Day 1: Entebbe


On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel, a completely renovated colonial hotel with beautiful gardens and swimming pool. Meals are served inside or on the terraces overlooking Lake Victoria. If time permits we will visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Overnight Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel.


The Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel

The Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel is a four-star hotel in Entebbe. It is situated only 2.5 miles from the Entebbe airport and 20 miles from Kampala city. The hotel offers 72 executive rooms, 20 standard rooms, six suites and one presidential suite. There is also a swimming pool, a health club and conference facilities. There are established, well-maintained gardens. From the premises guests have a view of natural landscape and the magnificent Lake Victoria. In the vicinity are the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Day 2: Murchison Falls


Drive to Murchison Falls National Park via Masindi and Biso. From Biso drop down the escarpment of The Great African Rift Valley (the Western Corridor) with spectacular views of Lake Albert. Drive along the valley floor to the southern banks of the Victoria Nile River. Today’s drive is about 7 hours. Overnight at the Nile Safari Camp. All meals.


Nile Safari Camp

Nile Safari Camp has a choice of wooden traditional chalets and luxury double tents cleverly positioned to maximize privacy and the stunning view across Murchison National Park. From your own private balcony suspended over the mighty River Nile a beautiful scene unfolds. Each room has en suite shower and toilet at the rear, in front a deck to relax. The bar and restaurant also overlook the river with beautiful views of the sun setting over the river. A pool is also available for a refreshing swim.

Day 3: Murchison Falls


Drive to Paraa, take launch trip on the Victoria Nile to the base of Murchison Falls, viewing game and birds en route. Nile crocodile are in abundance as are hippo and aquatic birds including a good chance of seeing shoebills. The launch trip is about three hours. Then drive to top of the falls for lunch and walk in the area to obtain excellent views of the falls where the Nile is forced through a 20-foot wide gap in the Rocks and drops 145 feet over the escarpment. This is said to be the largest natural force of water in the world creating what appears to be a boiling caldron of water. Overnight at Nile Safari Camp. All meals.


Day 4: Murchison Falls


Drive and take a ferry across the Nile to game drive in the northern sector of the park, most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the film The African Queen was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. Game often seen includes elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, sitatunga, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, genet, hyena, jackal and bat-eared fox. Overnight at Nile Safari Camp. All meals.


Day 5 & 6: Kibale Forest


Full day drive of approximately eight hours to Kibale Forest area. After leaving the Rift Valley we pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), we drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest. Beautiful Ndali Lodge is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes. The breathtaking views and cooler climate at Ndali are just some of its best features. The following day take forest and swamp walks to see the rain forest and view birds and primates, including chimpanzees. Walking is not difficult, paths have been made in the forest and all walks are with excellent local guides. Kibale Forest is noted to have the most diverse and largest population of primates in Africa. Overnight at Ndali Lodge. All meals.


Ndali Lodge

The lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 426 feet deep. There is a main thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area and dining room flanked by 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. Each cottage has has en suite facilities with bath, shower, WC and hand basin and a private verandah, perfect for watching the sun setting behind the Rwenzori mountains, the snow-capped peaks of which are clearly visible on a clear day. At night the dining room is festooned with candles – the lodge has no electricity or generators to destroy the tranquility and atmosphere. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga.

Day 7 & 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park


Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 3 hour drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We again gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mweya Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background. Enjoy two days of game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a launch trip of about two hours on the Kasinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. Queen Elizabeth National Par is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. Overnight at Mweya Lodge. All meals.Overnight at Mweya Lodge. All meals.


Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. A Safari lodge compared to no other with sumptuous accommodation, breathtaking views from every room, an abundance of game and some of the best bird watching in East Africa. Every room has a balcony overlooking the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward, a private bathroom and electricity. Other features to make your stay more enjoyable include a swimming pool, bar, restaurant and souvenir shop.

*Mweya Safari Lodge is a Pack for a Purpose partner - click here to learn more.

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion and other game. Afternoon drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (a World Heritage Site) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. The driving today is about 5 1/2 hours (not including game drives) Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp. All meals. NOTE: We cannot guarantee seeing gorillas


Gorilla Forest Camp

This permanent luxury tented camp nestles in the mist-swathed rainforests of a mountainside in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The exclusive location – the sole property within the park’s boundaries – afford Gorilla Forest Camp the status of being the ideal base for gorilla tracking, primate viewing and birding excursions in the park. Accommodation is in 8 double tents, raised on wooden platforms, each with en suite facilities and hot and cold running water, WC, basin and a bathtub looking out onto the forest. Each tent has a spacious wooden verandah where guests can relax and absorb the exotic mystery of the surrounding rainforest.

*Gorilla Forest Camp is a Pack for a Purpose partner - click here to learn more.

Day 10 & 11: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


These are gorilla tracking days. After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile; once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp. All meals.


Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park


Drive to Mbarara passing through the Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. These cattle are incredible with horns larger than one can imagine. Continue to Lake Mburo National Park for a game drive. Overnight at Mihingo Lodge. All meals. Game drive before driving to Entebbe, which takes about 5 hours. If time permits it’s possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Drop off at airport to connect with departure flight. Breakfast.


Mihingo Lodge

This peaceful and exclusive retreat is adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The ten rooms are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with en suite bathrooms with stunning views, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush toilets. Below the dining area an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. In appreciation of its fragile surroundings, Mihingo Lodge is an environmentally friendly accommodation. Electricity, hot water, and water pumps are powered by solar energy and there is a natural water catchment system to take advantage of the rains.

Day 13: Depart


Game drive before driving to Entebbe, which takes about 5 hours. If time permits it’s possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Drop off at airport to connect with departure flight. Breakfast.


Rates - 2014
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Jan-Dec; group of 2 people $9372.00 $1658.00
Jan-Dec; group of 3 people $8176.00 $1658.00
Jan-Dec; group of 4 people $7572.00 $1658.00
+$600 per gorilla permit per person per day and $150 chimp permit per person per day. Please call for pricing for solo travelers and groups of 5 or more. Pricing subject to confirmation due to new for 2014 VAT.
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