Uganda Gorillas in Style

6 days from $3,738 per person*
  • Set out on guided game drives in Lake Mburo National Park.
  • Travel to the workshops of Mpigi Drum Makers.
  • Search for endangered gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring luxurious forest lodges.
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As you shelter quietly in your vantage point deep within the Ugandan rainforest, gaze into the expressive eyes of wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter.

Acclimatize to the tropical Ugandan climate in the country’s bustling capital city of Kampala, and journey on to Lake Mburo National Park where you’ll explore the Papyrus swamps, grasslands and lush, rolling hills that are home to an abundant wildlife population that includes several species of Zebra and the prehistoric Shoebill. But the highlight will come in Bwidni Impenetrable National Park where you’ll track rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Bwidni is home to half of the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and you’ll embark on several hiking trails for an opportunity for an up-close encounter. The forest is also alive with a colony of elephants and 120 species of other mammals, including seven primate species. ... Show More »

Your experienced team of local guides, park rangers and knowledgeable trackers are truly remarkable as they expertly lead you through dense forest in search of wild families of mountain gorillas. They’ll also share with you their vast knowledge of gorilla habits and the surrounding environment for a first-hand education into one of Africa’s last remaining gorilla sanctuaries. And there will be no need to sleep rough as you enjoy plenty of luxury in range of forest lodges.

Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Entebbe to Kampala
    Entebbe to Kampala
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Meet & Greet(6)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    • Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park [Drive (5hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(5)
    • Game Drive 1 - 4x4/Guide/Entrance(5)
    • Park Fee - Park Fees
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    • Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi [Drive (6 to 7hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(5)
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit/4x4/Guide/Driver(5)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Forest Walk - 4X4/Guide/Driver(5)
    • Optional Sanctuary Community Walk - Optional Activity
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Bwindi - Entebbe [Drive (10hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(5)
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Day 1: Entebbe - Kampala

Welcome to the East African primate capital, the heavily forested country of Uganda!  Upon arrival to the Entebbe International Airport, a representative will meet and you load up your entire luggage and head towards the Ugandan capital city of Kampala where you will overnight. 

Accommodation: Kampala Serena

The elegant Serena Hotels continuously outdoes itself, and its location in Kampala, Uganda, is no exception. With rich green foliage framing the hotel’s façade, each of the 152 rooms look out on the 17 acres of garden or allow yourself to grow mesmerized by the 7m waterfall on the pool terrace. The hotel’s rooms each have an individual personality, working with cultural artifacts, native wood carving, and contemporary Ugandan design at its foundation. Dining is a fluttery, fairytale-like medley of bursting flavors and delights, from freshly squeezed exotic juices to Italian cuisine and of course, very impressive world cuisine. Make sure to stop by the Maisha Health Club and try out the skin treatments. Revered across Kampala, it is relied on by all who trust in the Serena Hotels name.

Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala

Day 2: Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park

Depart the Ugandan capital of Kampala en-route to the Lake Mburo National Park grounds.  Your driver will travel in a south-westerly direction for the specific purpose of travelling to workshops of the Mpigi Drum Makers.  It is here where you’ll watch numerous ceremonial drums being hand-crafted using the traditional methods passed down from one generation to another.  Next, you’ll travel to the extreme center of the Earth, the Equator.  After some time spent snapping photos, it’s off to the Papyrus swamps, where tracts of dense, tropical rainforest merge seamlessly into the rolling plains of Ankole.  Shortly after travelling through the swamps, you’ll arrive within the confines of the Lake Mburo National Park grounds.

Set out on an adventurous game drive around the Lake Mburo National Park grounds today.  The eco-diversity of this park makes for quite the journey as you explore some of the many hillsides, grasslands and water based wildlife habitats.  To hone in on the specific wildlife one would want to see, the park has designated routes or “tracks” which travel to the specific landscape where these wildlife species thrive.  Travelling along the “Zebra Track” will boast a variety of plain-game including Burchell zebra, bushbuck, oribi and reed buck.  To find species like the elusive klipspringer one would have to travel along the “Ruroko Track.”  This track is home to wildlife that requires a habitat that features a wetland basin surrounded by thick acacia shrub and woodlands.

Your park fees are included for this day.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge

The exclusive Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful retreat which strategically sits adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The property features ten tented rooms which have been built on raised wooden platforms that are covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent which has been equipped with safari style amenities and facilities including en-suite bathrooms that produce both hot and cold running water for the shower, and flushing toilets. The property also features a large dining area and an infinity pool.

Hippo Mom and Baby
Hippo Mom and Baby
Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo Lodge

Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi

Wake up bright and early today to enjoy an exciting morning game drive around Lake Mburo.  After your game drive, you'll depart the confines of the Lake Mburo National Park and head towards the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   Often referred to as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this area boast some truly thick vegetation consisting of massive evergreen trees that stretch to great heights for sunlight.  It is here within the Impenetrable Forest where almost half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorilla reside.  The travel time between these two diverse locations is approximately 6 to 7 hours depending on weather conditions.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare.  At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team. Mahogany Springs is the perfect base from which to begin you Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. The Gorillas have been to know to the visit the lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience. With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world Bwindi is often described as bird watchers paradise and the fact that Mahogany Springs is set back on an open piece of land by the river ensures they have many rare species visiting every day.

Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla
Mahogany Springs
Mahogany Springs

Day 4: Bwindi

Wake up very early and depart with a picnic lunch to track the rare Mountain Gorillas (hiking boots required). The tracking may take between 5 and 8 hours. The Park Guides with you interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight at the lodge. Only persons age 15 and over are allowed to track the gorillas.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Gorilla Trek
Gorilla Trek

Day 5: Bwindi

Early this morning, your guide will take you for a forest walk. Bwindi has several hiking trails. On all these trails, you have opportunities to see and learn about primates, many species of birds, butterflies, trees, and other organisms. The forest has about 30 elephants and 120 species of mammals including 7 diurnal primates, 360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. This Afro-montane forest has dense under storey of fern, vines, and shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here, of which 10 don't occur anywhere else in Uganda.

Bwindi is surrounded on the Buhoma side by the Bakiga community and the Batwa people community. If you like, sign up to head out with staff on a 2hr stroll through a small tea farming project. Here you can stop to meet the tea pickers and perhaps even learn how to pluck tea leaves along the way. Then visit a local beer brewery and see how they mash bananas to make a fermented brew which is mixed and distilled to make banana beer - a popular local drink in the area. From here walk a short distance to the local hospital which Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp supports through various projects. Learn about how it started and the work they do for the community. Continue your walk to a nearby village and visit a traditional medicine man. The knowledge of using herbs for healing has been passed on from generation to generation and he will show you some of the herbs that grow in the forest and talk about how they are used. Later, relax and enjoy a performance by the Batwa community before returning to the camp.

Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

This tour is included in the cost of your stay.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Monkey
Monkey
School Kids
School Kids

Day 6: Bwindi

Transfer between Bwindi and Entebbe International Airport driving through the scenic views and gift shops such as at Kinoni and Mpambire with lunch break en route. This drive is approximately 10hrs.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Kampala Serena: Kampala

The elegant Serena Hotels continuously outdoes itself, and its location in Kampala, Uganda, is no exception. With rich green foliage framing the hotel’s façade, each of the 152 rooms look out on the 17 acres of garden or allow yourself to grow mesmerized by the 7m waterfall on the pool terrace. The hotel’s rooms each have an individual personality, working with cultural artifacts, native wood carving, and contemporary Ugandan design at its foundation. Dining is a fluttery, fairytale-like medley of bursting flavors and delights, from freshly squeezed exotic juices to Italian cuisine and of course, very impressive world cuisine. Make sure to stop by the Maisha Health Club and try out the skin treatments. Revered across Kampala, it is relied on by all who trust in the Serena Hotels name.

Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Room at the Serena Kampala
Room at the Serena Kampala

Mihingo Lodge: Lake Mburo National Park

The exclusive Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful retreat which strategically sits adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The property features ten tented rooms which have been built on raised wooden platforms that are covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent which has been equipped with safari style amenities and facilities including en-suite bathrooms that produce both hot and cold running water for the shower, and flushing toilets. The property also features a large dining area and an infinity pool.

Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo Lodge

Mahogany Springs: Bwindi

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. With some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa the feeling that you will experience when staying here is beyond compare.  At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team. Mahogany Springs is the perfect base from which to begin you Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. The Gorillas have been to know to the visit the lodge and coming face to face with one of these peaceful creatures is an indescribable experience. With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world Bwindi is often described as bird watchers paradise and the fact that Mahogany Springs is set back on an open piece of land by the river ensures they have many rare species visiting every day.

Mahogany Springs
Mahogany Springs
Superior Suite
Superior Suite
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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