Spend your vacation exploring the highlights of Uganda and discover the very best the country has to offer. Interact and work with the women of the Buhoma community to weave baskets from grass collected from Bwindi Impenetrable forest. These baskets serve as an income for the women of this community and a hand made souvenir for you to take home. Help play your part in contributing to a sustainable cause!
Highlights of the Tour
The former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. Tourists can while away days on the beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll around the fields and forests of the Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s remaining chimps.
Murchison Falls National Park
Stretching from the shores of Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest National Park. The Nile River flows through the middle of the park creating the impressive Murchison Falls which is the park’s major attraction. The landscape features dense rainforest, undulating savannah and a diversity of abundant wildlife. Visitors can enjoy prime game-viewing along the Buligi Circuit. The forests are home to numerous primates, including Chimpanzees, and near the river, buffalo, elephants and Rothschild-Giraffes can be seen. Other commonly spotted wildlife include: lions, antelope, waterbucks, hippos and crocodiles.
Kibale National Park
Located in southern Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is said to be home to the highest density of primates in Africa. Although the highlight of the park is the habituated chimpanzees, the treetops are alive with all manner of monkey including: red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black and white colobus monkeys are all spotted here. When you’re not searching for monkeys there are over 300 bird species and an incredible 250 species of butterfly to keep you busy. Visitors can look forward to chimpanzee tracking, birding tours and guided nature walks.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Surrounded by other wonderful parks in the western region of Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its rich biodiversity, wildlife and history. In the southern part of the park, the remote Ishaha sector is home to tree-climbing lions who spend long lazy days dozing in the pretty fig trees. The Uganda Kob, a type of antelope, are watched carefully by the tree lions while grazing the plains Around Lake Edward, enjoy fishing and more game watching – make sure to look out for chimpanzees, elephants, crocodiles, and perennial and migratory bird species.
Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and though the awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were seen yesterday and then you track them down. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions there are numerous forest walks and 346 species of birds to track down, many of which are amazingly coloured.
Lake Mburo National Park
Renowned for its impressive biodiversity, Lake Mburo National Park shelters almost 70 mammal species and over 300 avian species in its forests, swamps and grasslands. Crocodiles, hippos and a myriad of waterbirds are found in and around the five lakes, of which Lake Mburo is the largest.
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2023 Tour Departure Dates
We make use of mid-range lodge accommodation on the Highlights of Uganda tour.
Best Western Premier Garden Hotel (or similar)
Day 2 & 3
Paraa Safari Lodge (or similar)
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Days 4 & 5
Turaco Treetops Lodge (or similar)
Kibale National Park, Uganda
Day 6 & 7
Park View Safari Lodge (or similar)
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Day 8 & 9
Mahogany Springs Lodge (or similar)
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Mihingo Lodge (or similar)
Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda
Jenman African Safaris uses fully equipped, customized, 4×4 safari vehicles, Toyota Land Cruisers, or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, all window seats for game viewing and a music system. These non-air-conditioned vehicles are equipped with pop-up roofs to facilitate the best game viewing. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle roof rack or trailer to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle.
Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times in Uganda are affected by road conditions, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.
Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the lodge in Uganda where you are staying. They will also prepare lunch or a lunch pack depending on the itinerary for the day. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Uganda, prior to departure.
Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.
Making Your Travels Meaningful
The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.
Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation.
For conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules apply and must be strictly adhered to:
No one with a communicable disease (e.g. flu, diarrhoea) is allowed to enter the park.
Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, don’t surround them.
Don’t get closer than 7 metres (21 feet) to the gorillas.
Don’t eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 metres from the gorillas.
Turn away from the gorillas if you have to sneeze or cough. Cover your nose and mouth in the process.
Burry all human faeces a minimum of one foot deep and ensure that the hole is properly covered.
If a gorillas moves into your direction, please move out of his way slowly.
While being close to the animals, please do not make any funny noises and try not to move quickly.
Don’t leave litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed of properly.
No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
Don’t spit on vegetation or soil when in the park – use a handkerchief.
Your group must not be more than 8 tourists and must all be over 15 years old.