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Uganda Special Safari

15 Days
LENGTH
Jan - Dec
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From £5,295.00
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Your safari holiday starts with some fun/adrenaline-rising activities in Jinja – Uganda’s adventure destination. You will visit the Source of the Nile, experience white water rafting or roam on trails that run beside the young Nile on powerful Quad bikes. The safari then moves to Murchison Falls National Park – Uganda’s largest conservation area, which is crossed by the Nile. It moves onto Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and finishes in Lake Mburo National Park. By the end of this safari, you will have seen everything Uganda has to offer except for one destination – the less-travelled road to Kidepo Valley National Park.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport, located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Victoria, where a representative from Uzuri Uganda Safaris will welcome you to the Pearl of Africa and transfer you to Sheraton Kampala for overnight stay.

 

Meals included: No meals applicable

 

Day 2: Drive to Jinja, visit Source of the Nile

Wake at your leisure and enjoy the hotel breakfast. At 10.00am, you drive to Jinja town – 85 kilometres east of Kampala. Driving along the Kampala – Jinja road, you will make a de-tour to Sezibwa Falls off Jinja road. Sezibwa Falls is a cultural heritage site of the Baganda people (Uganda’s largest community) that is rich with traditional folklore as shall be narrated by the site guide! The falls are located 32 Km along the Kampala- Jinja highway. It is one of Uganda’s hidden cultural treasures with one part owned by Buganda Kingdom and another by the Anglican Church of Uganda. Other than their cultural significance, the falls are quite spectacular, surrounded by beautiful lush scenery. The site offers beautiful views of waterfalls marked with sharp-edged rocks and splendid sound of waters flowing down the indented rocks. There is legend to the river and falls as well. The falls are 7 meters high with beautiful scenery for relaxation and enjoyment as birds sing in the trees. There are plenty of birds and some wildlife such as monkeys that may be sighted in the nearby forest. Spend roughly an hour exploring these serene grounds before returning to the highway.

 

From Ssezibwa Falls, you continue to Jinja and arrive at about 1.00pm and head straight to the Jinja Sailing Club from where you will get onto a boat for the ride (45 minutes) to the exact spot where the Nile start its 6,000+ kilometres to the Mediterranean. After your visit to the Source of the Nile, you will enjoy lunch before heading to Jinja Nile Resort and checking-in. You will have the rest of the day to yourselves or go out to the town and sight-see.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Half-day white water rafting or Quad bike safari

After breakfast you will enjoy a morning of rafting. You will have the opportunity to meet your fellow rafters and guides while enjoying a tea or coffee. After a quick briefing, you will be fitted with life jackets and helmets provided by Nalubale Rafting before heading off 15kms down river to the start point of the half-day rafting expedition. You will receive a detailed safety briefing, before launching into the river for a last bit of practical instruction as you float down the pool. The rafting start point is a flat pool just above the first major rapid. As the river meanders through beautiful scenery, we guide the rafts into the mighty challenges of some of the biggest and safest grade 5 white water rafting in the world. Eight major rapids are rafted plus several lower graded runs; all selected to maximize your safety and fun. The rafting guides stop before all grade 4 and 5 rapids to explain to you the planned route, so if anytime you feel you would prefer to join the safety boat or where possible walk around and then rejoin the raft, this is absolutely fine. Calm stretches of water separate the rapids – perfect for getting your breath back, taking a swim and enjoying the scenery.

 

If you chose the Quad Bike Safari, you will head to the All-Terrain Adventures place where you will be taken through a short training on how to handle the quad bike. After, you set off on a 2-hour safari along trails that run near or beside the Nile. After your rafting/quad biking expedition, you will return to your accommodation (Jinja Nile Resort) for rest and you will have the rest of the day to yourselves.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Drive to Murchison Falls N.P via Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

This morning, after your breakfast, you depart Jinja headed to Murchison Falls National Park via the Zziwa rhino sanctuary. Here the rhinos that have been severely depleted in the Ugandan wild are being bred before they are re-introduced back into the national parks. When you arrive at the Zziwa, a guide and armed ranger will take you on a walking safari to look for the rhinos. If you prefer, you can track the rhinos by vehicle. Once you have located the rhinos, you will stay in their presence for a while before stopping to have a picnic lunch at the location.

 

After your lunch, you will continue to Murchison Falls National Park. On arrival, you will check-in at Paara Safari Lodge.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Game drive & boat safari to bottom of Murchison falls

Today is an early start (up at 6.00am) to head out for a game drive and view the glorious sunrise over the open savannah. You can explore the area and search for game ranging from lion, buffalo, elephant, giraffes, antelope and more. Between 10-11am, you will return to the lodge to relax and eat lunch.

 

After your lunch at 2.00pm, you will set out by boat to the bottom of the powerful Murchison Falls. This three-hour boat cruise climaxes at the edge of the rift valley escarpment at which point you will get off the boat and trek to the top of the falls (wear sports shoes for ease of trekking to the top). Having worked up a sweat, once at the top, get bathed in the misty spray that the Nile create as it forces itself into the 7-metre cleft to create the famous Murchison Falls. Your guides will be waiting up top to transfer you back to Paara Safari Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Boat safari to the Nile-Lake Albert Delta

An early rise again today to go on a boat cruise to the Nile-Lake Albert delta where the Nile pours its waters into Lake Albert. No need to worry about breakfast as you will enjoy a bush breakfast (you stop on the northern bank of the Nile in a secluded woody spot and set up for breakfast).

 

This cruise is great for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. There are plenty of animals and birds to see with an excellent chance of seeing the rare Shoebill. This trip takes four to five hours. Keep your camera ready as the photo opportunities are numerous! As well as fabulous birdlife including pelicans, fish eagles, kingfishers, bee eaters, various types of stork, look out for crocodiles, hippos, elephants and numerous antelopes. As you approach Lake Albert, the landscape you see in the distance is the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

On the way back to the lodge, you do a game drive and view more game. Back at the lodge, you enjoy lunch and have the rest of the day to yourselves.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and depart Murchison Falls proceed to Fort Portal where a lunch will be waiting. You will then depart Murchison Falls National Park.

 

Along the way, you will traverse traditional homesteads surrounded by crop plantations in a very leafy and green area – arriving in Fort Portal in the mid-afternoon. Once you arrive in Kibale Forest National Park, you will check-in at Papaya Lake Lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi Community visit

Today you are in for real monkey business! After breakfast, your guides will drive you to Kibale Forest National Park headquarters at Kanyanchu for a briefing before you commence your chimp trek. This park is reputed for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. On the guided nature walk, you are in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will spend a full hour with them at close quarters. After the mandatory 1 hour is finished, your guides/rangers will lead you back to the park headquarters. After your lunch, you will go for the Bigodi swamp walk. The walk will take you through small communities and beautiful scenery. It is usual to spot three to four different primates during this walk, though the highlight can be catching a glimpse of the great blue Turaco. After your walk, you will return to the lodge (Papaya Lake Lodge) for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: Drive to Queen Elizabeth N.P

Today you will depart Kibale Forest National Park for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will transfer through Kasese with the Rwenzori Mountains in the backdrop as you lose altitude to arrive in or around the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

After check-in and lunch you will visit the Katwe Crater Lake where locals have mined salt through the ages. This lake – situated just north of the impressive Mweya peninsula, is far too salty to support any wildlife. However, since the 16th Century, it has ensured the survival of the Katwe residents, who spend their days under the equatorial sun, harvesting salt from its milky waters. Enjoy the spectacular drive to Katwe as you look out for wildlife including buffaloes and elephants. Watch out for Lake Kitagata – fed by salty hot-springs with no wildlife around but the spectacular views. Once you arrive at the salt mines, marvel at the network of paths and huts that have been built across the lake to support hundreds of workers. The salt is sold to traders from across Uganda, and as far as Congo and Rwanda. This tour gives visitors a unique insight into the fascinating yet tough process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. During the tour of the lake you will see community members at work, cross the mud walkways. Later, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Game drive & boat safari along Kazinga channel

Up at 6.00am, enjoy your breakfast and we are off for a day-break game drive on the park’s plans. We head straight for the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions in their natural habitat, elephants, and buffalo and then we return to the lodge. Relax around the lodge and then lunch. At either 2.00pm or 3.00pm, we go on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel that connects lakes Edward and George – one of the major highlights of your safari. On the cruise abundant bird life is sighted and perhaps the highest concentration of hippopotamus in Africa lives on this stretch of the channel. The boat launch – lasting 3 hours climaxes with you looking at stunning scenery in the distance. You return to the lodge (Mweya Safari Lodge) for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable via Ishasha

After breakfast, you will commence your transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the home of the Mountain Gorillas, passing through the lush Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and its fig trees where you stand a chance of running into lions that climb trees. We exit the park and head to Kisoro near Bwindi where you will marvel at the landscape, which has been likened to Switzerland. Arriving late at our destination, you will check into Clouds Bwindi Lodge/Mahogany Springs Lodge/Buhoma Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12: Gorilla tracking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

You are up at 6.00am for a quick breakfast and are transferred to the park headquarters. Here, you are allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 people/trackers as well as a gorilla trekking guide with armed rangers. After a pre-trekking briefing by the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers and staff, touching on gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as the appropriate safety precautions, you are led or driven to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling encounter. Expect to walk/hike for between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions, which can be tough and requires a degree of (average) fitness. However, the thrill of meeting a large Mountain Gorilla family led by a huge Silverback completely makes up for the effort. When you finally locate the family that you are tracking, sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, feed and groom each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male – the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense forest in the knowledge you are in the presence of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild.

 

After the mandatory 1 hour is up, you will be led back to the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you to commence your transfer to the scenic Lake Bunyonyi – one of Uganda’s best kept secrets where guests can relax after the gorilla trek as they take in the ever-changing scenery of Africa’s deepest lake. Overnight at Sharp Island Gorilla Lodge or Birdnest Resort Bunyonyi.

 

What to bring for gorilla tracking/trekking: light but sturdy hiking shoes, light rain jacket, daypack, 2 litres of water, gardening gloves, long trousers either jeans/khakis, long-sleeved shirt/blouse, wide-brimmed hat, sun glasses, insect repellent and an energy bar.

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 13: Drive to Lake Mburo N.P

This morning, after your breakfast, you can choose to go on a boat/canoe trip to explore some of the 29 islands/islets that are found on the lake. One such island is the so-called “Punishment Island” where the local Bakiga people exiled teenage girls who were unlucky to conceive outside marriage. After your exploration of the islands, depart Lake Bunyonyi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. On arrival, check-in at Kimbla Mantana Tented Camp and have your lunch. You can relax and have the rest of the day to yourself or go on a game drive to explore a bit of the park.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 14: Nature Walk in Lake Mburo N.P

Visitors can choose two optional activities including a horse-back safari ($60 p.p extra), view game on a bicycle ($15 per person) or a game walk – accompanied with an armed ranger while you spot buffalo, zebra, Impala, Eland, Topi etc. Should you choose to ride on horseback or cycle, you will equally enjoy the wonderful scenery along the way. After this morning’s activity, you will return to the lodge for lunch. For those who love to birdwatch, you can choose to go for a boat ride on the lake to see some of the major birds of the park including the African Fin-foot, white-backed and black-backed Night Herons, Giant Kingfisher etc. Later, relax and have the rest of the day to yourself or you can head out in the vehicle for an evening game drive. Return later to the lodge (Kimbla Mantana Tented Camp) for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 15: Drive to Entebbe & Departure

This morning, after your breakfast and at leisure, you commence your transfer to Kampala with a stop at the Equator Crossing. At the Equator crossing, you can take some fun pictures and purchase souvenirs and crafts from your Uganda safari. You continue your drive to Entebbe via Kampala. Depending on what time your flight departs Entebbe International Airport, you will stop for lunch either in Kampala or in Entebbe town. You are then dropped off at the airport in time for you to check-in for your onward flight.

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Including:

  • Accommodation in Standard Rooms (or Deluxe Rooms where applicable) in safari lodges/camps and hotel facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • On the ground transport in 4X4 Safari Land-cruiser with pop-up roofs for game viewing
  • Game drives, excursions and sight-seeing activities (if any) as described above
  • Activities (if any) as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Services of an English-speaking driver/tour guide
  • Bottled water, snacks & fruit whilst on safari

 

Excluding:

  • Personal expenses such travel and medical insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including water, soft drinks, luxury champagne, spirits or meals not included in the itinerary
  • Gratuity for porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports
  • Gratuity for your professional driver guide
  • Cost of obtaining Visas ($50)
  • Any optional tours and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Airfare

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