Uganda Safaris

Uganda Safaris

Day 1: Kampala- Kabale

Meet and greet at your Hotel, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

At 7 a.m. you will be met by our country representative from Devine African Safaris, who will greet you and brief you through the itinerary. You will remember that it was at Entebbe where the Israelis heroically released hostages that were on a hijacked Air France Airbus in 1976. After, we drive heading to south western Uganda.

En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one many beautiful scenery in Africa – the pathway of the sun, and take photographs. You may be amazed by the local Hima pastoralists grazing the famous Ankole long – horned cattle. Take pictures and proceed. The Bwindi area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced rows of cultivation. You will be driving through the “Banana Republic” with banana plantations all around you, steep hills, small rivers…just amazing scenery. Arrive late afternoon at the park and check-in at your accommodation.

Estimated transfer time to Bwindi is 10 hours by 4 wheel drive vehicle. Overnight and Dinner at Gorilla Forest Camp/ Engagi Lodge/ Buhoma Community Camp.

DAY 2: Gorilla tracking

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking which may last the entire day. We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be totally forgotten.

These gentle giants are highly endangered and anyone suffering from even the slightest of ailments including a cough will not be allowed to go this trek. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes. These giants are so powerful and can sometimes weigh up to 250kilos. Pictures with non flash zoom lens can be taken. Overnight and Dinner at Gorilla Forest Camp/ Engagi Lodge/ Buhoma Community Camp.

DAY 3: Transfer to Entebbe Airport

Early in the morning you will be served breakfast and then after embark on the drive back to Entebbe Airport for your outbound flight. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 2 hours prior to departure of the flight.

Price includes;

  • Meals indicated on programme.
  • Experienced driver/guide.
  • Accommodation as per programme.
  • Park fees for the various parks and activities
  • Transport on tour as well as hotel transfers.
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme.

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0111

Situated in the North west of Uganda , it is our biggest National Park bisected by the mighty River Nile. Visit to the top of the falls, game drives to view giraffes, elephants, lions, and buffaloes, a magical launch cruise on the Nile are but a few of the activities you can do. For the ardent anglers, catching an 80kg Nile Perch is the norm rather than the exception.

Murchison Falls National Park is situated 305km from Kampala in the west of Uganda. It is about 4.5 hours from Kampala.
The Park comprises of itself, Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife reserves. This is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverside forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, Chimpanzees, and many bird species including the rare shoebill stork.

Stay at the beautiful Paraa Safari Lodge with its large swim up bar pool overlooking the Nile.

DAY 1

Morning pick up from your overnight accommodation in Kampala. Start 4-5 hour drive to Murchison falls National Park. Transfer to the magnificent top of the falls where you will enjoy your picnic lunch as you marvel at the mighty Nile forced into a seven metre crevice to thunder 45 metres below in a series of cascades. The Nile can be viewed at different points up to the Baker’s Summit. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan: (L,D)

DAY 2

After an early morning breakfast, embark on a half day game drive on the northern bank of the river Nile. Escorted by game ranger, you may opt for a game walk while trailing animals and studying animal spoors. Game in this area include Giraffe, Elephant, Hart beast, Lion, Uganda Kob, Oribi and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. After lunch, take a Nile cruise for game viewing at close quarters. This is a paradise of the Hippo and Crocodiles the boat takes you to the bottom of the falls. Dinner and Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan: (B,L,D)

DAY 3

Leave for Kampala through Masindi.

Price includes;

  • Meals indicated on programme.
  • Experienced driver/guide.
  • Accommodation as per programme.
  • Park fees for the various parks and activities.
  • Transport on tour as well as hotel transfers.
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme.

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0113

DAY 1

Transfer from Kampala to Fort portal.
We leave after Breakfast to take the journey from Kampala to the West of Uganda through Mubende; Lunch en-route. The route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations. Arriving at Fort Portal, we’ll travel on to Rwenzori Travellers Inn or Mantana Camp for overnight and dinner. Full board.

DAY 2

Chimp tracking, primate viewing, Bigodi swamp excursion.
After breakfast, set off to Kibale Forest in search of its families of habituated chimpanzees. This dense tropical forest is home to an astonishing 12 species of primates and provides one of the highest primate densities in the world. While on our guided forest walk you’ll find families of chimps and red Colobus monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. After lunch go to Bigodi swamp walk for birding in search of more primate species, and more spectacular – the rear wetland sitatunga and the Shoebill.

DAY 3

Forest walk, return to Kampala through Mubende.
After Breakfast, we will take a brief forest nature walk before we leave for our return journey to Kampala. Reach Kampala at your hotel in the early evening.

Price includes;

  • Meals indicated on programme.
  • Experienced driver/guide.
  • Accommodation as per programme.
  • Park fees for the various parks and activities.
  • Transport on tour as well as hotel transfers.
  • Entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme.

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0112

Queen Elizabeth National Park has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for humanity under UNESCO auspice. The park together with Kyambura and Kigezi Wildlife reserve form one of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. It is situated in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and covers 1,978sq.km from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows savannah and swamps.

It is the home of the famous tree climbing lions as well as the Uganda kob, other antelope species, Topi, hyenas, crocodiles, waterbucks, elephants, baboons, hippos, buffaloes, and 10 primate species including chimpanzees and many more. Over 500 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers. The bird species includes the black bee-eater, 11 types of king fisher, and several species of falcons, eagles and the raptors and many more. In the crater lakes to the north, flocks of flamingoes can be found. A favorite way to view the game is by launching  trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward.

DAY 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive early morning towards the west from Kampala and have a stopover at the equator for photographs, Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. A game drive en route may be rewarded with views of Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. After lunch, go sightseeing in the crater region – it is a marvel. Visit the Katwe Salt works for a glimpse into traditional salt mining. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Budget Institute of ecology.

Meal Plan: (B,L,D)

DAY 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park

An early morning game drive in this park, provide excellent opportunities to see Lions, Leopards, Giant Forest Hogs, Cape Buffaloes, Elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Topi and Bush bucks and many more. After lunch, Enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari .The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge / Budget Institute of ecology.
Meal Plan: (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Kyambura Gorge – Kampala

After a very early breakfast, head for the Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee tracking and a variety of primates. Return to Kampala after the tracking. Lunch en route and arrive in the city late evening.
Note that Chimpanzee tracking is an optional activity and in case you need it an extra 50 USD should be paid in addition to the actual cost.

~~End of this Uganda safari~~

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0110

4 DAYS BWINDI GORILLA TOUR AND WILDLIFE SAFARI IN LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK -MAE 0109

Day 1: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park

After Breakfast, you will be picked up from your Hotel at 0700 hrs by your safari guide and depart by road to Lake Mburo National Park (the drive will take approximately 3-4 hours). You will have a stopover to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand at the Equator for a photographic opportunity and also listen to some few interesting facts. We will continue to Lake Mburo National Park, which is an extension of the Tanzanian plains with a variety of attractions; it is dominated by extensive wetlands, rolling grassy hills, seasonal and permanent swamps, wooden savannah, and forests, which harbor  a variety of plants and animal species. Dinner and Overnight Mantana tented camp.

Meal Plan: (B,L,D)

Day 2: Lake Mburo – Bwindi Gorilla Forest

After early breakfast we shall drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the mountain gorillas! We shall arrive in Bwindi to have a late lunch.
Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Mantana Tented Camp.

Meal Plan: (B,L,D)

Day 3: Bwindi – Gorilla Tracking

Wake up early morning for breakfast to before the gorilla tracking at 8:00 am. A reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes, as this trek can take long hours of walking depending on their movement that day. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences. It’s amazing to listen to them grumble at each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback as well as watching them interact and play. Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Mantana Tented camp.

Meal Plan: (B,L,D)

Day 4: Return Trip to Kampala

After a morning breakfast, we will drive back to Kampala stopping en route for lunch arriving in the evening. On arrival in Kampala, your safari guide will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at Imperial Botanical Hotel in Entebbe.

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0109

3 DAYS GORILLA TRACKING SAFARI TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, SOUTH WESTERN UGANDA -MAE 0108

This Uganda Gorilla Safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for mountain gorilla tracking. Bwindi National Park is located in the South Western Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley. The park is home to over 350 endangered Mountain Gorillas which are quite possibly the most awe-inspiring animals to be found in Africa. There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. Gorilla trekking is the major tourist activity in Bwindi with four groups currently available daily to tourists interested in mountain gorilla tracking. The tour groups include Mubare gorilla group (10 gorillas; 1 silverback gorilla) which was opened for tourism in 1993, Habinyanja gorilla group (18 gorillas, 2 silver back gorillas) was ready in July 1998. Rusheguru group (10 members, 1silver back gorilla) was opened in July 2002 while Nkuringo gorilla group (19 gorillas, 2 silver back gorillas) was opened for tourism in April 2004. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi can be challenging therefore ensure physical fitness. It starts at 8:30a.m. Local time and can last from a few hours to a full day depending on the movement of these giant apes.

Day 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth Safari Park
You will depart from Kampala at 8:00am and head towards western Uganda for Queen Elizabeth National Park located in the foothills of the Mountains of the moon, one of the great mountain ranges of the world in Western Uganda. As you continue to the park you may see different animals and birds given that the park has got about 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana Lodge.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Safari in Kyambura Gorge
Take an early excursion to Kyambura Gorge to track the fast moving and elusive chimpanzees. Though seeing these mobile chimpanzees is unpredictable the walk is wonderful given the different features of the forest. Alternatively visit the Maramagambo Forest where you will see the bat cave, the blue lake and several primates. In the afternoon take a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The channel is blessed with many hippos, solitary buffaloes, and a vast array of birds. Evening game drive in the park. Dinner and Overnight at Mweya safari Lodge /Jacana Lodge.

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Gorilla Forest
Early Start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing either via Ishasha, well known for the tree climbing lion, or through an alternative route that passes through cultivated expanses. After lunch, go for a nature walk or a community visit. Overnight at Lake Kitandara luxury tents/ Buhoma Community bandas.

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Wake up early in the morning and have an early breakfast, then proceed to the park headquarters for briefing by the guides. You will then set off for your Gorilla tracking activity in the forests of Bwindi. Gorilla tracking can be strenuous, you will need to carry packed lunch, drinking water, wear comfortable boots or jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes, put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds and take a rain jacket. Walking sticks will be made available for those that require one by the park rangers. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kitandara luxury camp/Buhoma community bandas.

DAY 5: Drive Back to Kampala
This is the last day of this Uganda Gorilla Safari. After an early breakfast at the safari lodge, depart for Kampala. Lunch en route. Reaching Kampala by evening, our safari guide will drop you to your favourite safari lodge within Kampala or Entebbe.

~~End Of Safari~~

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0108

DAY 1: KAMPALA – KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

After your breakfast at your Hotel in Kampala, our guide will pick you up and drive you westwards. This drive through one of the beautiful countryside of Uganda will expose you to plenty of fresh vegetable and fruit markets, coffee plantation, and indigenous cattle grazing. Meet and greet Fort Portal which lies in the shadow of the enchanted “Mountains of the Moon”. On arrival you will have lunch at Ndali lodge or Luxury Mantana Tented camps/ Rwenzori View guest house/ Kanyankyu depending on where you will be staying. Then take a visit to the crater regions of the park. Return to the lodge and wait for dinner and overnight at the park.

DAY 2: CHIMPANZE TRACKING TOUR

Wake up very early in the morning, take breakfast and report to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where chimpanzee tracking in the park begins from. Set out in the forest in search for man’s closest animal brothers the endangered chimpanzees.Here the chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but it is not a guarantee and this might take you around 3 – 5 hours. Other primates in this forest that you will encounter are the threatened Red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys, the red tailed monkeys, Blue monkey, Grey Cheeked mangabeys, vervet and many others not leaving out butterflies. After, you will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, a visit to Bigodi swamp eco-tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: WILDLIFE TOUR – QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK

Wake up very early in the morning for breakfast and then later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drive along the Ruwenzori ranges and Savanna grasslands you will arrive at Queen Elizabeth National park in the mid morning. A game drive en route will expose you to a wide range of animals including; antelopes, elephants, buffaloes, Hyenas, bushbucks, the comical warthogs, the elusive leopards and if you are lucky the lions plus a wide range of bird species. Have lunch at the lodge and then take a visit to the crater lakes region for sightseeing. Then go to Katwe salts mines one of the Crater Lake in the park so see how salt is traditionally mined in the park. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / Institute of Ecology.

DAY 4: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Very early in the morning after a cup of coffee, you will be picked up from the lodge to go for an early morning game drive in the Mweya peninsular in search for animals. You will encounter Kobs, Hyenas, Giant forest hog, Bush bucks, Oribi, Waterbucks, Elephant, if you are lucky Lions, Buffalos, the African Rock Python, warthogs and many other animals that the park inhabits. After, you will be taken back to the lodge for mid morning breakfast then you will relax as you wait for lunch. In the afternoon after lunch, you will go for the launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. Along this canal is schools of hippos, herds of Buffalos, Crocodiles close to the waterside and if you are lucky the rare Leopard prowling. Whilst on the launch cruise you will also see a wide range of bird species both migrants and residents like pelicans, the African Jacana, fish eagles, the grey heron, if you are lucky the legendary Shoebill, and many others. Then after get back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: ISHASHA SECTOR / MARAMAGAMBO – BWINDI NATIONAL PARK

This morning, you will proceed to Bwindi via Maramagambo and Ishasha sector. As you drive, animals such as the waterbucks, elephant, antelopes, buffalo, kobs, can be seen along the road. Have lunch and relax around. You can move around to visit the communities around Bwindi as you wait for dinner and overnight at the luxurious Gorilla Resort Camp set deep in the rain forest/ Buhoma community banda.

DAY 6: GORILLA TRACKING TOUR IN BWINDI FOREST

After breakfast, you will go for gorilla tracking at Buhoma centre. Tracking in Bwindi needs fitness and the time taken to track the gorillas is unpredictable. The rangers will brief you then you trek through steep densely forested hills in search for these gentle giants camouflaged in the vegetation. A stirring moment! Return to The lodge for dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort Camp set deep in the rain forest / Buhoma community bandas.

DAY 7: LAKE MBURO WILDLIFE SAFARI

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park and enter the Park through the Nshara Gate. The afternoon game drive will take you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the “Kigambara Loop” offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you can find herds of zebra, cape buffalo and eland, and oribi and topi are easy to approach. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo and self-guided nature trails. Bird watchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced Lapwings, Carruther’s Cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-away bird. You will return for dinner and first class service at the Mantana tented camps / Rwonyo camp or Agip Motel.

DAY 8: MPIGI ROYAL DRUMS – KAMPALA

Take breakfast and drive to Kampala. Along the road you will take a stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Here you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using different methods in reference to the different generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs and you will arrive in Kampala before lunch.

The price includes;

  • Park entry fees.
  • Full board accommodation.
  • Ground transportation in a 4×4 vehicle each client with a window seat.
  • Gorilla tracking.
  • Chimpanzee tracking.
  • The launch cruise along the river Nile.
  • Game drives.
  • Nature walks in Bigodi swamp.
  • Services of a full time driver guide with all his associated expenses.
  • Fuel costs.

Excluded are;

  • Laundry fees.
  • Drinks.
  • Tips and any other personal expenses that are not included in the above list.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Tour tariffs are established on all prevailing rates and costs of exchange at the time of the transfer, any important changes beyond our expectations will be immediately communicated to our esteemed clients.
  • We also reserve the rights to alter any arrangements due to local conditions. We also retain the right to cease any one from participating or continuing any tour if that person causes or is reckoned to cause peril or trouble to other clients and to our environment and ecosystems.
  • Clients are advised to carry bigger notes of dollars like USD 50 and above because smaller bills call for a lower exchange rate and are not acceptable when making payments in some places. Dollars below series 2000 are not acceptable when paying balance. The same applies to dirty dollars.

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0107

Day 1

After breakfast leave Kampala cross the equator, driving through Masaka stopping in Mbarara for lunch. Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, check-in at Mweya Safari Lodge for your overnight stay. In the afternoon, set out on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel connecting Lakes Edward and George. Here we will be greeted to an amazing display of abundant bird-life around Mweya, more than 600 bird species have been recorded and what is thought to be the highest concentration of hippos in the entire African continent. We will then return to our hotel for some chilled soft drinks and dinner. Full board.

Day 2

We set out early in the morning after breakfast and go on a game drive in search of lions, elephants, buffaloes etc. We visit the Kasenyi sector famous for its solitary buffaloes. We have an high chance of viewing just about every animal here at very close range. We return for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon, we set out to visit the Baboon cliff and the crater lakes north of the park. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight rest. . Full board.

Day 3

We set off early in the morning and head to the Kyambura wildlife reserve. Here we will be able to track the chimpanzee in the tropical rain forest. We hike into the Kyambura river gorge as we search for the chimps. The beautiful river valley is home to many species of birds and butterflies. Thereafter drive through Masaka up to Entebbe Airport for your flight out.

*Price includes meals indicated on programme, experienced driver/guide, accommodation as per programme, park fees for the various parks and activities, transport on tour as well as hotel transfers, entrance fees for tours mentioned in the programme

Use reservation code & contact us to make reservation of the above – MAE 0106


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