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6 Day Gorillas in Uganda Experience Overland Safari

R9,680 R8,228

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking ZAR 8970 (Compulsory)

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  • Departing: 24/10/2017 | 15% discount | Tour price: ZAR8,228
Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Uganda
Starts Kampala
Ends Kampala
Group Size Max 24
Age Range 18 - 39 Years

Drive through the lush mountains and scenery of what is called ‘The Pearl of Africa’. Swim, canoe or just relax around the second deepest lake in Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi.

Feel the tranquility of the jungle or the rush of excitement while trekking for endangered mountain gorillas.

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  •  10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Kampala
Ends in
Kampala

Drive through the lush mountains and scenery of what is called ‘The Pearl of Africa’ on the Gorillas in Uganda Experience Overland Safari. Swim, canoe or just relax around the second deepest lake in Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi. Feel the tranquility of the jungle or the rush of excitement while trekking for endangered mountain gorillas.

  • Price Beat Guaranteed
  • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)

Highlights

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • Local Payment excursions
  • Gorilla Permit
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips and items of a personal nature

SKU: CAE2518
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Leaving Kampala, we begin our travels toward the marvellous Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the Equator once more on the way. Along this journey you can expect to see lush green hillsides, flourishing banana plantations, steep mountains and dense forests, along with herds of Ankole cattle, boasting astonishingly long and curving horns, roaming the roads and paddocks freely. The area in which we camp tonight is just a short distance away from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will have some leisure time to use at your disposal, perhaps by taking a walk in the surrounding areas or mingling with the local community.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing
Accommodation: Simba Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 400 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 8 hours

Day 2

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we drink in awe-inspiring views of the mountains that separate Uganda from Central Africa, as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. Today we game drive, searching for the Uganda Kob – a type of antelope that features on the coat of arms of Uganda. We also search for big game such as elephant, lion, buffalo, spotted hyena, side striped jackals, red tailed monkeys, leopard and hippo, to name but a few. The Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts over 500 bird species and 100 mammal species, making it one of the most bio-diverse national parks in the world. Close to the park, we visit the Kyambura Gorge where we begin our trek to seek out the chimpanzees. Unlike their bigger cousins, the mountain gorilla, chimps live predominantly in the trees, and the experience of seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is simply incredible. We leave the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’).

Trip Highlights: Lake Queen Elizabeth National Park entrance and game drive, Chimpanzee trek
Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 240kms
Approximate Driving Time: Game drive only

Day 3 - 5

Lake Bunyonyi Rest Day or Gorilla Trek Day, Uganda

For the duration of the next 3 days our group will be split. One group will trek to see the mountain gorillas whilst the others spend the day relaxing at Lake Bunyonyi on Day Seven, and vice versa on Day Eight. The group staying at Lake Bunyonyi can look forward to plenty various activities, such as canoeing to visit the surrounding islands, local tribes and villages, or even visiting the local orphanage, bird watching and embarking on tranquil nature walks. Those who wish to simply relax are welcome to do so and are encouraged to catch up on diary entries or homeward-bound postcards.

The group going Mountain Gorilla Trekking has much to look forward to as well. Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorilla population, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Occasionally we may even travel into neighbouring Rwanda to seek out these gorgeous creatures. On the day of the trek, the group gathers in the early morning to be introduced to our local guide and tracker. Following this, we walk in small groups trekking through the lush rainforest. This journey can be physically demanding at times due to uneven terrain and the hilly forest itself, but the privilege of spending quality time with a family of these gentle and peaceful primates definitely makes the effort well worthwhile. Even to people who live permanently in the continent, this trek and encounter with the gorillas has proven to be one of the most exciting wildlife experiences in Africa.

The usual protocol once our group has located a gorilla family is to sit down and simply observe the magnificent creatures for about an hour, which is the time set strictly by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorillas are rather sociable, living in groups of between 12 and 20, each usually led by the alpha male – the ‘silverback’, named so due to the silver hair on his back that begins to grow once the male gorilla attains maturity. You will find that the gorillas and their tendencies are remarkably human-like, especially in the social interaction that takes place between the gorilla family members and their play time, in which their children are encouraged to engage. Photographers may take as many photos as they like, but are under strict instructions not to use any flashes. There are also certain restrictions for those who wish to videotape their experience.
Your permit allows for one trek and gorilla viewing with your time limited to one hour. However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the amount of visitors permitted to view the animals each day, we may spend several days in the area so as to allow for all members of the tour to complete their trek and viewing.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits, the tour itinerary may vary in day-to-day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time, keep in mind that we may have to trek on different days. If, by any chance, our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country such as Rwanda, this may entail extra visa fees (although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to days 5-8 of this tour.

Trip Highlights: Gorilla Trek. Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop/ Gorilla Trek area – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/- 240 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Island boat trips US$25 – US80, village walk US5, Traditional dance US$30, Bird watching US$5, Canoe hire US$5

Lake Bunyonyi (Gorillas)

Day 6

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

Saying goodbye to Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator, stopping for photograph opportunities if we did not have any en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park . We pass lush pastures and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria – the largest lake in Africa, all on our way through to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, where we will spend the night. Kampala is known for its great food and entertainment and, if time allows, you are welcome to take the night out to sample some of the local cuisine, as well as enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the locals.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing, Kampala
Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-550kms
Approximate Driving Time: Full day

 

Activities

  • Gorilla Permit USD 690  (optional but recommended)
 


Other Activities

Lake Bunyoni

  • Bird watching $5
  • Boating on the lake (Islands) $25 - $80
  • Traditional dance $30
  • Canoe Hire $5
  • Village/ Nature Walks $10

 

Dates

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Price

R9,680 R8,228

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking ZAR 8970 (Compulsory)





R9,680 R8,228

+ Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) ZAR 8970 (Compulsory)

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