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Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond 2020


11 days from $10,995

Limited to 16 guests

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

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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 biodiverse canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable 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 National Park | Mist-Shrouded Mountains
DAYS 9-10
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | Gorilla Encounters in the Wild
DAY 11
Depart Entebbe

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Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more

DAY 1
Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda, a nation of stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and rich biodiversity. Transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Protea Hotel Entebbe
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’s 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 encounter some of Uganda’s largest elephant herds.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | Mist-Shrouded 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 National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later today, visit the 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 National Park | Gorilla Encounters in the Wild

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 encounter a mountain gorilla in the wild, 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 your hotel, where a dayroom awaits until your international flight home.

Protea Hotel Entebbe (dayroom)
Meals: Breakfast
Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more

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3 days from $1,795

Single Supplement from $1,195

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Dubai before or after your journey.

 

Hotel Options:

Park Hyatt Dubai, from $1,795 | Single Supplement from $1,195
Taj Dubai, from $1,895 | Single Supplement from $1,195
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, from $2,195 | Single Supplement from $1,495

International air not included.

3 Days

Fly to Dubai and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture, visiting the Spice Market and colorful shops at the Deira Gold Souk, and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.

Park Hyatt Dubai
Taj Dubai
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3)


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

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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $1,750
Entebbe/Murchison Falls/Kibale; Bwindi/Entebbe

Gorilla and chimpanzee permits are priced from an additional $1,600.

This journey contains some active elements.

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.

Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more


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