6 Days Uganda safari trip

From closed canopy mountain rain-forest to classic East African open Savannah and from huge lakes and wetlands to semi-desert habitats, Uganda’s diverse habitats make for a fantastically varied range of national parks, reserves and conservancies with an array of wildlife to match. Which other African countries can boast gorillas, chimps, elephants, lions and hippos? Not all parks are easily accessible and some of Uganda’s parks are far better developed than others in terms of infrastructure and conservation programs – but with good reason. These prioritized parks are fast on track to regaining their former glory as some of Africa’s most wildlife-prolific and exciting conservation areas.

2018 December 31st costs

STANDARD
TypeStart datePrice p.p.
1 personany dateUSD $ 3100
2 personany dateUSD $ 1800
3 personany dateUSD $ 1450
4 personany dateUSD $ 1270
5 personany dateUSD $ 1145
6 personany dateUSD $ 1065
Single Supplement adds
USD $140
LUXURY
TypeStart datePrice p.p.
2 personany dateUSD $ 2720
3 personany dateUSD $ 2415
4 personany dateUSD $ 2265
Single Supplement adds
USD $340

Day 1: KAMPALA – BWINDI FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Meet and greet on arrival at the airport and take an early lunch at Lake Victoria Hotel. We then drive to Lake Mburo National Park passing through papyrus swamps close to Lake Victoria and tracts of tropical rain forest and the rolling plains of Ankole cattle country. Lake Mburo National Park is a small park, excellent for birding, antelope and other grazers, one of the only places to easily see Impala and zebra in Uganda. Game drives offer particularly picturesque game viewing with the Parkʹs mixture of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills. Herds of impala (found nowhere else in Uganda), buffalo and zebra, plus waterbuck and eland are amongst the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Parkʹs 310 recorded water and dry land species. In this valley we can operate night drives and walks. This is the only park where we will see Impala and Burchellʹs Zebra. It is an excellent place for walking and exploring a nearby Khopji to perhaps see Klipspringer. Game drive to the lodge.

Driving time: ± 4 hours
Luxury Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Eagles Nest
Meal Plan: Lunch, Diner

Day 2: DRIVE TO BWINDI FOREST NATIONAL PARK

This morning we explore the park with a short games drive, and then continue southwest into the area known as The Switzerland of East Africa; the road is sealed for half the drive, turning into an all weather dirt road. The route passes through areas of breathtaking scenery, high hills and low valleys that are for the most part cultivated. We arrive at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, famous for gorilla trekking and now a World Heritage Site.

It is always best to hear from other visitors, and this is Janet and Sarah’s story: “At a distance of about fifteen feet a mountain gorilla with her baby appears. She comes out of the bushes, looks at me and lies down. My presence does not seem to bother her. She just wants to rest, whether I am there or not. I can almost touch her. My heart dances with joy. I am in a good position to take pictures, so I let my camera do its work. It is the thrill of a lifetime. I cannot but agree with the American zoologist George Schaller, the first to study gorillas in the Virunga volcanoes, who once said: ‘No one who looks into the eyes of a gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.”

Driving time: ± 4 hours
Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Bwindi View Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 3: GORILLA TRACKING DAY

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. We then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park Ishasha sector where we will spend most of our afternoon having a game drive searching for tree climbing lions and other animal species such as elephants, buffalos, antelopes.where we arrive later in the evening.

Driving time: ± 4 hours
Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Bwindi View Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 4: GORILLA TRACKING DAY

We then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park Ishasha sector where we will spend most of our afternoon having a game drive searching for tree climbing lions and other animal species such as elephants, buffalos, antelopes.where we arrive later in the evening.

Driving time: ± 2h30 hours
Luxury Accommodation: Wilderness Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Savannah Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 5: MORNING GAME DRIVE AND TRANSFER TO MWEYA

After breakfast take a short drive to savannah plains and start searching for the wildlife that is plentful in Ishasha among the key species elephants, tree lions, leopards, buffaloes, antelopes and hippos. 11:00am we will transfer to Mweya where you shall have a lovely hot meal before you headout on a boat ride on the Kazinga channel.

Driving time: ± 2 hours
Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Bush Lodge Meal Plan:
Breakfast, Lunch, Diner

Day 6: MORNING GAME AND DEPART TO KAMPALA

6:30 AM we head out for a game drive and return for breakfast, pack, and head back to Kampala. Enroute we will stop in Mbarara where you will have lunch and the next stop the equator then to Kampala or Entebbe.

Included in the price for this trip

  • * Guides
  • * Vehicle
  • * Fuel
  • * English speaking driver
  • * Park entrance
  • * Gorilla permit
  • * Game drives
  • * Boat trip
  • * Chimp walk
  • * Swamp walk
  • * Accommodation
  • * Meals
  • * Bottled water
  • * Rangers in the parks

Not included in the price for this trip

  • * Drinks
  • * Tips
  • * Porters
  • * Laundry services
  • * Gorilla permit (we organise it for you)
  • * All activities in Kisoro
  • * Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
  • * Any other personal interests
  • * The first and last night in Uganda

Permits In Rwanda: USD $750 In Mgahinga: USD$600 In Buhoma Bwindi: USD $600 In South Bwindi: USD $600 In Congo: Currently not possible

Transport

4WD Toyota Land Cruiser (1-4 pers.) 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Extended (4-6 pers.) 4WD Toyota Hiace (7-8 pers.) The cars are well maintained and our drivers are experienced and English speaking Ugandans. If necessary we can also hire other vehicles.