Project Description

Uganda, Rwanda and the Rest of East Africa
NATURE AND CULTURAL ARISTO GUIDES
“interpreting for the world”
Welcome to the world of adventure.
We organize tailor made tours to suite our potential visitors
Yampa Africa tours opens you to a whole new world of wildlife Safaris and adventure in Uganda and East Africa
Our tour guides are professionals who handle every detail of your requests with passion and satisfaction .
Call us for a memorable adventure to a friendly and beautiful country, Uganda the pearl of Africa.
Tailor Made Safaris To National Parks and Reserves
Rwenzori Mountain hiking and climbing
mountain Gorilla tracking
Chimpanzee tracking and habituation
Bird watching
Hotel booking and Airport Transfers
Car rental and hire
Honeymoon packages
Adventure water activities like, Whitewater rafting and Sport Fishing on The Nile, Lake victoria, Launch and Boat cruises on the Nile, Kazinga channel, lake Mburo and many of the numerous water bodies in Uganda

Sightseeing, cultural, Religious, and village/ nature walking safaris

Interviews and stories from Rwanda’s genocide, LRA and DR Congo wars survivors

Our Main Packages include;

Cultural tours
Birding safaris
Mountain climbing
White water rafting
Spot fishing
Community centered conservation tourism
Gorilla tracking
Chimpanzee tracking
Savanna wildlife viewing
BSAUS/001/AT 12 days Albertine rift valley safari

Day 1
Arrival at airport and transfer to Uganda wildlife education center for brief birdwatching and introduction to Uganda’s, nature biodiversity. We will spend the night at UWEC

Day 2
We do a brief one hour bird watching, have a late breakfast and we depart for Lake Mburo National Park cross the Nile, have lunch en route, do a late afternoon birding and game drive, to look for Eland, giraffe, topi, impala zebra- overnight, will be at any the lodges in the park.

Day 3
Travel to Bwindi impenetrable national park, in the afternoon, home to the highly endangered mountain gorillas, and book in hotel/lodge /camp
Day 4
Early morning briefing then go tracking gorillas, the largest and highly endangered primate, the best chance to see the rarities of the Albertine mountain forest avian endemics,and the Transformed pygmies of Africa.

Day5
After breakfast you transfer to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national Park, to look for tree climbing lions endemic to this sector. Later have lunch at Ishasha jungle lodge and transfer to the Northern sector of Queen Elizabeth for dinner and overnight..

Day6
Early morning bird and game drive, to see what the northern sector of Kasenyi has to offer,then a village walk. After lunch, afternoon boat ride, on the Kazinga channel.back to lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 7
After breakfast we transfer to Kibale national park, lunch in Fort Portal, enjoy a late evening swamp walk in Bigodi- overnight in the crater region of Kasenda/Rutete
Day8
Morning chimpanzee tracking in Kibale, late afternoon community exploration

Day 9
After breakfast you drive towards Kampala to Mabamba swamp to see the Shoebill stork, overnite @ Uganda wildlife Education center, Entebbe,
Day10
Early morning birding in the Entebbe botanical gardens, afternoon bicycle safari around Entebbe, over wildlife centre.
Day11
Kampala city tour,till late afternoon, then enjoy farewell dinner at waterfront.

Day 12
Transfer at the airport -End of safari.

Included: Transport in a 4×4 Vehicle, accommodation and meals as per the Itinerary; activities in the areas visited as included, driver guide services, 1 gorilla permit and all park entry fees.
Costings
1person-
Luxury $5,330
Mid range $4,700
Budget $2,370

2people sharing
Luxury $5,520
Midrange $3,000
Budget $2,100

4people
Luxury $4,610 p/p
Mid Range $2,690p/p
Budget $2,410 p/p

Excluded: Air tickets, visas, items of personal nature; alcoholic drinks, tips and curio shopping.

Note: remember to come with waterproof/rain gear wear.
Terms and Conditions
RESERVATIONS
we require a 30% deposit of the total tour cost upon confirmation of the safari in low season period and to secure gorilla permits.
In peak seasons from July to September, we require a deposit of 50% of the total tour cost for the clients to safeguard the reservations and gorilla permits.
The balance 2 weeks prior to the arrival.
For bookings coming one month before departure, we shall require the full payment of the tour costs.
The payment is made by international money transfer to the company bank account in Uganda.
Please note that Gorilla Permits in Uganda are not refundable when already booked, as this is the policy of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
– Tour tariffs are based on all known costs and rates of exchange at the time of the transfer, any significant changes beyond ours will be immediately communicated to our clients.
– We also retain the right to alter any arrangements due to local conditions. We also retain the right to refuse any person from participating or continuing any tour if that person causes or is deemed to cause hazard or inconvenience to other clients and to our environment and ecosystems.
– Please note that in Uganda US dollar banknotes series before year 2006 are not accepted, therefore clients are advised to travel to Uganda with more recent banknotes.

7Days Albertine Rift valley savanna and lowland forest exploration safari (overland)
The Albertine Rift valley is a place with many endemic wildlife species and is home Uganda’s most national parks.
Day 1
Arrival and transfer to Uganda wildlife education centre for briefing and overnight.
Day 2
Transfer to Murchison falls national park through Masindi, lunch at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary after tracking the rhinos. Overnight at Kabalega wilderness lodge
Day3
Early morning birding plus ,game drive, we will see lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, warthogs, giraffes, buffalo, and antelopes. Short lunch break and go on a launch / boat cruise to the base of the falls see Crocodiles, hippos and a lot water birds.
Day 4
Early morning drive to Kibale National Park, fort portal, at the base of the mountains of the moon, home to the highest concentration of primates species in Africa i.e Kibale, birds and a spectacular collection of crater lakes. lunch @ royal cottages, overnight @ Kitojo tourist home

Day 5
Early morning chimp /primate tracking, Plus birding, then in the afternoon go for bird watching.
Day 6
Early morning drive to semuliki National Park at the base of the Rwenzori mountain, lunch @ Tooro gardens, then relocate to Queen Elizabeth national Park in the late afternoon. Late evening game drive, overnight- Kyambura Game lodge
Day7
Early morning drive to see what the park with the highest concentration of wildlife species per square kilometre in East Africa offers; you can’t miss the tree climbing lions, and a memorable volume of bird life and antelopes-greater and lesser flamingo African black duck short tailed snake eagle, chestnut flanked goshawk, long tailed hawk, Cassin’s eagle hawk, handsome francolin, black winged pranticole, white fronted plover, and many more.
Costing
4people:$2,370p/p

Includes, chimpanzee tracking, low land forest exploration, community and scenery exploration bird watching. Professional English speaking tourist guide /driver, 4×4 all terrain safari customized vehicle.

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BSAUS/0013/GT 3 DAYS BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK.
Brief introduction:
Located amidst magnificent volcanic highlands in the extreme Southwest tip of Uganda bordering Rwanda and DR Congo,in the virungas, that are home to 800+ mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden Monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, forest elephants and buffalo.
This forested park is believed to have survived the ice age and is home to more than half the world’s mountain gorillas(480+). It is set in the midst of the Albertine rift valley.
It harbours very rare vegetation, 346 bird species, with several Albertine rift endemics.
This forest and its habitats are under a lot of human population pressure, therefore, a lot of conservation measures are done to preserve and protect, this pristine ecology.
Gorilla Tracking is the highlight activity not only in this park, but also in Uganda. Uganda has several tracking trail heads in Buhoma, 3 habituated groups, Ruhija also 3 habituated groups, Rushaga with 5 habituated groups and Nkuringo. Each group is tracked by 8 tourist per day.
This national park was home to hominids, the forest pygmies,known as the Batwa, who entirely depended on this park for their livelihood, as hunters and gatherers. when the park was gazetted these people were evicted and put in communities, which resemble internally displaced camps, from where the government looks after them, and partially allows them to access the forest in a controlled way. The later migrants in this region, bakiga and banyarwanda, cultivators live all around the park.
This region is the most densely populated areas not only in the Albertine rift valley but in East Africa, save for urban and semi urban centers. They practice subsistence agriculture, clearing forested land so intensely to plant food crops, this has led to the rise in wildlife human conflicts as is the case in most, tropical rain forests elsewhere in the world and other protected areas. Where wildlife resorts to crop raiding, while the populace spend valuable time guarding shambas and fighting off wildlife. This has drastic social implications and problems one can come face to face when you engage in community exploration.
The sad story is that mountain gorillas can not survive anywhere outside this environment, which is unfortunately facing a lot of human degradation, due to population pressure.
Uganda wildlife Authority(UWA) has been mandated for the protection and conservation of the mountain gorillas and their habitat, work with several conservation partners to mitigate, the mountain gorilla and its habitat from extinction.
The biggest source is the tourist income, and donations from several development and conservation agencies.
Apart from gorilla tracking, there are other several activities a tourist can do in Bwindi and the adjacent areas, bird watching(this area is a haven of so many albertine endemics), relaxing forest walks, with immense sights and views, community and cultural explorations.

Evening performances by local communities around Buhoma is worthwhile activity, to see, or cultural village walks to meet and interact with the local communities are optional activities to be done. Or you can opt to just relax at your wild lodge amidst African jungle, enriching your bird list.
There is a wide range of accommodation clients can choose to stay: Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Resort, volcanoes gorilla lodge , Buhoma Homestead, Ruhija gorilla lodge, Mahogany springs, Mantana tented camp, and Clouds mountain lodge in Nkuringo(high end luxury lodges). Lake Kitandara Tented Nkuringo gorilla camp, Chameleon hill, Rushaga gorilla camp, Bwindi view, Buhoma community camp ( budget accommodation). There are several basic camps around bwindi that offer basic accommodation to all clientele. Most of these are comfortable African style accommodation customized to meet required tourist standards. So booking a safari to go and track the gentle mountain gorillas(which are the largest primates/apes in the world), is not only a worthwhile activity, but is also a life changing satisfying one you should not miss. If the cost of buying the gorilla permit is way too much contact us for other alternative activities, that can help in conserving the mountain gorillas.
Below is a 3 day itinerary to the land of the gentle giants in the mist.
Note: you can fly to this park or enjoy a road trip and enjoy more of our nation.
Day One
The road safari begins in Kampala or Entebbe, Our guide/driver picks you at 8:00 am from your hotel or residence. Drive to Mbarara via Masaka (283 km from Kampala). Make a first stop over at Equator crossing for snacks and photography.
Lunch will be in Mbarara at Igongo cultural center. After lunch, drive to Bwindi. This is a long drive though very scenic, weather conditions,your accommodation choice and family group to track, determine where you will pass. Dinner and overnight will be,in Bwindi.
Day Two:
Begin the day with breakfast ready for tracking, which begins at 8:00 a.m with a briefing from the UWA staff. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, Packed lunch, good hiking shoes, most of all your camera with its flash not functional.
Tracking the rare Mountain Gorilla, is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort. Dinner and overnight will be at your previous night’s stay, unless you opt for extra activities that may require you to change accommodation.
Day three:
Return to Kampala, and Entebbe, with lunch enroute and stop over at Equator Uganda before your evening departures home.
“We highly recommend clients to participate in our 3 day gorilla express active safari; as the money you pay is used for conserving the endangered primates and to support the local communities surrounding the park”.
The safari package to include:
Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
Full board accommodation
One Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for well in advance
Park fees
English speaking professional Driver/guide.
Enroute lunches
Airport transfers.
The package excludes expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco.
Costings ,4people
Mid Range ‘$1,500p/p
BSAUS/0014/VT 3 days lake victoria fresh water Love of Wilderness
Ssese Islands are an archipelago of 84 islands in the Lake Victoria in the Ugandan side. Some of them are very large in side, like Bugala and Bukasa. Others are little and without human population. Especially the Bay of Lutoboka in Bugala Island is becoming an attracting site for visitors and tourists, in search for a very quite and relaxing place to enjoy sunbath and swimming in the uncontaminated water. The islands are also well known for their untouched tropical rain forests and birds. It is a very nice opportunity to practice sport fishing, to hire a boat and move around or to hire a bicycle to explore the interior of Bugala.
Day 1
Leave Kampala for Entebbe Pier at Nakiwogo. The ferryboat leaves at 2pm on Lake Victoria and reach Lutoboka bay in Bugala Island after three hours. Enjoy the navigation in a very comfortable atmosphere. Dinner and overnight will be at the several beach resorts
Day 2
Relax on the white sand beaches, where you can have cold drinks and nice traditional food, while swimming in the beautiful water and taking sunbath. Other activities can be arranged, like bicycle rides to explore the forest and the sites in the biggest amongst the Ssese Islands; walks to enjoy bird watching in open and forested areas, go for lunch relax and later enjoy a late afternoon water bird watching and sunset cruize. go back to resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 3
Leave at 8am by ferryboat. You reach Entebbe Pier after three hours and you will be transferred back to Kampala.
Costings.
4people each paying $750.
Includes :Ngamba Island visit birding on lake Victoria 2 nights in Kalangala Islands. Full board trip.
Extension days can be arranged.
ENQUIRE ON THE TARIFFS
The tour package includes:
Full board accommodation
Transportation from Kampala/ Entebbe and ferry boat
English Speaking Driver Guide

BSAUS/0012/ST 3 DAYS MURCHISON FALLS CONSERVATION AREA
Brief introduction:
This is the largest parks in Uganda split into two parts by the famous Biblical River Nile- the longest river on earth.
This park was named after the most captivating waterfalls you have ever seen, Which got it’s name from once the president of the Royal Geographical society, that sponsored sir Samuel Baker a 19th century British explorer.
As earlier stated it’s divided by the longest river on earth. From the southern bank to the margins of Budongo forest( largest mahogany forest) to the shores of Lake Albert, were royal hunting grounds of Bunyoro- a kingdom that was so influential in the shaping of present day Uganda. From lush Mosaic woodland both in the Albertine rift valley and;on the Bunyoro escapement to the top of Murchison falls where water cascades through a narrow 7 meter gorge, falling 45M down the escapement creating energy beyond explanation to form the devil’s caldron. The only place where it “rains from down”, where rainbows are a standard mark throughout the day.
The Northern part of the park comprises of open savannah and dotted with borassus palm, and whistling thorn acacia, with wide stretching aquatic vegetation on the Victoria Nile Delta area. All this harbor variety of animals and bird life. This is an area for game viewing and photography.

Game drives are fruitful, but then a three hour launch cruise from Paraa the bottom of the falls, is ecstasy and enjoyable, where you will see hippos, crocodiles, elephant waterbucks and many water birds.
Bird watchers who love to hear and see different birds singing, swimming, eating, playing, nesting and relaxing have to take a special boat towards the associated swamps along the Albert delta and to Pakwach Bridge following the Nile.
Paraa safari lodge, Kabalega wilderness lodge, Baker’s lodge, Pakuba lodge, Nile Safari lodge and Sambiya River lodge offer descent, classic accommodation. Budget travelers are accommodated at Red Chilli Hideaway.
This park can be accessed by air, and road,
DAY ONE:
The road Safari begins from Kampala/Entebbe. Our driver/guide picks you at 8:00am from your Hotel of Residence, Drives you across several districts. In Nakasongola, there’s a Rhino (the rhinos in Uganda where poached to extinction)so this is a sanctuary is breeding them for reintroduction in Uganda, so we will track them, so that we we boast their work, before carrying on to Masindi for lunch. Your trip continues to Paraa through the grand royal drive of Budongo forest Kaniyo pabidi sector, before you pop out to the, vast Albertine rift valley viewpoint.
See, feel and photograph the beauty of the spot as you relax around, before you continue to Sambiya, Paraa, Mubako or Pakwach for dinner and overnight. A taste of evening game drive for at least one hour is a lifetime experience as you may encounter animals taking cover to avoid spots where lions are common. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY TWO:
Begin your day with a cup of African coffee ready for a game drive, bird watching and sightseeing across the open savannah dotted woodland, borassus palm, acacia and riverine vegetation along the Nile and Albert delta. Here expect to meet elephants, giraffes, buffalos, lions, leopards, waterbuck and a countless population birds, return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, a three hour boat trip along the Nile gives you assured chance to see the falls from the bottom just close to the devil’s cauldron. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the River. Then enjoy a breathtaking hike to the top of the falls, where you will be picked and taken back to the lodge
DAY THREE:
Wake up at 6:00am prepared to take a photograph of the African rising sun in the morning and enjoy African breakfast. Visitors booked for Paraa have to cross with the ferry back to Masindi using the same route for lunch. Return to Kampala at leisure where you are dropped to a place of your choice.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING YOUR STAY IN MURCHISON
ACTIVITY PURPOSE
Bird watching and sightseeing along Albert Delta & Nile to look for rare shoebill, African fish eagle, Egyptian goose, Hammack, crested crane, Pelicans, Ibis etc.

Sport fishing to catch the biggest Nile perch and other fish species along the Nile river.
Forest walk to see the chimps and other primates.
Relaxing from Hotel.
NOTE: It’s advisable to spend extra day(s) if need arises to enable you accomplish the above optional activities.
Costings :$700p/p(4people).

The safari package to include:
• Transportation by a 4×4 station wagon.
• Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
• Three-hour boat trip along River Nile.
• Park fees
• Ferry crossing
• Professional Driver/guide
• Enroute lunches
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, telephone, cigars, etc.

BSAUS/0011/ST THREE-Days QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.
INTRODUCTION:
Situated on floor of Albertine Rift valley, which is the western part of the Great East African Rift valley, the park extends its horizons to the foothills of magnificent scenery of Mt Rwenzori in the North, to Ishasha sector southwards famous for rare tree climbing lions.
It’s biome is remarkable , the park is a treasure, a rich habitat of savanna, equatorial rainforests, papyrus swamps, craters, baboons cliff, kyambura gorge Kazinga channel, Lake Edward and Lake George, teeming with animals and birds.
A Launch cruise, morning and late evening game drives provides visitors easy game viewing with Buffalo, Elephant, waterbucks, mongoose, warthogs, lions and several species of birds. Kyambura gorge offers lifetime experience to track chimps and other primates while the katwe explosion crater area and baboon cliff make visitors see the real taste of wonders of nature. Varied accommodation on Mweya peninsula, Bunyaruguru/ kichwamba escape, Kazinga channel safari lodge adjacent to Kazinga channel and Kasenyi planes make this park with the highest ecological concentration per square meter a must visit destination, not only in Uganda but Africa.
It can be accessed by both air and road.
DAY ONE:
The road Safari with us begins from Kampala/ Entebbe. Our guide picks you at 7:30 am from your hotel or residence, drives to Mbarara (283 Km from Kampala) westwards via Masaka. Make the first stop over at Equator crossing for snacks and photography. Lunch is 9 kilometers before Mbarara, at Igongo cultural centre. After lunch, a drive to Queen enables visitors to enjoy beautiful scenery, herds of long horned Ankole cattle, and tea plantations before Kalinzu forest reserve, before you bust onto the kichwamba Rift valley escarpment, open grassland and woodland savanna. Evening game drive for sight seeing is much more rewarding.
DAY TWO:
Begin your day with a cup of coffee. Early morning game drive to Kasenyi planes through the Queens Mile, or channel tracks gives a chance to encounter elephants, buffalo, waterbucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs lakes and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, a two hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel is worthwhile an opportunity to see Hippo, Buffalo, Kobs, Elephants, warthogs etc. This trip also enables visitor chance to see spectacular birds. before Dinner and overnight at lodge of your choice.
DAY THREE:
With the previous day’s memories, enjoy your breakfast ready for guided primate walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for habituated chimps through the gorge. After primate walk, drive to Mbarara for lunch. Return to Kampala at your own convenience where you will be dropped to your either hotel/residence or airport.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING YOUR STAY IN QUEEN
Drive to Lake Katwe: Interacting with the local people, see local methods of salt mining and Sightseeing.
Guided nature walk to the bird hide out: Birding, game viewing and photography.
Drive to Ishasha sector: See woodland open savannah, Look for rare tree climbing lions and game viewing.
NOTE:
It’s advisable to spend extra day to accomplish the above optional activities. Extension of your itinerary to Kibale, Bwindi, Lake Bunyonyi, Semliki wild reserve, Mburo or Murchison is possible depending on available time frame and budget.
The safari package to include:
• Transportation by a 4×4 station wagon.
• Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
• Two-hour boat trip along Kazinga channel.
• Guided primate walk along kyambura gorge
• Park fees
• Professional Driver/guide
• Enroute lunches
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, telephone, cigars, etc.

Costing:$1,200p/p 4people.mid range trips.

BSAUS/001/FT 7 days primate safari
Where to go: this safari gives you the opportunity to visit the most important national parks in Uganda for primates viewing, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale National Parks.
What activities & attractions: During the safari expect to do the Gorilla tracking in Bwindi, and chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest. You will do a lot of birding and game drives in private vehicles in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, including the boat cruise along Kazinga Channel
Who can do it: anybody can join this tour itinerary, though the gorilla tracking can be generally the most demanding activity in terms of readiness to walk many hours in the rain tropical forest.
When to go: Generally, all year long one can do gorilla tracking and game drives in Uganda. The dry seasons are most likely to guarantee a better road conditions though you need to be dust accommodative. Apart from that Uganda is green all year round compared to other countries in the region.
Day 1
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, we shall welcome you and take you to your place of accommodation, be briefed and start your adventure in Entebbe Wildlife education center, before sunset and dinner/overnight.(depending on your arrival time)
Day 2 – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After breakfast drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park, a forest in the virungas that is believed to have survived the ice age, via Mbarara, where you will have lunch at Igongo cultural centre. There is much to see as you will be transiting through different vegetation, climatic and attitudes. You reach Bwindi in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – The encounter with mountains gorillas
After breakfast drive to the site for briefing before the start of the tracking at 8am. The dense forest is spectacular with a variety of albertine endemic bird species and monkeys, heavily steep landscape is challenging, to trackers. This park is best known for the fascinating mountains gorillas. The time taken to reach them and the terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the endangered Mountain gorillas, is moving, awesome and an exciting adventure. The gorillas are gentle and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other,once in awhile with you.
Day 4 – Tree climbing lions of Ishasha
After breakfast you drive to the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Go for the game drive in the open savannah dotted by Albizia, acacia and ficus trees in the Albertine Rift Valley, that are occasionally climbed by lions. You will search for the typical tree-climbing lions, a population which is only found in this part of the country. It is impressive to see these cats lounging the shady fig tree branches. Later have lunch and in the afternoon proceed to the Northern sector through the 90km Albertine swath for dinner and overnight. FB

Day 5 – Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward
After a cup of coffee, go on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens mile tracks in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, cape buffalo, warthogs, leopard, spotted hyena, mongoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topi and a lot of small animals and birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax on the swimming pool. After lunch go for the boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a good experience for aquatic bird lovers , as you will see many water birds, cormorants, pelicans, eagles, as well as crocodiles, hippos, elephants. In the evening you proceed to Fort Portal for dinner and overnight. FB
Day 6 – Chimpanzees tracking in Kibale National Park
After Breakfast, you drive to Kibale National Park for the chimpanzee and other primate tracking in the forest. This is nicknamed the primate capital of Africa, you will track one of the largest populations of chimpanzees in Uganda and East. After lunch you will do a swamp walk, to fatten your primate and bird checklist later on drive to Fort Portal and return to Kampala for dinner and overnight. FB
Day 7
Reserved for departure. Not before exploring Kampala, the capital of Uganda, named after the famous impala antelopes, or Entebbe loosely translated as chairs, make sure you find out why.
Costing :$3,500p/p

The tariff includes:
– Full board accommodation included one soft drink for the meals
– Ground transportation by 4×4 Land Cruiser
-English speaking Driver/Guide
– Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
– Entrance fees, taxes
costings
The tariff does not include:
– Air ticket.
– Travel insurance
– Visas
– Extra drinks and tips.
Where to go: this safari takes you all around Uganda to visit Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo National Parks. Furthermore you can see the Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls, Sipi Falls, Kasenda Crater Lakes and enjoy the scenery of Lake Bunyonyi (one of the high altitude lakes in the region, the deepest too) in Kabale. The tour will end at the Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria (Bugala and Bukasa), where you can relax in the uncontaminated beaches.

What activities & attractions: during the safari expect to take the Gorilla tracking walk, the chimpanzee trekking, the nature walk to Sipi Falls. At the Source of the Nile you can try out the white water rafting. You will do a lot of birding and game drives in private vehicles along the park’s trails. The boat cruise is organized in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo. Enjoy the navigation on Lake Victoria to Ssese Islands.

Who can do it: anybody can join this tour itinerary, though the gorilla tracking can be generally the most demanding activity in terms of readiness to walk many hours in the rain tropical forest. You are expected to enjoy nature walk in natural forests and trials. If you are an adventurer and sport person, you can enjoy the rafting on the Nile or sport fishing in the Ssese Islands.

When to go: generally all the yearlong one can do gorilla tracking and game drives in Uganda. The dry seasons are most likely to guarantee a better road conditions in the parks.

BSAUS/001/TT 18 days Best of Uganda Tour

Day 1
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to UWEC . BB
Day 2 – The Source of the river Nile
After breakfast drive to Jinja, which is the second largest town in Uganda, and home to the source of the world’s longest river. we will do birding on the Nile, then visit Mahatma Gandhi’s statue,his incremented ash was splashed at this point. Optional: try the unforgettable experience of the white water rafting, which is one of the main attractions in Jinja. Lunch at Bujagali, where fresh fish and local food is served. Afternoon drive to Mbale for dinner and overnight. FB
Day 3 – The Sipi Falls
After early breakfast go for nature walk to the Sipi Falls, four spectacular waterfalls on the river Sipi, which originates from Mount Elgon. The starting point is from Crow’s Nest, a camping and lodging site which organizes community projects and training of local guides. You will see the caves and the plantations of coffee, matooke and sugar cane. We ensure that you have packed lunch for the day. In the evening return to Mbale, for dinner and overnight
Day 4 – Lake Bisina/ opeta
After breakfast, leave Sipi for Lira through Soroti, before then you will bird on lake Bisina- around this area we will look for Uganda’s endemic bird, fox’s weaver. Before we continue to Lira for Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – The Murchison Falls
After breakfast proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, the largest protected area in Uganda, with 3,840 Kms, which is named after the falls on the Victoria Nile, through Wankwa gate.
Day 6 – The boat cruise on the river Nile
After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning game drive/ bird watching, in the park. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax at the poolside. After lunch, you will enjoy a launch to the bottom of the falls, some meters before the “Devil’s Cauldron.” then take a hike to the top of the falls where you’ll be picked. The birdlife, hippos, crocodiles and other wildlife make this trip awesome. You likely to see among others, goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelican bee-eaters, kingfishers, Hornbills, cormorants and the rare shoebill stork.
Day 7 – Transfer to Hoima
After breakfast drive to Hoima through Bugungu wildlife reserve in the Albertine or Western Rift Valley to Busingiro and the Royal mile in Sonso, Budongo forest, before driving through, the sugar estates to Hoima for dinner overnight.FB
Day 8 – Fort Portal/ Kibale NP
After early breakfast, and brief birding in Hoima we drive from Hoima to Fort Portal. A town nestled in the base of Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Overnight will be in the Kasenda/ Rutete crater region

Day 9 – Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park.
After a cup of coffee, we drive to Rwehamba swamp to look for the papyrus Gonolek, then go to Bigodi swamp. After lunch we go for chimpanzee tracking before dinner and overnight back to the craters.FB

Day 10 –Queen Elizabeth national park
After breakfast transfer to have a game drive on a search for the rare tree climbing lions which you can see only in this area of Uganda. Here lives a population of lions who enjoy resting on the fig trees when the day is warm. The landscape is open savannah with a variety of acacia trees. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for dinner and overnight FB

Day 11 -The encounter with mountains gorillas
After breakfast, you will go for an early morning briefing before gorilla and tracking. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and densely endored with wild life plus a hike challenging landscape which tourists. This park is best known for the fascinating mountain gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi
Day 12
After breakfast drive to Kabale through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. An area referred as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Stopover at the Bakiga Museum in Kabale to discover the culture of the people living in the area. Lunch at Arcadia Cottages, with unique and amazing panoramic view of the Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest in Uganda. Afternoon boat ride inside the lake to various islands for bird viewing and sightseeing.
Day 13 – Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest in Uganda in size. Lunch in Mbarara at Lake View Regency Hotel. Afternoon game drive in search of the beautiful impalas, zebras, cape buffalos, elands, oribi and topi. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo. The park is a very good opportunity for bird watchers, who will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found here, including Papyrus gonolek, Brown-faced lapwings, Carruther’s cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-faced Go-away bird. Dinner and overnight in Masaka. FB

Day 14 – The Ssese Islands of Lake Victoria
After breakfast, drive to Entebbe to board the ferry boat which will take you to Ssese Islands, an archipelago of 84 islands on Lake Victoria. Meantime you can visit the wonders of the botanical garden in Entebbe. After lunch enjoy the navigation on the lake, which looks like an immense and peaceful sea. You reach the beautiful bay of Lutoboka, in Bugala Island, for dinner and overnight in Kalangala FB
Day 15 – The wild Bukasa Island
Early morning take a boat to Bukasa Island, the second largest of the archaeological islands, You will explore the Ssese Islands and enjoy the beauty of the lake and forested islands. Explore Bukasa Island and have lunch and Return to Bugala by evening for Dinner overnight..
Day 16 – On the beach at Bugala Island
Spend the day relaxing in the uncontaminated and transparent water. You will be surprised by such pleasant atmosphere. Optional activities: sport fishing, hire a bicycle to explore the island and the forest.
Day 17 – Kampala City Tour
After breakfast board the ferryboat to return to Entebbe. Spend the day at leisure and for your own shopping in Kampala. The city tour of the capital town can be arranged, to see the most relevant cultural and traditional sites of Buganda. Dinner and overnight anywhere in town,

Day 18
Reserved for the transfer to Entebbe International Airport. BB
Costing:’$6,530p/p 4people mid range trip.

The tariff includes:
-Airport transfers
– Full board accommodation
– Ground transportation by 4×4 Land Cruiser or minibus
-English speaking Driver/Guide
– Entrance fees, taxes
– “gorilla permit” and chimpanzee permit
– Transportation to Ssese Islands with ferry boat
The tariff does not include:
– Air ticket.
– Tourist insurance
– Entrance visas: 30 USD directly from Entebbe Int. Airport.
– Rafting
– Extra drinks and tips.
– Everything not directly mentioned in the programme itinerary.

BSAUS/003/BT 20 days natural tour
(Birds, Primates, Scenery and culture).
Day One: Arrival – Kampala.
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, your guide from Black Star Africa safaris will warmly welcome you and later transfer you to the Hotel B/B.
Day Two: Kampala – Jinja – Kampala
After breakfast and a briefing, you will transfer to Mabira Forest. This is the nearest site for the Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike, Nahan’s Francolin, Forest Wood Hoopoe, Green tailed Bristlebill, Joyful Greenbul, Tit Hylia, Grey Longbill and the Sooty Boubou.
Spend the whole morning birding in this forest and the surrounding areas and later transfer to the source of the Nile in the afternoon. Have a picnic lunch there and later visit the spectacular Bujagali Falls returning to Kampala in the evening for the overnight.
Day Three: Kampala – Budongo.
This morning you will depart Kampala for Budongo Forest Reserve which lies at the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south of Murchison Falls National Park and protects the largest natural Mahogany forest in East Africa. It boasts an impressive bird list of over 350 species and is the best site in Uganda for a number of sought-after birds such as Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spinetail, Ituri Batis and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. This birding hotspot is also home to Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees. An excellent network of trails and a wide track known as “The Royal Mile” provides access to the forest.
The Royal Mile is considered by some to be the country’s premier forest birding locality. Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted and African Dwarf Kingfishers are remarkably common and this is definitely the best place in Uganda to see these three species. Birding in the afternoon and overnight in Masindi
Day Four: Royal Mile – Murchison Falls.
After an early morning breakfast, drive to the Royal Mile and spend the whole day birding here. In the evening, transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via The Bungungu wildlife reserve, enjoying the varied sights and scenery, overnight , along the Nile
Murchison Falls has a variety of unique habitats and lots of superb birds, which make a visit to this park a must for every birder.
Habitat: Dense woodland and open grassland Savannah, Papyrus swamps, moist woodland and grassy understory, Borassus Palm Forest, lakeshores and riverbanks.
Key species: Egyptian Plover, Secretary Bird, Silver Bird, Denham’s Bustard, Rock Pratincoles, Wire-tailed Swallow, Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater, and many more. F/B.
Day Five: Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-metre gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river, -later return to the Lodge for lunch.
Then off for an early evening drive onto the rolling plains where you can view Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the bird watchers, these areas
support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Martial Eagles Carmine and Swallow tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Overnight at Paraa/ mubako
Day Six: Murchison Falls – Kibale.
drive to the top of Murchison Falls where the Nile squeezes into a 7-metre gorge dropping 40 metres. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a
beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. In the afternoon, drive to Kibale National Park bird watching enroute arriving in the evening and overnight at either Ndali lodge, Mantana, Rwenzori Guest House, Ataco or Primate lodge Kibale in the evening.
Kibale Forest has a total of 335 bird species and it’s a tall evergreen forest with grassland, swamps and exotic conifers.
The main key species here are; White Collar Olive back, Leaf love, African Broadbill, Willcock’s Honey guide, Green Breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Grey Winged Robin, Red Winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, White Bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red Chested Flufftail, Grey Winged Robin, White Napped pigeon, Chestnut Winged Starling etc. F/B.
Day Seven: Kibale
Early morning wake up and get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis’, Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds and a good infrastructure & a variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination. There is a network of forest trails that radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road. Birding in the forest interior can be frustrating, however, as many species are very shy and difficult to see in the undergrowth. You will visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development fringing the park. We will be able to see the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets then return to lodge Kibale in the evening. Full Board. F/B.

Day Eight: Kibale – Semliki Valley Reserve.
Leave the hotel early heading North to Semliki Valley, Over 350 species have been recorded at Semliki and this is also a good area to see the extraordinary Shoebill and other wetland varieties. The key species here include the African Pygmy Goose, Red-necked Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-breasted Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Piapiac, Leaf love and Black-chinned Quail-Finch. Take tea by the pool and watch as the Hamerkop dips into the water and the Weaver Birds flock nearby. The most exciting aspect is that new species are still being discovered in the reserve. You might be lucky enough to discover one. Have an afternoon boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill and overnight Fort Portal
Day Nine: Semliki Valley Reserve.
Early morning return to semulik, in the gallery forest of the Mugiri River. Leaf love are in proliferation here, despite being scarce in the rest of Uganda. In the Forest you may see: White-spotted Flufftail, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush and Blue-breasted Kingfisher.
In the late afternoon, a game drive will reveal herds of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities: White-crested Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Mouse birds, Kingfishers and Bee-Eaters, to name a few. Or take a night drive if possible to see Pennant and Standard Winged Nightjars within 2 metres. Overnight Fort Portal . F/B.
Day Ten: Semliki Valley Reserve.
Spend the whole day birding in Semliki Valley over night Fort Portal F/B.
Day Eleven: Semliki – Queen Elizabeth.
Early morning game drive & if desired your coffee would be brought to your tent then leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park home of a total of 604 different bird species. There are also good chances of seeing Elephants and Hippos here.
Habitat: Lowland forest, moist thickets open woodland and grassland Savannah, permanent and seasonal swamps, lakes and rivers.
Key species: African Skimmer, Black Rumped Buttonquail, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingoes, Grey Capped Warbler, White’s and Abdim’s Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Wooly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, and numerous classes of Raptors, Vultures and Plovers etc. Birding in the evening and overnight in QENP Full Board.
Day Twelve: Queen Elizabeth.
Whole day in Queen Elizabeth National Park bird watching while on a game drive both in the morning and in the afternoon returning to the lodge for lunch and overnight at QENP
It’s little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rainforest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
There are almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog in this park.
The primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles are the amazing huge rock-Python, Puff Adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory. Dinner and overnight QENP. Full Board.
Day Thirteen: Queen Elizabeth.
A boat trip along the channel on this day will give you wildlife up close: Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the channel’s edge. These may include the Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers. There is also a Bird Observatory here, which was set up with the aim of studying both migratory and resident birds. Since its inception in 1997 more new species have been identified, including Uganda’s first record of the Bar-tailed Godwit. Have a game drive and overnight at Mweya peninsular for.
Day Fourteen: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi.
After breakfast, have a game drive while leaving the park and continue through the lush hills birding enroute to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park best known for Gorillas, arriving in the evening.
This is a Montane Forest with patches of bamboo, Montane marshes and medium altitude forests. There are about 23 Albertine Rift Endemics that can be seen here with the most exciting being the African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Short Tailed Warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Kivu Ground Thrush, Montane Masked Apalis, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Green Camaroptera, Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Waller’s Starling, Oriole Finch, Streaky Seed Eater, Chubb’s Cisticola, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo and the Brown Capped Weaver. Overnight in Bwindi
Day Fifteen:
Mix your love of birds with gorilla tracking on this day! This morning you will report at the park office at 7:30 am to get ready for the Gorilla tracking. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours with a Park Guide interpreting the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the Camp or take a forest nature walk that will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and others species. Overnight Bwindi
Full Board.
Day Sixteen: Bwindi – Ruhija.
Spend the morning bird watching and later transfer to Ruhija Sector birding enroute, go to Bwindi Swamp and overnight F/B.
Day Seventeen:Bwindi – Mburo.
After breakfast, depart Bwindi for Lake Mburo National Park having a game drive while entering the Park.
Lake Mburo National Park has markedly different fauna to other Parks and Reserves, and its the best place in the country to see the gigantic Eland Antelope, as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and several Acacia –associated birds. The five lakes within the Park attract Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga Antelope and Red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonolek.
Have an evening game drive and overnight in outside the park.
Day Eighteen: Mburo
Early morning wake up for bird watching while on a game drive & get a chance to see species like the Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Finfoot, Black Collared Barbet etc.
Have an afternoon boat trip and later an early evening game drives and back to lodge for dinner and overnight F/B..
Day Nineteen: Mburo – Kampala
After breakfast have a game drive while leaving the Park, have a stop to look at the roadside Drum makers, stop at the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once arriving in Kampala in the evening for dinner and overnight
Day Twenty: Kampala- Mabamba
After breakfast you will set off again on the southbound road to Mabamba Wetland. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill Stork, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek and the White Winged Warbler. Spend the whole day birding in this wetland and the surrounding areas, have a picnic lunch there returning to Entebbe in the evening to later catch your flight home depending on departure times. H/B.
Note:
Key species and sites: Elephant, Hippo, Gorilla, Chimps, Primates Monkeys (Red tailed, Colobus, Blue, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys) Lion, Leopards, Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog, Warthog, Uganda Kob, Defassa Waterbuck. Reedbuck, Oribi, Topi, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Impala, Eland, Crocodiles, Python. We will see many other things including an astounding array of birds, an incredible diversity of flora, and scenery. Rwenzori Mountains, Western Rift Valley, Crater lakes, Rift Valley lakes, Waterfalls, short grass Savanna, high grass Savanna, Acacia Forests, Borassus Palm Forests, Papyrus Marshes, Lowland Rain Forest, woodland Savannah, Montane Rain Forest and Gallery Rainforest. Needless to say there are always many surprises on route.
Transportation:
You will be travelling in 4-wheel drive vehicles in good condition with excellent driver guides who are able to handle all the requirements for the discerning traveller.
1.1 Gorilla Permit per person.
2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
4. Park entrance fees.
5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
7. All boat trips.
8. All game drives.
9. All airport pick-ups and drops.
10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
11. And all government taxes/levies.
Excluded Are:
1. Bar Bills
2. Phone calls
3. Personal insurance
4. Laundry
5. Airfare
6. All other Services of a personal nature.
7. Driver guide’s gratuity.
Important:
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking.
Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all park are in a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.
Transportation:
Please note that clients will be travelling in 4 wheel drive vehicles, with enough legroom, with well-experienced guides who can handle all the requirements of the discerning traveller.
$8,750p/p high end
$6,620p/p mid range
$4,500p/p budget
Note: our costings are based on 4 people.
BSAUS/004/MT 15 days – A Mountaineering and wildlife safari
Trip Highlights:
covering Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Park.
Day One:
Arrive at Entebbe Airport where our guide will pick you and transfer you to either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana (Medium class accommodation) Namirembe Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Day Two:
After breakfast and briefing, with our guide you will set off for Kasese arriving at Margherita Hotel in the afternoon. Your guide will go to the park offices in the evening to finalise your following mountaineering logistics returning in the evening. Dinner and overnight at either Margherita Hotel (Medium class accommodation) or Rwenzori International Hotel (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full board.
Day Three:
This morning, you will begin your hike by leaving the park headquarters (5400 ft 1,646 m), walking past typical “ wattle and mud” Buhonjo homes and gradually moving upward through elephant grass and garden plots. It takes approximately forty minutes to reach the National Park boundary (which can be a pleasant half or one day trip for someone not going further). The trail then follows the Mahoma River after about two and a half hours. After crossing the River, you will have a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut (8,700 ft/ 2,652) reached about an hour and a half past the Mahoma River crossing. During this part of the trip, you may be able to see Chimps and sometimes behind the Hut you can see Black and White Colobus and Blue monkeys and catch glimpses of the brilliantly –colored Rwenzori Touraco (a bird of the tree tops). Overnight at Nyabitaba hut.
Day Four:
From Nyabitaba Hut that trail leads westward for a half km then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge, crossing below the confluence of Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. By turning down the bridge you begin the circuit counter clockwise.
After crossing the Shafer Bridge, the muddy slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After one and a half hours you encounter an area of slippery boulder hopping which many hikers consider the most difficult and dangerous footing on the circuit. Overnight at Nyamileju Hut. Nyamileju means “a place of beards” referring to the lichen and Spanish moss draping trees near by. On a rare day, Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the top of the rock near the Hut.
Day Five:
After breakfast, you will continue to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft3,414 m) which is through a tiring bog full of these extraordinary plants and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment. Well situated, John Matte is newly constructed, large and comfortable though muddy around the site. Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can just enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great views and the following day begin you return to Nyabitaba.
Day Six:
You leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower of the two Bigo Bogs, where your first real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is very muddy and follows the left (southern) edge of Lower Bigo Bog until eventually it reaches the round metal “uniport” of Bigo Hut and its rock shelter.
A steep section past the hut leads to upper Bigo Bog. In the last half of this bog a boardwalk has been constructed. Though some may think it an ugly intrusion, it makes walking easier and keeps hikers from further damaging the bog. An hour and a half beyond the upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground and crisscrossing the River, you reach Bukulu Lake. The southern end of the lake is a majestic setting, with Mt. Baker To the south, and views west to Mt Stanley and north to Mt. Speke. Beyond the north end of the lake is a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and a short distance further is Bukulu Hut( 13,000ft/3,962m),favorably located for parties climbing Mt. Speke.
Day Seven:
To continue the circuit, you leave directly west from Bukulu hut on a newer trail, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss- draped Groundsel Gully towards (14,345ft/4,372m) Scott Elliot pass. At the head of the gully is a short, strong ladder at a particularly steep section, after which a right hand branch would lead to Elena Hut (14, 700 ft/4,430m). This is a steep, rocky trail which when wet or icy is treacherously slippery. Continuing straight, and a few steps below the pass there is a sheltered spot for a break, from here there is a second trail to the right to Elena is the Base Camp for climbing. Margherita peak in the Mt. Stanley complex, which would require an additional day or two and can only be attempted with ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with RMS guides. Overnight at Kitandara Lake Hut.
Day Eight:
Start hiking back to the park headquarters.
After breakfast, you will probably begin very early if you decided to make it all the way to the Park Headquarters and complete your trek (8 hours). The other alternative will be to spend a night at the Nyabitaba Hut.
Day Nine:
Start hiking back and complete your trek by the evening. On arrival at the Park Office, visit a simple restaurant developed by a local ladies group for a beer and a luxurious candlelit meal. Overnight at either Margherita Hotel (Medium class accommodation) or Rwenzori International Hotel (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full board.
Day Ten: Kasese – Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast you will head for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park.
In the evening, relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive.
It’s little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rainforest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few.
The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.
Birding is also wonderful. Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Flycatcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Overnight at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hilltop Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.

Day Eleven:
Early morning drive to the crater lakes where you may get a chance of seeing thousands of colorful Lesser Flamingos, as they feed in these soda lakes. Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hilltop Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Twelve: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi
This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area then head for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk ( at an extra cost of $20 P.P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Day Thirteen: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (There is an option of tracking in Rwanda, Mgahinga parks as well).
This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community returning to the Camp in the evening. Dinner and overnight at either Gorilla Forest Camp/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Fourteen: Bwindi – Kampala
After breakfast, you will proceed to Kampala passing through the Switzerland of Uganda (Kabale) with beautiful scenery and terraced farming arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana (Medium class accommodation) or Namirembe Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation). B/B.
Day Fifteen:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to later catch your flight back home depending on the International flight departure times.
1.1 Gorilla Permit per person and mountaineering fees.
2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
4. Park entrance fees.
5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
7. All boat trips.
8. All game drives.
9. All airport pick-ups and drops.
10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
11. And all government taxes/levies.
Excluded Are:
1. Bar Bills
2. Phone calls
3. Personal insurance
4. Laundry
5. Airfare
6. All other Services of a personal nature.
7. Driver guide’s gratuity.
Please note that the following is required for your mountain climbing. Let us know in advance if you will need to hire any of them here.
– Crampons
– Sleeping bags
– Sleeping mats
– Rops – Available at 5000/= for the whole trip
– Climbing boots
– Rubber boats
– Gaiter – Hired at 5000/=
– Hanex – available at 10,000/=
– Rain gear
– Snow glasses
– Gloves
Important:
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking.
Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all park are in a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.
$7,500p/p 4people

BSAUS/ 005/WT 8 days Sports Fishing Tour
An 8 day Sports fishing itinerary which will give you the best of both worlds: the thrill of fishing the powerful Perch in the dramatic setting of Murchison Falls National Park where the fish are famed for their intense fighting ability and Island of Lake Victoria.
Day one: Arrival- Kampala.
Arrive at the airport, our guide will pick you and transfer you to either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana (Medium class accommodation) or Namirembe Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation). B/B.
Day Two: Kampala – Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, you will drive from Kampala through Uganda’s rolling green hills to Murchison falls National Park. In the late afternoon we will descend to the base of Murchison falls themselves and fish the evening for three hours. A relative level of fitness will be required as the descent is relatively steep. In the dramatic pools below the legendary waterfall we will be targeting the large Nile Perch which can have been caught in these waters over 100 Kilos. We will then return and overnight Murchison falls national park F/B

Day Three: Murchison Falls.
This morning you will fish the river Nile by boat below the world renowned Murchison falls for the Nile perch and other species several of which can be taken on a fly including the Awaka a small tiger and the Ungara. You will spend the whole day fishing from the boat and the shore. The boat trip is also excellent for game viewing as you will be fishing in one of the best game areas on the Nile which can prove very exciting at times. Overnight Murchison falls. F/B

Day Four: Murchison Falls.
Today we will fish the big pools below the falls with lures, live bait and flies for the large perch. Again there are other species that can provide excellent sport. We will take a picnic and plenty of cold drinks and spend the day on these magnificent pools. Overnight Murchison falls national. F/B
Day Five: Murchison – Entebbe.
After breakfast, drive to the top of the falls and later proceed to Entebbe and overnight F/B.

Day Six: Lake Victoria.
After breakfast, you will take a boat and go for fishing on Lake Victoria and overnight at Ngamba Island. F/B.
Day Seven: Lake Victoria – Entebbe.
Spend the whole day Victoria on all the neighboring Island of Lake Victoria returning to Entebbe in the evening for overnight F/B.

Day Eight: Entebbe – Out.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home depending on international flight departure times to later catch your flight back home.
Excluded are; Alcohol, tips, air fare, any extras outside the outlined itinerary, personal insurance, personal services like laundry, phone calls etc.
Transportation:
Please note that clients will be travelling in 4 wheel drive vehicles, with enough legroom, with well-experienced fishing guides who can handle all the requirements of the discerning traveller.

$6,500p/p
BSAUS /006/TT 10 days The best of Uganda Safari-
Trip highlights: Lake Mburo, gorilla tracking in Bwindi, boat trips and game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, visiting the Batwa in Bwindi and Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest.
Day one: Arrival – Entebbe -Kampala – 42 km.
On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly picked by our guide who will transfer you to Kampala for the over night at either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana (Medium class accommodation) or Namirembe Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation). B/B.

Day Two: Kampala – Lake Mburo – 230 km.
After breakfast, depart Kampala for Lake Mburo National Park having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator – where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once, having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the evening. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Finfoot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and overnight at either Mantana Tented Camp/Mihingo Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), or UWA’s Tents. (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Three: Mburo – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Approx. 6.5 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will have a game drive as you depart Mburo for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk (at an extra cost of $20 P.P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and get a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Day Four: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
(There is an option of tracking in Nkuringo the southern sector of Bwindi or Rwanda as well).

This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community returning to the Camp in the evening (at an extra cost of $15p.p). Dinner and overnight at either Gorilla Forest Camp Uganda safari lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Five: Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth National Park. . (Approx. 4 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will depart Bwindi for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive.
It’s little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rainforest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few.
The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.
Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Flycatcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Overnight at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hilltop Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Six: Queen Elizabeth.
This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area returning at the Lodge for breakfast.
Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalos linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hilltop Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Seven: Queen Elizabeth National Park- Kibale. (Approx. 3-4 hours drive)
Have a morning game drive and later head for Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus.
In the afternoon, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis’, Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds, a good infrastructure and variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination returning in time for dinner.
Dinner and overnight at either Ndali lodge, a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Eight: Kibale National Park – Murchison Falls. (Approx. 7 hours drive).
After breakfast, you are on your way to Murchison Fall National park. This is a long drive as you travel north through the Rwenzori and the evergreen tea estates but well worth it.. Once you reach the Nile in the heart of the Park you will cross on the ferry to Paraa Safari Lodge.
The sight of the Nile River, the world’s longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable.
Overnight at either Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge (Medium class accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Paraa Safari Lodge overlooks the mighty Nile where Hippos wallow in the water. The lodge is located on the North bank, which is the closest location to the wildlife in the Park. Full Board.
Day Nine: Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of viewing Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Martial Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan.
In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river. Overnight at either Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge (Medium class accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Full Board.
Day Ten: Murchison Falls – Kampala. (approx. 6 hours drive).
Early game drive to the Top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look into the gorge where the Nile squeezes into a 7 meter gorge dropping 40 meters. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days.
Later drive back to Kampala and transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.

1.1 Gorilla and chimp Permit per person.
2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
4. Park entrance fees.
5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
7. All boat trips.
8. All game drives.
9. All airport pick-ups and drops.
10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
11. And all government taxes/levies.
Excluded Are:
1. Bar Bills
2. Phone calls
3. Personal insurance
4. Laundry
5. Airfare
6. All other Services of a personal nature.
7. Driver guide’s gratuity.
Important:
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking. you’ll be charged for a visa to Rwanda
Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all park are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible
BSAUS/007/TS 11 days – Classic Primate Tour Uganda:
Trip Highlights: Mainly primates including gorillas, chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey, Black and white colobus, Red Colobus monkeys, a boat trip in Queen Elizabeth and Ngamba Island.
Day one: Arrival – Entebbe -Kampala – 42 km.
On arrival at the airport, you will be picked by our guide who will transfer you to Kampala for the over night at either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana (Medium class accommodation) or Namirembe Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation).B/B.

Day Two: Kampala – Kibale Forest (450 km approx. 5-6 hours).
After breakfast, you will depart Kampala for Kibale Forest National park arriving in the afternoon.
Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. In the afternoon, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking in the forest returning in the evening. Seeing the way our “cousins” feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for the young ones is a very interesting experience.
Dinner and overnight at either Ndali lodge, a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Three: Kibale Forest.
This morning, you will go for chimp tracking and be part of the habituation team that goes to study the behavior of these primates in order to make them get used to human beings. Spend the whole morning in the forest returning to the lodge in time for lunch. Later in the evening, you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organisation formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. This swamp is a home to approximately 137 bird species and its also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus.
Dinner and overnight at either Ndali lodge, a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Four: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park. (Approx. 3-4 hours drive)
After breakfast, you will depart Kibale and then head for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive.
It’s little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rainforest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few.
The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.
Overnight at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hilltop Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Five: Queen Elizabeth.
This morning, we will go for Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge returning to the lodge in time for a heartily breakfast.
Relax and then later go out for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalos linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. Spend the night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba/Hill Top Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Six: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Approx. 4 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will have a game drive as you depart Queen Elizabeth for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk ( at an extra cost of $10 P.P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Day Seven: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (There is an option of tracking in Rwanda as well).
This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community returning to the Camp in the evening. Dinner and overnight at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Eight: Bwindi – Lake Mburo National Park. (Approx. 6.5 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will proceed to Lake Mburo National Park passing through the Switzerland of Uganda (Kabale) with beautiful scenery and terraced farming arriving at Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon.
After lunch, you may decide to go for a boat trip or relax in your room. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Finfoot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and overnight at Mihingo Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Mantana Tented Camp (mid-class) or UWA’s Tents (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day Nine : Lake Mburo – Kampala – Entebbe.
After breakfast, have a game drive and then proceed to Kampala having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator – where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once arriving in Entebbe in the evening. Dinner and overnight at either Imperial Resort Beach Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Boma Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or the Golf View Inn (Low budget/basic accommodation). Bed and Breakfast.
Day Ten: Ngamba Island.
After breakfast, you will take a boat at 10:30 am from Entebbe pier and then head for Ngamba Island returning at 5 pm. This is an Island that was set up for orphaned chimps. There are people at the Island who look after them and also do various interpretations to the visitors. Viewing of the chimps is at 11am and 8pm respectively when they are feeding.
Dinner and overnight at either Imperial Resort Beach Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Boma Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or the Golf View Inn (Low budget/basic accommodation). Bed and Breakfast.
Day Eleven:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and later fly out depending on International flight departure times.
1.1 Gorilla Permit per person.
2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
4. Park entrance fees.
5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
7. All boat trips.
8. All game drives.
9. All airport pick-ups and drops.
10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
11. And all government taxes/levies.
Excluded Are:
1. Bar Bills
2. Phone calls
3. Personal insurance
4. Laundry
5. Airfare
6. All other Services of a personal nature.
7. Driver guide’s gratuity.
Important:
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking.
Gorilla tracking is dependant on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all park are in a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.

BSAUS 008RM 10 days Rwenzori Mountain hiking
Day One:
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, our guide transfer you to Kasese and overnight at Hotel Margherita depending on time of arrival.
This evening, your guide will go to the park headquarters and the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services concessions to arrange payments, rent equipment and select guides and porters for the following day’s journey. F/B.
Day Two:
This morning, you will begin your hike by leaving the park headquarters (5400 ft 1,646 m), walking past typical “ wattle and mud” Buhonjo homes and gradually moving upward through elephant grass and garden plots. It takes approximately forty minutes to reach the National Park boundary (which can be a pleasant half or one day trip for someone not going further). The trail then follows the Mahoma River after about two and a half hours. After crossing the River, you will have a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut (8,700 ft/ 2,652) reached about an hour and a half past the Mahoma River crossing. During this part of the trip, you may be able to see Chimps and sometimes behind the Hut you can see Black and White Colobus and Blue monkeys and catch glimpses of the brilliantly -colored Rwenzori Touraco (a bird of the tree tops). Overnight at Nyabitaba hut. F/B.
Day Three:
From Nyabitaba Hut that trail leads westward for a half km then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge, crossing below the confluence of Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. By turning down the bridge you begin the circuit counter clockwise.
After crossing the Shafer Bridge, the muddy slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After one and a half hours you encounter an area of slippery boulder hopping which many hikers consider the most difficult and dangerous footing on the circuit. Overnight at Nyamileju Hut. Nyamileju means “ a place of beards” referring to the lichen and spanish moss draping trees near by. On a rare day, Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the top of the rock near the Hut. F/B.
Day Four:
After breakfast, you will continue to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft3, 414 m) which is through a tiring bog full of these extraordinary plants and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment. Well situated, John Matte is newly constructed, large and comfortable though muddy around the site. Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can just enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great views and the following day begin you return to Nyabitaba. F/B.
Day Five:
You leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower of the two Bigo Bogs, where your first real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is very muddy and follows the left (southern) edge of Lower Bigo Bog until eventually it reaches the round metal “uniport” of Bigo Hut and it’s rock shelter.
A steep section past the hut leads to upper Bigo Bog. In the last half of this bog a boardwalk has been constructed. Though some may think it an ugly intrusion, it makes walking easier and keeps hikers from further damaging the bog. An hour and a half beyond the upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground and crisscrossing the River, you reach Bukulu Lake. The southern end of the lake is a majestic setting, with Mt. Baker To the south, and views west to Mt Stanley and north to Mt. Speke. Beyond the north end of the lake is a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and a short distance further is Bukulu Hut( 13,000ft/3,962m),favorably located for parties climbing Mt. Speke. F/B.
Day Six:
To continue the circuit, you leave directly west from Bukulu hut on a newer trail, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss- draped Groundsel Gully towards (14,345ft/4,372m) Scott Elliot pass. At the head of the gully is a short, strong ladder at a particularly steep section, after which a right hand branch would lead to Elena Hut (14, 700ft/4,430m). This is a steep, rocky trail which when wet or icy is treacherously slippery. Continuing straight, and a few steps below the pass there is a sheltered spot for a break, from here there is a second trail to the right to Elena is the Base Camp for climbing. Margherita peak in the Mt. Stanley complex, which would require an additional day or two and can only be attempted with ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with RMS guides. Overnight Hut. F/B.
Day Seven:
Start hiking back to the park headquarters.
After breakfast, you will probably begin very early if you decided to make it all the way to the Park Headquarters and complete your trek (8 hours). The other alternative will be to spend a night at the Nyabitaba Hut. F/B.
Day Eight:
Start hiking back and complete your trek by the evening. On arrival at the Park Office, visit a simple restaurant developed by a local ladies group for a beer and a luxurious candlelit meal. Overnight at Hotel Margherita. F/B.
Day Nine:
After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National park to end your trip with relaxation at Mweya safari lodge. Have an afternoon boat trip and later an evening game drive. Spend the whole evening relaxing by the swimming pool and dinner and overnight at Mweya lodge. F/B.

Day Ten:
Have a morning game drive and later transfer to Kampala and later catch your flight back home depending on International departure times.
Please note that the following is required for your mountain tracking.
Crampons
Sleeping bags
Sleeping mats
Rops – Available at $2/= for the whole trip
Climbing boots
Rubber boats
Gaiter – Hired at $2=
Hanex – available at $3=
Rain gear
Snow glasses
Gloves
Food
Transportation:
Please note that clients will be travelling in 4 wheel drive vehicles, with enough legroom, with well-experienced guides who can handle all the requirements of the discerning traveller.

BSAUS/009/MT ‘Seven-day Mt. Elgon Hiking Experience’
Day One: arrival Kampala – Mbale:
you will be Picked by guide at the airport then set off on eastbound road to Mountain Elgon via Jinja and Mbale towns. Mountain Elgon is a 4,321 metre high extinct volcano which in prehistoric time stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. It first erupted 24 million years ago. Spectacular scenery is the main attraction for hiker on this undemanding mountain with a variety of forest monkeys, small antelope, with elephants, buffalo and about 300 bird species not recorded elsewhere in Uganda. Overnight at Mbale Resort hotel – B/B; 3 -4 hours drive.
Day Two: Park headquarters- Sasa Camp (2,300m): After breakfast, drive to trailhead at the Budadiri park headquarters to begin 4- hour hike walking through slopes of montane and bamboo vegetation, arriving at the Sasa River Camp. Overnight at Sasa River Camp.

Day Three: Sasa Camp – Mude Cave Camp (3,900m):
After breakfast, continue to ascend through landscape of extraordinary moorland vegetation. The climate and vegetation often changes with altitude until you arrive at the Mude Cave. Overnight at Mudde Cave Campsite. (3 hours)
Day Four: Mudde – Wagagai peak 4,321m):
After breakfast, proceed to Wagagai, the highest peak. You will have spectacular views of rare high altitude vegetation and the Jackson summit. Many photo opportunities. Overnight at Mudde Camp Site. (4 hours)
Day Five: Mudde – Hunter’s Cave Camp:
On this day, you will trek from Mudde Cave to the Caldera and the hot springs, a journey of three hours. From the caldera, continue to Hunter’s Cave Camp, a three-hour trek. Overnight at Hunter’s Cave Camp.
Day Five: Hunter’s Cave Camp – Tatum Cave:
If you are keen about exploring more, you would proceed to the famous Tatum Cave with ancient cave paintings and overnight at the Tatum Camp, a trek of two hours. Overnight at Tatum Cave Camp.
Day Six: Tatum Cave – Sipi Caves:
Trek from Tatum Cave Camp to the Park headquarters about 4 hours and later transfer to Sipi Falls and take a walk to the caves on the opposite side of the falls. Sipi Falls is a lovely fall to behold and is where the Sipi River gushes down a steep 50-metre (160 foot) cliff. Swimming at bottom of falls may be optional. Overnight at the Lodge, which overlooks the falls.

Day Seven: Depart for Kampala.
Have a lunch break in Jinja Town, home to Source of the River Nile. If possible, take a boat trip to spot where the Nile begins and later visit the Bujagali Falls, famous for white-water rafting.
Note: After your hiking experience, you may consider a possibility of a fascinating side-trip to the mysterious Nyero Rock Paintings, 2 hours from Mbale town. The paintings, thought to be 400 years are in three shelters situated close to each other. They are said to be among the finest rock paintings in East Africa and in particular feature some good examples of geometrical paintings. They were created by Uganda’s early human residents.
Package includes:
Accommodations in Hotel/ Guesthouse (Day 1 & 6) and Camps (Day 2 -5).
Park entrances fees.
Hiking fees.
Ranger guides fees.
Porters’ fees.
Sleeping bag.
Four-wheel drive with enough legroom
Services of an English-speaking driver guide.
Bottled water on safari.
Applicable government taxes
Package excludes:
Food – own discretion
International flights
Personal nature expenses
Tips
Laundry
Phone/fax/email

Mountain climbing requirements (Special mountain gear not required!):
Sleeping bags
Sleeping mats
Climbing boots
Waterproof clothes, in case of rains.
Rain-gear
Glasses
Insect repellant
Sunscreen.
Glasses
Gloves
Food.

BSAUS/010/CT 10 days – Ecotourism and heritage safari
Uganda has a very strong culture heritage. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro, Ankole, Toro, etc. Ugandans are remarkable hospitable and hails from a diversity of rich cultures and lifestyles each tribe has it’s own traditional dance.
Visit Kabarole and enjoy this delightful scenic area called “The Best in the West”. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains, the legendary “Mountains of the Moon”. You’ll trek in the Kibale Forest National Park – an outstanding tropical rainforest environment, you’ll see sensationally beautiful crater lakes, you marvel at the magnificent kindness and hospitality that you’ll be offered – everywhere , the Ankole culture and lastly the Baganda!
Day One: Arrival – Kampala. 42 km
On arrival at the Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide who will then transfer you to hotel, B/B.
Day Two: Kampala – Semliki. (382 km 6- 7 hours drive)
After breakfast, and a briefing from the Company representative, you’ll begin your journey from Kampala to the west of Uganda through Mubende to Semliki Valley arriving at Semliki Wildlife Reserve in the evening. The route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightful rolling tea plantations,
This valley is known as the “Garden of Eden” and has a magnificent view of the River Semliki meandering to Lake Albert. You will stop to visit a local farmer and have a tour of his farm then take a picnic lunch at the hot water springs.
Day Three: Semliki Valley.
After breakfast, you will experience a day of real discovery. You will visit a local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris – the inhabitants are looking forward to welcoming and entertaining you. You will take your lunch boxes, tour the area and then have lunch at the Kamugha Rest House where you will enjoy entertainment provided by the Bakonjo and Batoro (if available), before visiting the local women’s group creating artifacts to provide for the community. Dinner and overnight
Day Four: Semliki – Kibale. (Approx.2.5 hours)
After an early breakfast, you’ll leave for Fort portal to visit the King’s Royal tombs and various cultural groups including the Burungu community which is rooted in Traditional Toro culture that will entertain you with music, dancing and storytelling. Spend the whole day with the local community and on village walks/tours arriving at the lodge in the evening. .
Dinner and overnight
Day Five: Kibale chimp tracking.
After a good breakfast, you are off to Kibale Forest National Park with its families of habituated Chimpanzees – it’s home to an astonishing 12 species of Primate and provides one of the highest Primates densities in the world! Here on a guided walk, you may find families of Chimps and Red Colobus monkeys.
In the afternoon you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organisation formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. You will be taken on a guided walk around the swamp, which is home to approximately 137 bird species including the Snowy Headed Robin Chat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of Weavers, Warblers, Greenbuls and Sunbirds. There’s also an abundance of Butterflies. It’s also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. Dinner and overnight.
Day Six: Kibale – Lake Mburo National Park. (Approx. 5-6 hours).
This morning you drive to Lake Mburo National Park where you will meet the Ankole Culture mainly known for cattle keeping passing via Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Lake Mburo National Park has markedly different fauna to other Parks and reserves, and its the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as Zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia -associated birds. This park is shared by both wildlife and the animals from the local community. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonolek.
When entering the park, you will be able to see the Ankole cows with big amazing big horns, mixture up with the local people and later have an evening game drive.
Dinner and overnight
Day Seven: Lake Mburo National Park.
Spend the whole morning in the park visiting the local community, see how they process ghee, get a chance of participating in milking cows, see how they prepare their staple food (matooke) returning to the Camp in the afternoon. Have a boat trip and later dinner and overnight
Day Eight: Mburo – Kampala. (230 km approx. 3.5 hours).
After a morning game drive, you will drive to Kampala having lunch on the way and arriving in the evening. You will be able to stop and stand on the Equator,and be in both hemispheres at once and thereafter proceed to Kampala arriving at your hotel in the evening.
Day Nine: Kampala – City/Cultural tour.
This morning, at 8.00am you drive to Nakawuka. This is a unique journey into the history of Uganda.
You will meet local people and experience a rich and authentic culture, learn about the forgotten times and come face to face with the ancient traditions. Much more than just sight seeing, the local people will entertain you with cultural dancing, music, craft making and storytelling. Have lunch and thereafter continue to another village to see a different lifestyle of the Ugandan community. In your visit to the villages, you may also be able to tour the Katereke Prison, which tells the story of a violent and brutal episode in the Buganda history, Nagalabbi Colonial site, and many others.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Kasubi tombs, the king’s palace, the museum, the king’s man made lake. Returning at the hotel in the evening.
Dinner and overnight
Day Ten: Fly out:
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and later fly out depending on International flight departure time
Costing
1. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
4. Park entrance fees.
5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
6. Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
7. All boat trips.
8. All game drives.
9. All airport pick-ups and drops.
10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
11. And all government taxes/levies.
Excluded Are:
1. Bar Bills
2. Phone calls
3. Personal insurance
4. Laundry
5. Airfare
6. All other Services of a personal nature.
7. Driver guide’s gratuity.