Trip Type : Private Guided
Awesome Queen Elizabeth National Park-Uganda-1535877-P

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Cox & Kings
4.7 . Excellent
96%
Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 7,085 $ 709 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Join in the process of habituating a chimpanzee community in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Search for the tree-climbing lion of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Ply the waters of the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the densest populations of hippo in Africa
  • View endangered mountain gorilla at close range
  • Get a taste of traditional Ugandan culture in nearby villages
  • Seek out the various smaller primates of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Relax on the shores of Africa's largest lake at your luxurious Lake Victoria resort and spa

Short Description

Explore the incredible national parks of Uganda on this adventurous journey. Begin your travels in the lush, evergreen rainforest of Kibale National Park, where you'll assist in the habituation process for a group of wild chimpanzees. Travel onward to Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot tree-climbing lion, pods of hippo and herds of elephant. Venture deep into the dense jungle of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to spend some time with a family of endangered mountain gorilla, a truly unforgettable experience.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Entebbe
End City Entebbe

Trip Includes

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • All planning, handling and operational charges
  • Accommodation as noted in itinerary, based on double occupancy
  • Privately guided sightseeing in air conditioned vehicle (exceptions may apply)
  • Services of Professional English-Speaking Guide(s) and/or Tour Escort as detailed in your itinerary
  • All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • Baggage handling, 2 pieces per person unless otherwise noted. (Please note that any additional luggage may require modification in vehicle size)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe

Accommodation: Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa

Upon arrival in Entebbe, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure to enjoy the amenities of your lovely lakeside resort, or just rest up from your travels in preparation for tomorrow's adventures.

Day 2: To Kibale Forest National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge

After breakfast by the lake this morning, fly to Kasese and continue to your luxury lodge with stunning views of Lake Kyaninga and the Mountains of the Moon. In the afternoon, explore the area around the crater rim and take a walk through the forest to familiarize yourself with the surrounding wildlife.

Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge

Enjoy a full day exploring the verdant landscapes of Kibale Forest National Park, one of the best places in the world to see chimpanzees in the wild. You'll also have the rare opportunity to participate in the habituation of a new group of wild chimpanzee, a process that can take 10-15 years. While you're here, try to spot some of the 12 additional primate species in the park, such as the red-tailed, blue and Colobus monkey as well as the olive baboon. The walking here is also beautiful and the park boasts a huge range of birds, including the Great Blue Turaco.

Day 4: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which occupies nearly 800 square miles from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest. One of Africa's premier national parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts a stunning range of wildlife, rugged volcanic terrain and beautiful black-maned lion. Take a launch along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, to view one of the largest concentration of hippo in the world. Continue to your accommodations in the less-visited Ishasha region of the park, one of the few places in the world where lion regularly climb trees.

Day 5 – 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Enjoy two days of game drives. Look for elephant, buffalo, kob, waterbuck, bushbuck and predators, including lion and leopard. Bird watching is remarkable, with about 600 species recorded. You'll also visit a crater lake where salt is harvested for export to the Congo. In addition, enjoy the opportunity to visit one of the local communities during your stay.

Day 7: To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Today, travel to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, passing colorful roadside markets and lush vegetation interspersed with banana and millet plantations. Traverse the beautiful mountain landscapes known as the Switzerland of East Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest impresses with its landscape of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges.

Day 8 – 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Enjoy two morning gorilla treks. Although the hike is physically demanding, and the terrain is rough and muddy at times, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage Site, also has other primates and excellent bird watching. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a fully-grown silverback gorilla. After locating the gorilla family, you will spend one hour in their company before returning to your lodge. If time permits in the afternoon, enjoy additional excursions in the nearby area.

Day 10: Depart Entebbe

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning, travel to the airstrip and fly to Entebbe. Enjoy a tasty lunch and a day room at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa. After some time to relax beside Africa's largest lake, bid farewell to Uganda and return to the airport to connect with your onward flight.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

  • If Days Before Departure is 90 days or longer, then Cancellation Charge is $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)
  • If Days Before Departure is 89 to 61, then Cancellation Charge is 20% of total land program price
  • If Days Before Departure is 60 to 31, then Cancellation Charge is 50% of total land program price
  • If Days Before Departure is 30 to Day of Departure, then Cancellation Charge is 100% of total land program price

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International and internal region airfare, unless otherwise stated
  • Trekking permits of $1,450 per person are additional
  • Meals other than those mentioned in itinerary
  • The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, additional incidentals, etc.
  • Airport Security Charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements and payable locally and Airport Departure Taxes (if applicable)
  • Optional and additional sightseeing not included in itinerary
  • Cost of obtaining passports or required visas where necessary
  • Any fees associated with using air miles for your air travel
  • Transport between your home and home airport/port/station
  • Gratuities unless stated in "What Your Land Price Includes"
  • Travel Protection Insurance

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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