5 Days Uganda Gorillas and Culture, Fly-In from US$2,235.- plus US$600 gorilla permit

Fly into Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest to track the magnificent gorillas and take a community walk. Choose from additional cultural outings to your liking.

BEST TIME TO GO

Jan, Feb, June to Oct and December. Although it is possible to go year round, April, May and November are wetter and gorilla trekking is more slippery.

Accommodation type: Comfort

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Track endangered mountain gorillas in their habitat
  • Guided community Walk
  • Fly over Uganda

ITINERARY MAP

Use the route map below to explore the destinations & accommodation on this tour

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
The Boma Hotel Entebbe Entebbe 1 B&B 1x Standard Room
Buhoma Lodge Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 3 FB 1x Standard Room

PRICE

US$2,235.- plus US$600 gorilla permit, April through May 2019, Nov 2019,
US$2,415.- plus US$600 gorilla permit, Jan through March, June through Oct, Dec 2019

Single supplement US$252 low seasons and US$299.- high season.

Included

Meet at greet service at airport, all transfers, return domestic flight to Bwindi National Forest, accommodation and full board as per package, guided community walk,

Excluded

International flight to Uganda, gorilla tracking permit US$600pp, visa, travel  and evacuation insurance, optional tours,

If your gorilla permit is for Ruhija group please add US$280 per vehicle/return for added transfer cost to Ruhija.
Note: Minimum 2 travelers.

Note: Tour starts and ends in Entebbe airport,Uganda. Tour may be booked individually, 2 persons minimum group size, no fixed departure dates. Terms & Conditions Apply. All participants required to sign waiver.

FULL DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1:           The Boma Hotel Entebbe, Entebbe

Day Itinerary

Arrive at Uganda where our representative will be awaiting you for your transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival you may take  optional  half day tour to the Mbamba Swamp to search for the elusive shoebill stork or rent a bike to visit the nearby Botanical Gardens.

Uganda

Once referred to as the “Pearl of the British Empire in East Africa”, visiting Uganda, being one of the most beautiful countries on the African continent is like visiting the Garden of Eden. Uganda is a land of contrasts.  In half a day you can drive from mist –shrouded volcanic mountains to hot, hazy savannah dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating lush hills of tea plantations give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the majestic gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in  the bamboo thicket.  This is Africa the way it should be!

Ugandas biggest tourist draw are of course the mountain gorillas with almost half of the world’s population located in one of East Africa’s most famous national parks, the World Heritage listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   There is nothing in comparison to the thrill to observing these magnificent, peacefull apes in their native environment. But they aren’t the country’s only great apes. Humankind’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, is found in several of areas of Uganda.

Parks with varied wild life covering different habitats, few tourists and friendly people make for a memorable experience well worth visiting. And as Uganda combines both Central African forests and East African savannahs , it is home to more than half of all Africa’s species of birds!

Entebbe

The former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. Tourists can while away days on the beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll around the fields and forests of the Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s remaining chimps.

Overnight: The Boma Hotel Entebbe

The Boma is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport.  The Boma Guesthouse is ideally suited for business and recreational travelers alike.
The Boma is an ideal stopover for passengers inbound on late evening or outbound on early morning flights.  The Boma will arrange all airport transfers leaving you relaxed in the knowledge of not having to travel to or from Kampala at night or in the early hours of the morning. Our staff and management team ensure guests receive a personable service and enjoy hospitality standards which are in keeping with the tradition of this charming lakeshore town.
The Boma consists of six bedrooms decorated along African themes, all of which have their own private bathrooms.  A residents’ and diners’ bar set in a landscaped garden with lake views combine to provide a charming and relaxed “country house” experience. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.  Although a pre-booked dining service is provided to non-residents, the premises retains a quiet atmosphere to guarantee a peaceful night’s rest for residents. The Boma’s walled compound has twenty-four hour security and car parking.  A full breakfast and airport transfers are included in the standard rate.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:           Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary

Take the morning flight to Bwindi Impenetrabel Forest National Park. Afternoon options include a guided Forest Walk (US$70 includes National Park fee).

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and though the awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were seen the day previously and then you track them down. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions there are numerous forest walks and 346 species of birds to track down, many of which are amazingly coloured.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of Africa’s  most ancient habitat. With an altitude span of 3,800’ to 8,550’ this antiquity has produced  an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, even by normal rainforest standards. And we do mean rainforest; up to 8.2 feet  of rain falls here annually.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. We offer a top quality, intimate lodge for our guests’ enjoyment in this area. Situated within the National Park, Buhoma Lodge is a short distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area. Ten comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.
Inside the spacious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower and also some rooms with bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cosy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings. Meals are freshly prepared with many local ingredients, offering a balance of international and locally flavoured cuisine with meals being of several courses. The bar has a selection of local and imported beverages and the friendly local staff will attend to your needs.

Included

Full Board

Day 3:           Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary

Get up early at 6:00 and report to the Park headquarters with your  packed lunch for briefing by the senior park ranger guide. You will  then set out to track the gentle giants through thick vegetation as you hike up and down slippery slopes. Be vigilant to listen to their vocal communications and follow them until you finally come eye-eye with them. An hour with them is possible as you observe and learn their habits while taking photos. It is an extraordinary feeling, sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining and critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Included

Full Board

Day 4:           Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary

Today you may choose to track the gorillas a second time (US$670.-), visit the local community (guided at US$30) or meet the Batwa Pygmies (US$85).

Included

Full Board

Day 5:           Departure

Day Itinerary

Take a flight over the “Pearl of Africa” for your onward flight home (do not schedule prior 7pm).

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