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GORILLA TOUR FOR GROUPS IN UGANDA : GORILLAS TOUR (IN UGANDA OR CONGO) - Bwindi, Mgahinga, Nkuringo, Ishongi or Congo. Visit Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lake Bunyonyi (11 Days)

This is a scheduled safari, departing every first Sunday of the month, but it can also be done privately. This tour visits 8 of Uganda's 10 National Parks. Five of these Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Bwindi/Congo are in the Western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley! Your trip starts with Murchison Falls Conservation Area, the largest in the country, with chimps, birds, crocodile, and game. Visit the dramatic Falls from which the park derives its name. Drive the long journey westwards to Fort Portal for the crater lakes. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel in QE is especially good for viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and a large host of birds. Further south in Bwindi or Congo, go gorilla tracking and see other primates, birds and butterflies. Have an opportunity to track gorillas again or climb a volcano, go birding or take in the breathtaking landscape. Return to Kampala via Lake Bunyonyi, one of Uganda's most conspicuous lakes and the deepest lake in Uganda!

GORILLA TOUR FOR GROUPS IN UGANDA : GORILLAS TOUR (IN UGANDA OR CONGO (11 Days)

(Tour Code UG15) This safari starts and finishes in Entebbe. [The Bwindi gorilla permit is included in the safari cost but the other gorilla trackings require a supplement to be paid at time of booking.]

Tour on Low budget. All accommodations are on Bed & Breakfast only.

Overview

Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

Pope Paul Memorial Hotel

Kampala

1

BB

Court View Hotel

Masindi

2

BB

Red Chilli Camp
Kolping Hotel Hoima

Murchison Falls N.P
Hoima

1
1

BB
BB

Raja Excelsior Hotel

Fort Portal

1

BB

Simba Safari Camp

Queen Elizabeth N.P

2

BB

Virunga Hotel Kisoro

Bwindi National Park

2

BB

Crater Bay Cottages

Lake Bunyonyi

1

BB

 

 

 

 

 

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
HB: Dinner or Lunch, bed and breakfast
FB: Full Board: All meals dinner, lunch and breakfast included in tour cost
O/N: Over Night

ITINERARY FOR GORILLAS IN UGANDA AND CONGO TOUR

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1:    Pope Paul VI Memorial Hotel, Entebbe - Kampala          

Kampala, Uganda

Uganda has a total area of 236,040 sq km, bordered by Kenya in the East and Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the South west, DR Congo to the west and South Sudan to the North, making it a landlocked country. It lies at 10S to 40N Latitude and 300 to 350 East Longitude, so it is astride the Equator.1 00 N, 32 00 E. The country, however, is well watered and fertile. Although it lies at the Equator, it receives about three rainy seasons a year, with Lake Victoria, The Nile, the many forests and the Rwenzori mountains determining much of the climate. In forest ecosystems it rains regularly and weather is unpredictable. Water covers36,330 sq km, about 15% of Uganda’s area. The country is rich in wildlife, game, birds, and a vast culture of over 50 tribes occupying this beautiful, green country. In Uganda alone a birder will enjoy twelve percent of bird species in the world; a tracker will find half of the world’s gorillas; an explorer will have an opportunity to see more than 7% of the world’s mammals. For the discerning traveller the potential for Ecotourism here is enormous, and the discreet have tapped into it.
Day Itinerary
Arrive Entebbe airport. Meet, greet and transfer to Kampala. Start for Jinja, via Mukono and through Mabira Forest, the largest in Central Uganda. Proceed to Jinja past the Owen Falls Dam, Uganda's main Hydro Electricity dam. Visit the Source of the Mighty River Nile. Your trip ends with Bujagali Falls on the other end of the Nile. Return to Kampala late afternoon.  River Nile is the World’s longest River in the world and has largely contributed to the development of Uganda and other 9 countries where it stretches.

Overnight: Pope Paul VI Memorial Hotel

Day 2:           New Court View Hotel, Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary- Masindi

Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

History has it that both Black and White rhinoceros were present in Uganda – the Eastern Black in the North and Northwest, and the Northern White in the Northwest on the west bank of the river Nile. After the years of civil unrest, and poaching the rhino became extinct in Uganda in 1983.
Ziwa rhino sanctuary is  for the natural breeding of rhino.  Its aim is that there should be a breeding stock of at least twenty rhino on Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and that the parks should be safe and secure enough with staff well trained in rhino conservation and monitoring before any rhino will be released back into the National Parks.  Rhinos have a  gestation period of a rhino is 16 months, and the releasing of rhino back into the National Parks is a process that needs to be approved by the African Rhino Specialist Group as well as the East African Rhino Specialist Group. 

 

Day Itinerary

Briefing from your guide before taking a gentle drive for Murchison Falls Conservation Area.  Drive through Luwero. Lunch en route and continue to Nakasongora to track Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and later transfer to your accommodation in Masindi.

Overnight: New Court View Hotel

Though slightly overpriced, this British-owned lodge has a relaxed, old-school travellers feel with cosy bandas, attractive patch of lawn and a great little restaurant with the best food in town.

Day 3:           Red Chilli Camp, Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

The Murchison Falls Conservation Area, about 7,000 sq. km in size, the largest in Uganda, consists of Murchison Falls National Park, Karuma Game Reserve and Bugungu Game Reserve among others. Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi Forests, with their chimps and birds, are within the Area. It is a stunning habitat for wildlife, birds and vegetation. Crocodiles, hippos, elephants and birds including the rare shoebill stork, can be found on the banks of the Nile. With over 1000 chimpanzees in Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi Forests, Murchison is thought to have the largest chimp numbers in the region. The launch trip to the bottom of the Falls, lasting about 3 hours, is unforgettable – look at birds, elephant, buffalo, crocodile, and hippo on The Nile banks; experience this mighty river.  On the game drive, Buffalo, leopard, antelope, Rothschild's giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck and lion can also be seen.  Over 450 bird species have been recorded. Perhaps the frothiest attraction in the Area is the sterning Murchison Falls. For about 80 kms from Karuma Falls in the East, The Nile is a rushing torrent of water which drops about 300 metres. It spills over the ancient rocks that form the Western Rift Valley wall, gushing through a 7 metre gorge and into the cauldron of turbulent water below, forming the fall.

 

Day Itinerary

An early start and enter Murchison Falls. An early morning game viewing north of the Nile. Launch trip to the bottom of the mighty exciting Falls, with crocodiles, and a vast array of birds including the rare shoebill stork, lounging on the banks of the Nile. Hippos are everywhere! Evening game drive. Visit the top of the stimulating Murchison Falls, crashing through a narrow gorge, Transfer to your accommodation.

Overnight: Red Chilli Camp

Day 4:           Kolping Hotel Hoima, Chimpanzee Tracking in Budongo- Hoima

Chimpanzee Trekking

Budongo Forest  is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa as well as habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda.  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.
Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98% of their DNA composition with humans.  They are Sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their very fascinating traits is the ability to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, empty pods for hollowing out water plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes. These skills are for long been passed on from 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.

Day Itinerary

Drive to Kaniyo-Pabidi in Budongo Forest. Go for a guided nature walk to track chimpanzees. Budongo is also known for its many plant and bird species.
On return drive to Hoima via the mesmerising Lake Albert, view fishing villages, local communities and local fishermen. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]

Overnight: Kolping Hotel Hoima
Hoima Kolping Hotel, ideally located in the heart of Hoima Municipality, on the highway that leads you to the greatest ventures of Midwestern Uganda connecting to the waters of Lake Albert and into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, welcomes travelers with a relaxed ambience for an experience to remember.
Set in cozy blend of old and new Hoima Town, Kolping Hotel is your personal ambassador to this Ugandan city of oil.
Located on a two and half piece of land, Hoima Kolping Hotel offers you modern and spacious rooms. Hoima Kolping Hotel is one of the most conveniently located Hotels.

Day 5:           Raja Excelsior Hotel, Fort Portal

Fort Portal
Fort Portal, town located in western Uganda. Fort Portal is situated at an elevation of about 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) and overlooks the mountains of the Ruwenzori Range and the Mufumbiro volcanoes. It is linked by road with Rubona, Kyenjojo, and Kyegegwa. It is an important market and processing centre for cotton, peanuts (groundnuts), sesame, corn (maize), coffee, tobacco, castor-oil seeds, tea, tropical fruits, and vegetables. A number of tea estates are concentrated east of the town. Tea, coffee, vegetable oils, leather, fruit, dairy products, meat, cotton, grain, and tobacco are processed. Industrial products include beverages, textiles, furniture, paper, soap, confectionery, shoes, and metal goods. Fort Portal provides a base for mountaineering in the Ruwenzori Range and has the palace of theomukama (“king”) of Toro. The Bwamba Pass, the Hot Springs of Bundibugyo, and the Ileri Forest are nearby points of interest.

Day Itinerary

Drive south to Fort Portal, past big tea plantations, lunch en route. Proceed to your lodging in Kibale. Either explore a crater lake nearby or relax at your lodging. [Approximate driving time: 5 hour(s)] 

Overnight: Raja Excelsior Hotel

The hotel has 18 guest rooms located on two floors. Each room is well appointed with private toilet and shower, color television connected to DSTV, intercom and fan, all double rooms and twin rooms have balconies where you can view the town and its surrounding vegetations and the Ruwenzori Mountains. The restaurant enables you to relax in cool surrounding and offers you food of your choice/taste, be it continental, African with a blend of both. You may relax in the lounge bar while enjoying soft background music or watch DSTV with fellow patrons. Other facilities and services include in-house laundry, internet services, room service up to 24.00 Hours and full time power supply.

Day 6:           Simba Safari Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park          

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park (QE), below the famous Rwenzori Mountains, is an African savannah park, consisting of plain surroundings. The park which is part of the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is centred around Lake Edward and Lake George. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel linking these two lakes is especially good for viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and a large host of birds amounting to over 500 species!  Around Ishasha go on the hunt for the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly in the upper branches of high trees! The beautiful steeply forested Kyambura Gorge nearby, is home not only to chimpanzees but also the red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus and many bird species. 

Day Itinerary

Visit the crater lakes in Kibale and Fort Portal. Lunch and drive to Queen Elizabeth Park

Overnight: Simba Safari Camp

Day 7:           Simba Safari Camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day Itinerary

An early morning game drive in the park. A boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is a rewarding experience.
 
Overnight: Simba Safari Camp
Simba Camp is a lower mid level safari accommodation at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will find a variety of comfortable and affordable guest rooms, in a large expanse of compound. Perched on a hill, the camp offers spectacular views of Lake George, Lake Kikorongo and the classic African savannah plains stretching to the distant horizon. It is the closest accommodation for game drives in the Kasenyi plains, and elephants and buffalo can even be viewed from the camp. Delicious meals are served at an open air restaurant, to give you a taste of real African cuisine. Guests can also choose a wake-up call with fresh tea or coffee served on their verandas.

Day 8:           Virunga Hotel Kisoro, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park     

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is on the edge of the western rift valley. The park is also rich in birds, chimps, monkeys and butterflies. Bwindi is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 400 animals - are found in Bwindi. There is Bwindi-North and Bwindi South. In Bwindi South, where we visit, five gorilla families are open to visitors in Uganda. Other activities include volcano climbing, guided nature walk in the forest for primates, birds and butterflies or enjoy the breathtaking landscape!

Day Itinerary

Drive to Kisoro, stop at Kanaba Gap to view the dramatic virunga volcanoes, visit Lake Mutanda, and other lakes in Kisoro. Arrive late afternoon. Finalise boarder arrangements for the tracking to Congo the next day.
Overnight: Virunga Hotel Kisoro


Day 9:           Virunga Hotel Kisoro, Gorilla Tracking           

Gorilla Tracking

To track gorillas each person must have the day’s gorilla permit which needs to be arranged and paid for in advance. Each gorilla park (Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda and Parc National des Volcans [PNV] in Rwanda) has different numbers of permits per day (80, 8 and 80 for Bwindi, Mgahinga and PNV respectively). No person is allowed to track more than three times in three consecutive days. Permits are non-refundable except for medical reasons and a medical certificate has to be provided. To protect gorillas from disease and to avoid problems of arduous conditions in the forests young trackers below the age of 15 and those with illnesses are not allowed to track. Flash photography is not allowed and visitors are advised to use still cameras, at a distance of at least 5 metres away from the animals. Professional filming requires extra fees to be paid. Tracking through the thick jungle, traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, arduous and wet – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 8 hours. Trackers therefore need to be well equipped with food and water, strong water-proof clothing and must be fit and healthy. Strong, light clothes could be carried, as well as rain jackets, a torch, sunglasses, a sun hat, gloves to grip vegetation, socks. Use jungle boots, long-sleeved shirt. A walking stick may be needed. Porters can be hired to carry equipment for all trackers (fees range between $5-20 per porter per day). Part of the fees paid to the park authorities goes directly to help local communities around the Protected Area(s).

Day Itinerary

Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 7 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it!    
 
Overnight: Virunga Hotel Kisoro

Kisoro Virunga Hotel in Kisoro is an ideal solution for those visiting the South West of Uganda, and those on their way to Rwanda, the DR. Congo and Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla tracking activities. The region of Kigezi is well known as “The Switzerland of Africa”. The region boasts evergreen rain forest, vast bamboo forests, beautiful lakes and wonderful rolling hill landscape. The hotel enjoys a wonderful location in the shadow of the Virunga volcanoes enjoying incredible panoramic views of these mountains which border Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.

Day 10:        Crater Bay Cottages, Lake Bunyonyi      

Lake Bunyonyi ("Place of many little birds") lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Located at 1,962 m (6,437 ft) above sea level, it is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and 7 km (1.35 mi) wide. The depth of the lake is rumored to vary between 44 m (144 ft) and 900 m (2,952 ft), which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling Note under the title "Lake Bunyonyi and terraces".

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, a gentle drive to Lake Bunyonyi for mesmerising views of the lake, relax at the sandy beaches, explore nearby local communities.  

Overnight: Crater Bay Cottages Bunyonyi: On the lake shores, craterbay cottages is offering you a base to explore the lake bunyonyi or a wonderful stop over after you visit the mountain gorillas in the national parks of Rwanda or Uganda . Each of our 12 cottages is located in a terraced block with amazing views of the lake. The cottages are self contained, with wonderful gardens where you can sit and read a book or listen to the birds singing.

Day 11:        Departure

Day Itinerary

Return to Kampala via Masaka, and on to Kampala arriving late afternoon, lunch en route

Tour Ends.

Group Price USD 3,075 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement USD 260

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*With a minimum of 2-3 pax, each person would pay a supplement of $450

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ChimpanzeeTour is designed for groups, but individuals can also do it, subject to availability and payment of supplement. See the gorillas of Bwindi South or Mgahinga and track in Mgahinga, Nkuringo, Ishongi or even in Congo nearby. Visit to the Source of the River Nile in Jinja, see game and birds in Murchison Falls, do launch cruises in Murchison, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo and Lake Bunyonyi and visit crater lakes in Fort Portal.