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Highlights

  • The Switzerland of Africa
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Game drive
  • Mpigi Royal Drum Makers

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Day 01: ENTEBBE – MBARARA

Arrive Entebbe Airport in the morning. Meet and greet on arrival at the airport and transferred to Lake Victoria Hotel for an early lunch.

Thereafter commence drive for Mbarara, on sealed roads, passing through papyrus swamps close to Lake Victoria, tracts of tropical rain forest and the rolling plains of Ankole cattle country.   Mbarara is a colourful and friendly market town.

Overnight at THE AGIP HOTEL.

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

 

Day 02: MBARARA – BWINDI

Drive southwest into the area known as ‘The Switzerland of Africa’.  The road is sealed for half the drive, turning to an all-weather dirt road. The route passes through  areas of breathtaking scenery, high hills and low valleys that are for the most part cultivated.

Arrival at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, famous for gorilla trekking and now, a World Heritage Site.   Overnight at GORILLA FOREST CAMP.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 03: BWINDI GORILLA TRACKING DAY

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point.

The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet.  The terrain is rough and at times muddy.  Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water.  Thereafter return to the Camp.

Overnight: GORILLA FOREST CAMP.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 04: BWINDI GORILLA TRACKING DAY

Enjoy a second day of gorilla tracking in the forest.

Overnight: GORILLA FOREST CAMP.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 05:  BWINDI – MBARARA

Today, drive back to Mbarara.

Overnight at THE AGIP HOTEL.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 06: MBARARA – KAMPALA – ENTEBBE & DEPART

Drive via Kampala to Entebbe (about 5 hours drive). If time permits it’s possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch and the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers.

Drop off at airport to connect with departure flight (departure flight must be late afternoon or evening).

End of the Safari