on the roadside and a quick photo stop at the Equator. Arriving back in Entebbe, late afternoon. Rest of the afternoon/evening is at leisure.

If you plan to spend additional time in Uganda please feel free to speak to us (at the time of booking) about the many activities available in Entebbe and throughout Uganda. You can explore Kampala, spend a night on Ngamba Island, or take a short trip to Jinja, the adventure centre of Uganda, offering grade 5 white-water rafting, quad biking and bungee jumping!

If departing Entebbe the same night, please note your vehicle returns to Entebbe late afternoon (approximately 4pm/5pm) so DO NOT book flights departing prior to 8pm in order to allow time for security, check in and any delays.

Please note that itinerary and accommodation may vary depending on availability. Your final itinerary will be confirmed at time of booking.

Yellow fever & malaria prophylactics are required. For gorilla/chimp trekking it is imperative that you are healthy and free of any disease or virus – officials do have the right to refuse entry if you are found to have or show any signs of communicable illnesses.

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