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Uganda Flying Safari: Ishasha + Gorillas + Lake Victoria


URB10E
10 NIGHTS
FROM £3,295
International flights quoted separately
Experience the abundant wildlife of the open plains of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth Park, renowned for its tree-climbing lions. Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to endangered mountain gorillas, for the unique opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in the wild. Then relax on the shores of sparkling Lake Victoria. All light aircraft flights, transfers, game viewing & gorilla permits included.
Uganda Safari Holidays Ishasha Plains Gorillas Bwindi Lake Victoria
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Kampala
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Ishasha Plains
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Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Tree Climbing Lions
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Monkeys
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Rainforests
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorila Tracking
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Lake Victoria
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Kampala
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Ishasha Plains
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Queen Elizabeth National Park
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Tree Climbing Lions
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Monkeys
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Rainforests
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorila Tracking
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Lake Victoria
Day 1
You will be met at Entebbe Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
Check into your airport hotel and enjoy the warm blue African skies.
Day 2
Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your light aircraft flight to Kihihi Airstrip, where you will be met and transferred 1-hour to your lodge situated on the Ishasha Plains in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
 
The area around Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males have black manes - a feature unique to the lions in this area. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive on these open plains.
Day 3
Rise early for a morning game drive on the Ishasha Plains, which have very few tourists and a distinctly different topography from the rest of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
 
The area is rich in game, including its famous tree-climbing lions which lounge in the low boughs of fig trees. Other wildlife you can hope to see include the Ugandan kob, elephant, buffalo, zebra and hippos in the Ishasha River. Bird watching is also outstanding, including the compact weaver, black coucal and other water-birds like herons and storks near the Lake Edward marshlands.
 
In the afternoon enjoy another game drive, before relaxing and enjoying the African sunset.
Day 4
After an early morning game drive on the Ishasha Plains, today transfer 4-hours to your lodge situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery of your remote forest surroundings.
Day 5
This morning we enter Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowers.
 
Rangers will allocate you to a small group to track a troop of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by a guide. Expect to walk 2 to 4-hours each way in steep, muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous animals on foot and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must be over 16 years to track gorillas and sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with the lodge and carry sufficient water (at least 2-3 bottles of 500ml). Warm weatherproof clothing is advised for the wet cool climate high in the mountains, including a rain poncho. You should wear long trousers, long sleeved tops, long socks (to tuck into your trousers), suitable walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Also hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
 
You can not be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 5 metres. No touching the gorillas is allowed (although they may decide to touch you)! The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 6-12 people per group and no flash photography is allowed.
Day 6
At leisure to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
 
Many optional excursions are available today including a guided walk to a waterfall in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life, offering excellent photographic opportunities. You can discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the indigenous people of Bwindi, or walk through the local village and learn about community projects, such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and Bwindi Community Hospital, which started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people.
 
You can take a boat ride on the lake, observe Golden Monkeys in the rainforest (pay for permit locally) or go gorilla tracking again (additional permit required & subject to availability).
 
Day 7
Transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Entebbe Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your Lake Victoria hotel.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue African skies on the shores of this magnificent inland sea.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax and unwind on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa.
 
Situated on an elevated plateau in the western section of the Great Rift Valley and straddling the equator, the lake has more than 3,000 islands. Its shoreline stretches 2,138 miles (3,440 km) and forms the border between three countries - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
 
Enjoy the beach, boat rides on the lake, nature walks, fishing and island hopping. You can also take the speedboat to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
 
For birders this is a biodiversity hotspot where you can see African skimmers, Carruthers cisticola, northern brown-throated weavers, red-chested weavers, eastern grey plantain-eaters, water dikkop and papyrus gonolek. You may also see Stulhman's starlings, greenbuls, alethes, turacos, forest weavers, warblers, widowbirds and beautiful butterflies.
Day 11
Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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