“The Pearl of Africa” - Uganda offers a unique diversity of wildlife, natural beauty, and friendly inhabitants that all combine to make the country one of Africa’s hidden gems. This tour includes the obvious attractions of trekking in indigenous forests to see wild Gorilla’s and Chimpanzee’s, as well as exploring vast water-ways, mystical villages hidden in mist, and the lesser known sights of Tree Climbing Lions, huge pods of Hippopotamus, and of course the endless variety of plains animals.
This tour endeavors to explore the scenic beauty of Uganda, its people, and its wildlife. We will cover approx 2000km, some of it on extremely bad roads but the rewards are unequalled.
Weather, road, 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 Cassia Lodge near Entebbe or Adrift Camp in Jinja. Meals are available.)
ROUTE : Entebbe-Jinja
DEPARTURES : Every Second Sunday
VEHICLE : 13-seater overland truck
DURATION : 12 Days (10 nights camping, 2 nights cabin)
When required to we will run this itinerary in reverse. 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.
Visas are required by most nationalities for Uganda and clients are responsible for obtaining these. 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, in small denominations – all currency notes should be dated 2000 or later.
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. 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 tour will depart from
- CASSIA LODGE, Kampala, Uganda at 08h00.
- The telephone number is + 256 755 777 004.
Please note that linen will be provided at Cassia Lodge, BUT you will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the rest of the tour.
Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source on night: Pre night at Cassia Lodge
Currency exchange opportunities on tour: Arrival at Entebbe Airport. Small amounts at Cassia Lodge, on the morning of Day 1
Limited Laundry facilities: Cassia Lodge (Essential washing only)
Internet facilities: Cassia Lodge
The Uganda overland is an arduous journey that is only suitable for people of ages 18 - 55 and requires a certain level of fitness. On certain days of this safari long distances are travelled on poor roads, so be prepared to spend time in the vehicle on these days. This tour requires participation in all aspects of the tour. This entails assisting with the preparation of food, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean and the setting up of camp. Participation is an essential ingredient of this safari; all participants will be expected to assist with chores around the campsite.
Please keep in mind that flexibility, an open mind, an inquisitive accepting nature, a desire to learn from and appreciate the cultures into which you come into contact, patience and a sense of humour will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari. We are travelling in a developing country, 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 endeavour to run according to itineraries as best as possible.
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 endeavor 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.
Visas are not readily obtainable at the Airport in Uganda. We 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 travelers cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
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 2004 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.
Travellers 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.
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, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc. First aid kits can be purchased at a pharmacy for your convenience.
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