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Uganda - Gorillas in the Mist

From $12,299
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2024 - Sep 2025
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From $12,299
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Sep 2024 - Sep 2025
Tour Overview
Animal lovers will be in their element on our Uganda Gorillas in the Mist tour, which takes you on an epic adventure through the wilds of East Africa. Discover Uganda's incredible wildlife, from getting up-close-and-personal with gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest to driving across the African savannah in search of tree-climbing lions. Add in the country's scenic highlights such as the spectacular cascading Murchison Falls and unforgettable cultural experiences, and you'll soon see why Uganda is known as the 'Pearl of Africa'.
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  • active holiday Walking
  • meals included tour All Breakfasts
  • max group size Max Group Size 11

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 11 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels and lodges 
  • 30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners including welcome dinner & drink 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport *
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Walking safari to see southern white rhino
  • Boat ride to the spectacular Murchison Falls
  • Chimpanzee-tracking experience
  • Wildlife cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Four game drives in four different parks including Ishasha, to see the tree-climbing lions
  • Gorilla trek in the Impenetrable Forest
  • Stay in an eco farm lodge & participate in local farming traditions
  • Traditional African Toora lunch at Tinka's home


Day 1 Entebbe

Make your own way to our first hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Entebbe - Murchison Falls

After breakfast, you'll catch your first glimpse of Uganda's wonderful wildlife with a drive through Kampala to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. We will set off on a walking safari to spot rare southern white rhino, which have recently been re-introduced to the country.
In the afternoon, we'll travel on to Murchison Falls National Park, a region that's awash with dense rainforest and rolling savannah and has the Nile River flowing majestically through it. And, of course, the dramatic, cascading Murchison Falls at its heart.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Murchison Falls

See more of the region's amazing animals on a morning game drive that takes you across savannah, through Borassus palm forest and down to Lake Albert, one of Africa's Great Lakes. Along the way, we'll spot all manner of spectacular species, from the Big Five to various native birds and reptiles.
Later in the day, you'll get to experience the National Park from the water as we take a boat ride up the Nile to Murchison Falls. View the impressive cascades from below, including watching huge Nile crocodiles basking in the pools.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Murchison Falls – Fort Portal – Kibale National Park

There will be plenty of driving today as we venture to Kibale National Park, another of Uganda's magnificent wildlife regions that's known as the 'Primate Capital of the World'. On the way, we'll pass through dozens of tea plantations (don't worry, there will even be the chance to stop at one), as well as Fort Portal, an attractive town that's unique in Uganda for having an English name.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Chimpanzee Tracking

Lush rainforest covers a massive amount of Kibale National Park, making it the ideal habitat for 13 different species of primate. Today, you'll get to see some of these playful animals first-hand during a chimpanzee-tracking experience led by a knowledgeable expert.
After this unforgettable experience we'll be hosted for a Toora lunch at Tinka's homestay – a humble Ugandan who is delighted to share his culture and tradition with us. This afternoon we will have a guided walk of the Bigodi swamps before heading to the Fort Portal markets to have a taste of local living and see the fresh ingredients used by Tinka himself.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today we will enjoy a scenic game drive on our way through nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda's most popular game reserve, it stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the northern Rwenzori Mountains, along the shores of shimmering Lake Edward, to the remote Ishasha River in the south.
Embark on an adventure through the incredibly biodiverse Queen Elizabeth National Park, soaking up its volcanic craters, grassy plains, papyrus swamps, tropical forests and giant lakes. This afternoon we arrive at our lodge.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we have an early morning game drive. The reserve is teeming with over 100 species of mammals, including a plethora of primates. Look out for chimps, black-and-white colobus monkeys, olive baboons and red-tailed monkeys, among others.
For the afternoon we enjoy a different perspective and board a boat on the Kazinga Channel for a chance to see one of the world's largest populations of hippos. It's quite a sight! Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Game Drive in Ishasha – Bwindi National Park

Continue on to your fourth Ugandan National Park.
The route takes you through Ishasha to spot tree-climbing lions. Yes, you read that right – lions that climb trees. They're utterly unique to this part of the world. Later, we'll arrive at Bwindi National Park, famed for its densely packed and aptly named Impenetrable Forest. The lush, forested park provides the perfect refuge for mountain gorillas as well as elephants, chimps, antelopes and more than 23 species of bird. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 9 Gorilla Tracking- Lake Bunyonyi

Rise early and prepare yourself for the highlight of your holiday – gorilla tracking. This memorable excursion is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on the planet, and the trekking can take up to six hours, to spot the majestic giants. You'll be led by an expert ranger who'll educate you on the gorillas and the forest's unique flora and fauna.
Afterwards, we'll drive to Lake Bunyonyi that's said to be the second deepest lake in Africa. It's also known as the 'place of little birds' due to its vast population of water birds. Take some time to soak up the sight of its magical misty islands and the surrounding verdant hills. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 10 Lake Bunyonyi - Emburara Eco Farm

Enjoy a morning at leisure on Lake Bunyonyi. You can relax and make the most of your beautiful surroundings by taking to the lake on a canoe or dive in for a refreshing swim. As our memorable tour draws to and end, enjoy a stay at the lovely Emburara Eco Farm Lodge. The peaceful property is committed to wildlife conservation, as well as caring for its herd of treasured long-horned Ankole cattle. You'll arrive in time for an evening interactive farm experience and hear your hosts' story, with a large campfire, local dance and music. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Entebbe

Journey back towards Kampala, crossing the equator along the way as we transfer you to Entebbe where we will spend the night.

Meals included: B

Day 12 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end.

Additional Information

Due to the gorilla permits for this tour needing immediate payment, once your booking is confirmed, your deposit is non-refundable. We also need copies of your passport as soon as possible to book the permits. This tour is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues or who has concerns with their mobility. The treks to the gorillas can be difficult and take several hours, the trek can last 6 hours. Please note that under current FCO advice you will need a Yellow Fever Vaccination & Certificate in order to enter Uganda.
  1. Memorable Moment

    It's a tough trek through magnificent forests, but nothing prepares you for the moment that you catch your first glimpse of the incredible gentle giants you have travelled all this way to see.


Boma Guest House

The Boma Hotel is Entebbe’s original and most exclusive hotel, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of the original 1940’s home. The staff and management team ensure guests receive a personable service and enjoy hospitality standards which are in keeping with the tradition of this charming lakeshore town.

Pakuba Safari Lodge

Pakuba Safari Lodge is nestled on the Eastern Bank of the Albert Nile in Murchison Falls National Park overlooking the spectacular River Nile. The location affords panoramic views of the mighty River Nile and sweeping vistas of the surrounding riverine forest below. Pakuba Safari Lodge is cleverly laid out so that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the river and the park. While resting on their room verandas, guests can relax and admire unforgettable views of the Albert Nile, distant backdrops of undulating hills, and incredible sightings of wildlife that pay regular visits to the lodge.

Chimpundu Lodge

Chimpundu Lodge offers Luxury cottage accommodation and an array of authentic Kibale Forest and Kibale National Park experiences in a lush indigenous setting. Just 309km from Kampala, you can enjoy the true African experience and impeccable service offered by Chimpundu Lodge and Spa. Spend time relaxing at the bar, enjoy memorable meals at the restaurant or at the swimming pool gazebo, or simply spend time reading a novel in the comfortable lounge. Cool off after a day of enthralling chimpanzee trekking with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge is loctaed on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon' and overlooks the Kazinga Channel which links two of the Nile's great lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward. Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness. All of the rooms have wonderful views of the channel. Standard Rooms In our standard single, double and twin rooms, you will find a simple safari atmosphere with a level of comfort that will not disappoint. The rooms are perfectly situated to view the picturesque Lakes George and Edward. One can also view the Rwenzori Mountains while sitting on the balcony watching the warthogs graze. Additional Features: Electronic Safes Telephone All rooms have Balcony doors Fans En-suite bathroom '

Silverback Lodge

Silverback Lodge is perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails. With only 12 ensuite rooms with shower.Rooms have a veranda and mosquito nets are provided.

Bird Nest Resort

The Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort is located in South-West Uganda. The borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and even Tanzania are nearby.

The guestrooms feature a TV and free Wi-Fi. While staying here, guests can relax in the swimming pool, a pool table available for entertainment and room service offered for all meals. The restaurant & bar serves a wide range of meals prepared with fresh quality ingredients.

Enmburara Lodge

This luxury farm lodge is a great way to end this magificent tour. It derives its name from a local tall gras called Emburara which covers the local area and is the best fodder for the treasured Ankole Cattle. Rooms are ensuite and have free wifi and a fridge. There is a pool and fitness centre at the hotel.

Boma Guest House

The Boma Hotel is Entebbe’s original and most exclusive hotel, set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of the original 1940’s home. The staff and management team ensure guests receive a personable service and enjoy hospitality standards which are in keeping with the tradition of this charming lakeshore town.