Trip Overview

Embark on an exotic adventure in 2021 with AdventureWomen deep into the African jungle, home to some of the world’s most unique biodiversity. Expert wildlife trackers and primatologists lead you within intimate distance of awe-inspiring mountain gorillas, pods of hippos, intelligent chimpanzees, abundant birdlife and Uganda’s own tree climbing lion!

After arriving and resting for the night in Entebbe, travel to gorilla and chimpanzee habitat in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Get to know your travel companions and your AdventureWomen Ambassador while discovering local artwork, trying out a range of optional activities, and enjoying a lively welcome dinner with your new friends.

The next three mornings are dedicated to your search for tree climbing lions and chimpanzees, the closest living relatives of humans! While tramping through the Kyambura Gorge and lush Kalinzu Forest, lion researchers and your guides teach you how to spot the elusive swishing tail or floppy big paw high up in the acacia trees. You will also encounter an array of different and unique wildlife: stealthy leopards (or signs of leopards), bizarre and curious birds, antelope, wild pigs, other primates, and more.

Continue your wildlife observations as you cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the greatest concentrations of hippo in Africa. Witness herds of elephant, buffalo, spellbinding aquatic birds, and even the sprightly warthog as they are drawn to the channel to drink.

Get a chance to meet some of Uganda’s working women at a tea plantation who plant, pick, roast, and pack their own tea and coffee – all by hand.

The rest of your trip is dedicated to experiencing an intimate encounter with the imposing mountain gorilla living in their natural habitat. Relocate to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, an expansive primordial forest and home to one of the last strongholds of the endangered mountain gorilla. You may be lucky and spot them already in the verdant bush around the Bwindi Lodge.

Go on extensive hikes deep into the forest with your guide and gorilla expert to find the awe-inspiring apes. Once you find them you are allowed one hour per trek to quietly observe these majestic and intelligent animals. The one-hour limit ensures the gorilla’s health and safety, and allows them to have a wild existence. When you return from your trek, you’ll meet and be inspired by the local businesswomen who started a business to rent and repair bicycles which has evolved into a diversified enterprise that includes things such as weaving, sewing, and running backpacker’s accommodations.

Enjoy the final evening that brings everyone together to share special stories and lasting impressions of this remarkable part of the world. Say goodbye to your newfound friends and toast to the emerald beauty of the primeval jungle where you have experienced some of Africa’s most precious creatures living wild and free and that it may stay safe and healthy for generations to come.

Main Attractions

  • Observe endangered Mountain Gorillas in their home in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Learn how to track animals from experienced wildlife guides and primatologists
  • Enjoy a wildlife cruise in Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Stay in comfortable African lodges located deep in the heart of wildlife habitats

What You'll See and Do

  • 4x4
  • Anthropology
  • Birding
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Entebbe
Welcome to Uganda! On this spellbinding exploration of Uganda’s bio-diverse ecosystems, hike Uganda’s steep, forested terrain for captivating views of the great apes living free, participate in a thrilling game drive and lion tracking research project, and cruise the waterways to see floating herds of hippos while other animals come to the riverbanks for water.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Ugandan guide, who will lead you to the best wildlife sightings possible. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be picked up at the Entebbe airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening to give you a chance to get over jet lag.
Meals on Your Own

Overnight: Protea Hotel Entebbe

Day 2

Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Get up early this morning for your flight from Entebbe to Kasese. The flight will be about an hour and a half.

You’ll be met at the Kasese airport. On the way to the lodge, you’ll stop at Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation. A selection of sculptures is always on show in the gallery. Cast in bronze by Rwenzori Founders or carved in Moroto soapstone and marble, all of the sculptures have been created as a result of workshops and residencies supported by the Foundation.

Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. During your stay here, you have a complimentary half-hour massage, so please be sure to schedule it upon arrival.

This afternoon you have your choice of activities. You can go on a short gorge walk, a beekeeping tour, or just enjoy the pool.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Uganda!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 3

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Notes on Today: Only seven guests at a time can trek to see the chimpanzees. Half of your group will do this day as written below, and the other half will do the activities in the opposite order. This is to ensure that the chimps are as well protected as possible.

After an early breakfast, transfer to the Kyambura Gorge, which is a stark contrast with the surrounding grasslands. Start tracking chimpanzees, one of the closest relatives to humans. The chimp population is very mobile, and viewing can be unpredictable. Plan on a strenuous hike for about two and a half hours. Be prepared with all-weather gear.

Have lunch back at the lodge after your time with the chimpanzees.

Head out on a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentrations of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo, and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and other birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. The boat trip will be about two hours.

Enjoy time to relax at your lodge this evening before dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 4

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Heading out with a lion researcher is one of the most interesting experiences you can have in Uganda and is only possible within Mweya Peninsular of Queen Elizabeth National Park under the Uganda Carnivore Project. Join the researchers in the field as they track lion in their natural habitats. This will happen either in the early morning or the late afternoon, and tracking lasts between one and three hours.

Enjoy lunch at the lodge. Choose an optional activity offered by the lodge, or just relax by the pool.

A drama group will put on a performance late this afternoon. Enjoy the show before sitting down to enjoy another delicious dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 5

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Depart early this morning for the Kalinzu forest where you will go trekking and look for chimpanzees. You have about a 50% chance of seeing chimpanzees, but the plant life and birds you will see along the way are rewarding as well. The hike will be between two and two and a half hours. Have lunch back at the lodge.

The Omwani Women’s Coffee Cooperative is a community-based initiative designed to provide vocational training to women and an alternative, but sustainable source of income. Eleven local women and their families are actively involved in the cooperative. At least 30% of the group is HIV positive and many are widowed. They tend to over 1,500 Arabica and Robusta coffee plants in 100 acres of rejuvenated land and process the coffee by hand at a communal processing plant. Members of the cooperative commit to growing the coffee organically, without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Learn from the women about their lives and families.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 6

Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Pack up and leave your lodge this morning, driving through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Search for tree climbing lions as you travel through the park. Arrive at your lodge in Bwindi in time for lunch.

Enjoy the afternoon at the lodge. There is a beautiful walk to a river at the edge of the property that you might want to try. Have dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bwindi Lodge

Day 7

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Head out this morning on a gorilla trek. There are a maximum of eight tourists allowed in a group, so your group will split into two. Other tourists might join your trekking group as well. You’ll carry your packed lunch in your backpack, and you’ll trek for two to eight hours. If you prefer to not carry your backpack, you can hire a personal porter for $15-20 at the trailhead. You’ll want hiking boots, waterproof pants, a waterproof jacket and thick gloves (think gardening gloves) to protect from nettles.

On this trek you have a 90% chance of seeing the gorillas. Once you locate a group of gorillas, you are allowed to spend one hour with them. Enjoy your lunch somewhere in the forest along the way.

Return to the lodge late this afternoon and share stories with the women in your group about your gorilla experience.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bwindi Lodge

Day 8

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Simple tea processing in partnership with the local communities began at the lodge in 2013. Head out to see how tea is grown, picked, and traditionally processed in Uganda. You will learn how black, green, and white teas are produced and differentiated.

Walk through the local village and learn about the community as well as Bwindi Community Hospital. The hospital started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people.

After lunch at the lodge, visit the Ride for a Woman project. Women started a business to rent and repair bicycles. Since the start of their business, they have evolved to do other projects including weaving and sewing. They are also starting a budget accommodation for backpackers. Try your hand at weaving as you get to know these remarkable businesswomen.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bwindi Lodge

Day 9

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Head out on another gorilla trek today. Hike up and down the steep, densely forested hills. Coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an awe-inspiring moment.

You’ll either have a packed lunch today or have lunch at the lodge – it depends on how long you must trek to find the gorillas.

Take this afternoon to relax after your strenuous trekking day. Walk around the property, read a book, or chat with your AdventureWomen friends.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Bwindi Lodge

Day 10

Depart Uganda
Leave the lodge early this morning and drive to Kihihi. Catch your flight to Entebbe, arriving mid-day. Connect with your international flights at the Entebbe airport.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Uganda



Arrival and Departure Information

October 19th Departure:

Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda (EBB) on October 19, 2021 any time.

Depart Entebbe, Uganda (EBB) on October 28, 2021 after 4:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy more of a physical adventure and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Uganda, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Uganda.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $2,000, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Supplemental Trekking Release
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $2,000 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

October 19th Departure Final Payment Due Date: July 21, 2021

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Flights within Uganda
  • All entrance fees
  • Gorilla and Chimpanzee permits
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • Drinking water in large jugs to refill personal bottles
  • Gratuities for lodge staff, drivers, and baggage handling

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Uganda
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Protea Hotel Entebbe

This hotel is ideally located on the glistening shores of Lake Victoria and is convenient to the Entebbe airport. With elegant furnishings and a warm, inviting feel, the hotel’s decor and rooms create a comfortable atmosphere. The outside terrace, with its own special ambiance and superb lake views is the perfect place to take it all in.

Amenities:
Coming soon

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

This eclectic contemporary safari lodge has been converted from an old coffee store to create a breathtakingly beautiful space. The lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savanna, the distant mountains of the moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge.

Amenities:
Coming soon

Bwindi Lodge

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge has dramatic views of the forest canopy across a serene stream. The gorillas frequently come to relax in the verdant bush around the lodge! The lodge features a guest lounge and dining area that bring the feel of the forest into the stylish interiors. The main living area has a central fireplace which acts as a focal point for you to relax and discuss your gorilla tracking experience. An outdoor terrace showcases dramatic views of the impenetrable forest and is a great place to spot the monkeys and birds hidden in the foliage.

Amenities:
Coming soon

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686