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Gorillas and Ishasha Breakaway: Entebbe, Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth National Park

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,941

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Perfect for those with limited time, this trip offers the opportunity to explore two of Uganda’s most visited areas. Start off with a Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before heading to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a safari drive.


This 6 day first-class, private-guided tour takes you to the heart of Uganda for a breathtaking experience searching for elusive and rare mountain gorillas. A game drive in the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park will delight with unique animals found only in Uganda.

Touch down in Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria. Fly on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where the drive to your lodge takes you through local villages for a glimpse of everyday life. The Forest itself is an incredible region supporting over 120 mammal, 345 bird and 200 butterfly species, so some memorable wildlife sightings are assured. 

Finding the gorillas takes a bit of work though, which is why you’ll spend a full day trekking into their habitat. Less than a thousand mountain gorillas are thought to remain in the wild. In their native habitat, you’ll find them happily living in family groups. You’ll have an opportunity to observe their natural behaviour from just metres away.

A second day in Bwindi is a fabulous opportunity for another gorilla trek, or to take advantage of the many other attractions in the area. Enjoy a forest walk or visit some of the surrounding villages to meet locals and shop for souvenirs. 

Next stop is Ishasha WIlderness Camp and Queen Elizabeth National Park. While here you get to experience the unique wildlife and jungle of the Ishasha section. A game drive in the afternoon will bring you in sight of baboons, buffalos and you may be lucky enough to spot one of the famous tree-climbing lions of the area.

Return to Entebbe the following day for your onward travels. 


 

 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,941

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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 your hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

No. 5 Boutique Hotel

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    No. 5 Boutique Hotel



    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.

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    • Gym
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Entebbe to Bwindi

Transfer to Entebbe Airport this morning for your 1 hr light aircraft flight to Kihihi Airstrip. You will be met on arrival and transferred to Bwindi, passing through local villages and along mountain roads along the way (a drive of +- 90 mins).
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.
Set within the National Park and just steps away from the Gorilla Trekking headquarters, Buhoma Lodge offers cosy accommodation in wooden chalets with uninterrupted views of the pristine rain forest canopy. Renowned for its warm welcome and attentive service, Buhoma is an eco friendly lodge operating on solar power, and has been constructed using sustainable local materials. Each of the ten wooden chalets has a private verandah and enormous windows, giving spectacular views. Awaken to chattering forest birds, and watch out for the occasional mountain gorilla that has ventured right in to visit the lodge.

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. Ten, 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. Ten, 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%.

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

Those with 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 Queen Elizabeth National Park - Ishasha

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 enroute 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.
This exclusive 10 tented camp offers the only luxury accommodation in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth. Set on the banks of the Ntungwe River, the eco-friendly Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy remote wilderness. The thatched central lounge and dining area offers a comfortable area for guests to enjoy wholesome dining, although meals are often served 'al fresco' next to the river. The outdoor fireplace is the perfect place for guests to relax with sundowners and wind down after an exciting days game viewing.
Highly recommended to book in advance are the bush sundowners and the bush breakfast, both hugely memorable experiences in beautiful settings.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Ishasha Wilderness 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

Departure

Transfer to the airstrip for your return flight to Entebbe. Please do not book an international flight out of Entebbe before 07:00pm in case of delays.

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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 and departure airstrip transfers in Kihihi
  • 1 night first-class accommodation in Entebbe
  • 3 nights first-class accommodation at Buhoma Lodge
  • 1 night first-class accommodations at Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Private transport throughout in 4x4 vehicle
  • Services of an English Speaking drive/guide
  • 1 Small group gorilla trek per person (max 8 guests)
  • Community visit enroute to Ishasha
  • Private afternoon game drive in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • All park entrance fees
  • 1 Gorilla Trekking permit per person
  • Scheduled light aircraft flight Entebbe -- Kihihi - Entebbe including taxes
  • Local brand beverages at Buhoma Lodge & Ishasha Wilderness Camp 
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes 
  • Domestic airfare & airfare taxes no explicitly listed as included
  • Meals & 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 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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