Uganda Gorillas in Style

6 days from $4,374 per person*
  • Meet wild gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Participate in the cultural workshops of Mpigi Drum Makers.
  • Visit a traditional medicine man, tea farm, and local brewery.
  • Stay in luxurious forest lodges.
  • Private transfers throughout.
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Trek deep into the Ugandan rainforest and meet wild mountain gorilla families in their natural habitat. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters, experience Ugandan culture at a local village, and stay at luxurious forest lodges.

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 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you’ll track rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, and you’ll embark on several hiking trails for an opportunity for an up-close encounter. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half of the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, living happily in protected rainforests dating back over 25,000 years. With an expert guide you'll track gorillas on foot through the dense forest which is also home to a colony of elephants and 120 species of other mammals, including seven primate species. You'll get insider access to one of Africa’s last remaining gorilla sanctuaries. ... Show More »

NOTE: Gorilla permits 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.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Entebbe to Kampala
    Entebbe to Kampala
    • Private Transfer - Entebbe - Kampala [Airport] - 4X4/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
    • Private Transfer - Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park [5 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Activity - Game Drive - 4X4/Guide
    • Park Fee - Entrance Fee
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    • Private Transfer - Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi [North, 5 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Activity - Forest Walk - Activity
    • Activity - Nature Walks
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Air - Bwindi - Entebbe [1.5 hrs] - Economy - Kihihi
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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Day 1: Entebbe - Kampala

A private transfer from the Entebbe airport to your accommodation in Kampala is provided. 

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.

Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Uganda Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Uganda Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kampala City view

Day 2: Kampala - Lake Mburo National Park

A private transfer from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park is provided. The approximate transfer time is five hours. 

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.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge

Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature. To further enhance your experience of wild Africa, Mihingo is the only lodge in Uganda to offer daytime and overnight horse safaris into the national park.

 

Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Zebra
Zebra
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Uganda Hippo Mom and Baby
Uganda Hippo Mom and Baby

Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi

A private transfer from Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi is provided. The approximate transfer time is five hours. 

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. It has some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa and the feeling of pure tranquility while staying here is beyond compare. Each Suite has its own private exquisitely designed terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding area. The little touches are what make a big difference here, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge to the unparalleled service levels of the highly trained management team. Mahogany Springs is the perfect place to begin your Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. Come face-to-face with a gorilla at the lodge, experience a bird watchers paradise with more bird species per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world and view some rare species on the open piece of land along the river every day. Enjoy an unforgettable experience from the local Ugandan community showing you the true wonders of Ugandan hospitality.

Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Uganda Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -

Day 4: Bwindi

Bwindi's “impenetrable forest” protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups. The gorillas are completely wild but have become used to seeing a few humans after years of habituation. Many of the expert guides have been involved in this process since the beginning and are able to explain the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback. This is an opportunity afforded only to a select few, as just eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day.

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 in and out of the forest. Tracking through dense forest with steep slopes means that participants do need to be physically fit to enjoy the track. The Park Guides with you interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. Once the gorillas are located, spend a maximum of one hour with them before returning back to camp for dinner and overnight at the lodge. 

*Please note only children aged 15 and above can track gorilla. 

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gorilla Trek
Gorilla Trek

Day 5: Bwindi

Explore the mysterious Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on a guided walk. Early in the morning, venture out into the thick jungles of Bwindi to immerse yourself in this fascinating, bio-diverse habitat. The mist-clad hillsides of this natural reserve are carpeted with an ancient rainforest that is home to 120 species of mammals, including 7 diurnal primates. In addition, an astounding 360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies call the steamy woodlands of Bwindi their home. Immerse yourself in this mesmerizing ecosystem as your guide introduces you to the local fauna and flora and leads your through your verdant surroundings. This truly is the heart of Africa!     

The pristine wilds wilds of the mysterious Bwindi rainforest are home to countless species of resident wildlife, some only found in this very heart of Africa. Your lodge helps organize a number of excursions allowing you to truly experience this part of Uganda to the fullest. Take fascinating nature walks through this mesmerizing habitat and soak in the stunning scenery of this mountainous terrain. All the while, keep your eyes peeled for the mammals and countless birds that live deep in the forest. With more bird species per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world, this really is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Please note that for some activities additional fees may apply.    

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Monkey
Monkey
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 6: Bwindi

Board a flight in Bwindi with service to Entebbe. The flight duration is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

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.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kampala Serena
Kampala Serena
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kampala Serena Outdoor Dining
Kampala Serena Outdoor Dining

Mihingo Lodge: Lake Mburo National Park

Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched high on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it has spectacular views over a vast savannah landscape. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation and the experience of being at one with nature. To further enhance your experience of wild Africa, Mihingo is the only lodge in Uganda to offer daytime and overnight horse safaris into the national park.

 

Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mihingo Lodge
Mihingo Lodge

Mahogany Springs: Bwindi

Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. It has some of the most luxurious accommodation in East Africa and the feeling of pure tranquility while staying here is beyond compare. Each Suite has its own private exquisitely designed terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding area. The little touches are what make a big difference here, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge to the unparalleled service levels of the highly trained management team. Mahogany Springs is the perfect place to begin your Gorilla Tracking or Bird watching adventures. Come face-to-face with a gorilla at the lodge, experience a bird watchers paradise with more bird species per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world and view some rare species on the open piece of land along the river every day. Enjoy an unforgettable experience from the local Ugandan community showing you the true wonders of Ugandan hospitality.

Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mahogany Springs Main Building at Night
Mahogany Springs Main Building at Night
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Main Building Terrace Sunrise
Main Building Terrace Sunrise

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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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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