Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

​Explore the “Pearl of Africa,” from the banks of the Nile to the deepest reaches of the rainforest, blazing a trail through the mists of Uganda’s waterfalls & rainforests, tracking chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions & mountain gorillas along the way.

Journey Overview

Explore the “Pearl of Africa,” from the banks of the Nile to the deepest reaches of the rainforest, blazing a trail through the mists of Uganda’s waterfalls and evergreen rainforests, tracking chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions and endangered mountain gorillas along the way.

Journey Highlights

  • Encounter mountain gorillas under the biodiverse canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, ranging through mist-covered hillsides to observe these greatest of the apes in their natural surroundings, sensing the deep connection between their species and our own
  • Cruise up the Nile River to the misty base of Murchison Falls, spotting wildlife, such as water birds, including the rare shoebill stork; wallowing hippos; elephants that come down to the river bank to drink; and the fearsome Nile crocodile basking in the sun
  • Trek the lush, tropical trails of Kibale National Park in search of chimpanzees, sociable primates that forage food and utter distinctive vocalizations that reverberate through the forest
  • Set out on two full days of game drives in the wilds of Queen Elizabeth National Park, keeping watch for tree-climbing lions as well as elephants, Cape buffalo, Ugandan kobs — a type of antelope — and the ever-elusive leopard
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Entebbe, Uganda

Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda, a nation of stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and rich biodiversity. Transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Protea Hotel Entebbe

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park | The Nile’s Jewel

Depart Entebbe and fly to Murchison Falls National Park, one of the most scenic spots along the Nile and the location of the classic Humphrey Bogart film, The African Queen. After settling into your thatched cottage on the banks of the Victoria Nile, join your guide for a visit to Murchison Falls, where invigorating spray — the collective force of the majestic Nile — pours down on a narrow ravine.
Baker's Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park | Nile Safari

Today, a game drive takes you along the northern banks of the Nile in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park. You may see giraffes, buffalo, elephants, warthogs, leopards, lions and antelope. This afternoon, embark on a boat cruise the base of the falls, watching for hippos, crocodiles, elephants and birds along the river’s banks.
Baker's Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Kibale National Park | Bunyaruguru Crater Walk

After breakfast, board a flight to Kibale and transfer to your lodge. Later, you may take an optional nature walk along the top of Bunyaruguru Crater.
Kyaninga Lodge | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Kibale National Park | Forest Of Chimpanzees

Kibale Forest is home to 11 species of primates, including chimpanzees and mangabeys, as well as 300 species of birds and an array of butterflies. Rise early this morning for the start of your chimpanzee trek. Barks of baboons occasionally pierce the forest’s silence as you make your way along the trail. This afternoon, you may go on a guided primate walk in the Bigodi Forest swamp.
Kyaninga Lodge | Meals: BLD

Days 6-7: Queen Elizabeth National Park | Nature Anew

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo and baboons. Participate in game drives this afternoon and the next day. While exploring, watch above for tree-climbing lions, a sight rarely seen anywhere else in Africa. You may also sight some of Uganda’s largest elephant herds.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | Mist-Shrouded Mountains

Set out for a morning game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Make your way out of the Rift Valley through the Kigezi Highlands and on to the mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later today, tour the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi, an A&K Philanthropy-supported project, meeting the teachers who are empowering the next generation of this remote region’s health care workers.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp | Meals: BLD

Days 9-10: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park | Gorilla Encounters In The Wild

Spend two days tracking endangered mountain gorillas, spending up to an hour among them each day. See mothers keeping infants close as they knucklewalk on three limbs. Watch scampering toddlers reined in by an attentive father, whose job is to protect his family. When you encounter a mountain gorilla in the wild, there is no mistaking the bond that exists between primate and man — and no escaping the poignant fact these creatures lie on the brink of extinction.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Depart Entebbe

Fly to Entebbe and return to your hotel, where a dayroom awaits until your international flight home.
Protea Hotel Entebbe (dayroom) | Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Entebbe/Murchison Falls/Kibale; Bwindi/Entebbe
Gorilla and chimpanzee permits are included.
Minimum age is 15 years.
Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.
First group event: welcome briefing at 10:00 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: hotel transfer at 11:30 a.m. on Day 11.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Program Note: This journey entails active elements such as hiking through isolated jungle regions.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Kyaninga Lodge

Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon in the distance, Kyaninga Lodge is the result of ... Read more

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an exclusive tented camp that offers quality accommodation in the unspoilt remote southern sector of Queen Eli ... Read more

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Uganda: Gorillas & Beyond - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Located deep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in western Uganda, this intimate lodge offers luxury in the midst of one of Africa's most ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 6, 2021 - Aug 16, 2021
Price AU$21,100pp Single Supplement AU$2,935 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 10, 2021 - Sep 20, 2021
Price AU$21,100pp Single Supplement AU$2,935 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Oct 8, 2021 - Oct 18, 2021
Price AU$21,100pp Single Supplement AU$2,935 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire