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Pearl Of Africa

Uganda

8 days

1 Night Entebbe 2 Nights Kibale Forest 2 Nights Queen Elizabeth National Park 2 Nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Endangered mountain gorillas and intriguing chimpanzees are the star attractions in this adventurous safari to lush Uganda. Venture to the lush green Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track and observe the habituated primates.

 

How Your Trip Matters

Adventure seekers will rejoice in exploring enchanting forests and rejuvenated lands that are home to thriving gorillas and chimps.


Highlights

Explore the Kazinga Channel aboard a small boat in search of pink-backed pelicans, saddle-billed storks, buffalo, and hippo.

Discover local spots like the Bwindi Bar where you can grab a 'Rolex' wrap or "Gorillini' while helping disadvantaged youth.

Experience the magical setting of your stunning eco-lodge, overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Enjoy observing animated chimpanzees and endangered mountain gorillas. Venture to the lush green Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track and observe the habituated primates.

 

 

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are conscious travel experiences chosen with great care based on the positive social or environmental impact they have both on their communities, and on those who experience them: our guests. You can identify these experiences across our trips by locating the MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience seal.

Accommodations

1. No.5 Boutique Hotel

Entebbe, Uganda

Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, is the new and stylish boutique hotel, Hotel No.5. From the moment you arrive, you are warmly welcomed and cared for. With luxurious rooms opening 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. For one of the most flavoursome dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list, and served with pride.

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.

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

Upon your airport arrival, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to your tranquil hotel in Entebbe.

No. 5 Boutique Hotel

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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 your leisure to soak up the views of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains. (BLD)

Ndali Lodge

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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. Return to the lodge for an afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, go on a second trek. (pre-purchase of the chimpanzee permit is required at the time of booking (BLD)

Ndali Lodge

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Day 4. Kibale Forest / Queen Elizabeth National Park

Visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a haven for a huge number of bird and butterfly species and an ornithologist delight. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, boasting one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world. Seek out elephants, bushbuck and waterbuck on an afternoon game drive. Watch the sunset over the lodge's nearby Kyambura Wetlands, a former illegal brickworks rejuvenated to its natural state. (BLD)

.Join qualified local guides into the Kyambura Wetlands. The wetland, which previously had been used as an illegal brick works, is now regenerating rapidly back to its natural state. The rejuvenated wetlands now attract over 200 species of birds and the sight is used to train members of the community in birding and guiding.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

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Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Explore the Kasenyi Plains, excellent for lion sightings. Board a small boat and cruise the Kazinga Channel. Look out for pink-backed pelicans, hippos and Ugandan kobs, often seen along the riverbank. At your lodge, gather for sundowners and watch wildlife on the savanna plains. (BLD)

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

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Day 6. Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Journey 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)

Bwindi Lodge

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Day 7. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Get ready to conquer the Impenetrable Forest. Your expert guide will lead you along the steep jungle trails to meet the habituated gorilla families, while sharing stories about ongoing conservation efforts to protect them. (BLD)

Stop in the Bwindi Bar for a Ugandan ‘Rolex’ wrap or ‘Gorillini’ and meet the disadvantaged youths gaining valuable job experience..

Bwindi Lodge

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Day 8. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Depart

Bid farewell to your forest friends and travel to Entebbe for your onward arrangements. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates May 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022
Share Twin/Double From $12,195
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request
Departure Dates Jun 1, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022
Share Twin/Double From $13,295
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request
Departure Dates Oct 1, 2022 - Dec 14, 2022
Share Twin/Double From $12,195
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request
Departure Dates Dec 15, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022
Share Twin/Double From $13,295
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request

**Surcharges Apply .

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