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13-01795Uganda Highlights

13 Day Overland / Trekking Tour, Camping

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Code: DR13EBBEBB

From: Entebbe

To: Jinja

Number of Participants: 2-14

Tour Price: 1,795 EUR + 615 USD Gorilla Permit (prices are subject to change)

This 13-day trekking overland camping tour includes trekking in indigenous forests to see wild gorillas and chimpanzees, as well as exploring vast water-ways and mystical villages. It also includes the sights of tree climbing lions, huge pods of hippos and an infinite variety of wildlife. This tour explores the wild beauty of Uganda, its people and wildlife. You will cover about 2000 km, some of it on extremely rough roads but the rewards are unsurpassed.

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Day 1-4; Uganda

  • Kampala: Drum and fruit market, stop at the equator
  • Lake Mburo National Park: Game drive or bush walk
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Gorilla trekking, village walks

 

Day 5-8, Uganda

  • Queen Elisabeth National Park: Game drives
  • Kyambura Gorge: Encounter with chimpanzees
  • Rwenzori Mountains: Mountains of the moon, hike

 

Day 9-13, Uganda

  • Murchison Falls National Park: Chimpanzees (optional), Murchison Falls, boat cruise
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary: Rhino tracking on foot (optional)
  • Jinja: Nile rafting, local community project (both optional)

Day 1 Entebbe, Uganda - Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

Departing from Cassia Lodge at 08h00 near Entebbe, you will drive through the outskirts of the vibrant capital city Kampala before starting your journey west. On your route today you will visit the drum market, a fruit market and stop at the Equator. This afternoon you enter the Lake Mburo National Park famous for its game and large hippo population. You camp the night on the lake shore. 
Dinner

 

Day 2 Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5h (excl. game drive)

You start the day with a game drive or game walk and then exit the park to drive through a landscape of rolling hills, banana plantations and herds of long-horned Ankole cattle. This afternoon you travel on rough mountain roads through remote villages often shrouded in mist, toward the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The camp for the night is at the edge of the forest. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3-4 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

On one of these days you will partake in what is undoubtedly the highlight of the tour – gorilla trekking! You will be split into small groups and with local guides, trek up into the forest to locate and spend time with a family of these few remaining wild mountain gorillas. As the gorilla permits are limited there will be only two days for all guests to partake. Should all permits only be available on day 4 you would visit Lake Bunyoni on day 3. Whilst not gorilla trekking you can walk to nearby villages or spend time searching for the magnificent birds inhabitating the forest. 
2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner

 

Day 5-6 Bwindi Impenetrable N.P., Uganda - Queen Elisabeth National Park, Uganda

Distance on day 5 approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 4h (excl. game drive)

Leaving the mountains and forests, you descend to the grasslands of the Queen Elisabeth National Park. Here you will spend two nights camping at a remote camp. Apart from plentiful mammal, reptile and bird species, the park is renowned for its tree-climbing lions. Your game drive in the park will give you opportunities to search for the huge fig trees for lion and experience the savanna’s wildlife.
2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner

 

Day 7 Queen Elisabeth National Park, Uganda - Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Uganda

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 4h

Packing up early, you travel length of the park and through the Maramagambo Forest, where you will hopefully encounter the wild chimpanzees and an amazing variety of birdlife. Arriving at Kyambura Gorge this afternoon, you have the option of an additional chimpanzees trek (own expense).Tonight you camp in the vicinity. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Uganda - Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 4h

This morning you will travel through the park before continuing north to the Rwenzori – “Mountains of the Moon”. After setting up camp at a local community center, you will take a long walk through rural villages and up into the forest to the Rwenzori lookout point. Rising some 5 000 m above sea level, the slopes of these mountains are covered in tropical forest and the peaks are often covered in snow, a incredible sight considering its proximity to the equator. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda - Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

An early start, you leave the mountainous area and descend into the luminous green tea plantations surrounding Fort Portal. Today’s long drive is mostly on rough roads. . Your destination is the Kaniyo-Pabidi camp in Murchison Falls National Park managed by the Jane Goodall Institute that provides relatively comfortable facilities.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10 Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Early this morning you will set off on a guided walk in search of a group of habituated Chimpanzees. Here you will have the chance of spending some time with the group, before returning to camp. Then it’s off to Murchison Falls, a narrow gap through which the Nile River falls 40m into the Rift Valley. You will spend some time here exploring the Fall´s. Next you will travel downstream to cross the Nile in order to enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the Park. You will camp in a big game area tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11 Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

Distance approx. 200 km; driving time approx. 3-4h

Rising early, you board a boat that will then take you on a leisurely cruise slowly down the Nile River – along the way you could catch a glimpse of the rare Shoebill stork as well as a multitude of other animals. (At times it may not be possible to travel by boat – you will then be driven by road).
Reunited with your vehicle, you exit the Park and travel to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a project established to reintroduce Rhino into the original habitat in protected areas. You will camp here for one night.  
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda - Jinja, Uganda

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

This morning you may want to partake in tracking rhino on foot through the thick bush (optional activity not included in the rate). After packing up camp for the last time, you leave for Jinja - considered the ‘Source of the Nile’. Here you spend the last night in relative comfort at Adrift camp. Tonight you enjoy dinner on own expense at the restaurant to celebrate your adventures. 
Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 13 Jinja, Uganda

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast; however the Nile River offers some of the wildest one-day white water rafting in the world – an adventure not to be missed. Clients can also spend a day working with a local community project. Both of these activities are optional and not included in the rate. It is advisable for those who want to do this or those who simply want to relax, to book an extra night at the camp.
Breakfast

 

Price includes:
  • Trekking / overland tour as indicated in the itinerary
  • 10 nights camping, 2 nights accommodated
  • Transport in an overland truck
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee and tea with breakfast
  • National park fees
  • Camping equipment
  • One chimpanzee permit

 

Price excludes:
  • Flights (international and domestic) 
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary 
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water) 
  • Optional activities 
  • Gorilla permit (500 USD per person)
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance 
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 13 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - Generally the age limit is 18 to 55 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 55 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - 10 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with ablution and other facilities.
    - 2 nights are spent in twin rooms at permanent camps.

  • What vehicle is used on tour?

    - We make use of 4x4 safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle and sometimes a trailer is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.

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

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
    - Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.

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

    - We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.

  • Do I need visa for this tour?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - For Uganda a visa is usually required for all nationalities.
    - 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 1 and 8 hours.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this tour?

    - Uganda is situated within a yellow fever region, which is why we would strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against yellow fever (please also check with your country of origin if you require such proof when travelling back home after being in a yellow fever region). If you are entering Uganda from any other country that is situated in a yellow fever region proof of yellow fever vaccination will be required.
    - As Uganda is situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
    - Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.