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Gorilla Tactics: Uganda’s Gentle Giants

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*This experience runs on selected Tuesdays- (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation is provided in two-person dome tents

6 days of gorilla tactics 

Visiting 1 country: Uganda

 

What could be better than watching gorillas kicking back in their natural habitat? Nothing, that’s what. Gorillas are our closest relatives, so it’s no wonder we homosapiens are so intrigued by these gentle giants. On this once-in-a-lifetime trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you’ll be one of the lucky few who get to see the last remaining mountain gorillas. Ready to rally the troops? Let’s go!

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Description

Day 1: Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Welcome to your African adventure! From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. Once more over the Equator and through fertile, green-terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations and tangled forests.

Keep your eyes peeled for the herds of Ankole cattle, with their incredible long, curved horns, roaming the roads and paddocks. Setting up camp just a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, you’ll have the chance to kick back and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the community, local style.

Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa, as well as Lakes Edwards and George. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 500 species of birds and 100 species of mammals; making it one of the most bio-diverse national parks in the world.
Nearby, we visit the Kyambura Gorge for an exciting trek to see the chimpanzees. On departing the National Park, we make our way to the stunning Lake Bunyonyi – the perfect place to unwind, relax and explore (on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas, of course).

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi

Over the next three days, you and your adventure buddies will be split into two groups. On the first day, one group will trek to witness the amazing mountain gorillas up close, while the others have a free day of chilling out on the lake. Then the next day, the groups swap.

On the day of our trek, we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. The area that we explore is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The trek into the thick rainforest can be demanding at times, with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest, but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort more than well worthwhile.

Please note: Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits, the tour itinerary may vary from the brochure itinerary. From time to time, we may have to trek on different days. If at any time our gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, i.e Rwanda (instead of Uganda) 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.

Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi

If you’re not on today’s trek, take advantage of your free time by the lake. Hire canoes and swing by some of the islands. Wander the local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, and channel your inner explorer with a nature walk. Alternatively, kick your feet up at camp and catch up on the diary or postcards back home.

Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi

For those with a free day, spend your time swanning around the campsite, canoe the lake’s peaceful waters; discover why the stunning area is known as the ‘place of many birds’ with a spot of bird watching. Today’s on your watch, so spend it as you see fit.

Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala

Today we leave Lake Bunyonyi. We make our way back across the equator through Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, to reach Kampala. A hotspot for great food and entertainment, Kampala is the perfect place to bid farewell to the week that was.

Highlights

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Mountain gorilla trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)
  • Chimpanzee trekking (part of gorilla permit payment)

Inclusions

What’s included

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 5 nights in campsites in 2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping & cooking equipment
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

What’s not

  • International flights
  • Extra meals & drinks
  • Gratuities

Accommodation

5 nights in campsites in  2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation.

Camping: On our Camping trips, you will be staying in easy-to-assemble, two-person dome tents provided by us. Please try to keep the tent clean, zipped up and remember that no smoking, candles or mosquito coils are permitted in the tent. To keep pests away, we also ask that you not eat or leave food in your tent. Ain’t nobody got time for bugs.

Please note: You must provide your own sleeping bag on Camping trips.

Campsites: Campsites you will stay in vary considerably. The general standard in East Africa is modest, although most have reasonable toilet and shower facilities. In southern Africa, the standard is usually somewhat higher. Occasionally we may camp out in the bush (with limited or no facilities).

In addition to meal assistance, there are other odd jobs you will be expected to undertake as part of any trip in Africa. We ask that you get involved in collecting firewood, lighting fires, filling water tanks, loading luggage, keeping the truck clean and even helping with the dishes. Lending a hand has never been so much fun, trust us.

Accommodation: Sometimes you just need your creature comforts. We totally get it. That’s why our Accommodated trips offer the same level of excitement and adventure as our Camping trips – except every day ends with a night in a comfortable bed in a range of safari cabins, tented camps and hostels.

Please note: Trips staying in Spitzkoppe and Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater will not be accommodated and two-person dome tents with a mattress and sleeping bag will be provided for these locations.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document. While on the road, you will be provided with three meals a day unless otherwise stated. African overland trips are participation based, which means you will be expected to do your bit for the team by helping with purchasing, cooking and cleaning-up duties. In some places, we will be able to go out for a meal. If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs, as long as you advise your Trip Consultant when you book. Please be aware that it may not be possible to cater for every single dietary requirement, but we will always try our best to arrange it.

Passenger Safety

One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following: 

When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Travelers if you become separated.

In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.

It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Optional Activities

While we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Uganda – Lake Bunyonyi

Boating on the lake – 70 EUR

Village walk/nature walk – US$5

Traditional dance – 5 EUR

Bird watching – 5 EUR

Canoe hire – 5 EUR

On all trips, we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.

None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us or our partners, nor do they form part of your contract with us. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.

Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances; the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.

Important Details

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the endangered status of Mountain Gorillas a trekking permit is required for this trip at an additional cost to the trip price. This permit must be paid in full at the time of booking in order for us to secure it for your trip. It also covers the cost of Chimpanzee trekking.

Please get in touch with us for up to date pricing during your time of travel or if you require more information regarding Gorilla permits.

Group Size: Maximum 24

Transport: Overland safari vehicle

Start time: Meet at 5am in Kampala

Finish time: Approximately 6pm in Kampala

Age Restriction
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40

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