Luxury Uganda Wildlife Safari
Luxury Uganda Wildlife Safari 10 Days
Staying in first-class accommodations throughout, this fantastic itinerary will allow you to discover all of Uganda’s wildlife highlights in ultimate comfort. Travelling via 4wd Land Cruiser in the company of an expert driver and guide, you will visit 4 of Uganda’s finest National Parks to enjoy some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife experiences. From up-close encounters with the famous mountain gorillas to chimpanzee tracking and thrilling game drives, this truly wonderful itinerary will showcase to you all that this remarkably diverse country has to offer.
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people sharing. There is a single room supplement of $930.
Prices do not include international flights but these can be arranged as part of your package.
Please note: The gorilla tracking experience will require a walk of between 2 and 8 hours through sometimes muddy conditions, and so participants will require an average level of fitness.
Set departure dates for 2018 include: 26th July, 13th August, 1st September, 20th November. 2019 dates available on request.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Visit 4 of Uganda’s finest National Parks
- Thrilling and unforgettable Mountain gorilla and chimpanzee tracking experiences
- Discover a huge variety of other wildlife including the famous tree-climbing lions
- Abundant birdlife
- Exciting game drives and bush walks
- Spectacular scenery at every turn
- Travel in comfort in the company of an expert English-speaking driver and guide
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transport throughout
- All accommodation and meals as described in the itinerary
- Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
- Gorilla permit for Bwindi National Park and gorilla tracking experience
- Transport to/from the starting point for gorilla tracking
- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- Private transportation in a 4WD safari vehicle (Land Cruiser)
- English speaking guide and driver
- Activities and excursions as outlined in the itinerary
- National Park entrance fees and ranger fees
- AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Entebbe
- Day 2 | Entebbe to Kibale Forest NP
- Day 3 | Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Swamp Walk
- Day 4 | Kibale to Queen Elizabeth NP
- Day 5 | Queen Elizabeth NP
- Day 6 | Queen Elizabeth NP (Ishasha)
- Day 7 | Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi NP
- Day 8 | Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi NP
- Day 9 | Lake Mburo National Park
- Day 10 | Lake Mburo NP to Entebbe
Welcome to Uganda, the “pearl of Africa”! Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport a representative will be waiting for you to drive you to the beautiful No.5 boutique hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy a thoroughly relaxing day and night in this luxurious property in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Overnight stay at the No.5 Boutique Hotel with breakfast included.
Entebbe to Kibale Forest NP
Today your adventure truly begins and after an early breakfast at your hotel you will be collected by your English speaking driver and guide to begin your journey through some of Uganda’s most remarkable National Parks. Travelling in a comfortable 4wd safari land cruiser your 330km journey to your first stopover, Kibale Forest National Park, will begin. The journey is likely to take in the region of 5 hours but the spectacular scenery along the way is sure to keep you more than occupied.
Along the way we will stop at Fort Portal for lunch. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for its many tea plantations and you will have time for some photo opportunities before continuing on to Kibale. Kibale Forest is home to the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa, including over 1000 chimpanzees. Tomorrow you will have the chance to get up-close to these intriguing animals so after a delicious dinner at the lodge a good night’s rest is in order in preparation for a new day of adventure.
2 nights accommodation at Kibale Primate Lodge in a luxury cottage with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Swamp Walk
Today it’s time for one of the highlights of your trip as we take the short walk into the forest to begin your chimpanzee tracking experience! Kibale Forest is home to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa, and is renowned as being the best place to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. After a pre-tracking briefing you will begin your hike into the forest to visit a large habituated family of chimps that consists of over 120 individuals. Along the way you are likely to spot some of the forest’s fascinating residents including other primates and bird species such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings, and your informative guide will tell you all there is to know about this beautiful forest and its unique flora and fauna.
Upon sighting the chimpanzees you will have an hour to observe them, soaking up their captivating behaviour as they climb through the trees, groom, growl, feed, and take care of their young. An unforgettable experience that will no doubt leave a lasting impression.
After your exciting morning tracking the chimpanzees you will head back to the lodge for lunch before travelling to the nearby Bigodi Swamp for a very different nature experience. Here you can enjoy a guided swamp walk, an initiative of the local community, to discover the area’s rich diversity of birds and primates. In the early evening we return to the lodge for dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Kibale to Queen Elizabeth NP
After breakfast at the lodge you will set off for the next stop on your itinerary, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Your journey will take in the region of 3 hours across the majestic foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”. En route we will explore the scenic crater lakes region that surrounds the dense forest of Kibale National Park before reaching the exceptionally beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This remarkably scenic national park’s landscape is as diverse as its abundant wildlife population, with its green savannah plains with small acacia and euphorbia trees giving way to sunken crater lakes and swamps, bounded by the snow-covered peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Home to 95 different species of mammals including lions, elephants, Uganda Kobs, elephants, hippos and crocodiles, the area also has the highest number of bird species found in any national park in Africa with over 600 having been recorded.
Upon arrival at the beautiful Elephant Plains Lodge you can enjoy an afternoon at leisure soaking up the scenic views or enjoying a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.
2 nights accommodation in Elephant Plains Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Queen Elizabeth NP
This morning we begin bright and early and head into the park for an exciting game drive experience to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. As we drive through this scenic park you will be on the lookout for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat.
After an adventurous morning we will take a relaxing afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, to enjoy sightings of the world’s highest concentration of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and a multitude of birds. This 2 hour boat ride with snacks and beverages included will take us along a 14km stretch of the channel before we return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious dinner and some relaxation after what will have been an adventure-filled and memorable day.
Queen Elizabeth NP (Ishasha)
After breakfast this morning our day will start with a further game drive through the park as we travel south towards Ishasha and the next stop on our itinerary. This part of the park is famous for its tree climbing lions, and after lunch and a bit of relaxation we will take a game drive through the area in search of sightings of these beautiful animals lounging in the fig trees.
Overnight accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi NP
Our last day in Queen Elizabeth National Park begins with an early morning game drive in search of sightings of lions, elephants and other wildlife in action, before a thoroughly enjoyable bush breakfast in the middle of the wilderness where you can sit back and listen to the early morning sounds while the chef prepares a delicious full English breakfast.
After a game drive back to the lodge it will be time to pack up your things and start your journey to our next destination, the remarkable Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and is quite simply the best place to observe these gentle giants at a close distance. The park is also home to 9 other primates and features spectacular scenery of trails, rivers and waterfalls.
The journey to Bwindi will take approximately 2 hours and upon arriving at the luxurious Mahogany Springs Lodge right beside the park, you can enjoy a delightful welcome dinner and a good night’s sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s mountain gorilla experience.
2 nights accommodation at Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi NP
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! After an early breakfast you will join your transfer to the offices of the National Park where upon arrival you will be allocated a gorilla family, an 8-person group and a gorilla trekking guide. After a briefing into what lies ahead, including safety precautions and an introduction to the behaviour of the gorillas, you will be driven to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure.
Depending on the gorilla family that you have been allocated the trek to see them can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 6 hours so patience and an average fitness level are required. The terrain can be muddy, and rainy weather is likely, but as you trek through the jungle the anticipation of seeing these gentle giants in the wild, along with the spectacular views and likely bird sightings on offer, is likely to be more than enough distraction from that. And we can almost guarantee that when you come face to face with these majestic animals the trek will soon become a distant memory!
Upon sighting the gorillas your group will be allowed one hour with them to watch them as they go about their daily lives; feeding, moving, playing, wrestling and feeding their young – this will be a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi have been designed to ensure that numbers are kept to a minimum whilst still offering the experience of seeing these animals in the wild so that more can be done to protect them and ensure the species’ ongoing survival. The vast majority of your gorilla permit cost goes to protecting these vulnerable animals and ensuring that their population thrives. Thanks to these conservation efforts, in the last few years the mountain gorillas population in Bwindi NP alone has increased from 300 to 400! Without tourist visits there would be substantially less funds available to do this. Each of the habituated families of mountain gorillas are only allowed to be visited by one group of eight people per day, and only 72 visitors are allowed each day.
After your thrilling experience of witnessing the famous mountain gorillas up-close, your guide will lead you back to base where you will be transferred back to the lodge for a delicious dinner and the chance to reflect on what may well have been the greatest wildlife experience of your life.
Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast this morning we will make our way to the final national park of our tour as you jump back into the land cruiser and head towards the beautiful Lake Mburo National Park. The 390km journey to Lake Mburo will take approximately 5 hours, and along the way we will stop at a restaurant close to the entrance of the park for lunch. A relaxing game drive through this beautiful park will take us to Mihingo Lodge and after a tasty evening meal you will have the opportunity to partake in an optional night-time game drive. Lake Mburo is the smallest of the Ugandan national parks but it certainly packs a punch in terms of dramatic scenery and fascinating wildlife, and it is also one of the few parks in Uganda where you can watch wildlife after the sun has set.
An exciting night game drive offers an unusual twist on regular game drives and allows you to search for a variety of animals that you would not easily see during the day, such as bush pigs, genet cats and white tailed mongoose. The elusive leopards and spotted hyenas are also best seen at night and with some luck you will be able to spot the one male lion in the park who resides down by Lake Mburo!
Overnight stay at Mihingo Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lake Mburo NP to Entebbe
As your truly memorable luxury Uganda safari comes to an end there’s time for one last adventure as you enjoy an early morning guided bush walk. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including impalas, zebras, gigantic elands and giraffes. There are also excellent birding opportunities here, with over 315 species having been recorded in the area. Experiencing a safari on foot will allow you to notice the smaller, often overlooked details and usually brings you much closer to the wildlife than when in a car.
After returning to the lodge for breakfast your driver will be waiting to take you back to Entebbe, with a game drive scheduled along the way. The journey back to Entebbe airport will take approximately 6 hours and as you relax and soak up the surrounding scenery filled with memories of your unforgettable experiences, make sure to keep an eye out for the black-and-white colobus monkeys that will be hiding along the road. En-route we will make a stop at the Uganda Equator for lunch, some souvenir shopping and some photo opportunities before arriving at the airport for your homeward or onward flights.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge
This outstanding lodge set back on the pristine waters of the Munyanga River offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Located within a spectacular setting just 2 minutes drive from the Bwindi National Park headquarters, this is the perfect place in which to relax after the mountain gorilla experiences that Bwindi holds. A marvel of expert interior design throughout, Mahogany Springs offers eight individual luxurious and spacious “bandas” which comprise of 2 double beds, a beautifully designed en-suite bathroom and a fantastic private terrace with panoramic views of the forest and surrounding land. Upgraded suites with two bedrooms and a spacious living area are also available.
The main area of the lodge has been designed to offer the highest levels of comfort and features a beautiful and relaxing lounge area with fireplace and a book, games and DVD library. The large bar area is stocked with a great selection of wines and beverages and the welcoming restaurant allows guests to enjoy delicious a-la-carte meals either by the cosy glowing fire or outside on the terrace surrounded by the delightful sights and sounds of nature. Weekly BBQ nights are held on the terrace and a tasty afternoon tea filled with sweet treats and yummy pastries is available free of charge every day. The huge panoramic terrace that stretches all around the front of the building finishes off in style one of the most luxurious accommodation options available in all of East Africa.
Primate Lodge, Kibale
This fantastic lodge located in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park offers the chance to experience the world renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivalled nature and serenity in Uganda’s primate paradise. Located right beside the starting point for incredible chimpanzee trekking experiences of the park, Primate Lodge offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Amongst these accommodation options are the nine spacious Luxury Cottages which feature large comfortable beds, sitting areas and en-suite bedrooms. Nestled privately within the forest, each cottage also features a large verandah allowing you to relax and soak up the unique sights and sounds of the surrounding nature.
There are also seven mid-range private Forest Cottages which also offer large comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs overlooking the rainforest, but which offer a little less space than the luxury cottages. There is also a double storied ‘Elephant Banda’ which has an upstairs bedroom with giant king-size bed, a large downstairs living area, and an extensive elevated verandah which seems to stretch right into the forest. This option is very popular with honeymooners and those seeking a romantic escape. For the more adventurous a unique “tree-house” is available and for the more budget-conscious there is also an adjacent camp site.
The main lodge area features a spacious dining terrace where delicious home-cooked meals are served, a well-stocked bar, a cosy lounge, evening camp fire and regular visits from the numerous primates that abound in the park as well as forest elephants!
Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Queen Elizabeth NP
The exclusive Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located on the Ntungwe River within the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and offers the ultimate in peace and tranquillity. Taking glamping to a whole new level, this idyllic luxury camping spot welcomes both guests and wildlife, with those staying here likely to spot elephants, buffalo and Black-and-White Colobus wandering into camp, as well as possible sightings of the famous tree-climbing lions.
The main camp features a restaurant and bar where freshly-prepared, locally-sourced meals are served either al-fresco or under the cover of the hand-thatched roof, and a curio shop selling local crafts. Accommodation is provided in ten spacious, wooden-framed canvas tents privately dotted along the river, which have been stylishly furnished to offer the ultimate in comfort. Each tent has a large mosquito-netted bed, en-suite bathroom with hot ‘bush’ shower, and a private verandah overlooking the river.
Mihingo Lodge, Lake Mburo
This beautiful, environmentally-friendly lodge has been perfectly designed to effortlessly blend into its fragile and scenic surroundings. A luxurious and family-owned lodge which features spectacular views over the savannah, Mihingo offers comfort, relaxation and the feeling of truly being at one with nature. Situated in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park, one of the many highlights here includes the delightful infinity pool which overlooks the valley below where an abundance of wildlife gather at the waterhole including buffalo, zebras and impalas.
You may be very likely to encounter even more wildlife from the private balcony of your luxury tented room which offers a supreme level of comfort. With its own unique charm and character your spacious tent will provide everything you will need for a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing stay, including a large en-suite bathroom and sumptuous furnishings.
Delicious meals will be served in the spacious, thatched dining area which boasts spectacular views over the park and a busy waterhole, whilst the beautiful bar and the newly-constructed lounge tower with 360-degree views provide the perfect spots to relax after a long day of game viewing and activities.
No.5 Boutique Hotel, Entebbe
Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe you will find this stylish and tranquil boutique hotel. Perfect for guests seeking a relaxing stay with all the comforts of a luxurious guest house. With a welcoming outdoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre, a first-class restaurant offering one of the best dining experiences in Entebbe and fantastic hospitality, this is the ideal spot in which to relax before or after your exciting Uganda safari experience.
This excellent boutique hotel offers various room types, each as beautiful as the other. Every room opens out onto the garden and swimming pool, providing lots of natural light and bright open spaces. Guests can choose between luxury two-storey apartments or luxury double and twin rooms, all of which have small outside seating areas overlooking the pool, en-suite bathrooms and have been furnished and finished to the highest standards. For something even more special, a beautiful standalone fully serviced and equipped two bedroom house is also available and features large living areas, a fully equipped kitchen and dedicated full time staff.
Elephant Plains Lodge, Queen Elizabeth NP
This brand-new luxury lodge is perched high upon the western escarpment of the Albertine rift in Queen Elizabeth National Park and boasts one of the most spectacular views in all of the area. Located just 2 minutes from the Park gate beside the beautiful lake Kikorongo, guests can delight in the stylish surroundings, first-class hospitality and stunning views of the equator monument and the surrounding wilderness where large numbers of elephants roam. This is the ideal base from which to discover the area’s enchanting wildlife populations.
Highlights of this beautiful lodge include a welcoming bar area where you can enjoy a moment of relaxation in the comfortable lounge whilst sipping on a drink from the well-stocked bar, the excellent restaurant where delicious meals are served amongst the stunning backdrop of the 270 degree views on offer, and the large eco-friendly swimming pool where you can enjoy a refreshing dip after a long day of game viewing.
Accommodation is provided in 6 equally luxurious cottages which have either twin or double canopied beds and en-suite bathrooms with large bathtubs and showers. The huge glass windows and spacious verandas in each cottage will allow you to completely relax and soak up the superb views over lake Kikorongo and spot the elephants and buffaloes meandering to the lake to drink. There are also two additional family cottages which offer two en-suite bedrooms in each.
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