Baby Gorilla, Uganda
Uganda Fruit Market
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13 Day Adventure
13 Day Soft Adventure - Uganda
- 2019 Departure Dates:
- 07 July to 19 July
- 21 July to 02 August
- 04 August to 16 August
- 18 August to 30 August
- 01 September to 13 September
- 15 September to 27 September
- 29 September to 11 October
- 13 October to 25 October
- 27 October to 08 November
- 10 November to 22 November
- 24 November to 06 December
- 08 December to 20 December
- 22 December to 03 January 20
Get Ready for a Trip of a Lifetime
Details of Your Downunder Travel Adventure
Included in your Adventure
Excluded in your Adventure
Where you will visit and things to do?
Lake Mburo National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Tree Climbing Lions – Ishasha
Chimpanzee trek (permit included)
Victoria Nile boat trip
Entebbe to Entebbe
13 Day Adventure
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
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
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 trekking to insure everyone gets their chance. 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
– Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
– Gorilla Tracking
– Bwindi Jungle
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
Packing up camp, we travel the length of the park and through the Maramagambo Forest and make our way towards the Rwenzoris – “Mountains of the Moon”. 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. Today we find a suitable place to enjoy our lunch while admiring these towering mountains over the surrounding landscape.
After lunch our guide will find a suitable place for guests to enjoy a walk as we proceed towards the outskirts of Fort Portal.
Meals: B L D
– Drive through Maramogambo Forest
– Outskirts of Lake Edward
– Ruwenzori Mountains
– Village Walk
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 towards the town of Masindi. From here we will enter the renowned Murchison Falls National Park. Tonight we spend in accommodation and enjoy a catered meal after the long day.
Meals: B L D
– Scenic drive
Early this morning we enter the Murchison Falls Park and 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 our vehicle. 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 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 Trek with included permit
– Murchison Falls
– Northern Part of Murchison Falls National Park
– Wild Camping in big game area
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
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)
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. The truck will head back to Entebbe this morning 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.
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What you need to know
Information and Facts
Uganda’s climate is mostly of a subtropical climate year-round. The country has its warmer, drier periods between December to February and again from June to August as well as rainy days that run from March to May (occurring again from September to November).
Canadians can enjoy safe travels year-round in Uganda. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems.
The (UV) sunrays can be very strong and can cause a burn, even on a cloudy day, and therefore it is important to bring, and regularly apply, sun block as well as wearing sunglasses and comfortable, long-sleeved clothing. Stay hydrated and cool off in shaded areas as much as possible.
As well, make well-informed decisions, take necessary precautions as you would with travel anywhere else, have copies on-hand of your important documents (ie: passport, excursion confirmations, event tickets, etc.), while keeping them stored separately (and safely) from the originals.
Some vaccines may be recommended, and should be up to date when travelling to Uganda. These recommended vaccines include: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, measles, meningitis and the influenza shot among others. Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to prove they’ve received their vaccines. It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel. It is best to seek advice from a medical professional prior to travel.
Currency & Customs
The currency in Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is often widely accepted.
Your Canadian passport must be valid, or should not expire, for at least 6 months past the date of your return. Canadian passport holders require an entry visa to enter Uganda.
There are restrictions on the amounts of alcohol and tobacco products brought into the country. Plants and animals, and products made from such, will be subject to restrictions and quarantine. All Food Products should be declared on arrival
The electrical current for Uganda is 230 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).
The main spoken languages in Uganda are English as well as a variety of indigenous languages spoken throughout the country.