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Safari Uganda

Uganda Safaris Kuamka Tours

Best of uganda on a shoestring 13 Days group tour


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Highlights

Source of the Nile
Community Tour and Hiking
Game Drive

Summary of safari

Day 1 - Arrival Uganda

Day 2: Sipi Falls

Day 3: Hiking to the Waterfalls

Day 4: Jinja (Source of the Nile)

Day 5: Activities around Jinja

Day 6 - To Kibale Forest

Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth N.P.

Day 9: Park Game drive & Boat Safari

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Gorilla Land!)

Day 11 - Gorilla Tracking (Optional)

Day 12: Bush walk in Lake Mburo NP

Day 13: Back to Kampala via Mabamba Swamp


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This group tour through eastern and southwestern Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture, animals & fun! The tour will be guided by a local professional tour guide and friendly local drivers. You will overnight in the best-valued accommodations Uganda has to offer. 
Experience in 13 days’ time the best Uganda has to offer! Meet your ancestors in Kibale National Forest and track the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest!


Day 1 - Arrival Uganda
Welcome in Uganda! The Tour Leader will be at Entebbe Airport to welcome you to Uganda. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore the city of Entebbe, with its tree-lined residential streets. Visit the botanical garden, Wildlife Educational Centre or just explore the shops and markets.
You will stay in a nice budget accommodation conveniently located close to the airport and close to the city.
Journey time:                    15 minutes
Accommodation:             Preferred budget accommodation
Meal Plan:                        Dinner


Day 2: Sipi Falls
After an early breakfast, a drive through the eastern part of Uganda brings you to beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level.
The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills.
You will stay in a simple, but nice cottage. From your accommodation you have beautiful views over the valley and one of the waterfalls. You have en-suite facilities.
Journey Time:                   6 hours
Accommodation               Sipi Resort
Meal Plan                           Breakfast


Day 3: Hiking to the Waterfalls
Prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise. After breakfast, choose to go on a 3-hour or - for the real adventurers - 7-hour hike through the region. A local guide accompanies you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture.
Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you'll pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations and caves. Local villagers will often greet you with ‘Jambo!’ and beaming smiles.
Accommodation:             Sipi Resort
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Jinja (Source of the Nile)
Today, we make our way to Uganda's second largest town Jinja, on the shores of Lake Victoria and along the Nile River. Here the Nile begins its journey all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea.
In the afternoon a boat trip takes you to the place where John Hanning Speke discovered the source of the Nile River in 1862. See a wide variety of tropical birds and perhaps the dinosaur-like monitor lizard!
Journey Time:  4 hours
Accommodation: Preferred budget accommodation 
Meal Plan:           Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: Activities around Jinja
Optional activities today (not inclusive, prices are from April 2013) :

  • White water rafting on the Nile (full day USD 125 / half day USD 115)
  • Horseback safari through local communities, beautiful countryside and great views on the Nile (USD 50 for 2 hrs / USD 70 for 3 hrs)
  • Quad-biking through local communities with great views on the Nile (USD 70 for 2 hrs / USD 90 for 3 hrs)
  • A sundowner Cruise on The Nile (USD 35)
  • Or, you can simply choose to relax by the pool at the lodge.

Accommodation: preferred budget accommodation   
Meal Plan            Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6 - To Kibale Forest
Today you will head for Kibale Forest N.P. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. You will have time for an evening stroll in the nearby town of Fort Portal before heading into the forest.
On arrival at the forest, you will enter a completely different world… some serious monkey business! Although you are here specifically to track chimpanzees, the forest is home to 12 other primate species.
You will stay in a cozy lodge with excellent views of the forest.
Journey Time     7 - 8 hours
Accommodation   Kibale Forest camp or another budget accommodation facility 
Meal Plan            Breakfast, Dinner


Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk
An experienced forest ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. In Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!
On track you might also see other monkey species that live in this tropical forest. Once located you will spend a full hour with the chimpanzees. Since they are still wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.
The forest and swamp of Kibale Forest are home to at least 12 primate species including the red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkey, and the blue monkey. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful great blue turaco.
Your afternoon swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk. Though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!
Journey Time     1 hour each way
Accommodation               Kibale Forest Camp
Meal Plan            Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8: Queen Elizabeth N.P.
After a relaxed morning you drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.
Late afternoon you will go for a game-drive into the park. Meet gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for lions or a leopard.
Journey Time     3½ hours
Accommodation Bush Lodge
Meal Plan            Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 9: Park Game drive & Boat Safari
Today you will wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in Queen Elizabeth N.P. We will be in time to see the first rays of sun.
You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, and many Warthogs. Uganda has over 1.000 bird species. This park has about 612, these include African skimmer, Chapins flycatcher, Pink-backed pelicans, Shoebill stork, martial eagle, as well as the great flamingos.
After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.
Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
After the boat-safari you game drive back to the camp.
Accommodation:             Bush Lodge
Meal Plan            Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Gorilla Land!)
Today you drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive).
Your accommodation will be close to Bwindi Forest. The exact lodge will depend on where the availability of the various gorilla groups.
* Our preferred accommodation for this trip is listed below. We might however have to adjust this due to available gorilla permits. This might be available in a 3 different areas of Bwindi. We will inform you when we have to change accommodation to a similar standard elsewhere.
Journey Time     Up to 9 hours
Accommodation           budget aAccommodation depending on the area to track 
Meal Plan            Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 11 - Gorilla Tracking (Optional)
Prepare yourself for an encounter with the rare mountain gorilla. Today is the big day for the gorilla tracking (permit US$ 600 in 2014/2015)! The gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. 
Bwindi Forest boasts both gorillas and chimpanzees, making it the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other primate species, 113 mammal species, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
Note: If you don’t want to do the gorilla tracking, you can relax at the lodge or choose from many of the optional activities in and around the forest (not inclusive).
Face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla !
An exciting trek along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours!
Once located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. A fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants!
Journey Time     1 hour each way
Accommodation               your overnight accomodation 
Meal Plan            Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 


Day 12: Bush walk in Lake Mburo NP
After breakfast, you travel to Lake Mburo National Park which is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. The lake itself has many hippos and crocodiles!
Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a bush walk with an experienced ranger. Don't miss this opportunity! From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. An exciting approach to wildlife!
Note: Instead of going for the bush walk, you can relax at your lodge or go on a horseback riding safari in the park (USD 70 p.p. for 2 hours).
You will stay just outside the park boundaries, but it will feel like being in the middle of the park. From your verandah and restaurant you have a great view over the park and its wildlife.
Journey Time     6 hours
Accommodation               either Eagles Nest, Rwaboko rock
Meal Plan            Breakfast


Day 13: Back to Kampala via Mabamba Swamp
After brunch at the lodge, you will drive to the swamps adjacent to Lake Victoria. The boat trip will traverse the green papyrus swamp in search of the rare shoebill stork.
Then you will drive to the chaotic Kampala where we will visit the souvenir market before continuing on to Entebbe to catch your flight.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.
Journey Time     6 hours
Accommodation               Not included
Meal Plan            Breakfast

For dates & rates, please click here! 
* Guaranteed departure/ Minimum amount of travelers reached
Single supplement:
US$ 240
Group Size:
Minimum 4 / Maximum 12 people


TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Transport in a 4wd minibus with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing;
  • All fuel for the tour;
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver/guide(s);
  • Accommodation in double/twin rooms (shared);
  • Meals as indicated;
  • All park entrance fees as per program
  • All activities as per program unless specifically mentioned as optional;
  • Permit for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest N.P. (value: US$ 150 p.p.).

EXCLUDES

  • International air fares;
  • Uganda entry visa (US$ 50 p.p.);
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
  • Meals and snacks which are not inclusive in the accommodation (see program)
  • All activities that are not mentioned in the program or activities that are mentioned in the program as optional activities (see program)
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide(s), lodge staff, etc.;
  • All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.);
  • Single supplement: US$ 240 p.p.;
  • Gorilla permit: US$ 600 p.p.

AGE
Minimum age (because of gorilla tracking rules): 16 years.


ACCOMMODATION
You stay in budget accommodations. All accommodations are atmospheric, small and offer great views. 
The rate for this tour is based on double occupancy. The price of the single supplement is mentioned.
We retain the right to substitute the accommodations shown above with suitable accommodations if there is no availability.


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

In case you book the tour for one person but you don’t mind sharing a room during the tour with somebody from the same gender, please let us know. Maybe another unaccompanied traveler will book and then you can share your room with her/him. In that case you will not pay the single supplement.


MEALS
The cost of the tour includes some breakfast; check the program for the details.


EXTENSION
In case you are in Uganda a few days longer (before or after the tour), please let us know. We will be happy to make you a proposal for accommodation and - if you wish - transport and activities. 
Please ask us for the possibilities.


JOURNEY TIME
All journey times are close approximations, as you can never quite guarantee what will happen on the African roads… We could be in for a bumpy ride on parts of the route (which adds to the excitement of being on safari!); we may encounter road-works and, of course, there are the photo stops. Either way, you can be certain that although you may be seated for long periods at times during the trip, you will be passing some spectacular countryside and there will always be something of interest to see along the way!

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Email

info@kuamkatours.com

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Phone

+256 - 752 - 398 067

+256 - 752 - 398 067

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