Hills of Africa

A Taste of an African Primates Safari in Uganda 

Featuring Kibale Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

6 nights/7 days - Itineraries start at USD$6,000 per person

Day 1 - Kibale Forest

Welcome to Uganda! On arrival in Entebbe you will clear Uganda's immigration and customs formalities. In the arrivals hall you will be met by your Hills Of Africa Travel representative (look for your name on a sign). Please purchase a single entry visa (USD 50). If time permits you may wish to visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - US passports require visas to enter Uganda AND must have at least two empty pages in their passports for each country visited and the passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to the last country. Please have exact amount in cash for visas as no change will be given. All travelers to Uganda are required to have a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (issued at least two weeks before travel).

Departing from Entebbe Airport you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. On the route west you pass the historic town of Fort Portal before continuing to Ndali Lodge. The lodge has amazing 360 degree views of the ancient volcanic landscape, the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond. After your long journey enjoy the swimming pool, walk around the lodge garden and grounds or simply relax on the terrace.

Ndali Lodge

Ndali Lodge is perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga (250 acres in size and 130 meters deep). There is a main thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area and dinning room flanked by 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The cottages which face west, offer a panoramic view of the spectacular Mountains of the Moon. They were designed by Captain Mark Price and are built of local stone and thatch. The interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished where the decor empahsis in on the use local materials. Each cottage, large enough to accommodate a family, has en-suite facilities with bath, shower, WC and hand basin and a private verandah, perfect for watching the setting sun ehind the Rwenzori Mountains. The snow-capped peaks are cmarkedly visible on a clear day.

At night the dining room is festooned with candles. The lodge has no electricity or generators to destroy the tranquility and atmosphere. Although there are solar lights in the cottages. The sitting room, reception and dining room open out onto Lake Nyinambuga and are connected by two open passage-ways or breeze-ways. Breakfast is on the verandah overlooking the lake. Freshly squeezed passion fruit juice (from Ndali's vines when in season) and homemade bread with wild honey go down well with a full English breakfast. All Ndali's water comes directly from the lake, pumped up hydraulic ram based on technology invented in the 1770's.

Accommodation: 1 x Ndali Lodge room on a sharing and full-board (meals only) basis for two nights. Single supplements will be added if applicable.

You will have use of a private guide and vehicle during your stay.

Day 2 - Kibale Forest

Today, you will spend the morning tracking the exuberant chimp families in the Kibale forest. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, is a thrilling experience. Though they can be difficult to spot, you will be in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls.

In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and, in particular, birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. The swamp is also home to more elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga antelope. There is also the opportunity to visit local community projects that have been financed by tourism.

In the evening enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with its stunning views.

Day 3 - Kyambura Gorge

Today you will depart for beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route, you can take a short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and take in the views of this magnificent mountain range or drive straight to the park and take a game drive. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula offers excellent game drives with magnificent views across the water to the Rwenzori Mountains. Mweya is one of the best places to look for leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets.

If time permits, we can visit the Kyambura Women's Coffee Cooperative and it's coffee processing station or travel to the wetland reserve to spot birds. Both projects were set up and are supported by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Project.

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Situated on the edge of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, in Uganda, one of Africa's finest national parks, Kyambura Gorge Lodge has stunning views over the gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning living space, balancing the history of the building with the location and creating a series of distinct luxurious contemporary spaces for guests. Four beautiful, spacious bandas have been carefully nestled into the hillside, each with their own luxury bathroom. Each room has a different aspect of the panoramic views across the gorge, savannah and mythical Rwenzoris. Each banda is uniquely appointed, adopting a different colour theme.

From the lodge guests can go chimp tracking in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu forest. Chimps are very mobile, tracking them as they crash through the canopy screaming and whooping can take stamina. Guests can also take a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth to spot lions, elephant, antelope, buffalo and some of the 600 birds species that live in this national park such as the spoonbill stork, or take a boat out onto the Kazinga Channel to spot the many birds and animals which come to cool off at the waters' edge. Guests can also take a guided walk around the Lodge grounds to tour the community coffee processing plant and other projects supported by Volcanoes, or through the wetland to spot bird species. Alternatively simply relax in the beautiful atmosphere of this unique lodge and watch game on the savannah plains below, listening to the sounds of the chimps and birds in the gorge.

Accommodation: 1 x standard room on a sharing and full-board basis (meals only) for 2 nights. Single supplements will be added if applicable.

Day 4 - Kyambura Gorge

The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting.

In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the waters edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.

Day 5 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest via Ishasha (dependent on road conditions).

Bwindi Lodge

The safari lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Tracking gorillas in the so called impenetrable forest is a magical experience.

At this stunning eco-lodge with eight bandas, clients can spend the day on the terrace, which juts out into the forest, mesmerized by its exotic sounds watching primates and birds in the canopy. The walk to the river through regenerated bush we have carefully nurtured as a buffer zone is magical. It is a favourite haunt for the gorillas and they often sleep at the lodge!

Accommodation: 1 x standard room on a sharing and full-board basis (meals only) for 2 nights. Single supplements will be added if applicable.

Day 6 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today, be ready to change your life. You will be tracking the gorillas of Bwindi.

Bwindi National Park has 6 habituated gorilla families that are tracked by tourists. Four of them are the Buhoma Vicinity while two are in the southern part of Bwindi known as Mkuringo and Nshongi families of Bwindi Gorillas.

Bwindi Gorilla National park not only supports gorillas but also a tremendous biodiversity of flora and fauna. It is a prime destination for bird lovers. When most of Africa's rain forests disappeared during the arid conditions of the ice age, Bwindi is one of the few refugia that survived. The flora and fauna in this tropical rain forest include; 310 speccies of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths, and unique 120 types of mammals that also include 10 primates species. The Uganda primates species in this park include: Chimpanzees, L'Hoest Monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, retailed and blue monkeys, baboons and the legendary endangered mountain gorillas.

There are other activities and excursions in and around the national park:

  • Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.
  • Walk through the local village, and learn about community projects, such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and their communities, and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects.
  • Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.

Day 7 - Kampala

Today you will drive to Kampala, stopping for lunch on the way (included in itinerary price). The drive from Bwindi to Entebbe is of about 11 hours. Early this evening, you will transferred to the airport for your international flights to Nairobi, Kenya.

A charter flight can be booked in place of a road transfer for an additional charge. Please enquire at booking.

On arrival at the airport, you will need to transfer and check in for your international flights home.

Thank you for travelling with Hills Of Africa Travel. Safe travels and we hope you have experienced the true magic of Africa!

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