14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights

Including return Emirates flights, all lodge and hotel accommodation, return airport transfers, unforgettable mountain gorilla trek in Uganda, tour to see chimpanzees, game drives, and more.

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  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
  • 14 day East African Grandeur with magnificent Gorilla trek and flights
 

Highlights

 

Experience a wildlife encounter available nowhere else in the world on a 14 day East African Grandeur tour with magnificent Gorilla trek.

Your chance to look in at the mountain gorillas of Uganda is not the first wildlife jaunt on the itinerary, however. First, you seek out the woodlands and forest of Kibale National Park in Western Uganda on an expedition to see some of the park’s resident chimpanzees. Track down a troop of these playful primates and marvel at witnessing them carrying out their daily lives in their natural habitat. Move to the next national park on the tour itinerary – Queen Elizabeth National Park, the most visited in Uganda – for game drives that may see you come across lions, buffalos, elephants and antelope. You’ll also see the area from the water, thanks to a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel – keep your eyes peeled for hippos and Nile crocodiles!

It is then onto the main event: the gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This landscape is accessible only by foot via a challenging hike, and your journey into its wilds is led by a local guide/ranger. Feel your breath catch as you come across your first gorilla sighting. Look on in wonder as your observe these magnificent primates interact within their family bands. This experience is your only chance to see the critically endangered mountain gorilla in the wild; there are none in captivity anywhere in the world. Leave the habitat as you found it – taking only the incredible and magical memories of seeing the gorillas up-close – and travel through the Kigezi district to Lake Mburo National Park. More game drives await you here. All game drives throughout the itinerary are conducted in a specially-designed safari vehicle that comes equipped with a photo roof, enabling you to take unobstructed photographs from a standing position. Plus there is a limit of six travellers per vehicle so a window seat is always guaranteed!

Move from Uganda into Kenya and then set your sights on time in Maasai Mara National Reserve. This park typifies the legendary landscape of the African savanna and the two full days you have in the area are spent discovering its beauty on a mix of morning and afternoon game drives. One excursion may see you come across regal lions, cheetahs and leopards, while an afternoon outing could include sightings of Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, hyenas, jackets and wildebeest. End your East African adventure with a lunch in Nairobi before flying back to Australia.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Entebbe

Arrive to the airport with ample time in anticipation of your flights to Entebbe in Uganda!

Day 2: Entebbe

Your flight lands in this city in central Uganda and you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. Those with flights arriving in the morning have the remainder of the day to use as leisure time.

Day 3: Entebbe – Mityana – Fort Portal – Kibale Forest National Park (B, L, D)

Get your first full day of this East Africa adventure underway as you travel towards Kibale Forest National Park. This journey sees you travel through the beautiful landscape of the Rift Valley – all rolling countryside, traditional homesteads and working farms. Today’s drive includes stops in Mityana and Fort Portal. The latter is known as the ‘Tourist City of Uganda’ and is popular with visitors thanks to its local markets and proximity to the Crater Lakes, Semuliki National Park and the chimpanzees that call Kibale Forest National Park home. A packed lunch is enjoyed along the way. You have the rest of the evening as leisure before enjoying a dinner at the lodge.

Day 4: Kibale National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park (B, L, D) lion-icon

Wake up excited and ready to make your first foray into Kibale National Park in search of the chimpanzees that reside within this protected reserve. This experience is led by a knowledgeable guide and will see you track the chimps in order to catch a glimpse into their nests, daily activities and habitat. Chimpanzees aren’t the only primates you may see however, with populations of black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and grey cheeked mangabey also common. Afterwards, your group departs for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drop your luggage at the lodge and immediately set out on a thrilling afternoon game drive through the park. This is Uganda’s most visited national park and is home to African buffalo, hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, bush elephant, lions, leopards and more chimps. There are also more than 500 species of birdlife. Return to the lodge at dusk for dinner.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park (B, L, D) lion-icon

An early wake up call is rewarded with an incredible morning game drive through the park. You will be moving throughout the park in a 4WD safari vehicle, specially equipped with a photo roof to enable you to stand up and take unobstructed photos of the landscape and the animals you come across. There are no more than six travellers per vehicle, meaning everyone gets a guaranteed window seat! Your group returns to the lodge for breakfast and has time to rest until lunch. Make for the waters of the Kazinga Channel at about 2pm, to embark on a magnificent boat cruise. Your sail lasts for about two hours and some of the wildlife you may see along the voyage include hippos, herds of buffalo, and an array of water birds. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (B, L, D)

Make the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This formidably-named forest is home to arguably Uganda’s most iconic primate, the endangered mountain gorilla. You arrive to the lodge in the late afternoon. Dinner is held at the lodge tonight. 

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (B, L, D)

Have breakfast at the lodge and then be transferred to the headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Here, you will meet with the local guides and rangers who will brief you on the etiquette of the trek and proper practices for viewing the gorillas. The guides and rangers are astonishingly knowledgeable about these magnificent primates and the park, and have much insight to pass on while you are here! Following the briefing, your group sets off on the challenging-at-times hike into the forest in search of the gorillas. This park is home to about 400 Bwindi gorilla; half of the world’s entire population. Seeing these endangered primates in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience. Feel in awe of the size of the gorilla and watch on as they interact with one another. The park is not just home to gorilla however, and some of the other wildlife you might see while here include colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, hornbills, vervet and small antelope. There are more than 200 species of butterfly, as well as 350 species of bird.

A packed lunch is included for the hike, and your group is slated to return to camp in the afternoon/evening for free time and dinner.

Please note that the gorilla trek crosses hilly and mountainous terrain, and travellers are recommended to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to undertake the hike.

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Lake Mburo National Park (B, L, D) lion-icon

Climb into your safari vehicle after breakfast to make the drive into the Kigezi district and on to Lake Mburo National Park. There journey is broken up by several stops for you to stretch your legs and take in the scenery. Lunch is served at the camp. Later in the afternoon it is back into the cars for a game drive. A former controlled hunting area and then a game reserve, Lake Mburo National Park achieved national park status in 1983 and is home to populations of zebra, impala, jackal, African leopard and hippo. Dinner is had back at camp.

Day 9: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe (B) lion-icon

Another early morning game drive to start the day. In particular, keep a keen eye out for any animals you’ve yet to see – or those that only make an appearance in the morning. Breakfast is served upon your return to camp and your group then begins the drive back to Entebbe. Along the way however, there is a stop at the Equator! There is free time upon arriving in Entebbe.

Day 10: Entebbe – airplane-takeoff – Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D)

Have breakfast at the accommodation and then take a transfer to the airport to board your flight towards Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will be met by a transfer upon arrival in Kenya and taken via shared transfer to the camp for dinner.

Day 11: Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D) lion-icon

Head out into Maasai Mara National Reserve on two game drives today: one in the morning and then another in the afternoon. This world-renowned park is named after the Maasai people and is famed for its populations of lions, cheetahs, elephants and leopards, as well as other wildlife synonymous with the African savanna. Maasai Mara National Reserve also sees part of the legendary Great Migration, where huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and gazelle move across the Serengeti. Make use of your safari vehicle’s photo roof to hone your camera-snapping skills and try your luck at capturing National Geographic-worthy images of this unrivalled landscape and the animals that live here.

Day 12: Maasai Mara National Reserve (B, L, D) lion-icon

It is back into the reserve with another morning and afternoon game drive. What wildlife will you see on these outings? Be sure to be vigilant on the watch for any animals you’ve not seen yet, and be sure to take advantage of your guide’s incredible local knowledge by asking plenty of questions!

Day 13: Masai Mara National Reserve – Nairobi – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B, L)

A shared transfer takes you to the nearby air strip for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. A transfer awaits your arrival in the Kenyan capital city and you are taken out to lunch at the Nyama Mama Capital Centre restaurant. At the appropriate time, you will be transported to the airport in order to catch your return flight to Australia.

Day 14: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return Emirates flights, plus airport transfers
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights’ twin share accommodation in comfortable lodges and hotels
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 10 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek in Uganda, led by professional rangers
  • Tour of Kibale Forest Reserve to spot chimpanzees and other primates
  • Game drives through Maasai Mara and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • 4WD safari vehicle with dedicated photo roof, guaranteed window seat and no more than six guests per car
  • English-speaking driver and guide

 

Highlights:

  • Seek out troops of playful chimpanzees on a guided tour through Kibale Forest National Park
  • Head out on a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to catch a glimpse of lions, buffalos and elephants, and scout for hippos and Nile crocodiles on a scenic cruise of the Kazinga Channel
  • Trek into the lush forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on an out-of-this-world hike see the endangered mountain gorilla populations, and learn about this regal primate from local guides and rangers
  • Travel through the Kigezi district on the way to Lake Mburo National Park for a late afternoon game drive to spy zebra, impala , jackal, African leopard and hippo, and more
  • Fly to Kenya and make for Maasai Mara National Reserve and discover this legendary landscape – and its resident lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephants – on multiple game drives
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time
  • Due to Gorilla permits are subject to limited availability, your bookings will go on request
  • We will send you a confirmation email as soon as your booking is confirmed 

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $1,999 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment
  • All payments received are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension and optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary.

Single Supplement: $2,099 per person in addition to your twin share price.

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date. Please note, that internal flights on Day 10 from Entebbe to Maasai Mara and on Day 13 from Maasai Mara to Nairobi is included as part of Tour Only package. 

Triple Share: Not available

Children: Same price as adults. Min age 15 years.

Group size: 2 – 6

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Entebbe: The Boma Entebbe or similar 
Kibale: Primate Lodge or similar 
Queen Elizabeth NP: Kasenyi Safari Camp or similar 
Bwindi Forest: Silverback Lodge or similar 
Lake Mburo: Mantana Tented Camp or similar 
Maasai Mara: Fig Tree Camp or similar 

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Optional Tours:

Entebbe half day city tour – $45 per person
Visit the Botanical Gardens – $45 per person
Visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre – $45 per person

Optional tours are subject to availability, weather conditions and minimum numbers. Optional Tours prices for shore excursions are an approximate cost displayed in Australian Dollars. Please note, all optional shore excursions are payable on tour in local currency or Australian Dollar equivalent only and cannot be prepaid prior to departure. Prices for shore excursions are subject to change and currency fluctuation.  

Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort such as a two-wheel drive minibus.

Itinerary: The order of the sights in the itinerary may vary depending on your selected travel date, please refer to the itinerary tab for more information. Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition, lodges availability and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Luggage: Due to limited luggage space in vehicles and on the internal flights, suitcases are unsuitable for scheduled road safaris. We recommend luggage packed in inexpensive barrel/sausage bags or soft-sided bags not exceeding 15kgs and 65×46 cm.

Tipping: If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

Driver/Guide: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of USD $5 per day/ per person. Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

Passports: All passengers must have a valid passport that is valid for at least six months after the holiday package return date and carry it for identification purposes. Passengers must consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure that they have any applicable visas for countries included in the holiday package prior to departure. 

Health: We strongly recommend to visit your Travel Clinic for up-to-date vaccination advice before travelling. Yellow fever vaccination is highly recommended for passengers travelling to Uganda, please consult your doctor. 

Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a proficient level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs or extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice. For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable. 

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

Daily departures available between 1 May – 3 June and 2 August – 31 October 

Peak season surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure.

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates or Qatar Airways and their codeshare partners
  • Please note, the internal flights with Air Kenya will be operated by Cessna Caravan aeroplane and as a result, the luggage is strictly limited to 15 kg per person and must be packed in a soft-sided duffle bags
  • Flights include one piece of carry-on and one checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return Emirates flights, plus airport transfers
  • Arrive early or extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights’ twin share accommodation in comfortable lodges and hotels
  • Delicious breakfast daily, plus 10 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trek in Uganda, led by professional rangers
  • Tour of Kibale Forest Reserve to spot chimpanzees and other primates
  • Game drives through Maasai Mara and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • 4WD safari vehicle with dedicated photo roof, guaranteed window seat and no more than six guests per car
  • English-speaking driver and guide

 

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