5 Day Luxury Uganda Gorilla Safari

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Luxury Uganda Gorilla Safari

5 Day Luxury Uganda Gorilla Safari

  • Price
  • Duration 5 Days 4 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityEntebbe
  • End CityEntebbe
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 90 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

The 5 Day Luxury Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari is an African jungle safari that will fly you from Entebbe (where you jet into the country) to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you’ll take a day excursion into the rainforest jungle to find the elusive mountain gorilla. The flight into and out of Bwindi is to help you get rid of the 9 hour countryside drive and enjoy the emerald western Uganda views from above.

This Africa safari is set in one of Africa’s oldest montane rainforest that has harbored some of the rarest plant and animal species in the world (the gorilla being one of them) and is rated highly on the top Africa destinations. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity.

Safari Highlights

  • Discover the stunning aerial view of the southern region of the Pearl of Africa
  • Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Meet, explore and learn from the local native communities
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives

Know before you go

  • You’ll be taking a local small flight from Entebbe to Kisoro near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you’ll track the mountain gorilla and visit the local native communities.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla Permit ($700)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Private tour
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

UGANDA GORILLA PERMIT CANCELLATION POLICY
(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

All accommodation has been specifically selected and all in strategic locations for the start of most of the activities in the Itinerary.

Papyrus Guesthouse – Entebbe

Located 10 minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport in the residential area of Upper Kiwafu. The fifteen bedroomed Guesthouse is like staying with friends. The rooms are comfortable and simple – they are all en-suite and fully supplied with high-quality mosquito nets, beds, cooling fans, safes and guest amenities.

There is a TV lounge, WiFi in the main areas and extends to most of the rooms, complimentary airport transfer.

Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Rwakobo is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night the sounds of the bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.

This idyllic spot is situated just over 1Km from the Nshara Gate of Lake Mburo National Park. Guided walks can be organized from the Lodge to include easy and challenging walks offering the chance to get close to nature.

Every night (weather permitting) the friendly Rwakobo staff stoke up a campfire so you can watch the sunset explode into a brilliant starlit sky

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

The lodge – is situated on the Southwest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with stunning views over the Bwindi Forest, the Magnificent Virunga Volcanoes and the Great Albertine Rift Valley. There are 12 hand-crafted cottages and 6  Virunga Terrace rooms, each offering all modern comforts, the tranquillity of the Rain forest, the atmosphere of a mountain chalet and the warm hospitality Ugandans are known for.

The lodge facilities include a cozy restaurant serving homemade meals and freshly baked loaves of bread, a bar and lounge with an amazing view, massage room and Complimentary WiFi.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge prides itself on its green Credentials and through its various initiatives including solar energy and rainwater harvesting, proudly operates with Carbon Neutral footprint.

The lodge is an ideal starting point for Gorilla tracking as well as many other interesting activities the area has to offer.

Kasenyi Safari Camp

Kasenyi Safari Camp is strategically located on the rim of lake Bunyampaka in the Kasenyi savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp has an elevated dining structure that is meticulously thatched. The tents are on platforms with a thatched canopy roof. There are four tents all with en-suite bathrooms, spacious living areas and private decks. Many animals frequent the camp during the day & at night. Lion prides, hippo, leopard, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, kob, hyena and warthog are frequently seen. The night comes alive with sounds of hyenas howling and lions roaring.

Game Viewing in the Kasenyi Savannah – The most visited park in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park hosts cats in the Kasenyi savannah. Here the cats feed on the large numbers of Uganda kob. Some lions have learned to hunt buffalo and also climb trees.

Primate Lodge – Kibale

Primate Lodge is located in the heart of Kibale Rainforest National park, Uganda’s Primate Paradise and home to over 13 species of Primates, Mammals, butterflies and birds.

The location of the lodge is a perfect start point for chimpanzee tracking activity as well as the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, the briefing point is 5 minutes walking distance.

Features: 9 Luxury Cottages each secluded deep in the Forest with maximum Privacy.  7 Standard Cottages are private with en-suite facilities.

Amenities include, Spacious dinning and well stocked Bar, complementary room service, Free WiFi in Public areas.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival Entebbe International Airport

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a Nkuringo Safaris driver will pick you from the Airport and tranfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. (15 minutes)

Accommodation and meals:
Protea Hotel Entebbe
Bed & Breakfast

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Day 2: Fly from Entebbe – Kisoro – Native village Visit

Start your long awaited Luxury Uganda Gorilla Safari with an early morning transfer from your hotel to Entebbe International Airport for Aero link flight to Kisoro. The first part takes us through central Uganda. A view of beautiful landscape of mountains, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest and the majestic chain of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Pick up from Kisoro Airstrip and be transferred to the lodge. In the afternoon proceed to Buniga forest for Batwa cultural experience

Accommodation and meals:
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest south sector

The highlight of the Luxury Uganda Gorilla Safari starts when you wake early (06:00) have your breakfats and be at the trailhead in time for the gorilla tracking briefing. It’s about 100 meters from Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge to the visitors reception when tracking Nkuringo group southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Once there you will first receive a briefing and at 8.00am and then start the tracking.

Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend an hour with them. Your time in the forest cannot be pre-determined as every day is different from that previous. On your return to your vehicle you will precede directly to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Visit the top of the world in the evening and on a clear day you can see a line of the 5 volcano mountains later retire your day at the lodge.

Accommodation and meals:
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: Optional Second Gorilla Trekking Experience

Experience is a crafty thing, psychologists say that experiencing an activity more than once is more memorable than a single event. This Luxury Uganda Gorilla Safari gives you a chance to explore that claim and take on the gorilla jungle for the second time. You can leave the camera and any other distructing thing back at the lodge for the second time gorilla trekking and get deep into the jungle feel.

With an early breakfast and packed lunch, transfer to Rushaga sector is located 23 kms from nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge. Proceed to the park headquarters for briefing before continuing to track the amazing gorillas. Remember each gorilla group has different behaviors so expect something unique from this group. Relax at the lodge as you peruse through the snap shots taken during the previous moments with the gorilla

Accommodation and Meals:
Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5: Fly from Kisoro – Entebbe

Early in the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Kisoro Airstrip. Using Aero link at Kisoro Airstrip fly back to Entebbe International and enjoy a day room use Papyrus Guest house, then later transfer to the Airport for your evening departure flight.

Accommodation & meals:
No Accommodation
Breakfast

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