Uganda

Uganda Pearl Of Africa Tour

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This extensive and far reaching safari takes you all across Uganda, which is often described as the Pearl of Africa, from the Kidepo Valley National Park in the northern border triangle to South Sudan and Kenya to the famous Murchison Falls National Park, with its massive 43 meter falls of boiling water crashing into the wooded country below.

Then there is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and its gorilla tracking adventures far to the south. Here Uganda, is true to its reputation and the opportunities to discover natural wonders not found anywhere else on the planet: Island dotted Lake Mutanda with the Virunga Volcanoes as a backdrop and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with the unforgettable opportunity of tracking the famous Mountain Gorillas. And then there is the opportunity for extensive Big Five game drives with the highlight of observing the tree climbing lions of Ishasha in the Queen Elizabeth National Park or the breathtaking adventure of trekking the magical moonscape of the Rwenzori Mountains. In Uganda, the magic of Africa comes alive in its natural marvels; 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.

Optional Activities:

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary or Boat trip in the Mabamba Swamps or Botanical Gardens.

Day 3:

Entebbe to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Flight from Entebbe to Kidepo Valley.

Day 4:

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Game drives in Kidepo/ South.

Day 5:

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Game drives in Kidepo/ North - Hot Springs.

Day 6:

Kidepo Valley National Park to Murchison Falls National Park.

Scenic drive to Murchison Falls.

Day 7:

Murchison Falls National Park.

Sunrise Safari, Nile River Cruise and hike to the top of the falls.

Day 8:

Murchison Falls National Park.

Game drive.

Optional Activities:

Nile Delta Boat Cruise.

Day 9:

Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale Forest National Park.

Scenic drive to Kibale Forest.

Day 10:

Kibale Forest National Park.

Optional Activities:

Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk.

Day 11:

Kibale Forest National Park to Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Optional Activities:

Crater Lake Hike.

Drive to Kasese.

Day 12:

Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Trekking day 1: To 3.171 m.

Day 13:

Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Trekking day 2: to 3.558 m.

Day 14:

Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Trekking day 3: Return to 3.200 m and cross to Kiharo camp.

Day 15:

Rwenzori Mountains National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Trekking day 4:

Return to Kasese and drive to Queen Elizabeth.

Day 16:

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ North-Kazinga channel.

Sunrise Safari and Boat Tour on the Kazinga channel.

Day 17:

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ South-Ishasha.

Game drive to the tree climbing lions of Ishasha.

Day 18:

Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ North-Buhoma.

Scenic drive to Bwindi National Park/ North.

Day 19:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ North-Buhoma.

Optional activities:

Gorilla Tracking.

Day 20:

Bwindi Impenetrable National National Park/ South-Lake Mutanda.

Trekking through the park to the southern sector/ Lake Mutanda.

Day 21:

Bwindi Impenetrable NP/ South-Lake Mutanda and Mgahinga NP.

Optional activities:

Gorilla Tracking, Golden Monkey Tracking, Volcano hiking or Batwa trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 22:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Lake Mburo National Park.

Optional activities:

Boat Tour on Lake Mutanda and Nature Walk to Kisoro. Drive to Lake Mburo NP.

Day 23:

Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe.

Stop at the Equator line with experiment

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

You have the following optional activities to choose from today:

Option 1:

Ngamba Island:

You can visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary which you can reach via a boat journey of 1 1/2 hours from Entebbe. Ngamba island has become a refuge for chimps that have been injured or rescued from illegal trade or displaced by logging operations.

Option 2:

Mabamba Swamps:

This option takes you to the Mabamba Swamps on the shorelines of a bay by the same name. Here you have the opportunity to venture out in a dug-out canoe, experience the dense vegetation of this natural swampland and observe dozens of bird species such as fish eagles and the rare and endangered shoebill stork.

Option 3:

Entebbe Botanical Gardens:

Or visit the botanical gardens, where you can see tropical birds as well as monkeys and a selection of the amazing tropical plant life Uganda has to offer.

Day 3:

Entebbe to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Today you will take a flight to the famous Kidepo Valley National Park in the north-eastern border region between Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. Kidepo has been consistently rated as one of the best national parks in Africa due to its remote wild charm and open lightly wooded savannahs, teeming with game. One of the highlights this park has to offer is the largest group of buffalos in Africa counting more than 2.000 animals.

Day 4:

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Further opportunities for game drives and bush walks in one of the most spectacular national parks, famous for its remote ‘hard to get to' location and wide open landscapes, dotted with rocky ridges and rolling grasslands with lions roaming the plains against the backdrop of distant hills. The park contains one of the most exciting diversity of wildlife of any park in Uganda, including the greater and lesser kudu and eland. Carnivores include the lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and black-backed and side-striped jackals. Other large species regularly seen wandering into the park sometimes from as far as South Sudan are elephant, Burchell's zebra, Rothschild's giraffe, Cape buffalo and Jackson's hartebeest.

Day 5:

Kidepo Valley National Park.

The park also offers an extensive range of tropical birds to discover and with a total of 475 species identified to date, including 56 species of birds of prey, Kidepo Valley National Park is second only to Queen Elizabeth when it comes to the amazing variety of bird life to locate. Driving north to the hot springs also gives you the opportunity to see ostriches.

Day 6:

Kidepo Valley National Park to Murchison Falls National Park.

Today, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park, which is the largest national park in Uganda. The northern section of the park contains savanna and borassus palms, acacia trees and riverine woodland with the south dominated by woodland and forest patches that offer an amazing variety of wildlife such as buffalo, lion, elephant, kob as well as Rothschild's giraffe. In the southern sector of the park, you can also venture on chimpanzee tracking in the Budongo forest. The park shares its name with the famous Murchison Falls, whose massive 43 meter falls of boiling water are forced through a 7 meter wide gap before crashing into the wooded country below.

Day 7:

Murchison Falls National Park.

After an early breakfast, you will be heading out for your first early morning game drive to find the best game viewing and photo opportunities in the park. In the afternoon, you will be going on an impressive tour of the River Nile to the spectacular base of the Murchison Falls, where you can observe hippos, Nile crocodiles and a magnificent variety of tropical birds with the roar of the falls as a backdrop.

Once you reach the bottom part of the falls, you will depart the boat and venture on a trek to the top of the falls with a grand view of the mist covered landscape and a close-up view of the falls from above. The magic of Uganda comes alive in these natural marvels; an experience to remember forever.

Day 8:

Murchison Falls National Park.

Today you can participate in an optional Nile Delta Boat Cruise to visit the papyrus ecosystem that developed in the area where the river Nile joins Lake Albert. The delta is home to a range of rare wetland birds, including the famous shoebill stork. Other wildlife can also be observed.

Day 9:

Murchison Falls National Park 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 colorful tropical 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 10:

Kibale Forest National Park.

In the morning you can go on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the dense jumble of tropical forest 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.

In the afternoon, you can venture into the Bigodi swamp lands, past scenic villages and forests tracts where you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black and white colobus, 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. Bird watchers can add up to 50 new species to their list including the Great Blue Turaco.

Day 11:

Kibale Forest National Park.

1 Option:

Crater Lake Hike:

Before you say goodbye to Kibale forest, 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.

Thereafter, your journey continues to Kasese which is the starting point of your Rwenzori trekking adventure.

Day 12:

Trekking Rwenzori Mountains.

In the early morning hours you will meet your team of guides and porters and start your adventure of trekking up the Rwenzori Mountains. This mountain range features the largest glacier on the continent and the third highest mountain, the Margherita Peak which measures 5.109 meters. On your way to todays target of 3.171 meters you will pass through a truly breathtaking landscape of high altitude plains and pastures, tropical forests and wetlands fringed with swamps and rivers. Reaching your daily target area, you will have a spectacular view over the lowland areas that include Lake George and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will spent the night on the mountain and continue the trek in the early hours of the next day.

Day 13:

Trekking Rwenzori Mountains.

After a hearty breakfast, your trekking adventure up the mountain continues and after a short hike you will reach the bamboo forest zone . It is worthwhile to stop every now and then to check for wildlife such as monkeys or the rare Rwenzori Duiker. After about 2 hours, you reach the afro-alpine zone with breathtaking views of the valleys below. Here, you may see the rare Rwenzori Turaco and can enjoy mysterious lichen covered forests, that appear straight out of a fairy tale. Today's target is the altitude of 3.558 meters. Enjoy the exhilarating view of this wonder world before trekking back to base camp at Kilembe. Altough one is tempted to stay for a while to enjoy the views of giant lobelias and senecios, the ground beneath our trekking boots is bound to be soft and treacherously muddy and hence you are bound to continue the climb up steep slopes, across wooden walkways and even ladders which have been mounted to facilitate the advance.

Day 14:

Trekking Rwenzori Mountains.

Returning to 3.134 meters down the same route, you will then cross north over two hillsides to reach the Kiharo Camp. In order to to reach the camp site, two steep hills of up to 3.515 meters must be crossed with a total trekking time of about 5 to 8 hours.

Day 15:

Trekking Rwenzori Mountains to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Trekking through sometimes muddy and steep hillsides covered with high altitude forests, you return through to the park border where you say goodbye to your guides and porters and continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 16:

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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 Kazinga will be one of the highlights of your safari.

Day 17:

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ South-Ishasha.

Another highlight of your visit awaits you during a game drive to Ishasha which is in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and with that the opportunity to see the rare and unique tree climbing lions. Spotting one of the cats is a very special experience indeed as there are only two places in the world where you can find tree climbing lions.

Day 18:

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest/ North 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 19:

Trekking to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest/ South.

After a hearty breakfast, you venture out on a trek into the dense and tangled forests past beautiful water falls with sunlight filtering through the dense foliage of the jungle canopy. Additionally, this day offers extraordinary views of serene hills and tranquil lakes in the vicinity, such as the view of Lake Mutanda and the Virunga Volcanoes from the Chameleon Hill Lodge.

Day 20:

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 primates natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests. Nothing however can prepare one for the impact of encountering a gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors. Time permitted, there is the additional opportunity for a Nature Walk, Village Walk or Boat Trip on Lake Mutanda in the afternoon.

Day 21:

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 22:

Lake Mutanda to Lake Mburo National Park.

After a good breakfast, you 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 people and learn about their cultures and traditions. Thereafter, your driver / guide will pick you up for a drive to the Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 23:

Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe.

In the morning, you can enjoy a game drive, a bush walk, a safari on either horse back or mountain bike through Lake Mburo National Park, famous for its variety of antelopes and large herds of zebras, scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of game. 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)

Our passion for Africa and efforts to furnish you with the very best Creative Destination Management are defined by the objective to provide exceptional quality, intensive and unforgettable experiences as well as pleasurable moments, that in every detail and attention to superior services are a dream come true and a feast for the senses.

Our passion, commitment and dedication to provide you with memorable adventures is as limitless as the magical vistas of the African continent ...

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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.