Uganda wildlife and activity holiday

“Discover Uganda’s amazing wildlife, including gorillas and chimps, visit a host of different parks and enjoy some exhilarating activities, too, from rafting to hiking and lake swimming on this truly memorable 15-day trip. ”

Highlights

Kampala | Jinja white water rafting| Ziwa rhino sanctuary | Masindi Town | Murchison Falls National Park and the Top of the Fallsa | game drive along Nile | boat safari on Nile | Fort Portal | Kibale Forest National Park | Bigodi Swamp |Rwenzori Mountain range | Queen Elizabeth National Park and game drives | boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward | drive through Kigezi Highlands | Bwindi | Lake Bunyonyi | Lake Mburo National Park and guided lakeside walks | boat trip on Lake Mburo | Kampala city tour

Description of Uganda wildlife and activity holiday

This 15-day adventure combines Uganda’s extraordinary wildlife with some exhilarating activities, from white water rafting to bungee jumping. Enjoy a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park, looking out for lions, buffalo and giraffe and take a boat safari on the Nile to the base of the falls, stopping just tens of metres from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ and spotting hippos and crocodiles along the way. In the Queen Elizabeth National Park, game drives and a boat cruise into Lake Edward bring you close to the exceptional wildlife, including lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, waterbuck, topi and hippos. In the southern Ishasha sector of the park there’s the chance to see the legendary tree climbing lions.

You will spend time tracking chimps in Kibale Forest National Park and hiking in search of shy mountain gorillas in Bwindi. At Lake Bunyonyi, enjoy safe and free swimming, dugout canoeing, sunbathing, hill climbing or mountain bike riding. The birdlife here is excellent and you can also enjoy a relaxing hour or two fishing for crayfish. At Lake Mburo National Park, see zebra, Cape buffalo and topi, and take a boat ride on the lake to view wonderful birdlife. The trip also includes a visit to the Ziwa rhino sanctuary to see rhinos who are being reintroduced to this area, and a visit to the local community chimp conservation site enroute to Bwindi forest.

There is a choice of lodges and hotels, which offer comfortable or luxury accommodation.

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2017: 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec
2018: 5 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 20 Apr, 27 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 8 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun
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Responsible tourism: Uganda wildlife and activity holiday

Environment

This trip is directly involved in wildlife conservation in that we plan for our guests to visit research and conservation areas during their safari like the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary en-route to Murchison falls where the once extinct Rhinos are being kept as they increase in number from the first 2 rhinos in 2001 and now we boast of 10 rhinos.

Another venture is the chimpanzee community project en-route to Bwindi from Queen Elizabeth National park. The local people have managed to keep the chimps safe with the support of tourists and their donations. This has provided employment and revenue to improve on their livelihood in that region.

During our city tours and the Jinja town tours we use local public transport whenever we can so that you get hands on experience with the life in this places, be able to reach door to door places where big tour vehicles cannot reach and in this way we economically support the local people who provide this transport and get to visit more places and meet more people.

Community

We plan this trip in such a way that we always stop by local craft centers like the Drum makers in Mpigi district en-route from Bwindi, The Nkuringo local library or Buhoma community market so that the guests support the local craft makers directly and see how the items are manufactured too. This is a better practice since prices are friendlier at local centers compared to the town markets like those in the capital city Kampala.

We employ local guides, drivers, and interpreters as a company and at local levels we use community guides especially in places like Bwindi for community walks. We encourage the use of porters or helpers from the communities to carry luggage for the guests in order to earn some income from the tourism activities in their communities. The local guides provide 24 hour assistance to make sure there is cultural respect and that the guests are in harmony with the local community. This they start to do by teaching basic things like greeting and apologizing whenever one feels offended. Greeting helps create a quick link for communication with the local people since out of experience most of them know some English as a National Language.

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Reviewed on 30 Jan 2017 by

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


The whole trip was marvellous. The white water rafting very memorable, safari drives and river trips great but if I have to choose the most memorable thing it would of course be the gorilla trekking followed closely by the chimpanzee trekking. A wonderful holiday and well looked after by Alex our driver and guide.

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


Take a torch, sometimes dim lighting in lodges, and a few power cuts. Also helpful when walking to and from accommodation to eating areas at dusk and in the dark.

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


I think it benefited the local people who worked in the lodges and the national parks. Many places we stayed in reduced food waste by serving a set meal and they also used solar power to light the lodges.

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


Unforgettable.

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2016 by

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


The mountain gorrilas - great trek into the mountains spending over an hour with the gorillas. The scenery was stunning which topped off the experience. Great opportunity for photography. The river trip in Queen Elizabeth Park was amazing , saw elephants playing in the lake. Everyday offered someone new and exciting so the list could go on.

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


If travelling from UK , take sterling and some dollars. When arriving get shillings , not many places take dollars. Also you will get a better price if paying for goods in shillings. Better to leave tips in shillings. If you have space in your luggage take clothes which can be given away. Children's clothes would be very much appreciated. Buy some sweets to hand out to the kids along the way - make sure it is a big bag as the kids ensure everything is shared out equally.

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


A large proportion of the cost is on Game Park entry and Permits - so this money goes to the Ugandan Wildlife Association. All of the areas we visited rely heavily on tourism which provides jobs for local communities. Tourism has definitely lifted the standard of living for communities and drawn attention to these areas , attracting projects to help with education and health.

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


Excellent holiday , better than i had expected.

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2014 by

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


The wildlife is simply amazing to see. Particularly finding the gorillas after hours of hike is so rewarding. Definitely worth all the sweat and muscle pain.

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


With Jackson and his team we always felt in good hands. Things were organized perfectly and the team is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Bring insect repellent (though it's not as bad as we had thought beforehand), a torch and travel sickness pills (in case you get sick easily - the roads are 'African style'). Vegetarian options available everywhere.

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


Many of the tours employed local guides who knew the area really well. We stopped to buy food on local markets along the way.
Several of the lodges were solar powered or only provided electricity when necessary.


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


This was the perfect trip: great places, great people, good value for money. We couldn't have wished for anything more.

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2013 by

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


Unfortunately there are just too many great memories to pick from this trip, as every day rewarded you with something amazing.
Despite the +1600km we covered, each mile was worth it to provide all the opportunities.

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


The roads are extremely bumpy, which makes each journey long in time, but not necessarily in distance. Therefore, you need to be a good passenger, which also applies to the road rules the drivers adopt. A good torch and Travel Johns are essential recommendations when camping.

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


I believe the National Park entry fees will support local communities to continue to build and strengthen the area(s).

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


This was a once in a life time experience which has created many lasting memories.

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