Happy in Uganda May 12th-18th 2023($2900 Shared Room $3400 Private Room)featuring game drives to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee trek in in Kigali National Park, gorilla trek in Bwindi National Park and stays in boutique lodges.
$100.00 – $2,900.00
6 nights/7 days $2900 shared room double occupancy or $3400 private room. (This trip can be paired up with our May 3rd-10th 2023 Cape Town, South Africa Trip) This trip starts and ends in Uganda and you will need to fly into Entebbe. Join us for a once in a lifetime trek to see the mountain gorillas of Bwindi, Uganda. Explore the top highlights of Uganda in this 7 day Uganda safari in which you will track the chimpanzees in Kibale, Visit Queen Elizabeth national park for a game viewing safari and boat cruise and end your safari with the amazing gorilla trekking experience at the Bwindi impenetrable forest. Click on the detailed itinerary button for the 7 Days Uganda Wildlife safari.
Day 1 (May 12th 2023):
Arrival and transfer to your Hotel.You will be picked up from the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel for a rest.
Overnight at Papyrus Guest-house; Bed & Breakfast
Day 2 (May 13th 2023):
Transfer to Kibale National park and chimpanzee tracking. (6 to 7 hours drive)In the morning at 6:00am, you will be picked from the hotel by the tour guides and set off on a scenic drive to Kibale National Park with en route stop over for breakfast. You will reach the park early in the afternoon for lunch and then go for afternoon chimpanzee tracking. You will encounter other games such as Vervet Monkeys, Blue Hoest Monkeys, Black and white colobus Monkeys among others. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest-house / Turaco Tree Tops
Day 3 (May 14th 2023):
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth and boat cruise.In the morning, you will set off to Queen Elizabeth National park early for a lunch break. You will then set off to Kazinga channel at 3pm for an afternoon boat cruise where you will be rewarded with views of animals such as crocodiles, Hippos, Elephants, Buffalo among others. In the evening go for a game drive along the Kasenyi sector. Dinner and
overnight at Enganzi Lodge/ ParkView Safari Lodge
Day 4 (May 15th 2023):
Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi national park.In the morning, you will set off on a spectacular drive to Bwindi national park via Ishasha sector where you will have a game drive in search for tree climbing lions. You will reach Bwindi in the evening for dinner and overnight at Bakiga Lodge
Day 5 (May 16th 2023):
Gorilla tracking and afternoon cultural walk.Early in the morning, with packed lunch, you will go to the park headquarters for a briefing before embarking on the gorilla trekking adventure. In the evening, you will go for an OPTIONAL cultural walk to the Batwa community where you will learn more about their way of living.. Dinner and overnight at Bakiga Lodge
Day 6 (May 17th 2023):
Transfer lake Mburo and game drive (3 hours drive) After having breakfast, you will transfer to Lake Mburo located in Kiruhura district arrives early enough for a lunch break after which you will go for a game drive viewing a number of wildlife species including Zebras, Buffaloes, Giraffes and many others.
overnight at Mpogo Lodge
Day 7 (May 18th 2023):
Transfer to Entebbe for departure (4 to 5) hours drive. After breakfast you will go for a nature walk in the park getting close to wildlife and later exit the park for a transfer to Entebbe for drop off at the hotel or airport for departure depending on schedule.
The tour includes;
-Park entrance fees
-Kazinga channel boat cruise
-6 nights 7 days full board accommodation
-Full time English speaking guide and his allowances.
-Bottled drinking water while on safari
-Any other activity indicated in the itinerary.
– Covid testing
-Flight fares, beers and liquors, beverages and extra drinks at lodges,
laundry, tipping of staff, and other costs of personal nature.
– Yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Entry/Exit Requirements in Entebbe, Uganda
For the latest Entry updates please always refer to
For the COVID regulations for Uganda, If vaccinated you its not necessary to present a covid test on arrival.
If not vaccinated a negative PCR test results done not later than 72 hours prior arrival to Uganda and Upon arrival you will undergo another mandatory test at
$30 per person. The arrival test into Uganda may change. Arrival Test is a
antigen test and results are received in minutes.
We will conduct a departure test on our last day in Lake Mburo National
Park near Mbarara city. There is a doctor who will conduct departure
tests at $60 to $80 and the tests would be given at the lodge we will
be staying. Results will be available on the morning of the 18th so you
can fly out that evening. If you plan on staying another night in
Entebbe we can arrange testing for you.
All US citizens must fill out an E-Visa prior to arrival.
Yellow Fever Vaccine Needed for Entry into Uganda.
If you have never had a yellow fever shot you will need to get one. If you have already have one just bring it with you as the dates do not expire. We are actually not traveling anywhere near regions where yellow fever out breaks occur, but Uganda still requires everyone over 1 years of age to have proof. Because there is a world wide short of the yellow fever vaccine you will need to get the Stamaril shot which is now recognized as a substitute for the YF-vaccine. Check with your local Walgreens or CVS, Target centers for the appointments. My insurance covered this vaccine and it been trusted for years with no side effect. Another option is to simply get the yellow fever shot on arrival in Entebbe which will cost you $40. This is kind of strange because the vaccine is not effective until 10 days after receiving the shot. As I mentioned we do not travel to areas where YF outbreaks have occurred.
Terms in Conditions
The travel industry now considers the Coronavirus “a foreseeable event”. That means many airlines, resorts, charter companies, rental shops, etc are no longer offering refunds due to COVID issues. They expect YOU to protect yourself with “INSURANCE”. When looking at insurance options please consider plans that offer a cancel for any reason option. More and more countries and hotels/resorts/charter companies are establishing very onerous cancellation policies. The travel industry as a whole has generally adapted the attitude that you now know the risks of COVID-19 or other illnesses and THEY are not willing to accept the risks of you needing to cancel or delay your travel.
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Group Trip Cancellations.
If YCSMH has to cancel a group trip because a country has closed its borders, everyone will have a choice of receiving a refund or being rolled over to another group trip. The decision to cancel a group trip will be determined by myself and our local guides.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT
If you cancel a booking and cannot find a replacement the FULL deposit amount will be lost from the original person making the reservation.
DEPOSITS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT – $100 Penalty
If YOU cancel and find your own replacement that “helps” but it doesn’t alleviate the time and effort I must spend to get your replacement up to speed (answer questions and send previous emails). A $100 fee will be charged if you cancel and find your own replacement.
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH NO REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
Full payments for all Happy trips are due 60 days before departure. If you cancel the trip you will not be eligible to receive a refund. You will need to file a claim with your insurance provider. As a rule most tour vendors, charter companies and hotels require full payment 60 days before arrival. Once we have made reservations MOST resorts, Charter companies, rental shops, etc hold YCSMH financially responsible (i.e. we have to pay them, hence we expect YOU to pay us).
FULL PAYMENTS PAID- CANCEL WITH A REPLACEMENT- 60 DAYS BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE
In the event of a cancellation, YCSMH will gladly help find a replacement but the responsibility to find the replacement is that of the person canceling. If you find a replacement to fill your spot you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $100 fee.
If YCSMH finds you a replacement you will receive a refund minus the trip deposit. As I mentioned there is a considerable amount of time and effort spent to send out emails to your replacement to get them up to speed.
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