Uganda Budget Trip Planning
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2012 10:17 AM Last Post By: ilovenature
Sep 29, 2012 1:59 PM
Uganda Budget Trip PlanningI am planning a visit to Uganda end of october.
(sometime b/w Oct 20 - nov 3)
Any and all suggestions welcome.
If anyone would like tojoin me on any of these adventures, drop me a line
heres what Id ideally like to do.
D0 Take overnight bus from Nairobi to Kampala
D1 Pick up in Kampala in the morning and be driven to Kibale. Dinner and overnight. (Sky treehouse,primate lodge kibale is good.)
D2. Track chimpanzees in kibale park and visit Bigodi swamp for eco tourism and after transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park. Wil be reaching after sunset.
D3. Morning do game drive , afternoon do Boat cruise on Kazinga channel . If time allows visit the craters for sight seeing and overnight.
D4. Return to kampala ,stay
I tried to book a tour for this first part of my trip to Kibale and QENP from kampala over 4 days and the best quote is $1000 so far (the car rental, driver, fuel is what is adding up) I was hoping that by doing it myself I would save some money.
Is this possible ?
Is there any particularly stunning view point of the Rwenzoris that I can go to quickly enroute from Kibale to QENP ?
After that, I wanted to do the following on my own :
D6: get free ride to jinja from rafting company,Raft,Stay (rafting company offers 2 night free stay)
D7. Starting from Jinja Go to Sipi Falls, abseil/rapell, back to Jinja to use free night stay--> is this possible as a day trip? Any tips on going from Jinja to SIpi and back same day?
D8: from Jinja (or Mbale if I happen to stay in Sipi) take bus back to Nairobi (but the entire day will be gone in travel !)
D6: get free shuttle to jinja from rafting company,Raft, go to SIpi and stay at crowsnest. (Is it possible in 1 day ?)
D7. Hike, abseil/rapell, back to Jinja and take overnight to Nairobi
Sep 29, 2012 11:34 PM
1Hey! I will be flying into Uganda sometime either October 18,19 or 20th and staying in Kampala for a night (max 2) before doing my own budget gorilla tracking adventure. I have talked to a guy who has done it on his own that gave me tons of awesome information and we are planning on meeting up to have a beer in Kampala beforehand to discuss it further. If you want more details and are still interested, send me a private message and I will save your email and send you some info as well as let you know my plans and the exact date I'll be in the area.
Sep 30, 2012 12:30 AM
2To do everything you want to do in that really tight shcedule, you would have a hard time to do it all on your own. I think there are definitely tour outfits in Fort Portal or Kasese, or at least somewhere in that part of the country and should run it for you for under $1000! Yes vehicle and espeically fuel will cost you but you get even justone more person that's when you will make it reasonable. definitely take the bus to go from Kampala to either Kasese or Fort Portal - they are not killer bus rides and the highways in that part of Uganda are very good now and the distances are short.
The plan for going to Sipi as a day trip from Jinja is very tight for the time you have and anyway a waste of time. It can take four hours one way from Jinja to Sipi, not worth to come all the wy back to jinja just for the free accommodation from the rafting company! (which is pretty crappy anyway) Take a bus from Jinja to Mbale and get a taxi/matatu or special hire to Sipi. Then go back only to Mbale not jinja and get your bus to Nairobi from there. Much less time wasted on the bus and Mbale is a better town to stay than jinja anyway!
Edited by: luvuganda
Sep 30, 2012 1:53 AM
Sep 30, 2012 2:04 AM
Thx for your response,
I will not come back to jinja as advised.
So --> Take early bus from Jinja to Mbale and get a taxi/matatu or special hire to Sipi. Hike/rapell. Then go back only to Mbale.
if I can get onto an overnight from Mbale to Nairobi that day, it will be perfect :)
otherwise will stay there.
Sep 30, 2012 9:32 AM
5Wow, your schedule is reallllly tight then.
if you can't even spend the night out at Sipi are you sure it's worth your time and the effort for such a short stay? By the way I doubt you will be able to hike the entire Sipi falls if first coming from Jinja that morning and needing/wanting to get back to Mbale that night! Sipi is a series of 3 falls which takes the much better part of the day to really see. even if you just do the main falls it's not a short hike.
also rafting the Nile since the dam has been completed isn't really what it used to be. ...might consider leaving off D6-D8 part of your plan and not rush back so quickly from the west where there is so much good stuff to do. Just saying, unless you have your heart really set on the rafting and seeing Sipi.
Sep 30, 2012 11:22 AM
6Jinja to Mbale took me 3hrs 30min, then Mbale to Sipi 1hr 15 min. Unless you take a private taxi, you need to add on time for the shared taxi to fill up. Then the hike to see the falls takes about 4hrs. The scenery round there is stunning, well worth more than such a speedy visit.
I'd suggest getting there on day 1, spending the night at the Crowsnest, then hiking in the morning and heading back to Mbale in the afternoon.
Sep 30, 2012 11:43 AM
Oct 1, 2012 4:03 AM
8$1000 is a joke for that first part, you can do it for under 500 easy. You can hire a car and drive yourself from 30-50 USD per day from Kampala. The Chimps are USD150, bigodi swamp is USD15. Park entrance for QEP is 35, the Kazinga channel is USD 15. There is a crater drive that you can do on the road between Kasese and QEP entrance, by the Queen's Pavilion, near the equator sign that is free if you've paid park entrance for the day (or you can buy it there). Unless you want to stay at expensive places each night, this will come in under 450, then all you need to pay is fuel for you and the car!
you can save even more money this way
bus to fort portal from kampala - $10
night at YES hotel, fort portal - $7
Boda to Kibale HQ - $3
Chimps - $150
Boda to swamp - $3
Swamp - $15
boda back to hotel $3
minibus to Kasese $5
Night in Kasese $5
Car hire for one day park viewing etc including driver - $100
entry park - $35
Channel cruise - $15
night in Kasese - $5
Bus to kampala - $10
which would be about $350 for 4 days. Not staying in lovely accommodation (though YES hotel is a great project) but from $1,000 to $350.... no brainer seeing as the main reasons for going are the chimps and a game drive in the park/channel cruise)
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