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13-Day Premier Uganda Safari Retreat

This luxury safari will take you to some of Uganda's most spectacular highlights: safaris on the savannah, chimpanzees in tropical forest, hippo viewing from the boat and, of course, the rare mountain gorillas . Plus, in Lake Mburo N.P. you can take a bush walk or even a horseback safari. And after each day of intense activity and sightseeing, you will rest in some of the best lodges in the country!

per adult from

$14,942

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Duration

13 days

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  • What's included :
    • 13x Breakfast
    • 12x Dinner
    • 13x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 12 nights
    • 1 gorilla permit per person (value: US$700)
    • All activities described in the itinerary
    • Chimp permit $200
    • Fueled Safari Landcruiser
    • Prices based on Twin rooms Sharing
    • Entry/Admission - Uganda Equator
    What's excluded :
    • All expenses of personal nature
    • A porter during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your backpack)
    • International air fares and entry visa to Uganda
    • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
    • Government tax or park fees increase
    • Entry/Admission - Rhino Fund Uganda ( Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary)
    • Entry/Admission - Budongo Forest
    • Entry/Admission - Murchison Falls
    • Entry/Admission - Kibale National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Kyambura Game Reserve (Kyambura Gorge)
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Mburo National Park

  • Day 1: Karibu ( Welcome to) Uganda! Entebbe Airport

    Stop At: Kampala, Kampala, Central Region
    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. You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Cassia Lodge

    Day 2: Road Trip To Murchison Falls national park

    Stop At: Murchison Falls National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Western Region
    The journey today goes from Kampala - across Uganda – to Murchison Falls National Park.
    Covering an area of over 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls. The Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the
    spectacular Murchison Falls the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species. Your accommodation for the coming two nights is at Murchison River Lodge. The lodge has been carefully and sensitively built on the edge of the mighty River Nile overlooking pods of hippos and Uganda’s stunning Murchison Falls National Park. There is a swimming pool overlooking the river.

    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Rhino Fund Uganda ( Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary), Gulu Highway Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Nakitoma Uganda
    Optional activity: Rhino Tracking – Possible on day 2
    At the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you will go – together with an experienced ranger for a safari hike to the rhinos. You will see the rhinos in a very close range!
    Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program, as well as work to educate communities on endangered rhinos.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Baker's Lodge

    Day 3: Early Morning Game Drive and Afternoon boat cruise

    Stop At: Murchison Falls National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Western Region
    You will need to rise for breakfast and an early start on your game drive while the animals are the most active. A drive through the park brings you eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there! Covering an area of 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park's name derives from its famous waterfall; the mighty Murchison Falls! In the afternoon you will make a private boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approaches you with a thunderous sound. Upon arriving at the base of the falls you will have the option (not inclusive) of taking a tough hike (about 50 minutes) to the top, from where you have a perfect view of the impressive falls.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Budongo Forest, Northwest of Kampala, Kampala Uganda
    Optional activity: Chimp tracking Budongo forest
    Budongo Forest is located in the southern part of Murchison Falls NP., and has the highest number of wild chimpanzees of Uganda. The habituated groups are located in Kaniyo Padibi, where you can go for chimpanzee tracking. Budongo Forest has an incredible biodiversity that – beside the chimpanzee – includes several other species like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys and Olive baboons
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Baker's Lodge

    Day 4: Down river Nile Private Safari towards lake Albert

    Stop At: Murchison Falls National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Western Region
    The Nile Delta is the area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. A boat safari down the river towards Lake Albert is a “must do” for every birdwatcher as the banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork. As well you will see hundreds of hippo and maybe even bathing elephant and huge crocs!
    * The delta Boat safari will be in a exclusive boat with a maximum of 12 persons
    In The afternoon you will make another game drive in the park. You can as well choose to relax from your lodge.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Paraa Masindi, Murchison Falls National Park Uganda
    Optional activity: Hot air balloon safari - Possible on day 4
    Discover Murchison Falls from the air! Sign up for this optional activity and enjoy to unique experience of flying over Murchison Falls NP in a hot air balloon. You will have the most amazing views over the river Nile, Lake Albert, the great Murchison Falls and of course this is thé best way to spot lots and lots of animals. You will start early morning, so you will see the sun rise over the park. After your balloon safari you will have a bush breakfast in the park
    (inclusive).


    Duration: 5 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Baker's Lodge

    Day 5: Drive To Fort Portal & Kibale Forest National Park

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kibale National Park, Western Region
    Drive To Fort Portal & Kibale Forest National Park
    After an early breakfast, you will pick up your packed lunch and exit the park to the south. The drive is long, but 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!
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge

    Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Kibale National Park, Western Region
    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!


    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Kibale National Park, Uganda
    Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation tracking: Opt to 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 enounter 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.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge

    Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National .Park.

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. 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. 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.
    In the afternoon, you will take a private 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 water 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.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, Luxury tent

    Day 8: Game drive - To ishasha (Tree climbing lions)

    Stop At: Ishasha, Uganda
    This morning 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.
    Instead of this activity you can as well choose to do one of the optional activities listed below.
    After breakfast you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to an area called Ishasha. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive. You will stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a very luxurious lodge with wonderful views over the savannah and a river packed with hippos! Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area beside the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing a hot water 'bush' shower and a flushing eco-friendly toilet.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    Optional activity: Lion Tracking - possible on day 8
    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 exotic birds and mammals that fill 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.
    The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. 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 lasts 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.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Kyambura Game Reserve (Kyambura Gorge), Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
    Optional activity: Chimp tracking Kyambura Gorge - possible on day 8
    The spectacular Kyambura Gorge, also called the “Valley of Apes”, is located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda. Enter into the Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical Rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing. You can make a wonderful hike here looking for chimpanzees. Chances of seeing chimps are 50% and that is why we rather call it a nature walk. Don’t miss it; the gorge is simply amazing!
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp

    Day 9: Additional Game Drives in Ishasha Sector

    Stop At: Ishasha, Uganda
    Tree climbing lions Ishasha
    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. Today, you can discuss with your guide how many game drives you wish to make.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp

    Day 10: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region
    After breakfast, you will game drive on your way out of the park for a last chance at spotting those tree-climbing lions. Lunch will be provided at the lodge in 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 treetops. 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.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No Premium Drinks
    • Dinner: No Premium Drinks
    Accommodation included: Bwindi Lodge

    Day 11: Gorilla Trekking

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region
    Today is the big 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 boosts 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’
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drinks
    • Dinner: No premium drinks

    Accommodation included: Overnight at Bwindi Lodge

    Day 12: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Western Region
    After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife - not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Last but not least: The Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to lake Mburo (1st July 2015)! Mihingo Lodge features ten rooms built on wooden platforms with stilts. From the dining and pool area, you can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park
    Duration: 7 hours

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara Uganda
    Optional activity: Night game drive
    A night game drive in Lake Mburo national park is absolutely great! You have chances of seeing Hyena, different nocturnal animals and it’s probably your best chance to spot a leopard. Your night safari is either just before dinner or just after dinner and takes about 2 hours
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drinks
    • Dinner: No premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mihingo Lodge

    Day 13: Bush walk, Equator - Airport Transfer

    Stop At: Uganda Equator, Masaka Road, Kayabwe Uganda
    This morning you will go for a bush walk. Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger are permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.
    After brunch 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 program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara Uganda
    Optional activity: Mountain bike Safari
    It’s very exciting to make a safari by mountain bike. Get active and get close to zebra, gazelle, Eland and sometimes even giraffe!

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drinks
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Private residencesAirports
    • Entebbe Airport, Entebbe Uganda
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Safari Retreats Uganda

Activity ID: V-256596P10

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