Uganda: Great Apes & Wild Savannas with AWF

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Uganda: Great Apes & Wild Savannas with AWF

Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” for good reason. This is a diverse country, green and tropical, with savannahs, forests, lakes, branches of the Nile and snow-covered peaks. We've partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to develop this comprehensive itinerary that reveals wildlife and plants characteristic of both East and West Africa. Plus, seeing wild gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has to rank among the greatest thrills in natural history!

Daily Itinerary

Uganda's Great Apes & Wild Savannas

  • Day

    Entebbe, Uganda

    Sep 16 2021

    Arrive in Entebbe and transfer to the Protea Entebbe, overlooking the shores of Lake Victoria. Meet your AWF leader and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. D

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    Kidepo Valley

    Sep 17 2021 to Sep 18 2021

    Board a bush flight to the serene Kidepo Valley in the northeastern tip of Uganda. Spend your days here enjoying extended game drives through this wildlife-rich habitat. Buffalo, zebra, waterbuck, and warthog are abundant, and so are the lions. The Apoka Safari Lodge is the only one in the park, complete with a waterhole frequented by wildlife. While in the landscape, you will visit the Karamojong tribe and the site of an AWF Classroom Africa school. B,L,D daily

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    Murchison Falls

    Sep 19 2021 to Sep 21 2021

    Fly to Murchison Falls and enjoy more days of wildlife viewing — searching for lions, leopards, and their prey. This park is home to the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and also elephants, hartebeests, and more. Take two private boat trips: one to the Falls to be bathed in the spray, and the other to find the elusive, prehistoric-like shoebill in the delta swamps. While cruising, you will have ample opportunity for some of the best bird-watching on Earth and motor through some of the most highly populated hippo habitats in Africa. Your third day in this area takes you to the nearby Budongo Forest, where you’ll have an opportunity to trek chimpanzees in their natural habitat. After an active day of exploration, return to Baker's Lodge, spectacularly located on the South bank of the mighty Nile River. B,L,D daily

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    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    Sep 22 2021 to Sep 24 2021

    Your private charter flight takes you to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest — home to half the world’s population of mountain gorillas. A scenic drive winding through the slopes of ancient volcanoes offers panoramic vistas and a glimpse into rural community life. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, a conservation enterprise lodge developed by AWF and owned and operated by the Nkuringo community, addresses human/gorilla conflict by building income from gorilla tourism. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home of your two mountain gorilla treks. Tracking gorillas is a life-changing experience. Hike the steep slopes of this mountainous forest, and have an eye-to-eye encounter with these magnificent animals. B,L,D daily

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    Sep 25 2021

    This morning, fly back to Entebbe and return to the Protea Hotel for lunch and relax in your dayroom before transferring to the airport for your independent homeward flight. B

Things to Know

What's included in the cost of this safari expedition?

  • Intra-tour airfare
  • Accommodations on group dates
  • Excursions, activities, and meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Services of experienced English-speaking guides
  • Arrival and departure transfers between the group hotel and airport regardless of day or time
  • Selected beverages included with lunch and dinner
  • Potable water
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Game drives in 4x4 safari cruisers, with guaranteed window seat and no more than six people per vehicle


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Protea Hotel

The 73-room Protea Hotel Entebbe is ideally located on the glistening shores of Lake Victoria and a convenient 1km from Entebbe International Airport.  The Tides Restaurant, Terrace and Bar, serves full breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nile perch is a signature dish. Standard rooms include marble bathroom, hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee and tea maker, AC, TV with cable, free Wi-Fi and a mini-bar. 

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Baker's Lodge

Baker’s Lodge in Murchison Falls National park is the newest accommodation within the upmarket Uganda Exclusive Camps and Lodges group, opened in late 2014. Situated on the south bank of the mighty Nile River this intimate, safari-styled lodge is set within a large private area with beautifully trimmed grass, large shady trees and wetland areas hosting abundant birdlife along the water’s edge. The views of the river are vast and magnificent with islands hosting nesting egret birds, elephants bathing and pods of hippos regularly viewed. The lodge provides a thatched central lounge, bar and raised dining area, allowing guests to savor the morning sunrise for breakfast, sunset in the evening and 180 degree river views. Each of the individual cottages is raised on supporting pillars and has its own deck overlooking the river. Care has been taken to ensure each of the cottages has privacy. The cottage have netted windows with opening options, customized solid wooden furniture, hanging mosquito nets and especially selected locally crafted items for the accessories. The en suite bathrooms are open plan with solar hot water showers. Wi-Fi is available. 

Apoka Safari Lodge

Apoka Safari Lodge

The large, spacious rooms at Apoka were built with comfort in mind. The canvas tents feature handmade furniture created by by local craftsmen, with big hand-carved beds with soft duvets, hand-woven woolen carpets, extra large plush towels, and over-sized dressing gowns. You'll have plenty of places to relax and enjoy the views, with comfy sitting areas and a private veranda with your own outdoor bathtub! Another unqiue feature at Apoka is the inviting swimming pool that has been carved out of a giant rock. 

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Set on a forested ridge near the entrance to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge boasts eight spacious cottages built from volcanic stone. Spectacular views stretch all the way to the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda, as well as across the border into the Congo, where the glow of Nyiragongo Volcano can be seen on a clear night. Warm and welcoming, each cottage features a bedroom, ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower and separate lounge. Comfortable chairs on the outdoor verandas provide the perfect vantage point to admire the unforgettable vistas of the forest below. Blazing fireplaces create a cosy glow as evening falls.

From: $14,939 per person
10 Days, 9 Nights
Guest Capacity
10 Guests
Trip Type

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the convenience and comfort of scenic bush flights to the remote wildlife savannas of Kidepo Valley, the Nile River and Murchison Falls, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
  • Track chimpanzees and gorillas on foot, take game drives among herds of buffalo and zebra, and enjoy private boat cruises on the Nile, home to elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and the rare shoebill.
  • Discover the important work the AWF is doing in Uganda with a visit to an AWF Classroom Africa shcool in Kidepo Valley and stay at a conservation enterprise lodge developed by AWF.
  • Take a scenic drive that winds through slopes of ancient volcanoes and offers panoramic views of rural Uganda.