7 Day Kibale, Kyambura & Bwindi

This wonderful 7 day tour of Uganda by air will take you on an adventure through the famous Kibale Forest, open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the deep jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the majestic mountain gorillas.

The flights bring spectacular aerial views of the landscape as well as reducing travelling times.

 

 

Accommodation

Kyaninga Lodge (2 nights)

Set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is the spectacular result of one man’s vision and six years of unwavering commitment to creating an experience of Africa’s beauty unlike anything else.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge (2 Nights)

Having been cleverly converted from an old coffee processing plant, Kyambura Gorge Lodge has a contemporary style and a high level of comfort and service. It has incredible views overlooking the Queen Elizabeth National Park, with the majestic peaks of the Mountains of the Moon in the distance.

Bwindi Lodge (2 Nights)

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge is the finest lodge in the area and offers premium accommodation and a truly unique jungle experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors.

Please Note: there is a minimum age of 15 years for gorilla treks.

 

Highlights Include:

  • Scenic flights over the volcanic landscape
  • Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge and Kibale
  • Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Tree-Climbing Lions in Ishasha
  • Boat Cruises on the Kazinga Channel
  • Birding
  • Community Projects in Kyambura and Bwindi

 

Itinerary

7 Day Kibale, Kyambura & Bwindi Safari, Uganda

Day 1

Starting from Entebbe take the 07:45 am or 12:30 pm flight to Kasese (1 hour 15 mins to 2 hours depending on stops). Once there you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. Transfer (approx 01 hour 30 mins) to Kyaninga Lodge. Lunch included (depending on arrival time). Enjoy the swimming pool, walk around the lodge garden and grounds or simply relax on the terrace. Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge.

(If unavailable, Ndali Lodge will be used as the alternative)

Day 2

Breakfast at lodge. Spend the morning tracking the exuberant chimp families in the Kibale forest. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, is a thrilling experience. Though they can be difficult to spot, you will be in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls. In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and, in particular, birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. The swamp is also home to more elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga antelope. There is also the opportunity to visit local community projects that have been financed by tourism. In the evening enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with its stunning views. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge.

Day 3

After breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. On route, take a short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and take in the views of this magnificent mountain range. Alternatively drive straight to the park and take a game drive. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula offers excellent game drives with magnificent views across the water to the Rwenzori Mountains. Mweya is one of the best places to look for leopard which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. Time permitting visit the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative and its coffee processing station or the wetland reserve to spot birds. Lunch en route or at lodge. Dinner and overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

Day 4

Breakfast at lodge. The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lake Edward and Lake George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. Also in Kyambura Gorge you can visit various community projects such as: Women’s Coffee Cooperative Tour, Reclaimed Wetland Tour, Bee-Keeping Fence Visit, Omumushaka Dance Group Performance, Empundu Playground Visit and much more. Lunch en route or at lodge. Dinner and overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

Day 5

Breakfast at lodge. Today we continue to the primeval Bwindi Forest. Travelling via Ishasha – subject to road conditions – you can observe the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive, there may be some time to partake in some activities included at the lodge including  tea tour, walk to Bwindi community hospital or a self guided river walk.

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

Day 6

Enjoy an early breakfast, then set off through the steep, densely forested hills in search of Mountain Gorillas. Tracking in the Bwindi Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day but observing the gorillas in their natural habitat is awe inspiring.

Overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

Day 7

Breakfast at lodge then transfer to the airstrip for either the 10.55 am or 14.05 pm flight to Entebbe. Depending on your onward arrangements either connect to your international flight or transfer to a hotel (transfer and hotel not included but can be added at a supplement).

Prices

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7 DAY KIBALE, KYAMBURA & BWINDI SAFARI: prices are Per Person

PRICES INCLUDE:

Safari briefing and debriefing at Entebbe, Transport whilst on safari in 4×4 vehicle (5-seater) with a professional guide, 1 Gorilla Permit per person, 02 Chimpanzee permits (Kibale & Kyambura), Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary visit, Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, Accommodation on full board basis at Kyaninga Lodge, Accommodation on an All Inclusive basis at Kyambura and Bwindi Lodges in Standard Bandas (alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry services, one complimentary massage per guest per stay), Mineral water in the vehicle and during the tracking, Scheduled flight Kihihi-Entebbe

PRICES EXCLUDE:

  • FESTIVE SEASON SUPPLEMENTS
  • Optional extra Gorilla Permit.
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • International Flights / Visas / Travel Insurance
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DATES FROM DATES TO 01 Pax 02 Pax 03 Pax 04 Pax 05 Pax Single Supplement
01-Jun-19 30-Sep-19 6788 USD 5005 USD 4670 USD 4503 USD 4402 USD 778 USD
01-Oct-19 14-Dec-19 6264 USD 4569 USD 4234 USD 4067 USD 3966 USD 690 USD
15-Dec-19 31-Dec-19 6788 USD 5005 USD 4670 USD 4503 USD 4402 USD 778 USD
01-Jan-20 28-Feb-20 7252 USD 5360 USD 5007 USD 4831 USD 4725 USD 835 USD
01-Mar-20 31-May-20 6656 USD 4869 USD 4516 USD 4340 USD 4234 USD 730 USD
01-Jun-20 30-Jun-20 7252 USD 5360 USD 5007 USD 4831 USD 4725 USD 835 USD
01-Jul-20 30-Sep-20 7452 USD 5560 USD 5207 USD 5031 USD 4925 USD 835 USD
01-Oct-20 14-Dec-20 6856 USD 5069 USD 4716 USD 4540 USD 4434 USD 730 USD
15-Dec-20 31-Dec-20 7452 USD 5560 USD 5207 USD 5031 USD 4925 USD 835 USD

Please Note: there is a minimum age of 15 years for gorilla treks
ONE PAX RATE: The price for 1 person travelling alone provided above includes single supplement.
GORILLA PERMITS:
i. Gorilla Permits are US$600 per person per trek (AS FROM 01ST JULY 2020 WILL BE US$ 700 per person per trek). One permit is included in the above rates.

ii. Once purchased, gorilla and chimpanzee permits are NON-REFUNDABLE.

iii. Additional Gorilla Permits must be pre-booked / paid if gorilla tracking on the additional (optional) day.
iv. All Gorilla Permits need to be purchased at the time of booking or a deposit equivalent to 20% of the cost of the safari paid, whichever is higher.
x. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited.
xi. Permit prices are subject to change without notice.

UGANDA FLIGHTS – TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
i. Passengers are allowed on board with a maximum of 15 Kg of luggage each, all extra baggage will be charged at US $3 per kilo – whether or not the excess baggage will be allowed on board is at the discretion of the airline.
ii. Clients’ full names and scanned copies of passports are required to be able to book the flights
iii. Check in for domestic flights is a minimum of 60 minutes before departure time

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