An unforgettable wildlife experience with the gentle giants that are the gorillas of Bwindi seeing the very best of Uganda, the 'Pearl of Africa'
Flight - 1 night
Entebbe - 1 night
Murchison Falls - 2 nights
Kibale NP - 2 nights
Queen Elizabeth NP - 2 nights
Bwindi NP - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night
Coming face to face with a majestic mountain gorilla in its natural habitat is an unparalleled, magical wildlife experience. Of the estimated 900 mountain gorillas in existence, half live in troops in the UNESCO protected Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mghinga National Park and can be observed and tracked by a select number of visitors. It is on the mountainous slopes and jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that we will spend time searching out these majestic apes, where we hope to make contact with the great loping silverback gorillas.
But Uganda is not just about Gorillas. Described by Winston Churchill as the Pearl of Africa, it straddles the equator and is where the jungles of West Africa meet the savannahs of East Africa, leading to an incredible diversity of landscapes and wildlife.
Uganda’s National Parks offer game drives, walking safaris, boat rides and chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, a forest with one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa. Enjoy the wildlife and birdlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park, from open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and Crater Lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Marvel at the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, magnificent Lake Victoria and the mighty Murchison Falls.
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Cruising the Nile at Murchison Falls
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
UNESCO Site: Bwindi Forest
Day 1 Fly to Entebbe via Addis Ababa.
Day 2 Explore a local fishing village en-route to Admas Grand Hotel for overnight. (D)
Day 3 Drive via Kampala to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Walking safari and introduction to the Southern White Rhinos. Travel through rural scenery to the legendary Murchison Falls National Park (6 hrs). Two nights at Paraa Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Game drive across savannah, Borassus Palm Forest and grassland to Lake Albert in search of lions, leopard, hyena, buffalo and elephant. Boat ride along the Nile with an opportunity to hike up the falls. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Travel to the dynamic and friendly town of Fort Portal and to Kibale National Park (8 hrs) visiting a tea plantation, where we will meet the pickers, learn how tea is grown and harvested. Two nights at Crater Safari Lodge or similar (Papaya Lake Lodge for 2023). (B, L, D)
Day 6 Kibale National Park is home to the largest number of the endangered chimpanzees in Uganda, as well as the threatened red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. Forest trek (2-3 hrs), later enjoy a fascinating walk through the swamps of Bigodi. Relax at the lodge or join a community walk to a village. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hrs) for two nights at Mweya Safari Lodge. Visit Kasenda Crater Lakes and the Rwenzori Sculpture Foundation, launched by Ugandan craftsmen who trained at Pangolin Editions foundry in England. Game drive and lecture by a local conservationist. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Enjoy morning and evening game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, (4 hrs) for two nights at the Silverback Lodge with a game drive en route in Ishasha sector Wilderness where the tree climbing lions may be found. The mountain forest of Bwindi is home to the endangered mountain gorilla, chimpanzees and spectacular birdlife with 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Evening lecture from a Primatologist. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Early start for gorilla trekking, one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth (2-6 hrs), led by an experienced and informative ranger. Community visit. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Morning at leisure. Transfer to Kihihi Airstrip for the light aircraft flight to Entebbe. Free time before the overnight flight to London via Addis Ababa. (B, L)
Day 12 Arrive London.
On occasion lunch will be a boxed lunch.
Trekking on day 10 may be between 2 and 6 hours, it may be over uneven ground with inclines.
A reasonable level of mobility and fitness is required.
4-star hotel adjacent to the Entebbe Golf Club, Botanical Gardens and Victoria Shopping Mall with restaurant, bar, pool, gym and Wi-Fi (free). 56 air conditioned rooms with balcony, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
3-star lodge located in the north west of Uganda overlooking the River Nile. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. 54 rooms with fans and balcony.
4-star lodge located 4 miles from the Kibale Forest National Park, offering luxury accommodation in scenic surroundings. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and lounge, craft shop, mobile spa facility and a campfire area where guests can relax and enjoy views of the Crater Lake. 21 rooms with fans, balcony or patio.
4-star lodge located in the Crater Lakes region, sitting high above both the Lyantonde and Kifuruka Lake. Restaurant, bar, pool, Wi-Fi (free) and 9 cottages with balcony.
4-star lodge located on a peninsula in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains, described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. 46 rooms with fan, safe and balcony doors.
4-star lodge perched up high overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, with sweeping views of the valley and forests that surround it. 12 rooms with hairdryer, fan and mosquito net.
Lake Victoria Extension
“Nalubaale” Lake Victoria, named after his Queen by the explorer John Hanning Speke is Africa’s largest, and the largest tropical lake in the world. Spend two nights at the 4-star Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to the 4-star Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa for two nights. (B)
Day 2 Day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 Return flight. (B)
Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Victoria with pool and sundeck, terraced rose garden, tennis courts, gym and spa.
per person in a twin/double room
Ethiopian Airlines from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £845
Ethiopian Airlines Business Class - On request
Qatar Airways from Heathrow – nil
Extension - Lake Victoria
2 nights £315
Single supplement £215
Add £1055 per person
Arrival or departure transfer add £20
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 9 lunches, 9 dinners, transportation in 4x4 Land Cruiser, entrance fees, chimpanzee trekking permit, gorilla trekking permit, local guides, porterage, itinerary as described, services of expert local guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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