Safari in Uganda
ULTIMATE UGANDA SAFARI
nights & 12 days exploring uganda
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twelve day safari from Entebbe, visiting the Mountain Gorillas
in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, or Rwanda at the Park National
des Volcans, plus Chimpanzee trekking at Kibale Forest and Chamburu
Gorge, game viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and
the famous Murchison Falls National Park on the Nile. A
combination of luxury lodges, quality tented camps and hotels
are used, and transport is by customised safari vehicle.
note that the accommodation selected in this itinerary is the
best available in Uganda.
1: LAKE VICTORIA, ENTEBBE
Arrive Entebbe. On arrival you will be met by a Safari Co. representative
and driven to Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe. Overnight with bed
and breakfast included.
you be arriving on an early flight today, please advise us so
that we may discuss options available for today.
Lake Victoria Hotel
Old colonial style hotel with a view 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 atmosphere is quiet and relaxing.
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 and satellite television. Rooms: 72 Executive
rooms and 20 Standard rooms and 7 suites.
2: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Drive to the Murchison Falls National Park in the north-west
of the country. The drive will take approximately 6 hours.
of lodge available for the next few nights, either PARAA SAFARI
LODGE, or NILE SAFARI CAMP. Descriptions are below. Please advise
your preference upon booking and we will endeavour to facilitate
your booking accordingly.
3 840 square kilometres this is Uganda's largest park, and is
home to elephant, buffalo, all the big cats and is well known
for its bird life - Shoebill being a sought after rarity. It
also has a large population of hippo and huge crocodiles. Afternoon
game drive. Nile Safari Camp / Paraa Lodge.
Situated on the banks of the Nile river, half way between Murchison
Falls and Lake Albert this is an exclusive tented camp and log
cabin combination lodge, each with its own private wooden verandah
facing the Nile and en suite bathroom facilities. The décor
is designed to blend into the surroundings unobtrusively as
well as provide all the home comforts expected.
It has a relaxing pool area and a beautifully appointed dining
and bar area overlooking the river.
Access is either by road or by river from Paraa.
Rooms: 6 x en suite double tents, 6 x en suite double log cabins
On the North bank, perched a top a gorge, towering above the
mighty Nile River with outstanding views from the terrace and
rooms facing towards the river. A large two storey establishment
with an upstairs restaurant and adjacent terrace. A large pool
area including a bar besides the water provides a welcome respite
from the heat of the day. This lodge is superbly located for
access to the ‘north bank’ for early morning game
Rooms: 54 rooms, each with it’s own balcony and en suite
bathroom facilities. 2 suites.
3: MURCHISON FALLS
Murchison Falls - as well as game drives, today we will take
the cruise up the Nile to the foot of the Falls, a magical trip
through some beautiful scenery. The whole of the Nile River
is forced into a gap only 8m wide - the immense force of the
water and the views of the Falls are awe inspiring. Overnight
Nile Safari Camp / Paraa Lodge.
4: BUDONGO FOREST
A short drive brings us to Sambiya River Lodge, near the Budongo
Forest. We overnight at the lodge, and visit the top of the
fall, and visit the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourist Site - a partnership
with the local community. This is an isolated block of the Budongo
Forest which has never been logged, and is characterised by
its huge mahogany and ironwood trees. This afternoon you can
do a forest walk with guides, looking for primates and the incredible
bird life such as some rarer species including Chocolate backed
and Blue breasted Kingfishers; Black billed Touracos and White
thighed Hornbills. Because of its remote location lion, leopard
and buffalo are also present, chimpanzees and six other species
5 & 6: KIBALI FOREST, CHIMPANZEE TREKKING
Early start for our drive to Kibale Forest, we overnight at
Ndali Lodge or at an exclusive tented camp set in the forest
area. Once again, please make your preference clear when booking.
We visit Kibale Forest, and can trek chimps if desired. Further
they have a night primate walk in the forest (additional amount
This lodge consists of individual cottages with their own private
veranda with views towards the Ruwenzoris, en suite bathrooms
and a spacious airy bedroom area. Four poster beds, draped in
mosquito nets and decorated with locally made crafts give each
cottage an individual feel. The lodge’s water supply comes
directly from the crater lake 100m below in the crater with
an ingenious pressure system and so no external power is needed
and ensures hot water is available all the time! The camp is
lit with lanterns and candles including spectacular chandeliers
above the central dining area which provides for a very romantic
Rooms: 8 individual cottages, catering for between 2-4 persons
Kibale Tented Camp
Situated close to the Kibale National Park this tented camp
is very convenient for clients trekking in the park. Each tent
caters for two persons and has it’s own bathroom area
with a 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: 7 Double tents – twin beds.
7 & 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, overnight at Mweya Lodge.
Mweya Lodge has been recently upgraded and refurbished. Its
location, overlooking the Kazinga Channel, offers fantastic
views plus there is a swimming pool, restaurant and al fresco
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). 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.
sequence of activities will depend on availability of permits
at various times of the day. Your guide will discuss with you
during the safari.
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 gobal cuisine.
Breakfast is taken on the alfresco terrace adjacent to the Kazinga
Rooms:22 x en suite double / twin, 6 single en suite, 12 delux
e suite rooms, 2 suites, 1 Royal cottage, 1 Presidential Suite,
2 disabled rooms.
9: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Morning game drive out of the park. Drive from QENP to Bwindi
Impenetrable Forest, or to Kisoro on the border of Rwanda (depending
on whether permits are held at Bwindi or Rwanda).
is a variety of accommodation styles / ranges available, these
are our preferred camps.
Forest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda (4+ star)
The newest and most upmarket of the camps at Bwindi - it is
situated on a hillside with views towards the forest where the
mountain gorillas reside. It is within walking distance of the
point where visitors meet to start gorilla trekking. A luxury
tented camp with 8 double rooms, each with two queen sized beds,
a private wooden deck and bathroom facilities that include a
bathtub with view of the forest to relax in after gorilla trekking.
There is a central dining and bar area and the camp has 240V
power for lighting and recharging of video equipment. Rooms:
8 x en suite double tents.
Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda (2-3 star)
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 verandah, 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
Gorilla’s Nest – Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
This relatively newly opened 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.
10: GORILLA TREKKING
Today we will head off early, with pre-purchased permits for
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 600 remaining. You will get within metres of the family,
and be privileged to spend time amongst them.
at the White Horse Inn, or similar, Kibale.
option would be to charter a flight back from Bwindi or Kisoro
back to Entebbe, rather than the long drive that this day would
entail. Charter prices are available on request – depending
on group size etc.
should you trek in Rwanda, we can also take you to Kigali International
airport and you may opt to complete your safari there, or fly
back to Entebbe.
DAY 11: ENTEBBE OR NGAMA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY
Return to Entebbe, lunch en route, as well as stopping to take
photos at the ‘Equator sign” and shop for curios.
Arrive Entebbe late afternoon to overnight at Lake Victoria
Hotel with dinner, bed & breakfast included.
Alternatively, you may prefer to book a night at Ngamba Island
Exclusive tented camp, to see the orphaned chimpanzees, and
possibly partake in a forest walk.
We offer visits to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary about
a 45-minute speedboat ride from Entebbe, or alternatively about
1-2 hours by Ssese canoe. This 100 acre beautiful forested island
provides a safe haven for over 30 orphaned chimps that are now
free to roam their island thanks to project leaders Uganda Wildlife
Education Centre (UWEC) and other concerned organisations who
raised funds for the project. It offers a unique opportunity
for close viewing of chimpanzees in their natural environment.
Pre-arranged supplementary feeding times (morning and afternoon)
bring the chimpanzees to within metres of the raised walkway
specially designed for easy viewing.
We offer half day, full day and overnight visits to Ngamba Island.
The overnight trips include the opportunity to assist with the
bedtime and early morning feeding routine of the chimpanzees.
Guests are accommodated in our exclusive tented camp (only four
tents in total) with ensuite facilities and set on wooden platforms
jutting out over the lake. Meals are provided, and there is
plenty to do on the island.
For those overnighting on the island, there is a further opportunity
to go on a forest walk WITH the chimpanzees into the forest.
Accompanied by trained CSWCT staff, for both your safety and
enjoyment, you will be privileged to spend up to an hour with
the young chimps in the forest, as they play, tumble, hitch
a ride or a cuddle with you! There are specific health requirements
needed for this, and pre-booking is essential. Contact our office
for a full list of requirements.
DAY 12: NGAMBA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY
Alternatively, a morning excursion to Ngamba Island by boat,
returning to the mainland for your afternoon, or evening flight
Transfer to airport for your onward/return flight.
END OF SERVICES
Please contact us for a detailed quote.
Price includes – accommodation as stated,
all meals per itinerary, transfers, services of driver/guide,
all park entry fees, boat cruise on Kasinga Channel and Nile
at Murchison Falls. Forest walk at Bwindi or Rwanda, as well
as Budongo Forest looking for birds and monkeys.
Price excludes – visas, comprehensive
travel insurance, drinks, tips, all items of a personal nature,
Gorilla and chimpanzee viewing fees (budget approximately USD
360-375 (Bwindi vs Rwanda) per gorilla permit +USD30 or USD
50 per chimp permit per visit at Chamburu / Kibaale per person).
Night primate walk at Kibale optional.
A further option is the Ngamba Island extension to overnight
at the end of the safari, instead of Lake Victoria.
All prices are subject to change without notice due to increases
beyond our control.
Visit to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
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