Primates – Fly-In Safari – 4 nights

flying-4Uganda is an amazing destination with a lot to offer to an adventurous traveller. If your dream is to see the mountain gorillas and big game and you have a short time available, this fly in safari could be ideal.  It takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable forest home to the enchanting mountain gorillas and then to the beautiful sweeping savannah plains for game viewing and stunning scenery set against the back drop of the Rwenzori Mountains.

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Day 1 – Evening arrival at Entebbe International Airport. Transfer to a nearby hotel
Day 2 – Free morning. Flight to Bwindi. Drive 1.5 hours to lodge
Day 3 – Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Guided walk if time allows
Day 4 – Drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. Game drive for tree-climbing lions en route
Day 5 – Game drive. 3pm flight to Entebbe and connect for evening flight home

lake-heights-hotel Day 1 – Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, your guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel, a short drive from the airport.Accommodation: Lake Heights Hotel, Entebbe.
flying Day 2 – Domestic flight to Kihihi airstrip near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Spend a relaxed morning at your hotel, then return to the airport for a 12:45pm scheduled flight to Kihihi Airstrip. Your guide will meet you on arrival and drive you approximately 1.5 hours to your lodge, located on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Unwind in peaceful surroundings with stunning views of the forest. Later in the evening enjoy a relaxed village walk in the local community.Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Endangered Mountain Gorilla - Bwindi Day 3 – Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Today is a great highlight of your safari – gorilla tracking in the jungle. After your breakfast drive to the park headquarters for an 08:00am briefing. Then your guides will lead you through the dense, moist tropical rainforest in search of your gorilla family. When you find them, spend one hour observing their behaviour, watching them groom, play and forage. This promises to be an amazing experience to treasure.Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable national park
boat-at-kazinga Day 4 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This is another exciting day as you drive north in to Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda’s second largest national park and one most appreciated for its diversity. Enjoy a three-hour drive through beautiful countryside to the Ishasha sector where you take a game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions and other game. Then continue further north to Mweya peninsula where you can relax at your lodge with exceptional views of the Kazinga channel Queen Elizabeth National Park.
 Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
elelphants Day 5 – Game drive and flight to Entebbe
Start the day with another chance to see the park’s animals on a dawn game drive. Look out for lions, buffalo, elephant, hippos and various species of antelopes, among other mammals and colourful birds. After lunch, drive to the airstrip for your 14:45pm flight to Entebbe with stunning views of the beautiful Ugandan landscape. At Entebbe, connect for your return flight home

 

Any of the activities below can be swapped for activities in this itinerary or you can extend this itinerary to add any of them. This may involve additional costs. We will be pleased to advise you about options and extensions.

 

  1. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest national park
  2. Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park

 

This safari costs USD 2,770 per person and is based on two people sharing twin accommodation.

We are happy to quote for different group sizes | single person supplements | options/extensions | flight-inclusive packages.

Price includes:

  • 1 gorilla permit each
  • A private safari vehicle with driver/guide & fuel for this itinerary
  • Full-board, mid-range, non-air conditioned accommodation
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities include in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes

Price does not include:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bar bills, phone calls, laundry services, gifts, crafts & personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities (normally 5-10% and around $100 for your guide).

Prices and booking guidelines

The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, whether or not international flights are included (we can often get discounted flights), the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

Guide price: from USD2770 (group of 6 people)

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Once you have selected one of our safari packages you need to send us a booking form. When we receive this we will check availability and inform you if any changes are necessary and issue an invoice for a 50% deposit plus the full cost of any tracking permits (in case of cancellation permit fees are non-refundable). Only once your payment is received can we guarantee availability and issue a booking confirmation. Full payment is required 70 days before your arrival date.

Insurance

 

AMREF flying doctors provide a medevac service in case of illness or injury during your safari. This costs $25pp for 31 days. We recommend this service and can include it in your package price.

 

 

 

We charge in US Dollars. Payment is by bank transfer into our Standard Chartered USD bank account in Uganda. You can also pay by credit card although there is a 5% administration charge. For those booking from within Uganda, cash payments are possible at our office.

When we book your safari, we have to pay non-refundable deposits on your behalf, for example to hotels. Therefore, we charge cancellation fees as follows:

30% of reservation costs if you cancel more than 50 days before your arrival date

100% of reservation costs if you cancel less than 50 days before your arrival date

We strongly recommend that you include cancellation cover in your travel insurance.

 

 

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Accommodation

To help us select the right accommodation for your safari, we use three levels: up-market, mid-range and budget. These terms can mean different things to different people are useful to an extent. We do not use what we would call ‘backpackers accommodation’ unless asked to.

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in all hotels. Where it is available, there is usually an extra charge.

Some locations have a limited choice of accommodation and so, to stay there, you must accept what is available.

Where possible we prefer to work with responsible travel accommodation. This means hotels and lodges which are locally owned, employ local staff, support their community and protect the local environment.

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Transport

As standard, we use a spacious 7-seat, 4×4 safari Land Cruiser, with pop-up roof, fridge and phone/camera charging facilities. This is the perfect safari vehicle.

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Alternatively, we offer a slightly cheaper 7-seater, 4×4 safari van with a pop-up roof.

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All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for the itinerary. Additional activities not included in your itinerary may incur an additional fuel charge.

Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted.

For large group tours we use small buses called Coasters. These usually seat around 28 people, including 5 jump (fold-down) seats in the aisle. They do not have a boot/trunk so luggage is carried on the back seats which reduce the seating capacity. The overhead luggage shelves are small and can only accommodate small bags. Therefore, we recommend you do not over pack. All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for your itinerary. Additional activities, not included in your itinerary, may incur an additional fuel charge. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted. If your group has disabled members, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Flying safaris

Internal flights

Fancy a flying safari, hopping from one location to another by small plane? Or, save time by travelling to one of the farther destinations on your itinerary by air instead of road. Domestic flights are now available to a variety of locations in Uganda so you can visit all or some of the places in your itinerary by plane enjoying stunning aerial views of some spectacular locations and wildlife.

Note: The luggage limit on small aircraft is 15kg per person.

International flights

We can include international flights in your holiday package and can often get discounted flights for our clients.

See our Responsible Tourism pages for information about our approach to tourism and advice on how to travel responsibly.

For general advice please see our travel advice web page

Specific advice for this safari

Permits are required to track gorillas and chimpanzees. The minimum ages are 15 and 12 respectively.  Gorilla permits are limited to eight people, per gorilla family, per day and chimpanzee permits to six people per morning or afternoon session.

Please read the information about primate tracking on our primates web page and remember to look at our suggested packing list