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You will be picked by our guide at 7:00am from Kampala and embark on your journey to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park. The Park covers an area of about 1978 km2 and its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and George. The park has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any national park in the world as its well known to be habitatof about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. NB: On your way to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tour Summary

  • You’ll go to Uganda Uganda
  • You’ll visit Queen Elizabeth NP & Bwindi NP
  • This tour starts and ends in Entebbe

Tour Features

Mid-range tour

This mid-range tour uses lodges and tented camps.

Small group tour

This tour will be shared with other interested travelers. Max 5 people per vehicle.

Can start any day

If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.

Cannot be customized

The accommodation and destinations of this tour cannot be changed.

Suitable for single travelers

Single travelers can join this group tour, but it requires a minimum of 4 people to run.

16

Minimum age of 16 years

The minimum for this tour is 16 years.

Activities & Transportation

  • Activities: game drivesgorilla trekking & boat trip

  • Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof minivan

  • Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof minivan

  • transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Day 1: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will be picked by our guide at 7:00am from Entebbe and embark on your journey to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park. The Park covers an area of about 1978 km2 and its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and George. The park has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any national park in the world as its well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. NB: On your way to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you stop at the equator in Masaka town. At this point, there are two cement circles marking the equator line and it is worth stopping if you are traveling to Masaka or Kampala for a photo moment. Also watch a demonstration by local entrepreneurs on how water swirls in opposite directions in the northern & southern hemispheres at the equator line.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation:
Bush Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat To Kazinga Channel

After early breakfast, you will catch up with the early risers as your driver takes you for the morning game drive! It is an amazing experience to have great chances of spotting other wild animals like; Tree Climbing lions, Buffaloes, Uganda kob (Uganda national antelope), Elephants, Hippos, Lions, Leopards, water-bucks, warthogs and many other wild animals. After that excellent drive, you will return to your lodge for relaxation. After lunch, you will go for an amazing launch cruise on Kazinga Channel where you will have exciting and unforgettable memories as one of the highlights of your tour. Many tourists always get impressed by spotting of wildlife for example, Buffaloes, big herds of Elephants, many beautiful birds and also good sceneries. This water sail provides a magnificent platform for photograph taking and game viewing. As you retire from the boat cruise, you will drive back to the hotel for your dinner.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation:
Bush Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Search for Tree climbing lions & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After a heavy breakfast, you will depart for Bwindi impenetrable national park- a home to half of the  endangered Mountain gorillas in the world. It is a scenic drive with an en route game drive in Ishasha sector that offers an opportunity of viewing the tree climbing lions at a closer range and later continue to Bwindi with lunch en route. Arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at your booked lodge.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation:
Bakiga Lodge
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking – Community walk to meet the lovely locals ( Batwa pygmies)

After your breakfast, along with your packed lunch, you will report to the park premises for registration by 8:00am and be briefed by Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guides. You will then start to trek through the bumpy bushes in search for the amazing Gorillas. There is as well a greater opportunity of seeing other species like the birds, monkeys, chimpanzees, beautiful butterflies among others. The trek could take 1-8 hours but depending on the luck of the day. Once you come across these interesting creatures, it is a really an exciting experience watching them protest or playing with each other and its really a special moment being with these fabulous human like primates. The time allowed to be with these gorillas in Uganda is 1 hour and every minute of the experience is worth the time you spend in search for them. As you retire from the forest, you could take an optional activity like visiting the pygmies or you can relax at the lodge.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation:

Bakiga Lodge

Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Drive Back to Entebbe

Today is the last day of your trip! After your breakfast, begin your journey back to Entebbe along the way You will have lunch en-route (not inclusive) thereafter proceed and have another stop over at the equator for the water experiment if you happen to have missed it on the 1st day of your trip. Proceed with the journey, your driver will drop you at your accommodation in Entebbe. 

Main Destination:
Entebbe
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

End of tour

Rates Per Person

 Solo: 1 room2 people: 1 room3 people: 2 rooms4 people: 2 rooms5 people: 3 rooms6 people: 3 rooms 
 $2,354$1,655$1,555$1,405$1,395$1,322 

Included

  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits(One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Excluded

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

WHY BOOK TRIP WITH US?

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Gorilla permits guaranteed
Local Tour Operator based in Uganda & Rwanda
Highly trained & experienced tour leaders/guides
Safety is our #1 Priority
Affordable and unforgettable tours and excursions
All our tours are available in budget & luxury versions
Travelling in small groups (2-12 persons)
Individual tailor-made safaris possible
Drive around in the best 4WD Toyota LandCruisers
English speaking Ugandan drivers and guides
Group tours single friendly

Gorilla & Chimps Permits
It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Therefore we can only buy them after your booking and down-payment and also here it all depends on availability.

Gorilla permits in Uganda cost: US$600.00
Chimpanzee permits in Uganda cost: US$150

Our tour guides/drivers

We understand that the bulk of our customers are keen on good guiding practices and as such we hire only the best on the market. The majority of our accredited safari guides, fixers, drivers and translators have undergone extensive training on the standard operating procedures of tours and excursions some with long standing experience as former Uganda Wildlife Authority park rangers with a wealth of Knowledge on Uganda’s flora and fauna as well as the history, culture and geography of Uganda. The company regularly takes the guides through refresher courses on emerging skills requirements as demanded by the ever changing global tourism market often facilitated by the Uganda Safari guides Association in partnership with other stakeholders such as the Uganda Bird Guides club and conservation societies.

Fitness Level:

The trekking for gorillas can be strenuous as the conditions may be muddy and steep. We have no real way of knowing how far away the gorilla families will be so there could be a hike of up to 4 hours until we come across the gorillas. So a good level of fitness is required and participants must be used to walking. Moderate walking / Strenuous walking / Walking safari / The chimpanzee full day habituation experience requires a good level of fitness as the walking will be through hot and humid dense rainforest. Chimps can move quickly through the forest and to follow them can mean marches for 30 mins or so until we catch up with them again. The experience can finish whenever you wish but we can be there for 12 hours if you wish, so be prepared for a long day walking through the forest. The gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park(Uganda) can be between 1 and 4 hours and the ridges here are very steep, the tracking in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) can also be between 1 and 4 hours long and include steep climbs. Both places are dense with vegetation and the weather can be either cool and wet or hot and sunny. We require all guests to be aware of the physical effort needed to see wild chimps and gorillas and require everyone to have a good level of fitness and be used to hill walking.

Seasons: 

The tracking of gorillas and chimpanzees is available all year around. However due to two wet seasons we recommend the between early June and mid October and then again from early December to late February.
As the rain forests and montane forests where these primates live are tropical the weather is pretty constant year around, the only significant climatic factor are the two wet season. So we recommend the dry seasons of early June to mid October and then again from early December to late February. However it can certainly rain heavily at any time of the year.

Equipment:

When you book onto the tour we will send you a comprehensive pre-departure pack which will include a full packing list of recommended equipment; but as a rule of thumb we recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope(although this is not always very useful in the forests) as well as appropriate clothing; which should be hard wearing clothing which you do not mind getting muddy. Long trousers and long sleeved shirts are a good idea as the vegetation in the forests can be spiny and there are some stinging nettles, for the days travelling shorts and short sleeves are recommended. The nights can be chilly so a fleece is not a bad idea. Water proofs are essential and ponchos not a bad idea either. Comfortable and broken in, water proof walking boots with ankle support are a must. Insect repellent is needed. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be very strong here during the day.

Minimum Age: 15 Years old

Uganda

Uganda, or the ‘Pearl of Africa’, as it was famously dubbed by Winston Churchill, is characterised by relatively dry and flat savanna in the north, with verdant mountains in the West, and vast dense and remarkably lush forests in the central region. The nation is home to an astonishingly diverse range of African wildlife including the highly endangered mountain gorilla which can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. A popular spot for wildlife watching is Queen Elizabeth National Park, which hosts four of the Big Five, a flock of flamboyant flamingos and the rare tree-climbing lions of Ishasha. Outdoor enthusiasts can get their adrenaline fix with plenty of whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, quad biking and horse riding facilities on offer. Add to this some friendly locals, a burgeoning cultural scene, and a capital city full of lively bars, clubs and restaurants, and it is easy to see why Uganda has gained itself a reputation as ‘Africa’s friendliest country’.

Currency

The local currency is the Uganda Shilling (UGX). Notes are in denominations of UGX50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of UGX500, 200, 100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1. However, UGX1,000 notes are soon to be replaced by coins. Try not to accept very old or damaged notes where possible, as some places may refuse to take them.

The US dollar, euro and pound sterling are all recognised currencies in Uganda, and both euros and dollars are now widely accepted for cash payments. Other international currencies may also be accepted in some places in the major cities, although visitors may struggle with other currencies in

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Import of foreign currency is unlimited if declared upon arrival. Export of foreign currency must not exceed the amount declared upon arrival.

Foreign currency may be exchanged at the Central Bank, commercial banks and foreign exchange bureaux. Be aware that dollar notes from before 2006 will not be accepted for exchange.smaller towns.

Banking

Banking hours: Generally Mon-Fri 0830-1400, Sat 0900-1200. Forex bureaux are open until 1700 and able to do electronic transfers to and from overseas.

American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are sometimes accepted but not widely used. Some large hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and shops in urban areas accept credit cards.

ATMs are available in the larger cities but ATM services in smaller towns and rural areas are limited. It is advisable to check with your bank to see if your card is compatible with Ugandan ATMs.

Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted outside Kampala. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. It is advised that travellers bring sufficient US dollars in cash in case of emergencies. Higher denomination bills usually give a better exchange rate than smaller notes.

Visas and Entry Requirements

Uganda

Visas for Uganda for most nationalities must be obtained through an Electronic Visa application online in advance, and a payment of $50 USD cash will have to be made upon arrival to the border.

** Please be advised that a valid yellow fever vaccination card is mandatory for entry into Uganda.

Emergency Fund
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping
Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program. The gesture serves as an expression of appreciation for exceptional service, and amounts given are up to your discretion.

Tipping is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal ‘thank you’, and the action should in no way be awkward.

The best method of tipping someone that has served the whole group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope. This often works the best and the group should gather to present the gift to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for a friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s).

You may use the following as a guideline, all given in a per person format:

Local guides: $2-3 USD (per day).
Safari Guide/Driver: $2-3 USD (per day).
Restaurant Staff: 10-15% of cost of bill.
Gorilla trekking guides: $2-4 (per day).

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

International Flights
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

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