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Uganda Wildlife Safari

Enjoy a combined Uganda wildlife and culture safari. You will visit Mabamba marshland and Lake Mburo. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is your next destination to track the gorilla. See the elusive tree-climbing lions at Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Chimpanzees at Kibale National Park. You finally wrap up your memorable trip with a visit to the communities that make honey wax candles and the royal palace of the youngest king in the world.

Key information

  • Starting in Entebbe/Kampala and ending in Kampala
  • National park entrance fees are included

Highlights

  • Game drives in Lake Mburo
  • Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Cultural tour to King's Palace and honey co-operative group
  • Boat ride on Kazinga Channel
  • National park entrance fees
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

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12 activity days
Group size: 1-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be accommodated in various accommodations including:

  • Karibu Guest House or Cassia Lodge
  • Rwakobo Rock/Mihingo/Mantana
  • Rwakobo Rock/Mihingo
  • Buhoma Lodge or equivalent
  • Engazi lodge/Marafiki Safari lodge
  • Kibale Forest Camp or equivalent
  • The Dutchess or equivalent

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Your incredible 12-day journey begins with a warm welcome in Uganda's Entebbe. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by Rafiki Eco Safaris' representative and transferred to your comfortable accommodations at either Karibu Guesthouse or Cassia Lodge in Entebbe or Kampala.

Day 2: Mabamba Swamp to Lake Mburo National Park

After a delightful breakfast, venture to the Mabamba Swamp's birding site for a chance to spot the captivating shoebill bird, an important sighting for birding enthusiasts. Following your visit to Mabamba, journey to Lake Mburo National Park via the Equator line, a unique geographical point. Settle in for the night at your chosen lodging, which includes options like Rwakobo Rock, Mihingo Lodge, or Mantana Tented Camp.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Exploring Lake Mburo National Park

Embark on a game drive after breakfast, where you may encounter graceful impalas, zebras, oribi, elands, and even elusive leopards. Optional activities like nature walks and birding are available for your enjoyment. In the afternoon, embark on a boat ride on Lake Mburo, encountering its diverse wildlife, including hippos and crocodiles. Relax at your lodge before considering an optional evening game drive.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

As the sun rises, set out for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to half of the world's gorilla population. En route, indulge in another game drive within Lake Mburo National Park. Upon arrival in Bwindi, check in to your chosen lodge and immerse yourself in the park's lush surroundings.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 5 and 6: Gorilla Tracking and Batwa Community Interaction

After breakfast, embark on a gorilla tracking adventure with a ranger guide, an awe-inspiring experience as you come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Enjoy observing the gorillas for an hour, a memory that will last a lifetime. In the afternoon, take a community walk to the Batwa Village, learning about the indigenous inhabitants of Bwindi's forests.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 7 and 8: Tree Climbing Lions and Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today, journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, encountering tree-climbing lions at Ishasha and relishing the picturesque landscapes of rural Uganda and the Rwenzori Mountains. Embark on game drives and a boat ride within Queen Elizabeth National Park to witness its diverse wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and captivating birdlife. Optional activities include night game drives.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 9 and 10: Chimp Trekking in Kibale Forest

Travel to Kibale Forest National Park, home to the highest concentration of chimpanzees in East Africa. Engage with the Bigodi community, learn about women's group projects, and embark on birding at Bigodi Swamp. Enjoy a chimp-tracking adventure, observing these playful creatures and encountering other primates like the red colobus and L’Hoest monkeys.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Day 11: Royal Palace and Community Engagement

Explore Fort Portal town, visit the King's palace, and engage with local community projects. Choose to participate in candle-making from bee wax at a honey cooperative group or visit the UNESCO-listed Ruboni Community Camp on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 12: Departure

Bid farewell to the captivating landscapes of Uganda as you travel back to Kampala. Depart with cherished memories to share with friends and family.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Experience the rich culture, incredible wildlife, and pristine landscapes of Uganda on this unforgettable 12-day safari adventure. Book your trip with Rafiki Eco Safaris and create memories to last a lifetime.

Included excursions

  • A visit to the King's palace in Fort Portal
  • Batwa community visit
  • Boat ride on Kazinga Channel
  • Ruboni Community Camp tour

Location

During this safari tour, you will visit several places in Uganda, including:

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is the home of the zebras, impala, and eland. It is also habitat for the elusive bird African finfoot.

Food

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)
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)

A visit to Semuliki National Park

Semuliki is an interesting conservation area, partly forested and partly savannah. On this extension trip, you will visit the Sempaya hot springs and have the chance to boil eggs and go for a nature walk through the forest.

Later on, you will visit Amabere’ganyinamwiru caves. This site has an interesting legendary tale. A guide will tell you about Nyinamwiru a daughter of Bukuku, one of the historical rulers of the Cwezi Dynasty that gave birth to the current Bunyoro and Toro Kingdoms. She was an attractive beautiful girl who declined to marry the man her father had chosen for her.

Other optional activities

  • Chimpanzee habituation, stay with chimps all day (70 USD)
  • Evening game drive
  • Nature walk and birdwatching
  • Night game drive

What's included

  • Four game drives
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Boat ride on Kazinga Channel
  • Cultural tour to King's Palace and honey co-operative group
  • Batwa community visit
  • Transport in a 4wd vehicle / van
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver / guide
  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals and bottled drinking water
  • National park entrance fees
  • Pick up airport transfer

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation
  • Personal (medical / travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver / guide, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). You will be transferred by Rafiki Safaris Representative to the respective hotel/lodge; only pick-up is included.

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 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
12 days / 11 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

Tuesday July 30, 2024
(12 days / 11 nights)

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