Your journey at a glance
This incredible 16-Day Uganda tour offers the ultimate exploration of the country’s most prized landscapes as well as a host of unforgettable wildlife encounters – most notably with Uganda’s iconic primates; the playful chimpanzee and the majestic mountain gorilla.
Trekking through what is arguably the best gorilla habitat in the world, and be utterly overwhelmed when you first see these exquisite primates.
Travel to the country’s most remote conservation area, the Kidepo Valley, famous for its mountainous terrain and large variety of big game.
Discover the dramatic Murchison Falls, in the Murchison Falls National Park, which is bisected by the mighty river Nile.
Strap on your hiking boots for a memorable trek in the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori.
Delight in the enchanting and playful antics of the chimpanzees of Kibale National Park.
Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring surrounds of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any reserve in the world.
Leaving the best for last; spend two, truly humbling and breath-taking days trekking the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Expect an adventure filled-to-the-brim with a range of wildlife and cultural activities, as well as exceptional accommodation throughout.
16 Days | From USD 18,370
Please keep in mind that this tour can be tailormade by speaking to one of our Travel Specialists. Do note that there may be a significant difference in the high season tariffs.
- Meals, drinks and accommodation as specified in the itinerary (accommodation in Entebbe is on Bed & Breakfast basis)
- Water in the vehicle for overland sectors
- Amref Flying Doctors emergency evacuation
- Scheduled flight, inclusive of airport taxes where applicable, as specified in the itinerary
- Bugungu (Murchison) – Kasese
- Kisoro - Entebbe
- NB: Baggage restriction of 15kgs per person (no more) is applicable on all flights in small, soft-sided bags. This includes hand luggage. Extra luggage will incur a charge of $3 per kg, per sector, to be paid directly to the airline upon check-in.
- NB: Certain routings have restrictions on schedules and have minimum numbers: details will be confirmed upon booking
- All ground transportation and transfers as indicated, which are inclusive of fuel
- Activities as stipulated in the itinerary:
- Game drives in a shared 4-wheel drive vehicle at Lodges where indicated
- Waterfall boat cruise (shared basis) on the River Nile in Murchison
- Visit to the top of Murchison Falls, Shoebill Boat cruise on Lake Albert (shared basis) (Semliki), Bigodi Swamp Walk, Lion predator, game drive, Lake Katwe visit, Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth (shared basis), Hike through Bwindi Forest –, Ivy River Trail
- Park, ranger guide, conservation fees
- Community bed night fees
- Administration fee
What's not included
- All passport and visa fees:
- Uganda: With effect from 01 July 2016, the Government of Uganda has introduced an online visa application system. Guests intending to visit Uganda for tourism-purposes are required to apply and obtain a visa online: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. We have a separate document detailing more information on how-to apply – please advise us if you need this. Single entry tourist visas are available at a cost of $50 (reduced from $100 on 22 July 2016), and East African tourist visas (between Uganda | Rwanda | Kenya) are available at a cost of $100. East African tourist visas (between Uganda | Rwanda | Kenya) are available at a cost of $100.
- All health vaccinations and medications, including, but not limited to:
- Yellow Fever vaccinations are currently compulsory for entry into Uganda. All those entering Uganda must be in possession of a valid and original Yellow Fever vaccination card
- International flights and associated airport departure taxes
- Meals not specified (including lunch and other meal stops between properties on overland sectors)
- Drinks where not stipulated in itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry in Kampala / Entebbe
- Gratuities for guides / drivers / hotel staff etc.
- Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellations or other inconveniences beyond our control
- Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance
- All statutory increases beyond our control
- Travel Insurance is not included. However, should you be interested, we can introduce you to our recommended partner, Global Rescue.
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- Rates are subject to a minimum of two guests travelling
- Single traveller supplement and child rates will be quoted on request
- The operator may reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability
- Validity periods are as specified above - should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote
- Additional suggested activities are not included in the rate
- Certain routings have restrictions on schedules and have minimum numbers: details will be confirmed upon booking
- All health vaccinations and medications, including, but not limited to: Yellow Fever vaccinations are currently compulsory for entry into Uganda
- The package exclude chimpanzee trekking permits and the permits are subject to availability
- Optional activities as stipulated in the itinerary: gorilla and chimpanzee trekking o Gorilla tracking is subject to availability of permits, which are limited to 8 per Gorilla family per day and 6 per Chimpanzee family per ½ day.
- Gorilla permits cannot be held/secured/booked with the Uganda Wildlife Authority in advance of payment – they are only secured once physically paid for. We can check availability of permits but we cannot hold them.
- We will invoice for the permits, and as soon as the funds clear in our account, we will go ahead and purchase.
- Gorilla permits are always 100% non-transferable and non-refundable.
- There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking of 15 years (no exceptions).
- The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, ROE, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this quote
- andBeyond Trading Terms apply
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
This unforgettable journey showcases just a few of our favourite experience combinations in this iconic destination. It is merely an example from which you can use to start dreaming and creating your own adventure with one of our dedicated Travel Specialists.
A taste of what to expect…
Day 1: Entebbe
On your arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met by your representative, who will drive you to your accommodation. Boasting a tranquil, friendly atmosphere, Uganda’s steady economic growth is visible on the modern streets of Entebbe, the country’s eclectic capital, with its melting-pot of restaurants, entertainment venues and upmarket hotels. Located on the wetlands that once made up the favourite hunting grounds of King Mutesa I, the city is famed for its seven beautiful hills. It is also home to the palace of the King of the 13th century kingdom of Buganda, as well as magnificent tombs, mosques and cathedrals.
Day 2-3: Kidepo Valley National Park
- You will be collected by car for your scheduled mid-day flight to the Kidepo airstrip, in the Kidepo Valley National Park. Upon landing, you will be collected by an Apoka Safari lodge vehicle to transfer you, by car to your lodge. The rugged isolated wilderness of the Kidepo Valley National Park ranks it as one of Africa’s most prized and less-explored destinations.
- Organise an excursion to local Ik and Karamojong people of Kidepo, two of Africa’s most isolated tribes
- Go on game drives where you will be treated to exceptional wildlife sightings including greater and lesser kudu, eland and cheetah, as well as some of the world’s biggest herds of buffalo are seen here
- Go birding – Kidepo is a birdwatcher’s paradise – specifically for those interested in Africa’s birds of prey
Day 4-5: Murchison Falls National Park
- Take a flight to the Murchison Falls National Park. Here, you will be met by a representative from &Beyond and driven to Baker’s Lodge. Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park is where the mighty Nile River bisects flourishing savannahs, flanked by lush riverine woodlands, before bursting through a chasm in the Rift Valley escarpment to form the raging Murchison Falls. exceptional water birds.
- Enjoy an afternoon boat ride along the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see great pods of hippo and immense rafts of crocodile in-and-around the Nile as well as an array of water birds
- Take a challenging hike to the top of the cascading falls, or go fishing for the great Nile perch
Day 6-7: Kibale National Park
- Take a scheduled flight to the Kasese Airstrip, where you will disembark for a memorable hike in the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori. Drive to Kyaninga Lodge, set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon beyond
- Take an afternoon game drive or alternatively, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure and after a superb dinner head out on an exciting spot-lit night drive
- Embark on an exciting adventure as you get to go trekking with chimpanzee in Kibale National Park, housing the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa including 12 species of primates such as the rare red colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon and red-tailed monkey.
- Or choose to spend half a day (instead of just an hour) with a team of people habituating chimps
Day 8-9: Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve
- Travel by car to Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve for your night at Semliki Safari Lodge. Uganda’s first protected wilderness area, the diverse Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, is home to both the forest species of Central Africa and the savannah wildlife of East Africa.
- Enjoy a spot-lit night drive through the reserve
- Take a tranquil boat cruise on Lake Albert with the opportunity to see birdlife, including the rare Shoebill stork
Day 10-11: Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Drive to the breath-taking surrounds of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, for a stay at the charming Kyambura Gorge Lodge. This drive offers fantastic views of crater lakes and valleys as well as a heart-warming cultural excursion. Boasting one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any reserve in the world, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to almost a hundred animal species as well as more than 600 types of birds
- Go on a game drive and see a variety of game, including a number of primates, including chimpanzee as well as black and white colobus monkey. The Ishasha area is also notable for the world’s highest concentration of hippos
- Enjoy an afternoon boat cruise on the sparkling Kazinga Channel
Day 12: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ishasha area
- Do a game drive transfer for a night at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, be sure to keep an eye out for the park’s famous tree climbing lions, which can sometimes be seen resting in the shady branches of the large fig trees in the area.
Day 13-15: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Take a scenic game drive to the home of Uganda’s majestic mountain gorillas, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. An ancient rain forest, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest extends over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range.
- Hike through the rainforest accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten
- Take the opportunity to go on a cultural walk to the Batwa community- known as the “Keepers of the Forest” the enchanting Batwa pygmies of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are a hunter-gatherer tribe that has lived side-by-side with the wildlife of this ancient park for thousands of years. Strap on your hiking boots for this full-day adventure as it kick-starts with a 3-hour hike through the forest to a Batwa settlement.
Day 16: Entebbe
After breakfast, transfer by road from Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge to Kisoro Airstrip to catch your flight to Entebbe to connect to your outbound International flight.
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