The Pearl of Africa” – Uganda offers a unique diversity of wildlife, natural beauty, and friendly inhabitants that all combine to make the country one of Africa’s hidden gems. This tour includes the obvious attractions of trekking in indigenous forests to see wild Gorilla’s and Chimpanzee’s, as well as exploring vast water-ways, mystical villages hidden in mist, and the lesser known sights of Tree Climbing Lions, huge pods of Hippopotamus, and of course the endless variety of plains animals.
This tour endeavours to explore the scenic beauty of Uganda, its people, and its wildlife. We will cover approx. 2000km, some of it on extremely bad roads but the rewards are unequalled.
Weather, road, and other local conditions will influence the route chosen on each tour and we may run the tour in reverse if required, clients should be flexible in this regard. Clients should be equipped with an open mind and a spontaneous disposition in order to best enjoy the superb offerings of Uganda.
(Clients fly into / out of Entebbe airport. Transfers and pre / post tour nights can be booked through Drifters for Cassia Lodge near Entebbe or Adrift Camp in Jinja. Meals are available.)
This tour leaves every second Sunday, please inquire regarding availability.
DAY 1: ENTEBBE – LAKE MBURO NAT. PARK
Departing from Cassia Lodge near Entebbe at 08h00, we make our way through the outskirts of the vibrant capital city – Kampala before starting our journey west. On our route today we will visit the drum market, a fruit market, and we will stop at the Equator.This afternoon we enter the Lake Mburo National Park, known for its plains game and large Hippo population – we camp the night on the Lake shore. D
DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
We start the day with a game drive / walk and then exit the park to travel through a landscape of rolling hills littered with banana plantations and herds of impressive long-horned Ankole cattle. This afternoon we travel on rough mountain roads, passing remote villages – often shrouded in mist, toward the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Our camp for the night is at the edge of the forest. B L D
DAY 3 – 4: BWINDI GORILLA TREK
On one of these days we will partake in what is undoubtedly the highlight of the tour – Gorilla Trekking! We split up into small groups and with local guides, trek up into the forest to locate and spend time with a family of these few remaining wild Mountain Gorillas.
As the Gorilla permits are limited we will allow two days for all of the group to partake, should all permits be available on day 4 we would visit Lake Bunyoni on Day 3. Whilst not Gorilla trekking we will enjoy village walks and will spend time searching for the magnificent birds inhabiting the fringe of the forest. B L D ; B L D
DDAY 5 – 6: QUEEN ELISABETH NAT. PARK – ISHASHA
Leaving the mountains and forests behind us, we drop down to the grasslands of the Queen Elisabeth National Park, here we will spend two nights camping at a remote camp. Besides abundant mammal, reptile, and bird species, Ishasha is renowned for its huge tree climbing Lions. We will game drive extensively searching the tall fig trees for Lion, and the savannah for other game. B L D ; B L D
DAY 7: Q. E. NAT. PARK – CHIMPANZEE’S
Packing up camp, we travel the length of the Park and through the Maramagambo Forest where we hope to encounter wild Chimpanzee and an amazing variety of birdlife. Arriving at Kyambura Gorge this afternoon, we have time to explore the surrounding area. Tonight we camp in the vicinity. B L D
DAY 8: RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
This morning we will travel through the Park before continuing north to the Rwenzori – “Mountains of the Moon”. After setting up camp at a local community centre, we will enjoy a lengthy walk through numerous rural villages and up into the forest to the Rwenzori lookout point. Rising some 5000 meters above sea level, the slopes of these mountains are covered in tropical forest and yet the peaks are often snow-capped, a bewildering sight considering their proximity to the Equator. B L D
DAY 9: MURCHISON FALLS NAT. PARK
An early start, we leave the Mountains behind us and descend into the luminous green tea plantations surrounding Fort Portal. We cover vast distance today and mostly on rough roads. Our destination tonight is the Kaniyo-Pabidi camp in Murchison Falls National Park and provides relatively comfortable facilities. B L D
DAY 10: MURCHISON FALLS / VICTORIA NILE
Early this morning we set off on a guided walk in search of a group of habituated Chimpanzees. We hope to spend an hour with the group before returning to camp. Then it’s off to Murchison Falls, a narrow gap though which the Nile River falls 40m into the Rift Valley. We will spend some time here exploring the Fall’s. Next we travel downstream to cross the Nile in order to enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the Park. We will camp tonight in a big game area. B L D
DAY 11: ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
Rising early, we board a boat that will then take us on a leisurely cruise slowly down the Nile River – along the way we hope to catch a glimpse of the rare Shoebill stork as well as a multitude of other animals. (At times it may not be possible to travel by boat – we will then drive by road.) Reunited with our vehicle, we exit the Park and travel to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a project established to reintroduce Rhino into their original habitat in protected areas. Camp the night. B L D
DAY 12: JINJA
This morning, clients who wish to, may partake in tracking Rhino on foot through the thick bush (own expense). After packing up camp for the last time, we set off for Jinja where we spend our last night in relative comfort at Adrift camp. Tonight we enjoy an own expense dinner at the restaurant to celebrate our adventures. B L
DAY 13: JINJA
Tour ends this morning after breakfast, however the Nile River offers some of the wildest one day White Water Rafting in the world – a day’s adventure not to be missed. From the Adrift camp clients are also able to spend a day working with a local community project. Both of these activities are optional and own expense. We advise those that wish to enjoy or those who simply wish to relax at the “Source of the Nile” to book an extra night at the camp with us. B
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
The 12 Day Uganda Tour departs from Entebbe just outside the Capital of Kampala and ends in Jinja on the last day. Comfortable accommodation can be booked for your stay before or after the tour. Please contact Drifters or your agent for more information.
|Optional Activities at Adrift in Jinja, Uganda|
|1 Day White Water Rafting|
|2 Day White Water Rafting|
|Optional Activities in Bwindi, Uganda|
|Pygmy Village visit|
|Optional Activities in Kyambura Gorge, Uganda|
|Extra Guided Chimpanzee Trekking|
|Optional Activities in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary,
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependant
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION 12 DAY UGANDA TOUR
When required to we will run this itinerary in reverse. For this tour, an open and flexible mind is essential to deal with the detours, delays and other inconveniences encountered in Africa.
A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour.
Visas are required by most nationalities for Uganda and clients are responsible for obtaining these. Precautions against malaria are advisable and Yellow Fever inoculations are required.
A small daypack is advisable for the treks. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar, in small denominations – all currency notes should be dated 2000 or later.
Our price includes all transport, accommodation, entry fees and permits, one Gorilla trek and one Chimpanzee trek, game drives and walks, group equipment, professional guides and most meals. Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, curios, tips, visas, taxes, and optional excursions are for the client’s own expense.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.
Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
The tour will depart from
– CASSIA LODGE, Kampala, Uganda at 08h00.
– The telephone number is + 256 755 777 004.
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR
Please note that linen will be provided at Cassia Lodge, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.
Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source on night: Pre night at Cassia Lodge
Currency exchange opportunities on tour: Arrival at Entebbe Airport. Small amounts at Cassia Lodge, on the morning of Day 1
Limited Laundry facilities: Cassia Lodge (Essential washing only)
Internet facilities: Cassia Lodge
The Uganda overland is an arduous journey that is only suitable for people of ages 18 – 55 and requires a certain level of fitness. On certain days of this safari long distances are travelled on poor roads, so be prepared to spend time in the vehicle on these days. This tour requires participation in all aspects of the tour. This entails assisting with the preparation of food, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up of camp. Participation is an essential ingredient of this safari; all participants will be expected to assist with chores around the campsite.
Please keep in mind that flexibility, an open mind, an inquisitive accepting nature, a desire to learn from and appreciate the cultures into which you come into contact, patience and a sense of humour will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari. We are travelling in a developing country, please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan; however, we do endeavour to run according to itineraries as best as possible.
DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for Uganda. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavor to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your intended stay. All passport holders must obtain visas when traveling to Uganda.
Visas are not readily obtainable at the Airport in Uganda. We recommend that these visas are obtained prior to departure.
Telephone numbers: Ugandan High Commission, Pretoria: (012) 342 6031/2/3
Or visit Uganda Tourism at www.ugandatourism.org
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
US Dollars cash is the preferred option when traveling in Uganda. We suggest a combination of small denomination notes (USD 1,5,10, 20, 50) as well as USD 100 bills – make sure they are post 2004 and have “large heads” on them. Foreign currency is not widely accepted outside of Kampala, however there are plenty foreign exchange bureaus in Kampala and changing money is easy.
Travellers cheques are difficult to change and really bad rates of exchange generally apply.
There is at least a 5 % surcharge when using a credit card and they are not accepted in many places at all.
Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passports.
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
A Yellow Fever vaccination is required and must be done no later than 10 days prior to your departure. Strongly recommended additional vaccinations are Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis.
Malaria prophylaxis is essential. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Resistant strains of Malaria occur in Uganda and adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure; please use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Malaria is a very common ailment in Africa; however adequate preventative measures greatly reduce the risk of contracting the disease.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc. First aid kits can be purchased at a pharmacy for your convenience.
It is summer year round in Uganda. The country straddles the equator which means there is no winter and no summer. Temperatures in most parts of the country vary between 25°C and 30°C dropping only by about 5°C overnight. Traditionally May and November are the wettest months in the country where morning cloud build ups are followed by torrential rain and spectacular thunder and lightning shows. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour. Please note that night time temperatures during June, July and Augusts can be cold and guests should take this into consideration. Uganda is an Equatorial country predominantly covered in rainforest – severe rainfall can be expected during the rainy season; It is advisable to carry a second pair of shoes in the rainy season, ideally of a fast drying or semi-aquatic design; Likewise waterproof backpack liners are advisable.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Swimming Costume & Towel
Passport/Visas (if applicable)
Mosquito Net (Optional)
***Refreshments (alcohol, coke etc)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Camera, Binoculars (Film)
Books (Birds, Mammals etc.)
Guests are advised to wear long sleeved trousers and shirts for the Gorilla trekking. Guests may also want to wear gloves for the trek.
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT SUITABLE!!
***Refreshments can be purchased en- route on the first day of your tour and at regular intervals on the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; obviously there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals, snacks, sundry goods purchased – such as batteries, suntan cream etc., all bottled water, alcohol and soft beverages, curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips. In Africa it is common courtesy to tip casual help for services rendered. In the case of your guide, if you were happy with his or her services, an amount of R 50 per day per person would constitute a reasonable tip. By not tipping for services you are expressing displeasure.