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Balloon safari Uganda Queen Elizabeth park

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Balloon safari in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National park

The safari experience begins with an early morning wake up at the lodge for a quick freshening up before assembling at the designated zone in the Queen Elizabeth National park. The early morning drive into the euphorbia vegetation will most likely yield the early risers like the Hippos, spotted hyena, Giant forest hog or the Elephant herds that may be observed along the Kasenyi track. The Balloon safari crew of the pilot and the ground assistants will be available to begin a morning briefing on the weather conditions, etiquette as well as take questions pertaining to the morning safari prior to the flaring of the inflatable hot air balloon.

You will have a morning either cup of tea or coffee as the Balloons that carry a total of about 16 passengers gets filled with LPG gas. The Balloon crew would then usher the team of the guests into a sturdy attached basket for strapping with seat belts and picking the vantage positions before beginning the slow ascent over the Savannah grasslands of the Queen Elizabeth Park. The sandbags are dropped from the Balloon to free the anchor and begin the safari over the wildlife from a bird’s eye view.

Following the wind direction and the altitude of the Balloon being controlled by the captain, you will be flying at over the treetops of the park and over some beautiful vegetation and scenic Crater Lakes. Game will be observed from the air where you spot lion prides, Cape buffalo, Uganda Kob, Elephant, Hyena, Bushbuck, Giant Forest Hog and a 360 degrees view of the entire Queen Elizabeth National park and the adjacent Ruwenzori Mountain system. On a clear day, peaks of Ruwenzori’s Margherita Park can be seen from the comfort of your vantage point.

After about an hour of the flight with chances of seeing Lion Kills or the White Backed Vultures feeding on the carcasses of the Kobs over the morning sunrise, the Captain will gently bring down the Balloon into an opening of the Savannah plains. The support crew and the service vehicle delivers the breakfast in the middle of the wilderness where fresh fruit, pastries and a full English breakfast with champagne will be served in the bush.

The trip then ends with a morning Queen Elizabeth Safari along the Kasenyi tracks in search of hunting lion prides, grazing cape buffalo, the Uganda Kobs on their morning territorial dominance fights at the mating grounds, prowling hyenas, Elephants browsing on the acacia vegetation and the late hippos heading down to the Kazinga channel following a night of feeding on the mainland.

The price for the Balloon safari starts at USD380 and this tour needs to be booked ahead of time.

Lake Mburo Safari, 3 Days

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3 DAY LAKE MBURO SAFARI – EX KAMPALA OR ENTEBBE
Day one:

Morning departure out of Kampala or Entebbe, proceeding through the roadside fruit and vegetable Markets. You will drive pay local natives carrying “Matooke” (the native name for plantains) on bicycles. Have a brief stopover at the Uganda Equator where the local guide will give explanations on the different forces of nature. Later, drive through the Lukaya area, where the local fishermen sell different kinds of fish from the nearby Lake Victoria. We arrive at the Lodge or Safari Camp for lunch before an evening wildlife tour of Lake Mburo. The animals seen this day may include; Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Eland and some rare birds like the scimitar-bills and the barefaced go away bird. Dinner and overnight at the Mihingo Lodge, Lake Mburo Safari Lodge or the Rwakobo rock Lodge. Meal arrangements: Lunch and dinner.

Transit Time: About 3-4 Hours.

Day Two:

Lake Mburo Tour

The morning breakfast and start the walk with a ranger guide. The Walking safari at Lake Mburo starts by driving from your overnight accommodation to a starting point, where you meet the armed guide. From here, start a 2 hour walk into the Hyena’s Den, where it is possible to see these animals inside their burrows, you walk through the savannah, seeing Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Topi and at times Eland. These animals are attracted to a nearby salt lick, where you find warthog, Impala, Topi and other wildlife. The walk finally ends at the Lake Mburo shores, where Zebras and Cape buffalo may be seen drinking water from the swamps while the Sitatunga may also be spotted using binoculars. Later, a mid morning game drive commences and you only return to camp for lunch, before taking the evening tour along the Lakeside track to see Hippos and crocodiles on the Lake. White Pelicans, Marabou storks and other water birds are usually present in large numbers here. In the evening, return to your accommodations for dinner and overnight.
Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day Three: Nature Walk Tours

Breakfast at your lodge or safari camp and have another morning Lake Mburo safari adventure in the acacia forested Savannah. Later, transfer to Kampala a after a picnic lunch break at the Equator. Transit time of about 4 – 5 hours in normal traffic conditions.
Meal Plan – Breakfast and Lunch.
Transit Time: 3-4 HOURS.
Lake Mburo safari ends with a drop off, either in Kampala or Entebbe.

 

LAKE MBURO SAFARI LODGE TOUR, PRICES PER PERSON IN A DOUBLE OR TWIN ROOM

Group Size

Price per person

1

US$1480

2

US$980

3

US$814

4

US$731

5

US$681

6

US$648

7

US$635

SRS

US$160

 

LAKE MBURO AFFORDABLE SAFARI OPTION, TOUR COST BEGINS FROM USD 210 PER PERSON SHARING IN A DOUBLE ROOM IF STAYING AT THE BUDGET ACCOMMODATIONS.  PRICING WOULD INCLUDE PARK FEES, GAME DRIVES, MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS WITH RETURN TRANSFERS.

 

Group Size

Price per person

1

US$783

2

US$421

3

US$317

4

US$245

5

US$234

6

US$213

7

US$210

SRS

US$40

 

Includes:
Accommodation and Meals, national park entry fee, walking safari in the park with ranger guide to see Zebra and Elands, Game viewing around the Lake Mburo for Hippo and sitatunga, private game drives in open topped safari vehicle at Lake Mburo with return 4×4 transfers from Kampala or Entebbe to Lake Mburo National park.

 

Excludes:
Personal expenditure whilst on safari, laundry, personal and optional tipping for exceptional safari guiding if necessary.

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Uganda safaris tours, Africa gorilla trekking

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Uganda Safaris and gorilla trekking

Uganda is where the East African Savannah meets the West African jungle. Our wildlife tours below are custom designed to Include some of Uganda safaris wildlife viewing in National Parks or reserves. Referred to as the Pearl Of Africa, our tour programs feature the East African Wildlife Rift Valley areas. The concentration of wildlife with the all year around makes Uganda a favorable, single  Africa destination.

A list of some of our Uganda safaris:

  •  Uganda safaris, wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the country’s fresh water Lakes, which come alive with fish and marine life. Prolific bird-life with the record extending over 1100 species, seen on bird watching tours. The Volcanic mountains in the Volcanoes area, provide sanctuary to over 50% Mountain Gorillas. Uganda’s rain forests team with Golden Monkeys, L’hoest Monkeys, Black and White Colubus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Chimpanzees and butterflies. While the East African Savannah, supports healthy populations of Africa’s Big Five which include; African White Rhino,Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Leopard and Prides of Lion.
  • Our Uganda safaris trips consequently cover some off the beaten track activities which include:,
  • Chimpanzee and Mountain Gorilla Safaris, or Gorilla tours

    Batwa cultural experiences: Guests, meanwhile join a local bushmen community to learn about these former forest dwellers. The Batwa used to live in the forests prior to gazettement into national parks. It is possible to join the Batwa as they demonstrate gathering honey and hunting. They use medicinal plants from the forest, make bark cloth peeled from the fig trees as their clothing. As well as trapping of duikers and other smaller forest animals. They slept in the open and at times in Caves and their houses built of leaves and bamboo. The cultural safari with optional dancing with Batwa tribesmen/women and the program takes a minimum of about 3 to 5 hours.

  • The white sand beaches in the middle of Lake Victoria, offers a different kind of a Uganda Luxury safari holiday relaxing by the white sand beaches in the lush, forested Lake Victoria. Then enjoy fresh water breezes of Lake Victoria, as well as provide relaxing trips after game viewing. It is also possible to try a hand at fishing with the local fishing communities. The Nile Perch is a monster Fish that grows to over 250 pounds. In addition, explore the trails in the forests to see Vervet monkeys, birds, Monitor Lizards or cruising on the Lake.
  • The Rwenzori Mountains offers a unique product.
  • Visitors find it fascinating to find snow at the Equator some 13,000 feet above sea level. These mountains, named the Mountains of the moon have some of the rarest plant and bird-life, glaciers and Mountain Lakes.
  • White water rafting is offered close to the source of the Nile in Jinja. Therefore, it is possible to visit the Itanda Falls in the vicinity. This is a full day program that covers some grade 5 rapids. Glide along the Mighty River Nile through the ever green forests along the banks. Later on, Quad Biking alongside Horse riding and Bungee Jumping are all available on the banks of the Nile. A boat ride into Lake Victoria gets one at the exact point, where the 6,000mile River Nile starts its journey to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Activities
    The safaris in Uganda, also feature the River Nile, which is the longest River on planet earth, With the origins at the source out of Lake Victoria near Jinja. The wildlife cruises and relaxing excursions includes some of the best spot fishing for the Nile Perch and the Tilapia, which is a staple food and an economic option for the local Ugandan population.
  • The Travelust African Safaris of Uganda, feature sightseeing holidays into the Mount Elgon National Parks, which includes the most romantic waterfalls in the world, according to the (lonely planet). Mountaineering hikes into the unique Mountain scenery, coupled with the cultural ceremonies of Ugandan teenage circumcision, take place in Eastern Uganda region.
  • The wildlife experience on your African tour covers border areas with Kenya.

    The virgin safari countryside, no doubt offers some of the rare Uganda safaris wildlife like the Cheetah. Ostrich and Greater Kudu live in their natural environment. This is an unexplored region, hardly visited by large tour groups on their trips in the country.

  • Utilizing, the customized safari vehicles on our Uganda programs, we also feature trips into the wildlife reserves of the Murchison falls, where Uganda Kob, the trail of the Uganda exploration safaris by Florence and Samuel Baker discovered the most beautiful spot on the River Nile. Activities on the Nile feature guided walking safari on foot with the Uganda wildlife Authority ranger guides, crocodile and Hippo cruises and Chimpanzee safaris in the Budongo Forests.
  • Bird watching safaris in Uganda feature the national bird, the Uganda Crowned crane, as well as other special species that migrate during the European winter, to lay their eggs on the islands in lake Victoria. The Shoe billed stork is one of the rare birds seen on a Uganda birding safari holiday. The Ruhija section, of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable national park, features the African Broad bill, sought after by the world’s leading birdwatchers.
  • Primate safaris of Uganda,

    feature on our wildlife trekking and nature trips. Blue Monkey flourish in the moist forests of Central and south western Uganda, while the Red tailed monkeys, Angola Colubus and the Red colubus, an endangered primate of Kibale forest, reside near the Kanyanchu tourist Center. Chimpanzee trekking safaris of Chambura gorge, Karinzu sanctuary and the Kibale Forest are very organized, and depart, every morning and in the afternoons, led by experienced tour guides.

  • The Uganda safaris guides, usually offer a chimpanzee habituation tour. Here, visitors go out in the forest following a troop of the chimpanzees. Taking data with the researchers and only get to leave the chimps in their overnight nests. The night safaris in the parks also feature, seeing Galagos, and Bush baby, which are the world’s smallest primates.
  • Uganda is arguably known for its gorilla safari tours, which feature gorilla trekking in Bwindi’s Impenetrable National park. At Mount Mgahinga gorilla sanctuary, the Volcanoes can be seen on clear days. Gorilla trips are based on luxury, safari accommodations, as well as the affordable options. Cheap gorilla safaris are available during the low season months of April, May and November. Alternatively, flying  departures from Entebbe International airport, into the Impenetrable Mountain Gorilla sanctuary, are available.
  • Uganda’s unique position,

    across the equator, and at a higher altitude, therefore guarantees an all year good weather, where the wildlife safaris thrive in these climatic conditions. You will be able to see all the Big Five safari animals of Africa, as well as the plants and way of life of the people. Uganda Kobs are plentiful in the Queen Elizabeth National park, where the hungry Lions and the sneaky Hyenas in the meantime lurk in the mating grounds, waiting for a chance to have a meal.

  • The walking safaris also include visits to the Ruwenzori Mountains, referred to as the Mountains of the moon, while the Volcanoes, in the south, at the border with Rwanda, offer some of the best golden Monkey trekking holidays in the whole of Africa. The magnificent scenery of Uganda, coupled with the friendliness of the local Ugandan population, has led to Uganda, being voted as a number one tourist destination in the world, on a number of occasions. Home stays in the local fishing Villages in the Ssese Islands, therefore, offering a hands on experience of a fishing vacation on Uganda’s Lakes. Using the traditional methods of sailing and finding the large Nile Perch Fish, which grows to over 200pounds.
  • The Crater Lakes, which arise as a result of Uganda’s position at the plateau, are a good option for swimming, canoeing by dugout canoes, while the rivers, offer some wildlife viewing. Breeding Nile crocodile and Hippos amass in large numbers, grunting away into the night as they challenge for territory.