Visit the best highlight in Uganda with this individual luxury safari. Accommodation for this private exclusive tour is provided in some of the country’s very best lodges.
- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Stay at the best lodges!
– Safaris by boat and road
– Stay at the best lodges!
– Gorilla & chimp permit included
Day 1: Arrival in Kampala
Day 2: Exploring Fort Portal/ Kibale Forest
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking Kibale Forest N.P.
Day 4: Game drive Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Day 5: Game drive and boat safari Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Day 6: Tree climbing lions in Ishasha
Day 7: Arrival in Bwindi Forest
Day 8: Gorilla Tracking
Day 9: Game drive Lake Mburo N.P.
Day 10: Bush walk/ MTB tour Lake Mburo N.P.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that
goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
Depending on the number of travelers you travel in a regular size landcruiser (2-5 persons) or Extended landcruiser (6-7 persons).
4wd Full-Sized Toyota Landcruiser
The Toyota Landcruiser is the most used safari vehicle in Africa, It’s strong, it’s high up and spacious. Of course, it looks good, too! The car suits a maximum of 5 persons and has a pop-up roof for a perfect safari view!\
4wd Extended Toyota Landcruiser
The extended Landcruiser is for some the ultimate safari vehicle in Africa. It’s 4wd, spacious, high up and strong. The extended land cruiser has even a cooler box on board and an open roof for an excellent safari view. The extended landcruiser is suitable for a maximum of 7 persons.
Low season rates 2018/2019: (April – May – November)
No. of person Rate per person
2 US$ 4990
3 US$ 4850
4 US$ 4390
Single Supplement: One single supplement is included when traveling with 3 persons. Any other single supplement is US$ 750.
Easter & Christmas supplements:
Some lodges and hotels charge extra fees during the festive season. For example the Easter and Christmas period. Please ask us for the rates when you wish to travel on these dates.
Dates: Since this is a private tour, you are free to choose your preferred departure date subject only to availability in the accommodation listed in the itinerary.
When you book your trip with Safari Retreats Uganda– to any of our destinations – we donate US$ 5per person to our unique Girl Child Empowerment project with special focus on afforestation. With this donation, you fly climate neutral to Africa!
The bookings with the hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking. In case the mentioned hotels are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost best to book a hotel in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you). It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Therefore, we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment and also here it all depends on availability.
The information about this tour is subject to change. Accommodation and permits will be booked once a down payment has been received
Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. Queen Elizabeth National Park features grassland savannah teeming with wildlife and in Lake Mburo N.P. you can make a bush walk or even a horseback safari. All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, and the boat safaris. And as with all our luxury tours, you will stay in some of Uganda's very best lodges!
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
Welcome in Uganda!You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel by our driver/guide who will again pick you up tomorrow morning. The Boma Hotel is set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of an original 1940's home. Journey Time: 1 0 min Accommodation: Boma guesthouse Meal Plan: No meals are inclusive
Fort Portal/ Kibale ForestAfter an early breakfast, you will have some time to change money or go to an ATM before heading to the West of Uganda. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda. You will stay at a wonderful lodge, just outside the town of Fort Portal, with spacious rooms and amazing views over one of the crater lakes in this area! Journey Time 5 hours Accommodation Papaya Lake Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, dinner
Lake Mburo National ParkAfter breakfast, you travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks. But it is certainly not to be underestimated; it is the only Ugandan national park home to zebra, eland, and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. The lake itself is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Upon entering the park, you drive along tracks searching for animals on your way to your accommodation. Mihingo Lodge features ten rooms built on wooden platforms with stilts. From the dining and pool area, you can enjoy the view of a west-ward oriented valley and its stunning sunsets over Lake Mburo N.P. Journey Time: 7 hours Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner Optional activity: Night game drive A night game drive in Lake Mburo national park is absolutely great! You have chances of seeing Hyena, different nocturnal animals and it’s probably your best chance to spot a leopard. Your night safari is either just before dinner or just after dinner and takes about 2 hours. Costing: $40 us dollars p.p.
Queen Elizabeth N.P.In the morning, you can either relax at your lodge, make a crater lake hike or visit a nearby tea plantation, where you will be able to assist the tea pickers and learn about how leaves are selected for the highest quality (All activities of this morning are at your own cost). You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has a prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck. You stay overnight at the beautiful Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Mweya peninsula. Watch wildlife from your private veranda and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa! * You will not stay in the standard rooms, but in the very exclusive and private luxury safari tents. Lions are often sighted both in the park and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. In the late afternoon, you will go for a game drive into the park. Journey Time 3½ hours Accommodation Mweya Safari Lodge, Luxury Tent Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Park Game Drive & Boat SafariToday you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning. In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. Accommodation Mweya Safari Lodge, luxury tents Meal plan Breakfast, lunch & dinner Optional activity: Lion Tracking: For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors. Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance. - See more at http://www.ugandawildlife.org/explore-our-parks/parks-byname-a-z/queen-elizabeth-national-park/activities/item/71-experiential-tours#sthash.cFY8QRZI.dpuf Costing: $85 us dollar p.p.
Ishasha - Tree-climbing lionsThis morning you have plenty of time to do one of the optional activities listed on day 5 or simply make another game drive. After lunch, you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to an area called Ishasha. The Ishasha area is famous for its tree-climbing lions. To escape from the heat during the day, the lions here have learned how to climb the fig trees. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive, so keep your eyes open and look up! Besides these famous lions, there is other interesting wildlife to be seen, like buffalo and the Uganda Kob. After your game drive, looking for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha, you will head for Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a very luxurious lodge with wonderful views over the savannah and a river packed with hippos! After a well-deserved lunch at the lodge, you will go on an afternoon game drive. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area beside the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing a hot water 'bush' shower and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. Journey time: 2½ hours Accommodation Ishasha Wilderness Camp Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner
From Ishasha - To Bwindi ForestAfter breakfast, you will game drive on your way out of the park for the last chance at spotting those tree climbing lions. Lunch will be provided at the lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; home of the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Safari Lodge eight bandas overlook the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which guests can watch birds and monkeys in the treetops. The main lodge building also maximizes on the beautiful views of the forest canopy, with both open and covered terraces providing optimum viewing platforms facing the forest. Get a good night's sleep because tomorrow you have to be fresh for the Gorilla trekking. Journey Time 5 hours + game drive time Accommodation Bwindi Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi ForestToday is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. “Face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla” Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the Gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. Accommodation Bwindi lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch & Dinner
Bush walk - Airport TransferThis morning you will go for a bush walk. Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger is permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range. Optional activity: Mountain bike Safari It’s very exciting to make a safari by mountain bike. Get active and get close to zebra, gazelle, Eland and sometimes even giraffe! Costing: US$ 30 pp extra. After brunch at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know. Journey Time 6 hours Accommodation Not included Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch End of Trip, Webale Nyo! (Thank you) In a quest for more adventure? If you want to extend your tour to one of our other destinations or if you'd like to add a few "off-the-beaten-track" side trips to the itinerary, contact us.
- Transport in a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser with pop-up roof for excellent safari view;
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Drinking water during the trip;
- Accommodation as listed in the itinerary;
- Meals according to the itinerary;
- Park-entrance fees according to the itinerary;
- All activities described in the itinerary;
- 1 chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150);
- 1 gorilla permit per person (US$ 700).
- International airfares
- Entry visa Uganda
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
- A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
- Government tax or park fees increase;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.).
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