A ONE-WEEK VACATION ITINERARY TO
UGANDA, AFRICA SHARED  BY STEPHANIE

8 NIGHTS/6 STOPS 

Uganda, a little known  safari destination among lakes and gorillas!

Stephanie and Frank, both French, live in Cairo. They have three teenage kids. Before going to Egypt, they spent some years in Budapest, Hungary. In all, they have been living abroad now for more than 10 years. They are eager travelers and there is never a dull moment during their holidays. For this true outdoorsy family, the holidays are perfect moments to see friends and discover new places and countries.
After our safari trip to Namibia , we wanted to explore with our teenagers, 19, 16 and  13,,another African country offering a different wildlife . We had time constraints, since we only had one week in June to take the trip. The best region to visit during this time frame was Eastern  Africa. Also, we wanted to got off the beaten track and explore a less mass tourism destination than Tanzania and Kenya. We decided on Uganda because it could accommodate our time requirements and, as a huge plus,  it added a very special goal to the trip, since it is the perfect destination to meet gorillas! We were also attracted by the Big Lakes region and the many safaris available there : by boat, on foot and by car.
Entebbe intl Airport- Kampala
20  hours from NY/1 stopover / 12 h from Europe
$1000 from NY / $ 700 from Europe
CAR WITH DRIVER
1420 km in 8 days
8 day trips
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL BUDGET: $ 2300 dollars per person, for lodging, meals, guide & driver , park entrance & gorilla permit
$ 600 / pp gorilla permit (included in total budget)
$ 120 / pp for entrance Queen Elisabeth NP (included in total budget)
  $ 150 / pp for chimpazees permit (not included in total budget)
 
 
SAFARI OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
 Boat, walk and car safaris
 Meeting the Bzewa gorillas
Tree Lions
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A snapshot

INTL AIRPORT TO
FORT PORTAL
 


320 km – 5h
Road trip to Fort Portal
FORT PORTAL TO
QUEEN ELISABETH (BUSH LODGE)
 

115 km – 2h30
Queen Elisabeth
QUEEN ELISABETH (BUSH LODGE)
TO ISHASHA
 

80 km /1h45
Ishasha
ISHASHA SECTOR TO
BWINDI FOREST

 

150 km – 5h45
Bwindi forest
BWINDI FOREST TO
LAKE MBURO
 

310 km – 6h45
Mburo Lake
LAKE MBURO TO
ENTEBBE INTL AIRPORT
 

345 km – 7h
Roadtrip

GOOD TO KNOW

 


  • Bookings to visit the gorilla park are done through the local agents who are in touch with the National Park’s managers. Think about booking well in advance, preferably when you buy the trip. There are very few spaces for this expedition. The estimated budget is $600 per person, expensive but worth every cent!
  • For budgetary reasons we didn’t take the tour to observe chimpanzees ($150 per person), but we heard that it was worth it.
  • If you have more than a week, Murchinson Falls is certainly worth the trip.
  • The road network in Uganda is very poor, consisting mainly of dirt roads that cross many villages. Travel times can be very long. Therefore we opted for hiring a driver-guide. This turned out to be less tiring and stressful, and we got great advice and tips for our safaris, learning also a fair amount about the culture of this fascinating country.
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