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5 Days Uganda Safari Tour

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Safari Tour in Uganda

Uganda is stunningly beautiful. It's truly the Pearl of Africa and home of the original African Safari. Sitting astride a divide between the semi arid East African Savannah and the Rain Forest West African Jungle, the country provides, really the best of ‘two worlds’. Join safari with CKC Tours and Travel to get your best Uganda safari experience. Uganda reputedly, has the world’s most hospitable people making it one of the most authentic African tourism destinations.

Highlights

  • Visit to Kampala
  • Visit to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • 4 breakfast, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Safari in customized four-wheel drive minivan
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All park entrance fees
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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Mweya Safari Lodge

Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'. To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the mountains of the moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes - Lake George and Lake Edward.

Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Rwakobo Rock is an eco-friendly, family run hotel and restaurant nestled on a scenic outcrop at the edge of Lake Mburo National Park. Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The eight comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views.

Silverback Lodge

Located in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in western Uganda, Silverback Lodge is only a five minute walk to the national park and has sweeping views of the valley and forests that surround it. The lodge has sweeping views of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 1

Pick up at your Kampala Hotel from the Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Take the morning drive to the Lake Mburo National Park with game viewing en-route. You'll arrive at the Rwakobo Rock Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mburo with opportunities to enjoy the rich bird life, as well as schools of hippos. You may take a nature walk on lodge grounds. Dinner and overnight at the Rwakobo Rock Lodge.

Day 2

Arise early with coffee or tea and cookies for a guided nature walk. Lake Mburo is the only national park in Uganda where a safari on foot is allowed. With your guide’s advice get as ‘safely’ close as possible to wildlife like giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes from a distance, elephants, and many more. Learn about medicinal and other plants, earn about bird calls, learn how to identify some species by their footprints and dung, observe the small inhabitants; ants, beetles, butterflies, and others and exchange notes with your naturalist or guide.

Take a late breakfast at the lodge and drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Lunch at a local restaurant en-route. Proceed to the Silverback Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Silverback Lodge.

Day 3

Arise early and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime: a coming face to face with the rare but critically endangered mountain gorillas - only about 800 remain in the world. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family, a gorilla tracking guide, and tracking group to join. Following a briefing by your guide about the gorillas, the allocated gorilla family, what to expect, how to behave with the gorillas, etc., you will be driven to the trail-head for the start of your amazing adventure.

The time taken / distance traveled in search of the mountain gorillas can be pretty unpredictable. It could be anything from two to eight hours hiking up and down the valleys and ridges of Bwindi’s beautiful eco-system, in often steep and muddy conditions, and sometimes with rain overhead. The pleasure and thrill of coming face to face with the gentle giants of Bwindi in their natural habitat and spending the allowed one hour with them is one of the most unique and genuinely breathtaking experiences you will ever have.

Afterwards, you will trek back to base to rejoin your driver or guide and transfer back to the lodge for a well deserved shower and lunch. Dinner and overnight at the Silverback Lodge.

Day 4

Following breakfast, depart Bwindi with packed lunches and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via her southern Ishasha area that is famous for the black maned tree climbing lions, a rare phenomenon practiced by some lions in only very few of their habitat. You may also expect to see herds of buffalo, elephants, and a multiplicity of other plains game species. Enjoy an all day northwards game viewing drive culminating at Mweya Safari Lodge, where you arrive with time to relax in late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 5

Arise at dawn with coffee/tea and cookies and embark on an early morning game drive first heading the Kasenyi plains, the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs in search of lions, elephants, buffaloes, and other wild animals in their natural habitat then proceed to the jetty on Kazinga Channel, a natural channel joining Lake Edward and Lake George for a launch cruise.

At the very center of the divide between the East African savannah and the West African jungle, the channel is a melting pot of eco-systems and species with a wide variety of bird species, multitudes of hippos cooling off on the shores, wallowing buffaloes, elephants, buffaloes; this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Afterwards, check out and drive back to Kampala proceeding to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your evening departure flight.

  • Visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Visit to Kampala
  • Visit to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is in south-western Uganda. It is here that the critically endangered mountain gorillas are found. Gorilla tracking is very popular here and all attempt it are awed. This park is a 124-square-mile UNESCO site home to approximately 350 mountain gorillas (half of the world's remaining population), non-habituated chimpanzees, more than 100 other species of mammals, 346 species of birds, and 163 species of trees.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a national park located in western Uganda. Lake Mburo is the only national park in Uganda where a safari on foot is allowed. With your guide’s advice clients get as ‘safely’ close as possible to wildlife like giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes from a distance, elephants, and many more. You also have the opportunity to learn about medicinal and other plants, earn about bird calls, learn how to identify some species by their footprints and dung, observe the small inhabitants; ants, beetles, butterflies, and others.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Situated in Western Uganda, this park forms the natural boundary between The East African savannah and the West African jungle. The Kazinga Channel is right inside the park. It is a natural channel joining Lakes Edward and Lake George and is navigated with a Launch Cruise. It is a melting pot of eco-systems and species with a wide variety of bird species, multitudes of hippos cooling off on the shores, wallowing buffaloes, elephants. The park is also the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs, lions, and others in their natural habitat.

During the safari tour, you have included in the price four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners.

On day three you may have an optional tour the nearby Batwa cultural village to meet and interact with the Batwa pygmy community - a forest people long displaced from the rain forest they shared with mountain gorillas - for a firsthand introduction to one of the most unique cultures worldwide; visit their homes, learn about their age old traditions, customs and cultures, enjoy and participate in their traditional music and dance, hike the forest with Batwa guides, hear their stories and ancient legends, how they lived and hunted, health and medicinal plants - how globalization is affecting their age old ways, as well as the challenges and opportunities of new ways of life like education, and much more.

  • 4 breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All park entrance fees
  • Boat rides and launch cruises fees
  • Bottled water while in the vehicle
  • Cost of chimpanzee tracking permits at Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • English speaking driver / guide
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Ground transportation in a safari customized four-wheel drive minivan
  • Medical emergency evacuation
  • International airfares
  • Items not shown in the itinerary outline nor indicated as included
  • Uganda visa fees

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfers from and to the airport are included in the price. CKC Tours and Travel will have the driver / guide send to pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "We took a 4 nights 5 days Kenya Private Tour Holiday with CKC TOUR. CKC Tour was very responsive and quick since the beginning when we were trying to book the tour online. When we arrived to Kenya, John came to greet us at the Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport and introduced us to our tour guide/driver and the vehicle that will be with us in the next 5 days. They drove us to the Serena Hotel and John assisted us to check-in and everything went smoothly."

    "The next day John came back to send us off of Nairobi. He explained about the tour and revised our prearranged schedule again before we left Nairobi to Lake Nakuru with our tour guide, Simon."

    "We had an amazing time driving through the Eastern Rift Valley, and stayed overnight at the amazing lodge in Lake Nakuru Sopa. The drive to Masai Mara is a bit of a bummer as the road is all pebble and rough. However, our tour guide/driver did a fantastic job in making it fun all the way to the game reserve. The experience in Masai Mara, the safari and the hot-air balloon is worthwhile the effort to wake up very early and be WiFiless."

    "We had a mesmerizing experience with the tour because of, first of all, Simon, who knows what he is doing. He is full of knowledge in any area about his country; history, geography, wildlife habitat, politic and so on. He is very responsible and virtuous. He is also a great driver. Secondly, because of John, who took a very well care of us from on-line correspondence, managing problems, to the arrival and the departure, it was a smooth tour ever. John is very friendly and accountable and I have no hesitate in recommending this tour operator, John and Simon as one of the best team in Kenya."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sydney, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "We are really pleased we chose CKC Tours for our first experience in Africa. John met us at the airport and was happy to arrange transfers for our departure once our 8 day safari had concluded. Our safari included 2 night visits to Amboseli, Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks. We stayed at Serena Lodges throughout the trip and the experiences at each venue were really unique."

    "We managed to see the Big Five as well as many other animals. Our guide, Joshua from Serena Masai Mara went above and beyond to ensure we saw lions and cheetahs up close, which was amazing considering we traveled during the ‘low season’."

    "We would recommend CKC Tours, as the whole safari experience was made an easy and enjoyable one thanks to the professional and friendly service of John and his team."

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  • Review by Patrick F from Truro, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Yes I recommend CKC Tours and will happily go again with them."

    "This was out first safari. We wanted to fly to avoid long tiring road transfers, and stay in quality but sensibly priced hotels and the package put together satisfied our requirements at a cost significantly less than some international luxury operators."

    "John met us personally at the airport and was very friendly, thorough and professional. Our private transfer to the Serena Nairobi was an opportunity to find out a little more. He gave us our detailed arrangements the following morning with flight and hotel vouchers and advice regarding the trip. He safely stored out excess luggage for our onward trip to Zanzibar as the strict 15kg weight limit applies for the light aircraft transfers and met us again at Wilson airport at the end of our trip."

    "The flights to Amboseli and later Masai Mara were an enjoyable experience with some fantastic views, but the small aircraft may not suit some. We saw herds of animals around the swamp in Amboseli and tracks of animals heading toward the Mara River from the windows."

    "The hotels were perfect, relaxing with good but not gourmet food and lovely views. The views from the Masai Mara Serena Game Lodge are amazing- you don’t need to go on safari, just look out the window as the animals pass having crossed the river."

    "We enjoyed the BBQ bush dinner at Amboseli and the breakfast with the hippos on the Mara River – would highly recommend both."

    "The game drives were fantastic, we were in 4*4 pop up vehicles. In Serena were had 3 of 4 game drives with no other passengers and had completely private tours in Masai Mara (we did not chose private tours, just got lucky as the season was coming to an end – late September)."

    "Our drivers were fantastic – as first time safari goers we kept asking to stop and look at zebras initially! We saw the amazing Elephants in Amboseli, the crossing of the wildebeest on the Mara river , lions, hippos, and everything else including a leopard. The sceneries in the two locations are excellent and going to Amboseli then Masai Mara is the best order to enjoy these two locations."

    "Overall I would highly recommend this safari and would happily go with CKC tours again. We’ll be back! Paddy, UK."

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  • Review by a traveler from Montana, USA
    9 out of 10

    "We booked a last minute safari and John was able to pull a great tour together (Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Samburu). The accommodations and van were excellent. We requested Vincent as our guide because he guided my mom and aunt in 2011. He was wonderful and we seemed to be spotting more animals than other vans/jeeps. In fact, other guides at the lodges said that Vincent was the best…highly regarded by other companies."

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  • Review by a traveler from Helsinki, Finland
    9 out of 10

    "We had a great experience in July 2014 on the six-day safari CKC organized for us. John was a great help in getting everything organized and was very responsive to our special requests. Our trip went from Arusha, to Lake Manyara, to Serengeti, and finally to Ngorongoro. Our driver/guide, also named John, was really friendly and always seemed to find the animals before any of the other drivers. The hotels CKC had booked for us were all great – very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the experience immensely. Thank you, John and John."

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