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Uganda: Gorilla Express

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Date: Bi-monthly scheduled departures
Host: Local guides
Cost: Starting at US$ 5,550 pp (based on a minimum of 4 passengers)
Trip Type: Custom Civilized Adventures, Adventure Series

Summary

Highlights

  • Spend two days tracking the endangered Mountain Gorilla
  • Visit a local school, orphanage or Batwa pygmy village
  • Afternoon game drives looking for the buffalo, elephant, Uganda kob and the famous tree-climbing lion

Photos courtesy of Wild Frontiers

Brief Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Wild Frontiers representative  and transferred to your hotel. 

Entebbe is a small, quiet town located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is easy to explore on foot, boda bodas (local motorbike) or taxis.  Soak up the  local markets  filled with clothes and crafts, shop for souvenirs in curio shops, or explore the Botanical Gardens on Lake Victoria. Enjoy the wide variety of restaurants serving many different cuisines as well as several bars and clubs where you can sample the local beer, catch a game of football and chat with the local Ugandans, known for their open, friendly nature.

Overnight at Boma, a small family run guest house.                                                                                       

Day 2 

Transfer from Boma to the domestic airport for your scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip, which is located between Bwindi/Queen Elizabeth National parks.

The flight takes just over an hour. Transfer to Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  The drive to the lodge is through local villages and mountain roads – lovely scenery and very interesting en route!

Guests will have the opportunity for two days of gorilla tracking (pre-booking essential).  Other  optional activities that may be enjoyed in and around the park include forest walks, visits to a local school or orphanage or Batwa pygmy village, and curio shopping.

Bwindi National Park, located in south western Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, is considered the most diverse forest in Uganda. Home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies, and 160 species of trees, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa.  The park contains almost one half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site.  

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge situated on the slopes of the Forests of Bwindi, this intimate lodge offers uninterrupted views of the pristine rain forest canopy.   It’s the perfect, tranquil base from which to visit Bwindi.

Day 3 

Gorilla Tracking - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Today will be a lifetime experience! Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare wildlife encounter. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the mountain slopes.  The opportunity to come within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities, is an experience you won’t soon forget!  Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 880 remaining in the wild.  Please note that gorilla tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks ranging from 30 mins up to six hours or longer, at high altitudes.  Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 95%. 

Following the trek, return to your accommodation and, if time allows, take an optional guided afternoon forest or community walk. 

Day 4

Those with pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience following breakfast at the lodge. Depending upon individual itinerary schedules, guests not tracking gorillas may wish to enjoy other activities available in the area such as a forest walk, a visit to a local school/orphanage/hospital, or Batwa pygmy village, and some local curio shopping.

Day 5 

This morning we depart Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and travel (2-3 hours) to Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. 

Time permitting, we may visit a Community Project enroute.  Here the local people allow you to enjoy some time in their homesteads, as well as see some of the crops and curios they produce, and visit the local elephant trench project – which stops elephants coming into the village and raiding crops.

Afternoon game drives will be enjoyed in the Ishasha area, looking for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant, Uganda kob and of course the famous tree-climbing lion typically found in the area.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. This exclusive 10 tented camp offers the only luxury accommodation in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth.

Queen Elizabeth National Park spreads over 1,978sq km in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, leopard, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds.  With both a riverine and savannah habitat, the park includes the southern Ishasha area with the massive Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda.                                                        

Day 6

Transfer to the airstrip for your return flight to Entebbe.  Rest of the afternoon/evening is at leisure.

An airport transfer has been included, after your safari has been completed – from your Entebbe hotel, or directly after the safari.

End of Safari. 

Optional overnight or additional tours may be organised for you.  Please do not book an international flight out of Entebbe before 17h00 – preferably later – in case of delays.

Cost

Cost

Starting Entebbe / ending Entebbe

  • From US$ 5,550 per person (based on 2018/19 pricing, twin-share and minimum of 4 passengers)

All quoted pricing and itinerary are effective on date of publishing (Updated Apr 16, 2018). Itinerary is subject to change due to improvements or changes in local conditions. Prices are subject to change. 

Trip Map

Uganda Trip Map

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