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17 days - Best of Uganda

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $4800 - $5200
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 17 days
Best months: January - March, May - December
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Mgahinga, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Birding
  • Boating
Uganda has the big six: buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino AND GORILLAS And if you are interested in birds: More than 1000 species can be found in Uganda as well. One is the Shoebill Stork. An endemic bird, that just lives in eastern africa. This offer is an example: Tell us, what you want, which hotels you prefer and we create your african adventure for you. Tailormade and private!

Day1: On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after finalizing the formalities, you shall
be welcomed by your guide, who will then drive you to the hotel.
Accommodation: Lake Victoria View Guesthouse (Breakfast)

Day2: Today you will have morning visit to Mabamba swamp where most of the birding is done by canoeing, as
you look out for the rare Shoebill Stork, African Water rail, Allen's and Purple Gallinule, Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks. Later you will have a city tour through Kampala. In the evening you will have an optional visit to Ndere Cultural Centre (Wed, Fri, Sun) or choose to spend time at leisure.
Accommodation: Forest Cottages (Breakfast); www.forest-cottages.com

Day3: After breakfast, you proceed to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here you shall have a walking Safari to the Southern White Rhinos that have been re-introduced in Uganda. Later you proceed to Murchison Falls National Park.  Murchison covers 3,840-sq km and has recorded 76 mammal species and over 450 bird species. It lies 619m
at the delta and 1,292 at Rabongo Hill.
Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner);  www.murchisonriverlodge.com

Day4: After an early breakfast you will have a boat ride to the Nile delta (optional), keep a look out for a variety of bird species especially the Shoebill. In the afternoon, go for a game drive. Drive in the open African savanna in
search for Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest. Oribi, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, and enjoy spotting various Bird species such as the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters and many more.
Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner);  ww.murchisonriverlodge.com

Day 5:After a rather early breakfast, morning games drive. Afternoon, we’ll have a boat cruise to the bottom of the Falls. The Falls are rare and magnificent, they are one of Africa’s wonders and a must see for everyone. We of course cannot fail to mention that it’s from these falls that Murchison derives its name. Catch up with pods of Hippos, crocodiles and a vast number of water birds. There are high chances of seeing the Shoebill stock from which our company derives its name. Enjoy these spectacular falls with a hike to the top of the Falls where the Nile
squeezes through a 7-meter gap and at the bottom bask Huge Nile Crocodiles.
Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); ww.murchisonriverlodge.com

Day 6: After breakfast we begin our journey to Kibale Forest National Park for yet another exiting adventure.
On the way you visit a tea plantation.
Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: After breakfast, chimp tracking (optional 150 U$ p.P.) and meet the rather real cousins of humans’ beings. There is a rich bird life in this forest. If you are a keen birder you will record a reasonably high number of different bird species. Notable are various monkeys that keep tossing from one tree to another as you walk along. Lunch at the lodge.At afternoon we have a Swamp Tour. The Bigodi swamps are home to about 137 species of birds, and they are rich in lush vegetation such as wild palms, figs and the dominant Polita Papyrus. The Bigodi Wetland Reserve is managed by the Kibale Association for rural development and environmental protection.
Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: After breakfast you will drive today to the world-famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the equator along the way. In the afternoon, you have a game drive and visit Lake Katwe a salt lake.
Accommodation: Parkview Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner);  www.parkviewsafarilodge.com

Day 9: After a early cup of tea or coffee morning game drive with Lion Tracking to the vast park for any chances of the early hunting cats, herds of elephants, antelopes, buffalos and many more. Return to the camp for a full breakfast, free time, after lunch go for the launch cruise on the famous Kazinga channel where you get to the schools of Hippos, buffalos and a variety of beautiful water bird species like jacanas, fish eagles and pelicans along the channel. Yes, get to see the feared crocodiles as they sun bath away.
Accommodation: Parkview Safari Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner);  www.parkviewsafarilodge.com

Day 10: Depart for Bwindi National park in the Morning on your way; you will have a chance to have a game drive in Ishasha Wilderness where the Tree Climbing Lions are found, then continue to the home of the Mountain Gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Have Lunch on your Way. Of Uganda’s Forested Parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for superb gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys and various small antelopes, as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine. You may have an optional village walk or visit a nearby school.
Accommodation: e.g. Haven Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); www.buhomacommunity.com/haven-lodge

Day 11: After breakfast, briefing, gorilla tracking (+600 U$ p.P) and if time allows, evening community walk and entertainment
around the fire place by the locals. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants
that are cousins to human beings, the gorillas. This Impenetrable Forest is still one of the best virgin tropical rain
forests in East Africa.
Accommodation: e.g. Haven Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner); www.buhomacommunity.com/haven-lodge

Day 12: After breakfast proceed to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest Lake and a perfect place for relaxation. If you are looking for a rather private, lonely and romantic place, then Lake Bunyonyi Is the number one stop in Uganda. Optional canoe trip around the Lake or visit Batwa people. 
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi (Breakfast, Dinner);  www.arcadialodges.com

Day 13: After breakfast proceed to Mahinga Nationalpark where you can do Golden Monkey Tracking (optional
90 U$ p.P.). Or relax at the Lodge.
Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi (Breakfast, Dinner);  www.arcadialodges.com

Day 14:After breakfast begin our journey to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo boosts of a variety of game including zebra, eland, and impala, which are not found in most other National Parks in Uganda. Additionally, Lake
Mburo has big numbers of waterbuck, topi, buffalo, hippo, duiker, bushbuck, klipspringer and on a good lucky day you will see oribi, reedbuck, leopard and crocodiles.
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner);  www.arcadialodges.com

Day 15: You will wake up early and go for a nature walk. You will return to your accommodation for a hearty breakfast, have a have a boat ride on the lake and in the afternoon have a cultural visit with the herdsmen who live in the park. You will visit their homes experience their cattle keeping lifestyle and see how they churn milk into butter
locally.
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Breakfast, Dinner);  www.arcadialodges.com

Day 16: After an early cup of tea, you will start your journey back to Entebbe. Enjoy the green along the route plus the famous Ankole long horned cattle. Stop over at the equator for snap shots of a lifetime. Have a chance to be in the South and Northern hemispheres at the same time. Buy a few souvenirs and have a picnic lunch.
Accommodation: 2 Friends Entebbe (Breakfast);  www.2friendshotel.com

Day 17: You will drive to Entebbe Airport, catch your flight and head back home

 

Travel Informations:


Included Services

  • 16 Overnight stays and meals in midrange and highend Lodges with BB, HB or FB basis in double room.
  • In cases where warm lunches are not provided, you shall have packed lunch
  • A professional and experienced english speaking Guide
  • (optional German speaking guide 45$ per day)
  • Transportation in 4*4 Vehicle with pop up roof, Fuel on entire tour
  • Ferry crossing
  • All Entrance fees and game drive fees, all relevant government tax.
  • Rhino-Tracking Permit
  • Water while on the Tour

Excluded services

  • Flight and visa fees to Uganda and back home
  • Tips, souvenirs, any soft drinks and any personal purchases
  • Any optional activities or those not included in the program.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Lake Victoria View Guesthouse
  • Forest Cottages
  • Murchison River Lodge
  • Chimpanzee Guesthouse
  • Parkview Safari Lodge
  • Haven Lodge
  • Arcadia Lodge Lake Bunyonyi
  • Rwakobo Rock Lodge
  • 2 Friends Entebbe
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