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7 Days Hakuna Matata Safari in Uganda

Forest Cottages, Plot 17-18, Naguru Hill, Old Kira Road, Bukoto, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

Uganda Safari for Solo Traveler

Uganda is a land of contrast. In half a day you can drive from mist-shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife. Explore the serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive! Let Home To Africa Tours and Travel show you the authentic and beloved Uganda. This is Africa the way it should be!

Highlights

  • Morning game drive
  • Kyabirwa quad bike safari
  • Chimps trekking & boat cruising
  • Includes park entrance fees and chimpanzee trekking cost
  • White-water rafting on the River Nile & community walk
  • Services of an English-speaking driver / guide
  • Breakfasts, lunches & dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

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6 activity days
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

On this safari, you will be accommodated for 6 nights at several accommodations as listed below:

Forest Cottages

Forest Cottages are luminously designed luxury cottages set in a serene, African forest environment. Situated on Naguru Hill in the Bukoto area of Kampala, Uganda, these accommodations have been carefully landscaped to compliment the huge, shady indigenous trees that surround the area.

Irungu Forest Lodge

Irungu Forest Lodge forms an excellent base for your safari activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park.The lodge is built on ecological principals, the cottages designed and spaced in such a way to maximize privacy and enhance the safari aspect of the lodge.

Gately on Nile

Gately on Nile boutique bed and breakfast is a hotel where you will be offered tranquility, ambient surrounding, personalized service, luxurious comfort, and great food in the authentically rustic yet elegant hotel establishment.

Program

Day 1: The adventure begins, transfer to Kampala (Entebbe - Kampala)

Arriving at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will be warmly welcomed by a Home To Africa Tours and Travels representative and transferred your accommodation in Kampala.

  • Accommodation: Forest Cottages
  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

After breakfast, you will continue to Queen Elizabeth. It is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific games, lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard.

  • Accommodation: Irungu Forest Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Chimps trekking and boat cruise (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Queen Elizabeth National Park is among of the most remarkable national parks within Uganda for outstanding wildlife as well as bird-life. It is also a perfect place to enjoy chimpanzee tracking / trekking done within the Kyambura Gorge where there are several habituated chimpanzees. The scenery within this gorge is very spectacular and there are several other mammals plus birds to be seen as you start out in the morning on your chimpanzee trekking voyage.

Taking a cruise on the Kazinga Channel is among the highlights of Uganda safaris within Queen Elizabeth Park. The launch cruise offers great chances to take pictures since the boat drifts slowly just by the shores of the channel. The Kazinga Channel supports the biggest number of hippos in the whole of Africa. Actually, an adult male hippopotamus weighs more compared to a fully loaded Land-cruiser.

Hippos don’t swim, however, hippos just bounce the body at the bottom of the water. Hippos normally stay under water jut as you will notice in the Kazinga Channel so as to safeguard their rather sensitive skin, and actually, if you took a night time cruise on the channel you will actually discover that there are not so many hippos since most of them will be grazing on land.

  • Accommodation: Irungu Forest Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Morning game drive, afternoon community walk, and relaxation (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Discover Queen Elizabeth National Park in the cool morning, an early game drive that exposes you to diverse animals, elephants, buffaloes, big cats leopards, and lions. There is a rich bird life especially in the version of storks at the wetland spots as you reach the flamingos in the salt lakes at Kasenyi.

You will get back to the lodge for lunch after the game drive. In the afternoon, you will take a community walk to the nearby village and beautiful crater lake. In the evening, you will watch the warthogs and hunchback, and carnivals like hyenas. Many more species that are residents of this park are spotted along the circuits as you drive along as well as have time to relax at the lodge taking in the view of the magnificent sunset.

  • Accommodation: Irungu Forest Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Transfer to Jinja (Queen Elizabeth National Park - Jinja)

Have a relaxing breakfast by appreciating the views from the lodge one last time before embarking on the drive back to Kampala en-route to Jinja. Stop for lunch in Masaka and continue to Kampala where you have the option to stop for shopping before proceeding to your destination.

Famous as the historic source of the Nile river, Jinja has emerged as the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Here you can get your fix of white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and bungee jumping. The town itself is a buzzing little place with some wonderful and crumbling colonial architecture. Coming from Kampala, the Owen Falls dam forms a spectacular gateway to the town, it is the adrenaline water sports city of East Africa.

  • Accommodation: Gately on Nile
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Wild fun at the river Nile (Jinja, the river Nile)

Get wet! get wild! get rafting! You have no idea how much fun you are about to have! Considered one of the wildest one-day whitewater rafting trips in the world, no safari to Uganda would be complete without truly experiencing the Nile from its source. Can you conquer this wild and untamed river? Brace yourself! Expert photographers will capture all the smiles and action on both videos and still images so that you can relive the adventure for years to come.

After a quick briefing, you will fit out with life jackets and helmets provided by Nile river explorers before heading off 15 kilometers down the river to the start point of the rafting days. Rafting is a physical activity so make sure you eat up big. Snacks of fruit, nuts, and biscuits are provided on the river to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

At the end of the rafting day, you will pull over at the new Riverside restaurant just downstream of the Hairy Lemon island, for a delicious BBQ buffet lunch and cold beers and sodas.

Option: You could opt instead for bungee jumping or a horseback safari.

  • Accommodation: Gately on Nile
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Departure / no worries but memories (Jinja, the River Nile)

After an early morning breakfast, you have an option to take the Kyabirwa quad bike safari. This 1-hour trip takes you along the banks of the river, through farms, forests, and villages. A good ‘snack-size’ safari for those with young children or where time is limited or you can go for a short tour in Jinja town before your journey back to Kampala / Entebbe.

  • Accommodation: Gately on Nile
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Included excursions

  • Community walk
  • Visiting the crater lake
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Jinja town city tour

Location

Uganda is a land of contrasts. Uganda is alive with these contrasts surrounding by the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket.

There is the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes, snowcapped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches and smiling faces everywhere.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking

Food

You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner on this safari. On day 6 where you will explore the area of Nile river, snacks of fruit, nuts, and biscuits will be provided on the river to help keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bungee jumping
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking

What's included

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All activities as stipulated in the itinerary
  • All government taxes / levies
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle
  • All airport pick-ups and drops (Entebbe International Airport (EBB))
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Chimpanzee trekking cost
  • Park entrance fees
  • Services of a full-time English-speaking driver / guide
  • Water while on safari

What's not included

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airfare
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Driver guide’s gratuity
  • Personal insurance
  • Phone calls and bar bills

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Home To Africa Tours and Travel will pick you up from the airport. The airport pick-up and drop are included in the price.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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