8 days from £3150pp plus international flights.
This exciting 8-day Uganda safari is really all about the wildlife of Uganda in terms of the savannah wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park, plus the mountain gorillas of Bwindi (or Rwanda).
It is a group tour with set departures. You have a driver/guide with you throughout the trip, and your accommodation is good quality lodges or tented camps.
Since the gorillas are such an important part of this safari there is a chance to take two gorilla treks to double the time you spend with these wonderful creatures. This holiday also includes the opportunity to go chimp trekking at Chamburu Gorge near Queen Elizabeth NP, a great experience, not to be missed.
A safari in Uganda is probably one of the most diverse you can find in terms of species, given the huge numbers of bird species found here, plus the savannah wildlife such as antelopes, elephants, zebras, lions and so on, and of course the primates - gorillas, chimps, red colobus, black and white colobus, red monkey ...
This safari is also very diverse in terms of the activities you can take part in. Walks, treks, boat trips and game drives.
Please note that this may run in reverse, so please ask us about this before booking if this is important to you. Also, occasionally we visit the gorillas just over the border in Rwanda instead of in Bwindi if there are any problems with permits.
When you arrive at Entebbe you will be met and taken to The Boma Guest House, or an equivalent property for your first night. The remainder of the day is at leisure, allowing you to relax after your flight, and you have a choice of local restaurants for meals today, or you can eat in-house.
After breakfast you'll head to the airport for the 90 minute flight to Bwindi. On arrival you'll be transferred to the lodge, a journey of about 2 hours. This afternoon there'll be time to take a guided walk in the forest, or pay a visit to a local village for an insight into the way of life and culture. Full board
Today is the real highlight for many people - the day you trek for gorillas! You will be put into a group matching your rough physical fitness by the park authorities. Some gorillas are nearby and others can be a long hike away. Once you find the family, you have one hour to revel in this incredible experience, watching them at rest and play. Afterwards you'll return to the lodge for a well-earned rest. Full board.
If you have bought a second gorilla permit, then this is your day to head off into the mountains again to spend another magical hour with the gorillas. Otherwise it's a day to relax, take a guided forest walk or perhaps a visit a local village. Either way you'll have a full and rewarding day in Bwindi. Full board
This morning, having had breakfast, you'll set off for Ishasha in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). On they way you'll stop to visit the Ishasha Community Project where you can walk around the village, meet the local people and have the opportunity to buy locally made handicrafts. Total driving time is 2-3 hours, so you'll arrive at Ishasha Wilderness Camp in good time. Full board
Today you'll be busy on a game drive in the Ishasha region of QENP. Elephant, buffalo and several species of antelope live here and you might even get to see one of the famous tree-climbing lions of the area! Nearer the camp there will be chances to do some bird watching. Full board
This morning you'll have another game drive to the northern sector of QENP, followed by a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is excellent for observing birds and wildlife on the riverbanks. You'll overnight at a lodge nearby tonight. Full board
Rising early you'll have the chance to go on a chimpanzee trek in Chambura Gorge, another exciting encounter with primates! On completion of the trek you'll transfer to the airport for the flight back to Entebbe, where you'll be met and transferred either into town (if you're continuing your holiday in Uganda), or to the international airport for your onward flight. Breakfast, lunch
Guide price from (pp sharing): £3150 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: LOW season - April, May, November £3,150. HIGH season - rest of year - £3,365.
7 nights accommodation on a twin share basis in good quality lodges and camps; transfers as specified; domestic flights Entebbe-Bwindi and QENP-Entebbe; meals as specified; bottled water on safari; 1 gorilla trekking permit; 1 chimp trekking permit, services of a driver-guide; park entry fees; game drives in QENP and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel; Ishasha community visit
International flights and taxes; travel insurance; optional 2nd gorilla trek (£495 currently); optional excursions such as the guided forest walk and park fees in Bwindi, Bwindi community visit; Batwa community visit; items of a personal nature; tips.
Getting there: You need to fly into and out of Entebbe for this trip (unless you're adding on other services). Flights will start at around £850 per person and we usually book these for you.
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.
Mweya is a large lodge with amazing views in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The Boma Guest House in Entebbe offers comfortable accommodation and a 'country house' atmosphere.
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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.