AVU005 – 3 DAYS UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a home of man’s closest relatives the giant mountain gorillas. This tour provides a thrilling and memorable experience when you en counter a sliver back pounding its chest and the baby gorillas hiding behind female gorillas. A time spent in the jungle tracking the giant mountain gorillas is worth all the effort. Bwindi being a tropical rain forest provides an amazing experience to nature lovers and the beautiful and hospitable local community who exhibit their culture values…

TOUR HIGH LIGHTS

Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 2: Gorilla tracking

Day 3: Return back to Kampala

DETAILED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After early breakfast, start on your long drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will have a brief stop over at the Equator for a photographic opportunity and also listen to some interesting experience of water turning clockwise at the equator.

The drive will take you through the grasslands of Ankole. Further west, you will enjoy the famous long horned cattle before proceeding to the highlands of Kigezi. Visitors usually refer to the beautifully terraced hills in this part of Uganda as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Stop for lunch in Mbarara. Continue the journey throughout the beautiful scenery. Arrive in Bwindi National park (home of the rare mountain gorillas) in the evening.

Apart from Gorillas, a more variety of primates are found in this dense natural forest. They include the red and blue tailed monkeys, colubus and velvet monkeys. This bushy and green forest has a number of streams running through it with Munyaga river being the biggest.

Accommodation:

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Mahogany Springs (Luxury),
Gorilla Mist Camp or Silver Back Lodge (Mid-range)
Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas (Basic)
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: About 8-10 Hours

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Gorilla Forest

After an early breakfast, you walk to the park offices for briefing by your guides. You will then set off to your expedition. The thrill of your encounter in this natural forest will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet.

The time you take to find gorillas will depend on the movement of these gentle giants.
Visitors spend one hour with the gorillas watching them go about with their activities. You are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in delightfully playful display.

After your memorable time with the gorillas, you will return to your camp exhilarated but very excited! You will relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Have dinner and over night. Or Should you have the energy, you will go for a village walk, see how Ugandans live, visit the local medicine man!

Accommodation:

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Mahogany Springs (Luxury),
Gorilla Mist Camp or Silver Back Lodge (Mid-range)
Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board
Trekking Time: Unpredictable

Day 3: Return Trip to Kampala
Have an early breakfast and return to Kampala, taking a different route to enjoy the different scenery in the different parts of the country. Make a brief stop over at Mpambire drum makers or at some crafts display center along the road for souvenirs.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Travel Time: about 8-10 Hours

End of Uganda Gorilla Safari (3 days)

The Safari Package Covers:

Gorilla Permit.
Cultural entertainment
Park Ranger Fees
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (2 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Airfares
Visa Fees
Personal Insurance
Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$)

Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and night after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 135 for a single room; USD 150 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Basic – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)