10 Day Honeymoon Special Vacation in Uganda

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10 Day Honeymoon Special Vacation in Uganda

  • Priceenquire
  • Duration 10 Days 9 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityEntebbe
  • End CityEntebbe
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 30 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

The 10 Day Honeymoon Special Vacation in Uganda is specifically crafted for a maximum private experience of the African jungle. The first part of the trip takes you to the source of the mighty Nile River in Jinja and the second part flies you to western Uganda to experience two of Africa’s primate capitals, the oldest and richest rainforest on the continent.

You’ll be challenged to spend a whole day following and watching our human cousins in their natural setting as they go on their daily activities on a chimpanzee habituation experience, accompanied by rangers, guides, researchers and doctors. From the chimpanzee forest city, you’ll take another chartered flight into Bwindi Impenetrable forest where you have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend an hour (twice) with the gentle giants of the mountain forest, the mountain gorillas.

Intense and consciously demanding is this honeymoon special vacation in Uganda and it’s one trip you’ll talk about for years to come. make sure you have your camera and adventure tools all packed up and ready to take on the African jungle.

Safari Highlights

  • Explore the source of the Nile river and Eastern Uganda cultures
  • Local chartered flights between destinations, aerial emerald views of western Uganda.
  • Take on the Nile river white waters if you can and overcome your fears of water
  • Spend a day with researchers and doctors following a band of chimpanzees in their natural capital
  • Track the mountain gorillas and spend wonderful unforgettable moments in their presence twice
  • Encounter the native African cultures of Bwindi Batwa tribes.

Know before you go

  • You’ll be visitng the source of the Nile, Kibale Forest home of the chimpanzee and Bwidi Impenetrable NP and taking local chartered flights between destinations.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla & Chimp Permits ($900)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Private tour
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

UGANDA GORILLA PERMIT CANCELLATION POLICY
(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe & Botanical Garden and Sunset Cruise

Arrival in Entebbe as per your international flights and transfer to Papyrus Guest House.

After check in at the guesthouse, transfer to the Botanical Garden for guided nature walk and later proceed to the pier at 5:30pm for Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Victoria with the stop at the Equator line, the cruise comes with Cheese and Wine on board.

Accommodation and meals:
Papyrus Guest House (standard room)
Bed & Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on own’s account

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Day 2: Transfer to Jinja – Visit the source of the Nile.

Have an early breakfast and to start your Honeymoon Special Vacation, transfer to Eastern Uganda by road via Mabira forest – stop by for a nature walk in the forest and later proceed to Jinja town. You’ll visit the Ghandi Statue and learn the history of this famous Industrious town, after lunch, proceed for boat trip to the source of the Nile as its springs out of Lake Victoria on its Journey to the Mediterranean Sea. After the boat trip you rendezous with your guide to the lodge.

Please note: Boat transfer from the mainland to the island (last boat transfer is at 1730 hrs).

Accommodation and meals:
Wild Waters Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: Rafting The Nile Waters in Jinja

Early morning Breakfast and transfer to meet your fellow rafters and guides. After a quick briefing, you will be fitted out with life jackets and helmets before heading off to the starting point of the days rafting. Experience grade 5 White Water rafting, provided by the rafting company as you draft away on the thunderous Nile.

Accommodation and meals:
Wild Waters Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Transfer from Jinja to Entebbe

Relaxed morning at the Wild Waters lodge till mid-morning and transfer to Entebbe via Kayunga District, through Kampala suburbs onward to Entebbe.

Accommodation and Meals:
Papyrus Guest House (standard room)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park

Start the second part of the Honeymoon Special Vacation with a transfer to Western Uganda where all the explosice Africa safari adventure happens. You’ll take a local chartered flight from Entebbe to Kasese airstrip, an hours outside Kibale Forest. The driver will pick you and transfer you to Kibale Forest National Park.

This lively town is the base for activities around Kibale Forest National Park. The national park offers one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, 70 mammal species and 13 primate species.

If you still got your honeymoon walking moods when you check into your lodge, take an afternoon nature walk through Bigodi Swamp and catch sight of some unique native wildlife before you relax in.

Accommodation & meals:
Primate Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale Forest

Here’s your chance to take on your first Honeymoon Special Vacation jungle challenge of finding the excited chimpanzee troop and keeping up with their daily natural habits. Can you take it? It’s really exciting and energy drenching by worth every moment.

Wake early morning at 6:30 Am and transfer to the trailhead (5 minutes walk) where you’ll be briefed on the chimpanzee habituation experience and then proceed into the jungle with an armed ranger, your personal guide, doctors and researchers; you will spend the full day with Chimpanzees following them around. While tracking, you will be able to spot different animal species like the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others and different bird species.

Accommodation & meals:
Primate Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 7: Local Flight to Kisoro, hiking and canoeing across Lake Mutanda

This part of the honeymoon special vacation flies you over western Uganda’s beautiful plains, mountain ranges and emerald tops of rainforest. A sight you’ll live to treasure. You set off after an early breakfast, transfer to Kasese Airstrip for the local chartered flight to Kisoro across central Uganda and offering a view of the country beautiful landscape of mountains, hills, cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest, bamboo forests and the majestic chain of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Upon arrival meeting with the vehicle and our walking safari guide for a briefing on the very interesting activities of the day which will be adapted to the clients’ desires. You can either walk for approx. 90 minutes – 4km to Lake Mutanda Sheba’s Camp – or drive 30 minutes to the lake. You then “settle” in a dugout canoe for 2-3 hours of gentle relaxed cruising across the lake, enjoying the beautiful landscape.

After lunch at a restaurant on the lake shores, continuation on foot till Rubuguri (9km – 2/3 hours) where you meet up the vehicle and drive for another 10 km up to the Lodge in Nkuringo (approx 1 hour). Of course you can also be picked up by the vehicle at the lake and drive all the way up to the Lodge. Guests decide!

Accommodation & meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Virunga Terrace Room or Private cottage)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 8: Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Are you ready for another Honeymoon Special Vacation challenge in the African jungle? Of course you are. this is the highlight of this Africa safari where you get to spend precious (once-in-a-lifetime) moments with the gentle beasts of the mountain rainforest, a family of mountain gorillas living their dream in the jungle.

After breakfast, at around 7:45 am, with packed lunch and drinking water, you will be transfer to the National Park Head Quarters for the briefing on the dos and the don’ts tracking and with the gorillas. You then continue to the forest for the start of the actual gorilla tracking.

The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary as per the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. The tracking can take place at Nkuringo or at Rushaga (1 hr drive from Nkuringo), as per the gorilla permits obtained.

Upon return, relax at the lodge and, for those who like, at 5.00 pm either stroll through the community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” – the name given to the football field, high up in Nkuringo which offers amazing views over the peaks and forests around Nkuringo. A great way to stretch your legs after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

Accommodation & meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Virunga Terrace Room or Private Cottage)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 9: Optional Second Gorilla Trek and Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)

So why the second gorilla tour experience you ask? Well, it’s your honeymoon special vacation, right? Generally we want you to never forget your experience within these African jungle. On your second gorilla tracking experience you get to leave the camera behind, your anxiety packed up and locked away in the closed back at the lodge and you might catch something you missed the first time and you will will get very intimate with your gorilla encounter.

The second gorilla tour experience will be taken to another jungle section, Rushaga some 23km from Nkuringo.

At 06.45 you will depart Nkuringo as part of a 23km drive to Rushaga where you will meet with your Gorilla tracking guide and receive an activity briefing. The drive to Rushaga at first light is particularly spectacular with the volcanoes looking like sentinels on the Southern horizon. Where you pass through the village of Rushaga the sun raising in front you fractures against the primary forest. Stopping for a photograph is a prerequisite.

Your gorilla tracking activity will very likely require you proceed some kilometers from the Rushaga visitors reception to the trail head where you will commence the tracking activity. Your time in the forest cannot be pre-determined as every day is different from that previous.

Transfer to Buniga Forest Trail Walk, an informative project run by USAID and the local Batwa community. The Batwa tribe was forced to leave their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO Heritage site for gorillas only. They had been living in the forest as nomadic hunter-gatherers for millennia, in perfect balance with the flora and fauna around. Moving out and suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a huge challenge. They now survive as best as they can and earn a living explaining their previous life in the forest and their rich heritage.

Accommodation & meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Virunga Terrace Room or Private Cottage)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 10: AeroLink flight to Entebbe

Early breakfast and transfer to Kisoro Airstrip for your morning AeroLink flight to Entebbe. The flight arrival time in Entebbe at 11:30am, connect to the outbound flight to Nairobi.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch

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