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Uganda Classic Gorilla Safari

Queen Elizabeth National Park & Forests of Bwindi & Kibale

Best time to travel
Jan-Feb, Jun-Sep
Ideal Length
9 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€6,299 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Entebbe.
  • All private transfers, internal flights and guiding requirements.
  • Enjoy a classic Ugandan lodge safari at four specially selected lodges.
  • Uganda is best known for its Gorilla population. Come face to face with these advanced primates with an exciting, guided gorilla trekking experience.
  • Take part in one of a kind excursions such as a private boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel and a visit to the semi nomadic Batwa Pygmy tribe.
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There is no experience on earth quite as special as encountering a family of mountain gorillas in the wild. In this classic Ugandan safari trip, you can discover the wonders of Ugandan wildlife and experience some of the best luxury accommodations in the country. Known as one of the friendliest nations in Africa, Uganda is a wonderful, off the beaten track holiday destination. With year-round sunshine and absolutely stunning scenery, Uganda has so much to offer holiday makers. From an adrenaline filled day tracking gorillas, to a relaxing river cruise, this sample itinerary has something for everyone.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Entebbe.

You will be met on arrival and privately transferred to Entebbe’s suburbs where you will stay for one night. Relax after the long journey with a good nights’ sleep and dinner at the hotel.

The following morning, transfer back to Entebbe airport and take a short domestic flight to the Kihihi Airstrip.

From here, you will be privately transferred to the safari lodge in a 4×4 vehicle. The journey will take approximately 90 minutes and act as a mini safari. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the roadside and in the bush beyond.

Antelope on luxury safari in Uganda
Check-in to a beautiful chalet which will be the base for your safari stay.

Spend three nights soaking up the local culture and becoming one with nature as you explore Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with game drives and forest walks.

Spend three nights in Buhoma Lodge during your luxury holiday to Uganda
Embark on a once in a lifetime Gorilla Trek.

With the help of a highly experienced guide, trek through the forest in search of the gorillas who have made the habitat their home. There is nothing quite like witnessing wild mountain gorillas as they eat, groom each other and play among the trees.

Embark on a gorilla trek during your luxury holiday to Uganda
The following day, visit the Batwa Pygmies, a community of semi nomadic tribespeople living in the Bwindi forest.

Although the tribe once flourished, their numbers are dwindling as modernisation wipes out their traditions. Visit these hunter-gatherers who have lived a difficult existence and learn about their unique way of life. These cultural visits help support members of the tribe through education and housing.

Visit Bwindi Forest during your luxury holiday to Uganda
Take another 4x4 safari transfer to a luxury wilderness camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You will stay here for two nights in a fabulous safari tent designed for maximum luxury, at the heart of nature.

Stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park during your luxury holiday to Uganda
Make a visit to the Ishasha Community Project.

Dedicated to preserving the bio- diversity of the area, the project reduces threats to the ecosystem and introduces guests to the locals, their handicrafts and rich culture.

Make a visit to the Ishasha Community Project during your luxury holiday to Uganda
Back at the lodge, embark on exciting game drives through Queen Elizabeth National Park.

With the help of experienced guides, venture out into the bush in search of Uganda’s best game. Spot elephants bathing in the river, buffalo grazing along its banks and plenty of vervet monkeys. There is even a lone hippo, named George, who often visits the camp.

During your luxury holiday to Uganda, spot elephants bathing in the river at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enhance your Safari experience with a cruise down the Kazinga Channel in the Mweya portion of the National Park.

Enjoy incredible sightings of hippo, crocodiles, elephants and buffalo as you gently cruise through the shallows of the river. The river banks attract dozens of species of birds and the cruise offers incredible views of the Mweya Peninsula.

Observe hippos during a river cruise on your luxury holiday to Uganda
After the cruise, transfer to the final lodge of your stay.

Spend three nights in Mweya doing as many activities as possible in the time remaining.

Spot chimp in Mweya during your luxury holiday to Uganda
To begin, depart for Kyambura for a day of Chimpanzee Trekking.

Along the way, stop off at the equator for a quick photo op. At Kyambura Gorge, prepare for a lively and noisy experience. The highly active chimpanzees can be seen moving through the treetops and chattering to eachother. Sometimes you may even find them resting at ground level and as the chimps are habituated to humans, sightings are almost guaranteed.

Embark on a chimp trek in Kyambura during your luxury holiday to Uganda
Then, you will be privately transferred to Kibale Forest.

This forest is unique in that it combines a blend of tropical forest, rainforest and deciduous forest which has resulted in a colourful and highly perfumed environment. Here in the forest, you can spot red tailed monkeys, diademed monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus’ as well as Chimpanzees. Bird and insect species are also abundant in the forest and spotting rare species can be a very exciting experience.

Spot olive baboon in Kibale Forest during your luxury holiday to Uganda
Enjoy one final safari as you drive back to Entebbe in a private safari vehicle.

It is time to return home. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is located within the Queen Elizabeth National Park, making it the perfect base for an exciting safari in the remote wilderness of the African bush. The camp overlooks the Ntungwe River.

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Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge is excellently located near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park headquarters where you will begin your gorilla treks. The lodge’s cottages are dotted along a hillside with views of the forest.

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No. 5 Boutique Hotel

Located in Entebbe’s leafy suburbs, Hotel No. 5 is a tranquil escape featuring bright, modern facilities and décor. Wind down with a dip in the outdoor pool or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.

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Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is tucked away in the foothills of Mount Sabino. Built using local, sustainable resources, this collection of cottages is a charming addition to your gorilla tracking experience.

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