Pearl Of Africa
8 days from $7,995 per person
* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.
The Highlights of Pearl Of Africa
Endangered mountain gorillas and intriguing chimpanzees are the star attractions in this adventurous safari to Uganda. Venture to the lush green Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track and observe the habituated primates.
Explore the Kazinga Channel aboard a small boat in search of pink-backed pelicans, saddle-billed storks, buffalo, and hippo.
Discover the coveted hour with Uganda’s rare and endangered mountain gorillas. Watch the family — its dominant male silverback leader and protector, their attentive mothers and playful juveniles — move through their forest home.
Experience the magical setting of your stunning eco-lodge, overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Enjoy observing the animated chimpanzees as they traverse the tree canopy and forage on the forest floor.
1. Protea Hotel Entebbe
Protea Hotel Entebbe is ideally located on the glistening shores of Lake Victoria and less than a mile from the airport. With elegant furnishings and a warm, inviting feel, the hotel’s decor and rooms create a luxurious atmosphere. The rooms are spacious and well-furnished with en-suite bathrooms and all modern amenities, including complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, satellite TV and electronic safes. The restaurant offers an a la carte menu. Relax at the bar or on the terrace, taking in the superb lake views, while enjoying the Tilapia and Nile Perch specialties.
2. Ndali Lodge
Uganda, Kibale Forest
Ndali Lodge is in the heart of Uganda’s volcanic crater lake region, perched directly above Nyinambuga crater lake. Designed to blend with the landscape, the lodge was built using all local materials such as traditional mud and thatching, providing the lodge with its key qualities of light, space, simplicity and openness to nature. The eight individual cottages are set on the hillside and each consists of an airy bedroom with en-suite bathroom and private veranda, perfectly positioned to watch the sun set behind the Rwenzori Mountains. At night the dining room is festooned with candles – the lodge only has electricity in the cottages, so as to not destroy the tranquility and atmosphere of a night in the African bush. The lounge, reception and dining room open out onto the lake and a full English breakfast is served every morning on the veranda with wonderful views of the lake.
3. Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Uganda, Kyambura Gorge
The eco-sensitive Kyambura Gorge Lodge is located at the edge of the Kyambura Gorge, overlooking Queen Elizabeth National Park. The thatched “bandas” (cabins) are nestled in the hillside and offer stunning views over the plains. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilet, double vanity, and shower with hot and cold running water. The main lodge building, which was originally a coffee store and processing plant, has been sensitively restored to create a contemporary living space for guests to relax. The living areas lead onto a deck with views across the gorge and the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. It is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset with a drink of your choice. Delicious meals are prepared by creative chefs and served in the airy dining room or out on the deck. Cool off in the salt-water swimming pool or laze in a hammock, while you admire the endless view. Relaxing in-room massages are also available to ease the muscles after a busy day. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge only, but can be sporadic.
4. Bwindi Lodge
Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The eco-sensitive Bwindi Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. The thatched “bandas” (cottages) are built along the hillside and have balconies with unspoiled views of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Each room has a comfortable bed with mosquito net, large windows, indoor and outdoor seating area and en-suite private bathroom with flush toilet, double vanity, and shower with hot and cold running water. Sit on the terrace that extends out into the forest and take in the exotic sounds and sights of primates and birds in the canopy. The lodge’s delicious, hearty meals will prepare you for a day in the forest, while the cozy fireplace will warm you on your return, and the complimentary massage will be a welcome treat after an exhilarating day on the steep mountain slopes. Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge.
Day 1. Arrive Entebbe, Uganda
Upon your airport arrival, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to your tranquil hotel in Entebbe.
Protea Hotel Entebbe
Day 2. Entebbe / Kibale Forest
Fly over Uganda’s crater lakes region to your idyllic lodge on the outskirts of Kibale Forest. The rest of your day is at leisure — relax poolside and soak up the surrounding views of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains. (BLD)
Day 3. Kibale Forest
Set out to explore the lush Kibale Forest National Park, which is home to 13 primate species, of which the star attraction are the chimpanzees. Wrap up your day with a visit to the Bigodi wetlands to spot the graceful swamp birds. (BLD)
Day 4. Kibale Forest / Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, boasting one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world. Kick off your wildlife viewing with an afternoon game drive to seek out elephants, bushbuck and waterbuck. The Kasenyi plains are excellent for lion sightings and large herds of Uganda kob. Watch the sun set over Kyambura Gorge. (BLD)
Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park
Board a small boat to cruise the Kazinga Channel and watch for pink-backed pelicans, saddle-billed storks, and hippos. At your lodge, gather for sundowners and watch wildlife on the savanna plains. (BLD)
Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Journey southwest to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, renowned for its prized population of about 300 mountain gorillas. The magic begins with your stay at your stunning eco-lodge. (BLD)
Day 7. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Don your hiking boots and rain gear and get ready to conquer the “impenetrable forest.” Your expert guide will lead you along the steep jungle trails to meet the habituated gorilla families. Learn about the ongoing conservation efforts to protect them. Tonight, gather around the fire to share your impressions of these gentle primates with fellow adventurers. (BLD)
Day 8. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Depart
Bid farewell to your forest friends and travel to Entebbe for your onward arrangements. (B)
Land Arrangements (Price per person)
**Surcharges Apply .
Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)
Currently there are no add-ons for this tour