This tour endeavours to explore the scenic beauty of Uganda, its people, and its wildlife. We will cover approximately 2000km, some of it on extremely bad roads, but the rewards are unequalled.
Weather, roads, and other local conditions will influence the route chosen on each tour and we may run the tour in reverse if required, clients should be flexible in this regard. Clients should be equipped with an open mind and a spontaneous disposition in order to best enjoy the superb offerings of Uganda.
Clients fly into / out of Entebbe airport. Transfers and pre / post tour nights can be booked through Drifters for the Lake Heights Hotel near Entebbe or Adrift Camp in Jinja. Meals are available.
(Clients fly into / out of Entebbe airport. Transfers and pre / post tour nights can be booked through Drifters for the Lake Heights Hotel near Entebbe or Adrift Camp in Jinja. Meals are available.)
Please Note: Due to the high demand in Gorilla permits the Drifters office will only confirm your tour departure once the permit is secured.
DAY 1: ENTEBBE – LAKE MBURO NAT. PARK
Our Uganda adventure begins on departure from our hotel near Entebbe at 08h00 on Day 1 of the tour. We make our way through the outskirts of the vibrant capital city, Kampala, before starting our journey west. On our route today we visit a drum market and we will stop at the equator.
This afternoon we enter the Lake Mburo National Park, known for its plains game and large hippo population. We camp the night on the lake shore.
Meals: D (Lunch own expense)
– Drum market
– Lake Mburo National Park
DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
We start the day with a game drive/walk and then exit the park to travel through a landscape of rolling hills alive with banana plantations and herds of impressive long-horned Ankole cattle.
Though the roads are rough, this afternoon we travel on some of the most scenic roads in Uganda, passing remote villages often shrouded in mist, toward the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
We set up camp for the night at the edge of the forest and it is with great excitement that we prepare for the following day.
Meals: B L D
– Game Drive on the way out of the Mburo Park
– Scenic Drive to Bwindi
DAY 3 – 4: BWINDI GORILLA TREK
Undoubtedly the highlight for all – trekking in a true wilderness to spend time with the majestic mountain gorilla. We split up into small groups and with local guides, trek up into this true jungle to locate and spend time with a family of the few remaining wild Mountain Gorillas. The hike in the jungle is a real adventure and forms part of the overall experience. Guests should come prepared for a hike through dense forest and uneven terrain.
As the gorilla permits are limited, we will allow two days for trekking to insure everyone gets their chance. Should all permits be available on day 4 we will visit Lake Bunyoni on Day 3.
Whilst not gorilla trekking, guests have the option to go on a local village walk led by a local guide. The forest offers fantastic birding and guest can also choose to spend time searching for the magnificent birds inhabiting the fringe of the forest.
Meals: B L D; B L D
– Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
– Gorilla Tracking
– Bwindi Jungle
DAY 5 – 6: QUEEN ELISABETH NAT. PARK – ISHASHA
Leaving the mountains and forests behind us, we drop down to the grasslands of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here we will spend two nights camping at a remote location within the National Park. Besides abundant mammal, reptile and bird species, Ishasha is renowned for its huge Tree Climbing Lions. Fantastic bird life as well as numerous species of primates can be found in this area. We will game drive extensively searching the tall fig trees for lion and the savannah for other game. Our guide will take time to give us more information on the various wildlife encountered in the park that covers over 1900 km².
Meals: B L D; B L D
– Queen Elizabeth National Park
– Camp on the Ishasha river
– 2 Nights within the Park
– Tree Climbing Lions
– Massive Hippo Population
DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NAT. PARK – RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
Packing up camp, we travel the length of the park and through the Maramagambo Forest and make our way towards the Rwenzoris – “Mountains of the Moon”. Rising some 5000m above sea level, the slopes of these mountains are covered in tropical forest and yet the peaks are often snow-capped, a bewildering sight considering their proximity to the equator. Today we find a suitable place to enjoy our lunch while admiring these towering mountains over the surrounding landscape.
After lunch our guide will find a suitable place for guests to enjoy a walk as we proceed towards the outskirts of Fort Portal.
Meals: B L D
– Drive through Maramogambo Forest
– Outskirts of Lake Edward
– Ruwenzori Mountains
– Village Walk
DAY 8: MURCHISON FALLS NAT. PARK
An early start, we leave the mountains behind us and travel through the luminous green tea plantations surrounding Fort Portal. We cover vast distance today and mostly on rough roads towards the town of Masindi. From here we will enter the renowned Murchison Falls National Park. Tonight we spend in accommodation and enjoy a catered meal after the long day.
Meals: B L D
– Scenic drive
DAY 9 – 10: MURCHISON FALLS / VICTORIA NILE
Early this morning we enter the Murchison Falls Park and set off on a guided walk in search of a group of habituated chimpanzees. We hope to spend an hour with the group before returning to our vehicle. Depending on where these chimps were last seen, we may have to drive a short distance where we can then start our chimpanzee track. Then it’s off to Murchison Falls, a narrow gap though which the Nile River falling 40m into the Rift Valley. We will spend some time here exploring the falls.
Next, we travel downstream to cross the Nile in order to enjoy two nights in the park. In this section, the park opens up to wide open spaces, rolling hills, scenery of a different kind and also gives you an opportunity to see a different species of giraffe known as the Rothschild Giraffe. We will camp two nights in a big game area.
Meals: B L D, B L D
– Chimpanzee Trek with included permit
– Murchison Falls
– Northern Part of Murchison Falls National Park
– Wild Camping in big game area
DAY 11 & 12: JINJA
We leave the park early this morning to drive south to Jinja, regarded as east Africa’s adventure capital. Located near the source of the White Nile, where the river pours out of Lake Victoria, Jinja is Uganda’s second city.
We spend a full day here so you have time to participate in any of a number of adventure activities: white water rafting, bungee jumping over the source of the Nile, boat cruises, horse riding, visiting local community projects are all options (own expense).
Meals: B L, B
– Drive through many villages
– Jinja (adventure capital of Uganda)
DAY 13: JINJA to ENTEBBE
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. The truck will head back to Entebbe this morning to miss the peak hour of Kampala traffic. Clients are welcome to jump on this transfer at no additional cost, however, we cannot adjust this time as the guide has post-tour responsibilities to attend to.
Alternatively, the Nile River offers some of the wildest one day white water rafting in the world; a day’s adventure not to be missed. From the Adrift camp clients are also able to spend a day exploring a local community project. Both of these activities are optional and own expense. We advise those that would like to catch our 14:00 transfer back to Entebbe to organise HALFDAY TRIPS on this day. If you wish to wish to simply relax at the “Source of the Nile” or spend an extra night at the camp, you are more than welcome to book a post night in Jinja.
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for Uganda. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavour to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your intended stay. All passport holders must obtain visas when traveling to Uganda. Please find out prior to your tour departure whether or not you can obtain Visas from the border as the info differs from some websites to the other. It is important to have the right travel documents. Please contact your travel agent or local embassy to find out.
Please Note: Due to the high demand in Gorilla permits the Drifters office will only confirm your tour departure once the permit is secured. Once the Uganda tour booking is confirmed, the Gorilla Permit will be automatically pre-booked and paid for. The guest/s will then be liable for full payment even if the tour is cancelled.
1) Arrival at Entebbe International Airport – Please find out if you need to apply and obtain your Uganda Visa prior to your arrival in Uganda.
Please insure you are up to date on the Yellow Fever requirements for Uganda.
Uganda Immigration have implemented the use of Electronic Visas from 01 July 2017.
All visitors who require an entry visa and do not yet have one, must apply through the online application system prior to arrival.
You are required to upload clear copies of current passport, Yellow fever certificate and Passport photo.
On completion of the online application you will receive a bar coded email notification. Print out this email and bring it with you to Uganda.
Upon arrival at any border (entry point) you must present the bar coded email.
The immigration officer will scan the bar code, take your finger prints and photo and ask for the$100 cash payment for the visa. (Please note, Uganda only accepts USD bills dated 2009 or newer and in excellent condition).
A visa sticker will be printed with your photo and placed in your passport.
Online applications must be made through the visa immigration website on https://visas.immigration.go.ug
Tel: +256 (0) 414 342 196/7 |Fax: +256 (0) 414 342 188
Mob: +256 (0) 772 403 330
E: email@example.com | W:www.visituganda.com
Visas are not readily obtainable at the Airport in Uganda. We highly recommend that these visas are obtained prior to departure.
Telephone numbers: Ugandan High Commission, Pretoria: (012) 342 6031/2/3
Or visit Uganda Tourism at www.ugandatourism.org
Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, visas and travellers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
PLEASE NOTE IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS (VISAS AND VALID PASSPORTS)
Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
While on tour our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passport.
US Dollars cash is the preferred option when traveling in Uganda. We suggest a combination of small denomination notes (USD 1,5,10, 20, 50) as well as USD 100 bills – make sure they are post 2009 and have “large heads” on them. Foreign currency is not widely accepted outside of Kampala, however there are plenty foreign exchange bureaus in Kampala and changing money is easy.
Traveller’s cheques are difficult to change and really bad rates of exchange generally apply.
There is at least a 5 % surcharge when using a credit card and they are not accepted in many places at all.
Drifters trucks have safe-keeping facilities for extra cash/flight tickets/passports.
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
A Yellow Fever vaccination is required and must be done no later than 10 days prior to your departure. Strongly recommended additional vaccinations are Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis.
Malaria prophylaxis is essential. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Resistant strains of Malaria occur in Uganda and adequate chemo-prophylaxis is essential. Prevention is better than cure; please use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Malaria is a very common ailment in Africa; however adequate preventative measures greatly reduce the risk of contracting the disease.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies.
Please bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.
It is summer year round in Uganda. The country straddles the equator which means there is no winter and no summer. Temperatures in most parts of the country vary between 25°C and 30°C dropping only by about 5°C overnight. Traditionally May and November are the wettest months in the country where morning clouds build up and are followed by torrential rain and spectacular thunder and lightning shows. Please take weather conditions into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag for your tour. Please note that night time temperatures during June, July and Augusts can be cold and guests should take this into consideration. Uganda is an Equatorial country predominantly covered in rainforest – severe rainfall can be expected during the rainy season; It is advisable to carry a second pair of shoes in the rainy season, ideally of a fast drying or semi-aquatic design; Likewise, waterproof backpack liners are advisable.
For more accurate information, please visit AccuWeather and choose your destination.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Smaller day pack
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)
For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (Ipods, Ipads, E-Readers, Handy’s etc)
Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving. A Two-pin charger is perfect.
Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Hat or cap
Swimming Costume & Towel
Jersey / Jumper
Socks & Underwear
Gloves (lightweight durable gloves for the Gorillas trekking)
T-Shirts / Shirts
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Sleeping Bag & Small Pillow
Thermo Insulation mat or sheet to place on top of the camp bed to prevent the cold coming from the bottom.
Some sort of a Dry bag or Waterproof cover for your camera while tracking Gorillas (in case of rain)
Passport / Visas (if applicable)
Please also see the link below for additional info and packing ideas.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; obviously there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.
Our price includes all transport, accommodation, entry fees and permits, one Gorilla trek and one Chimpanzee trek, game drives and walks, group equipment, professional guides and most meals. We do suggest that you budget extra for own expense meals, drinks, curios, tips, visa’s, taxes and optional excursions.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU BRING US$ 618.00 EACH IN CASH FOR YOUR GORILLA PERMIT
– this is to be paid to the Drifters guide on the morning of departure (Preferably Big Denomination Notes eg US100 or US50). Please note as of 1 July 2020 the Gorilla permit rate will increase to US$ 725 per permit.
Please note -Dollar bills must be printed from year 2009 onwards (Big Heads).
The US$ 618.00 local payment guarantees the Gorilla trek, this is required from each participant at the start of the tour.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals, snacks, sundry goods purchased – such as batteries, suntan cream etc. all bottled water, alcohol and soft beverages, curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips
In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.
In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.
This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.
• Lake Mburo National Park
• Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and surrounding villages
• Gorilla trek
• Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Tree Climbing Lions – Ishasha
• Village walks
• Birding walks
• Chimpanzee trek (permit included)
• Kazinga channel
• Rwenzori (Mountains of the Moon)
• Murchison Falls and Murchison Falls National Park
• Victoria Nile boat trip
• Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
PRE tour accommodation at the Lake Heights Hotel and POST tour accommodation at the Adrift River Camp or Lake Heights Hotel can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative. Due to limited availability, clients will be booked on a sharing basis at Adrift River Camp.
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR: Please note that linen will be provided at the Lake Heights Hotel, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.
• Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source pre tour departure and every day on the truck while the truck is driving from a 12 V inverter.
• Currency exchange opportunities on tour: Arrival at Entebbe Airport. Small amounts at Lake Heights Hotel, on the morning of Day 1 and at the Supermarket on the very first day of your tour. (please note that it is better to Exchange larger Notes eg. $100 or $50 as the exchange rate you get is much better for larger notes and ANY DOLLAR NOTES DATED OLDER THAN 2009 WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN UGANDA
• Limited Laundry facilities: Lake Heights Hotel (Essential washing only)
• Internet facilities: Lake Heights Hotel and Kluges Guest Farm
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION UGANDA TOUR
For this tour, an open and flexible mind is essential to deal with the detours, delays and other inconveniences encountered in Africa. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. When required to we will run this itinerary in reverse.
A valid passport is required by everyone. The tour will visit Uganda. It is the client’s responsibility to insure they have the appropriate visas required for this trip to all the country we visit. Some nationalities might need to obtain visas before departure as they cannot be obtained at the border.
Precautions against malaria are advisable and Yellow Fever inoculations are required.
A small daypack is advisable for the treks. The recommended currency for this tour is the US Dollar, all currency notes should be dated 2009 or later.
Our price includes all transport, accommodation, entry fees and permits, one gorilla trek (local payment) and one chimpanzee trek, game drives, walks, group equipment, professional guides and most meals. Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, curios, tips, visas, taxes, and optional excursions are for the client’s own expense.
Before departure, clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
The 13 Day UGANDA Tour departs from the Lake Heights Hotel, 13 Church Road, Entebbe at 08h00 and ends back at the Lake Height Hotel on day 13 at around 18h00. Drifters will transfer the clients back to Entebbe on the last day. Clients wishing to join this transfer are welcome to do so at no additional cost.
The contact number for Lake Heights Hotel is +256 312 208 000
GPS CO-ORDINATES: N0 03.197 E32 27.940
*IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED NOT TO ARRIVE IN UGANDA THIS MORNING BUT RATHER THE DAY BEFORE AS TRAFFIC AND LOGISTICS COULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO GET TO THE HOTEL ON TIME
Please confirm that your pre-and post-tour accommodation at the Lake Heights Hotel is booked should this be necessary. Should you wish to take part in some more optional activities in Jinja, you can also book your own transfer back to Lake Heights Hotel or directly to the airport from Adrift Camp through the Drifters Office.
If transfers are booked, Clients need to meet the transfer driver from the Lake Heights Hotel as they come through the arrivals hall at Entebbe Airport for the arrival transfer.
For departure transfers the distance from Jinja – Entebbe is approximately 125km. The road conditions and local traffic can be very bad and for these reasons the transfer could take approximately 3 to 4 hours.
All our tours require participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up of camp.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.
We are travelling in developing countries, please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.
DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!
|Uganda Tour Departure||Tour Rate p/p|
|2019||€ 1995 + Permit|
Please note that from 10 October 2018 all Gorilla permit rates will increase to USD 618 per permit.
|Uganda Tour Departure||Tour Rate p/p|
|2020||€ 2055 + Permit|
Please note from 10 October 2018 the Gorilla permit rate is USD 618 per permit.
As of 1 July 2020 the Gorilla permit rate will increase to USD 725 per permit.
As of 1 January 2020 Drifters will implement a minimum requirement of 4 passengers to confirm a tour departure. Our reservation office will be able to assist with any request or questions.
Full day rafting $140
Half day rafting $125
Bungee Jump $115
Bungee Jump x2 (3rd jump free) $165
Family Float Trip – Adult $50
Family Float Trip – Kids (2-12 years) $30
1-day Family trip – Adult $125
1-day Family Trip (Kids 5-12 years) $80
1-day Family (2x parents + 2 kids) $380
T-shirts – short sleeved $20
T-shirts – long sleeved $25
Rafting and Bungee photos, with our flash $50
Photos for rafting, client with own flash $30
Photos for rafting, with our flash $35
Rafting Video $45
Rafting video and photos $70
Photos for Bungee, per print $10 per photo
Photos for bungee, with own flash $20
Photos for bungee, with our flash $25
Photos for Bungee, Rafting and video $95
Horse Riding Safari USD 85
Pygmy Village visit – rate is negotiable on arrival with the local people
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Rhino Tracking ± USD 45.00
Vehicle Hire USD 25 per vehicle (Max 6) if vehicles are required to get a bit closer.
(THESE RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE).
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependent
“We completely fell in love with Africa after this trip and we miss it every day! The desire to go back will probably never go away so we will have to keep coming back to Africa and explore more of this wonderful continent!”
“When I booked the trip I didn’t really expect to come to the journey of my life (until now). The whole experience was the most amazing and awesome adventure I ever did so far.”