For a small country, Uganda punches way above its weight when it comes to national parks. This relaxed but comprehensive itinerary idea takes in all the most significant conservation areas and includes bucket-list highlights like trekking mountain gorillas, boating on the Nile River and tracking tree-climbing lions…
Beginning in vibrant Entebbe, your first stop is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to precious gorilla families. After your humbling encounter with them, you move to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a classic safari and then onto Kibale Forest, where you may see chimpanzees and follow these fast-moving apes through the canopy. Your final few days are in Murchison Falls National Park, on the shore of the longest river in the world.
Central Africa is the new frontier in safaris with gorilla and chimpanzee trekking a must-do for everyone who loves wildlife. Uganda is a fascinating destination and, if you aren’t a little interested in birds when you arrive, you will be by the time you leave…
Coming into land at Entebbe, you’ll no doubt fly over Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest, before touching down at the international airport. Your driver-guide will be waiting to escort you to Hotel No 5, a boutique hotel that has built a reputation for thoughtful service and good food.
Depending on your schedule, you may simply want to head to the spa for a massage and then have dinner or you may want to do a little sightseeing in Entebbe itself.
It’s the part of your Uganda holiday you may have been waiting years to experience: the chance to see a mountain gorilla family in the wild! There is little to beat the thrill of trekking them through pristine rainforest and spending an hour being charmed, amused and inspired by their company…
Your home is Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, one of the most comfortable in the area. There is sometimes the option to purchase a permit for a second trek, depending on availability.
After ticking off gorilla trekking, today you make your way back to Kisoro Airport to bid Bwindi goodbye and fly onto Queen Elizabeth National Park. Waiting for you at Mweya Airstrip will be your expert guide from Kyambura Gorge Lodge, which is situated in the south of the park.
The trail for chimp trekking begins directly from the lodge, which has a unique Afro-chic ambiance. Once you’ve seen the chimpanzees, return ‘home’ for a swim or much-needed massage session.
A road transfer is an excellent way of getting to see more of the landscape as well as experiencing a slice of village life. Today you’re driven to Kibale National Park for two nights at the incomparable Chimpundu Lodge.
This is another wonderful area to seek out chimpanzees, among the most intelligent of animals. In addition, you can go in search of unique moths, butterflies and birds, explore the surrounding crater lakes or even soak in the hot springs!
After all the excitement of game drives, tracking mountain gorillas and keeping up with on-the-move chimpanzees, you might need a little down-time. Nile Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park is the perfect place for your last three nights in Uganda.
You have the option to drive or fly in from Kibale. Once here, go on game drives, take a boating safari to see hippos and Nile crocodiles and enjoy sundowners as the horizon turns as pink as a flamingo’s feather.
What an incredible adventure it has been! Uganda offers so many wonderful experiences for safari lovers with accommodation, activities and an innate friendliness to match. This itinerary was created to showcase some of the country’s most stunning highlights.
Your final day sees you having a final breakfast on the deck at Nile Safari Lodge before you are driven (or you could opt to fly at an additional cost) back to Entebbe International Airport for your onward journey back home.
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Laundry if specified
Items from the safari shop
Pre- and post-itinerary accommodation
Medical insurance, tests and vaccinations where stipulated
Tips / gratuities
* Subject to change. Your personal consultant will confirm all the details with you while helping you plan your safari to Africa so you have a full understanding of costs with no surprises.
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