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6 Days Ultimate Wildlife & Mountain Gorilla Safari Retreat

Discover the best of the southwest! Start by watching Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park followed by a unique Gorilla experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and take a boat safari on the great Kazinga Channel. Overnight stays listed in this tour include some of the finest lodges and hotels in Uganda. You will be impressed with the comfort and service of exotic Ugandan experience.

per adult from

$7,023

AUD

Duration

6 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Drinking water during all drives
    • -Transport in a 4WD Extended Toyota Land cruiser with pop-up roof for excellent safari view.
    • Meals according to the programme.
    • Accommodation as listed in the programme.
    • Ugandan driver/guide.
    • All fuel for the tour.
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • WiFi on board
    • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150 value); and 1 gorilla permit per person (US$ 700 value).
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Airport/Departure Tax
    • Landing and facility fees
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. premium drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenir etc
    • Government tax or park fees increase.
    • Personal (medical/travel) insurance.
    • A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack).
    • Meals that are not part of your itinerary plan
    • International air fares and entry visa Uganda.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

    Pass By: Lake Victoria, Entebbe Uganda
    You will be picked up from the airport by our representative for transfer to your hotel. You will meet your driver/
    guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel. The Boma Hotel is set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of an original 1940's home.

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: No premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Boma Guest House

    Day 2: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck. You stay overnight at the beautiful Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Mweya peninsula. Watch wildlife from your private verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of lions at the distant savannah. This truly is the Pearl Of Africa!
    * You will not stay in the standard rooms, but in the very exclusive and private luxury safari tents.
    Lions are often sighted both in the park and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. In the late afternoon, you will go for a game-drive into the park.
    admission fees included.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drinks
    • Dinner: No premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge - Deluxe Safari tentr

    Day 3: Park Game Drive & Boat Safari

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    Wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning. In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward.
    Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region
    Optional Activity; Lion Tracking.
    For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behaviour. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors. Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drinks
    • Dinner: No premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, luxury tents


    Day 4: Game drive in Ishasha Sector for Tree Climbing Lions

    Stop At: Ishasha, Uganda
    After breakfast you will game drive on your way out of the park. After that you will go to Ishasha where you will look for the tree climbing lions: To escape from the heat during the day, the lions here have learned how to climb the fig trees. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive, so keep your eyes open and look up! Besides these famous lions, there is other interesting wildlife to be seen, like buffalo and the Uganda kob. Lunch will be provided at Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Ishasha. After lunch you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; home of the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Safari Lodge has eight bandas overlooking the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which guests can watch birds and monkeys in the tree tops. The main lodge building also maximizes on the beautiful views of the forest canopy, with both open and covered terraces providing optimum viewing platforms facing the forest. Get a good night's sleep because tomorrow you have to be fresh for the Gorilla trekking.

    Journey Time 5 hours + game drive time
    Accommodation Bwindi Lodge
    Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drinks
    • Dinner: No premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Bwindi Lodge

    Day 5: Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region
    Today is the epic day, prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain Gorilla. For most clients, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. “Face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla” Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drink
    • Dinner: No premium drinks
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Buhoma Lodge

    Day 6: Drive back to the Airport or Kampala city

    Stop At: Entebbe, Entebbe, Central Region
    After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the itinerary. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 8 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

    Webale Nyo! (Thank you!)

    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: No premium drinks
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Private ResidencesAirports
    • Entebbe Airport, Entebbe Uganda
    Departure Time :
    6:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Safari Retreats Uganda

Activity ID: V-256596P1

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