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The Best of Uganda Safari - 13 Days

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Murchison FallsThis comprehensive safari visits all of the main attractions in Uganda including the Murchison Falls.

Day 01 : Entebbe

Arrive Entebbe, meet and greet and transfer to Lake Victoria Hotel. If time permits visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Overnight Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel

The Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel

Red Columbus in Kibale ForestIs a newly-refurbished four-star hotel in Entebbe. It is situated only 2.5 miles from the Entebbe airport and 20 miles from Kampala city. The hotel offers 72 executive rooms, 20 standard rooms, six suites and one presidential suite. There is also a swimming pool, a health club and conference facilities. There are established, well-maintained gardens. From the premises guests have a view of natural landscape and the magnificent Lake Victoria. In the vicinity are the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Day 02 : Murchison Falls

Drive to Murchison Falls National Park via Masindi and Biso. From Biso drop down the escarpment of The Great African Rift Valley (the Western Corridor) with spectacular views of Lake Albert. Drive along the valley floor to the southern banks of the Victoria Nile River. Today's drive is about 7 hours.

Overnight at the Nile Safari Camp – B,L,D

Nile Safari Camp

Nestled peacefully amongst rich papyrus forest on the Southern banks of the River Nile the camp offers some of the most luxurious accommodation in Uganda's largest National Park and one of the most romantic locations in Africa. Nile Safari Camp has a choice of wooden traditional chalets and luxury double tents cleverly positioned to maximize privacy and the stunning view across Murchison National Park.

From your own private balcony suspended over the mighty River Nile a mass expanse unfolds. Hundreds of weaver nets occupy over hanging trees, whilst the silent ripple of water whispers of untold secrets. Giant Nile crocodiles bask on sands banks and hippos snort with content from their watery home, whilst on the far bank a lone bull elephant wades through the lush swamp - and all this from the steps of your luxury accommodation. Each room has en suite shower and toilet at the rear, in front a deck to relax. The bar and restaurant also overlook the river with beautiful views of the sun setting over the river. A pool is also available.

Day 03 : Murchison Falls

Drive to Paraa, take launch trip on the Victoria Nile to the base of Murchison Falls, viewing game and birds en route. Nile crocodile are in abundance as are hippo and aquatic birds including a good chance of seeing shoebills. The launch trip is about three hours. Then drive to top of the falls for lunch and walk in the area to obtain excellent views of the falls where the Nile is forced through a 20-foot wide gap in the Rocks and drops 145 feet over the escarpment. This is said to be the largest natural force of water in the world creating what appears to be a boiling caldron of water.

Overnight at Nile Safari Camp – B,L,D

Day 04 : Murchison Falls

Drive and take a ferry across the Nile to game drive in the northern sector of the park, most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the film The African Queen was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. Game often seen includes elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, sitatunga, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, genet, hyena, jackal and bat-eared fox.

Overnight at Nile Safari Camp – B,L,D

Day 05 : Kibale Forest

Full day drive of approximately eight hours to Kibale Forest area. After leaving the Rift Valley we pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest. Beautiful Ndali Lodge is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes. The breathtaking views and cooler climate at Ndali are just some of its best features.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge – B,L,D

Ndali Lodge

Is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga - 250 acres in size and 426 feet deep. There is a main thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area and dining room flanked by 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The cottages, face west to offer a panoramic view to the spectacular 'Mountains of the Moon', are built of local stone and thatch. The interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished, the decor emphasizing the using local materials. Each cottage, large enough to accommodate a family, has en-suite facilities with bath, shower, WC and hand basin and a private verandah, perfect for watching the sun setting behind the Rwenzori mountains, the snow-capped peaks of which are clearly visible on a clear day. At night the dining room is festooned with candles - the lodge has no electricity or generators to destroy the tranquility and atmosphere. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga. Breakfast is on the verandah overlooking the lake: freshly squeezed passion fruit juice (from Ndali's vines when in season) and homemade bread with wild honey go down well with a full English breakfast.

Day 06 : Kibale Forest

Today we take forest and swamp walks to see the rain forest and view birds and primates, including chimpanzees. Walking is not difficult, paths have been made in the forest and all walks are with excellent local guides.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge – B,L,D

Day 07 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 3 _ hour drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We again gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mweya Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background.

Overnight at Mweya Lodge – B,L,D

Mweya Safari Lodge

Is located on a peninsula within the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. A Safari lodge compared to no other with sumptuous accommodation, breathtaking views from every room, an abundance of game and some of the best bird watching in East Africa. Every room has a balcony overlooking the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward, a private bathroom and electricity. Other features to make your stay more enjoyable include a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and souvenir shop.

Day 08 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a launch trip of about two hours on the Kasinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. Queen Elizabeth National Par is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period.

Overnight at Mweya Lodge – B,L,D

Day 09 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion and other game. Afternoon drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (a World Heritage Site) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. The driving today is about 5 1/2 hours (not including game drives).

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp – B,L,D

NOTE: We cannot guarantee seeing gorillas.

Gorilla Forest Camp

Is a permanent luxury tented camp nestled in the mist-swathed rainforests of a mountainside in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The exclusive location - the sole property within the parkÕs boundaries - afford Gorilla Forest Camp the status of being the ideal base for gorilla tracking, primate viewing and birding excursions in the park. Accommodation is in 8 double tents, raised on wooden platforms, each with en-suite facilities and hot and cold running water, WC, basin and unusually - a bathtub looking out onto the forest. Each tent has a spacious wooden verandah where guests can relax, enjoy a private meal and absorb the exotic mystery of the surrounding rainforest.

Day 10 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla tracking day. After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp – B,L,D

Day 11 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Second gorilla tracking day.

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp – B,L,D

Day 12 : Mbarara

Drive to Mbarara passing through the Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. These cattle are incredible with horns larger than one can imagine. Continue to Lake Mburo N.P., game drive. The driving today is about 6 - 7 hours.

Overnight at Mihingo Lodge – B,L,D

Mihingo Lodge

Is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. It features ten rooms which are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with en-suite bathrooms with stunning views, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush toilets. Below the dining area an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. In appreciation of its fragile surroundings, Mihingo Lodge is an environmentally friendly accommodation. The buildings are constructed in such a way as to melt into the rocky outcrops and savannah landscape around them. Electricity, hot water, and water pumps are powered by solar energy and there is a natural water catchment system to take advantage of the rains.

Day 13 : Depart

Game drive before driving to Entebbe, which takes about 5 hours. If time permits it's possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Drop off at airport to connect with departure flight. ( B )

Not Included in the Package

  • Some alcoholic beverages and other personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kampala on departure day (account direct)
  • Gratuities to drivers - guides and staff members - $7-$10 per person per day
  • Intra-Uganda Airport departure taxes ($2 per flight payable at departures)
  • Uganda International departure tax ($40 payable at departure)
  • Pre-trip inoculations
  • International Airfares
  • Uganda visa fees (estimate $75 per person)
  • Travel Insurance

Please Note:

All private charter flights are subject to weight limits that can not be exceeded for safety reasons. If these weight limits are exceeded then the travelers will be held responsible for the extra costs incurred to upgrade the charter flight.

Sometimes these flights cannot be upgraded due to all charter planes being booked - this could result in a delay in travel time and pose problems for the travelers. Your luggage weight should not exceed 33 lbs. per traveler.

Please advise us on the weight for your travel. Most charter flights are booked on single engine aircraft. In the event of bad weather prevailing, it may be necessary to upgrade to a twin engine plane which is approved for instrument flight conditions. If this occurs, the extra cost of the twin engine plane will be your responsibility.

The Best of Uganda Safari - 13 Days


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Peg Marlow & Roy Bateman

Roy and I just want to thank you for making our arrangements for the trip of a lifetime. Everything went like clockwork and we really loved the country, the animals, the beautiful land, the people we met and the cultures we learned about. It was awesome and I can’t get it out of my mind. We took 2000 pictures!! Thank you again for a job well done.

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