Safari in Uganda
BEST OF UGANDA PRIMATES & PARKS
nights & 8 days exploring uganda's primates and parks
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eight day safari, visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda (Bwindi)
or Rwanda, Lake Mburo National park, plus chimpanzee trekking
and game viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, as well
as a cruise on the Kazinga Channel – renowned for its
hippos and great bird life.
1: LAKE VICTORIA HOTEL, ENTEBBE
Arrive Entebbe, you will be met at the airport and transferred
to the Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe. Bed and Breakfast.
Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel
This is an old colonial-style hotel with views over Lake Victoria.
It has good facilities including a formal dining area with an
outside terrace, 2 bars, breakfast room and pool with it’s
own bar and restaurant area. The meals include European style
food, an Indian and Chinese menu. The atmosphere is quiet and
The rooms are in a quadrant around a ventral garden with some
facing the lake and on two levels. All rooms are en suite, have
air conditioning or fans, and satellite television. A complementary
shuttle service operates to and from the airport for all flights
– about 8 minutes drive away.
Entebbe is a small town, located on the edge of Lake Victoria.
Depending on your time of arrival, you may like to spend some
time exploring the town on foot, or you can take a taxi in to
Kampala and visit the craft and curio markets there, the Kasubi
Tombs and Museum. In Entebbe there is the Wildlife Education
Centre, and you can see close up the large slow-moving Shoebill
Stork, or you can try your hand at golf on the local 9-hole
DAY 2: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Depart after breakfast to Lake Mburo National Park, approximately
5 hours drive from Entebbe via Kampala.
Here you will have the opportunity to go on game drives, or
a walk with a local ranger, and explore this pretty park.
Lake Mburo Tented camp
Situated high up on a hillside off the main route to the park
headquarters is this tented camp with views stretching far and
wide. Each tent caters for two persons and has it’s own
bathroom area with hot showers provided, eco friendly toilet
systems and a private dressing area. A central area provides
dining and bar facilities. Meals are generally of a high standard
with several courses for most.
Rooms: 9 x en suite double tents
Lake Mburo, 260km2 was gazetted in 1982 as Uganda’s fourth
national park. It is composed primarily of grassland, wetland,
and acacia woodland habitats. At the centre of the park lies
Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other lakes in the area forms
part of an extensive wetland system. The park has topi, eland,
kilpspringer, zebra, buffalo, oribi, sitatunga, leopard, an
excellent variety of water and acacia savannah bird species,
like crested crane, marabou stork and bronze-tailed starling.
DAY 3: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Today we travel along from Mburo towards the Kabale region,
and then into the mountainous area of the lush Uganda Highlands
- the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ - with great views
and vistas of this beautiful green area, from here we continue
to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, or to Kisoro and on to Ruhengeri,
Parc National des Volcans, for your gorilla tracking base –
depending on where pre-purchased permits are held.
Overnight in en suite chalet/lodge accommodation, all meals
included. It will be a fairly long day in the vehicle, passing
some interesting scenery, farmland and lush green hillsides.
Lunch en route.
Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Nest, or similar (Bwindi or Rwanda)
Buhoma is one of the original camps at Bwindi, which has been
upgraded over the years. Very conveniently situated opposite
the park entrance with views over the forest canopy. Currently
they have individual cottages with their own private veranda,
a bedroom and bathroom area and some rooms with shared bathroom
facilities. Lighting is by solar in all he rooms. Meals are
taken in a central dining area where a fireplace provides warmth
in the cool evenings. Peter the current manager provides excellent
service levels to all clients.
Rooms: 6 x en suite double cottages, 2 x twin, 1 x single shared
Or, in Rwanda – we normally use Mountain Gorilla’s
This newly opened quality lodge is located close to the Parc
National des Volcans. It is nestled under a grove of trees,
with all the rooms surrounding a large courtyard. There are
comfortable nicely appointed rooms with en-suite chalets with
modern bathrooms and hot water. It has a spacious restaurant
with large bar and reception area and friendly service. On a
clear day the views across to the volcanoes and surrounding
hills are spectacular.
DAY 4: GORILLA TREKKING
An early morning trek into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes,
led by experienced trackers will bring you amongst a family
of Mountain Gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare,
only approximately 650 remaining.
You will get within metres of the family, and be privileged
to spend time amongst them. Returning to the camp for a late
lunch, we have an opportunity for forest walks with the guides,
or just to relax. Overnight lodge or tented camp.
The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer
is not uncommon – at relatively high altitude. Please
refer to our information sheet.
Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, as such sightings cannot
be guaranteed, however the success rate is well over 90%.
DAY 5: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
A second opportunity for gorilla tracking, with pre-purchased
permits subject to availability.
For those not trekking, you will have the opportunity to go
on a forest walk with a local guide, or on a community walk
at the local village which has been included in your tour cost,
or perhaps visit the local orphanage.
Overnight at your lodge, all meals included.
DAY 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will drive in a northerly direction to
Queen Elizabeth National park. Passing through farmlands and
small towns and villages, you will have the opportunity to see
rural Uganda and the vivid green beauty of the country. Depending
on the weather and road conditions we may enter QENP from the
Ishasha side of the park.
You will arrive at QENP, with the Ruwenzori Mountains hovering
in the distance, mid afternoon. Two nights will be spent here
game viewing, with an opportunity to go on a chimp walk at Chamburu
Located on a peninsula overlooking the Kazinga Channel on one
side and with spectacular views towards the Ruwenzori Mountians
on the other, this recently upgraded and renovated lodge now
provides some of the best accommodation and service facilities
in Uganda. Amenities include a swimming pool, the Tembo bar
and an elegant air-conditioned restaurant with a global cuisine.
Breakfast is taken on the alfresco terrace adjacent to the Kazinga
Set on the edge of a crater lake the lodge blends in perfectly
with the wooded surroundings of the Maramagambo forest. Built
with sensitive use of rock, wood, rope and other natural materials
it combines to form a unique style. Each log cabin is beautifully
and uniquely furnished to high standards and all rooms are en
suite. A floating dining area on the crater lake provides a
tranquil and different option for sundowners and dinner in the
Rooms: 8 x en suite double log cabins
Within these two days we will go on a boat cruise on the Kasinga
Channel, famous for hippos and bird life, and trek chimps in
the Chamburu gorge (subject to permits being available and group
size, this is an optional extra). Early morning and late afternoon
game viewing / drives will also be conducted in search of Uganda's
unique wildlife such as the Giant Forest Hog, Red Forest Buffalo
and Ugandan Kob, and lion, elephant and leopard are often seen.
DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National park, as above.
DAY 8: ENTEBBE & NGAMBA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY
Morning game drive out of the park, returning to Entebbe in
time for the afternoon boat trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee
chimpanzee sanctuary on Lake Victoria, where orphaned chimpanzees
have been relocated under the management of a group of dedicated
conservationists including the Jane Goodall Institute.
Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located
on Lake Victoria 23km south of Entebbe, Uganda. It consists
of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested and separated
from the visitors area by an electric fence. Ngamba Island was
officially opened to visitors in October 1999 and is currently
home to 35 orphaned chimpanzees, 15 of which have been confiscated
and brought to the island since it’s opening.
Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and
Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by
the Born Free Foundation (UK), International Fund for Animal
Welfare (USA), the Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda),
The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological
Board of New South Wales (Australia) and it provides these orphaned
chimpanzees with a secure home to live out their lives, since
a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating
visitors and local communities about their remarkable species
and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.
Option of overnighting on Ngamba Island and have the opportunity
of going on a forest walk with the young chimps the next morning.
You would stay in our exclusive tented camp on the island, (only
four tents) and spend time with the staff (care-givers) learning
about the plight of the chimps. This is an additional charge
as shown below.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or optional
Should you require an additional night accommodation in Entebbe,
or Kampala we will gladly book this for you.
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• Return airport transfers
• Meet & greet service
• Accommodation as stated in good quality hotels / lodges
• Meals as above (bb first night, on safari meals are
• Services of driver/guide
• All park entry fees
• Excursion to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island by boat &
entrance fees (day excursion, the overnight is an optional extra)
• Comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance
• Game drives in QENP & Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
in QENP (8 day option only)
• Game drives in Lake Mburo National park
• Forest walk at Bwindi x 1 or community walk (Rwanda
• Visas if required
• Personal comprehensive travel insurance
• Drinks gratuities and personal expenses
• Gorilla trekking permits - USD 360 Bwindi or USD 375
Rwanda PER PERSON PER TREK
• Chimp tracking permits in QENP (8 day option only) USD30
• Flight from Entebbe – Bwindi one way, as shown
• Walk in Lake Mburo National park
• Walk to Dian Fossey Grave, or Golden Monkeys (Rwanda
only) USD75 & USD50 respectively
• Airport and departure taxes
Please note on all our private safaris, whilst the game drives,
guide and vehicle are taken in a private capacity, please note
that the boat cruises, chimp and gorilla trekking excursions
will be undertaken with other guests unless you specify at time
of booking. We can arrange private cruises and walks, but there
would be an additional cost.
Cultural experience, village walk
Visit to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
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