Uganda

Uganda Express Safari

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Our Uganda Express Safari takes you to the locations associated with the unforgettable opportunity of tracking the world famous Mountain Gorillas such as the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you have the possibility 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 generally tolerant of human visitors.

You can also enjoy a thrilling trek to the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park. Venture on a Big Five game drive and a launch cruise on Kazinga channel as well and observe the tree climbing lions of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here, Uganda is true to its reputation to offer natural wonders not found anywhere else on the planet.

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BRIEF SUMMARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Entebbe.

Transfer from airport to your accommodation either in Kampala or Entebbe.

Day 2:

Entebbe/ Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park.

Scenic drive to Kibale Forest.

Day 3:

Kibale Forest National Park.

Chimpanzee tracking and other optional activities - Bigodi Swamp walk. Drive to Queen Elizabeth.

Day 4:

Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Sunrise safari & boat tour on the Kazinga Chanel.

Day 5:

Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Tree climbing lions of Ishasha.

Day 6:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ South.

Optional activities:

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi.

Day 7:

Drive to Lake Mburo National Park.

Afternoon game drive or boat cruise on the lake.

Day 8:

Lake Mburo National Park to Kampala or Entebbe.

Game drive,

1 Option:

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, your experienced driver/ guide will pick you up 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 to Queen Elizabeth 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 tracks 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. Thereafter, your journey continues to the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 4:

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ North-Kazinga.

Channel In the morning, you will be going on a Big Five game drive through the Queen Elizabeth National 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. After a midday break, you will experience a boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel. This 32 km long natural channel links Lake Edward and Lake George as it meanders right through the park. Be assured that Kazinga will be one of the highlights of your safari.

Day 5:

Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Today you make your way from the Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to the world famous Mountain Gorilla. Almost half of all surviving Mountain Gorillas worldwide live in Bwindi. The park itself is 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 6:

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. 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 7:

Lake Mutanda 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 trip on the lake, including the majestic fish eagle.

Day 8:

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 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 transfers

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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.