Experience Uganda in a safe but inexpensive way. All the major highlights will be served in this 16-day adventure. You will sleep in your tent by the vehicle for a unique camping experience.
- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Value for money
– Park fees and activities included
– Gorilla and chimp permit included
– 24/7 road assistance
Customer score: 8,4
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
Day 2: To Jinja, optional activities in Jinja
Day 3: To Sipi falls
Day 4: Optional Sipi falls Hike
Day 5: To Murchison Falls NP
Day 6: Game drive and boat safari in Murchison National Park
Day 7: To Hoima
Day 8: Travel to Kibale forest
Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking – Optional Bigodi swamp walk
Day 10: Travel to Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Day 11: Game drive and boat safari on the Kazinga Channel
Day 12: To ishasha, game drive tree climbing lions in Ishasha
Day 13: To Lake Bunyonyi
Day 14: Tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest
Day 15: Travel to Lake Mburo N.P. camping inside the park
Day 16: Optional activities at Lake Mburo travel back to Kampala.
Toyota land cruiser with rooftop tent The Landcruiser is a strong and comfortable car. It’s the perfect car for 2 persons and it’s suitable for a maximum of 3 persons. The car has a roof top tent suitable to sleep a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Cooking equipment and camping utensils are included in the price as well.
Peak Season (15 June – 15 September & 15 December – 31 January)
No. of Persons Rate Per Person
2 US$ 3150
Normal Season (1 February – 14 June & 16 September – 14 December)
No. of Persons Rate Per Person
2 US$ 2990
Terms and conditions
When you book your trip with us – to any of our destinations – Safari Retreats Uganda will donate US$ 5 per person to our unique Girl Child Empowerment project through 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 campsites are not available during the requested period, we will do our utmost best to book an alternative (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.
Experience in 16 days' time much of the best that Uganda has to offer! See the River Nile, the savannas of Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo NP, Murchison Falls, the tree climbing lions in Ishasha and the rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. This tour through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture, animals & fun! You will go on your own adventure with our driver/guide in a Landcruiser using tented camping in the most unique places in Uganda
Welcome to Uganda!Our driver will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight. He will take you to your hotel in Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore Kampala. All activities today are at your own cost. You will stay in a nice guesthouse with self-contained rooms in a nice garden. There is an Italian restaurant on the same compound that serves the best pizza in town! Journey Time 1,5 hours Accommodation Orchidea Guesthouse Meal Plan No meals included
Jinja (Source of the Nile)Today, you will make your way to the second largest town and the colonial manufacturing hub, Jinja. In Jinja, the Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea. Many activities are available around town (see options in Day 3). Please note that all activities today are at your own expense. In Jinja, you will stay at the campsite of The Haven - a wonderful lodge in a peaceful spot overlooking the river Nile with breath-taking views of the river rapids and excellent opportunities for watching the birds and local fishermen paddling dugout canoes. You will pitch up your tent here. Journey Time 2½ hours Accommodation Camping at The Haven Meal Plan No Meals Optional activities in Jinja Today you can relax at the lodge or choose optional activities: - White water rafting (full day USD 145 / half day USD 125) - A horseback safari (USD 50 for 2 hours / USD 70 for 3 hours) - Quad-biking (USD 70 for 2 hours / USD 90 for 3 hours) - A day of white-water kayaking on the river (USD 120) - A sundowner cruise on the Nile (USD 35) - A visit to the source of the Nile - A visit to Jinja market
Sipi FallsAfter breakfast, you drive through the eastern part of Uganda takes you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level. The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. You will stay in the campsite of Lacam lodge with a nice view of the falls. Journey Time 6 Hours Accommodation Campsite of Lacam lodge Meal Plan No Meals
Sipi FallsPrepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. Today you can choose to go on a 3-hour or - for the real adventurers - a 7-hour hike through the region. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain flora, fauna, and culture. This activity is paid on the ground depending on which hike you choose; 3 hour hike = UGX 50.000 ($14) 7 hour hike = UGX 80.000($23) Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations, and caves. Local villagers will be sure to greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles. Accommodation Campsite of Lacam lodge Meal Plan No Meals
To Murchison FallsThe journey today goes - across Uganda - to Murchison Falls National Park. the park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls. The Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the spectacular Murchison Falls, the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species. On arrival in the park, you will for your first game drive in the park. Your accommodation for the coming two nights is at Murchison River Lodge. The lodge has been carefully and sensitively built on the edge of the mighty River Nile overlooking pods of hippos and Uganda’s stunning Murchison Falls National Park. There is a swimming pool overlooking the river. You will stay at the campsite of Murchison river lodge. You can relax in the late afternoon and enjoy the swimming pool at your cost. Journey Time 7 hours Accommodation Campsite of Murchison river lodge Meal Plan No Meals
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 out 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 antelope 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 Campsite of Murchison river Lodge Meal Plan No Meals Optional activity: Hot air balloon safari Possible on day 6 in the early morning - (shorter) morning game drive can be done after the balloon safari. 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). Extra costs: $380 per person
To HoimaYou will take a beautiful route through a valley, enjoy views on Lake Albert and small villages and stop for a relaxing night in a comfortable, mid-range hotel with a big garden and swimming pool in the cozy town of Hoima. Tonight you will sleep in a self-contained cottage and breakfast the next morning is included. Journey Time 4-5 hours Accommodation Kontiki Hotel Meal Plan No Meals
To Kibale Forest NPAfter an early breakfast at Kontiki Hotel, it is time to leave Hoima and to continue your tour to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is long, but incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. You will stay at a Kibale guesthouse where you will camp at their lovely campsite. Journey Time 8 hours Accommodation Campsite of Kibale guesthouse Meal Plan No Meals
Chimpanzee TrackingToday 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 place to spot them! In the early morning, you will go with an experienced ranger for chimp tracking; 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. Optional activity Bigodi swamp walk: This 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! This activity can be paid on the ground at US$15 per person. Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation tracking: At an additional fee of only $70 us dollar pp you 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. Journey Time 15 minutes each way Accommodation Campsite of Kibale guesthouse Meal Plan No Meals
Queen Elizabeth N.P.In the morning, you can relax at the campsite. You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth 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. Lions are often sighted both in 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 can go for a game drive into the park. Tonight you will camp in the wilderness in the middle of the park on the Mweya peninsular! Watch wildlife from the campsite and fall asleep to the roaring of Lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa! Journey Time 3½ hours Accommodation Mweya campsite Meal Plan No Meals
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 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 drive back to the campsite. Journey Time Depending on the game drive Accommodation Mweya campsite Meal Plan No Meals
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 campsite at Enjojo Lodge, which is surrounded with acacia forest, lush vegetation with palm trees and scattered grasslands. Find birds, monkeys, and other wildlife around the campsite! Journey time 2 hours Accommodation Campsite of Enjojo lodge Meal plan No Meals
To Bwindi forestA three-hour ride will take you to Ruhija the Eastern sector of the Bwindi forest. Here you will camp at the campsite of Ruhija Gorilla friends camp so that you are close by the starting point of tomorrows Gorilla tracking! Journey Time 3 hours Accommodation Campsite at Ruhija Gorilla Friends camp Meal Plan No Meals
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. 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 Campsite at Ruhija Gorilla friends camp Meal Plan No Meals
To Lake MburoAfter 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)! Tonight you will camp inside the national park on the banks of Lake Mburo. The perfect place to end the tour. Journey time 5 hours Accomodation Lake Mburo campsite Meal Plan No Meals
DepartureToday 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 itinerary. 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 6 hours Accommodation Not included Meal Plan No Meals "We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment" - Hilaire Belloc In for more safari 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.
- Chauffered Landcruiser with a tent from day 2 till day 16;
- 24/7 road assistance in case of problems;
- Cooking gear and camping utensils;
- Airport pick up day 1;
- Campsite bookings as listed in the itinerary
- Park-entrance fees for the persons according to the itinerary;
- All activities described in the itinerary;
- 1 chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150);
- 1 gorilla permit per person (US$700).
- Fuel for the car;
- Park fees for the car;
- Optional activities like Sipi falls and Bigodi swamp walk;
- International airfares and entry visa Uganda;
- Meals that are not part of your itinerary;
- 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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