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 landscape 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 bio diversity 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
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Group Size: 6 – 18
Day 1 Overnight flight with Kenya Airways from London to Entebbe via Nairobi.
Day 2 Morning arrival, en-route to the hotel, explore a local fishing village. Overnight at the Boma Guest House with lovely views over Lake Victoria. Dinner at the hotel. (D)
Day 3 Drive through Kampala and to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Enjoy a walking safari and introduction to the Southern White Rhinos that have been re-introduced in Uganda. Continue through rural scenery and colourful villages to the legendary Murchison Falls National Park for two nights at the Paraa Safari Lodge (6 hours). (B, L, D)
Day 4 Morning game drive across savannah, Borassus Palm Forest and grassland to Lake Albert in search of lions, leopard, hyena, buffalo and elephant – we may also spot Jackson hartebeest, oribi, waterbucks, and Uganda kobs. Look out for the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles, Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters. Afternoon boat ride along the Nile to view Murchison Falls where the Nile squeezes through a 7 metre gap – look out for huge Nile Crocodiles basking in the sun and perhaps hike to the top. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Travel to the dynamic and friendly town of Fort Portal and to Kibale National Park (8 hours). En route stop at a Tea plantation to meet the pickers and learn how tea is grown and harvested. Two nights at Crater Safari Lodge. (B, L, D – Boxed lunch)
Day 6 Forest trek (2-3 hours) to view the Chimpanzees, the most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park, 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. Enjoy a fascinating walk through the swamps of Bigodi. Relax at the lodge or join a community walk in a nearby village. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hours) for two nights at the Meya Safari Lodge, visiting en route Kasenda Crater Lakes and the Rwenzori Sculpture Foundation, a rural centre for arts launched in 2008 by three Ugandan craftsmen who trained at Pangolin Editions foundry in England. Evening game drive and a lecture by a local conservationist on the steps being taken to protect this fragile National Park. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Enjoy a morning and evening game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and an afternoon boat ride on Kazinga Channel. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, (4 hours) 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 fascinating mountain forest of Bwindi is home to the endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and spectacular birdlife with 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Evening lecture from a Primatologist and learn about the primates in Bwindi especially the Mountain Gorillas. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Early morning rise for the highlight of your safari, Gorilla Trekking. Trekking the Mountain Gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The trek will take between 2 and 6 hours and is well worth the effort. You will be led by an experienced and informative ranger. Afternoon visit to the local community and learn about their lifestyle. (B, L, D – Boxed lunch)
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 Amsterdam. (B, D)
Day 12 Arrive London.
On occasion the midday meal 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.
The 4-star Boma Guesthouse is a charming property situated in tropical gardens on the outskirts of Entebbe. The main house has a lounge and reception area. There is a veranda overlooking the lovely gardens and this is where meals are often served and a newly built pool. 15 rooms all individually decorated in African and European décor. Rooms vary, but most include a four poster bed with mosquito nets, private veranda, en-suite bathroom, satellite TV, WiFi, International Power Points and a safe.
3-star Paraa Safari Lodge is located in the north west of Uganda overlooking the River Nile. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. 54 rooms with private facilities, fans and balcony.
4-star Crater Safari Lodge is located 4 miles from the Kibale Forest National Park, it offers 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 private facilities, fans, balcony or patio.
4-star Mweya Safari Lodge is located on a peninsula in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. 46 rooms with private facilities, fan and safe and balcony doors.
4-star Silverback Lodge is perched up high overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and has sweeping views of the valley and forests that surround it. 12 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, fan and mosquito net.
per person in a twin/double room
Kenya Airways/KLM Royal Dutch Airways from
Supplements per person
Single supplement £465
Business Class from £1650
Arrival transfer add £40
Departure transfer add £40
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 8 lunches, 10 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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