This Uganda Gorilla and cultural itinerary is one of the most fascinating safari in Uganda where by you interact with the local communities, flora and fauna. The safari is a must see as it connect you to the real African experience which is unique and most memorable. African cultures are very diverse and you will have some time to learn a bit of it. You will close the most popular Equator the line that divides the world. When you travel with us, some of our proceeds goes back to the community for sustainability.
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your driver/ Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your hotel, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. Dinner and overnight at the Holiday Express Hotel.
After breakfast, it is another day of interesting cultural drive towards western part of Uganda to the another cultural city of Bunyoro Kingdom with various things to be in contact with. While on the drive with stop in Mubende Town and branch off road to Visit the Nakayima Tree, which is thought the oldest tree and planted by the godest in the 18th Century who was known as Nakayima, Will also see people who are followers of this godest come to the tree to look for healing power etc. Will have time to enjoy a fresh fruit break before going to the road side market commonly known for Nyama Choma (roasted meat) and variety of other roasted foods like Banana known as Gonja, Cassava. Will then proceed to Fort portal on the way will stop at the very beautiful Tea estates, enter the town and head straight to your hotel to check in. Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Guest House.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Start your day early 6 o’clock with your breakfast, drive to Semuliki National Park to visit the hot springs and the pygmis village, the people who were brought out from the semuliki forest life and integrated to the life of the people here, this will be great experience as they will show what they used to do in the forest before they came out. Return to Fort Portal for Lunch at the local Restaurant that serves variety of local foods in Uganda. The afternoon will be packed too, as will go to the crater lakes and the Farms to sample out the beautiful scenery. This tour will also include good interaction with the local people as we walk by. Will then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight at the Kibale Forest Guest House.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Depart to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with an ‘en route views of the Rwenzori Mountain second highest in East Africa with its peak of Margarita and game drive’ passing through Ishasha, the remote, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is on the expansive plains of Ishasha that you will be on the lookout for its famous resident: the tree climbing lion. A sighting is not guaranteed but you have a better chance of seeing them here in the large low-limbed fig trees of Ishashathan anywhere else in Africa. You will have your lunch enroute.
You will arrive Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes. After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe. Dinner and overnight at Mahogani Springs Lodge.
You will wake up early in the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes. The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.
Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You will spend some time with the gorillas before returning to base. Dinner and overnight stay at Mahogani Springs Lodge.
After breakfast, we start our journey back towards to Kampala by Road, stopping for a picnic lunch en route and a fun photo opportunity at the most famous Equator. From here, your driver guide will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala for overnight stay. Dinner and overnight stay at the Africana Hotel.
This morning depending with your flight schedules, you will begin your Kampala city tour with the visit to the King’s manmade lake, The Palace of the King, and the parliament of the Buganda Kingdom, this opens up the History of the still existing cultural institution in Uganda. You shall sample it by visiting a home where you will learn how to make some local foods in Banana leaves, lunch served and later will also visit the local Back cloth making center( A cloth made from a fig tree). In the afternoon visit Owino Market, the biggest market in Kampala and later head to the Airport to catch your safe flight back home.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|2 Pax||4 Pax|
|Price per person in Low Season||£2,170||£1,930|
|Price per person in Middle Season||£2,270||£2,030|
|Price per person in High Season||£2,500||£2,230|