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Uganda Classic

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  • 1
  • 9 Days

Marcel Walter

Mapendano Voyages

We are a company aiming to offer the ultimate natural experience in Central and Eastern Africa.

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Uganda Classic

Uganda is situated right on the Equator. With its 37 million inhabitants it is a large country of savannah grasslands dotted with lakes and papyrus marshes. Uganda is also the land of the Rwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon” with their snow-capped peaks; of the Western branch of the Rift Valley with its sparkling lakes; of impenetrable forests of jungle vegetation; of hills that have been cultivated with care by meticulous local farm

DAY 1

ARRIVAL ENTEBBE

Meet at Entebbe Airport, probably the friendliest in Africa, met by our smiling guides. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Entebbe or Kampala Approximate Travel Times: 10 minutes, 10 km.

Entebbe 1 night
DAY 2

ENTEBBE – KIBALE - BIGODI

Briefing on the great African adventure. Set off on the west bound road; bargain at the roadside markets bursting with fruit and vegetables, stop at extensive tea plantations. Continue to the Kibale National Park. After lunch transfer to Bigodi Swamp, a papyrus and tree filled swamp that is home to an abundance of birds including the Great Blue Turaco. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and takes s approximately 2 hours. Overnight near to the park Approximate Travel Times: 6hrs, 375 km Read more

Kibale 1 night
DAY 3

CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION EXP.

The Full day chimpanzee Experience is a unique opportunity that will allow you to follow a chimpanzee group in its daily activities. Accompanying Kibale reserve researchers and rangers, you will be on the forest floor early in the morning to watch the chimps wake-up (de-nesting) and search for their breakfast. Then you will follow them all day - observing the full gamut of their behavior - until they build new nests (nesting) for themselves at around 6.30pm. You will be part of the Uganda Wildlife Authority initiative to habituate chimps to the human presence without changing their natural environment. This is one of the great moments of your safari! Second night at your Lodge near the park headquarters. Kibale Forest NP offers the greatest variety and concentration of primates in East Africa including about 500 chimpanzees! It offers the best primate viewing (particularly chimpanzee viewing) and has a bird list of 335 bird species and 140 species of butterflies. Overnight near to the park Approximate Travel Times: 1hr, 50 km Walking time: full day depending on where primates are located Read more

Kibale 1 night
DAY 4

QUEEN ELISABETH NP – KAZINGA

Drive to Queen Elisabeth NP along the foothills of the Rwenzoris. The game seen will depend on the season, the Mweya peninsula is good for a variety of animals including elephants; in the Kasenyi plains you will find mostly lion and Uganda cob. Have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which many consider as a highlight of the safari. After the launch trip your driver guide will take you for a late afternoon game drive! The Kazinga channel is a natural channel of 36 km long between Lake George and Lake Edward. The launch trip is the most popular activity at Mweya. From the safe boat you can see elephants, hippo, Nile crocodile and many water birds. The water birds are plentiful along the channel: African skimmers, African fish eagles, cormorants, saddle-billed storks, pelicans, etc. Overnight in the park Approximate Travel Times: 3hrs, 160 km Read more

Queen Elizabeth Park 1 night
DAY 5

QUEEN ELISABETH NP

During the second day go for an early game drive searching for the big African game. After lunch at the lodge or pic nic lunch we continue a game drive up to the end of the day. Overnight in the park Approximate Travel Times: Full day game drive: 150 km

Queen Elizabeth Park 1 night
DAY 6

QUEEN ELISABETH – BWINDI

Today we have 2 options for reaching Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, depending on the weather conditions. When dry, we take the road direction south toward Ishasha, home of the tree climbing lion. Near to the Congolese border, we begin to climb eastwards out of the rift and follow the rough track leading to Buhoma, at the edge of the forest. If the weather conditions are not so mild, we take the mountain track through cultivated expanses in the Rukungiri region to reach Bwindi Forest. Bwindi Forest has now 4 sites where you can trek the gorillas. (Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and Nkuringo). All different locations organized independently and located several hours away. Depending on the availability of the gorilla permits we will take you to Buhoma or Ruhija ,Rushaga or Nkuringo sector. Overnight near to the park Approximate Travel Times: 150 to 200 km, 3hrs or more, depending on the location of the gorilla families Read more

Queen Elizabeth Park 1 night
DAY 7

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

As the first light of dawn breaks through the curtain of mist clinging to the summits of the evergreen hills, we make our way into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Tracking the gorillas through the unique vegetation can take several hours of challenging walking in wet and muddy conditions. To see a gorilla, the trek will have been worth the hardship. Hikers will love it, with the gorilla excursion as a high point of your safari! Meeting the Mountain Gorillas (gorilla gorilla beringei) is a lifetime experience that you will never forget! After lunch if time remaining, village walk around the lodge. Overnight near to the park Approximate Travel Times: ±1hr, Walking time: from 3 to 6 hrs, depending on where the gorillas are roaming Read more

Bwindi 1 night
DAY 8

BUNYONI - LAKE MBURO NP

After breakfast, we depart for Lake Mburo via Kabale. We stop at Kabale and lake Bunyonyi. The arrival at Lake Mburo national park is foreseen in the afternoon just on time to have game drive before drive to the hotel. For bird lovers this will be the best place to see the African fin foot in Uganda! At Lake Mburo national park you will find here some animals that you have not seen in other parks like Impala, zebra and African Eland. This makes the Park very interesting to be visited. Overnight in the park Approximate Travel Times: 5hrs + game drive 350 km Read more

Lake Mburo 1 night
DAY 9

FLY BACK TO ENTEBBE

After an early morning breakfast you will have a last game drive, before driving to Kampala. Lunch on the way. You will arrive at Kampala in the late afternoon. Continue to Entebbe for your late evening flight. Approximate Travel Times: 5hrs, 300km

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Kibale
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 6
Location Bwindi
Day 8
Location Lake Mburu
Hotel EAGLE NEST
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Kibale
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 6
Location Bwindi
Day 8
Location Lake Mburu
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Kibale
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 6
Location Bwindi
Day 8
Location Lake Mburu

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Single room supplement:
  • A. HIGH SEASON
  • Standard: 290 USD
  • Comfort: 450 USD
  • Luxury: 1250 USD
  • B. LOW SEASON
  • Standard:
  • Comfort:
  • Luxury:
  • Festive season supplement (please contact us)

More information

  • This is a private safari where you go with a guide in a 4x4 vehicle with pop-up roof. Our guides are knowledgeable about the area, nature and culture.
  • Lodges have full board meal plans meaning that there is a set menu served. Please inform us if you have any special diets or food allergies so that it can be taken into account.

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Kris de Bardia, France

Gorilla and Chimps tour : a dream trip ! Great tour, great organisation, great vehicle, great countries (Rwanda and Ouganda) and world class quality guide. We got what we came here for (Apes) but got much much more thanks to the flexibility of the management and thanks to our smart and knowledgeable guide. Thanks Mapendano ! :) Read more

Dan FAVRE, Switzerland

EXCELLENT ! I contacted Mapendano a few months before the departure. They organised everything and all was perfect in the communication (answers to my questions were quick and complete). During the trip, I visited twice the gorillas and both experiences were different and complementary. The hotels were excellent, so was the food. Samuel, guide / driver, couldn't possibly have been nicer or more helpful - he felt like an old friend by the end of the first week. He was perfect during the safari drives in the animals parks. We only got little problems with the car (2 flat tires and another problem with the transmission), it was just part of the trip and the lost of time was minimal. I highly recommend MAPENDANO for any trip in central Africa. Read more

Corinne, France

Nous avons eu la joie et la chance de tomber sur cette agence en septembre 2014. Nous avons été plus que satisfaits, vraiment enchantés par le pays et surtout par notre chauffeur guide Jean-Marie Kiguge que je recommande vivement pour ses grandes connaissances mais aussi son service impeccable. N'hesitez pas, avec Mapendano vous êtes entre de bonnes mains. Read more

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