Our 10-day Uganda Honeymoon Safari will give you an opportunity to visit the country on a relaxed pace. Track chimpanzees, enjoy game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, go gorilla tracking and visit the Batwa of Bwindi. This honeymoon safari takes you to some intimate and stylish camps and lodges as you experience the sights and sounds of this wonderful country.
We will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and the JDA Guest Relations Representative will accompany you to your nearby guesthouse for the night.
This morning, after breakfast at your guesthouse, we will transfer back to Entebbe Airport with picnic lunches for a scheduled flight (1230hrs/1435hrs) to Kasese where we will be transferred to the stunning Kyaninga Lodge, a fairy-tale-like construction perched on the edge of a cobalt-blue volcanic crater lake. The entire lodge is constructed in the style of log cabins, and is the result of six years of labour by master carpenter and owner Steve Williams.
This morning, we enjoy chimp trekking in Kibale Forest. Kibale Forest is the natural habitat for an amazing 13 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of any area on Earth. We wil have an opportunity to track chimpanzees. Some of the trees are 50 to 60 meters (150 to 180 feet) in height, and provide a majestic canopy for the profusion of rain forest life, including 325 bird species. We will return to the lodge for lunch
After lunch at the lodge, we will set out on a guided crater hike. Choose from following the rim of the crater, on tracks that pass through local community land using for traditional crops like maize and matoke bananas, offering panoramic views of the lake; or take the lakeside option, passing through forest and spotting butterflies, monkeys and ancient volcanic lava tubes as you go. At the end of your walk, there is the invigorating option of wild swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the lake from the lodge’s private swimming pontoon.
After breakfast, take picnic lunch from the lodge and drive to Ishasha (6hr). We will have a stop at the Rwenzori Art Centre and visit the Sculpture Gallery and Foundry. We will proceed with picnic lunch en route. Arrive at lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.
Today we will spend the whole day exploring the game tracks around Ishasha. This morning’s drive will culminate in a bush breakfast in a secluded spot, before returning to the lodge for lunch. Later, after an afternoon spent searching for tree-climbing lions and some of the large elephant herds that frequent this sector.
Today, we will spend the whole day exploring wildlife in the park with morning and afternoon game drives. You will have an opportunity of see more wildlife including elephants and tree climbing lions. At the and of the day’s activity, we will have a sun-downer as you enjoy the sunset.
Today, you will have a game drive as you leave the park and proceed to Bwindi. You will have lunch at the camp. Relax at the camp in the afternoon. You also have an optional community walk that will take you through the villages learning more about people and the ways of lives.
Today, we will take a guided hike through the forest home of the local Batwa tribe – an ancient forest people who have lived in this area for tens of thousands of years but were evicted from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park when it was gazette to protect the hunter-gatherers. Proud hunter-gatherers, they will demonstrate the traditional art of making fire, show you how they lived in the forest, showcase their traditional hunting techniques, and keep you entertained all along the way. This cultural experience is part of an ongoing development programme and is of direct benefit to the still much marginalized Batwa community.
The day will start early with a briefing at Park HQ, before setting out on your hike to find your appointed Gorilla family. Their location changes every day, so the walk to locate them may take anything from 1hr to the best part of the day – but all thoughts of aching muscles will disappear the moment you are faced with the sight of a massive Silverback, or see a female gorilla cradle her infant.
One of the most amazing wildlife experiences to be found anywhere in the world, your time spent with the mountain gorillas will prove utterly unforgettable.
We will have breakfast at the camp and there after be transferred to Kihihi Airstrip (1.5hrs) for your scheduled flight (0945hrs/ 1125hrs) to Entebbe Airport. You will be met by our represenative and drive drive 10mins to Boma for lunch (optional day-use room) and then transfer back to Entebbe International Airport to check in for your onward departure flight.
A comfortable, intimate little hotel, the Boma Guest House is conveniently located 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, and is a great place to stop over at the beginning or end of your Uganda tour.
The 16 rooms are simply, but elegantly furnished, and the extensive gardens, created by renowned Kampala landscape architect Roger Wood, are home to an incredible variety of birdlife. The gardens offer hidden nooks and crannies for guests wanting to curl up with a good book away from the main buildings, or to enjoy a spot of private dining away from other guests.
The service is typically Ugandan in its smiling and efficient delivery, and the kitchen produces hearty and well prepared meals. The pool area offers the best respite from an overnight flight or a dusty safari, depending on which way you’re travelling, and the easy pace of the guesthouse will make you feel right at home.
Kyaninga has achieved legendary status in Uganda as a labour of love for owner Steve Williams. Since he first bought the land in 2004, Steve, a master carpenter who moved to Uganda from the UK, has crafted this sublime lodge into a masterpiece of detailing and finishing.
Located near Fort Portal on the edge of extinct volcanic Lake Kyaninga, the main building is perched on a rocky ridge, with the generously proportioned log cabins strung out on either side.
The view from the dining and rooms looks down onto the lake, and then on to the Rwenzori Mountains, the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” in the distance.
From the lodge, clients can track Chimpanzees and other primates in the nearby Kibale Forest National Park, about an hours drive away.
Relaxing and soaking in the the enchanting scenery of rural western Uganda, or hiking around the nearby crater lake are also options.
This exclusive tented camp offers simple, but quality accommodation in an unspoilt area. It caters for up to sixteen guests in large, canvas tents situated in riverine woodland along a bank of the Ntungwe river. Each tent has its own en suite private bathroom and dressing area providing “bucket” showers with warm water and an eco friendly toilet system.
A central dining area, also under canvas, provides a comfortable environment for meals and an outdoor lounge area besides the river, and evening camp fire completes the quintessential bush experience on offer.
The camp is an ideal place from which to conduct game driving forays into the tracks to the south, but much of the game comes to visit those waiting patiently in a camp chair with a pair of binoculars. Numerous bird species parade past and hours may be spent by the river watching the complex interplay of the African bush.
Overlooking the Munyaga River, Sanctuary Retreats’ Gorilla Forest Camp is the accommodation of choice for the northern sector of Bwindi National Park.
Your spacious tent, with two queen beds, a polished wooden deck, rock-faced shower, and bathtub open to the forest will provide an impossibly romantic base from which to explore the surrounding forest. The dining room, similarly, faces the forest. While you enjoy your breakfast, you can often hear the cry of colobus monkeys, with the occasional distant screams of a chimpanzee hunting party.
Gorilla tracking often commences from the park headquarters 5 minutes away, and if you are very lucky, you may actually be visited by one of the Mountain Gorilla families which periodically pass through the camp, depending on the season. Evenings are spent round the camp fire with a gin and tonic in hand, recounting the day’s events.