Uganda Gorillas in Style

6 days from $4,236 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
    • Game Drive - 4X4/Guide
    • Park Fee - Admission
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi
    • Private Transfer - Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi [6-7 hrs] - 4X4/Guide
    • Afternoon at Leisure
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Forest Walk - Activity Fee
    • Mahogany Springs Optional Activities - Activity
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Air - Bwindi - Entebbe [Scheduled - 1hr] - Economy
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

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 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.

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 -  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 by private vehicle, en-route to the Lake Mburo National Park grounds. The drive is approximately 5 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.

Your park fees are included for this day.

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

Enjoy your private transfer from Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi. 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 local 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. 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 -  Mahogany Springs Main Building at Night
Mahogany Springs Main Building at Night

Day 4: Bwindi

Your private vehicle and guide are at disposal today.

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

Your private vehicle and guide are at disposal today.

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.

There are many activities to keep you busy while you stay at Mahogany Springs, some can be organised by the lodge others must be booked locally which we can assist you with. Aside from gorilla trekking, some of the other activities on offer are (additional fees may apply):

Bird Watching – With more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere else is the world this is a bird watchers dream. Experienced bird watchers are known to identify up to 100 species a day in Bwindi. Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemic such as; the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruel’s Rush Warbler, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among many others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Tree Planting – Offset some of the carbon you have used on your trip by planting a tree or shrub within the hotel's grounds. There is a small talk by the General Manager explaining how much carbon people use to travel and then you are invited to plant your tree. This all takes place within the grounds of Mahogany Springs. While you are planting your tree we will take your photo and if you agree it will be published on our website in the tree planting gallery. This activity must be booked in advance. 

Nature & Community Walks – Take beautiful nature walks where you will see some stunning scenery including waterfalls, community walk around the entire area where you will meet local healers, alcohol brewing, coffee/tea plantations, visit the hospital and much more. This can be booked on site or in advance.

Meet the Batwa (Pygmies) – The Batwa tribe, better known as the pygmies, only began leaving their forest homes around 15 years ago and still live locally. They will teach you about their various cultural techniques including making fire, cooking, mock hunting techniques and how they live. You can book a special visit to meet them either through the hotel or in advance. 

Garden Tour – You can ask the hotel to arrange for the Head Chef Subedi to give you a guided tour of the vegetable garden for special insight into the foods you enjoy during your stay. 

Giving Back - Mahogany Springs has sponsored an orphanage in Kampala called Sascu. The lodge donates clothes, pens and other items. If you would like to bring supplies, make a donation or sponsor a child just let us know and we can make arrangements for your trip. 

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Monkey
Monkey
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Prehistoric Looking Shoebill Stork
Prehistoric Looking Shoebill Stork

Day 6: Bwindi

Your private vehicle and guide are at disposal today.

Take your flight from Bwindi to Entebbe (EBB) today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

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 -  Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Uganda Gorillas in Style  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Room at the Serena Kampala
Room at the Serena Kampala

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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    This was the trip of a lifetime. I would not have gotten as much out of the trip if it were not for Evan, Kensington’s accommodations, and the guides! I had an amazing time on Safari, at Victoria Falls, and in Cape Town. I can’t remember all of the names of my guides but they were all knowledgeable and passionate not only about their respective countries, but passionate about their field. I felt safe and received the best education from all of them which is one of the main goals of my trips. Thank you Kensington!

  • Norah G. — September 05, 2018 — Africa

    I thought the tour was so well planned, the accommodations were amazing, and the guides were so knowledgeable. I just want to go back!

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    Zo, my guide in Madagascar was not only friendly and prompt, but also incredibly accommodating to do everything I wanted during my stay! It was another amazing trip to this beautiful island

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    Both of my guides were absolutely friendly and knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun. May-Asi was my Tanzania guide and George Aburuki was my Kenya guide. This two fellas were the best!

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    Our guide Youssef was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about Morocco. Everything went smoothly and he executed the plan with expertise. My husband and I were very pleased with the itinerary, the accommodations that had to be made to it, and the surprises that Youssef made happen. He added a personal touch that was above and beyond. Our driver Mohamed is the consummate professional - way beyond expectations.

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    Amanda was amazing. From Day 1 I felt I was speaking with someone who was well experienced and informed about planning an African Safari experience. She kept my budget in mind without comprising on the experience. Everything exceeded my expectations. She made it a lifetime memory and for the reason we shall return to Africa once again with the support of Kensington Tours. In today's complex world of travel, so much can go wrong but everything went seamlessly. Well done!

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    We had a wonderful safari experience and would highly recommend Kensington Tours! The highlight of our trip was our tour guide, Sam. He was highly professional and extremely knowledgeable! His guidance, friendship and professionalism allowed us to completely relax and to learn about incredible Tanzania and its beautiful wildlife and fascinating history. We could not have asked for a better guide!

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    One of our best trips ever! We had a phenomenal time and everything went off without a hitch.

  • Stephen B. — August 16, 2018 — Africa

    The trip was spectacular. We managed to view more than 150 animals and birds. Each location was different - guide, accommodation, scenery and food. They were all our favorites but I would make special mention of Zelda North, our guide (and now friend) in South Africa. I recommend that anyone traveling to South Africa, Cape Town, in particular, make certain to request Zelda for your guide. She is just awesome and personalized our visit in a way that was perfectly suited to our particular likes and needs.

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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