This trip takes you through Uganda at relaxed pace, combining activity with cultural exchange, relaxation, and luxury boutique lodges throughout. Your female tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour, providing insight and interpretation as you experience the sights and sounds of this wonderful country. You will travel from Entebbe to Kampala, across to Lake Mburo and finally to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest near the Congo border.
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport we will meet you for a welcome drink and a briefing at your Kampala hotel.
Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer 10mins to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
We spend a relaxing morning ambling around Kampala’s boutiques, art galleries and craft markets, with a spa treatment this afternoon. In the evening, we can enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the Khana Khazana, Kampala’s famous North Indian restaurant.
On day 3 we will travel westwards to Lake Mburo National Park. After lunch at the lodge, we will head out for an afternoon nature walk in the park.
The national park is home to 68 mammal species, including zebra, impala, buffalo, as well as 315 species of bird, one of which is the rare shoebill stork. Its sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore has a varied mosaic of habitats – forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps and rich acacia wood valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife.
We will enjoy a horseback safari across the rolling plains of the park in search of the wildlife that abounds here. For novice riders, shorter rides are available, or perhaps a game walk is more your style.
This afternoon, we enjoy an optional boat trip on Lake Mburo to view the area’s hippo and birdlife population, or laze by the pool overlooking the plains far below.
On day 5 we drive into the scenic Kigezi Highlands of south western Uganda and make our way to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is ancient and breathtakingly beautiful. The lodge is owned by the local community, but is run to a very high standard, making it one of the best lodges in East Africa, and a fitting base for our gorilla adventure. Later this afternoon, we can relax at the lodge.
The day’s tracking of mountain gorillas is sure to be a highlight of your trip. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of six habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone a delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be up to several hours and once they are located, our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.
We will have the opportunity of gorilla tracking in the forest once more.
The park comprises 331 square kilometres of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot. In addition to the incredible gorillas, the park is also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds such as hornbills and turacos.
We will transfer to Kisoro Airstrip for a shared flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, we will be met and transferred 10 minutes to Boma Guesthouse for relaxation. (This is dependent on the time of your onward flight.) Later in the day, we will be transferred back to Entebbe airport to check in for our international departure flight.
Located on a ‘kopje’ (rocky outcrop) to the east of Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge is one of Uganda’s premier accommodations and one that boasts over ten different things to do in and around the park.
Visitors staying at the lodge have the choice of experiencing the park’s wildlife on a horseback safari, a walking safari, a boat trip, or a day or night game drive.
For those looking for a slower pace, a relaxing massage or a game of tennis are possible from the lodge. The many decks offer rewarding game viewing without guests having to travel anywhere at all.
The individually designed cottages are strung out across the kopje and offer different views over the nearby waterhole and the plains of the national park. This, combined with the fine dining, infinity pool and personal service make Mihingo Lodge a ‘must-stay’ location on your Uganda safari.
This lodge truly lives up to its name in terms of exclusivity, furnishings and fittings, its spa, rooms, service and food. Perched on the Nteko Ridge, which is part of the Kigezi Highlands in south western Uganda, the lodge is in the southern part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Each of the beautifully appointed stone cottages has its own verandah and a fireplace for the frequently chilly nights you will encounter here, and the main lounge offers plush furnishing and individually commissioned works of art by Ugandan artists. The dining room and lounge offer an attractive setting in which to unwind and discuss the day’s activities with other fellow travellers.
From Clouds, clients can track the Nkuringo, Nshongi or Mishaya gorilla families, and for days when a more relaxed pace is preferred, walks to the local villages are available. Bwindi is part of the Albertine Rift, one of the most biologically diverse parts of Africa, and this is reflected in the birding available here, with 23 bird species endemic to the area in which the lodge is located.
Located in uptown Kampala, the Serena boasts 152 rooms and suites across six floors.
The opulent Kampala Serena Hotel is the city’s premiere 5-star hotel. Outstanding business facilities, fabulously indulgent pampering and unlimited room choices are all located within 17 acres of water gardens. This is a first class oasis of calm in an otherwise chaotic capital city.
The design reflects the very essence of Uganda and includes lush vegetation, shimmering water features and organic and earthy tones. The palatial layout blends luxury with pan-African panache, and much of the artwork throughout the hotel was commissioned by local artisans.