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Uganda - Troop to the Gorillas - 6 Days

Uganda - Troop to the Gorillas - 6 Days

Kampala, Uganda

From: R 11,755.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 11,755.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9328
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    6 Days
  • Valid From

    20th of August 2018 (Monday)
  • Valid To

    11th of December 2018 (Tuesday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

The mountain gorillas are waiting to meet you!

What could be better than observing gorillas kicking back in their natural habitat? Nothing, that’s what. According to research, gorillas are the closest relatives of humans on the planet so there’s no surprise us homosapiens are so intrigued by these majestic creatures. Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime experience in the region that hosts the last remaining mountain gorillas, and be one of the lucky few who get to see these rare beauties in their lush surrounds.

The Bucket List

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

Itinerary for set departures on 21 August, 25 September, 16 October, 13 November and 11 December 2018.

  • 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.
Included today
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking on either day 1 or day 2

Meals: 
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

  • 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).

Included today:
-Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking on either day 1 or day 2

Meals: 
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

  • 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 (please note that occasionally we may need to travel into neighbouring Rwanda to see the gorillas). 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.

Meals: 
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

  • Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi

If you're not on today's trek, take advantage of your free time by the lake with an abundance of boredom-killer activities. 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.

Included today:
-Gorilla trekking on either day 4 or day 5

Meals: 
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dancing
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire

  • Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi

For those with a free day, spend your time swanning around the campsite, canoe the lake's peaceful waters or 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.

Included today:
-Gorilla trekking on either day 4 or day 5

Meals: 
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Island boat trips
-Village walk
-Traditional dance
-Bird watching
-Canoe hire

  • Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala

Leaving Lake Bunyonyi, we make our way back across the equator through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria, to Kampala. A hotspot for great food and entertainment, Kampala is the perfect place to bid farewell to the week that was. 

Meals: 
-Breakfast
-Lunch 

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 5 nights in campsites 2-person dome tents or twin share accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners  
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle Camping & cooking equipment
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver
Excludes
  • International flights to Kampala
  • Visas
  • Health and Travel Insurance
  • Meals not itemised
  • Items of a personal nature

Optional Activities

  • 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. 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.
  • Uganda - Lake Bunyonyi Boating on the lake - US$80
  • Village walk/nature walk - US$5
  • Traditional dance - US$30
  • Bird watching -US$5 Canoe hire - US$5
Package Conditions:

For set departures on 21 August, 25 September, 16 October, 13 November and 11 December 2018.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Kampala
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda.

Before the arrival of the British, the Buganda King, the Kabaka had chosen the area that was to become Kampala as one of his favourite hunting grounds. The area was made up of numerous rolling hills and lush wetlands. It was an ideal breeding ground for various antelopes - particularly the Impala. When the British arrived they called the area the Hills of the Impala.

The people of Kampala and Ugandans in general, are very kind and friendly and are very approachable.

Owino market is one of the largest in this region of Africa. The endless booths that line the chaotic alleys of Owino offer a mind-boggling array everything from homemade irons, to American hand-me-down-clothes with the Goodwill price tags still on then, to an amazing array of African foods, to any and everything else under the sun.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 21 June 2018.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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