12 Days Private Passage Through Uganda from US$6,082pp plus primate permits

In-depth exploration of Uganda in your private vehicle with guide and the following highlights:

Murchison Falls National Park – wildlife safari  with lions and other game

Queen Elizabeth National Park – famous for tree climbing lions

Kibale Forest for chimp trekking

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla tracking

Rhino Sanctuary option – Sanctuary is currently (mid 2021) closed

Boat cruise to Kazinga Channel

Visits with local communities

Batwa (pygmies) optional visit

Bigodi Swamp Walk option

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Best Western Premier Garden Hotel EntebbeEntebbeB&B1x Standard Room1 Night
Paraa Lodge Murchison Falls National ParkB&B1x Standard Room 3 Nights
Primate Lodge KibaleKibale Forest National ParkB&B1x Double Room2 Nights
Ishasha Wilderness CampSouthern Queen Elizabeth National ParkB&B1x Framed Canvas, Luxury Tents2 Nights
Buhoma LodgeBwindi Impenetrable ForestB&B1x Chalet3 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

*US$6,700 April and May 2022, single supplement US$750

*US$6,950 November 2022, single supplement US$950

*US$7,880 June through October 2022, single supplement US$1,080

*US$6,082,- November 2021, Single supplement US$780

*US$7,310.- June through October 2021, Single supplement US$980

*Plus Gorilla permit US$700, Kibale Chimp Permit US$200

Price per person, double occupancy. With 2 persons travelling together minimum.  Deduct US$1,080pp if you are travelling with friends/family in a group of 4 persons.

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, airport welcome and transfers, private vehicle with driver/guide, activities as per package, National Park fees, one way flight from Bwindi area to Entebbe, local alcoholic drinks at Buhoma Lodge and Ishasha Wilderness Camp, donation to the communities;

Excluded

International flight to/from Entebbe, visa, gorilla and chimp permit, optional activities, personal porter for your daypack during trekking

Day 1:            Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe, Entebbe  

Uganda

Once referred to as the “Pearl of the British Empire in East Africa”, visiting Uganda, being one of the most beautiful countries on the African continent is like visiting the Garden of Eden. Uganda is a land of contrasts.  In half a day you can drive from mist –shrouded volcanic mountains to hot, hazy savannah dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating lush hills of tea plantations give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the majestic gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in  the bamboo thicket.  This is Africa the way it should be!

Ugandas biggest tourist draw are of course the mountain gorillas with almost half of the world’s population located in one of East Africa’s most famous national parks, the World Heritage listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   There is nothing in comparison to the thrill to observing these magnificent, peacefull apes in their native environment. But they aren’t the country’s only great apes. Humankind’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, is found in several of areas of Uganda.

Parks with varied wild life covering different habitats, few tourists and friendly people make for a memorable experience well worth visiting. And as Uganda combines both Central African forests and East African savannahs , it is home to more than half of all Africa’s species of birds!

Entebbe

Situated on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, the former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe is just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. This charming town features tree-lined streets and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Tourists can look forward to spending days on beautiful beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll through the fields and forests of the magnificent Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s orphaned chimps.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Entebbe and meet your guide for the transfer to your lodge. Rest and relax or option to visit a market.

Optional

Mabamba Swamp Walk in search of the elusive and rare shoebill stork.
Shoebill Stork

Overnight: Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe  

Located adjacent to the Victoria Shopping Mall, Best Western Premier Garden Hotel Entebbe gives guests direct access to the mall and its facilities. The hotel is also within walking distance of the UN Base, Entebbe Golf Course and Botanical Gardens.

The hotel offers 51 modern rooms, all of which are equipped with Wi-Fi, a refrigerator and work area. Guests can enjoy a free American buffet breakfast at the hotel’s Garden Restaurant, which also served an international menu for both lunch and dinner. Guests can relax after a day of exploring at the hotel’s Terrace Bar. Other hotel facilities include a business room and banquet area.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:            Paraa Safari Lodge , Murchison Falls National Park         

Murchison Falls National Park

Stretching from the shores of Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park. The Nile River flows through the middle of the park creating the impressive Murchison Falls which is the park’s major attraction. The landscape features dense rainforest, undulating savannah and a diversity of abundant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy prime game-viewing along the Buligi Circuit. The forests are home to numerous primates, including Chimpanzees, and near the river, buffalo, elephants and Rothschild-Giraffes can be seen. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: lions, antelope, waterbucks, hippos and crocodiles.

Day Itinerary

A 5-6 hour drive through the countryside will take you to Murchison Falls National Park.  Wave back to the friendly children along the way.

Optional

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Located north of Kampala in the Nakasongola district of Uganda, The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in the country with wild rhinos. Currently home to twenty two southern white rhinos, the sanctuary offers rhino trekking, shoebill trekking, canoeing, bird watching, and night walks. Visitors may also spot a range of other species including Uganda kobs, oribis, bush bucks, and water bucks. The prehistoric-looking shoebill stork is one of the most sought after birds in Uganda, and the sanctuary is one of the only places where they can almost always be seen. Visitors can see over 300 bird species along bird trails through the woodlands, swamp and savannah. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a guided night walk, where you will be introduced to extraordinary night sounds and sensations, including a beautifully clear night sky and several nocturnal animals.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge           

Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the north west of Uganda over looking one of nature’s best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channeled into a gorge only six meters wide, and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls – one of the world’s most powerful flows of natural water.

Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom.

The safari décor of the lodge still reflects the bygone era of early explorers, enshrined with a modern touch. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie “The African Queen” (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart). Enjoy a variety of excursions and activities; from exhilarating Safari drives to boat trips along the River Nile, ending at the foot of Murchison Falls. For the more adventurous, one can trek up to the top of the falls and marvel at the views through the mist. A variety of ecosystems and an impressive 451 species of birds awaits.

Standard Room:

You will find a simple safari atmosphere with a level of comfort that will not disappoint. The rooms are perfectly suited to view the lodges swimming pool, as well as the winding River Nile beyond.

All rooms have balcony, fan and en-suite bathroom.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 3:            Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park         

Activities

Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park

Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National park in the north-west of the country is Uganda’s largest national park, and together with adjoining wildlife reserves forms a vast wilderness covering over 5 000 km2. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, forest primates and 450 bird species.

The mighty Nile, the longest river in the world, flows through the heart of the park for a distance of 120 km, on its 6 500 km journey from Lake Victoria to Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. The park’s centrepiece is the explosive, 40-metre high Murchison Falls where the Nile is forced through an 8-metre gap in the Rift Valley escarpment. Downstream, the Nile flows quietly towards Lake Albert which it enters through a large papyrus delta. It is this peaceful 40 km stretch of river which provides the park’s prime wildlife spectacle.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 4:            Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park         

Day Itinerary

A 60 – 90 minute drive from Bakers Lodge is Budongo Forest, home to a community of around 90 wild, yet habituated Chimpanzees whom can be tracked by guests. Tracking is done in the morning or afternoon and generally lasts for half a day. Once located, guests can spend an hour in the presence of the chimpanzees as they go about their daily lives in the forest. Birding walks are also available in addition to Forest walks for children under the minimum trekking age (15 yrs).

Activities

Boat Safaris to Murchison Falls
Boat Safaris to the Victoria Nile Delta

Optional

Budongo Forest Chimp Tracking permit US$130 plus transport

Boat Safaris to Murchison Falls

Our fleet of water-craft run scheduled and private trips daily, direct from our private lodge jetty to the park’s centerpiece – the stunning Murchison Falls in Fajao Gorge. An approximate 3 hours on the water offers excellent safari viewing to and from the falls, the boats offering the opportunity to witness up-close the teeming hippo and crocodile populations on the river as well as a plethora of animals and birdlife on the river banks. The cruise can be combined with a safari drive, a hike up the side of the falls, or a sunset cruise.

Boat Safaris to the Victoria Nile Delta

The Victoria Nile delta, a 17 km voyage downstream from Baker’s Lodge, is home to rare wetland birds including shoebill and papyrus endemic species.  Morning cruises offer a visual spectacle of mist rising off the mirror calm-water as our craft navigate the papyrus channels of the delta. Scheduled and private delta cruises depart from the lodge with a “breakfast on board” option offered in the mornings (subject to minimum numbers).

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:            Primate Lodge Kibale, Kibale Forest National Park           

Kibale Forest National Park

Located in southern Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is the habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all manner of monkey including: red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here. When you’re not searching for monkeys there are over 300 bird species and an incredible 250 species of butterfly to keep you busy. Visitors can look forward to chimpanzee tracking, birding tours and guided nature walks.

Day Itinerary

Explore the countryside along the way to Kibale Forest, a heaven for chimpanzees.

Depending on the season, watch local villager plant, tend to the fields or bring in their harvest.

Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale      View iBrochure

Primate Lodge in Kibale is an exclusive eco-lodge situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. It is surrounded by a lush tropical forest that is home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimpanzees. Privately secluded in the rainforest, this safari lodge offers you a truly authentic jungle experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates in Uganda. Whether you wish a high level of luxury and comfort, rather stay in a midrange cottage or want to bring your own tent, Primate Lodge Kibale is the ideal place for you. Primate Lodge Kibale was awarded with the Chimp Award 2008 for Investment in Eco-Tourism by Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Double Room

Features a double bed with high ceilings and a grass thatched roof with mosquito nets to keep the bugs away while you sleep, an ensuite bathroom with hot water running 24/7, and a private deck facing the forest.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:            Primate Lodge Kibale, Kibale Forest National Park           

Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanzee Tracking

The forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking! Enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expenses of the tropical rainforest, in search of the wild chimpanzees. The ranger guide will explain you more about the animals and plants species that you encounter on your way. Also look out for other primates like the Red-Colobus Monkeys and Mangabey, birds, tracks of mammals and much more!

OPTIONAL: Bigodi Swamp Walk US$ 20pp

Considered one of Uganda’s best bird watching locations, Bigodi Swamp’s rich ecosystem makes it a spectacular venue for viewing numerous primate and bird species in their natural habitat. This two to three-hour walk can be tailored to individual schedules and interests.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:            Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Surrounded by other wonderful parks in the western region of Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its rich biodiversity, wildlife and history. In the southern part of the park, the remote Ishaha sector is home to tree-climbing lions who spend long lazy days dozing in the pretty fig trees.  The Uganda Kob, which they watch from the branches, graze the plains. Around Lake Edward, enjoy fishing and more game watching – make sure to look out for chimpanzees, elephants, crocodiles, and perennial and migratory bird species.

Day Itinerary

Today is filled with searching for wild life along the Nile and a boat cruise to the famous Kazinga Channel. Birdwatchers will be enthralled by the feathery fowls.

Activities

Kazinga Channel

Kazinga Channel

The boat trip along the Kazinga Channel provides a memorable game viewing experience where you will see thousands of hippos, birds and other river wildlife and if you are lucky buffalo, elephant and maybe even a lion.

Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp           View iBrochure

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness, coupled with superb accommodation and exceptional service.

The thatched central lounge and dining area provides a cosy and relaxed space for guests, although meals are often served ‘al fresco’ beside the river. In the evening, the outdoor fireplace beside the river is the perfect place for guests to relax over sundowners and share their day’s experiences.

Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, privately nestled along the riverbank, is comfortably furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms. Wake to the delicious aroma of morning coffee served on your private verandah.

Resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus and Vervet monkeys abound and if you are lucky you’ll spot Henry, the lone hippo, wallowing lazily below our viewing deck. Game roams freely through camp, with Elephant making frequent guest appearances.

Designed to respect and complement the environment, this low impact, eco-sensitive camp is really something special, and after a few days unwinding here, you may well not want to leave.

Framed Canvas, Luxury Tents

Each of the ten framed, spacious canvas tents, set in a wooded area beside the Ntungwe river, is comfortably furnished, with an en suite bathroom offering running water, hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. The appeal of camping that doesn’t compromise on comfort. A spacious patio outside each tent allows guests to take a bit of downtime, read a book or just stretch out while taking in the sights and sounds around them.

Activities

 
Safaris in the Ishasha Sector of QENP
Bush Breakfasts and Sundowners

Safaris in the Ishasha Sector of QENP

The Queen Elizabeth national Park spreads over an area of 1978 square km in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, hippo, leopard, buffalo and Uganda kob. Birds present are all typical of riverine and savannah habitats.

The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the place to search for the tree climbing lions often to be seen in the vicinity of the camp which is situated just off the Northern circuit game viewing track. The lions also favour the large fig trees on the Southern circuit game viewing track and this offers alternative game viewing routes.

On early morning and late afternoon game drives, either in your safari vehicle, or for fly-in guests – in our dedicated camp open safari vehicle, you may explore the area’s game routes in search of the different species. The area is still pristine and untouched with only a handful of game vehicles found around the area at any time.  Being the only camp within the park, it offers flexibility of timings for drives allowing guests to maximise their game sightings in this area.

Bush Breakfasts and Sundowners

Sundowners can be arranged for the late afternoon at a suitable viewing point either along the ridge area or besides the Ntungwe River to allow guests to savour the vast vistas and atmosphere of this beautiful area of the park.

Bush breakfasts are also available to camp guests when arranged prior to their stay and if the weather allows. Your own personal chef and dining set-up in the wilderness can be combined with an early-morning safari drive.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:            Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest          

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and though the awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were seen the day previously and then you track them down. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions there are numerous forest walks and 346 species of birds to track down, many of which are amazingly coloured.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of Africa’s  most ancient habitat. With an altitude span of 3,800’ to 8,550’ this antiquity has produced  an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, even by normal rainforest standards. And we do mean rainforest; up to 8.2 feet  of rain falls here annually.

Day Itinerary

After your final game drive in Ishasha Sector of QENP pay the local community a visit and head out for Bwindi area. Be sure to ask your guide to keep an eye out for chameleons and the crowned crane, Uganda’s National Bird.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge     View iBrochure

Nestled at the gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma Lodge is one of only two lodges set within the national park, and is the perfect lodge of choice when embarking on your bucket-list Gorilla trekking adventure.

Renowned for its warm welcome and attentive service, guests love the homely ambience of this Africa inspired lodge. Constructed using sustainable materials, the elevated central lounge, bar and dining area (serving delicious multi-course meals) offers a cosy spot for guests to unwind, and offers amazing uninterrupted views over the forest. The crackling fireplace adds a mystical atmosphere to cooler evenings.

Tranquil and cosy, the ten spacious eco friendly wooden chalets offer a private escape. Fall asleep to the sounds of the forest and awaken to chattering birds and monkeys as day breaks. Enjoy morning tea/coffee on your private verandah with sweeping views over the primal forest– what better way to start the day.

With Buhoma set just steps away from the trek start point, gorillas have been spotted popping in for an occasional visit, while our resident L’Hoest’s monkey troup visit the gardens in front of the lodge almost daily, much to the delight of our guests.

Chalet

Our ten comfortable chalets have been designed with the forest in mind, by using eco-friendly materials and applying eco-friendly building standards. The chalets may have been built with consideration for the forest, but comfort hasn’t been compromised on.

Inside the spacious chalets you will find large, comfortable beds and everything you need to make yourself at home. The well-appointed and roomy en-suite bathroom with flush toilet contains a rain shower with a copious supply of hot water and equipped with locally produced natural ranges of complementary bathroom amenities. Some chalets also offer a bath-tub for relaxation and enjoyment after the day’s activities.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 10:         Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest          

Activities

Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Wake early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking. Before 8:00 am, report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers. The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, to track the gorillas. (Please note this trek can take from 30 minutes to 5-6 hours). A reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them ‘talk’ to one another, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 11:         Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest          

Day Itinerary

Choose from the optional experiences today. If you like to track gorillas again, reservation must be made in advance.

Optional

Batwa Community Walk
Ride 4 a Woman
Bwindi Village Walk

Batwa Community Walk US$85pp

Since their removal from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest when it was designated a National Park , the Batwa Pygmies are living mostly on the fringes of existing villages, or in remote areas just outside the forest, where farming is difficult.

The Batwa tribe members are gradually learning to live in fixed agrarian communities now that their nomadic forest existence is no longer possible. Outreach programs are working to help them maintain their ancient traditions and culture while building their new lives.

Pygmy people are ancient dwellers in the forests, they were known as The Keepers of the Forest.

Ride 4 a Woman

Empower the Women of Bwindi by visiting their meeting place where they weave baskets and sew items out of lovely Ugandan fabrics. Each item will have the artists name on it and you can probably meet her in person.

Ride 4 a Woman is a charitable organization set up to support women struggling with poverty, HIV and domestic violence. When their work in the fields and at home allows, they come here to sew and weave for some additional income. A most worthwhile project to support.

Bwindi Village Walk US$30

Embark on a community walk through the local villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Optional activities include visits to traditional home, local orphanage and school, banana alcohol brewing demonstrations and even meeting traditional medicinal healer. This three to four hour walk is easily tailored to your individual schedule and interests.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 12:         End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the local airstrip for your flight back to Entebbe.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

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