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Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition

Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition

Home / Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Safaris / Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition

6 DAYS
FROM $2,538

Safari Type
Trekking & Safari

Activity Level
Moderate

Service Level
Premium

Overview

  • On this Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition, you’ll trek through the impenetrable misty jungle and spend a once-in-a-lifetime moment with a family of mountain gorillas—an African jungle experience like no other.
  • Take the oldest forest trail and cross the impenetrable forest from Nkuringo southern sector to Buhoma northern sector and get intimate with Africa’s richest and oldest eco-system.
  • Stay in exclusive lodges in Bwindi high at a 7,000 ft altitude with stunning views of the entire Virunga massif.
  • Take a game drive and boat safari on Kazinga and meet some of Uganda’s savannah big game in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Meet the locals and explore the Batwa’s indigenous cultures around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Drive through Western Uganda’s stunning landscape and capture the Pearl of Africa’s raw beauty.
Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition route Map

Local Experts

At Nkuringo Safaris we like to work with our customers to prepare a journey that will deliver maximum subjective experience. We understand that most guests will be traveling in places they have never been before that require skillful guidance from a local expert. Here are the local experts that will help you plan this safari in your way!

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Itinerary

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey in Uganda’s lush highlands on this private Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition. Drive from Entebbe to Bwindi through picturesque landscapes, remote hamlets dotting the hilly green countryside, and fertile volcanic slopes neatly planted with dense rows of cowpea and string beans as far as the eye can see. In Bwindi, you’ll spend two nights at the exclusively beautiful eco-facility; Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, where you’ll hail to meet the mountain gorilla family.

Trekking and spending peaceful yet electric (and well-chaperoned) time with mountain gorillas is a rare, heart-filling experience on this trip. An exotic forest walk will complement that experience with Batwa cultural natives, where they’ll introduce you to local remote cultures.

The Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition challenges you to a hike through the oldest trails in Africa’s oldest and most endowed jungle. With an expert guide, you’ll be let into the impenetrable jungle, showing you some of the rarest plants, ancient tree species, rare birds, and shy animals the life under the forest canopy. On the other end of the jungle, your private driver will meet and transfer you to Queen Elizabeth Savannah Park, where you’ll spend the next two nights.

A game drive and boat safari on Kazinga Channel in QENP will introduce you to the Pearl of Africa’s big savannah game animals, including Ishasha’s tree-lions, elephants, leopard, hippo, buffalo, antelope, Nile crocs, and more. This trip is private and customizable. It means you can take it solo or with friends and family and adjust a few things to suit you.

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our chauffeur will pick you up after you clear the Immigration and COVID-19 inbound bureaucracies and transfer you to Papyrus Guesthouse — a small cozy lodge in a quiet suburban neighborhood not far from the Airport. Depending on your flight time, you can either relax back at the lodge or go check out Entebbe’s attractions.

Entebbe has several attractions to introduce a traveler to Uganda’s tourist attractions like the UWEC Zoo, Nganba Chimps Island on Lake Victoria, the Botanical Gardens, Nakiwogo landing site, sand beaches, shopping malls, and urban restaurants and bars. One common with travelers is the canoe boat birding experience on Mabamba Swamps to view the prehistoric Showbill Stork. The Shoebill expedition leaves at 14:00—15:00 and if your arrival falls out of the timeline, then you can take other attractions in Entebbe.

If you jet in the evening, we recommend you relax in the guesthouse gardens to prepare for the much-anticipated Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition starting the next day.

Meals included: Dinner.
Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse Garden Room (middle-range property)

Embark on a long road trip journey of about 9-10 hours to the gorilla sanctuary where your primary Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition activity will take place.

Drive from Entebbe to Bwindi through picturesque landscapes, remote hamlets dotting the hilly green countryside, and fertile volcanic slopes neatly planted with dense rows of cowpea and string beans as far as the eye can see.

In the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, on a 7,000 ft elevated ridge, you’ll spend two nights at the exclusively beautiful eco-facility; Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge. It is here where you’ll hail to meet the mountain gorilla family.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)

After an early breakfast, a guide will drive you to the trailhead for briefing before you hit the jungles to find the mountain gorilla family. Trekking through the jungle could take from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on where the trackers last saw the mountain gorillas the previous evening. Make sure you are physically able to withstand the trek through uneven terrain, damp forest floors, and thick forest cover.

The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing tourists access. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an incredible, exciting experience to be long-savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. The tracking can occur at Nkuringo or Rushaga (1 hr drive from Nkuringo), as per your gorilla permit.

When you meet the gorillas, your guide and rangers will allow you only 60 minutes before they escort you back. You can spend more time with the mountain gorillas only when you purchase the Gorilla Habituation Experience Permit that costs USD 1,500 per person. The experience allows a permit holder at least four-hours with a semi-habituated gorilla family.

After your experience with the mountain giants, and if you still have the guts to explore the region, you can take an evening guided walk to meet the local tribespeople, the Batwa. You can also visit a single-family home, listen to their age-old tales and delve into their hidden cultures, song, and music.

Back at forest lodge, as the night cools down, you have a roaring campfire and local songs to look forward to, as well as a deep massage, perfect for soothing any aching muscles after a day of hiking.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

After a very early breakfast, drive along the Nteko Ridge to the Ivy River Trail’s junction with the forest (7 km) and then start the nature hike across the forest (13km – 4-5 hours). This part of the Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition is is to introduce you to Uganda the richness of this pristine jungle that flourishes with some of the world’s rarest plant and animal species. Some of the incredible species you’ll meet are monkeys, duikers, bush pigs, and some of Bwindi’s world-renowned bird species, plus many butterflies.

If you are fortunate, you may even encounter chimpanzees! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, and its conservation importance is immense. Making it an isolated forest chunk surrounded by human settlement.

The emphasis of this Gorillas in The Wild Adventure activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest with you; it is not merely an A to B hike. The trail is also an essential footpath for local people, particularly on market days, traveling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the park’s northern boundary. There is no road through Bwindi, so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone-jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma, meet with the vehicle and drive for Queen Elizabeth National Park—an hour’s road drive through Ishasha southern part of the Queen Elizabeth NP. Ishasha sector is notable for its resident ‘tree-climbing lions’, an unusual attraction and one of the highlights of all safaris taken within the park. You’ll spot the lions lazily hanging on branches of enormous fig trees watching the grazers down below.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation:  Kasenyi Safari Camp

Full day dedicated to game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the boat safari trip on the Kazinga Channel – the 36 km waterway which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, which allows special viewing of game and birds on the riverbanks, as the boat passes through pods of hippos. Crocodiles have only recently been seen in the Channel; they disappeared for 8,000 years after being eliminated from Lake Edward by toxic ash from local volcanoes.

QENP is one of Uganda’s oldest parks, officially gazetted in 1952. The park was initially known as ‘Kazinga National Park’ before it was renamed in 1954 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s visit. The park hosts 95 species of mammals, more than any other park in Uganda, and 619 bird species, the second-highest of any park in Africa – the sixth-highest of any park worldwide.

Optional Chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu/Kyambura $50

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp

After breakfast, enjoy another glimpse of the misty jungle, then start the drive back to Entebbe with an en-route stopover for lunch; proceed to Entebbe/Kampala for a COVID Test depending on your flight, you have a day room use or extra night at Papyrus Guest House. The road drive takes about 8-9 hours.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: End of the Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition; accommodation is optional.

This trip has an activity rating of moderate; travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of walking or hiking over uneven terrain on two consecutive days. While gorilla trekking, guests will trek up to 6 hours through the thick jungle at elevations that may reach 8,000 feet. Treks can be arduous, and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet, and muddy. Travelers must be at least 15 years old. There will be several long driving trips up to ten hours with multiple stops.

Accommodations
Throughout the Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Expedition, we stay in ideally located, high-end forest lodges with amenities to deliver an authentic African experience. In Entebbe, our property Papyrus Guest House will welcome you into the country and at the end give you a favorable send-off. We also operate a multi-award-winning property in Bwindi where you’ll spend two nights. To ensure our guest’s safety, we have vatted and checked with all lodges for Covid-19 standards of operation and have found that they comply.

Covid-19 Standards
Please take and carry a NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 TEST certificate. You’ll be required to present it for entry. We’ll keen to observe Covid-19 guidelines to ensure your safety during this trip. The lodges booked for you have been checked for Coronavirus standards of operation and have been found to comply.

Safari Team
Nkuringo Safaris Expert and a Trip Leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

Transportation
We have arranged all of your transportation needs during your Uganda Gorillas in The Wild Adventure as specified in your trip itinerary. When spending time on your own, you may choose to visit a site that requires transportation. If this is the case, your Trip Leader will happily recommend convenient transportation options.

The open savannah and remote forest jungle are the safest places from COVID-19 infections and our primary concern is your health.

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Our health and safety protocols will consider the latest guidance and recommendations by the Government of Uganda, international and local health agencies, and destination partners. Learn More

UPDATED BOOKING POLICY

To provide you more flexibility, we have modified our booking policies. Through June 30, 2021, guests can book this itinerary with fully refundable deposits up until 60 days prior to departure. Learn More

Trip Prices

6 People — USD 2,538 per person
4 People — USD 2,697 per person
2 People — USD 3,214 per person
Single Person Supplement — USD 424

Supplement for flights

Entebbe — Kisoro — USD 353 per person

Kasese – Entebbe — USD 283 per person

 

Prices are per person based on the number-of-travelers and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. Included in the price is the Gorilla permit at $700 per person in 2021, transportation, accommodation, and meals. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

INCLUDED

  • All accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle (1 liter per person per day) and while at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit and park entrance to all National Parks ($780)
  • All the excursions and activities indicated in the itinerary (canoe ride, walks, etc.) under the supervision of an experienced English-speaking Walking Guide
  • Support of a private 4×4 vehicle with a professional English-speaking driver-guide, from the morning of day 2 to the late afternoon of day 6.
  • Transfer to Entebbe upon arrival
  • AMREF Evacuation Insurance cover
  • Government taxes

NOT INCLUDED

  • Uganda Entry Visa fee
  • PCR COVID TEST
  • International air flights
  • Any optional activity not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages

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