Fly-in Gorilla Safari – 4 nights

flying-4You can experience some of Uganda’s incredible wildlife and scenery as well as go searching for mountain gorillas in this short fly-in safari. Taking you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the savannah, overlooked by the Rwenzori Mountains, you will fit a lot into a few days on this trip.

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  • Experience the thrill of gorilla tracking
  • Look out for Uganda’s famous tree-climbing lions
  • Enjoy views over the Kazinga Channel
  • Plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities
lake-heights-hotel Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport
On arrival at the airport, your guide will meet you and take you to your hotel.
flying Day 2: Domestic flight to Kihihi Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Fly to Kihihi in the afternoon where your guide will drive you to your lodge, on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Later in the evening, enjoy a relaxed walk in the local village.
Endangered Mountain Gorilla - Bwindi Day 3: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Drive to the Park headquarters for an early briefing. Your guides will lead you through the tropical rainforest in search of the gorillas. Spend an hour observing them.
Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive north to Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its diversity. Enjoy a three-hour drive to the Ishasha sector where you will go on a game drive and search for the tree-climbing lions and other game. Continue to Mweya Peninsula where you will stay the night.
elelphants Day 5: Game drive and flight to Entebbe
Go on a dawn game drive, searching for lions, elephant, hippos and birds. Drive to the airstrip for your mid-afternoon flight to Entebbe. At Entebbe, connect for your return flight home.

NB: wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

Responsible tourism: where possible, we use locally owned accommodation with good environmental credentials.

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
  3. Cultural experience with the Batwa tribe

 

This safari costs USD 3,180 per person and is based on 6 people travelling.

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

Price includes:

  • 2 domestic flights
  • 1 gorilla tracking permit each
  • Full-board, luxury, non air-conditioned accommodation
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes

Price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bar bills, phone calls, laundry services, gifts, crafts and 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 USD3,180 per person (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 (and in the absence of a complete national hotel classification system e.g. 1*–5*) we use four levels: high-end, mid-range, budget and backpackers. These terms can mean different things to different people but are helpful to an extent.

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in all hotels. Where AC 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 accommodation providers. 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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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 reduces 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.

Please let us know if you have any special travel requirements. For example, if your group has disabled members we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Fly-in safaris

Fancy a fly-in 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 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 the countryside and wildlife below.

Scheduled and charter flights are available. Scheduled flights have some limitations in terms of routings and days of operation and in some cases minimum numbers are required. We will be pleased to advise you if you wish to fly.

Note: The luggage limit on small aircraft is 15kg per person, including both hand and hold luggage.  This must be in soft bags not hard suitcases.

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 webpage.

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.