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8 Day Big 5 Wildlife & Gorilla Tracking Adventure (Luxury Lodging)

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Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. The trip features grassland Savannah, tree climbing lions, wildlife, gorilla and chimp tracking and a boat safari on the Kazinga channel. You will stay in some of Uganda’s finest luxury lodges.

  • DEPARTURE: This tour departs from Kigali
  • COUNTRY(‘S): Uganda
  • DESTINATIONS: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • TOUR CODE: 8A-UGN-TRK-ADV
  • RETURN: Back to Kigali in the Afternoon
  • PASSENGERS: Minimum 1 Traveler and a Maximum of 14 Travelers per group
  • STYLE: Lodging
  • MEALS: FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

VEHICLE: 2-3: Double Cab 4×4/

Trip Facts

Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Emin Pasha Hotel Kampala D,B&B 1 Night
Papaya Lake Lodge Fort Portal D,B&B 2 Nights
Mweya Safari Lodge Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park D,B&B 2 Nights
Buhoma Lodge Bwindi Impenetrable Forest D,B&B 2 Nights

Key
D,B&B: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Kigali city to Bwindi National Park (169.6 km)
Day 1: Kigali city to Bwindi National Park (169.6 km)

Accommodation: Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala / Similar

Guest will be picked up at the airport and drive to Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala which is a hour drive. Kampala is Bordering the magnificent Lake Victoria, Uganda’s capital city – Kampala – sprawl out over a series of undulating hills and despite the development, this ‘Garden City’ is known for its tree-lined avenues. This bustling city serves as the commercial hub of the country boasting a blend of African markets, modern skyscrapers, international hotels, bars, and casinos. It provides an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Upon arrival guest can do a City Tour: Depending on your time of your arrival.

Guest can eat Out for lunch and Dinner: Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders. Stray out from your hotel to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Kampala’s delicious Indian food.

Meals: Dinner

Optional Activity: City Tour

Overnight: Emin Pasha Hotel

Welcome to the Emin Pasha Hotel, Kampala’s unique boutique hotel. In a world where multi-national chains and corporate formulae dominate the hotel industry, the Emin Pasha Hotel brings a refreshingly personal face to Kampala, the bustling capital city of Uganda. Gracious and elegant, the Emin Pasha evokes another era when taste, gentle service, ambience and comfort were the hallmarks of a good hotel. We still believe this to be true, but we know that our guests also need modern amenities and up-to-date technology to ensure a happy stay.

Day 2: Bwindi National Park to Fort Portal (254.1 km)
Day 2: Bwindi National Park to Fort Portal (254.1 km)

Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge, Fort Portal / Similar

Guest will get an early breakfast and drive to Fort portal, close to Kibale National park. The drive is a 5 hour drive and is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations. Fort Portal Straddling Uganda’s lush equatorial rainforest is the town of Fort Portal, surrounded by grasslands, marshes, lakes and, of course, beautiful, shady forests in which monkeys, chimps, forest elephant, bush pig and giant forest hog flourish. Less than an hour’s drive from Fort Portal is the renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner and Lunch

Day 3: Bwindi National Park
Day 3: Bwindi National Park

Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge, Fort Portal / Similar

This morning guest will wake up early and drive to the parks head offices to be briefed about your chimp tracking experience. Kibale Forest National park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to see them. They are wild animals and are not guaranteed to be seen. In the afternoon after lunch, you will go for the guided swamp walk. The walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with eager waves.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Chimp Tracking and Swamp Walk

Overnight: Papaya Lake Lodge

Papaya Lake Lodge is situated about 350 km away from Uganda’s capital, Kampala, in one of the country’s most scenic regions. The Great Crater Lakes area boasts over 20 extinct volcanic craters, forming a necklace of lakes, each unique in shape, size and colour, and each boasting its own distinct ecosystem.

Papaya Lake Lodge offers nine spacious and bright cottages. They are all situated on the extinct volcano crater’s slope and have breath-taking views of the Lyantonde Lake. Each of the cottages offers complete privacy, hidden from view by a green wall of sympathetic treetops. Eight of the cottages feature two beds (one king-size and one single), local stone-decorated bathrooms with shower units and verandas equipped with deckchairs. The ninth cottage is a two-floor villa boasting three bedrooms, a fireplace-lit living room, a spacious bathroom and a large terrace. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Day 4: Bwindi National Park to Fort Portal (254.1 km)
Day 4: Bwindi National Park to Fort Portal (254.1 km)

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge, Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park / Similar

Guest will have breakfast drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is one of the most popular parks in Uganda, the Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the western region of the country. In the northern part of the park, visitors can look forward to boating along the Kasinga Channel, which is home to the largest population of hippos in the world and an abundance of Nile crocodiles.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner and Lunch

Day 5: Bwindi National Park

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge, Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park / Similar

This morning guest will wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.

A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward.

Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine, as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Game Drive and Boat Safari

Overnight: Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and overlooks the Kazinga Channel which links two of the Nile’s great lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward. Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness. All of the rooms have wonderful views of the channel. The Lodge offers a range of activities and attractions: game drives, boat trips, wild life viewing and more.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi National Park (149.0 km)

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Similar

Guest will be picked up in Kigali and drive to Bwindi National Park. The drive to Uganda will go through Rwanda’s northern town of Ruhengeri his drive will take you approx 4-5 hours. Guest will then cross over into Uganda via Cyanika or Katuna border post. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is in southwestern Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is said to be Africa’s oldest rainforest. It is world-renowned for its excellent gorilla-sighting opportunities. The rugged landscape features dense jungle, cascading waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, deep valleys and steep ridges. Upon arrival guest will go on hiking

Meals: Dinner

Included Activity: Hiking Trial

Day 7: Bwindi National Park

Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Similar

Guest will have a nice breakfast and will head to the Bwindi National Park gate immediately after to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. The national park guide will conduct the presentation that covers the basics of what to expect during the gorilla trek. The national guide will assign the gorilla trekking group during the pre-trekking briefing. Other visitors will likely join you. The gorilla trek can take from few to many hours, depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest.

Meals: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Included Activity: Gorilla Trekking

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge

Nestled at the gateway to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma Lodge is one of only two lodges set within the national park, and is the perfect lodge of choice when embarking on your bucket-list Gorilla trekking adventure.

Renowned for its warm welcome and attentive service, guests love the homely ambience of this Africa inspired lodge. Constructed using sustainable materials, the elevated central lounge, bar and dining area (serving delicious multi-course meals) offers a cosy spot for guests to unwind, and offers amazing uninterrupted views over the forest. The crackling fireplace adds a mystical atmosphere to cooler evenings.

Tranquil and cosy, the ten spacious eco friendly wooden chalets offer a private escape. Fall asleep to the sounds of the forest and awaken to chattering birds and monkeys as day breaks. Enjoy morning tea/coffee on your private verandah with sweeping views over the primal forest– what better way to start the day.

With Buhoma set just steps away from the trek start point, gorillas have been spotted popping in for an occasional visit, while our resident L’Hoest’s monkey troup visit the gardens in front of the lodge almost daily, much to the delight of our guests.

Day 8: Bwindi National Park to Kampala (472.8 km)

This is the last day of your tour. Guest will have breakfast and drive from Kisoro/Bwindi to Kigali.

Meals: Breakfast

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Included/Excluded

  • Qualified professional driver guide
  • Vehicle / fuel
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger liability 15%
  • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the Client
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary

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