Uganda Family Safari Holiday
Take a safari to Uganda for a remarkable family adventure and explore Lake Mburo National Park. This 7 day / 6 night safari holiday will allow you and your family to build memories that will last forever. With walking safari options and also horseback safaris available for non-riders, this great tour can be extended and tailor-made to your exact requirements.
Suitable for children aged 8 years and up.
Contact us for further options including beach extensions and other national parks in Uganda.
Day 1 - Arrive in Entebbe
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by one of our local team who will take you to your hotel for the night.
Overnight at the Kabira Country Club (D)
Day 2 - Kampala Sightseeing Tour
In the morning you will take a three- hour tour of the city of Kampala. You will get to experience first-hand, the hustle and bustle this city has become known for. You will also get to do some souvenir shopping at one of the craft markets in town.
Overnight at the Kabira Country Club (BLD)
Day 3 - Travel to Lake Mburo National Park
Set-off early for a four-hour drive to Lake Mburo National Park. The park is one of Uganda’s ten wildlife safari parks. We should arrive in time for lunch. After lunch take an afternoon game drive for an opportunity to see some of the wildlife residents of the park. These include zebras, buffalos, impala, giraffes and elands. The three-hour game drive is a great way to explore the park.
Overnight at the Mihingo Lodge (BLD)
Day 4 - Horseback Safaris
Set off in the morning for another wildlife viewing experience. Only this time, you will hop on to a horse’s saddle and experience the African savannah on a horseback ride. Expect to see the same wildlife as the previous day but with no vehicle frame between you and the wildlife, the wildlife encounters are much more thrilling. The horseback safari experience is child friendly and available to riders with no previous experience. The ride is capped with a bush breakfast before heading back to the lodge. Spend the afternoon at leisure at the lodge. The kids (and adults!) have the swimming pool to play in, cool down and enjoy. The lodge also offers bush courses for kids that are geared towards getting children interacting more with the environment and have them enthused with the bush and it’s animals.
Overnight at the Mihingo Lodge (BLD)
Day 5 - Game viewing adventures
Tailor the morning to your liking. You can take another horseback safari or try a walking safari instead, maybe you would prefer to send the kids off on a bush course and enjoy a lazy lie in! Whatever it is the lodge will be happy to organize it for you. In the afternoon, you will head out on a two-hour boat ride on Lake Mburo. The lake is home to hippos, crocodiles, and lots of bird life. After the boat ride take an evening game drive through the park including a cultural tour in a community on the boundaries of the park.
Overnight at the Mihingo Lodge (BLD)
Day 6 - Game viewing adventures
It’s another morning to tailor to your preference. You can head out for a mountain bike safari or choose to stay at the lodge and take a yoga or massage session while the kids help out at the horse stables. Or if you love capturing wildlife on camera, head to a den located south of a waterhole and saltlick near the lodge. You can spend several hours watching wildlife come and go and capture great pictures. Spend the afternoon sunbathing and enjoying the pool with the kids. In the evening, take a night game drive in search of the evasive leopard.
Overnight at the Mihingo Lodge (BLD)
Day 7 - Return to Kampala
After four days of adventure and relaxation in the wild, it’s time make your way back home. You will have the morning at the lodge and check out in time for lunch. After lunch, drive the four hours back to Entebbe for your flight back home.
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Private Tour - Scheduled to your requirements
Price - from £9225 based on a family of four in two rooms
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Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry.
Visa and Passport Information
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Rwanda. You’ll need one blank page on your passport for entry stamps.
You can apply for a visa at the Ugandan High Commission in London or apply online for an ‘e-visa’. You can find full details of how to apply on the website of the Ugandan High Commission in London. You should give yourself sufficient time to apply for a visa and make sure when applying that the start date and validity covers the period you wish to travel.
You can also apply for an East African Tourist Visa. This is valid for 90 days and allows multiple entry into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. You can apply for this visa on the ‘e-visa’ website.
You need a visa to enter Rwanda. Thirty-day tourist visas are free and available on arrival for citizens of member states of the Commonwealth (including the UK), as well as for those of the African Union and the Francophonie. You can also choose to get a visa in advance at any Rwandan diplomatic mission or online.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
Medical facilities in Uganda are limited especially outside Kampala. Medical help at the scene of an accident is likely to be limited, particularly outside of Kampala, and many popular tourist attractions are far from adequate medical facilities. In the case of serious accident or illness, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Malaria and Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) are common in Uganda. There are regular outbreaks of cholera in Uganda. You should follow the health advice issued by the National Travel Health Network and Centre. UK health authorities have classified Uganda as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. F
Only use boiled or bottled water, and avoid ice in drinks. Don’t eat food prepared by unlicensed vendors or where you have concerns about kitchen hygiene.
According to Rwandan law, any person on Rwandan territory must have health insurance.
What to bring on your Uganda Family Safari Holiday
Light clothing will be sufficient for most of your trip. Long sleeve shirts/tops and pants are ideal especially for the mornings and evenings when mosquitoes and other bugs get active. Ideally, your normal warm clothing will work fine. A light waterproof coat should be included.
Well-worn low-cut hiking shoes are ideal for most safari activities. Since some of the hikes and activities like gorilla tracking can take quite some time, it is better to have comfortable and well-tested shoes. Any normal pair of running shoes or hiking shoes will be sufficient.
Luggage while on your tour
Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.
We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea. Remember your binoculars and camera.
The currency structure of Uganda consists of banknotes and coins and is denoted in Uganda Shilling. ATMs are widely available and credit cards widely accepted in Kampala and in other main towns. The Rwandan Franc is the currency in Rwanda and you should expect to pay for transport and in smaller shops using cash. There are ATMs in Kigali, but not all of them accept foreign cards.
Use of electronic devices
For Uganda the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Uganda operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz. In Rwanda there are two associated plug types, types C and J. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type J is the plug which has three round pins. Rwanda operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Homosexual activity is illegal and not tolerated in Uganda’s conservative society. Public displays of homosexuality like kissing in public places could lead to arrest and imprisonment. It’s illegal to buy, sell, kill or capture any protected wild animal or trade its parts without a licence. Uganda is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which bans trading in ivory. If you’re caught buying or trafficking these goods you’re liable to be prosecuted and receive a prison sentence or a fine.
Smoking is prohibited in all public places, workplaces, transport and other outdoor places within 50 metres of a public place. Electronic cigarettes and shisha (water-pipe tobacco) are banned. There are penalties including fines and/or imprisonment.
Penalties for drug trafficking are severe.
Don’t take photos of military, official or diplomatic sites, including Owen Falls Dam at the source of the Nile near Jinja. If you are taking photographs of people, ask their permission first.
It is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in military style clothing. This includes clothing with marks, insignia and accessories associated with the Ugandan military, camouflage clothing and red berets. The offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when convicted.
On 22 May 2019 it became an offence punishable by a prison sentence and/or a fine to offer money, food or clothing to children living on the streets in Kampala.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Rwanda but remains frowned on by many. LGBT individuals can experience discrimination and abuse, including from local authorities. There are no specific anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT individuals.
Time zone in Uganda (GMT+3) - Time zone in Rwanda (GMT+2)
Wi-fi is common in hotels, lodges, restaurants and cafes across the touristed areas.