Experience Uganda in a comfortable but also adventurous way. All the highlights will be served in this 12-day comfort tour. All lodges have self-contained rooms and are selected for their unique locations and service standards.
- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
– All highlights in 12 days
– Mid-range & semi-luxury lodging
– Gorilla & Chimp permit included!
Customer score: 8,5
Day 1: Arrival in Kampala
Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 3: Game drive and boat safari to the waterfalls
Day 4: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest
Day 6: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Game drive and boat safari
Day 8: Optional balloon safari and game drive in Ishasha area
Day 9: Travel to Lake Mutanda / Bwindi
Day 10: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest
Day 11: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 12: Bush Walk/ MTB safari and return to Kampala or Entebbe
Our standard offering for mid-range tours is a 4wd minibus with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional and courteous driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.
Transport upgrade options:
Upgrade to 4wd a 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 aperfect safari view! The extra cost for this option is $50 per day.
*Divided by the number of persons traveling; not per person.
Upgrade to 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 fridge on board!
There is, of course, a pop-up roof for an excellent safari view. The extended Landcruiser is suitable for a maximum of 7 persons. The extra cost for this option is $120 per day.
*Divided by the number of persons traveling; not per person.
Rates 2019/ 2020
No. of Persons Rate Per Person
2 US$ 4090
3 US$ 3890
4 US$ 3490
One single supplement is included when traveling with 3 persons. Any other single supplement is US$ 390.
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.
Since this is a private tour, departure can be organized for any time throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport. 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 depends on availability.
When you book your trip with Uganda Safari Retreats – to any of our destinations – we donate US$ 5 per person to our Girl Child gender balancing and afforestation project. With this donation, you fly climate neutral to Africa!
The information about this tour is subject to change. Accommodation and permits will be booked once a down payment has been received.
This trip will take you to Uganda's most spectacular highlights: safaris on the savannah, chimpanzees in tropical forest, hippo viewing from the boat and, of course, tracking the rare mountain gorillas. Plus, in Lake Mburo N.P you can take a bush walk or even a horseback safari. You will sleep overnight in the best mid-range accommodations Uganda has to offer.
Welcome to Uganda!You will be picked up from the airport by our representative and transferred you to your hotel. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel. You will stay in a nice lodge in Kampala with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake view and a comfortable bathroom. Journey Time 1 hour Accommodation Cassia Lodge Meal Plan No meals inclusive
Travel to Kibale ForestToday you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest N.P. The long drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. A packed lunch is included, which you can join on the way. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and enjoy a lovely view of the forest and its wildlife. Journey Time 8 hours Accommodation Kibale Forest Camp Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner
Murchison Falls National ParkGet ready for an early wake-up today! In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast, you will go on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park. Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelopes and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park! In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys, and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound. After the boat safari, you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities! Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Optional activity: Rhino Tracking – Possible on day 2 At the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, you will go – together with an experienced ranger for a safari hike to the rhinos. You will see the rhinos in a very close range! Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program, as well as work to educate communities on endangered rhinos. Costing: $40 us dollar p.p. Optional activity: Chimp tracking Budongo forest Budongo Forest is located in the southern part of Murchison Falls NP. and has the highest number of wild chimpanzees of Uganda. The habituated groups are located in Kaniyo Padibi, where you can go for chimpanzee tracking. Budongo Forest has an incredible biodiversity that – besides the chimpanzee – includes several other species like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, and Olive Baboons. Costing: $95 us dollar p.p. in high season and $85 us dollar p.p. in low season Optional activity: Hot air balloon safari - Possible on day 3 Discover Murchison Falls from the air! Sign up for this optional activity and enjoy to the unique experience of flying over Murchison Falls NP in a hot air balloon. You will have the most amazing views over the river Nile, Lake Albert, the great Murchison Falls and of course this is thé best way to spot lots and lots of animals. You will start early morning, so you will see the sunrise over the park. After your balloon safari, you will have a bush breakfast in the park (inclusive). Costing: $380 us dollar p.p.
Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walkToday you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect the place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers. Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco! Optional: Chimpanzee habituation tracking: Do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning. Costing: US$ 70 per person extra. Journey Time 15 minutes each way Accommodation Kibale Forest Camp Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner.
Queen Elizabeth National ParkIn the morning, you can relax at your lodge. You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This 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 prolific game; including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippos and elephants, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. In the afternoon you will have a game drive in the park. Marafiki Safari Lodge is located on a unique location and has been designed and handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the local community. Overlooking Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park it offers private safari tents on raised wooden floors and canvas walls that can be rolled up to allow you to sit comfortably watching the Savannah Plains with breathtaking views across the Park and the Rwenzori Mountains. Watch wildlife from your verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of Lions on the distant savannah. This is truly the Pearl of Africa! Journey Time 3½ hours Accommodation Marafiki Safari Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner
Game drive & boat safariToday you wake up early. A little before sunrise, coffee, tea, and donuts will be served in the lounge before you 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 elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, leopards, Ugandan Kobs, 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 Albert. 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. After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge. Journey Time Depending on the game drive Accommodation Marafiki Safari Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast and 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 lions in 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. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions! 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. Costing: $85 US Dollar p.p. Optional activity: Kyambura Gorge: Another optional activity in Queen Elisabeth N.P. is to visit the Kyambura Gorge. A hike through the gorge gives you the opportunity to see habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons, and vervet monkeys. Although the chance of spotting chimpanzees is only 50%, the landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and is absolutely worth it! Costing: $50 US Dollar p.p.
Ishasha area and its tree-climbing lionsAfter a relaxed breakfast, you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the so-called Ishasha area. Ishahsa is home to the famous tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. The adult lions in Ishasha are an exception to this. It is thought that they sit in the branches to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive! Your accommodation for tonight is the Enjojo Lodge, which is surrounded by acacia forest, lush vegetation with palm trees and scattered grasslands. Find birds, monkeys, and other wildlife around your cottage! Journey time 2 hours Accommodation Enjojo Lodge Meal plan Breakfast and dinner
Lake Mutanda/BwindiToday you drive to Lake Mutanda in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch, you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive). Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, Mutanda Lake Resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views on planet earth. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for gorilla trackers, volcano hikers, bird lovers, as well as for those looking for a secluded place in nature. Journey Time 7 hours Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort Meal Plan Breakfast and 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 that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of 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. 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’. Journey Time 1 hour each way Accommodation Mutanda Lake Resort Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner
Lake Mburo National ParkAfter breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley N.P.) which is home to zebras, elands, and impalas, as well as to an abundance of other wildlife - not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Last but not least: The Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to Lake Mburo (1st July 2015)! Accommodation for tonight is Rwakobo Rock, a peaceful place with great views just outside the park. The comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. At night the sounds of the bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild. There is a swimming pool too! Journey time 7 hours Accommodation Rwakobo Rock Meal Plan Breakfast and 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: $40 us dollars p.p.
Bush walk, drive to Entebbe/KampalaLake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger is permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range. Optional activity: Mountain bike Safari: It’s very exciting to make a safari by mountain bike. Get active and get close to zebra, gazelle, Eland and sometimes even giraffe! Costing: US$ 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 8 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know. Journey Time: 5 hours to Kampala / 6 hours to Entebbe Accommodation: Not included Meal Plan: Late breakfast This is the end of what we hope has been a fabulous trip! 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, click here to see our extensions
- Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view;
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Accommodation as listed in the program;
- All breakfasts and dinners included;
- All meals in Murchison Falls NP;
- Special Bush Dinner at Lake Albert;
- Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking;
- Park-entrance fees according to the program;
- All activities described in the itinerary;
- 1 chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150 value);
- 1 gorilla permit per person (US$700 value).
- International airfares and 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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