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9 Days Unforgettable Uganda Safari

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Adventurous Safari in Uganda

Oikos Safaris trusts you should ask for a safari to Uganda because they're experienced, love what they do, and passionate about creating the best safari / tour in the whole of East Africa. Oikos Safaris also goes an extra mile to make it a point that you get exactly what you want and the way you want it to be. Oikos Safaris is glad to inform you that they specialize in organizing affordable, interesting, professional customized tailor-made safaris / tours and holidays to Uganda. Oikos Safaris' experienced professional guides will take it upon themselves to make sure that they learn about each client, in order to find the memorable ways to make your holidays very special.

Highlights

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Chances for gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Delicious meals and park fees
  • 8 nights accommodation

Styles


8 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 34 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will be staying at several accommodations provided by Oikos Safaris. There are three types of accommodation options: luxury, medium, and budget.

Day 1

Luxury

Pearl of Africa hotel Kampala Situated in the heart of Kampala pearl of Africa hotel is a perfect starting point to explore the city. This classic luxury hotel has an array of modern facilities, with each room being equipped with a television and air conditioning.

Medium

At the height of comfort, Cassia Lodge is a perfect get away from the craziness of Kampala. Perched high on the hills in Buziga, the hotel offers some of the best panoramic views of the city and Lake Victoria.

Budget

The accommodation for budget option is Grand Global hotel.

Day 2 - 3

Medium

Located just inside Kibale National Park, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse sits on 100 acres of manicured lawns, beautiful gardens, tea plantations, pasture, and indigenous forest. Enjoy beautiful panoramic vista's of Kibale National Park, ancient crater lakes, and the Rwenzori Mountains.

Budget

Nyinabulitwa Country Resort is an excellent base for mid-budget clients, built on the edge of one of the most beautiful crater lakes and surrounded by lush vegetation. The place is owned and run by a friendly local family and you will certainly enjoy the Ugandan hospitality. The food is great and unbelievable. The resort offers modern ablution facilities, solar power installations, as well as barbecue and dining facilities with spectacular views over the crater lake, the 'Top of the World', and the forest.

Day 4 - 5

Luxury

  • Mweya Lodge

Mweya Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains - the 'Mountains of the Moon'; Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness. Each room at Mweya Safari Lodge has a breathtaking view of the Kazinga channel. You can watch the forest hogs grazing the grass outside, as well as the odd curious hippo! www.mweyalodge.com

  • Katara Lodge

Katara Lodge is a rustic, yet luxurious private lodge, located near Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge offers accommodation in seven luxurious thatched cottages on a beautiful stretch of hills overlooking the open savannah in a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Each spacious cottage was hand crafted using locally available materials and carved into the hillside by the Katara village community. It’s a 20 minutes’ drive away from the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Medium

Situated outside the park but with great views and scenery is Bush Lodge. Tented camps with private verandas overlooking the Kazinga Channel make it the perfect place to reconnect with nature.

Budget

The Institute of Ecology is a very basic budget option located within the park. Dorm rooms and private rooms are available for travelers on a very low budget.

Day 6

Luxury

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated on the Ntungwe river and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, hot water 'bush' showers, and a flushing eco-friendly toilet.

Medium

Savannah Resort Hotel offers an excellent option for travelers wishing to explore Ishasha. With stunning views of the park, Savannah offers bandas as well as several furnished rooms.

Budget

West Land Inn is a budget option for travelers, located outside the park. The facilities are basic and simple but clean.

Day 7 - 8

Overnight is at either Mahogany Springs or Silverback hotel or Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

Program

Day 1: Entebbe - Kampala

Arriving at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by an Oikos Safaris' representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. .

  • Travel time 42 kms, 45 mins

Day 2 - 3: Kampala - Kibale

Your safari continues as you depart for Kibale National Forest for two nights, a 795 square kilometers of rainforest in Western Uganda. Kibale is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.

The next morning, go for chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience. Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.

  • Travel time: 400 kilometers, 5 hours

Day 4 - 5: Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today you depart Kibale for two nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. Uganda’s second largest national park, the 1,978 square kilometers has everything from open savannah to rain forest. Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Arrive in the park in the afternoon and go for a game drive in the early evening.

In the morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda kob, before returning to the lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon, take a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African eagle, open-billed stork, and pied kingfishers.

  • Travel time: 160 kilometers, 2.5 hours

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth - Ishasha southern sector

Today you proceed to Ishasha, home to the famed tree-climbing lions. The lions are located in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and are best seen in early hours of the morning. Have a game drive before stopping for lunch and another game drive in the afternoon before dinner.

  • Travel time: 120 kilometers, 2 hours

Day 7: Ishasha - Bwindi (transfer to Bwindi)

Today you will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights passing via Ishasha in search of the tree climbing lions. Bwindi is a home to over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Interacting with these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer and should not be missed! The ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 square kilometers and boasts 90 mammal species, including a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African green broadbill, the bar-tailed trogon, and many others. Relax in the evening and get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.

  • Travel time: approximately 3 hours
  • Meal plan: full board

Day 8: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

This morning, you will set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all. If time permits, there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in during the afternoon.

  • Meal plan: full board

Day 9: Bwindi - Entebbe - Fly out

This morning you will have breakfast and then proceed to Kampala having lunch en route. You will stop at the Equator - where you will be able to stand in both hemispheres simultaneously arriving in Kampala in the afternoon. You will be transferred to Entebbe international airport for your flight home.

NOTE: Please note that this safari can start and end in Kigali Rwanda

  • Travel time: 550 kilometers, 9 - 10 hours

Location

This safari will take you to explore Kibale National Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • 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)

Batwa Trail

During this moving tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants, and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups. Guests are then invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King to be entertained by traditional music and dance.

Bwindi Community Hospital tour

Started by a Canadian doctor, Bwindi Community Hospital revolutionized health care for the Batwa and the Bwindi community. This free hospital tour provides insight into the region and issues that the local community member’s face.

Crater Lakes hike

Formed by ancient volcanic activity, the crater lakes of Uganda are located near Fort Portal and are a great hiking option. Typical hikes take you through local villages and tea plantations, to the base of several of these incredibly serene and beautiful lakes. With the Rwenzori Mountains in the background, this is by far one of Uganda’s most peaceful and extraordinary sights.

City tour

Depending on your time of your arrival, you can explore the vibrant and chaotic city of Kampala. Discover historical and political sites including the ancient tombs of the Kabakas, where the Buganda tribe laid their kings to rest or the Bahai Temple, etc.

Eat out

Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders. Stray out from your hotel to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Kampala’s delicious Indian food!

Katwe Salt walk

This tour offers a unique insight into the fascinating process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. During the tour, you will see community members at work, cross the mud walkways and enter one of the traditional grass huts used to shelter and store tools. The nearby bird sanctuary lake offers a chance to see flamingos from October to May.

Kikorongo African Art Workshop

Traditional crafts hold a special significance in Ugandan villages. Small baskets of groundnuts as a sign of friendship; a calabash on top of a house to ward off evil spirits or a traditional healer´s woven purse filled with natural remedies. Kikorongo Women Community invites you to learn their traditional skills during this fascinating workshop.

Village walk

Overlooking the imposing hillsides of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, with the mist swirling over the summits, this is one of the most dramatic settings for your cultural tour! Among others, meet a traditional healer, who not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants.

Visit to Papaya Lake Lodge Kibale

It is situated about 350 kilometers away from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, in one of the country’s most scenic regions. The Great Crater Lakes area boasts over 20 extinct volcanic craters, forming a necklace of lakes, each unique in shape, size, and color, and each boasting its own distinct ecosystem; two of these breathtaking features lie right at the lodge's doorstep. To the west, the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains tower above the area, breathing life into the valleys and rifts, which are engulfed in countless vanilla, banana, coffee, and tea plantations.

Papaya Lake Lodge owes its unique vibe to the owners’ sensitive blend of Africa’s traditional heritage and eco-luxury style. Traditional Ugandan art comes alive here, reunited with the splendor of the Great Crater Lakes and reinvigorated by local folk culture. Classy fusion cuisine; homegrown fruits and veg; artisan but discreetly elegant interiors; impeccable guest service and the key personal touch: these are Papaya’s trademarks that will make you feel at home.

Visit to Queen’s Pavilion

Just 800 meters from the equator monument and overlooking a thrilling landscape of crater lakes is the Queen´s Pavilion, a community-run internet café. This is the perfect spot to revive yourself after an early morning safari with a cup of Ugandan tea or coffee. Listen to the elephants trumpeting on the dry plains below and enjoy the savannah views.

Waterfall walk

Walk along the Congolese border and Bwindi to see the magnificent waterfalls and the incredible scenery.

What's included

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • 1 chimpanzee permit (150 USD)
  • Services of a full time English-speaking driver / guide
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • Water while on safari
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle
  • Gorilla permits per person
  • Airport pick-ups and drops
  • Park entrance fees
  • All city tour activities
  • All government taxes / levies

What's not included

  • Optional activities or forest walks
  • Phone calls and bar bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Laundry
  • Airfare
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Tips while on safari

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. Oikos Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

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 80% 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 on arrival.
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