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$565/person

4-day tour from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

This amazing tour introduces you to Uganda’s stunning Gems of the West, the endangered gentle giants, the Mountain Gorillas and the beautiful majestic crater lakes. The Mountain Gorilla is a Critically Endangered species with the total population of surviving mountain gorillas numbered to only 1,004 individuals as of 2018 and trekking Mountain Gorillas is the most popular Top things to Do/See while in Uganda.

Uganda is gifted to have the Western Arm of the Great Rift Valley lying within its borders. Western Uganda is adorned by towering extinct volcanic mountains and majestic, unique, mysterious stunning crater lakes, natural wonders that were skillfully crafted by the volcanic hands of Mother Nature. Dramatic peaks and deep depressions that give you an invaluable glimpse into the geological history of our country Uganda.

With this tour we present to you these natural jewels that will amaze, mesmerize and enthrall you with their stunning natural beauty. We take you from the adventure of trekking in the tropical mountain rain forest terrain to amazing picturesque landscapes where you can lie back and absorb the spellbinding beauty that is Uganda!

Included

  • Guiding for 6 days
  • Transportation in a minibus for 6 days
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in a double/twin room

Not Included

  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Hiking gear and equipment

Bookable Extras

  • Lunch can be added for $49 per person
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Early in the morning, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The drive will take you westward over the Equator where we will stop for a photographic moment and have a coffee break at the Equator café and gallery. The café is run by the Aidchild Leadership Institute, a grassroots initiative that trains and equips youth living with HIV in Uganda. You can enjoy, the beautiful art on display and freshen up with the delicious coffee, tea and snacks, all the while supporting a great charity. We will then have a lunch break in Mbarara town before proceeding on our journey

We will then proceed to Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge. This gorgeous lodge is perched on the volcanic cliffs overlooking Lake Mulehe. Stylish yet simple in design with touches of African décor, the tranquil location of the lodge offers a 180 degree panorama over the stunning lake with the Virunga mountains backdrop. Each room is spacious with comfortable beds and private bathrooms and terrace where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Mulehe.

Check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

Today you will have an early breakfast, we will drive to the forest for gorilla trekking experience. After registration, you will be divided according to the gorilla family you will be tracking, have a briefing about the Dos and Don’ts of gorilla trekking and then company of rangers and porters, you will embark on the adventure.

Mountain gorillas are in their natural habitat and are free to roam the forest as they please. Their typical day begins at 6:00 AM in the morning. They awake and begin roaming trying to look for food. Trackers, who start before us, try to follow them from the place where they slept. In the dry season gorillas may travel further in search for food, so the trek may be longer. In the wet season, the mountain gorillas don’t have to roam as far in search for food. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest like other species of monkeys, beautiful birds, reptiles and plants.

Despite the grueling hiking in the mountainous rainforest, the reward of spending time with these magnificent giants is well worth it. Spending time with the gorillas is quite fascinating, watching how human-like their behavior is, adults trying to catch naps, curious juveniles playing around, exploring the forest and visitors, mothers constantly fussing over their babies and the Silverback quietly but protectively watching over the group. The experience is indescribable.  

You have a picnic lunch in the forest, then return back to the lodge to freshen up. Spend the rest of the day at leisure as you recap your wonderful adventure with the mountain gorillas.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

After a leisurely breakfast, we will check out and head to another beautiful lodge perched on another crater lake, Lake Mutanda Resort. This marvelous lodge is highly acclaimed and boasts of the “most beautiful views on planet earth”. In a privileged sitting on a peninsular birthed by the geological activities of the Albertine Rift, the luxurious natural lodge commands sweeping views over azure waters of Lake Mutanda to a trio of the dramatic Virunga volcanoes. The lodge offers comfortable, en suite luxury tents raised on wooden polished platforms all of which have lovely porches where you can enjoy unique and beautiful panorama of the lake as well as three of the majestic Virunga Mountains in the backdrop. Check in and spend the day at leisure.

In the evening we will take a cruise on Lake Mutanda. The amazing views as the sun set over the lake light up the landscape with amazing hues. Enjoy drinks and snacks on the cruise then return back to the lodge. Relax and watch the surreal African sunset turn into a magical star studded night. Enjoy the charming, excellent service, sumptuous meals and drinks by the fireplace.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Mutanda Lodge

 

After a leisurely breakfast, we will check out and head to another beautiful lodge perched on another crater lake, Lake Mutanda Resort. This marvelous lodge is highly acclaimed and boasts of the “most beautiful views on planet earth”. In a privileged sitting on a peninsular birthed by the geological activities of the Albertine Rift, the luxurious natural lodge commands sweeping views over azure waters of Lake Mutanda to a trio of the dramatic Virunga volcanoes. The lodge offers comfortable, en suite luxury tents raised on wooden polished platforms all of which have lovely porches where you can enjoy unique and beautiful panorama of the lake as well as three of the majestic Virunga Mountains in the backdrop. Check in and spend the day at leisure.

In the evening we will take a cruise on Lake Mutanda. The amazing views as the sun set over the lake light up the landscape with amazing hues. Enjoy drinks and snacks on the cruise then return back to the lodge. Relax and watch the surreal African sunset turn into a magical star studded night. Enjoy the charming, excellent service, sumptuous meals and drinks by the fireplace.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Mutanda Lodge

 

Today after breakfast, we will go on a cultural tour to the Batwa community. The Batwa “Pygmies” are one of the most ancient tribes that first inhabited East Africa. This respectful visit is an educational experience where they teach us more about their lives in the African rainforest and will share a wealth of knowledge how they found sustenance in the forest. 

Return to the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You can choose to do fun adventure activities like Zip lining, Quad biking, Jet skiing or swimming in the safe bilharzia, croc and hippo free lake or swimming pools.

Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages.

 

After a leisurely breakfast, we will pack up and check out for our journey back to Kampala. We will have a lunch break in Mbarara and stop at the Equator Aidchild Leadership Institute for a coffee and tea break. You can purchase beautiful souvenirs for family back home, and for memories of your trip.

Proceed to Kampala where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

 END OF TOUR

 

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