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Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond

Marco Polo Club Invitational: Exclusive trips, accompanied by A&K's most accomplished guides

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

Arrive in Entebbe and transfer to your hotel on the shores of Africa’s largest lake.

Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa
Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park | The Nile’s Jewel

Depart Entebbe and fly to Murchison Falls, one of the most scenic spots along the Nile and the location of the classic Humphrey Bogart film The African Queen. After settling in to your wooden chalet or permanent tent on the banks of the Victoria Nile, join your guide for a visit to Murchison Falls, where invigorating spray pours down on a narrow ravine.

Nile Safari Lodge   |   Meals: B L D
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park | Nile Safari

Today, a game drive takes you along the northern banks of the Nile in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park. You may see giraffes, buffalo, elephants, warthogs, leopards, lions and antelopes. This afternoon, embark on a boat cruise up the Nile River to the base of the falls. Watch for hippos, crocodiles, elephants, antelope and many bird species that inhabit the river’s papyrus-lined banks.

Nile Safari Lodge   |   Meals: B L D
Day 4: Kibale National Park | Bunyaruguru Crater Walk

After breakfast, board a flight to Kibale and transfer to your lodge. Later, you may take an optional nature walk along the top of the Bunyaruguru Crater.

Kyaninga Lodge   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Kibale National Park | Forest of Chimpanzees

Kibale Forest is home to 11 species of primates, including chimpanzees and mangabeys, as well as 300 species of birds and a vast array of butterflies. Rise early this morning for the short drive to the start of your chimpanzee trek. The chimpanzees feed high in the trees, so binoculars are a must. Barks of baboons occasionally pierce the forest silence as you make your way along the trail. This afternoon, you may go on a guided primate walk in the Bigodi forest swamp.

Kyaninga Lodge   |   Meals: B L D
Days 6-7: Queen Elizabeth National Park | Nature Anew

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, hippos, buffaloes and baboons. Participate in game drives this afternoon and the next day. While exploring, look in the branches above; you may spot tree-climbing lions, a sight rarely to be seen anywhere else in Africa. You may also see some of Uganda’s largest elephant herds.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park | Misty Mountains

Enjoy a game drive as you make your way out of the Rift Valley through the Kigezi Highlands of southwestern Uganda. The scenery is increasingly more breathtaking as you switchback up and down the hills. Your journey culminates in the mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Days 9-10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park | Gorilla Encounters

Spend two days tracking endangered mountain gorillas and spending up to an hour among them each day. Imagine watching a family of these creatures that share 97.7% of our DNA go about their daily business. See mothers keeping infants close to their chests as they knuckle-walk on three limbs. Toddlers scamper around and often must be reined in by an attentive father, whose job is to protect his family. When you look into the eyes of a mountain gorilla, there is no mistaking the bond that exists between primate and man — and no escaping the poignant reminder that these creatures lie on the brink of extinction. Return to your lodge with time to relax or set out on another guided forest walk.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp   |   Meals: B L D
Day 11: Depart Entebbe

Fly to Entebbe and return to Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa, where a dayroom awaits until your international flight home.

Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa (dayroom)   |   Meals: B
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