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Marco Polo Journeys

Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond 2018


11 Days from $10,795

Limited to 16 guests

Journey up the Nile River to Murchison Falls; trek through Kibale National Park in search of chimpanzees; and track - and closely observe - endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

A&K Advantages

Explore the "Pearl of Africa" and discover Uganda's wild treasures, from the banks of the Nile to the deepest reaches of the rainforest

Cruise up the Nile River to the misty base of Murchison Falls, spotting wildlife on the banks as you float past

Trek the lush, tropical trails of Kibale National Park in search of chimpanzees

Set out on game drives in the wilds of Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping watch for tree-climbing lions

Encounter endangered mountain gorillas under the bio-diverse canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Entebbe, Uganda
DAY 2
Murchison Falls National Park | The Nile’s Jewel
DAY 3
Murchison Falls National Park | Nile Safari
DAY 4
Kibale National Park | Bunyaruguru Crater Walk
DAY 5
Kibale National Park | Forest of Chimpanzees
DAYS 6–7
Queen Elizabeth National Park | Nature Anew
DAY 8
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park | Misty Mountains
DAYS 9–10
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park | Gorilla Encounters
DAY 11
Depart Entebbe
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 National Park, one of the most scenic spots along the Nile and the location of the classic Humphrey Bogart film, The African Queen. After settling into your thatched cottage on the banks of the Victoria Nile, join your guide for a visit to Murchison Falls, where invigorating spray — the collective force of the majestic Nile — pours down on a narrow ravine.

Baker's Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 antelope. This afternoon, embark on a boat cruise up the Nile River to the base of the falls. Watch for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and the many bird species that inhabit the river’s papyrus-lined banks.

Baker's Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 6–7
Queen Elizabeth National Park | Nature Anew

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and baboons. Participate in game drives this afternoon and the next day. While exploring, watch above for 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park | Misty Mountains

Set out for a morning game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Make your way out of the Rift Valley through the Kigezi Highlands and on to the mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later today, visit Uganda Nursing School Bwindi, an A&K Philanthropy-supported project enhancing health care in this remote region.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 9–10
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park | Gorilla Encounters

Spend two days tracking endangered mountain gorillas, which share 97.7% of our DNA, spending up to an hour among them each day. See mothers keeping infants close as they knucklewalk on three limbs. Toddlers scamper around and get 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.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Jul 27 - Aug 06
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    $10,795
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    $1,795
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    $1,750
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  • Sep 07 - Sep 17
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    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $1,795
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    Price shown is guaranteed for 7 or more guests. For 2-6 guests, the price will be $12,595 per person double occupancy.

  • Oct 01 - Oct 11
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    Single Supplement
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    Price
    $10,795
    Single Supplement
    $1,795
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    $1,750
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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,750

Entebbe/Murchison Falls/Kibale; Bwindi/Entebbe

Gorilla and chimpanzee permits are an additional $1,350

Minimum age is 15 years.

Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.

First group event: welcome briefing at 10:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: hotel transfer at 11:30 a.m. on Day 11.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Program Note: This journey entails active elements such as hiking through isolated jungle regions.


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