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4 days Entebbe, Bwindi NP
4 days Entebbe, Bwindi NP
For this short itinerary you will just experience a slice of the beautiful ‘Pearl of Africa’ that is Uganda. A great addition to any itinerary around Africa or as part of a longer Uganda itinerary.
Heading to the south west you will undertake the amazing experience of trekking with the incredible Mountain Gorillas. Stay in a couple of lovely luxury properties to indulge in your stay – including free massages after your trek!
Ideal for those with little time or as part of a larger itinerary this short journey into Uganda can be easily combined with trips into Kenya, Tanzania or even further afield to southern Africa.
Start with a night in Entebbe and stay at the lovely Boma Hotel, a perfect place to relax and unwind after flying in. Entebbe has lots to offer so perhaps extend your stay for a night if you do want to explore a bit more.
Next take a scenic light aircraft flight down to the south west, your accommodation in Bwindi is the lovely Buhoma Lodge. Eco-chalets perched on the hill give you the ideal base to get out and undertake the amazing experience of tracking mountain gorillas through the forest!
Today you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, here you will be met on arrival and transferred to your first hotel, The Boma.
This lovely boutique guesthouse is the perfect place to relax and unwind after arriving in Uganda. The Boma Guesthouse is set in a lush tropical garden with a view of Lake Victoria. Asides from the pristine pool, there is also a small playground for children to play while adults can enjoy classic garden games such as croquet or boules.
With Entebbe city is only a few minutes away and the mood to explore strikes - pick up one of their rental bicycles and make your way to the Botanical Garden. The rainforest surroundings will probably remind you of something out of an old Tarzan movie. It’s also a great area to spot Colobus monkeys and birds.
Whilst around Entebbe there is lots to do, we can include a lovely sunset cruise on Lake Victoria or a trip to Ngamba Island (Chimp Sanctuary). Or head out to Mabamba Swamp on a boat cruise to try and find the elusive Shoebill Stork! A brilliant addition is the behind-the-scenes tour at the UWEC (Uganda Wildlife Education Centre) where you get to learn about some of the great work going on and have up close encounters to some of the wildlife.
Today you begin your adventure, catch your light aircraft flight down to the south west. You fly to Kihihi airstrip where your private guide will meet you and drive you through the winding roads into the mountains and to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Here your accommodation is Buhoma Lodge, lovely cabin style rooms perched on the edge of the hill offering views across the forest and a warm comfortable stay. Buhoma Lodge has 10 cosy eco-chalets; all constructed using only sustainable materials to reduce their footprint impact at this unique location. Whether you are a honeymooner, family or a solo traveller, you will find that their spacious rooms will provide the right amount of soothing isolation within the African wilderness.
From the private verandas, you might even feel you are in a treehouse as you soak up the uninterrupted view of the forest, and the verandas are also excellent places to birdwatch. With only a five-minute walk to the trailhead, one can indulge in the possibility of a close encounter with the elusive mountain gorilla early in their day, or sleep a little later without missing out.
Today you undertake your first incredible wildlife experience, head out trekking up the mountain to see the majestic Mountain Gorillas. This is a once in a lifetime experience to meet these gentle giants as you hack your way through the undergrowth.
There are currently eleven habituated groups of Mountain Gorilla found in this area that you can trek to. This whole area is mountainous, perfect habitat for gorillas – with sometimes thick undergrowth and a typically damp climate not all treks are easy!
Bwindi is part of the larger area dubbed Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located is south western Uganda in the western reach of the great Rift Valley. Sharing the border with Virunga National Park you’ll enjoy an impressive backdrop of mountains soaring to 4,500m.
This area is really spectacular, with vast species diversity, including 120 species of mammal, 350 species of bird (23 which are endemic to this area), 220 species of butterfly and so much more! Of course, the most famous inhabitant is the endangered mountain gorilla, with half of the worlds remaining population being found here.
This brings your small journey to an end; you have enjoyed a lovely slice of Uganda and ticked off the bucket list experience of trekking with the amazing Mountain Gorillas.
From here you can connect to your international flights taking you home or to your next exciting destination. It’s also an easy and great connection direct into the Masai Mara to extend your bucket list trip – perhaps try and catch the great migration?
Although your incredible Gorilla Trek has come to an end, we hope you’ll be leaving with many special memories and stories to tell. After your short few days of amazing wildlife, spectacular natural wonders, we’re sure you’ll be hooked on the African continent. Where will you explore next?