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 | Fort Portal | Chimp tracking in 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 | Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Lake Bunyonyi | Lake Mburo National Park | 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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2021: 26 Jul, 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 6 Sep, 20 Sep, 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov, 29 Nov, 13 Dec, 27 Dec
2022: 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 7 Mar, 21 Mar, 4 Apr, 18 Apr, 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 8 Aug, 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 19 Sep, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 12 Dec, 26 Dec
2023: 9 Jan, 23 Jan, 6 Feb, 20 Feb, 6 Mar, 20 Mar, 3 Apr, 17 Apr, 1 May, 15 May, 29 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun
Dietary requirements:
Vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements can be catered to on this trip. Let us know any requirements when booking and we will work with the hotels and lodges to ensure suitable meals are provided for you.
Primate specialist:
Typically trips are expertly guided by a leading specialist with a good knowledge of the area to be visited. Primates are the main focus of attention however most safaris also incorporate other fauna and flora highlights of the destination as well. Primate specialist trips are conducted by local guides and drivers.
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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

The Impacts of this Trip

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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10 Reviews of Uganda wildlife and activity holiday

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Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020 by

It was an excellent trip. Our wildlife viewing experience, including the Gorilla tracking and Chimpanzee tracking, was amazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2018 by

The highlight would have to be spending time with the great Silverback Gorilla and his family...An incredible experience! We both loved every minute of it so would give it the top rating possible. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2018 by

This tour is memorable on all 15 days. the top was to meet the gorillas, this was Really amazing Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2018 by

Trekking the Mountain Gorillas at Rhusaga/Bwindi, trekking the Chimpanzees at Kibale, White water rafting at Jinja, a dawn game drive in QENP and much ,much more Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2018 by

The highlight was the primates, especially the Gorillas...amazing and a bit humbling. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2018 by

It is hard to pick out one thing. I enjoyed every part of being on or near the Nile. It is such a magnet for wildlife and Murchison Falls is breathtaking. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2017 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2016 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the mountain gorrilas - great trek into the mountains spending over an hour with the gorillas. The scenery was stunning which topped off the experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2014 by

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

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2013 by

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

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