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Classic Uganda

Private Travel | General interest | Wildlife 13 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £6465 Current prices from: £6465
This extraordinary private journey is the perfect introduction to the highlights of Uganda. The ‘Pearl of Africa’ is a true wildlife wonderland, home to chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, hyenas, monkeys, countless rare birds and, of course, the endangered mountain gorilla. The fully-guided and customisable tour includes gorilla trekking, chimpanzee walks, game drives and good quality accommodation.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Encounter mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Multiple safaris, including one game drive at night
  • Chimpanzee treks in two locations
  • Search for one of only two known populations of tree climbing lions
  • Enjoy a Kazinga Channel cruise to see hippos and crocodiles
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Standard Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Entebbe

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Entebbe, via Dubai. (N)

Day 2: Entebbe

Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to the Karibu Entebbe Hotel for an overnight stay. (L, D)

Day 3: Kibale National Park

Drive to Kibale National Park. In the late afternoon, arrive at the Papaya Lake Lodge for a 2-night stay. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Kibale National Park

Today begins with your first chance to encounter the primates that share the most genetic similarities to humans, chimpanzees. While sightings are never guaranteed, the region offers around a 90% chance. Afternoon boardwalk wander, looking out for multiple monkey species. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park (North)

Head south to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel, where possible sightings include the world’s largest population of hippos and Nile crocodiles. Continue to the Kyambura Gorge Lodge for an overnight stay. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park (South)

Morning chimpanzee trek. Then travel to the Ishasha Wilderness Camp, home for the next 2 nights. After lunch, embark on a game drive to view animals such as elephants, buffaloes, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and of course, the famed tree-climbing lions. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park (South)

Enjoy another game drive and more wildlife photography opportunities, before an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the camp facilities. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Continue south to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Check in at Buhoma Lodge for 2 nights and then choose from a range of optional cultural or wildlife walking experiences. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Rise early for a trek into the forest mist in search of mountain gorillas. The duration of the trek will depend on the conditions and exact location of the gorillas, and can range from 1 to 4 hours each way. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park

Drive east to Mihingo Lodge, within Lake Mburo National Park. After checking in for an overnight stay, join a night safari in search of leopards, jackals, zebras, hippos, buffaloes, impalas, warthogs and over 300 different bird species. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Entebbe

After a short morning game drive, continue east to Entebbe. Check in to the Karibu Entebbe Hotel for an overnight stay and enjoy an optional excursion or time at leisure. (B, L, D)

Days 12-13: Fly to London via Dubai

Morning at leisure before transferring to Entebbe airport for your afternoon flight to London, via Dubai, arriving the following day. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard private tour accommodation

  • Papaya Lake Lodge
    Papaya Lake Lodge

    The Papaya Lake Lodge, magnificently located between two extinct volcanoes and surrounded by the green, fertile lands of the Great Crater Lakes of Uganda, is a peaceful piece of luxury built with comfort in mind. The nine lavish cottages are perched atop a ridge among the trees, and many offer outstanding panoramas across the nearby hills and lakes. A large on-site restaurant and bar, which open out onto the inviting sun terrace, serve sumptuous meals and drinks, while the outdoor pool allows guests to swim with sensational views all around.

  • Kyambura Gorge Lodge
    Kyambura Gorge Lodge

    Kyambura Gorge Lodge is situated at the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western part of the East African Great Rift Valley. The lodge offers fantastic views over the national park and the Rwenzori mountains and lies a short distance from the Kyambura gorge. Accommodation is provided in seven spacious and tastefully designed grass-thatched cottages with wooden balconies overlooking the park. All cottages have been built by local craftsmen using locally sourced materials and provide en suite facilities, hot and cold running water, and electricity. Features: 7 cottages, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, bar, swimming pool, health club. Room amenities: Hairdryer, balcony.

  • Karibu Entebbe
    Karibu Entebbe

    Just a 15-minute drive from Entebbe airport, the Karibu Entebbe is a small boutique hotel within the site of a former presidential home. With just seven spacious en suite rooms, there is a high level of personal service throughout. The on-site restaurant serves Mediterranean inspired cuisine and the outdoor pool is carefully designed to blend into the surroundings and provides a relaxing environment for a quiet evening drink as the sun goes down.

  • Ishasha Wilderness Camp
    Ishasha Wilderness Camp

    Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp is located in an unspoilt remote area in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Guests are housed in twin bed east African meru-style tents situated in the wooded area besides the Ntungwe river. Each tent has its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area with hot water bush showers and an eco-friendly toilet. A central dining area, also under canvas, provides a comfortable environment for meals and an outdoor area beside the river acts as a lounge and evening fireplace venue for guests to complete their bush experience.

  • Buhoma Lodge
    Buhoma Lodge

    The Buhoma Lodge is a small, intimate, property located just within the national park's boundaries, five minutes away from the gorilla trekking start point and commanding stunning views of the pristine rainforest. Originally known as the Buhoma Homestead, the property has been renovated and now offers eight traditionally built cottages with en suite facilities, private verandas, large comfortable beds and hot and cold running water, while some cottages also feature bath tubs. There is an elevated lounge area where, on cool evenings (as the lodge is at almost 1,500 metres above sea level), a fireplace is lit while the lodge's restaurant serves a variety of international and local dishes such as matoke and g-nut sauce, on request. Supplies are obtained, as far as possible, from local sources and staff are also generally recruited locally and trained on site. The lodge's water supply is gravity fed, while solar power is used for lighting ...

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £6465 per person

High season from £6995 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4-star accommodation (average)
    • International flights
    • 5-seater Land Cruisers with private, knowledgeable driver-guides
    • Gorilla trekking permit
    • 2 chimpanzee trekking permits
    • A boat trip on the Kazinga Channel
    • 4 game drives
    • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

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