Experience Uganda in a safe but inexpensive way. You will see Uganda’s biggest highlights in this 8-day tour and all accommodation have been selected for their value and location. This is a private tour.
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Top 3 of Uganda
– A boat safari on the famous Kazinga Channel
– Gorilla and chimpanzee permit included
– Great views of Lake Bunyonyi
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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
Day 2: Travel to Kibale forest
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking – Bigodi Swamp Hike
Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth N.P. – game drive
Day 5: Game drive – boat safari Kazinga Channel
Day 6: To Lake Bunyonyi
Day 7: Tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest
Day 8: Travel back to Kampala or Entebbe (or optional to Kigali)
Our standard offering for budget 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.
See below for transport upgrade options:
Upgrade to 4wd a regular 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! The extra cost for this option is $50per 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 Landcruiser 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 $120 per day.
*Divided by the number of persons traveling; not per person.
One single supplement is included when traveling with 3 persons. Any other single supplement is US$ 70.
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.
Terms and conditions
When you book your trip with Safari Retreats Uganda – to any of our destinations – we donate US$ 5 per 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
Experience in only 8 days' time much of the best that Uganda has to offer! Queen Elizabeth National Park features grassland savannah teeming with wildlife and Bwindi Forest is full of interesting endemic flora and fauna. All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking and the boat safari on the Kazinga Channel. This tour through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture, animals & fun! The tour will be guided by a Ugandan professional tour guide/driver
Welcome to Uganda!You will be picked up from Entebbe airport by a representative of your accommodation for tonight. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to do some optional activities in Entebbe; for example, a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please note that all activities today are at your own cost. Journey Time 15 minutes Accommodation Via Via Entebbe Meal Plan No meals included
Kibale Forest via Fort PortalIn the early morning, you will be picked up from your accommodation by your driver/guide. You will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. After about five hours driving, you stop for lunch in the cozy town Fort Portal. You have time to walk around town and/or visit the local market. Tonight you will go again for lazy camping. All bedding and towels are provided, the hot showers and flushing toilets are nearby. Journey Time 6 hours Accommodation Kibale Forest Camp - Lazy camping Meal Plan Breakfast * It is possible to upgrade your accommodation to an African Style comfortably furnished tent. Please ask for more information about your booking!
Chimpanzee Tracking & 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 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. 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: 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 Accommodation Kibale Forest Camp - Lazy Camping Meal Plan Breakfast
To Queen Elizabeth NPIn the morning, you can 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 the prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck. You will stay at a nice accommodation overlooking the Kazinga Channel where you will go for lazy camping. Journey Time 3,5 hours Accommodation Bush Lodge - Lazy Camping Meal Plan Breakfast * It is possible to upgrade your accommodation to a self-contained banda with outside shower and private terrace overlooking the Kamera river. Please ask your tour consultant for more information! You're only half way... There is more to come!
Game drive and boat safariToday you wake up early and you will go for your first game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP. 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 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 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. Accommodation Bush Lodge - lazy camping Meal Plan Breakfast 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. 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/parksbynameaz/queenelizabethnationalpark/activities/item/71-experiential-tours#sthash.cFY8QRZI.dpuf Costing: US$85 p.p.
To Lake BunyonyiAfter breakfast you will continue your journey to Lake Bunyonyi; also called the lake of the little birds. The volcanic lake is bilharzia-free and safe for swimming and canoeing. Your accommodation for tonight is Bunyonyi Overland Camp. You stay in simply furnished rooms with beautiful views on the lake. The volcanic lake is bilharzia-free and safe for swimming and canoeing. The coming two nights you will spend at Crater Bay Cottages is a wonderful place to relax, explore and enjoy the spectacular landscape and beauty that is portrayed before you as Lake Bunyonyi. Journey Time 5-6 hours Accommodation Crater Bay - Self-contained cottage Meal Plan Breakfast
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest National ParkToday is the big day for gorilla trekking, meet Uganda's gentle giant! For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. 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. 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. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. 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’. Journey Time 1 hour each way Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort Meal Plan Breakfast
Back to Kampala/EntebbeAfter your morning activity, your driver/ guide 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: 10 hours Accommodation: Not included Meal Plan: Breakfast Option Fly out via Kigali Instead of driving back to Entebbe, you can also fly out via Kigali, Rwanda. The drive to Kigali is only 4 hours from Lake Bunyonyi, so that gives you a shorter drive and some extra time at Lake Bunyonyi or some time to explore Kigali! Costing: US$ 200 per transfer for a maximum of 7 people (transfer will be organized by your accommodation). Ask for more information about this option and how to apply for your East African Visa (that included both Uganda and Rwanda) with your booking. Please note that activities in Kigali and accommodation in Kigali are not inclusive in the itinerary. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kigali, please let us know. Journey Time: 4 hours to Kigali Accommodation: Not included Meal Plan: Breakfast 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 from day 2 to day 8;
- Airport pick up day 1 by the accommodation;
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Accommodation as listed in the itinerary;
- All breakfasts
- 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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