6 days from £2380pp plus international flights.
If you mainly want to visit Uganda just to go gorilla trekking, this is the right trip for you. The holiday gives you time for not just one but two opportunities to spend time with the gorillas.
This is a lodge-based group trip with set departures roughly once a month. You have a host who is with you throughout the trip, and your accommodation is in good quality lodges or tented camps.
The holiday includes two domestic flights to reduce the amount of time you spend travelling and optimise your wildlife viewing, and includes game drives in QENP, known for its tree-climbing lions. You'll also have chances to visit local communities and gain an insight into life in different areas of Uganda.
On arrival in Entebbe you will be met and taken to The Boma Guest House, or a similar property. No activities have been planned for the rest of the day allowing you to rest after your flight, meet fellow guests and look forward to the exciting days ahead. Tonight you can either dine in the guest house or at a nearby restaurant.
Today you will be collected from your lodge and driven to the airport for the domestic flight to Bwindi, which takes about 90 minutes. You'll be met on arrival and driven the couple of hours to your lodge. In the afternoon you have a choice of accompanying a guide on a forest walk or visiting a local community, returning in time to shower and change for dinner. Full board
A hugely exciting day! Today you rise early to start your gorilla trek. This can take anything from a couple of hours to much of the day depending on the location of the gorilla family you've been allocated. Either way, once you find them you get one amazing hour to spend with them. Of course we cannot guarantee a sighting, but well over 90% of visitors do get to see them. Full board.
If you have bought an optional second permit you head off again today to (hopefully!) spend time with the gorillas. If not, we recommend forest walks, a community visit or a relaxing day at your lodge, as you prefer. Full board
This morning you set off on the 3-hour drive to Ishasha, with a visit to a local community project en-route. As you enter Queen Elizabeth National Park you should look out for wildlife, and with luck you may spot the famous tree climbing lions, as well as elephant, hippo and antelope, as well as many species of birds. Full board
After breakfast you are driven to the airstrip for the flight to Entebbe, flying time around 90 minutes. On arrival you are transferred to the international airport or to the town, as appropriate. If you want to extend your stay in Uganda we can book an additional night or more in Entebbe, which will also allow you to visit Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria to see the orphaned chimpanzees that are being cared for there. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2380 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: LOW season - April, May, November £2380. HIGH season - rest of the year - £2680.
5 nights accommodation on a twin share basis in good quality hotels/guest houses or tented camps; transfers as specified; flights Entebbe-Bwindi and Ishasha-Entebbe; meals as specified; bottled water on safari; services of a local host throughout; 1 gorilla trekking permit; park fees in QENP; Ishasha community visit
International flights and taxes; visa; travel insurance; drinks; tips; optional 2nd gorilla trekking permit (currently $600 but subject to change); optional excursions such as the Bwindi forest walk and park fees, Bwindi community visit and Batwa community visit; additional Entebbe accommodation after the holiday
Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Entebbe for this trip (unless you're adding on other services). Return flights from the UK will start at around £850 per person and we usually book these for you.
Departure dates: There is a discount of £90 pp sharing for the green season departures in April and November.
A comfy lodge in Buhoma, perfect as a base to trek to see the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Forest.
Exclusive tented camp in an remote, unspoilt area of southern Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Boma Guest House in Entebbe offers comfortable accommodation and a 'country house' atmosphere.
How this holiday helps
Come and see the gorillas, and know that you are doing your bit for their future existence.
Mountain gorillas are rare. Very rare. There are only about 880 in the Virungas (about 480 individuals) and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (about 400). It is estimated that around 100,000 people live near the gorillas so there is constant impact on their habitat (deforestation for land to grow crops) and hunting for meat and trophies.
Tourism plays a huge and critical role in protecting the gorillas. It’s a known fact that if tourism stops (eg in times of unrest in Uganda or Rwanda) gorilla poaching increases. A permit to trek to see the gorillas costs from $350 (in low season in Uganda) to $750 (high season in Rwanda). This money goes to the parks authorities to pay for guards and other protection methods so that we can keep the gorillas safe.
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Time: GMT +3 hours
Flight time: Direct from UK flights 3 times a week or daily via Nairobi.
Language: English is the official language, with Luganda and Swahili also widely spoken.
Visas: Visas are required for UK citizens which can be purchased on arrival at the airport. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.
Health: No compulsory vaccinations but several are recommended and you should take malaria prophylactics.