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Royal Uganda Safari Tour – 8 days

Royal Uganda Safari Tour – 8 days

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“A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, “This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.” – Jane Goodall

Day 1: Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport at 10:25hrs. Met and assisted by a SAFARI CHAPTER representative. Transfer to Entebbe for overnight at The Boma Hotel(BB)

The Boma Hotel is Entebbe’s original and most exclusive hotel, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of the original 1940’s home.

Rooms

Boma Hotel Entebbe rooms are individually decorated in a mixture of African and European décor, and have been designed to reflect the original colonial architecture. Rooms are available with either Twin Beds or King Size Double Beds; please specify the type of room configuration you prefer when making a reservation. Family rooms and Triples are available, as are Cots for babies.

Services

  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Airport Transfers
  • Craft Shop
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Laundry
  • Free Internet Access

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park

 Transfer by scheduled flight to Murchison Falls National park 1200/1300hrs, Evening game drives. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (LDBB)

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

 Game drives in the park in the morning. After lunch, we take a boat trip on the Nil, with a walk to the top of the falls. Evening game drives. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge (LDBB)

Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park

 Fly by scheduled flight to Kibale Forest Park (1315/1415hrs). Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is their location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursions.

The seven mid-level Forest Cottages are private and en-suite with spacious bathrooms, 2x Twin size Beds or 1x King Size Bed as well as a spacious veranda over-looking the rain-forest with lounge chairs.

 Overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages (LDBB)

Day 5 :  Kibale Forest National Park- Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today we will go chimp tracking in Kibale Forest National Park. After our briefing, we embark on the chimp tracking which takes about 2-3 hours depending on where the chimps are. On the trek you can see other primates such as grey-cheeked mangabeys along with red tailed and blue monkeys. Your expert guide will share the secrets of the forest’ flora and fauna, ensuring that the trail is both informative and enjoyable.

In the afternoon we Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (about 3 hrs drive).The drive takes us past Volcanic crater lakes and on a clear day one can see the famous “Mountains of the Moon”, The Rwenzori Mountains. Late afternoon we take gamedrives.Mweya Lodge is located on a peninsula in the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth national Park, with breathtaking, game and some of the best bird watching in East Africa (about 500 different bird species). Late afternoon we take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, 32 kms long. This water system has the highest concentration of Hippo in the world and we will get quite close to them. See also crocodile, buffalo and other game that drink from the channel, also marvel at the abundant ornitho-life that is supported here

O/n Mweya Safari lodge (LDBB)

Day 6:  Queen Elizabeth National Park-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

This morning we take Gamedrives in the park. Before we fly by scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip where we are transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

This rainforest is located in south-western Uganda, at the junction of the plain and mountain forests. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park covers 32,000 ha and is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics including the African green broadbill, bar tailed trogon and other beautiful forest species.

Silverback Lodge is only a 5-minute walk to the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters and has

sweeping views of the valley and forests that surround it. The lodge boasts impressive views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park a 124-square-mile UNESCO site home to approximately 350 mountain gorillas (half of the world’s remaining population).

Silverback Lodge is perched high above the valley overlooking beautiful flora and fauna.

From the Summit Bar you can enjoy après-trekking cocktails with friends and family.

 Accommodation

There are twelve rooms in total at Silverback Lodge.

  • 1 single room
  • 4 double rooms
  • 7 twin rooms

These were built and designed using local materials, such as forest vines, sisal rope and

purple slate stone. Each room has an en-suite bathroom (with hot water showers) and comfortable chairs on the veranda for viewing the spectacular scenery that surrounds the lodge and the valley.

Overnight Silverback Lodge (LDBB)

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Today after an energizing breakfast, you will embark on your gorilla trek. Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and briefing by one of the rangers; the guides will then lead you through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take anywhere from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking boots.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.

O/n Silverback Lodge       (LDBB)

Day 8: Entebbe Departure

Take a scheduled flight at 0825hrs/1125hrs,and transfer by speedboat to Ngamba Chimp Island where chimps rescued from captivity are looked after, then latertransfer to the Airport for your onward evening departure flight to Addis at 1845hrs(BB)Dayrooms for your convenience at The Boma Guesthouse

Each of 2 paying clients sharing ; US$5,935.00

Each of 4 paying clients : US$ 5,123

Each of 6 paying clients : US$ 4,826

Single room supplement; US$476.00

PLEASE NOTE THAT GORILLA PERMIT OR CHIMPANZEE TRACKING PERMIT AVAILABILITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED UNTIL WE RECEIVE A DEPOSIT OF US$600 PER GORILLA PERMIT AND ACTUALLY BOOK AND PAY FOR THE PERMITS. THE PROGRAMME OR EVEN DATES OF TRAVEL MAY HAVE TO BE ALTERED IF AFFECTED BY GORILLA PERMIT OR LODGE AVAILABILITY.

The Package Includes:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 1 Nights’ accommodation at The Boma hotelon Bed & Breakfast basis – standard room
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at Paraa Safari Lodge on fullboard basis
  • 1 Nights’ accommodation at Primate Lodge on fullboard basis
  • 1 Nights’ accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge on fullboard basis
  • 2 Nights’ accommodation at SilverbackLodge on fullboard basis
  • All game drives as per itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide
  • Transport in 2 x 4×4  Landcruiser
  • 1 litre bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a UGANDA SAFARI CHAPTER vehicle

Flights to Murchison Falls are always on Monday,Tuesday,Thursday and

Saturday

The Package Excludes:

  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Gorilla permits per person as specified in the itinerary. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited. Any gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years.  Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
  • Excursions not detailed in above program

FOR TRACKING:

  • A small, lightweight day backpack
  • Light, waterproof hiking boots or shoes
  • Walking socks
  • Canvas or leather gloves (in case you need to protect your hands from ‘spiky’ vegetation)
  • Waterproof trousers/pants
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho, with hood (or waterproof hat)
  • Lightweight, quick-dry hiking trousers
  • Short-sleeved shirt or T-shirt
  • Water bottle or canteen (boiled water and a packed lunch will be provided by your Lodge)
  • A camera or video-camera with high-speed settings (or 800ASA speed film minimum—no flash photography is allowed when tracking)

GENERAL:

  • Long-sleeved shirts and trousers
  • Short-sleeved shirts, T-shirts and shorts
  • A down / fleece vest or safari jacket
  • Travel alarm clock
  • A sweatshirt or sweater for chilly evenings and early mornings
  • Sunscreen & after-sun care
  • Insect repellent (tropical formula recommended)

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

 Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

 BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is in south-western Uganda. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. Composed of 331 square kilometers (128 sq mi) of both montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only on foot. BINP is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-designated World Heritage Site.

Species diversity is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. In particular, the area shares in the high levels of endemism of the Albertine Rift.

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 340Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the critically endangeredmountain gorillas.

 KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore The park is home to some 13 species of primates including the red colobus, chimpanzee and L’Hoest’s monkeys as well as 70 mammal species. This park has one of the greatest primate densities in the world. Botanists and butterfly lovers will also enjoy the network of shaded forest trails and with no less than 375 different recorded bird species it is a bird lover’s paradise. For those who are extremely fortunate you may get to see the elusive forest elephant. The park is also home to other forest dwellers including buffalo, giant forest hog and antelope.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!

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NOTES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Luggage:

PLEASE be reminded to inform your clients that the luggage allowance on our schedule flights is strictly 15KGS PER PERSON and that SOFT BAGS are highly recommended, if not essential.  In light aircraft the baggage area and weight allowance is limited. Hard Samsonite type suitcases do not fit into the cargo compartment easily, if at all. Due to limited space available for storage in safari vehicles, we strongly recommend use soft duffle bags rather than hard suitcases.

Your contract

A binding contract will come into existence once Safari Chapterand you agree on the itinerary and quote provided for the same.  The booking will then be considered confirmed when an invoice is issued.  Your contract for the services chosen will be direct with the relevant supplier(s).  Your supplier contact will be governed by the laws of the country in which the supplier is located and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of that country.

Reservations, Payment and Deposits

When Safari Chapterhas accepted your booking, the date of the confirmation invoice activates the terms and conditions of the contract.  Confirmation of services is subject to payment of a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total invoiced amount.  The balance is to be paid not later than 60 days prior to commencement of the services.  When bookings are made within 60 days prior to the departure date, full payment is required immediately on written confirmation.  If payments are not received within the above time frame, Safari Chapterreserves the right to cancel the tour which has been booked and retain any deposit received to set against expenses incurred in the booking of such a tour.

 

  • Bankers Draftwill only be acceptable if payable in a bank in Kampala.
  • Payments by personal Cheques Not Accepted.

All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed.

Prices

Prices in this brochure are quoted in US dollars.  All prices are subject to change without prior notice.  Should prices or costs from suppliers increase due to inflation, currency depreciation and fuel surcharges, thenSafari Chapterwill not have any other option than to pass on the same to you.  All suppliers reserve the right to increase prices at any time of the year when costs increase outside the control of the supplier.

Please note that when the clients’ itinerary overlaps two seasons, the price will be prorated over the two seasons.

Rates include but are not limited to the following services specified in the itinerary.  Accommodation with meals, tours, transport, driver/guide, park entrance fees, hotel taxes and service charges.

 Rates exclude (Unless otherwise specified), Medical Air Rescue services, Porterage, domestic Air Charters, Visa fess, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, scheduled flights, gratuities and all expenses of personal nature.

NB: Flying doctor services are Optional at USD 30 per pax (Subject to change and vendor terms & conditions).

Child rate: – is only applicable to one or two children under 12 years sharing a room with 2 adults. In the case of 02 children sharing a room with parents, the two children will share a bed, as most hotels/lodges cannot accommodate a fourth bed.  01 child sharing a room with 01 adult will be charged full adult rate.

Single Room Policy

Single rooms are available at supplementary cost but the suppliers do not guarantee singles.  Single rooms are scarce and cannot be guaranteed even if paid for at twin sole use rate.

Booking Alterations

(a) Should you wish to make any changes to confirmed booking arrangements, Safari Chapterwill endeavour to assist.  This will only be allowed if you notify the Company in writing at least 65 days before you utilize the Company’s services. Such alteration may be subject to US$ 50 per person to cover administration costs and any further charges incurred or imposed by any of the suppliers in making the requested alteration.

 (b) Safari Chapterreserves the right to make changes to the brochure details, holiday arrangements and to correct errors both before and after you have booked the holiday.  Safari Chapterreserves the right to substitute hotels of comparable status and make any changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary.  In this event, Safari Chapterwill inform you at the earliest opportunity.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your holiday you must notify the Company in writing as soon as possible. Your notice of cancellation is only effective when it is received in writing. In such case the following cancellation charges will be payable:

  • If cancelled out of 60 days, full deposit will be forfeited.
  • If cancelled 60 days and under, 100% cancellation charges will apply
  • Unused portion of any Safari or Tour is not refundable
  • Gorilla and chimp permits are not refundable

Although it rarely happens, and Safari Chapterwill do their utmost to avoid doing so, Safari Chaptermust reserve the right to cancel tours and other arrangements.  Where your holiday is cancelled (other than due to your default in payment) due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control e.g. over bookings, Safari Chapterwill offer you the choice of purchasing an alternative holiday (and paying or receiving a refund in respect of any price difference) or receiving a full and immediate refund of all monies paid to them.

Force Majeure:

The expression “force majeure” means any event which the supplier(s) in question could not have foreseen or avoided even with all due care.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, government action and all similar circumstances outside the supplier’s control.  In these circumstances the suppliers shall not be liable to pay any compensation or otherwise be responsible for any expenses or losses you incur where supplier is forced as a result to cancel, delay, curtail or change your holiday arrangements in any way or where the performance or prompt performance of the suppliers’ contractual obligations is prevented or affected.

Complaints:

In the unlikely event that a tour member has a dispute whilst on safari this must immediately be brought to the attention (and put on record) of the local representative, Hotel, Lodge or Camp management. It is likely that the tour member’s complaint will be satisfactorily resolved there and then. If, however, this is not the case and the tour member wishes to pursue the matter on their return from safari, it is essential the complaint be communicated in writing to Safari Chapter within 21 days of the end of tour quoting tour reference, destination and departure date.

Safari Chapter regrets and cannot accept responsibility of any complaints, which are not notified entirely in accordance to this clause.

Responsibility of Uganda Safari Chapter

Safari Chapter acts only as the Agent for the suppliers and shall not in any event be liable for any negligence, breach of contract or acts of omission on the part of suppliers, their employees or any other Agent, it shall be the responsibility of all customers including (without limitations) Tour members, Tour Operators and Travel Agents, to read and familiarize themselves with the terms and conditions of suppliers. Uganda Safari Chapter’s liability for its own negligence or breach of contract shall be limited to the Tour price.

Transportation

Safari Minibuses, Cars, Land Cruisers and coaches will be provided according to the route and number of participants.  Safari Chapterreserves the right to employ services of sub-contractors.  Multi-lingual driver guides are provided on request.

For flying packages, clients will share vehicles with other guests booked at the hotel.  For exclusive use, please check with Safari Chapterfor supplements, which will be subject to availability.

 Insurance

The hazards of travelling in Africa may inevitably rise to some risks and dangers. It is therefore a condition of booking that all tour members must have sufficient and appropriate travel insurance for the duration of their tour. Such insurance (which is not supplied by Uganda Safari Chapter) should fully cover all personal requirements including death, personal injury, medical expenses, and repatriation in the event of accident or illness, cancellation or curtailment of the tour members’ personal property.

Hotel Bookings

As a general rule, Uganda Safari Chapter does not make hotel or lodge bookings only. In special circumstances assistance can be given but it’s subject to a booking fee of US $50 per reservation per hotel.

 Special Requests

Any special requests (e.g. for single rooms or particular diet) must be notified in writing when the booking is made.  Whilst the supplier will endeavour to meet such requests they cannot be guaranteed and any failure to comply will not be a breach of contract.

SAFARI CHAPTER Services include flight re-confirmation and airport assistance within East Africa, if clients are provided all services by Safari Chapter.  In cases whereby Safari Chapter is providing part of the services and then clients have other arrangements on own, then Safari Chapter will only reconfirm where forwarding address or contacts are provided.

1 review for Royal Uganda Safari Tour – 8 days

  1. Philip

    We went on a safari with lifetime experience and they organized for me a great safari. Our team was the best.

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