Gorilla Express Scheduled Safari

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Gorilla Express Scheduled Safari

6 Day / 5 Night


Gorillas, gorillas and a little game…..

This best seller is aimed at those who are a short on time, but keen to see some game as well as gorillas on their safari. You’ll have ample time to trek endangered mountain gorillas twice, as well as enjoy abundant game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National park.

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.

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Tour Highlights: 

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Forest Walk
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 1

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred to Hotel No 5.

Set in 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.

Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Hotel No.5 is a stylish boutique hotel. With luxurious rooms facing onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for guests looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. Make yourself at home – unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym. Attention to detail, outstanding dining and an attentive guest experience are synonymous with Hotel No 5.

Overnight at Hotel No.5 (www.hotelnumber5.com) or similar, with breakfast included.

Day 2

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).

Considered the most diverse forest in Uganda, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa and home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 160 species of trees. The park contains an estimated one half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site.

Set within the National Park and just steps away from the Gorilla Trekking headquarters, Buhoma Lodge offers cosy accommodation in wooden chalets with uninterrupted views of the pristine rain forest canopy. Renowned for its warm welcome and attentive service, Buhoma is an eco friendly lodge operating on solar power, and has been constructed using sustainable local materials. Each of the ten wooden chalets has a private verandah and enormous windows, giving spectacular views. Awaken to chattering forest birds, and watch out for the occasional mountain gorilla that has ventured right in to visit the lodge.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included www.ugandaexclusivecamps.com

Day 3

Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Few words can 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. The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is so worth the trek to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are over 95%.

Head back to Buhoma Lodge for a complimentary massage after your trek, or explore the surrounding Bwindi community.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included.

Day 4

Those with additional pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla trekking experience. Guests not trekking 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.
Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included

Day 5

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.

Located in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, the park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, leopard, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds. With both a riverine and savannah habitat, the southern Ishasha area includes the massive Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda, and is home to the tree climbing lions typically found in the area. 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.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks www.ugandaexclusivecamps.com

This exclusive 10 tented camp offers the only luxury accommodation in the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth. Set on the banks of the Ntungwe River, the eco-friendly Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy remote wilderness. The thatched central lounge and dining area offers a comfortable area for guests to enjoy wholesome dining, although meals are often served ‘al fresco’ next to the river. The outdoor fireplace is the perfect place for guests to relax with sundowners and wind down after an exciting day’s game viewing.

Highly recommended to book in advance are the bush sundowners and the bush breakfast, both hugely memorable experiences in beautiful settings.

Day 6

Transfer to the airstrip for your return flight to Entebbe. Please do not book an international flight out of Entebbe before 19h00 – preferably later – in case of delays.

End of Safari. 

2020 Scheduled Dates

2021 Scheduled Dates

 

8 January 2021 (Friday)   

 

15 January (Friday)

 

25 January (Monday)

 

09 February (Tuesday)

 

24 February (Wednesday)

7 March  (Saturday)

12 March (Friday)

19 March  (Thurs)

27 March (Saturday)

10 April – (Friday – EASTER)  LOW SEASON RATE

30 April (Friday) – EASTER – LOW SEASON RATE

24 April  (Friday) – LOW SEASON RATE

19 May (Wednesday)  – LOW SEASON RATE

18 May   (Mon)  –  LOW SEASON RATE

04 June (Friday)

4 June  (Thurs)

20 June (Sunday)

12 June  (Friday)  –   ITINERARY SLIGHTLY ALTERED DUE TO AVAILABILITY – PLEASE CHECK WHEN ENQUIRING

27 June (Sunday)

19 June  (Friday)

16 July (Friday)

15 July  (Weds)

30 July (Friday)

23 July  (Thurs)

6 August (Friday)

7 August  (Friday)

16 August (Monday)

21 August  (Friday)

27 August (Friday)

18 September  (Friday)

17 September (Friday)

24 September  (Thurs)

24 September (Friday)

16 October  (Friday)

15 October  (Friday)

11 November  –  (Weds)  LOW SEASON RATE

27 October (Wednesday)

24 December –  (Thurs)  Xmas supplement may apply

27 November (Saturday)  LOW SEASON RATE

 

22 December (Wednesday )  CHRISTMAS SAFARI

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Meet & greet services
  • Airport transfers throughout
  • Safari in our specially adapted safari vehicles with English speaking local driver/guide
  • Bottled water in safari vehicle
  • 1 night accommodation at Hotel No.5 in Entebbe including breakfast
  • Return domestic flights from Entebbe to Kihihi on a scheduled flight in a light aircraft (15 kg luggage restriction)
  • 3 nights accommodation at Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi on a full board basis
  • Community visit en route from Bwindi to Ishasha
  • 1 night luxury tented accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp on a full board basis
  • Game drives in Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Full liability insurance cover and 24 hour emergency contact
  • Full board at Buhoma and Ishasha includes breakfast, lunch/packed lunch, dinner and local drinks (should a different lodge be booked, drinks are not included)

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:

  • Gorilla Permit USD 600 per person (Permit price to increase to USD 700 from July 2020)
  • All international flights and airport taxes
  • Personal expenses such as porters, drinks, tips, visas and travel insurance
  • Services/activities/meals not included above

Please note – two gorilla trekking options are available on this itinerary. Please specify your permit requirements at time of booking

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Guided forest walk Bwindi including park feesBwindi
Ishasha Community visitBwindi
Batwa Pygmies visitBwindi
2nd Gorilla trek including purchase feeBwindi
Community projectIshasha
Bush breakfast at IshashaIshasha
Bush sundowners at IshashaIshasha

POPULAR TRIP EXTENSIONS:

MURCHISON FALLS: River Nile, game drives, chimpanzee trekking, fishing, bird-watching. Suggested add on 3-4 nights.

KIBALE: Chimpanzees and other primates, forest walks, crater lakes. Suggested add on 2 nights.

JINJA: Source of the Nile, adventure activities including white water rafting, bungi jumping, quad biking. Suggested add on 2-3 nights.

ENTEBBE: City life and local craft shopping, boat cruises or fishing on Lake Victoria, Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wild Life Education Centre/ Ngamba Island. We offer 6, 8 and 10 day small group, set departures as well as combination Uganda/Rwanda trips. We are also experts at designing your own tailor made trip to meet your exact personal interests.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:

Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory & malaria prophylactics are recommended. For gorilla trekking it is imperative that you are healthy and free of any disease or virus – officials do have the right to refuse entry if you are found to have or show any signs of communicable illnesses. Should you opt to spend time participating in any UWEC Wildlife Integration programme, you may require additional inoculations and health clearances.

VISA REQUIREMENTS:

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. All visitors who require a visa should apply through the online application system prior to arrival at https://visas.immigration.go.ug. Cost is USD 50,single entry. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after return date of travel, or 12 months in the case of UK nationals, and have at least 3 blank pages in it. The newly established EAC Visa allows entry into Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya for one fee of USD100 – handy if you are visiting all three regions.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Is compulsory for all guests travelling with Wild Frontiers.