This best-selling Gorilla Trekking Express is for those who want to see a lot in a short time, both wildlife, nature and gorillas on their safari. There is plenty of time for two gorilla walks and to enjoy a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This safari includes domestic flights to save time. In addition to mountain gorillas and fantastic game drives, Uganda is one of the best places in Africa for bird watching, with over 1000 different species including the gray crowned crane and a variety of endemic forest birds. Luxurious accommodation with friendly hosts, professional guides and good safari vehicles make this a trip to remember. Note that two gorilla walks are available in the program subject to availability. Please make your request at the time of booking. Uganda is a country located in Eastern Africa. Visit Digopaul for location map.
Number of days
36 300: –
You start the Gorilla Trekking Express by arriving at Entebbe Airport. There you will be met by our representative and will receive a transfer to your accommodation. Depending on the arrival time, a half-day trip to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary can be arranged at an additional cost. This can also be arranged at the end of your safari if you prefer.
You can alternatively go to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe, where there are a number of visitor programs that include where you see the work behind the scenes or a cruise on Lake Victoria.
Entebbe is a small quiet town located on the shores of Lake Victoria. The city is easy to explore by taxi. Visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Center where you can see and learn about Uganda’s animals and go to local markets to buy clothes and crafts. Visit the Lake Victoria Botanical Gardens and stroll among beautiful trees, watch monkeys roam through the foliage above and discover many bird species. Entebbe has a wide range of restaurants serving different types of dishes as well as several bars and clubs where you can try local beers, watch a football match and maybe get to know the locals who are known for being open and friendly.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for flight to Kihihi airstrip, located near Bwindi / Queen Elizabeth National Park. The flight takes about an hour and on arrival you will be met by our representative and a transfer will take you to Buhoma Lodge which is located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The transfer to the lodge goes on mountain roads and through local villages, it is an incredible experience in itself!
Guests have the opportunity for two days of gorilla hiking (advance booking required). Other activities that can be done in and around the park are a visit to a local school or orphanage, a visit to the Batwa people’s village and souvenir shopping.
After breakfast at the lodge you go down to the national park’s head office to meet the guide for the day and gorilla hiking can begin. Experienced guides will accompany you and the rest of the group on an early morning hike in the dense rainforest. Here you will have the opportunity to be just a few meters away from mountain gorillas and see them in their natural habitat. The mountain gorilla is rare and there are about 850 left in the wild.
The hike you return to the lodge for relaxation or if time is there a guided afternoon hike in the woods. Note that gorilla hikes can be strenuous and last up to six hours or longer and at high altitudes.
The last day of your Gorilla Trekking Express depending on your own interests, there are various options available for this day.
Gorilla hike two (supplement)
Those with prepaid permits will be allowed to take a second hike after breakfast at the lodge.
Forest walk (supplement)
A walk through tropical rainforest with experienced guides. Enjoy scenic views, the nature and sounds of the rainforest. On this hike there are good chances for bird watching and get a glimpse of the many aparts that live in the park.
Village visit (supplement)
A trip to the villages surrounding the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Here you can take part in activities such as visits to a traditional home, local orphanage or school, local beer production and even a meeting with a traditional medicine man.
Batwa village visit (supplement)
Go on an approximately three hour trip to a Batwa village in the middle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. A fantastic meeting that will provide an opportunity to meet Batwa’s village elders and their families and learn about how they live their lives. With the help of an interpreter, you will discover the unique traditions of the Batwa people and their deep contact with the forest. How the Batwa people prepare dishes, how they grow, what their homes look like and what their funeral rites look like. As a visitor, you can also learn to light a fire with just a stick and how to use their traditional hunting gear.
We leave the mountain gorillas this time and head about 3 hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We stay 1 night at Ishasha Wilderness Camp in the southern part of the park. On the way to the lodge we make a village visit. In the afternoon we have game drive in the park and look for the famous tree-climbing lions, buffalo, elephant and Ugandan cobantilop.
Transfer to airstrip for flight back to Entebbe. The rest of the day is free for own activities before the flight departs home to Sweden again.
MURCHISON FALLS ADD-ON PACKAGE
Our four day safari to Murchison Falls National Park is a fantastic safari, specially designed for those who have a short time but want to experience the magical savannas of Murchison Falls National Park.
Number of days
24 995: –
On the safari you have enough time to explore the park’s wilderness in both open jeeps and boat cruises on the Nile. Uganda is a great place for bird watching, with over 1000 different species including the rare wooden beak and the gray crane. During this safari you have luxurious accommodation, professional guides and safari vehicles that together make your safari a memory for life!
Transfer to Entebbe Airport for flights to Bugungus airstrip, upon arrival awaits your transfer to the accommodation, Wild Frontiers Baker Lodge. You check in and get an overview of all safari details and time to ask questions you are wondering about. Murchison Falls National Park, in the northwestern part of Uganda has a rich wildlife including elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard as well as a large population of hippos and crocodiles moving along the river Nile. The bird life is made famous in the park, the rare clog beak can be seen in these areas.
Murchison Falls National Park forms the core of Uganda’s largest reserve. Together with the adjacent Bungungu and Karumu animal reserves, it forms a large wilderness with wildlife and 450 species of birds. The mighty Nile, the world’s longest river, flows through the park on its 6,500-kilometer journey from Lake Victoria to Egypt and the Mediterranean. The center of the park is the 40 meter high Murchison Falls where the Nile rushes through a gap in the steep slopes of the Rift Valley.
After breakfast at the lodge, head with your guide to the northern part of Murchison Falls National Park, the area is rich in wildlife such as lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, oribi, hartebeest and countless reptiles and birds. You take a 3-hour boat ride from the park’s headquarters to Fajao Gorge at the base of Murchison Falls. One of the park’s most popular attractions since the 1950s, when the power from the river Nile narrows to flow through a seven-meter gap and rushes down a 40-meter-high cliff to the large ravine below. The power of the falls and the scenic views are amazing!
Hippos float around in the water along the road, crocodiles warm themselves on the beach and elephants, buffaloes and antelopes can be seen moving along the river banks. You will also find a spectacular opportunity for bird watching here with a large variety of waterfowl and lively bee-eaters who build their nests along the river.
You board a half-day boat trip to the Victoria Nile Delta, habitat for a variety of wetland and papyrus endemic bird species, including the woodcock beak. A 3-5 hour long boat cruise which is a unique opportunity to see outstanding birds and animals. The boat ride through the center of Murchison Falls National Park is an experience of the ever-changing nature around the Nile as it flows into Lake Albert.
In the afternoon you go with your guide to the northern part of the national park and look for lions, elephants and other wild animals.
Early morning and you drive to Bugungu airstrip for flight back to Entebbe.