8 Days Gorillas and Wilderness Safari

This 8 Days Uganda Safari will lead you to Bwindi for the Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth national park and Kidepo Valley – a true wilderness for a remarkable jungle experience with Game viewing and unique cultural tours.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

On your arrival we will meet you at Entebbe International Airport and will transfer you to Karibu Guesthouse your accommodation for tonight.

Accommodations: The Boma Hotel

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:  Entebbe – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We will transfer you from your accommodation at 6.15am (for the morning flight)or 11.15am ( for the afternoon flight) to Entebbe International Airport for your flight to the south western part of Uganda. An Aerolink member of staff will assist you with the check in and transfer to your 07:45 am (arrival 09:30 am) or 12:30 pm (arrival 13:45 pm) domestic flight to Kihihi airstrip. Enjoy the one hour scenic flight. Upon arrival you will be met by the driver for a 2 hours drive to the lodge.  After lunch you can opt to relax at the lodge or engage in any optional activities.

Overnight Mid-range option: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meal plan: Full Board

Lower accommodation option: Silverback Lodge

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking

The most exciting and climax of your adventure should be today as you meet the gentle giants, a wild life sensation but well, commonly referred to as Mountain Gorillas. After an early breakfast, with your lunch packed, you will be briefed is at 8 am. Your guide will give you highlights of specific details about the way of life of the gorillas you will be tracking. The hike can take anything from one to seven hours.

Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Once you reach the gorillas, you are allowed to spend one hour with them as you stand 6 meters away. Upon completion of this magical encounter we will drive you back to the lodge where you can relax in the afternoon or go for another walk to visit one of the communities around.

Overnight Midrange option: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Meal plan: Full Board

Lower accommodation option: Silverback Lodge

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park 

After Breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, proceed via the Ishasha sector where you will conduct a game drive in search for tree climbing lions. Proceed to the Kasenyi sector of the park and head straight for a game drive. A network of tracks allows you to find elephant, buffalo and other animals in the grassland thickets that cover the north Kazinga area near the Mweya Peninsula. Lions and other big cats are most reliably sighted on the typical open East Africa savannah Kasenyi Plain. This area is known as the main breeding ground of the Uganda kob, the main source of food for lion prides in the area.

Overnight: Park View Safari Lodge

Meals: Full Board

Lower accommodation Option: Bush Lodge

Day 5:  Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge.The stunning Kyambura Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes” is located in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda and it is swarmed a rich wildlife bio-diversity that comprises of primates, wild animals as well as birds. If lucky, you will be able to spot chimpanzees and other species of primates such as the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons as well as vervet monkeys.

Afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.This 32-kilometre Channel is a dominant feature of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and links Lake George with Lake Edward.  The Channel is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. After the launch cruise you will go for another game drive and return to the lodge for overnight.

Overnight: Park View Safari Lodge

Meals: Full Board

Lower accommodation Option: Bush Lodge

Day 6:  Transfer to Mweya Airstrip – Entebbe

Transfer to Mweya airstrip for your flight back to Entebbe. You will arrive at Entebbe International Airport to wait for a connecting flight to Kidepo at 12:30 pm. The flight takes approximately two and half-hours to Kidepo. Kidepo is ranked as one of the best safari destinations in Africa for its breathtaking scenery and large composition of wild game co existing with the dry mountain forests, open savannah and hill tops capped by rock kopjes, Kidepo National park is a true African Wilderness in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with South Sudan and Kenya.The park has about 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

You will be picked from the airstrip and dropped to Apoka lodge. At your lodge, you will check in, relax and have lunch.In the evening you will take a sunset game drive through Kidepo Valley National park and see wild life diversity at its best.

Accommodations:  Apoka Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7:   Full Day in Kidepo Valley National Park

Early morning game drive, we set off for a 2-3 hours morning game drive to Kidepo Valley National Park in search for lions, cheetahs and leopards.  The park also contains two rivers – Kidepo and Narus – which disappear in the dry season, leaving just pools for the wildlife.  Both sights are equally breathtaking and it will not take away from your experience if you miss out on seeing one.

Return to the lodge for late breakfast, Enjoy mid-morning at the open swimming pool with sighting of wildlife from the lodge. The lodge offers nice viewing platform for wildlife and often at night you will hear the lions roar and the hyena cries. Relax at Apoka Lodge, lunch and we arrange for an evening Game drive or a nature walk in the park guided by a ranger escort.

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In the afternoon you could choose to visit the nearby village. The local communities around the park include pastoral Karamojong people, similar to the Maasai of Kenya, and the IK, a hunter-gatherer tribe whose survival is threatened. Kidepo National Park is home to one the smallest ethnic groups in Africa, a people called the Ik. According to folklore, the Ik have wandered through much of East Africa, and came from Ethiopia hundreds of years ago.

Terrill Schrock is a linguist working with three generations of Ik to uncover the secrets of the Ik language. He’s found evidence linking them to cultures as far away as southern Egypt. “It’s like a museum,” he says. “It’s a storehouse of historical information, cultural information, and ecological information. When a language like that dies, you could liken it to a library burning down“. You will also observe the way of life of the Karamojong and the Ik.

Overnight:  Apoka Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Transfer to Entebbe

Morning Game drive and return to the lodge for breakfast. You will be transferred to the Airstrip to proceed to Entebbe Airport for your afternoon flight marking the end of this 8 days Uganda safari.

Our driver will pick up and take you to freshen up at Karibu Guesthouse to freshen up .Later on, transfer to the international airport for your departure flight home

The cost per person based on 2pax sharing is USD 5314 per person (3702 GBP)

The cost per person based on 4 pax sharing is USD 4304 per person (2997 GBP)

The cost per person based on 2 pax sharing in lower range accommodation options is USD 4972(3462 GBP)

The cost per person based on 2 pax sharing in lower range accommodation options is USD 3962(2758 GBP)