Uganda gorillas, chimpanzees and game
FROM PRICE: $ 2936 | ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY: $ 2789
Ngamba Island, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
An eight day safari including the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, game viewing, optional chimp tracking in Chamburu (Kyamburu Gorge) and game/bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Includes a boat cruise, and a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Two gorilla tracking opportunities are available but must be requested on booking and subject to availability.
This trip may run in reverse, please check when booking. Guaranteed departure with a minimum of two guests.
Where is it?
Arriving in Entebbe you'll stay at the Lake Victoria Hotel for 1 night and enjoy a half day excursion to Ngamba Island in the afternoon.
You'll then drive to Lake Mburo NP where there'll be time to have an afternoon game drive or boat trip on the lake.
On Day 3 its off to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for 3 nights allowing for two opportunities to do gorilla tracking. Day 6 is a drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for 2 nights and includes game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.
On Day 8 the safari returns to Entebbe by road via Kampala markets and stalls.
What is the best time of year to go?
Uganda lies on the equator and consequently has a warm climate year round; season temperature fluctuations are insignificant. The main factor to consider is the rainfall pattern. There are two wet seasons - April/May and October to December when hiking, camping and road access to certain areas could be difficult. This is of particular consideration for those planning to hike the Rwenzoris. Gorilla tracking is certainly done throughout the year.
Temperatures are between 20°C and 30°C maximum and between 12°C to 18°C on the lower end. Highest temperatures are experienced near Lake Albert and the lowest on the glacial peaks of the Rwenzori.
How to get there
By air into Entebbe International airport with British Airways, Kenya Airways or a number of other international airlines.
Tips and Notes
Gorilla tracking permits are in great demand and cost US$500.00 per person at present. The high cost is put towards the numerous trackers, guards, soldiers and maintenance staff required to safeguard these precious animals. Permits should be booked well in advance and the schedule of most Ugandan safaris is dictated to some extent by the availability of permits.
Includes: Meet and greet service, airport transfers to Entebbe Airport return, accommodation in top quality hotels/lodges, meals on a full board basis other than in city hotels, services of driver/guide, all park entry fees, excursion to Ngamba Island, forest walk in Bwindi Impenetrable, game drives and/or boat cruise/walk in Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.
Excludes: Visa, gorilla and chimp permits, drinks, travel insurance, items of a personal nature.