Itinerary

Days One and Two - Entebbe

Your Ugandan adventure begins with the VIP door-to-door travel service collecting you from home and taking you to Heathrow for your overnight flight to the Ugandan capital of Entebbe, flying with Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa and arriving on day two. Upon arrival at Entebbe, you'll be transferred to your hotel, either the Boma Guest House or Lake Heights Hotel, set amongst picturesque tropical gardens with views over the great Lake Victoria. The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind and relax.

Day Three - Fort Portal and Kibale National Park

This morning, you'll journey pass acres of verdant tea plantations (and even to stop to visit one) and stop at Fort Portal on your way to Kibale National Park. Although the Fort no longer exists, the setting of the market town is sublime. In the afternoon, you'll arrive at your hotel, and after some time to settle in, you'll have the chance to walk to the Top of the World, a hilltop viewpoint which overlooks three crater lakes, offering fantastic views.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day Four - Kibale National Park and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Kibale National Park is a vast expanse of moist evergreen rain forest covering some 296 square miles which, whilst primarily encompassing evergreen forest, the national park also contains a diverse array of landscapes, and is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. The park is also located between 3,600 ft and 5,200 ft in elevation, and is best known for its chimpanzees, with over 1,450 individuals living in the park, making Kibale forest home to Uganda's largest number of endangered chimpanzees. Today you'll track chimpanzees in one of the best places to observe them in the world, but there's also a number of other primates you could spot, with a total of 13 different species, including the threatened red colobus monkey and the rare L'Hoest's monkey. There's plenty of other wildlife to be spotted, too, from reptiles and birds to an incredible 250 varieties of butterfly. After your chimpanzee trek, you'll enjoy a fascinating guided walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is located in Magombe swamp renowned for its extensive array of biodiversity, and home to several primate species - including baboons, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys and colobus monkeys - mammals such as Sitatunga, mongooses, bush pigs, otters, and bush bucks. It's also a veritable bird watcher's paradise, with 138 species of bird recognised within the Wetland Sanctuary, including the Grand Blue Turaco. Afterwards, there's some free time to enjoy, and you could walk to a nearby village or visit a school in the local community.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days Five and Six - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Breakfast this morning is followed by a drive through the beautiful Kasenda Crater Lakes field to Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the equator en route. Set in southwest Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the country's most popular national parks, home to leopards who roam the Mweya Peninsula, adjacent to the Lake Edward, whilst the nearby Lake Katwe is a huge volcanic explosion crater. The Kazinga Channel is another feature of the park, where you can commonly find hippos and Nile crocodiles, and chimpanzees inhabit the Kyambura Gorge. 95 mammal species and many varieties of birds inhabit the area, and you'll have plenty of opportunity for wildlife viewing during your two night stay in a safari lodge, starting with an evening game drive tonight. An early start on day six makes the most of watching the national park as it wakes on an unforgettable game drive in 4x4 vehicles, looking out for lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants, spotted hyena, the elusive giant forest hog, and primates including chimps, black and white colobus monkeys and olive baboons. In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel, which is home to a large number of mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Included meals: Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners

Days Seven and Eight - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Before leaving the Queen Elizabeth National Park, you'll take a game drive in the Ishasha Sector, known for its unusual tree-climbing lions, which can commonly be found lazing amongst the branches of huge fig trees. Afterwards you'll continue to Uganda's famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the home of the critically-endangered mountain gorilla, and the best known for gorilla-trekking in the country, although it's also home to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys, various small antelopes, and some 23 bird species which are endemic only to the area. You'll enjoy a twonight stay at either the Mahogany Springs, Silverback Lodge, or Engagi Lodge. On day eight, you'll wake early for one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth as you head out to trek for the mountain gorilla, beginning your search this morning. The duration of the walk depends on their location on the day but the experience of observing the world's largest living primates at play in their own natural habitat will be unforgettable and no doubt a true highlight of this trip! The trek can take up to five or six hours to see the gorillas before returning to your hotel, and it is possible to hire a local porter to assist you on the trek and carry your bags,which can be arranged for a reasonable cost. An experienced ranger will lead you and tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the gorillas. Alternatively there are other treks of three hours and up available.

Included meals: Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners

Days Nine and Ten - Lake Mburo National Park

Leaving Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you'll drive to Lake Mburo National Park for a two night stay. The Park forms a diverse habitat, including rocks, dry slopes, forests, swamps, and open and wooded savannahs, and as you enter the park, you'll begin a game drive to observe the impala and zebra, and looking out for the 313 bird species. Today you'll also visit a cattle rearing family to see how tomilk and care for the rare Ankole Longhorn. Day ten is an early start with a guided nature walk through the fascinating surrounds, before returning to the hotel for a hearty breakfast. Enjoy some time to relax and unwind before heading out on a tranquil boat ride on Lake Mburo in the afternoon, hoping to glimpse crocodiles, buffalo, hippo, and birds, with bird species ranging from colourful kingfishers to African fish eagles. You'll also enjoy a game drive searching for the park's residents through the contrasting landscape, before enjoying some time at leisure, with the option to try a horse riding experience.

Included meals: Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners

Days Eleven and Twelve - To UK

After a leisurely start, you'll cross the equator and have the chance to take some photos before continuing to Entebbe Airport for your return overnight flight via Addis Ababa, arriving back in the UK on day 12, when you'll be picked up by the VIP door-to-door travel service and taken back home as your tour concludes.

Included meals: One breakfast (on day eleven)

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