Uganda Affordable Safari

Uganda Affordable Safari

This 8-day journey will showcase the best that Uganda has to offer from safaris on the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to intimate meetings with the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and mountain gorilla encounters along the canopy-covered trails of Bwindi Forest and you will stay in lodges that have been selected for their good value and location.

Safari Highlights

  1. Gorilla trekking
  2. Equator Experience
  3. Lake Mburo
  4. Chimpanzee Trekking
  5. Tree Climbing Lions

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park via Fort Portal

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5:Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Lake Mburo

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

Day 8: Back to Entebbe International Airport

End of Tour

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Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park via Fort Portal

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5:Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Lake Mburo

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

Day 8: Back to Entebbe International Airport

End of Tour

 

Itineraries

Day 1

Welcome To Uganda

Your transfer vehicle will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to the Jonel hotel where you will spend one night in a bed and breakfast. Just 5 minutes drive from Entebbe international airport. Jonel hotel and apartment is a luxurious African and homely hotel equipped with the charm of both local and modern-day today comforts. Would you like to add (optional excursion) visit to Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre; Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Bussi Island Bird Sanctuary; Entebbe Botanical garden; Entebbe Shopping malls; Uganda Reptile Village; Lake Victoria and Beaches; local market, City Centre Art Gallery? We can help you to arrange these optional excursions at an additional cost.

Day 2

Kibale Forest via Fort Portal

Your journey to Kibale Forest is incredibly scenic, taking you through tea plantations, lively village markets and over rolling hills of the lush green countryside that is so characteristic of western Uganda. Kibale Forest National Park itself is an extensive tract of dense tropical rainforest located just south of the town of Fort Portal. The various ecosystems in this space are reputed to harbour the highest density of primates in all of Africa. The rare red colobus monkey as well as the black and white colobus are just some of the primates you may encounter on your forest walks here. The highlight of a trip to Kibale Forest is of course to spend some time observing the wonderfully entertaining chimpanzees. Your lodge for the next two nights offers a unique jungle experience near the boundaries of the park. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature in one of the property’s modest cottages, set privately in a quiet nook in the forest. The main lodge building offers stunning views of the forest canopy below and on a clear day, you can see the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains.
Journey Time 5 hours
Accommodation Turaco Treetops - Budget room
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 3

Chimpanzee Tracking In Kibale Forest

No other animal reminds us so much of ourselves as the chimpanzee. Besides many common features and mannerisms, chimpanzees also share 98% of our human DNA, making them our closest living relatives. It is not so surprising then that we find the habits and biology of these primates so fascinating to study. While Chimpanzees can be found in 21 countries throughout Africa, they are most easily sighted in Uganda due to the high concentration of the species here. On a Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Kibale Forest, you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience. While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are, after all, wild animals with wills and minds of their own!

In the afternoon you can choose whether you would like to spend more time with the local communities and learn more about their day-to-day lives on a Community Walk or go deeper into the forest on a Swamp Walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is home to 8 primate species, over 200 bird species, butterflies and various reptiles. For bird lovers, the highlight of the afternoon is spotting the beautiful great blue turaco. Both the Community Walk and Swamp Walk are operated by KAFRED, a registered community-based organization. The income from the walk is used for community development projects such as schools and hospitals. Please let your Matoke Tours Travel Consultant know which walk you prefer at the time of booking.
Journey Time 15 minutes each way
Accommodation Turaco Treetops - Budget room
Meal Plan Breakfast and dinner

Day 4

To Queen Elizabeth National Park

Scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most visited game reserve and arguably the most scenic. The national park protects the vast savannah plains, bushland, wetlands and forests that lie at the base of the Rwenzori mountain range. Kazinga Channel, which flows through the park and connects Lake George in the east to Lake Edward in the west, attracts a rich array of animals and birds, including the infamous Nile crocodile and one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippos. On your first game drive, you will explore the park along with a 200-kilometre network of well-maintained game viewing tracks. Staying at Bush Lodge is, as its name suggests, a traditional bush camping experience, with some modern comforts. The safari tents have grass-thatched roofs and are scattered around the lush campsite. The interior is simple with raised beds and solar lighting and the shared bathroom and shower block are only a few steps away. At night you will be escorted around the grounds as the four-legged inhabitants of the park like to roam the lodge area too. The sounds of hippos and hyenas provide the perfect background music for your candlelit dinner under the stars. If you wish to upgrade your stay at Bush Lodge, choose the self-contained safari tent or cottage for $40 per person per night.
Journey Time 3,5 hours
Accommodation Bush Lodge - Lazy Camping
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 5

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Enjoy a morning game drive in the park. You will need to be up before the sun and in the vehicle after a quick snack to see the best sightings. This is when the land is cool and the animals are most active when anything is possible and sighting comes quickly. The day will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds for which this park is renowned. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope, lions, and leopards are some of the animals you may come across.

Later in the day, you will go for a boat safari. when the sun is high in the sky and the animals make their way to the river for a drink, we will head to Kazinga Channel for an exciting boat safari (a fantastic way to get close to wildlife) and for many visitors, the boat safari is the highlight of their visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Hippos, buffalo and several species of antelope, lions, and leopard are some of the animals you may come across.

Optional Activities here include; lions tracking research trip at an additional cost of USD 100 per person; visiting Kyambura Gorge (home to several primate species including chimpanzees, the red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys and colourful bird species) at an additional cost of USD 50 per person

Day 6

To Lake Bunyonyi

Bunyonyi means 'place of many little birds. This beautiful lake, surrounded by steep terraced hillsides, contains 29 islands, many of which are inhabited. It is a magical place to wake up in, especially with the early morning mist lingering on the lake. At this time you will see school children paddling dugout canoes to school and farmers transporting their goods to the marketplace. Here you can fill your time swimming, hiking, bird watching, and taking boat rides to any of the islands on the lake. Lake Bunyoni is bilharzia, croc and hippo free so you can relax and enjoy its cool waters. Several cultural hikes will teach you about the local people and their traditions and customs. Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place for a bit of relaxation. The only chatter you will hear in this setting, is that coming from the numerous birds.
Journey Time 5-6 hours
Accommodation Crater Bay - Self-contained cottage
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 7

Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi

After breakfast, you will follow an experienced park ranger deep in the forest to track one of the nine habituated gorilla families residing here. Half of the world’s population of gorillas live under the mist-covered canopies of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. This is an exciting yet challenging journey along forested (often muddy and slippery) slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. En route, the ranger will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

Depending on the location of the gorillas on any given day the walk can take anything from 2 to 7 hours. Encountering the mountain gorillas is a truly humbling and emotional experience. The lodge will provide your gorilla tracking permit. Remember to bring the permit and your passport when you depart for the hike.

Day X

Back To Entebbe

Like all great journeys, the 8 days safari has come to an end. Enjoy your last breakfast in this beautiful corner of Uganda before you head out on a walking safari in the park in the company of an experienced ranger. This is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can follow the experienced ranger on foot. Walking safari offers something quite different to the game drive: the thrill of being on foot in a Big 5 reserve and the chance to engage with the smaller things. You learn about tracking, insects and flowers. It is a chance to have an immersive experience where you get down and touch and smell what is out there while at the same time you never quite know what you will encounter around the next corner.

Then the time has come to return to Entebbe Airport for your flight back home. You will drive for 6 hours (stopping at the equator) for some souvenir shopping. It is possible to connect with an international flight tonight, but the earliest departure must be at 10 pm. Accommodation for tonight is not included in the programme. If you would like an extra night in Entebbe this can be arranged for you at an additional cost.

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