From US $1950 per person – minimum 2 people!
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Karibu Guesthouse or Protea Hotel Entebbe.
Note: the airport pick up will be arranged by your guesthouse or hotel.
Day 2: Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast we will head southwest to Lake Mburo National Park. On our way we will pass the Ugandan Equator where you can take pictures and shop for a souvenir. From here we continue to Igongo Cultural Centre where we also will have lunch. The cultural centre illustrates the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area, including a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads.
In the afternoon we enter Lake Mburo National Park. Check in at your accommodation located on the top of a hill and enjoy the wonderful views. In the afternoon enjoy a guided bush walk with opportunities for a close encounter with Uganda’s wildlife! Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock or Mihingo Lodge. (B-L-D)
Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park – Bwindi National Park
Wake up in the morning to the sounds of the African bush! After a calm breakfast we depart the protected area and with a game drive on our way out we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Silverback Lodge or Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)
Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!
Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Dinner and overnight at Silverback Lodge or Mahogany Springs. (B-L-D)
Day 5: Bwindi National Park – Kibale Forest National Park
After an early breakfast we head to another tropical rainforest. En route we will pass the vast savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will go in search of the tree climbing lions.
Enjoy a picnic lunch before we proceed towards the foothills of the “Mountains of the Moon” and finally reach Kibale Forest National Park, for an overnight in the middle of the African jungle. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages or Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)
Day 6: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Village
Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-tracking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals, that has made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing.
En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees. It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon.
After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Village for a community walk that will bring you closer to the local tribe that lives in this area. Accompanied by a local guide, who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, traditional homesteads and learn more about the crops in the fields. Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages or Primate Lodge luxury cottages. (B-L-D)
Day 7: Kibale Forest National Park – Entebbe
Time to say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa! After breakfast we calmly head back towards the capital city with lunch en route. Look out for the black-and-white colobus monkeys which are hiding along the road. From Kampala we continue to Entebbe where you will be dropped at the International Airport in time for your night flight. (B-L)
Book a day room at The Boma in Entebbe to freshen up and relax (available until 21.00 hr), before you are being transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your return flight!
Tour package price: From US $1950 per person (min. 2 people)
Please contact our Tour Consultants for the detailed price information!
Departure dates 2016:
- 6 February 2016
- 19 March 2016
- 2 April 2016 *
- 26 June 2016
- 16 July 2016
- 1 August 2016
- 24 August 2016
- 17 September 2016
- 5 November 2016 *
- 16 December 2016
* Low season
Included in the price:
- Airport transfers to/from Entebbe Airport
- Ground transport per 4WD safari vehicle
- English speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary based on a double room
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Mineral water in the safari vehicle
- Park entrance fees and ranger fees
- Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Welcome package including detailed map of Uganda
- AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance
- VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala
Not included in the price:
- International flight
- Visa (USD $100 per person)
- Gorilla permit
- Optional activities
- Meals and drinks not mentioned
- Items of personal nature
- Tips & laundry service
Terms and conditions apply.