103: Fly-in Gorilla & Wildlife safari

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103: Fly-in Gorilla & Wildlife safari

$4070 per person

On this action packed fly-in wildlife safari you’ll experience tribal culture with the Batwa, spend time with mountain gorillas, search for big game and more.

This safari is packed full of wonderful experiences.

You’ll enjoy 3 domestic flights at altitudes low enough to appreciate the stunning countryside and game-filled national parks below. You will visit beautiful Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and spend time with the mountain gorillas in their forest home. Experience tribal culture with the Batwa (‘forest-keeper’ pygmies). Relax beside the beautiful Lake Mutanda before experiencing game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This is an amazing holiday which could easily be added to another short beach, hiking or adventure holiday or even a visit to another East African country.

 

Highlights

  • Spend time with the enchanting mountain gorillas and our closest relative – the chimpanzees
  • Enjoy domestic flights with breath-taking views
  • Experience a unique African tribal culture with the Batwa forest-keepers
  • Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of big game and a wealth of birdlife

 

Overview

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Day 2: 07:45 flight to Kisoro Airstrip. Fascinating Batwa tribal experience.
Day 3: Once in a lifetime experience; tracking and spending time with enchanting mountain gorillas.
Day 4: Canoe ride on Lake Mutanda and relax at the lodge
Day 5: Fly to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Chimp tracking at Kyambura gorge
Day 6: Dawn game drive. Afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Day 7: Visit Katwe salt lake and flight back to Entebbe

 

When is the best time of year to visit Uganda?

Although Ugandan seasons have become less predictable in recent years, peak tourist seasons usually coincide with dry seasons. When choosing your dates consider:

  • Uganda is an all-year round destination with a pleasant climate and temperatures averaging in the mid 20s0C. The huge variety in altitude means temperatures vary around the country (but this also means increased biodiversity)
  • Flight prices often increase in European/American holiday seasons
  • There are fewer tourists in low seasons so you can have the place to yourselves!
  • Many hotels offer all-year prices so the price of your visit may not change much between seasons
  • Most major roads going from the capital, Kampala, up-country are tarmac. Conditions on murram roads may worsen, to varying degrees, in rainy season
  • Rainy season can be good for birding as there is more food (bugs) available
  • If you are targeting certain birds, ask our advice on breeding and migration seasons
  • Should you plan to climb the Rwenzori mountains, dry seasons are best
  • Hiking may be better in rainy seasons when it is cooler

 

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Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will take you to your hotel, a short drive away. Relax at the hotel and have dinner on the roof top terrace in the evening
Accommodation: Lake Heights – Entebbe Meal plan: D
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Day 2: Fly to Kisoro. Walk the Batwa Trail
The hotel staff will drop you back at the airport for your early morning flight to Kisoro. On arrival you will be met by lodge staff and taken straight to the starting point for the Batwa Trail. Walk for 5 to 6 hours on the gentle mountain slopes with a Batwa guide who will show you how the ‘forest keepers’ lived as hunter-gatherers before the forest was gazetted as a protected area. This activity helps to fund the Batwa’s life outside the forest.
Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge – Kisoro Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 3: Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
After a short briefing, your guides will take you into the forest in search of the gorillas. Once you find them, which can take a few hours, you will spend a magical hour watching them as they eat, play, groom and even snooze or you can follow them as they move through the forest. Later, you will travel to Lake Mutanda for a well-earned rest.
Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge – Kisoro Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 4: Canoe ride on Lake Mutanda
Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mutanda in a traditional dug-out canoe visiting sites of interest around this beautiful, tranquil lake whilst listening to local historical and cultural tales. Spend the afternoon relaxing as you admire the views, take a walk around this tranquil spot or enjoy some bird watching or community activities.
Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge – Kisoro Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 5: Fly to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Chimp tracking
Return to the airstrip in Kisoro for your flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Transfer to your lodge and, after settling in, go chimp tracking at Kyambura gorge. Enjoy views over the Rift Valley from the road. There may even be time for a short game drive as you head back.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 6: Dawn game drive. Afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
It is worth getting up early today to catch the animals as they rise. Take a game drive in search of lion, elephant, leopard, antelope and more. Then take a leisurely boat ride along the banks of Kazinga Channel and look out for hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and the rich birdlife this area is renowned for.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National Park Meal plan: B, L, D
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Day 7: Visit Katwe salt lake and flight back to Entebbe
This morning you will visit Katwe salt lake to witness ancient salt extraction methods by the local people. The lake also provides stunning photo opportunities and seasonally hosts pink flamingos. After lunch, fly back to Entebbe where your tour ends.
Meals: B, L
Please note: all timings and routings are approximate and subject to change at short notice.   We can provide additional accommodation at the beginning and end of your holiday, depending on your requirements.

Guide price: US$ 4,070 per person

Based on 2 adults sharing a double room, in mid-range accommodation and travelling in a safari Land Cruiser (all our safaris and tours can be adapted to high-end, mid-range or budget versions)

 

The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

 

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, exchange rates fluctuate, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

 

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.

Price includes

3 domestic flights each

1 gorilla and 1 chimp tracking permit each

A double room in mid-range, non-air-conditioned accommodation with a full board meal plan

Private safari vehicle with driver and fuel for this itinerary

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: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs

Tips (normally 5–10% and around $10 per day for your guide).