Topi 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 $750 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. Please follow the rules stated.

 

 

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 travelling 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.

  • Chimpanzee track: The chimpanzee track will be done at Kibale national park
  • Bigodi Swamp walk: The best chance to see different species of birds and monkeys.
  • Game drive Safaris: This will be done on the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters
  • Boat trip on Kazinga Channel: with the biggest concentration of hippos and spectacular birds.
  • 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.
  • Kabale community: Visit the local people and/or the pygmies and experience their local way of living

   Route

  • Day 1: Arrival Kampala
  • Day 2: Travel to Kibale Forest
  • Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & Swamp walk
  • Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth N.P. Game drive
  • Day 5: Game drive and boat safari
  • Day 6: Tree climbing lions in Ishasha
  • Day 7: Tracking the mountain gorillas
  • Day 8: Travel back to Kampala.

 

Map of Uganda showing Safari Journey

Day 1: Arrival Kampala:

Your driver/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 over looking to the lake and the airport

Mid range Accommodation: Airport Guest house.

Luxury Accommodation: Protea Hotel

Meal plan: Dinner.

Travel time: 15 minutes from the airport.

Activity: Airport pick up

 

Day 2: Kibale Forest via Fort Portal
Today, you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. After about five hours driving, you stop for lunch in the cozy town Fort Portal. You have time to walk around town and/or visit the local market or eat some local food like Matoke (green cooked banana).

Tonight you will go ‘lazy camping’, a great experience where you will stay in a basic tent with 2 single beds and a solar lantern (all bedding and towels are provided). The hot showers and flushing toilets are nearby).

Mid range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp

Luxury accommodation: Primate lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.

Travel time: 6 hours

Activity: Road trip

 

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk
Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the  morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers. Your 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!

Mid range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp.

Luxury accommodation: Primate lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.

Travel time: 15 minutes drive to Starting point.

Activity: Chimpanzee tracking & Swamp walk

 

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth 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 waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.In the late afternoon you will go for a game-drive into the park. You will be bush camping at Bush Lodge in a nice and spacious tent with beds.

 Your lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, overlooking the spectacular Kazinga Channel. Watch wildlife from your own private verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant Savannah. This truly is Africa!

Mid range accommodation: Simba safari lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Katara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.

Travel time: 2 hours.

Activity: Game drive

 

Day 5: Park Game Drive & Boat Safari
Today you 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 time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Water-buck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. In the afternoon 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 lodge.

Mid range accommodation: Simba safari lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Katara lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.

Travel time: 30minutes to the park gate.

Activity: Game drive and Boat ride

 

Day 6: Tree climbing lions – Bwindi
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 learned how to climb the fig trees. We hope you get lucky and spot the king of the jungle in one of the huge fig trees.

After lunch (not included) you will continue your journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park is widely known for its massive untouched rain forest, it’s a home to many wild life including mountain gorillas and bird life

Mid range accommodation: Haven Lodge Bwindi.

Luxury accommodation: Volcano lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.

Travel time: 10 hours including game drive.

Activity: Game drive in Ishasha

 

Day 7: 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:Haven  Lodge.

Luxury accommodation: Volcano lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch &Dinner.

Travel time: 3-7 hours.

Activity: Gorilla tracking

 

Day 8: Transfer to Entebbe – flight back home
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.

Accommodation: Not included.

Meal plan: Breakfast & Lunch.

Travel time: 7 hours.

Activity: Road trip to Airport

End of safari

This 8 day safari starts from Entebbe and then continues to Kampala city, Kibale National park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha part of queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi impenetrable National Park and back  Entebbe.

 

Luxury Safari price:

 Type of Safari: Luxury Safari
 Luxury Price
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 3,605
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 2,725
 Group Safari, Each person pays: US $ 2,480
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 279

Mid-range safari Price

 Type of Safari: Mid range safari
Mid-range Price
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 2,985
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 2,384
 Group Safari, Each person pays: US $ 2,109
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 188

International Group Tour 2017-18:

This is a join-in Safari in which a mix of people from all ages (above 16) and nationalities are welcome to join. The Safari dates are guaranteed departures with a minimum of 5 people.

 

Extreme Details

Guide/ driver   1
Type of Vehicle  Land cruiser or mini-bus van
Duration  8 Days, 7 Nights
Accommodation  Luxury Lodge / mid-range lodge
Meals  7 Breakfast, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Country  Uganda

 

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 will subtract US $ 448 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”

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
Chimpanzee permit 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 & English speaking driver/guide Activities optional activities
3 game drives in 1 national parks A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Community visits & Transport in a 4WD minibus Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program & vehicle fuel Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Drinking water in the van only laundry and souvenirs
1Boat ride 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.

Tipping suggestions:

Your driver/guide:  $5 dollars per person/per day
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

The 8 day safari that goes to Kibale national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, and Bwindi impenetrable national park runs twice a month for the whole year

Scheduled Departure dates:

START DATE END DATE START DATE END DATE
13th May 2017 20th May 2017 1st May 2018 8th May 2018
1st June 2017 8th June 2017 20th June 2018 27th June 2018
8th July 2017 15th July 2017 20th July 2018 27th July 2018
1st August 2017 8th August 2017 20th August 2018 27th August 2018
14th September 2017 21st September 2017 12th September 2017 20th September 2017
1st October 2017 8th October 2017 1st October 2017 8th October 2017
14th November 2017 21st November 2017 14th November 2017 21st November 2017
22nd December 2017 29th December 2017 22nd December 2017 29th December 2017

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