Highlights of Uganda • 11 Days

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Discover the beauty of the Pearl of Africa on this 11-day Highlights of Uganda guided group tour. Starting and ending in Entebbe, the tour sweeps through the natural wonder worlds of Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Kibale and Lake Mburo National Parks. A highlight is undoubtedly coming face to face with the endangered mountain gorilla in the Bwindi National Park. There is also the opportunity to craft beautiful handwoven baskets with the women of the Buhoma community. Those who are interested in wildlife and want to experience the beauty of Uganda’s wilderness and encounter its iconic wildlife, particularly the endangered white rhinos, will find the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch to be a convenient destination because it is easily accessible for tourists and visitors who are traveling from Kampala or other nearby cities.

Highlights of the Tour

Entebbe

The former Ugandan capital of Entebbe is perfectly situated on the shores of Lake Victoria. Renowned for its lush botanical gardens, visitors can wander about and take in the breathtaking beauty of indigenous flora and fauna. Tourists can also get some proper rest and relaxation on the beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for the country’s remaining chimps.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, where the mighty Nile River forces its way through a narrow gorge, creating the breathtaking Murchison Falls. Marvel at the park’s diverse wildlife on a thrilling safari against the backdrop of lush savannah landscapes. For the adventurous at heart, boat excursions along the Nile offer a unique opportunity to witness hippos, crocodiles and a plethora of vibrant bird species.

Kibale National Park

Located in southern Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is the habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all kinds of monkeys, including red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey as well as red and black and white colobus monkeys. When you’re not searching for monkeys there are over 300 bird species and an incredible 250 species of butterfly to keep you busy.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Surrounded by other wonderful parks in the western region of Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, including the scenic Kazinga Channel, which hosts one of the highest concentrations of hippos in Africa. The remote Ishaha section of the park is home to the famous tree-climbing lions which are always on the lookout for the Uganda Kob, a rare type of antelope. Tree-climbing lions can be found in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Bwindi Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to approximately half of the world’s endangered mountain gorilla population. Safarigoers have the unique opportunity to embark on unforgettable gorilla trekking adventures. Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and track them for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. There are also numerous forest walks where around 346 species of birds can be spotted.

Lake Mburo National Park

Discover the unparalleled beauty of Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s natural gems. The park is a haven for almost 70 mammal species and more than 300 different types of birds in its forests, swamps and grasslands. Take to the waters for a tranquil boat safari, witnessing hippos and crocodiles in and around the five lakes, of which Lake Mburo is the largest.

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Accommodation

We make use of mid-range lodge accommodation on the Highlights of Uganda tour.

Day 1

Best Western Premier Garden Hotel (or similar)
Entebbe, Uganda

Day 2 & 3

Paraa Safari Lodge (or similar)
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Days 4 & 5

Turaco Treetops Lodge (or similar)
Kibale National Park, Uganda

Day 6 & 7

Park View Safari Lodge (or similar)
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Day 8 & 9

Mahogany Springs Lodge (or similar)
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Day 10

Mihingo Lodge (or similar)
Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

Included

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary or of similar standard.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • All transport in a JENMAN safari vehicle
  • Game drives and activities
  • Experienced local guide

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Travel insurance and visas
  • Park entrance fees (quoted separately)
  • Park Fees & Activities: This fee is payable in addition to the main tour fare at the time of booking The Park Fees & activities is used to pay for some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.
    Park Fees: From USD 870

Pre-Tour Information

Vehicles

Jenman African Safaris uses fully equipped, customized, 4×4 safari vehicles, Toyota Land Cruisers, or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, all window seats for game viewing and a music system. These non-air-conditioned vehicles are equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle roof rack or trailer to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.

Travelling Times and Distances

All travelling times in Uganda are affected by road conditions, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge in Uganda where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

Visas

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Uganda, prior to departure.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

Making Your Travels Meaningful

The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.
Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation.

Trekking Rules

For conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules apply and must be strictly adhered to:

  • No one with a communicable disease (e.g. flu, diarrhoea) is allowed to enter the park.
  • Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, don’t surround them.
  • Don’t get closer than 7 metres (21 feet) to the gorillas.
  • Don’t eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 metres from the gorillas.
  • Turn away from the gorillas if you have to sneeze or cough. Cover your nose and mouth in the process.
  • Burry all human faeces a minimum of one foot deep and ensure that the hole is properly covered.
  • If a gorillas moves into your direction, please move out of his way slowly.
  • While being close to the animals, please do not make any funny noises and try not to move quickly.
  • Don’t leave litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed of properly.
  • No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
  • Don’t spit on vegetation or soil when in the park – use a handkerchief.
  • Your group must not be more than 8 tourists and must all be over 15 years old.
Meet and Greet at the Airport, transfer to your hotel.
You will be met and collected from your hotel in Entebbe and driven to Murchison Falls. Visit the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch en route, which has the honour of hosting the only wild rhinos in Uganda. Presently the sanctuary is home to nineteen southern white rhinos. The ranch has become increasingly popular with tourists for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation. We will enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing the drive to the spectacular Murchison Falls, located within one of Uganda’s oldest conservation areas. Excluding the stop, the journey will take approximately 7-8 hours. Murchison National Park is suited in the northern part of Albertine Rift Valley, where the massive Bunyoro escarpment amalgamates into the enormous plains of land traditionally inhabited by the Acholi people.
After an early breakfast, you will be taken on a morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park in search of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hartebeest and oribi. Continue to the launch site for a boat ride combined with a cheese and wine cruise. A highlight of any visit to Murchison Falls Conservation Area is the launch trip to view the magnificent Murchison Falls. The scheduled boat trip normally departs in the morning and afternoon.  Hippos and crocodiles are abundant and you will see plenty of game and bird life. The voyage takes about three hours. Return to the lodge for lunch, followed by an evening game drive.
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Kibale National Park via Fort Portal, passing through verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Picnic lunch will be provided.  Kibale National Park  contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed  with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau.
Trek man’s closest genetic relative, the cheeky chimpanzee on a trekking excursion in the Budongo Forest. In the afternoon you will go for a guided walk in Bigodi Swamp to look for different bird species like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller and other rare specifies and also find the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, HairBreasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets.
After an early breakfast, we head out on a beautiful morning drive through the dramatic landscape of the Crater Lakes. In the afternoon transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The Park has diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands.
After breakfast, we continue our journey to observe chimpanzees on a morning chimp trek in Kalinzu forest. In the afternoon go on a boat excursion on the Kazinga Channel which has the world’s largest concentration of hippos and Nile crocodiles.
After breakfast, we try to spot the tree-climbing lions during our drive through the Ishasha sector, en-route to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We arrive at our Bwindi accommodation in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure.
The day has arrived for the unforgettable gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to learn basket weaving with the women of the Buhoma community.
We leave the gorillas of Bwindi behind and drive to Lake Mburo National Park where we enjoy a late afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo. This impressive park consists of a series of swamp-fringed lakes and is home to 350 bird species as well as zebras, impalas, elands, buffalos, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck.
End your great Uganda safari today with a photo at the famous Equator sign!
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