5 Days New Gorilla Explorer

Tour Details

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Departure: On request
Pick-ups: Kampala
Drop-off: Kampala
Prices: Available on request
Options: Standard Version
Inclusive: Vehicle Fuel Qualified professional Driverguide = 1 Person
Accommodation
Accommodation & Meals for the Guide
Meals (as per itinerary)
Park entrance fees as per itinerary
Activities as indicated in the itinerary
Water on board
Porterage
Passenger Liability'
15% VAT
2% Tourism Levy
Exclusive All expenses of personal nature
Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals not mentioned above
Drinks at lodges and on road
All optional excursions and activities
Airport transfers
Tips for tour guides
International flights and airport taxes
Items not mentioned in the itinerary

Our tour proposal is subject to availability.

Highlights: This tour will enable you to experience Gorillas, wildlife and scenery!

 


 

Itinerary:

01 Day / Kampala - Lake Mburo National park

Drive south westwards and stop at the Mpigi Drum Makers. watch as they make drums using traditional methods. Have another stop at the equator for photographs and souvenirs. Drive by local communities and the rolling plains of Ankole.

Continue on to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for an afternoon boat ride.

Lake Mburo National Park (LMNP) is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and colour. LMNP contains an extensive area of wetland. The park harbours several species of mammals including zebras, impalas, elands, topi and buffaloes. Its sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lakeshores has a varied mosaic of habitats: forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamps which all support a wealth of wildlife. The park is only 370sq km and the smallest of Uganda's savannah national parks. Its mosaic habitat: dry hillside, rocky outcrops, bushes, thickets, open and wooded savannahs, forests, lakes and swamps are home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals.

Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge. B,L,D

 


 

02 Day / Lake Mburo National Park

Bwindi Gorilla Early morning game drive and enjoy the rich biodiversity including large herds of zebra, impala, gigantic eland, topis and a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast and transfer to Bwindi Forest National park, a home of half of the world's mountain Gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in south western Uganda, on the edge of the Western Rift Valley (Albertine rift) and is shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. It is 331 sq km in size and on an altitude range of 1,160 metres (Ishasha gorge) to 2,607 metres (Rwamanyonyi Peak). The annual average temperature range is 7 ºC - 20 ºC.

Species Diversity: Bwindi is home to 326 gorillas, almost a half of the world's population of mountain gorillas. There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. This afromontane forest has dense under storey of fern, vines and shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here, 10 of which occur nowhere else in Uganda.

Bird Watching: Bwindi is the bird watchers haven! It holds 346 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa and seven IUCN red data listed species. An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day! Visit Ruhija and Buhoma for this dream. Indicate your interest to the Park Management so that appropriate early morning departures can be arranged.

Dinner and overnight at Mahogany Springs. B,L,D

 


 

03 Day / Departure

Leave Bwindi Forest for the hour long drive to Kihihi Airstrip to take the flight back to Entebbe which departs at 10.55hrs and arrives at 11.55hrs.

 


 

03 Day / Bwindi - Gorilla tracking

Enter the forest at dawn and enjoy the beauty and freshness of the forest, home to more than half of the world's mountain gorillas. After a short briefing by the guides, proceed through the dense bush to trek for these endangered animals depending on where they built their nest the previous night. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. Observe the gentle giants as they feed and play.

Gorilla Tracking: This is the major activity in Bwindi, with six gorilla groups currently available daily for tourists. Mubare group (10 gorillas, 1 silverback) was opened for tourism in 1993, Habinyanja group (18 gorillas, 1 silverback) opened in July 1999, Rushegura group (10 gorillas, 1 silverback) was opened in July 2002, while Nkuringo group (19 gorillas, 2 silverbacks) was opened for tourism in April 2004. Bitukura group (4 silverbacks, 2 black backs, 3females, 1 juvenile and two infants) was opened up for tourism in 2008.Nshongi group was opened for tourism in 2009 and is believed to be the largest Gorilla family in the world with 31 Gorillas at the moment. Two more families , Mishaya and Oruzogo have been opened up for Gorilla tracking this year. Book at least 6 months (but not more than two years) in advance to ensure that requested dates are available.Gorilla tracking in Bwindi can be challenging, therefore ensure fitness. The tracking experience starts at 8.30 am local time and can last from a few hours to a whole day! Registration at the gate commences at 7.45 am.

What to bring:
Wear jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes and carry a rain jacket because the park is often wet. Put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds. Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellant. Carry a packed lunch.

For conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules apply and must be strictly adhered to: No one with a communicable disease (e.g. flu, diarrhea) is allowed to enter the park. Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, don't surround them. Don't get closer than 7 metres (21 feet) to the gorillas. Don't eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 metres from the gorillas. Turn away from the gorillas if you have to sneeze or cough. Cover your nose and mouth in the process. Burry all human feaces a minimum of one foot deep and ensure that the hole is properly covered. Don't leave litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed off properly. No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas. Don't spit on vegetation or soil when in the park; use your hankie or other garment. Your group must not be more than 8 tourists and must all be over 15 years old

If we have a free afternoon, we shall go for a 3 hour village walk. Take note of the livelihoods of the local communities, visit a traditional herbalist, black smith and a local brewery to see how beer is brewed using local methods. Enjoy the traditional dances offered by the community. If we have time, we can visit Bwindi hospital and see how we can help the local community.

Overnight stay at Mahogany Springs. B,L,D

 


 

04 Day / Bwindi - Lake Bunyonyi

Early morning breakfast and transfer to lake Bunyonyi. Arrive in time for an optional nature walk or a boat ride on the lake.

Overnight stay at Heritage lodge. B,L,D

Heritage Lodge is set in idyllic isolation, on the tranquil waters of Lake Bunyonyi, in Kabale District, Southern Uganda, Ha'Buharo Island invites the traveler whose quest is rest and beauty. The island features self-contained family-size tents on platforms, and cottages, well spread out in to the woods and foliage, preserving the much cherished privacy. In keeping with the environmental significance of the island, the tents and cottages are built almost exclusively of natural materials, and are solar-powered. Running water, flush toilets and hot showers, provide added comfort.

 


 

05 Day / Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala

Have an early breakfast and transfer to Kampala with stop at Igongo Cultural centre. This has got a rich cultural heritage of west and south western Uganda. Have lunch and continue to Kampala. B,L

 




Day Accommodation Meals Activities
Day 1 Mihingo Lodge L,D Afternoon boat ride
Day 2 Mahogany Springs B,L,D Morning game drive
Day 3 Mahogany Springs B,L,D Gorilla tracking
Day 4 Heritage Lodge B,L,D Optional activities
Day 5 Departure B,L Visit Igongo cultural centre en route to airport
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