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Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

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Marcel Walter

Mapendano Voyages

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Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

See the shoebill at Mabamba swamp, reintroduced white rhinos at close distance in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and an amazing safari that combines the wide savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park & Murchison Falls National with the dense tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the primates of Uganda! Safari Highlights : . Shoebill at Mabamba Wetlands . Rhino tracking at Ziwa Sanctuary . Boat safari to the Murchison Falls . Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest . Birds watching at Bigodi swamp . Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth NP . Launch trip on Kazinga Channel . Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest . Great lakes: Eduard, Albert, Bunyonyi,… PRACTICAL ASPECTS This safari entails about 2,000 km of tracks and roads in comfortable vehicles. There will be 12 nights spent in good hotels and nicely located tented camps, with cold lunches, warm and varied dinners. The climate is Equatorial (25 – 30°C). Some nights can be fresh, mostly at high altitudes. There is a risk of rain in the Virunga region. There will be an experienced, English-Speaking guide during the whole safari.

DAY 1

ARRIVAL IN ENTEBBE

The approach to Entebbe airport over the string of tiny islets scattered through the iridescent waters of Lake Victoria is breathtakingly spectacular. Meet our representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Entebbe or Kampala Approximate Travel Times: 10minutes, 10 km

Entebbe 1 night
DAY 2

MABAMBA SWAMP - ZIWA SANCTUA

Early start at 6AM, your driver-guide will transfer you to Mabamba Wetlands in Mpigi District, 45 km from Entebbe/Kampala. A specialized local guide will make a canoe trip with you through the natural channels and lagoons of the immense papyrus swamps. After some minutes in the canoe the papyrus reads opens up into the big grassy swamps. Most of the times this is where the Shoebill can be spotted. After about 3 hours, you will return out of the swamp and back to the vehicle for your lunch box. Around 1PM, you will drive to Ziwa Sanctuary, home to rhinos and a range of other game and many bird species, where a guided rhino-tracking excursion is offered. Overnight at Ziwa Sanctuary Approximate Travel Times: 5hrs, 300 km Read more

Ziwa sanctuary 1 night
DAY 3

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PAR

After breakfast, Transfer to the starting point of Rhinos trekking. The sanctuary ranger will meet you upon arrival and give you an introduction to the Sanctuary and some information about our Rhinos. Depending on where the rhinos are, you will drive to the closest point and approach the rhinos on while walking. You will then have a chance to watch the rhinos in their habitat at a very close and very safe, point. This is another wonderful 1-2 hour African experience. After this experience, drive to Murchison Falls via Masindi Town. Murchison Falls It is a place whose fauna makes it increasingly more important to conservationists. At Kanyo Pabidi, as we enter the Budongo forest we get our first glimpse of the chimpanzees. The Kabalega Waterfalls are undeniably one of the most remarkable sights in the park. They were named after a Munyoro chief who put up fierce resistance to the European explorers and the Sudanese slave traders looking for the source of the White Nile. Here the river makes a path across a narrow gorge and unleashes hundreds of gallons of water over the edge of a 50m high precipice. Arrive to the top of falls, we take time to explore the area around the top of the falls and descend the paths down to the river and enjoy the falls from another viewpoint. We take a look at the "Bats cliff" home to hundreds of fruit bats and when they emerge before nightfall they attract hawks and fish eagles. The river Nile flows into Lake Albert and leaves the lake the north end as the Albert Nile, flows afterwards through northern Uganda, and at the Sudan border becomes the Bahr al-Jabal or White Nile. After this visit, drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight in the park Approximate Travel Times: 31/2hrs, 200 km Read more

Murchison 1 night
DAY 4

GAME DRIVES – BOAT TRIP ON T

After an early morning breakfast, you will have a full morning of spectacular game viewing on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds. Game drive across the savannah, along Lake Albert Delta, abundant wildlife as you move slowly as the sun rises. What you are sensing and feeling, seeing around you cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world; this is Murchison Falls with its birds, lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, and humorous appearing warthogs. This is Africa and you are on safari in the heart of it - Uganda. The afternoon will be spent on an extensive exploration by boat on the Nile river, upstream towards the Falls. Launch trip on the Nile to the bottom of the falls for spectacular view as the mighty river is forced up a seven metre gap before plunging to depth below. This is one of Africa’s most splendid water safaris up the Nile to the base of the falls. As you travel up the Nile, look at the enormous Nile crocodile basking on the sand banks or gliding silently up the water. Animals to view here include; Elephants, Lions, Giraffes and a variety of Antelopes. Bird life is prolific and chance of seeing the rare shoebill stork is high. The return journey from the falls as the sun is setting is one of the most beautiful and relaxing of your experience in Africa. Overnight in the Park Approximate Travel Times: full day game drive, 150 km Read more

Murchison 1 night
DAY 5

LAKE ALBERT – HOIMA

After an early breakfast, 3 or 4 hours of morning game drive. Lunch, then drive to Hoima. At the park exit, accessible only by a small narrow strip of land in the middle of the papyrus reeds on the huge delta, is the village home of the Waseko fishermen. Here the people live in tune with the rhythm of their spoils in the waterways with their changing currents at the mercy of the floodwaters and the wind. Water is omnipresent. On the market place there is an incredible display of merchandise for sale, often to Congolese smugglers. Freshly caught fish is smoked on large open metal racks. Moving into the eastern part of the Rift Valley we come to Lake Albert and its coastal fringes where flocks of small zebu are tended by the proud Alur herdsmen, while their women tend the fields of cassava and cotton or rebuild the thatch on their spacious huts. At Butiaba, previously an extremely active lakeside port, a narrow tongue of land flanked by Borassus palm trees pushes into the lake to the warm water. What an idyllic spot! Further on the road negotiates the cliffs of the escarpment and crosses the fertile agricultural area growing sweet potatoes and tobacco. Overnight in Hoima Approximate Travel Times: 3hrs, 200 km Read more

Hoima 1 night
DAY 6

WESTERN UGANDA – BIGODI SWAM

Today we make the acquaintance of deepest Uganda, whose countryside and villages are accessed on a laterite slope. From Hoima to Fort Portal, the landscape is mainly high plateaus and valleys, at the bottom of some, rivers have evaporated into wet marshlands. Several villages of economic importance cling to the slopes and act as trading places for villagers who often have to carry their harvest on their backs. It is an area supporting mainly agriculture and cattle grazing. Further south the tea plantations display their resplendent green carpet as far as the eye can see. Once we branch off at Kyenjojo, the landscape becomes more tortuous as we reach the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, whose snow-capped peaks we can see in the distance. Arrive at Fort Portal; we will drive another hour to reach the Kibale area. After lunch transfer to nearby 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 take s approximately 2 hours Overnight near the park Approximate Travel Times: 3hrs, 200 km Read more

Bigodi 1 night
DAY 7

CHIMPANZEES OF KIBALE – QUEE

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After lunch at the lodge, 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. Overnight in the park Approximate Travel Times: 2hrs, 150 km Walking time: 5 hrs depending on where primates are located Read more

Queen Elisabeth 1 night
DAY 8

GAME DRIVE - BOAT ON KAZINGA

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. 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: Full day game drive: 150km Read more

Queen Elisabeth 1 night
DAY 9

ISHASHA SECTOR

After breakfast, we will drive for 2 hours to the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions. You will explore Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth considered by some experts as one of the most alluring game viewing area of East Africa. It's an off-the-beaten-track destination that you will surely enjoy, game drive to search for the tree climbing lions Overnight in the park Approximate Travel Times: 1 1/2hrs, 150 km Read more

Ishasha 1 night
DAY 10

QUEEN ELISABETH – BWINDI

This is your last game drive in Queen Elizabeth. If you have missed the lions the previous days it will be the last opportunity to try again. You will start again with the northern circuit and finish your game drive with the southern part. When returning from the morning game drive you will enjoy you last moment in the wilderness. After lunch we depart to Bwindi a journey that can take a max. of 3 hours. We shall have a stopover at Kihihi for refueling and some shopping at the local stores. The Muzungu (the white visitors) are an attraction for the children of the village! Bwindi is not far away and you will arrive at Buhoma in the end of afternoon. Time to have a cool drink, enjoy the sight and sounds of the rainforest. NOTA: 375 kmBwindi 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 or Rushaga or Nkuringo sectors 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

Bwindi 1 night
DAY 11

GORILLAS OF BWINDI FOREST

The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience! 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 or more, depending on where the gorillas are roaming Read more

Bwindi 1 night
DAY 12

BUNYONI - LAKE MBURO NP

After breakfast, we depart for Lake Mburo via 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 250 km Read more

Mburo 1 night
DAY 13

ENTEBBE - DEPARTURE

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 400 km

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Ziwa Sanctuary
Day 3
Location Murchison
Day 5
Location Lake Albert – Hoima
Day 6
Location Kibale
Day 7
Location Queen Elizabeth
Day 9
Location Queen Elizabeth / Ishasha
Hotel ENJOJO LODGE
Day 10
Location Bwindi
Day 12
Location Lake Mburo
Hotel EAGLE NEST
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Ziwa Sanctuary
Day 3
Location Murchison
Hotel PARAA LODGE
Day 5
Location Hoima
Day 6
Location Kibale
Day 7
Location Queen Elisabeth
Day 9
Location Ishasha
Hotel ENJOJO LODGE
Day 10
Location Bwindi
Day 12
Location Mburo
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Entebbe
Day 2
Location Ziwa Sanctuary
Day 3
Location Murchison
Hotel BAKER LODGE
Day 5
Location Hoima
Day 6
Location Kibale
Hotel PAPAYA LODGE
Day 7
Location Queen Elisabeth
Day 9
Location Ishasha
Day 10
Location Bwindi
Day 12
Location Lake Mburo

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: 410 USD
  • Comfort: 635 USD
  • Luxury: 1,340 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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