5D/4N GORILLAS OF UGANDA
From SGD 3458
Uganda is known for its Gorilla population and in this tour, you glimpse the magnificent creatures in Bwindi Forest. There are about 400 wild mountain Gorillas and along with your rangers you go on a Gorilla tracking adventure. Learn about the Gorillas as you observe their behaviour during your encounter. And unlike other game sightings, you can be rest assured that you will definitely come across the Gorilla’s as they are closely monitored and their location is known by the rangers.
Day 01: Arrival
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by your driver/ Safaris guide who will greet you and transfer you to your guesthouse, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic.
Overnightat The Boma. (B)
Day 02: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most- revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes.
After a few hours in the vehicle, you may enjoy an afternoon walk around the village of Buhoma (your home for two nights) and a chance to visit one of the handicraft shops or to meet the Batwa, the ancient forest-dwelling tribe.
Overnight Mahogany Springs (B,D)
Day 03: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.
The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.
In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our
food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.
Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base.
Overnight Mahogany Springs (B,L,D)
Day 04: Picnic Lunch and Equator Photo Op
After breakfast, we start our journey back towards Entebbe International Airport, stopping for a picnic lunch and a fun photo opportunity at the Equator. From here, your Around Africa Safarisdriver guide will escort you to your guesthouse in Entebbe for your last night in Uganda. After an exciting and unforgettable journeyand one last dinner together, your guide will wish you a safe journey.
Overnight at The Boma (B,D)
Day 05: Departure
Depending on the time of your flight home, there may be time for an (optional) visit to Entebbe’s Botanical Gardenson the shores of Lake Victoria, home to Black and White Colubus monkeys, Hornbills and many other birds. This can be arranged by the guesthouse, who will also organise the short road transfer to Entebbe InternationalAirport for your outbound flight. (B)
Please note that check-in for international flights should be done two hours prior to flight departure.
- Accommodation with Breakfast
- Lunch and Dinner as indicated in Itinerary
- 1 Gorilla Permit per person
- Game Drive and walk
- Safari Vehicle and fuel
- Entrance fees to national parks
- All boat tours
- Mineral water during tour
- English speaking guide
- AMREF emergency evacuation insurance
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Price is valid till October 2017
- Price is per person on sharing basis
- Confirmation of package is subject to Hotel Availability
- All rates & tour itineraries are subject to change without notice
- All activities are subject to change relative to weather conditions
- Prices do not include any additional Airport charges or other charges