Highlights

Map With a tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country. It's home to Africa's tallest mountain range, the Rwenzoris, the source of the Nile, the world's longest river, and the continent's largest lake. Rafting the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure but the country's most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. And if you view the Big Five, you'll see that nature – diverse and resplendent – looms large here.

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Itinerary

  • Duration: 9 days & 8 nights
  • Countries: Uganda
  • Category: Guaranteed Departures
  • Minimum Passengers: 2
  • Starting Point: Entebbe
  • Ending Point: Entebbe
Introduction

Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.

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On arrival, you will be picked from Entebbe Airport by our experienced guide, who will transfer you to Kampala for an overnight.</p> <p>Rest of evening at leisure.

  • Overnight in Kampala

You will leave Kampala after an early breakfast and be taken to Kibale through Fort Portal. Driving through the rolling hills and crafted valleys will make your six-hour drive more interesting. On arrival in Kibale, you will check in at your lodge, which is located in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park.</p> <p>If you arrive on time and not tired, you can visit the Bigodi Swamp Sanctuary for primates such as Red Colobus Monkeys, Gray Cheeked Mangabey’s, L’Hoest Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Baboons, Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, and the occasional Chimpanzees and birds.

  • Overnight in Kibale
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will wake up to an encounter with primates. Kibale Forest is the primate capital of the world and boasts 1,400 chimps!</p> <p>You start your day early, have breakfast, take your packed lunch and enough water. You will be dropped at the nearby briefing center where you be welcomed by the park rangers. Beautiful sounds of birds in the trees will make your primate tracking more enjoyable and memorable. Kibale National Park is covered by an equatorial rainforest that has the highest concentrations of primates in the world. While here, you might also encounter gray-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed monkey among others. A chimpanzee habituation experience that gives you an opportunity to spend at least 4 hours with chimpanzees watching them feed, socialize and nurse their little ones.

  • Overnight in Kibale
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park through Fort Portal in western Uganda. You will drive past the stunning foothills of the Rwenzoris, one of the world’s greatest mountain ranges. Arrive at your lodge that hovers on a peninsula protruding into the Kazinga Channel. At night, interesting guests including hippos and warthogs are usually seen grazing by your windows.<br /> After lunch, you will be transferred to the nearby docking area for a boat experience on Kazinga Channel which boasts the largest concentration of hippos in Uganda. On the boat, you will watch elephants, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and numerous colorful local birds.

  • Overnight in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, check out of your lodge and transfer to Bwindi through the Ishasha sector, home to the famous tree-climbing lions. This is the second known population that climbs trees as part of their day-to-day behavior (the other is found in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania). Several theories have been advanced for this behavior of lions including a speculation that these lions climb trees to protect themselves against the biting tsetse flies while others claim that they seek shelter in the tree branches from the heat.</p> <p>After the experience, proceed to the nearby Ishasha Wilderness Lodge for lunch before exiting for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, through the green villages of southwestern Uganda.

  • Overnight in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the most intriguing experience that will be a highlight of your trip. You will wake up for early morning briefing by park authorities, who will take you through a detailed briefing on does and don’ts while in the forest and will later guide you into tracking. You will enter the impenetrable Bwindi Forest and behold, you will have the rarest opportunity to encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and watching them as they feed and play is truly an awe-inspiring moment!</p> <p>After tracking, return to your lodge for lunch and relax in the coolest environment. You can choose to take a community walk and be entertained by the locals

  • Overnight in Bwindi Impentrable National Park
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the most intriguing experience that will be a highlight of your trip. You will wake up for early morning briefing by park authorities, who will later guide you in tracking. Encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and watching them as they feed and play is truly an awe-inspiring moment! After tracking, return to your lodge for lunch and relax in the coolest environment.

  • Overnight in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will get off the vehicle and try either horse, biking or walking safaris, just outside Lake Mburo National Park and watch topi, impala, duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck, and zebras graze freely with cattle on private farms. You will be guarded by an armed park ranger while on any of these safaris. You will later drive out of the park and proceed to Kampala for your overnight.

  • Overnight in Kampala
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, your guide driver will pick you from your hotel and take you to Entebbe Airport for departure.

  • Breakfast

Tour Accommodation

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What's included

  • • 2 nights in Kampala at Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa or similar
  • • 2 nights in Kibale National Park at Kibale Forest Camp or similar
  • • 1 night in Queen Elizabeth National Park at Mweya Safari Lodge or similar
  • • 2 nights in Bwindi Impentrable National Park at Mahogany Springs or similar
  • • 1 night in Lake Mburo National Park at Mihingo Lodge or similar
  • • 21 meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • • 1 Mountain Gorilla Permit
  • • 1 Chimpanzee Habituation Permit
  • • Wildlife viewing in Private 4x4WD customized land cruiser
  • • Park entrance fees
  • • Full time English-speaking guides
  • • All government taxes
  • • Water safari on the Kazinga Channel
  • • Bush breakfast in Queen Elizabeth National park
  • • 24 hours local emergency support with Amref flying doctors
  • • Unlimited bottled drinking water in the vehicle
  • • Porter during gorilla tracking

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Useful info about our trips

  • UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

  • All tours and entrance fees are included

  • All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

  • International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

  • Alterations

    A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

  • Price are based on double occupancy

    Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

  • All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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