Self-drive Season Special - 15 days from $799 pp only!
Nature Lodges and Roadtrip Uganda offer you a self-drive season special for trips in April and May 2018. A 15 day scenic roundtrip, showing you all the highlights of Uganda, starting from only $799 pp!
Nature Lodges is a selection of intimate, eco-friendly, small-sized lodges and camps in Uganda, renowned for their excellent price to quality ratio. This Special comprises a stay in their mid-range accommodation on the basis of Bed & Breakfast.
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda. Airport pick up and transfer to Entebbe Airport Guesthouse, a friendly guesthouse set in a lovely garden in the charming town of Entebbe - Drive: 10 min.
Day 2: Today you will receive your vehicle at the time you indicated. After the instructions from our staff, it’s up to you to climb behind the wheel and Drive Your Own Adventure... You will be heading to Lake Mburo National Park. You can either take the ferry to cross Waiya Bay in Lake Victoria, or take the off-road shortcut to Mpigi, and connect via lovely back roads to the main highway going to Lake Mburo National Park. On your way to the lodge, you can already spot the giant eland antelope and zebras – Drive: 225 km / 5 hours.
Accommodation: two nights in Eagle Nest. Located on a high hill bordering Lake Mburo National Park, this tented camp not only has one of the best views in Uganda, it is also the ultimate African canvas experience. Every safari tent has its own veranda overlooking the park. The bathrooms are a real bush experience: hot water bucket showers, filled for you upon your request, and the toilet is a new eco-friendly invention.
Day 3: Enjoy a day in the park. With few dangerous predators (however, the story goes that there’s one lion roaming the bush from time to time), Lake Mburo is the best place to go on a guided safari - either walking, mountain biking or on horseback. Moreover, this is one of the few national parks in East Africa allowing night game drives, which give you the chance to see some of the rare nocturnal animals such as the mongoose, hyena, serval cat, and perhaps even a leopard.
Day 4: Drive to the Kigezi Highlands, perhaps the most fertile and scenic region of Uganda: a landscape of expansive blue lakes and steep terraced slopes tumbling southwest towards the rainforest of Bwindi National Park - but not before we have stopped in Kisoro town - Drive: 260 km / 5 hours.
You will be staying one night at Traveller’s Rest in Kisoro town, one of the oldest hotels in Uganda. The hotel boasts an impressive guest list, including Diane Fossey, who studied the behavior of gorillas over a period of 18 years and became known by the wider public through the book (and film) Gorillas in the Mist.
Traveler's tip: if you arrive at Kisoro early in the afternoon, you will have time to visit the lively market, where people from the whole region gather to buy and sell supplies. There is also free birding along the edge of Mgahinga Park, available on request. The guides are very happy to take you out from 5-6 pm, if you book by 10 am that morning. Birds that can be seen include: Ibis, Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Fire Finch, Stonechat, Grey Capped Warbler, Waxbills and Yellow-Vented Bulbul.
Day 5: Today, a very scenic (and bumpy) route will take you from Kisoro, passing Lake Mutanda, right at the doorstep of the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will be staying at Gorilla Valley lodge, situated at the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Occasionally even the gorillas like to pay a visit to their gardens! Enjoy sitting on your veranda enjoying splendid scenery. – Drive: 80 km / 4 hours
Day 6 (optional gorilla tracking): Ready for the experience of a life time? Today you will be tracking the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi’s mist-covered, forested hillsides and dense forest cover protect an estimated 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the global population. This includes 11 habituated groups which can be tracked by limited groups of people. You will be departing from the Rushaga or Nkuringo location.
Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s oldest National Park. From open savannahs to green rainforests, from dense papyrus swamps and crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest rates of biodiversity of any game park - Drive: 270 km / 6 hours.
Accommodation: two nights at Bush Lodge, an intimate eco-lodge overlooking the Kazinga Channel. The comfortable accommodation option is in a furnished safari tent with private veranda and ensuite ''bush'' shower. The budget option is lazy camping, where you sleep in a permanent canvas tent, provided with bed, light and towels.
Day 8: Enjoy a full day of game drives in the park. Boat launch trips on the Kazinga Channel offer great game viewing, as do the game drives around Mweya Lodge and the Northern Circuit. Further southwest, the remote Ishasha plains are famous for their tree climbing lions, while the Kyambura Gorge is home to habituated chimps. The nearby Maramamgambo Forest has a wide variety of forest monkeys, and the dozens of crater lakes scattered across the park are often filled with beautiful pink flamingos.
Day 9: Drive to Kibale Forest near the pleasant colonial town of Fort Portal. Kibale is a 800 km2 tropical rainforest, home to 13 primate species and an impressive range of birds - Drive: 120 km / 3 hours.
You will spend two nights at Kibale Forest Camp in the middle of the rainforest. Comfort accommodation is in a furnished safari tent with private veranda and en-suite bathroom. The budget option is lazy camping, where you sleep in a permanent canvas tent, provided with bed, light and towels.
Day 10: Kibale Forest is a nature lover’s paradise, with its sublime bird watching and chimpanzee tracking, as well as opportunities for viewing a wide range of other primates. Chimpanzee tracking is a half-day activity, starting either early in the morning or just after lunch. A field of beautiful crater lakes lies between Fort Portal and the Forest, which are perfect for a swim or exploration on foot.
Day 11: Beautiful back roads passing through friendly villages will bring you to Hoima town, the staging point between Fort Portal and Masindi at the southern entrance of Murchison Falls National Park – Drive: 223 km / 6 hours.
Accommodation for tonight is at Kon Tiki Lodge, spacious thatched cottages set in a nice landscaped garden. This little oasis makes a welcome break after the long and bumpy road from Kibale to Murchison Falls.
Day 12: Today you will cross the entire Murchison Falls National Park, entering the reserve from the south, whilst staying overnight just outside the northern section of the park. Along the way you will cross Budongo Rainforest and you can visit the top of the waterfalls, which is a spectacular experience. Once you cross the Nile River, you can take a refreshing break at Paraa Lodge, situated at the heart of the park with excellent views of the river. Most of the wildlife is in the northern section of the park – Drive: 150 km / 4 hours without stops.
Accommodation: two nights at Fort Murchison. The set-up of this lodge evokes the ambience of a well-maintained isolated outpost from times when Arab traders explored the African hinterlands. Comfort accommodation is in a double room. The budget option is lazy camping, where you sleep in a permanent canvas tent, provided with bed, light and towels.
Day 13: Another day of self–driving safari with opportunities for game viewing. Other activities include a boat trip to the base of the falls, or take a smaller boat downriver from Paraa towards the Nile River delta where it flows into Lake Albert.
Day 14: An excellent, newly surfaced road takes you to Entebbe, where you will find relaxing beaches and a small dining and nightlife scene with a pleasant vibe. We would be happy to recommend some good places - Drive: 315 km / 7 hours. Last night at Entebbe Airport Guesthouse.
Travel tip: On your way to Entebbe, stop for lunch and a visit at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, and be sure to give them a call to let them know you are coming for lunch after the walk with the rhinos. It is an unique experience, and you will also be supporting the foundation in their efforts to bring the rhinos back to the Ugandan parks.
Day 15: Depending on the time of your return flight there are a number of things to do in Entebbe, such as exploring the botanical gardens, taking a boat trip along the shores, visiting a local fish market, relaxing at one of the local beaches, or at the swimming pools of some luxurious resorts.
|Special low season offer April & May 2018
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* If you would rather go with a professional driver & guide, add US $520 to the total.
- Airport transfer, car delivery and drop-off.
- 13-day car rental with comprehensive insurance. Either Toyota Landcruiser or Rav4 3-door (2 pax) or 5-door (4 pax)
- Accommodation on the basis of bed & breakfast.
- Bradt travel guide and roadmap
- Mobile phone with local SIM card
- Park entrance fees & gorilla and / or chimp tracking permits
- Any other optional activities.
- Note: a three-course meal at lodges costs on average US $15.