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On this tour you will get up close to our closest relatives, the chimpanzees in chimp capital of the World that is Kibale Forest National Park and also enjoy a wide range of mammals in the open savanna grassland of Uganda’s most popular National Park of Queen Elizabeth.
Pick up from the Entebbe International Airport by our driver/guide and transfer to your accommodation in Kampala. Forest cottages is an ideal place to relax from your jet-lag and then refresh for the 8-day safari on the road which will see you experience a lot of Uganda’s amazing safari offerings.
Breakfast and then drive to Kibale Forest National Park en route to Fort Portal with a lunch stopover. Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and is home to the chimpanzees and a host of other primate species.
Breakfast and go to the park headquarters at 8:00 am. Get the introduction from the park warden and join a group and begin your adventure to meet our closest relatives the “Chimpanzees”. You might come across some primates like Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Birds, butterfly, among others. Later return and proceed to have lunch. After lunch do the Bigodi swamp walk.
Breakfast and then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is arguably Uganda’s most popular park. Have lunch at UWA Lower cottages after checking in and then do a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel adjoining Lakes Edward and George. Return to your accommodations and relax.
Morning experiential game drive in Northern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we shall target the big cats up close with field researchers and then afterward transfer to L. Mburo National Park via igongo Cultural center.
Guided game walk in the National Park early in the morning with an armed ranger and expect to see a good deal of animals. Later drive to Kampala through the Equator crossing at (Kayabwe) possibly lunch at that very place, then drive to Kampala for an overnight at your lodge.
Breakfast and then we drive to Jinja in time to join Nalubaale Rafting crew as we embark on an adrenaline-filled adventure on the raging waters of River Nile for a full day grade 3 rafting experience. Lots of fun, adrenaline, food, and drinks.
Breakfast and then we leave the Nile River Camp en route Kampala as we head to Entebbe International Airport for a subsequent end of the tour.
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!