Bwindi Gorilla

5 Days from US$2,375 per person

Overview

Travel off the beaten path visiting some of the last remaining populations of mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On private safari you will travel by 4×4, staying in small luxury lodges. In addition to rangers and gorilla trackers you will be accompanied by your safari guide.

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What's Included

Private Airport transfers in Entebbe
All accommodations as per itinerary
All meals while on Safari (B&B in Kampala)
All drinks including beer, wine and spirits at Bwindi lodge
Professional guide throughout for small group tour and 4×4 vehicle
Private guide and 4×4 vehicle for private safari
All wildlife reserve and national park fees
1 Bwindi Trekking Permit
Services of park rangers and gorilla guides

Highlights

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  |  Gorilla Trek | Lake Mburo National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Gorilla Trek

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Lake Mburo National Park

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

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Camps & Lodges

Cassia Lodge  |  Miningo Lodge |  Bwindi Lodge

Cassia Lodge

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Miningo Lodge

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Bwindi Lodge

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

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Day 1 | Entebbe – Kampala

 

Arrive into Entebbe today and after clearing customs you will be met and transferred to your accommodation at the Cassia Lodge.

     Cassia Lodge 

     Meals: None

 


Day 2 | Kampala / Lake Mburo National Park

 

This morning you will depart for Lake Mburo National Park, a 3 and ½ hour drive from Kampala. This area of Uganda is similar to the wildlife reserves of Kenya and Tanzania, with extensive acacia woodland and grasslands. Here you will find eland, zebra, topi and impala. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek.

You will arrive at the secluded Mihingo Tented Lodge in time for lunch. Mihingo is a peaceful retreat adjacent the park . It features 10 luxury “tents” which are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof, with full en-suite bathrooms. Each tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge’s property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops. The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land,. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool offering stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park .

After lunch you will go on a short canoe ride in the Lake Mburu, followed by an afternoon game drive.

     Mihingo Lodge 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 3 | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

 

Today you continue to the dense forested hills of Bwindi. The Bwindi Impenetrable forest was established in 1991 to protect ½ of the remaining Mountain Gorilla’s. Here exists about one half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Other animals including the Colobus monkey, chimpanzee, elephant, bushbuck, duiker, buffalo, golden cat, leopard, civet, bush pig and giant forest hog. This pocket of primeval forest in the Virunga Mountain range is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and has been designated as a World Heritage Site. The Gorillas live at altitudes of up to 6,500 feet (1,980 m) so be prepared for a long and difficult hike. Usually these habituated gorilla’s are tracked daily by the park rangers, but they can travel long distances through the dense jungle in a matter of hours.

Your stay here will be at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge. This luxury Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest and consist of 8 spacious bandas with a dinning room, bar and lounge that overlooks the forest below.

Relax for the rest of the day or go on a guided walk.

     Bwindi Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 4 | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Trek

 

After breakfast, time permitting, you will have a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and the genocide memorial. You will then be taken to the airport for your departing flight.

     Bwindi Lodge 
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     Meals: Breakfast

 


Day 5 | Bwindi / Kampala – Entebbe

 

After breakfast it’s time to leave for Kampala. A picnic lunch will be served en-route and you will arrive in the late afternoon.

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please note: Optional flights from Bwindi to Kampala can be arranged at an additional cost – for those wishing to avoid the long 8-10 hour drive back or needing to depart Kampala earlier.

INCLUSIONS

Airport transfers as described in itinerary

Scheduled flights: Maasai Mara – Nairobi / Nairobi – Kilimanjaro

All accommodations and meals as peritinerary

All National Park and Wildlife Reserve entry fees

Services of private professional safari guides in Kenya and Tanzania

Travel in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with unlimited mileage

Bottled water on game drives

Membership in Flying Doctors Service

EXCLUSIONS

International airfare and flights

Alcoholic beverages, sodas and bottled water at meals

Gratuities for guides and camp or lodge staff

Laundry services (can be done for a fee)

All items of a personal nature

Travel insurance

Visas and visa fees

Airport Departure Taxes (usally included in ticket price)

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