Uganda

Uganda Highlight Safari

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The Uganda Highlights Safari gives you an extended opportunity to visit the locations associated with the world famous gorilla tracking adventure such as the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, island dotted Lake Mutanda with the Virunga Volcanoes as a backdrop and the unforgettable opportunity of climbing volcanoes, tracking the endangered Golden Monkeys or the famous Mountain Gorillas.

Here, you have the opportunity to venture on an exhilarating climb to the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests. Nothing however can prepare you for the impact of encountering a gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors. You will also have the opportunity for Big Five game drives in the Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks. In Uganda, the magic of Africa comes alive in its uncontrived natural marvels and spectacular vistas; an experience to remember forever.

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BRIEF SUMMARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Entebbe.

Transfer from airport to your accommodation in Entebbe.

Day 2:

Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park.

Scenic drive to Kibale Forest.

Day 3:

Kibale Forest National Park.

Optional Activities:

Chimpanzee Tracking and/ or Bigodi Swamp Walk or Crater Lake Hike.

Day 4:

Kibale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Optional Activities:

Crater Lake hike. Drive to Queen Elizabeth.

Day 5:

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ North-Kazinga Channel.

Sunrise safari and boat tour on the Kazinga Channel.

Day 6:

Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Scenic drive to Bwindi & Lake Mutanda.

Day 7:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ South-Lake Mutanda.

Optional Activities:

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi.

Day 8:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ South-Lake

Mutanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Optional Activities:

Golden Monkey Tracking or Boat Tour and Nature Walk or Volcano Hike or Batwa Trail.

Day 9:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Lake Mburo National Park.

Game drive.

Day 10:

Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe.

Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe.

Optional Activities:

Bush Walk or safari on horse back or mountain bike.

Drive back to Entebbe with stop at the Equator Crossing.

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Entebbe.

On day 1 of your safari, our experienced driver/ guide will collect you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. You will be given a short briefing and answers to any additional questions you might have regarding your upcoming safari.

Day 2:

Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park.

Right after breakfast, you will drive to the unique Kibale Forest National Park where you have the opportunity to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. There are now more than 1.000 chimpanzees living in the region, in addition to black and white as well as red Colobus monkeys. There is also the chance of observing the massive lumbering yet silent forest elephants and hundreds of tropical bird species.

Day 3:

Kibale Forest National Park.

In the morning you can go on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the dense jumble of tropical forests with the further opportunity of observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat. Kibale Forest National Park is home to the largest population of primates in the world, including our peaceful relatives, the chimpanzees. The park is situated at an average of 1.000 m in elevation and represents one of the last great rainforests in the region. It is inhabited by three groups of chimpanzees, each numbering more than 100 individuals whose complex social structures are led by large males who dominate the group and defend the community territory against intruders.

Option 1:

Bigodi Swamp Walk:

In the afternoon, you can venture into the Bigodi swamp lands, past scenic villages and forest tracts where you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black/ white and red Colobus, Mangabey, Vervet and the occasional chimpanzee. The wetland is community managed, known for its biodiversity and is also considered a birder's paradise with close to 140 identified species. Experienced bird watchers can add up to 50 new species to their list including the Great Blue Turaco.

Option 2:

Crater Lake Hike:

Alternatively, you can hike to one of the crater lakes in the area with invigorating views of undisturbed landscapes and the opportunity to further experience the lush flora and fauna of this region. Meet local people and learn about their cultures and traditions.

Day 4:

Kibale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park

If you missed the Bigodi Swamp Walk or the Crater Lake Hike the previous day, you now have the chance to complete those opportunities before your journey continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 5:

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ North-Kazinga Channel.

You have the opportunity to start the day early with a new and unique way to experience the wilderness of Queen Elizabeth National Park teaming with wildlife. Catch the sunrise, as you silently glide over the park in a large hot air balloon and enjoy a bush breakfast in the wild with the serene vistas of rolling green hills and savannahs as a backdrop.

Thereafter, you will first go on a game drive through the park with the opportunity to see an amazing variety of wildlife up close. The park is home to 95 species of mammals and over 500 species of tropical birds as well as the world's largest concentration of hippos. And then you will experience an exciting boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel, a 32 km long natural link between two of the largest lakes in the area, Lake Edward to Lake George, as it meanders through the lush park with its abundance of wildlife. Be assured that this will be one of the highlights of your safari.

Day 6:

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Today you make your way from Queen Elizabeth to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to the world famous Mountain Gorilla. Almost half of all Mountain Gorillas worldwide live in Bwindi and the park itself is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its expanse of ancient and undisturbed tropical forests dating back to the last ice age. The lush opportunities for exploration that nature has to offer in this park appear almost limitless.

Day 7:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Today's activity represent another major highlight of your Ugandan safari as you can visit the world famous Mountain Gorillas. On this tracking adventure, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to visit the Mountain Gorilla's natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. Nothing however can prepare one for the impact of encountering a mountain gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors.

Day 8:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Today, you can choose from the following options to either go on an adventure to track the endangered Golden Monkeys, experience the Batwa cultural trail, trekking the volcanoes or enjoy a boat tour and nature walk:

Option 1:

Golden Monkey Tracking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park:

Venture into the forests of Mgahinga to track the rare Golden Monkeys. They are considered the smallest of the primates and are an endangered species. Named after their golden appearing color, with black limbs and a crown on their head, these monkeys are a lovely species to observe and can only be found in three countries worldwide. While trekking along the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, through the dense bamboo forests, keep your eyes up to help the rangers spot the red brown fur of these beautiful monkeys.

Option 2:

Boat Tour and Nature Walk:

Enjoy a Nature Walk along the shores of Lake Mutanda trough small villages along tracks and paths and a boat tour on the lake in either a dug-out canoe or in our custom built powered boat with fascinating views of Lake Mutanda and its scenic landscapes. Additionally, you have the opportunity for a village and nature walk along the shores of the lake to meet local populations and learn about their cultures and traditions.

Option 3:

Batwa Trail:

The Batwa Trail project was initiated by the Batwa Forest People of southwestern Uganda and has been implemented with support from the International Gorilla Conservation Programme in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Batwa guides take visitors on a day long hike along the mountain trails in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to share with them the secrets of this primeval forest and the opportunity to experience the extraordinary life and culture of the Batwa people.

Option 4:

Volcano Trekking:

Alternatively, you can venture on an exhilarating climb on either one of the three Virunga Volcanoes that are situated on the Ugandan side of the border. The climbs vary in degrees of difficulty and lengths. Whichever you choose, the experience is bound to be a memorable event indeed.

Mount Muhabura:

This is the second highest of the volcanoes and represents the border region between Rwanda and Uganda . It offers fantastic views of at least 5 of the volcanoes in the area and the climb itself is considered demanding, is often very steep and may take a day to achieve.

Mount Sabinyo:

Should you choose to try your climbing luck on this volcano, this can be demanding and sometimes difficult, so you need to be fit for a good long climbing session. The volcano is about 3.645 meters high and the climb may take 7 to 8 hours. Mount Gahinga: At 3.474 meters, Mount Gahinga is the smallest of three and therefore also the easiest and fastest to climb.

Day 9:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Mburo National Park.

Time to say goodbye to the Bwindi forest, the gorillas and the jungle. Arrival at Lake Mburo in the afternoon, which is the smallest of the National Parks in Uganda but should not be underestimated. Here, you can discover a variety of sometimes rare wildlife such as the Impala antelope and for the bird watcher, there is also the chance of encountering an abundance of tropical birds during a boat tour of Lake Mburo.

Day 10:

Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe.

In the morning, you can enjoy a game drive, bush walk, safari on horse back or mountain bike through the Lake Mburo National Park, famous for its scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of antelopes as well as large herds of zebras. And the afternoon drive back to Entebbe also offers you the additional opportunity to take a photo at the Equator crossing.

  • Time to say goodbye.
  • Depending on the time and mode of your departure, you may stay another night at your accommodation in Entebbe before your airport transfer.

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PRICE & SERVICES

The price here presented is for mid range accommodation provided for the duration of the safari described in this document.

The price options for budget and luxury accommodation are available on request.

Price per person sharing in a double/ twin room:

  • 2 people travelling from US $ 9.612,00
  • 3 people travelling from US $ 8.822,00
  • 4 people travelling from US $ 8.426,00
  • 5 people travelling from US $ 8.189,00
  • 6 people travelling from US $ 8.031,00
  • 7 people travelling from US $ 7.918,00

Single supplement from US $ 1.587,00

Features Included in Safari Price:

  • All airport transfers, ground transportation and fuel as per the itinerary
  • Transport in a 4x4 minibus with safari roof (other options on request)
  • Charter or scheduled local flights where applicable and listed in the itinerary
  • All park and conservation fees including for the vehicle, driver/ tour guide and clients.
  • English speaking Rwandan driver/ tour guide (other languages on request)
  • Accommodation and meal plan as specified
  • Activities as per itinerary

Features Excluded in Safari Price:

  • All international flights, all flights not specifically listed in the itinerary
  • A 4x4 wheel drive vehicle such as a Land Cruiser
  • Cost of visas
  • Travel, medical and personal insurances
  • Gratuities and personal requirements
  • Gorilla permits Rwanda (US $ 750,00 pp)
  • All other ‘Optional Activities' listed in the itinerary (prices on request)

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T's & C's

Additional Notes:

  • This is a proposal only and subject to availability. If components of this itinerary are not available at the time of booking, we shall endeavour to offer suitable alternatives.
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking permits are not included. Please note that
  • Gorilla permits of US $ 600,00 per permit in Uganda and/ or US $ 750,00 per permit in Rwanda and US $ 150,00 for Chimpanzee permits in Kibale, Uganda need to be paid together with the deposit. The price for these permits is nonrefundable, however in case of cancellation, we shall endeavor to resell excess tickets through the available official channels.
  • The appointed driver/ tour guide will accompany clients throughout the safari, assist them with check-in at accommodation and share his knowledge of flora and fauna.
  • A language specific tour guide is available against a surcharge.
  • A 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicle such as a Land Cruiser is available against a surcharge.

Where applicable for charter or scheduled local flights, the following baggage restrictions apply:

  • 15 kgs on all flights in small, soft-sided bags.

Abbreviations for the meal plan are as follows:

  • BB = Bed & Breakfast.
  • DBB = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
  • FB = Full Board.

Terms and Conditions of our Services Payments Deposit:

  • 25% of the total safari price within 7 days of confirmation.
  • Balance: full balance due 45 days (6 weeks) prior to arrival.
  • Reservations: made within 45 days or less prior to arrival: Immediate full prepayment due.
  • Cancellations: received within 30 days before safari date 20%
  • 29 to 23 days before safari date 25%
  • 22 to 15 days before safari date 40%
  • 14 to 08 days before safari date 55%
  • 07 to 03 days before safari date 65%
  • 02 days before safari date 95%
  • No Show 100 % Changes Without Prior Notice Tariffs quoted are valid for 2015 wherever possible.

Not all service providers release or guarantee their rates well in advance and therefore the itinerary price may be subject to changes without prior notice.

Factors that can not be anticipated and may influence this cost calculation include, but are not limited to, supplier increases (including gorilla permits and park/conservation fees), government tax increases, fuel price increases, unforeseeable itinerary amendments due to circumstances beyond our control, availability restrictions, etc.