This Kidepo & Gorillas luxury safari mixes two of Uganda’s most exclusive experiences, Kidepo Valley national park and Bwindi’s mountain gorillas. We start with the untouched wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park, the park’s location in the far north of Uganda makes it less visited and truly an exclusive experience. Search the savanna for giraffes, lions, leopard and zebra and meet the Karamojong people. The next leg of the journey is an unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Comfortably fly-in to the parks via Entebbe and stay in luxurious lodges.
KIDEPO & GORILLAS LUXURY FLY-IN SAFARI – 7 DAYS
DAY 1: arrival day to entebbe
You are met at the airport and taken to the exclusive hotel to relax after the flight and get ready for the amazing journey starting the next day with your Luxury Kidepo & Gorillas fly-in safari.
Overnight: – Hotel No.5 (PL)–
DAY 2: FLY-IN TO KIDEPO FROM ENTEBBE & AFTERNOON GAME-DRIVE
Leave Entebbe for the secluded Kidepo Valley national park, the first highlight of your Kidepo and gorillas luxury safari. The flight touches down at the airstrip in Kidepo where you are met by your safari guide and taken to the luxury lodge for check-in. Check-in at the luxury lodge before heading out on the savanna for our first game-drive. This evenings game-drive offers good chances of seeing elephants, herds of buffaloes, jackals, Jakson’s hartebeest and if we are lucky lions. As the evening comes we return to the lodge for dinner.
Overnight: – Apoka Safari Lodge (PL) –
DAY 3: MORNING GAME-DRIVE AND AFTERNOON KARAMOJONG COMMUNITY VISIT
After an early breakfast we head back to the savanna for a morning game drive to Kanangorok hot spring. In this area a variety of animals can be seen roaming around including the peculiar looking ostrich. We drive along the tracks to tick off more mammals, birds and beautiful scenery. As the day becomes hotter we head back to the lodge for some relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon it is time for a community visit to the Karamojong people. These largely still live in a traditional manner as cattle-keepers and a visit to their village is an interesting experience. After this cultural exchange it is time to enjoy the views at the lodge summarizing the day’s adventures.
Overnight: – Apoka Safari Lodge (PL) –
DAY 4: SAFARI WALK & flight to Entbebe
In the morning you head out to explore the park by foot during a safari walk. This is a real close to nature experience as you walk in the park with a ranger, take in the scenic landscape and hopefully get some top sightings of wildlife. Back at the lodge you enjoy your lunch soaking in the last of the views out over the park. After lunch your guide takes you to the airstrip to fly back to Entebbe as we finish the first part of your luxury Kidepo & gorillas fly-in safari. In Entebbe our representative picks you at the airport and takes you to a luxury hotel in Entebbe for the night.
Overnight options: – Hotel No.5 (PL) –
DAY 5: FLY-IN FROM ENTEBBE TO BWINDI AND RELAX AT THE LUXURIOUS LODGE
Start the second part of your Kidepo and gorillas luxury safari by taking a flight from Entebbe to the south of Uganda and an airstrip close to Bwindi Impenetrable national park (which one depends on choice of accommodation). At the airstrip our guide waits for you with a comfortable car to take you the the lodge. It is a drive offering great views of the mountains as you enter into the home of the Mountain Gorillas. Spend the rest of the day and evening relaxing at the lodge getting ready for tomorrows big adventure.
DAY 6: GORILLA TREKKING DAY
After breakfast at the lodge it is time to head to the starting point for the mountain gorilla trekking, the second highlight of this Luxury fly-in Kidepo & Gorillas safari. Your guide will take care of all practicalities and you take part in the briefing where you are told about the rules for the meeting with the mountain gorillas. You then walk off into the jungle with a group of up to eight people and a specialised guide to trek to the point where the gorillas are. A search team is always sent out in the early morning to locate the gorillas and lead the trekking guide to that point. Bwindi is a beautiful jungle so the trek is an experience in itself. When you reach the point where the gorillas are you spend one unforgettable hour with them, hopefully spotting the great silverback, seeing some young members playing and studying these fascinating creatures close up. After the meeting with the gorillas you trek back and are picked up by your guide for the drive back to the lodge to rest.
DAY 7: FLY-OUT, BWINDI-ENTEBBE
Enjoy a nice breakfast and soak in the last of the magnificent views of the Misty mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable national park. In time for your flight your guide takes you down to the airstrip and wishes you a safe journey. You leave Bwindi with unforgettable memories of your Kidepo and gorillas luxury safari. Plan for an evening/night flight from Entebbe or add a night to fly the next day.
Due to the limited number of scheduled flights between Entebbe and Kidepo possible arrival days for this safari is Tuesday & Thursday. Arrival on Saturday is possible if the Kidepo stay is extended with one night.
- Add on an extra days gorilla trekking.
- Upgrade to Gorilla Habituation (4 hours with the gorillas)
- Continue to a paradise island for a luxurious escape after your safari
- Stay a night in Entebbe/Kampala in connection to the safari if needed for your flight schedule.
Our suggested lodges are carefully selected luxurious lodges divided into the classes of Luxury (L) and Premier Luxury (PL). The Luxury options will give you comfort, a lovely setting and service while the Premier options offers an exclusive high end experience with superior locations and top service.
The price is dependent on number of travellers, rooming, season and accommodation choice. Contact us and we are happy to give you a quote.
Accommodation, meals, safari car, guide, fuel, national/regional flights where applicable, gorilla & chimps permits where applicable, park entries and activities as mentioned in the itinerary unless stated as optional.
International flights, visas, drinks (with the exception of some lodges that have drinks included), tips and personal expenses.
For more info see Mamaland Safaris terms and conditions.