Africa Retreat

FloYo Fitness Safari

Gorillas, chimps, tree climbing lions, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

**Below is a sample itinerary – all expeditions are subject to conditions. Additional SUP and fitness activities will be added to the schedule. Every day includes at least one yoga/fitness/SUP class.

Date: August 5 – 13, 2018

Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights (I recommend arriving in the country at least one day prior to start of trip and for one extra night at the end- making this a 10-night trip)

Includes: 4×4 transport, gorilla permits, chimp trekking permits, three game drives, overnight hike in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, guided walking safari, all meals apart from breakfast on day one and dinner on day nine, all overnight accommodations aside from your first night in Entebbe and last night in either Entebbe or Jinja (if you choose to stay an extra night there).

Safari Price: $3,650

Fitness Safari Itinerary

  • Chevron down Day 1: Entebbe to Crater Lakes, Fort Portal (+/- 5 hours)
  • Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge, Cottage, self-contained.

    We’ll leave Entebbe at around 07:00 and head north-west towards Fort Portal. We aim to arrive at Enfuzi in time for lunch at around 13:00. In the afternoon we’ll take a guided two to three-hour walk to the “Top of the World”, a stunning viewpoint across the crater lake region.

  • Chevron down Day 2: Crater Lakes to Queen Elizabeth (+/- 2 hours)
  • Accommodation: Ihamba Lake Lodge, Cottage. Self contained.

    Morning yoga will be followed by a relaxed coffee or a chance to explore the stunning grounds. Mid morning we’ll head down to Queen Elizabeth NP. We will travel via the ‘crater explosion’ drive where we’ll take our packed lunch and eat with the panoramic views of the Rwenzori Mountains and the lakes and savannah below. In the afternoon we’ll cruise the Kazinga channel enjoying the wildlife on its banks and the hippos and crocodiles within. There will be an opportunity for a short evening game drive en route to the lodge for dinner.

  • Chevron down Day 3: Queen Elizabeth NP to Ishasha
  • Accommodation: Enjojo, Thatched Cottage, Self contained.

    We’ll get an early start to Kalinzu Forest Reserve for our chimp trekking experience. Expect a testing walk through thick forest and on steep and slippery terrain for between one and two hours each way in search of our closest cousins. If we’re lucky enough to find them (90% chance), we’ll spend an hour in their company watching them interact with each other and the forest. After lunch back at the lodge we’ll head down the dusty road to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP in time for a late afternoon game drive in search of tree climbing lions, leopard, elephant, topi, hyena and more.

  • Chevron down Day 4: Queen Elizabeth NP (Ishasha) to Bwindi (+/- 6-8 hours)
  • Accommodation: Cuckooland Lodge, thatched safari tent, self contained

    Our morning will begin with an outdoor fitness class and morning game drive before lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we’ll head up the mountain roads to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and our accommodation at Cuckooland. This lodge lives up to its name and is situated right on the edge of Bwindi with lovely views over the forest canopy. It has a ‘natural’ swimming pool, a bush gym, its own organic farm and extensive gardens, frequently visited by wildlife from the forest, including chimps.

  • Chevron down Day 5: Gorilla Trekking
  • Accommodation: Cuckooland Lodge, thatched safari tent, self contained

    Today’s the day! Your guide will already have booked you in so after a briefing from your ranger you head on foot for your chance to find your gorilla group. The walk can be anything from 30 mins to 4 hours, but is usually in the 1-2 hour range. The going can be tough, the terrain steep, vegetation lush and the weather wet but when you finally come across the magnificent beasts it will all be worthwhile! You will spend one hour with them, observing their day to day activities at close quarters, following them through the forest. The time will fly but the memories will stay with you forever.

  • Chevron down Day 6: Bwindi Forest Walk.
  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, Terrace Room, self contained

    An early start as we head to Buhoma to begin our two day trek through and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We follow the route of the old road through the forest so the path is well defined. It is a beautiful walk with the chance to see primates and amazing birdlife. The walk itself is rated medium until the last stretch which is quite steep, and it will take 4-5 hours.

  • Chevron down Day 7: Nkuringo to Lake Mutanda
  • Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort, Cottage, self contained.

    The walk from Nkuringo to Lake Mutanda will take us out of the forest and down the mountain side to the lake. There are several options and short cuts so the walk should take between 3 and 6 hours. It is famous for its many chameleons. Depending on the walking option, there will be time for a quick swim or paddle on the lake, or for a longer boat trip and walk.

  • Chevron down Day 8: Lake Mutanda to Lake Mburo NP (+/- 5-6 hours)
  • Accommodation: Rwakobo Rocks. Luxury Cottage. Self contained.

    There will be time in the morning to play and paddle on the lake before we leave for Lake Mburo, stopping for lunch en route. We’ll arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon in time for an evening game drive.

  • Chevron down Day 9: Lake Mburo NP to Jinja (+/- 7 hours)
  • Accommodation: n/a

    In the early morning we’ll take a guided walk in the park stopping for yoga along the way. This small park has few predators and no elephants making it ideal for walking safaris and indeed this opportunity to see zebra, topi, oribi and many of the smaller things you don’t see from a car is very rewarding. After the walk we’ll leave Lake Mburo stopping briefly at the equator for lunch and some souvenir shopping. Expect to arrive in Jinja in the evening.

Retreat Includes:

  • 4×4 vehicles specially adapted for game viewing
  • English speaking guides
  • All accommodation costs on a twin share basis
  • All park fees and game drive fees as indicated
  • Gorilla tracking fees
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary

Retreat Price Excludes

  • Airfare to and from Uganda and/or Domestic Airfare
  • Visa’s
  • Airport transfers (we recommend Pineapple
  • Travel Insurance
  • First and last night’s accommodation in Entebbe and Jinja
  • All beverages except tea, coffee or juice taken at breakfast where breakfast is included
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature like telephone calls
  • Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary
  • Porters and other luggage service

We are excited to partner with Buffalo Safari Camps for this adventure…..

Buffalo Safari Camps is a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. We take safety seriously and maintain our vehicles to a high standard. We also carry public liability insurance. We feel strongly that tourism can be a driver for development in Uganda and as such are fully tax compliant. We are a member company of Uganda Conservation Foundation and, in addition to our annual donation to this worthy cause we add $5 pp onto each safari we sell which we donate to UCF. If you do not wish to make this donation please let us know and you can opt out.