Uganda - Pearl of Africa

Berggorillas.
mountain gorillas.
Baby Schimpanse.
chimpanzee.
Die Murchison Wasserfälle.
The Murchison Falls.
Ein Baumlöwe.
a tree lion.

The "Pearl of Africa", as Winston Churchill once called Uganda, is a country of unique scenic beauty, with an incomparable abundance of animals and is home to the world-famous Mountain Gorillas. This unique tour will show you the highlights of this impressive country: you will experience the famous, wild Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees in the indigenous forests, explore hidden villages and animal kingdoms of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Nile Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Mburo. Whether it be a boat trip, a safari, a hike or a visit to the spectacular Rwenzori Mountains of the Kibale National Park, we offer the perfect combination of adventure, enjoyment and variety in the heart of Africa.

Highlights

- Experience dramatic sunsets over the Nile and the bush
- Journey over land and water on a safari game drive
- Live among the "Big 5"
- Travel to the source of the White Nile
- Observe the majestic waterfalls in Murchison National Park
- Track chimpanzees in Kibale National Park
- Behold the magnificent animal kingdom of the Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Track Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park
...and much more!!!

Price: from EUR 4 185,00 * per person sharing in a double room

Tour Description

Day 1: Welcome to Entebbe
This day’s journey begins with a long-haul flight to Entebbe in Uganda. Your local English-speaking tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the nearby guest house in Entebbe. Here you will be able to relax before we embark on an adventurous tour of unique discovery through Uganda the next day. 4 km / D

Day 2: Rhino in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
After breakfast, we will head to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which hosts a project that allows for the re-introduction of rhinos into their natural habitat. The project began in 2005 with only 5 donated rhinoceroses -  a team of roughly 80 park rangers now have 15 rhinos as part of the conservation project. During an hour-long walk, we will be able to face the weight of the colossal eye. By visiting the Sanctuary, we are supporting the project. We will stay in a beautiful lodge that is surrounded by serenity. After dinner, we may be given the opportunity to go for an exciting night walk alongside an experienced gamekeeper through the bushland. 210 km / B, PL, D

Day 3: From the Shoebill Stork to the Murchison waterfalls
Early this morning, we will drive to a papyrus swamp area. Once we arrive, the local fishermen will accompany us as we go bird watching in small wooden boats - the main objective is to see a rare Shoebill Stork. We will then drive further north to the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls National Park, where a tasty picnic will be awaiting us at the imposing Murchison Falls. There the Victoria Nile, which belongs to the White Nile, gushes over a massive step which is 43 meters high, having forced its way through a narrow valley of the East African Grave. We will thereafter proceed on a guided walk down the waterfall, where a privately chartered riverboat will be waiting for us to embark on a boat game drive on the Nile. With some luck, we may also see elephants, lions and Rothschild’s giraffes. We will reach the magnificent Murchison River Lodge just before sunset. It is here where we will retire to our gorgeous "Thatched Tents" - beautifully furnished, large slides with bath – situated on the banks of the Nile, for two nights. 150 km / B, PL, D

Day 4: Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
With the sunrise, we will cross the Nile on a ferry and undertake an exciting game drive along the Nile. The hilly savannah landscape is home to Rothschild’s giraffes, as well as buffaloes, elephants, lions, leopards and many more - we will spend a lot of time here. During the afternoon, we will find a shady spot for a picnic lunch to relax before exploring further. Towards the evening, we will return to our beautiful lodge. 0 km / B, PL, D

Day 5: The Kibale National Park
After a varied ride through rural areas along the Albert Lake, we will reach the northern foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains in the afternoon. The hilly landscape of ​​the Ndali-Kasenda crater fields shows us a rural idyll of crater lakes, tea plantations and rainforests. In the cragged crater landscape is the Kibale National Park - well known beyond Africa for the high primate density, housing over 1500 chimpanzees and a variety of forest birds. We will be staying at the edge of the forest of Kibale in a cosy lodge that has a breathtakingly scenic view. 322 km / B, PL, D

Day 6: In the footsteps of the chimpanzees - drive to the Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, a 10-minute drive will take us to a ranger post. Here we will be given a short introduction as well as the final preparations needed for our chimp tracking expedition. Together with an experienced gamekeeper, we will then journey through the rainforest to find one of the habituated families. Because the chimpanzees are usually very excited when eating in the tree tops of the fig trees, it is very likely that we may be able to observe them during their breakfast. Chimp tracking is limited to half a day. In the afternoon, we will travel to the 2,000km² Queen Elizabeth National Park, located at the southern end of the Ruwenzori Mountains. The Park is home to nearly 100 mammals, over 600 species of birds as well as elephants, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, lions and many more. Our beautiful safari lodge, situated on the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains, will be the starting point when discovering the national park. 113 km / B, PL, D

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park - boat trip to Kazinga Channel
With the rising sun, we will venture out into the savannah in order to observe and photograph the wildlife performing their morning activities. For this, we will drive into the hunting area of ​​the lions - the open savannah - where the Ugandan kob prefer to graze. In addition, we will look out for other antelope species, the rare giant forest boar and perhaps even a leopard or hyena. We will spend a lot of time here to be able to absorb all the sights and sounds, while also exploring the less-travelled game paths in search of the perfect photograph. In the afternoon, we will travel by boat on the Kazinga Channel. We hope to see as much wildlife as possible in and around the water - crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants and flamingos will cross our path happily. 0 km / B, PL, D

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park - looking for the tree lions
We will leave the northern part of the park and an approximately two-hour drive takes us to the Ishasha sector - famous for its tree lions, to the south of this nature reserve. We will have the opportunity to experience the magnificent elegance of the tree lions climbing the trees at midday to rest from their hunt – something that can only be witnessed in a few places in Africa. With our all-terrain vehicle, we will venture through this natural space to watch, with some luck, the unique wildlife that live here. After a picnic on the Ishasha River, accompanied by grunting hippos, we will "search" the southern fig trees for tree-climbing lions. We will then spend the night in a gorgeous lodge on the Ntungwe River. 128 km / B, PL, D

Day 9: The Bwindi National Park

On this morning, a new game drive will take place to explore this wildlife area. Today we might also go to the remote, and little-visited, "Edward Flats". Due to the difficult ski conditions, this is only possible seasonally and with good all-wheel drive vehicles. After a picnic lunch, we will leave the Queen Elizabeth National Park and continue towards the impenetrable mountain rainforests of the Bwindi National Park - the home of over half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas worldwide. On the edge of the jungle we will rest in the chalets of a beautiful lodge for the next two nights. From your private veranda, you will have a magnificent view of the mountain rain forest, from which the screams of the chimpanzee’s or the grunts of the gorillas may be heard. 123 km / B, PL, D

Day 10: The Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi National Park
Gorilla Tracking (optional, fee not included in the travel price): After a hearty breakfast, we will walk a few meters to the nearby Ranger post where we will be informed of the rules of conduct. With local guides and rangers, we will go above the impenetrable mountain rainforest. The guide will follow the instructions and paths of the ferry travelers who had already set sail with the sunrise. The ferry travelers who first walked the site where they met the gorillas the previous day, now follow this hiking trail - as soon as they spot gorillas, they will inform our guide and we will go to "the abbreviation" through the forest to the designated meeting place and approach the gorilla family, who gathers around the head, the "Silverback". This moment, when it is possible to get a close-up view of the gorillas, will surely be an unforgettable experience and the highlight of every visit to Uganda. We will need to limit our visit to exactly one hour to keep the disturbance of the gorilla family’s natural rhythm to the bare minimum. B, PL, D

Day 11: A trip to Lake Mburo National Park
We will leave the Bwindi National Park and drive a beautifully scenic route in the afternoon through the hilly acacia landscape of Lake Mburo National Park. During the short game drive to our camp, we will meet zebras and antelopes. We will stay in a gorgeous lodge at the edge of the park. The lodge was built on a hill with a broad view over the hilly savannah. Here we will take the opportunity to track down the animals and birds. After a delicious dinner, we will drive through the park with a ranger and a searchlight in the hopes for a few rare sightings. For two nights, this lodge will be our home in a grandiose setting. 271km / B, PL, D

Day 12: A last big safari in Lake Mburo National Park
After a cup of tea or coffee on your private veranda, we will roam the national park on a guided game walk to experience the morning activities of the animals firsthand – accompanied by an experienced gamekeeper to enable us to photograph the wild animal’s "at eye level". We will be combining your afternoon game drive with a boat game drive on the Mburo lake where we will observe crocodiles, hippos and rare water birds, among other exciting creatures. We will sit around a warm camp fire and listen to the sounds of the night, while allowing the delightful days of this unique trip to find a permanent place in our memories. B, PL, D

Day 13: Entebbe and home journey

We will leave the national park and have a picnic/photo-stop at the equator. Thereafter, in the afternoon, we will reach Entebbe. Here, there are daily rooms for showering and changing organized especially for us and we will then enjoy a lovely farewell dinner together. Flight-dependent transfer to the airport will be available, and it is here that we will then have to say goodbye to Uganda. The departure from Africa then takes place. 228 km / B, PL, D

Day 14: Return home

Arrival at home.

Prices and Tour Dates

Tour dates: 02.06.2018 - 15.06.2018
Price: EUR 4 185,00* per person sharing in a double room, single room supplement EUR 410,00

* This offer is valid for a group of 6 participants.
* The minimum number of participants is confirmed no later than 28 days prior to departure (see GTC).
* Excluding the travel price are general increases in transport costs and currency fluctuations.
* Prices are subject to the availability of selected accommodation.
* We reserve the right to make short-term changes to the itinerary.

We are happy to provide you with an additional offer for the required international flights! We can also draw up a tailor-made program for a private group with a desired date - as individual as you!

Included in the price:
- English speaking guide to and from Entebbe Airport, Uganda
- 12 nights in selected, beautiful accommodation, mostly in the three to four-star area
- 1-day room in Entebbe
- Meals as advertised excluding drinks (B = breakfast, PL = picnic lunch, D = dinner)
- Excursion and tour program in a Safari Landcruiser
- All entrance fees, activities and parking fees as mentioned
- Luggage transportation

Excluded from the price:
- International flights to and from Entebbe, Uganda
- Optional activities and benefits (license for Gorilla trekking USD 600 per person in 2017, 2018 on request)
- E-visa cost (currently USD 50 per person for entry)
- travel Insurance
- Drinks, gratuities, personal expenses

Note: Yellow fever vaccination required

Planned accommodation*:
The Boma Hotel, Entebbe
Amuka Safari Lodge, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Murchison River Lodge, Murchison Falls
Kibale Forest Camp, Kibale National Park
Marafiki Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Engagi Lodge, Bwindi National Park