Best of Uganda

9 Days

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Best of Uganda

Experience the ‘Pearl of Africa’ on this unforgettable 9-day Best of Uganda safari which ventures from the dense rainforests of Kibale to Bwindi impenetrable Forest . Discover the fascinating antics and playfulness of the plethora of primates in the Kibale Forest; go in search of the famous tree-climbing lions on the endless Ishasha plains of the Queen Elizabeth National Park; and head into the thick jungles of the Bwindi Forest to spend a privileged hour in the company of a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Starting Price US$ 4,870*

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival Entebbe

    Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. A comfortable, intimate little hotel, the Boma Guesthouse is conveniently located 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, and is a great place to stop over at the beginning or end of your Uganda tour.
    Overnight at Boma Guest House

  • Day 2 Kibale Forest

    Drive to Kibale Forest area, the drive is a full day of approximately seven hours. After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest.
    Overnight at Primate Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 3 Kibale Forest

    Today we get the opportunity to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species and a guided forest trek can be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. There are 9 diurnal primates, these include, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90%. This morning you will go on a forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the grey-cheeked managebey and the red-tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain.
    Afternoon activities including: visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary , a conservation project managed and operated by Community Based Organization KAFRED (Kibale Association For Rural and Environmental Development). KAFRED was formed in 1992 and through conservation of the swamp has achieved many important community development goals. The swamp, eight kilometers long and three hundred meters wide, is attached to Kibale Forest at both ends and serves as a vital corridor between the north and south of the park.
    On your tour, you are likely to see numerous bird species as well as Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Grey-Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed Monkey, Vervet Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey. Other wetlands mammals include Sitatunga (an endangered swamp antelope), Bush Pig, Civet, Mongoose and Bush Buck.
    Overnight at Primate Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 4 Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Today after breakfast, you will drive approx. 3.5 hours to your lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the park. Your accommodation here will be Kyambura Game Lodge. The lodge is situated at the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, overlooking the Albertine Rift valley, with fantastic views over the savannah of the national park and the distant Rwenzori Mountains. The lodge has been built using environmentally friendly local materials fitted by craftsmen drawn from the local community. Accommodation is provided in seven spacious and tastefully designed grass-thatched cottages, with en suite bathrooms, running hot and cold water, and a private wooden balcony, all with panoramic views of the park. The lodge offers guests quality accommodation in a comfortable environment, with a swimming pool and fire pit where the local Banyaruguru dance troupe often performs.  The main lodge building opens onto a sundowner deck overlooking the park for relaxation in the evenings while reminiscing upon the day’s activities. The kitchen features international and local cuisine, prepared with organic vegetables from the lodge garden and served by the friendly team of staff.
    Located at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains, on the floor of the Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park is defined by rolling savannah and shimmering lakes. The park is continuous with the Virunga National Park in the Congo, and is an important migration corridor for elephants that move from the Congo to the Kibale and Kayosha Kitoome Forests.
    Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Today you will enjoy a game drive in the park. Because of its location and variety of habitats, the park is home to large populations of wildlife. Game drives here are rewarding. In the afternoon enjoy a shared boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which is the day’s highlight. Here, hundreds of hippos mingle with other large herbivores coming down to the water’s edge to drink, while the outstanding bird life will impress even non-birders.
    Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 6 Bwindi Forest

    Today after breakfast, drive 6 hours to your lodge near Bwindi Forest in time for lunch. Afternoon relaxation at the lodge as you enjoy the great views of the forest.
    Your base will be Silverback Lodge which is the latest addition to the Marasa Africa portfolio. Silverback Lodge is perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offering the best views of Bwindi Forest. The lodge has With 12 rooms which were built and designed using local materials, such as forest vines, sisal rope and purple slate stone. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with hot water showers and comfortable chairs on the veranda for viewing the flora and fauna that make up the surroundings in the valley.
    The 331 square-kilometer (128 square-mile) Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is comprised of both montane and lowland forest. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, with some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, and over 27 species of reptiles and amphibians. Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns.
    Along with the numerous primate species and endangered Chimpanzees, the most notable inhabitants of the park have to be the critically endangered mountain gorillas, which live in family groups of between 8 and 25 individuals. Only 880 of these gentle giants remain in the wild today, and a number of these families have been habituated over a period of years each to tolerate human presence for a brief period every day. In this southern part of Bwindi are found the Nkuringo, Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye and Bweza families. Only 8 visitors per day are allowed to track each gorilla family.
    Overnight Silverback Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 7 Bwindi Forest

    After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters where we receive a briefing and select your porters for the day. Then you’re off on a drive that may last anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours before starting your gorilla track. The tracking can be strenuous because of the steep slopes and the high altitude. Initially, you will walk along established paths, your ranger coordinating with the advance trackers by radio to guide you in to the gorillas last known location. As you get to where the gorillas are, you will leave the paths and begin hacking your way through the slippery underbrush. Your porters will stay back as only your privileged party of 8 and your rangers approach the gorillas to spend a magical hour with them. The hour passes all too quickly, and then it’s time to reluctantly make your way back to your waiting vehicles.
    Overnight Silverback Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 8 Bwindi Forest

    Today you will have the privilege of meeting the Batwa tribe. Often referred to as ‘pygmies’, this ancient forest people reside in the forests of south-west Uganda.
    The day will begin with a hike from Buhoma to reach the nearby Batwa community. You will meet members of this proud but vulnerable people, and learn all about their history and culture, herbal medicines and traditional hunting techniques. This experience is considered one of the most authentic living history encounters available with the Batwa in Uganda today, and represents a sustainable way for these marginalized forest people to earn an alternative income now that much of their ancestral lands have become conservation areas.
    Overnight Silverback Lodge (BLD)

  • Day 9 Depart

    Today you will be transferred to Kihihi airstrip for your morning (0945/1125) scheduled flight to Entebbe in time to check in for your International departure flight. B

     

  • Price

    Prices vary with season ~ Contact us with your specific travel dates
    US$ 4,870 per person (2017 Low season rates)

     

     

  • Included

    Airport transfers
    Meet and Greet upon arrival
    Comfortable, modern, 4X4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches
    Professional, experienced drivers
    Local flight as indicated
    Chimp permit: $150 per person for 1 trek
    Gorilla permit: $600 per person for 1 trek
    All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary
    All excursions as stated in the itinerary, which includes park fees and taxes
    Books available in the vehicles to help identify the flora and fauna
    Bottled water in vehicles

     

  • Not Included

    International Air Fares, entry visa fees, domestic and international departure tax
    Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle, and other than the drinks included
    at each lodge under their policy
    All expenses of a personal nature
    Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide hotel/camp staff etc

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