When the Rwanda Development Board announced it was to double the prices of its Gorilla Trekking Permits as part of a ‘high-end tourism strategy’ in 2017, tourism in neighbouring Uganda exploded. The Pearl of Africa, as it was named by our very own Winston Churchill, offers an abundance of attractions for international visitors, and if you want to get in before demand pushes the prices higher than they already are (USD reigns here!), now is the perfect time to book your 2018 holiday.
Image courtesy: Chameleon Hill
While significantly less ‘touristy’ than other parts of Africa, Uganda has much to offer the intrepid traveller, and if you are looking to see and do as much as possible within your annual two-week break, one of the best ways to do so is on a small group escorted tour.
Unlike the 50 plus passenger bus tours that can now be found in South Africa and Namibia, the small group tours offered in Uganda remain small and personalised. You’ll be sharing a jeep with just 5 or 6 likeminded travellers, and you’ll enjoy a more flexible itinerary that incorporates more ‘you time’ and less time waiting around for others!
So, what is there to see and do in Uganda? Lots! Top visitor attractions include Murchison Falls, the Rwenzori Mountain Range (for hiking), Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest, but there so much more waiting for you in the Pearl of Africa.
If you are limited on time, a short and active trip taking in all the major must-see attractions could well be the way to go. For some inspiration, here’s a brief overview of a 12-night Uganda Holiday set to start on 20th November 2018…
- DAY 1: Arrive Entebbe / Transfer to Hotel / Beach BBQ / Overnight: Entebbe
- DAY 2: Entebbe / Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park / Overnight: Murchison Falls
- DAY 3: Murchison Falls National Park / Morning Safari / River Nile Boat Cruise / Water Fall Hike / Overnight: Murchison Falls
- DAY 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Lake Albert – Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve / Sunrise Safari and Fishing Village on Lake Albert / Overnight: Lake Albert
- DAY 5: Lake Albert – Kibale Forest National Park / Guided Hike / Overnight: Kibale Forest National Park
- DAY 6: Kibale Forest National Park Bigodi Swamp Walk / Optional Chimpanzee Tracking / Overnight: Kibale Forest National Park
- DAY 7: Kibale Forest National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park / Crater Lakes Hike and Game Drive / Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
- DAY 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park / Safari & Boat Tour on the Kazinga Channel / Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
- DAY 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha Sector / Game Drive / Overnight: Ishasha Sector
- DAY 10: Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Overnight: Chameleon Hill
- DAY 11: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Optional Activity Gorilla Tracking / Overnight: Chameleon Hill
- DAY 12: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Optional Golden Monkey Tracking or Volcano Climbing / Overnight: Chameleon Hill
- DAY 13: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Kigali / Rwanda / Kigali City Tour and Visit to Genocide Memorial / Transfer to Airport for Departure