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Departures: 2nd Friday of Every Month

BEST OF UGANDA SAFARI

(08 DAYS / 07 NIGHTS SAFARI, TRACKING GORILLAS ONCE)

Departure days throughout the year

$ 0 Tax included

Day 01:                       ENTEBBE

On arrival at Entebbe Airport, meet and greet and transfer to Lake Victoria Hotel. If time permits visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Overnight at LAKE VICTORIA HOTEL.

(Lunch and dinner are excluded)

 

The Lake Victoria Hotel is a colonial hotel with beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. It is a four star hotel with 99 rooms.

 

Day 02:                       ENTEBBE – KIBALE TROPICAL RAIN FOREST

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Morning commence a full day drive of approximately seven hours to Kibale Forest area.   Lunch will be a picnic.

 

After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest.

 

Arrive at the beautiful Ndali Lodge, situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes.  Dinner and overnight at NDALI LODGE.

 

The breathtaking views and cooler climate at Ndali are just some of its best features.  The lodge was built by the late Captain Mark Price, a British tea farmer, and is managed as a working farm by his family today.  The rooms are decorated in local crafts and materials, and feature high ceilings and four-poster beds with mosquito netting.  The en suite baths have hot and cold running water and flush toilets.  There is no electricity at this lodge, but ample candle and oil lamps are provided in the evening, creating a romantic feel of "old Africa".

 

Day 03:                       KIBALE TROPICAL RAIN FOREST – QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK

 

Breakfast at the Lodge.  This morning, we take forest walk (NO SWAMP WALK) to see the rain forest and view birds and primates, including chimpanzees. Walking is not difficult, paths have been made in the forest and all walks are with excellent local guides.   Traditional lunch will be served in a home in Bigodi.

Afternoon commence a 4½ hour drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. 

The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park, to Jacana Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background.

Dinner and overnight at MWEYA SAFARI LODGE.

 

The lodge has been completely renovated to a high standard with excellent rooms, en suite facilities, restaurant, bar area, outside dining and a swimming pool.

 

 

Please note: we cannot guarantee seeing the Chimps.

 

Day 04:                       QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK

Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a launch trip of about two hours on the Kasinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding.

 

Queen Elizabeth National Par is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560+ recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. Including Maramagambo Forest walk, visiting bat caves where one can see thousands of bats and possibly pythons and Monitor Lizards catching bats.

 

All meals and overnight at MWEYA SAFARI LODGE.

 

 

Day 05:                       QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

Breakfast at the Lodge.  In the morning, drive to the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive, in search of tree climbing lion and other game.  Lunch will be a picnic. 

Afternoon drive to Bwindi Impenetrable, a World Heritage Sight, passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. The driving today is about

5½ hours.

Dinner and overnight at GORILLA FOREST CAMP.

 

Day 06:                       BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST (GORILLA TRACKING)

After breakfast, take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with 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 and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. Dinner and overnight at GORILLA FOREST CAMP.

 

Please note: we cannot guarantee seeing Gorillas.

 

OPTIONAL: EXTRA NIGHT IS AVAILABLE AT BWINDI, WITH ADDITIONAL DAY OF GORILLA TREKKING, AT AN ADDITIONAL COST

 

Day 07:                       BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST – MBARARA - LAKE MBURO

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park, passing through The Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. The cattle are incredible, with horns larger than one can imagine. After Mbarara, continue to Lake Mburo National Park where you enjoy a game drive.  Lunch at White Horse Inn in Kabale.

Dinner and overnight at MIHINGO LODGE.

 

 

Day 08:                       LAKE MBURO – ENTEBBE & DEPART

Breakfast at the Lodge with a game drive in the Park.  Thereafter, embark on the five hour drive to Entebbe, with lunch en route. Dependent on the departure flight timings, lunch will be at either Mihingo Lodge or Lake Victoria Hotel.  Transfer to Entebbe Airport for departure flight. 

 

 

Inclusions

ü  Arrival and departure airport transfers as per itinerary

ü  All other transfers as per itinerary

ü  Accommodation as indicated on the itinerary

ü  Transportation on safari in 4x4 vehicle, driven by English-speaking driver/guide (exclusive use of vehicle)

ü  Park entrance fees

ü  Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permit(s) as indicated on the itinerary .

 

OPTIONAL: Supplement for the services of a: Spanish, Russian, German, French or Italian speaking Guide -Tour Escort –subject to availability.

(except during the gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking which is with an English speaking Guide).

Per Guide

US$2,440

 

OPTIONAL: ADDITIONAL COST OF ENTEBBE AIRPORT TRANSFERS IF REQUIRED:

Entebbe airport to Entebbe Town (one way)

Per 6-seater Vehicle

95

Entebbe airport to Kampala City (one way)

Per 6-seater Vehicle

125

Entebbe airport to Jinja Town (one way)

Per 6-seater Vehicle

200

 

OPTIONAL: ADDITIONAL COST OF ACCOMMODATION AT KAMPALA OR JINJA

– PER NIGHT ON BED & BREAKFAST BASIS:

ITEM COST IN US$ / SEASON

(01/08/2014 – 16/12/2015)

Per Person

Sharing room

I prefer My own room

Kampala Serena  Hotel (Kampala) (deluxe room)

197

374

Sheraton Kampala Hotel (Kampala) ) (deluxe room)

175

340

Gately on the Nile Guesthouse (Jinja) (garden cottage)

118

200

Nile Resort (Jinja) (Nile facing room)

175

340

 

 

 

OPTIONAL: ADDITIONAL COST OF EXTRA NIGHT IN BWINDI NATIONAL PARK INCLUDING 1 EXTRA DAY OF GORILLA TREKKING

(WITH ACCOMMODATION ON FULL BOARD BASIS AT GORILLA FOREST CAMP)

Cost :

Per person sharing: USD 1,880

I prefer my own room: USD 240

 

OPTIONAL: Supplement for the services of a: Spanish, Russian, German, French or Italian speaking Guide -Tour Escort . for the extra day in Bwindi National Park  (–subject to availability. 

(except during the gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking which is with an English speaking Guide).

Per Guide

570

 

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BEST OF UGANDA SAFARI

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Comfort Package

Departures: 2nd Friday of Every Month

BEST OF UGANDA SAFARI

(08 DAYS / 07 NIGHTS SAFARI, TRACKING GORILLAS ONCE)

Departure days throughout the year

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