The Great Uganda Safari

Tree climbing lions

Small, personal group sizes

Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking!

Discover Uganda up close and personal

Explore Uganda and experience the incredible array of wildlife and landscapes it has to offer. Track rare mountain gorillas, paddle on the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi and discover for yourself the incredible variety of animals that call Uganda home.

What you'll see...

Tree climbing lions, mountain gorillas, crocodiles, elephants - to name a few!

Stylishly unique grass-thatched cottages

Enjoy a host of activities from game drives to forest walks and boat cruises

Cruise the Kazinga Channel - an amazing hippopotamus habitat

Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Take a guided chimp tracking walk in the Kyambura Gorge

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Price (per person)

$5500


Departure time

Confirmed upon booking


Meeting point

Our driver guide will pick you up upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport


Availability

July – September
December – February


Duration

9 days


Group size

Minimum: 2
Maximum: 12


Included

  • English-speaking local guides
  • Transport on safari
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Airport transfers
  • Lodging
  • Full daily breakfast

Not included

  • Price of international flights
  • All passport and visa fees
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Health vaccinations
  • Deviations from tour
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, faxes etc.)
  • Laundry in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellations or other inconveniences beyond our control

What to bring

Check out our good to know section for the essentials!


Participation requirements

Must be free from coughs and other infectious diseases as these can affect the gorillas

Overview of Your Tour

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. You will be welcomed by a staff member of Nile Basin Safaris. You will be escorted to your hotel as soon as you’re through airport security so you can get some rest after your flight.

Overnight: Laico Hotel / Hotel No.5

Ngamba island is one of the leading chimpanzee primate sanctuaries in Africa. The sanctuary is home to 49 orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued from the illegal pet and bushmeat trade. Here at the 95-acre island the chimpanzees are allowed to roam free in the island forest, with supplementary care and feeding from the sanctuary management.

Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning, brief you about the trip and then you will transfer to Ngamba Island on a motor boat. It will take you around 45 minutes across Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake) to reach this beautiful secluded Island. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might find the chimpanzees being fed. You can see them being fed, watch them playing and possibly take part in feeding them yourself.
In the evening, we will return via boat back to the mainland and you will be escorted to your hotel in Entebbe.

Nice to know: your visit to the island directly contributes to providing funds needed to operate, feed and care for these rescued chimpanzee animals.

Overnight: Laico Hotel / Hotel No. 5

After enjoying an early breakfast, set off for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: gorilla trekking in Uganda!

Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills has its rewards once you uncover the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. Gazing into the eyes of these gentle giants is truly an inspiring and privileged moment. People have been known to break down in tears after their first encounter with the gorillas. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park: Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, hundreds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and your knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Lake Bunyonyi is the third deepest lake in the world with a maximum depth of 900m(2953 ft) and certainly one of the most beautiful. The lake is made up of 29 small islands and is the perfect rest stop after a day with the gorillas. Located in south western Uganda, on the border with Rwanda, the lake is locally named ‘place of many little birds’. This stunning location is without a doubt a top 3 place to visit in Uganda. Enjoy an early morning boat ride as you wind your way past the beautiful islands on the lake. Expect to see some otters in the lake as well as an amazing array of birds. The lake’s 29 islands are also packed with history and most have their own local legends. The most famous of these is “punishment island”. It was still in use less than 100 years ago… find out more on the tour!

Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Arise early and enjoy a memorable morning of tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat — the Kyambura Gorge. The Kyambura Gorge, also known as the Valley of the Apes, was recently listed by Wanderlust Magazine as one of the top three chimpanzee viewing spots in the world. The gorge (1 km wide and 100 metres deep) is home to a number of birds and primates, like chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are man’s closest living relatives sharing up to 97% of our DNA. Because the chimps are very mobile, the tracking experience can be quite unpredictable but this is what makes the experience more exciting. While on this private chimpanzee trek, you will also come across a number of unique birds and can possibly spy on other monkey species! Both the black and white colobus monkeys and red-tailed monkeys call the gorge home, and fluttering around in the air are numerous beautiful varieties of butterflies.
Opt for an afternoon game-viewing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and you will get to see Africa’s highest concentration of hippos and river horses. The channel which connects Lake George and Lake Edward has numerous crocodiles and bird colonies which all depend on its abundant fish supply. The wide array of natural wildlife coupled with the beautiful views of Queen Elizabeth National Park will leave you with lifetime memories.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge

Take an early morning game drive for an opportunity to see wild animals in QENP. What you see will depend on the season, but the Ishasha sector is excellent for meeting the tree climbing lions (rarely witnessed throughout Africa) and large herds of Uganda kob. The park also has some of Uganda’s largest elephant herds, and what’s a safari without seeing a wild elephant? The Mweya Peninsula offers excellent game drives with magnificent views across the water to the Rwenzori Mountains. Mweya is one of the best places to see the elusive leopards. The park is also an incredibly important birding area with 612 recorded bird species and is globally recognized as a RAMSAR wetland site.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs

After an early morning breakfast you will be driven to Kampala.

Overnight: Kabira Country Club

Jinja is situated at the northern end of Lake Victoria. This is where the River Nile (the world’s longest river and the only outlet out of Africa’s largest lake) starts its 4000 mile-long journey through South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. For over 200 years the British government sent expeditions from Egypt to search for the source of the Nile but they all failed. It wasn’t until 1862 that John Hanning Speke saw the falls at Jinja flowing out of Lake Victoria.

After breakfast at your hotel we will head to Jinja for a day of adventure. In Jinja you have the options of a full or half-day white water rafting tour, taking a boat cruise to the source of the Nile, quad biking or exploring this beautiful colonial town. Don’t forget to look out for the incredible birdlife as you drift quietly between the rapids of the river.

Overnight: Wild Waters Lodge (B, L, D)

Time permitting, explore Entebbe town (the gateway town to Uganda) and its markets, arts and crafts products and the botanical gardens before connecting with your international flight back home.
The botanical gardens are a bird lover’s dream because they have over 100 bird species, including hornbills and great blue turacos, which provide wonderful photo opportunities. These pristine gardens are also home to three monkey species including vervet monkeys and the black and white colobus monkeys.

Depart – It was a pleasure having you!

Good to Know

Prepare
No matter how many pictures you have seen or what expectations you have, the very first moment you see the animals in the wild will be unforgettable.
Sort your photography gear the night before leaving on the tour. Don’t be that person who forgets to bring the lense or memory card, or worse, forgets to fully charge the battery.

Hand luggage
Firstly, try to restrict your hand luggage to one item only. If you are a photographer, then this will mean you must have sufficient space in your camera bag for travel documents, your prescription medication and/or glasses, binoculars and even a change of clothes. Please check with your airline before boarding.

Ask questions
Don’t be shy! There’s no such thing as a silly question. Ask, ask and ask some more.

Spray yourself stupid
Mosquitos. Need we say more?

Give the camera a rest
You’ll have some incredible opportunities for photos along the way but don’t forget to pause and really take in where you are.

 

What to bring:

  • Most important: passport, itinerary, travel insurance docs and eTickets
  • Prescription meds and preventative pharmaceuticals (eg. for diarrhea, headaches, heartburn, insect bites, hygiene (hand sanitizer), indigestion, sore throat (lozenges), eye irritations (drops) and, most importantly, anti-malarial tablets
  • Prescription glasses, hat, sunblock
  • Camera, video and binoculars. Seems an obvious one but very important!
  • Casual but comfortable clothes. Layering is key. T-shirt, shirt or blouse with long sleeves and collars help to protect from the sun and mosquitoes. Fleece or warm jacket. A pair of safari trousers — those that zip off at the knees are very handy, too. Comfortable walking shoes and socks. Hat. Bandanna or cotton scarf and a sarong
  • Toiletries
  • Phone, music, tablet or laptop, adaptor
  • A good flashlight. A good book. A travel diary or journal
  • Finally, don’t forget your sense of humor, patience and some common sense

 

Please note:
In order to visit the gorillas you will need a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The gorilla permits are limited and highly competitive, so we need to first confirm their availability before any tour that involves gorillas is confirmed. We can help clients book them locally or the clients can book them directly on the authority website at a cost of $700.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The threat of diseases and terrorism is global and Uganda, like many European nations, has stepped up its internal security and medical inspections at the border points accordingly. Our tourist sites are extremely well guarded.
Regarding the tap water, it is generally not safe to drink. Stick to bottled water which most hotels and lodges will provide or can also buy your own in many of the stores.

Uganda is a diverse country with variable conditions but the country is considered a year-round destination for tourists.

Yes, visas are required for entry into Uganda and can be obtained upon arrival. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. You can obtain a single-entry tourist visa ($50) and an East African tourist visa (between Uganda | Rwanda | Kenya) for $100 upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport; valid for three months.

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