7 day Safari / Trekking Tour, Accommodated
Number of Participants: 2 - 7 (guaranteed window seat)
Tour Price: from 2,890 USD
Single Supplement: from 305 USD
The Pearl of Africa. This is how Winston Churchill described Uganda when he visited this East African country. On your 7-day safari you will visit the highlights of Uganda – from the beautiful landscapes, mountains and forests to wildlife. See the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. A unique experience is surely a trekking safari to see the world’s last free-living mountain gorillas.
Day 1-7; Uganda
- Lake Mburo National Park: Game drives, walking safari in park
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Gorilla trekking
- Queen Elizabeth National Park: Game drives, boat safari on Kazinga canal
- Kibale National Park: Chimpanzee trekking
Day 1 Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda - Kibale National Park, Uganda
Distance approx. 300 km; driving time 5-6h
You will be picked up after breakfast at your lodge - at around 08:00. After a short welcome you will set off on your adventure to the Kibale National Park south of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. At the national park's office you will meet with the park ranger for a pre-trek briefing 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 and storming up and down the trees is fascinating. You will be able to see many other species of primates such as the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, blue monkeys, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkey, bush baby and the cheeked mangabey. After your return you will spend the night either at Papaya Lodge (standard) at the Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (basic).
Day 2 Kibale National Park, Uganda - Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Distance approx. 250 km; driving time 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 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 include leopard, hyena 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 spend the next two nights at Katara Lodge (standard) or at The Bush Lodge (basic).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Distance: Game drive 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. 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. In the evening you will return to your accommodation.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
The morning is spent on another game drive through 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 Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (standard) or at the Gorilla Valley Lodge (basic).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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 is 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.
Those not joining the gorilla trekking will have the day at leisure to explore the park.
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 eat, play and interact 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 will stay another night at Gorilla Mist Camp (standard) or Gift of Nature Lodge (basic).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda - Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda
After a relaxed breakfast you will had on to the next destination, the Lake Mburo National Park, where you will 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 Lake Mburo Camp (standard) or Rwakobo Rock Lodge (basic), you will go on an afternoon game drive. Bird lovers will be kept busy with more than 300 species. Mammals you might see include buffalo, eland and zebra as well as topi, sitatunga and hippos. Nocturnal animals such as leopard, bushpig and hyena live in the park as well. The last night on your safari is spent at Lake Mburo Camp (standard) or at the Rwakobo Rock Lodge (basic).
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda - Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda
Distance approx. 250km; driving time ca. 5h
In the morning, you will leave the national park and drive back to Entebbe/Kampala where you will arrive around 14h00. Your safari ends either at the airport or with the drop off at a hotel in Entebbe of your choosing.
- Tour program as described
- 6 nights in lodges, tented camps or hotels
- Transport in 4x4 safari vehicle
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated
- Mineral water when on safari
- All indicated transfers
- Boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- 1 x Chimpanzee permit per person
- 1 x Gorilla permit per person
- All national park fees
- Flights (national and international)
- Drinks and meals not indicated
- Visas, optional activities, 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.