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14 Day Best of Uganda Safari

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Best of Uganda Safari vacation

14 Day Best of Uganda Safari Vacation

  • Price
  • Duration 14 Days 13 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 10 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

Uganda trails away from classic Africa safari destinations with exclusive attractions and this Best of Uganda safari holiday ensure you capture that uniqueness. The trip starts in Entebbe, where you most probably will jet in, and takes the southwestern circuit into the lush highlands before taking the southern route following the Nile through Murchison Falls to Kidepo valley.

Intense nature moments, like the encounter with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and meeting without playful cousins in Kibale, are well curated into this exclusive journey to help you create lasting memories and stories. Seeing mountain gorillas is a top highlight highly recommended by almost all visitors to the Pearl of Africa. However, it will require all participants to be physically able to hike the uneven jungle terrains to get to a habituated mountain gorilla family.

A visit to Africa is not complete without immersing yourself in the native cultures. In Bwindi, you’re introduced to the native forest people commonly known as the Batwa, and in Kidepo, you get deep into the Karamojong nomads. These two strong cultures have not been so much changed by modern civilization and will give you some insight into the ancient lives of native tribes.

Travel worry-free because we will be on the lookout for your protection against CORONAVIRUS infection. The Uganda Tourism Board has put in place operating procedures at all open properties you’ll be staying at. UWA, which operates all wildlife reserves, watches the execution of operating procedures keenly. And our standard operating procedures make sure the places you’ll visit minimize COVID-19 exposure to our travelers. Most importantly for your entry, you’ll require a NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 Test certificate issued not more than 72 hours. Find more answers to covid-restrictions in Uganda.

Safari Highlights

  • Discover the stunning aerial view of the southern region of the Pearl of Africa
  • Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Meet, explore and learn from the local native communities
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives

Know before you go

  • Your trip will involve small local flights, hiking and 4×4 safari truck between destinations.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla Permit ($700)
  • 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 at Entebbe International Airport

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a Nkuringo Safaris driver will pick you from the Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. (15 minutes)

Accommodation and meals:
Papyrus Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast

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Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Your first morning in Africa, no one can tell you how that feels, right. Well, start your Best of Uganda Safari vacation after an early breakfast and head out to the Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria. This is one of the few remaining swamps in the country protected by the local communities. It is an extensive papyrus swamp, with a labyrinth of channels and lagoons, and is home to several pairs of Shoebills, Uganda’s most famous avian resident. This charismatic monotypic species is undoubtedly among the most sought-after birds in Africa. Paddle through the channels by boat. View a good selection of classic East African water birds to observe along the way

This takes a provision of 4 hours on the road between venues should be considered. Conduct an evening game drive where you will be able to spot Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes, Impalas, and Topis, and bird your way around the lodge.

Accommodation and meals:
Mihingo Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park

The Best of Uganda Safaris takes you to your first savanna experience into the small and easy to access Lake Mburo NP. Enjoy a break of down morning savanna game drive around the park and meet up-close some of Africa’s big game animals and get back to the lodge just in time for breakfast.

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted into the park on foot for a grizzling nature walk and a canoe ride on Lake Mburo. You’ll be back at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy another walk around the lodge till late in the evening before retiring to the lodge—a great day in the savanna and ending it with a golden sunset on the horizons of Africa.

Accommodation and meals:
Mihingo Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Let’s take your Best of Uganda Safari experience to the southwestern corner of Uganda, taking that smooth countryside ride through some of Africa’s most beautiful landscapes. After an early breakfast, meet with your driver/guide, and through the game tracks, catch sight of early morning savanna dwellers as you head on to the highway passing Mbarara town, Kabale, then Kisoro town before continuing to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, where you’ll spend the next few nights in the misty jungles. The drive takes 6 to 7 hours, with a few stops in beautiful African towns along the way.

Bwindi Impenetrable forest offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and immense conservation importance.

Accommodation and Meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 5: Gorilla Trekking Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable NP

After breakfast at around 7:45 is with packed lunch and drinking water in your backpack, the Best of Uganda Safari takes an exciting turn as you head into the African jungle to find the elusive mountain gorilla. Your driver will transfer you to the trailhead to brief the dos and the don’ts while tracking and spending time with the gorillas.

You’ll be escorted into the jungle with a guide, two rangers, and seven other fellow trackers for your chosen gorilla family. This activity can last from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the gorillas’ location as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. Strict rules have to be adhered to keep you safe and keep the gorillas in their habituated mood.

Accommodation and Meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 6: Hike Across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (16 km)

After a very early breakfast, drive along the Nteko Ridge to the Ivy River Trail’s junction with the forest (7 km) and then start the unforgettable hike across the forest (13km – 4-5 hours). Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast, unique natural reserve – monkeys, duikers, bush pigs, and some of Bwindi’s world-renowned bird species, plus many butterflies can be sighted.

If you are fortunate, you may even encounter gorillas! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, and its conservation importance is immense.

The emphasis of this Uganda Safari activity is for your walking safari guide to share his forest knowledge with you. It is not simply an A to B hike. The trail is also an essential footpath for local people, particularly on market days, traveling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the park’s northern boundary. There is no road through Bwindi, so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone-jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma, meet with the vehicle and departure to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The southern area of Ishasha is notably recognized for its resident ‘tree-climbing’ lions that are a unique attraction and one of the highlights of all safaris taken within the park. The lions can be spotted hanging on branches of enormous fig trees, whereas the Uganda Kob (which is the primary food to these lions) graze on the plains below. The drive takes about 4 hours (182kms)

Accommodation & meals:
Katara Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 7: Queen Elizabeth – Launch cruise & Game drive

Mornings are dedicated to game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel – the 36 km waterway which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, which allows special viewing of game and birds on the river banks as the boat passes through pods of hippos. Crocodiles have only recently been seen in the Channel, and they disappeared for 8,000 years after they were eliminated from Lake Edward by toxic ash from local volcanoes.

QENP is one of Uganda’s oldest parks officially opened in 1952. The park was initially known as ‘Kazinga National Park’ before it was renamed in 1954 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. QENP hosts 95 species of mammals, more than any other park in Uganda, and 619 bird species, the second-highest of any park in Africa – the sixth-highest of any park worldwide.

Take a Best of Uganda Safari break and transfer back to the lodge for lunch, after which you can take on an afternoon Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. The channel is 40 wide and offers beautiful scenery of hundreds of hippos along the banks and different bird species seen when cruising west towards Lake Edward.

Accommodation & meals:
Katara Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 8: QENP – Kibale Forest NP

Have an early breakfast, and take on another Uganda Safari Highlights savanna game drive. View more African safari game as you catch them from their hunt expeditions.

Your private driver will gracefully drive onto the highway heading to Kibale Forest NP. Enjoy the landscape as you drive along the Kaseses-Fort Portal highway south-western side of Uganda. Kibale forest National Park bears homage to a huge number of primates.

You’ll be driving about 3 – 4 hours from Kasese to Kibale.

Accommodation & meals:
Primate Safari Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 9: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale

Here’s your chance to take on your second Best of Uganda Safari rainforest jungle challenge of finding the excited chimpanzee troop and keeping up with their natural daily habits. Can you take it? It’s exhilarating and energy drenching but 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 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 10: Kibale to Murchison Falls NP

Have an early breakfast, drive via the Escarpment, enjoy the landscape as you drive for Murchison Falls National Park; This day will be a long driving day of 7-8 hours; we will have numerous stops to stretch your legs.
Enjoy a game drive game as you catch them from their hunt expeditions before continuing to the lodge.

Accommodation & meals:
Baker’s Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 11: Murchison Falls Savanna Experience

Another African savanna experience on this Best of Uganda Safari vacation starts after breakfast with a morning savanna game drive in the Murchison tracks. You may catch sight of; giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest, and different species of birds. Look out for mammals like the graceful Roth child Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, Hippos, Oribi, and when lucky a leopard and Lion among others.

After that exciting game drive, you’ll take the morning delta boat safari ride to the bottom of the Murchison waterfalls. Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, waterbucks, and a variety of bird species. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls, you will disembark and climb/hike your way up to the Top of the Falls, where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. Also, be on the lookout for different bird species.

Accommodation & meals:
Baker’s Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 12: Transfer from Murchison to Kidepo Valley NP

There are two options for this part of the Best of Uganda Safari route: either take a chartered flight from Pakuba to Entebbe and Entebbe to Apoka airstrip in Kidepo 8-hour drive (440km) drive from Murchison to Kidepo NP. Our first option is the former.

With an early breakfast, drive to Pakuba for your flight back to Entebbe. From Entebbe, you’ll take another scheduled local flight to Kidepo Valley. Approximate arrival time 1.30hrs. You are picked from the airstrip and dropped to Apoka lodge, check-in, relax and have lunch. After lunch, take an evening game drive through Kidepo Valley National park.

Accommodation & meals:
Apoka Safari Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 13: Kidepo Valley National Park

We set off early morning breakfast for a 2-3 hours morning game drive to Kidepo Valley National Park, searching for lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Return to the lodge for late breakfast. Enjoy mid-morning at the open swimming pool with the sighting of wildlife from the lodge. The lodge offers a nice viewing platform for wildlife, and often at night, you will hear the lions roar and the hyena cries.

Take a break from the Best of Uganda Safari adventure and relax the afternoon away with a sumptuous savanna lunch. We can arrange for an evening fully parked Game drive to watch the golden sunset on the African horizon.

Accommodation & meals:
Apoka Safari Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Day 14: Flight To Entebbe and Departure

Morning Game drive and return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. You will be transferred to the Airstrip to proceed to Entebbe. Our driver to transfer you to Papyrus Guesthouse for day room – use. Later transfer to Entebbe International Airport for the evening flight.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast and Lunch

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