Uganda FAM Trip May 2018
8 Days Safari to Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth N.P and Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest
This comprehensive eight day Western Uganda Safari leaves no stone unturned as it takes you on a journey into the western Kingdoms of Uganda. The safari covers all the principal National Parks and attractions in Western Uganda as well as affording you the opportunity to immerse yourself in some of the regions heritage and traditions with visits to local women’s groups and community lead activities. All of this is set to the beautiful back drop of picturesque rolling hills, savannah lands and the iconic forests of Kibale and Bwindi.
- Accommodation is based on Twin-share basis
- This Fam trip is for agents only. You can have two work colleagues from the same company, but no wives, children, husbands, friends etc.
- The Fam trip runs strictly from the 9th to 16th May, there will be no changes
- Payment for Permits must be received by the Monday 12th February 2018 (USD$600 to USD$150 = USD$750)
- Remainder of Fam trip to be received by the 4th April 2018
Uganda FAM Trip at a Glance
DAY BY DAY
On arrival at Entebbe you will be met at the Airport by a Let’s Go Travel representative who will escort you to your safari vehicle. Here you will be introduced to your Driver / Guide. During the drive to your accommodation in Kampala the capital city of Uganda, you will be able to relax and contemplate the adventure that lies ahead or the one you
have just been on.
Your guide will be with you for the entire safari and will be more than willing to help you with any questions or needs you might have!
Overnight at Fairway Hotel | Bed & breakfast standard room
Your safari adventure begins today with your first destination Kibale Forest National Park. An early start will see you head west on a scenic drive towards Fort Portal Town via Mityana and Mubende, before arriving at your destination. This region of Uganda is the traditional home of the Tooro Kingdom and is well known for its stunning landscapes made up of well-manicured tea plantations that are punctuated with amazing natural crater lakes.
Overnight at Ndali Lodge | Full board Standard room
Your Chimpanzee Trekking experience has finally arrived! It begins at the Uganda Wildlife Authority HQ at Kayanchu Gate where your trekking group will head into the forest with a guide after a short briefing. About 1 hour before your group sets off an advance party of guides will have entered the forest to locate where the Chimpanzees spent the night. Once located the advance party send a radio message back to your trekking group so that you can navigate through the forest.
During the trek you will also get to see the different birds, animals and plant species within the forest. Once you locate the Chimpanzees you can only spend one hour with them this ensures that the Chimpanzees don’t become accustomed to human contact.
The excitement of Chimpanzee Trekking will probably still be with you as the safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. Entry will be via the northern sector famous for the Kasenyi Plains and Kazinga Chanel. This part of the safari is all contained within the Tooro Kingdom and you will notice a distinct change in scenery as the lush green crater lake region of surrounding Kibale Forest gives way to the open savannah lands of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. The boat ride is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula and lasting around 3 hours. The Channel is a 32-kilometre long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel has one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and a whole host of birds. including African fish eagles, kingfishers, herons, storks and skimmers.
Overnight at Parkview Safari Lodge | Full board Standard room
A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see view the differing landscape and ecosystems in Uganda. The park is the oldest and the most visited in Uganda. This game drive will take place on the Kasenyi Plains which are in the north east section of the park and but west of Lake George. There are large numbers of buffalo, antelope, elephant, warthogs, baboons as well and lions and the odd leopard if you are lucky.
Today you will transfer from the North Eastern sector of the park to the Southern sector also known as the Ishasha sector. Queen Elizabeth National Park is just under 2,000km2, contained with in that area is a diverse environment that contains, forests, savannah grassland and lakes. All this means that there are a wide range of birds, mammals and plant life that live within the park and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride!
Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp | Full board Tent
With the Kazinga Channel and the Game drives ticked off your list, It will be time to leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and continue your journey towards Bwindi and the Mountain Gorillas, where the adventure of a lifetime awaits you! This section of the safari will see you enter the traditional area of Kigezi Kingdom which is the southern most Kingdom on Uganda.
Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge | Full board
Your Gorilla Trekking experience is finally here, hope your camera is charges and you are ready for what lies ahead. An early start will see you transfer to the Park Headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority guides. An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will have began to track their movements. These guides will communicate with your team via a walkie talkie and the trek into the forest will begin.
Locating the Gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous night. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. As you trek in the forest you will appreciate why the forest is called impenetrable. There are also a multitude of other animals that you might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for a well earned rest and time to reflect on a truly magical experience.
At Let’s Go Travel we try and support the communities that we interact with as part of the business we run, with a view to minimising the impact we have on communities as well as ensuring that they too benefit from our operations. One such community in the Buhoma area of Bwindi is called Ride 4 a Woman. You will get to visit these incredible woman and lean more about their story!
Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge | Full board
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to Kihihi for your flight back to Entebbe. The drive from your lodge to the airstrip shouldn’t take more that one and a half hours.
On your flight back from Bwindi to Entebbe you will be afforded and fantastic view of Bwindi The Impenetrable Forest from the air. This always gets people thinking just how did I manage to find the Gorillas in all that jungle below?
Make sure you have your camera ready or simply enjoy the amazing view. From this high up you can also see the mountains and forests in Congo and Rwanda!
Welcome to Uganda! On arrival you will be met at the Airport by a Let’s Go Travel representative who will escort you to your safari vehicle and will introduce you to your Driver who will also be your Guide. The first stop will be a short drive to Boma Guest House where you will be able to relax and contemplate the adventure that lies ahead.
At Uganda Wildlife Education center, you will have an opportunity to view the feeding of animals in their cages and different exhibits. The two-hour educative adventure offers you a special inside look tour and interesting information about how animals and birds are taken care of. You will have a close up and personal encounter with the lions, elephants plus many more wonders you have perhaps never imagined meeting.
Overnight at Boma Guest House | Bed and Breakfast Standard room
The short drive from Boma Guest House to the airport will only afford you enough time to catch glimpses of the beauty of lake Victoria. With the airport perched right by the take you might lucky enough to see a plane taking off or landing. We will ensure that you arrive at the airport with enough time to catch your flight.
We truly hope you have had a memorable experience that you will remember for many years to come. Have a safe onward journey and we hope that Uganda will always be close to your hearts!
INCLUDED IN PRICE
- Entebbe Airport Meet and Greet on Arrival
- All Entebbe Airport Transfers to and from the hotels and airport
- 4×4 Safari Vehicle with Driver/Guide
- 1 Night accommodation at Fairway Hotel on HB twin share basis ( Dinner first night and Breakfast next day)
- 1 Night accommodation at Ndali Lodge on FB twin share basis
- 1 Night accommodation at Parkview Lodge on FB twin share basis
- 1 Night accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp on FB twin share basis
- 2 Night’s accommodation at Mahogany Springs Lodge on FB twin share basis
- 1 Night accommodation at The Boma Guest house on HB twin share basis ( Farewell Dinner and Breakfast next day)
- All Park Entrances
- Game Drives – Queen Elizabeth National Park and Ishasha National Park
- Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise – Queen Elizabeth National Park
- 1 x Chimp Trekking Permit
- 1 x Gorilla Trekking Permit
- Visit to Ride for A Woman – NGO based in Bwindi for women showcasing craft skills
- One Way flight with Aerolink from Kihihi ( Bwindi ) to Entebbe on the 7th Day
- Airstrip transfer from Mahogany Springs Lodge to Kihihi Airstrip
- Site Inspections to a number of Lodges, Hotels and Guest houses during the 8 Day Safari
EXCLUDED IN PRICE
- Uganda Tourist Visa ( USD$50)
- Travel Insurance
- Tips & Gratuities
- Lunch and any extra actives in Entebbe on the 15th May ( Day 7)
- Alcoholic & other drinks,
- Personal items such as Laundry/ telephone calls etc
- Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package
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