8 Days Uganda Group Safari Highlight

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Overview:

The 8 Days Uganda safari is one of the interesting safari tours that one can have in Uganda. Customized to the travelers’ interests, the encounter takes you through the memorable white Rhino tracking in Ziwa Sanctuary, game viewing, Nile launch cruise and hike to the top of the world’s powerful water falls – the Murchison Falls in Murchison Falls National Park, chimpanzee trekking in the primate capital of the world, eco-encounters in Bigodi wetland, game reviewing including tree climbing lions and a trilling boat cruise the 45km long Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the most treasured safari activity in Africa – mountain gorilla trekking in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dibbed the Impenetrable, recreational boat encounters on Lake Bunyonyi known as the lake of a thousand islands and the amazing photo shoots and amazing water experiments at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe.

Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park, visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route & top of the falls on arrival.

Day 2: Game drive & an afternoon Nile launch cruise

Day 3: Transfer to Hoima & visit Mpalo Royal Tombs

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do an afternoon chimpanzee trekking

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, do game drive, afternoon Kazinga channel launch cruise & evening game drive

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions.

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, do an evening boat cruise & relaxation

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala, traditional lunch at Igongo cultural center & Uganda Equator stop at Kayabwe.

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park, visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route & top of the falls on arrival.

Leave Kampala after breakfast as early as 6:00am from your place of stay and head to the north of Uganda accompanied by the company guide. The journey is 311km about 5 hours’ drive to Murchison Falls National Park passing through the flat Nakasongora landscapes before diverting at Nakitoma from the main road 115 Km from Kampala to drive further for extra 7 Km to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will spend some time tracking the magnificent white Rhinos which only exist at this place in Uganda after which you will proceed to Masindi for Lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue on the drive to Murchison Falls National Park and upon arrival, you will hike the top of the falls to take time gaze at the splendid powerful waterfalls and listening to its roaring sound as it squeezes itself through the 8m ravine before falling 43m below the devils cauldron forming a plume of spray with a trade mark rainbow – the greatest feature to have ever happened on the course of the Nile River which happens to be the longest river in the world.  Check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Game drive & an afternoon Nile launch cruise

Wake up very early for a cup of coffee and then head to the Park for the game drive. The possible sights of various wildlife including; elephants, buffalo, Jackson hartebeest, Kobs, lion, leopard, giraffe among other wildlife will leave you with a taste of African savannah wilderness. The activity takes 3 – 4 hours after which you will return to the Paraa ferry crossing at 11:00am to go back to your lodge for relaxation and memory sharing. After your stimulating lunch, gather at the Paraa for an after boat cruise on the Nile at 02:00pm. This boat trip has got captains and guides who have cruised on this waters for years and will be glad to share with every piece of information that you would wish to gather on this trip including any bird species and wildlife both aquatic and land that might present its self. The shoebill stork can be luckily seen on this boat while the great sights of Nile crocodiles – the second largest reptile in the world and the Hippos would make up your trip up to the base of the falls. The boat takes 3 hours after which you will have marked the end of your day’s adventures.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 3: Transfer to Hoima & visit Mpalo Royal Tombs

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Hoima where you will visit the Mpalo Royal Tombs to encounter historical Kings of Bunyoro like King (Omukama) Kabalega who is famously known for resisting against the British rule in Bunyoro. Have an afternoon relaxation at the lodge.

Accommodation: Kontik Hotel.

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do an afternoon chimpanzee trekking

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kibale national Park about 5 hours’ drive on a bumpy road. You will arrive in time for lunch after which you will gather at Kanyanchu tourism center for briefing at 2pm from the park rangers about the Chimp trekking conduct. Set off to this forest of Kibale after the short briefing in quest of Chimpanzees. The 2 – 5 hour trek will expose you amazing tree species and wildlife including other 12 species of primates like Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, Red tailed monkeys and olive baboons. The sights of Birds cannot be avoided while their songs will offer you natural entertainment through the jungle. You will marvel at the Chimpanzees as the roll themselves on tree branches, munch fruits and make their pant – hooting calls. Retire in the evening for relation at the lodge.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Standard/Midrange) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, do game drive, afternoon Kazinga channel launch cruise & evening game drive

After your early morning breakfast you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park-    a trip that may take you approximately 3 hours. Upon arrival, you will do a simple game drive across the parks savannah landscapes exploring its range of wildlife some of which include elephants, lions, a range of antelopes before retiring at Mweya for lunch. After lunch, you will gather at Mweya for a recreational afternoon launch cruise leaving at 03:00pm taking 2 hours exploring the magical offerings of Kazinga Channel including the sights of water birds and wild game drinking on the channel side, the Nile crocodile and the Hippos. The 45m channel that stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward has tranquil waters that always give pleasure and psychological satisfaction to any traveller on Uganda safaris. Retire from the boat at 5 pm for another game drive as you transfer to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Kazinga Channel View Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to the gorilla trekking haven of Bwindi. You will pass through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and do simple game drive in search of the unique tree climbing lions that tend to rest on fig tree branches during day time – something that you can only find in Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha sector – Uganda and Lake Manyara National Park in southern Tanzania. Proceed with the journey, have lunch en route and arrive in Bwindi in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) / Nshongi Gorilla Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, do an evening boat cruise & relaxation

It is this long waited date when you will come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas that only exist in Bwindi and Virunga Volcanoes. You will wake up early for a heavy breakfast before gathering at the Park headquarters for briefing at 08:00 about the conduct of gorilla trekking. You will head to the forest after briefing in search of these apes and though the trek is a bit challenging, it is one of those activities that you will never forget to have done in Uganda. The 2 – 8 hours activity involves hiking up the hills, descending down the valleys, walking through swamps and maneuvering the way through thickets which have formed the background of this Impenetrable forest before coming in direct contact with gorillas. The one full hour is at your disposal to maximize your experience with gorillas as you them forage, play, socialize and also gaze at you in a sign of welcoming and saying good bye. The opportunity to take as many photos as you can is availed to you while asking questions to your guide about these apes is up to your discretion. The experience is rewarding and worth undertaking. Your picnic lunch will take you through the activity after which you will descend to the starting point and embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 48km passing through the scenic landscapes of Kigezi highlands.  Upon arrival, do a recreational evening boat cruise exploring the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the lake of a thousand hills because of its 29 islands amidst the scenic Kigezi highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi (Midrange/Standard) / Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget / Basic).

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala, traditional lunch at Igongo cultural center & Uganda Equator stop at Kayabwe.

After your breakfast, embark on the journey back to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. The drive will expose you to country side sceneries and economic activities that have sustained the lives of the local communities for centuries past among which include extensive Banana plantation and cattle keeping. You will make a stop for lunch at Igongo cultural center 12km past Mbarara. After this encounter, you will continue on the drive to Kampala. Another stop will be made at the Equator crossing Kayabwe 77km to Kampala for photo shoots and water experiments that justify the geographical divide between the northern and southern hemispheres if time permits. You will arrive in Kampala in the evening and connect to Entebbe Airport for check in & departure.

End of safari:

REF: PUST G1 – 3 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE SAFARI TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP

BUDGET
3 PAX USD 627
4 PAX USD 519
5 PAX USD 495
6 PAX USD 471

 

MIDRANGE
3 PAX USD 746
4 PAX USD 598
5 PAX USD 591
6 PAX USD 546

 

LUXURY
3 PAX USD 954
4 PAX USD 831
5 PAX USD 811
6 PAX USD 799
Safari Start Dates:     
Month

Date

February

15th

March

25th

April

27th

June

6th

July

14th

August

21st

October

15th

November

13th

December

13th

Terms and Conditions

We offer set departure dates for the above scheduled programs LEAVING FROM KAMPALA ON THE SPECIFIC DATES MENTIONED.These are fixed for groups who would like to join other people traveling on these tours.

Where gorilla tracking is involved, this will depend on the availability of gorilla permits at the time of booking. Because of the scarcity of gorilla permits, our programs have been standardized to allow tracking in either Bwindi or Mgahinga parks or Rwanda – De Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. However tracking Rwanda (Park Volcanoes) this will need a top up of permits, visa entry, accommodation and border crossing fees.

Clients to track in Rwanda staying in upmarket/Medium facilities will top USD 395 and client staying budget facility will be toping up USD 285.

Safaris cutting accross x-mas and end of year dates will be subjected to supplements.

Clients are advised to book early to avoid disappointments (see our other booking policy terms )

Tour minimum numbers of people are 2 – 6 people. Each person will be communicated the standing number of persons to join and how many are confirmed for the trip. A refund or top up will be paid where the number exceeds other than communicated. Big groups will be communicated special rates on request

Clients on working visits in the country stand to exploit this chance for our affordable tours and safaris.

Accommodation

In terms of accommodation the price quote given is based on the Midium rate and budget options rate accommodation facilities. The budget type of accommodation is in rest camps or bandas- which are African small medium houses separate from each other and may not necessarily be self contained, while in other cases it will be in hostels like at Queen Elizabeth National Park or in budget hotels. In most cases these are simple accommodation units but with clean facilities. Meals can either be served from canteens in some cases or in the Dinning rooms.

In the Medium option rates, accommodation is in self-contained facilities (cottages, hotels, lodges or tented camps) with standard en-suit rooms and offer meals of international standard cuisine. For Luxury and Upmarket accommodation facilities can send special request.

Included in the Cost

The costs given above include accommodation and meals on full board basis while on safari, 1 gorilla permit and 1 or 2 chimp tracking permits per person where mentioned, 1 boat cruise on River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park and another launch cruise on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National park also where mentioned, game drives and park entrance fees plus bottled water through out the safari transits.

Cost Excludes

The cost excludes airport transfers and accommodation in Kampala. However, airport transfers and accommodation while in Kampala (before and after the safari) can be arranged for you on request. The cost also does not cover drinks, souvenirs, tips, and all other expenses of personal nature. Our trips usually begin at 8.00am from Sheraron or we can pick you at your hotel and end in Kampala. However, pick up from any other place can be arranged on request.

Deposit.

A total of 30% will be deposited or at least costs to pay for gorilla permit fees to confirm the safari .The Balance will be paid 3o days to safari date. Payments will be done by sending funds by Telegraphic Transfer (wire transfer ) method to our bank Account details communicated upon confirmation.

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