Rates as per two pax
Budget – 1745 USD per person
Mid-range – 2154 USD per person
Luxury – 3025 USD per person
Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
You will be picked from your hotel or defined location within Kampala. For those in other parts of Uganda, arrangements will be made to have your transfers. This Journey takes you towards the Kigezi Highlands and onward to Lake Mburo. You will arrive there in the afternoon in time to enjoy a game drive through the park where you will see wildness of the park and possibly take a boat ride on the lake in search of game.
Luxury – Mihingo lodge or Mantana tented camp
Mid-range – Mburo safari lodge or Arcadia lodge Mburo
Budget – Leopard Rest Camp or Eagles Nest lodge
Duration – 5 Hours’ drive
Day 2: Morning game drive and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Take an early morning game walk through the national park to have final glimpse of the national park before returning to the vehicles for transfers. You will head direct to Queen Elizabeth National Park and our guides will help you check into your hotel in one of the eco lodges overlooking Kazinga channel. The afternoon is the best time to enjoy a cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George. You will be able to see elephants taking water in the channel and school of hippos’ sun bathing. Take the rest of the evening to relax at the lodge as you wait a game drive in the morning.
Luxury – Mweya safari lodge or Jacana safari lodge
Mid-range- Park view safari lodge or Marafiki safari lodge
Budget – Simba safari lodge or Pumba safari cottages
Duration – 5 Hours’ drive
Day 3: Morning game drive and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Wake up very early in the morning to take a game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will be able to see the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. Get transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in preparation for gorilla trek to visit the mountain gorillas. You will reach Bwindi in the evening and check into your lodge to shed off the stress of the journey and prepare for the day ahead of you.
Luxury –Gorilla safari lodge or Mahogany springs camp
Mid-range – Ichumbi Gorilla lodge or Gorilla Mist camp
Budget – Gorilla Valley lodge or Broadbill forest camp
Duration – 4-5 Hours’ drive
Day 4: Gorilla trekking and Batwe community visit.
After a comfortable night at the hotel, have an early breakfast and get ready for this unforgettable adventure. The journey will take about 1 hour from the Hotel in Kisoro up to Nkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Once there, you will receive a briefing and start tracking around 8.30am.
Each tourist group is made up of a maximum of ten people who go trekking to find one of the gorilla groups. An advance group of highly trained trackers will locate the gorillas ahead of time and communicate back to your group team lead. The communication between this advance party and your group continues until the gorillas stay in one place long enough for you to catch up and spend time with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Once contact is made with a gorilla group you will be allowed to observe these creatures for one hour. This strict time limit is to ensure that they don’t become too acclimatized to humans. Once the Gorilla Trek is over you will return to your lodge to take a good rest ahead of the day break.
Day 5: Departure
Have an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town through Masaka town, for a quick stop at the Equator for photos and buying souvenirs. After arriving in Kampala, either get transferred to the airport for your flight or for an overnight at your hotel. Arrangements for transfers will be made for those whose destinations are within other parts of Uganda.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi can be challenging, and travellers need to be in shape.
Things to come with:
Walking shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes and carry a rain jacket because the park is often wet. Rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellent. Extra spending money for personal expenses during your trip: snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and souvenirs. As a general guideline we recommend budgeting $10-15 per day.
Gorilla Trek Rules:
For conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules apply and must be strictly adhered to.
- No one with a communicable disease (e.g. flu, diarrhoea) is allowed to enter the park.
- Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, don’t surround them.
- Don’t get closer than 7 meters (21 feet) to the gorillas.
- Don’t eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 meters from the gorillas.
- Turn away from the gorillas and cover your nose & mouth if you have to sneeze or cough.
- Don’t leave litter.
- All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed off properly.
- No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
- Don’t spit on vegetation or soil when in the park; use your hankie or other garment.
Park Entry Fees
All Local taxes
Experienced safari guide/driver.
Any other extras not mentioned in the itinerary.