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Itinerary: Troop to the Gorillas - Uganda

Troop to the Gorillas - Uganda

Gorilla Watching/Trekking in Uganda. Lush valleys of Kigezi Highlands - the Switzerland of Africa, relaxing beside the waters of Lake Bunyonyi. Trek in search of the rare Mountain Gorilla.

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Troop to the Gorillas - Uganda

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01 Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National ParkLD
02 Chimpanzee Excursion, Lake Bunyonyi BLD
03 Gorilla Trek/ Bunyonyi BLD
04 Gorilla Trek/Bunyonyi BLD
05 Gorilla Trek/Bunyonyi BLD
06 Kampala BL

DAY 1-2 Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi
Uganda’s capital Kampala is an attractive city situated near the shores of Lake Victoria. Despite a colourful history the city welcomes the visitor with a vibrant African street life, countless roadside traders, thriving markets and noisy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands. If time allows we suggest you spend another day or so here before flying home.

From Kampala, we travel west to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda is a wonderfully fertile country of green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests. We enter the QENP, with a view (further to the west) of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa. We gamedrive in the morning in search of the Uganda Kob (a type of antelope) as well as elephant, lion, buffalo, hyena and hippo.

Nearby the park we visit the Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike the larger gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is necessarily at some distance. However the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one. Continuing deep into the Kigezi Highlands we come to the picturesque Lake Bunyoni, an ancient flooded valley, where we usually base ourselves for the gorilla trekking.

DAY 3 - 5 Gorilla Trek & optional local walks
This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 or so mountain gorillas, half of which inhabit Bwindi or nearby sanctuaries. Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ - so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. To many people, even those who stay in Africa longer than this six day tour, the time spent with the gorillas remains their most memorable wildlife encounter.

The usual procedure is to trek in small groups into the rainforest, and on the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. The trekking can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle apes makes the effort well worthwhile. Once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, we squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to minimise the human impact on the gorillas’ habitat. (Photography is permitted, although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.) Your permit allows you one trek, and because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day, we may spend several days in the area while all members in our group complete the trek and viewing. Community visits and forest walks can be taken around this beautiful area when not visiting the gorillas.

NB Depending on the availability of gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary from the above, which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may trek outside Uganda in neighbouring countries, such as Rwanda, and this may entail extra visa requirements and fees, although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant change to the tour itinerary.

DAY 6 Bwindi to Kampala
Today we return to Kampala through lush valleys of banana plantations and rural villages before crossing back into the northern hemisphere. Our trip finishes at the end of the afternoon/early evening on arrival in Kampala

Age:
Our tours are designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. If you are older, please enquire and one of our friendly consultants to ensure that you book a tour suited to your expectations

Age:
Our tours are designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. If you are older, please enquire and one of our friendly consultants to ensure that you book a tour suited to your expectations

Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, sleeping mattress, services of two crew, meals as indicated

Not Included:
Local Payment excursions, visas, flights, travel insurance, departure taxes, airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature

Price:
GB £ 605.00

PLUS Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit GB £540.00. The Gorilla permit is paid at the time of booking and is non refundable. This covers your gorilla and chimpanzee permit.

Optional Activities & Excursions:

Village/natures Walk US $7
Mountain Biking US$10

Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, services of two crew, sleeping mattress, meals as indicated.

Not Included:
Local Payment excursions, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, departure airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, tips, drinks, items of a personal nature.

N.B. Each gorilla permit allows one trek. We stay in Bwindi or an alternative gorilla national park for the time necessary to allow everybody to trek once. The day to day itinerary may therefore vary if trekking goes over time. Optional activities can be arranged locally when not trekking.
Gorilla Excursion (Jan 2016)GB £460.00

N.B. Gorilla Viewing: To ensure we obtain gorilla permits, we may trek outside Uganda in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, where gorillas have also been habituated for viewing. Trekking here involves a minimal detour from the described route.

Gorilla Trekking Excursion (Permits): The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) sets the gorilla permit price and stipulates that permits must be booked and paid for in advance. We therefore collect your gorilla permit money at the time of booking, along with your normal deposit. The Gorilla permit price is quoted in US dollars but is paid in your local currency at a rate fixed by us.. Whilst the price is correct at time of going to press (Jan 2016), We reserve the right to pass on any increase in fee if the UWA raises the price. Finally please note, the gorilla permit fee is not refundable if you cancel your booking.

Note: This tour can be booked as an accommodated tour. Please request rates at the time of booking. Discounts do not apply.

This overland tour is designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. Regrettably, if you do not fit into this age we cannot accept the booking.

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