“The Pearl of Africa” – Uganda offers a diversity of wildlife, beauty and friendly inhabitants
“The Pearl of Africa” – Uganda offers a unique diversity of wildlife, natural beauty, and friendly inhabitants that all combine to make the country one of Africa’s hidden gems. This tour includes the obvious attractions of trekking in indigenous forests to see wild Gorilla’s and Chimpanzee’s, as well as exploring vast water-ways, mystical villages hidden in mist, and the lesser known sights of Tree Climbing Lions, huge pods of Hippopotamus, and of course the endless variety of plains animals.
This tour endeavors to explore the scenic beauty of Uganda, its people, and its wildlife. We will cover approx. 2000km, some of it on extremely bad roads but the rewards are unequaled.
Weather, road, and other local conditions will influence the route chosen on each tour and we may run the tour in reverse if required, clients should be flexible in this regard. Clients should be equipped with an open mind and a spontaneous disposition in order to best enjoy the superb offerings of Uganda.
(Clients fly into / out of Entebbe airport. Transfers and pre / post tour nights can be booked through Drifters for the Lake Heights Hotel near Entebbe or Adrift Camp in Jinja. Meals are available.)
- Mburo National Park
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Gorilla Trek
- Queen Elisabeth Nat. Park
- Tree Climbing Lions – Ishasha
- Village Walks
- Birding Walks
- Chimpanzee Trek (Permit included)
- Kazinga Channel
- Rwenzori (Mountains of the Moon)
- Murchison Falls + Nat. Park
- Victoria Nile Boat Trip
- Rhino tracking on foot
- “Source of the Nile”
- Pygmy Village Visit
- Nile White Water Rafting
- Bungee Jumping
PRE tour accommodation at the Lake Heights Hotel and POST tour accommodation at the Adrift River Camp or Lake Heights Hotel can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. Due to limited availability, clients will be booked on a sharing basis at Adrift River Camp.
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION UGANDA TOUR
This trip requires a valid passport and Visa for certain nationalities. Linen will be provided on the Tour Pre night at Lake Heights Hotel but a sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, airport transfers, and any other optional excursions.
Remember, help us to help you by participating and by keeping an open mind and flexible mentality. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information as defined on our website and in our brochure. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
The 12 Day UGANDA Tour departs from Lake Heights Hotel in Entebbe on Day 1* at 08h00 and ends at Lake Heights Hotel in Entebbe on the last day of tour. Guests that want to extent their stay can book additional nights at Adrift Camp in Jinja.
*IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO ARRIVE IN UGANDA THIS MORNING BUT RATHER THE DAY BEFORE AS TRAFFIC AND LOGISTICS COULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO GET TO THE LODGE ON TIME
Please confirm that your pre tour accommodation at Lake Heights Hotel and post tour accommodation at Adrift Camp is booked should this be necessary.
If transfers are booked, Clients need to meet the transfer driver from Lake Heights Hotel as they come through the arrivals hall at Entebbe Airport for the arrival transfer.
For departure transfers the distance from Jinja – Entebbe is approximately 125km. The road conditions and local traffic can be very bad and for these reasons the transfer could take approximately 3 to 4 hours.
All our tours require participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up of camp.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries, please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.
DAY 1: ENTEBBE – LAKE MBURO NAT. PARK
Our Uganda adventure begins on departure from our hotel near Entebbe at 08h00 on Day 1 of the tour. We make our way through the outskirts of the vibrant capital city, Kampala, before starting our journey west. On our route today we visit a drum market and we will stop at the equator.
This afternoon we enter the Lake Mburo National Park, known for its plains game and large hippo population. We camp the night on the lake shore.
Meals: D (Lunch own expense)
- Drum market
- Lake Mburo National Park
DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
We start the day with a game drive/walk and then exit the park to travel through a landscape of rolling hills alive with banana plantations and herds of impressive long-horned Ankole cattle.
Though the roads are rough, this afternoon we travel on some of the most scenic roads in Uganda, passing remote villages often shrouded in mist, toward the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
We set up camp for the night at the edge of the forest and it is with great excitement that we prepare for the following day.
Meals: B L D
- Game Drive on the way out of the Mburo Park
- Scenic Drive to Bwindi
DAY 3 – 4: BWINDI GORILLA TREK
Undoubtedly the highlight for all – trekking in a true wilderness to spend time with the majestic mountain gorilla. We split up into small groups and with local guides, trek up into this true jungle to locate and spend time with a family of the few remaining wild Mountain Gorillas. The hike in the jungle is a real adventure and forms part of the overall experience. Guests should come prepared for a hike through dense forest and uneven terrain.
As the gorilla permits are limited, we will allow two days for all of the group to partake. Should all permits be available on day 4 we will visit Lake Bunyoni on Day 3.
Whilst not gorilla trekking, guests have the option to go on a local village walk led by a local guide. The forest offers fantastic birding and guest can also choose to spend time searching for the magnificent birds inhabiting the fringe of the forest.
Meals: B L D; B L D
- Forest Walks
- Birding Walks
- Pygmy Village Visits
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Gorilla Tracking
- Bwindi Jungle
DAY 5 – 6: QUEEN ELISABETH NAT. PARK – ISHASHA
Leaving the mountains and forests behind us, we drop down to the grasslands of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here we will spend two nights camping at a remote location within the National Park. Besides abundant mammal, reptile and bird species, Ishasha is renowned for its huge Tree Climbing Lions. Fantastic bird life as well as numerous species of primates can be found in this area. We will game drive extensively searching the tall fig trees for lion and the savannah for other game. Our guide will take time to give us more information on the various wildlife encountered in the park that covers over 1900 km².
Meals: B L D; B L D
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Camp on the Ishasha river
- 2 Nights within the Park
- Tree Climbing Lions
- Massive Hippo Population
DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NAT. PARK – RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
Packing up camp, we travel the length of the park and through the Maramagambo Forest and make our way to the Rwenzoris – “Mountains of the Moon”. After an easy walk through numerous rural villages and up to the base of the forest to the Rwenzori lookout point, we have a picnic lunch.
Rising some 5000m above sea level, the slopes of these mountains are covered in tropical forest and yet the peaks are often snow-capped; a bewildering sight considering their proximity to the equator.
After lunch we proceed down the mountain with our vehicle towards the outskirts of Fort Portal.
Meals: B L D
- Drive through Maramogambo Forest
- Outskirts of Lake Edward
- Ruwenzori Mountains
- Village Walk
DAY 8: MURCHISON FALLS NAT. PARK
An early start, we leave the mountains behind us and travel through the luminous green tea plantations surrounding Fort Portal. We cover vast distance today and mostly on rough roads. Our destination tonight is the Kaniyo-Pabidi camp in Murchison Falls National Park and provides relatively comfortable facilities.
Meals: B L D
- Murchison Falls National Park
- Accommodation at the Old Jane Goodall Institute
DAY 9 – 10: MURCHISON FALLS / VICTORIA NILE
Early this morning we set off on a guided walk in search of a group of habituated chimpanzees. We hope to spend an hour with the group before returning to camp. Depending on where these chimps were last seen, we may have to drive a short distance where we can then start our chimpanzee track. Then it’s off to Murchison Falls, a narrow gap though which the Nile River falling 40m into the Rift Valley. We will spend some time here exploring the falls. Next, we travel downstream to cross the Nile in order to enjoy two nights in the northern part of the park. In this section, the park opens up to wide open spaces, rolling hills, scenery of a different kind and also gives you an opportunity to see a different species of giraffe known as the Rothschild Giraffe. We will camp two nights in a big game area.
Meals: B L D, B L D
- Chimpanzee Track with included permit
- Murchison Falls
- Northern Part of Murchison Falls National Park
- Wild Camping in big game area.
DAY 11: ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
Rising early, we board a boat that will then take us on a leisurely cruise slowly down the Nile River. Along the way, we hope to catch a glimpse of the rare Shoebill Stork, as well as a multitude of other animals. At times it may not be possible to travel by boat, we will then drive by road.
Reunited with our vehicle, we exit the park and travel to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; a project established to reintroduce rhino into their original habitat in protected areas. Camp the night.
Meals: B L D
- Victoria Nile Boat Cruise
- Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Scenic Drive
DAY 12: JINJA
This morning, clients who wish to, may partake in tracking rhino on foot through the thick bush (own expense). After packing up camp for the last time, we set off for Jinja where we spend our last night in relative comfort at Adrift camp. Tonight we enjoy an own expense dinner at the restaurant to celebrate our adventures.
Meals: B L
- Drive through many villages
- Jinja (adventure Capital of Uganda)
DAY 13: JINJA to ENTEBBE
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. The truck will head back to Entebbe at 14:00 to miss the peak hour of Kampala traffic. Clients are welcome to jump on this transfer at no additional cost, however, we cannot adjust this time as the guide has post-tour responsibilities to attend to.
Alternatively, the Nile River offers some of the wildest one day white water rafting in the world; a day’s adventure not to be missed. From the Adrift camp clients are also able to spend a day exploring a local community project. Both of these activities are optional and own expense. We advise those that would like to catch our 14:00 transfer back to Entebbe to organise HALFDAY TRIPS on this day. If you wish to wish to simply relax at the “Source of the Nile” or spend an extra night at the camp, you are more than welcome to book a post night in Jinja.
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for Uganda. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your intended stay. All passport holders must obtain visas when traveling to Uganda.
Uganda Immigration have implemented the use of Electronic Visas from 01 July.
All visitors who require an entry visa and do not yet have one, must apply through the online application system prior to arrival.
You are required to upload clear copies of current passport, Yellow fever certificate and Passport photo.
On completion of the online application you will receive a bar-coded email notification. Print out this email and bring it with you to Uganda.
Upon arrival at any border (entry point) you must present the bar-coded email.
The immigration officer will scan the bar code, take your finger prints and photo and ask for the$100 cash payment for the visa. (Please note, Uganda only accepts USD bills dated 2006 or newer and in excellent condition).
A visa sticker will be printed with your photo and placed in your passport.
Online applications must be made through the visa immigration website onhttps://visas.immigration.go.ug
Vincent Mugaba | HEAD, PUBLIC RELATIONS
UGANDA TOURISM BOARD
Plot 42 Windsor Crescent, Kololo
P.O. Box 7211 Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 (0) 414 342 196/7 |Fax: +256 (0) 414 342 188
Mob: +256 (0) 772 403 330
E: [email protected] | W:www.visituganda.com
Visas are not readily obtainable at the Airport in Uganda. We highly recommend that these visas are obtained prior to departure.
Telephone numbers: Ugandan High Commission, Pretoria: (012) 342 6031/2/3
Or visit Uganda Tourism at www.ugandatourism.org
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
On Tour -Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.
US Dollars cash is the preferred option when traveling in Uganda. We suggest a combination of small denomination notes (USD 1,5,10, 20, 50) as well as USD 100 bills – make sure they are post 2009 and have “large heads” on them. Foreign currency is not widely accepted outside of Kampala, however there are plenty foreign exchange bureaus in Kampala and changing money is easy.
Traveller’s cheques are difficult to change and really bad rates of exchange generally apply.
There is at least a 5 % surcharge when using a credit card and they are not accepted in many places at all.
Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passports.
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
A Yellow Fever vaccination is required and must be done no later than 10 days prior to your departure. Strongly recommended additional vaccinations are Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis.
Malaria prophylaxis is essential. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Resistant strains of Malaria occur in Uganda and adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure; please use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Malaria is a very common ailment in Africa; however adequate preventative measures greatly reduce the risk of contracting the disease.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies.
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.
It is summer year round in Uganda. The country straddles the equator which means there is no winter and no summer. Temperatures in most parts of the country vary between 25°C and 30°C dropping only by about 5°C overnight. Traditionally May and November are the wettest months in the country where morning clouds build up and are followed by torrential rain and spectacular thunder and lightning shows. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour. Please note that night time temperatures during June, July and Augusts can be cold and guests should take this into consideration. Uganda is an Equatorial country predominantly covered in rain forest – severe rainfall can be expected during the rainy season; It is advisable to carry a second pair of shoes in the rainy season, ideally of a fast drying or semi-aquatic design; Likewise waterproof backpack liners are advisable.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
- For walking, hiking and Safaris
- Sport Shoes / Sneakers
- Sun Cream
- Water Bottle
- Smaller day pack
- Camera, Binoculars
- Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)
For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
- Personal iPod
- Personal Reading Books
- A deck of cards or something similar
- Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)
Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.
- Clothing and Toiletries
- Long Trousers / Tracksuit Hat or cap
- Shorts Swimming Costume & Towel
- Waterproof Windbreaker Personal toiletries
- Jersey / Jumper Insect Repellent
- Socks & Underwear
- T-Shirts / Shirts
- Mosquito Net (Optional)
- Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
- Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
- Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
- Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
- Some sort of a Dry bag or Waterproof cover for your camera while tracking Gorillas (in case of rain)
- Passport / Visas (if applicable)
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT SUITABLE!!
*** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; obviously there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.
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. We do suggest that you budget extra for own expense meals, drinks, curios, tips, visa’s, taxes and optional excursions.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU BRING US$ 600.00 EACH IN CASH FOR YOUR GORILLA PERMIT
- this is to be paid to the Drifters guide on the morning of departure(Preferably Big Denomination Notes eg US100 or US50)
Please note -Dollar bills must be printed from year 2009 onwards (Big Heads).
The USD 600.00 local payment guarantees your Gorilla trek, this is required from each participant at the start of the tour..
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals, snacks, sundry goods purchased – such as batteries, suntan cream etc. all bottled water, alcohol and soft beverages, curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips
In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.
In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.
This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.
- Whitewater Rafting
- Full day rafting $140
- Half day rafting $125
- Bungee Jump $115
- Bungee Jump x2 (3rd jump free) $165
- 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
- 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
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Rhino Tracking ± USD 45.00
Vehicle Hire USD 25 per vehicle (Max 6) if vehicles are required to get a bit closer.
(THESE RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE).
- Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
- Rates are subject to change without notice
- Activities are subject to availability
- Activities are weather dependent
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