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The Best of Uganda: Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kyambura Gorge

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,619

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This safari vacation is perfect for travellers wanting a complete experience of Uganda’s wildlife. After arriving in Entebbe, connect into Bwindi to search for mountain gorillas. Then head south for a traditional safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as a chimpanzee trek.


This 8-day Ugandan vacation takes you to the country’s best wildlife parks, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. It features first-class accommodations and private tours. 

Your journey to Uganda begins in Entebbe, once the colonial stronghold for the British and now an attractive capital city that lies along one of East Africa’s most beautiful lakes. Upon arrival in the Ugandan capital, the rest of your day is at leisure. The next day fly to Kihihi airstrip and pass along mountain roads and through remote local villages to the edges of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Buhoma Lodge, your 4-star home during your stay in the park. The rest of your day is at leisure to acclimate to the jungle setting and enjoy the excellent views and well-appointed amenities of the lodge. Spend a day heading deep into the misty, humid jungles of Bwindi in search of mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking is one of the most intensive and intimate wildlife viewing experiences you can ever have. It involves strenuous trekking through the hot, mazelike jungle, but the reward is an hour in intimate contact with noble mountain gorillas, allowing you to witness their family interactions and gentle demeanour in their natural habitat. It’s a profound experience. You’ll have the opportunity to head on a second day of gorilla trekking if you wish, or to visit nearby communities, including a Batwa village, home to the famously small Indigenous people. 

From Bwindi, fly south to Ishasha and the southern stretches of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Based at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, you’ll have a couple days of game viewing in the park. Head out on daily game drives to spot elephants, leopards, lions, hippos, babooons, and all manner of colourful birds. You may also see the famous climbing lions that hang out in the branches of the Maramagambo, the largest surviving natural forest in the country. From Ishasha, connect north for another day of game viewing into the Mweya sector of the park. Explore the landscape of euphorbia trees, with their unique candelabra shape, and head on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel to admire the tranquil environment of wading buffalo, shore birds, and fishing villages between Lake Edward and Lake George. 

On your final morning in Uganda, head into the forested reaches of Kyambura Gorge in search of chimpanzees in their natural environment. Like with gorilla treks, you’re not guaranteed a sighting, but the viewing can prove to be one of the most intimate experiences you’ll ever have. Afterwards, connect back to Entebbe for departure. 


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,619

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Day 1

Arrive Entebbe

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred to Hotel No.5, or similar, for overnight. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel No. 5

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    Hotel No. 5



    Hotel No. 5 is a stylish boutique hotel nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Uganda. Ideally located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, Hotel No. 5 may be located in Uganda's second largest city, but the peaceful hotel grounds will provide an escape from …

    Hotel No. 5 is a stylish boutique hotel nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Uganda. Ideally located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, Hotel No. 5 may be located in Uganda's second largest city, but the peaceful hotel grounds will provide an escape from the buzz and activity of Entebbe.

    Make yourself at home - unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym. For one of the most flavoursome dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list, and served with pride.

    Facilities

    • Gym
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This morning's flight on a light aircraft to Kihihi airstrip takes just over an hour. Transfer through local villages and along mountain roads to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site (a drive of +- 90 mins). The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and explore on your own.

Considered the most diverse forest in Uganda, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa and home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 160 species of trees. The park contains an estimated one half of the world's population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Buhoma Lodge

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    Buhoma Lodge



    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 Tracking - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Few words can describe the thrill of today's lifetime experience! Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare wildlife encounter that is exhilarating, humbling and enthralling. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the steep mountain slopes.

Please note that gorilla tracking 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 so worth the trek to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are over 95%.

Your permit may be organised for day 3 or 4 of your safari - depending on availability at the time of purchase.

Head back to Buhoma Lodge for a complimentary massage after your trek, or explore the surrounding Bwindi community.

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Day 4

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.

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Day 5

Bwindi to Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Depart Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park this morning and travel to Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (a 2-3 hour drive), with a brief stop en route at a community project near Ishasha Village.

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. With both a riverine and savannah habitat, 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. 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.

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

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  • Ishasha Wilderness Camp



    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

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!

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Day 7

Southern to Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Head north toward the "‘Mweya" sector of the park which is rich with wildlife, visitors will find vast numbers of Uganda's unique and strange Euphorbia, or "candelabra" tree. The many nearby crater lakes and mountain ranges provide a beautiful backdrop for your journey.

In the afternoon 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 tranquillity of this beautiful African day. (Cruise normally departs at 14h00, although this depends on availability when booking and is subject to change - no drinks or snacks included on boat).

You may encounter herds of elephant, buffalos and antelopes, families of warthogs, large groups of hippos, and crocodiles basking on the shore. Kazinga's shores are a haven for numerous birds, including many migratory species as they make their way south to warmer climates. The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages set along the banks.

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

Chimpanzee Trekking & Depart

Early morning start 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. An airport/hotel transfer is included at the end of your safari. (If you are departing today flights out of Entebbe should not be booked earlier than 19h00).

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DEPARTURES:

Daily 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and Greet on arrival at Entebbe Airport
  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers in Entebbe
  • Private arrival airstrip transfer in Bwindi
  • Private departure airstrip transfer at Mweya
  • 1 night deluxe accommodation at Hotel No 5
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation at Buhoma Lodge
  • 2 nights first-class accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • 1 night first-class accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Private transport throughout in 4x4 vehicle
  • Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
  • 1 Small Group gorilla trek per person (max 8 guests)
  • Community visit enroute to Ishasha
  • Private Morning and afternoon game drives in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Scenic sundowners in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • 1 Small group Chimpanzee trek (max 8 guests)
  • All park entrance fees
  • 1 Gorilla Trekking permit per person
  • 1 chimp trekking permit per person
  • Scheduled light aircraft flight Entebbe – Kihihi / Mweya – Entebbe including taxes
  • Bottled water while in safari vehicle
  • Local brand beverages at Hotel No 5, Buhoma Lodge & Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International & airfare taxes
  • Domestic airfare & airfare taxes not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Additional gorilla permits
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION:

Maximum baggage allowance is 15kg in soft bags only.

Gorilla permits are limited so book early. All gorilla & chimp permits need to be purchased at the time of booking in addition to the regular deposit requirement. Permit prices are government-regulated and subject to change without notice. Once purchased, no changes or refunds.

A 2nd Gorilla tracking opportunity is available on this itinerary but must be requested and paid for at the time of booking and will be subject to availability.

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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