Safari in Uganda
GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE EXPRESS
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A six-day safari from Entebbe, visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, and Lake Mburo National park. Top quality local hotels and lodges are used throughout, and transport is by customised vehicle. All meals on safari are provided, bed & breakfast only in Entebbe on the first night. Included is also a half-day boat trip to Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria where orphaned chimpanzees have been relocated and viewing is excellent.
itinerary may be altered slightly depending on gorilla permits
and flight bookings.
1: ENTEBBE TO LAKE VICTORIA
Arrive Entebbe International Airport, you will be met at the
airport and transferred to the Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe.
Bed and Breakfast only included.
Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel
This is an old colonial-style hotel with lovely views over Lake
Victoria. It has good facilities including a formal dining area
with an outside terrace, 2 bars, breakfast room and pool with
it’s own bar and restaurant area. The meals include European
style food, an Indian and Chinese menu. The atmosphere is quiet
and relaxing. The rooms are in a quadrant around a central garden
with some facing the lake. All rooms are en suite, have air
conditioning and satellite television. A complementary shuttle
service operates to and from the airport for all flights –
about 8 minutes drive away, although our guests receive a meet
and greet as part of their safari itinerary by a Safari Co.
Depending on your arrival time, a half-day trip to Ngamba Island
Chimpanzee Reserve on Lake Victoria has been arranged for this
afternoon. Ngamba is where orphaned chimpanzees have been relocated
under the management of a group of dedicated conservationists
including the Jane Goodall Institute.
Ngamba Island is part of the Koome group of islands located
on Lake Victoria 23km south of Entebbe, Uganda. It consists
of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested and separated
from the visitors area by an electric fence. Ngamba Island was
officially opened to visitors in October 1999 and is currently
home to 35 orphaned chimpanzees, 15 of which have been confiscated
and brought to the island since it’s opening. Ngamba Island
is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation
Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation
(UK), International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), the Jane
Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda), The Uganda Wildlife
Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological Board of New
South Wales (Australia) and it provides these orphaned chimpanzees
with a secure home to live out their lives, since a return to
their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors
and local communities about their remarkable species and the
importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.
Entebbe is a small town, located on the edge of Lake Victoria.
Depending on your time of arrival, you may like to spend some
time exploring the town on foot, or you can take a taxi in to
Kampala and visit the craft and curio markets there, the Kasubi
Tombs and Museum. In Entebbe there is the Wildlife Education
Centre, and you can see close up the large slow-moving Shoebill
Stork, or you can try your hand at golf on the local 9-hole
If you have a couple of spare days (either before or after your
safari), we would recommend one of the following activities:
for those who are really energetic, by prior arrangement it
is possible to go to Jinja for the day and do some whitewater
rafting or even a bungi jump!
DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST OR PARC NATIONAL DES
We strongly recommend you FLY from Entebbe to Bwindi or Kisoro
today, it’s just under two hours by air and is most scenic.
Alternatively, we will depart after an early breakfast to to
the west of Uganda, along mountain roads to either Bwindi Impenetrable
Forest or Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda gorilla sanctuary
– depending on where permits are held. Overnight in en
suite chalet/lodge accommodation, all meals included. It will
be a fairly long day in the vehicle, passing some interesting
scenery, farmland and lush green hillsides. Lunch en route.
Buhoma Lodge or similar (Bwindi or Rwanda)
One of the original camps at Bwindi which has been upgraded
over the years. Very conveniently situated opposite the park
entrance with views over the forest canopy. Currently they have
individual cottages with their own private veranda, a bedroom
and bathroom area and some rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
Lighting is by solar in all he rooms. Meals are taken in a central
dining area where a fireplace provides warmth in the cool evenings.
Peter the current manager provides excellent service levels
to all clients.
Rooms: 6 x en suite double cottages, 2 x twin, 1 x single shared
Or, in Rwanda – we normally use :Mountain
This newly opened quality lodge is located close to the Parc
National des Volcans. It is nestled under a grove of trees,
with all the rooms surrounding a large courtyard. There are
comfortable nicely appointed rooms with en-suite chalets with
modern bathrooms and hot water. It has a spacious restaurant
with large bar and reception area and friendly service. On a
clear day the views across to the volcanoes and surrounding
hills are spectacular.
3: BUHOMA LODGE OR SIMILAR
An early morning trek into the forest on the slopes of the volcanoes,
led by experienced trackers will bring you amongst a family
of Mountain Gorillas. These massive primates are extremely rare,
only approximately 650 remaining.
You will get within metres of the family, and be privileged
to spend time amongst them. Returning to the camp for a late
lunch, we have an opportunity for forest walks with the guides,
or just to relax. Overnight lodge or camp.
The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer
is not uncommon – at relatively high altitude. Please
refer to our information sheet.
Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, as such sightings cannot
be guaranteed, however the success rate is well over 90%.
DAY 4: BUHOMA LODGE OR SIMILAR
Today, those who have opted for two gorilla treks, will set
off once again into the forest in search of one of the gorilla
families. Those persons not trekking will be able to go on a
forest walk in Bwindi looking for birds and primates with a
local knowledgeable guide. This has been included in your tour.
Relax for the afternoon at your camp, or possibly go and do
some curio shopping along the road, or visit a local village
where you may be treated to some dancing etc. Please discuss
your options with your guide. Overnight Bwindi / Rwanda all
those safaris that track gorillas in Rwanda, the spare day will
be taken up with a local excursion in the region. For those
preferring, we can book a tour to visit Dian Fossey’s
grave, or tracking the Golden Monkeys – both of which
are quite strenuous activities and attract an additional cost
of USD75 & USD50 respectively.
DAY 5: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
The road to Kabale takes you into the Uganda Highlands - the
Switzerland of Africa - with great views and vistas of this
lush green area. From here we continue, heading towards Kampala
on good tarmac roads to Lake Mburo National park. This small
park offers a great variety of game including zebra, leopard,
various antelope and hippo – as well as prolific birdlife.
Here you may go on a walk with a local guide, or on game drives
exploring this park.
Lake Mburo Tented camp
Situated high up on a hillside off the main route to the park
headquarters is this tented camp with views stretching far and
wide. Each tent caters for two persons and has it’s own
bathroom area with hot showers provided, eco friendly toilet
systems and a private dressing area. A central area provides
dining and bar facilities. Meals are generally of a high standard
with several courses for most.
Rooms: 9 x en suite double tents
MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Lake Mburo, 260square km was gazetted in 1982 as Uganda’s
fourth national park. It is composed primarily of grassland,
wetland, and acacia woodland habitats. At the centre of the
park lies Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other lakes in
the area forms part of an extensive wetland system. The park
has topi, eland, kilpspringer, zebra, buffalo, oribi, sitatunga,
leopard, an excellent variety of water and acacia savannah bird
species, like crested crane, marabou stork and bronze-tailed
Return to Entebbe, stopping en route to shop for curios and
at the Royal Drum makers at Mpigi if desired. You
will be back in Entebbe mid afternoon, in time for an early
evening flight out, or if you would like us to book an additional
night accommodation either in Lake Victoria Hotel, or Kampala
Alternatively go to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary for an overnight
– in our exclusive tented camp, located on the island
just four large tents with en-suite facilities on teak decks
overlooking the lake. Whilst
on the island, you may be able to go on a chimpanzee walk (by
prior arrangement only) in the forest with the young orphaned
chimps. Or you may fish, or simply relax and interact with the
staff on the island (care-givers) and researchers who look after
the orphaned chimps. You can help support this project by visiting.
The entrance and activity fees paid goes directly towards helping
cover the recurring costs of the island sanctuary and ensuring
the well being of the chimpanzees.
Please contact us for up to date rates
Accommodation as stated, all meals per itinerary,
transfers, services of driver/guide, all park entry fees, forest
walk in Bwindi and game drives in Lake Mburo.
Flights, airport and departure taxes, visas, insurance,
drinks, tips, all items of a personal nature, comprehensive
travel insurance. Gorilla permit USD360 (Bwindi or Mgahinga)
or USD 375 (Rwanda) per trek per person, payable in advance.
Nature walk in Mburo optional extra.
Visit to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
of safari route:
Extend your stay: Tanzania
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the Gorilla and Chimpanzee Express Safari with other
areas in east Africa, such as the fascinating Tanzania or Zanzibar,
offers a diverse and memorable experience.
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