A Taste of Uganda

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Permits Included!

We don’t like extras, so the costly Gorilla tracking & Chimpanzee habituation permits have been included with this tour. Learn more

Explore the many sides of picturesque Uganda, the ‘pearl of Africa’, from its wildlife and scenery to vibrant culture. Spend an incredible day tracking chimpanzees, tour volcanic crater lakes, and go in search of the ‘Big 5’. Visit a local village and hike through the Impenetrable Forest to see mountain gorillas.

Primate Paradise

Our touring begins in the Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda’s primate paradise. Here the star attraction is the chimpanzees but we may also encounter red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys.

Look out for the ‘Big 5’!

Other highlights in Uganda include the Katwe Explosion Craters, a dramatic series of extinct volcanoes. We also visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park and enjoy a game drive – keep an eye out for hippos, elephants, leopards, lions and more! We then travel through the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced slopes, blue lakes and stunning panoramic views!

Close Encounters

A real highlight, ae visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for our first humbling experience with the famous mountain gorillas. Stand just metres from man’s distant cousins as they eat, rest and play – a truly magical experience!

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Kampala

Welcome to Uganda! After being met and transferred to your hotel enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. [D]

Day 2. Kampala – Kibale National Park

Today you travel to Kibale National Park, a beautiful tropical forest habitat that is home to an abundance of wildlife including species of primate. It’s one of the best destinations in the world for chimpanzee tracking. Spend the afternoon in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a paradise of biodiversity! [B,L,D]

Day 3. Kibale National Park

An early start this morning to join the Kibale researchers and chimpanzee team as they study and habituate the chimpanzees. A truly unforgettable day! [B,L,D]

Day 4. Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Fort Portal to see the stunning waterfalls and stalactite caves of Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru. Later you’ll travel along the foothills of Mt Rwenzori and explore the Katwe Explosion Craters – a series of extinct volcanoes, which were the site of particularly violent eruptions in the past. Today, the volcanoes have formed breathtaking crater lakes. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Experience your first game drive in Uganda’s most popular savannah this morning. Later you’ll visit the Lake Edward floodplains where you might spot the occasional leopard and tree-climbing lion. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi

Head south to beautiful Lake Bunyonyi – the name means “place of many little birds”. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Lake Bunyonyi – Mutanda Lake

Today you venture through the spectacular Kigezi Highlands to Mutanda Lake. This afternoon you’ll explore the village of Mukozi, visiting the nursery school, a craftmaker and a traditional healer. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Mutanda Lake

A magical encounter with the mountain gorillas today in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park! You’ll trek through the forest with the help of a professional tracker to find them in their natural habitat and watch as they feed, play and bond with their young. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Mutanda Lake – Kampala

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Kampala and your onward journey. [B]

Travel

  • Meet & greet on arrival and private airport transfers
  • Economy-class flight within Uganda
  • Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 nights in African-style hotels & lodges (3-4 star)
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide
  • Professional trackers while trekking

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks are included 
  • Chimpanzee habituation permit (approx US$220)
  • Gorilla tracking permit (approx US$600)

Sightseeing

  • Visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a community based conservation project
  • Join the Kibale researchers and Chimpanzee habituation team to study and habituate the chimpanzees
  • Drive to Fort Portal to see Amabere nga nyina mwiru to see the breast and history of the first Baganda people and foot mark of man
  • Visit to the Crater Lakes, formed from ancient volcanic activity between 8-10 thousand years ago
  • Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park at the scenic foothills of Mt Rwenzori
  • Be mesmerised by the breathtaking views of Lake Bunyonyi
  • Drive through the Switzerland of Africa known as the Kigezi Highlands
  • Gorilla Tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park while standing just metres from man’s distant cousins as they eat, rest and play 

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2018-12-31

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Cassia Lodge, Kampala

Located on Buziga Hill, close to Lake Victoria, Cassia Lodge is surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The hotel’s restaurant and bar area enjoy panoramic views of Lake Victoria and surrounds. Each of the cosy safari-style furnished rooms feature a balcony with lakeview.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Primate Lodge, Kibale National Park

Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birds Nest Resort, Lake Bunyonyi

Mutanda Lake Resort, Uganda

Kampala

Kampala has a tropical monsoon climate. Long rainy season from August – December and short rainy season from February – June.

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Levels of Fitness

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To get the most from your Bunnik Tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Travelling through Africa is mainly done by road. A high percentage of roads are not sealed and most tracks within national parks are dirt roads. Some travel days are also very long. Per tour, you will find a list of the different vehicle types used. Most excursions are by 4WD so if you suffer from a back condition we highly recommend that you consult your doctor before booking. If you wear contact lenses we recommend bringing glasses as well, in case of irritation caused by dust.

You should be able to: walk at least 3.5km or 2-3 hours on uneven ground, without a walking aid; climb short, steep hills; be prepared to board small boats; and also carry your own bags as porter services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

NOTE: This particular tour requires a good level of fitness. In Uganda, the trek to visit the mountain gorillas can be up to 6 hours.

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a Visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • Uganda: A single entry visa is required for Australian passport holders.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

The Small Print: Prices are per person based on twin share with a minimum of 2 people. Seasonal surcharges apply. Please contact our office for details.

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