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Highlights

  • Encounter Mountain Gorillas
  • Tour the Nile River
  • Thrilling Safari Adventures
  • Watch Chimpanzees in the jungle
  • Meet Friendly Communities

Price Includes

  • 3-star hotel type Accommodation based on two persons sharing, with an option to upgrade.
  • Local transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Professional local tour manager
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All activities as described in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla and 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit

Price Excludes

  • Visa fees
  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Drinks
Itinerary

Meal basis (As per itinerary) :  B – Breakfast | L – Lunch | D – Dinner

Day 1Arrive in Kampala

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received by a Redroad Tour guide who will take you to your hotel for the night.

Day 2Kampala City Tour

In the morning you will take a 4- hour walking tour of the city of Kampala. You will get to experience first-hand, the hustle and bustle this city has become known for. You will also get to do some souvenir shopping at one of the craft markets in town.
(B)

Day 3Murchison

Set-off early for a 5-hour drive to Murchison falls national park. You will make a short stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking. In the afternoon, you will go for your first game drive. Murchison falls national park is endowed with a variety of African wildlife such as Elephants, buffalos, lions, giraffes and many more. This exciting game drive involves scanning through the park in such of these magnificent animals.

(B, L, D)

Day 4Murchison

Set off before dawn for another 3-hours game drive adventure. This is another opportunity to encounter and observe African wildlife in their natural habitat. You will have the rest of the morning to enjoy your lodge. In the afternoon, you will head out on a boat along the Victoria Nile. This part of the Nile is home to hundreds of Hippos and Crocodiles, and also attracts an array of other animals such as elephants and buffalos.

(B, L, D)

Day 5Drive to Fort Portal

Take a 7 hours’ drive to the Rwenzori region. This is famous for the rift valley and the majestic Rwenzori mountains also known as the mountains of the moon. After you check in to your lodge, you may relax and enjoy the lodge or you may choose from a number of activities available to do.

(B, D)

Day 6Chimp Tracking

Set off early morning to Kibale Forest, home to the highest density of primates in East Africa, for your chimpanzee tracking expedition. This 4-hour adventure takes you up close to one of the Chimpanzee families and you will spend an hour observing their fascinating lifestyle.

After lunch, you will take a village walk. Walking the village trails is a great way of experiencing and learning about Ugandan culture. The trails pass through plantations, small towns and various crater lakes.

(B, L, D)

Day 7Transfer to Queen Elizabeth

The next morning drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. This iconic park is located on the floor of the rift valley – a 40km wide flat stretch that lies in between the Rwenzori mountains and the highlands of western Uganda. It’s this stretch that a number of wildlife call home.

You will take a boat tour on the Kazinga channel. The channel is a bustling hub of wildlife activity. The channel is home to hundreds of Hippos, Crocodile and numerous species of birds, and also boasts Elephants and buffalos as regular visitors.

(B, L, D)

Day 8Tree Climbing Lions

We will take an early morning drive to the southern part of the park known as Ishasha. This region is famous for the rare tree climbing lions, however it also boasts of other African wildlife such as big herds of elephants and Topis. You will spend the afternoon on a game drive discovering these savannah plains.

(B, L, D)

Day 9Transfer to Bwindi

The trip to Bwindi impenetrable forest is a 3-hour scenic drive with impressive views and friendly communities. You will be climbing up from the low savannah plains to the mountains that are home to the gorillas.

(B, L, D)

Day 10Gorilla trekking

On this day you will be trekking through the forest in search of one of the gorilla families. This thrilling experience will get you up close to the gorillas and you will have an hour with them before heading out of the forest.

(B, L, D)

Day 11Lake Bunyonyi

You will take a 2-hours’ drive south to Lake Bunyonyi (meaning “the place of birds”). This picturesque lake is nestled in the volcanic hills of the Kigezi region. It is also a popular bird sanctuary as the meaning of its name suggests. You will spend the afternoon resting at the lodge. You can also take a canoe trekking tour of the lake and its surroundings at your request.

(B, D)

Day 12Cross to Rwanda

You will embark on a 4 hours’ scenic drive through the gorilla highlands, making stops at various view points on your way to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. On this route discover impressive views of volcanic lakes and a series of volcanic mountains popularly known as the Virunga mountains.

(B)

Day 13Fly Home

You will be transferred to their airport for your next flight back home.

(B)

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The Premium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge

Gorilla Safari Lodge is a private and secluded upmarket lodge with spectacular views of the Bwindi rainforest and located close to the Gorilla Trekking starting point. The lodge consists of spacious chalets, the main lodge area with a restaurant, and a bar overlooking the Bwindi rainforest and a gift shop. It also has free WIFI available at the main lodge area.

Room description:

These are chalets, each consisting of a spacious room, a private terrace, and en-suite bathroom. They are beautifully decorated and nicely lit with great views of the Bwindi rainforest. Each room is fitted with large comfortable beds, plush linen, mosquito net wrapping around the bed, lounge furniture, and a fireplace. The bathrooms have flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water.

Meals:

Meals are all included; 2 breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. The restaurant offers 3-course meals of local and international specialties.

Benefits

Spacious and nicely-decorated rooms

Great location

Spectacular views of Bwindi rainforest

Elaborate meals and variety of choices

Spacious restaurant

Free WIFI

Drawbacks

No WIFI in the rooms

What is the price?

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Price per person$2,125$1,754$1,692$1,661$1,642$1,629

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $106 per person.

Available Extensions to your 3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi

  • One night extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $510 per person
  • Two nights extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $965 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoeing excursion - $239 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoe trekking - $418 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $415 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $799 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari including a 4-hour Horseback Safari and Bush Breakfast - $934 per person
  • One day extension of the Gorilla Trekking Safari including 1 Gorilla permit - $1,066 per person

The Medium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a mid-range mountain lodge located in the south-eastern part of the park near one of the four gorilla trekking starting points known as Rushaga. The lodge has excellent panoramic views of the Bwindi forest and is a 5 minutes' walk to the gorilla trekking starting point. It also has a restaurant that offers a full English breakfast, an a la carte lunch menu, and a choice of 3 set meals for dinner. You can also access free WIFI at the main lounge and restaurant area of the lodge.

Room description:

These are spacious cottages with large comfortable beds and linen, lounge furniture, and a private terrace looking towards the Bwindi rainforest. All rooms have a spacious private bathroom with flush toilets, solar-powered hot showers, a sink, and a dressing countertop and mirror.

Meals:

Your stay includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners. The meals are all made from western or intercontinental cuisine.

Benefits

Relatively good price

Great location

Spacious rooms

Views of the Bwindi rainforest

Free WIFI

Drawbacks

Not nicely decorated

The linen is comfortable but not plush

Limited food items at the restaurant

What is the price?

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Price per person$1,834$1,448$1,385$1,354$1,335$1,323

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $146 per person.

Available Extensions to your 3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi

  • One night extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $290 per person
  • Two nights extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $527 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoeing excursion - $239 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoe trekking - $418 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $279 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $527 per person
  • One day extension of the Gorilla Trekking Safari including 1 Gorilla permit - $913 per person

The Basic Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge

Gorilla Valley Lodge is a small, low-budget lodge located in the south-eastern part of the park near one of the four gorilla trekking starting points known as Rushaga. The lodge has a small restaurant that offers a basic continental breakfast and a few options of international cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Room Description

These are clean and modestly furnished brick and motor rooms consisting of a comfortable bed, linen, towels, and en-suite bathrooms. The bathrooms have solar-powered hot water showers and flush toilets. The rooms also have lighting, power plugs, and mosquito nets over the beds.

Meals

Only breakfast and dinner are included in the basic plan. You can order lunch daily at the restaurant.

Benefits

Affordable and comfortable rooms

Good location

Drawbacks

Basic facilities

Small rooms

Limited meal options

Limited views

No internet access

Note:

If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking. We will provide a suitable replacement.

What is the price?

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Price per person $1,438$1,187$1,125$1,094$1,075$1,062

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $89 per person.

Available Extensions to your 3 days Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi

  • One night extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $234 per person
  • Two nights extension to Ishasha for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park - $415 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoeing excursion - $169 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Bunyonyi including canoe trekking - $278 per person
  • One night extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $212 per person
  • Two nights extension to Lake Mburo National Park for safari - $392 per person

The Premium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge is an upmarket lodge with the refinements of a 3-star hotel, located in the center of the park looking over the Nile river. Facilities include spacious rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a pool with a bar, and a gift shop.

Paraa safari lodge boasts the best location in the park and offers the conveniences of being so close to the jetty for your boat safari on the Nile river, and close to the game viewing areas of the park. No lodge offers more conveniences for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari than Paraa Safari Lodge.

Room description:

The rooms are nicely lit, decorated with plush linen, and towels. All rooms have a private bathroom with hot showers and a hairdryer. The rooms have a coffee bar, a reading table, refrigerator, complimentary bottled water, and a private balcony.

Meals:

Meals are all included; two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners. The restaurant offers three-course meals of local and international specialties.

Benefits

Spacious and comfortable rooms

WIFI available in all rooms

Great location for game drives and boat safari

Elaborate meals and variety of choices

Drawbacks

The standard rooms have a ceiling fan, but no air-conditioning. You can upgrade to a deluxe room for $35 per person per room.

Note: If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking, we will recommend a suitable replacement.

What is the price?

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Price per person$1,241$902$825$786$763$748

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $106 per person.

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The Medium Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Pakuba Safari Lodge is a mid-range lodge, located on the northern side of the park facing the Albert Nile. The facilities include a restaurant, terraced room blocks and a swimming pool.

The lodge is in an excellent location for game drives and with nicely furnished rooms, offering you better value for your money compared to other mid-range accommodations, making Pakuba the ideal lodge for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari.

Room description:

All rooms have a private bathroom with solar-powered hot showers, a reading table, a closet, and a private terrace. The rooms are all air-conditioned.

Meals:

This plan is inclusive of all meals. The price includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners during your stay. The meals are all made from western or intercontinental cuisine.

Benefits

Reasonably priced.

Excellent location for game drives

Comfortable rooms with air-conditioning

WIFI at the main lobby and at the restaurant

Drawbacks

The lodge is a 45 mins drive from the Paraa jetty, where the boat safari begins and ends.

Rooms lack a coffee or tea bar and Hair dryer.

The linen is comfortable but not plush

Note: If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking, we will recommend a suitable replacement.

What is the price?

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Price per person$1,141$763$685$647$624$608

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $146 per person.

The Basic Plan

Choice of Accommodation: Red Chili Rest Camp

Red Chilli Rest Camp is a low-budget camp located in the center of the park on the southern side of the Nile, only 500 meters from the ferry crossing point. You stay in brick and motor, African thatched houses locally known as bandas.

The camp also has a restaurant that offers an a la carte breakfast and lunch menu, and a choice of 3 set meals for dinner. The combination of a great location and a right level of comfort makes Red Chilli Rest Camp the ideal budget accommodation for your 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari.

Room description:

The bandas all include a double bed or two twin beds with linen and a mosquito net. A few bandas have private bathrooms, but most uses shared bathrooms. All the bandas have lighting, power plugs, and a fan. There’s a limited number of Ensuite bandas. The camp has shared toilets and bathroom stalls with hot water available.

Meals:

The basic plan includes breakfast. You can buy lunch and dinner every day at the restaurant.

Benefits

It’s inexpensive and safe.

Drawbacks

Even though Red Chilli Rest Camp’s location is better than other budget accommodations, it’s not the best for game viewing. It takes about 30 minutes, including crossing the Nile on a ferry to get to the wildlife. The ferry has set crossing times, and these can limit the amount of time you spend viewing the animals. All the other low-budget camps have the same challenge. None is close to the wildlife.

Electricity is only available at set times of the day, except lights are always on. The set times are from 7 am to 9 am, 11 am to 2 pm, and 5 pm to 10 pm. Outside these hours, guests charge appliances such as phones and camera batteries at the restaurant.

No WIFI

Note: If there are no rooms available at the time of your booking, we will recommend a suitable replacement.

Price Scale

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Price per person$918$597$520$481$458$442

Prices are based on double room occupancy. You can upgrade to a single room for $89 per person.