Uganda gorillas

Uganda: Great Apes & Wild Savannas with AWF

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Wildlife
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
AUGA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Gorilla Trekking Trips
Max group size:
10

Exclusive Safari in the 'Pearl of Africa'

Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” for good reason. This is a diverse country, green and tropical, with savannahs, forests, lakes, branches of the Nile and snow-covered peaks. We've partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to develop this comprehensive itinerary that reveals wildlife and plants characteristic of both East and West Africa. Plus, seeing Moutain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has to rank among the greatest thrills in natural history!

Highlights

  • Enjoy the convenience and comfort of scenic bush flights to the remote wildlife savannas of Kidepo Valley, the Nile Riverm, Murchison Falls and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Track chimpanzees and gorillas on foot, take game drives among herds of buffalo and zebra and enjoy private boat cruises on the Nile, home to elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and the rare shoebill.
  • Discover the important work the AWF is doing in Uganda with a visit to an AWF Classroom Africa school in Kidepo Valley and stay at a conservation enterprise lodge developed by AWF.
  • Take a scenic drive that winds through slopes of ancient volcanoes and offers panoramic views of rural Uganda.

Key information

  • Travel by 4WD vehicle, scenic bush flight and boat
  • 9 nights in wonderful premium accommodation: hotel, lodges and an intimate safari camp
  • Reasonable fitness required for chimpanzee and gorilla tracking 
  • Countries visited: Uganda

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners.
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Entebbe, Uganda
to
Entebbe, Uganda
  • Day 1

    Entebbe, Uganda

    Arrive in Entebbe and transfer to the Protea Entebbe, overlooking the shores of Lake Victoria. Meet your African Wildlife Foundation leader – Carter Smith or Craig R. Sholley – and fellow travelers for a briefing on your journey ahead. 

    Carter Smith and Craig R. Sholley share a passion for wildlife conservation in Africa which has spanned decades. From Carter’s years living in the bush rehabilitating birds of prey and working closely with Sir Iain Douglas-Hamilton on Save the Elephants, to Craig’s work studying Mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey at Rwanda’s celebrated Karisoke Research Centre, acting as scientific advisor for the award-winning IMAX film, Mountain Gorilla, and most recently, serving as senior vice president of AWF, they each have a long-standing love affair with this spectacular continent making them the perfect guides for your adventure.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    Kidepo Valley

    Board a bush flight to the serene Kidepo Valley in the northeastern tip of Uganda. Spend your days here enjoying extended game drives through this wildlife-rich habitat. Buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, and warthog are abundant, and so are the lions. The Apoka Safari Lodge is the only one in the park, complete with a waterhole frequented by wildlife. While in the landscape, you will visit the Karamojong tribe and the site of an AWF Classroom Africa school. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-6

    Murchison Falls

    Fly to Murchison Falls and enjoy more days of wildlife viewing — searching for lions, leopards and their prey. This park is home to the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and also elephants, hartebeests and more. Take two private boat trips: one to Murchison Falls to be bathed in the spray, and the other to find the elusive, prehistoric-like shoebill in the delta swamps. While cruising, you will have ample opportunity for some of the best bird-watching on Earth and motor through some of the most highly populated hippo habitats in Africa. Your third day in this area takes you to the nearby Budongo Forest, where you’ll have an opportunity to trek chimpanzees in their natural habitat. After an active day of exploration, return to Baker's Lodge, spectacularly located on the South bank of the mighty Nile River

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 7-9

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    A private charter flight takes us to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest — home to half the world’s population of Mountain gorillas. A scenic drive winding through the slopes of ancient volcanoes offers panoramic vistas and a glimpse into rural community life. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, a conservation enterprise lodge developed by AWF and owned and operated by the Nkuringo community, addresses human/gorilla conflict by building income from gorilla tourism. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home of your two Mountain gorilla treks. Tracking gorillas is a life-changing experience. Hike the steep slopes of this mountainous forest, and have an eye-to-eye encounter with these magnificent animals. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Entebbe

    This morning, fly back to Entebbe and return to the Protea Hotel for lunch and relax in your dayroom before transferring to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Uganda

Most nationalities require a visa for Uganda. The Government of Uganda has introduced the online visa application system with effect from 01 July 2016. Applications should be filled at the following link: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/.
The decision taken on the application will be sent electronically through the email provided by the applicant. If approved, an approval letter will be sent as an attachment to the email provided. Print it out and present it together with a valid passport / travel document at the port of entry.
The cost of a standard, single-entry visit visa had been reduced to $US 50 and can be paid online. Check the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website for the latest information on visa fees.
Information about documents required in the online visa application is found here:
https://visas.immigration.go.ug/#/help/visa
If after visiting Uganda, you will also travel to Rwanda and Kenya, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. Please contact the Ugandan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from Uganda.

Vaccinations

Uganda

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary , and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners included.

For early game drives and in order to maximise the time spent in the parks, a packed breakfast or lunch may be provided in some instances.

It is possible to cater for vegetarians or clients with special requirements, however please make sure you will advise your Sales Consultant at time of booking or our Customer Operations department before departure.

Please also note that in Uganda the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized dietary items from home.

Is this trip for you?

This safari has been rated 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) with a Safari Rating of 5

The grading of moderate applies specifically to the gorilla trek and the chimp trek, the rest of the itinerary is generally graded as leisurely in relation to the activity level.

Gorilla Trek: Owing to the nature of the terrain and the need to explore to find the gorillas, the trek doesn't follow a path in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and instead the guides will cut a route through the undergrowth.  You should expect a minimum of three hours walking on rough terrain, with the possibility of climbing up to 2607m, in order to find the gorillas; steep ascents and descents over muddy slopes are the norm.  Strong footwear is essential.

This is a busy and active trip with some early starts as we explore as much as we can of this wonderful country.  We maximise our time in wildlife areas by travelling using scenic bush flights and comfortable 4WD vehicles.

Please note that a baggage restriction of 15kgs per person is applicable on all flights in small, soft-sided bags. We take 4 scenic flights on this itinerary.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, lodges and safari camps

Protea Hotel

The 73-room Protea Hotel Entebbe is ideally located on the glistening shores of Lake Victoria and a convenient 1km from Entebbe International Airport.  The Tides Restaurant, Terrace and Bar, serves full breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nile perch is a signature dish. Standard rooms include a marble bathroom, hairdryer, in-room safe, coffee and tea maker, AC, TV with cable, free Wi-Fi, and a mini-bar. 

Apoka Safari Lodge

The large, spacious rooms at Apoka were built with comfort in mind. The canvas tents feature handmade furniture created by local craftsmen, with big hand-carved beds with soft duvets, hand-woven woolen carpets, extra-large plush towels, and over-sized dressing gowns. You'll have plenty of places to relax and enjoy the views, with comfy sitting areas and a private veranda with your own outdoor bathtub! Another unique feature at Apoka is the inviting swimming pool that has been carved out of a giant rock. 

Baker's Lodge

Baker’s Lodge in Murchison Falls National park is the newest accommodation within the upmarket Uganda Exclusive Camps and Lodges group, opened in late 2014. Situated on the south bank of the mighty Nile River this intimate, safari-style lodge is set within a large private area with beautifully trimmed grass, large shady trees, and wetland areas hosting abundant birdlife along the water’s edge. The views of the river are vast and magnificent with islands hosting nesting egret birds, elephants bathing, and pods of hippos regularly viewed. The lodge provides a thatched central lounge, bar, and raised dining area, allowing guests to savor the morning sunrise for breakfast, sunset in the evening, and 180-degree river views. Each of the individual cottages is raised on supporting pillars and has its own deck overlooking the river. Care has been taken to ensure each of the cottages has privacy. The cottages have netted windows with opening options, customized solid wooden furniture, hanging mosquito nets, and especially selected locally crafted items for the accessories. The en suite bathrooms are open plan with solar hot water showers. Wi-Fi is available. 

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Set on a forested ridge near the entrance to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge boasts eight spacious cottages built from volcanic stone. Spectacular views stretch all the way to the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda, as well as across the border into the Congo, where the glow of Nyiragongo Volcano can be seen on a clear night. Warm and welcoming, each cottage features a bedroom, ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a separate lounge. Comfortable chairs on the outdoor verandas provide the perfect vantage point to admire the unforgettable vistas of the forest below. Blazing fireplaces create a cosy glow as evening falls.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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