Uganda Safari Holidays Uganda Holidays Gorillas Chimpanzees Tours

Privately guided: Uganda Gorillas + Lake Victoria


UPA10E
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
Experience the privilege of tracking endangered mountain gorillas on foot in Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest. Enjoy the scenery of this beautiful country as you travel via Lake Mburo with your own drive/guide, exploring at your own pace. Complete your holiday relaxing on the shores of beautiful Lake Victoria. Ideal for bird watching & photography. Min age 15 years to track gorillas.
Gorilla Tracking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Uganda Gorilla Tracking
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Kampala
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Guided Safari
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Lake Mburo
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Bird Watching
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Chimpanzees
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Monkeys
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Rift Valley
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Entebbe
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Kampala
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Guided Safari
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Lake Mburo
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Bird Watching
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Chimpanzees
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Monkeys
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Rift Valley
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Entebbe
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
Today your guide will collect you from your Kampala hotel and introduce you to the beauty of Uganda on your 5-hour drive to Lake Mburo National Park.
 
This is the best place in the country to see eland, zebra, topi and impala. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds - while the fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Arrive in the park for lunch, before exploring more of the park on an afternoon game drive.
Day 3
Today we travel 5-hours from Lake Mburo to your lodge situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial jungle 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 flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery of your remote forest surroundings.
Day 4
This morning we enter 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 jungle 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 flowers.
 
Rangers will allocate you to a small group to track a troop of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by a guide. Expect to walk 2 to 4-hours each way in steep, muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous animals on foot and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must be over 16 years to track gorillas and sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with the lodge and carry sufficient water (at least 2-3 bottles of 500ml). Warm weatherproof clothing is advised for the wet cool climate high in the mountains, including a rain poncho. You should wear long trousers, long sleeved tops, long socks (to tuck into your trousers), suitable walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Also hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
 
You can not 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 5 metres. No touching the gorillas is allowed (although they may decide to touch you)! The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 6-12 people per group and no flash photography is allowed.
Day 5
At leisure to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with your guide.
 
Many excursions are available including a guided walk to a waterfall in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life, offering excellent photographic opportunities. You can discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the indigenous people of Bwindi, or walk through the local village and learn about community projects, such as the Amagara project that assists local farmers and Bwindi Community Hospital, which started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people.
 
You can take a boat ride on the lake, observe Golden Monkeys in the rainforest (pay for permit locally) or go gorilla tracking again (additional permit required & subject to availability).
Day 6
This morning we travel 6-hours from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to beautiful Lake Mburo National Park.
 
This is the best place in the country to see eland, zebra, topi and impala. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds - while the fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Arrive in the park for lunch, before exploring more of the park on an afternoon game drive.
Day 7
Today we travel 5-hours from Lake Mburo to beautiful Lake Victoria - crossing the equator along the way.
 
Your guide will arrange for your transfer to your hotel, where you can relax under warm blue African skies on the shores of this magnificent inland sea.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax and unwind on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa.
 
Situated on an elevated plateau in the western section of the Great Rift Valley and straddling the equator, the lake has more than 3,000 islands. Its shoreline stretches 2,138 miles (3,440 km) and forms the border between three countries - Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
 
Enjoy the beach, boat rides on the lake, nature walks, fishing and island hopping. You can also take the speedboat to Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
 
For birders this is a biodiversity hotspot where you can see African skimmers, Carruthers cisticola, northern brown-throated weavers, red-chested weavers, eastern grey plantain-eaters, water dikkop and papyrus gonolek. You may also see Stulhman's starlings, greenbuls, alethes, turacos, forest weavers, warblers, widowbirds and beautiful butterflies.
Day 11
Transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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