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Gorillas in the Mist – $3,995 to $5,150 per person

Day 1
  • Meet our local representative on arrival at Entebbe International Airport
  • Private transfer to Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa (± 20 minutes)
  • You stay at Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa for 1 night
  • Breakfast included
Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa is a 5 star resort hotel operated by the Serena Hotels Group. The hotel has 124 rooms, 114 Standard Rooms, 8 Executive Suites and 2 Presidential Suites. Housed in typically Tuscan villas, which are widely spaced around the terraced rose gardens, each Standard Room is elegantly presented in shades of terracotta and cream and features either queen-sized or two twin beds, a dressing table, work station, seating area, balcony and lavish marble bathroom with walk-in shower. The Executive Suites also feature a spacious living area with flat-screen TV, office space and second balcony. The two Presidential Suites are located on the penthouse level of the main citadel and feature: a luxury en suite bedroom with king-sized bed, an elegant reception room, dining room (with private kitchen), terrace and staff accommodation. The Presidential floor also features its own private event or conference space. The hotel offers a wide range of dining choices; The Citadel all-day brasserie offers extensive buffet breakfast and lunch choices while the a la carte evening menu features both an international selection and the Chef’s own array of typically Mediterranean cuisine. A wide selection of snacks can be enjoyed, either on the extensive Lake View Pool Terrace, in the Courtyard Lounge or on the Piano Bar Terrace. Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices. The table d’hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. Vegetarian options are always available. The majority of the meat and dairy products, as well as our fruits and vegetables are sourced from the communities that surround the resort. The wine list offers a broad selection of old- and new-world wines, local and imported beers and spirits.
Day 2
  • Private transfer to Entebbe (± 20 minutes)
  • Scheduled flight Entebbe – Kihihi (± 60 minutes)
  • Shared transfer to Gorilla Forest Camp (± 30 minutes)
  • You stay at Gorilla Forest Camp for 3 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Day 3 – Gorilla Trekking
  • Day 4 – Batwa Pygmy Tribe Experience
The location of this camp evokes an air of mystery: the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to seven species of primates—the most famous (and most endangered) of which is the Mountain Gorilla. Bwindi holds just over half of the remaining 600 gorillas, and tracking these majestic creatures is a highlight of a stay at Gorilla Forest Camp. A permanent luxury tented escape in one of the most bio-diverse areas on Earth, Gorilla Forest is the only camp within the confines of Bwindi—so it can feel as though the verdant mountains are your own personal playground. The eight en-suite tents are filled with amenities unexpected in the heart of a remote jungle: hot and cold running water, a washbasin and a bathtub looking out onto the primeval forest. The spacious private veranda provides the perfect place to enjoy an alfresco meal and fall under the spell of the jungle. At night, a traditional African campfire is lit and a visiting primatologist may give a lecture, or you can simply relax with a drink and recount the thrills of the day with your fellow travelers.

Day 3 – Gorilla Trekking: After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. You then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Day 4 – Batwa Pygmy Tribe Experience: It is a rare privilege to meet the Batwa of Bwindi which will take you 6hours before you return to the camp. Only eight of the original Batwa remain and although no one is sure exactly how old they are, they are believed to be between 80 and 110! The walk to their village is spiced with interesting information and anecdotes: the way the locals make banana gin, how they build their homes and the history of the Batwa. For hundreds of years they had lived in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, reliant on the forest for food and shelter. When Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in order to protect the gorilla population, the Batwa were moved to the periphery of the forest. The Batwa are about four feet high and very nimble. They will be delighted that you have come to visit and will welcome you with a traditional chant. Then they will tell you, via a translator, how they hunt, make fires, build houses, use plants for medicinal purposes and even how they bury their dead. After the tour you are welcome to taste their traditional meal of goat stew, pap (ground milieu meal) and boiled green bananas with salt. After dinner simply relax and sip a drink as you listen to folk tunes played on the traditional Bakiga guitar.

Day 5
  • Scheduled transfer from Gorilla Forest Camp to Kihihi (± 30 minutes)
  • Scheduled flight Entebbe – Kihihi (± 60 minutes)

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