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GETTING THERE

British Airways has a one-stop flight from Washington Dulles to Entebbe, Uganda, with mid-September fares currently starting at $1,434 round trip.

U.S. citizens need a visa to enter Uganda. You can purchase a three-month tourist visa at Entebbe Airport on arrival for $50, payable in cash, or apply in advance through the Ugandan embassy (www.ugandaembassy.com/visa.
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). You’re also expected to carry a passport valid for six months beyond the date of entry and evidence of yellow fever vaccination, although this is not always enforced.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

Chobe Safari Lodge

Murchison Falls National Park

011-256-312-259-390

www.chobelodgeuganda.com

Tucked into the park and overlooking a scenic set of rapids along the Nile, with dramatically terraced swimming pools. Choose from hotel rooms, Hemingway-style furnished tents with full bathrooms, suites and cottages. Rates for a double room start at $325 per night with all meals.

Paraa Safari Lodge

Murchison Falls National Park

011-256-752-798-882

www.paraalodge.com

Has a delightful general manager, a cheery staff — especially in the dining room — and a chef who turns out interesting Indian dishes day after day. Most of the rooms have a private balcony. Rates for a double start at $265 per night with all meals.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park

011-256-414-340-054

www.mweyalodge.com

Perched high on a peninsula in the park, with spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains (sometimes called the “Mountains of the Moon”), the Great Rift Valley hills and the Kazinga Channel. You can go chimpanzee tracking in nearby Kyambura Gorge, but no need to leave the lodge to run into animals: The place is crawling with warthogs and mongoose, and hippos and buffalo carouse during the night. Rates for a double start at $305 per night with all meals.

WHAT TO DO

Premier Safaris

877-620-9329

www.premiersafaris.com

This East African company based in Uganda runs the 11-day Uganda Meander tour that I took. Starting in Kampala, it visited the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Prices start at $6,635 per person, including accommodations, meals, ground transportation, guides, permits, park fees and taxes. Airfare is not included.

INFORMATION

www.visituganda.com

P.M.

 
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