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8-day Best of Uganda Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Game

An incredible journey into Central Africa – this eight day safari includes return flights to Bwindi/QENP allowing maximum time to look for the spectacular Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National, chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge, multiple game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its amazing selection of wildlife, including the tree climbing lions, and an optional visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary on beautiful Lake Victoria.

Uganda boasts some of the best bird watching in Africa, with over 1000 different species, including the rare shoebill stork and the remarkable grey crowned crane.

Luxury accommodation, professional guides and custom made safari vehicles - this safari will be the trip of a lifetime. Please note - two gorilla trekking options are available with this itinerary based on availability. Please make your request at the time of booking.

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From
USD$3,688
per person sharing*

Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Chamburu Gorge
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

Includes

  • Airport transfers (Entebbe/return)
  • Return domestic flights from Entebbe to Kihihi/QENP on a scheduled flight
  • 4x4 transport with English speaking local driver/guide as above
  • Accommodation and meals as above (full board on safari, bed and breakfast in Entebbe)  
  • Bottled water in safari vehicle
  • Community visit en route from Bwindi to Ishasha
  • All park entrance fees
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Excludes

  • Gorilla Permits (not included in above price) US$ 600 each 
  • Optional extra of Forest Walk Bwindi (US$ 70 pp including park fees)
  • Optional extra Community Visit Bwindi (US$ 30)
  • Optional Extra of Batwa Pygmies Community Visit (US$ 85)
  • All international flights and airport taxes
  • Personal expenses such as porters, drinks, tips, visas and travel insurance.
  • Services/activities/meals not included above

Starts

Entebbe, Uganda

Ends

Entebbe, Uganda

Duration

8 days

Countries visited

Uganda

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From USD$3,688
per person sharing*

Group Size

2+ people

Safari Type

Lodges and Tented Camps

Accommodation:

Lodge

Vehicle

Day 1: Hotel No.5, Entebbe
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to The Boma guest house. Overnight at Hotel No.5 or similar, with breakfast included.

Day 2: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Transfer after breakfast to the airport for your scenic light aircraft charter flight to Kihihi airstrip. A roughly 90-minute drive through local villages and along mountain roads brings you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included.

Day 3: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
It’s up early today as one of the most humbling and enthralling wildlife experiences imaginable awaits your discovery. Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is something words cannot aptly describe. Please note that gorilla trekking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions. The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is well worth the hike to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and it should be noted that sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are well over 95%. 

Head back to Buhoma Lodge for a complimentary massage after your trek or explore the surrounding Bwindi community. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included.
* Please note that days 3 and 4 are interchangeable depending on when we can secure gorilla permits *

Day 4: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Those with additional pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience. Guests not tracking have the day free to explore the Bwindi area – optional activities include forest walks, a visit to a local school/orphanage/hospital or Batwa pygmy village, and some local curio shopping. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included

Day 5: Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Continue this morning onto southern Queen Elizabeth National Park (a 2-3-hour drive), with a brief stop enroute at the Ishasha Community Uplift project.

Immerse yourself in Agartha’s ‘Taste of Uganda’tour – it’s a fun, educational experience for the inquisitive visitor who wonders how a rural Ugandan lady lives. Watch how the local crops are transformed into local staples such as millet porridge and kalo bread. It’s a fascinating interactive experience.
Located in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, the park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, leopard, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds. The southern Ishasha area includes the massive Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda, and is home to the tree climbing lions typically found in the area.
Enjoy afternoon game drives, looking out for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant and Uganda kob. Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks.

Day 6: Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Spend the day enjoying game drives in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, rounding things off with scenic bush sundowners including drinks and snacks. This is what memories are made of! Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks.

Day 7: Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Head north toward the ‘Mweya’ sector of the park to enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a 32-kilometre long natural channel linking Lake Edward and Lake George. Kazinga’s shores are dotted with herds of lazy buffalo, pods of hippos wallowing without a care, and countless bird species. Drift past local fishing villages, and soak up the peaceful tranquility of this beautiful African day. (Cruise normally departs at 14h00, although this depends on availability when booking and is subject to change –no drinks/ snacks included on boat)

Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, located on a peninsula overlooking the Kazinga Channel on one side and the spectacular Rwenzori Mountains on the other.

Day 8: End of Itinerary
Early morning starts today, with the highlight being your Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge. 

The forest is alive with noise! Chimpanzees can be quite active and may move quickly through the forest canopy or, if you are lucky, you may find them resting or eating near the forest floors. It’s an exhilarating walk, in beautiful scenery. As with gorilla trekking, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
After this activity, we depart to the nearby Mweya airstrip for your return flight to Entebbe. Please do not book a flight out of Entebbe before 19h00.

Accommodation

Destination

Basis

Duration

Hotel No.5

Entebbe

B&B

1 Night

Buhoma Lodge

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

FB

3 Nights

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Queen Elizabeth National Park

FB

2 Nights

Mweya Safari Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park

FB

1 Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch