Marvel at the majestic World below you, as you begin this Ugandan adventure soaring over the famed Lake Victoria and arriving at the mighty Bwindi Mountain range. Head into one the earth’s most ancient rainforests as you journey through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This dynamic southwestern landscape features rugged, steep ridges where the Albertine Rift Valley creates an almost “impenetrable” rainforest, and the perfectly ideal landscapes for one our bipedal ancestors, the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Gazing into the expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter Uganda has to offer.
NOTE: Gorilla permits are $500 for Uganda, and they are secured with you trip's deposit. Once secured they are non-refundable. It will take 24-48 hours to secure the purchase from the authorities as they are sold on a first come first served basis. The park authority/management reserves the right to cancel any permit without any refund or further reference.
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.
This new and welcoming guesthouse is the only establishment to rival the larger Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe’s expanding upmarket category. Popular with inbound/outbound tourists and expatriates alike, it’s a welcoming set-up in a tastefully restored colonial homestead. The comfortable self contained rooms are fitted with an attractive combination of old-world furnishings and African fabrics.
Take your scheduled flight from Entebbe (EBB) to Kihihi today. The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hours.
The flight has a luggage weight restriction of 15kgs/32 pounds total for your luggage, for both your carry-on and checked luggage. In some cases a purse or backpack is not considered carry-on and will not be weighed as part of your weight restriction; however, this is not always the case so please pack lightly.
The Buhoma Lodge is located within the confines of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest area of western Uganda. Within walking distance to the Gorilla trailhead, this property is the ideal accommodation for those in search of some excellent Mountain Gorilla photography. The lodge features 8 comfortable chalets that are all equipped with en-suite bathing facilities and mosquito proofing.
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.
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.
Take your flight from Bwindi to Entebbe (EBB) today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport valid for three months beyond the date of entry, visa and evidence of yellow fever vaccination are required for both US and Canadian citizens. Visas are available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival or may be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda. Processing generally takes 4 working days. The current fee for a three month tourist visa obtained upon arrival at Entebbe Airport is $50. Entebbe (EBB) is 40km (22 miles) southwest of Kampala (journey time – 30 minutes).
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Uganda for the most up to date visa information.
NOTE: Only newly printed USD currency and local currency will be accepted in East Africa, any USD currency printed without the new security measures will not be accepted. HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Guests of Kensington Tours are covered by East African Flying Doctor Services included in the tour price. This coverage guarantees that any member injured or ill while on safari will be airlifted back to Nairobi to the international hospital. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/uganda.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Kampala Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1962. Language: English is the official language, with Swahili, Luganda and other Bantu languages also spoken. Religion: 60% Christian, 32% animist and 5% Muslim. Time: GMT + 3. Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code: +256. Mobile Telephone: Coverage extends to all major towns and international roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Internet: There are Internet cafes in most large towns.
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