Cape Town & Gorillas in Uganda
Travel 11 Feb 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
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- 4 nights Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, Cape Town - Studio with breakfast
- 3 nights Gorilla Trekking Escorted Tour, Uganda - Standard room Breakfast in Entebbe, full board in Bwindi
- 1nt Entebbe, 2nts Bwindi in Uganda
- Flights to Cape Town with Emirates via Dubai, onwards to Entebbe via Johannesburg with South African Airways and returning from Entebbe via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers in Cape Town, when gorilla trekking; transfers, domestic flights, transport to/from the starting point for gorilla trekking, an English speaking guide and gorilla permit and prepayable taxes. Weekend supplement of £30pp when departing the UK on Fri, Sat, Sun.
- This holiday is 100% financially protected. ATOL protected 2713
Studio with breakfast
If you are seeking a home-away-from-home with a spectacular view then look no further than Bantry Bay, which is enjoys a prime seafront location.
Standard room Breakfast in Entebbe, full board in Bwindi
Day 1 Entebbe: On arrival at Entebbe you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Entebbe/Bwindi: Return to the airport for your flight and onward road transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This biodiverse, mountainous area in south west Uganda has around 400 mountain gorillas, approximately half of those remaining in the world, who feed on roots, leaves and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families. Upon arrival at your hotel, you have time to relax and prepare for tomorrow’s early start and gorilla trek. Alternatively, join an optional guided forest walk for an introduction to Uganda’s unique flora and fauna (additinal expense).
Day 3 Bwindi: A very early start for your gorilla trekking. The trek with an experienced ranger will take between 2-8 hours in steep, and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and requires a degree of (average) fitness. Your trek is rewarded with the thrill of coming face to face with these gentle giants. Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend an hour with them as they go about their daily life: feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles, it’s a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Day 4 Bwindi/Entebbe: Morning flight back to Entebbe during which you can enjoy the beautiful aerial view of south western Uganda, with its hills and thick vegetation along with farmland. Your tour concludes with your onward journey.
Flights to Cape Town with Emirates via Dubai, onwards to Entebbe via Johannesburg with South African Airways and returning from Entebbe via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers in Cape Town, when gorilla trekking; transfers, domestic flights, transport to/from the starting point for gorilla trekking, an English speaking guide and gorilla permit and prepayable taxes. Weekend supplement of £30pp when departing the UK on Fri, Sat, Sun.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £100. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
Studio with breakfast
The Mother City is probably the most popular starting point for any visit to South Africa and so it should be! Regularly voted as one of the world's most beautiful cities Cape Town has it all – a fascinating mix of up-to-the-minute vibrancy, memorable history and culture along with spectacular natural beauty.
Brimming with diversity and history, the City Bowl is the heart of city and nestles between Table Mountain, Devil's Peak and Lion's Head. It's here that you'll find the Central Business District with its numerous shops and bars along with some residential suburbs, including Bo-Kaap, the picturesque area at Signal Hill known for its colourful houses and cobbled streets. To the west lies the Atlantic Seaboard which stretches from the V&A Waterfront to Llandudno with some of the hottest beaches in between, including trendy Camps Bay. Further south on the Cape Peninsula you'll find the leafy, affluent suburbs of Constantia and Newlands.
If you haven't hired a car, the city centre itself is compact enough to explore on foot or alternatively open-top bus tours are available, allowing you to hop on and off at various stops, allowing you to choose which attractions you want to explore.
The city's most famous attraction, Table Mountain, is also one of the world's most recognisable landmarks and no visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip up the 360º rotating cable car to the top. Be warned that cloud cover can affect visibility and may even cause the cable car to be closed. During peak times, queues can be long, so be sure to make an early start! The V&A Waterfront is also a great place to spend time. Once a working port, it has been redeveloped into an exciting shopping and leisure hub with a comprehensive array of retail outlets from international brands to exclusive local boutiques, entertainment venues, world-class hotels and restaurants galore. It's also the main departure point for Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela, amongst others, was imprisoned for 18 years. Tours of the jail buildings are conducted by former political prisoners who tell stories of their experiences and lives since their release. Tours do fill up quickly, so we do recommend booking before you leave home to avoid missing out.
Other notable city sights include City Hall, built in 1905 it is one of the last Victorian-style sandstone structures and it was from the balcony of City Hall that Nelson Mandela addressed the world, following his release from prison. For a respite from city life, head for Company Gardens a public park, which contains a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond, aviary and tea garden. Alternatively, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden is a heavenly national treasure set on the gentle slopes of Table Mountain and home to around 7,000 plant species. The city also has numerous fascinating museums including District Six Museum, Bo-Kaap Museum, Iziko Slave Lodge, The Springbok Experience and Cape Town Diamond Museum.
The Cape Peninsula is a superb day trip from Cape Town with stunning scenic drives over mountains and along the coast. Be sure to stop at Boulders Beach to visit the penguin colony as well as the naval town of Simon's Town, drop by the Constantia wine growing region and climb to the top of the cliff above the Cape of Good Hope at the southern-most tip to admire the Atlantic vistas.
Aside from the wonderful array of shops at the V&A Waterfront, other key shopping areas include Long Street and nearby Church Street in the Central Business District. There are also lots of different markets such as the City Bowl Market and Hout Bay's weekend market, while popular malls included Canal Walk, Cavendish Square and Lifestle on Kloof.
The city certainly comes alive at night offering a cosmopolitan atmosphere and mix of world-rated restaurants, vibrant music venues, impressive clubs, cutting-edge theatres, bars and township shebeens that promise a party that goes on and on! The cuisine on offer is as diverse as the people who make up this great city. There are numerous restaurants to try in the V&A Waterfront as well as Heritage Square, Greenmarket Square and St George's Mall.
However you spend your time in this wonderful city, you'll discover there are few places on earth as enchanting as Cape Town.
Standard room Breakfast in Entebbe, full board in Bwindi
Once described as "the pearl of Africa" by Winston Churchill. More than a century later Uganda still packs a punch with a rich tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching and, its most iconic experience, gorilla trekking.
Diverse and resplendent nature looms large in this east African country. Along with the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), Uganda boasts tree-climbing lions, the Nile crocodile, over 1,000 bird species, the chance to see chimpanzees and the highest population of mountain gorillas in the world.
A quarter of Uganda is covered by lakes and rivers, including the mighty Nile and the world's second-largest freshwater lake, Victoria.Kibale National Park is a beautiful swathe of thick equatorial forest and boasts the highest concentration of primates in all of Africa, including colobus monkeys, mangabeys and chimpanzees, which whoop and holler as they swing through the trees.
Fabulous Queen Elizabeth National Park is blessed with a variety of beautiful habitats brimming with a wild range of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra, hippo, crocodile, buffalo and elephant. The more remote Ishasha sector of the park is known for tree-climbing lions and more than 600 species of amazing birdlife.
For many, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the highlight of any visit to Uganda. This World Heritage listed destination has an estimated population of around 340 gorillas. Guided treks with experienced rangers are available, along with less challenging nature trails, in the hope of spying other wildlife.