This is a primate and wildlife safari package designed for clients who would wish to spend their holiday vacation in Uganda the pearl of Africa. You will encounter a wildlife tour and a Launch trip for shoreline view in Queen Elizabeth National park where you will spot animals like elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelopes and many more at a few meters away. In addition, you will view the beautiful scenery of nature and the locals of Uganda on your way to the park.
On arrival at the airport, Empathy Africa Tours driver/guide will pick you, who will also brief you about the safari package. After meet and greet travel to the west region of Uganda, have a stopover at the Equator for a memorable photograph and refreshment then proceed with the journey to Lake Mburo national park Uganda’s smallest park with great wildlife spreading in the savannah. Upon your arrival have lunch, in the evening prepare for a game drive to spot animals like impala, bushbucks, a leopard as they muscle stretch for the prey and having chances to see a number of zebras since Lake Mburo is the home for zebras.
Early in the morning, you enter the park in a game drive, in a search for wildlife a view possible more game as compared to the previous evening. You will see giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, topis, elands, buffaloes, antelopes, warthogs, olive baboons alongside an array of birds. Later exit the game drive and head for later breakfast, relaxation, and lunch. After lunch, you will move for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo with sightings of Hippos, crocodiles alongside birds such as the African fish eagles. Later, depart boat cruise and head to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
In the morning, your driver will pick you and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will leave Lake Mburo and drive south following the Rwenzori Mountain chain to reach the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park with an en-route stop for lunch.
On arrival at Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will take an evening game drive through the explosion crater-lake fields expecting to spot a variety of species such as elephants, Uganda kob, bushbuck and troops of the baboon.
Get up ready for a 6:30 am morning game drive. The park diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to incredible wildlife. Look out for lions, buffaloes, elephants and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast, relax at the lodge and later have lunch. In the evening we embark on a two-hour launch trip on the kazinga channel, getting up close to hippos, buffaloes, lions and other wildlife. The boat offers excellent bird watching opportunities and another chance to see more wildlife. This cruise will leave you with an amazing experience on the water. When back on the shores, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
This morning, you will depart the lodge with all your belongings and set out for a game drive in the Ishasha area bracing yourself for a chance to see the rare tree-climbing lions. You can see the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha lounging in the fig trees during mid-morning as they rest from the previous night’s strenuous hunt!
However, it’s not a guarantee that you will see the lions sometimes it depends on the luck and time reaching the area. You will have lunch in the Ishasha sector and after proceed back to Entebbe for your next day’s preparation for departure
You are required to purchase a tourist visa before you enter Uganda. Tourist visas can be bought in advance via the embassy or consulate in your country or simply purchased upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border. Photos are not required and a single entry tourist visa costs US$ 100 per person for up to 90 days stay in Uganda.
If you are planning to combine Uganda with a visit to Rwanda or Kenya it is recommendable to request for the East African Tourist Visa instead of a single entry visa. This special visa costs US$100 per person and allows 90-days multiple entries to Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. Regretfully, Tanzania is not (yet) a member of the East African community and therefore not part of this special visa arrangement.
A number of different vaccinations are recommended and/or required before entering Uganda. A certificate proving you have had the Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory for entry into Uganda. Immunizations against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio) and Hepatitis A are recommended as well.
Besides bringing mosquito repellent, we also advise you to take malaria ‘prophylactics’ (prevention medication).
The following cancellation charges apply to the basic program rate:
60 days or more prior to arrival 10% charge
59 – 32 days prior to arrival 25% charge
31 – 8 days prior to arrival 50% charge
7 – 3 days prior to arrival 75% charge
48 hours or less prior to arrival 100% charge
Empathy Tours reserves the right to deduct all expenses incurred from money paid.
Gorilla & Chimpanzee permits and air tickets are 100% non-refundable.
No refunds will be made for any unused services, late arrival or no-show of any of the members of the tour.
Solo travelers are very welcome! However, to minimize your costs we would suggest joining a group. Although we can try and arrange this for you, we cannot guarantee we can find a group whose interests, budget and preferred route correspond to yours, especially during the low season.
If you would like to stay in a single room please notify us well in advance and we will try to meet your request. Please bear in mind that single rooms are not common and it is more likely that you will be offered single occupancy of a double room. A single room supplement will apply.
Once you have confirmed the final itinerary with us, you will be asked to pay a deposit of 30%. Gorilla permits must be paid for in full at the time of booking. Note that the availability of accommodation and permits is not guaranteed until officially confirmed by Empathy Tours. Accommodation, permit and activity reservations will be made as soon as payment has been received on our account.
For your convenience, the balance payment of 70% should be settled before the start of your safari. We accept payment by bank transfer in either dollar to our bank account in Uganda. Please note that all bank charges are at the expense of the client.
Accommodation falls into three categories: budget, mid-range or luxury.
Budget accommodation may be simple and basic rooms, bandas or tents, with double/twin beds and mosquito nets when necessary. Private bathrooms are not always available and you may have to share bathroom facilities.
3-star, 4-star and 5-star accommodation offer comfortable rooms or luxury furnished safari tents with a private bathroom. Flush toilets and hot and cold running water are available. Mosquito nets will be provided where necessary.
All Uganda lodges are carefully selected and frequently visited by Empathy Tours staff, to monitor quality and service levels. The majority of safari lodges and hotels are small-scale, offering a unique location and ambiance, and usually have a maximum of eight rooms.
We offer tailor-made safaris for any number of participants. There is no minimum number for a group tour, although the bigger the group, the more attractive the price will be.
Officially, Uganda’s dry seasons are from December/January through to mid-March and from June through mid-September. These dry months are the most popular with tourists, with July and August and Christmas and New Year being the peak seasons.
The most rain falls in October-November and April-May. However, this doesn’t mean that it rains all day, nor does it mean it will rain every day. Usually, there’s a tropical shower at night or a shorter shower during the day, but in Uganda, you can trust that after rain comes sunshine!
The weather is no reason to avoid traveling in the wet season – you might even consider it because of the easy availability of gorilla permits.
As in the rest of the world, the East African climate is changing, making it more difficult for us to predict the weather during your safari. However, in Uganda, the temperature is very stable and pleasant, with sunshine almost 365 days a year. During the day, the temperature averages between 23 and 27°C, although in some places it can be quite cool at night.
One remarkable aspect of Uganda safaris is: whether you travel in the dry, dusty months or in the wet season, you will never find the crowded tourism like in Kenya or Tanzania. If you spot a lion or leopard, it is very likely that you will be the only one to see it – even in peak season!