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When you feel ready to do so, we are here to help you plan your next holiday, knowing availability in many key destinations is already tight for next year. To help you move forward with confidence, our booking conditions have been relaxed in case you are unable to travel due to COVID-19 issues beyond your control (eg a new wave of infections; visa restrictions; mandatory quarantine; or cancellation of your international flight).
 
Thank you for your ongoing kindness & support in these difficult times. And remember that all our holidays are fully financially protected, wherever in the world you live.

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Claire Farley, Managing Director
Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Holidays and Primate Tours Chimpanzees

Serengeti Safari + Gorillas of Uganda


TRB7J
7 NIGHTS
FROM £3,895
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Gorilla Tracking Trekking Bwindi Uganda Big Safari Serengeti Tanzania

This exciting gorilla tracking holiday is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to combine trekking to observe endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, with a Big 5 safari in the famous Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Trek through tropical rainforests to see these magnificent primates. Light aircraft flight, all transfers, game drives, park fees & gorilla permits included.

Gorilla Tracking Trekking Bwindi Uganda Big Safari Serengeti Tanzania
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Tanzania
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Mount Kilimanjaro
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Arusha
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Serengeti National Park
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Big 5 Safari
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Uganda
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Gorilla Tracking
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Golden Monkeys
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Trekking to Mountain Gorillas
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Tanzania
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Mount Kilimanjaro
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Arusha
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Serengeti National Park
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Big 5 Safari
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Uganda
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Gorilla Tracking
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Golden Monkeys
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Trekking to Mountain Gorillas
Day 1
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and connect with your light aircraft flight to your safari camp in the great Serengeti (meaning 'Endless Plains').
 
Here you will be met and transferred to your lodge in this vast national park, with amazing Big Five game viewing along the way.
 
Serengeti National Park and adjacent Ndutu Plains is a World Heritage site that hosts the largest overland wildlife migration in the world. Each October over two million wildebeest, accompanied by huge herds of zebra and gazelle, travel over 500 miles as they journey southwards from the open plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and across the hills of the eastern Serengeti to graze on the rich grasses of the southern Ndutu plains. Here calving occurs between January and March, when over a period of a few short weeks they all give birth simultaneously to over 500,000 young - a truly spectacular sight. Depending upon the rains, around April the great migration starts once again, as these animals move northwards crossing the treacherous Grumeti River in the western corridor and the Mara River in search of sweet new grasses once again.
Days 2 To 4
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Serengeti National Park and adjacent concessions - one of the greatest wildlife conservation areas in the world.
 
At over 12,000 square mile (30,000 sq km), this vast game park is the size of Belgium and 20 times larger than the neighbouring Masa Mara reserve in Kenya, which it adjoins to form an enormous wilderness area through which animals can freely migrate, unrestriced by any fences. Lying between Lake Victoria to the west, Lake Eyasi to the south, the Great Rift Valley to the east and the Masai Mara to the north, the landscape of the Serengeti varies enormously - from the endless open grassy plains of the south, to savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly wooded grasslands to the north and dense woodlands and clay pans to the west. All of this is interspersed with many small rivers, lakes and wetlands.
 
With more than 70 large mammals and over 500 other animal species, including great herds of wildebeest and zebra and the largest number of lions in Africa, outstanding game viewing is guaranteed on a scale only seen in East Africa. All the Big Five can be found here - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, waterbuck, porcupine, jackal, serval, ostrich, eland, impala, did-dik, Bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, hyrax, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles, dwarf mongoose and so much more. As predators are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when game viewing is usually the most rewarding.
 
Bird watching is also outstanding, with over 600 different recorded species. You can hope to see the Kori bustard which is the largest flying bird in Africa, the majestic Secretary bird, Maribou stork, Southern ground hornbill, White-headed vulture, African hoopoe, Fischer's lovebird, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed weaver, as well as many different bee-eaters, owls, swallows, chats, cuckoos, eagles, kestrels, falcons and other raptors.
Day 5
This morning transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight from the plains of the Serengeti to Kigali in Rwanda.
 
You will be met at Kigali Airport and transferred 4.5-hours through the beautifully terraced hills and rapidly changing landscapes of Rwanda, and across the border into Uganda to your lodge, situated near the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
 
This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and is home to over 50% of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas. It is also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa with 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species, chameleons, geckos and much other endangered wildlife. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
 
Note: As you will be flying in a light aircraft you must pack soft sports bags only, as rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods. A baggage allowance of 15 kg (which includes your hand luggage) is strictly enforced for safety reasons.
Day 6
This morning we enter Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
 
This dense equatorial rainforest is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different floral species.
 
After walking (or driving up to 1.5-hours) to your specified gate, rangers will allocate you to a small group of up to 8 people - with each gorilla family graded as a short, medium or long hike, based on their location the previous day. We recommend you ask your guide to request the appropriate category for you, although this cannot be guaranteed as the gorillas may have moved significantly overnight.
 
After a briefing, you will then track a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by two rangers - one at the front and one at the back. The group will walk at the speed of the slowest member, so it is important to proceed at your own pace and enjoy the experience. We strongly recommend hiring a local porter at a cost of around $15 per person, as not only is this an important source of local employment, but they will carry your backpacks and give you a hand up (or a push) where necessary. Expect to walk 1 to 4-hours each way in steep, sometimes muddy and dense tropical jungle conditions to view a family of these enormous primates and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed.
 
You must take a copy of your passport with you today, as this will be required to trek. You must be over the age of 15 years to track gorillas and be sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with your lodge and carry sufficient water in your backpack (at least 2 litres). You should wear long trousers, long sleeved top, long socks (tucked into your trousers to keep out biting ants), proper walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Start off wearing a light fleece, as it is cold in the forest in the morning and pack proper rain gear, including a rain jacket and waterproof trousers, as it can rain at any time. A walking stick to help with the steep ascents will be provided if you don’t have your own.
 
You cannot be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 7 metres. No flash photography is allowed and no touching the gorillas (although they may decide to touch you)!
Day 7
At leisure to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with your guide.
 
It is possible to participate in another optional gorilla trek today, but this must be booked in advance as gorilla permits are strictly limited.
 
Other optional activities include a Community Village Walk where you can learn more about the local inhabitants, as well as meet the forest-dwelling Batwa Pygmies. You can also enjoy a guided walk to a waterfall in the rainforest, where you can see endemic birds, butterflies and plants.
Day 8
This morning we travel 1.5-hours to Mount Mgahinga National Park for a guided nature walk to observe rare Golden Monkeys and other primates. These rainforests are home to 670 bird species, so superb bird watching is also assured.
 
Afterward we continue 3.5-hours across the border into Rwanda and on to Kigali Airport for your flight home.
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