The Ultimate Uganda Wildlife Safari. Visit the chimps and the mountain gorillas in their natural wild habitat. Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park and Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend time relaxing in the pristine Mpanga Forest Reserve and camp close to the banks of the mighty Nile River.
21 DAY UGANDAN WILDLIFE EXPEDITION
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Day 1 - Saturday - Depart London
We would suggest depart from London Heathrow Airport with Qatar Airways at 2130hrs (overnight flight).
Day 2 - Sunday - Arrival into Entebbe, Uganda
It is here that your safari begins, upon arrival into Entebbe International Airport, Safari Joe will meet you and just a short drive away is the campsite. Entebbe is located on the vast shores of Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater body, shared between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Day 3 - Monday - Entebbe to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Leaving the sleepy shores of Entebbe we head into Kampala, built across seven hills; although they lie only 40km apart, the twin cities of Kampala and Entebbe, (present and former capital of Uganda respectively) could scarcely be more different in character. After a quick stop in Kampala we are soon out onto the open roads through rural towns and villages, we pass sugar cane plantations and papyrus swamps along the roadside before we reach Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary late afternoon.
Day 4 & 5 - Tuesday & Wednesday - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Day 6 - Thursday - Travel to Kibale
As we depart Ziwa we head to the town of Masindi and stock up for the next few days, including a visit to the local African market. The road to Kibale is a long but incredibly beautiful drive passing through sugar, tea and forest plantations along the way. We will arrive late afternoon and set up camp by the beautiful Crater Lake.
Day 7 & 8 - Friday & Saturday - Chimp Trekking Kibale
We are based at Crater Lake for two days, where you will be able to visit the Chimps at Kibale Forest. Kibale's most popular activity is the Kanyanchu Primate Walk. Thirteen species of primates can be found, but the stars of this trail are the chimpanzees. Kanyanchu's chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors. Time spent with Chimps is limited to one hour.
On the day that you are not with the chimps there are plenty of activities at the lake to keep you busy including: canoeing and swimming, fishing, bird watching, walks of the crater lakes region, waterfalls and caves or you can just choose to relax.
Day 9 - Sunday - Travel to Queen Elizabeth NP
This morning you will cross the equator and drive alongside the foothills of the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains as you head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will stay for two nights. Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different bird species and about 100 mammal species. Sleeping in a National Park is second to none as hippos come out to eat, and many animals pass through the campsite during the night!
Day 10 - Monday - Queen Elizabeth NP and Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
Day 11 - Tuesday - Lake Bunyonyi
We game drive as we leave Queen Elizabeth and head towards Kabale, we will shop and then head to Lake Bunyonyi "Place of many little birds" where you can relax for the afternoon. This scenic lake has 29 islands which include Punishment Island and Bushara Island. It is a popular location for water sports and is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides. Our campsite for the night is right on the lakes edge.
Day 12 - Wednesday - Drive to Bwindi
The drive to Bwindi in itself is nothing short of spectacular, we traverse kilometres of narrow winding dirt roads passing small Ugandan villages; there are terraced farms all along this hilly region close to the borders of Rwanda and the Congo, perhaps one of the most breathtaking roads in the world!
Day 13 & 14 - Thursday & Friday - Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
four locations, starting at 8:30am daily. Following a briefing, visitors embark on a forest trek lasting from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. Tours are limited to a maximum of eight people and visitors spend a maximum of one hour in the company of the gorillas in order to minimize behavioural disturbance and risk of disease transmission.
Depending on availability our permits may be on two different days, therefore on the day that you are not trekking the gorillas there is plenty to do in this picturesque region, including village walks, cultural visits and guided forest walks or just to relax in the beautiful campsite.
Day 15 - Saturday - Travel to Mbarara
After breakfast we leave Bwindi and head to Mbarara, stopping to shop in Kabale on the way.
Day 16 - Sunday - Travel to Mpanga Forest
Back on the open roads we head to Mpanga Forest Reserve. The reserve protects an extensive patch of rainforest. With over 180 species of birds and many species of butterflies and trees, on foot we follow the excellent network of forest trails with our experienced guide, where we will learn about the many medicinal values of the plants and trees, and identify some of the colourful species of birds and butterflies.
Day 17 - Monday -Travel to Kampala
As shafts of light penetrate the overhead canopy of trees we are awoken by a chorus of birds signalling the break of dawn. Leaving Mpanga we head towards Kampala, passing vast Papyrus Swamps and the Drum Markets.
Day 18 - Tuesday - Travel to Jinja
Today we have a relaxed morning in camp and a visit to the capital city of Uganda, Kampala before we head off to Jinja for some R & R and adrenalin activities.
Day 19 & 20 - Wednesday & Thursday - Jinja
There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in the optional activities of white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking in the local village or bungee jumping. If you are after a more relaxing time, you can just sit back and watch the local fishermen glide by in their dug-out canoes and enjoy the huge variety of birdlife in camp.
Day 21 Friday - Jinja to Entebbe
A relaxed morning in camp, after brunch we will drive to Entebbe in time to meet your evening flight home. We suggest you fly from Entebbe Airport with Qatar Airways at 1750hrs (overnight flight).
Cost of Safari is - £1,950 per person (minimum 10 passengers)
Price is valid for 2014-2015 Bookings
Please note that gorilla and chimp trekking permits are subject to availability, only a small number of permits are issued per day and must be purchased well in advanced, especially during peak season, once you have paid your expedition deposit we will endeavour to purchase both permits for you. Please note we may adjust the itinerary to maximise our likelihood of obtaining the required permits.
REMEMBER THIS IS AFRICA AND OCCASIONALLY THINGS MAY NOT ALWAYS GO TO PLAN!!!
HOWEVER USUALLY PLAN B IS THE STORY YOU WILL REMEMBER THE MOST AFFECTIONATELY!!!
- Fully escorted tour - Driver/Tour Leader, Cook and Helper
- Fully equipped 4WD safari expedition vehicle with onboard safe and safety belts
- All camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
- All road tolls and taxes
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner (and drinking water)
- Camping & Accommodation
- Camping (19 nights)
- All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary:
- 1 Chimp Permit for Kibale Forest
- 1 Gorilla Permit for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Entebbe & Kampala
- Equator Crossing
- Jinja & Bujagali
- Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
- Lake Bunyonyi
- Mpanga Forest Reserve
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Rhino & Conservation Activities at Ziwa
- All taxes and surcharges pertaining to flights and airports
- Any drinks/meals or services not specifically included
- Local gratuities
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
- Personal spending
Visa's or other documentation required
APPROXIMATE GUIDE (in USD)
- Horse Riding $70
- Kayaking/Canoeing $90
- Lunch Cruise or Sunset Cruise on the Nile $30
- Quad Biking $70
- Village Walks and Cultural Visits $5-$10
- White Water Rafting $130
Safari Joe for the journey of a lifetime!