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Gorilla Trekking & Big 5 Private Safari in UgandaUganda

From £2,203 per person for 6 nights
This private safari through Uganda’s many national parks is a must for animal lovers, thanks to a wealth of wildlife and lesser-spotted visitors.
Summary

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Tick off some of the world’s most incredible wildlife encounters in one week on this experience, as you journey through Uganda’s immensely varied habitats.


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Spot rare black and white rhinos 
  • Cruise the Nile to breathtaking Murchison Falls, past hippo and crocodile
  • Meet Chimpanzees, up close & personal on a trek through Kibale National Park 
  • Track critically endangered Mountain Gorillas through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


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Gorillas


Start your trip with a stay near vast Lake Victoria. With your chosen lodge as your base for the next few days, you’ll visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - the only place to see Rhinos in the wild in Uganda - trekking through the bush with your private guide to view them up close.The following day, you’ll take a safari cruise along the magnificent Nile towards the spectacular Murchison Falls, spotting hippos, crocodiles and kingfishers along the way. 

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Chimpanzees friendly


Next, you’ll head through tea plantations towards the lush, green landscapes of Kibale National Park, where Chimpanzees live alongside several other primate species. See them in their natural habitat. Then head towards Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for your final day, savouring an up close encounter with critically endangered Mountain Gorillas as you trek through dense bamboo foliage. This activity is controlled by the forest authorities and takes place in small carefully managed groups of up to 8.


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For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Arrive in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you’ll transfer to your chosen lodge in Entebbe or Kampala to settle in.

Overnight in Entebbe/Kampala 

Classic - Lake Heights Entebbe Hotel

Premium - Protea Entebbe Hotel

Deluxe - Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Meals included: Dinner

Uganda Day 1


Day Two: First Day on Safari - Meet the Rhinos

After a briefing on the next few days with your guide, you’ll set off for the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to rare black and white rhinos and the only place in Uganda to see them in the wild. You’ll trek on foot through the bush to spot them, passing oribi antelope and buck as you go. Then, after lunch in the town of Masindi, you’ll drive onwards to the Murchison Falls National Park, where elephant, giraffe and hippos live in the lush surrounds of the Nile. You’re making for your lodge, where you’ll have dinner tonight.

Overnight at Murchison Falls 

Classic - Murchison River Lodge

Premium - Paraa Safari Lodge

Deluxe - Baker's Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Rhinos


Day Three: Murchison Falls Game Drive

It’s straight to your own private 4X4 to look for lion, giraffe, buffalo, elephant and myriad bird species on a morning game drive. Then, after lunch, you’ll go on a very different type of safari – by boat. Cruising along the Nile towards the gasp-inducing Murchison Falls, you’ll spot hippos (there are around 4,000 of them here) and enormous crocodiles. Kingfishers and bee-eaters flit along the riverbanks, and you might even see a rare shoebill – which looks part dodo and part dinosaur. Finally, you’ll reach the base of the falls, to witness the dramatic point where the Nile forces itself through a seven metre gap in the rock to cascade 43 metres down.

Overnight at Murchison Falls 

Classic - Murchison River Lodge

Premium - Paraa Safari Lodge

Deluxe - Baker's Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Murchison Falls


Day Four: Onwards to Kibale

It’s an early start for a drive that takes you half way down the country, through the undulating highlands of southwestern Uganda, bound for the lush region of Fort Portal. Watch the landscape change dramatically over the course of the six-hour journey: eventually, you’ll reach the hills of tea plantation country, making your way towards the vast evergreen rainforest of Kibale National Park.

Overnight at Kibale 

Classic - Crater Safari Lodge

Premium - Kibale Safari Lodge

Deluxe - Kyaninga Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Kibale


Day Five: Monkey Business

Today you'll trek through the Kibale National Park in search of chimpanzees. Their quick moves make them harder to track than gorillas, but there’s a high likelihood that you’ll meet a group as they eat and relax in a clearing. Along the way, you’ll spot up to 12 other primate species, including potto, red colobus monkeys and grey cheeked mangabey. These trips are controlled by the park authorities and take place in small groups. As you walk through the forest, your guide will point out the local plants and wildlife, and you may see bush pig, buffalo, and perhaps even elusive forest elephants. Finally, you’ll meet our nearest relatives up close, spending a memorable hour with them before driving past soaring mountains and bottle green plantations bound for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half the world’s population of critically-endangered Mountain Gorillas.

Overnight at Bwindi 

Classic - Engagi Lodge Bwindi

Premium - Buhoma Lodge

Deluxe - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Crater Chimp


Day Six: Seeking out Gorillas

The trip ends on a high on its final full day, as you trek through bamboo forest in search of gorillas. These Mountain Gorillas are unable to survive in captivity and only found in three countries in the world: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Accompanied by a guide and some trackers, you’ll embark on an arduous hike through the undergrowth in search of a family – more than worth it for the chance to stand just six metres from the animals, as you observe them (and they observe you!) over the course of an hour. Then you’ll trek back towards your waiting transport and return to your lodge. This activity is controlled by the forest authorities and takes place in small carefully managed groups of up to 8.

Overnight at Bwindi 

Classic - Engagi Lodge Bwindi

Premium - Buhoma Lodge

Deluxe - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Gorilla Trek


Day Seven: Journey to the Equator

After an early breakfast, it’s time to return to the airport: but this is no ordinary transfer. You’ll drive past the vegetation-blanketed hills and lakes that have earned southwestern Uganda the nickname ‘little Switzerland’, and pass ankole (bizarre, extra-long-horned cattle) in Mbarara before reaching the equator line. You’ll stop here for a short break and photo opp, before continuing the journey to the airport, arriving in the early evening.

Meals included: Breakfast 


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 5 lunches; 6 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • All game drives, treks and park entry fees
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience: call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the holiday and during border crossings during your experience
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with adult kids.


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 432 0885


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £500 per person and take approximately 12 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times.

Experience start point: Entebbe [EBB].

End point: Entebbe [EBB]. Leave in the evening.


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