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10 Days 9 Nights
Uganda
Uganda
Min Age : 12+

We will be teaming up with Marcel Vosloo from Namaste Yoga Safari on this Adventurous 10-Day Yoga, Safari, Chimpanzee and Gorilla Trekking Retreat. Our own professional guide, Chris Ndyabagye will be showing you what makes Uganda so special, while Marcel will guide you through mindful yoga flows after a day filled with life changing activities.
We will hike the Murchison Falls and drive through 5 National Parks for a chance to see Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Hyena and Leopard, just to name a few. Set out on foot to trek Gorilla and Chimpanzee, which will for sure be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. This is truly a unique experience as only a few people get to spend time with these beauties. There are just over a thousand mountains gorillas left in the world, and half of them are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we will be trekking these gentle giants. There are 18 gorilla families that have been habituated for tourism purposes, and 17 of those are tracked in Bwindi. Uganda is also one of the only 3 countries in the world where you can do Gorilla Trekking.
Yoga sessions depends on the day’s activities and travel time. Since most mornings start quite early due to the activities on offer and also the best time to view wildlife, you can expect a yoga flow most afternoons overlooking the jungle. Sessions will be a combination of pranayama, slow vinyasa flows or yin and guided meditations – finding and creating space within. Marcel has been hosting retreats in Namibia since 2016 when she started Namaste Yoga Safaris, combining the perfect blend of yoga on safari while focusing on slowing down and connecting with yourself on a deeper level. Her therapeutic moves will allow you to go inward and become familiar with your own body as you link your breath and connect with nature. The practice promotes a calming and meditative state that will benefit beginners to experienced students.
“Marcel found her love for yoga over a decade ago while sailing and diving all corners of the World. Even though taught in Ashtanga yoga, she’s developed a deep understanding of more mindful and calm practices out in nature, connecting with the energy that surrounds her. Marcel started meditating at a young age, incorporating different styles into her daily life, and as a dive instructor for many years she grew more interest in breathing techniques which she also applies to her daily life and yoga sessions.
It is a fun and non-competitive environment, making it a peaceful healing space for anyone joining. It’s about you and connecting with yourself and nature, being mindful and having an adventure of a life time.

Tour Details

We will be teaming up with Marcel Vosloo from Namaste Yoga Safari on this Adventurous 10-Day Yoga, Safari, Chimpanzee and Gorilla Trekking Retreat. Our own professional guide, Chris Ndyabagye will be showing you what makes Uganda so special, while Marcel will guide you through mindful yoga flows after a day filled with life changing activities. 

We will hike the Murchison Falls and drive through 5 National Parks for a chance to see Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Hyena and Leopard, just to name a few. Set out on foot to trek Gorilla and Chimpanzee, which will for sure be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. This is truly a unique experience as only a few people get to spend time with these beauties. There are just over a thousand mountains gorillas left in the world, and half of them are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we will be trekking these gentle giants. There are 18 gorilla families that have been habituated for tourism purposes, and 17 of those are tracked in Bwindi. Uganda is also one of the only 3 countries in the world where you can do Gorilla Trekking. 

Yoga sessions depends on the day’s activities and travel time. Since most mornings start quite early due to the activities on offer and also the best time to view wildlife, you can expect a yoga flow most afternoons overlooking the jungle. Sessions will be a combination of pranayama, slow vinyasa flows or yin and guided meditations – finding and creating space within. Marcel has been hosting retreats in Namibia since 2016 when she started Namaste Yoga Safaris, combining the perfect blend of yoga on safari while focusing on slowing down and connecting with yourself on a deeper level.  Her therapeutic moves will allow you to go inward and become familiar with your own body as you link your breath and connect with nature.  The practice promotes a calming and meditative state that will benefit beginners to experienced students. 

“Marcel found her love for yoga over a decade ago while sailing and diving all corners of the World. Even though taught in Ashtanga yoga, she’s developed a deep understanding of more mindful and calm practices out in nature, connecting with the energy that surrounds her. Marcel started meditating at a young age, incorporating different styles into her daily life, and as a dive instructor for many years she grew more interest in breathing techniques which she also applies to her daily life and yoga sessions.  

It is a fun and non-competitive environment, making it a peaceful healing space for anyone joining. It’s about you and connecting with yourself and nature, being mindful and having an adventure of a life time.

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe Airport (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Ground transportation
  • Fuel in a 4x4 Safari Land cruiser
  • Gorilla tracking permits
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits for Kibale
  • Full time English speaking safari guide
  • Yoga Sessions
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Game drives and boat cruises

Price Excludes

  • Air tickets and visa fees
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Optional activities
  • Materials of personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages
Tour Plan

Day: 1Arrival and transfer to the hotel

On arrival, you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel where you will settle in after your flight. We will be staying at Lake Victoria Hotel, which during the colonial time was named it after the lake and also after Queen Victoria, the Queen of England. Relax at the pool or treat yourself for some ‘me-time’ at their Spa facilities. We will meet for a welcoming dinner and discus what the next few days have instore for us. Tomorrow morning calls for an early start as we head to Murchison Falls National Park for a hike up the fall and of course, wildlife sightings.

Murchison Falls National Park that comprises of beautiful savannah landscapes and plenty of wildlife, is divided by River Nile into the south and northern region. The northern part is largely covered by savannah and woodland, supporting a lot more volume and variety of animals compared to the southern region which has a bigger chunk covered by forest. The game drives here are done in the northern area of the Murchison Falls and an early start offers a better chance to find elusive predators such as Lion, Hyena, Leopard and Jackal as they are still actively out hunting. Explore the game trails towards the Lake Albert Delta which is concentrated with big game including Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe and various antelope. Boat rides here at the falls also offers an array of wildlife and common sightings include Crocodile, Hippo, and Lizard. Big game such as Buffalo and Elephant can also be sighted drinking and cooling off the heat by the river banks.

Day: 2Transfer to Murchison Falls /Hike / Wildlife game viewing /Yoga

Hope you are ready for this amazing adventure to start as we will head to Murchison Falls National Park. The driving time to Murchison Falls is about 5 hours and upon arrival, we will hike up the falls. The 45-minute hike will blow your mind as you stand by the edge, admiring the breath-taking views and feeling the power of the Nile river water vibrate around you. After the hike, we will head to our lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge, located in the Murchison Falls National Park overlooking the spectacular Nile River. You might even get a chance to sight Elephant, Giraffe, antelope or the occasional leopard paying a visit to the lodge. Relax in comfort before meeting for our first and much needed outdoor yoga sessions.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day: 3Morning game drive / Afternoon boat cruise / Yoga

Another early start (6:00) as today we will head into Murchison Falls National Park for a game drive which will for sure be one of the many highlights of this retreat. Game drives last for about 4 hours, a time to take in the beautiful savannah landscape that is immersed with plenty of life and wonderful scenery.

The Park is divided by the Nile River into the south and northern region. The northern part that is largely covered by savannah and woodland support a lot more volume and variety ofanimals compared to the southern region which has a bigger chunk covered by forest. For that matter, the game drives are done in the northern area of Murchison Falls. The early start offers a better chance to find elusive predators such as Lions, Hyenas, Leopard, and Jackal because they are still out actively hunting. Explore
the game trails towards the Lake Albert delta which is concentrated with big game such as the Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, and various Antelope.

We will be back at the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation. After lunch we will set out for a 2hr boat cruise which sets off at Paraa, going upstream to the base of the Murchison Falls. Boat rides offers an array of wildlife sightings like Crocodile, Hippo, Lizard, Buffalo, Elephants and Antelopes, usually drinking and cooling off in the heat of the day by the river banks.

Find and create space on your mat as the sun sets over the Nile River. Tonight’s therapeutic moves will allow you to go inward and become familiar with your body as you link your breath and connect with nature.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day: 4Transfer to Kibale Forest / Yoga

Morning yoga session and breakfast before heading to our next location, Kibale National Park. The drive today is quite long and can take up to 8 hours, but totally worth it. The Kibale Forest National Park is known as one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking. There are 13 primate species living within this park, and it is home to 70 mammal species and 375 species of birds. 351 tree species have been recorded, with some older than 200 years, reaching above 55m. Not only is Kibale NP one of Africa’s foremost research sits for chimpanzees and other primates found in the park, but also wild pigs, fish species and Kibale’s lush ecosystem. No wonder is known as one of Uganda’s most rewarding areas to explore.

After arriving at our next accommodation, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, we will spend the afternoon relaxing before meeting for another much-needed yoga session surrounded by beautiful gardens, tea plantations and indigenous forest. Life here will seem like a dream as you open your eyes after a guided meditation, gazing at the beautiful panoramic vistas of Kibale National Park, ancient crater lakes, and the Rwenzori Mountains. Your body relaxed, your mind in a state of absolute peace.

Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse is located at the edge of Kibale National Park, offering accommodation in beautifully furnished self-contained
cottages (Bandas) with a panoramic view of Kibale Forest National Park and the surrounding Tea plantations. Expect warm delicious meals, freshly baked bread, seasonal home grown fruits and vegetables + pancake breakfasts.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee forest guesthouse

Day: 5Chimpanzee trekking / Yoga

This morning we will set out on foot to trek the most threatened primate species, the Chimpanzee. Other primates that you could possibly spot here are black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey checked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, Bush babies and Pottos. Many bird species like the Yellow Spotted Nicator, Rumped Tinker Bird, Little Greenbul, Green Breasted Pitta, the Crowned Eagle and Black Bee eater can also be seen here. Oh, and even elephants can be seen on this trail.

We will return to the lodge or lunch and an afternoon of relaxation. A beautiful sunset yoga session overlooking the stunning crater lakes is in order. Take in the silence and thepeacefulness that surrounds you… another
magical day in the forests of Uganda.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee forest guesthouse

Day: 6Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park / Hike / Yoga

Start the morning with gratitude as we meet out in nature, listening to the sounds as the surrounding forest awakes. This beautiful flow as you connect with your breath, will certainly make you feel renewed and ready for a hike to the crater lakes or swamps. After lunch we will head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive is about 2 hours and we will be staying at Park View Safari Lodge.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular savannah reserve which includes forest wetlands and lakes, providing the perfect environment for a wide variety of large mammals and primates. Wildlife at this park includes huge herds of Elephant and Buffalo, Hippo,
the Nile crocodile, Leopard, Chimpanzee, the Ugandan Kob and giant forest Hog. Not only is this park the best park in Uganda to spot lion, but the tree- climbing lion is also possible to spot here. The park’s diverse ecosystems, is home to 95 mammal species, including chimpanzees and one of the best bird watching parks in Africa, comprising of more than 600 bird species.
Park View Safari Lodge is located at the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth National Park, overlooking panoramic views of the “medley of wonders” and capturing the beauty of the park in a most memorable way. The lodge reflects true African ambiance and hospitality, combining modern and local materials, opening up to the wilderness beyond.

Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge

Day: 7Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Afternoon yoga

After breakfast, we are heading to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which will take us round 4 hours. Bwindi is the source of five major rivers and also declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. With more than 160 species of trees, this forest is known for its exceptional biodiversity. Here you will find various butterfly species, 350 species of birds and 120 mammal species, which includes the colobus monkey and chimpanzee. It is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and this is where we will be on foot, trekking these rare and endangered beauties.

We will check into Bakiga Lodge, a luxury eco lodge with amazing views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and only a few minute’s drive from the Gorilla Trekking meeting point. The lodge is also a non-profit lodge, part of the Bakiga Community Project.

After our outdoor yoga session, we will have dinner, then relax around the fire. Tomorrow morning calls for an early start as we get to trek the Mountain Gorilla.

Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge

Day: 8Gorilla Trekking / Afternoon yoga

After an early breakfast, we will head to the park headquarters by 7 am for
briefing about your gorilla trekking experience before setting off on foot for this remarkable experience of searching for the famous mountain gorillas. The activity takes anything from 2- 9 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. The thrill of encountering these humble and gentle giants will make any amount of time spent hiking well worth it. You can also expect to meet a few other forest species such as monkeys, forest elephant, duikers, birds and many more on this hike.
The Gorilla trekking time differs based on several factors ranging from terrain, movement of the gorilla families, strength and skill of the travelers. Group size is a maximum of 8 guests and we are allowed a maximum of 1 hour to observe and take photos of the mountain gorillas.

After the Mountain Gorilla trek, we will check out of Bwindi and make our way to Lake Bunyonyi for late check in and dinner at Arcadia Lodge. The lodge is the highest lodge on the hill overlooking the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, one of Uganda’s most picturesque locations. This is the perfect location to end our 10-day adventure, admiring the lush green hills comprising of 29 little islands

from above. It is a magical place where one can sit quietly, taking in what you have experienced over the last few days. A place to admire. A place to just be. These moments are what becomes your most special memories. A place now deeply rooted into your soul.

Accommodation: Arcadia Lodge.

Day: 9Yoga and relaxation

It has been an adventurous 8 days, and today is ALL about relaxation. Wake up at any time, admiring the beautiful view from the comfort of your private deck overlooking Lake Bunyonyi. After a relaxed breakfast, join a mid-morning yoga session, flowing with your breath, taking in the energy of your surroundings. There are facilities in the lodge to relax and take a break from travelling and exploring, but you can also opt for birding, painting, cultural tours or lake cruises.
Before dinner, sit in stillness with a guided meditation as the sun sets…

Day: 10Transfer to Entebbe.

Today marks the end of this incredible journey. Take in the last bit of scenery before our transfer to Entebbe which will take around 8 hours, leaving soon after breakfast. If you booked your flight for this afternoon, you will be dropped off at the airport in time for your departure flight. If you booked an additional night in Entebbe, you will be dropped off at your chosen accommodation.

Pricing.

• Shared accommodation: US$ 3,950 per person
• Private accommodation: US$ 4,450 per person

INCLUDED
• Accommodation for 9 nights
• All meals
• Gorilla Trekking plus permit
• Chimpanzee trekking plus permit
• Game drives
• Boat cruise
• Professional guides for all excursions/activities
• Yoga teacher/host
• Yoga and meditation sessions out in nature
• Park Fees
• Meet and Greet at Entebbe International Airport
• Ground transportation + fuel
• Welcoming gift

NOT INCLUDED
• International flights
• Visa fees
• Gratuity
• Travel Insurance
• Optional activities
• Local/alcoholic beverages and water

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