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10-Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia Island

10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia Meanwhile, this fantastic holiday combines Rwanda’s Parc des Volcans and Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean. You’ll spend time tracking wild mountain gorillas and endangered golden monkeys in Rwanda before flying to Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salam. Following a night there, you will head off to laid-back Mafia Island, where you can enjoy activities such as kayaking, sailing trips with local fishermen, hiking, bird watching, diving, snorkeling, cultural tours and visits to local villages.

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Entebbe

Bwindi NP

Dar es Salaam (City)

Mafia Island (Beach)

Dar es Salaam Airport

Day 1; Arrive into Entebbe and relax

However, after you’ve cleared customs and immigration you are met by your driver at international arrivals, who is holding a welcome sign with your names on it. You are then driven to Karibu Guesthouse in Entebbe where you stay for 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis. Meanwhile, location  is just 10 minutes drive from the airport this is a beautiful boutique guesthouse which will offer you a warm Ugandan. Lastly, relax ahead of the start of your adventure into the wilderness of Uganda tomorrow.

 Main destination – Entebbe (City, Uganda)

Accommodation option:

Meanwhile, Karibu Entebbe is a Mid-range guest house located in or near Entebbe

Meals & Drinks:

  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 2; Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Afterward your early breakfast, you will transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to Kisoro Airstrip. Furthermore, this is one of the main access airstrips to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in the south-western part of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. However, you’ll be met upon arrival and driven to the Mutanda Lake Resort by your guide.

Meanwhile, you’ll be staying in for 2 nights on a full board basis whilst you undertake the amazing experience of Gorilla Trekking. Once you are settled, you might like to head out on a walk or some canoeing on the lake this afternoon. Meanwhile, this friendly and rustic lodge enjoys spectacular views across Lake Mutanda with the Virunga Volcanoes as a magnificent backdrop.

Main destination – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia Accommodation:

Meanwhile, Mutanda Lake Resort is a Mid-range lodge located outside Bwindi NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3; Gorilla Trekking#10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia#10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia

Afterward your early breakfast,10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia you’ll be driven to the National Park HQ where you’ll meet your guide who will brief you about your trek and the various aspects of ‘gorilla etiquette’. Meanwhile, your professional guide will lead you into the forest in search of your allocated gorilla family. The high altitude and steep, slippery trails and the humidity under the forest canopy can make the trek challenging, but it’s definitely worth the effort to spend time with wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Once the gorillas have been located, 10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Eventually, coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. However, this is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Main destination – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Accommodation:

Meanwhile, Mutanda Lake Resort is a Mid-range lodge located outside Bwindi NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4; Fly back to Entebbe and from there to Dar es Salaam#10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia

Afterward your breakfast, you will be driven to the Kisoro Airstrip in time for your internal flight back to Entebbe, where you will transfer to your international flight to the coast of Tanzania and to Dar es Salaam.

You have one night at Hotel Slipway before heading to the paradise island of Mafia tomorrow. However, stay for 1 night in an Executive Room on a bed & breakfast basis. Furthermore, hotel Slipway is a simple overnight option located on the exclusive Msasani Peninsula,10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia right on the Indian Ocean and overlooking the Msasani Bay. Finally, this upmarket neighborhood has plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities.

However, the main destination is Dar es Salaam (City, Tanzania)

Accommodation option:

Meanwhile, Hotel Slipway is a Mid-range hotel located in or near Dar es Salaam

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day5; Transfer to Mafia Island#10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia

Afterward your breakfast, you’ll be picked up and transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Mafia Island. Meanwhile on arrival in Kilindoni, 10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia you’ll be met by a driver and taken to Pole Pole Lodge where you’ll spend the next five nights on a half-board basis. However, Pole Pole is a high quality lodge in the Chole Bay are to the south of Mafia Island. Meanwhile, the lodge is situated adjacent to the marine park headquarters on the southern corner of Chole Bay.

Meanwhile, the seven guest rooms are arranged across the hillside and accessed along clearly-defined paths. Furthermore, the large private verandahs are furnished with a Zanzibari bed,10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia chairs, table and an armchair. In addition, each bungalow is self-contained, the bathroom is spacious and comfortable. Lastly, there are two ceiling fans, one on the verandah and one in the bedroom above the bed.

Meanwhile, the main destination is Mafia Island (Beach, Tanzania)

Accommodation option:

Meanwhile, Pole Pole is a Luxury lodge located in or near Mafia Island

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day6-9; Relax and Explore Mafia Island#10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia

Eventually, for the next few nights, 10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia enjoy Mafia Island at your own leisure. Furthermore, if you’re visiting Mafia Island between October and March you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with whale sharks, or if you’re visiting between July and October you may be lucky enough to see humpback whales. However, from June to September you can join a turtle-hatching trip and witness hundreds of baby turtles scramble from the sandy beaches to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Furthermore, you may wish to join a full day excursion to the sand banks, or enjoy a sunset cruise on a traditional dhow. Stroll through Chole village, 10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia where you can visit the old mosque, the fruit bat sanctuary or the boat yard or you may wish to explore Mrora Forest, Ras Mbizi Coconut Plantation or the Lighthouse at Ras Mkumbi. #Inform us of what excursions and activities you’d like to participate in for an overall price of the trip.

However, the main destination is Mafia Island (Beach, Tanzania)

10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia Accommodation:

Meanwhile, Pole Pole is a Luxury lodge located in or near Mafia Island

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10; Fly to Dar es Salaam to catch international flight home#10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia

Meanwhile, today you’ll be driven back to Kilindoni Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam. However, our driver will meet you at the domestic airport to transfer you to the international airport for your flight home. however, you’ll arrive home the following day with fond memories of your Uganda and Mafia Island adventure.

Meanwhile, the main destination is Dar Es Salaam Airport (Airport/Airstrip, Tanzania)

10Day Bwindi Gorillas and Mafia Accommodation:

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Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

However, the additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.

Meanwhile, you’ll be dropped off at the airport for your flight back.

 

Tour Details

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Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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