Uganda Safari Kiboko

Uganda, which Winston Churchill dubbed “The Pearl of Africa”, is a country located in the continent’s Great Lakes region. It borders on South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Republic of Uganda boasts, among other marvels, the legendary headwaters of the White Nile, at Lake Victoria.Our route begins by traveling to the north of the country, following the Nile, a river that we will behold and enjoy on several occasions during our adventure. Before reaching Uganda’s best-known parks, we will stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda to see the white rhinoceros.The Murchison Falls, Kibale and Queen Elizabeth parks will reveal to us the country’s rich fauna, combined with spectacular landscapes that are bound to dazzle travellers.We will continue our adventure taking in the stunning mountainous landscapes of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the mighty, magnificent mountain gorilla.In short, this is a journey into the heart of the continent, the essence of Africa.

Duración:

13 días

Viaje:

En grupo o privado

Desde:

2750 €

Salidas y Precios

2022

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Precio de viajar en grupo

PVP por persona:

desde 2750 €

Precio de viajar en privado

PVP por persona:

desde 2850 €

Route trip

Ask us for the PDF with the complete information of the route

DÍA 1

International flight to Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, the city being located on the shores of Lake Victoria. You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to the hotel.Accommodations at the Precious Guest House. (no meals)

DÍA 2

Entebbe -Ziwa – Masindi

After breakfast we will head for the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, in Nakitoma, a reservation located about 4 hours away, in the north of the country. Created with the aim of reintroducing the rhino into Uganda, it is the only place in the country where these creatures can be observed in their natural habitat.We will take a hike together with a local English-speaking guide in search of the rhinos and, after the visit, head to Masindi, where we will spend the night (1-2 hours; approx. 60 km).Availability permitting, we will stay at the legendary Masindi Hotel, from the colonial era, the first hotel built in Uganda and where those working on the Hollywood classic The African Queen stayed. Movie legends like Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn slept in the simple rooms of this quiet hotel, a must-see. This inn is also very well known as the place where Ernest Hemingway stayed while recovering from injuries suffered during two plane crashes in his attempts to photograph Murchison Falls.Accommodations at the Masindi Hotel. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 3

Murchison Falls NP – Budongo – Murchison Falls

After breakfast we will head for Budongo, located south of the Murchison Falls National Park and close to the town of Masindi (about 20 km). This is a tropical rainforest covering 435 square kilometers and located inside the Albertine Rift.Budongo Forest is a reserve created in 1990. Dedicated to research and conservation, its main objective is the scientific study of primates and the ecology of tropical forests.These studies serve to promote policies supporting conservation actions and the sustainable management of resourcesIn the reserve there are some 600 chimpanzees, and about eight other species of primates; more than 360 different species of birds, 465 types of trees, and 24 species of mammals.Here we can also find some 290 types of butterflies and 130 types of moths.After the chimpanzee trek, we will head into the Murchison Falls Park and seize the opportunity to catch our first glimpses of its fauna before heading to the top of the falls by car.After visiting the upper part of the waterfall, if we have enough time we will take a safari through the park and observe the rich fauna it harbors.Accommodations at the Pakuba Safari Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 4

Murchison Falls NP

Murchison Falls National Park is a veritable delight for the senses, a natural wonderland teeming with mammals and families of predators, as well as waterfowl of all kinds.The landscape is of extraordinary beauty, and abounding in fauna. Among the most important species are the large herds of elephants, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions, buffaloes, hartebeest, oribis, harnessed bushbucks, spotted hyenas and leopards.In the early morning, avoiding the hottest hours of the day, we will get in our vehicles in search of the great variety of fauna that the park contains. We will have lunch at the lodge and, in the afternoon, cruise up the Nile River to the base of Murchison Falls. Along the way we will be able to spot hippos, large crocodiles, and elephants, as well as a great number of avian species, such as Goliath herons, pelicans, European bee-eaters, kingfishers, great hornbills, cormorants, and, if we are lucky, the elusive and curious shoebill stork. We will be accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.The boat will stop just meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”, where the Nile spills down from a height of 40 meters. If the river is running low enough, at this point we will leave the boat for a guided hike lasting about one hour up to the top of Murchison Falls. If it is not possible to hike up because the Nile is running too high, we will have already visited the upper part of the waterfall by car the day before. We will be able to observe close up the spectacular beauty of one of the most powerful bodies of water on earth. If we are unable to make the ascent on foot, our vehicle will be waiting for us at this point to take us back to the lodge (about 25 minutes).Accommodations at the Pakuba Safari Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 5

Murchison Falls NP – Kibiro – Hoima

After breakfast we will enjoy our last moments at Murchison Falls and continue our adventure towards Hoima (about 3-4 hours en route; 140 km approx.). Located in the kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara (Bunyoro), and about 30 km from the shores of Lake Albert, Hoima is a very pleasant city that has grown a lot in recent years.Before arriving in Hoima, we will visit the small fishing village of Kibiro, on the shores of Lake Albert, where we will interact with the local population through activities, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. We will learn about their daily lives and how they extract salt by filtering the soil, in addition to visiting local hot springs produced by the area’s volcanic activity.At the end of the day, we will head back to Hoima, where we will spend the night.Accommodations at the Hoima Cultural Lodges. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 6

Hoima – Kibale NP

After breakfast we will head for the Kibale National Park (about 4 hours en route; approx. 200 km).Upon arrival in Kibale we will make for the Kibale Forest National Park Visitor Center for an orientation session before commencing our chimpanzee trek. Kibale National Park is best known for housing one of the largest chimpanzee populations on the planet, but the forest is also home to other primates such as the L’Hoest’s monkey, the red colobus, the blue (diademed) monkey, the red-tailed monkey, and the grey-cheeked mangabey. After lunch we will head for the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We’ll be joined by an English-speaking ranger.Accommodations at the Isunga Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 7

Kibale – Queen Elizabeth NP

In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. This refuge is home to 8 species of primates, including the black and white colobus, red colobus, mangabey, red-tailed monkey, vervet, and L’Hoest’s monkey. Here we will also be able to spot a large number of mammals and more than 200 species of birds, including the great blue turaco, countless reptiles, and a wide variety of trees and shrubs. We will be accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.After the Bigodi hike, we will continue our journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park (about 2-3 hours; 130 km).Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the country, and its ecosystems (including savannahs and rainforests) and diverse fauna are part of the reason why. Visitors also have numerous opportunities to interact with the people of the local communities. Once in the park we will visit the Katwe area, which is located in the Kasese district, at the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is a saltwater lake of volcanic origin from which the local community continues to extract salt in a traditional way. Both men and women work to extract the salt, an extremely grueling task requiring them to spend hours in the salt-rich water, which affects the workers’ skin. Two main products are obtained from the lake, which we will be able to observe on our visit: blocks of salt, stacked and sold for food; and a mixture of salt loam that is used for livestock, drawn from the lake’s muddy bottom.In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat safari on the Kazinga Canal with a local English-speaking guide. This 32-km long body of water connects Lake George and Lake Edward, which, in turn, is the natural border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The trip on the Kazinga will be one of the most thrilling experiences of our safari days, as we will be able to spot hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and a whole range of waterfowl.Accommodations at the Buffalo Safari Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 8

Queen Elizabeth NP – Ishasha

In the morning, after breakfast, we will begin a trek through the spectacular Kyambura Gorge. This is one of the arms of the Rift Valley, a magnificent fissure-shaped lowland in the middle of the savannah, about 100 meters deep and about 11 km long, located in the eastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, ending in the Kazinga Channel. This great rift was formed by drainage from the waters of the Kyambura River. The landscape is of striking beauty, offering tropical rainforest views in the middle of the savannah, and lying  right on the equator. Kyambura Gorge is home to communities of chimpanzees and other primates, and a number of hippos also inhabit the river.We will complete the trek in the gorge accompanied by a park ranger. Searching for chimpanzees will be our main focus, but we will still enjoy everything else we spot along the way.After the trek in Kyambura, before leaving for Ishasha we will visit the Kichwamba Overlook, site of the popular Twin Lakes, stopping to take photos. This area arose during an era of volcanic activity in the Great Rift Valley. The landscape is dotted with lakes of turquoise waters.We will continue our journey out towards Ishasha, in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (about two and a half hours en route). This is the most remote sector of the park, characterized by its range of different habitats; from savannah forest, to the swampy area in the vicinity of Lake Edward, all harboring a wide variety of wildlife. One of this park’s notable peculiarities is its fig tree (one of the many species of ficus). Due to these trees’ peculiar structures, lions climb them to take shelter from the sun, resting in them during the hottest hours of the day. Tracking the lions and visiting the Edward Flats area will be our main objectives in Ishasha.During our visit to Ishasha, we will take a hike in the Edward Flats, an area off the beaten track. During this route, consisting of a more remote trail, a ranger from the park will accompany us. In this corner of Ishasha we may come across groups of elephants. Edward Flats is also home to migratory birds, as millions of songbirds, storks, waders and birds of prey pass through this area.Accommodations at Enjojo Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 9

Ishasha -Bwindi NP

After breakfast we will spend a few hours in the morning in search of the famous climbing lions of Ishasha.After the safari we will depart for one of the sectors of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. During the tour we will enjoy incredible panoramic vistas, and see how the terrain transforms, giving way to the incredible jungle landscapes of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the last havens of the mountain gorilla. We will then head to the lodge to rest and prepare for the unique experience that we will enjoy the next day.The accommodations will depend on the sector that we are assigned by the UWA. We are planning on the Rushaga Gorilla Camp. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 10

Bwindi NP

A quintessential rainforest, this remote, misty enclave harbors some 500 mountain gorillas – half of the world’s population. A genuine paradise to see Uganda’s most famous great apes.After breakfast we will be transferred to the Visitor Center of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for a detailed orientation session before leaving on the mountain gorilla hike.First, we will be assigned to one of the groups/families of gorillas that are accustomed to the presence of humans, and then receive an orientation talk from the national park guide who will accompany us on our hike.The park’s guides and rangers are extremely professional, and will provide us with detailed information on the rules we must follow and proper behavior, both during the hike and during the time we spend watching the gorillas.Where we eat will depend on the duration of the trek, so we will take a pack lunch in case we must eat on the go.NOTE: The gorilla tracking will depend on the sector where the UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) grants us permission to perform the activity. In no case is this something we can decide, so it could be in any of the different sectors of Bwindi or the Mgahinga National Park (Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, Rushaga or Mgahinga).The UWA reserves the right to modify, change or assign these permits for any of the aforementioned sectors, either due to overbooking, or for whatever reason they deem fit, in order to manage them, even if, in some cases, this means having to separate travellers on the same tour.The accommodations will depend on the sector that we are assigned by the UWA. We are planning on the Rushaga Gorilla Camp. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 1

International flight to Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, the city being located on the shores of Lake Victoria. You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to the hotel.Accommodations at the Precious Guest House. (no meals)

DÍA 2

Entebbe -Ziwa – Masindi

After breakfast we will head for the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, in Nakitoma, a reservation located about 4 hours away, in the north of the country. Created with the aim of reintroducing the rhino into Uganda, it is the only place in the country where these creatures can be observed in their natural habitat.We will take a hike together with a local English-speaking guide in search of the rhinos and, after the visit, head to Masindi, where we will spend the night (1-2 hours; approx. 60 km).Availability permitting, we will stay at the legendary Masindi Hotel, from the colonial era, the first hotel built in Uganda and where those working on the Hollywood classic The African Queen stayed. Movie legends like Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn slept in the simple rooms of this quiet hotel, a must-see. This inn is also very well known as the place where Ernest Hemingway stayed while recovering from injuries suffered during two plane crashes in his attempts to photograph Murchison Falls.Accommodations at the Masindi Hotel. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 3

Murchison Falls NP – Budongo – Murchison Falls

After breakfast we will head for Budongo, located south of the Murchison Falls National Park and close to the town of Masindi (about 20 km). This is a tropical rainforest covering 435 square kilometers and located inside the Albertine Rift.Budongo Forest is a reserve created in 1990. Dedicated to research and conservation, its main objective is the scientific study of primates and the ecology of tropical forests.These studies serve to promote policies supporting conservation actions and the sustainable management of resourcesIn the reserve there are some 600 chimpanzees, and about eight other species of primates; more than 360 different species of birds, 465 types of trees, and 24 species of mammals.Here we can also find some 290 types of butterflies and 130 types of moths.After the chimpanzee trek, we will head into the Murchison Falls Park and seize the opportunity to catch our first glimpses of its fauna before heading to the top of the falls by car.After visiting the upper part of the waterfall, if we have enough time we will take a safari through the park and observe the rich fauna it harbors.Accommodations at the Pakuba Safari Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 4

Murchison Falls NP

Murchison Falls National Park is a veritable delight for the senses, a natural wonderland teeming with mammals and families of predators, as well as waterfowl of all kinds.The landscape is of extraordinary beauty, and abounding in fauna. Among the most important species are the large herds of elephants, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions, buffaloes, hartebeest, oribis, harnessed bushbucks, spotted hyenas and leopards.In the early morning, avoiding the hottest hours of the day, we will get in our vehicles in search of the great variety of fauna that the park contains. We will have lunch at the lodge and, in the afternoon, cruise up the Nile River to the base of Murchison Falls. Along the way we will be able to spot hippos, large crocodiles, and elephants, as well as a great number of avian species, such as Goliath herons, pelicans, European bee-eaters, kingfishers, great hornbills, cormorants, and, if we are lucky, the elusive and curious shoebill stork. We will be accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.The boat will stop just meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”, where the Nile spills down from a height of 40 meters. If the river is running low enough, at this point we will leave the boat for a guided hike lasting about one hour up to the top of Murchison Falls. If it is not possible to hike up because the Nile is running too high, we will have already visited the upper part of the waterfall by car the day before. We will be able to observe close up the spectacular beauty of one of the most powerful bodies of water on earth. If we are unable to make the ascent on foot, our vehicle will be waiting for us at this point to take us back to the lodge (about 25 minutes).Accommodations at the Pakuba Safari Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 5

Murchison Falls NP – Kibiro – Hoima

After breakfast we will enjoy our last moments at Murchison Falls and continue our adventure towards Hoima (about 3-4 hours en route; 140 km approx.). Located in the kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara (Bunyoro), and about 30 km from the shores of Lake Albert, Hoima is a very pleasant city that has grown a lot in recent years.Before arriving in Hoima, we will visit the small fishing village of Kibiro, on the shores of Lake Albert, where we will interact with the local population through activities, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. We will learn about their daily lives and how they extract salt by filtering the soil, in addition to visiting local hot springs produced by the area’s volcanic activity.At the end of the day, we will head back to Hoima, where we will spend the night.Accommodations at the Hoima Cultural Lodges. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 6

Hoima – Kibale NP

After breakfast we will head for the Kibale National Park (about 4 hours en route; approx. 200 km).Upon arrival in Kibale we will make for the Kibale Forest National Park Visitor Center for an orientation session before commencing our chimpanzee trek. Kibale National Park is best known for housing one of the largest chimpanzee populations on the planet, but the forest is also home to other primates such as the L’Hoest’s monkey, the red colobus, the blue (diademed) monkey, the red-tailed monkey, and the grey-cheeked mangabey. After lunch we will head for the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We’ll be joined by an English-speaking ranger.Accommodations at the Isunga Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 7

Kibale – Queen Elizabeth NP

In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. This refuge is home to 8 species of primates, including the black and white colobus, red colobus, mangabey, red-tailed monkey, vervet, and L’Hoest’s monkey. Here we will also be able to spot a large number of mammals and more than 200 species of birds, including the great blue turaco, countless reptiles, and a wide variety of trees and shrubs. We will be accompanied by a local English-speaking guide.After the Bigodi hike, we will continue our journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park (about 2-3 hours; 130 km).Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the country, and its ecosystems (including savannahs and rainforests) and diverse fauna are part of the reason why. Visitors also have numerous opportunities to interact with the people of the local communities. Once in the park we will visit the Katwe area, which is located in the Kasese district, at the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is a saltwater lake of volcanic origin from which the local community continues to extract salt in a traditional way. Both men and women work to extract the salt, an extremely grueling task requiring them to spend hours in the salt-rich water, which affects the workers’ skin. Two main products are obtained from the lake, which we will be able to observe on our visit: blocks of salt, stacked and sold for food; and a mixture of salt loam that is used for livestock, drawn from the lake’s muddy bottom.In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat safari on the Kazinga Canal with a local English-speaking guide. This 32-km long body of water connects Lake George and Lake Edward, which, in turn, is the natural border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The trip on the Kazinga will be one of the most thrilling experiences of our safari days, as we will be able to spot hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and a whole range of waterfowl.Accommodations at the Buffalo Safari Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 8

Queen Elizabeth NP – Ishasha

In the morning, after breakfast, we will begin a trek through the spectacular Kyambura Gorge. This is one of the arms of the Rift Valley, a magnificent fissure-shaped lowland in the middle of the savannah, about 100 meters deep and about 11 km long, located in the eastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, ending in the Kazinga Channel. This great rift was formed by drainage from the waters of the Kyambura River. The landscape is of striking beauty, offering tropical rainforest views in the middle of the savannah, and lying  right on the equator. Kyambura Gorge is home to communities of chimpanzees and other primates, and a number of hippos also inhabit the river.We will complete the trek in the gorge accompanied by a park ranger. Searching for chimpanzees will be our main focus, but we will still enjoy everything else we spot along the way.After the trek in Kyambura, before leaving for Ishasha we will visit the Kichwamba Overlook, site of the popular Twin Lakes, stopping to take photos. This area arose during an era of volcanic activity in the Great Rift Valley. The landscape is dotted with lakes of turquoise waters.We will continue our journey out towards Ishasha, in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (about two and a half hours en route). This is the most remote sector of the park, characterized by its range of different habitats; from savannah forest, to the swampy area in the vicinity of Lake Edward, all harboring a wide variety of wildlife. One of this park’s notable peculiarities is its fig tree (one of the many species of ficus). Due to these trees’ peculiar structures, lions climb them to take shelter from the sun, resting in them during the hottest hours of the day. Tracking the lions and visiting the Edward Flats area will be our main objectives in Ishasha.During our visit to Ishasha, we will take a hike in the Edward Flats, an area off the beaten track. During this route, consisting of a more remote trail, a ranger from the park will accompany us. In this corner of Ishasha we may come across groups of elephants. Edward Flats is also home to migratory birds, as millions of songbirds, storks, waders and birds of prey pass through this area.Accommodations at Enjojo Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 9

Ishasha -Bwindi NP

After breakfast we will spend a few hours in the morning in search of the famous climbing lions of Ishasha.After the safari we will depart for one of the sectors of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. During the tour we will enjoy incredible panoramic vistas, and see how the terrain transforms, giving way to the incredible jungle landscapes of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the last havens of the mountain gorilla. We will then head to the lodge to rest and prepare for the unique experience that we will enjoy the next day.The accommodations will depend on the sector that we are assigned by the UWA. We are planning on the Rushaga Gorilla Camp. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 10

Bwindi NP

A quintessential rainforest, this remote, misty enclave harbors some 500 mountain gorillas – half of the world’s population. A genuine paradise to see Uganda’s most famous great apes.After breakfast we will be transferred to the Visitor Center of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for a detailed orientation session before leaving on the mountain gorilla hike.First, we will be assigned to one of the groups/families of gorillas that are accustomed to the presence of humans, and then receive an orientation talk from the national park guide who will accompany us on our hike.The park’s guides and rangers are extremely professional, and will provide us with detailed information on the rules we must follow and proper behavior, both during the hike and during the time we spend watching the gorillas.Where we eat will depend on the duration of the trek, so we will take a pack lunch in case we must eat on the go.NOTE: The gorilla tracking will depend on the sector where the UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) grants us permission to perform the activity. In no case is this something we can decide, so it could be in any of the different sectors of Bwindi or the Mgahinga National Park (Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, Rushaga or Mgahinga).The UWA reserves the right to modify, change or assign these permits for any of the aforementioned sectors, either due to overbooking, or for whatever reason they deem fit, in order to manage them, even if, in some cases, this means having to separate travellers on the same tour.The accommodations will depend on the sector that we are assigned by the UWA. We are planning on the Rushaga Gorilla Camp. FB (Full Board)

Información práctica del país

The best time to travel to Uganda

Uganda’s equatorial climate is very temperate due to its high median elevation, with contrasting exceptions on the plains, in the dry north, the hot region, and the cold peaks of Rwenzori, at the other extreme. The rainy season runs from, roughly, mid-September to November and from March to May, although patterns vary by region. July to September and December to February are the months with the least rainfall, making them better choices for safaris and camping. Highs range from 20 to 27 degrees, and lows from between 15 and 18 in much of the country.

Health – Vaccines

he official yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for entry into Uganda, and vaccination against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, tetanus-diphtheria, polio and, to a lesser extent, cholera, is recommended (but not mandatory). Taking measures to prevent malaria is highly advisable (at the vaccination centers treatment is prescribed depending on the area and the time of the trip), including important steps to avoid mosquito bites, since the Anopheles genus is that which transmits the disease: mosquito nets, repellents (containing DEET) and light clothing that covers the body, especially in the early hours of the day and at night, which is when the insects are most active. Likewise, you should avoid drinking unbottled water or liquids (as their origins are uncertain), raw vegetables, or undercooked foods (meats, for example).
For more information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.exterior.gob.es/portal/es/serviciosalciudadano/siviajasalextranjero/paginas/inicio.aspx
Ministry of Health: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm
Official vaccination centers: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/sanidadExterior/salud/centrosvacu.htm

Visas

Costing $50, Spanish citizens must enter with a visa that the Ugandan authorities process online prior to arrival in Entebbe: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. Note that it has recently been impossible to obtain the visa upon arrival paying in cash (dollars). They may add a 3% commission for the online transaction. It is also helpful to know that there is a visa for East Africa that, for $100 USD, allows visitors entry into three countries: Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya (it is issued by the country to which you arrive on the international flight, but is valid to visit all three).

Currency

The currency is the Ugandan Shilling (UGX). The approximate value of the currency in Euros can be viewed at https://www.xe.com/es, and may fluctuate depending on market variations and the location (bank or exchange agency) where one exchanges money. As a rule of thumb, 1 Euro is normally equivalent to about 4,400 UGX. Thus, 10,000 UGX is about €2.20, and 100,000 UGX is about €22.

Language

Uganda is an English-speaking country and almost everyone speaks, or at least gets by, in English. Among the more than 30 native languages, the main one, and that most spoken in the area of Entebbe and Kampala, is Luganda. Even so, upon arriving at Fort Portal we will hear much more Tooro than Luganda; and in the Kabale area, Kiga, or Rushiga, for example. Swahili is also quite widespread. The language of millions of East African speakers, it is used as a lingua franca in the Great Lakes region due to its proximity to Kenya and Tanzania, where it is a national language and typical of its Indian coast.

Electricity

To plug in appliances you will need a three-pin adapter, as in the UK. The voltage is 220V – 240V, as in Spain. The adapter must have multiple slots if you plan to charge more than one device at a time. Link of interest: https://www.enchufesdelmundo.com/uganda/

Incluye

  • Transfers from/to the airport, as per the itinerary.
  • Double room on a full-board basis, except the meals in Entebbe, which are not included.
  • We may have pack lunches, depending on circumstances along the route.
  • Accommodations in standard-category rooms, as per the itinerary.
  • Transport in a 4X4 Land Cruiser, English-speaking guide/driver, or Spanish-speaking guide/driver with English-speaking interpreter (except during chimpanzee and gorilla trek, and/or on those tours where the guides are English-speaking locals).
  • Entrance fees to parks and activities, as per the itinerary.
  • Mineral water en route in cars (not at the lodges)
  • Local English-speaking guides.
  • Boats and ferries indicated on the itinerary.
  • Safaris, hikes and tours, as per the itinerary.
  • Admission to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
  • A guided hike in Ziwa.
  • Visit to the legendary Masindi Hotel.
  • Chimpanzee trek in Budongo.
  • Entrance to Murchison Falls NP.
  • Safari on the north bank of the Nile River.
  • Safari cruise to the falls.
  • Upper part of the Falls.
  • Night in Hoima.
  • Visit to the village of Kibiro.
  • Entrance into the Kibale Forest NP and chimpanzee trek.
  • Visit to Bigodi.
  • Admission to the Queen Elizabeth NP.
  • Kyambura chimpanzee trek.
  • Visit to the Katwe Salt Works.
  • Jungle cruise through the Kazinga Channel.
  • Admission to the Ishasha NP.
  • 1 safari in the Ishasha sector.
  • Admission to the Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park.
  • Visit to Lake Bunyonyi and boat ride.

No incluye

  • International flights.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits…)
  • Visa for Uganda: the simple entry visa costs $50/ person, and is necessary for the citizens of all countries that, in turn, require Ugandan citizens to acquire visas to enter them (reciprocity principle). The visa must be obtained online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. It usually takes from a few hours to several days.
  • Tips, and telephone and personal expenses.
  • Medical and/or travel insurance.
  • Permit/ fee for visit of chimpanzees (indicated separately from ground services).
  • Permit/fee for the gorilla excursion (indicated separately from the amount for land services)
  • Meals in Entebbe (except breakfast).
  • Any other items not expressly specified as included.

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    Traveled with Rift Valley Expeditions in the South of Ethiopia . Mehari was an excellent guide and driver . Made the trip unforgettable and unique.He was very organised and was making sure we enjoyed every second of the trip. Would definitely recommend him and for sure will travel with them again!
    Sitges Travel
    Sitges Travel
    14. Enero, 2024.
    Gracias Rift Valley por hacer de nuestro viaje a Benín una espectacular experiencia con los 5 sentidos. Ya hacía tiempo que queríamos viajar con vosotros a título personal, y ahora que ya lo hemos hecho, sin duda os recomendaremos a todos nuestros clientes aventureros. ¡¡Ya estamos deseando volver a África para descubrir con vosotros otro destino!! Queremos agradecer especialmente a nuestro guía en Benín, Oumar Farouk, eres una joyita de persona, ¡no cambies nunca!, y a Rafa Martín por todo lo que aprendemos y nos enamora más el continente africano cada vez que hablamos contigo 😉
    Natalia Valencia Pineda
    Natalia Valencia Pineda
    3. Diciembre, 2023.
    Estoy en estos momentos regresando de un viaje en Kenia y simplemente espectacular. Recomiendo la agencia y sobre todo a sus guias. Siempre dispuestos a todo!
    Teresa Pubill
    Teresa Pubill
    8. Octubre, 2023.
    Al Setembre vaig fer una safari a Tanzania amb Rift Valley. L’ organització ha estat fantàstica des del primer moment que vam contactar amb ells. El guia un gran professional, ens va resoldre tots els dubtes que teniem i ens va fer disfrutar molt del safari. Els hotels, recomanats per l’ agència van set extraordinaris. Realment son molt professionals i fan que sigui un viatge inobidable. Segur que tornaré a viatjar amb ells i els recomano a tothom que vulgui viatjar a Africa
    Ana Olivar
    Ana Olivar
    14. Septiembre, 2023.
    Viatges diferents i culturals
    Kira Josende Camacho
    Kira Josende Camacho
    14. Septiembre, 2023.
    ¡Experiencia increíble en Kenia! Muchas gracias por toda la organización! Repetiremos seguro! 🙂
    Nerea Tabernero
    Nerea Tabernero
    2. Septiembre, 2023.
    Nuestro viaje a Etiopía no podría haber salido mejor. Recorrimos el sur del país durante semana y media acompañados por Salomon y Mente, los mejores guía y conductor posibles. Tanto los alojamientos como la coordinación de horarios y visitas han sido perfectos, incluso cuando ha habido algún imprevisto.
    Jorge Pam
    Jorge Pam
    1. Septiembre, 2023.
    Tras viajar con ellos por Etiopía, recomiendo sin dudarlo a Rift Valley para viajar por África. Tienen multitud de experiencia, contactos y saber hacer. Gracias en especial a nuestro guía Salomon y nuestro conductor Mente. 😃
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