Unlike gorilla trekking in Rwanda which can be done in a few days, if you want to see the gorillas in Uganda we recommend a longer stay. This is in part because of the distance from the Entebbe/Kampala area (an 8-10 hour drive) but Uganda is also a great destination with lots to see and do besides gorilla trekking.
Day 1 ~ Entebbe ~ Lake Victoria Hotel
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, your Extraordinary Journeys representative will meet you in the arrivals hall and drive you to Lake Victoria Hotel where you will stay for one night.
Entebbe is a small town, located on the edge of Lake Victoria about 40 minutes from the capital Kampala. Depending when you arrive, you may want to spend some time exploring the town on foot. In Entebbe there is the Wildlife Education Centre, where you can see some of the local species including shoebill stork, or you may visit the Botanical gardens, which are great for bird watching.
Lake Victoria Hotel is an old colonial-style hotel with lovely views over Lake Victoria. It has good facilities including a formal dining area with an outside terrace, 2 bars, breakfast room and pool with its own bar and restaurant area. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. The hotel has been renovated and is in a lovely location. The perfect place to spend a day relaxing and recovering from your flights.
Overnights at LAKE VICTORIA HOTEL. Includes: Bed & Breakfast
Days 2/3 ~ Lake Kyaninga ~ Kyaninga Lodge
Today you will depart on the first leg of your journey to see the gorillas, driving approximately 4 hour to Lake Kyaninga where you will stay at Kyaninga Lodge.
Kyaninga Lodge is less than an hour from Kibale National Park. The 310 square mile park contains some of the continent’s most dense and varied rain forest and is home to 13 species of primates. The star attraction are the 1500 chimpanzees, but the guided walks offer the opportunity to see rare red colobus and L’Hoest monkeys, as well as olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, blue monkeys and bush babies. The forest is also home to over 300 species of birds, with six species endemic to the park, and other mammals including leopard, rare forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hog and several species of antelope. Kyaninga Lodge is also a comfortable two hour drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s best known safari destination and one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world.
Set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision. When Englishman Steve Williams first saw the lake on his way to visit the gorillas, there was nothing there aside from unspoilt natural beauty and breathtaking vistas. The design and sheer scale of the main lodge is immediately apparent from the moment it comes into view. Once inside, the lodge offers comfortable seating areas set around a double-sided open fireplace where one can enjoy a cozy evening. The main building also houses the restaurant, where delicious meals compete with stunning views on both sides. On the lake side, the main lodge leads to two decks furnished with comfortable loungers, while steps hewn from local volcanic rock lead down to the swimming pool and on to two lawned terraces overlooking the deep blue water of Lake Kyaninga itself.
Overnight at KYANINGA LODGE. Includes: all meals.
Days 4/5/6 ~ Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P. ~ Gorilla Forest Camp
In the morning, you will continue your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (approx 4 hours) where you will spend three nights at Gorilla Forest Camp.
The drive to Bwindi today passes through the scenic area along the base of the Rwenzoris known as the "Switzerland of East Africa." Finally you will arrive at Bwindi's Impenetrable Forest, a true African “jungle,” so called because of the dense undergrowth, vines and other vegetation which make it almost “impenetrable." It is both mysterious and awe inspiring. The lowland rainforest and Montane forest vegetation constantly struggle to reach heights that will allow it to receive more light. Huge trees are festooned with creepers and parasitic plants such as mistletoe and orchids. Giant thickets of bamboo thrive in the humid atmosphere and, where sunlight breaks though, the elegant heliconia or lobster claw spreads its colorful petals.
While Bwindi is home to more than 120 species of mammals, there 1 in particular that you are here to see: mountain gorillas. After an early breakfast the morning after you arrive you will take a short drive to the park’s headquarters and meet with the excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches and water are provided.
You will be staying at Gorilla Forest Camp, an intimate luxury tented camp situated inside the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Although we sometimes find the camp's a bit dark, it is conveniently located, luxurious and has great service. Each of the eight custom-designed rooms has its own private verandah, en-suite bathroom facilities and private forest bath and shower, offering the opportunity to luxuriate in the unique forest surroundings. The bar, lounge and dining area, where you will enjoy superior dining and cuisine, overlook the rain forest. Electricity is provided for lighting and recharging of video camera batteries and similar appliances. Gorilla Forest is an eco-sensitive camp, constructed to have as little impact as possible on the surrounding forest and its diverse ecosystem.
Overnights at Gorilla Forest Camp. Includes: Game drives, guided walks and all meals, bottled water in vehicles. Excludes: Drinks, laundry and additional services.
Day 7 ~ Lake Mburo National Park ~ Mihingo Lodge
In the morning, you will be transferred to Mihingo Lodge near Lake Mburo (approx 3.5 hours), where you will spend one night.
Today you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda's fourth national park (designated in 1982) situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara. The attractive acacia-dotted savanna (158 square miles) is home to huge herds of impala, as well as the uncommon topi, eland, klipspringer and other antelope. Zebra and buffalo also graze these peaceful acres. At the lake there are hippo and crocodile and a wonderful diversity of birds. Because of the different habitats of the lakeshore and the broad savannah, the variety seems endless. Catch a glimpse of water birds diving for fish, the marabou stork, bee-eaters and bronze-tailed starling, as well as the majestic crowned crane.
Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The ten en-suite rooms are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Each luxury tented room is nestled on its own private piece of the lodge's property, allowing you to enjoy the tranquil environment and the stunning views in complete seclusion. Some rooms are situated in the forest, some have a lake view, and others are on rocky outcrops. The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of weathered olive trees found on the land, and native grasses. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. From the dining and pool area, enjoy views of the valley and its stunning evening sunsets over the park.
Overnight at Mihingo Lodge. Includes: Game drives, sundowners, guided walks and all meals, wine and beer with meals, laundry. Excludes: Champagne, luxury spirits and wines.
Day 8 ~ Departure
Today you will be transferred back to the airport in Entebbe (approx. 3.5 hours) to check in for your flight back home.
Price (2012 rate): $4800 per person + gorilla trekking permits ($500 per trek per person). Does not include chimpanzee permits.
- Return airport transfers
- Meet & greet service
- Accommodation as stated in good quality hotels / lodges
- Services of driver/guide
- All park entry fees
- Comprehensive passenger and public liability insurance
- International flights and Visa fees.
- Travel insurance & Medical evacuation insurance.
- Drinks & tips.
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
- Meals and beverages, other than specified.
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
- Personal and baggage insurance.
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