This tour is now guaranteed.
That means it has met the minimum tour numbers, and will go ahead as planned.
Personally Escorted by Hayley Morris & Donna Simmons
Volunteer Opportunity at The Emmaus School
Visit to Local Village to see Everyday Life
Overnight Accommodation right on the River Nile
Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park to see Lions, Elephants, Hyenas and More!
Boat Ride to the top of Murchison Falls
Chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo Rainforest
Crossing the Equator at Bwindi
Gorilla Tracking Experience in Bwindi's Impenetrable Forest
Meet and interaction with the Batwa Pygmy Tribe
Overnight Stay at the beautiful Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi
Personally Escorted by Hayley Morris & Donna Simmons who promise to make your experience a memorable one!
Return Economy Airfares including taxes with Qatar Airways ex Melbourne (other cities and classes available upon request)
Specialist Guide upon Arrival into Uganda
All Transportation as detailed in itinerary
All sightseeing including entrance fees as detailed in itinerary
Gorilla Tracking Permit (Valued at USD600)
Variety of Accommodation Styles as per itineary eg. Hotel, Lodge, Guest House
Meals as detailed in itinerary
Ugandan Visa Processing Fee (Australian Passport Holders)
Tipping for Driver and Guide
Willing to Share Option
Meet and Greet Document Distribution Day (subject to minimum numbers attending)
Extra nights at Sanctuary Gorilla Frest Camp in Bwindi - USD550.00 per person including full board.
Additional Gorilla Permits - USD600.00 per day
A Yellow Fever Certificate is mandatory. For all other vaccination advice please visit www.travelclinic.com.au or visit your local GP.
Day 1 - Thursday 1 November 2018
Melbourne - Uganda (Meals Inflight)
Today, join Sisterhood Founder Hayley Morris and 2IC Donna Simmons at the Melbourne Airport no later than 7.30pm to check in for your flight to Entebbe, Uganda (via Doha). Sit back relax and enjoy the inflight entertainement of Qatar Airways as we head towards our bucket list adventure.
Day 2 - Friday 2 November 2018
Welcome to Uganda (D)
Welcome to Uganda! We'll arrive mid afternoon and be met by our guide who will transfer us to our accommodation. Time to settle in with dinner at our hotel.
Overnight - Paradise on the Nile (or similar)
Day 3 - Saturday 3 November 2018
Volunteer at The Emmaus School, Omuto Uganda (B,D)
Today an amazing hands on experience! We'll visit and take part in some activities at a local school. We'll see the daily life of a school student and enjoy spending time with the kids seeing how they learn! Afterwards we'll visit some local villagers who will show us their da co-operatives in the local before returning to our hotel for dinner.
Overnight - Paradise on the Nile (or similar)
** The children would really love to receive donations of exercise books, pens, pencils etc.
Day 4 - Sunday 4 November 2018
Kampala - River Nile (B,D)
Today we'll check in one last time with our new found friends at the school before travelling to our next accommodation right on the Mighty Nile River. Our accommodation is a destination in itself. Nestled in a luxuriant rainforest on its own private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile, Wildwaters Lodge is breathtaking. Thick riverine forest naturally covers the island and each of the ten timber-floor rooms is nestled amidst the forest with private views over the River Nile and its rapids. The main lodge is located quite unbelievably on a solid rock peninsula, amidst the rapids of the River Nile. Relax here, cooled by the constant breezes from the racing rapids or plunge into the adjacent natural swimming pool, carved by the river over millennia from pink granite. This is the ultimate location to enjoy one of the last wild areas of the entire Nile. The lodge is at the heart of the newly formed Wildwaters Reserve, a group of mid-stream islands in the Nile, mostly widely recognised as the home for the legendary whitewater rafting on the Nile. They are also home to river otters, giant monitor lizards and hundreds of species of birds. The lodge is the centre-piece for a conservation initiative aimed at protecting this pristine riverine environment for future generations, in part by ensuring that the local communities benefit directly from the visitors to the lodge and the protection of these beautiful, heavily forested islands in the Nile.
Dinner tonight at our lodge.
Overnight - Wildwaters Lodge
Day 5 - Monday 5 November 2018
River Nile - Murchison Falls (B,D)
An early breakfast this morning before a long drive to Murchison Falls National Park. With comfort stops along the way we'll arrive into Paraa late afternoon. Dinner tonight at our lodge.
The Murchison Falls Conservation Area is Uganda’s largest protected area covering 5072km2 . This contains the Murchison Falls National Park (3893km2) and the adjoining Bugungu (501km2) and Karuma (678km2) wildlife reserves. Murchison National Park is one of Uganda’s oldest protected areas. It’s conservation history dates back to 1926 when the area was known as the Gulu and Bunyoro Game Reserve. This reserve became Murchison Falls National Park in 1952 (one of the country’s two national parks, with the other being Queen Elizabeth National Park).
During the 1960’s, the park contained an abundance of wildlife including 14,000 elephants, 26,000 buffalos and 14,000 hippos. However, these huge numbers caused great environmental damage. Though today’s wildlife population is far smaller, their population density is more in balance with the limited amount of parkland available to them.
Overnight - Paraa Safari Lodge
Day 6 - Tuesday 6 November 2018
Game Driving Day (B,D)
Today we'll enjoy a game drive through the National Park in search of lions, giraffe, nefassa waterbuck, hyena, elephants and more! Later we'll enjoy a boat ride to the top of the Falls, along the way we may see herds of elephants and giraffes, crocodiles, hippos and many birds including kingfishers, bee eaters, African eagles and more. This afternoon we move onto the Budongo Central Forest Reserve with dinner at our lodge.
Overnight - Budongo Eco Lodge
Day 7 - Wednesday 7 November 2018
Chimpanzee Tracking - Kampala (B,D)
This morning after checking out we'll travel to the Budongo rainforest in search of Chimpanzees. We'll not only see chimps playing in the tree tops but also the black and colobus monkeys. Afterwards we continue onto Kampala with dinner tonight at tour guest house.
At Namirembe (the hill of peace) with their slogan, "A million dollar view" bestows each guest an incredible strategic and panoramic view over the whole of Kampala city.
Tonight we'll enjoy an evening cultural show at Ndere Troupe Centre. A popular must see show.
Overnight - Namirembe Guest House
Day 8 - Thursday 8 November 2018
Kampala - Bwindi (B,D)
Today we travel to Bwindi with the opportunity to take pictures of the Equator along the way. Our accommodation for the night is the beautiful Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. Ecologically respectful, contemporary-yet-classic in style, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp blends in sensitively with the dramatic African mountain landscape and, situated uniquely inside the national park, you are only minutes away from the start of your gorilla trekking adventure. Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location this will be a place to remember! This afternoon we'll enjoy a visit from the Batwa Pygmy Tribe who will educate us about village life. Dinner tonight at our Camp.
Overnight - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 9 - Friday 9 November 2018
Gorilla Tracking (B,L,D)
An early breakfast (and check out ) before the day we've all been waiting for! We'll be briefed and prepared for our gorilla tracking experience. Whilst it is never guaranteed to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal, over 80% of treks with this Safari company get their once in a lifetime opportunity to see gorillas in their natural habitat. The duration of our trek will be dependant on the location of the gorillas. This is a bucket list moment for all travellers.
Dinner tonight at our accommodation.
Overnight - Overland Resort Bunyonyi
Day 10 - Saturday 10 November 2018
Kabale - Kampala (B,L,D)
Today we'll travel from Kabale to Kampala with a packed lunch for our lengthy drive. With stops along the way we'll arrive into Kampala early evening for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Overnight - Hotel Triangle
Day 11 - Sunday 11 November 2018
Today is our last day in Uganda. An opportunity for a city tour and shopping before being transferred early afternoon for our flight to Doha. What a fantastic experience we've enjoyed with new friends. Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of Qatar Airways as we head towards home.
Day 12 - Monday 12 November 2018
Day in Doha
Upon our arrival into Doha we'll transfer to our hotel for overnight stay. We'll have the chance to explore the up and coming city of Doha and all that it offers before returning to the airport for our onward flight to Melbourne.
Day 13 - Tuesday 13 November 2018
Doha - Melbourne (Meals Inflight)
Welcome Home! We arrive back home into Melbourne around 6.45pm. What an adventure! So glad you joined us and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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