Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
Experience the beauty of ‘The Pearl of Africa’ and some of the highlights of the country on this ten day safari. Visit the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, track chimpanzees in both Kibale National Park and Kyambura Gorge, and enjoy game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wide array of wildlife, including the famous tree climbing lions. Luxury accommodation, professional guides and custom made safari vehicles - this safari will be the trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Entebbe
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your property for an overnight stay.
The Boma is a small and friendly guesthouse located on the edge of Entebbe and considered the original and most exclusive hotel there. There are eleven individually designed rooms, all with en suite bathrooms and decorated with an African theme. They all have large beds with mosquito nets and a small living area with chairs and a little table. The newer rooms also have a television. The bathrooms are fairly basic but large and all have hot and cold running water.
Day 2 - Bwindi National Park
This morning you are transferred to the airport for the scheduled flight to Bwindi National Park and onward road transfer to your lodge.
Buhoma Lodge is excellently located, just a five minute walk away from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park headquarters where you will begin your gorilla treks. There are eight cottages dotted along a hillside with stunning views of the forest opposite. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with simple furniture. They all have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and balconies where you can relax with a coffee in the afternoon enjoying the view. In the evenings, a fire is lit in the main lodge to keep you warm in the cool evenings. The lodge has also started offering massages in your rooms, if you’re achy from your trek (at own expense).
Day 3 - Bwindi National Park
After an early morning briefing, experienced trackers will lead you into the forest in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. After spending an unforgettable hour observing the gorillas you will return to the lodge for late lunch. This afternoon will be at leisure. (BLD)
GORILLA TRACKING: The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is abundantly rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within metres of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 850 remaining in the wild. This is an experience you won’t easily forget!
Day 4 - Bwindi National Park
Today if you have pre-purchased a second gorilla permit you will trek again, or for those not undertaking a second visit, there are walks to explore the local area. (BLD)
Day 5 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today you drive to the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda’s oldest park – with a stop enroute to visit the Ishasha Community Project. (BLD)
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with large mosquito netted beds, its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet. A central lounge and dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and relaxing during the day. A shaded area beside the river offers al-fresco dining and an evening ‘fireplace’ for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experience. As the camp is within the National Park, we have designed it to be as low impact as possible with low usage of water, power and other resources. Solar power is used for lighting with power points limited to a central area allocated for recharging cameras and videos.
Day 6 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives will be enjoyed in the Ishasha area, looking for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant, and Uganda kob and of course the famous tree-climbing lion typically found in this region. (BLD). (BLD)
Day 7 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enjoy game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Drive into the heart of the park to Mweya Safari Lodge, located on a peninsula surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains, described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. (BLD)
Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.
Day 8 - Kibale Forest National Park
Today enjoy chimpanzee trekking in Chamburu before driving to Kibale Forest and an optional afternoon swamp walk. (BLD)
Primate Lodge in Kibale is an exclusive eco-lodge situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. It is surrounded by a lush tropical forest that is home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimpanzees. Privately secluded in the rainforest, this safari lodge offers you a truly authentic jungle experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates in Uganda. Whether you wish a high level of comfort, rather stay in a midrange cottage or want to bring your own tent, Primate Lodge is the ideal place for you! So forget about rushing for the morning chimp tracking. Instead, wake up with the sounds of the forest, enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare yourself for an exciting meeting with the chimpanzees!
Day 9 - Kibale Forest National Park
Today enjoy chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest. (BLD)
Day 10 - End of Classical Uganda Lodge Safari Tour
Today is a full day’s drive back to Entebbe with a stop at the markets in Kampala. (BL)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included. The price excludes Gorilla permit US$600pp per trek (US$450pp per trek low season) and Chimpanzee permits of US$200pp and is subject to change. Minimum age for scheduled tour is 16 years.