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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Holidays and Primate Tours Chimpanzees

Gorillas of Uganda - Camping Tour


7YU8Ec
8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This overland safari tour visits Uganda to track the severely endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, camping overnight in dome tents. The tour also visits Murchison Falls National Park, where you track chimps & enjoy a boat ride on the Nile River Channel. Travel by rugged overland truck with dome tents, camping equipment, gorilla & chimp permits included. Group size 4 to 18.
Overland Gorilla Tours Uganda Safari Murchison Falls National Park
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Kampala
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Murchison Falls Park
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Chimp Tracking
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Game Viewing
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Boat Ride on Nile
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Lake Bunyonyi
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Bwindi Impentrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Pygmies
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Rhino Sanctuary
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Kampala
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Murchison Falls Park
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Chimp Tracking
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Game Viewing
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Boat Ride on Nile
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Lake Bunyonyi
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Bwindi Impentrable Forest
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Gorilla Tracking
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Pygmies
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Rhino Sanctuary
Day 1
You will be met at Entebbe Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in Kampala.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue African skies.
Day 2
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala and transferred to the departure point for your group adventure tour, travelling in a rugged 4x4 truck.
 
We then travel 8-hours to Murchison Falls National Park. This verdant reserve was favoured by Winston Churchill, who called Uganda the "Pearl of Africa".
 
This wildlife-rich game sanctuary is situated on the banks of the River Nile, downstream from the famous waterfalls after which it was named. It is the premier game reserve in Uganda and one of the best wildlife conservation areas in the whole of Africa. After settling into your accommodation, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.
 
A dome tent & camping mattress are provided, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow & towel. You will be expected to erect your tent, which is easy to master. All meals whilst on tour are included and are prepared & served from the overland vehicle except for specified optional dinners in cities. Alcohol is not included. Facilities at campsites generally include shared ablutions & hot shower, except where bush camping is specified. Truck lockers are 30 x 80cm, so please use soft bags that will fit (but there is no weight restriction). Please be aware that accommodation sometimes has to be substituted for operational reasons.
 
Average group size is 14 people (with minimum of 4 and maximum of 18). On camping tours the average age is 30 years, with a range from 18 to 55 although this does vary by tour. If over 65 years, you need a doctors letter that you are sufficiently fit for overland travel. Teens aged 16 to 18 years are on request and must travel with an adult.
 
Day 3
This morning enjoy chimp tracking in Budonga Forest, the largest mahogany forest in East Africa, as we search in the high forest canopy for these intelligent primates that are our closest relatives.
 
Tracking a noisy chimp family is a thrilling experience and is best when they come down from the trees onto the forest floor to forage. The chimps are very mobile, so viewing can be quite unpredictable, but the walk itself is enchanting. This forest also has a wide variety of bird life.
 
In the afternoon enjoy game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park and a boat ride on the Nile River.
 
Note: Chimp tracking is limited to small groups, so our group may be spilt into two - with half doing the game drive in the morning and the chimp tracking in the afternoon (and visa versa). Please be aware that the chimpanzees move a lot - sometimes far into the dense forest - so wear good walking shoes and expect to walk a lot today (up to 3 hours). Don’t forget your binoculars, as if the chimps don't come down from the trees you will need these.
Day 4
This morning we depart from Murchison Falls and return to Kampala.
 
Along the way we stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda, where you can enjoy an included rhino walk, before continuing to Uganda's capital city.
 
Note: Optional dinner in Kampala.
Day 5
Another full day on the road today as we travel 12-hours to Lake Bunyonyi - meaning "Place of Many Little Birds" and the second deepest lake in the Great Rift Valley.
 
Lake Bunyonyi is a small but attractive lake, with steep sides and abundant birdlife. Ringed by mountains, the lake is best known for its dense otter population and stunning scenery. As the lake  is free of bilharzia, it is safe for swimming.
Day 6
Rise early today to travel 2.5-hours to 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.
 
As gorilla permits are extremely limited, we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. At your specified gate, rangers will allocate you to a small group of up to 8 people. After a briefing, you will track a family of endangered Mountain Gorillas, accompanied by two guides - 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 on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi - giving us flexibility to change the date of our gorilla trekking in need.
 
We will also visit Nyombi - a Pygmy Village reached by motor boat from your resort. Here you will have the opportunity to learn more about the culture of these forest dwelling people.
Day 8
Today we return 7-hours from beautiful Lake Bunyonyi to the bustling city of Kampala - crossing the equator along the way.
 
On arrival check into your hotel and relax in your warm surroundings.
 
Note: Optional dinner out in Kampala.
Day 9
Transfer 1.5-hours to Entebbe Airport for your flight home.
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