6 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Lion Safari from US$2,800.- pp plus US$600 permit on set dates

This hosted FLY-IN Exploration takes in the best Uganda has on offer, Gorilla trekking  and a safari in a short period of time. Stay in luxury lodges, meet gorillas face to face in the rain forest and go on safari for lions and other wildlife. You have an option for a second gorilla tracking (advance permit purchase required)  or visit the Batwa Pygmies. Check out departure dates below.

Luxury accommodation, professional guides, custom safari vehicles and flights to avoid long road travel make this journey the trip of a lifetime.

Inquire about extending this journey by 2 or 4 days. Departure dates would be the same but trip would add on days for Chimpanzee trekking and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
The Boma Hotel Entebbe Entebbe 1 B&B 1x Double Room
Buhoma Lodge Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 3 FB 1x Chalet
Ishasha Wilderness Camp Queen Elizabeth National Park 1 FB 1x Canvas Tented Safari Room

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
FB: Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch

Price

Low Season: April, May, November: US$2,800.- plus 600 for one gorilla permit per person, double occupancy.

High Season (except April, May November): US$2,995.- plus 600 for one gorilla permit per person, double occupancy.
US$490 single supplement during high season, US$360 during low season.

Dates

2019:

4 January, 9 February, 22 February, 15 March, 29 March, 20 April(Easter), 22 May, 02 June, 21 June, 05 July, 19 July, 02 August, 30 August, 20 September, 27 September, 18 October, 25 October, 08 November, 20 December;

Inquire about cost of journey on non-scheduled dates!

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, airport transfers, return domestic flights, transport with english speaking driver/guide, Community visit en route from Bwindi to Ishasha, bottled water in safari vehicle, game drives in Queen Elizabeth Park as per itinerary, National Park fees, all transfers, local drinks at Buhoma and Ishasha Wilderness Camps;

Excluded

Internationaf flight to Uganda, optional additional excursions, visa, airport taxes, gorilla tracking permits; excess baggage charges (allowance is 33 pounds); travel and evacuation insurance;

Note: Should gorilla permit be booked for Ruhija Family an extra charge for vehicle transfer of US$280 per vehicle/return applies. Minimum persons required for journey to proceed: 2

Uganda

Once referred to as the “Pearl of the British Empire in East Africa”,  Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries on the African continent and 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!

Day 1:           The Boma Hotel Entebbe, Entebbe

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.

Day Itinerary

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Entebbe is a small, quiet town located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is easy to explore on foot, boda bodas (local motorbike) or taxis. Soak up the local markets filled with clothes and crafts, shop for souvenirs in curio shops, or explore the Botanical Gardens on Lake Victoria. Enjoy the wide variety of restaurants serving many different cuisines as well as several bars and clubs where you can sample the local beer and chat with local Ugandans known for their open, friendly nature.

Overnight: The Boma Hotel Entebbe or Hotel No. 5

The Boma is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe and only 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport.  The Guesthouse is ideally suited for business and recreational travelers alike.
It  is an ideal stopover for passengers inbound on late evening or outbound on early morning flights.  The 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.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:           Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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.

Day Itinerary

Transfer from  the Boma Hotel to the domestic airport for your scheduled flight to  airstrip located between Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National parks.

The flight takes just over an hour. Transfer to Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The drive to the lodge is through local villages and mountain roads – lovely scenery and very interesting en route!

Guests will have the opportunity for two days of gorilla tracking (pre-booking essential). Other optional activities that may be enjoyed in and around the park include forest walks, visits to a local school or orphanage or Batwa pygmy village, and curio shopping.

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. Buhoma offers 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

Today will be a lifetime experience! Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare wildlife encounter. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the mountain slopes. The opportunity to come within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives while they go about their day-to-day activities, is an experience you won’t soon forget! Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 680 remaining in the wild. Please note that gorilla tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks ranging from 30 minutes up to six hours or longer, at high altitudes. Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 95%.

Following the trek, return to your accommodation and, if time allows, take an optional guided afternoon forest or community walk.

Activities

Gorilla Trekking

Full Board

Day 4:           Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day Itinerary

Those with pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience following breakfast at the lodge. Depending upon individual itinerary schedules, guests not tracking gorillas may wish to enjoy other activities available in the area such as a forest walk, a visit to a local school/orphanage/hospital, or Batwa pygmy village, and some local curio shopping.

Optional (extra charge)

Village Visit Bwindi US$30pp

Batwa Community Visit US$85

Since their removal from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest when it was designated a National Park , the Batwa Pygmies are living mostly on the fringes of existing villages, or in remote areas just outside the forest, where farming is difficult.
The Batwa tribe members are gradually learning to live in fixed agrarian communities now that their nomadic forest existence is no longer possible. Outreach programs are working to help them maintain their ancient traditions and culture while building their new lives.
Pygmy people are ancient dwellers in the forests, they were known as The Keepers of the Forest.

 

Included

Full Board

Day 5:           Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Volcanic craters, grassy plains, tropical forest and giant lakes connected by a channel groaning with hippos are what you will see at the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  The park has almost 100 types of mammal and 606 different bird species, including the peculiar shoebill, the Kasinga Channel alone is said to contain the world’s largest concentration of hippos, and other wildlife includes buffalo, the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope, giant forest hog, Uganda kob, Defassa waterbuck and elephant.  And at Kyambura Gorge you can see habituated chimpanzees.

Day Itinerary

This morning we depart Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and travel (2-3 hours) to Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Time permitting, we may visit a Community Project enroute. Here the local people allow you to enjoy some time in their homesteads, as well as see some of the crops and curios they produce, and visit the local elephant trench project – which stops elephants coming into the village and raiding crops.

Afternoon game drives will be enjoyed in the Ishasha area, looking for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant, Uganda kob and of course the famous tree-climbing lion typically found in the area.

Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp    View iBrochure

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area.

Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water,hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco friendly toilet. A central lounge / dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. A shaded area beside the river offers al fresco dining and an evening ‘fireplace’ for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experience.

  

Included

Full Board

Day 6:           Flight to Entebbe

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Entebbe in afternoon. Please do no book at international flight out of Entebbe before 7pm in case of delay.

Included: Breakfast

End of Service.

Flight Information

Date Flight Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
Scheduled The Boma Hotel Entebbe Airstrip
Scheduled Airstrip Entebbe International Airport [EBB]

Note: Please make request for second gorilla trekking (US$670 incl transfers) at time of booking.
All reservations/quotes are subject to our Terms and Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ All participants required to sign liability release form. Animal sightings are not guaranteed. Malaria prophylaxis is highly recommended for this itinerary. Yellow Fever vaccine and travel/evacuation insurance are mandatory.

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