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HIGHLIGHTS:

– Safaris & primates

– Wonderful luxury lodges

– Gorilla & Chimp permits included

Customer score: 8,5

 

Itinerary Summary:

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Day 2: Travel to Fort Portal/ Kibale Forest

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Safari and Boat Trip

Day 6: Ishasha (Tree climbing lions), to Bwindi forest

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

Day 8: Travel back to Kampala

 

Transport

Depending on the number of travelers you travel in a regular size Landcruiser (2-5 persons) or Extended Landcruiser (6-7 persons).

 

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 a perfect safari view!

The extra costs for this option are $120 (divided by the number of persons traveling). However, these costs don’t apply when you are traveling with 3 – 5 persons, as this car, will be included.

 

 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 aircon in the car and, of course, an open roof for an excellent safari view. The extended Landcruiser is suitable for a maximum of 7 persons.

The extra costs for this option are $150 (divided by the number of persons traveling). These costs don’t apply when you are traveling with 6 – 7 persons, as this car, will be included.

 

Rates

High season rates 2018/2019:

No. of Persons Rate Per Person

2 US$ 4190

3 US$ 4050

4 US$ 3650

Low season rates 2018/2019 (April-May-November):

No. of Persons Rate Per Person

2 US$ 4050

3 US$ 3890

4 US$ 3550

 

Single Supplement: One single supplement is included when traveling with 3 persons. Any other single supplement is US$ 550.

 

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, 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 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 lodges mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.

In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge 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 so we will buy them only after your booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.

 

Document Information

The information about this tour is subject to change. Accommodation and permits will be booked once a down payment has been received.

Introduction

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 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 safaris. And, as with all our luxury, you will stay in some of Uganda's very best lodges!

Itineraries

Day 1

Karibu Uganda

You will be picked up from the airport by our representative and be transferred to your hotel. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel. 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 15 min Accommodation Boma guesthouse Meal Plan  Meals are inclusive

Day 2

Fort Portal/ Kibale Forest National Park

After 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

Day 3

Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced forest ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. En route, you might also see other monkey species that live in this forest. Once located, you will spend a full hour with the chimps. Since they are wild animals we can never guarantee that you will see them. You 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 1 hour each way Accommodation Papaya Lake Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park

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 Tents Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

Park Game Drive & Boat Safari

Today 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 lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behaviour. 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/parks-byname-a-z/queen-elizabethnational-park/activities/item/71-experiential-tours#sthash.cFY8QRZI.dpuf Costing: $85 us dollar p.p.

Day 6

Tree climbing lions

After breakfast, you will game drive on your way out of the park. After that you will go to Ishasha where you will look for the 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. Lunch will be provided at Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Ishasha. After lunch you will drive to 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 tree tops. 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

Day 7

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest National Park

Today is the epic 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

Day 8

End of your tour - Airport transfer

After breakfast 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 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 7-8 hours Accommodation Not included Meal Plan Breakfast, (packed) lunch This marks the end of your safari. 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, click here to see our extensions.
  • Transport in a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser with pop-up roof for excellent safari view;
  • All fuel for the tour;
  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary;
  • Drinking water during the trip;
  • 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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