8 Days Wonders of Uganda from US$4,100.-pp, plus permits, set departures

Experience the Wonders of Uganda in this eight-day safari. It features trekking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge and safaris and bird-watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and sundowners overlooking the Ishasha plains.

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
The Boma Hotel EntebbeEntebbeB&B1x Double Room1 Night
Buhoma LodgeBwindi Impenetrable ForestFB+1x Chalet3 Nights
Ishasha Wilderness CampSouthern Queen Elizabeth National ParkFB+1x Framed Canvas, Luxury Tents2 Nights
Mweya Safari LodgeNorthern Queen Elizabeth National ParkFB+1x Standard Rooms1 Night

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$ 4,100 *low season month of April, May and November 2022

US$4,600.-* high season months of June through October, December 2022

*Plus gorilla permit US$700 and Chimp permit US$50Price for double occupancy, per person.

Single supplement US$450 in low season, US$555 in high season.


2022 Dates:

3 Jan 2022,

13 Feb

19 March

22 April

6 May

4 June

4 July

16 July

29 July

5 August

20 August

18 Sept

16 Oct

4 Nov

15 Dec

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, boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, National Park fees, all transfers, local alcoholic drinks at Buhoma and Ishasha Wilderness Camps;

Excluded

International flight to Uganda, optional additional excursions, visa, airport taxes, gorilla and chimp tracking tracking permits; excess baggage charges (allowance is 33 pounds); travel and evacuation insurance; premium drinks where local drinks are included;

Note: Should gorilla permit be booked for Ruhija Family an extra charge for vehicle transfer of US$240 per vehicle/return applies. Minimum persons required for journey to proceed: 2

Day 1:            The Boma Hotel Entebbe, Entebbe    

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

Situated on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, the former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe is just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. This charming town features tree-lined streets and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Tourists can look forward to spending days on beautiful beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll through the fields and forests of the magnificent Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s orphaned 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           

The Boma Hotel is Entebbe’s original and most exclusive hotel, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport. Our rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of the original 1940’s home. The Boma is an ideal stopover for all travellers and airline passengers, and we will arrange all your airport transfers. 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 residents-only bar and dining area overlooks the pool area and provides a delightful and relaxed country house experience. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests. Other hotel facilities include the swimming pool, Gym, Free WiFi, 24-hour security and car parking. We offer a laundry service for overnight guests and there is a small craft shop on site. We can organise local taxi hire and day trips to the nearby attractions.

Double Room

All our double rooms have a King Size bed with mosquito nets, air conditioning, fans, private bathrooms, a TV and safe for valuables.

Basis

Bed and 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/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!

Optional

Ride 4 a Woman

Ride 4 a Woman

Empower the Women of Bwindi by visiting their meeting place where they weave baskets and sew items out of lovely Ugandan fabrics. Each item will have the artists name on it and you can probably meet her in person.

Ride 4 a Woman is a charitable organization set up to support women struggling with poverty, HIV and domestic violence. When their work in the fields and at home allows, they come here to sew and weave for some additional income. A most worthwhile project to support.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge     View iBrochure

Nestled at the gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma Lodge is one of only two lodges set within the national park, and is the perfect lodge of choice when embarking on your bucket-list Gorilla trekking adventure.

Renowned for its warm welcome and attentive service, guests love the homely ambience of this Africa inspired lodge. Constructed using sustainable materials, the elevated central lounge, bar and dining area (serving delicious multi-course meals) offers a cosy spot for guests to unwind, and offers amazing uninterrupted views over the forest. The crackling fireplace adds a mystical atmosphere to cooler evenings.

Tranquil and cosy, the ten spacious eco friendly wooden chalets offer a private escape. Fall asleep to the sounds of the forest and awaken to chattering birds and monkeys as day breaks. Enjoy morning tea/coffee on your private verandah with sweeping views over the primal forest– what better way to start the day.

With Buhoma set just steps away from the trek start point, gorillas have been spotted popping in for an occasional visit, while our resident L’Hoest’s monkey troup visit the gardens in front of the lodge almost daily, much to the delight of our guests.

Chalet

Our ten comfortable chalets have been designed with the forest in mind, by using eco-friendly materials and applying eco-friendly building standards. The chalets may have been built with consideration for the forest, but comfort hasn’t been compromised on.

Inside the spacious chalets you will find large, comfortable beds and everything you need to make yourself at home. The well-appointed and roomy en-suite bathroom with flush toilet contains a rain shower with a copious supply of hot water and equipped with locally produced natural ranges of complementary bathroom amenities. Some chalets also offer a bath-tub for relaxation and enjoyment after the day’s activities.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

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 and experiencing their day-to-day activities, is an experience you won’t soon forget! Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 880 remaining in the wild. Please note that gorilla tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks ranging from 30 mins 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. Massage available and optional or take a walk in the village.

Activities

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Wake early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking. Before 8:00 am, report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers. The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, to track the gorillas. (Please note this trek can take from 30 minutes to 5-6 hours). A reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them ‘talk’ to one another, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

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

Batwa Community Walk US$85

Batwa Community Walk

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.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:            Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Surrounded by other wonderful parks in the western region of Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its rich biodiversity, wildlife and history. In the southern part of the park, the remote Ishaha sector is home to tree-climbing lions who spend long lazy days dozing in the pretty fig trees.  The Uganda Kob, which they watch from the branches, graze the plains. Around Lake Edward, enjoy fishing and more game watching – make sure to look out for chimpanzees, elephants, crocodiles, and perennial and migratory bird species.

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.

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 an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness, coupled with superb accommodation and exceptional service.

The thatched central lounge and dining area provides a cosy and relaxed space for guests, although meals are often served ‘al fresco’ beside the river. In the evening, the outdoor fireplace beside the river is the perfect place for guests to relax over sundowners and share their day’s experiences.

Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, privately nestled along the riverbank, is comfortably furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms. Wake to the delicious aroma of morning coffee served on your private verandah.

Resident troops of Black-and-White Colobus and Vervet monkeys abound and if you are lucky you’ll spot Henry, the lone hippo, wallowing lazily below our viewing deck. Game roams freely through camp, with Elephant making frequent guest appearances.

Designed to respect and complement the environment, this low impact, eco-sensitive camp is really something special, and after a few days unwinding here, you may well not want to leave.

Framed Canvas, Luxury Tents

Each of the ten framed, spacious canvas tents, set in a wooded area beside the Ntungwe river, is comfortably furnished, with an en suite bathroom offering running water, hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. The appeal of camping that doesn’t compromise on comfort. A spacious patio outside each tent allows guests to take a bit of downtime, read a book or just stretch out while taking in the sights and sounds around them.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:            Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Activities

Safaris in the Ishasha Sector of QENP

Safaris in the Ishasha Sector of QENP

The Queen Elizabeth national Park spreads over an area of 1978 square km in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, hippo, leopard, buffalo and Uganda kob. Birds present are all typical of riverine and savannah habitats.

The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the place to search for the tree climbing lions often to be seen in the vicinity of the camp which is situated just off the Northern circuit game viewing track. The lions also favour the large fig trees on the Southern circuit game viewing track and this offers alternative game viewing routes.

On early morning and late afternoon game drives, either in your safari vehicle, or for fly-in guests – in our dedicated camp open safari vehicle, you may explore the area’s game routes in search of the different species. The area is still pristine and untouched with only a handful of game vehicles found around the area at any time.  Being the only camp within the park, it offers flexibility of timings for drives allowing guests to maximise their game sightings in this area.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:            Mweya Safari Lodge, Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park            

Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park

One of the most popular parks in Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the western region of the country. In the northern part of the park, visitors can look forward to boating along the Kasinga Channel, which is home to the largest population of hippos in the world and an abundance of Nile crocodiles. Along the banks, an incredible number of birds and wild animals flock to the river’s edge. At Kyambura Gorge, fondly known as ‘Valley of the Apes’, chimpanzees are at home in a world of lush tropical rainforest spread with canopies, and three salty crater lakes are decorated with swathes of pink flamingos. On the western shore of Lake George, the vast Kasenyi Plains are inhabited by lions and several interesting bird species.

Day Itinerary

Head north today and fill your day with game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge       

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and overlooks the Kazinga Channel which links two of the Nile’s great lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward. Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness. All of the rooms have wonderful views of the channel. The Lodge offers a range of activities and attractions: game drives, boat trips, wild life viewing and more.

Standard Rooms

Standard Rooms

Special features

In our standard single, double and twin rooms, you will find a simple safari atmosphere with a level of comfort that will not disappoint.

These rooms are perfectly situated to view the picturesque Lakes George and Edward. One can also view the Rwenzori Mountains while sitting on the balcony watching the warthogs graze.

Additional Features

Electronic Safes
Telephone
All rooms have Balcony doors
Fans
En-suite bathroom

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:            End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

Search the Kyambura Gorge for chimps this morning. Their noisy chatter will amaze you. Transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Entebbe.  Please do no book at international flight out of Entebbe before 7pm.

Activities

Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Trekking

Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Trekking

Kyambura Gorge is often referred to as the Valley of the Apes and is located on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth National Park in South Western Uganda. Over the past two years a small group of Chimpanzees have been habituated to tolerate the presence of humans however sightings are not guaranteed and as such permits here are offered at considerably reduced rates compared to the more well-known Kibale Forest. This is however an opportunity to track the Chimpanzees in a remote and lesser known location.

Kyambura is well known stunning scenery and a vast bio-diversity and should you miss the Chimps, your guide will still point out the Black & White Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey and the Grey Cheeked Mangabey as well as Pittas & different bird species and provide details of the tradit of the plant species within the forest.

Chimpanzee walks embark morning and afternoon and usually lasts 2 to 3 hours with approximately 4-6 people in a group each led by a Ugandan Wildlife Authority specialist guide.

FLIGHT INFORMATION

DateFlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Scheduled The Boma Hotel Entebbe Airstrip for Bwindi   
 Scheduled Airstrip for Mweya Safari Lodge Entebbe International Airport [EBB]   

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