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Silverback gorilla

Gorilla & Zanzibar adventure

12 days from CAD14,445pp

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Tour highlights

  • Track mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

  • Snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

  • Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival in Entebbe, your guide will meet and drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You'll have a game drive this afternoon and settle in for the night.

  • You'll have a full day of game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park today. The Kasenyi plains are where game viewing is best. These are the mating grounds of the famous Ugandan kob, and plenty are grazing on the plains along with buffalo, warthog and elephant. Lion are also very common here. Other predators include leopard, hyena and jackal, and even if you're not lucky enough to spot any, there is plenty of skeletal evidence scattered around the plains to prove their existence.

  • Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest today. You should arrive at Buhoma Lodge in the mid to late afternoon. You can relax here and enjoy the views over the beautiful Bwindi Forest.

  • Gorilla tracking day today! You will get up early and head to the park headquarters for your pre-trek briefing. Your guide will then drive you to the start of your trek, which will take up to an hour and a half, depending on which gorilla group you are visiting. Start your trek from here, and then once you reach the gorillas, you can spend an hour watching them interact, play and eat. You will then trek back out of the forest to meet your guide who will drive you back to your lodge for a well-earned hot shower and dinner.

  • You take a light aircraft from Bwindi to Entebbe today, where you can get some lunch (meal and drinks payable locally) before you take the afternoon flights to Nairobi and onto Zanzibar. Here you will be met and driven to your beach hotel.

  • You can spend your time at the hotel doing as much or as little as you choose. The beach is a fantastic place to have a stroll or read a book under the shade of a palm tree, and the shady beach bar is a great spot for unwinding during the heat of the day. There isn't a dive center on site, but if you want to arrange a dive or snorkeling trip, just ask the managers and they can point you toward the dive center down the beach, or make the necessary arrangements for you. There are bicycles to hire, which are a fun way to explore under your own steam.

  • We highly recommend heading out on a snorkeling trip at some point during your stay — you will sail in a traditional dhow to one of the reefs, and can spend an hour or two watching the colourful marine life living in the corals off Zanzibar. This is a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon and a good opportunity to sail on a dhow as well!

  • One of our favorite things to do in Zanzibar is to visit one of the small-scale spice farms on the island — you get a really hands-on experience tasting and smelling the spices for which the island is famous, and children from nearby villages often run out to greet you. This can be easily arranged either in advance or when you're at the hotel, so you can see how you feel day by day.

  • The dhow building sanctuary in the north of Zanzibar is a lovely place to visit if you want to see traditional craftsmanship at work.

  • Another good way to spend a morning or afternoon if you're looking for a change of scene from the beach, is to visit the Jozani Forest in the center of the island. It is home to the rare Kirk's red colobus monkeys endemic to the island, which are really entertaining to watch leap and play in the trees.

  • For something completely different to the beach, you could head into Stone Town for a day trip — the town is located on the west coast, around an hour and a half away, and is a busy and fairly dusty town. However, it's full of shops and street stalls, so if you're looking to buy souvenirs this is the best place for it, and the narrow winding streets are reminiscent of Marrakech.

  • You will check out of your room this morning but can store your bags and spend the day relaxing by the pool until you are picked up in the mid-afternoon and driven to the airport.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Queen Elizabeth National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Zanzibar Island

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