In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best
to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you). It
is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your
booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.
Since Gorillas are wild animals Gorilla trekking doesn’t 100% guarantee you seeing the gorillas
although chances of seeing them are about 98%
DAY 1 – WELCOME TO UGANDA (TUKUSANYUKIDE, JAMBO)
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your Twanza Tours and Travel representative who will transfer you to your accommodation (approximately 20 minutes away) in Entebbe Town.
There will be an important group meeting at 6pm at your accommodation. Please endeavor to attend the meeting. If you arrive with time to spare, spend some time visiting and getting to know the local town. You can visit town’s old colonial gardens or visit a nearby beach. Meal Plan: Dinner will at the Boma Accommodation: The Boma
DAY 2 – FLIGHT TO KIHIHI AIRSTRIP
After your early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the airport where you will catch a flight to KIHIHI AIRSTRIP in Western Uganda. (Flight is just under 2hours) Upon arrival at the airstrip a representative from Twanza Tours and Travel will get you onto 4*4’s and ready you for your journey to the camp/accommodation where you will spend your night. The drive from the Airstrip is truly rewarding as to the scenic endless beauty of Uganda through hills and valleys, fresh water streams and tropical forests that give some of the most authentic pictures unique views on the African continent. Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner will be served at the accommodation Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge
DAY 3 – GORILLA TREKKING
After your early morning breakfast, you will be transfered to the Bwindi Impenatrable Forest National Park gate (Buhoma area) where you’ll be briefed on the Gorilla trek by the Uganda Wildlife Authorities. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was declared a World Heritage site in 1994 because of its incredible biodiversity.
This forest protects about half of the remaining 800 Mountain Gorillas. Once a trekking group encounters one of the gorilla families, only one hour is granted in the presence of the great apes before trekkers must leave, however reluctantly.
Be aware that the trek can be strenuous and may reach altitudes of almost 2,000 metres above sea level. Depending on weather conditions, some of the paths can be slippery and these paths themselves can change depending on the location of the gorillas.
Therefore it is very hard to predict how long you will need to walk for, but a very good level of fitness is recommended for this trek. You can usually get very close to the mountain gorillas, and seeing their movements is like seeing a mirror image of yourself.
From a safe distance, watch them eat, sleep, groom and play – the giant silverback surveying and guarding the scene. Enjoy a packed lunch in the wilderness. Depending on the time you finish tracking the Gorillas, you can enjoy other 0ptional Activities which include: Batwa experience, Community Visit and Forest Walk Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge
DAY 4 – JOURNEY TO HOME OF TREE CLIMBING LIONS
After Breakfast your Tour Guide for the rest of the Safari will brief you on the next experience and journey. You will travel north to our camp situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha Sector) along the banks of the Ntungwe River.
En route to the camp you will enjoy game drives in the southern parts of park. The landscape in this section of the magnificent park is considerably different from that found in other parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha Sector within QENP is habitat to the internationally renowned tree-climbing lions which are actually unique to this very place.
The males of these exceptional lions have black manes. The sector also home to plenty of other wild life such as the Uganda Kob and other antelopes, herds of elephants and buffaloes, hippos, baboons, leopards and many more. After lunch you will head out on game drives in search for Tree Climbing Lions sitting lazily in the branches of the fig trees or carefully watching the jungle from an elevated view.
You will stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a very luxurious lodge with wonderful views over the savannah and a river packed with hippos! Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private suite bathroom and dressing area providing a hot water ‘bush’ shower and a flushing ecofriendly toilet.
After your search for tree climbing lions you will be treated to a great sundowner in the bush. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
DAY 5 – END OF SAFARI
Today shortly after breakfast your guide/driver will transfer you to Kihihi Airstrip where you will catch your flight to Entebbe International Airport.
The flight is just under 2.5hrs and will be another great chance to discover Uganda from the clouds. At Entebbe Airport we shall guide you to a hotel where you can wait for your International Flight back home.
Meal plan: Breakfast Accommodation is not available
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Transport in a 4WD Toyota Vehicle
2. All fuel for the tour
3. Accommodation as listed in the itinerary;
4. Meals according to the itinerary;
5. All activities described in the itinerary;
6. 1 Gorilla permit per person (US$ 700)
1. International air fares
2. Entry visa Uganda
3. Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
4. A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
5. Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
6. Government tax or park fees increase;
7. Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;
8. All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).