Complete Uganda holiday, tailor made

“Safaris and adventure sports, gorillas and chimpanzees, forests and the Nile – this 16 day tour of Uganda packs in lots of highlights and a few surprises, too.”


Tailor made and privately guided tour | Entebbe | Budongo Forest | Murchison Falls National Park | Kibale Forest National Park | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Kyambura Gorge | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Spot chimpanzees and mountain gorillas | Lake Mburo National Park | Jinja | Kampala | Boat, walking and 4x4 safaris | Lots of optional adventure sports on offer in Jinja

Description of Complete Uganda holiday, tailor made

This complete Uganda holiday reveals the beauty, diversity and little visited gems of this small African country. It’s a 16 day tailor made and privately guided tour which takes in six national parks and includes safaris on boats, by bike, on foot and in a private 4x4. You will also go trekking in search of mountain gorillas once and chimpanzees twice and there is also the chance to try some adventure sports in Jinja. This is a holiday that offers a really comprehensive exploration of this wonderful country, full of surprises and memorable experiences.

The holiday starts in Entebbe and you then travel north to Murchison Falls National Park where you will spend three nights. See the Falls from the top and bottom, take private boat safaris spotting hippo, crocodiles and even elephants on the river bank, and explore the savannah, looking out for hyena, lion and leopard. Next, visit Kibale Forest, to hike through the dense greenery in search of wild chimpanzees before moving on to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you can look out for savannah wildlife from your 4x4 and safari boat. In Kyambura Gorge you can take your second trek to see chimpanzees in the wild.

No trip to Uganda is complete without a glimpse of the mountain gorillas that live here, and in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you will take a trek to spot these rare, beautiful creatures, before spending two days in beautiful Lake Mburo National Park, where you can take a bike tour and enjoy a walking safari to see zebra, impala, topi and eland. Your holiday is rounded off with two nights in Jinja. This is the perfect place to chill out and watch the Nile flow lazily from its source, but it’s also an adventure sports hub, with white-water rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing and horse-riding safaris all on offer here. Your final night is back in Entebbe, where a sunset cruise on the lake is a lovely end to this complete Uganda holiday.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Complete Uganda holiday, tailor made

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Any person lucky enough to who trek the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda contributes to the continued survival of a population numbering less than 900 remaining in the wild. Buying a gorilla permit funds the various rangers, guides, vets and support personnel whose daily task it is to monitor and ensure the welfare of these wonderful creatures. The same concept applies for the trekking of Chimpanzees, whose numbers are not quite so dire, but are still very endangered and again benefit immensely from tourist visitors.

As well as being an annual corporate sponsor, we donate $15 of your holiday price directly to the Uganda Conservation Foundation, a key player in protecting not just our primates, but other magnificent wildlife such as our elephant and lion populations. We also give you the option to match this donation should you wish.

In selecting accommodation for this itinerary, we have only used small lodges or camps; each with their own Responsible Tourism policy. Most run on solar power and harvest rain-water in order to minimise their footprint on the beautiful natural reserves in which they are situated. Most of these camps are built using locally sourced materials where available.


We are a grass-roots Ugandan company; hence the vast majority of your holiday price goes directly to supporting Ugandan service providers, wildlife foundations, Ugandan people and their families.

Being based in Uganda, we’re not paying big rent for some flashy sales office and all the overheads that come along with it. So not only can we give great value for money, you know that the end recipients of the money you are paying are real people here in Uganda, many of whom you will meet when you travel with us.

On this trip you will visit Deo’s Model Homestead Tour, a project we have been involved with in previous roles here in Uganda. Any community or wildlife excursion that we feature, we’ve ensured no-one is being exploited and all involved benefit positively from the exercise.

As another part of our lodge/camp selection criteria; we ensure that the lodges we use recruit the majority of their staff from the local area. As many lodges are in rather remote locations, employment and training opportunities for local people are not as abundant as for those whom live in Uganda’s towns. This way you’ll be sure to experience the local culture (Uganda has over 35 tribes and over 40 different spoken languages!) and know your stay contributes to supporting families in the local area.

In addition to our contribution to the Uganda Conservation foundation, an additional US$15 per person from each trip sold is added to a fund which every six months (or when there is a reasonable amount) is donated to a deserving charity or organisation in our local community. We only approach parties whom we know personally and ones that do not already benefit from large amounts of funding. This way we are directly involved and can ensure the money is spent effectively. Current potential recipients are an Entebbe street-dog neutering project, development of a small recycled glass business, or an extension to the animal housing facilities at the USPCA in Kampala.

3 Reviews of Complete Uganda holiday, tailor made

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Murchison Falls was wonderful but seeing the gorillas was something we had wanted to do for many years so was probably the highlight of the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The locals are very friendly and our holiday was enhanced by going out and walking through several of the local villages and interacting with the villagers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The money one is injecting into the local economy clearly boosts employment and the combination of solar power and careful water husbandrry means that the environmental impact of the lodges is quite low. The park entrance fees and, more particularly, the gorilla and chimpanzee permit fees make a significant contribution to the effort that is put into conservation of these animals. However, I felt that the visits in particular to the chimpanzees were too intrusive and the groups of chimps in Budongo are subjected to several hours of tourists per day and the guides ignore the guideline of maintaining a distance of at least 8 metres.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The holiday was absolutely excellent. The organisation was first class, the wildlife was plentiful, tourists were relatively thin on the ground, the lodges were
excellent and the quality of the food exceeded my expectations. However, the massive road building and infrastructure development program throughout
the country, and indeed throughout Africa, is a worrying and ominous sign that things are going to get much worse in the next few years.

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The variety and beauty of the country stands out. From Murchison Falls in the north, plains of Ishasha in the south and mountain forest in the south west, the
landscape was stunning. The joy of trekking to see mountain gorillas will stay for a lifetime.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Pack light. Layers of clothes and wear and wash when able. Take small $ notes for paying porters and tipping. Change about $150 into small local notes. 20,000
schillings - about £5 is a good tip for a tracker, park ranger. ALWAYS use a porter and take a local walking stick if asked. Using a porter helps spread the
income generated by tourists and helps on tough, altitude treks. Porters only get used about once a month, so a $15-20 income plus tips is a great source of
income to them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Certainly helped the locals. However, water was always in plastic bottles as local water not the best. So I hope they recycle them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A fantastic, tailor-made trip. Well paced, varied. Excellent accommodation. Brilliant, friendly staff. Excellent food throughout. Tough, but rewarding trekking.
Easy and comfortable local flight connections saved long road transfers. Thoroughly recommend the company who put the trip together. Kevin
Nicholson made sure we got the most out of our trip given our interests and activity levels. Excellent Karibu Guest House in Entebbe makes a wonderful base,
with great staff and excellent food and standards. Wonderful, smiling, happy people...respectful and friendly.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the Gorillas in the impenetrable forest.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go to the gym, as the Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking is very physical.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - at least one the places we stayed at provided/supported a local playground for the local children.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic definitely would recommend this operator, we met lots of other UK tourists whilst we were in Uganda and would say that our holiday organisation and information seemed better than the various other companies, the other tourist were travelling with.
We were initially a little nervous as the company were based in Uganda and not being a UK company, with regard to transferring money.

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