This safari is a participation tour - clients are expected to pack / unpack vehicle, and assist in the kitchen if cooking is done. This interaction is a great recipe for meeting other people and engaging with the local residents.
Uganda’s star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla, the bulkiest of living primates, and among the most peaceable. Staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is as humbling as it is thrilling; no less so when one realizes that fewer than 700 individuals survive, divided between Bwindi National Park and the Virunga Mountains. Within Uganda, five habituated gorilla troops – four in Bwindi and one in Mgahinga National Park - can be visited by a total of 30 tourists daily.
- Jinya - Lake Victoria
- Ngamba Island (Chimps)
- Bigodi Swamp
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Bwindi National Park.
- Lake Mburo National Park
- Murchinson Falls National Park
- Chimp Tracking
- Gorrila Tracking
- Lake Bunyonyi
- Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Semuliki National Park (Hot Springs)
- School Trip to local school
Day 1: Entebbe – Boma Inn, BB (Entebbe will the first day of the tour, all clients will have to be in Entebbe the day before.)
Depending on the time of arrival you can visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for a first introduction with the extraordinary flora and fauna of Uganda. A visit to the island of the chimpanzees! In the morning you will depart from Entebbe for a close encounter with our relatives. After a pleasant boat ride you will reach Ngamba Island, where you will be directed to the visitor’s center to learn more about the chimps and their lifestyle. You will be able to view and photograph these fascinating apes in their natural environment from only a few meters away! In the afternoon you will take a boat ride back to Entebbe and return to your Inn. Overnight at Boma Inn (B, L). Dinner own expense.
Day 2: Jinya – Nyl River camp, BB. 200Km, +/-3Hours
Today we start our trek to the source of the White Nile. We browse around in the market and participate in thrilling activities such as white water rafting (own expense). This enthralling lake is the largest lake in Africa and generates amongst other things, a livelihood for the many fishermen who live along its banks – here you can whet your appetite by sampling local cuisine with local ingredients.(B, L) (One night own expense meal)
Day 3: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Lodge. 280Km, +/-3.5Hours
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a collaborative effort between the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Uganda Rhino Fund, a Ugandan NGO committed to the restoration of Uganda's rhinoceros population and Ziwa Ranchers Limited, a private land management company. The sanctuary offers a secure place where rhino populations can be expanded by breeding, protected from human and non-human predators and gradually re-introduced in Uganda's national parks, while at the same time, allowing the public to enjoy these majestic animals, as the project moves forward. Today we will track the rhino’s, the payment for the tracking go toward the save keeping off the rhino’s. (B,L,D)
Day 4-5-6: Murchison Falls National Park, Bandas. 300Km, +/-4.5Hours
Uganda's largest national park protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. It is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Our destination tonight is the Kaniyo-Pabidi camp in Murchison Falls National Park, this camp is managed by the Jane Goodall Institute and clients will have the time to trek the chimpanzees here. (Included). Our next stop is above the Murchison Falls, a narrow gap though which the Nile River falls 40m into the Rift Valley. We will spend some time here exploring the falls. Overnight at Kaniyo-Pabidi. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Ford Portal, BB. 380Km, +/-5Hours
Today is a driving day, when we arrive at the BB the group will have time to relax and doing their own thing until dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Uganda School day. (Close to Kibale National Park). Chimps Nest. 320Km, +/-4.5Hours
After breakfast we will depart from Fort Portal and head west to Semuliki National Park. Fantastic scenery, Hot springs, forest jungle walk, birding, primate viewing and river Semuliki meanders are some of the ideal attractions. Surely, you don't have to miss but get off the regular tourists' circuit and spend three to five hours exploring the only real jungle in East Africa. Two Hot springs situated in a tract of hot mineral encrusted swampland, rich in visible bird, insect and mammal life accessed by modern trail network. Come and see a two meters jet of hot water (130oC) and a pool (12 m diameter) of oozing boiling water (106oC). You can boil food especially eggs in the natural boiler within ten minutes and enjoy it. We also spent time with our school. Rural schools such as ours are the poorest in Uganda, but due to the 'solid' buildings ours doesn’t look too bad. The average income in Uganda is £300 p.a. half that of most of sub Saharan Africa. Our children’s' parents who are all subsistence farmers often earn only £7 a month. We spent the day with them working on the school building and so on for them for a better live. From Fort Portal we will continue to Kibale National Park for a stay next to the tropical forest. (B,L,D).
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park, BB. 150Km, +/-3Hours
In the morning we will visit the crater lakes area with some stunning views, before continuing to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a beautiful route via Kasese, with the Rwenzori Mountains on your right side and the green valley on the left. A game drive on our way to the camp in the middle of the national park gives us the chance to spot waterbucks, warthogs and other wildlife. In the afternoon we will be going on the Kazinga Channel to explore the wildlife, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park, BB
The day begins early as we head for the mating ground of the Uganda kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat, before returning for lunch. The afternoon will be the same plan and then enjoy sunset over Congo. (B,L,D).
Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bandas. 275Km, +/-4Hours
Early in the morning we will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head towards Bwindi. The scenic route runs through a verdant countryside while you pass traditional homesteads and farms. In Bwindi dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Banda’s. (B,L,D).
Day 12: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bandas.
The highlight of your primate safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. It is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike; it may take two to eight hours. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. (Included). But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they
eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience! For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. The ranger guide always briefs you on how to behave with these giant apes. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Community Banda’s. (B,L,D).
Day 13-14: Lake Bonyoni, Bandas. 390Km, +/-4.5Hours
Lake Bunyonyi ("Place of many little birds") lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Located at 1,962 m above sea level, it is about 25 km long and 7 km wide. The depth of the lake is rumored to vary between 44 m and 900 m, which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is free of bilharzia and safe for swimming. While we are here we will visit a local pigmy village. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Mburo National Park, Bandas. 280Km, +/-3.5Hours
We start the long but rewarding drive back to Mburo. On our way we will pass Mpigi village, famous for the Royal Drum Makers and of course the Ugandan Equator, where you can take pictures and shop for a souvenir. With lunch on our way we will reach Mburo by the end of the day. (B,L,D).
Day 16: Entebbe, Boma Inn. 285Km, +/-3.5Hours
Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories we will head to Entebbe. Depending on the time of departure you might have some time to spend in Kampala for shopping. We will arrive in Entebbe in the afternoon were we will stay at the Boma Inn. Here you can enjoy a drink and admire the sun as it sets. (B,L,D).
Included in the price for this trip
- Safaris and launch trips
- Park entrance
- Accommodation and/or Camping
- Rangers in the parks
- Tent with mattresses
- Gorilla Trecking
- Bigodi Swamp walk
- All game drives
- Launch trip on the Nile to the Falls
- Chimp walk in Budongo Forest
- Launch trip on Kazinga Channel
- Full board on the luxury trip
All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.
Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.
A gorilla permit costs US $ 500 per person. With regard to the high demand of permits we advise you to book the trip at least 5 months in advance.