Uganda

Uganda Flying Safari

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This extensive all flying safari takes you 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 as well as the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with the unforgettable opportunity of tracking the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Also on this safari you will venture on extensive Big Five game drives in the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

And then there is the further adventure of trekking the Virunga Volcanoes and dicovering the rare Golden Monkeys in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. 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 to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Scenic flight to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Day 3:

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Game drives in Kidepo/ South.

Day 4:

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Game drives in Kidepo/ North-Hot Springs.

Day 5:

Kidepo Valley National Park to Murchison Falls National Park.

Scenic flight to Murchison Falls.

Day 6:

Murchison Falls National Park.

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

Optional Activities:

Chimpanzee Tracking or Nile Delta Cruise.

Day 7:

Murchison Falls National Park to Entebbe.

Scenic flight from Murchison Falls to Entebbe.

Day 8:

Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Scenic flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 9:

Queen Elizabeth National Park/ North-Kazinga Channel.

Sunrise Safari and Boat Tour on the Kazinga Channel.

Optional Activities:

Balloon Safari or Chimpanzee Tracking Kyambura Gorge.

Day 10:

Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Scenic flight to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 11:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ South-Lake Mutanda.

Optional Activities

Gorilla Tracking.

Day 12:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ South-Lake Mutanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Optional Activities:

Gorilla Tracking or Golden Monkey Tracking or Volcano hiking or Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Boat Cruise and Nature Walk.

Day 13:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Entebbe.

Return flight to Entebbe.

Day 14:

Entebbe Airport transfer.

Airport transfer and departure from Entebbe.

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Entebbe:

On day 1 of your exciting all flying safari, you will be collected at the airport and taken to your accommodation.

The next day, a further airport transfer will be arranged to take you on a domestic flight to Kidepo Valley National Park far in the north-east of Uganda. The aircraft in use for such flights, such as the Cessna Caravan or Dehavilland Twin Otter, have been specifically built for STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) conditions often found in up-country national parks and rural Africa in general.

Your adventure on a flying safari to the far corners of magical Uganda is an exciting experience and memorable event to cherish forever.

Day 2:

Entebbe to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Today, you will take a domestic 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 3:

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 and lions roaming the plains against the backdrop of distant hills.

The park shares its name with the famous Kidepo and Narus valleys that stretch across the border into South Sudan and contain one of the most exciting diversity of wildlife of any national 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 4:

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 5:

Kidepo Valley National Park to Murchison Falls National Park.

Today, you will fly 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 6:

Murchison Falls National Park.

After an early breakfast, you will be heading out for a 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.

You can further choose from the following options as alternatives to the above program:

Option 1:

Chimpanzee Tracking:

You can go on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the dense jumble of the Budongo Forest with the further opportunity of observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat.

Option 2:

Nile Delta Cruise:

You can participate in a 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 such as leopards can also be observed.

Day 7:

Murchison Falls National Park to Entebbe.

Scenic flight back to Entebbe.

Day 8:

Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Scenic flight from Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 9:

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 this will be one of the highlights of your flying safari.

Option 1:

Balloon Safari:

Balloon Safari with Bush Breakfast as described above.

Option 2:

Chimpanzee Tracking:

You can also go on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the valley of the Kyambura Gorge with the further opportunity of observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat. The stunning Kyambura Gorge, also called the ‘Valley of Apes', is located in the far eastern corner of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and is about 1 km across at its broadest point and 100 m deep.

Day 10:

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 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 11:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Today's optional 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 rainforests. Nothing 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.

Day 12:

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 people 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 13:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Entebbe.

Scenic flight back to Entebbe to catch your flight home the next morning.

Day 14:

Airport Transfer and Departure from Entebbe.

  • Time to say goodbye.
  • Airport transfer and departure from Entebbe.

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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.