Uganda – Visiting the last Mountain Gorillas


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Uganda – Visiting the last Mountain Gorillas

The extraordinary journey through Uganda commenced deep within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where rare encounters with mountain gorillas awaited. Venturing northward, Queen Elizabeth National Park revealed sweeping savannas teeming with wildlife, offering exhilarating game drives against the majestic backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains and the Kazinga Channel. Continuing onwards, Jinja beckoned, challenging our mettle as we navigated the mighty Nile River’s white-water rapids. Finally, the expedition found its conclusion in Kigali, Rwanda, a city that bore witness to historical resilience at the Genocide Memorial. This captivating odyssey unfolded as a symphony of diverse landscapes, thrilling wildlife encounters, and a profound immersion into the rich culture and history of East Africa, etching enduring memories on our souls.

Touching down at Kigali International Airport (KGL), your gateway to this dynamic city, you’re greeted by the anticipation of new experiences amid Rwanda’s captivating landscapes. Stepping off the plane, the gentle breeze carries the promise of enriching adventures, while the local culture warmly welcomes you. Get ready to explore Kigali’s enchanting beauty, from its bustling streets to the tranquillity of Retreat Kigali, your accommodation for this memorable journey.


Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, is a captivating blend of modernity and natural beauty set against a backdrop of rolling hills. Nestled in the heart of East Africa, this vibrant city has emerged as a symbol of progress and resilience, offering a unique experience for visitors. Its modern skyline harmoniously coexists with lush green spaces and well-maintained roads, reflecting the nation’s remarkable transformation. Kigali’s bustling markets, colourful neighbourhoods, and diverse culinary scene provide a window into the daily lives of its friendly inhabitants. Beyond the urban landscape, the city’s picturesque hills, serene lakes, and lush forests offer a glimpse of Rwanda’s breathtaking natural beauty.

Your one-night escape at The Retreat Kigali promises a tranquil and rejuvenating experience. Upon your afternoon arrival, the warm hospitality of Rwanda welcomes you as you check in to your inviting room. The afternoon is yours to embrace relaxation, with options to enjoy spa treatments, take a dip in the pool, or simply unwind amidst the hotel’s lush gardens. A delectable dinner at the hotel’s restaurant awaits in the evening, where Rwandan and international flavours blend seamlessly. As the morning arrives, savour a leisurely breakfast before departing, leaving behind the serenity of The Retreat Kigali with a sense of renewal and refreshed vitality.

The journey from the Retreat Kigali to Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is a captivating odyssey that unfolds over approximately 8 to 10 hours of travel by road. Setting out from the serene embrace of the Retreat Kigali, your expedition delves deeper into the heart of Rwanda, leaving behind the urban bustle for the enchanting countryside. Along the way, you’ll be greeted by rolling hills adorned with lush greenery, terraced farms, and charming villages where the warmth of the locals and the vibrant Rwandan culture come to life. The route offers glimpses of mist-covered mountains and pristine lakes, adding to the allure of your voyage.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in south-western Uganda, is a captivating realm of extraordinary biodiversity and natural wonder. Covering 321 square kilometres of dense, ancient forests, its name, “Impenetrable,” aptly reflects the thick, lush vegetation that defines its landscapes. This sanctuary is renowned as one of the last refuges of the critically endangered mountain gorillas, housing nearly half of the world’s population of these majestic creatures. Beyond the gorillas, Bwindi boasts a vibrant tapestry of life, from rare forest elephants to diverse primate species, creating an immersive and transformative experience for visitors. Amidst its lush beauty, birdwatchers also find paradise with over 350 avian species.

Your two-night stay at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge promises an unforgettable blend of adventure and relaxation. Upon arrival, bask in the warm hospitality and awe-inspiring views of the surrounding wilderness. After checking in, indulge in a mouthwatering lunch at the lodge’s restaurant while soaking in breathtaking vistas. In the afternoon, venture to the nearby Lake Bunyonyi, a tranquil gem known as the “Place of Many Little Birds.” Here, you have the choice to unwind by the lakeshore, embark on a leisurely boat trip, or paddle through its serene waters by canoe. Whether you choose to relax or explore, the calming ambiance of this natural wonder will embrace you. Return to the lodge for dinner and spend your evening by the cosy fireplace or stargazing on the terrace, all before a restful night’s sleep.

The second day brings the pinnacle of your journey – gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After an early breakfast, venture into the dense forest guided by experts, where you’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat. A picnic lunch in the heart of the forest adds to this unforgettable experience. Upon returning to the lodge in the afternoon, take a moment to relax and share your gorilla tracking tales with fellow travellers. Whether you opt for spa treatments or simply revel in the serene surroundings, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge offers the perfect backdrop. As evening falls, savour a delectable dinner at the lodge’s restaurant, culminating another day of exploration and discovery.

The journey from Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge to Elephant Plains is a captivating transition from the forested heights of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the expansive savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This scenic shift offers a visual transformation as you descend from the mountainous terrain to rolling plains, all facilitated by a flight from Kasese. Along the way, you’ll pass through charming rural communities, providing glimpses of Ugandan countryside life and opportunities to experience local hospitality. As the landscape changes from dense forests to open savannas, keep a keen eye out for the diverse wildlife that often graces the area, including elephants, buffalo, and antelope species.


Queen Elizabeth National Park, nestled in south-western Uganda, is a breathtaking mosaic of landscapes and biodiversity that captures the essence of African wilderness. Encompassing nearly 2,000 square kilometres, this iconic park boasts rolling savannas, dense forests, wetlands, and waterways like the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward. It’s a sanctuary where elephants roam, lions rest under acacia trees, and buffalo herds graze amid golden grasses. The park’s waters teem with hippos, Nile crocodiles, and a symphony of birdlife, offering a haven for birdwatchers and boat safari enthusiasts. Tree-climbing lions add to its allure, while chimpanzees, leopards, and hyenas provide thrilling encounters. Against the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park promises an immersive African safari experience, a glimpse into the untamed beauty and biodiversity of the continent’s heartland.

Your two-night stay at Elephant Plains Uganda begins with a warm welcome to the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Upon arrival, you’ll be introduced to the comforts of your accommodation and the enchanting surroundings. After settling in, indulge in a delightful lunch at the lodge’s restaurant, savouring flavours inspired by the region. The adventure kicks off with a 2:00 PM boat tour on the renowned Kazinga Channel, a lifeline for the park’s wildlife. As you cruise along, you’ll encounter a mesmerizing array of creatures, from the iconic hippos and crocodiles to the diverse birdlife that graces the channel’s shores. Later, as the sun begins to set, embark on an evening game drive, a time when the park’s predators become active. Under the soft golden light, you may spot elusive creatures like lions, leopards, and hyenas in their natural habitat.

On the second day, rise early for a morning game drive, a prime opportunity to witness wildlife activity at its peak. Traverse the park’s savannas and woodlands in search of elephants, buffalo, antelope, and more. Return to the lodge for a satisfying lunch and a relaxing afternoon by the pool, basking in the serenity of the park. For those seeking even more adventure, an optional night game drive awaits. After dinner at the lodge’s restaurant, venture into the park’s nocturnal realm to encounter bush babies, genets, and owls, experiencing the park’s transformative beauty under the cover of darkness. Whether you choose to explore by night or simply savour the tranquil sounds of the African night, Elephant Plains Uganda promises a memorable journey into the heart of the wild.

The journey from Elephant Plains to Wildwaters Lodge is a swift and captivating transition facilitated by a short and scenic flight, taking approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. This aerial passage offers not only convenience but also a spectacular aerial perspective of Uganda’s diverse landscapes, including rolling savannas and meandering waterways. As you touch down near Wildwaters Lodge, nestled on a serene island in the Nile River, you’ll step into a world of tranquil beauty and warm hospitality.


Jinja, affectionately known as the “Adventure Capital of East Africa,” is a captivating town nestled along the northern shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. It’s a place where nature’s wonders and outdoor thrills converge, notably at the source of the Nile River, where the Nile begins its remarkable journey northward. Here, adventure enthusiasts find their paradise, with white-water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, and serene boat cruises on the Nile’s agenda. Beyond adrenaline, Jinja is a cultural treasure trove, with bustling markets, traditional dance performances, and friendly locals eager to share their heritage.

Your one-night stay at Wildwaters Lodge begins with a warm welcome to this tranquil island sanctuary on the Nile River. Upon arrival, settle into your luxurious accommodation, nestled amidst the natural beauty that surrounds you. The adventure commences with a morning expedition to Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking. Guided by experienced naturalists, you’ll venture deep into the forest’s verdant trails in search of these captivating primates, witnessing first-hand their intriguing behaviours in their natural habitat. After an exhilarating morning, return to the lodge for a delightful lunch, savouring regional cuisine while gazing upon serene river views.

Following your adventure in Kibale, the afternoon invites you to immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the lodge. Whether you choose to relax on your private deck, take a dip in the inviting pool, or savour a refreshing beverage at the bar, the lodge provides the perfect setting for unwinding. For those with an appetite for more adventure, an optional rafting or kayaking excursion on the Nile awaits, offering a thrilling experience amidst breathtaking natural surroundings. A sumptuous dinner at the lodge’s restaurant concludes your evening.

On the morning of day two, embrace leisure as you awaken to the soothing rhythms of the Nile. Enjoy a delectable breakfast with picturesque river views before deciding how to shape your day. You can continue your relaxation at the lodge, perhaps indulging in spa treatments or simply savouring the tranquil setting. Alternatively, for the adventurous spirit, optional activities like kayaking or a scenic boat trip on the Nile provide a thrilling start to the day.

As you leave Jinja and Wildwaters Lodge, your journey back to Kigali Airport will be by flight. The exact flight duration may vary, but it offers a quick and convenient way to return. Reflect on the memorable moments you’ve had along the Nile as you enjoy the scenic flight. Soon, you’ll arrive at Kigali Airport, marking the end of your East African adventure.

Services Overview

  • Domestic flights
  • All Transfers
  • Gorilla tracking
  • All National Park Entrances
  • Chimpanze tracking
  • Game drive
  • Boat tour
  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla (Full Board)
  • Elephant Plains Lodge (Full Board)
  • Wildwaters Lodge (Full Board)
  • International flights
  • Spa Treatments
  • Meals not listed
  • Tips

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