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21 days 20 nights Best of Uganda – 2024 rates

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Safari Overview
Our 21-day Pearl of Africa Safari allows you to visit all major wildlife attractions Uganda has to offer to the discerning traveler, starting with the Source of the Nile in Jinja and the opportunity for white water rafting. Next, you will visit the wild and magical landscapes of the Kidepo Valley National Park (KVNP). Your next stop thereafter is the famous Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP), whose 43-meter falls of boiling water is forced through a 7-meter-wide gap before crashing into the lightly wooded savannah below.

You also venture into the dense tropical forest of the Kibale National Park (KNP), home to 1,500 of the more than 5,000 chimpanzees living in various forest reserves of Uganda. The ancient rain forest of Kibale offers the best opportunity to experience habituated chimpanzees close up. In addition to tracking chimp troops, the forest also features an extensive network of hiking trails with more than 320 bird species to observe.

Your safari continues to the golden rolling savannahs of the Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), home to more than 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species and the ideal location for classic big game safaris and birding tours alike. Your safari continues to the famous ancient forest of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas. Of the 780 gorillas in the world, more than half live in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, then you will end up in Lake Mburo National Park to see the Impalas and Zebras.

Our tour gives you the chance to visit both parks and the extraordinary experience of coming face to face with one of our closest relatives in their natural habitat of bamboo thickets and dense tropical rainforests.

Safari Features

Services & Safari Activities Included

  • Entebbe: Cycling
  • Jinja: Rafting, Bungee jumping
  • Sipi Falls: Coffee Experience and Sipi Falls hike
  • Moroto: Karatunga Kraal experience and mountain Hiking
  • Safari Activities in Kidepo Valley National Park: Game Drive x 3
  • Safari Activities in Murchison Falls National Park: Game Drive x 2
  • Safari Activities in Kibale National Park: Chimp Tracking Permit PP
  • Safari Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park: Game Drive x 3
  • Safari Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Batwa experience
  • Safari activities in Lake Mburo National Park: Game drive x2
  • Safari Activities in Kampala: Kampala City Tour

 

  • Airport Transfers
  • Entrance fees for national parks are listed in the itinerary
  • Return transfers with 4×4 safari vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/tour guide
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary and mineral water
  • FB – Full board includes bed, breakfast, (packed) lunch, and dinner
  • HB – Half Board includes bed, breakfast, and dinner
  • BB – Bed & Breakfast includes bed and breakfast only.
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Entebbe

You will be picked up by our guide, you will be transferred to a Hotel in Entebbe for your overnight stay. BB

Day 2Entebbe/Kampala

Early breakfast and drive to cycling starting point to do Cycling along the shores of Lake Victoria. Cycling is an adventure and environmentally friendly mode of travel, contributing to sustainable tourism practices and reducing your carbon footprint while exploring Uganda, after transfer to Jinja. you will reach late in the evening, and check in for your overnight stay. Located in the southeast of Uganda, on the shores of Lake Victoria, Jinja was founded in 1907 by the British colonial administration as the center for the provincial government. It is here where the mighty river Nile starts its 6,600 km journey to the Mediterranean Sea, twisting its way past the Karuma and Murchison Falls in northern Uganda, the central marshlands of South Sudan, and the vast deserts of the Sudan and Egypt.

Day 3Jinja

Early breakfast and head to the Nalubale site for adventure activities like Rafting and Bungee jumping. spend a full day in Jinja and enjoy the beauty of the mighty Nile

Day 4Jinja to Sipi Falls

After Breakfast, drive to Sipi Falls you reach in the late afternoon, have lunch, and go for a coffee experience and Bagisu culture people that like around Sipi Falls).

Day 5Sipi Falls to Moroto

This takes you a full day experiencing day cattle experience and a night in the kraals, get fully emerged in the Karamojong’s culture Mountain Biking and Cultural Experience with the people of Mt Moroto: Tepeth

Day 6Kidepo Valley National Park

Today, your safari adventure provides further opportunities for game drives and bush walks in one of the most spectacular national parks, famous for its remote wild charm and wide-open landscapes.
The Kidepo Valley National Park (KVNP) covers an area of 1,442 square kilometers in the northern border triangle between South Sudan and Kenya and has consistently been voted one of the best in Africa due to its wild and magical savannah-type landscapes. The altitude within the area ranges from 914 meters to 2,750 meters above sea level, with Mount Morungole as its highest point. Also, the park shares its name with the Kidepo and Narus valleys that reach across the border into South Sudan and feature a breathtaking diversity of wildlife, including the greater/lesser kudu and eland.
You also have the opportunity to see elephants, lions, giraffes, and the largest group of buffalos in Africa, counting more than 2,000 animals. In addition, a game drive into the northern sector of the park offers the opportunity to visit the hot springs and is the only place in Uganda that features ostriches. The park also has an impressive variety of tropical birds with 475 species identified to date, including 56 species of birds of prey.

day 7Kidepo Valley National Park

The wild frontier region of Karamoja also offers cultural experiences not found anywhere else in Uganda, such as a visit to a Karamajong ‘Manyattas’ or the exploration of the unique cultural heritage of the Ik people, complemented by stunning mountain scenery.

Day 8`Kidepo Valley National Park

One day hike to learn about Uganda’s smallest hill tribe living on the borderlands of Kidepo Valley National Park: The Ik in their original land.

Day 9Kidepo Valley NP to Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park (MFNP) is situated at the northern end of the Great Rift Valley and was one of the first national parks established in 1952. With a size of 3,900 square kilometers, MFNP is also the largest park in Uganda, featuring extraordinary biodiversity and landscapes ranging from savannahs, riverine wetlands as defined by the river Nile, and tropical forests One of the most important attractions within the park is the Nile Delta wetlands system that formed when the river reached the northern shores of Lake Albert. Its primary attraction, however, remains the famous Murchison Falls, whose massive 43-meter falls of boiling water are forced through a 7-meter-wide gap before crashing into the lightly wooded savannah below.

The park and the adjacent Budongo Forest Reserve feature 76 species of mammals, including chimpanzees, buffalos, lions, elephants, Uganda kob, Rothschild’s giraffe, and the largest population of Nile crocodiles in the country. Also, more than 450 bird species have been documented in this national park. The southern sector of the park features the Budongo Forest Reserve, home to over 600 chimps and one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the region, with over 460 plant species recorded, including an area of giant mahogany trees reaching up to 60 meters tall.

 

Day 10Murchison Falls National Park

Morning game drive and afternoon Boat cruise

Day 11Murchison Falls NP to Kibale National Park

Situated in western Uganda, the Kibale National Park (KNP) consists of 766 square kilometers of mostly lowland and montane forests and is home to the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Africa. Also found in KNP are 12 other species of primates such as the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.

It is noteworthy to mention that two forms of chimpanzee tracking are available in the Kibale National Park. The standard permit available for $200 per person allows for a group to have 2 to 4 hours of contact with a habituated chimpanzee troop. The extended chimpanzee habituation experience allows a smaller group to join researchers and their habituation program for up to 8 hours. This permit costs $250 per person.

Day 12Kibale National Park

Today, you will be going on an exhilarating search for the chimp troops of Kibale, venturing into the dense tropical forests with the further opportunity of observing several tropical bird species. Kibale National Park is home to the largest concentration of chimpanzees in Africa. Also found in KNP are 12 other species of primates such as the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.

Day 13Kibale NP to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is situated in southwestern Uganda and covers an area of 1,978 square kilometers. The park was founded in 1952 as the Kazinga National Park but was renamed only two years later to commemorate a visit by England’s Queen Elizabeth II. It offers a diverse ecosystem, from the crater-dotted landscapes of the Katwe peninsula below the Rwenzori Mountains, to the wetlands of the Kazinga Channel connecting Lake George and Lake Albert, and on to the rolling savannahs stretching to the Ishasha River in the far south of the park. The region around QENP is also famous for its volcanic features, such as volcanic cones and crater lakes found in the Katwe peninsula on the west side of the Kazinga Channel. For centuries, these craters have been used by local villages to extract salt.

Day 14Queen Elizabeth National Park / North

Morning game drive afternoon Boat cruise

Day 15Queen Elizabeth National Park / South

A game drive in the southern Ishasha sector of the park takes you on an exhilarating search for the famous tree-climbing lions as there are only two places in the world where you can find these. The park’s remarkable wildlife diversity, complemented by an impressive list of 95 species of mammals and over 600 bird species, makes it the ideal location for classic big game safaris and extensive birding tours.

Day 16Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Situated in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) covers an area of 321 square kilometers and consists mostly of montane and lowland tropical rain forest dating back to the last ice age. The mist-covered hills and ancient forests of Bwindi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas. Of the 780 gorillas in the world, more than half live in the Bwindi Impenetrable NP and the Mgahinga Gorilla NP in Uganda.

Bwindi is also known as Birder’s paradise, featuring many forest trails and over 350 recorded tropical bird species, of which 14 have no record anywhere else in the country. The park is one of the most ecologically diverse in Africa and home to 120 species of mammals, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos, many of these are endangered species.

Day 17Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today, you venture on a lifetime adventure into the tropical forest of Bwindi, past waterfalls and bamboo thickets, in search of the famous mountain gorillas.

Day 18Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kabale

Full-day cycling and coffee tour in Kigezi

Day 19Bwindi Impenetrable NP to Lake Mburo National Park

It’s time to say goodbye to the mountain gorillas and the tropical forest of Bwindi. Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP) is the smallest savannah-type park in Uganda and is also considered the most family-friendly as it features no big cats, which allows for walking, horseback, and cycling tours.

With a landscape consisting of acacia woodland and savannah, Lake Mburo NP is the only park to feature both eland and impala antelopes and shares the Burchell’s zebra with the Kidepo Valley NP. In addition, the park also features more than 300 bird species, including the rare shoebill stork.

Day 20Lake Mburo National Park

Game drive.

Day 21Lake Mburo NP to Entebbe

Drive to Entebbe airport to catch up with your departure flight.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Cultural
Visit Traditional Karamojong manyatta
Bush Camp Night with Nomadic Karimojong warrior
Bigodi Swamp In Kabale National Park
Tinker homestay
Rubalika Farm experience
Ewaffe cultural home

Adventure
Kayaking in Jinja
Mountain Biking
Rafting in Rukungiri

Pricing

The price tables listed here are subject to availability at the time of booking and changes without prior notice. The prices stated are PPS – Per Person Sharing in a Double / Twin Room, with the Single Supplement cost listed at the end of each table. Activities and accommodation options of this safari itinerary can be tailored to individual requirements and preferences.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation OptionItinerary Details
High-End Accommodation Option Included* 2 nights’ accommodation Hotel No. 5 (BB)
* 1 night’s accommodation Nile Resort Hotel (FB)
* 1 night’s accommodation Sipi Lodge (FB)
* 1-night accommodation at Karatunga
* 3 nights’ accommodation at Katuramu Safari Lodge (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation Paraa Safari Lodge (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation Kyaninga Lodge (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)
* 1-night accommodation Ishasha Wilderness Camp (FB)
* 3 nights’ accommodation Mahogany Springs (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation at Mihingo Safari Lodge (FB)
Mid-Range Accommodation Option Included* 2 nights’ accommodation at The Boma Guest House (BB)
* 1 night’s accommodation Nile Village Hotel (BB)
* 1 night’s accommodation Sipi Heritage Lodge (FB)
* 1-night accommodation at Karatunga
* 3 nights’ accommodation at Kidepo Savanna Lodge (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation Pakuba Safari Lodge- FB
* 2 nights’ accommodation Turaco Treetops (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation Elephant Hub (FB)
* 1-night accommodation Ishasha Jungle Lodge (FB)
* 3 nights’ accommodation Haven Lodge  – FB
* 2 nights’ accommodation at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge -FB
Budget Accommodation Option Included* 2 nights’ accommodation papyrus Guest House (BB)
* 1 night’s accommodation Brisk Hotel Triangle (FB)
* 1 night’s accommodation Marafik Safari Lodge (FB)
* 1-night accommodation at Karatunga
* 3 nights’ accommodation Apoka Rest Camp (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation Hornbill Safari Lodge (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation Nsaho Resort- FB
* 2 nights’ accommodation Bush Lodge (FB)
* 1-night accommodation Topi Safari Lodge (FB)
* 3 nights’ accommodation Gorilla Valley Lodge (FB)
* 2 nights’ accommodation at Eagles Nest Lodge -FB

 

Pricing (Per Person Sharing)

Inclusion
TransportHigh-End Accommodation Option (Double/Twin Room)Mid-Range Accommodation Option (Double/Twin Room)Budget Accommodation Option (Double/Twin Room)
5 / 7-Seater Safari Customized Land CruiserPrice Per Person Sharing (PPS)Price Per Person Sharing (PPS)Price Per Person Sharing (PPS)
 2 pax: US $11,5602 pax: US $8,1602 pax: US $7,330
 3 pax: US $10,7703 pax: US $7,3703 pax: US $6,540
 4 pax: US $10,3804 pax: US $6,9704 pax: US $6,140
 5 pax: US $10,1405 pax: US $6,7405 pax: US $5,910
 6 pax: US $9,9206 pax: US $6,5206 pax: US $5,690
 7 pax: US $9,8407 pax: US $6,4307 pax: US $5,600
 Single Supplement: US $3,890Single Supplement: US $1,400Single Supplement: US $1,005

 

Price Excludes

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights unless specifically listed
  • Cost of entry visas, Yellow Fever and COVID-19 certificates.
  • Travel, baggage, medical and / or personal insurance.
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature.
  • Optional Activities not listed as Services & Safari Activities Included.
Payment Terms

Deposit: 30% of the safari price within 7 days of written tour confirmation.
Balance: Full balance due within 56 days prior to arrival.
Reservations within 45 days or less prior to arrival: Immediate full prepayment due.

Cancellation fees:

  • Deposit: 30% of the safari price within 7 days of written tour confirmation
  • Balance: full balance due within 56 days prior to arrival
  • Reservations within 45 days or less prior to arrival: Immediate full prepayment due
  • 30 days before safari date 20% cancellation fee
  • 30 to 15 days before safari date 50% cancellation fee
  • 15 to 05 days before safari date 70% cancellation fee
  • 05 to 01 days before safari date 90% cancellation fee
  • No Show 100 % cancellation fee
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