Safari Joe

Safari Joe for the journey of a lifetime

Let us share with you the heart and magic of this exhilarating yet mysterious continent.  On this epic Ugandan adventure you will visit some of the more rural locations in this breath-taking country.  Camp on a private island in the mighty Nile River, take a tour of some of the local villages on foot.  Explore the scenic Lake Mburo National Park and take in the peace and tranquillity of Mpanga Forest Reserve.

Day 1 - Friday - Depart London

We suggest that you depart from London Heathrow Airport with Qatar Airways at 2130hrs.

Day 2 - Saturday - Arrival Entebbe

It is here that our safari begins, upon arrival into Entebbe International Airport at 1305hrs, Safari Joe will meet you and just a short drive away is our campsite, situated in a quiet tropical suburb. Entebbe is located on the vast shores of Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater body, shared between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Day 3 - Sunday - Entebbe to Jinja

Leaving the sleepy shores of Entebbe we head into Kampala, the economic and social hub of Uganda, built across seven hills; although they lie only 40km apart, the twin cities of Kampala and Entebbe, (present and former capital of Uganda respectively) could scarcely be more different in character. After a quick stop in Kampala we are soon out onto the open roads through rural towns and villages, on our drive we will pass by vast tea and coffee estates and sugar cane plantations along the roadside before we reach Jinja where we will spend the night at the Backpackers.

Day 4 - Monday - Jinja to Budadiri

Departing from Jinja and beginning our drive towards Mbale, we soon pass rural Ugandan villages, small towns and roadside markets. Mbale nestled in the foothills of Mt Elgon is where we start our drive up the mountain to the small trading centre of Budadiri and Roses Last Chance. A delicious dinner prepared by Rose will be waiting for our arrival.

Day 5 - Tuesday - Budadiri

Today is a free day to explore the area and visit the Sironko Demonstration School. You can visit the market, an interesting area in this mountain community. There will be plenty of free time to wander around and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this friendly town.

Day 6 - Wednesday - Budadiri

A free day to spend with Rose enjoying the hospitality and relaxation at the campsite, there will be the chance to learn how to make some mandazi, chapati and other local food for our feast tonight, including a spit roast pig!

Day 7 - Thursday - Jinja (Bujagali)

We bid farewell to Rose and head back down the mountain towards the bustling town of Jinja, Uganda fourth largest town. Jinja, has an attractively lush location on the northern shore of Lake Victoria above the Ripon Falls, identified by Speke in 1862 as the Source of the Nile (Victoria Nile), but later submerged following the construction of the Owen Falls Dam; the River Nile is the world longest river, flowing for 6,650km and it is from here that it begins its journey north into the Mediterranean in Egypt. We camp alongside the Nile River in full view of the scenic Lake Bujagali; our campsite is surrounded by picturesque villages.

Day 8 - Friday -  Jinja (Bujagali)

There will be plenty of opportunities to interact with the friendly locals and learn a little about their way of life. There will also be time for participating in the optional activities of white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking in the local village or bungee jumping. If you are after a more relaxing time, you can just sit back and watch the local fishermen glide by in their dug-out canoes and enjoy the huge variety of birdlife in camp.

Day 9 - Saturday -  Jinja (Bujagali)

Later in the afternoon when it is cooler we will head off on foot into the villages on a guided walk, gaining an insight into a traditional Ugandan rural way of life, we will learn about how the food is grown, harvested and stored, how the local brews are prepared, usually many children accompany us hand in hand on this walk proud to show off their homesteads, at the end of our visit we are spoilt with a delicious Ugandan meal.

Day 10 - Sunday - Jinja to Hairy Lemon Island

Departing Bujagali we head into Jinja for a day of shopping, stocking up, email, eating and drinking!! There will be plenty of opportunity to explore this fantastic town, the market, shops etc. If you would like to get local clothes made or shop for curios it is also a great opportunity to do so here. Early afternoon we depart for a short drive up to Hairy Lemon Island where we will cross over to the island by canoe.

Day 11 & 12 - Monday & Tuesday - Hairy Lemon Island

Wake up and enjoy life on the Island, two free days of relaxing and exploring. There are plenty of places to take a swim, play some ball games or simply put your feet up and chill. Tuck into the scrumptious meals served in the restaurant and enjoy the peaceful starlit evenings. There will also be chance to go fishing, relax in the infinity pool and play water volleyball.

Day 13 - Wednesday - Hairy Lemon to Mpanga Forest

Crossing back to the mainland and heading back down to Jinja we drive back through Kampala, we will stop and shop on the way. Once we have passed through we are back on the open roads and heading west to Mpanga Forest Reserve. The reserve protects an extensive patch of rainforest. With over 180 species of birds and many species of butterflies and trees, on foot we follow the excellent network of forest trails with our experienced guide, where we will learn about the many medicinal values of the plants and trees, and identify some of the colourful species of birds and butterflies.

Day 14 - Thursday - Mpanga Forest to Lake Mburo National Park

As shafts of light penetrate the overhead canopy of trees we are awoken by a chorus of birds signalling the break of dawn. We depart for Lake Mburo National Park, passing vast Papyrus Swamps and the Drum Markets. We also cross the Equator on our drive today, where will make a stop to observe the natural phenomenon of water passing through a funnel! Arriving during the afternoon in the National Park we will make our way to our camp situated near the shore of the lake.

Day 15 - Friday - Lake Mburo National Park

A full day exploring this unique National Park including: game drives, guided walks and a motorboat trip on the lake. The park supports a healthy concentration of wildlife including impala, zebra, waterbuck, topi, buffalo, sitatunga, hippo, eland, baboons, hyena, leopard, jackal and otters.
One of the highlights is a guided walk with an armed ranger and a boat cruise. The park is also excellent for bird watching with over 300 species recorded.

Day 16 - Saturday - Lake Mburo to Kampala

After breakfast we depart Lake Mburo and head back to the lively capital of Kampala in time to get changed and enjoy a fun Saturday night at the Backpackers!

Day 17 Sunday - Kampala to Entebbe

A relaxed morning in camp, after brunch we will drive to Entebbe in time to meet your evening flight home. Departure from Entebbe Airport with Qatar Airways is 1750hrs.

Day 18 Monday - Entebbe to London

Arrival back into London Heathrow is 0715hrs.

 

Cost of Safari is:

£1,499 per person camping

£1,999 per person in rooms, bandas and luxury tents

(minimum 2 people sharing)

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Fully escorted tour - Driver/Tour Leader, Cook and Helper
  • Fully equipped 4WD safari expedition vehicle with onboard safe and safety belts
  • All camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
  • All road tolls and taxes
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (and drinking water)
  • Camping & Accommodation
  • Camping (11 nights)
  • Backpackers/Dorms (5 nights)

 

All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary:

  • Budadiri
  • Lake Bujagali
  • Village Walk & Meal
  • Hairy Lemon Island
  • Mpanga Forest Reserve
  • Equator
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Lake Mburo Game Drives, Guided Walks and Boat Trip
  • Kampala

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfares
  • All taxes and surcharges pertaining to flights and airports
  • Any drinks/meals or services not specifically included
  • Local gratuities
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal spending
  • Visa's or other documentation required

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

APPROXIMATE GUIDE (in USD)

  • Horse Riding $70
  • Kayaking/Canoeing $90
  • Quad Biking $60
  • White Water Rafting $130


    Safari Joe for the journey of a lifetime
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The Ultimate Uganda Wildlife Safari.  Visit the chimps and the mountain gorillas in their natural wild habitat.  Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park and Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary.  Spend time relaxing in the pristine Mpanga Forest Reserve and camp close to the banks of the mighty Nile River.

 

21 DAY UGANDAN WILDLIFE EXPEDITION

 

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

 

Day 1 - Saturday - Depart London

 

We would suggest depart from London Heathrow Airport with Qatar Airways at 2130hrs (overnight flight).

 

Day 2  - Sunday - Arrival into Entebbe, Uganda

 

It is here that your safari begins, upon arrival into Entebbe International Airport, Safari Joe will meet you and just a short drive away is the campsite.  Entebbe is located on the vast shores of Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater body, shared between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

 

Day 3 - Monday - Entebbe to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

 

Leaving the sleepy shores of Entebbe we head into Kampala, built across seven hills; although they lie only 40km apart, the twin cities of Kampala and Entebbe, (present and former capital of Uganda respectively) could scarcely be more different in character.  After a quick stop in Kampala we are soon out onto the open roads through rural towns and villages, we pass sugar cane plantations and papyrus swamps along the roadside before we reach Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary late afternoon.

Day 4 & 5 - Tuesday & Wednesday - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

 

Day 6 - Thursday - Travel to Kibale

 

As we depart Ziwa we head to the town of Masindi and stock up for the next few days, including a visit to the local African market. The road to Kibale is a long but incredibly beautiful drive passing through sugar, tea and forest plantations along the way.  We will arrive late afternoon and set up camp by the beautiful Crater Lake.

Day 7 & 8 - Friday & Saturday - Chimp Trekking Kibale

 

We are based at Crater Lake for two days, where you will be able to visit the Chimps at Kibale Forest.  Kibale's most popular activity is the Kanyanchu Primate Walk. Thirteen species of primates can be found, but the stars of this trail are the chimpanzees. Kanyanchu's chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors.  Time spent with Chimps is limited to one hour.

On the day that you are not with the chimps there are plenty of activities at the lake to keep you busy including: canoeing and swimming, fishing, bird watching, walks of the crater lakes region, waterfalls and caves or you can just choose to relax.

 

Day 9 -  Sunday -  Travel to Queen Elizabeth NP

 

This morning you will cross the equator and drive alongside the foothills of the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains as you head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will stay for two nights. Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different bird species and about 100 mammal species.  Sleeping in a National Park is second to none as hippos come out to eat, and many animals pass through the campsite during the night!

 

Day 10 - Monday - Queen Elizabeth NP and Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise

 

Day 11 - Tuesday - Lake Bunyonyi

 

We game drive as we leave Queen Elizabeth and head towards Kabale, we will shop and then head to Lake Bunyonyi "Place of many little birds" where you can relax for the afternoon.  This scenic lake has 29 islands which include Punishment Island and Bushara Island. It is a popular location for water sports and is known for the surrounding terraced hillsides. Our campsite for the night is right on the lakes edge.

 

Day 12 - Wednesday - Drive to Bwindi

 

The drive to Bwindi in itself is nothing short of spectacular, we traverse kilometres of narrow winding dirt roads passing small Ugandan villages; there are terraced farms all along this hilly region close to the borders of Rwanda and the Congo, perhaps one of the most breathtaking roads in the world!

 

Day 13 & 14 - Thursday & Friday - Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

four locations, starting at 8:30am daily. Following a briefing, visitors embark on a forest trek lasting from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. Tours are limited to a maximum of eight people and visitors spend a maximum of one hour in the company of the gorillas in order to minimize behavioural disturbance and risk of disease transmission.

Depending on availability our permits may be on two different days, therefore on the day that you are not trekking the gorillas there is plenty to do in this picturesque region, including village walks, cultural visits and guided forest walks or just to relax in the beautiful campsite.

Day 15 - Saturday - Travel to Mbarara

After breakfast we leave Bwindi and head to Mbarara, stopping to shop in Kabale on the way.

Day 16 - Sunday - Travel to Mpanga Forest

Back on the open roads we head to Mpanga Forest Reserve. The reserve protects an extensive patch of rainforest. With over 180 species of birds and many species of butterflies and trees, on foot we follow the excellent network of forest trails with our experienced guide, where we will learn about the many medicinal values of the plants and trees, and identify some of the colourful species of birds and butterflies.

Day 17 - Monday -Travel to Kampala

As shafts of light penetrate the overhead canopy of trees we are awoken by a chorus of birds signalling the break of dawn. Leaving Mpanga we head towards Kampala, passing vast Papyrus Swamps and the Drum Markets.

Day 18 - Tuesday - Travel to Jinja

Today we have a relaxed morning in camp and a visit to the capital city of Uganda, Kampala before we head off to Jinja for some R & R and adrenalin activities.

Day 19 & 20 - Wednesday & Thursday - Jinja

There will be plenty of opportunities to participate in the optional activities of white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking in the local village or bungee jumping. If you are after a more relaxing time, you can just sit back and watch the local fishermen glide by in their dug-out canoes and enjoy the huge variety of birdlife in camp.

Day 21 Friday - Jinja to Entebbe

A relaxed morning in camp, after brunch we will drive to Entebbe in time to meet your evening flight home. We suggest you fly from Entebbe Airport with Qatar Airways at 1750hrs (overnight flight).

Cost of Safari is - £1,950 per person (minimum 10 passengers)

Price is valid for 2014-2015 Bookings

Please note that gorilla and chimp trekking permits are subject to availability, only a small number of permits are issued per day and must be purchased well in advanced, especially during peak season, once you have paid your expedition deposit we will endeavour to purchase both permits for you. Please note we may adjust the itinerary to maximise our likelihood of obtaining the required permits.

REMEMBER THIS IS AFRICA AND OCCASIONALLY THINGS MAY NOT ALWAYS GO TO PLAN!!!

HOWEVER USUALLY PLAN B IS THE STORY YOU WILL REMEMBER THE MOST AFFECTIONATELY!!!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Fully escorted tour - Driver/Tour Leader, Cook and Helper
  • Fully equipped 4WD safari expedition vehicle with onboard safe and safety belts
  • All camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and pillow)
  • All road tolls and taxes
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner (and drinking water)
  • Camping & Accommodation
  • Camping (19 nights)
  • All activities, sightseeing, National Parks, entrance fees as per itinerary:
  • 1 Chimp Permit for Kibale Forest
  • 1 Gorilla Permit for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Entebbe & Kampala
  • Equator Crossing
  • Jinja & Bujagali
  • Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Mpanga Forest Reserve
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Rhino & Conservation Activities at Ziwa


NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfares
  • All taxes and surcharges pertaining to flights and airports
  • Any drinks/meals or services not specifically included
  • Local gratuities
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
  • Personal spending

Visa's or other documentation required

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

APPROXIMATE GUIDE (in USD)

  • Horse Riding $70
  • Kayaking/Canoeing $90
  • Lunch Cruise or Sunset Cruise on the Nile $30
  • Quad Biking $70
  • Village Walks and Cultural Visits $5-$10
  • White Water Rafting $130

 

Safari Joe for the journey of a lifetime!