Troop to the Gorillas (Accommodated)

Tour Code 17TTG6A. Accommodated Overland
6 days from
$990 USD
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16, Maximum 24

Trek to see the great Silverback Mountain Gorilla in its natural jungle habitat

Trek into the Ugandan wilderness to seek out chimpanzee and mountain gorillas in their natural forest habitat. This accommodated overland tour will provide you with an incredible wildlife encounter and a glimpse of rural Uganda.

This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing.

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Day 1. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.

We leave Uganda's bustling capital Kampala traveling west and crossing the equator towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arriving in the afternoon, we have some time at leisure to explore the nearby village and prepare for our trek to see Chimpanzee tomorrow.

Day 2. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee Trek Highlights. Chimpanzee Trek, Kyamburu Gorge, Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.

Today we enter Queen Elizabeth National Park which is home to over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world. If we are lucky, we may get to spot some of these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one.

Day 3. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.

We depart the national park and make our way south to Lake Bunyonyi - a crater lake set high in the mountains. The lake is 27km long and 7km wide with a depth of nearly 900m, making it Africa's second deepest lake. With 29 islands that can be visited by local boats, the lakeside offers a great base to unwind and enjoy the Ugandan countryside.

We base ourselves at the lake for our gorilla trekking splitting into smaller groups to trek for the gorillas over the next few days in the incredible Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

Day 4-5. Lake Bunyonyi, Gorilla Trek Highlights. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Mountain gorillas. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.

There are many activities to do at Lake Bunyonyi such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively just relax, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking
This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [Occasionally we may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas.]

On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly terrain but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile.

The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). 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. 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 gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However 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 passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.

Day 6. Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala Highlights. Equator.

We make our journey back north crossing the Equator once again and continue to Uganda's capital Kampala where our tour ends on arrival.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

In Kampala’s leafy suburbs away from the hubbub of the city centre, this backpackers and campsite is set in secure rambling gardens where vervet monkeys can be spotted in the trees. Within walking distance to local shops and markets, and taxis can be arranged to take you into central Kampala. Rooms – dorms, doubles and singles with shared bathrooms, limited en suite rooms available, camping (in own tent or tents can be hired), and some cottages suitable for groups or families. Facilities – restaurant and bar, lounge with satellite TV, internet, kitchen, plunge pool. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala

In Kampala’s leafy suburbs away from the hubbub of the city centre, this backpackers and campsite is set in secure rambling gardens where vervet monkeys can be spotted in the trees. Within walking distance to local shops and markets, and taxis can be arranged to take you into central Kampala. Rooms – dorms, doubles and singles with shared bathrooms, limited en suite rooms available, camping (in own tent or tents can be hired), and some cottages suitable for groups or families. Facilities – restaurant and bar, lounge with satellite TV, internet, kitchen, plunge pool. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Kampala early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive at least the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE TREK:
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 we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, eg 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 guide line only. This applies to day 3 – 5 of this tour.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (5 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (0 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

Meals
5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunchs, 5 Dinners

Accommodation
5 nights twin share accommodation

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Highlights:
*Queen Elizabeth NP, Chimpanzee Trekking
*Mountain Gorilla Trekking

*Subject to purchasing gorilla & chimpanzee permits.
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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