trekking

7 DAYS GORILLA & CHIMP TREKKING

PRIMATE TREKKING AT IT’S BEST!

Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest
This park is home to more than half of the world’s wild mountain gorilla population and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994. World Heritage Sites are internationally recognized as natural features of outstanding beauty or scientific value.
This area is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with the richest faunal community in East Africa. There are estimated to be 120 species of mammals (more than any other national park in Uganda except Queen Elizabeth) and is the only park where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist together. There are an estimated 360 species of birds, including 23 localized species found only along the Albertine Rift Valley and 14 found nowhere else in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here making it a prime target for birdwatchers. Species recorded include the shoebill stork, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of raptors including several falcons and eagles. In the crater lakes, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. The unique 02 hour launch trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward passes through possibly the highest hippo concentration in Africa and many mammals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. The cruise offers an excellent platform for photography and game viewing.
Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. North of the main gate is the crater area, one of the most scenic parts of the park. To the East, in Kyambura Gorge, visitors can climb through tropical forest and catch a glimpse of a variety of primates, including chimpanzee

NOTES ON GORILLA TRACKING

Please note that gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour. Minimum tracking age is 15 years. Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.

While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed. Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour.

We strongly recommend the following: Rain poncho (lightweight), long-sleeved shirt, waterproof trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening -type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by yourselves either from your home town or from Kampala. Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from Kampala.

We strongly recommend the following: Rain poncho (lightweight), long-sleeved shirt, waterproof trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening -type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by yourselves either from your home town or from Kampala. Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from Kampala.

Kindly understand that gorilla permits / chimp walks are booked on a “first come first served” CASH basis and therefore can be snapped up by anybody. Please do make a decision as soon as you can in order to avoid disappointment!

A maximum of only 16 permits per day are available for advance bookings. Confirmation 4-12 months in advance is required to avoid disappointment. Some permits are available on short notice. Please enquire with Tribaltourist.com

ACCOMMODATION

Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest Camp
Located within Bwindi National Park, our camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. Due to its unique location, it’s not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself.

The eight luxury tents are stylish and spacious, each featuring two queen sized beds. In addition to the comfortable warm beds, each tent has a huge bathtub that looks straight into the jungle canopy ideal for soaking tired muscles after a day spent observing and meeting gorillas Observe rare forest species while soaking in the tub, followed by a cocktail on the private viewing deck served by your personal attendant.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Situated inside the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with large mosquito netted beds, its own private en suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet.

Mweya Safari Lodge
Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

The following types of accommodation are available: 32 Standard Rooms • 12 Deluxe Rooms with Air-conditioning • 2 Suites. The following Cottages are available for those wanting something more special, or for families: The Presidential Cottage • The Queens Cottage • 2 Family Cottages • 2 Luxury Tents, 2 Standard Tents

INCLUDES

Meet & greet at your Kampala Hotel, a 10 hour scenic 4×4 road transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forrest. Stay three nights in your luxury tented mountain camp and then enjoy a road transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stay 1 night in the Ishasha Wilderness Camp and enjoy a game drive. After breakfast transfer to Kyambura Gorge for the chimpanzee trek and then stay two nights in the Mweya sector of the Queen Elizabeth Park. All meals and 2 litres of drinking water for use while on the gorilla trek. Gorilla permit, levies, taxes and park fees.

Highlights

  • Includes all permits
  • 4WD vehicle, driver & guide
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Park fees
  • Meals

Itinerary

Day One

Meet and greet at your accommodation at 0600hrs. An early morning start from Kampala takes you southwest and across the Equator. You drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. You then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Drive through to Bwindi. {10 hr drive}

Day Two

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity.

Day Three

This day, you enter the forest again for a guided forest walk to the Munyaga Falls. In the afternoon, you have a chance to visit the Batwa pygmies. The Batwa Development Program will enable you learn more about the pygmies and their ways of life. You will also be entertained by them (this day, you may track the gorillas a second time – add $600 for this).

Day Four

This morning, end your stay in the “Land of the Mountain Gorillas” & depart with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating Mountain Gorillas and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP via Ishasha. After lunch, have a late afternoon game drive in the Ishasha plains for lucky visitors to catch glimpse of the tree climbing lions at the Ishasha plains often seen languishing in big fig trees as well as explore more of the scenic beauty and rich wildlife of this remote parkland bordering the Congo!

Day Five

A very early morning breakfast and transfer to the Kyambura Gorge for the chimpanzee trek. This morning, track Chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge. This is a rare occasion for you to follow the path of evolution as you track “man’s closest cousins”; chimpanzees. Thereafter, transfer to Mweya sector of Queen Elizabeth NP arriving in time for lunch. In the early evening, have a game drive to catch glimpse of some of the amazing wildlife species.

Day Six

Wake-up and follow your adventure instincts on a sunrise game-drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, de fassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. In the afternoon, have a two hours boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel that links lakes George and Edward. The boat-cruise offers an excellent platform for photography and game viewing. The birdlife is colorful and abundant. You will be privileged to see schools of hippos and Nile-crocodiles sunbathing and opening wide their saw-like jaws. Return to your accommodation facility for overnight.

Day Seven

Morning breakfast, check out and bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth. Drive back to Kampala with stopover for lunch en-route.

EXCLUDES

International and domestic flights (unless specified as an extra cost); travel insurance; personal expenses incl. laundry,phone calls, tips, visas, insurance & vaccinations. All drinks except those inlcuded for breakfast and the gorilla trekking. Accommodation in Kampala before and after trip. Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies, exchange rate fluctuations and fuel surcharges.

EXTRAS

Single room supplement: US $705.00
Extra gorilla trekking on day three: US$600.00 pp
You can choose to fly from Kampala to Bwindi: US$300.00 pp one way or US$500.00 pp return.

RT Airport Transfers in Kampala/Entebbe.
RT Airstrip Tranfers from Kisoro or Kihihi to Bwindi Impenetrable NP and back.

The scheduled charter flights operate 1 or 2 times daily, with a maximum number of passengers of 10. Maximum weight per client, including luggage is 120kgs, or 250lbs. Extra luggage can be stored at our partner offices. Should your group size exceed 10 people, or the weight exceed 1200kgs, then we can discuss alternative arrangements.

Porters are available at a price of US $20 per porter per day. They will assist in carrying your backpack and other equipment should you require.

The Community Village walk is also available. This is an interesting way to meet the pygmy people called the Batwa, see the local traditional healer, see the making of local beer, see the making of local bricks, and more. This can be booked and paid for on-site at a cost of $25 USD per person per maximum of 4 hours.

Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.

DISCLAIMER

While everything possible is done to ensure the accuracy of information supplied, all rates and packages published on this site are subject to change as a result of fluctuating exchange rates, seasonal differences, availability and other factors, and cannot be taken as binding on www.tribaltourist.com

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