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Uganda Highlights Safari
|from $3,715* per person||8 Days||Year-round|
|Comfort accommodations||Exertion level: 3|
|Operator: Adventures In Africa||24 people max|
- Entebbe airport, uganda
- Active & Adventure trips
See our closest relatives, the endangered mountain gorilla and the chimpanzee, in their lush forest habitats. This luxury, eight-day trip offers two days of gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park, as well as scenic drives, rain forest trekking, and luxury accommodations.
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- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
- You need to form your own private group for this trip. It will be scheduled for a date you arrange with the provider. The itinerary here is just a sample.
- Offers some solo-only/singles departures.
ItineraryDay 1 – ENTEBBE: Arrive Entebbe where you will be met and transferred to the Lake Victoria Hotel. If time permits visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens. The Lake Victoria Hotel is a colonial hotel with beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. Overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel. (airline meals)
Day 2 – KIBALE: This morning depart for the Kibale Forest area, the drive is a full day (approx. 7 hrs). After leaving the Lake Victoria Basin pass through beautiful countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into the Kibale tropical rain forest. Ndali Lodge is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes. The breathtaking views and cooler climate at Ndali are just some of its best features. The lodge was built by the late Captain Mark Price, a British tea farmer, and is managed as a working farm by his family today. The rooms are decorated in local crafts and materials, and feature high ceilings and four-poster beds with mosquito netting. The en suite baths have hot and cold running water and flush toilets. There is no electricity at this lodge, but ample candle and oil lamps are provided in the evening, creating a romantic feel of "old Africa". Overnight at Ndali Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – KIBALE: Today we take forest and swamp walks to see the rain forest and view birds and primates, including chimpanzees. The walking is not difficult, paths have been made in the forest and all walks are with excellent local guides. Overnight at Ndali Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 4 – BWINDI: Drive to Bwindi via Queen Elizabeth NP. The drive passes through Fort Portal and along the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) with the hope of seeing the glaciated peaks through the clouds. The drive is a full day gently descending into The Great African Rift Valley to Queen Elizabeth NP and continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – BWINDI: After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. 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 are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is essential including zip lock bags for camera gear. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – BWINDI: Second gorilla tracking day. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – MBARARA: Drive to Mbarara into Ankole cattle country. Continue to Lake Mburo N.P. and enjoy a game drive. The drive today is 6 to 7 hours. Overnight at Mihingo Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8 – ENTEBBE: Drive to Entebbe (5 hours). If there’s time, stop in Kampala for lunch and a visit with the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Arrive at the airport for late afternoon or evening departures. (B, L)