Ugandan Impressions – 11 days from $900 pp
If you have less time, a modest budget, and agree that there is more to Uganda than the gorillas and chimpanzees, than this tour would be a perfect fit. In 10 nights / 11 days, you will explore the highlights of southwestern Uganda, from the vast savanna to the dense forests. You can opt for budget, comfort or deluxe accommodation.
Note: indicative driving time is without stops.
Day 1: Airport pick up, transfer to mid-range lodge set in a lovely garden in the charming town of Entebbe - Drive: 10 min.
You will be staying in Airport Guesthouse Entebbe, a mid-range guesthouse set in a nice garden.
Upgrade Deluxe: the Boma Hotel, a boutique hotel in an old Victorian country cottage, set in a tastefully landscaped garden with swimming pool.
Day 2: Take the ferry to cross Waiya Bay in Lake Victoria, and connect via lovely back roads to the main highway going to Lake Mburo National Park. Covered with extensive acacia woodlands, this park is one of the best places in the country to see the giant eland antelope and zebras – Drive: 225 km / 5 hours.
Accommodation: two nights in Rwakobo Rock. This welcoming eco-friendly lodge is spectacular located on a high rock outcrop overlooking the park. The place receives raving reviews time after time.
Day 3: Enjoy a day in the park. With no dangerous predators such as lions, 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 Africa allowing night game drives, which give you the chance to see some of the rare nocturnal animals like the mongoose, hyena, leopard and serval cat.
Day 4: Drive to the Kigezi Highlands, perhaps the most fertile and scenic region of Uganda: a landscape of expansive blue lakes, rainforests and mountains. You will spend two nights at Birds Nest at Lake Bunyonyi, a large crater lake dotted with dozens of small islands and encircled by steep terraced hills. The lodge has a swimming pool – Drive: 250 km / 4 hours.
Day 5: Enjoy a day at the lake. There are several activities available, including swimming, canoe safaris, island hopping, hiking, or visiting a nearby batwa (pygmy) community.
Day 6: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s oldest National Park. From open savanna to green rainforest, 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: 260 km / 5 hours.
Accommodation: two nights at Bush Lodge, an intimate tented eco-lodge overlooking the Kazinga Channel. The comfort 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 canvas tent, provided with bed, light and towels. Dinner is served outside, with tables around the camp fire.
Upgrade Deluxe: two nights at Mweya Safari Lodge, an old time favourite, due to its stunning location in the heart of the park, infinity pool overlooking the Kazinga channel, and neo-colonial grandeur.
Day 7: Enjoy a day in Queen Elizabeth National park. Boat trips on the Kazinga Channel offer great game viewing, as do 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 8: 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 / 2 ½ hours.
Accommodation: two nights at Kibale Forest Camp, an eco-lodge in the middle of the rainforest. The 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 canvas tent, provided with bed, light and towels.
Upgrade Deluxe: Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of a distinct volcano. It is managed by the third generation of a British tea planter, and the ambience of an intimate English country house is still truly intact. Included on the basis of dinner & breakfast, expect silver cutlery and a candlelit 5-course dinner overlooking the lake.
Day 9: 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 10: An excellent, newly surfaced road passing through lush matooke plantations brings you to the capital city, Kampala, where you will find a thriving dining and nightlife scene with a pleasant vibe. We would be happy to recommend some especially good places - Drive: 315 km / 6 hours.
In Kampala you will be staying in another very special and welcoming place. The Yellow Haven Guesthouse is a family-run guesthouse on the shores of Lake Victoria only minutes from the city, and has several lovely self-contained apartments arranged around a large garden with a swimming pool, sauna and BBQ area.
Day 11: Depending on the time of your return flight, there are a number of things to do in Kampala or Entebbe, such as exploring the city on the back of a motorbike taxi (known locally as boda boda), visit a market, mosques and temple, or relax at one of the large swimming pools. Practically from the steps of the guesthouse, you can board a small motorboat for a safari on Lake Victoria. You will pass small canals listed with papyrus and see plenty of birds. The guide can take you ashore for a cultural village walk and you will also have the chance to stop at the Ggaba fish market to stock up supplies for your own BBQ!
Pick up from your hotel and fly out from Entebbe – Drive: 40 km / 1 ½ hours.
|Low season||High season*|
|Price in US$ / pp||2pax||4pax||2pax||4pax||2pax||4pax||2pax||4pax|
|Lazy camping (4 nights)||1,080||900||1,259||970||1,220||1,000||1,399||1,070|
*High season is from December 15th – January 31th and June 15th to September 15th
** If you rather go with a professional driver & guide, add US$ 360 to the total.
- Airport transfer
- 9-day car rental - Toyota Rav4 or Landcruiser, comprehensively insured
- Detailed day-to-day itinerary
- Bradt travel guide and roadmap and
- Mobile phone with local SIM card
- Accommodation on the basis of bed & breakfast.
- Park entrance fees for Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth (US$ 40 / person/ 24h), car entrance fees (US$ 15 / car / visit)
- Any optional activities. Note: a three-course meal at lodges costs on average US$ 15.