Private Gorilla Voyages

Glossary
BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, P Trsf- Park Transfer, F Trsf- Fight Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, OA-Optional Activity, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive, GH-Gorilla Habituation, CT- Chimpanzee Tracking, BT-Afternoon Boat Trip, CV-Community village visit, CE – City excursion, AA – Adventure activity, CTR- City Tour, RT- Rhino Tracking, NI – Ngamba Island chimps, SB – Shoe Bill tour, BFW- Bwindi forest walk

Tour Highlights

  • Only 600 gorillas remain in the world and half of them are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park.
  • Bwindi National Park offers some of the best montane- forest bird watching in Africa with about 350 recorded different species including rare ones.
  • Enjoy tracking playful chimpanzees through the dense Kibale forest, the Park with 13 different primate species is one of the best in Africa.
  • In Kibale Forest, marvel at the various forest, woodland birds including the Prigogine ground thrush endemic only to Uganda.
  • Embarking on an early morning game drive in hopes of spotting The Big Five in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National parks, indeed the former park is “Queen of parks” in Uganda

Safari Quotation

  • Each Pax of 2 Sharing Paying $3,676.00 (with English speaking guide)
  • French, Italian or Spanish speaking guide: US$800 to be shared amongst travelers
  • Single supplement: US$299.00

Please note that gorilla permit or chimpanzee tracking permit availability cannot be guaranteed until we receive a deposit of USD$800 per gorilla permit and actually book and pay for the permits. The programme or even dates of travel may have to be altered if affected by gorilla permit or lodge availability.

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:-

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • ALL Accommodations as per itinerary with all meals
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide
  • Transport in 1 x 4×4 vehicle
  • 1 liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a SAFARI CHAPTER UGANDA vehicle 
  • 1 Gorilla permits per person as specified in the itinerary. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited. Any gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years.  Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.

THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES:-

  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
  • Excursions not detailed in above program

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport. You will be Met and assisted by a UGANDA SAFARI CHAPTER representative. 

Transfer to Entebbe for overnight at Protea Hotel, by Marriott.  (DBB) “OR similar”

Protea Hotel Entebbe

The Protea Entebbe is a luxurious 4-star resort hotel located on the glistening shores of Lake Victoria and a convenient 1km from the Entebbe airport. The property offers a wide variety of services & amenities including a restaurant that offers an exciting and truly inviting a la carte menu 7 days of the week. Specialties include Tilapia and Nile Perch, while guests can also relax on the terrace and bar. It’s a hotel that complements your travel style. With elegant furnishings and a warm, inviting feel, the hotel’s decor and rooms create a luxurious atmosphere. The outside terrace, with its own special ambiance and superb lake views is the perfect place to take it all in.

Protea will provide a white beach setting to start you off on your safari .

300km Northwest of Kampala (approx. 6 hour drive).

An early departure – but well worth it! After breakfast, you are on your way North to Murchison Falls National Park having a break at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola to view the Rhinos. Uganda’s Rhinos became extinct in the early 1980s, after a period of civil unrest and heavy poaching. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.

Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild. Presently the sanctuary is home to thirty two (32) southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk and Relaxation.

We will have our lunch after the Rhino trek in the sanctuary.

Proceed to Murchison falls national park where we will spend the next two days

Overnight Twiga Safari Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Twiga Safari lodge is located along the Southern Bank of the River Nile on the outskirts of Murchison Falls National Park

A unique lodge which offers bespoke accommodation for adventurous travelers. This lodge provides a modern version of a safari camping experience on the southern bank of the Nile, allowing guests to continue their adventure after leaving Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of viewing Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park.  For the birders amongst you, these areas support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. 

This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan.In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river. Overnight at Twiga Safari Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

The Murchison falls top of the falls hike is always a two in one activity for you get the best time watching the birds and also enjoy the spectacular view of the Nile and the landscape in Murchison falls national park. Hiking The Top Of The Falls trail is about 45 minutes from the bottom of the falls.

Overnight at Hoima Cultural Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Hoima Cultural Lodge is a perfect break from road trip between the Murchison falls and Kibale which helps clients rejuvenate for the rest of their journey. The lodge offers spacious en-suite grass thatched cottages ideal for couples and families with each room brightly colored and furnished with African Art pieces which give clients an African feel.

After breakfast, set off for Kibale Forest National Park, home to the chimpanzees.

Your guide will drop you off at the airport by 7:00 in the morning for your domestic flight to Kasese, and you will be picked up to transfer to Ndali Lodge.

We will get to the lodge in time for lunch, having visited the tea plantations and factories enroute. We will take part in community activities around fort portal in the afternoon.

Overnight at Crater Safari Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

We will be camping  next to an ancient crater on the banks of Nyinabulitwa crater lake.

Crater Safari Lodge blends perfectly with its surrounding landscape. It places safari-goers in prime position to explore Kibale National Park. Making its home on the edge of Nyinabulitwa Crater Lake, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale is just a short drive away from Crater Safari Lodge. Just a few minutes away from the lush green tropical rain forest of Kibale Forest National Park, Crater Safari Lodge offers incomparable luxury, breath-taking scenery and outstanding opportunities to observe the unique wildlife

Rise and shine! Prep for a morning of chimpanzee trekking. This can last 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzees are the most sought after primate by visitors, but you should also look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkeys or the grey cheeked Mangabeys. The guides will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the trait of the plant species within the forest.

Chimpanzee tracking is a very fascinating experience. Chimpanzees as well as humans share over 98 percent of their DNA.

They are over 95% within the Kibale Forest, hence making it the most perfect destination in the whole of East Africa for chimpanzee tracking.

The average weight of an adult well grown male chimpanzee is between 35 and 70 kilograms, with a height of approximately 3 meters whereas tan adult female chimpanzee weighs between 26 and 50 kilograms and a height between 2 and 4 feet.

A chimpanzee’s life expectancy is at 40 years whereas that for those living in captivity can extend up to 60 years.

In Uganda today, Efforts to actually conserve the chimpanzees are extensively acknowledged and well supported.  Actually The Jane Goodall Foundation has played a major role in the overall conservation of not only these Chimpanzees but the Gorillas as well found in Uganda. By going for chimpanzee tracking, you directly contribute to the conservation efforts.

Chimpanzees are Sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their very fascinating traits is the ability to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, emptying pods for hollowing out water plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes. These skills are for long been passed on from one generation to another and researchers say that different troops have specialist tasks, basing on their habitat as well as diet.

Chimps stay in groups of 10 – 100 members. They can babysit each other’s young, kiss, groom one another and even hold hands. The young chimps become independent at the age of 4 year. Nonetheless, chimps can be aggressive and unsociable, mainly if disturbed.

Although they spend some time on ground, they normally feed and do make their sleeping nests up in the trees. Their diet varies comprising of leaves, seeds, fruit plus flowers.

After the Chimp trek, we will drive to Tinka’s place for an experience of African food and a deep explanation of how the food is grown and served. This is a session not to be missed.

After lunch, we will go to the Bigodi swamp for a walk which is a must do for birders as well as the fit travelers.

After breakfast, you will set off for Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park was named after Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. This is the second largest park in Uganda after Murchison Falls National Park. This park boasts of some of the most magnificent views in the Western arm of the Great Rift Valley, it gushes with a remarkable variety of ecosystems, from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah, swamps and a rare set of tree climbing lions at Ishasha.

Overnight at Mazike Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Mazike Valley Lodge is situated in Kyambura Gorge, also known as the “Valley of Apes” and apes in Luganda is Mazike, hence the  name that resonates well with the location and attraction. This  Lodge sits on the Eastern side of Q.E.N.P The gorge offers the most stunning views that one cannot find anywhere in Uganda.

Mazike Valley Lodge is right in the heart of Kyambura gorge that is inhabited by habituated chimps families for tracking.

The location of Mazike Valley Lodge offers our guests the opportunity of enjoying game drives in the greater Queen Elizabeth National Park.A short drive to the Kasenyi plains offers open savannah filled with various wild animals. This area has fantastic game viewing, a huge number of grassland birds and is a major breeding ground for the Ugandan Kob which readily attract lions and other big cats to the area. The open plains and large number of wildlife mean photographic safaris are extremely rewarding.

Overnight at Enjojo Safari Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Wake up to the sound of wildlife, after a delicious breakfast, drive off for an interesting game drive. After lunch, you will get to experience a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel that connects both Lake Edward and Lake George. 

The highlight of the boat ride will be the swallows as they retire for the day at the bridge.The Kazinga channel is a 40 km water body that will give you a very different experience from all that you have had in Africa. This is the highlight of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, with at least four hours on water.

Enjojo Lodge: Traditional safari Lodge set within the forest on the outskirts of the Park. Rustic, private and fairly basic individual cottages connected by a boardwalk. 

The Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National park is famous for its tree-climbing lion, which lounge in the low boughs of the fig trees — a habit which researchers believe is due to the need to see above the long grasses in the dry season to spot their prey, and also to avoid biting insects. Other wildlife you can hope to see in this region include buffalo, zebra, elephant, Ugandan kob and hippo in the Ishasha River.

Birdwatchers can keep an eye out for the compact weaver, black coucal and other water-birds like herons and storks near the Lake Edward marshlands, too.

Our game drive this morning will be aimed at searching for the tree climbing lions.

This day after breakfast you will be driven to Bwindi where you will spend three nights as well as experience a unique and ultimate Panoramic view of the hills of Kigezi, on your way you encounter the beautiful scenic volcanoes of the great Virunga. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. It is accessible only on foot and is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-designated World Heritage Site.

You will spend three nights in Bwindi which will make the highlight of our trip.

Our first stop will be on the Southern sector in Nkuringo for the first night, as we want you to experience both sides of this world heritage site

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge “OR similar”

The Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is 2161m ASL on the Nteko ridge overlooking a beautiful swath of the World-renowned Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The ridge provides a superb vantage across the Kashasha River Valley to the forested hill known as ‘Nkuringo’ and the surrounding swathe of trees of the Bwindi Forest. 

This section of forest is home to the three Nkuringo Gorilla families of Mountain Gorillas from where the Lodge provides a prime access point to the start of the amazing activity. The Lodge has panoramic views of the majestic volcanoes of the Virunga chain, across the escarpment into the Albertine Rift Valley within the DRC Congo.

Today after an energizing breakfast, you will have a once in a lifetime experience of gorilla trekking, you will report to the ranger station before 8 am registration and briefing by one of the rangers; the guides will then lead you through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take anywhere from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking boots. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas.

Later in the evening you will visit the first people of the Forest – the Batwa: These are the pygmies and were the first inhabitants of years, they were hunter-gatherers and lived in the forests of Southwest Uganda and beyond.  They left a small ecological footprint on the forest and lived in harmony with nature. Conservationists insisted that they were evicted from their traditional home, the Forest.  In those days they had no voice, no representation – the existed as squatters, beggars, accused of being drunkards, marijuana smoking and lazy people.

Overnight at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”.

Time allowing, depending on when we return from the trek, we can opt to explore more of the Bwindi impenetrable forest.

In the afternoon we will visit the community  in Bwindi near our lodge to experience the works of women and orphaned persons, as well as buy some African art and clothing. 

In the morning on this day, you will have breakfast and thereafter you will drive eastwards to Lake Mburo National Park a home to large numbers of antelopes, and other animals like Buchells Zebras, hippos, warthogs, buffaloes, and birds, leaving the spectacular Kigezi highlands behind passing via Mbarara town which is home to the long-horned cattle.

You will have lunch along the way, later arrive at the park, check in at the lodge and have an evening game drive. Have dinner and Overnight at Rwakobo rock Lodge (LDBB) “OR similar”

Lake mburo national park is blessed with forests which act as a habitant to animals in the park but also help in the influence and formation of rainfall that provides water. This helps to complete tasks that need water at the park like, it acts as drinking water for the animals hence improving their well being and out look. The park is rich with acacia trees, valleys, grass lands with different types of grass that fed on by the wild animals. It also has both seasonal and permanent swamps where papyrus grows which the community harvests an earns a livelihood.

In the afternoon, we will take a boat cruise on the Lake Mburo.

The cruise on the lake equally  guarantees one a view of the amazing flora and founa at the national park alongside wildlife such as crocodiles,  hippos and  bird species such as African fish eagles, pelican, king fishers, herons, cormorants, rare shoe bills and hammer kobs. It’s also realized that during the dry seasons, some wildlife also are frequent habitants o the water areas some of which include buffaloes and antelopes.

Rwakobo rock lodge

Rwakobo is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area. At night the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild

After your break fast, we take a morning game drive as we make our way back yo Entebbe. We will have a stop over at the Equator in Masaka for the equator experiment and lunch

We shall arrive our hotel by evening.

Overnight at Protea Hotel (LDBB)

This day you will have a leisurely city tour of Entebbe. Optional activities include a visit to the botanical gardens, golf course and the markets.

You may choose to stay at the hotel and relax by the beach or poll side until departure time. In the evening, your guide will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home. This will be based on your time for the flight.

End of Tour

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