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- from $8,452 PP
- 11 nights
- Gorilla trekking max 6 people
- Year round
- 10 hours from London / 18 hours from New York
Uganda is often referred to as the Pearl of Africa, it is a country of dramatic landscapes and the highest density of primates in Africa. This 12 Day itinerary encompasses all the highlights Uganda has to offer: Murchison Falls where you will take a boat trip to the falls and the enormous Nile Crocodiles, Kibale Forest where you will get to experience the chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will spot the famous tree-climbing lions, and of course, Bwindi National Park which is home to the mighty mountain gorillas. You finish your trip on a private island surrounded by the Nile waters. Your safari experience will include both private and shared activities, with professional guides, rangers and local experts with you at all stages.
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- 10 nights in Luxury Lodges on a full board basis
- 1 night Lake Victoria on a bed & breakfast basis
- Transportation in a 4x4 Land cruiser jeep with a pop up roof, and an experienced English speaking guide
- All park fees and chimpanzee permits (excluding gorilla permits - additional cost)
- Gorilla Permits, at the time of writing, are USD $700 per person - subject to change by the parks board
- Flight: Bugungu – Kasese Airstrip
- House alcoholic drinks except premium brands
- Expert safari trip planning
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Entebbe
You will met on arrival in Entebbe International Airport by a private, local guide/driver. They will welcome you into Uganda – a country home to arguably, the friendliest people on the planet! Your guide will then drive you to the Serena Lake Victoria Hotel. This hotel has a range of facilities and sits on the shores of the mighty Lake Victoria – the perfect view for your first night in Uganda.
Day 2 Rhinos and Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast you shall start your tour with your private driver/guide. Your first stop is the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Enjoy a guided walking safari to trek with the White Rhinos that have been re-introduced in Uganda. In the afternoon you will drive to the legendary Murchison Falls. You will spend the next two nights at Baker’s Lodge which is a wonderful safari property with stunning views and a homely ambiance.
Day 3 Murchison Falls National Park
After an early breakfast, you will head out for a morning game drive. The drive will take you across savannah, Borassus Palm Forest and grassland down to Lake Albert. The area is home to Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest. Oribi, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs. The park has a wide variety of bird life including the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters.
In the afternoon you will take a boat ride up the Nile, to Murchison Falls. Once you are at the falls you will hike to the top of the falls where the Nile squeezes through a 7 meter gap and at the bottom you will see huge Nile Crocodiles basking in the sun.
Day 4 Kibale National Park
After breakfast, you will fly to Kasese Airstrip and then drive to Kibale National Park, along the way you will pass many tea plantations. On the way you stop in Fort Portal. In the afternoon you will arrive at Ndali Lodge to stay for the night. The lodge is located on a hill with stunning views.
Day 5 Kibale Forest - Chimp Trekking
After breakfast you will meet your guide to go Chimp Trekking in the Kibale Naitonal Park
The park is home to 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is an extremely diverse and dense tropical forest – the perfect home for these wonderful primates. You will have a briefing at Kibale Forest headquarters to run through the logistics, safety features and the behaviors of chimpanzees. Once you have been assigned your group with a ranger, you will begin to trek the forest to find the chimpanzees.
After your chimpanzee trek, you will continue on to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is beautifully scenic. Spend the next two night at Kyambura Gorge Lodge which is proudly part of the Volcanoes Portfolio. Everything here is perfection – the accommodation, the food, the drinks and the service.
Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park
You will begin your day with a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is home to over 100 mammal species including lion, buffalo, elephant, hippo, hyena and the elusive giant forest hog.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel. This will give you the opportunity to see elephant, hippo, crocodile and hundreds of bird species. It’s a truly beautiful experience.
Day 7 Bwindi National Park
On route to Bwindi National Park, you will drive through the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive. This area is called Ishasha which is famous for its resident tree-climbing lions. As you will have your own driver/guide and vehicle, you can enjoy the safari at your own pace, looking out for wildlife at all moments.
When you arrive at Bwindi National Park, you will spend the next two nights in Bwindi Lodge – a stunning lodge offering an exceptional location and overall service.
Day 8 Gorilla Trekking
Today is the day you have been waiting for… the gorilla trek! After a big morning breakfast (you’ll need it for energy), you will be transferred to the park headquarters to be briefed on the logistics and rules of gorilla trekking, Each group includes 6 people, rangers, trackers and porters. Once assigned your group, you will begin your trek to find the gorilla group. This may be anywhere between 2 and 6 hours so be prepared and ready to hike! Once you find them, you will be allowed one hour to watch, observe and enjoy their presence. It is a humbling experience.
Day 9 Lake Mburo National Park
This morning you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo National Park forms a mosaic-like habitat with rocks, dry slopes, open and wooded savannas, forests, and swamps. This diversity of habitats supports a wide range of bird life with 313 bird species recorded in the park, including flame head Barbet, Long-tailed Zitting Cisticola (Tabora), African Bins Rail, Collared Barbet, binding Bush singer among others.
You will spend the night at Mihingo Lodge with panoramic views over the park.
Day 10 Jinja
After an early breakfast, you will have a morning nature walk in the park, before you drive to Jinja. Established in 1907, Jinja is the second largest town in Uganda and also home to the Source of the River Nile.
You will spend the next two nights at the Wild Waters Lodge. The lodge is built on an island surrounded by the Nile River.
Day 11 Jinja
Spend the day relaxing at the lodge or choose from the optional activities available. The lodge offers water based activities, including white water rafting on the Nile, jet boating, kayaking or fishing. You may prefer to explore the local villages and farms on a bike or on horse back.
Day 12 Entebbe
This morning will enjoy a boat ride on the source of the Nile and a trip to the Jinja market to stock up on gifts to take home. You will then be transferred back to Entebbe for your onward flight connection.
What's not Included
- Your international flights – please contact your travel expert if you require assistance with flights
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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