Uganda

Forever Young

IN A NUTSHELL

This 10 night safari shall take you through the best Uganda has to offer: A feel for one of Africa’s most vibrant capital, Kampala, the mighty Nile river, a chance to get a glimpse of chimpanzees, the beautifully scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks with the unforgettable opportunity of climbing volcanoes, tracking the endangered Golden Monkeys or the famous Mountain Gorillas.

 

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:

Pick up at Entebbe Airport & drive to Kampala, orienteering and welcome talk.

Day 2:

Drive to Jinja. Optional, River Rafting for US 140 dollars.

Day 3:

Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 4:

Optional: Chimpanzee trekking (US$ 150.00). Bigodi Swamp Walk (US$ 25.00), Crater lakes hike (US$ 20.00)

Day 5:

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

Day 6:

Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/North-Buhoma.

Day 7:

Hike through the National Park from Buhoma to Nkuringo / Bwindi South.

Day 8:

Optional: Gorilla trekking (US$ 600.00), Top of the World hike (US$ 15.00), Bird Watching in Buniga Forest (US$ 60.00), Bird watching in Bwindi Impenetrable NP (US$ 165.00), Canoe trip on Lake Mutanda (US$ 30.00), Community walk (US$ 30.00), Helping out in a local school (free; donation appreciated)

Day 9:

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONALPARK – MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK

Day 10:

MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK.

Day 11:

MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK.

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1:

Airport transfer – KAMPALA

On day 1 of your safari, you will be collected at the airport and transferred to your accommodation where you are going to meet our company manager who will give you a briefing about the tour and answers to any additional questions you might have regarding your upcoming safari.

Day 2:

Drive to Jinja.

Today you will drive to Jinja, the Adrenaline capital of Uganda, where you will have the opportunity to go river rafting on the River Nile and marvel at the beauty of the source of the Nile. Once the adventure is over, you shall spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying a great evening by the river.This has optional grade 5 river rafting.

Day 3

JINJA - 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 4:

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. Depending on the time left after the tracking you can venture into the Bigodi swamp lands, past scenic villages and forests tracts. The wetland is 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. Another exhilarating option is to do a 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 5:

KIBALE FOREST NATIONALPARK - 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 in the afternoon. After checking in your accommodation, you will set off for an evening game drive.

Day 6:

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK.

Today you will experience an exciting boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Chanel, 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. Another highlight of your visit awaits you during a game drive to Ishasha which is in the north-east sector of the National Park and with that the opportunity to see the rare and unique tree climbing lions. Spotting one of the mysterious tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector is a very special experience indeed as there are only two places in the world where you can find these extraordinary animals. You will then set off to Buhoma on the edge of UNESCO world heritage Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 7:

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK.

A fantastic hike through the misty forest awaits you on Day 7! In the morning you will set off from Buhoma and reach Nkuringo in around 5 hours. You will have the chance to cross one of the most diverse ecosystem in Africa and understand what impenetrable means. This walk will take you through communities and stunning sceneries.

Day 8:

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONALPARK.

Today’s activity represent another major highlight of your Ugandan safari as you will have the exhilarating opportunity to visit the world famous Mountain Gorillas. On this tracking adventure, you will dive into the primates’ 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. In the afternoon and if time permits, there is the additional opportunity for a nature walk, bird watching, village walk, Batwa Pygmy experience, visit to a local school or a boat trip on Lake Mutanda in the afternoon.

Day 9:

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONALPARK – MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK.

After breakfast you will drive closer to the mighty Virunga volcanic range. The windy roads will take you through some spectacular sceneries to reach the town of Kisoro where you have the opportunity to stop for a coffee and/ or lunch and carry on the drive to Mghahinga National Park at the foothills of three volcanoes. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing or exploring some caves, visit a Batwa village or a community walk.

Day 10:

MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK.

Today, you can chose from the following:

Golden Monkey Tracking at Mgahinga 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 tracking 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.

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 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.

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 chose, 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 chose 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 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. Gahinga once had a crater lake on top, which changed into a lush swamp over time.

Day 11:

KIGALI.

Drive through the scenic and lush hills of Rwanda to Kigali. Any assessment of Rwanda in the context of geopolitical history and we are instantly reminded of the Genocide that devastated this tiny country in 1994. A visit to the Kigali Memorial Centre and the renowned Hotel Des Mille Collines is therefore an obligation for all those interested in historic narrative.Time to say goodbye as you transfer to the airport.

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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:

  • 9 participants:US$ 1.397,00
  • 10 participants:US$ 1.359,00
  • 11 participants:US$ 1.359,00
  • 12 participants:US$ 1.316,00
  • 13 participants:US$ 1.286,00
  • 14 participants:US$ 1.259,00
  • Single supplement:US$ 275,00

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 and driver guide
  • English speaking driver guide (other languages on request)
  • Accommodation and meal plan as specified

Features Excluded in Safari Price:

  • All international flights, all flights not specifically listed in the itinerary
  • A special language driver guide (other language options on request)
  • A 4x4 wheel drive vehicle, e.g. a Toyota Land cruiser on request
  • Cost of visas
  • Travel, medical and personal insurances
  • Gratuities and personal requirements

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 ...

Your Across Africa Creative Destination Management Team

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.