Tailored from £15,600 per couple excl. flights
13 days Entebbe, Murchison Falls NP, QENP, Bwindi, Jinja
13 days Entebbe, Murchison Falls NP, QENP, Bwindi, Jinja
This is an exciting, unique, adventurous honeymoon itinerary that not only will offer romantic moments and exceptional accommodation – but also bring you together through new experiences as you traverse the lush Ugandan landscapes.
Your Uganda Honeymoon Adventure is perfectly designed to show off the best of this beautiful country whilst ensuring you undertake some of the amazing activities on offer. You will start off easy in the town of Entebbe, enjoying sunsets across Lake Victoria and a special cruise to Mabamba swamp to see the rare Shoebill storks!
Travel north towards Murchison Falls National Park; on your way you have the special experience of stopping off at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track some rhinos! Enjoy a safari by vehicle and boat and fall asleep to the sounds of hippos from the lovely Bakers Lodge.
Next, it’s a short flight to the south west, you have two more full days on safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Explore the remote Ishasha region searching for the famous tree climbing lions and enjoying some romantic bush dining! Your next drive takes you to one of the main highlights of this fantastic itinerary, into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to hike in search of the incredible Mountain Gorillas.
Finally, it’s a short trip back to the centre of the country and the source of the river Nile! Spend your final few days relaxing on an amazing lodge located on an island in the middle of the Nile itself! Take in the views across the roaring rapids. If you’re still looking for more adventure this is the ideal finishing point, get out and raft Grade 5 rapids in some of the best conditions in the world! Whatever your days may hold you will indulge each evening at your fantastic accommodation of Wildwaters Lodge.
On arrival in Entebbe International Airport (EBB) you will be met by a Wayfairer representative who will escort you to your waiting car where you will undertake a short ten-minute drive to your first accommodation.
The lovely Kairbu Guesthouse is set in a refurbished presidential residence. With some rooms offering fantastic sunset views out across Lake Victoria this is a magical introduction to your honeymoon adventure! Meet the wonderful team on hand to assist.
Take your time to relax in the peaceful gardens or take a dip in the pool to refresh yourself. Depending on your flight times you will enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise this evening on Lake Victoria. Head down to the lake to catch your private speedboat, all equipped with cheese and wine for your evening sundowners. After return to Karibu for dinner, or ask your specialist about making dinner reservation in Entebbe town.
Today you head off to search for prehistoric creatures! As you’ll experience throughout, we are heading off in search of the critically endangered animals. You will be driven down to the Lake to catch your motorized canoe deep into Mabamba Swamp.
This is one of the best locations to spot the prehistoric Shoebill storks. The papyrus reeds open up into a flat grassy wetland where a number of Shoebill can regularly be seen.
The bird is most commonly seen in the morning when they stalk their main prey, the mud fish or frogs, but may be spotted all day. They stand absolutely still for long periods awaiting the movements of their prey and then suddenly strike with a marvellous speed!
A great way to delve into the swamps and waterways of Lake Victoria. You will return to Entebbe for some lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
This morning your adventure begins in earnest, enjoy breakfast before your guide collects you in your private safari vehicle that takes you North. Your next stop is to track yet another incredible endangered animal – the great Southern White Rhino!
You will stop for some lunch and a rhino trek at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is perfectly situated en-route to your next destination. Tracking rhino is a special activity and one you will love as your guide takes you deep into the bush. You will then continue to Murchison Falls National Park and the lovely Bakers Lodge.
Bakers is a lovely boutique lodge set on the southern banks of the mighty river Nile, with only 10 rooms you’ll enjoy an intimate safari experience. Named after the British explorer Samuel Baker, this intimate and appealing lodge is built on raised stilts to offer spectacular views of the river and surrounding scenery. The raised decks mean cooler temperatures and great vistas from the strategically placed cottages and the large leafy trees keep the property cool.
You have two full days to explore the wonders on offer from Murchison Falls NP. Your days are a mixture of game drives on the wildlife rich northern banks and boat cruises along the mighty river Nile.
Included in your stay will be a river cruise to gaze upon the vast fury of the whole Nile being squeezed through a small chasm of rocks and tumbling below. A site to behold! You will also cruise down to the river delta, a romantic trip and a great spot to see elephants frolicking in the water and vast array of bird life.
Murchison Falls National Park in the north-west of the country is Uganda’s largest national park, and together with adjoining wildlife reserves forms a vast wilderness covering over 5 000 km2. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, forest primates and 450 bird species.
The mighty Nile, the longest river in the world, flows through the heart of the park for a distance of 120 km, on its 6 500 km journey from Lake Victoria to Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea. The park’s centrepiece is the explosive, 40-metre high Murchison Falls where the Nile is forced through an 8-metre gap in the Rift Valley escarpment. Downstream, the Nile flows quietly towards Lake Albert which it enters through a large papyrus delta. It is this peaceful 40 km stretch of river which provides the park’s prime wildlife spectacle and where we explore.
You will also undergo the amazing experience of Chimpanzee tracking in nearby Budongo Forest a worthwhile extra day to see these amazing primates! Bird-watchers will be delighted by the variety of localised species.
This morning enjoy breakfast before you are driven to the nearby airstrip to catch your first light aircraft flight down the length of the country to your next stop! Keep your camera handy for this flight as you pass low over some stunning scenery below.
On arrival at Kihihi airstrip you take a drive in to Queen Elizabeth National Park and off to the remote Ishasha Wilderness Camp. This lovely camp sits peacefully on the banks of the Ntungwe River and its not uncommon to see elephants taking a dip or drinking from the river. Slightly further out you may see lions lazing in trees, buffalo or springbok in the open savannahs, and at night the tented rooms are filled with the sounds of the bush.
Each room has a king-sized bed with a draped mosquito net, an outdoor bathroom with eco rain shower and a writing desk. The rooms are designed to be simplistic but comfortable, with an emphasis on being in the wilderness.
This evening you will enjoy a private romantic sundowner on the escarpment, keep your eye open for Hyena as they leave the den to hunt for the night! Watch the sun dip below the savannah plains as the night comes alive.
Your early morning safari will end in a special bush breakfast! You will indulge in a full cooked English breakfast as wildlife roams around you. This afternoon will be game drives or relaxing in your private tent enjoying the sounds of the river.
The Queen Elizabeth national Park spreads over an area of 1978 square km in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, hippo, leopard, buffalo and Uganda kob. Birds present are all typical of riverine and savannah habitats.
The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the place to search for the famous tree climbing lions often to be seen in the vicinity of the camp which is situated just off the Northern circuit game viewing track. The lions also favour the large fig trees on the Southern circuit game viewing track.
On early morning and late afternoon game drives you may explore the area’s game routes in search of the different species as well as numerous varieties of birds. The area is still pristine and untouched, with Ishasha Wilderness Camp being the only camp within the park and usually only a handful of game vehicles seen at any time.
Your journey continues south today, a short 2 hour drive will bring you to the small village of Buhoma on the northern edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
You will stay at Buhoma lodge, located at the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, this lodge is the closest entry point for Mountain Gorilla Treks, with only a five-minute walk to the trailhead. Buhoma Lodge has ten cosy eco-chalets; all constructed using only sustainable materials to reduce their footprint impact at this unique location.
An elevated central area, complete with lounge, bar and dining area, offers a cosy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings. Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure, take a walk on the nearby trails, head into the village to meet the locals or just grab a book and relax on the big comfortable couches.
Today is a big day! Your final endangered animal tracking experience, and it’s a big one!
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
You will catch your final light aircraft flight today as you return to Entebbe for the final section of this fantastic honeymoon adventure.
On arrival you will be transferred through to the small colonial town of Jinja about 2.5hrs drive to the east. This is a beautiful area and home to the famous source of the vast river Nile.
Your final accommodation is the luxurious, Wildwaters Lodge – situated on its own private island in the middle of the Nile and surrounded by the wild of nature. Relax in the natural swimming pool or own bathtub on your private balcony as the mighty river roars past over rocky rapids. Fall asleep to the sounds of the Nile in beautiful cottages or watch for birds, river otters and giant monitor lizards from the comfort of your own balcony.
The rooms are a spacious 92 sqm and all have incredible waterfront views of the Nile and its rapids from the room and private decks. On the decks are free standing bathtubs to relax after an adventurous day exploring Uganda, and their ensuite bathrooms are equally grand, with stone wash basins hand carved from local granite and hot water rain showers. The Wildwaters Reserve entrance fee and all meals come inclusive of room bookings, so all you need to worry about is what swimsuit to wear.
You have two full days to relax and explore this gorgeous location.
If you are still feeling adventurous, we can organize the adrenaline pumping experience of rafting the white-water rapids down the river Nile. A brilliant experience that will only leave you wanting more every time you come up for breath! If you have the drive why not try a bungee jump as well? Or perhaps quad biking is the way to explore the local villages for you.
For those looking to slow it down a notch there is paddle boarding or horse riding to get you exploring at your own pace. We can also organize a boat cruise to the actual source of the Nile or a trip on the original boat from the 1951 movie The African Queen, can even be arranged for guests of Wildwaters Lodge!
Of course after your amazing adventure you may just wish to enjoy your private bathtub on the deck and enjoy the beautiful area you have found yourself in for this unique adventurous honeymoon. Your driver and car will be at your disposal for any adventure or explorations you may want to undertake.
Today brings this Ugandan honeymoon adventure to an end.
Your driver will return you to Entebbe International Airport where you will check in and head home with the most amazing memories of Uganda – The Pearl of Africa.
Although your incredible Uganda honeymoon adventure has come to an end, we hope you’ll be leaving with many special memories and stories to tell. After 13 days of amazing wildlife, spectacular natural wonders, and some of the country’s most luxurious safari lodgings, we’re sure you’ll be hooked on the African continent. Where will you explore next?