Best of Uganda Overland Adventure Tour

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DAYS

13

Camping Small Group Top Pick

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R40,150

+ Single Supplement EUR 200 (Optional)

+ Gorilla Permit (Compulsory) USD 725

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced EUR 2055. Currency fluctuations may occur

Highlights

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  • Starts: Entebbe
  • Ends: Entebbe

Countries Visited

Uganda

Why You'll Love this Tour

Africa's tallest mountain range, the continent's largest lake, the world's longest river, the biggest living primates, and, of course, the iconic Big Five - Uganda is home to colossal natural wonders. This 13 day expedition sees you hiking in misty forests to spot wild gorillas and the lesser-known sights of tree-climbing lions, exploring verdant waterways teeming with pods of hippo, and discovering a world apart as you encounter the region’s colourful cultures.

  • Your tour requires participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up the camp. Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind is needed on the trip. Your guide is registered with the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and this tour has been designed to include all highlights in the price, thereby avoiding any hidden surprises.
  • The camping tour provides all equipment, including camp stretcher beds, tents, camp chairs. Travellers can bring supplementary mattress if desired. Travellers are required to bring sleeping bags, towels and travel pillows.


Tour Style Camping Small Group Top Pick
Countries Visited Uganda
Starts Entebbe
Ends Entebbe
Group Size Max 16
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Length 13 days
Tour SKU CAE0313

Tour Price

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FROM

R40,150

+ Single Supplement EUR 200 (Optional)

+ Gorilla Permit (Compulsory) USD 725

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 2055. Currency fluctuations may occur


Next Year's Price

From: EUR 2105

Tour Reviews

Review by Pamela who traveled Best of Uganda (sourced from operator) :

Great guide, very knowledgeable, exceptional attitude throughout the tour. Would highly recommend for another tour!

Review by Nele Verbehe who traveled Best of Uganda (sourced from operator) :

I enjoyed the tour very, very, very much! The nature and wildlife is amazing. I don’t think I ever saw so many different shades of green! Jo was and excellent guide and showed us a phenomenal country. It was my first trip to Africa but certainly not my last. The beautiful nature, the touching meetings with the local people and off course the sun and “polé polé” attitude, it all touched me.

 

 

 

Dates Tour Length: 13 days


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Included

  • Meals - 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Accommodation - Two person dome tents (9 nights), Hotel/Lodge (3 nights)
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Drum market
  • Equator
  • Lake Mburo National Park Game Drive
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Bwindi Forest
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive
  • Drive through Maramogambo Forest
  • Village Walk
  • Ruwenzori Mountain Views
  • Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanzee trek
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Victoria Nile boat Cruise

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillow if camping
  • Towel
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Gorilla Permit (*Compulsory Activity) USD 618

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Included in the Tour Price

  • Entebbe, Drum market, Equator
  • Lake Mburo National Park Game Drive
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Forest
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive, Drive through Maramogambo Forest
  • Kazinga Channel, Village Walk, Ruwenzori Mountain Views
  • Murchison Falls, Victoria Nile boat Cruise
Gorilla Trekking USD 618 (permit payable)


Other Activities

Jinja

  • Whitewater Rafting - Full day rafting $140 / Half day rafting $125
  • Bungee - Bungee Jump $115 / Bungee Jump x2 (3rd jump free) $165
Family Rafting
  • Family Float Trip – Adult $50
  • Family Float Trip – Kids (2-12 years) $30
  • 1-day Family trip – Adult $125
  • 1-day Family Trip (Kids 5-12 years) $80
  • 1-day Family (2x parents + 2 kids) $380
Merchandise
  • T-shirts – short sleeved $20
  • T-shirts – long sleeved $25
  • Rafting and Bungee photos, with our flash $50
  • Photos for rafting, client with own flash $30
  • Photos for rafting, with our flash $35
  • Rafting Video $45
  • Rafting video and photos $70
  • Photos for Bungee, per print $10 per photo
  • Photos for bungee, with own flash $20
  • Photos for bungee, with our flash $25
  • Photos for Bungee, Rafting and video $95
  • Horse Riding Safari USD 85
  • Pygmy Village visit – rate is negotiable on arrival with the local people
These rates are subject to change - Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense 

Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

We depart from our hotel near Entebbe at 08h00 and travel west through the outskirts of the capital, Kampala. We will stop to visit a drum market and the equator en-route. We will reach Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon where there are large herds of game and hippos. Our camp will be on the shores of the lake.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Equator, Drum market, Lake Mburo National Park
Distance: 230 km

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

We begin our day with a game drive/walk, after which we will leave the Park to journey through a landscape of undulating hills peppered with banana plantations and herds of magnificent long-horned Ankole cattle. In the afternoon we journey on rough mountain terrain and pass isolated villages, frequently hidden by mist, toward the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This evening’s camp is situated at the forest’s edge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping in Bwindi Forest – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Game Drive on the way out of the Mburo Park, Scenic Drive to Bwindi
Distance: 250 km

Days 3 – 4: Bwindi Gorilla Trek, Uganda

On one of these days we will participate in what is the by far the most memorable ‘wow factor’ of this tour – Gorilla Trekking. We divide into small groups and hike up into the lush forest, led by local guides, to track and spend some time with a whole family of scarce wild Mountain Gorillas. Because the Gorilla permits are limited, we will spend two days here in order to give everyone a chance to take part. If permits are on offer on Day 4, we will pay a visit to Lake Bunyonyi on Day 3. When not hiking to see the gorillas, we embark on leisurely village walks and spend some time seeking out the incredible birds that have made the forest fringe their home.

Meals: Breakfast X2, Lunch X2, Dinner X2
Accommodation: Camping in Bwindi Forest – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gorilla Tracking, Bwindi Jungle
Optional Activities: Forest Walks, Birding Walks, Pygmy Village Visits

Days 5 – 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha, Uganda

Departing from the mountains and lush forestry, we head down to the grasslands of the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park. We spend two evenings camping here in an isolated campsite. Besides the plentiful species of mammals, reptiles and birds, Ishasha is famous for its massive tree-climbing lions. We will embark on lengthy game drives in order to seek out the high fig trees where we might spot these lions, as well as the vast savannah for other animals.

Meals: Breakfast X2, Lunch X2, Dinner X2
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Camp on the Ishasha river, 2 Nights within the Park,Tree Climbing Lions, Massive Hippo Population
Distance: 150 km

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

We pack up our gear in the morning and journey across the Park and through the Maramagambo Forest, where we make our way to Rwenzori or the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Our camp will be set up in the local community centre where we can mingle with the locals and go for a walk around the villages, then into the forest. The slopes rise up to 5000 metres above sea level and are often capped in snow making for an unusual sight considering it is so close to the equator.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Drive through Maramogambo Forest, Outskirts of Lake Edward, Ruwenzori Mountains, Village Walk
Distance: 120 Km

Day 8: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

After an early morning start we leave the mountains behind us and descend into the panoramic tea plantations that surround Fort Portal. Prepare for a rough journey today in our vehicle as we take a long drive to Kaniyo-Pabidi camp in Murchison Falls National Park. We can enjoy a few comfortable amenities here at the Old Jane Goodall Institute where you will stay in wood cabins. This evening is spent in accommodation and we enjoy a delicious meal after our long day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel / Lodge
Included Highlights: Murchison Falls National Park, scenic drive
Distance: 300 Km

2020 Itinerary Change: Accommodation in 2020 will be at the Masindi Hotel. 

Days 9 – 10: Murchison Falls/Victoria Nile, Uganda

Look forward to a fun day today as we get to meet a troupe of chimpanzees who are habituated and amusing to meet and watch. We will spend about an hour with the group before heading back to camp. Our next activity today is to explore Murchison Falls where the Nile River narrows and falls into the Rift Valley. You can look forward to wide open spaces, rolling hills and beautiful scenery where you can maybe spot the Rothschild Giraffe. We will be camping for two nights here.

Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Chimpanzee Trek with included permit, Murchison Falls, Northern Part of Murchison Falls National Park, Wild Camping in big game area
Distance: +/- 50 km per day

Day 11: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

An early morning start allows us to take a leisurely cruise along the Nile River. We will hopefully be able to spot the rare Shoebill stork, amongst other animals. (If we are unable to travel by boat we will use the safari vehicle.) Once back at our vehicle we will leave the park and go to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This was established to reintroduce Rhino back into their original habitat. We will be camping tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping – Two man dome tent
Included Highlights: Victoria Nile boat cruise, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Scenic Drive
Distance: 204 km

2020 Itinerary Change: We will not be visiting the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on this day in 2020. Instead we will be spending two days in Jinja.

Day 12: Jinja, Uganda

Today you have the option of tracking Rhino on foot as an optional activity. We will pack up camp for the last time and make our way to Jinja for a relatively comfortable stay at Adrift Camp. An own expense dinner can be enjoyed with your fellow travellers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Adrift Camp
Included Highlights: Drive through many villages, Jinja (adventure Capital of Uganda)
Distance: 226 km

2020 itinerary Change: Accommodation in 2020 will be at Kalagala Falls. 

Day 13: Jinja, Uganda – Entebbe, Uganda

The tour ends after breakfast this morning. The guide and vehicle depart for Kampala straight after breakfast. You are welcome to ride along at no extra charge however, note that the trip and timing is not guaranteed.

You are more than welcome to stay a bit longer in Jinja (post tour accommodation can be booked through us). There are a variety of optional activities to part take in, we are happy to arrange a later transfer for you if you wish.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 116 km

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I enjoy this East Africa Safari tour? For this tour, an open mind is essential to deal with the detours, delays and other inconveniences encountered in Africa. We may on occasion run this itinerary in the reverse direction. What are the facilities available at the camps? A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Bathroom facilities on the trip can be basic. Consult the itinerary for further details or ask your consultant. Due to limited availability, clients will be booked on a sharing basis. Please note that at this camp clients will use sleeping bags, linen is not provided. What visas do I need for this trip? Visas are required by most nationalities for Uganda and clients are responsible for obtaining these. What else should I be aware of before going on this East Africa tour? Precautions against malaria are advisable and Yellow fever inoculations are required. A small daypack is advisable for the treks. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar, in small denominations - all currency notes should be dated 2000 or later. Our price includes all transport, accommodation, entry fees and permits, one Gorilla trek and one Chimpanzee trek, game drives and walks, group equipment, professional guides and most meals. Alcohol, soft drinks, curios, tips, visas, taxes and optional excursions are for the clients own expense. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement regarding our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.  

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