"No one who looks into a gorilla's eyes - intelligent, gentle, vulnerable - can remain unchanged, for the gap between ape and human vanishes; we know that the gorilla still lives within us. Do gorillas also recognise this ancient connection?" - George B Schaller.
When you think of safari holidays, Uganda is not always the first destination that comes to mind, yet this incredible addition to our portfolio is unbeatable for its collection of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In small groups of a maximum 16 people per departure, we stay in beautifully crafted lodges in serene national parks including Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park - from the open savannah to rainforest, dense papyrus swamps and crater lakes, to the vast Lake Edward. In our six-passenger 4x4 vehicles, you will be guaranteed a window seat, and within each park we take game drives, nature walks and boat rides to search for the countless mammals, reptiles, birds and butterflies that reside here. Whilst hikes to observe chimpanzees and a powerful troop of magnificent and hauntingly human-like mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, are likely to be the truly unforgettable highlight.
9 nights in hotels and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a scheduled Ethiopian Airlines flight to Entebbe via Addis Ababa.
Day 2 Entebbe
We arrive at Entebbe and transfer to the Boma Guest House (4T) or Lake Heights Hotel (4T), set amongst pretty tropical gardens with views over Lake Victoria.
Day 3 Entebbe - Fort Portal - Kibale National Park
This morning we begin our journey to Kibale National Park, passing acres of verdant tea plantations and stopping for the opportunity to visit one. We also stop at Fort Portal; the fort may no longer exist but the setting of this important market town is sublime. This afternoon we arrive at our hotel, the Crater Safari Lodge (4T) or Primate Lodge (4T), and after settling in you have the chance to walk to the Top of the World, a remarkable hilltop viewpoint overlooking three crater lakes.
Day 4 Kibale National Park - Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Track the most famous inhabitants of Kibale National Park - the chimpanzee - on a morning’s trek. With over 1,450 individuals protected within the park, Kibale forest is home to the largest number of endangered chimpanzees in Uganda, and it is one of the best places to observe them in the world. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa, totalling 13 species including the threatened red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, plus reptiles, birds and an incredible 250 varieties of butterfly. We follow this excitement with a fascinating guided walk through Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. You may then like to take a walk in a nearby village or visit a school in the local community, talk to the students and teachers and participate in the lessons.
Day 5 Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, we drive through the beautiful Kasenda Crater Lakes field to the scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the equator along the way. Keep watch for the 95 mammal species and many more varieties of birds who inhabit the area. We settle into the Katara Lodge (3T+) or Mweya Safari Lodge (3T+) where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the extensive savannah, and we discover the area on an evening game drive.
Day 6 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Rise early this morning to watch the national park as it wakes, on an unforgettable game drive in 4x4 vehicles. There are over 100 mammal species including the lion, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, elephant and the elusive giant forest hog in this park, as well as numerous primates including chimps, the black and white colobus monkey and olive baboon. In the afternoon, we have a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel, a wide stretch of water which draws a large number of mammals, birds and reptiles. You are bound to spot Nile crocodiles and hippos wallowing in its depths.
Day 7 Ishasha Sector - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
We take a game drive in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where the unusual tree-climbing lions are found lazing amongst the branches of huge fig trees. We continue to the home of the critically-endangered mountain gorilla. Of Uganda’s forested parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for gorilla trekking, but it also provides refuge to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys and various small antelopes, as well as 23 bird species endemic only to this area. We stay at the Mahogany Springs (4T), Silverback Lodge (3T+) or Engagi Lodge (3T+) for the next two nights.
Day 8 Gorilla trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Trekking for the mountain gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth and we wake early this morning to begin our search. The duration of the walk will depend on their location on the day; however the experience of observing the world’s largest living primates at play is a privilege that is certainly worth the effort! It can often take up to 5-6 hours of trekking to see the gorillas and return to your hotel. You may wish to hire a local porter to assist you on the trek and carry your bags, which can be arranged at a reasonable cost. You will be led by an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the gorillas. As an alternative, there are other treks of three hours and up available.
Day 9 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Mburo National Park
Today we drive to Lake Mburo National Park and the Mihingo Lodge (4T) or Mantana Tented Camp (3T+). The Lake Mburo National Park forms a diverse habitat with rocks, dry slopes, open and wooded savannahs, forests and swamps. As we enter the park we begin a game drive to observe the abundance of impala and zebra, plus some 313 bird species recorded in the park. We visit a cattle rearing family who will show us how to milk and care for the rare and appropriately named Ankole Longhorn.
Day 10 Lake Mburo National Park
Today we rise early for a guided nature walk through the fascinating surrounds, and return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast. In the afternoon we enjoy a tranquil boat ride on Lake Mburo, watching out for crocodiles, buffalo, hippo and various birds from colourful kingfishers to magnificent African fish eagles. We also take a game drive through the contrasting landscape in search of local residents. You may choose to spend some of your free time on an optional horse riding experience.
Day 11 Lake Mburo National Park - In flight
After a leisurely start, we cross the equator, pausing for photo opportunities. We continue on to Entebbe Airport for a scheduled Ethiopian Airways flight to London via Addis Ababa.
Day 12 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Visa is not included, please call for details
• This tour contains areas of high altitude and clients that may be concerned about this are recommended to consult their doctor.
• Dependent upon the location of the wildlife, this tour will require a significant amount of walking across areas of rough terrain, and clients are advised that a good level of mobility is required.
• The gorilla trekking is not exclusive to Titan Travel and is undertaken in groups of no more than 8, therefore the Titan group may be split and/or you may trek with non-Titan guests.
• Sightings of gorillas are not guaranteed on your trek and regrettably in this event, a refund of your permit is not possible.
The deposit due for this holiday is £800pp