On this hosted fly in safari we include domestic flights to save those long journeys by vehicle. Luxury accommodation, friendly hosts, professional guides and custom made safari vehicles promise to make this the trip of a lifetime. Aside from incredible gorillas and game, Uganda boasts some of the top bird watching in Africa, with over 1000 different species including the remarkable grey crowned crane and a host of endemic forest birds.
US$2 705 per person sharing (R40 575)
US$555 single supplement (R8 325)
Low season: April & November
US$2 480 per person sharing (R37 200)
US$400 single supplement (R6 000)
*Please note that gorilla permit costs are not included. Check out ‘exclusions’ for prices.
x1 night Entebbe
flights from Entebbe to Kihihi/return
x3 nights Buhoma Lodge incl all meals
Local brand drinks
x1 night Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Ishasha Community Visit incl donation
Gorilla Permits – USD600 for the 1st permit / USD670 for the 2nd permit
Tips & gratuities
Visas, health requirements, travel insurance
Bwindi Forest Walk: Currently USD30 pp
Batwa Community Visit: Currently USD85 pp
Hotel No.5, Entebe – 1 Night (B&B)
Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – 3 Nights (B&B)
Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park – 1 Night (B&B)
B&B – Bed & Breakfast
Day 1: Entebbe
Set on the shores of Lake Victoria, Entebbe is a small town that is easy to explore on foot or local boda bodas (motorbike taxis). Explore the markets, hunt for souvenirs or crafts, meander through the Botanical Gardens or relax with a boat cruise on Lake Victoria. You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, bars and clubs where you can sample the local beer, catch a game of football and meet the friendly locals. Depending on your time of arrival there are a number of fascinating excursions and places of interest to visit. Or simply add a day at the end of your itinerary to take in the sights.
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This morning’s flight on a light aircraft to Kihihi airstrip takes just over an hour. Transfer through local villages and along mountain roads to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site (a drive of +- 90 mins).
The park provides a habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. Bwindi is among the most diverse forests in East Africa with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds, such as hornbills and turacos. It is perhaps most notable for the 340 mountain gorillas, almost half the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorilla.
Expert Tips: We recommend the Forest Walk on day 1 (optional excursion) Of course, gorilla tracking is the highlight of any visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest and cannot be missed. The treks are available daily and allow you to spend up to one hour with any of the three mountain gorilla families that live in the Buhoma area. This exclusive activity can only be booked by a maximum of 24 people per day (eight permits per family), meaning you really will get up-close-and-personal to the gorilla families you meet as you explore the high dense lush vegetation of Bwindi.
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Words fail to describe the thrill of today’s lifetime experience!
Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare wildlife encounter that is exhilarating, humbling and enthralling. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the steep mountain slopes. Please note that gorilla tracking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions. Spend up to an quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them, the trek getting there making it all worth while. Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are over 95%.
Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Those with pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience. Guests not tracking have the day free to explore the Bwindi area – optional activities include forest walks, a visit to a local school/orphanage/hospital or Batwa pygmy village, and some local curio shopping.
Day 5: Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park
Depart Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park this morning and travel to Ishasha in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (a 2-3 hour drive), with a brief stop enroute at a community project near Ishasha Village.
Afternoon game drives will be enjoyed in the Ishasha area, looking for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant, Uganda kob and of course the famous tree-climbing lion typically found in the area.
Day 6: End of Itinerary
Morning transfer to the airstrip for your return flight to Entebbe. Please do not book an international flight out of Entebbe before 17h00 – preferably later – in case of delays.