Overview

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

Gentle Giants

An unforgettable wildlife experience with the gentle giants that are the gorillas of Bwindi seeing the very best of Uganda,
the 'Pearl of Africa'

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.

Key Features

Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Cruising the Nile at Murchison Falls
Chimpanzee Trekking 
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
UNESCO Site: Bwindi Forest
Group Size: 3 – 18

Day 1 Fly to Entebbe via Nairobi.

Day 2 Explore a local fishing village en-route to the Boma Guest House with lovely views of Lake Victoria 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. Two nights at Paraa Safari Lodge (6 hrs). (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. (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 Amsterdam. (B, L)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

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.

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
Kenya Airways/KLM from London Heathrow

Date Price
February 22 £4845
August 22 £5195
September 5 £4995

2021

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
Kenya Airways/KLM from London Heathrow

Date Price
June 26 £4995
August 21 £5195
September 11 £4995

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £625

Flight Options

Kenya Airways/KLM Royal Dutch Airways
Business Class from £1650

Extension Options

Extension - Lake Victoria
2 nights – £315
Single supplement £215

Independent Arrival

Save £750
Arrival transfer add £40
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas airport taxes, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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