Get ready to meet some very special locals: GoAfrica Safaris takes you to see chimps and gorillas in their natural habitat, a great opportunity to see some incredible places and support the local economy at the same time. The itinerary includes Entebbe, Murchinson Falls, the Kibale Forest, the Queen Elisabeth National Park and then back to Entebbe.
The accessibility features include hotels and lodges with adapted rooms and adapted transport (van with ramps), and the possibility to be carried by porters in the most wild parts of the safari. The tour is organised by experienced local tour operator GoAfrica Safari, with a trained team that has long time experience taking people with mobility issues in natural areas in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
First of all, it is very important for people to know that a safari is very exciting and adventurous, but also tiring. One will have to be able to sit in a vehicle for 5-6 hours on some transfer days between the parks. If travelers get tired quickly, the agency will modify the program and extend the number of nights at each location, or eventually visit less areas.
In some parts that are more difficult for people with limited mobility, porters will carry you around, therefore make sure you are comfortable with this.
This safari is indicated for the abilities listed below: however if the person needs help traveling, either s/he has a travel companion, a family member or assistant, or eventually there are local trusted carers that can join, at an additional cost.
Travelers with a manual wheelchair or a walker can totally do this safari, however due to the means of transport currently available in the country, this tour is not indicated for users of power scooters or electric wheelchairs.
Diabetic travelers: the local agency can supply a coolerbox for medication and inform the camps/lodges accordingly, you can inform us beforehand and information on medical facilities for any emergency will be at hand.
Travelers with specific dietary requirements: appropriate menus can be set up, inform us beforehand.
Travelers with hearing impairments: SL guides are not available on the spot for the moment, but you can travel with your own guide/tour leader of course.
Travelers with visual impairments: the safari experience is a multisensory feast, so it can be a lot of fun for people with reduced or no sight. However, it must be said that in a safari it is not possible to actually touch the animals as they are generally at a safe distance.
Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be met by our driver guide. He will transfer you to your hotel (about 50 min drive). Overnight at the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel.
After a relaxed breakfast we will depart Entebbe and head west to Fort Portal. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park, while passing the region of the Crater Lakes arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Primate lodge.
Today we can plan 2 chimp trackings ( approximately 1 hour with each chimp family ) , one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to witness the chimp families performing their daily chores of hunting, feeding, copulating, raising their young, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying. They start to build their new nests around 5pm. Return to your lodge at the end of this enjoyable day. Lunch/Dinner & Overnight at the Primate Lodge
After a delicious breakfast we proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park ( about 3 hours drive ). Driving South, along the edge of the Kibaale National Park you drop down in to the floor of the Rift Valley and it becomes much warmer and the vegetation becomes more savannah like with open plains and scattered shrubs and trees. The first sign that you are close to the park is the view of Lake George and the Kazinga Channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward. As you enter the park you will come across one of the many Soda Ash Lakes that have a very pungent sulphur smell. Such lakes are very characteristic of the volcanic lakes on the floor of the Rift Valley. Many animals, particularly buffalo congregate along the shores of these lakes to lick the mineral salts left by the evaporating waters. Mweya Safari Lodge is the only accommodation unit built on what is know as the ‘peninsular’ and has the most spectacular views of the Kazinga Channel to the East and Lake Edward to the West. This makes for the most spectacular sun rises and sun sets! Both are no to be missed when staying here. Check in at the Mweya Lodge, have lunch and enjoy the stunning scenery and views all around you! – In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which takes you within meters of elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the your highlight ! At the end of the boat ride you come across a fishing village that is in the middle of the park, and a demonstration of how important the balance between humans and wild animals is. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Lodge.
Spend the day at Queen Elizabeth National Park with lots of activities to take part in. One day you could wake up early – enjoy a cup off coffee or tea with a cake before you head out to the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for full breakfast. In the afternoon, relax at the lodge and later in the evening head out for an evening game drive around the leopard loop with high chances of spotting one or two and many other species of animals. The other day you could do a tour of the salt lakes around the park. One of the most famous lookout points in Uganda is in the Katwe-Kabatoro community on Katwe Salt Lake where traditional salt mining has been practiced since the 16th century. The neighboring Lake Munyanyange is a bird sanctuary, as well as a migratory location for the lesser flamingo from August to November. This drive will take about 4 hours and then return to the lodge for Lunch. After lunch, relax at the lodge and enjoy the views !.Dinner & Overnight at Mweya lodge.
Today we travel southwards to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. A drive of about 4 hours to Buhoma, a town on the edge of the forst and the center of most of the accommodations. The park is 330sq km and ranges in altitude from 1.160m to 2.600m above mean sea level.This forest is home to half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas. There are estimated to be around 900 individuals left in the wild between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, so seeing them is a very special event. Afternoon time to rest and enjoy the view onto the forest. Possible visit to a local womens project ! Lunch/Dinner & Overnight Mahogeny Lodge
After an early quick breakfast you will go to the park Headquarters for a briefing by the Ranger guide and there you will be separated into trekking groups based on your permit. From here you will head into the Impenetrable forest and there you will come across various primates, birds plus colored butterflies in addition to various plant species. It will be a very amazing day. Gorilla trekking requires some good fitness because of the climbing and lengthy walking normally involved before meeting the gorillas. It’s rather tiresome however very memorable especially when you finally come to face these very peaceful giant Mountain Gorillas. You may hire porters to carry your bags. You can watch these gorillas at a 5 meters distance as the feed and the young ones play. Travelers with limited mobility can make use of the local stretchers to be able to enter the forest. Kindly get in touch with us for more detailed information on how it would work. Mahogeny Lodge for Dinner & Overnight
Enjoy a relaxed morning. Aftwerwards you will be transfered to the airstrip to fly back to Entebbe around 3pm.