Uganda Gorillas Sky Safari

5 days from $4,205 per person*
  • Track endangered gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Embark on guided forest walks in search of elephants, monkeys & birds.
  • Includes internal flights into the Bwindi Mountain range.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring luxurious safari lodge.
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Trek from your luxury lodge in Bwindi to stare into the eyes of the world’s largest primate. Stay in a luxurious safari lodge set amid the stunning Virunga Volcanoes.

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 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. ... Show More »

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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 Entebbe to Bwindi
    Kampala to Entebbe to Bwindi
    • Private Transfer - Kampala - Entebbe [Airport] - 4X4/Guide
    • Air - Entebbe - Bwindi [Scheduled - 1hr 30mins ] - Economy
    • Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Mahogany Springs Optional Activities - Activity
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Vehicle & Guide - 4X4/Guide
    • Forest Walk - Activity Fee
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Bwindi
    Bwindi
    • Transfer - Airport - 4X4 XL/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 Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Uganda Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Uganda Street Vendor at Kampala Fruit Market
Uganda Gorillas Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala

Day 2: Kampala - Entebbe - Bwindi

Enjoy your private transfer between Kampala and the Entebbe international airport.

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.

Your private vehicle and guide are at disposal today.

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

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 Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Prehistoric Looking Shoebill Stork
Prehistoric Looking Shoebill Stork
Uganda Gorillas Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Uganda Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Mountain Gorilla

Day 3: 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 Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gorilla Trek
Gorilla Trek

Day 4: 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.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs
Uganda Gorillas Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Monkey
Monkey

Day 5: Bwindi

Transfer from your lodge in Bwindi to the nearest air strip. 

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) ( )

Depart from the 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 Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Outdoor Dining area at the Serena Kampala
Uganda Gorillas Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Room at the Serena Kampala
Room at the Serena Kampala

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 Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mahogany Springs Main Building at Night
Mahogany Springs Main Building at Night
Uganda Gorillas Sky Safari Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Main Building Terrace Sunrise
Main Building Terrace Sunrise

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

Depart from the 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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    Karen Johnson was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and very friendly. Karen was readily available during the planning process and took the time to talk with and listen to us to find out about our wants and needs and ultimately designed our perfect vacation. We can not speak highly enough about her abilities.

  • Michael S — June 13, 2019 — Africa

    The trip was the best thing we have ever done. The people we dealt with were professional and made sure every part of our trip was trouble free.

  • Raymond D — March 22, 2019 — Africa

    The guides were friendly and very accommodating throughout my trip. One of the guides took me to the oldest tea house as a bonus on my tour. It was great being with the people and enjoying a cup of tea. My driver invited me to have Turkish coffee which was a very nice touch to my trip. The accommodations were phenomenal, being near the pyramids was outside of this world. The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo was a wonderful hotel as well. Gesa was great to work with! She was so nice and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. Especially during for the first part of my trip which had nothing to do with my tours with Kensington Tours. She planned everything out perfectly on my trip.

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    The Kensington Kenya and Tanzania African Safari itinerary and experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport, we were completely cared for. Our Destination Expert, Erin Cotton, even checked in on us during the trip. Our guides were excellent; Albert and Steve were exceptionally knowledgeable, organized and considerate. The accommodations were all fantastic with friendly staff, comfortable rooms for the family, and great food. Although the balloon trip over the Mara River was a highlight, each game drive was a memorable adventure as or guides toured Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Masai Mara. We got to spend some time in the local villages and dine with some of the other tourists in the middle of the bush and on a spectacular cliff overlooking the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Most of all, every morning we looked forward to spending time with our guides searching for animals and learning more about the whole ecosystem.

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    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

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    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

  • Nina P — February 15, 2019 — Africa

    We had a truly amazing trip. Gesa was responsive, accommodating and thoughtful in our planning process. We can’t say enough amazing things about Zuzu and Amin. Zuzu gave us a history of the country that was more authentic than anything we could read in a book. We felt completely safe and secure with Amin at the wheel. They were a great team.

  • Sharon M. — December 16, 2018 — Africa

    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!

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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