14 Days Fort Night Uganda Safari with a day of Volunteering

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Overview of the 14 Days Fort Night Uganda Safari with a day of Volunteering

The 14 Days Fort Night Uganda Safari with a day of Volunteering features mostly the destinations of western Uganda and a day of Volunteering at the Christ Our Vision International Children Ministries in Kalagi Mukono. Adventure in Western Uganda features a perfect period that suites in the commonly given two weeks leave. The safari incorporates the wild game viewing, adventure, culture, primate tracking including gorillas and chimpanzees, culture and recreation. The Fort Night Uganda safari encounter starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport taking you to the destinations of Lake Mburo National Park with counts of Rothschild giraffes, Impala, Burchell’s Zebra elands, Topis among others, the tour to the Banyankole community well known for their impressive long horned cattle, Lake Bunyonyi known as the lake of a thousand Islands because of tits 29 islands, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a re-known mountain gorilla trekking safari destination, Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the most popular Uganda safari destination with four of the big five including tree climbing lions, the elephants, the Buffaloes, the leopards, aquatics like Hippos and Nile crocodiles, mountain hiking adventure to the Rwenzori Mountains known as the mountains of the moon, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park known as the primate capital of the world and eventually cycling adventure in the Mpanga Tea Estates. The day volunteering at the Orphanage which our company supports is a humanitarian cause that is worth undertaking in a life time.

Safari Highlight of the 14 Days Fort Night Uganda Safari with a day of Volunteering

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for impressive photo shoots and amazing water experiments. Upon arrival in the park, undertake an evening walking safari

Day 3: Undertake the cultural tour to the Banyankole community for the whole day. Learn into the culture and heritage of the pastoralist Bahima and the Bairu cultivators

Day 4: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, explore Igongo Cultural Museum en route 12km before Mbarara & after arriving at Lake Bunyonyi, undertake a canoe paddle in the evening mixing  up with the local fishermen and other people transferring to and from the Islands

Day 5: Undertake a whole day Island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening

Day 6: Undertake gorilla trekking in the Impenetrable Bwindi and settle for traditional Batwa / Bakiga performances in the evening

Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park & undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions and other wild game

Day 8: Undertake a morning game drive / viewing experience, Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon and then drive to Rwenzori area

Day 9: Undertake a whole day adventure hiking experience to the Rwenzori Mountains to explore the legendary mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m forming the highest point in Uganda and the third in Africa covered by snow.

Day 10: Visit the Rwenzori Art foundation – the Africa’s only bronze casting center, Ruboni Community craft village, transfer to Fort Portal Area to visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves and hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake field & then transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 11: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale Forest National Park and connect to Fort Portal to engage in the pet name giving ceremony of the Batooro or do a leisure walk in Fort Portal town or relax at the lodge

Day 12: Undertake cycling in Mpanga Tea Estate and then transfer to the Orphange at Kalagi – Mukono. Explore the Nakayima tree en route in Mubende.

Day 13:  Whole Day Volunteer work at Christ Our Vision International Children’s Ministry – the Company supported Orphanage

Day 14: Departure

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & transfer to the hotel

Arrive in Uganda following the flight from your respective country of origin. You land at Entebbe International Airport which is the main gateway to Uganda where you will find the company representative dedicated to offer you a courteous welcome. The amazing weather and brightening atmosphere on the shores of Lake Victoria give you a remarkable first impression of Uganda. After briefing about Uganda and the safari, you will connect to the respective hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic: Banda Inn

Day 2: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for impressive photo shoots and amazing water experiments. Upon arrival in the park, undertake an evening walking safari

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After breakfast embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park in the south west of Uganda departing your place of stay at 6:30am. The drive to Lake Mburo National Park is 240km about 3 – 4 hours’ drive and you will break this journey after driving only 77km from Kampala at the Equator crossing Kayabwe which is a re-known site for photography since most of the travellers prefer taking pictures with one leg in one hemisphere and the other leg in a different hemisphere. There are also geographical experiments that can be carried out for the keen geographers to demonstrate the geographical separation of the north and southern hemispheres. You retreat from this break and continue on the drive to Lake Mburo National Park. You will check in at the lodge and rest for lunch and simple relaxation. In the early evening, you embark on a thrilling game walking safari passing through the impressive savannah ecosystem with lots of Acacia. You enjoy beautiful views of the area including open stretching plains. The walk offers you an opportunity to explore the a range of wild game including; Rothschild giraffes, Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Topis, Warthogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, elands not forgetting acacia associated birds. Hiking the Kazuma hill offers you one of the magical scenic views in Uganda. Retreat from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Rwakobo Rock

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

Day 3: Undertake the cultural tour to the Banyankole community for the whole day. Learn into the culture and heritage of the pastoralist Bahima and the Bairu cultivators

Wake up 6am and connect to the Enyemebwa center to catch up with the herds men getting up to do the milking and their daily routine. You arrive and get the milking equipment including the tying rope and the milking pot to actively participate in the traditional hand milking of the Ankole long horned cattle, from milking you participate in sick animal treating, caring for cows like brushing their body using the locally made fiber brush (Enkuyo) and set out to graze in the wilderness. You enjoy the stimulating sounds that are made by the herds men as they set out to the grazing field and be mesmerized by the cows know how to align themselves forming a line headed by those that have special character of leading others. You retreat back and visit the traditional hut where you find the women churning milk in the churning gourd, from here the guide can take you to explore the crop bit of it exploring the extensive banana plantations where you learn about various banana types and their respective use participate in pruning and weeding using local methods and then participate in initial arrangements for traditional lunch.  You take  a break from that and rush to the well with red soil that is used for smearing the soil made water trough, smear the trough and fill it with water and  then wait for the cattle to come and water them accordingly. You can opt to have a bull slaughtered and grilled traditionally for you where you can also have it alongside the delicious local sauce that is made without fire called Eshabwe. Join the women as they clean milk pots and smoking them with the help of handmade of ceramic and specially chosen tree and grass Species, making crafts and calf pen arrangement. In the evening after the cows have settle in their Kraal, you attend to the traditional performances including citations, dancing and singing. It is a whole day encounter that allows you to gain a deep immersion of the local culture. Retire for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Rwakobo Rock

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

Day 4: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi, explore Igongo Cultural Museum en route 12km before Mbarara & after arriving at Lake Bunyonyi, undertake a canoe paddle in the evening mixing  up with the local fishermen and other people transferring to and from the Islands

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Embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 199km about 4 – 5 hours’ drive making a stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km before Mbarara town to visit the largest private Museum in Uganda featuring a range of artifacts of the tribes of south western Uganda. The sculpture and charts display a lot of history of the past and the well organize interpretation offered by the site guides make it thrilling to encounter. You proceed to Lake Bunyonyi arriving in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you embark on thrilling canoe paddle on the lake of a thousand Islands. The canoe paddling adventure gives a local touch of navigation and is an active activity yet recreational. You have the opportunity to crack stories with the local fisher men and the Islanders connecting to and from the Islands. Retire in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco – resort

Day 5: Undertake a whole day Island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening

After breakfast, embark on the Island hopping exploration visiting the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi.  You explore the Bucuranuka (Upside down) Island which is believed to have buried people alive after refusing to offer local brew to an old woman and she cursed the Island turn upside down burying its inhabitants. You also visit the Akampane (Punishment) Island where the girls with unwanted premarital pregnancies would be dumbed to die of hunger or as they as try to swim back the main land. There is also Bushara, Kyahugye and Njuyera Islands which can also be visited. The hopping experience exposes you to the local life of the Island communities including the process of brewing local beer. You retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands. Arrive in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco – resort

Day 6: Undertake gorilla trekking in the Impenetrable Bwindi and settle for traditional Batwa / Bakiga performances in the evening

This is a special day dedicated for the mountain gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park supports a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas which on global scale are given as critically endangered. Therefore, undertaking the gorilla trekking experience in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi is such a life time endeavor that will create lasting memories. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day. You are treated to the impressive bird songs and beautiful flowers through the experience. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming to you to the group. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching on your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so. Retreat from the activity and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening, you are treated to the thrilling traditional performances of the local tribal groups of the Bakiga and Batwa depending on their preference. Their dances and songs are thrilling and would definitely make your evening colorful.

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park & undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions and other wild game

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After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving through southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha well known for its tree climbing lions. The Ishasha sector presents a remarkable encounter with the unique tree climbing lions which are only existing in two spots in the whole world with Ishasha sector having the best viewing opportunities. You continue on the drive to the north of Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 8: Undertake a morning game drive / viewing experience, Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon and then drive to Rwenzori area

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive exploring the park’s rolling savannah landscapes dotted with counts of wild game including the big four of the big five like lions, leopards, buffaloes and elephants, antelope species like water bucks, Kobs, bushbucks among others, jackals among other wild game. The stretch to Kasenyi and the Mweya peninsular offers you the best of these. You settle for lunch at Mweya lodge after which you gather at the Mweya jetty to embark on a thrilling boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel. The cruise takes 2 hours with possibilities of encountering the aquatic species such as Nile Crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting other wild game that tends to congregate on the channel shores to consume water.  Retreat from the activity and drive to Kasese for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Day 9: Undertake a whole day adventure hiking experience to the Rwenzori Mountains to explore the legendary mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m forming the highest point in Uganda and the third in Africa covered by snow.

Gather at Nyakalengija park station early in the morning to embark on the whole day hike to the Rwenzori Mountains. The Rwenzori Mountain rises to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks despite its closeness to the world’s main latitude – the Equator. Encounter the world heritage site which is greatly known for its impressive flora other than fauna. The impressive giant lobelias and groundsels are lovely to encounter. The sights of the peaks can be viewed at a distance, the sights of glaciers flowing down the mountain is beautiful not forgetting the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the rift valley lakes of George and Edward and Kasese town below. You have lunch on the mountain and retreat in the evening around 5pm for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Day 10: Visit the Rwenzori Art foundation – the Africa’s only bronze casting center, Ruboni Community craft village, transfer to Fort Portal Area to visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves and hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake field & then transfer to Kibale National Park

After breakfast, tour the Rwenzori Art Foundation which apparently the only bronze casting center in the whole of Africa. Its gallery features impressive works of art where you can choose to get a memorabilia. The foundation also offers the opportunity to participate actively in the casting process. From the Art foundation, you proceed to visit the Ruboni Community craft village where you have an opportunity to participate in African craft making and also view a range of already made crafts. You drive to Fort Portal for lunch after which you embark on the tour the Amabere g’ Nnyinmwiru Caves and the Fort Portal Crater Lake field. You visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – the breast like features believed to have belonged to Nyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-enthroned King of the Bachwezi. She was denied the opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura as the father had been alerted that the child will take over his throne. The milk continues to flow out of Nyinamwiru’s breasts. Retreat from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 11: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking experience in Kibale Forest National Park and connect to Fort Portal to engage in the pet name giving ceremony of the Batooro or do a leisure walk in Fort Portal town or relax at the lodge

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Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 8am. The encounter commences with a briefing from the respective park rangers who will be your guides through the activity detailing the conduct of the exercise. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. The dense forests of Kibale comprise of lush flora with mature trees marked with huge buttress and climbers, impressive bird species including the African Pitta, Afep Pigeon, Green-breasted Pitta, White-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Crowned Eagle, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Western Nicator, Little Greenbul, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Brown-chested Alethe, African Grey Parrot, Brown Illadopsis, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Collared Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Black-eared Ground Thrush Little Green Bul and Abyssinian Ground-thrush among others. Apart from chimps, Kibale also supports other 12 Primate Species including the threatened red colobus with the highest population thriving in Kibale, the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush baby, olive baboon and potto which may be viewed  during the trek. Finally you approach the common chimpanzees which have been fully habituated and thus offering you an opportunity to draw closer to them and take pictures. Viewing them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating and making pant hooting calls may lure you into unforgettable excitement. You have hour availed to you to encounter these precious apes and you are free to take as many photos as you can. Retreat from the activity which tend to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your company safari guide and transfer to Fort Portal town. You spend an afternoon with the Batooro people who are the local inhabitants of the area and encounter their famous traditional ceremony called Empaako or giving the pet name. You have an opportunity to go through or watch the Batooro rituals as regards this event. You have yourself a pet name like Appuli, Akiiki, Araali, Amooti among others.  Alternatively you can opt to undertake Fort Portal town walk or relax at the lodge

Accommodation:

Midrange / Standard: Mountains of the moon Hotel

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 12: Undertake cycling in Mpanga Tea Estate and then transfer to the Orphange at Kalagi – Mukono. Explore the Nakayima tree en route in Mubende.

After breakfast, embark on the cycling in the Mpanga tea estates. The green tea plantation is spread over a beautiful undulating landscape with endless scenic views which makes it ideal to encounter on your mountain bikes. On your cycling, you encounter the estate staff plucking tea and you are free to participate in the exercise to gain the exact touch. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala 300km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You make a stop in Mubende to visit the Nakayima tree a heritage site of the Bachwezi demi gods. The tree is named Nakayima who was the wife of Ndahura the first Muchwezi ruler notably known for expanding the Chwezi Empire in the interacustrine region. Drive through Kampala for light shopping if required before transferring to the Christ Our Vision International Children Ministries in Kalagi Mukono 40km about 1 hour drive. Settle for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Vision for Africa Cottages

Day 13:  Whole Day Volunteer work at Christ Our Vision International Children’s Ministry – the Company supported Orphanage  

You dedicate this day to a humanitarian cause. Prime Safaris dedicates a percentage of its profits to support counts of children at the Christ Our Vision International Ministries which has a school, church and home located in Kalagi Mukono. Depending on one’s professional expertise, the day can be spent in someone’s specialty. Health specialists can engage in treatment of animals, the teachers can teach, the social workers would counsel the children and restore home and many more according to one’s specialty. You enjoy their entertainment and sports in the evening. The day with these children would be a profound step in the humanitarian world.  You retreat in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Vision for Africa Cottages

Day 14: Departure

This is the last day and is entirely dedicated for your departure. You can do some last minute shopping and connect to Entebbe International Airport for your flight departure back home

End of Safari

Mini Van Vehicle Option

Midrange Budget
2 Pax  3717.192
3 Pax  3574.462
4 Pax  3174.471
5 Pax  3197.377
6 Pax  2993.564
7 Pax  3035.769
8 Pax  2903.111
9 Pax  2945.987

 

 

 

2 Pax   3312.942
3 Pax   3046.462
4 Pax   2770.221
5 Pax  2718.877
6 Pax   2589.314
7 Pax   2578.484
8 Pax   2498.861
9 Pax   2500.487

NB: The travel in the low season months of May and November attracts $150 discount per person on the Uganda gorilla permit and $50 discount on the Uganda Chimpanzee permit for Kibale.

Departure dates

Month Date
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May 18th
July 2nd
Aug 27th
Nov 15th
Dec 19th

Terms and Conditions

GENERAL SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

GENERAL SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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