15 DAY ALL ABOUT UGANDA SAFARI

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15 Day all about Uganda Safari takes you from Entebbe to Murchison Falls NP, Kibale Forest for Chimpanzee trekking, Queen Elizabeth NP for the popular Kazinga Channel Boat safari , and to the Bwindi Forest for  the spectacular gorilla trekking and the Batwa Cultural experience crowning your Uganda Experience.

Safari Overview

15 DAY ALL ABOUT UGANDA SAFARI


 

Tour Starts: Entebbe. | Ends: Entebbe.

Tour Destination(s):  Murchison Falls National Park | Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary | Kibale Forest National Park | Queen Elizabeth National parkBwindi – South West Uganda | Lake Bunyonyi | Lake Mburo National Park.

No. of Nights: 14 nights.

Minimum No. of Travelers: 02 sharing a twin / double room.

Maximum No. of travelers: 04 persons in a group.

#Solo Travelers are Welcome to join this tour.

Getting Around:  Our Standard offer is 4×4 Mini Vans. (Vehicle Upgrades available at EXTRA cost).

SPECIAL NOTES:

*This tour Includes: Uganda Gorilla & chimp Permits for locations mentioned in itinerary.

Low Season Uganda Gorilla Trekking Permits and Kibale Forest chimpanzee Permits Cost US$450, and USD100 respectively in April, May & November.

Accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged at an EXTRA cost.

Itinerary - Day by Day

ITINERARY (DAY BY DAY) – 15 Day All About Uganda Safari


 

DAY 01: ARRIVAL & TRANSFER TO HOTEL

 Arrive at Entebbe international airport where you will be met by your Realm Africa Safaris guide who will transfer you to your Karibu Guesthouse - our popular recommendation for overnight stay in Entebbe (other options available).

Drive time(s): Entebbe Airport to Karibu Guesthouse 10 – 15 minutes drive.

Accommodation: Karibu Guesthouse

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast. (Meals can be arranged at the Guesthouse but will cost EXTRA)


 

DAY 02: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALL NATIONAL PARK VIA  ZZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY.

Breakfast: thereafter checkout of Karibu Guesthouse, and transfer towards Murchison Fall National Park with an Enroute stop at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for on foot Rhino Tracking. Lunch at Kabalega dinners, and then proceed to Boomu Women Village arriving on-time for check-in. On arrival at Boomu, you will immediately join your host family cooking your dinner. While here you will learn how to light an African Wood stove, peel the freshly pick garden food, and also learn how to prepare an African meal.

Accommodation: Boomu Womens Village - Basic Bandas - with clean toilets & a cold shower.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & local African Dinner  prepared by you with support from your host family.


 

DAY 03: EXPERIENCE THE LIFE AT BOOMU VILLAGE

Today you will wake up with the rooster (6:30am) and help out with preparing breakfast which you will then Sit down to enjoy. Thereafter, you will be led by a Local community guide to visit the village On  a guided community walk. While on the walk, you will get the chance to learn and observe  the peoples way of life within the Boomu village. Return to Boomu Banda for yet another African Lunch, therafter checkout and drive into Murchison Falls national park and drive To the top of Murchison Fall. You will be accompanied by a ranger guide on a hike done the Baker trail where you will find your private boat waiting to take you on an afternoon boat safari downstream the Nile. This Boast safari ends at Murchison River Lodge where you will spend the night in the spectacular River front thatched self contained safari tents - our best recommendation.

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch en route & Dinner (BLD).


 

DAY 04: EXPLORE MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK (DELTA TRIP, & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE)

This morning you will be picked up at the lodge Jetty  at 7:00am (of course after Breakfast which is served as early as 6:00am) you will then sail down stream the River Nile towards the Delta Point - rumored to be the best place to Spot the rare Shoebill Stork . 

Much as the highlight of the Delta Boat Safari is sighting the shoebillstork, there is still of wildlife ( Elephants, waterbucks, Girraffe, Hippos, Kobs, Warthogs, Buffalo and if lucky you could catch a sighting of the elusive leopard) to see along the river banks both on your way down and up the river. Return to the lodge for a sumptuous lunch serve by the river view restaurant.

Optional: In the afternoon game drive through the Savannah of Murchison Falls National Park.  or Relax and read a book, use the swimming pool a the lodge as you unwind to the sunset view - Murchison River lodge offers you the best sunset view.

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD)


 

DAY 05: TRANSFER FROM MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast; and thereafter embark On the drive to Kibale Forest National park. Lunch enroute, arriving at Chimpanzee guesthouse  in the late afternoon on-time for check-in & dinner.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 06: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast; thereafter your driver-guide will transfer you from the lodge to the park headquarter arriving on-time for a briefing about Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest.

Optional(Not included in the Tours Price):

In the afternoon today you may opt to relax at your lodge or indulge in any one 0f the activities mentioned below - to be charged EXTRA.

(1). Bigodi Swamp walk - USD20

(2). Crater Lake Community Walk - USD20

Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.


 

DAY 07: TRANSFER FROM KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast; thereafter checkout Of your lodge with all your belongings and head-out to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will proceed to check in at Bush Safari lodge, lunch willbe served and you will have sometime to relax.

At 4:00pm your guide will be waiting to take you On an afternoon game drive through the savannah plains of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National park. Return to the lodge n time for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Bush Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).


 

DAY 08: EXPLORE QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK ( MORNING GAME DRIVE & AFTERNOON BOAT TRIP)

Early breakfast; then head-out Into the Kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth National park for a morning game drive in search for wildlife. Return to the Lodge for lunch. 

After lunch, your guide will then transfer you by car to Mweya Pennisular where your Kazinga boat safari begins. While on the Kazinga boat safari, expect to see Lots of animals and birds wallowing and swimming - The kazinga Boat trip is exceptionally one (01) of the most interesting experience in Queen Elizabeth National park.

Enjoy an enroute game drive back to your Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Bush Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).


 

DAY 09: TRANSFER TO ISHASHA SECTOR - SOUTHERN QUEEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.

Breakfast; thereafter with all your belongings,and a picnic lunch box, checkout Of the Bush Safari Lodge and embark on drive to Ishasha Sector - popular for tree Climbing lions -probably the best place to See them In East Africa.

Picnic Lunch beside the Ishasha River (a Natural boundary between Uganda and Dr. Congo -  Don't panic this part of Dr. Congo is Safe.

Enjoy a leisurely game drive towards your lodge on time for Check in & dinner.

Accommodation: @ the River Ishasha

Meal Plan: Breakfast, picnic lunch box (transit) & Dinner at the lodge.

DAY 10: TRANSFER TO BWINDI FOREST

Breakfast; thereafter check out of the your lodge and transfer  to Buhoma sector of Bwindi Forest. This journey lasts only 02-hours.

Options of things to do today (Not included in the tour Price):

Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).

DAY 11: GUIDED BUHOMA - NKURINGO WALKING SAFARI EXPERIENCE THROUGH BWINDI FOREST.

Breakfast; your driver guide will then introduce you to our local walking Safari guide who will be leading you on yet another exciting nature walk through the lush forest cover of Bwindi forest , through communities - this will probably be your best ever guided walking experience.

Buhoma - Nkuringo Walking Trail takes three (03) to four (04) hours, and crosses right through Bwindi Forest, connecting the two villages and offering impressive views of the misty hillsides as you ascend the hills towards Nkuringo. All luggage remains with the driver-guide, who will meet you at the other side. This trail can also be completed as part of the Ivy River Walk.

DAY 12: GORILLA TREKKING IN BWINDI FOREST.

Breakfast: thereafter with a packed lunch box, 02 litres of bottled drinking water,  a raincoat, a pair of long sleeved shirt + trousers, good hiking boot, a pair of garden Gloves, repellent, a camera with extra charged batteries and extra memory chips all packed up in a waterproof daypack, your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing point. After the briefing, you will embark on the trek through Bwindi forest in search for the mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking can be strenuous to even the most physically fit – we recommend that you hire a porter (extra cost not included in the tour price) to help you carry your daypack and also give you a hand during your trek – read more ” Why to Use a porter for gorilla trekking. Upon getting to the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed up to 01-hour with the mountain gorillas – viewing and photographing them. Return to the Lodge – relax and unwind to the memories Of gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest.

Optional (NOT included in the Tour Price).

Alternatively a traveler may opt to indulge In All-day - 04 hours with wild mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest. This is called Gorilla habituation - it only Happens in Uganda and NOWHERE else in the world. Gorilla habituation permits cost USD1500. Read more...

DAY 13: TRANSFER FROM NKURINGO TO LAKE BUNYONYI

Breakfast at leisure; thereafter checkout with all your belongings and head out for Lake Bunyonyi  - Africa's most lovely lake.

At Muko your driver guide will then turn off onto a dirt but yet very scenic route, this is your opportunity to capture breath taking photographs of the "29 - island filled lake". Arriving at your lodge on-time for check-in and lunch.

In the afternoon, you may opt to take a swim at the lodge pool or experience a dug-out canoe on lake Bunyonyi (at own risk).

Other Options of things to do & see at Lake Bunyonyi (NOT included - Cost EXTRA).

  • The motorboat trip (at own risk) takes you along the numerous islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Two (02) hour lake exploration: USD25, Three (03) hour lake exploration: USD35.
  • 1). Motorboat Trips
  • 2). Batwa Visit

    The Batwa are a local pygmy (short) tribe living around lake Bunyonyi. A visit to this tribe includes a boat ride crossing lake Bunyonyi, a visit to the community and a traditional dance performance. UGX20, of the fee charged goes to support of the Batwa community. The whole trip takes approximately Four (04) hours. Complete trip: USD50.
     

    3). Visit to the blacksmiths of Bukona

    A boda-boda (motorcycle-taxi) will take you to the village of Bukona along a scenic route offering beautiful views over the lake and its many islands. In the village the blacksmiths practice their craft the traditional way, using charcoal and pumps. This visit offers a nice opportunity to obtain some unique souvenirs. Complete trip: USD15 per person.

     

    DAY 14: TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

    Breakfast; thereafter head out For Lake Mburo National Park arriving on time for lunch at the lodge and a scheduled (4:00pm) Boat trip on lake Mburo.

    Accommodation: Lake Mburo Tented Camp.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BLD).

    DAY 15: TRANSFER FROM LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK TO ENTEBBE

    Early coffe/tea start; thereafter you will be met by a Uganda wildlife Authority ranger guide for a brief, and immediate start of your Wilderness walking Safari in Lake Mburo National park amidst buffalo, Elands, Topi, and Impala - this par has got abundance Of birds too.

    Return to the lodge for a full Breakfast. Thereafter Check out of the lodge and embark on the drive towards Entebbe.

    You will enjoy scheduled stops at the Equator for both souvenior shopping and a leg stretch out. Continuing and arrving Entebbe in the evening.

    Special Note: Ths activities Done on this day are dependent on your Entebbe departure flight time(s), and we will therefore use our Best judgment to determine whether on NOT you should indulge in the Lake Mburo walking Safari.

    Our Recommendation: Book your flight for a late departure (in the wee hours ) or simply add an extra Day with overnight in Entebbe.

    1). Things to do & see in Entebbe if you Satyed an Extra Day.

    2). The Best Places to Stay in Entebbe.

     


    END of your 15 Day all about Uganda Safari.

Accommodation

 

WHERE YOU WILL STAY WHILE ON YOUR 15 DAY ALL ABOUT UGANDA SAFARI.


Day 01: Karibu Guesthouse.

Day 02: Boomu women Bandas - Community owned Camp.

Day 03 - 04: Murchison River Lodge - stunning views of the River.

Day 05 - 06: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse.

Day 07 - 08: Bush Lodge - overlooking The Kazinga Channel - with Visiting wildlife by night.

Day 09: @ the River -Ishasha.

Day 10: Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

Day 11-12: Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge.

Day 13: Birdnest Lodge - Overlooking Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 14: Lake Mburo Luxury tented Camp - Overlooking the Park

 

Getting Around

GETTING AROUND  - 5 DAY UGANDA GORILLA AND CHIMPANZEE SAFARI.


 

STANDARD OFFER: 4X4 SAFARI CUSTOMIZED MINI VAN

Our standard mode of transportation is Road transport with the use of 4×4 Safari Customized Vans as our standard offering.

Our Vans have an open roof that offers a 360° animal view allowing for photography while on safari.

Our Vans take a maximum of 06 passengers each with the privilege of having a personal window seat.


 

UPGRADE: 4X4 SAFARI CUSTOMIZED LANDCRUISER

For our upmarket clients that wish to enjoy the extra comfort of traveling in our state of art Toyota land cruiser, we can upgrade you at an extra charge of US$170 per day 

Our land cruisers come fully air conditioned and with a cool box fully packed with complimentary en route drinks and snacks. The trucks all have large windows and an open roof that offers a 360° animal view allowing for photography while on safari.

 

Rates & Dates

TOUR RATES & DATES - 15 DAY ALL ABOUT UGANDA SAFARI.


 

 

**Single Supplement charge will be  for person not willing to share a room

 

Special Note:

*pp - Per Person.

*High Season months: Dec - March, June - October.

* Low season months: April, May & November.

*All rates quoted above are based on two (02) persons sharing a room

*The Low season rates above are valid for the low season months of April, May & November Only.

Includes / Excludes

INCLUDES / EXCLUDES – 15 DAY ALL ABOUT UGANDA SAFARI.


 

TOUR PRICE  QUOTED ABOVE INCLUDES:

  • 01 Gorilla trekking permit per person on this tour.( USD600 - high season, or USD450 - Low Season months.
  • 01 Chimpanzee Trekking Permit per person on Kibale Forest National park.
  • 14 nights Accommodation at the lodge mentioned or similar - subject to availability at time of booking this tour.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All Park & activity fees Unless indicated as Optional and NOT included in tour Price.
  • Ground transportation in a 4X4 minivan - Upgrades available at EXTRA  Cost.
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide. (Other Language guides – EXTRA Cost)
  • All fuel Costs for the tours as per the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water in the car NOT at the lodges.

TOUR PRICE  QUOTED ABOVE EXCLUDES:

  • Uganda Visa -US$50 -please apply online – click here to begin your application.
  • Any government imposed increments on park fees and/or taxes.
  • Accommodation on the day before the tour departs
  • Accommodation on the last day.
  • International flights (from/to home).
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10 pp per day).
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
Add-On's

Add-On Options to Consider adding to your 15 Day All About Uganda Safari


 

Instead of the usual 01-hour gorilla viewing time. You could opt to go for  the full day Gorilla Habituation Experience which allows you 4-hours with wild mountain gorillas in the Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. If you choose Gorilla habituation, then there will be an extra charge on the permits and accommodation – Gorilla habituation permits cost US$1500 each. This however changes the itinerary since gorilla habituation is only done in Rushaga area of southern Bwindi. Read more “Gorilla Habituation Experience in Uganda”.

 


 

Kidepo Valley National park is  an isolated Park that is not easy to stitch together and can mainly be explored in Isolation. A traveler would need at least 4 - 5 Days to satisfactorily explore the remote Kidepo Valley Natinal Park.

Add-on 5 Day Kidepo Safari to 15 Day All About Uganda Safari and enjoy a 20 Day Uganda Encompassed Holiday.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:

**Treat all the above information as a guide – we will make necessary adjustments depending on gorilla permits, and accommodation availability at the time of booking this tour. Of course, we will inform you before making any adjustments to your itinerary.

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