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Active Uganda Safari

Day 01: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Time permitting we will also visit the Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Overnight at Protea Hotel (D)

The reputable Protea chain of hotels has opened a brand new hotel in the airport town of Entebbe. The hotel is situated right on the shores of the beautiful Lake Victoria and within 5 minutes drive of the international airport. The hotel has expansive gardens and a private beach with white sands and palm trees. The interior and finishing of the hotel has been done to a high standard with both modern and African influences. 

The hotel has three different standards of rooms available: standard, deluxe and executive suites. Both the standard and deluxe rooms are of a similar size, but the standard rooms are road facing and the deluxe rooms have gorgeous views of the beach and lake. The deluxe rooms and suites all have balconies and French doors. All of the rooms are ensuite with modern bathrooms and have personal safes, fridges, A/C, satellite television and complimentary tea, coffee and bottled water.

Day 02: Drive to Kibale Forest area, the drive is a full day of approximately seven hours. After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon)}, we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest. Overnight at Ndali Lodge (BLD)

Ndali Lodge is in the heart of Uganda’s volcanic crater lake region, 23km (14 miles) south of Fort Portal and overlooked by the Rwenzori Mountains to the west. The lodge is perched 100m (328ft) directly above Nyinambuga Crater Lake and has eight individual cottages set on the hillside. Designed to blend with the landscape, the lodge was built using all local materials such as traditional mud render and thatching, providing the lodge with its key qualities of light, space, simplicity and openness to nature. Each cottage consists of an airy bedroom with en suite bathroom (containing bathtubs and showers, plenty of hot water and flushing WC) and private veranda. At night the dining room is festooned with candles – the lodge only has electricity in the cottages so as to not destroy the tranquility and atmosphere of a night in the African bush. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto the lake and a full English breakfast is served every morning on the veranda with wonderful views of the lake.

Day 03: Today we get the opportunity to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species and a guided forest trek can be taken in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. There are 9 diurnal primates, these include, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90%. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. Overnight at Ndali Lodge (BLD)

Day 04: This morning we have a swamp walk in Bigodi. Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the famous "Mountains of the Moon". The swamp walk takes place in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, which is located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered local community based organization.

In the afternoon we drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mweya Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978km˛. It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more then 610 species of birds. Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

Kyambura Game Lodge is a new luxury lodge situated on the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with stunning views over the park and Kyambura Gorge. The lodge has been built using environmentally friendly local materials. Accommodation is provided in 8 spacious and tastefully decorated self-contained grass-thatched cottages, with bath tubs/showers with views to the park, running hot and cold water and equipped with 220v electricity. Each cottage is privately located and has a lovely wooden balcony from which the diversity of wildlife in the park can be viewed and enjoyed. The lodge also has a beautiful swimming pool and camp fire around which local traditional dancers will entertain you as you relax after the day’s activities. The restaurant and lounge area open towards a sundowner deck overlooking the park. The perfect place to enjoy the sunset with the drink of your choice. The kitchen features both international and local cuisine and meals are prepared using organic vegetables from our own gardens and served by friendly and professionally trained staff. From the lodge you can immerse yourself in wildlife, with game viewing from your private balcony or by going on a bird walk from the lodge down into the valley. There are also community walks and walks around the crater lakes available from the lodge.

Day 05: Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a shared boat trip of about two hours on the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world {reported to be about 30,000} and other game with excellent birding. Queen Elizabeth National Par is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

Day 06: Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion (75% success rate) and other game. Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (a World Heritage Sight) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. Bwindi forest is a magnificent luxuriant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rife Valley, this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for it’s Mountain Gorilla population, slightly more then half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa. Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Mahogany Springs Lodge is a new luxury lodge in the Buhoma, Northern side of Bwindi. Mahogany Springs is located on its own private section of the Munyanga River and the gorillas can regularly be viewed from the terraces crossing the river outside the lodge. Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team. The lodge has 6 luxury and spacious suites, all with 2 double beds and en-suite facilities. Each cottage has its own private elevated terrace with chairs, table and stunning panoramic views. The suites are spacious with large double doors and beautiful windows. There are power points in the rooms as well as a dressing table/desk. All suites have large en-suite bathrooms with a gorgeously designed open terracotta shower. For added comfort and peace of mind all the suites have an advanced mosquito net system that wraps around the entire area of the beds.

Day 07: Gorilla tracking day. After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the Hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Day 08: Today we have a guided forest walk through the forest to Nkuringo. Nkuringo is on the southern side of the rainforest near the town of Kisoro and also has habituated gorilla families near by. There are two walking trails between Buhoma and Nkuringo, the Ivy River trail and the Kashasha trail. Both are between 6-7 hour in length and offer visitors a close up experience of the natural wonders within a rainforest environment, including a number of monkey species, duikers, birds and many colourful butterflies. Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (BLD)

High up in the clouds on the Nteko Ridge, on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the views are breath-taking. In the shadow of 3 volcanoes, looking down into the thick treetop canopy of Bwindi forest and beyond to the golden grasses of the Western Rift Valley, lies Clouds Lodge. This lodge, a first in Uganda, has been built as a partnership between the Nkuringo Community Development Fund (NCDF), United States Agency for International Development USAID, Wildplaces, Africa Wildlife Foundation through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. With the ultimate goal of protecting the natural habitat of the mountain gorilla, ‘Clouds’ will directly benefit the community of Nkuringo who also have a significant stake in the venture. Ten Stone cottages, fireplaces, soft armchairs, warm duvets, excellent meals made from local produce, good wine, a lush botanical garden, cosy library and sheltered verandas with views to the volcanoes. Mountain biking along the ridge, walks in the forest reserve, visits to the local community village, gorilla tracking.

Day 09: Second gorilla tracking day. Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (BLD)

Day 10: Drive to Mbarara passing through the Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. These cattle are incredible with horns larger than one can imagine. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park, game drive. The drive today is 6 to 7 hours. Lake Mburo National Park is a small park, excellent for birding, antelope and other grazers, one of the only places to easily see Impala and zebra in Uganda. Game drives offer particularly picturesque game viewing with the Park's mixture of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills. Herds of impala (found nowhere else in Uganda), buffalo and zebra, plus waterbuck and eland are amongst the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Park's 310 recorded water and dry land species. In this valley we can operate night drives and walks. This is the only park where we will see Impala and Burchell's Zebra. It is an excellent place for walking and exploring a nearby Khopji to perhaps see Klipspringer. Game drive to the lodge. Overnight at Mihingo Lodge (BLD)

Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. There are 10 private and comfortable tents on wooden platforms under thatch roofs, all with en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, showers and flushing toilets. The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land and native grasses. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 11: This morning we have an early morning game drive or bush walk before driving back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. If time permits it is possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and a visit to the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. You are then transferred to Entebbe International airport to connect with your departure flight. Dayrooms at Protea Hotel (BLD)

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All of our safaris include:

  • Airport transfers
  • Meet and Greet upon arrival
  • Departure services
  • Additional guides as needed
  • Comfortable, modern, 4X4 vehicles, customized for maximum viewing with open roof hatches. These are usually Toyota Land Cruisers, or comparable vehicles
  • Professional, experienced drivers, and guides who are knowledgeable in all aspects of Uganda and Rwanda Safaris
  • All accommodations and meals as stated in your chosen itinerary
  • All excursions as stated in your chosen itinerary, which includes all park fees and taxes
  • Emergency International communications available
  • Books available in the vehicles to help identify the flora and fauna
  • Umbrellas, bean bags and blankets in the vehicles
  • Courtesy bag which includes tea, coffee, biscuits, and paper napkins
  • Coolers in our vehicles
  • Bottled water in vehicles ONLY

What is NOT included in our safaris:

  • Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages (however, bottled water is included in the vehicles only)
  • Items of personal nature