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  • On this once in a lifetime opportunity, discover Uganda's National Parks and expansive scenery on this incredible 7-day tour. 
  • Visits include a tea factory, Fort Portal, Chimpanzee Tracking, games drives and boating on the Kazinga Channel.
  • The highlight of this tour is without a doubt the Gorilla Trekking Experience through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - only 72 people are allowed to this a day!

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Your Destinations

The landlocked nation of Uganda, located in East Africa, is a tapestry of diverse landscapes, welcoming locals and incredible wildlife. Home to Africa's tallest mountain range -the snow-capped Rwenzoris, lush tea plantations, the source of the Nile leading to immense lakes, and abundant wildlife, Uganda packs a lot into one small country.

Famously called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, Uganda is one of the only three locations in the world to be home to the rare Mountain Gorilla (the other being the Virunga Massif, Congo and Mgahinga National Park Rwanda), and offers its visitors the chance to visit these beautiful creatures up close, in one of the most exclusive settings on the planet - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will also get a chance to lay your eyes on the endangered common chimpanzee as well as the Big Five!

Your Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Arrival into Entebbe
Day 2: Entebbe - Kibale National Park
Day 3: Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking
Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Entebbe - UK

This is without a doubt, a once in a lifetime opportunity and offers exclusive chances to see some of the worlds rarest and most beloved creatures. From one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forests and expansive lakes to trekking through dense greenery for the chance to view the wild Mountain gorilla, this tour offers you an incredible adventure through Uganda's National Parks and Nature Reserves. 

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival into Entebbe

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. 

Entebbe is located on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, in Central Uganda. This town is a collection of residential areas and a slew of government offices. Here you will rest up before your adventure begins, but if you want to kick start discovering what this country has to offer, you may visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden, home to diverse plants, birds and monkeys, or close by is the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which protects orphaned chimps.

Day 2: Entebbe - Kibale National Park

Today you will start your adventure! Travel by road to Kibale National Park, stopping en route to visit a tea factory and Fort Portal before an afternoon arrival in Kibale. 

In the Western Region of Uganda, Fort Portal is a vibrant location offering sublime scenery and fantastic nature. This is the gateway to Kibale National Park! You have the rest of the day at your leisure to take advantage of your hotel's facilities or to discover your surroundings. 
Day 3: Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Covering an area of about 795km, Kibale National Park is one of Uganda's most incredible tropical forests and is a habitat to many forest wildlife and among these include 13 species of primates along with chimpanzees. This morning you will go chimp tracking within Kibale National Park.
Chimpanzee Tracking
During your time in Kibale, home to nearly 1500 chimpanzees, you have the chance to track habituated chimps. See these charming animals up close as they interact and play together in the trees.

After lunch, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is connected to southern Kibale, and on arrival, enjoy a game drive. This popular and scenic game reserve stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Ruwenzori range in the north along the shores of Lake Edward, to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitat.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Take an early morning game drive in the park. The Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 200kms of game tracks offering you the chance to see over 100 mammal species including lion, hippo, buffalo, leopard, elephant and numerous primates.

Return to the lodge for time to relax before an afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, keeping your eyes peeled for hippo, crocodile and other wildlife. 
Boat on the Kazinga Channel
This 32km long channel connects the two lakes of Lake Gorge (to the east) and Lake Edward (to the west) and is one of the most important features in the National Park. Lake George is fed by streams flowing from the spectacular Rwenzori Mountains just north of this lake, flowing into the channel and then drains into the adjacent Lake Edward.

Drawing in a plethora of wild animals, birds and reptiles, this channel has one of the largest population of hippos in the whole world as well as plentiful Nile crocodiles. As you cruise along the waters, you will have one of the best vantage points of spotting game.
Day 5:  Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This morning's game drive is in the Ishasha sector, where tree climbing lions are found. 

In Uganda, the Ishasha sector is notably recognised for its tree-climbing lions and is among the highlights on all safaris taken within Queen Elizabeth National Park. Located near the fur most south-western rim of Queen Elizabeth National Park, look out to the fig trees where you may see the golden coat of these lazy lions, sprawled out on the branches. 
There are only two places in which you can find populations of these tree-climbing lions, one being in Tanzania and the other being the Ishasha sector within Queen Elizabeth National Park. This breathtaking sight will live in your memory forever. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the home of mountain gorillas, but also a refuge for elephants, chimps and numerous species of birds.
Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This morning will be a very early start for you as you set off on your trek in search of the rare Mountain Gorillas. The trek with an experienced ranger will take between 2-6 hours but is well worth the effort. As an alternative, there are several shorter walks that you can take, including the Mubwindi Swamp Trial (3 hours), where you may see elephants.

In 1994, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site because of its ecological importance. Since then, this lush tropical rainforest has become popular to the world because of Gorilla trekking.

Gorilla Trekking Experience
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a habitat for more than half of the world’s highly endangered Mountain Gorilla population (more than 360 individuals of the plausible 800 in the entire world). Only 3 locations in the world offer the chance to see these majestic creatures, and just 7-11 groups of Mountain Gorillas in the whole country are habituated in Bwindi.

On a single day, only 72 people are allowed into Bwindi to see the Mountian Gorillas and only eight people for each gorilla family. Although sightings are not guaranteed, viewing success rates are over 90%, and you've got to take this chance, This is an exclusive, once in a lifetime opportunity that you do not want to miss! 
Tracking can sometimes take a full day, and timings vary dependant on the primates movements. Be prepared for weather variations and a potentially strenuous journey through high altitude conditions - this trip is not for the faint-hearted. However, once you lock eyes on these spectacular animals, this moment will be ingrained in your memory for life!

Gorilla trekking is, above all, an intimate experience – more like entering a family sitting room than racing around on safari. Once you have got your snaps, you can enjoy the privilege of observing an extraordinary animal close-up. One hour is not enough, but it is an hour that you will remember for the rest of your life.


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Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Entebbe - UK

Today is the day to say goodbye to an incredible adventure! Drive back to Entebbe (a flight is available with a supplement), where your tour will conclude and you board your flight back to the UK.

Your Hotels

Our members will stay at the following accommodation with this offer on a Full Board Basis (except in Entebbe - only breakfast).

Entebbe - Boma Guest House 4*

Being one of Entebbe’s original and most exclusive hotels, the Boma Guest House is set in tropical gardens, in a leafy suburb of the city, just moments from the airport. Combining charm and character, the property will be the ideal start to your adventure in Uganda. With a Bar & Restaurant, Swimming Pool and Bicycle Rental, start your holiday in this tastefully restored colonial guest house.

Kibale National Park - Crater Safari Lodge 3*

On the banks of the Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake, Crater Safari Lodge is located in a prime position to explore Kibale National Park. Immersed within the natural lush green rainforest, the property boasts incomparable luxury and breath-taking scenery. Relax any time of day, sampling a safari cocktail, at the mobile spa facility, swimming pool or campfire area overlooking the Crater Lake.

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Katara Lodge 3*

Situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, lake and Rwenzori mountain range, Katara Lodge is located 16km from the Katunguru gate of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. An ideal base from which to explore the park, this property offers eight luxurious thatched cottages and a relaxing pool which looks over the beautiful surroundings.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Buhoma Lodge 3*

Located in the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, this intimate property commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the beautiful, lush nature surrounding you. The Buhoma Lodge is the ideal location for your Ugandan adventure and the change to spot the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. The property sits within the forest, boasting an elevated central lounge area, complete with bar, dining and spa facilities.

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults

Please note: the bed for the 3rd/4th guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Your Journey

Flights: Included with South African Airways

Outbound:
London to Johannesburg 
Depart 19:00, Arrive 07:05 +1 
Johannesburg to Entebbe
Depart 09:30, Arrive 14:30

Inbound: 
Entebbe to Johannesburg 
Depart 15:20, Arrive 18:30
Johannesburg to London
Depart 20:00, Arrive 06:25 +1

All flight times are local.

Luggage: 20kg checked baggage and 7kg hand luggage.

Transfers: Shared transfers are included. 

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information click here.

Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel.

Visa Information

Uganda

You’ll need a visa to enter Uganda. You can apply for a visa at the Ugandan High Commission in London or apply online for an ‘e-visa’. You can find full details of how to apply on the website of the Ugandan High Commission in London. You should give yourself sufficient time to apply for a visa and make sure when applying that the start date and validity covers the period you wish to travel.

You can also apply for an East African Tourist Visa. This is valid for 90 days and allows multiple entry into Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. You can apply for this visa on the ‘e-visa’ website.

Ugandan immigration officers decide how long travellers are permitted to stay in Uganda when they enter the country. This is usually between 2 weeks and 3 months, and the immigration officer will normally enter a handwritten note of this period next to the entry stamp in your passport. You can be fined and/or imprisoned for overstaying your visa. You can apply to extend the period of your stay at Ugandan immigration headquarters on Jinja Road in Kampala.

For more information about entry requirements, visit the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website.

Passport
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda.

UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Uganda. ETDs must be valid for 6 months.

Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

Location Information

The address of your property: Plot 20A Gowers Road, Entebbe

Distance from Entebbe Airport to Boma Guest House: 4.6 km / 7 mins

In More Detail

Please Note: This offer is Adults-Only.

Please find practical information about the property and your trip: 

This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. 
Check-in times: 3 pm
Check-out times: before 12 pm

Our price doesn’t include a city/accommodation/tourism tax payable locally (this price is a guideline and is subject to change without prior notification).

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the tour is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book this tour for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included

  • Outbound flights from London Heathrow to Entebbe via Johannesburg with South African Airways
  • 1-night accommodation in a standard room with breakfast at Boma Guest House 4* Entebbe
  • Tea factory and Fort Portal visit on the way to Kibale National Park
  • 1-night accommodation in a standard room on Full Board basis at Crater Safari Lodge 3* Kibale National Park
  • 2-night accommodation in a standard room on Full Board basis and a game drive at Katara Lodge 3* Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 2-night accommodation in a standard room on Full Board basis and a game drive at Buhoma Lodge 3* Bwindi
  • Inbound flight to London Heathrow from Entebbe via Johannesburg with South African Airways
  • 4X4 private vehicle with professional English speaking guide
  • Shared transfers throughout
  • Prepayable taxes included

Not Included

  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Gorilla Trek Information

Gorilla Trekking Age Limits
The age limit for gorilla tracking, chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys is 15 years.

Videos & Photography
There is no charge for the personal filming of gorillas and other scenes with personal video, digital or SLR cameras in Uganda. Professional photographers, filmmakers or media should advise us at the time of booking as special procedures are required as well as costs to be incurred for photographing and filming.

Guides & Porters
You will be guided through the forest on your gorilla tracking by a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide whom you will meet at the departure point in the morning of your trek. Your guide can help you book a porter (or two!) so that you can track without having to carry the few essential items listed below in a day pack which you should bring with you.

The porters are from the local community and very used to the local conditions and can assist in pushing, pulling and supporting you during your trek to the gorillas. They are usually an additional fee, over and above your safari cost, and you should budget on approximately USD15-20 per porter per day as a fee with additional tipping being optional.

As the porters do not have tracking permits they will be stopped a short distance from the point you will be viewing the mountain Gorillas. Please remember to take whatever you may need from your bag to view the gorillas and rather leave valuables at the lodge/camp.

You will be allowed up to one hour for viewing of the gorillas/chimps from when they are sighted by your group. This is to ensure that the wild animals are not overexposed to human presence. Whilst in their presence you will also be required to keep minimum distances from them – generally between 5-7 metres and your guides will ensure this is enforced.

Packing for Gorilla Trek

  • Plenty of water – 1-2 litres per person
  • High energy snacks in addition to your packed lunch provided by the lodge/camp
  • Spare film and batteries for videos and cameras
  • Gloves (gardening type are good)
  • Waterproof bag to protect photographic equipment
  • A hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and band-aids might be useful
  • A lightweight waterproof jacket/poncho
  • Walking sticks are made available at the start of the trek for some of the steeper and more slippery tracks and may prove to be very handy.

Your Contract

The flight-inclusive offer(s) shown on this page are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Voyage Privé is acting as agent for Premier Holidays with ATOL number 2713 and your contract is with that company.

Important Information

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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