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Africa

Great Gorillas Of Uganda

From €4228pp including flights
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
7 Nights
Destination
Uganda
Price
From €4228pp including flights
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Encounter the endangered mountain gorillas on this seven-day wildlife tour to Uganda.

Fly from Dublin to Entebbe via Heathrow and set off on a wildlife adventure in Uganda.

Journey through wildly diverse national parks, open savannahs and dense rainforest

Whilst enjoying game drives, nature walks and boat rides- search for the countless mammals, reptiles and birds residing in their natural habitat.

Visit Kibale National Park to see the tea plantations, monkeys and over 300 species of birds. 

Take in spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains' towering snow-capped peaks. Cross the equator at Queen Elizabeth National Park, see the wonderful Kasenda Crater Lakes and spend two nights in a safari lodge. 

Embark on a guided safari drive journeys through the National Park with a chance to encounter herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and the rare giant forest hog.

Located in the south-west of Uganda, Bwindi National Park is considered the most diverse forest in the country. Here you'll encounter the beautiful Montain Gorillas. This national park contains almost half the worlds' population of this endangered species, making it a vitally important conservation site. 

Before returning to Entebbe for your homeward flight, you'll visit Lake Mburo National Park. This region is underlain by prehistoric metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years.

Catch a glance of some of Lake Mburo's incredible wildlife: waterbuck, hippos, buffalo, over 350 species of birds, zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck.

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe

Depart from Ireland via Heathrow & Dubai to Entebbe, Uganda's capital city. You will be met and transferred to your four-star hotel set in lush tropical gardens where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool before joining your group for dinner.

Day: Kibale

After an early breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale National Park, an enjoyable drive that passes verdant fields of tea plantations with the chance to stop for photos.

Arriving at your rainforest lodge late in the afternoon there'll be some time to settle in to the sounds of over 325 species of birds and howling monkeys. Stretch your legs on a gentle walk around the lodge's stunning grounds- which on a clear day has spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains whose snow-capped peaks tower above the lower slopes blanketed in rich moist mountain forest.

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today marks your first chance to encounter the mischievous local inhabitants during an exciting morning of chimpanzee tracking. With the highest density and diversity of primates in the whole of Africa, Kibale National Park is the optimal place to find one of the 1450 protected chimpanzees as well as the endangered red colobus monkey and more uncommon L'hoest's monkey, all of whom roam freely within 766 square kilometres of protected parkland.

This exhilarating walk delves deep into the forest's undergrowth and offers the chance to observe these fascinating animals whose human-like behaviour will stun and surprise their visiting guests.

After lunch back at your lodge, continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, driving through the beautiful Kasenda Crater Lakes, crossing the equator along the way. The next two nights will be spent at a wonderful safari lodge located on a peninsula within the heart of the park, where dinner can be enjoyed al fresco on the terrace.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Rise early this morning and depart your lodge in 4x4 vehicles to watch the park's wildlife wake from their slumber. Today's guided safari drive journeys through the park with a chance to encounter herds of elephant, buffalo and antelope, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and the rare giant forest hog. Your wildlife adventure continues in the afternoon with a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a large stretch of water which attracts a large number of mammals and reptiles including families of warthog, large groups of hippo, and crocodiles basking on the shore. Spend a relaxing evening back at your lodge sharing the day's experiences over your evening meal.

Day 5: Bwindi

From Queen Elizabeth National Park our tour takes a leisurely route to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, stopping in the Ishasha Sector of the park where it is not uncommon to see 'tree-climbing' lions sleeping on the large branches of fig trees as well as the other numerous species of big game.

There will also be the chance to visit a community project in the local village where the local inhabitants warmly invite passers-by into their homesteads and explain the local elephant trench project to protect their homes from these wandering giants. The donation for this experience is paid directly to the project leaders.

You'll arrive at your forest lodge on the edge of the Great Rift Valley in the late afternoon which offers uninterrupted views of the pristine canopy below. Bwindi National Park, located in south western Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, is considered the most diverse forest in Uganda.

Home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies, and 160 species of trees, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa. The park contains almost one half of the world's population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site.

Day 6: Bwindi

Searching for mountain gorillas on a guided trek is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth and coming face to face with these fascinating creatures is a rare wildlife encounter. The duration of the walk will depend on the day, however gorilla trekking can be a strenuous yet rewarding adventure with time on foot can often amounting to six hours or longer, often at high altitudes.

Mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed however our experienced guides and trackers are proud of their 90% success rate in viewing these mighty yet beautiful beasts. Be sure to have plenty of battery power and memory on your camera to capture the hour you spend with these gentle giants.

Following the trek, you'll return to your lodge and, if time allows, there'll be the option to take a guided afternoon forest walk (at a fee) or alternatively you may decide to wander into Bwindi village to meet and chat with the curious locals.

Day 7: Lake Mburo

Set out this morning on a drive to Lake Mburo National Park, passing through hilly terrain and beautiful rural villages. The park is the smallest of Uganda's savannah national parks and underlain by prehistoric metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years.

Along with 13 other lakes in the region, Mburo forms part of a vast wetland system linked by swamps with a rich and diverse habitat of Defassa waterbuck (large antelope), hippos, buffalo and over 350 species of birds. Take in the area's wealth of flora and fauna during a boat ride through the swamps with a chance to spot elusive species of birds including the rare shoebill stork, one of the world's most endangered species.

Retiring to your hotel nested on a scenic outcrop at the edge of the lake, dinner will be served with views of the waterhole beneath where zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck often congregate.

Day 8: Depart Uganda

After breakfast at the lodge, drive back to Entebbe with a break for a picnic lunch before arriving in the early afternoon for your scheduled return flight.

Price is per person sharing and includes:

  • Flights and taxes from Dublin via Heathrow
  • Checked baggage
  • Transfers
  • Four-star accommodation
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Pre and post-tour accommodation
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Group departure dates Jan- Oct 2019.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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