Africa… the way it should be
Uganda is a land of contrasts. In half a day you can drive from mist-shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. There’s the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes. Snow capped peaks, tropical, sandy, freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere. It’s all here, a feast for all the senses.
Let us show you the Uganda we know and love.
This is Africa the way it should be!
A 3 day Private Safari Itinerary
The Tusc driver/guide will pick you from The Entebbe International Airport and you start on your trip to Semliki game reserve(about 6 hours drive). At 1.00 pm have a lunch stop at Fort Portal town. Continue to the lodge arriving mid afternoon. Enjoy the tranquility at the lounge as you watch the forest teaming with birdlife and Columbus monkeys.
Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, the oldest protected area in Uganda and home to a staggering array of flora and fauna. The Reserve is situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley. It is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa with wonderful examples of Riparian forest, gallery rain forest, borassus palm forest, and short and high grass savannas. Chimps exist next to elephant, lion and buffalo as well as the usual Western Uganda species.
Nestled on the crest of the beautiful Wasa River Valley is the small and luxurious Semliki Safari Lodge. The eight rooms are tented with large four-poster beds, Persian carpets and en-suite bathrooms. At night through the canvas you can hear the animals moving, the lions roaring and often the leopards harsh sawing as it hunts baboons. We have a lovely swimming pool area, ideal for relaxing, while still feeling as though you are truly in the heart of Africa. The food prepared by our chefs could best be described as ‘fusion food’, and we endeavor to use as much local, fresh produce as possible.
There are a number of activities on offer at Semliki Safari Lodge – our motto is ‘that you can do as much or as little as you want’. Dinner and over night, Semliki Safari lodge.
An early morning rise, tea in your tent and a good breakfast before you depart at 8.00 am for the Boat Trip on Lake Albert to try and see the incredible and rare shoebill, visually a cross between a dodo and a dinosaur. The lake is superb: there are sand cliffs where brightly colored colonies of red-throated bee-eaters dart in an out of their burrows, there are several fishing villages along the way, virtually untouched by the ‘western world’. Then drive back to the Lodge through the borassus palm forest and the acacia savannah reveals different species of raptors and passerines.
Return to the lodge for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon siesta. In the evening at 4.00 pm go for a sun downer in the park. Return to the lodge for dinner. After an early dinner go for a night adventure.
A spot light night game drive will give you the chance to see fantastic nocturnal species. This is the only place in Uganda where you can do a night drive! You never know what you may see. Sometimes the big cats (lions and leopards) are sighted as well as the diminutive genet and serval cats. Unusual nocturnal dwellers also show themselves such as forest elephants, white
tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged nightjars depending on the time of year. There are always surprises on the night drives.
We will transfer to Entebbe International Airport for our evening flight out. bl
Uganda is a developing country while The Uganda Safari Chapter endeavors to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, trail conditions, government and local restrictions, animal movement and other reasons beyond our control. In addition, frequent reconnaissances of routes sometimes determine a better routing. We do our best to ascertain the most beautiful and best route possible throughout your safari with us.
The cost of this private safari for 2 people, as described in the itinerary will come up to:
2 Adults ————————- $ 1,246.00
TOTAL TOUR COSTS- US$2492.00
2 Adults ————————- $ 1,565.00
TOTAL TOUR COSTS- US$3,130.00
*Low season rates (net and noncommissionable) from 01 March to 15 June, 15 October to 15 December , Terms and conditions apply
Safari itinerary can only be guaranteed once a given deposit payment has reached our accounts.
Our prices vary depending on the itinerary and the number of people on the trip. We try to make our prices all-inclusive so that our clients are not reaching for their wallets all the time. The 4×4 Land Cruiser and safari guide will be at your exclusive use throughout the safari which provides you with great flexibility. Your guide will accompany you throughout your safari, assist you with check-in at your accommodation and share his knowledge with you on flora and fauna of Uganda. The only things currently not included are guest drinks and items of a personal nature (souvenirs, tips, etc).
As a general rule, prices for our safaris include:
- all ground transportation and fuel and transfers as per itinerary (we recommend 12kgs per person for local charter flights)
- all meals as specified in this itinerary (except hotels in Kampala or Entebbe which are generally B&B)
- accommodations as noted in this itinerary (or similar)
- water, snacks, tea and coffee in the vehicle
- activities as indicated in the itinerary
- all game drives in a shared 4 wheel drive vehicle
- ranger guide fees
- park & conservation fees
- all applicable taxes, administration and banking fees
- charter flights subject to change due to fuel increase
Not Included In Land Cost
- International flights
- All airport departure taxes
- All passport and visa fees(USD50 )
- All meals not specified on this itinerary
- All drinks including alcoholic beverages
- Specialty wines, spirits and champagne throughout this itinerary
- Items of a personal nature: fax, telephone, etc.
- Any extras and additional activities notmentioned in the itinerary
- Travel / medical insurance
- Laundry in Entebbe/Kampala
- Gratuities for Guide/driver / hotel staff
- Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.
- Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.
Refunds for Unused Portions of Trip
No refunds can be made for any accommodations, services, or features not taken. If cancellation occurs while the trip is in progress, there will be no refund for any unused portion.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Deposit at time of Safari confirmation 25% of total safari costs including air charters
45 Days Prior to Departure Balance
Non-refundable cancellation charge $500 per person
Non-refundable at time of trip confirmation 25% of total safari costs including air charters
31-45 days before departure 50% of the total Safari Cost
30 days or less before departure No Refund
The tariffs are valid with effect from the 1st of January 2018 for a period of one year.