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Classic Uganda Holiday

12 days from £5160pp plus international flights.

In a 12-day holiday you can really get to see most of the main highlights in Uganda. This itinerary is one suggestion of how you might like to do this, but given that this is a tailor made holiday, we can tweak this as you like.

Since this trip covers a lot of ground, you should be aware that there are some long drives. However, the journey really is all part of the fun. Apart from a few main roads, much of Uganda's roads are graded gravel and earth. This makes journeys slower and more interesting and there is village life all along the roadsides, so you will be doing a lot of waving! Bear in mind that in the rainy season, journeys can become very difficult.

You will have a private driver/guide throughout your trip, and all your accommodation is all very good quality.

Starting in Murchison Falls in the north, you slowly make your way down through Kibale Forest, into Queen Elizabeth National Park, on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and finally return to Entebbe via Lake Mburo.

Within this exciting itinerary you will be able to enjoy wildlife game drives, a boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls, chimp trekking, another boat cruise in the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth NP, and, of course, gorilla trekking - the highlight of the trip for many.

We recognise that this is an expensive trip when based on only two people travelling together (as this has been costed), but the price drops considerably if there are more people in your party.

Itinerary
The Boma Guest House at night

DAY 1: ENTEBBE

On arrival at Entebbe airport you will be met and transferred to The Boma Guest House. No activities or excursions have been arranged for today, leaving you free to unwind after the journey and become accustomed to your new surroundings. The joytel has pretty gardens and a lovely outdoor pool, ideal for relaxing, and tonight you can dine at the hotel or opt to eat in a local restaurant. 
Rhino sanctuary sign

DAY 2: TO MURCHISON FALLS

Today your driver/guide will pick you up after breakfast and you set off north to Murchison Falls. It's a long way (about 5-6 hours), but you'll be able to break the journey and stretch your legs on the way. There's also an optional visit to a rhino sanctuary en route, which makes a great introduction to the wildlife of Uganda. Full board
Murchison Falls

DAY 3: MURCHISON FALLS

Murchison Falls is a spectacular force of nature where the Nile is squeezed through a small gap in the landscape. You can see the falls from the top, but will also take a boat trip beneath the falls, so witness the full force of the water. Murchison is also a national park and has some very good game viewing and bird watching, so there's plenty to keep you occupied today. Full board
Butterfly

DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS

Another day to enjoy Murchison Falls wildlife, birdlife and spectacular landscapes. Your guide will help you spot and identify different species, building up your zoological knowledge. You can also visit Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourist site which has one of the largest forests in the country home to 9 different primate species and hundreds of types of birds and butterflies. There may be an option for chimpanzee trekking today, too. Full board    
Scenery en-route to Kibale

DAY 5: TO KIBALE FOREST

Today you head south to Kibale Forest. The drive is a scenic one and takes most of the day (7-8 hours). There are several stops on the way, including one for a tasty picnic lunch. You'll arrive at the lodge or camp in time for drinks and dinner. Full board 
Chimpanzee in Kibale Forest

DAY 6: CHIMP TREKKING IN KIBALE

There is excitement in the air this morning as you set off on foot into Kibale Forest for a half day's trekking to see the chimpanzees. This is a wonderful experience and once you've found the chimpanzees (you'll probably hear them before you see them) you have roughly an hour to enjoy watching them. Full board
Elephants and buffalos on banks of Kazinga Channel

DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NP, KAZINGA

You have a drive of about 3-4 hours today, taking you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. By the afternoon you'll reach the Kazinga Channel where you take a boat cruise, an excellent opportunity to sit back and watch wildlife in and by the water, and to admire the dozens of bird species. Full board 
Tree climbing lion in Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth NP

DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NP, ISHASHA

Your journey continues, now heading south to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You'll reach camp after about 3 hours, for time to rest and have some lunch. Later you'll be whisked off on a game drive to witness the diverse wildlife of this area, which include tree-climbing lions, so make sure you have your camera ready! Full board
Wildlife in Ishasha

DAY 9: ISHASHA TO BWINDI

You have a morning game drive in Ishasha before you set out to Bwindi. En-route there's the chance to visit a local community, for a privileged insight into local life. The drive takes 2 to 3 hours, not including stops. Full board
Baby gorilla at Bwindi

DAY 10: GORILLA TREKKING

Today you will trek to see the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas! This has got to be one of the most captivating and moving wildlife experiences you will ever have. Depending on whereabouts in Bwindi the family is found, the trek can take anything from half an hour to almost 4 hours. Less physically able people are allocated a place to visit the closer gorilla families. Full board
Topi at Lake Mburo

DAY 11: LAKE MBURO

This morning you head east out of the mountains and make for the small national park of Lake Mburo. The drive will take about 6-7 hours, and will give you opportunities to spot animals and birds as you travel. There are about 60 different mammal species here and birds can be seen by the lake shores, in the swamps and in the grasslands. Game drives and a boat cruise are included today. Full board 
Roadside stalls on Uganda road

DAY 12: TO ENTEBBE

On the final day you'll return to Entebbe, setting out after breakfast and arriving at the international airport in the mid-afternoon, to check in for your home-bound flight. Breakfast, lunch
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £5160 (ex. international flights)

Includes: 

11 nights twin share accommodation in good quality hotels, lodges and camps; transfers as specified; services of a driver/guide; private vehicle; meals as specified; botted water on safari; 1 gorilla trekking permit; 1 Kibale chimpanzeee trekking permit; park entry fees; game drives in QENP, Murchison Falls and Mburo; boat cruise om Kazinga Channel QENP, cruise on Lake Mburo, delta cruise, and Murchison foot of the falls cruise

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; visa; travel insurance; drinks; tips; optional excursions such as guided walk in Bwindi forest, Bwindi community visit, Batwa community visit, Ishasha community project fee, Bigodi swamp walk in Kibale, Ziwa rhino sanctuary; Christmas/New Year/Easter supplements; personal expenses 

Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Entebbe for this trip (unless you're adding on other services). Return flights from the UK will start at around £850 per person. We usually book these for you.

Departure dates: This private tailor made trip through Uganda can be taken at any time to suit you subject to availability. 

places you will see

places you will see

Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park
This national park takes its name from the magnificent waterfalls o the Nile within its borders. The park is Uganda's largest, and an increasingly good wildlife viewing spot.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat. There are around 700 chimps in the park, plus other primate species and birdlife. 
Budongo Central Forest
Budongo Central Forest
Excellent chimp trekking forest south of Murchison Falls.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the main safari destination for those looking for a broad range of mammals in Uganda. It has the big five, and the unusual feature of tree-climbing lions in the south.
Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the very best places to see mountain gorillas. 
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo is a great place to stop between visiting the gorillas at Bwindi and heading back to Kampala. It's good for birdwatching and has a good mix of savannah wildlife.

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