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8 GORILLA SAFARi - UGANDA

• Bwindi Impenetrable Forest • Gorilla Trekking • Lake Mburo National Parl • Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary

9 Days / 8 Nights

UGANDA’s GORILLAS!

Day 1           Arrival in Entebbe, Uganda

Day 2,3,4,5   Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 7&8     Lake Mburo National Park

Day 9 Return

This safari begins in and ends in Entebbe, Uganda


YOUR TRIP DETAILS

DAY 1 : Arrival in Entebbe, Uganda

Airport meet and Greet. Just look out towards the information desk located in the arrivals hall for your pick-up with your name on it. Quick road transfer to your overnight hotel.

Accommodation

The Guest House is a charming property situated in tropical gardens on the outskirts of Entebbe, just 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport. . A tastefully restored colonial homestead consisting of comfortable bedrooms. Each of them is decorated along African themes and has their own private bathroom. A diners’ bar is set in a landscaped garden with lake views. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.

1 Night at the hotel / B&B


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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

As names go, there's hardly a more evocative African destination than the Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi. This swath of steep mountains covered in thick, steamy jungle is just as magnificent as it sounds. The World Heritage–listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Africa’s most ancient habitats, even surviving the last Ice Age as most of the continent's other forests disappeared.

DAY 2: Transfer

After an early breakfast, meet your driver at the lobby and transfer to Entebbe International Airport for a domestic flight to Western Uganda, departing at 07.00 or 07.45 hr. (check in time is 1 hr before departure) From Kihihi Airstrip (expected arrival at 08.45 / 09.30 hr) you will be met by a guide and transferred by road approx. 1hrs drive to the home of the endangered mountain gorillas.

Check in at the lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to relax and prepare yourself for the next day. Or go for an optional (guided) forest walk for a first introduction with Uganda’s unique flora and fauna.

DAY 3: 1st Gorilla trekking

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants of Bwindi!

Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of (average) fitness. However the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill.  A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Afterwards trek back to the lodge for lunch and a refreshing shower.

DAY 4: Forest Walk and Batwa Cultural experience

After breakfast enjoy a 3hr guided forest walk  in Bwindi Forest and later visit the Batwa – enjoy the walk in the forest as you prepare to meet the Batwa who have a lot in stock for you. 

As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa were known as “The Keepers of the Forest.” The history of these small-statured people is long and rich. The Batwa survived by hunting small game using arrows or nets and gathering plants and fruit in the rain forest. They lived in huts constructed of leaves and branches, moving frequently in search of fresh supplies of food. The Batwa lived in harmony with the forest and its creatures, including the mountain gorillas, for millennia. Some anthropologists estimate that pygmy tribes such as the Batwa have existed in the equatorial forests of Africa for 60,000 years or more.

Day 5: 2nd Gorilla trekking

Second morning of gorilla tracking where you will have an opportunity to see another gorilla family.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!

Afterwards trek back to the lodge for lunch and a refreshing shower. In the evening, you will meet your safari guide from Great Lakes Safaris for a short brief.

ACCOMMODATION

Set on the banks of the pristine Munyanga River and facing the Impenetrable Forest! A huge terrace wraps around the main building, from where guests can enjoy views of the forest and relax to the sound of the river flowing gently by. Sink into a chair in front of the fireplace in the living room with a book, or enjoy a drink from the bar before sitting down to dinner in the restaurant or out on the terrace. Most of the produce used is grown on-site to ensure everything is as fresh as it is delicious.

Each suite features large double doors and windows and en-suite bathrooms with open terracotta showers, private balconies with panoramic views over the grounds, river and the surrounding forest.

4 Nights at the lodge / Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, excl. drinks


Day 6: Lake Mburo National Park (Driving Time: 250km/5 Hours)

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. As we enter the park it is likely that you will spot some wildlife. After checking in you will go on a boat ride on the lake to view the rich bird life and many hippos that are cooling off. Have an early dinner before going on an optional (at extra fee) night game drive in an open Landrover with spot light. This special game drive of 2-3 hours provides good chances of seeing the elusive leopard and of course other nocturnal animals.

Day 7: Game drives

After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive in search of wildlife, like impalas, topis, warthogs, zebras and buffaloes, Return to the lodge for lunch, relaxation and later enjoy an evening game drive

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LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Lake Mburo National Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbors several species of mammals not found anywhere else in Uganda.

ACCOMMODATION

A peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park.

Featuring 10 rooms which are built on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with an en-suite bathroom with stunning views, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush toilets. Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge's property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.

The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead, weathered olive trees found on the land, and native grasses. Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park.

Animals gathering in the valley provide guests with fantastic game-viewing opportunities or a chance to relax and watch wildlife at the waterhole below the pool.

2 Nights at the lodge / Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, excl. drinks


Day 8: Nature walk in Lake Mburo – Mabamba Swamp- Entebbe. (Driving Time: 270km / 5Hours)

Early start of the day as we will go for a nature walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. Return to the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area and drive to Mabamba Swamp in search of the unique shoebill bird and other bird species

Accommodation

The Guest House is a charming property situated in tropical gardens on the outskirts of Entebbe, just 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport. . A tastefully restored colonial homestead consisting of comfortable bedrooms. Each of them is decorated along African themes and has their own private bathroom. A diners’ bar is set in a landscaped garden with lake views. The main house includes a private dining veranda and living room for overnight guests.

1 Night at the hotel / B&B


Day 9: Departure

After breakfast head for Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary for feeding sessions of the chimps. Return to Lunch at the mainland and thereafter you will be dropped off at the Airport for your international flight home.

Flying home…dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!


 VISA & Levy's

  • Zimbabwe: Foreigners need to obtain a visa at the port of entry.Cost os US $ 50 per person and should be paid in cash.

  • Botswana: Foreigners are required to pay a US $ 30 tourism levy upon entering Botswana ( cash or visa card) This visa is issued at the port of entry.

  • No other visa's are required for USA citizens entering into South Africa, Namibia or Botswana

  • Please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html for updated information on each country

VACCINATIONS

Please refer to your health care professional for advise , as well as the CDC for updated information, but typically only malaria prevention medication is advised.

*NOTES

  1. Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations. Airline tickets have been estimated and can vary depending on booking dates, fares and available flights

  2. All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included

  3. BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location - please inquire if you need details

  4. International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are excluded

  5. Child policy may apply

  6. Single occupancy policy allies

  7. Park entry fees and cable car ride fees are not included

  8. Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility

  9. Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA's for each country visited is the client's responsibility

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