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4 Days Adventurous Safari in Uganda

Simba Safari Camp, Fort Portal - Mpondwe Road, Western Region, Uganda

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Kawira Safaris invites you to take part in this adventurous safari to enjoy everything that Uganda holds in an amazing wildlife adventure package. From the peaceful rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the dry land of Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will enjoy stunning game viewing and experience thrilling wildlife expedition you have never experienced. So, what are you waiting for? Pack now and get the best Ugandan wildlife has to offer!

Highlights

  • Gorilla permit and park fees
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Cultural visit to the Batwa pygmies’ communities
  • Private customized 4x4 ground transportation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

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3 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 5
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

During the safari, depending on the availability, you'll stay in either of the following lodge / hotels within and inside the Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. Most of the chosen lodge offers relaxing accommodation with the beautiful views of the rolling hills of the land of a thousand hills. Some rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, and a kettle. Meanwhile, others have facilities such as restaurant, a pool, a traditional sauna, and a steam sauna.

These accommodations are waiting for your visit and the staffs are looking forward to making your stay a pleasant one. These lodges are Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, Buhoma Community Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, or Lake Mutanda Resort in Bwindi National Park and Simba Safari Camp, Katara Lodge, or Kazinga Channel View Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Program

This safari will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable forest that is the home to the internationally renowned mountain gorillas and former forest people as well as the Queen Elizabeth National Park that holds the greatest biodiversity of wildlife including the tree climbing lions, buffaloes, leopards, elephants and hippos. In this park, you will also take an exciting launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon launch cruise

In the morning, you will leave Kampala and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at the equator for photography. In the afternoon, you will check in at the lodge, have lunch, and refresh while waiting for the afternoon launch cruise game viewing at Kazinga Channel. At 14:00, you will go for the cruise game viewing which provides you with the great view of the various wild and bird life on the water shores. Dinner and overnight stay will be at your lodge.

Day 2: Ishasha sector to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast at 08:00, you will be transferred to Ishasha that is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions. It will approximately be an hour’s drive from Mweya to Ishasha Gate. At 10:00, lions begin climbing fig trees as they seek shelter in the tree branches from the scorching sunshine and relaxing after a night and morning feast on the antelopes. At 13:00, you will be transferred to Savannah Hotel for a hot lunch and later proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an evening Batwa (pygmies) community walk. Overnight stay will be at your Lodge.

Day 3: Gorilla trekking adventure and cultural walk to Batwa people

You will have morning breakfast and then be transferred to the park's headquarters for a briefing before trekking. From there, you will hike into the forest following different trails in the forest to follow of the allocated gorilla family. From there, with the leading of an armed ranger, you will hike into the forest in search of the mountain gorilla family which will take you between 30 minutes and a whole day depending on the movement and location of the gorillas on that day but you will greatly be assured of seeing these endangered species. In the evening, you will visit the Batwa pygmies' communities who will introduce you to their traditional forest life. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.

Day 4: Departure

You will have breakfast and then start a picnic while driving back to Kampala.

Included excursions

On the third day, you will visit the Batwa pygmies’ communities who will introduce you to their traditional forest life.

Location

This trip will take place mainly in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

Uganda

Set at the Equator, Uganda is made up of four regions (Central, Eastern, Northern, and Western) on an area of 236,580 square kilometers with its capital at Kampala. The country is fortunate to harbor Lake Victoria which is the second largest lake in the world forming the source of the Nile, the second largest river in the world.

Uganda lies astride the Equator in eastern Africa between longitudes 29 east and east and between latitudes 4 north and south at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea-level. The total area is 236,580 square kilometers. Uganda is bordered by the Republic of South Sudan to the north, the Republic of Kenya to the east, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, and the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Rwanda to the south.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savanna, shady and humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands make it the ideal habitat for the classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds. In addition to its outstanding wildlife attractions, it also has a fascinating cultural history. Here, you can meet local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music, and more.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffaloes, and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains wherein fig trees hide lions which are ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Ugandan kobs. A favorite way to view the game is by a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Lake Edward.

With boat trips on the 40-kilometer Kazinga Channel, a meandering drive among spectacular volcanic craters, lion viewing on the Kasenyi plains, chimpanzee tracking in the depths of Kyambura Gorge, walks into the dark depths of Maramagambo Forest, and game drives beneath the vast skies of the remote wilderness of Ishasha sector, Queen Elizabeth National Park has plenty areas to attract any visitor.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in Southwestern Uganda that is on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most diverse rainforests which date back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. The forest also protects an estimate of 320 mountain gorillas that is roughly half of the world’s population including several habituated gorilla groups. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals including baboons, chimpanzees, elephants, and antelopes.

There are also some species of birds hosted in this forest including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas, and budget campsites as well as restaurants, craft stalls, and guiding services. The opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks.

Food

Your meal plan will be based on breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus complimentary bottled mineral waters each day while on safari. Kawira Safaris wants to properly cater you while on this safari so it is important to inform Kawira Safaris at the point of booking if there should be any special dietary requirements. Ugandan food is the arguably the best in Africa. Only in Uganda, you will find places that can give you variety of fresh food as compared to other countries. They include yummy banana dishes, stews, pastes, juicy fruits, and drinks.

Uganda’s culture weaves a yarn of variety not only through the manner of dress, language, and other characteristics but also in its variety of dishes. Nearly, every tribe or region has a delicacy or specialty. Most of the highly ranked hotels and restaurants serve traditional dishes in form of buffets but often come within a short distance of really preparing authentic traditional dishes. The most popular local dish is matooke (bananas of the plantain type) which is best served with peanut sauce, fresh fish, meat or entrails. Matooke really goes well with any relish.

The best and most respectable way the Baganda cook it is by tying up the peeled fingers into a bundle of banana leaves which is then put in a cooking pan with just enough water and then left to steam. This style of cooking preserves all the flavors. When ready and tender, the matooke is squeezed into a soft and golden yellow mash. In Buganda, the food production process revolves around the banana plants. Endowed with lakes and rivers, Ugandans have a chance to enjoy different varieties of fish as a supplement of Uganda food varieties.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Optional forest walks

You can enjoy the scenic views, sights, and sounds of the rainforest which is the ample opportunities for birdwatchers. You can also observe the many species of animals and primates moving through the forest canopy.

Village community walk

This optional activity include visits to a traditional home, local orphanage or school, banana brewing demonstrations, and even meeting traditional medicinal healers. This three to four-hour walk is easily tailored to your individual schedule and interests.

What's included

  • 1 gorilla permit per person (600 USD)
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Visit to the Batwa pygmies’ communities
  • Private customized 4x4 ground transportation
  • English-speaking driver and guide
  • Air evacuation assistance
  • Airport transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Park entrance and related fees

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel documentation (visas)
  • Optional excursions
  • Other beverages
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry and personal requirements
  • Tips and gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Kawira Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Depending on where you are coming from, Uganda can be accessed by international airlines and inter-Africa airlines. Also domestically, only one airline connects you to the different destinations in the country that is Eagle Air. International airlines include Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Brussels Airlines. Inter-Africa airlines include Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, Egypt Air, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways, Rwandair Express, Fly 540, and Precision Airlines. There are also charter flights arranged to the different parts of the country offered by Kampala Aero Club, Ndege Juu Ya Africa, Air Serv International, and Eagle Air.

Direct flights are available from London by British Airways, Brussels by Brussels Airlines, Istanbul by Turkish Airlines, and Amsterdam by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. There are also direct flights from Doha by Qatar Airways and Dubai by Emirates Airlines. There are no direct flights from the USA but there are connections through code sharing airlines from Europe and South Africa. The only direct flights between Uganda and other African countries are Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, Egypt Air to Cairo, Kenya Airways to Nairobi, Rwandair Express to Kigali, and South African Airways to Johannesburg. Charter services can be arranged on request by the leading service providers including Kampala Aero Club, Ndege Juu Ya Africa, Air Serv, Eagle Air, or by simply getting in touch with Kawira Safaris.

Arrival by bus

The road transport network connecting other countries to Uganda is good for any visitor to reach the country. By road, buses such as Akamba, Kampala Coaches, Jaguar, Gaagaa, Easy Coach, Modern Coast, and Baby Coaches run between Kampala to Nairobi, Bukoba, Dar-es-salaam, Kigali, Bujumbura, and Juba. There are a variety of standard services from which you can choose to whichever destination you would wish to be. Very often, these buses have schedules to the different cities outside Uganda and it is recommended that you check with the respective bus for when they travel to and from a particular city to and from Kampala. Please be aware of prior booking for these services because last minute bookings may lead to you failing out to get a seat on the bus.

Arrival by ferry / boat

There is a regular inland ferry connecting Nakiwogo in Entebbe and the Ssese islands on Lake Victoria and also one between Bukakata pier near Masaka town and Ssese islands on Kake Victoria. The ferry from Nakiwogo leaves at around 1.30 p.m. and leaves Ssese islands at 8 a.m., arriving at Nakiwogo at around 11 a.m. Usually, this journey takes about three hours on the water.

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 70% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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