South West Safari – Uganda

Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is therefore essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately, each permit as per now it is costing about US $600 and in Rwanda it costs US $1,500 permit per person. Delay in payment can result in permits not being secured. Those going gorilla tracking need to be properly equipped and should consult wild trails safaris tour consultant for more information.

To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 or people with illnesses may go tracking. Trackers must be fit and in good health as tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000m traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet.

Porters at a cost of US $20 can be hired to carry equipment. Part of the gorilla permit fee goes to communities living around the gorilla parks. Permits purchased for tracking are non-refundable except in specific circumstances.

In the event of medical issues on the day of tracking, the park authorities may, at their discretion, agree to a partial refund of the permit cost, providing a medical certificate is submitted.Wild Trails Safaris can only make a refund to an agent/client if the park authorities agree to the provision of a refund.

In the event of national park or border closures, security changes or gorillas going out of range, a refund is at the discretion of the authority and is not within the company’s control.Obtaining a gorilla permit therefore is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla.

One hour is allowed with the gorillas, at a distance of at least 7 meters. Flash photography is not allowed, so fast film is useful. Personal DVD recorders are allowed. Professional film makers require permission and need to purchase filming permits. At the national parks you will meet your ranger who explains the rules for tracking gorillas and will take you up to the gorillas.

Uganda’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss. You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malaria is available in drug shops and there are doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.

Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaria-quine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Some visitors to Uganda find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem is usually not that of parasite infection but a change in climate for visitors.

You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels. Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended. You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

Compulsory vaccinations:
There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when traveling onward from Uganda to other countries.

Recommended immunizations:
Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies. People over 30 years should be re-vaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

 

  • Game drive Safaris: this will be done on the Savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo national park with chances of seeing the wildlife.
  • Boat trip on Kazinga Channel: with the biggest concentration of hippos and spectacular birds
  • Boat trip on Lake Mburo.
  • Ishasha: Search for the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable national park: Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park

 

Route:

  • Day 1: Arrival – Entebbe
  • Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park – Game Drive
  • Day 3: Boat Ride – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth – Boat ride
  • Day 4: Ishasha – Game drive
  • Day 5:  Chimpanzee Trek – Transfer to Kisoro
  • Day 6: Tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest – Gorilla trekking
  • Day 7: Travel back to Kampala

 

Map of Uganda showing the safari Journey

Day 1: Arrival Kampala Or Entebbe

Our safari guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and takes you directly to your lodge in Entebbe. Depending on the hour of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Entebbe (though any fees are at your own expense). You will stay in a nice guesthouse with spacious rooms.The coffee and local meals are wonderful and there are plenty of different species of birds in the gardens.

  • Mid range accommodation: Airport guest House
  • Meal plan: Dinner.
  • Travel time: 15 Minutes from Airport
  • Activity: Airport pick up

 

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park

This morning after your breakfast at 8am your guide will drive you 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 to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. You will have a stop over to the Equator where you will have an opportunity to see the experiment of how water spins clock wise and anti clockwise and at 0 degrees at the line of the equator the water will not spine,

after the experiment you will then continue with your journey to Lake Mburo national park. you will arrive in for lunch and at 4pm you will go for a game drive in the park to look for Giraffe, Topi, Elands, Zebras, Impala,  Warthogs, Kudu, Water bucks and many more.

  • Mid range accommodation:Rwakobo Rock Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Travel time: 4 hours
  • Activity: Equator & Game drive

 

 

Day 3: Boat ride & Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This morning after your breakfast at 8am your guide will drive you to the Lake in the national park  for a boat ride to look out for crocodiles and hippos thus a good number of birds to be seen during the boat ride. after the boat ride you will drive to Igongo cultural center for lunch. After lunch you will drive to Queen Elizabeth national park which 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 game, including gazelle, Uganda Kob, warthog and water buck. Lions are often sighted both in and around the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippos and elephants. In the late afternoon you will go for a boat ride on the Kazinga channel where you will find hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo and birds.

  • Mid range accommodation: Marafiki lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Travel time: 4 hours
  • Activity: 2 Boat cruises

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Ishasha – Tree Climbing Lions – Game Drive.

Today you will go to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth NP. This area is called Ishasha and is famous for its tree-climbing-lions! To escape from the heat during the day, the lions climb the fig trees. We hope you get lucky and spot the king of the jungle in one of the huge fig trees. You will also find Topi, Leopard, Elephants, Water buck, Warthog and different species of birds.

After lunch you will drive back to your lodge

  • Mid range accommodation: Marafiki lodge.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Travel Time: 2 hours
  • Activity: Game drive in Ishasha.

 

 

Day 5: Chimpanzee Trek & Transfer to Kisoro Town

This morning at 6:30am you will drive to Kalinzu central forest for chimpanzee trekking, Kalinzu forest is a natural forest located in Busheyi District western Uganda. Pitched on top of an escarpment on the eastern edge of the Great Albertine Rift Valley and the forest reserve is 147 Square Kilometer adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Maramagambo Forest. The forest hosts species of primates including the blue Monkeys and chimpanzees and its famous for variety of species of trees and shrubs including the ficus, Prunus African, the Strobia and parinari. You will trek chimps for 3 to 4 hours after chimp trek you will go to Kisoro town where you will have the two nights.

  • Mid range accommodation: Marafiki lodge.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
  • Travel Time: 2 hours
  • Activity: Game drive in Ishasha.

 

 

 

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

Today is the big day for gorilla trekking, meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. 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 Impenetrable Forest boasts mountain gorillas and Duikers. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas

have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience.

This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

  • Mid range accommodation: Travelers Rest Hotel
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.
  • Trekking Time: 3-7 hours
  • Activity: Gorilla tracking

 

 

 

Day 7: End of your tour – Airport transfer

After an early breakfast, your driver/ guide will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator

for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. 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.

  • Mid range accommodation: Not included.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.
  • Travel time: 7 hours.
  • Activity: Road Trip to Entebbe

 

 

 

 

END OF SAFARI

This safari starts from Entebbe and then continues to Kampala city, Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha part of queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi impenetrable National Park and back to Entebbe.

Mid-range safari Price

 Type of Safari: Mid range safari
Mid-range Price
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 2,825
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 1,902
 3 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 1,777
 4 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 1,639
 5 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 1,602
 6 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 1,556
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 138

 Group Safari

This is a join-in Safari in which a mix of people from all ages (above 16) and all nationalities are welcome to join. The Safari dates are guaranteed departures.

NOTE:

Gorilla trekking:

In case you don’t want to go for gorilla trekking on this trip then you will do other activities as your group friends are gorilla trekking, those who will not go for gorilla trekking will pay less price. You subtract US $ 380 from your safari price.

Single supplement:

This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

Extreme Details.

Guide/ driver  1
Accommodation  Mid-range Lodge
Type of Vehicle
 mini-bus van/Land cruiser
Duration of safari  7 Days, 6 Nights
Meals:  6 Breakfast, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinner
Country
 Uganda

Uganda  6 Days safari (What you are paying for)

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
English speaking driver/guide International air fares;
A  Gorilla  permit Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
Park entrance fees Activities optional activities
3 game drives in 2 national parks A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Chimpanzee Trek & Transport Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program & Vehicle fuel Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Tree climbing lions venture laundry and souvenirs
2 Boat rides All expenses of a personal nature

 

Tipping

Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Your driver/guide:  $10 dollars per person/per day
Gorilla Porters:  $5 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters:  $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides:  $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants:  5 – 10%
Hotel staff $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night

 

A 7 day safari that goes to Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Choose the dates you would like to travel and we organize a safari for you.

 Scheduled Departure dates:

START  DATE END DATE   START DATE END DATE
1st June 2017 6th June 2017 1st June 2018 6th June 2018
1st July 2017 6th July 2017 1st July 2018 6th July 2018
1st August 2017 6th August 2017 1st August 2018 6th August 2018

Note: For those who have their own departure dates please contact us for your departure dates.