8 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Flying Safari

8 Day Gorilla and Wildlife Flying Safari in Uganda

Enjoy traveling the Mountain gorilla haven and the roaming savanah plains of Queen Elizabeth in Air!

Safari Outline:

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe
  • Day 2: Aero Link Flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kasese Airstrip; Launch cruise
  • Day 3: Kasenyi Game drive – Ishasha Sector
  • Day 4: Ishasha Sector; Game drive
  • Day 5: Aero Link flight from Kasese Airstrip to Kisoro Airstrip; Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Day 6: Gorilla Tracking
  • Day 7: Nombe & Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)
  • Day 8: Aero Link flight from Kisoro Airstrip to Entebbe International Airport

Especially for:

  • Perfect for a family
  • Experienced and unexperienced travellers
  • Adventurers

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe
Depending on the time of your flight, Escape To Africa representative will pick you up at the Airport with a placard and transfer you to the Hotel.

  • Travel time: 10 Minutes
  • Accommodation: Protea Marriot Hotel
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast Only

 Day 2: Aero Link Flight from Entebbe International Airport to Kasese Airstrip; Launch Cruise
After an early breakfast, drive with the guide to Entebbe International Airport for your Aero Link Flight to Kasese Airstrip. On arrival at Kasese Airstrip, meet the guide and transfer to the Lodge in Queen Elizabeth. Enjoy the view of the Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s splendid panoramas cover dozens of breath-taking craters imprinted theatrically into rolling green hills, beautiful views of the Kazinga Channel and its outstanding main attraction are the big five. Either with a private or scheduled boat enjoy a 2 1/2 – 3 hours afternoon Launch cruise on Kazinga channel, just meters away from hundreds of huge hippos and herds of buffalos, while elephants, buffaloes, warthogs fool around the shoreline.(The drive from Kasese Airstrip to the Lodge is about 2 hours)

  • Accommodation: Katara Safari Lodge / Kyamburo Gorge
  •  Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Aero Link flight schedule from Entebbe – Kasese ( to be reconfirmed at the time of reservation):

  • January to 14th June & 16th September to December – Depart at 0745 and arrive at 1005
  • 15th June to 15th September – Depart at 0700 and arrive at 1005

Day 3: Kasenyi Game drive – Ishasha Sector 
Enjoy yet again another game drive in the Kasenyi sectors and be on the lookout for; Rothschild giraffes, buffalos, elephants and different bird species as you head out for Ishasha Sector. The Ishasha sector is famously known as a haven for the tree climbing lions and its located in the Southern part of the park. It is the only other place in the entire world where you will find tree climbing lions apart from Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.

  • Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Ishasha Sector; Game drive
After an early breakfast, enjoy yet another game drive in the Ishasha sector and if you weren’t lucky the previous night with sighting the tree climbing lions, now is your chance. Enjoy as much time as permitted on the game drive and later relax at the Lodge

  • Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Aero Link flight from Kasese Airstrip to Kisoro Airstrip; Bwindi Impenetrable forest
After breakfast, transfer with the guide to Kasese Airstrip for your Aero Link flight to Kisoro Airstrip. On arrival at Kisoro Airstrip, transfer with the guide to the Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and is of immense conservation importance. (It’s about 2 hours’ drive from Kisoro Airstrip to the Lodge).

Or opt for a Canoe on Lake Mutanda – 2 ½ Hours
This is a half day activity that takes about 2 ½ hours on the 7KM lake. Canoeing is done by local community experienced guides. Only 1 – 2 pax are allowed in the canoe with 1 guide. For those interested, canoe on your own for a few minutes.

  • Accommodation in Nkuringo: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Accommodation in Rushaga: Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Aero Link flight schedule from Kasese – Kisoro (to be reconfirmed at the time of reservation):

  • January to 14th June & 16th September to December – Depart at 0745 and arrive at 0855
  • 15th June to 15th September – Depart at 0700 and arrive at 0810

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking
With an early breakfast transfer from the lodge with packed lunches. After gorilla briefing, continue to the forest for gorilla tracking. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular offering a dramatic, steeply forested landscape, incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous walk trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary as per the movements of the gorillas. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored, many find it to be a rare and moving. Tracking can take place at Nkuringo or at Rushaga (1hour drive from Nkuringo), as per the gorilla permits obtained. Upon return, relax at the lodge or opt for a stroll through the community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” – the name given to the football field, high up in Nkuringo which offers amazing views over the peaks and forest. A great way to stretch your legs after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

  • Accommodation in Nkuringo: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Accommodation in Rushaga: Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Nombe & Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)
With a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Nombe Pocket Forest for a walk and a picnic. Depending on ones location, its 1 hour drive from Rushaga and 30 minutes’ drive from Nkuringo. This forest used to be part of Bwindi but was later given to the local community. It’s a beautiful forest for birding, as it hosts many different bird species. Later after relaxation at the Lodge, visit the Batwa trail that takes you through that part of Bwindi forest that used to be home to the Pygmies the Batwa; also known as “people of the forest”. This trail is run by the local community and it involves the Batwa acting out their pervious life in the forest inform of traditional dance and drama.

  • Accommodation in Nkuringo: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Accommodation in Rushaga: Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 Day 8 – A: Aero Link flight from Kisoro Airstrip to Entebbe International Airport
Very early in the morning, transfer with the guide to Kisoro Airstrip for your Aero Link flight. On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, connect to your next destination.

Aero Link flight schedule from Kisoro – Entebbe ( to be reconfirmed at the time of reservation):

  • January to 14th June & 16th September to December – Depart at 0910 and arrive at 1125
  • 15th June to 15th September – Depart at 0825 and arrive at 1125

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Included in the above quote:

  • Our Quotes offered in USD
  • Aerolink domestic flights (Entebbe – Kasese – Kisoro – Entebbe)
  • Full Board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with Accommodation as listed in the itinerary.
  • Gorilla tracking Permit
  • Drinking water in the vehicle (1 litre per person per day)
  • Private 4×4 vehicle with experienced English-speaking driver-guide, from the morning of day 1 to the evening of day 8
  • All the excursions and activities indicated in the itinerary (Launch cruise, game drives, and walks etc) under the supervision of an experienced English-speaking guide
  • Wi-Fi (in main areas of all Lodges and Hotel)
  • Government taxes
  • 15KG of Luggage per person

Excluded from the above quote:

  • All drinks
  • Lunch & Dinner on (Day 1 & 8)
  • Uganda Entry Visa fee
  • International air flights
  • Any optional activity not indicated in above program
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities and Tips

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