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Tour Itinerary

This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness. Gorilla trekking on Day 9 can last up to 7 hours depending on the location of the animals. All passengers must be able to hike unassisted at a steady pace through dense forests on uneven, often slippery slopes, at an altitude of up to 8553 feet. Please see the “Is This Trip Right for You?” section and the Trip Preparation tab for a list of equipment recommended for this excursion.

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Uganda
Depart for Uganda

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Entebbe
Welcome to Uganda, the rising star of East Africa with its magnificent landscape of steamy forests, snow-peaked mountains, pristine lakes and sprawling savannahs rich with wildlife. Upon arrival in Entebbe, on the shores of immense Lake Victoria, you’ll be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Entebbe

DAY 3, Monday - Explore Entebbe, Murchison Falls National Park
This morning, take a tour of Entebbe with your local guide. Visit markets, craft shops and the Botanical Gardens, established in 1898. After an early lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Murchison Falls National Park. Upon arrival, meet your Tour Manager and proceed to the lodge. Time to settle in before attending an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager that highlights the extraordinary adventure that lies ahead. This afternoon, visit the top of Murchison Falls for a breathtaking view of the landscape before returning to the lodge. Tonight’s Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival
Overnight: Murchison Falls National Park 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Game Drive, Boat Trip on the Nile
Listen to the sounds of the forest as you begin the early morning game drive into the depths of this magnificent park, which hosts over 100 species of mammals and over 450 species of birds. Enjoy the natural surroundings and look for wildlife before returning to the lodge for lunch. Later, a cruise takes you down the Nile River, one of the longest rivers in the world, to the base of dramatic Murchison Falls where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop - truly a most impressive sight! Look for hippo and crocodile along the sandbanks, as well as large numbers of different species coming down to drink and bathe. Over dinner tonight at the lodge, share stories with your travel companions of this most exciting day
Overnight: Murchison Falls National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Kibale National Park
An early departure to enchanting and exotic Kibale National Park, home to the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa, as well as a rich diversity of exotic birds. Passing through the beautiful countryside, admire expansive views of farmlands where the best fruits and vegetables in the country are grown. After stopping for a picnic lunch, continue your drive past striking tea plantations into the Kibale tropical forest. Your lodge is tucked deep in the forest, adjacent to the starting point for the chimpanzee tracking excursions. These unique chimpanzees have an evocative call, a distinct and recognizable sound of the African forest. After a nature walk in the lush surroundings, a delightful dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Kibale National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Chimp Tracking in Kibale, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Get ready for a thrilling morning on the guided forest trek in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world - the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, the odds are good that you’ll encounter them today in the lush green forest. Perhaps you’ll also see other types of primate, including the red-tailed monkey. The hike will last approximate 2-3 hours while your expert guide shares the secrets of the forest's flora and fauna. After lunch, a drive takes you past volcanic crater lakes to stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park, commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Uganda. After settling in at your hillside lodge overlooking the vast savanna plains of the park, take a late afternoon game drive, followed by dinner at the lodge
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Game Drive, Kazinga Channel Cruise
Enjoy a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, whose diverse ecosystems, including sprawling savanna, shady forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, primates and over 600 species of birds. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas encompass dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills. After lunch, take a delightful cruise on the Kazinga Channel. As the boat drifts slowly along the shore, watch for hippos, crocodiles and colorful birds. This evening, sip drinks before dinner and admire the gorgeous sunset views
Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a biodiverse, mountainous area that is your base for gorilla tracking; arrive in time for a late lunch and leisure time for nature walks. Bwindi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. Undoubtedly it is best known for its 340 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world's population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Observing the gorillas may only be done on foot, and only a limited number of viewing permits are issued, which help to protect the endangered gorilla families. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge, a peaceful and exclusive retreat on the shores of Lake Mutanda
Overnight: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - The Gorilla Trek
After an energizing breakfast, assemble for an informative briefing by experienced rangers before embarking on the exciting culmination of your journey - the gorilla trek. Your group will be guided through the rough terrain of the rainforest in search of one of the park’s habituated gorilla families. The trek will last up to 7 hours depending on the location of the animals. When a gorilla family is found, you’ll be allowed an hour in their company to watch them eat, preen and play. Imagine the extraordinary feeling of sitting in the dense forest with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world! You’ll always cherish memories of this profound and incomparable experience. At your Farewell Dinner tonight, share extraordinary tales of your journey in Uganda and bid a fond farewell to your guide and your newfound friends who shared this adventure with you
Overnight: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Depart Uganda
Morning transfer to the airstrip in Kisoro for a scheduled flight to Entebbe Airport; transfer to the international terminal for your departure flight. Passengers with late evening flights will have a day-use hotel room and be transferred to the airport later in the evening. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 3 PMDay Use: Entebbe
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Entebbe, Entebbe-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Intra-flights: Entebbe-Murchison Falls National Park & Bwindi-Entebbe
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 1 night Entebbe
  • 2 nights Murchison Falls National Park
  • 1 night Kibale National Park
  • 2 nights Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 2 nights Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners (including welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • National Park fees and gorilla trekking permit
  • This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness. Gorilla trekking can last up to 7 hours depending on the location of the animals. All passengers must be able to hike unassisted at a steady pace through dense forests on uneven, often slippery slopes, at an altitude of up to 8553 feet.

    Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Discover Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area
  • Cruise down the Nile River to the base of dramatic Murchison Falls
  • At enchanting Kibale National Park, view the greatest variety of primates in East Africa
  • Enjoy a thrilling guided forest trek in search of chimpanzees in the tropical Kibale forest
  • View the spectacular Rwenzori, the "Mountains of the Moon", that lie in western Uganda
  • Game drives in the diverse ecosystems of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, home to hippos, crocodiles and colorful exotic birds
  • Embark on an unforgettable gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer and flights Entebbe-Murchison Falls & Bwindi-Entebbe.

    Please note due to strict regulations on gorilla trekking permits, the cost of the permit is fully non-refundable at the time of booking. Any cancellations or amendments will incur a $700 per person fee.Please note children under 15 years of age are not permitted on this tour.

    Passengers should select flights on Day 10 from Entebbe that depart no earlier than 3 PM. The flight from Bwindi arrives to Entebbe at approximately 11:30 AM.

    Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

    Passengers traveling to Uganda must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.

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    Accommodations

    K Hotels
    This first class hotel is situated in the town of Entebbe.

    Twiga Safari Lodge
    This superior tourist class lodge is located nearby the River Nile on the outskirts of Murchison Falls National Park.

    Primate Lodge
    This superior tourist class lodge is located in the heart of Kibale National Park, which is home to over 13 different species of primates.

    Elephant Plains Lodge
    This superior tourist class lodge is set on the western escarpment of the Albertine Rift.

    Rushaga Gorilla Camp
    This superior tourist class camp is located close to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Discovery By Gate1 Tours Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
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    Accommodations
    4.2
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.6
    Repeat with Operator
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    Value for Money
    4.2

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