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NATURE FRIENDLY SAFARI SERVICES

We at Nature Friendly Safaris ltd are dedicated to giving you a personal and professional service while helping you plan a perfect Safari, with expert, informed advice whether you are a first time or experienced traveler. We do not have fixed departures like most tour operators, but rather we customize each itinerary to suit the individual's or group's wishes. Whether you are traveling for leisure or business, come and experience the Ultimate Nature Eco friendly African Adventure with us. We have long trips and short Safaris which make excellent add-ons to any safari and for those with only a short time to spare, will let you experience some of the African Adventure.

Why Us?

Our services are dependable, reliable and efficient - thus earning us reputable recommendations the world over. Our services are competitively priced to give the best satisfaction for your money.

We believe you will want to work with us as much as you have many choices for assistance in planning your trip to East Africa because we offer the best services which many do not.

The following are some of our services:-

Airport Pick up and transfer

Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/sdc14924.jpgWe arrange airport pickups and transfers even for individual clients who are not going with us on Safari. The moment you land at Entebbe Airport, a member of staff from Nature Friendly Safaris Ltd will meet you with a warm welcome. Our experienced drivers will drive you from the airport to your hotel. Therefore, no need to worry about welcoming a friend amidst your busy schedule.

Hotel Booking and Reservation
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/she410gr.98721_md.jpgNature Friendly Safaris Ltd appreciates the need of comfort and value for money whether you are on Safari with us or not during your stay. We therefore organize hotel reservations for our clients any where in the country. We guarantee excellent budget accommodation for our clients who are on a tight budget.

Game Viewing
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/nature-friendly-safaris-uganda.jpgUganda is well endowed with an array of wildlife found in the 10 National Parks and the various game reserves. Visits to these parks and reserves will bring you close to life in the wild and you will truly be part of it during the game drives. A game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, for example, will bring you in close contact with Elephants, bush bucks, water bucks, giant forest hogs, topis as well as the leopard. The Ishasha sector of the park is home to the tree climbing lions and the grasslands there support a large population of Uganda Kobs. Apart from game drives, game may also be viewed during the launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. Sight yawning hippos as you go on the cruise.

In Murchison falls National Park, most of the game drives take place on the northern side of the Nile as there are few animals on the southern bank due to dense vegetation. However, the trap between the top of the falls and Rabongo offers wildlife such as Jackson hartebeests, water buck, baboon, oribi and in some few cases elephants and lions. The Nile valley is one of the hottest places in Uganda and animals tend to look for shade and shelter at around eleven. Therefore early morning is the best time to see and photograph animals.

Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/gorilla%20nkuringo%20trek.jpgUganda hosts 700 gorillas which is more than half the population of mountain gorillas in the World. Gorilla tracking activities take place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla parks. Looking into the gentle eye of the gorillas is such a captivating activity you shouldn’t miss. Chimpanzee trekking is a major tourist activity in Kibale National Park, Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo forest and Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism site, in Murchison Falls Park

Chimpanzee habituation experience
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/mahaale%20np.pngUganda Wildlife Authority has set up habituation centres in Kibale National Park. Visitors are allowed to spend more time with the chimps trying to imitate their behavior especially how they feed. This is a fascinating activity that one should not miss out on.

Bird watching

Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/semliki-birding-safaris.jpgUganda is regarded as a birder’s paradise as it hosts an incredible array of over 1000 bird species all over the country. If you are truly interested in sighting rare species of birds such as the shoebill stock, then Uganda will definitely reward a sight of these amazing birds. A visit to either of the different National Parks in Uganda will definitely impress a birder...read more!!!!

Mountaineering
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/rwenzori%20mountains%20np%20%2050%20copia.jpgHiking is an incredible activity that brings satisfaction to a hiker once he reaches the peak of the mountain. This is not an activity for only the physically strong. Uganda has a mountain for the strong at heart as well. Mt. Rwenzori, which rises to height of 5100 metres above sea level, is amazing to hike for the strong physically. Mt. Elgon, 4,321 metres above sea level, has a friendlier gradient that is still as fascinating to hike....read more!!!

White water rafting
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/picture1.pngRafting at the source of River Nile offers you one of the most exciting and wettest day of your life. A full day trip will raft you for 31km.The rafts explode through huge walls of white water and drift through the warm green pools in the equatorial sunshine. Wild or mild, it's something for everyone....read more!!!!

Primate walks
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/sdc14033.jpgWalk through Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge and Kibale forest in search of the amazing primates’ resident. Sight the black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons as well as the rare golden monkeys.

Butterfly watching
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/buacraeaphasalus.jpgThe beautiful butterflies color Kibale forest, Bwindi forest as well as Mabira forest. Sight the breathtaking patterns and unique colors of these free spirited butterflies.

Scenery viewing
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/udzungu.pngThe attractions in Uganda are unique. With the cool climate, the amazing green vegetation gives one a glimpse of the pearl of Africa. The abundant forests to the rolling hills of Kabale, the Switzerland of Uganda, as well as the rivers, lakes and waterfalls are simply fascinating and it leaves one with fond memories and a clear understanding of Sir Winston Churchill’s feeling that Uganda is indeed, the pearl of Africa.

Boat/launch trips on the Nile/Kazinga channel
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/04-022%20qe%20kazinga%20launch3.jpgOn a trip to both Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo and Murchison Falls National Parks, get ready to enjoy a ride on the boat cruise that will give you the opportunity to sight wildlife in their natural habitat.

Water falls viewing
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/mt-elgon-and-sipi-falls-hikking.jpgA trip to Mount Elgon, will reward you with a complementally visit to the most romantic falls in Uganda,” The Sipi Falls” .Close to Jinja town there is  an amazing site of the Bujagali falls and as the River Nile flows further, there is formation of another incredible sight of Murchison Falls. The sight of these waterfalls is truly refreshing.

Hot springs viewing
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/semuliki%20hot%20spring.jpgWatch as hot water flows through the earth’s surface at the Sempaya hotsprings in Semliki National Park and Kanangorok hotsprings in Kidepo National Parks.

Community walks
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/clouds%2024.jpgBe exposed to the different cultures of the different communities in Uganda as you take walks in the community. These communities are quite hospitable and share openly their beliefs, traditions and way of life with their visitors...read more!!!

Sport fishing
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/fishing.jpgFor those interested in sport fishing, a fishing trip on the second biggest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Victoria and at the bottom of Murchison falls in Murchison Falls National park is the perfect for you as you will be able to catch fish. So far the heaviest catch caught is slightly over100kg...read more!!

Caving

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The Garama cave is 342metres in length and 14metres deep and is now inhabited. This is one of the caves where the Batwa, who were warriors, once lived and fought their neighbors the Bantus. This is one of the historical caves where once the crafty Batwa lived and fought their neighbors. These pygmy related Africans lived a warrior lifestyle and they used to fight with the neighboring Bantu tribes. The Garama cave which measures 342m in length and 14m deep is now inhabited by only bats. A trip to visit the Batwa local communities can also be arranged for tourists interested in learning and experiencing the lifestyles, traditions and norms of these pygmy forgotten Africans.The guide can show you how the Batwa lived and fought out of the cave.

Forest walks
Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/04-005%20bwindi%20forest.jpgThe peaceful atmosphere in the forests is too tempting that one should not miss a walk in either of the many forests in Uganda including Mabira forest, Rabongo forest, Budongo forest, Kibale forest and Bwindi impenetrable forest. A walk in these forests will expose you to different creatures in the wild.

Car hire

Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/llandcruiser.jpgNature Friendly Safaris offer a fleet of Vehicles in different types, Saloon Cars, 4X4 wheel drive land cruisers in different sizes including customized land cruisers of different types, custom-built safari mini vans, executive mini vans and coaster buses.....read more!!!

Honeymoon & Romance Packaged tours

Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/clouds%2016.jpgA honeymoon safari is a most romantic way a couple can celebrate their being together - the breathtaking locations, wildlife and small, private lodges hidden away in the African wilderness -all these make for a superb honeymoon...read more!!

City tours

Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/bahai-temple-in-kampala-uganda.jpgKampala grew from seven hills Mengo, Rubaga, Namirembe, Makerere, Kololo, Nakasero, and Kampala (Old Kampala). Today greater Kampala stands on at least 21 hills. These prominent hills are characterized by at least one unique attraction. Below are the different attractions on various hills of Kampala...read more!!!

Quad Biking Safaris

Description: http://naturefriendlysafarisug.com/images/stories/quad%20biking.jpgYou’ll require no previous experience just an expectation of having fun! Fully supported with very experienced Ugandan guides. Ride free, a warm African breeze on your face and all your worries blown away....read more!!

Other Services

  • Youth tours and Volunteerism tours in East Africa
  • Museums and Archeological tours in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania
  • Bungee Jumping on River Nile
  • Students excursions
  • Slums Charity tours in Uganda
  • Camping
  • Ticketing

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12 days Gorillas, Wildlife & Mountaineering Uganda Safari

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This safari takes a tour group to track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Track one of the five habituated gorilla families in the primeval forest of Bwindi, also rich in other primates.


Carry on seeing wildlife and diverse physical landforms in Queen Elizabeth National Park. A must- experience during a visit to Queen Elizabeth is the two hour boat trip past all manner of great creatures. Look out for the rare shoebill stork. See the great enthralling game including elephants, tree climbing lions, buffalo, hippos, leopards and many more. Track Chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge.Go mountaineering in the Rwenzori Mountains. An expedition to the Rwenzori is an exhilarating and rewarding experience. The central circuit hike takes six nights/seven days and reaches an altitude of 14000ft (4267m) above sea level. The conditions on the mountain are a challenge to even an experienced hiker. The mountain is re-known for its un-engineered, steep and slippery trails and frequent rain characterized by cold temperatures, bogs, mud, steep terrain and high altitude. Nevertheless it is exciting.For these conditions adequate clothing are a must. Due to hash weather conditions the best season for Climbing is between July-August and December-February. Porters will be carrying your heavy equipment and food, leaving you a small pack with raingear, warm clothes (on higher sections), camera, water bottle, snacks and lunch. On your way to Kampala make a stopover in Lake Mburo national park for the zebras, baboons, kobs and elands. Don’t miss the water and weight experiments at the equator.

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1:ENTEBBE-KAMPALA-BWINDI

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, Meet Nature Friendly Safaris staff before transferring to Kampala, for refreshments. At 9am, drive southwest from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. En-route; stop over at the Equator and participate in the water experiment and get to know changes in your body weight.Carryon and arrive in Mbarara in time for lunch at Agip Motel (one hour lunch break). Continue to the rising Kigezi hills while descending to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a typical tropical rain forest with dense undergrowth. Dinner & Overnight: Buhoma Homestead.

Day 2: BWINDI GORILLA TRACKING-QUEEN ELIZABETH

After an early morning briefing by the ranger guide, go gorilla tracking (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the impenetrable forest requires patience and endurance, sometimes walking for many hours in the mud and rain. The time taken and the terrain vary with the Gorilla movements. Coming face to face with man’s shy cousins in the jungle is an inspiring moment. Carry packed lunch. In the afternoon, travel to Queen Elizabeth via Ishasha- a home to the tree climbing lions. Take on the northern circuit for the game drive. Lookout in the fig tree branches for the tree climbing lions. Ishasha also offers great scenery. Don’t miss the large numbers of kobs in the sector. Dinner & Overnight: Ishasha Wildness Camp.

Day 3: QUEEN ELIZABETH

Early morning at 6:00am, drive to Mweya park headquarters. The route offers high chances of sporting elephants, buffaloes, kobs and lots of birds. Drive time is five hours. Visit the mini-museum at Mweya and relax while waiting for the 1400hrs launch cruise. After a one hour lunch break at Mweya Safari Lodge, go for the launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Expect to see hippos, possibly the highest hippo concentration in Africa, elephants, buffalos and abundant brilliantly waterside bird life providing an excellent platform for photography and game viewing. Don’t miss herds of buffaloes trundle to the water for a drink on the eastern bank of the channel. Cruise time; 2-3hrs. In the evening, relax and enjoy the spectacular sunset over Lake Edward. Dinner & Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge, Ecological Guest House.

Day 4: QUEEN ELIZABETH-RWENZORI

Early morning, take an excursion to Kasenyi area for the game drive. Known as the kob mating grounds, Kasenyi offers high chances of spotting the lions.The area has great scenery and diverse physical landforms. Carry with you packed lunch. Connect to the northern crater area, a place full of dark lakes and rich grasslands set deep into volcanic craters. The baboon cliff is a stunning view point where the landscape drops dramatically and one feels perched on the edge of the World. Expect to see a variety of flora and fauna most especially kobs, lions, elephants and many more. One hour lunch break at the viewing platform. In the afternoon, take an excursion to Kyambura gorge arriving in time for the 1430hours chimpanzee tacking activity. The activity takes 2-3 hours walking through the forest in a gorge while looking for the chimps. Expect to see black and white colobus monkeys, hippos and lots of birds. Connect to Kasese Town Arriving late in the evening. Dinner and overnight: Hotel Margherita.

Day 5: NYAKALENGIYA

After breakfast, drive to Nyakalengiya Park headquarters to be availed with guides and porters. Set off hiking from trail head (1646m) walking past typical “mud and wattle” Bakonjo homes and gradually moving upward through elephant grass and garden plots. The trail then follows the Mubuku River, crossing recent landslide areas, and involves climbing over rock and bluff, before reaching the Mahoma River. After crossing the river there will be a steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and podorcarpus forest up to Nyabitaba hut. During this part of the trip you may be able to hear chimpanzees and sometimes you can see black and white Colobus and Blue monkeys behind the hut, and catch glimpse of brilliantly coloured Rwenzori Turaco. Total time for an average hiker from Nyakalengija to Nyabitaba is about 5-7 hours. Total elevation gained is 4000ft (1200m). Overnight: Nyabitaba hut 8700ft (2652m)

Day 6: NYABITABA-JOHN MATTE

From Nyabitaba hut the trail leads westwards, and then drops steeply to Kurt Shaffer Bridge crossing below the confluence of the Bujuku and Mubuku rivers. By turning right to the bridge you begin to climb the central circuit anticlockwise since the clockwise direction is much more difficult and adds considerable danger for you and your porters. After crossing Kurt Shaffer Bridge the muddy, slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest you encounter an area or slippery moss covered ground the most difficult footing of the circuit. Proceed to Nyamiliju hut and its accompanying rock shelter. Nyamiliju also marks the start of giant lobelias. A walk to John Matte is through a challenging bog, full of extraordinary plants, and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment. Some hikers consider this to be the most tiring and longest day of the circuit, so an early start is important. Typical time to reach John Matte hut from Nyabitaba hut is about seven hours. Elevation gain(3000ft/915m). Overnight: John Matte hut (Hut11200ft. /3414M)

Day 7: JOHN MATTE-BUJUKU

Leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower Bigo bog, where your first real experience of jumping from tussock to tussock on a grassy bog begins. A steep section past the hut leads to upper Bigo bog. In the last half of this bog, a board walk has been constructed; this makes walking easier and prevents the hikers from damaging the bog. After crisscrossing the river, you reach Lake Bujuku. The southern end of the Lake is in a majestic setting, with Mt. Baker to the south, Mt. Stanley to the West, and Mt. Speke to the North. The trail route along the lake’s north-eastern shore crosses the worst mud on the trip. Beyond the lake is a rock shelter called Cooking pot and a short distance further is Bujuku hut 13000ft (3962M), the shaded location and frequent mist can make Bujuku hut quite cold. If one moved around on a nature walk, the chances of seeing Duikers are high, and at night calls of the rock Hyraxes are common. Time to reach Bujuku from John Matte is 3-5 hours; the elevation gained is 1800 ft (560M). Overnight: Bujuku Hut

Day 8: BUJUKU-ELENA

From Bujuku hut leave directly to newer trail which rises and falls and finally climbs steeply through magical moss draped Groundsel vegetation 14,345ft (4372M) to Scott Elliott Pass. Ascend to Elena- this is a steep rocky trail which when wet or icy can be very slippery. Continuing straight and a few steps below the pass, there is a sheltered spot for a break; from here, there is a second trail to the right to Elena hut.Elena is the base camp for climbing 16763ft (5109 M) to Margherita Peak in the Mount Stanley complex, which requires an additional day or two and can only be attempted with an ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with RMS guides. The circuit trail continues to the left over Scott Elliot Pass and enters an alpine zone of sparse low vegetation. As you leave the pass, you may enjoy spectacular views northward of Margherita Peak. Time to reach Kitandara Hut from Bujuku hut usually takes 3-5 hours. The elevation gain to the pass from Bujuku is 1400ft (425M). Overnight: Elena Hut 14700ft (4430M). (FB)

 

Day 9: MARGHERITA

For those who might not manage or do not wish to climb Margherita peak due to expected altitude sickness and fog making their climbing ability lesser, the option of continuing left via Scot Elliot pass to Kitandara lake would be a good idea. Through the beautiful scenery this will connect you to a two day descending stretch. Alternatively for those who are still fit may climb further up to the summit of Margherita (5109m). Here crampons and roping up may be necessary. Then descend to Scot Elliot pass continue past Lake Kitandara through mud up to Kitandara hut. Overnight: Kitandara Hut (4023m)

Day 10: GUY YEOMAN

On this day after break fast descend to Guy Yeoman via a steep but lovely hour-long climb from the base of Mt. Baker. On a clear day views to the Democratic Republic of Congo on the west and Mt. Stanley to the North is possible. The descent continues via Bujangolo rock shelters; the base camp for the historic expedition by Duke Abruzzi in 1906. Time to reach Guy Yeoman hut from Kitandara is about 5-8 hrs. Overnight: Guy Yeoman

Day 11: NYABITABA

Hikers should begin their journey so early, so as to get to Nyabitaba hut before dark. In any case the pass from the Guy Yeoman is quite difficult in some spots. The trail down can be muddy and very slippery so helping each other and descending very slowly facing the slope instead of facing outward is recommended. Late evening walking can be good for watching birds and you may sight the occasional Blue tailed Monkey. Typical Hikers make Guy Yeoman to Nyabitaba in 5-6 hours. Overnight: Nyabitabahut (2650m)

Day 12:

Descend gently to Nyakalengija trail Head (1600m) Park Headquarters. Depending on your body fitness, this can take about 2-3 hours.Carry on to Margherita Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, retrace your journey back to Kampala. Relax before flying out the next day. Or transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight (HB). Departure time on your flight must be after 18:00 Hrs.

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5 Days Gorilla Safari Uganda

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Highlights: Bwindi impenetrable forest and Ankole Cultural village

DAY 1

Arrival at the airport, transfer to your hotel in Kampala city, dinner and relaxation. Your guide will provide a briefing on your tour. O/N (HB).

DAY 2

After breakfast, travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, with a brief stop at the equator and experience weight changes as you cross from one hemisphere to the other. Lunch en-route in Mbarara. Proceed to Bwindi. To arrive at Buhoma Park headquarters late in the afternoon. O/N (FB).

DAY 3

Gorilla tracking. You will be accompanied by a Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger / guides and should your require a porter to carry your day pack for you. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. Participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 8-9 hours before one returns to camp. The difficulty is not impossibility whilst coming face to face with one of the great primates is well worth the effort! O/N: (FB).

DAY 4

After breakfast start return journey to Kampala stopping in Mbarara for lunch. Visit the Ankole cultural village to view arts and crafts and souvenirs purchases. Proceed to Kampala arriving early evening. O/N (FB).

DAY 5

Kampala city tour and transfer to the airport depending on your flight schedule (HB).

NB.

We are able to offer this itinerary as an Upmarket, Mid range or budget tour by utilising alternative accommodation options at the places to be visited. Prices on request.

Elements of this tour can be designed into a tailor-made itinerary you may us to prepare for you on request.


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3 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

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Safari Code NFS 016

Highlights: Game drive, launch cruise, chimpanzee tracking.

In the south western part of Uganda lies the lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National park within the Albertine Rift Valley.

Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. The park encompasses open savannah, rain forest, dense papyrus swamps, Crater lakes and the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 mammal species are present that includes Lion, Hippo, Buffalo, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephant and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species. All this makes a superb safari.

DAY 1

After breakfast travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a brief stop at the equator with an opportunity to stand in both hemispheres at the same time. Drive to Mbarara the largest town in western Uganda where we stop for lunch. Proceed Mweya Safari Lodge with time relax before an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (F/B).

DAY 2

Morning game driving to visit the Kasenyi area of the reserve where lions are to be seen. Return to Mweya Safari Lodge for lunch ant a short period of relaxation before embarking on an launch trip to explore the Kazinga Channel where hippo, and water birds are numerous. On return from the launch trip time permitting a short game drive will be conducted to watch the sunset. O/N: Mweya Safari Lodge (FB).

DAY 3

Depart for the Kyambura Gorge to track Chimpanzees at first light. Leave for Mbarara to for a late lunch before continuing to Kampala to arrive late afternoon.

NB.

We are able to offer this itinerary as an Upmarket, Mid range or budget tour by utilising alternative accommodation options at the places to be visited. Accommodations outlined in this tour proposal are purely examples. Tour prices on request.

This tour or elements of it can be designed into a tailor-made itinerary you may us to prepare for you on request.