Nyiragongo Volvaco

GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE TOUR : - Gorilla Trekking in Nkuringo, Mgahinga, Nshongi or Congo. Wildlife, Game and Launch cruise in Lake Mburo (7 Days)

Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 0830 hours, but clients should depart their lodgings at 0600 hours, arriving at the respective parks ready for a detailed briefing from the guides on gorilla etiquette. Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. The rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. Porters are available to carry clients' belongings. Bwindi is rich in other primates, including chimpanzee and blue monkey. Butterflies are the most conspicuous of the rich insect fauna of the park, with more than 200 species. Return via Lake Bunyonyi to relax and unwind in this deepest lake on Uganda's soil; this is necessary to break from the few previous days of heavy activity, driving and trekking.

GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE TOUR : - BWINDI SOUTH/CONGO GORILLA TRACKING AND WILDLIFE IN LAKE MBURO (7 Days)
(Tour Code UG16)

This safari starts and finishes in Entebbe. It can also be done from Kigali in Rwanda, or from Kampala in Uganda [The Bwindi gorilla permit is included in the safari cost]

Overview

Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

African Roots Guest House

Entebbe

1

BB

Mburo Safari Lodge

Mburo

1

FB

Travellers’ Rest hotel

Bwindi

2

FB

Crater Bay Cottages

Lake Bunyonyi

1

FB

Hotel Africana

Kampala

1

HB

 

 

 

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

 

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1:    African Roots Guest House, Entebbe-Kampala

Entebbe, 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 African Roots Guest House for overnight (BB) 

Overnight: African Roots Guest House 

Conveniently located close to Lake Victoria and its beach side amenities including restaurants and bars, African Roots guesthouse Entebbe offers traditional home-from-home hospitality in a comfortable, modern and tastefully designed setting. Hotel is located in a quiet suburb close to Greenfields and is just 5 minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport.
   

Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park        

 

Lake Mburo National Park is located in the western part of Uganda with varied habitats that support about 68 mammals to include Impalas, Burchell’s Zebra and Eland, around 350 bird species including the Red-Faced Barbet, the African Finfoot and the Shoe bill.

Day Itinerary

Start for Mbarara, enjoying natural and other arresting attractions en route. Excursion to Lake Mburo National Park for some unusual game and a boat cruise. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]

Overnight: Mburo Safari Lodge

Mburo Safari Lodge comprises of the main Lodge, guest cottages and honeymoon house, all raised on a wooden platform. All cottages are covered by a grass-thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment, and have a private balcony with views of the Lake Mburo Park. The cottages all have king-sized beds, private bathroom with hot shower and flush toilets.

Day 3: Mburo Park to Bwindi 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

We go for an early morning game drive. Afterwards, start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]
Overnight: Travellers Rest Hotel
Travellers Rest Hotel is a hotel located just outside Kisoro, in the extreme southwestern corner of Uganda on the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, offering a perfect base for gorilla trekking in the area.
The hotel is built in a somewhat colonial style and was entirely renovated in 1999. It has 12 rooms at very reasonable prices, and it offers a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla treks or day visits to the area.

Day 4:            Travellers Rest Hotel, 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). 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 8 hours before one returns to the hotel. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it! Dinner and overnight at Travellers Rest Hotel.              

 

Day 5: Bwindi to 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".

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 Itinerary

After breakfast, drive to Kabale and on to Lake Bunyonyi. Afternoon relax at the sandy beaches of Lake Bunyonyi, explore the lake, visit various islands and the local communities including a pygmy community.

Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi to Hotel Africana, Kampala

Day Itinerary

Start for Kampala arriving early afternoon. Hotel Africana in Kampala for overnight. There is a wide range of hotels and restaurants that prepare local foods.  Nightclubs open as early as 6:00pm. (Club Ambiance, Amnesia etc) (HB)

 

Day 7:            Departure   

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, Kampala city Cultural tour Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is a charming green city, spread over about 10 hills. Visit The Uganda Museum, Kasubi Royal Tombs the burial site for Buganda Kings, the Uganda musuem, Namugongo Martyrs Shrines. Visit Ndere Center and Bahai Temple, the only one in Africa; buy/shop art crafts.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your fight out.

 

Tour Ends.

Group Price USD 2,620 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement USD 201

DEPARTURE DATES 2018

 

Jan 2018

Feb 2018

Mar 2018

Apr 2018

May 2018

Jun 2018

Jul 2018

Aug 2018

Sept 2018

Oct 2018

Nov 2018

Dec 2018

Dates

7

4

4

1

6

3

1

5

2

7

4

2

DEPARTURE DATES 2019

 

Jan 2019

Feb 2019

Mar 2019

Apr 2019

May 2019

Jun 2019

Jul 2019

Aug 2019

Sept 2019

Oct 2019

Nov 2019

Dec 2019

Dates

6

3

3

7

5

2

7

4

1

6

3

1

*With a minimum of 2-3 pax, each person would pay a supplement of $45 

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ChimpanzeeClients have the opportunity of tracking gorillas in Bwindi South (Nkuringo, Mgahinga or Nshongi Gorilla families via Kisoro) or trak in Congo. Visit Lake Mburo Park, see game and birds and butterflies and have a launch cruise there, before goring to Kisoro for gorilla tracking. End with Lake Bunyonyi to relax, visit the batwa pigmies, stroll about at the Lake or in Kabale town, and return to Kampala at end of tour.