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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,445

Head on safari to Uganda to spend your days alongside gorillas and chimpanzees in majestic national parks. Get acquainted with Ugandan rhythms in Entebbe before heading to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see mountain gorillas in one of their few remaining habitats and exploring the diverse bushlands, marshes, and savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park.


This 8-day tour takes you to Uganda’s best national parks as well as the relaxed city of Entebbe.

Your trip to Uganda begins in Entebbe, sitting on the banks of Lake Victoria in central Uganda. Entebbe makes for a relaxing introduction to Uganda when compared to the capital of Kampala. Stroll along popular Lido Beach to adjust to the city’s rhythms before heading to the Entebbe Botanical Garden to see wide varieties of exotic plants and animals. If you have the time, consider heading to nearby Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary for an encounter with our closest simian relatives.

Head southwest from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, near the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bwindi’s name promises magnificence and luckily the park delivers on the promise. Defined by steep mountains and verdant jungles, Bwindi is a holdover from ancient times, having even survived the last Ice Age while similar jungles froze. With 120 mammal species and 350 bird species, it abounds with animal diversity. Best of all, it is home to around 340 of the world’s 880 remaining mountain gorillas. Head on two gorilla tracking excursions to see these gorillas up close and gain insight into their daily habits.

After getting acquainted with mountain gorillas, head north to Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda’s most popular nature reserves. Queen Elizabeth National Park matches its diversity of landscape with a diversity of wildlife. On your safari excursions you’ll encounter hippos, elephants, lions, leopards, chimps, and hyenas. If you head to the south of the park around Isasha, you might be lucky enough to see a lioness sleeping off the day’s heat in the branches of a fig tree. A boat trip down the Kazinga Channel is an essential experience in the park. You also have the opportunity to head on a chimpanzee viewing trek to Chamburu Gorge before heading back to Entebbe to end your Uganda vacation.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,445

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Day 1

Arrive Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be met by a Goway representative and transferred to your reserved accommodations.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Boma Lodge

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    Boma Lodge


    The Boma Lodge is set in a leafy suburb, a few minutes' drive from Entebbe International Airport and is ideal for stopovers. The Boma Lodge consists of fifteen bedrooms all of which combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of ...

    The Boma Lodge is set in a leafy suburb, a few minutes' drive from Entebbe International Airport and is ideal for stopovers. The Boma Lodge consists of fifteen bedrooms all of which combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of the original 1940's home. All the rooms are individually decorated in a mixture of African and European decor, and have been designed to reflect the original colonial architecture. The rooms do vary, but most include four-poster beds with mosquito nets, private verandah, ensuite bathroom, satellite TV, international power points, safes and wireless internet connection. A residents' and diners' bar set in landscaped gardens with lake views provide a charming and relaxed "country house" experience.

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Day 2

Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your scheduled flight to Kihili. The flight is approximately 90 minutes. On arrival at Kihihi, you will be met and driven to your lodge. The drive is approximately 2 hours via pretty villages and mountainous scenery. This afternoon you have the option to do a Batwa experience or nature walk. (additional cost)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Buhoma Lodge

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    Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. Situated within the National Park, less than five minutes' walk, from the start of the gorilla trekking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been ...

    Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. Situated within the National Park, less than five minutes' walk, from the start of the gorilla trekking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day's activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.

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Day 3

Gorilla Trekking

Following breakfast at the lodge, travel to National Park Headquarters to meet your guides for the day and begin your gorilla tracking experience. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the mountain slopes. The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is abundantly rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 880 remaining in the wild. This is an experience you won't soon forget!

Following the trek, return to your accommodation and, if time allows, take a guided afternoon forest or community walk. These are additional activities that may be booked and paid for direct. Please note: tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks up to six hours or longer, at high altitudes, not uncommon. Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 90%.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Optional Second Trek or Forest Walk or Community Walk, Buhoma lodge

Today you will have the option of a second Gorilla Trek or Forest Walk in Bwindi. Please inform at the time of booking. In the afternoon relax or explore the local area on foot.

PLEASE NOTE: on certain departures, due to Gorilla Permit availability, this leg of your safari may be undertaken in Rwanda. A similar standard of accommodation will be utilized in Rwanda, but there may be a surcharge depending on availability. Please check at time of booking.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha Community Visit, Game Drive

Today you will head in a northerly direction to the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National park, from Bwindi approximately 3 hours' drive, to be welcomed to your established tented camp nestled under trees alongside a river. On a clear day views from the area stretch to the ice-capped Rwenzori Mountains to the north, and the Virunga volcanoes to the south, there are few places on earth to rival the scenery in this park. 'Birders' won't be disappointed with the enormous range of species in the area. The park spreads over an area of 1978 km2 in the western arm of the Great East Rift Valley. It is a home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, hippo, buffalo, and Uganda kob, baboon, and birds, all typical of riverine and savannah habitats. In the southern part of the park is the Ishasha are with tree climbing lions and the Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The northern part of the park is traversed by the equator and is dominated by the scenery of crater lakes with lots of flamingos on some of them. A launch trip from Mweya along the Kazinga channel, which joins Lake Edward and Lake George, provides one of the most memorable experiences of the park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Ishasha Tented Camp

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    Ishasha Wilderness Camp with its' 6 Meru Style tents is located on the banks of the Ntungwe River and providing access to a host of game viewing including the famous tree climbing lions. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with hot bush showers and eco-friendly toilets. ...

    Ishasha Wilderness Camp with its' 6 Meru Style tents is located on the banks of the Ntungwe River and providing access to a host of game viewing including the famous tree climbing lions. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with hot bush showers and eco-friendly toilets. Ishasha Wilderness Camp is the perfect place to stop on the way to track the gorillas of Bwindi.

    Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located inside the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River; it is an idyllic retreat for people who truly want to experience the wilderness. This exclusive tented camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National.

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Day 6

Ishasha area game drives and sundowners

A second day in Queen Elizabeth National Park with more game viewing opportunities available to you.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Game Drive and continue onto central Queen Elizabeth National Park, Afternoon Boat cruise on Kazinga

From Ishasha, you drive approximately 2 hours to the Mweya region of Queen Elizabeth National Park. During your visit here you will have time to enjoy game drives, and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Located on a peninsula overlooking the Kazinga Channel on one side and with spectacular views towards the Ruwenzori Mountains on the other, this upgraded and renovated lodge provides some of the best accommodation and service facilities in Uganda.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Mweya Lodge

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  • Mweya Lodge



    Mweya Safari Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. Each luxurious room contains balconies, private bathrooms and electricity. The hotel also features a swimming pool, poolside bar, Tempo Safari Bar, souvenir shop, boardroom, conference room, DSTV, ...

    Mweya Safari Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. Each luxurious room contains balconies, private bathrooms and electricity. The hotel also features a swimming pool, poolside bar, Tempo Safari Bar, souvenir shop, boardroom, conference room, DSTV, satellite TV and the Kazinga Restaurant service global cuisine.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 8

Chamburu Gorge Hike option for Chimpanzee Viewing and flight out to Entebbe

Enjoy an early morning chimpanzee trekking at Chamburu Gorge (optional, and pre-booked at the $50 US per permit).

Depart to Mweya Airstrip for your scheduled flight to Entebbe Airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

  • 2017: Aug 25; Oct 6; Dec 15.
  • 2018: Jan 5.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet & Greet Services
  • Airport Transfers to/from Entebbe airport
  • Domestic flights from Entebbe to Kihihi and Mweya to Entebbe
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Park Fees
  • Meals on Safari as indicated
  • Bottled Water
  • 1 Gorilla Permit
  • Ishasha Community visit

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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