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Gorillas of Uganda - Accommodated Tour


7YU8Ea
8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights quoted separately
Offering an affordable way of exploring Uganda, this holiday gives you the chance to track the severely endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi. Travel by rugged 4x4 vehicle to Queen Elizabeth National Park with its tree climbing lions and experience the wetlands of the Kazinga Channel. Activity pack & gorilla permits included. Regular departures, with group size 4 to 18.
Gorilla Safari Uganda Overland 4x4 Truck Queen Elizabeth Park
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Entebbe
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Kampala
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Lake Bunyonti
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Bwindi Impentrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Queen Elizabeth Park
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Lake George Chimps
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Kazinga Channel
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Birding
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Game Drives
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Entebbe
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Kampala
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Lake Bunyonti
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Bwindi Impentrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Queen Elizabeth Park
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Lake George Chimps
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Kazinga Channel
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Birding
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Game Drives
Day 1
You will be met at Entebbe Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in Kampala.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue African skies.
Day 2
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala and travel 8-hours in a rugged overland truck to Murchison Falls National Park, This is one of the country's greatest wildlife conservation areas and was favoured by Winston Churchill, who called Uganda the "Pearl of Africa".
 
After settling into your accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.
 
Optional Boat Cruise.
 
Regardless of lodge meal plans, all your meals are included whilst on tour and will be prepared & served from the overland vehicle - except for specified optional dinners in cities. Alcohol is not included. Accommodation varies and includes lodges, hotels, hostels, chalets, permanent tented camps and traditional huts. Bedding is provided, but you do need to bring your own towel, sleeping bag and headlight. Truck lockers are 30 x 80cm, so please use soft bags that will fit (but there is no weight restriction). Shared ablutions at tented camp. Please be aware that accommodation sometimes has to be substituted for operational reasons.
 
Average group size is 14 people (with minimum of 4 and maximum of 20). On accommodated tours the average age is 40+, with a range from 18 to 55 years although this does vary by tour. If over 65 years, you need a doctors letter that you are sufficiently fit for overland travel. Teens aged 16 to 18 years are on request and must travel with an adult.
Day 3
Today enjoy chimp trekking in Budonga Forest, the largest mahogany forest in East Africa and home to the largest number of chimpanzees in Uganda.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park in search of its great diversity of wildlife.
 
Note: Chimp trekking is limited to 12 people at a time, so if our group is larger than this we will be spilt into two groups - with half doing the game drive in the morning and the chip trekking in the afternoon.
Day 4
After a leisurely morning, we will return to Kampala, where you will have the afternoon free to take in the atmosphere of this bustling city.
 
Optional dinner in Kampala
Day 5
A full day on the road today as we travel 8-hours to Lake Bunyonyi - meaning "Place of Many Little Birds" and the second deepest lake in the Great Rift Valley.
 
Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake, with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense otter population and stunning scenery. As the lake  is free of bilharzia, it is safe for swimming.
 
Day 6
Rise early today to travel 2.5-hours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial rainforest is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different floral species.
 
After walking (or driving up to 1.5-hours) to your specified gate, rangers will allocate you to a small group of up to 8 people - with each gorilla family graded as a short, medium or long hike, based on their location the previous day. We recommend you ask your guide to request the appropriate category for you, although this cannot be guaranteed as the gorillas may have moved significantly overnight.
 
After a briefing, you will then track a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by two guides - one at the front and one at the back. The group will walk at the speed of the slowest member, so it is important to proceed at your own pace and enjoy the experience. We strongly recommend hiring a local porter at a cost of around $15 per person, as not only is this an important source of local employment, but they will carry your backpacks and give you a hand up (or a push) where necessary. Expect to walk 1 to 4-hours each way in steep, sometimes muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous primates and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must be over the age of 16 to track gorillas and be sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with your lodge and carry sufficient water in your backpack (at least 2 litres). You should wear long trousers, long sleeved top, long socks (tucked into your trousers to keep out biting ants), proper walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Start off wearing a light fleece, as it is cold in the forest in the morning and pack proper rain gear, including a rain jacket and waterproof trousers, as it can rain at any time. A walking stick to help with the steep ascents will be provided if you don’t have your own.
 
You cannot be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 7 metres. No flash photography is allowed and no touching the gorillas (although they may decide to touch you)!
Day 7
At leisure to relax on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi - giving us flexibility to change the date of our gorilla tracking in need.
 
Optional Pygmy Village vist.
Day 8
Today we return 7-hours from beautiful Lake Bunyonyi to the bustling city of Kampala - crossing the equator along the way.
 
On arrival check into your hotel and relax in your warm surroundings.
 
Day 9
Transfer 1-hour to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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