Luxury Gorilla Trek Murchison Falls Safari – Flying Safari Highlights:
Uganda Luxury Gorilla Trek Murchison Falls Safari starts and ends in Entebbe. You will take a scheduled flight from Entebbe to Kihihi the nearest airstrip to Bwindi Forest. You will then be met by a staff and vehicle that will drive you to your Lodge in Bwindi.
Spend 4 nights in Bwindi area to trek the mountain gorillas. You will then take another scheduled flight from Bwindi Forest to the mighty Murchison Fall Game park for the game drives and boat cruise on River Nile.
Uganda Luxury Gorilla Trek and Murchison Falls Safari. This luxury Gorilla trek safari and Murchison Falls Safari starts and ends in Entebbe. You will take a chartered light aircraft from Entebbe to Kihihi the nearest airstrip to Bwindi Forest. You will then be met by a staff and vehicle that will drive you to your Lodge in Bwindi.
Spend 4 nights in Bwindi area to trek the mountain gorillas. You will then take another chartered flight from Bwindi Forest to the mighty Murchison Fall Game park for the game drives and boat cruise on River Nile.
Upon your arrival at Entebbe Airport you will be met by the companys representative who will take you on a 20 minute drive to the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel for overnight.
Lake Victoria Serena Resort rises above white-terraced rose gardens, which descend through water cascades and fountains almost to the shores of Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria Serena Resort has been positioned so as to offer both a contrast and an extension to the 5-star profile of the flagship Kampala Serena Hotel.
Executive Suites feature a spacious living area with flat-screen TV, office space and second balcony overlooking Lake Victoria.
After breakfast, you will be driven a short distance to the Kajjansi airstrip for your charter flight (C172) to Bwindi departing at 8:00am. The flight takes approximately 1hr 50 min with a maximum weight 180 kg.
You will fly over Lake Victoria and the countryside viewing the beautiful terraced hills of Kigezi commonly referred to as little “Switzerland of Africa” with nice scenery of Mafuga forest on a clear day you will view the Virunga Mountains of Congo and Rwanda. Upon arrival at Kayonza airstrip you will be met by the Safari vehicle and staff to transfer you to the lodge. In the afternoon you can just relax at the lodge or take a forest walk, which would be a nice way to acclimatize for the gorilla trek the next day (this is optional).
Overnight sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
This morning on your Luxury Gorilla Trek and Murchison Falls safari -flying you have early breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. You will report to the park headquarters at 07.30 am for registration and a gorilla trek briefing from the park guides. You will be accompanied on the trek by the park guides taking you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to 8 hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
Once the gorillas are located you are allowed I hour to sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is important to hire a porter they will help you on tough terrain but even worthwhile just to carry your bag. Take a picnic lunch and at least 2 liters of water with you. Return to the lodge for dinner.
Today relax at camp or visit a local village and meet the villagers to learn about their day to day lives. On this walk you can visit a honey production site, a traditional medicine man, a traditional blacksmith, a local school, hospital and even attend a Batwa (Pygmy) dance performance. The walk is done with the local community.
After breakfast, you will be taken to the park headquarters for your second gorilla trek. Today you will be trekking a different group of Gorillas. Procedures are the same as on your previous gorilla trek.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kihihi Airstrip for your charter flight to Murchison Falls. Due to the weight limits, departure from Kayonza for Murchison Falls will not be possible. You will have to drive a little longer to Kihihi airstrip. Departure is at 10:00am. This flight will take approximately 2 hours.
Your pilot will fly you over the top of the falls, sometimes they fly downstream over the Nile for a few miles, giving a great aerial view of the elephants, hippos, crocs, and other animals that gather along the shores of the Nile’ spectacular scenery of placid river squeezing in 6meter gap before falling into thunderous 40 meter forming the Murchison falls!! Upon arrival at the Pakuba airstrip where your driver guide and vehicle will pick you up. You will then drive to Paraa Lodge while viewing game.
In the evening take a game drive in the northern bank where you will spot animals including giraffe, elephant, lion hyena leopard etc.
Overnight Bakers Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Early morning game drives to try and catch the nocturnal, return to the lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon a private launch cruise to the bottom of the Murchison Falls seeing schools of hippos, crocodiles and plenty of bird life.
Hike to the top of the falls for spectacular scenery and viewing where the mighty River Nile squeezes in 6-7 meter gap to drop 45 meters for the placid river.
Your vehicle and driver guide and vehicle will be waiting for you at the top of the falls located on the southern bank to drive you back to the lodge.
This morning you will take a private boat trip to the Victoria Nile delta, the 20 km journey takes approximately 4 – 5 hours. If you are lucky you may spot the mysterious shoebill stork, return to the lodge to relax at the pool.
In the evening another game drive on the northern bank can be arranged if you are up to it.
After breakfast drive to Pakuba Airstrip for your charter flight back to Entebbe departing Pakuba at 10:00 am. The flight time is approximately 1 hr 35 min.
Day rooms organized at the Laico Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe for you to freshen and re-pack until your check in time. Later transfer to the airport to connect with your flight out.
Meal plan: Breakfast
End of Luxury Gorilla Trek and Murchison Falls Safari – Flying
Included in Price:
- An English speaking full-time professional guide/driver
- All park entry fees
- Accommodation as mentioned
- Meals as stated - Full board while on safari
- Transport (in a 4 x 4 land cruiser)
- 1 gorilla permit per person
- Boat cruises River Nile
- 3 Scheduled internal flights
- Bottled drinking water in the vehicle
Excluded in price:
Day 1 – Serena Lake Victoria Resort
Day 2 – Day 5 – Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp/ Mahogany Springs / Engagi Lodge
Day 6 – Day 8 – Pakuba Lodge / Bakers Lodge
We use both standard 4×4 customized safari vans and 4×4 luxury customized safari Land cruisers with pop-up roofs for maximum game viewing, wildlife filming and photography and easy for taking as many photos as you can. Our Landcruisers are also fitted with charging system for your cameras, phones and also every client is guaranteed a window seat for easy view.
Our drive/guides are very professionally and well trained, we know every successful safari needs a great guide, majority of the comments from our clients regarding our services are centered on the professionalism of our guides.
Change of the itineraries:
The itinerary may change occasionally due to the availability of gorilla permits and accommodation.
Wi-Fi is available in most accommodations but sometimes it is limited due to weak signal points in some places.
Surcharge on Christmas festive season 24/12, 25/12, 26/12 , New Year Eve 31/12 and New Years 1/1
Policy for single and extra bed:
The third person using extra bed: Price as one adult
Policy for Children:
01 child under 4-year-old (sharing a bed with parents): Free of charge
• 01 child from 4 and under 9-year-old (sharing a bed with parents): 75% of the price per an adult
• 02 children under 4 years old (staying with parents): 75% of the price per an adult
• From 9-year-old: price as an adult.children below 15 years are not allowed to trek gorillas
- A deposit of 20% on the safari cost is required when booking a safari. If a safari includes gorilla tracking and chimpanzee tracking then the deposit should include the full cost of the gorilla permit fee (US$600) and chimpanzee permit fee (US$150) per pemit per person as well. The remaining balance must be paid 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged up on booking.
• Payment in cash: Cash shall be paid at our office or will be collected at your hotel.
• Credit card: credit card fee is applied to the total amount and different from type of card
• Bank transfer: Please note that the bank fee in Uganda, and the international bank for transmission are covered by the client.
What to bring:
- Trail shoes or running shoes with a good solid grip and good support and cotton socks are the most versatile and comfortable footwear for this trip. Some people prefer their well broken-in hiking boots
- A wide-brimmed or peaked hat for sun protection.
- Poncho or raincoat just in case, especially if gorilla trekking is on your itinerary
- Light sweater, jacket or sweatshirt for cooler evenings. It cools off quite drastically in the higher elevations
- Sunglasses, Sun cream
- Camera and film
- Free cancellation on safari cost up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
No refund of any kind on Gorilla and chimpanzee permits