Uganda safari, tailor made

Description of Uganda safari, tailor made

This fantastic itinerary offers a chance to see the highlights of Uganda without the long drives. After spending your first night in Entebbe, you値l fly to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and boat safaris. Next, you値l drive to see the tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, before heading to Bwindi National Park, home to the mountain gorillas. Finally, you'll fly to Murchison Falls National Park for a unique safari experience before returning to Entebbe for your international flight home.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive in Entebbe - Upon arrival in Entebbe, you'll be collected by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may be able to explore Entebbe and the surrounding areas in Kampala this afternoon. You can chose to have dinner at the hotel or we can recommend good spots for food and drink around town.
Day 2:Fly to Queen Elizabeth National Park - After breakfast, you値l fly from Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park at the base of the Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. This spectacular national park is full of game and it is known for its large elephant population.
Day 3:Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - Today, you値l have a full day to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park. You値l have morning and afternoon game drives, plus you can also enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a guided nature walk in the Maramagambo Forest or you can take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the savannah.
Day 4:Transfer to Ishasha - After breakfast, you値l embark on a drive to Kyambura Gorge in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kyambura Gorge is often referred to as the 天alley of Apes and during your guided walk you can expect to see chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and black and white colobus monkeys. You値l then drive on to Ishasha, where you can look out for the famous tree climbing lions. The lodge where you値l stay tonight is surrounded by wildlife and has stunning views of the lush forest.
Day 5:Transfer to Bwindi - Today, you'll drive for three hours into the Virunga Mountains. You will be staying in Bwindi National Park, the only park in Africa that is home to both gorillas and chimpanzees. There are also a further 110 species of mammal and 360 species of birds.
Day 6:Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi - After an early breakfast, you値l drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park HQ, where you値l begin your gorilla trek. You will be allocated to one of nine habituated groups, then your experienced guide and park ranger will lead you deep into the forest in search of your allocated family. Your trek could last from a few minutes to a full day, depending on the exact location of the specific gorilla family you池e tracking. When you meet the gorillas, you値l have the chance to spend up to one magical hour quietly observing them. The gorillas are likely to be just a few metres away from you and will continue to go about their daily lives - feeding and interacting with each other, under the watchful gaze of the silverback. In the late afternoon, you値l be transferred back to your accommodation where you can spend the evening reflecting on your incredible encounter with the wild mountain gorillas of Uganda.
Day 7:Fly to Murchison Falls National Park - This morning, you'll enjoy breakfast at the lodge before flying from the nearby Kihihi airstrip to Murchison Falls in northwest Uganda, via a short stopover in Entebbe. This afternoon you will have an opportunity to explore the mighty Murchison Falls either on a boat trip or on foot.
Day 8:Safari in Murchison Falls National Park - This morning, you can enjoy a game drive on the plains of Murchison Falls National Park, where you値l have a chance to spot giraffe, spotted hyena, lion, leopard, spotted hyena, buffalo, kob and hartebeest. We also recommend that you take a boat tour on the river towards the base of the waterfalls where it meets the Nile. On the banks of the river, you値l see hippo, Nile crocodile, elephant and if you池e lucky, the elusive leopard. There is prolific birdlife within the area too, including the extraordinary looking shoebill stork.
Day 9:Depart Entebbe - Today, you'll have the last morning to enjoy the beauty of Uganda, as your Uganda flying safari experience comes to an end. Following your breakfast at the lodge and a morning safari, you will fly back to Entebbe in time for your connecting international flight home.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Accessible Overview:
We are always up for meeting the challenge of catering for as many individual requirements as we can. If we can’t help, we are honest and straightforward about it. More often than not this is due to budget or availability and we’ve never had to say no to anyone with physical or mental disabilities. Not that we have had many requests but in the cases we have had, it simply requires a bit more planning. Being accessible, empathetic and welcoming is a huge part of our identity and I would describe every member of our team as caring and compassionate.
Limited mobility:
Yes. We can limit the walking needed to literally zero. In planning an itinerary for those with limited mobility we can pick properties with limited walking required or indeed level pathways, which are wheelchair accessible - there are all sorts of plans that can be made within an itinerary. For example, you can be carried by porters on a ‘throne’ to go see the gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda: an experience which is often labelled as ‘gorilla trekking’. On a safari or a cultural tour we can use vehicles throughout and there is no requirement for walking. Walking is very much an optional activity.
Wheelchair:
We have had guests in wheelchairs before and we have adapted our trips accordingly. For example we have picked wheelchair accessible accommodation, ensured vehicles are able to handle the requirements of the person and their chair, built ramps where necessary, booked extra luggage allowance on internal flights and had the chair stored in the hold, informed local guides and hotel staff that extra attention is needed and some assistance in lifting into/out of vehicles etc.
Blind or limited vision:
We have not done this before but we would certainly be excited to try. We were just talking about this in our Africa team and we feel certain an audio described safari would still be worth it: the sounds and smells on safari are a huge part of the experience and sight is not the be all and end all of the safari experience! Please do get in touch to discuss this with us.
Deaf or limited hearing:
We have not done this to date but again would definitely be up for the challenge. Guides proficient in sign language would be sourced, written correspondence including use of WhatsApp or other instant messaging service, etc.
Cognitive conditions:
We have not encountered this yet but we would have no objection and not view this as an insurmountable issue. Perhaps the simplest way if the client has their own carer already, is simply to book them on the same trip. All we really need is a list of requirements and we can then get to work!
'Free from' food:
There are some destinations where they say they can cater to e.g. vegans but the choice really is very limited. In Namibia, for example, at a lot of the lodges we have found that the vegan choice is very poor at the moment. I would say it mostly depends on the maturity of the hospitality industry in the destination as to what requirements they are well set up to cater to. It’s also important to have that personal experience and client feedback so that we know that when a lodge says ‘yes, we can do it’ they really mean ‘we can do it but it’s not going to be good.’ Please do get in touch and we will give you honest advice on this, drawn from our own experience or feedback from travellers to date.
LGBT:
Yes but with certain strings attached dependent on the destination. For example, it is illegal to be gay in Uganda. You can still go to Uganda as an LGBT traveller but you need to careful about being discreet as it is technically against the law. We would always advise our clients of important information before booking and we do also include information on LGBT travel in our pre-departure documents as well.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Uganda safari, tailor made

Environment

On this holiday you値l visit Uganda痴 well known national parks - Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Murchison Falls. By visiting these parks and paying the entrance fees you are helping to fund ongoing conservation activities, including paying for park rangers, improving infrastructure, and improving the livelihood of communities (please note we include the national park entrance fees in your holiday cost).

On this Ugandan adventure you値l also visit villages which are off the main tourist trail as we believe that it is important to spread the benefits of tourism to more remote communities.

As this itinerary is only 10 days in duration, you値l fly from Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park, from Kihihi airstrip (near Bwindi National Park) to Murchison Falls and from Murchison Falls back to Entebbe. By flying between these destinations you値l avoid spending long days in a minivan, driving on bumpy roads, and you値l make the most of your time away. If you prefer, we can offer an alternative version of this holiday without the flights where you will drive between destinations rather than fly but of course this will be a longer itinerary due to the time spent on the roads.

We believe that overall this holiday helps to support and promote conservation efforts in Uganda痴 national parks and has benefit to local communities which you might not have time to visit if you weren't able to fly between given the significant distances covered.

On this holiday you値l track endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Well managed tourism practices have helped to save the last of the mountain gorillas from extinction, and your trekking permits and national park fees contribute to the ongoing conservation efforts in Bwindi National Park. Revenue generated from gorilla permits funds conservation activities, including buying medicine, paying veterinarians and park rangers, improving infrastructure, and improving the livelihood of communities living around Bwindi forest.

Before your departure you will receive a detailed travel pack in which we outline the rules and regulations for gorilla trekking in Uganda. These regulations will be repeated to you by your guide before you embark on your trek and it is essential that you adhere to them. You will not be allowed to track them if you池e suffering from any illness including a cold or flu which can be transmitted to the gorillas. You will be instructed to talk in a low voice whilst you池e with the gorillas and you池e requested to keep a seven metre distance from them. You must not touch the gorillas under any circumstances - although they are used to seeing people on a daily basis, they are wild animals and they can sometimes react unexpectedly so it is essential that you listen to your guide痴 and trackers instructions. You will also be advised to disable the flash on your camera before you get to your group of gorillas as flash photography is not permitted.

You値l have the chance to spend up to one magical yet fleeting hour quietly observing the gorillas in their natural habitat and it will undoubtedly be an experience that you値l never ever forget. Unfortunately your time with the gorilla family will pass too quickly and after one hour you must follow your guide as they lead you out of the forest. Should you wish to spend longer with the gorillas we offer a unique opportunity to participate in a full day Gorilla Habituation Experience, run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, which allows you to spend up to four hours with these magnificent creatures. By participating in the Gorilla Habituation Experience you are supporting the crucial work in habituating gorillas and ensuring their survival. Please ask us for more details about this.

We also highly recommend that you participate in the Batwa cultural experience during your time in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a fascinating full day excursion offers an opportunity to hike in the forest with a Batwa guide and learn about the history, culture and traditions of the Batwa pygmies who inhabited Bwindi forest for centuries.

One of the accommodation options on this itinerary is Murchison River Lodge - a wonderful family-owned lodge on the southern bank of the River Nile overlooking Murchison Falls National Park. We love the eco-friendly elements at this lodge - the cottages are all equipped with solar lights, they don稚 have fans or air conditioning, and the water is heater by solar panels!

During your stay here we recommend that you visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This 70 square km sanctuary currently protects 20 white rhinos and it痴 a true success story after the extreme poaching that killed the last rhino in Uganda in 1982.

Community

As mentioned above, one of the accommodation options on this itinerary is Murchison River Lodge. One of the reasons we love this lodge is because it encourages the philosophy 奏hink global, act local and this is reflected in the number of staff employed from the local area. The majority of the staff had never worked in the hotel industry before, but with encouragement and enthusiasm they now have a fantastic team who will ensure that you have a wonderful stay.

The lodge is outside of the national park which means that it is possible to take a guided walk around the local community. Your guide will be one of the lodge痴 staff members and they will be keen to show you their village, their home and their way of life. This guided walk is typically 2-3 hours in length and can easily be arranged whilst you are staying at the lodge. All donations made from the walk go back to the community. Please remember to ask before taking photos within the village.

We additionally support local guides and drivers as well as the work of the Ugandan Wildlife Authority on this trip.

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