10 days from £3740pp plus international flights.
This is a lodge-based tour through Uganda with set departures which anyone can join. Your driver/guide will stay with you throughout the tour, and your accommodation throughout is good quality lodges and tented camps.
The three main highlights of the trip are gorilla trekking in Bwindi, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale, and wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Uganda offers a truly amazing wildlife experience, and one which surprisingly few people take advantage of, so it's also relatively quiet in comparison to other East African countries. Here you not only get the savannah wildlife such as antelopes, zebras, giraffes, elephants, buffalo, lions and other predators, but some of the very best birdwatching in Africa, and then there are the primates too. You could see up to 8 different primate species here!
Please note that this trip may run in reverse, so please check with us at the time of booking if this is important to you.
You'll be met at the airport in Entebbe and driven to your guest house, where the rest of the day is free. This allows you to take life easy as recuperate from your flight, maybe enjoying a swim in the outdoor pool, and prepare for the exciting days ahead. There are restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner, or you can stay put and dine in the hotel.
Today you'll be driven to the domestic airport for the 90-minute flight to Kihihe near Bwindi. On arrival you'll be transferred to Buhoma Lodge, your home for the next 3 nights. Join other guests in the lounge or on the terrace as you unwind and enjoy your new surroundings. Full board
Today is one you will never forget! Trekking to see the mountain gorillas is one of the best wildlife experiences you can possibly have. Depending on the family you are allocated to see, the trek could be as short as an hour but it could be 3-4 hours before you find them. Once you locate them you have one hour to spend in their enthralling company. Full board
If you've opted for a second gorilla trek in Bwindi you'll do this today. If not, you have a choice of activities. Guides from the lodge can lead you on walks in the forest, or take you to a local village if you are interested in rural life. Back at the lodge you can catch up with some reading and chat to other travellers about their time in Uganda. Full board
It's time for a change of scene, as you set off on a drive to the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). The journey time is between 2 to 3 hours and includes a visit to the Ishasha Community Project where you can meet local people. Full board
You have all day to enjoy the wildlife of QENP. This includes elephant and many species of antelope, and keep an eye open, too, for the area's famous tree-climbing lions. You'll have the benefit of your guide's expertise to help you gain the most from your time on safari. Full board
Today you'll head to the north of the park, wildlife watching all the way. This region is quite different to the Ishasha area and includes the Kazinga Channel where you'll board a boat for a leisurely cruise to observe wildlife on the riverbanks watch the many species of birds that thrive here. You'll then continue the drive to your lodge. Full board
This morning you'll have the opportunity to go chimpanzee trekking in Chamburu Gorge (optional). Later you'll drive further north to Kibale Forest, a journey of some 3 to 4 hours. After lunch and a rest at the lodge you'll have the chance to go on a walk with a guide in Bigodi swamp. Full board
Chimp trekking can be more difficult than gorilla tracking as the chimps are often very active! You might find them feeding up in the trees, or they could be at ground level. Either way there is generally a lot of noise and action. It's a great experience! As with the gorillas, you get about one hour with them once you've located them, and the experience is utterly rewarding. Full board
Today you head back to Entebbe, a drive of around 6 to 7 hours. If there's time you'll be able to stop at the market in Kampala for some souvenir shopping. You'll be taken to the international airport for your flight out. Please note do not book a flight departing Entebbe before 8pm tonight, to be sure to make the flight. Breakfast, lunch
Guide price from (pp sharing): £3740 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2018 guide price pp sharing: LOW season - April, May , Nov - £3740. HIGH season - rest of year - £4240.
9 nights accommodation on twin share basis in good quality lodges and camps; transfers as specified; services of a driver/guide; meals as specified; 1 gorilla trekking permit; 1 Kibale chimp trekking permit; game drives in QENP and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel; Ishasha community project visit
International flights and taxes; visas; travel insurance; optional 2nd gorilla trek (currently £495); optional excursions such as the guided forest walk and park fees in Bwindi, Bwindi community visit, Batwa community visit, Bigodi swamp walk; Chamburu Gorge chimp trek, 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 pp.
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.