Mountains of the moon and Uganda's mountain gorillas


Although it was the disputes between Speke and his compatriot Burton which led to the 19th century English press to discover the birth of the River Nile by a European, it was really the Spanish Jesuit Pedro Paez who 200 years ago had already recorded in his book History of Ethiopia of the discovery of the sources of the second longest river in the world after the Amazon. And the fact is that there, in UgandaThe sources are to be found in the Lake Victoriathe world's second-largest freshwater lake after the Lake Superior in North America.

Talking about Uganda, the Pearl of Africa as Churchill defined it, is to speak not only of the Nile, but also of adventure, safaris, chimpanzees, gorillas, incredible scenery and enormous cultural diversity. The ancient kingdoms of Ankole, Buganda, Bunyoro y Bull are located here, on a mountainous plateau at more than 1000m above sea level, where typical savannah landscapes alternate with the tropical rainforests of the Central Africa.

There you will find the mythical Ruwenzori Mountains or Moon Mountains (World Heritage Site), the mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or the spectacular Lake BunyoniIt is always a pleasure to travel around it by boat to admire its innumerable islands.

You will visit the Murchinson National ParkThe park is home to the spectacular waterfalls of the same name, which make the Nile jump almost 50 metres. In addition, the park is also home to the largest concentration of giraffes and one of the best places in Africa to spot the Big Five.

You will also go on a safari through the Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree-climbing lions, and large families of hippos.

Along the way we will stop at remote villages and wander through their colourful and bustling local markets. We will end the route in the country's capital, KampalaLike many other African cities, it's a comings and goings of people and vehicles that makes it as chaotic as it is interesting.

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe - Lake Mburo National Park (PC)

Day 2: Mburo N.P. - Lake Bunyoni (PC)

Day 3: Lake Bunyoni - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P., home of the last mountain gorillas (CP)

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P. - Queen Elizabeth N.P. (CP)

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth N.P. - Lake Eduard - Queen Elizabeth N.P. (PC)

Day 6: Kisenyi - Kazinga Canal - Twin Lakes (PC)

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth N.P. - Mountains of the Moon - Lake Nkuruba (CP)

Day 8: Lake Nkuruba - Bigodi Forest (CP)

Day 9: Bigodi Forest - Murchison Falls N.P. (CP)

Day 10: Murchison Falls N.P. - Kampala (PC)

Day 11: Kampala - Entebbe for night flight


Itineraries and hotels may be subject to variations depending on the conditions of the route and hotel occupancy. In case of change of accommodation, it will be of similar quality.


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Duration of the trip: 11 days


4,705 per person Minimum group of 4 persons
Airfares vary depending on the season and how far in advance they are purchased. Desertando helps you to find the best flights for this trip and we take care of their management if you request it.

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INCLUDES: Transport in private 4×4, English-speaking driver-guide, transfers at destination, accommodation in tented camps / lodges / hotels with meals according to programme, entrance fees to national parks, trekking fee for gorilla and chimpanzee watching. Travel insurance.


NOT INCLUDED: international flights, tips, optional activities, beverages and any other service not mentioned in the INCLUDED section.



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