11-Day Uganda Budget Safari (Private Tour)

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Experience in 11 days’ time much of the best that Uganda has to offer! Travel in a counter-clockwise loop north, west and back east and see the diversity of Uganda’s flora and fauna. See the River Nile, the savannas of Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo NP, Murchison Falls, the tree climbing lions in Ishasha and the rain forest of Kibale and Bwindi. This tour through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture, animals & fun! The tour will be guided by a local professional tour guide/driver.

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda

You will be picked up from Entebbe airport by a representative of your accommodation for tonight. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to do some optional activities in Entebbe. For example a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please note that all activities today are at your own cost.

Main Destination:

Entebbe

Accommodation:

African Roots Guesthouse

  • Budget guest house located in or near Entebbe

Meals & Drinks:

  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 2

To Murchison falls NP

In the early morning you will be picked up from your accommdation by your driver/guide from Matoke Tours.

The journey today goes – across Uganda – to Murchison Falls National Park. he park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls. At the spectacular Murchison Falls the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species.

Your accommodation for the coming two nights is at Fort Murchison lodge in lazy camping tents with shared bathroom facilities.

Optional Activity
* Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary US$ 40 pp.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Wildlife in Murchison Falls NP See all animals

ChimpanzeeOccasional

ElephantCommon

GiraffeCommon

HippoAbundant

BuffaloCommon

LionOccasional

Accommodation:

Fort Murchison – Lazy Camping

  • Budget tented camp bordering Murchison Falls NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 3

Game drive and boat safari

Get ready for an early wake up today! In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park.

Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound. After the boat safari you will hike to the top of the falls.

Optional Activities:
* Hot Air Balloon safari US$ 380 pp.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation:

Fort Murchison – Lazy Camping

  • Budget tented camp bordering Murchison Falls NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 4

To Kibale forest NP

After an early breakfast it is time to leave Murchison Falls NP and to continue your tour to Kibale Forest National Park.

The drive is long, but incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.

You will stay at a nice accommodation in Kibale Forest, where you will go for lazy camping.

Main Destination:

Kibale National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP See all animals

ChimpanzeeCommon

ElephantOccasional

HippoRare

BuffaloOccasional

LionRare to none

LeopardVery Rare

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Accommodation:

Kibale Forest Camp – Lazy Camping

  • Budget tented camp bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 5

Chimp tracking, to Queen Elizabeth NP

Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!

In the early morning you will go with an experienced ranger for chimp tracking; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.

After the chimpanzee tracking you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will stay at a nice accommodation overlooking the Kazinga Channel where you will go for lazy camping with shared bathroom facilities.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP See all animals

ChimpanzeeOccasional

ElephantCommon

HippoAbundant

BuffaloCommon

LionCommon

LeopardOccasional

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Accommodation:

Bush Lodge – Lazy Camping

  • Budget tented camp bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 6

Game drive and boat safari

Today you wake up early and you will go for your first game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP.

Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds.

Optional activities
* Chimp tracking Kyambura gorge US$ 50 pp
* Lion Predator tracking US$ 85 pp.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation:

Bush Lodge – Lazy Camping

  • Budget tented camp bordering Queen Elizabeth NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 7

To Ishasha sector, tree climbing lions

Today in the morning you can go for another game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP, or you can choose to do one of the optional activities we offer in Queen Elizabeth (see below).

Then, you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the so called Ishasha area. Ishahsa is home to the famous tree-climbing lions!

While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. The adult lions in Ishasha are an exception to this. It is thought that they sit in the branches to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive!

Main Destination:

Ishasha Sector

Accommodation:

Enjojo Lodge – Safari Tents

  • Budget lodge located in or near Ishasha

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 8

To Lake Bunyonyi

Today you drive to Lake Bunyonyi in the South west of the country. Lake Bunyonyi is also known as the Lake of the little birds. Your lodge overlooks this stunning lake and there are several optional activities you can do via the lodge.

You will sleep in the furnished safari tents with shared bathroom facilities. From here you will depart for tomorrows Gorilla tracking.

Main Destination:

Lake Mutanda

Accommodation:

Bunyonyi Overland Resort – Safari Tent

  • Budget lodge located in or near Lake Mutanda

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 9

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest

Today is the big day for gorilla trekking, meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable NP See all animals

GorillaCommon

ChimpanzeeRare

White RhinoNone

Black RhinoNone

LionNone

LeopardNone

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Accommodation:

Bunyonyi Overland Resort – Safari Tent

  • Budget lodge located outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 10

To lake Mburo NP

After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Lake Mburo National Park which is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife like the giraffe. The lake itself is full with hippos and crocodiles!

You will stay just outside the park boundaries, but it will feel like being in the middle of the park. From your veranda and restaurant you have a great view over the park and its wildlife.

Main Destination:

Lake Mburo National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Wildlife in Lake Mburo NP See all animals

GiraffeOccasional

HippoCommon

BuffaloCommon

ZebraCommon

LeopardOccasional

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HyenaOccasional

Accommodation:

Eagles Nest

  • Budget lodge bordering Lake Mburo NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 11

Walking safari, departure

Lake Mburo National Park is one of two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a bush walk with an experienced ranger. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range.

After your morning activity, your driver/ guide will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

This is the end of a wonderful tour in Uganda.

Main Destination:

Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp 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)

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
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

Rates Per Person

Solo 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5 people 3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms 7+ people
Jan 1, ’18 – Dec 31, ’18 $3,790 $2,650 $2,350 $2,150 $2,650 $2,650 Get Quote

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