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Crops and crocs

Experience tropical flora and fauna on a tour of western Uganda that’s  unlike the others

Dive into the fascinating world of the tropics.

Get up close and personal with Uganda’s amazing

wildlife and vegetation

Day 1:

Welcome to Entebbe! We pick you up from the airport and take you to your accomodation at BlueMonkey or Gorilla African Guesthouse

Day 2:

Our adventure begins! After breakfast we’re picked up by our safari minibuses and off we go! First stop, Lake Mburo National Park, where we’ll do a sunset game drive. Dinner is at the Eagles Nest Lodge, where we’ll spend the night.

Day 3:

We start the day with a morning game drive in Lake Mburo NP, then go south-west to gorgeous Lake Bunyonyi. We’ll stroll through the area and see traditional handicrafts. You can go for a swim too, although at an altitude of 1800m, it can get a little chilly.

Day 4:

We dive right into the lush Virunga Volcano landscape. The drive takes us along a hilly ridge between Lake Bunyonyi and the Kabale Valley. In Kisoro we’ll get a tour and do a coffee tasting at  a small organic coffee farm.

Day 5:

The trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park takes us through the picturesque region bordering Congo, where we’ll stop for a tour of a tea plantation.

Day 6:

On a morning drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park we’ll encounter countless wild animals, and with a little luck, Lions and Leopards in their natural habitat. We continue on to Fort Portal along the Rwenzori Mountains, the third highest mountain range in Africa.

Day 7:

A few kilometers south of Fort Portal, in the Central African Rift, lie the Crater Lakes, a fertile, hilly region with dozens of beautiful small lakes. There we’ll visit an organic vanilla farm and take a walk around one of the lakes, where Colobus and Vervet Monkeys hang out and colorful birds chirp and chatter.

Day 8:

We head towards the Congolese border past the foothills of Mount Rwenzori. We’ll visit a teacher turned cacao grower and hike through the rainforest to Semliki National Park, where the hot springs are hot enough to boil an egg in.

Day 9:

We leave the Crater Lake region and head north towards Masindi. On the way we’ll go down to Lake Albert, where salt is extracted and processed on the lake’s shores.

Day 10 and 11:

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s biggest and most impressive park. Along with game drives, the plan includes a boat trip down the Nile and an excursion to the top of the waterfall. The park is home to elephants, giraffes, buffalo, several antelope species, lions, leopards, hippos and crocodiles to name a few. In the evening we’ll unwind right inside the park at Pakuba Lodge.

Day 12:

We head back to Entebbe, making a stop at a pineapple plantation where the fruits are dried and prepared for export.

Day 13:

A day to explore Entebbe and canoe through the papyrus wetlands or visit the botanical gardens. Sadly, this is where our adventure comes to an end. Flights back home can be arranged for this evening or the following day.

Day X:

Although there is no visit to the gorillas planned for this tour, an extra 3 days can be arranged for it, which we would be happy to organize. Note that the price (2019) for a gorilla tour alone is $2500 for two people. The tickets are in high demand and sell out fast, so it’s important to book well in advance.

 

Dates:

from Entebbe

17.-29. November 2019  (closing date 31.5.2019)

19.-31. Januar 2020  (closing date 31.7.2019)

Number of participants: min.5 max 14

 

Costs:

2195US$ in double room

2395US$ in single room

 

Price inclusions:

Bed and breakfast, entrance fees, guided tours, transport in safari mini buses.

 

Price exclusions:

Flight, insurance, visa, lunch and dinner, drinks, tips. (Prices in Ugx: lunch 20.00. – 40.000, 1 bottle of beer 5.000-7.000, 1 pineapple 5.000, 1/2L bottled water 1.000. US$ 1 equals about 3600 Shilling)

 

Registration and inquieries:

Email: safari@bluemonkey.ug

Whatsapp: +256 789771993

 

Payment and cancellation regulations:

A deposit of 30% is due after registration.

Cancellation: 3 months prior is free, 2 months prior refund of 50%, less than 2 months prior no refund.

Liability

We take no responsibility for changes in operation from third parties and unforeseeable circumstances (force majeure)

Your Tour Leader Albrecht Schneider lives in Entebbe with his wife Andrea. They were independent wine growers in The Neckar Valley for 30 years before moving to Uganda, which he had travelled to and gotten to know over the years. Albrecht knows a lot about grape growing and wine, which he can tell you about as you share a cold Nile Gold beer at the Safari Lodge. His favourite thing about Uganda is the friendly people and stunning landscapes.