Itinerary Highlights

  • Mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Prolific game viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Diverse birdlife including a selection of Albertine Rift Endemic species
  • Quintessential African bush scenery in Queen Elizabeth National Park

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Travel Guide
  • Transfers
9 nights from £6,740 per person

Candice Buchan

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

This private, fully guided individual tour takes in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track the endangered Mountain gorillas, staying at the lovely Buhoma Lodge.  Then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp and then two nights in the Mweya Sector, the northern part of this wildlife-rich national park.

You will be able to enjoy excellent wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth and also in season, Chimp tracking in Kyamburu.

At Bwindi, asisde from visiting the amazing Mountain gorillas, you can also explore this beautiful evergreen rainforest which presents one of the most gratifying forest birding experiences to be had in Africa, and visit the resident Batwa community.  

As is the case with any Uganda tour. this trip can very easily be modified or combined with a beach extension to Zanzibar - ask us for details.

 

Itinerary

Depart on a daytime* international flight to Entebbe. On arrival this evening into Entebbe Airport, your professional driver-guide will welcome you. You will be transferred to Boma Hotel where you stay overnight with breakfast included. * If you arrive earlier today off an overnight flight for example, let us know and we'll arrange an activity for you, should you wish.
You will be transferred to the airport for the Aerolink light aircraft flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, departing around 10h15. On arrival at the airstrip at 11h25, you will be met and transferred by 4-wheel drive vehicle to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Stay for 3 nights at the very comfortable Buhoma Lodge in a spacious en- suite cottage, with all meals included. Even in the grounds of the property, some wonderful birds such as the Ross's turacou (pictured here) may be spotted - this species has been known to nest around the lodge.
The lodge is a 5 minute walk to the Park HQ and trailhead. After breakfast you will be escorted to the HQ to meet your guides for your Gorilla tracking experience. An early morning hike into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes, led by experienced trackers will bring you amongst a family of Mountain Gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare, only approximately 1,063 in the wild. Tracking the Gorillas may be fairly strenuous - it may take anything from about 45 minutes up to a few hours to reach one of the resident habituated family groups. Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, as such sightings cannot be guaranteed, however the success rate is well over 90%.
Staying at   Buhoma Lodge
You have the option of a second Mountain gorilla tracking excursion,subject to permit availability. (Uganda gorilla permits are currently US$700 - November 2022 update). Alternatively, we highly recommend a guided nature walk, especially for birding enthusiasts. During these guided walks, species such as the robust Blue monkey (pictured), are seen quite often.
Staying at   Buhoma Lodge
After breakfast, depart on the 2 - 3 hour drive northwards to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you stay in the lovely riverside Ishasha Wilderness Camp with all meals and game-related activities included. During the balance of the day, you will be taken for a game drive.
Your driver-guide will take you for a game drive in search of resident wildlife, which here includes lions with a propensity to climb into trees. From Ishasha, drive up to Mweya, the northern sector of the national park, and stay 2 nights at Katara Lodge with all meals included.
Your day will be taken up with wonderful game viewing and a a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel, well known for its wildlife and aquatic bird life.
Staying at   Katara Lodge
This morning you will be transferred by road to Kasese airstrip for early afternoon (14h20) Aerolink flight to Entebbe international Airport. You will be transferred Papyrus Guest House in Entebbe, where you have the use of a day/evening room and where you may wish to have dinner.(Cost of room and meal for own account). Evening transfer to Entebbe Airport to check in for the late night flight back home.
Arrive back in London (or selected other UK airports, if you have travelled from the UK)

Candice Buchan

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

Pricing Information & Dates

9 nights from £6,740 per person
Itinerary Dates
Pricing

1st Jul 2023 -
30th Sep 2023
£6,740

Candice Buchan

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

Price Includes

  • Return International Flights as per the itinerary
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • All entrace fees on sightseeing tours as specified
* International flights from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports (economy class seating) * airport taxes * internal flights * all private 4-wheel drive vehicle transportation * 1 night at Boma Hotel, bed & breakfast * 3 nights at Buhoma Lodge with all meals * 1 night at Ishasha Wilderness Camp with all meals * 2 nights at Katara Lodge or similar with all meals * Private guiding services * Park fees * Game drives and a launch cruise. * 1 Uganda Gorilla permit per person * 1 Forest Walk in Buhoma, Bwindi Single Room Supplement: approx. £490

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions
* items of a personal nature * visa (US$50) * drinks, any additional activities, travel insurance A luggage restriction of 15kgs per person applies on internal flights; soft bags only

Pricing Notes

* Do let us know if you are not travelling from the UK, and would therefore not require international flights. * If you wish to combine this trip with a beach stint for example at the Kenya coast or on Zanzibar, we'll be please to arrange this for you. * Should you wish to Travel on your own as a Single Traveller staying in One Single Room it will cost an additional £1,930.

Why Choose Us?

Passionate travel experts

  • We've been leading wildlife travel since our first South Africa tours over 25 years ago
  • Our Travel Specialists have lived in their specialist area for years
  • We work with local guides to immerse you deeper in our diverse range of experiences

Personal & tailor-made

  • You'll speak to your own expert who'll share their first-hand knowledge
  • We'll make your itinerary seamless with 24/7 emergency contact available
  • Your Travel Specialist will listen to ensure you have the best chance of seeing the wildlife you love

Responsible by nature

  • We take care to actively contribute to the conservation of environments we visit
  • For select countries, we make a charitable donation on your behalf when you make your booking
  • We've partnered with conservation experts and NGOs to curate responsible tours
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