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10-05400 Best of Uganda

10 day Safari / Trekking Tour, Accommodated

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Code: MV10BESLOD

From: Entebbe

To: Entebbe

Number of Participants: from 2-7 (window seat guaranteed)

Tour Price: from 5,400 USD

Single Supplement: from 650 USD

This 10-day lodge safari in Uganda will take you to see the wildlife, landscapes, people, forests and mountains of one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. On this small-group safari you will see rhinos, tree climbing lions and the roaring Murchison Falls. You will join a walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park, go on a boat trip and hike to see chimpanzees. The highlight of the trip is the trekking to see the gorillas in the forests of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Day 1-10; Uganda

  • Murchison Falls National Park: Game drives, visit to the waterfalls, boat safari
  • Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch: Rhino trekking
  • Lake Mburo National Park: Game drives, walking safari
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Gorilla trekking
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park: Game drives, boat safari on the Kazinga Canal
  • Kibale National Park: Chimpanzee trekking

 

Day 1 Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda - Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 300 km, driving time approx. 5h

After breakfast you will set off on your adventure to the Murchison Falls National Park. You should arrive here in the afternoon and will go directly to the roaring Murchison Falls where the Nile River squeezes through a 7 m gap in the rock and plunges down a 43 m waterfall below. After a picnic and crossing the river you will continue on a game drive in the park. You should be able to spot hippos, crocodiles and many water birds around the river as well as elephants, Rothschild’s giraffes, Cape buffalos, hartebeests and Uganda kobs - a type of water buck. You will arrive at your accommodation around supper time. Overnight at either the historical Paraa Lodge (standard) or in a tent at the family-run Murchison River Lodge (basic).
Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2 Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Distance: Game drives in park

This morning will be spent on an extensive game drive in the beautiful park. Your experienced guide will take you to where the most interesting animals will be found, be it some of the 450 bird species, the forests with monkeys and baboons or the grasslands with buffalos, lions and Uganda's native Rothschild's giraffes. After lunch at the lodge you will join a 3-hour boat trip on the Nile River to the Murchison Falls. From the boat you should see a host of animals coming for drinks at the river. You will spend another night at last night's lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3 Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda - ZIWA Rhino and Wildlife Ranch - Entebbe, Uganda

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time: approx. 5h

After a leisurely breakfast at the lodge you will set off back to Entebbe. On your way, you will visit the ZIWA Rhino and Wildlife Ranch, a breeding project for rhinos. This is the only place in Uganda where you can see wild rhinos. You will join an hour-long walking safari, accompanied by an armed ranger, to see these huge animals from up close. This guide is well-trained and will be able to tell you more about the project. Other animals in the reserve include Uganda kobs, bush bucks, oribis, ridge bucks, hippos and crocodiles. Afterwards you will continue to Entebbe where you will overnight either at the Boma of Entebbe (standard) or at the small Airport Guesthouse (basic). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 Entebbe, Uganda - Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 250 km, driving time: approx. 5h

After breakfast around 8 AM you will be picked up at your lodge .After a short welcome and briefing you will set off on your adventure to Lake Mburo National Park. You should arrive in the afternoon. A relatively small park, Lake Mburo's landscapes vary from grassy hills to five lakes connected by a swampy wetland area. The largest is Lake Mburo. After checking in at Mantana Tented Camp (standard) or Mburo Safari Lodge (basic), you will join a game drive and a walking safari accompanied by an armed ranger. Bird lovers will be kept busy with more than 300 species. Mammals you might see including buffalos, elands and zebras as well as topis, sitatungas and hippos. Nocturnal animals such as leopards, bushpigs and hyenas live in the park as well. Lions have been reintroduced into the park in 2012.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5 Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 250 km, driving time: approx. 5h

Today you can go for a boat trip (not included in tour price) on Lake Mburo. From the boat you will see hippos, crocodiles, and some unique birds such as the shoebill stork and the fish eagle. Your accompanying guide will tell you more about the animals and birds of the park. Around midday you will depart for the next destination - the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwest of Uganda. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to over 120 mammals, 220 butterfly and over 340 bird species. If there is time, you will go on a short hike to prepare for the next day's gorilla trekking. Tonight you will stay at either Gorilla Mist Camp (standard) or Gift of Nature Lodge (basic).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6 Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Those not joining the gorilla trekking today will have the day at leisure to explore the park.
Today will probably be the best day of the tour: you will trek in the forest to find the last wild-living mountain gorillas. They live in family groups in the Bwindi National Park's forests and are used to the presence of humans. The groups consist of up to 20 animals with a leader called a 'silverback'. This huge male can weight up to 230kg.
Visitors are limited to eight per group and will spend one hour with the gorillas. After a short briefing you will start the trek to find the gorillas - this can take between one and six hours. Rangers have been sent ahead to locate the primates and will radio their position to your guide. You will see the animals eating, playing and interacting with each other in a human-like way. The experience with these gentle giants leaves even the most jaded Africa-traveller in awe. After your return to the park office, you will be taken back to the lodge. You spend another night at Gorilla Mist Camp (standard) or Gift of Nature Lodge (basic).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda - Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 100 km, driving time: approx. 2-3h

You will leave just after breakfast for the next destination, the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the west of the country. On your way to your lodge, you will go on a game drive in the park and might be lucky to spot the black-mained tree-climbing lions and the topi antelope in the southern Ishasha sector of the park. Other predators including leopards, hyenas and jackals. You will see large herds of buffalo, bushbuck and the smelly waterbuck and might be lucky to spot elephant as they often cross back to the Congo. You will overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp (standard) or at Kihihi Savannah Resort (basic).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Distance: Game drives in park

This morning will be spent on an extensive game drive as you travel to your lodge in the northern part of the national park: Katara Lodge (standard) or Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (basic).
After lunch at the lodge you will join a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. This 32km long natural waterway links Lake Edward and the shallow Lake George and is filled with masses of hippos, crocodiles and water birds. If you are very lucky you might spot the shiest of the Big Five, the leopard. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda - Kibale National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 150km, driving time: approx. 3h

After a morning game drive you will continue towards the moist forests of the Kibale National Park south from Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forests of these two parks form a 180km green corridor. Kibale is famous for the 13 primate species living in the evergreen forests. More than 320 bird species, 60 mammals and 250 types of trees occur in this diverse park.
You will spend the night in Kibale Primate Lodge (standard) right in the forest or at Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (basic) on a tea-farm outside the park.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10 Chimpanzee trekking - Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda

Distance approx. 300km, driving time: approx. 5h

After breakfast you will meet at the national park's office for a pre-trek briefing today, before you set off to track the park's chimpanzees. Depending on the location of the primate groups, you should trek for one to two hours and spend an hour with them, accompanied by a ranger, of course. Family groups can be as big as 130 animals and will consist of males, females and troops of babies. You will see them noisily eat, play, scurrying past you and storming up and down the trees - fascinating. You should also see many other species of primates such as the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, blue monkeys, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies and the cheeked mangabey. After your return to the park's office, you will continue on the final stretch of your safari and you will reach Entebbe/Kampala by 18:00. You will be taken to a hotel of your choice (optional) or directly to the airport from where you can continue your safari in Africa.
Breakfast, Lunch

 

Price includes:
  • Tour program as indicated
  • Indicated transfers
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transport in safari vehicle
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Mineral water on safaris (2-3 liter pp per day)
  • 9 nights in safari lodges, bush camps or hotels
  • All national park fees
  • Boat safari in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Boat safari in Queen Elisabeth National Park
  • Rhino trekking in ZIWA Rhino and Wildlife Ranch
  • Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park
  • One chimpanzee permit per person
  • One gorilla permit per person

 

Price excludes:
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Meals not included as per program
  • Optional activities
  • Visum
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel and medical insurance

 

  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - As per the national park authorities, the minimum age for visiting the gorillas is 15 years. There is no maximum age restriction, but a medical check-up is advisable for people over the age of 60.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - The nights will be spent in hotels.

  • What vehicle is used on tour?

    - We make use of 4x4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) or minibuses. All vehicles are equipped with large windows, offering good opportunities for game viewing and photography. All have a pop up roof as well!

  • What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Mineral water is provided in the vehicle however soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included and are for your own account.
    - Meals are enjoyed at the accommodations. Breakfast is buffet and for dinner you are usually offered a three course menu. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements you may have.

  • What do I need to bring with me?

    - Good, suitable clothing (long trousers and sleeves are recommended for protection against mosquitoes and for the gorilla trekking)
    - A detailed list of what to bring will be provided after booking.
    - Please remember that there is limited space available in the vehicle and that you should restrict yourself to one large piece of luggage or a rucksack, weighing no more than 15 kg and one small piece of hand luggage. If possible, please do not bring a suitcase with you. Please also take note of the luggage regulations of the different airlines.

  • How much extra money do I have to take along?

    - Tipping the crew after the tour is common. We recommend 15-20 USD per day/group for the guide. On the gorilla trekking a tip of 15-20 USD per ranger/group is appropriate.
    - In addition you should take some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs.
    - Please note that all USD banknotes must be printed after 2006 as any earlier dated notes are not valid and won't be accepted.

  • Do I need visa for this safari?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.

  • How fit do I need to be for this tour?

    - Although you do not need to be extremely sporty, you should be moderately fit as the duration of the trek can be anything between 3 and 8 hours.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this safari?

    - The safari starts and ends in Uganda, a yellow fever region, which is why we recommend a yellow fever vaccination.
    - Uganda is also situated within a malaria area, wherefore we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
    - Although Uganda does not require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.