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Gorillas of Uganda - Camping Tour


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8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
International flights quoted separately
This overland safari tour visits Uganda to track the severely endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, camping overnight in dome tents. The tour also visits Queen Elizabeth National Park with its lions and the wetlands of the Kazinga Channel. Travel by rugged 4x4 overland truck with dome tents, camping equipment, gorilla permits & activity package included. Regular departures with group size 4 to 18.
Overland Gorilla Tours Uganda Safari Queen Elizabeth National 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 join your Uganda group adventure tour, travelling in a rugged 4x4 overland truck.
 
Today most people take an optional day trip to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary on Ngamba Island. This charity project was set up to care for orphaned chimpanzees and is doing outstanding work. There is also the option of dining out in Kampala tonight.
 
A dome tent & camping mattress are provided, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow & towel. You will be expected to erect your tent, which is easy to master. All meals whilst on tour are included and are prepared & served from the overland vehicle except for specified optional dinners in cities. Alcohol is not included. Facilities at campsites generally include shared ablutions & hot shower, except where bush camping is specified. Truck lockers are 30 x 80cm, so please use soft bags that will fit (but there is no weight restriction). 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 18). On camping tours the average age is 30 years, with a range from 18 to 55 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
A full day on the road today as we travel 12-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 4
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.
 
At 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 take a copy of your passport with you today, as this will be required to trek. You must be over the age of 15 years 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 5
At leisure to relax on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi - giving us flexibility to change the date of our gorilla tracking in need.
 
Optional activities here include a nature walk, hiking or 4-hours of mountain biking. You also have the option of a motor boat ride to visit the community of Batwa (pygmies) who live on islands on the lake, to observe their lifestyle and be entertained by their cultural performances.
Day 6
Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, we travel 5-hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park - an enormous wildlife sanctuary that extends from Lake Edward in the southwest to Lake George in the northeast, with the Kazinga Channel connecting these two great lakes.
 
Many game species can be found in this wetland park, as well as the elusive giant forest hog and the legendary tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector.
 
At sunset there is the option of a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Thanks to the abundant wildlife, including huge herds of elephants, buffalo & hundreds of hippos that cool off on the shores, this cruise will be a highlight. The channel is also a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore and a great place to see the fish eagle.
Day 7
Rise early when game viewing conditions are at their best, for a 4x4 game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park - the most visited national park in Uganda and home to 11% of all the species in the world. It has 95 different species of mammal including lions, hippo, elephants, leopards and chimpanzees, as well as over 660 different bird species.
 
We head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs, where we search for lion, elephant, buffalo and other wild animals in their natural habitat, before returning to our accommodation.
 
In the afternoon there is the option to go Chimpanzee Trekking at Lake George.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Uganda.
Day 8
Today we leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and travel 6-hours to Kampala, with drop off at your hotel at the end of your tour.
Day 9
Transfer 1.5-hours to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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