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Highlights

  • Experience great safari adventures
  • Come face to face with Mountain Gorillas
  • Get a glance of the cities of Kampala and Kigali
  • Enjoy breathtaking scenery and friendly communities

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers and assistance
  • 3-star hotel type accommodation according to two persons sharing with an option to upgrade
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Walking tour of Kampala
  • Private transport in a 4x4 safari van
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide
  • One gorilla trekking permit and one chimp tracking permit
  • Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
  • All taxes on the services quoted above

Price Excludes

  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • International, regional and local Airfares.
  • Airport taxes
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature such as drinks and telephone calls
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
Itinerary

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

Day 1Arrive in Entebbe

You will be received at Entebbe international airport by one of our guides and transferred to your hotel in Kampala.

Day 2Kampala Tour

After your breakfast, we will head into the city center and take a walking tour of the central business district of the city of Kampala. The tour covers the main streets, markets, significant monuments and landmarks.

Learn about the famous events of the 70’s when Idi Amin evicted Asians from their shops on Kampala road, visit the largest market in the country and get to also try public transport on Uganda’s popular taxis known as boda bodas. The tour will be capped with a visit to a craft market for some souvenir shopping and a stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Later in the evening, if jet lag has not set in, you can go experience a local jazz band or a cultural concert.

(B)

Day 3Fort Portal

Fort Portal is a small town five hours drive west of Kampala. This early morning journey leads you to some of the most beautiful parts of Uganda. The journey is marked by small trading towns, lash green hills covered with banana and tea plantations. Your lodge is located just outside Fort Portal town on the edge of Kibale forest.

The lodge is tucked in an evergreen forest with monkeys swinging through the trees with rare birds and butterflies fluttering around. You will have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the lodge. You can also take an afternoon stroll through a nearby village or visit a nearby swamp and encounter various primates that live there.

(B, L, D)

Day 4Chimps. Queen

After breakfast, we will head to Kibale forest. The forest is home to one of the highest populations of chimpanzees in the world and offers one of the best place to encounter chimpanzees in the wild. The forest is also home to many other primates and wildlife species. This morning you will take a guided walk into the forest with the help of a ranger to track down one of the chimpanzee families. This 4-hour adventure offers such an exhilarating and insightful experience of the chimps in the wild.

After your adventure, we will take a three hours’ drive south to Queen Elizabeth national park, a popular safari destination. At Queen Elizabeth park, we will embark on a boat and enjoy a safari adventure on the Kazinga channel. The channel connects two lakes, Edward and George and is a popular spot for several African wildlife. Sightings of elephants, buffalos, hippos and crocodiles are common.

(B, L, D)

Day 5Transfer to Ishasha (Tree Climbing lions)

On this day, we will head further south to explore a unique part of Queen Elizabeth known as the Ishasha sector. The sector is famous for tree climbing lions which is a rare phenomenon in lions. It’s a three-hour drive to your lodge, and after lunch, you will head out for a game driving adventure. In addition to lions, herds of elephants, topis, kobs and buffalos are commonly sighted.

(B, L, D)

Day 6Bwindi

After your breakfast, you will begin the climb up the mountains to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. This three hours’ drive is filled with scenic views of mountain sides, valleys and terraced slopes. You will make it in time for lunch. You have the rest of the day to relax and prepare for the next day’s hike.

(B, L, D)

Day 7Gorilla trekking

You will make an early start and head to the park headquarters for briefing and starting of your trekking expedition. The Bwindi forest is located in the volcanic highlands of the Virunga mountains. This intimidating and thick tropical jungle is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.

You will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls. Upon sighting the gorillas, you will spend a full hour with them as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing and raising their young. Coming face to face with these magnificent creatures is one of wildlife’s greatest fairy tale moments.

(B, L, D)

Day 8Scenic drive to Kigali

After your gorilla trekking experience, you will begin this slow 5-6 hours’ journey winding through mountains and hidden volcanic lakes all the way to Kigali. You make short stops along the way to take in the views and also have lunch.

(B)

Day 9Fly Out

Depending on your flight schedule, you can take in a city tour in the morning, visit the genocide memorial in Kigali, and then later catch your return 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.