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Uganda at Leisure – 15 Days

Uganda at Leisure – 15 Days

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Day 1

Arrive Entebbe in the late evening (ex BA)

Transfer to Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala (approx 1 hour)

Emin Pasha is a 20 room boutique hotel.  A converted Colonial mansion, the hotel is set in about 2 acres of tropical gardens.  Facilities include a restaurant and wine bar, swimming pool a full-service spa.  Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall recently stayed there while in Uganda, and it is a favourite among visitors who appreciate the gentle, warm and discrete service.

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Day 1

Arrive Entebbe in late evening (ex BA)

Transfer to Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala (approx 1 hour)

Emin Pasha is a 20 room boutique hotel.  A converted Colonial mansion, the hotel is set in about 2 acres of tropical gardens.  Facilities include a restaurant and wine bar, swimming pool a full-service spa.  Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall recently stayed there while in Uganda, and it is a favourite among visitors who appreciate the gentle, warm and discrete service.

Overnight at Emin Pasha

Bed and breakfast

Day 2

At leisure – chance to visit the spa for massage, body scrub, lunch at the hotel and then Transfer to Jinja (The adventure centre for East Africa) by road (drive 2.5 hours through rainforest, tea plantations and sugar plantations) for White Water Rafting on the Nile, Bungee jumping, quad biking etc.

Jinja is an old town on the edge of Lake Victoria, famous for being the source of the Nile.  Established largely on sugar plantations, Jinja used to have a big Indian population which is still evident in the architecture today.  Now the town is known for adventure activities lik, horse riding, bungee jumping, White Water Rafting etc  – and the river offers some of the biggest rapids around.  Adrenaline pumping grade five rapids are countered by long lazy stretches of calm water – and the water is warm. The town also has historical relevance – there is a monument to Speke, who ‘discovered’ the Nile, and a monument to Gandhi, who had some of his ashes were dispersed here after his death.

Overnight at the Haven

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Day 3

Up early for your water rafting on the mighty river Nile. Bounce down small rapids, drift between green pools, relaxing and swimming in warm pools in the equatorial sunshine. 2hours. .

Return to Kampala at leisure, relax and dinner at the hotel

Overnight at Emin Pasha

Day 4

Early start, light breakfast at Emin Pasha

Transfer to Entebbe (drive approx 1hour) Schedule flight to Kidepo (flight approx 1.5 hours)

Kidepo Valley National Park, to stay at Apoka Lodge.

Kidepo is one of the largest parks in Uganda. In the far north of Uganda, up in the triangle between Uganda, Sudan and Kenya, it is certainly the most remote.  The landscape is dramatic with big skies, jagged rocky mountains, and vast grassy plains punctuated by bulbous rocky outcrops. Wildlife here is very good.  It is the only park in the country where you will find both giraffe and zebra together.  Other wildlife includes elephant, possibly the biggest herds of buffalo found in Africa, oribi, duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck, warthog, several prides of lion, cheetah, leopard, ostrich etc.

 Apoka Lodge, with only 10 rooms, was listed in Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List for 2007 and in 2008 was in the Vie de Luxe (Canada) as one of the world’s best hotels.  Rooms are canvas-walled thatched structures on stilts and feature some of the best outdoor bathtubs-with-a-view found anywhere in the world. This is the only lodge in the park.

 Afternoon at leisure, Evening sundowner/game drive in lodge’s own open-topped game viewing vehicles.

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Day 5

Early morning walking safari

(Kidepo is one of the few places you can do this – it is tremendously liberating to hear nothing but your footsteps and your own breathing, to get away from the car and be alone in the African bush)

After lunch, visit to the local Karamajong village.

The Karamajong are traditionally a nomadic herding tribe, related (it is said) to the Turkana of Kenya.  They have a very distinct culture and a firm belief in ceremony and ritual.  Staff of Apoka lodge are all Karamojong and are happy to take guests into their village and share their way of life.

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Day 6

Morning trip to the Kidepo Valley –

This is a chance to see an entirely different section of the park.  Drive across a dry river bed (which floods on a regular basis) to the northern reaches of the country:  hot springs, Herds of ostrich, duiker, rogue elephants…and outstanding beauty.

Late afternoon – search for lions or that lion kill you heard last night.

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Day 7

Early morning Game drive or walk

Afternoon Game drive

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Day 8

After breakfast a private charter to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison is Uganda’s largest National Park, its key defining feature being the River Nile that winds its way through the park, highlighted by the spectacular sight of the falls, where the power of the river thunders through a narrow gorge.  Game at Murchison includes elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo (in the Nile), crocodile, bushbuck, waterbuck, lion, leopard, oribi, hartebeest, warthog, and a large variety of birds – both migratory and endemic.

You will stay at Paraa Lodge situated on the banks of the Nile. Paraa is a larger lodge – more like a hotel with, a large swimming pool and a slightly retro 60’s feel.

River trip up the Nile to the falls

Overnight Paraa Lodge

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Day 9

After breakfast if your early a game drive and transfer to the airstrip for your private charter to Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve (flight approx 1.5 hours)

Semliki was Uganda’s first protected areas, gazetted in the early 20’s.  At just over 500 sq kilometers, it is one of the smaller protected areas but has a very diverse flora and fauna.  It has a particularly rich avian population. A natural basin, the Reserve is flanked by the rise of the Western Rift Escarpment on one side and the foothills of the legendary Rwenzori Mountains on the other, and Lake Albert is its northern border.  Game at Semliki includes:  Chimpanzee, leopard, forest elephant, savanna elephant, buffalo, kob, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, bushpig,…Due to its location – right at the edge of the Central African Rainforest – Semliki boasts a real mix between forest and savanna species.

  Semliki Safari Lodge is a small, private tented lodge (8 rooms only), and is the only accommodation in the entire reserve. It has won several awards and has been written up in Conde Nast Traveller, Food and Travel, and Travel Africa.  It was listed as one of Tatler Magazine’s top 100 hotels in the world 2007. This is a lodge that adheres to the old, great safari tradition of tented accommodation, but with all the comforts.

Afternoon at leisure; swim, read, relax

Evening game drive in the lodge’s own open-topped game viewing vehicles, sundowners in the bush.  Drive with spotlight back to lodge to see some of the nocturnal species.

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Day 10

Morning Boat trip on Lake Albert – private boat with outboard engine to find the rare shoebill (drive approx 30 minutes drive to lake shore).  Preferable to start early to avoid inclement weather which builds up during the day.  Packed lunch is advisable.

The shoebill is an extraordinary looking rare bird that is in a classification of its own.  It used to be classified as a stork but not anymore.  It stands about 4 feet tall and lives in the reeds in the shallows of the lake. Some have described the bird as a cross between the Dodo and the Dinosaur.  The trip on the lake is beautiful.  The Rift Valley escarpment plunges straight down into the Eastern shores, streaked with waterfalls and gorges.

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Early morning forest walk / chimpanzee tracking

Semliki Safari Lodge / The Uganda Safari Co support the Semliki Chimpanzee Research Project.  Run by the University of Indiana, the project has been operating for a decade and aims to better understand chimpanzee behavior and the evolution of bipedalism.  Guests are able to accompany the resident researcher into the forest to assist with the habituation of these creatures.  Trackers must be in the forest at the break of dawn to find the chimps as they leave their nests…they can be very elusive!  Tracking/Forest walk can take anywhere from 3 hours to 6 hours.

Sundowner excursion…

After dinner –night drive.  A chance to see more nocturnal species like pennant wing or standard wing night-jars, civet cats, serval cats, leopard…lion have been spotted a lot at night as well.

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Day 11

Christmas day!

Late Brunch, lazy afternoon and Champagne bush sundowners before a slap-up Christmas dinner.

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Day 12

Up early for breakfast before your private charter flight to Kisoro (flight approx 1.5 hours)

Transfer by 4X4 to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (drive approx 2 hours, a beautiful twisting rural mountain road driving up to the top of a ridge past terraced hills, forest, small villages)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a primordial rainforest down in the southwest corner of Uganda.  It is home to a number of different species – both mammals and birds – but is best known for its groups of Mountain Gorilla.  This is one of the few places in the world where Mountain Gorillas exist.  The terrain is hilly and densely forested, and often cloaked in clouds of mist.

Clouds is a small 7 cottage up market mountain lodge set on a ridge overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes.  It is at altitude and can get cold at night – but plenty of fireplaces warm up the lodge and the cottages.  Two of the cottages are two-bed roomed family units.  This is a community conservation project, owned by the local community but managed by The Uganda Safari Chapter, with the aim of the community benefiting directly from protecting the gorilla habitat.  

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Day 13

Group 1 – Gorilla tracking

The maximum number of people who can track a gorilla group at one time is 8.  Gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity which can take anywhere between 2-9 hours.

Group 2 – Day at leisure: or hiking, mountain biking, forest walk, village cultural walk, visit to local Batwa tribe, bird watching etc.

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Day 14

Gorilla Tracking Group 2, 6 people will trek today

Group 1 – Day at leisure: or hiking, mountain biking, forest walk, village cultural walk, visit to local Batwa tribe, bird watching etc.

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Day 15

Early Breakfast at Clouds

After breakfast, private charter flight from Kisoro back to Kajjansi (Approx 1.5 hours).

4 day rooms have been booked.

You will be transferred to Kampala and can relax at the hotel before your flight out at midnight.

Please contact the travel agency to get more information.

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1 review for Uganda at Leisure – 15 Days

  1. Calire

    This is the 5th time to Uganda. What I love the most about this country is its people. We had an amazing stay, the crew took care of us so professionally.

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