The #RiftMaz Add-On
Queen Elizabeth Game Drive & Boat Safari
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famed for its elephants and hippos and you'll also see warthogs, water buffalo, cob, crocodiles, so many birds you won't believe it (including flamingos) and, if you're lucky, lions too!
We've put together this safari package as an extension of the marathon trip so it couldn't be easier for you to join in.
Park permit, private driver/guide, safari vehicle for up to six passengers, lunch and a guided boat tour. Also included is an extra night at your chosen accommodation plus your evening meal on Monday, and breakfast on Tuesday.
The safari is on Monday 13th November and the group will be made up of Running the Rift runners and medics so it will be a big group of friends and fun! We'll leave early and be back at your hotel in Fort Portal by Monday evening. The park is approximately a two hour drive away from town.
Transfers to Entebbe or Kampala will be after breakfast on Tuesday .
The cost of the safari add-on depends on your accommodation option. If you'd like to join us simply check the box when you sign up and the safari price will be displayed and can then be added to your basket.
More Ideas for Exploring Uganda
Uganda is an incredible country and there are so many great parts of it to explore. Below we've popped some of the activities that either we've done or we've been told by very enthusiastic locals, expats or tourists that we must MUST do! If you'd like to organise anything before you come out you can do so with our recommended tour company, link coming soon.
The tallest mountain range in the whole of Africa, the third highest peak and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (on your doorstep!)
Our recommendation: The Rwenzori Mountains will be the backdrop for your trip, so explore them up close and personal. More than just mountains, the park is full of waterfalls, glaciers, lakes and is known for exceptional plant life.
Visit the Crater Lakes just south of Fort Portal
Make a day trip of it from Fort Portal. Rent a car or a driver for the day and explore the crater lakes, they are conveniently concentrated mostly in one area. You can pack a picnic or find a restaurant overlooking a lake to grab lunch.
A safari at Murchison Falls (approx. 280km north of Fort Portal) or Queen Elizabeth Country Park (approx. 2 hours south of Fort Portal)...or both
Murchison has giraffes and waterfalls, while Queen Elizabeth is en route to the Gorillas and much closer to Fort Portal. Both are jam packed with animals so the choice is yours! We are offering a game drive and boat safari of Queen Elizabeth as a trip add-on, see above for details.
Trek to see Mountain Gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Perhaps what Uganda is most famed for. Think Attenborough lying amongst a family of gorillas. You're in Uganda in the perfect month to visit the gorillas - if you visit them in November the cost of the permit reduces hugely!
Trek with chimpanzees in Kibale National Forest
Kibale is the BEST place to see primates in all of Africa and it's only an hour's drive from Fort Portal! Chimp trekking is the most common activity in Kibale and with good reason - it's an amazing, if rather physical, experience as you follow the chimps through the forest.
See zebras, hippos, warthogs and more at Mburo Lake National Park
The cycle safaris available at Mburo Lake are one of our favourite things to do in Uganda - and well priced (at time of writing $25pp including guide)! You can cycle among zebras, warthogs, baboons (bit scary), birds, impala and even hippos.
Head over to Jinga in Eastern Uganda, the 'reputed' source of the Nile
Sit and sup a Nile beer while overlooking the Nile river. Jinja is also THE place for horse riding and water-sports including white water rafting.
With projects all over Uganda, there are lots of ways you can help local communities during your stay.
When you sign up to the marathon, if you'd like to volunteer, we will send you a quick form to complete so we can suggest some volunteering opportunities best matched to your skills and goals.
What Lonely Planet say about Uganda:
"Emerging from the shadows of its dark history, a new dawn of tourism has risen in Uganda, polishing a glint back into the ‘pearl of Africa’. Travellers are streaming in to explore what is basically the best of everything the continent has to offer.
For a relatively small country, there’s a lot that’s big about the place. It’s home to the tallest mountain range in Africa, the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. And with half the remaining mountain gorillas residing here, as well as the Big Five to be ticked off, wildlife watching is huge.
While anti-gay sentiments have cast a shadow over an otherwise positive tourism picture, Uganda remains one of the safest destinations in Africa. Other than watching out for the odd hippo at your campsite, there’s no more to worry about here than in most other countries."
Read more on their website: lonelyplanet.com/uganda