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Best Of Uganda in 12 days

Best Of Uganda in 12 days

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Day 1,

Upon arrival at the Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our guide. Having passed immigration and luggage collection please exit the arrival hall and look out for your  guide who will be holding up a signboard with your name and featuring our logo. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

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Day 1,

Upon arrival at the Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our guide. Having passed immigration and luggage collection please exit the arrival hall and look out for your  guide who will be holding up a signboard with your name and featuring our logo. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at the Boma Guesthouse (BB)

Day 2,

After an early breakfast we will take a 0730hrs scheduled flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the mountain gorilla. We arrive about 0900hrs

This rainforest is said to be 25.000 years old, making it one of Africa’s most biodiverse habitat. The altitude of this mountain park ranges from 1200 – 2600 meters. Five rivers and a high annual rainfall make it rather humid. Besides its mayor attraction, the mountain gorillas (gorilla gorilla berengeri) the National Park is also home to an amazing 120 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees.

It is believed that about 350 gorillas remain in several stable groups in the park. The great protection over the last years has lead to a steady increase of the population.

Although best know for its mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest also attracts spectacular birds.  There are 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics including the African green broadbill, bar tailed trogan and other beautiful forest species.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge high up on Nteko Ridge, on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the views are breathtaking, In the shadow of three volcanoes, looking down into the thick treetop canopy of Bwindi and beyond to the golden grasses of the Western Rift Valley.

8 Stone cottages with fireplaces, soft armchairs, warm duvets, excellent meals made from local produce, good wine, a lush botanical garden, a cosy library and sheltered verandas with views to the volcanoes.

Clouds, with the ultimate goal of protecting the natural habitat of the mountain gorilla, will also directly benefit the community of Nkuringo who also have a significant stake in the venture.

Guests will be able to walk from the lodge to the Gorilla tracking starting point.

Overnight Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (FB) 2 nights

Day 3,

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for your gorilla trek. Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

Once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to the gorillas. Just take your cameras with you as you are about to meet the gentle giants! Sit in the forest amongst the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.

Please note: please listen to the instructions of the local rangers at all times. It is forbidden to approach the gorillas closer than 5 meters, to feed them or to use flash photography. Likewise for your and their safety! You will be accompanied by armed guards which guarantee your safety in an area where wild buffaloes are sighted. While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. There is the additional option to hire porters on site.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority does not allow a trekking when you are sick as gorillas are very susceptible of human diseases. Should you feel sick the day of the trek we urgently advise you to abide this rule. In order to receive a 50% refund of the permit cost you MUST get a doctor’s report that day (please ask your guide to arrange this for you).

We must also stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, success is NOT guaranteed. They are wild creatures with no fixed routine and finding them requires the skills and experience of your tracker sand guides, as well as luck. The trackers and guides have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately. They will take you to the area where they left the gorillas the day before. Before leaving they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be.

Overnight Clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge

Day 4,

After breakfast we depart by scheduled flight to Semliki Wildlife reserve at 0930hrs arriving 1010hrs at Kasese Airstrip.

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 Wassa 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.

Overnight at Semliki lodge 2 nights (FB)

Day 5,

An early morning rise, tea in your tent and a good breakfast before you depart on A 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.

Afternoon game drive and Sun-downer. Over night Semliki lodge

Day 6 and 7,

  1. After breakfast your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for your scheduled flightdeparture at 1005hrs arrival Entebbe at 1155hrs. Entebbe  – Kidepo departure at 1230hrs arrival at 1400hrs

at Kidepo Valley National Park.

You will be met by staff of our lodge at the airstrip, then drive to the lodge which takes only 5 minutes. Please talk to our lodge manager about the many places you can visit and activities you can do. He will be in the best position to advise you which areas to venture out to for the best game viewing and also weather conditions might cause a change of your itinerary. Let the explorer awake in you and take you to the best locations at the best time!

Game drives and walks at Apoka are directed by nature not time! Take a walking safari along a sandy dry river bed fringed with palm trees, climb to the top of a rocky outcrop and take in the views! We move slowly along isolated tracks to fully appreciate all around us, looking for tracks and signs of the animals movements we can stop at any point to investigate further. We may take a walk to track the lions, or even cheetah, always surrounded by Zebra, Waterbuck, Jackson’s Hartebeest,

Warthogs, Patas monkeys and big herds of Buffalo.

Afterwards, relax in your outdoor bathtub under the stars, take a dip in our big rock swimming pool overlooking the savannah and a waterhole frequently visited by animals before having dinner at the main building.

Apoka Safari Lodge is located in the middle of Kidepo Valley National Park. It offers ten big tented rooms with hardwood floors, hot running water (solar heated) and comfy furniture located around a dramatic rocky kopje each with the most astounding views out across the plains to the jagged mountains in the distance.  Outdoor bathtubs are carved out of the rock face, the furniture is handmade.

Our staff are from the local community – the Apoka experience is truly unique, indigenous and natural.  While the décor is uncluttered – a minimal aesthetic that uses the dramatic scenery and light as its inspiration and adornment – comfort is de riguer. Oversized armchairs, king size beds, cushions in little private nooks, soft summer weight duvets, Egyptian cotton towels and wonderful fusion cuisine. It is just a short drive from the airstrip to the lodge. From the pool, carved into the rocks, you can observe animals at the below waterhole. Meals are served from a set menu but please do speak with our chef should you have special wishes.

Overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge 2 nights (FB)

 Day 8,

This afternoon we will fly by scheduled flight to Entebbe at 1420hrs arrival at 1550hrs before transferring by motorboat to Pineapple Bay

Swim, take hiking trips, bird watch and rest on the beach. Over-night – Pineapple Bay Bulago Island for 2 nights (FB).

Day 9,

Vist Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary Island to watch chimps rescued from captivity feeding. Rest of the day spent relaxing/ swimming. Over-night – Pineapple Bay(FB).

Day 10,

Transfer to the mainland and depart for Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 2 hours prior to departure of the flight. In the departure hall (after check-in) you will find a small restaurant, a sitting area and several duty-free shops for your convenience.


Uganda is a developing country while The Uganda Safari Company 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.

Safari Quotation:

The cost of this private safari, as described in the itinerary will come up to:

Each of 2 : US$6,266.00 Sharing*

Each of 4 : US$5,073.00 Sharing

Each of 6 : US$4,921.00 Sharing

Single supplement : US$637.00

Add to above costs 1 Gorilla permit per person : US$600.00

(Scheduled flights to/from Kidepo must have a minimum of 4 persons or 2 pax will pay for the 2 empty seats)

Safari itinerary can only be guaranteed once a given deposit payment has reached our accounts.

Safari Price

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
  • 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, all drinks apart from Premium spirits and champagne at our lodges
  • 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
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person(Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park costs US $500.00 per person, per trek for advanced bookings.  There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years). Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited; any additional gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.
  • Scheduledflight rates are subject to change due to fuel increase

 Excluded In Land Cost

  • International flights
  • All airport departure taxes
  • All passport and visa fees(USD50 )
  • All meals not specified on this itinerary
  • 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

Payment Schedule:

To confirm Gorilla Permits $500 per person

Deposit at time of Safari confirmation 25% of total safari costs including air charters

45 Days Prior to Departure Balance

Cancellation Charges:

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.

1 review for Best Of Uganda in 12 days

  1. Giovanni

    This is a sublime country. Still true to its traditions and culture. We got the best of Uganda.

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