Your journey at a glance
Explore mist-covered mountain slopes in search of enchanted moments spend watching the intricate interaction of families of mountain gorilla. Encounter these fascinating primates in the heart of the World Heritage Site known as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Track the groups of mountain gorilla that live protected by this dense network of vines and shrubs, rewarded by exhilarating moments as you get to view their complex social structure at work. Traverse dense thickets and bamboo forests that extend over a series of steep ridges and marvel at the ecological uniqueness and natural beauty of this secluded mountain haven.
What to expect …
Transfer to Boma Guest House Day 1
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport you will be met by an andBeyond representative who will transfer you by road to The Boma Guest House.
Overnight in Kampala Day 1
Uganda’s steady economic growth is visible on the modern streets of Kampala, the country’s eclectic capital, with its melting-pot of restaurants, entertainment venues and upmarket hotels. Located on the wetlands that once made up the favourite hunting grounds of King Mutesa I, the city is famed for its seven beautiful hills. It is also home to the palace of the King of the 13th century kingdom of Buganda, as well as magnificent tombs, mosques and cathedrals. The vibrant little town of Entebbe links the capital to the international airport on the shores of Lake Victoria. Boasting a selection of small, comfortable accommodations and a tranquil, friendly atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to stop over en route to or from a Ugandan safari.
The Boma is located 10 minutes from Entebbe Airport. It is a combination of modern comforts and charm of character from the 1940’s. All rooms are individually decorated in a mixture of African and European décor and reflect the colonial architecture. Facilities available include bar and restaurant, swimming pool, beach area and Internet. The Boma is a long-standing favourite stopover of many visitors to Uganda.
Spend one night at The Boma Guesthouse in an ensuite garden room. Your stay includes breakfast.
Flight to Bwindi Day 2
After breakfast you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Bwindi.
An ancient rain forest, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest extends over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range. Its impenetrable nature, which is due to the dense growth of herbs, vines and shrubs that covers the valley floors, makes it the ideal habitat for the mountain gorilla. Declared a World Heritage Site due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty, the forest is home to roughly half of the world’s total gorilla population. With terrain that varies from swamp and bamboo forest to dense thicket, this beautiful area poses both challenges and rewards for anyone interested in an intimate glimpse of the life of these fascinating primates.
Overnight in Bwindi Day 2
Set on a flat ridge deep within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is a remote and atmospheric mountain sanctuary. The only accommodation located within the national park, the camp boasts an unrivalled location with exceptional wildlife and birdlife viewing opportunities. Eight tents feature queen sized beds and generous bathtubs that look out onto the forest canopy.
Guests can sample delicious fare or enjoy an evening drink in the cosy bar and dining cottage overlooking the rainforest. In fine weather, meals are served al fresco on a raised natural platform that blends into the surroundings. A small gift shop offers a selection of locally sourced handcrafts. Forests walks to Munyaga waterfall, as well as an interactive community visit are included, while gorilla trekking and birding walks can be arranged at an additional cost.
Spend three nights at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in an ensuite luxury tent.
In search of Uganda’s apes Day 3
Deep in the heart of the Great Western Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a vast diversity of wildlife and a multitude of truly spectacular landscapes. Varied and wildly beautiful, the park is home to no less than nine species of primates, including the endangered chimpanzee, as well as the exotic black and white colobus monkey. The reserve is also famous for leopards and tree-climbing lions. Game drives in this, the second largest national park in Uganda, traverse a mass of streams, rivers and lakes, including the Kyambura River, which eventually flows into the mighty Nile.
Thrill to the antics of chimpanzees Day 4
Set off into spectacular Kyabura Gorge, one of the best places in Uganda to spot chimpanzees. Experience the thrill of catching up with the unruly chimps as the forest comes alive with their noisy calls. Conquer the challenging terrain, descending into the steep gorge and crossing the natural log bridges over the rushing river as you keep an eye out for the chimpanzees in the canopy above. Spend two to three hours looking for and enjoying the loveable apes in the company of an expert ranger. Chimpanzee trekking is available year round, but requires a degree of agility and fitness.
Departure Day 5
After a scrumptious breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival in Entebbe Airport you will be transferred to your international flight.