Uganda Wildlife Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Main destination Uganda 12 Days Tour

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Uganda Wildlife Gorilla Trekking Adventure
This 12-day private safari gives you an opportunity to encounter two incredible primates; the gentle mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and the elusive chimpanzees in Kibale forest National supplemented by game viewing in Queen Elizabeth. Enjoy bush breakfasts, sundowners on the Nile River, exploration at Murchison Falls National Park and interacting with the warm locals whose smiles will shape your journey!

Included:

  • Fuelled 4x4 safari vehicle and English speaking guide
  • Scheduled flights described in the program
  • All meals for the entire trip (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Sundowners and bush-breakfasts
  • Park entrance fees and primate tracking permits
  • Boat cruises and ferry crossing fees
  • Unlimited safe drinking water in vehicle and drinks at the lodge excluding premium alcoholic drinks
  • All transfers
  • All accommodations as described in the program
  • Emergency rescue insurance package
  • In case of healthy emergencies, or anything of that nature. Insurance will cover evacuation from the field/bush to nearby hospital/or to Kampala. Rescue insurance package does not cover international travel.

Not Included:

  • Entry visa
  • International Flights
  • Personal Insurance
  • Premium alcohol drinks


Day 1

Arrive in Uganda through Entebbe International Airport

Upon arrival in Entebbe, we transfer to the beautiful Hotel No. 5. This stylish boutique hotel offers luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool offers you an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. Here, the menus are carefully planned and paired to an expansive wine list. 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel No 5
Day 2

Transfer to Jinja

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the Eastern town of Jinja, the home and source of the River Nile, the world’s longest river as it departs Lake Victoria to an upward long journey into Egypt. Jinja, is East Africa’s adventure travel hub with a cocktail of water activities including bungee jumping and rafting. While here, you will experience the beauty of the Nile river. Later in the afternoon, we cap off a fantastic day with wellness class on the banks of the Nile. After the activity, freshen up and enjoy a wonderful meal at your hotel before spending the rest of your evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kalagala Tented Camp
Victoria Nile River
Day 3

Water Activities on Nile

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll transfer to the banks of the Nile to encounter this mighty river. The Nile is a classic pool-drop river with deep, calm pools interspersed between powerful and exciting rapids and multitudes of different channels. 
Jump in rafts where you will be accompanied by highly trained safety staff as you navigate down the rapids ahead. Once you complete the trip down the river, we return to the lodge for lunch and relive the incredible morning. An optional bungee jumping excursion is available this afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kalagala Tented Camp
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Day 4

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we drive to Entebbe international airport where you will catch an afternoon flight to Murchison Falls National Park. Upon arrival, a champagne toast welcome awaits you. From here, we transfer to nearby Baker’s Lodge, a luxury lodge perched on the South bank of the mighty Nile River. This intimate lodge is set within a large private area with direct river access, large shady trees and a host of bird life along the water’s edge. From your lodge, elephants are seen watering and bathing across from hippos. This area is known to have almost all of Africa’s major mammals. Before dinner, take in the culturally immersive show with a beverage and sit by the fire to toast another amazing African day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Bakers Lodge
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Day 5

Morning Game Drive and Boat Cruise on the Nile

After an early breakfast, we drive to the ferry crossing area to cross to the northern bank and discover it’s open plain and incredible wildlife. Through an educative game drive, you have the chance to spot lions, hyenas, elephants, buffaloes, kobs and an incredible number of giraffes as the park hosts the largest population of Rothschild giraffes in Africa. You will have a stop for a mid-morning break in the bush where your guide will serve you a cup of hot coffee or tea with snacks. After your stop, we will cross the Nile and return to the lodge. 
After lunch, we transfer to the riverbank where you will take a cruise to the base of the falls. This cruise presents an astonishing display of wildlife as animals come down for watering at the Nile’s edge. The Nile Supports the largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa and a dazzling variety of water birds including the most entertaining pied kingfisher. Upstream is the centerpiece of the park - the spectacular Murchison Falls; at this point, the Nile plunges an incredible 40 meters over the remnant rift valley wall forming a magnificent and powerful waterfall. You will be treated to cold drinks on the Nile as you sail up and down stream being entertained by different animals and birds all around you.
To enhance your experience, take an optional hike to the top of the falls which gives you a commanding view or cruise back to the docking point and return to the lodge for a cold drink around the fireplace before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Bakers Lodge
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Day 6

Game Drives and Sundowner on the Nile River

Early this morning we pick up a warm beverage at reception and head out in search of the big five.
After searching for lions, hyenas, elephants, giraffes and antelope, we stop for a magnificent bush breakfast at the hippo pool. We return to the lodge mid-morning for some time at leisure before a delightful lunch. After lunch we head to the riverbank where you will catch a cruise on the Nile in search of crocodiles, birdlife as well as catch glimpse of hippos basking in the sun. In the heart of the park, the river forces itself through two surviving rocks to generate the world’s most powerful waterfall, this river has kept most wildlife trapped in the northern bank which is a hub for game drives, and provides victors with one of the most authentic and intimate wild life experiences on earth. We cap off the day with an intimate sun-downer as you watch animals and the sun go over the ridges that separate Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Bakers Lodge
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Day 7

Fly to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, we check out of the lodge and drive to the nearby airport for a bush flight to Kibale Forest National Park. You will be welcomed by your guide and transferred through picturesque green villages and banana plantations to Ndali Lodge.
Kibale Forest National Park sits in the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains and on arrival, you will be checked into your room at the exclusive Ndali Lodge, a beautiful small lodge that sits on the ridge of a crater lake, surrounded by Ndali Forest, a verdant expanse of indigenous trees and home to a diverse array of birds and monkeys. Spend the evening enjoying this beautiful lodge, swim or sit at the main area or enjoy your private balcony and a serenade by local bird life. In the evening enjoy a sunset yoga class overlooking the lake before a beautiful locally inspired dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ndali Lodge
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Day 8

Chimpanzee Tracking and Community Experience

We start our day off with an early breakfast and depart for a morning of chimpanzee tracking in the Kibale Forest. This area is the primate capital of the world and boasts over 1,000 chimps. While on your tracking experience, you may encounter grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red tailed monkey among others. This chimpanzee tracking experience gives you an opportunity to spend at least one hour with chimpanzees watching them feed, socialize and nurse their little ones. Once you finish up, we drive for two kilometers to a Tinka’s home for a family lunch where you will gain an appreciation for the area, its culture and be moved by stories from the past. After lunch, we'll drive back to Ndali for a relaxed evening and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ndali Lodge
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Day 9

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Boat on Kazinga Channel

After breakfast, we will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will be checked into Mazike Lodge. This lodge sits on the edge of Kyambura gorge which hosts an underground rainforest in the middle of the savannah plain. From the comfort of your Luxury Cottage, you can unwind and listen to different bird calls and enjoy views that will leave you speechless. After lunch, you will be transferred to the nearby docking area in the park for a private boat cruise on Kazinga channel for great wildlife viewing including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffalos and hundreds of birds. After the boat cruise, drive through the Kasenyi plains and catch glimpse of kobs as well as chance encounters with lions as they start their hunt. Return to the lodge this evening for time at your leisure and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mazike Lodge
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Day 10

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, we will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park through the Ishasha sector, home to the famous tree-climbing lions 
After your beautiful drive through the green villages of south western Uganda, you arrive at Mahogany Springs lodge. This small luxury lodge faces the dense Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Upon arrival, enjoy the evening at leisure or take advantage of participating in a wellness activity at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Kenya Africa
Day 11

Mountain Gorilla Tracking Experience

Make sure you have extra batteries and camera storage for this monumental day where you will have a rare encounter with the Uganda mountain gorilla. This is the absolute highlight of a tour to Africa for most visitors. It is a humbling experience to stand meters from these gentle giants as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. After a briefing by park authorities, you will embark on a forest trek lasting between one to five hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. There are ten habituated gorilla families that you will have the opportunity to encounter. During your visit, you will spend time with one of the families which can be visited by only one group of 8 per day! You will enjoy an exciting journey along forested slopes, bushes and bamboo before you ultimately reach the gorilla family. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is an awe-inspiring and emotional experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. 
Return to your lodge to relax this evening or visit the nearby Ride 4 a Woman project. This charitable organization is set up to economically and socially empower women of the area. Here you will learn about daily life as well as pick up souvenirs and gifts for your family and friends.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
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Day 12

Fly to Entebbe and Depart

After breakfast, you can enjoy a wellness experience by the river or relax at the lodge. After checking out, we'll have an early lunch before heading for the airport and saying goodbye to Uganda.
Meals: Breakfast
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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Uganda through Entebbe International Airport

Upon arrival in Entebbe, we transfer to the beautiful Hotel No. 5. This stylish boutique hotel offers luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool offers you an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. Here, the menus are carefully planned and paired to an expansive wine list. 
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel No 5
Day 2

Transfer to Jinja

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the Eastern town of Jinja, the home and source of the River Nile, the world’s longest river as it departs Lake Victoria to an upward long journey into Egypt. Jinja, is East Africa’s adventure travel hub with a cocktail of water activities including bungee jumping and rafting. While here, you will experience the beauty of the Nile river. Later in the afternoon, we cap off a fantastic day with wellness class on the banks of the Nile. After the activity, freshen up and enjoy a wonderful meal at your hotel before spending the rest of your evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kalagala Tented Camp
Victoria Nile River
Day 3

Water Activities on Nile

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll transfer to the banks of the Nile to encounter this mighty river. The Nile is a classic pool-drop river with deep, calm pools interspersed between powerful and exciting rapids and multitudes of different channels. 
Jump in rafts where you will be accompanied by highly trained safety staff as you navigate down the rapids ahead. Once you complete the trip down the river, we return to the lodge for lunch and relive the incredible morning. An optional bungee jumping excursion is available this afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kalagala Tented Camp
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Day 4

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we drive to Entebbe international airport where you will catch an afternoon flight to Murchison Falls National Park. Upon arrival, a champagne toast welcome awaits you. From here, we transfer to nearby Baker’s Lodge, a luxury lodge perched on the South bank of the mighty Nile River. This intimate lodge is set within a large private area with direct river access, large shady trees and a host of bird life along the water’s edge. From your lodge, elephants are seen watering and bathing across from hippos. This area is known to have almost all of Africa’s major mammals. Before dinner, take in the culturally immersive show with a beverage and sit by the fire to toast another amazing African day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Bakers Lodge
GettyImages-184910223.jpg
Day 5

Morning Game Drive and Boat Cruise on the Nile

After an early breakfast, we drive to the ferry crossing area to cross to the northern bank and discover it’s open plain and incredible wildlife. Through an educative game drive, you have the chance to spot lions, hyenas, elephants, buffaloes, kobs and an incredible number of giraffes as the park hosts the largest population of Rothschild giraffes in Africa. You will have a stop for a mid-morning break in the bush where your guide will serve you a cup of hot coffee or tea with snacks. After your stop, we will cross the Nile and return to the lodge. 
After lunch, we transfer to the riverbank where you will take a cruise to the base of the falls. This cruise presents an astonishing display of wildlife as animals come down for watering at the Nile’s edge. The Nile Supports the largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa and a dazzling variety of water birds including the most entertaining pied kingfisher. Upstream is the centerpiece of the park - the spectacular Murchison Falls; at this point, the Nile plunges an incredible 40 meters over the remnant rift valley wall forming a magnificent and powerful waterfall. You will be treated to cold drinks on the Nile as you sail up and down stream being entertained by different animals and birds all around you.
To enhance your experience, take an optional hike to the top of the falls which gives you a commanding view or cruise back to the docking point and return to the lodge for a cold drink around the fireplace before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Bakers Lodge
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Day 6

Game Drives and Sundowner on the Nile River

Early this morning we pick up a warm beverage at reception and head out in search of the big five.
After searching for lions, hyenas, elephants, giraffes and antelope, we stop for a magnificent bush breakfast at the hippo pool. We return to the lodge mid-morning for some time at leisure before a delightful lunch. After lunch we head to the riverbank where you will catch a cruise on the Nile in search of crocodiles, birdlife as well as catch glimpse of hippos basking in the sun. In the heart of the park, the river forces itself through two surviving rocks to generate the world’s most powerful waterfall, this river has kept most wildlife trapped in the northern bank which is a hub for game drives, and provides victors with one of the most authentic and intimate wild life experiences on earth. We cap off the day with an intimate sun-downer as you watch animals and the sun go over the ridges that separate Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Bakers Lodge
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Day 7

Fly to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, we check out of the lodge and drive to the nearby airport for a bush flight to Kibale Forest National Park. You will be welcomed by your guide and transferred through picturesque green villages and banana plantations to Ndali Lodge.
Kibale Forest National Park sits in the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains and on arrival, you will be checked into your room at the exclusive Ndali Lodge, a beautiful small lodge that sits on the ridge of a crater lake, surrounded by Ndali Forest, a verdant expanse of indigenous trees and home to a diverse array of birds and monkeys. Spend the evening enjoying this beautiful lodge, swim or sit at the main area or enjoy your private balcony and a serenade by local bird life. In the evening enjoy a sunset yoga class overlooking the lake before a beautiful locally inspired dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ndali Lodge
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Day 8

Chimpanzee Tracking and Community Experience

We start our day off with an early breakfast and depart for a morning of chimpanzee tracking in the Kibale Forest. This area is the primate capital of the world and boasts over 1,000 chimps. While on your tracking experience, you may encounter grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red tailed monkey among others. This chimpanzee tracking experience gives you an opportunity to spend at least one hour with chimpanzees watching them feed, socialize and nurse their little ones. Once you finish up, we drive for two kilometers to a Tinka’s home for a family lunch where you will gain an appreciation for the area, its culture and be moved by stories from the past. After lunch, we'll drive back to Ndali for a relaxed evening and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ndali Lodge
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Day 9

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Boat on Kazinga Channel

After breakfast, we will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will be checked into Mazike Lodge. This lodge sits on the edge of Kyambura gorge which hosts an underground rainforest in the middle of the savannah plain. From the comfort of your Luxury Cottage, you can unwind and listen to different bird calls and enjoy views that will leave you speechless. After lunch, you will be transferred to the nearby docking area in the park for a private boat cruise on Kazinga channel for great wildlife viewing including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffalos and hundreds of birds. After the boat cruise, drive through the Kasenyi plains and catch glimpse of kobs as well as chance encounters with lions as they start their hunt. Return to the lodge this evening for time at your leisure and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mazike Lodge
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Day 10

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, we will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park through the Ishasha sector, home to the famous tree-climbing lions 
After your beautiful drive through the green villages of south western Uganda, you arrive at Mahogany Springs lodge. This small luxury lodge faces the dense Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Upon arrival, enjoy the evening at leisure or take advantage of participating in a wellness activity at the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Kenya Africa
Day 11

Mountain Gorilla Tracking Experience

Make sure you have extra batteries and camera storage for this monumental day where you will have a rare encounter with the Uganda mountain gorilla. This is the absolute highlight of a tour to Africa for most visitors. It is a humbling experience to stand meters from these gentle giants as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. After a briefing by park authorities, you will embark on a forest trek lasting between one to five hours, depending on the location of the gorillas. There are ten habituated gorilla families that you will have the opportunity to encounter. During your visit, you will spend time with one of the families which can be visited by only one group of 8 per day! You will enjoy an exciting journey along forested slopes, bushes and bamboo before you ultimately reach the gorilla family. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is an awe-inspiring and emotional experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. 
Return to your lodge to relax this evening or visit the nearby Ride 4 a Woman project. This charitable organization is set up to economically and socially empower women of the area. Here you will learn about daily life as well as pick up souvenirs and gifts for your family and friends.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
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Day 12

Fly to Entebbe and Depart

After breakfast, you can enjoy a wellness experience by the river or relax at the lodge. After checking out, we'll have an early lunch before heading for the airport and saying goodbye to Uganda.
Meals: Breakfast
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