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Uganda: Gorilla trekking adventure

During this journey through the highlands of Uganda, we will travel through a range of eco-systems using a blend of hiking trails and 4WD’s to explore each area. The variety that Uganda is able to offer, makes for a fascinating proposition on this journey, from the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this is a journey that is a full of contrasts as it is wildlife.

Whilst the mountain gorilla is likely to be the main draw for many guests, we will also spend time trekking among chimpanzee in two distinct equatorial forest regions, and on game drives whilst enjoying a more traditional safari.

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Limited:

8 Guests

Duration:

10 Days

Protection:

ABTOT 5409

Destination:

Uganda

Price:

$5,963.00£4,586.00

Your Daily Itinerary

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Arrive Entebbe

Upon arrival into Entebbe airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting you may wish to visit Ngamba Island, a sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees, offering a peaceful home alongside Lake Victoria for individuals unable to return to the wild. As long-term partners of The Jane Goodall Institute and Born Free, the team at Ngamba Island are committed to their role as a provider of sanctuary and to educating their audience as to the vital role conservation plays in the survival of our closest cousins.

  • Guide TBC
  • No meals included on this day
  • Accommodation in Hotel No.5

South to Bwindi

This morning you will transfer back to Entebbe Airport for the short flight (around 1.5 hours) to Kihihi from where you will continue by road for approximately 2 hours to Bwindi, the gateway to the impressively named Impenetrable Forest.

This afternoon there will be time to explore the surroundings of your lodge, explore the local town and prepare the following days trekking.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast in your hotel, lunch, dinner at your lodge
  • Accommodation in Buhoma Lodge

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

Over the next two days on the fringes of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you will have the opportunity to trek to visit the iconic mountain gorillas, understandably this a key reason people would choose to visit this remote corner of Africa. Whilst there are now 19 habituated gorilla groups to be found in the forests of Bwindi, it is important to consider that they are wild animals and no way to be considered tame. You will be accompanied by professional guides and trackers, who will ensure not just your safety but importantly that of the mountain gorilla population.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast and dinner in your lodge, picnic lunch
  • Accommodation in Buhoma Lodge

Gorilla Trekking / Forest Nature Trail

There will be a second opportunity to visit the mountain gorillas for those that wish to do so, and this needs to be arranged ahead of your arrival, however some guests choose to explore a beautiful nature walk through the heart of Bwindi Forest that can be enjoyed whilst accompanied by a local guide. The trail leads through the forest and affords guests the opportunity to explore the life of the forest on a more macro level, with birds, butterflies and a wide range of orchids and other plant life.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast and dinner in your lodge, picnic lunch
  • Accommodation in Buhoma Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we will depart Bwindi in our 4WD vehicles, heading north out of the village and passing through the communities that populate the route to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A relaxed journey, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop should we wish to. After travelling approximately 2 to 3 hours we will enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, as we are travelling in suitably equipped 4WD vehicles the rest of the journey through the park will be by way of a game drive, stopping to enjoy the wildlife viewing opportunities as they present themselves.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast and dinner in camp, packed lunch
  • Accommodation in Ishasha Wilderness

Ishasha Sector

Today we will spend the day exploring the Ishasha Region of Queen Elizabeth National Park on game drives. This region of the park is well known for prolific wildlife sightings, with large populations of elephant, buffalo, hippo, lion, and zebra to name but a few. Founded as a national park in 1952, the area contains a vast array of habitats from savannah, forest to riverine environments and wetlands, and it owes its diversity of wildlife to these contrasting eco-systems. After exploring the park during the day, there will be the opportunity to enjoy a sundowner over the Ntungwe River as the day comes to a close.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp
  • Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Kazinga Channel

Following our time in the Ishasha Region of the park, we will now make our way further north still to the mouth of the Kazinga Channel, an entirely different habitat and experience from what you will have experienced in Ishasha. The channel, as you might expect, is best explored by boat. Doing so allows us to be in a privileged viewing position as the wildlife makes its way down to the waters edge to drink.

  • Guide TBC
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp
  • Mazike Valley Lodge

Chimps of Kyambura Gorge

The nearby Kyambura Gorge presents the first opportunity to trek with chimpanzee on our trip. The population of chimps here have been separated from the other groups in Uganda and are now known as “The Lost Chimps of Kyambura Gorge”. Meeting with the rangers early in the morning we will then descend into the gorge and listen for the calls of the chimpanzee before following the pathways through the bottom of the gorge, in a bid to spend time among these most fascinating of primates in their natural habitat.

Later in the day we will continue north, to Kibale Forest, stopping at the equatorial line on our way.

  • TBC
  • Breakfast and dinner in your lodge, picnic lunch
  • Primate Lodge

Kibale Forest

Whilst in the forests of Kibale, we will have a second opportunity to visit chimpanzee in the forests. A very contrasting experience to that found in Kyambura Gorge, the chimps here are more used to the presence of humans and as such it can be an easier experience in physical terms. The forest here is home to 13 primate species, making it one of the highest concentrations found anywhere in Africa, and that is in addition to the abundant bird life and flora also found in this most stunning of equatorial forests.

  • TBC
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in your lodge
  • Primate Lodge

Return to Entebbe

Today we will complete our journey, with a drive of approximately six hours back to Entebbe. The drive is a scenic one, passing through the Matiri Central Forest Reserve along the way and into Kampala. Time permitting there will be an opportunity to spend an hour or so in the markets of Kampala before returning to the airport in time for evening departure flights.

  • TBC
  • Breakfast in your lodge, picnic lunch
  • No accommodation included on this day

Limited To 8 Guests

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Highlights

Some of the amazing things you’ll experience

Meet Your Guide

Joan Riera spent his childhood between contrasting lives in both west Africa and Spain’s Catalan region. This unique combination led him to study anthropology at London’s Richmond University, part of a journey that has led him to continue his studies of traditional African cultures, and to become one of the best experts available on the region today.

It is this unique childhood and academic background that enables Joan to both understand and importantly,empathise with, indigenous cultures whilst his infectious personality enables him to operate as a guide. It would be fair to say, it is the fact that he did not train specifically as a guide that makes him such a great one.

Departure Dates

Due to demand we now offer various dates

5 May to 15 May 2022

$5,963.00£4,586.00 per person

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4 June to 13 June 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

16 July to 25 July 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

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29 July to 7 August 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

5 August to 14 August 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

20 August to 29 August 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

18 September to 27 September 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

Sold Out

16 October to 25 October 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

4 November to 13 November 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

15 December to 24 December 2022

$6,818.00£5,244.00 per person

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The mountain gorillas exceeded even my loftiest expectations, I have enjoyed multiple safaris and all are special, the forests and the gorillas are a real highlight. Comfortable lodging without being over the top, this trip was just right for us.

Mrs Bridgette Johanssen

London, UK