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Uganda and mountain gorillas are synonymous: mention of either will spark the other as a response. These gentle giants have been drawing people for decades to the mountainous slopes of the Virungas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an ominous name, and rightly so, as thick jungle looms before you as you set off in search of our hairy cousins. Even if it is hard work getting there, nothing is as rewarding as the magical hour you spend with them. The close proximity changes you and images of doting mothers caring for their young, cheeky babies clambering through the trees and the awesome sight of a massive silverback will remain with you forever. Dip into Uganda for this sole reason and you will feel rewarded. But there is an overwhelming amount to see in Uganda that more than justifies giving it a whole visit to itself. Chimp trekking at Kibale Forest offers a glimpse into the lives of our primate brothers. Catch your jaw as you witness the incredible power of Murchison Falls, where the mighty Nile squeezes through a tiny seven metre gap. Uganda may not be thought of as a safari destination but why not look for tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, or cheetah at Kidepo Valley? Finally, for a bit of down time with a difference, take a few days by the Nile at Jinja –the ideal place to relax or scare yourself silly on a raft. Whatever floats your boat.

Uganda with A&K
As Uganda's loyal visitors will testify, its safaris are an intoxicating affair with a greater diversity of animals, people and landscapes than any other African destination. That doesn't mean however, that we take our foot even slightly off the gas. Far from it. Just ask our guests who'd previously explored the Tanzania wilderness with our guide, Elvis. At their request we flew the brilliant and passionate wildlife specialist to Kampala, where he joined them to track gorillas in the lush mountain rainforest of Bwindi.

Whatever the request to make your Abercrombie & Kent Ugandan safari and gorilla trekking holiday that extra bit special, we'll do our very best to help. Our acclaimed multi-centre East Africa team has spent over fifty years offering luxury travel across the region. A one stop shop with over 400 staff, many of them multi-lingual, it offers seamless trans-African itineraries and superb driver guides selected for their specialties from bird watching to families to first time safari-goers, along with 24-hour emergency contact and the best vehicle fleet around.

We'll use it to show you a country where West African jungle meets East Africa savannah, with semi-desert in the Northeast, verdant lowlands on the shore of Lake Victoria, and the rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Southwest's Mountains of the Moon. Unsurprisingly it provides habitats for a vast smorgasbord of creatures with lions, leopards, buffalo and elephants roaming across the lower grasslands, while chimpanzees, and most famously, mountain gorillas live in the country's higher reaches. And if you're interested in bird watching, Uganda is an often under-rated paradise. Experts believe it's actually the continent's finest birding destination with around 1,000 species including the extremely rare shoe-billed stork.

It's all waiting to be seen - you can even request the imported skills of Elvis - but at A&K we're confident we already have the perfect team to offer you the ultimate Ugandan safari.



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Fly to

Entebbe

flying time

8 hours 15 minutes

time difference

GMT +3 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required

Best time to travel

December - March, June - September

Weather

With a tropical climate, the hottest months are December to February. The main rainy season tends to be between April and May and then again from October to November. Due to the altitude the mountain air is a lot cooler. The best times to visit are Uganda are from December to March and from June to September.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Uganda

Nights: 10 | from £5,565

Uganda is East Africa’s surprise package. It is best-known for having the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas – and certainly the experience... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Set departure

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Quintessential Uganda

Nights: 11 | from £5,015

Discover the "Pearl of Africa", or Uganda where you will bird watch in the Kibale Forest, and track wildlife through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Chimp Trekking in Uganda

Nights: 5 | from £2,398

A wild 5 night adventure into Uganda to trek, observe and track Chimpanzee in the magical Kibale Forest. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Uganda Gorilla Safari

Nights: 4 | from £3,025

An unforgettable 4 night trip in search of the mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi, Uganda with expert guides on-hand. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Lake Victoria Serena Resort

Located on the shores of Lake Victoria in the Kigo District just a short twenty minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport is the Lake Victoria...Find out more

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Kyaninga Lodge

Set against a stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the legendary Mountains of the Moon in the distance, Kyaninga Lodge is the result of six years of...Find out more

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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Located deep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in western Uganda, this intimate lodge offers luxury in the midst of one of Africa's most amazing natural...Find out more

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Safari & Wildlife

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Bwindi

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is in the southern part of Bwindi National Park which is situated in the Great Rift Valley. Bwindi extends over a series...Find out more

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Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge is located in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts numerous unique attractions, in addition to game viewing and ornithology....Find out more

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Africa in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Africa team, click on the consultants' names below, call them on 01242 547 701  or enquire online

 

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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