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    $1450 p/p in USD
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Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

The safari highlights the beautiful national park of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you experience an incredible mountain gorilla trekking adventure. Once the gorilla family are sighted, spend a memorable hour watching them. Afterwards transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation on this beautiful lake where you can swim and explore by boat or canoe.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Lake Bunyonyi
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Canoe, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kampala or Entebbe

Highlights

  • See the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Enjoy the silence and beautiful landscape in Uganda’s most beautiful lake, Lake Bunyonyi
  • Visit the local people and experience their local way of living
  • Visit traditional healers village
  • Community experience at a school for orphans – optional
  • Tour starts and ends Kampala/Entebbe

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost!
  • Lodging mentioned in the itinerary depends on availability of rooms available at the time of booking. Reservations will only be made after your confirmed booking with us.
  • At the time of booking in the event that the listed hotel is fully booked or room unavailable, we will do our best to inform you and book a similar hotel of the same class available.

Important Notes

To go on a gorilla trek, you need a gorilla permit/license which we can arrange for you.  We can only purchase your Gorilla permit after you have made a down-payment to us. Gorilla permits are competitive on a daily basis, advance booking is always preferred.

Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Bwindi and or Mgahinga national parks. Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.

  • Gorilla trekking can be strenuous activity and Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  • What to bring: Hiking shoes/walking shoes, long socks to tuck-in long pants , rain wear, warm clothing, evenings can be cold/chilly, gloves preferably gardening type are very helpful and  insect repellant.
  • Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  • While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and
  • Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour, you are kindly requested to practice different modes of using your camera in different light situations. Gorillas can sometimes be moving, Forest vegetation can at times obstruct visibility, and hence taking photos of these creatures can be very challenging!

Transport:
Our standard offering is a 4WD with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing.  All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions.

Extension:
If you want to extend your tour to one of our other destinations or if you’d like to add a few side trips to the itinerary, kindly let us know.

Difficulty:
Gorilla trekking takes place at altitudes 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) above sea level. This means that moderate/average physical fitness is required. The slowest member will determine the groups’ speed. The pace will be moderate, with plenty stops to rest, ask questions, re-hydrate and enjoy the forest and views.

Booking and payment details:
Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need  to contact us for booking form  which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc.

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1450 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation in self-contained rooms
  • Full Board (dinner, breakfast, packed lunch on tracking date as per itinerary)
  • 4×4 transport
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Activities as indicated on itinerary

What's Excluded

  • Air ticket & visas
  • Tips to guides
  • Any meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Drinks, tips, items of personal nature
  • Optional activities

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Chigo Tours
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Chigo Tours‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Early in the morning after breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the guesthouse/hotel and then leave for the south west of Uganda. You will have a lunch stop in Mbarara and from here we continue the journey through Kabale District passing villages, cultivated farms and hills before reaching Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is about 330 sq kms with spectacular scenery, impressive forest views and hilly and mountainous landscape. At an elevation between 1160 to 2607 m (3806 to 8553 ft) rains can shower anytime in Bwindi Forest so it is recommended that visitors pack rain wear, waterproof clothing and appropriate hiking shoes to wear during gorilla tracking or forest walks. Daytime temperatures range from 23C/73F at times dropping to as low as 11C/52F.

There are 15 gorilla families which have been habituated for gorilla viewing, all of which can be accessed from specific locations/sectors of the forest. Eight people are permitted to view a single family per day. To trek gorillas you need a gorilla permit/license which are booked by location not by the name of a gorilla family.

Please note the choice of lodging will be determined by location of gorilla family available at time of booking

Mid range: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge ( B,L,D)
Budget: Trekkers Tervan Cottages/Ride4woman (B,D)

Today our guide will pick you up from your lodge at 7.30am for the transfer to the park gate (5-10 minutes). Pre-tracking orientation starts at 8:00 am. Trekking through the thick jungle, traversing canopies of thick undergrowth can be tough, wet, strenuous but not impossible – the tracking can last from as little as 45 minutes to as much as 10 hours. The activity depends on location of gorillas the previous day. Visitors will have a packed lunch and water, should be equipped with strong water-proof clothing and must be averagely fit and healthy.

After gorilla tracking we can drive 2.5 hours to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and overnight by the lake.

Optional activities at Lake Bunyonyi

  1. Boat ride to Punishment Island. Look out for “akampene”,  Punishment Island, where until 1940’s unmarried pregnant girls were dropped and left to die helplessly or starve to death, some drowning trying to swim ashore; they were often saved my poor men who could not afford bride price. It was a taboo to be pregnant before the recommended marriage age ($15 per person).
  2. Boat ride to traditional healer’s village. Experience how traditional African medicine is integrated into modern medicine. The healer not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants if time ($40 per person).
  3. Hiking to  view the islands of Lake Bunyonyi ($10 per person).
  4. Self canoeing ($5).
  5. Guided canoeing ($18), takes 1 hour.
  6. High ropes course and zip lining, ($30 per person), takes 1.5 to 2hrs.
  7. Lake Bunyonyi is a known to be a place of so many little small birds. It’s possible to have an early morning guided bird watching, learn about common bird species of the lake ($20 per person).

After breakfast, set off on the drive back to Kampala, which takes 6-8 hours. Drop off in Kampala.

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