Ultimate Uganda

10 days from €6,390pp

Anyone seeking excitement in one of the most beautiful countries in the world will be in their element on this awe-inspiring holiday to Uganda. This 10-day adventure begins with a journey into the incredible Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you have the opportunity to trek into the heart of the jungle to see its population of endangered mountain gorillas and other primates.

Next, you'll head north to the Queen Elizabeth National Park to experience the mysterious Maramagambo Forest and also see an array of incredible wildlife from lions to hippos. After a couple of days exploring the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (affectionately known as 'The Mountains of the Moon'), you'll have the opportunity to wrap up your adventure with a range of adrenaline fuelled activities, including bungee jumping and white water rafting, during a short stay in Jinja.

Highlights

  • Trek to see mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates in their natural habitat

  • Wildlife safari through the volcanic landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Cruise on the Kazinga Channel

  • Trek into the snow-capped Rwenzori "Mountains of the Moon"

  • White water rafting on the river Nile at its source in Jinja

  • Entebbe cycle tour

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Ultimate Uganda

10 days from €6,390pp
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Itinerary

This exhilarating adventure to Uganda includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-2

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Activity & Adventure + Wildlife

This exciting African adventure in Uganda begins with a flight from London to the town of Entebbe. On arrival at Entebbe international airport connect to your flight to the spectacular rainforests of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwest of Uganda. On arrival at the jungle airstrip you will be picked up and transferred to the Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. Check in, enjoy lunch and relax with an afternoon of leisure or begin your exploration of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site with a forest walk. This eco-friendly and carbon neutral lodge is located on the Nteko ridge overlooking a beautiful swathe of forest. The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha river valley to the forested hill of Nkuringo and the surrounding plethora of trees. In the evening share the rainforest tranquility and warm hospitality that Ugandans are known for with a delightful meal and overnight stay.

The second day begins with a transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing by your guide. Set out on foot for an adventurous trek across the rugged terrain to find your allocated family of endangered mountain gorillas. Once you have located the gorillas you can spend an hour gazing in awe at their human like behaviour and antics. Once the hour is up return to the headquarters and enjoy a late lunch back at the lodge. Relish in an afternoon at leisure to look back on your amazing gorilla experience or seek out some of the park’s other residents, including monkeys and its 346 species of brightly coloured birds. Get a good night's rest, ready for tomorrow's adventures.

3-5

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Activity & Adventure + Wildlife

This morning say goodbye to the wonders of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and drive north to the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park boasts diverse wildlife, a spectacular range of landscapes and was given its name in 1954 in tribute to a visit by Queen Elizabeth II herself. You will have with you a picnic lunch onboard and en route stop to visit the mysterious wilderness of Maramagambo Forest. This forested area acquired its name – meaning "end of words" – from a tale in which youngsters got lost in the area and were so exhausted after finding a way out that they couldn’t speak. It is here that you have the opportunity to see the famous bat-caves before continuing on your journey to your accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ishasha Wilderness Camp. 

Your camp is situated in the southern sector of the park on the Ntungwe River, an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Check in and enjoy the superb quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt landscape. As evening approaches be mindful that the wildlife is free to pass through the camp; elephants can be seen in front of your accommodation bathing in the river, buffalo enjoy grazing in the camp grounds and there are resident troops of Black and White Colobus and Vervet monkeys which are frequently viewed. 

The following morning you'll swap your own two feet for a 4X4 on a morning game drive across the park. Traverse volcanic craters, grassy plains, tropical forest and giant lakes all connected by the Kasinga channel groaning with hippos. This safari drive gives you the chance to spot an incredible range of wildlife, from elephant, lion, shoebills, buffalo, sitatunga, giant forest hogs, waterbuck and leopard. In the afternoon, after lunch, take to the waters of the 32-kilometre Kazinga Channel for a boat excursion, where you may spot water based wildlife and an array of birds.

To round off your stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park, spend your final day on a full day trip to Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve. This is where you have the opportunity to do an exciting trek off the beaten track searching for the chimpanzees and other primates. On the trek there is plenty to see including beautiful waterfalls, butterflies, moths, reptiles and flowers. Head back to the lodge after your trek, enjoy a well-deserved dinner and bed down for the night.

6-7

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Activity & Adventure

The day begins with a scenic safari drive the entire length of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, exit the park and skirt the Kibale Forest Corridor Game Reserve before arriving at your new accommodation - The Equator Snow Lodge. The lodge is set in the spectacular, imposing landscape of Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with snow and mist-capped peaks at 5100m that will show you a different side to Uganda. The Rwenzori Mountains are the legendary 'Mountains of the Moon' referred to by Ptolemy as early as 150 AD. Tonight snuggle down in this mountain region by the indoor fireplace looking out onto the densely forested slopes, underneath a blanket of stars, awaiting your exploration.

You have a full day in Rwenzori Mountains National Park with the Equator Snow Geo Lodge as your base to explore and discover. While the mountains are the biggest attraction to hikers so too is the beauty of the area, forests, birds and wildlife. What you get up to is entirely up to you; there are plenty of options including hiking the mountains for the reward of stunning panoramic views, explore the peaks, caves and crater lakes or simply relax in the lodge.

8-10

Jinja

Activity & Adventure

Today it's time for a change of pace with a journey by road to Fort Portal and then a connection flight to the town of Jinja. This small town is famous for being not only at the source of the Nile but also an adrenaline centre. The rapids on the Nile make Jinja the white-water rafting capital of East Africa. On arrival at Jinja airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in time for lunch. Settle into the Source of the Smile Guesthouse- your base for the remainder of your adventure holiday. This guesthouse is only a five minute drive from the source of the river Nile and from the town itself.

Over the next two days either take some time to relax by the swimming pool, on your private terrace, on horseback, playing a round of golf or alternatively dive into the many activities the area has to offer. Jinja is the perfect town for adrenaline junkies with activities such as a full day of white water rafting or kayaking on the Nile, bungee jumping above the Nile, cycling the area and many more. 

On your final day in Uganda, transfer back to Entebbe and visit the Botanical Gardens or take a guided cycle tour of different sections of Entebbe, its beauty, history and less travelled neighbourhoods. In time for your flight home transfer to the International Airport where it's time to say goodbye and spend your flight home looking back on the incredible memories you made during this spectacular trip.

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