WHY RICKSHAW?

The Rickshaw Travel Group ("Rickshaw Travels") was founded in May 1988. From our humble beginnings as a small travel agency, we have grown and expanded into several countries and today have 28 years of experience in the travel business, both corporate and leisure... read more .

DISCOVER UGANDA


From USD 2556*

per person sharing

Uganda, the "Pearl of Africa" is made up of diverse landscapes featuring lush forests inhabited by primates and arid savannahs which are home abundunt wildlike. There are lakes, mountains, tea plantations and waterfalls and the friendliest people you will meet.

Day 1 - Arrival - Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Karibu Guesthouse or Protea Hotel Entebbe.

** Note: the airport pick up will be arranged by your guesthouse or hotel. **

After breakfast we will head southwest to Lake Mburo National Park. On our way we will pass the Ugandan Equator where you can take pictures and shop for a souvenir. From here we continue to Igongo Cultural Centre where we also will have lunch. The cultural centre illustrates the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area, including a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads.

Day 2 - Entebbe - Lake Mburo NP

In the afternoon we enter Lake Mburo National Park. Check in at your accommodation located on the top of a hill and enjoy the wonderful views. In the afternoon enjoy a guided bush walk with opportunities for a close encounter with Uganda’s wildlife!

Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock or Mihingo Lodge. (B-L-D)

DAY 3     Lake Mburo NP – Bwindi Forest NP

Wake up in the morning to the sounds of the African bush! After a calm breakfast we depart the protected area and with a game drive on our way out we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas.

Dinner and overnight at Silverback Lodge or Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)

DAY 4     Gorilla trekking

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!

Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla trekking guide. After a pre-trekking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However, the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!

Dinner and overnight at Silverback Lodge or Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)

DAY 5     Bwindi NP – Queen Elizabeth NP – Kibale Forest NP                 

After an early breakfast we head to another tropical rainforest. En route we will pass the vast savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will go in search of the tree climbing lions.

Enjoy a picnic lunch before we proceed towards the foothills of the “Mountains of the Moon” and finally reach Kibale Forest National Park, for an overnight in the middle of the African jungle.

Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages or Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

DAY 6     Kibale Forest NP & Bigodi Village

Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp trekking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-trekking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals that have made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing.

En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees.  It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon.

After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Village for a community walk that will bring you closer to the local tribe that lives in this area. Accompanied by a local guide, who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, traditional homesteads and learn more about the crops in the fields.

Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages or Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)

DAY 7     Kibale Forest NP – Entebbe

Time to say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa! After breakfast we calmly head back towards the capital city with lunch en route. Look out for the black-and-white colobus monkeys which are hiding along the road. From Kampala we continue to Entebbe where you will be dropped at the International Airport in time for your night flight. (B-L)

 

 

Includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • 4W drive minibus ground transport
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions as mentioned
  • Permit for Chimp Trekking in Kibale Forest
  • Map of Uganda
  • AMREF Flying Doctors' Insurance
  • VAT for htoels and lodges outside Kampala

Excludes:

  • International flights
*terms and conditions apply