Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond 2023

11
 days from $
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Explore the “Pearl of Africa,” from the banks of the Nile to the deepest reaches of the rainforest, blazing a trail through the mists of Uganda’s waterfalls and evergreen rainforests, and tracking chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions and endangered mountain gorillas along the way.

A&K Advantages

  • Encounter mountain gorillas under the biodiverse canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, ranging through mist-covered hillsides to observe these greatest of the apes in their natural surroundings, sensing the deep connection between their species and our own
  • Cruise up the Nile River to the misty base of Murchison Falls, spotting wildlife, such as water birds, including the rare shoebill stork, wallowing hippos, elephants that come down to the river bank to drink and the fearsome Nile crocodile basking in the sun
  • Trek the lush, tropical trails of Kibale National Park in search of chimpanzees, sociable primates that forage for food and utter vocalizations that reverberate through the forest
  • Set out on two full days of game drives in the wilds of Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping watch for tree-climbing lions as well as elephants, Cape buffalo, Ugandan kobs — a type of antelope — and the ever-elusive leopard

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

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 lodge 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 — showers a narrow ravine.

Nile Safari Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK | NILE SAFARI

Today, set out on a game drive 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 to the base of the falls, watching for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and birds on the river’s banks.

Nile Safari 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 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. Rise early this morning for 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, Ride Like a Local by African canoe across the crater lake, watching for wildlfe and admiring the scenery.

Kyaninga Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 6–7

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK | NATURE ANEW

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 seldom seen anywhere else in Africa. Toast your day on safari with a Scenic Sundowner.

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. This afternoon at your camp, savor a Chef ’s Table experience.

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, spending up to an hour among them each day. See mothers keeping infants close as they knucklewalk on three limbs. Watch scampering toddlers 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 fact these creatures lie on the brink of extinction. Later on Day 9, tour the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi, a project supported by A&K Philanthropy, meeting the teachers empowering the region’s health care workers.

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

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package

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3 days from $2,295 per person

Single Supplement from $1,595 per person

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

Accommodations:

Taj Dubai from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai from $3,195 | Single Supplement from $2,495
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach from $3,295 | Single Supplement from $2,695

International air not included.

3 DAYS

Fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture; visiting the Spice Market and the colorful shops at 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.

Taj Dubai

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3)

Protea Hotel Entebbe

Nile Safari Lodge

Kyaninga Lodge

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Protea Hotel Entebbe (dayroom)

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