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Uganda Adventure Safari - 17 Days

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Elephant in Queen Elizabeth National ParkDay 01 : Chicago to Amsterdam

Our great adventure begins with an overnight KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight to Amsterdam.

Dinner, breakfast and drinks on board.

Day 02 : Amsterdam

On arrival at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport we will transfer to a convenient and comfortable airport hotel where rooms have been booked for us. The afternoon and evening is at leisure to relax or take a train into Amsterdam.

Overnight in Amsterdam - ( B )

Day 03 : Amsterdam to Entebbe

Hugging ChimpsThis morning, after an early breakfast, we will transfer back to Schipol Airport for our KLM daytime flight to Entebbe Airport near Kampala in Uganda. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our nearby hotel.

Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel is an old colonial style hotel with a view over Lake Victoria. Facilities include a formal dining area with an outside terrace, 2 bars, breakfast room and pool with its own bar and restaurant area. The meals include European style food, and Indian and Chinese menus.

The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. The rooms are in a quadrant around a central garden with some facing the lake and on two levels. All rooms are en suite, have air conditioning and satellite television.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel – ( B )

Day 04 : Entebbe

Today we will have a full day excursion to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria where orphaned chimpanzees have been relocated. Viewing of these chimpanzees is excellent, offering good photographic opportunities. By visiting Ngamba Island, we are directly assisting the funding of this worthy project. We will enjoy lunch on the island.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel - ( B )

Day 05 : Murchison Falls National Park

This morning we will depart from Entebbe and drive in comfortable safari vehicles accompanied by experienced driver/guides to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls, 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.

Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing frequency. In the southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures.

The Nile itself hosts one of Africa's densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of waterbirds including the world's most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.

Elevated high above the Falls on the north side of the river, the historical Paraa Safari Lodge enjoys simply astounding views. The now restored Lodge has been host to many dignitaries in its lifetime - Britain's Queen Mother and Ernest Hemingway to name but a few.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge - B,L,D

Day 06 : Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast we will go for an early morning game drive on the rolling plains where we can view lions, giraffe, hartebeest, buffalo and elephant as well many other mammals of the park. For the birders, this area supports the secretary bird, black-chested snake eagle, tawny and marshal eagles and many others. This is a beautiful drive across the African savannah down to Lake Albert, where the Albert Nile heads north to Sudan.

We will take an afternoon boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls. This is an experience not to be missed! The launch trip gives you a chance to get up close with a wide variety of birdlife as well as hippos and to see the huge Nile crocodiles and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge - B,L,D

Day 07 : Murchison Falls National Park

This morning after breakfast, we will take a boat ride down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert, it provides a best chance in Africa of sighting the rare shoebill. We will have lunch at the lodge and then take an afternoon game drive to the top of the Murchison Falls, where you can have a closer look at the gorge. The Falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge - B,L,D

Day 08 : Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, we will depart for the long drive to Kibale National Park via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi- Hoima-Fort Portal road which passes through verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal lies in the shadow of the fabled "Mountains of the Moon," the Rwenzoris.

The most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests, Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the very localised red colobus and L'Hoest's monkey. Kibale's major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimps - these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine's ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.

Ndali Lodge

It is a working farm with a long colonial history. Dramatic views of the surrounding crater lakes or the Ruwenzori Mountains envelop you while relaxing on your private porch. Each of the eight bungalows feature local weavings, crafts and brightly coloured décor. Hot and cold running water are provided in each private bungalow. Candlelight and hurricane lamps are the only source of light and are reminiscent of old Africa. Enjoyable family style meals are creative and delicious. After a long day, guests return to Ndali Lodge and feel like they are coming home.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge - B,L,D

Day 09 : Kibale National Park

After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, for primate viewing. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. A half day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobus, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates at close quarters. A walk to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. After the walk we shall return to Ndali Lodge

Overnight at Ndali Lodge - B,L,D

Day 10 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey.
From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world.

Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula - which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Elsewhere, the remote Ishasha Sector is famed for its tree-climbing lions, the Kyambura Gorge harbours habituated chimps, the Maramagambo Forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys and birds, and flocks of flamingo are resident on the crater lakes.

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 accomodation, breathtaking views from every room, an abundance of game and some of the best birdwatching in East Africa.

Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge – B,L,D

Day 11 : Queen Elizabeth National Park


This morning we will enjoy a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos in Africa and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.

After lunch we will embark on a game drive to the southern part of the park which may be rewarded with view of waterbuck, eephant, lion, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Being the only upmarket accommodation in the area, this exclusive tented camp offers quality accommodation and services. Each of the ten spacious East African style Meru tents, situated in the wooded area beside the river, is comfortably furnished and with its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing hot water “bush” showers and an eco friendly toilet. A central lounge / dining area, also under canvas, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. The outdoor shaded area beside the river offers el fresco dining and an evening “campfire” venue for guests who come to enjoy this unique bush experience offered at this wilderness camp.

As the camp is within the National Park, it has been designed to be as low impact as possible with low usage of water, power and other resources. Solar power is used for lighting with power points limited to a central area allocated for recharging cameras and videos. Meals are freshly prepared with many local ingredients, offering a balance of international and locally flavoured cuisine with most meals being of several courses. The bar has a selection of local and imported beverages and the friendly local staff will attend to your needs.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp – B,L,D

Day 12 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

A full day of game viewing and other activities. This unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. This is combined with excellent game viewing opportunities for buffalo, elephants, kob, topi and other species of antelope.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp – B,L,D

Day 13 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The morning we will drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age - is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas.

Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer - but we should not let it distract from Bwindi's broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m. The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics present.

Buhoma Lodge

It commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. The original Buhoma Homestead has been extensively renovated and now offers a top quality, intimate lodge for the guests’ enjoyment.

Situated within the National Park, less than five minutes walk, from the start of the gorilla trekking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.

Inside the specious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower and also some rooms with bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cosy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge – B,L,D

Day 14 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Early this morning we will commence our Gorilla tracking in Bwindi. At the Park Headquarters we will meet with the 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 are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is an essential as well as zip lock bags for cameras and other electronic equipment. To remain healthy and survive these apes need to be undisturbed by visit and allowed to eat, rest and socialise with their own species. A maximum of one hour will be allowed to observe the Mountain Gorillas.

This afternoon is at leisure to relax at the lodge, go on a guided forest walk or possibly do some curio shopping along the road, or visit a local village.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge - B,L,D

Day 15 : Lake Mburo National Park

There is a further gorilla trekking opportunity should permits be available, or the option of a forest walk to look for birds and other primates, or just relax in this beautiful area. Later in the day drive to Kabale, a small town in the highlands . The road to Kabale takes you into the Uganda Highlands - the Switzerland of Africa - with great views and vistas of this lush green area.

From there we will descend to Lake Mburo National Park. Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland, Mburo has markedly different fauna to other reserves. Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek.

Mihingo Lodge

It 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 loos. Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge's property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.

The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land, and native grasses. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park. Later this afternoon we will enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo.

Overnight at Mihingo Lodge – B,L,D

Day 16 : Entebbe to Amsterdam

This morning we will return to Entebbe, stopping en route to shop for curios and at the Royal Drum makers at Mpigi. Day rooms at Lake Victoria Hotel will be provided for our convenience until our late this evening transfer to Entebbe Airport for our overnight KLM flight to Amsterdam.

Day 17 : Amsterdam to U.S.A

We will arrive in Amsterdam morning and will connect to our onward KLM flight to U.S.A where our trip ends.

Included in the Package
  • All accommodations
  • All meals except while in Kampala on departure day
  • All government and hotel taxes and service charges
  • All land travel
  • All Intra-Uganda scheduled and charter flights
  • All park, reserve, and conservation area entrance fees
  • All game-viewing activities; guided walks, horseback rides, or 4x4 game drives in open top vehicles
  • All vehicle transfers to - from Bush Homes, airports, hotels, etc.
  • Half day tour of Kampala with a private driver - guide
  • AMREF medical evacuation coverage
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
  • Uganda International departure tax
  • Pre-trip inoculations
  • International Airfares
  • 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

 

Day 02 : Amsterdam


On arrival at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport we will transfer to a convenient and comfortable airport hotel where rooms have been booked for us. The afternoon and evening is at leisure to relax or take a train into Amsterdam.

Overnight in Amsterdam - ( B )

Day 03 : Amsterdam to Entebbe

Hugging ChimpsThis morning, after an early breakfast, we will transfer back to Schipol Airport for our KLM daytime flight to Entebbe Airport near Kampala in Uganda. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our nearby hotel.

Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel is an old colonial style hotel with a view over Lake Victoria. Facilities include a formal dining area with an outside terrace, 2 bars, breakfast room and pool with its own bar and restaurant area. The meals include European style food, and Indian and Chinese menus.

The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. The rooms are in a quadrant around a central garden with some facing the lake and on two levels. All rooms are en suite, have air conditioning and satellite television.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel – ( B )

Day 04 : Entebbe

Today we will have a full day excursion to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Lake Victoria where orphaned chimpanzees have been relocated. Viewing of these chimpanzees is excellent, offering good photographic opportunities. By visiting Ngamba Island, we are directly assisting the funding of this worthy project. We will enjoy lunch on the island.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel - ( B )

Day 05 : Murchison Falls National Park

This morning we will depart from Entebbe and drive in comfortable safari vehicles accompanied by experienced driver/guides to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls, 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.

Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush borassus grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are regularly encountered on game drives, while lion are seen with increasing frequency. In the southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures.

The Nile itself hosts one of Africa's densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of waterbirds including the world's most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.

Elevated high above the Falls on the north side of the river, the historical Paraa Safari Lodge enjoys simply astounding views. The now restored Lodge has been host to many dignitaries in its lifetime - Britain's Queen Mother and Ernest Hemingway to name but a few.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge - B,L,D

Day 06 : Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast we will go for an early morning game drive on the rolling plains where we can view lions, giraffe, hartebeest, buffalo and elephant as well many other mammals of the park. For the birders, this area supports the secretary bird, black-chested snake eagle, tawny and marshal eagles and many others. This is a beautiful drive across the African savannah down to Lake Albert, where the Albert Nile heads north to Sudan.

We will take an afternoon boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls. This is an experience not to be missed! The launch trip gives you a chance to get up close with a wide variety of birdlife as well as hippos and to see the huge Nile crocodiles and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge - B,L,D

Day 07 : Murchison Falls National Park

This morning after breakfast, we will take a boat ride down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert, it provides a best chance in Africa of sighting the rare shoebill. We will have lunch at the lodge and then take an afternoon game drive to the top of the Murchison Falls, where you can have a closer look at the gorge. The Falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days.

Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge - B,L,D

Day 08 : Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, we will depart for the long drive to Kibale National Park via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi- Hoima-Fort Portal road which passes through verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal lies in the shadow of the fabled "Mountains of the Moon," the Rwenzoris.

The most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests, Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the very localised red colobus and L'Hoest's monkey. Kibale's major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimps - these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine's ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.

Ndali Lodge

It is a working farm with a long colonial history. Dramatic views of the surrounding crater lakes or the Ruwenzori Mountains envelop you while relaxing on your private porch. Each of the eight bungalows feature local weavings, crafts and brightly coloured décor. Hot and cold running water are provided in each private bungalow. Candlelight and hurricane lamps are the only source of light and are reminiscent of old Africa. Enjoyable family style meals are creative and delicious. After a long day, guests return to Ndali Lodge and feel like they are coming home.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge - B,L,D

Day 09 : Kibale National Park

After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park, for primate viewing. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. A half day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobus, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates at close quarters. A walk to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. After the walk we shall return to Ndali Lodge

Overnight at Ndali Lodge - B,L,D

Day 10 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey.
From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world.

Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula - which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Elsewhere, the remote Ishasha Sector is famed for its tree-climbing lions, the Kyambura Gorge harbours habituated chimps, the Maramagambo Forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys and birds, and flocks of flamingo are resident on the crater lakes.

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 accomodation, breathtaking views from every room, an abundance of game and some of the best birdwatching in East Africa.

Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge – B,L,D

Day 11 : Queen Elizabeth National Park


This morning we will enjoy a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos in Africa and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.

After lunch we will embark on a game drive to the southern part of the park which may be rewarded with view of waterbuck, eephant, lion, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Being the only upmarket accommodation in the area, this exclusive tented camp offers quality accommodation and services. Each of the ten spacious East African style Meru tents, situated in the wooded area beside the river, is comfortably furnished and with its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing hot water “bush” showers and an eco friendly toilet. A central lounge / dining area, also under canvas, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. The outdoor shaded area beside the river offers el fresco dining and an evening “campfire” venue for guests who come to enjoy this unique bush experience offered at this wilderness camp.

As the camp is within the National Park, it has been designed to be as low impact as possible with low usage of water, power and other resources. Solar power is used for lighting with power points limited to a central area allocated for recharging cameras and videos. Meals are freshly prepared with many local ingredients, offering a balance of international and locally flavoured cuisine with most meals being of several courses. The bar has a selection of local and imported beverages and the friendly local staff will attend to your needs.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp – B,L,D

Day 12 : Queen Elizabeth National Park

A full day of game viewing and other activities. This unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. This is combined with excellent game viewing opportunities for buffalo, elephants, kob, topi and other species of antelope.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp – B,L,D

Day 13 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The morning we will drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age - is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas.

Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer - but we should not let it distract from Bwindi's broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m. The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics present.

Buhoma Lodge

It commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. The original Buhoma Homestead has been extensively renovated and now offers a top quality, intimate lodge for the guests’ enjoyment.

Situated within the National Park, less than five minutes walk, from the start of the gorilla trekking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.

Inside the specious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower and also some rooms with bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cosy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge – B,L,D

Day 14 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Early this morning we will commence our Gorilla tracking in Bwindi. At the Park Headquarters we will meet with the 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 are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is an essential as well as zip lock bags for cameras and other electronic equipment. To remain healthy and survive these apes need to be undisturbed by visit and allowed to eat, rest and socialise with their own species. A maximum of one hour will be allowed to observe the Mountain Gorillas.

This afternoon is at leisure to relax at the lodge, go on a guided forest walk or possibly do some curio shopping along the road, or visit a local village.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge - B,L,D

Day 15 : Lake Mburo National Park

There is a further gorilla trekking opportunity should permits be available, or the option of a forest walk to look for birds and other primates, or just relax in this beautiful area. Later in the day drive to Kabale, a small town in the highlands . The road to Kabale takes you into the Uganda Highlands - the Switzerland of Africa - with great views and vistas of this lush green area.

From there we will descend to Lake Mburo National Park. Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland, Mburo has markedly different fauna to other reserves. Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek.

Mihingo Lodge

It 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 loos. Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge's property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.

The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land, and native grasses. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park. Later this afternoon we will enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo.

Overnight at Mihingo Lodge – B,L,D

Day 16 : Entebbe to Amsterdam

This morning we will return to Entebbe, stopping en route to shop for curios and at the Royal Drum makers at Mpigi. Day rooms at Lake Victoria Hotel will be provided for our convenience until our late this evening transfer to Entebbe Airport for our overnight KLM flight to Amsterdam.

Day 17 : Amsterdam to U.S.A

We will arrive in Amsterdam morning and will connect to our onward KLM flight to U.S.A where our trip ends.

Included in the Package
  • All accommodations
  • All meals except while in Kampala on departure day
  • All government and hotel taxes and service charges
  • All land travel
  • All Intra-Uganda scheduled and charter flights
  • All park, reserve, and conservation area entrance fees
  • All game-viewing activities; guided walks, horseback rides, or 4x4 game drives in open top vehicles
  • All vehicle transfers to - from Bush Homes, airports, hotels, etc.
  • Half day tour of Kampala with a private driver - guide
  • AMREF medical evacuation coverage
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
  • Uganda International departure tax
  • Pre-trip inoculations
  • International Airfares
  • 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

Uganda Adventure Safari - 17 Days



 

Feedback From Clients

Fernando Martinez


I hope you received my email & voicemail telling you what a great time we had @ Rufigi River Camp and in throughout Tanzania. Your associates picked us up at the airport, the Holiday Inn was a great choice, the Bush camp was fabulous. I will refer you without hesitation to anyone that need your services.

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