Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Experience Uganda for 9 Days
Meet eye to eye with the amazing gorillas and chimpanzees of Uganda in their natural habitat, one of Africa’s major highlights. This close encounter with these amazing apes is simply breathtaking, also get a close encounter with other diverse African wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and amazing culture and if you are a keen Birder, this is the place to be. Experience the wonder of the world’s renowned Murchison Falls as it squeezes through the narrow gorge.
This Safari gives one a chance to explore four of the best of Uganda’s spectacular diversity of wildlife and nature.
Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Experience Uganda for 9 Days
Day 1: Murchison Falls National park
Drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park via the Rhino Sanctuary where you will have an opportunity to trek Rhinos. There are 15 Rhinos that were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and a half hours. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon.
Day 2: Game Drive and Boat Ride on the Nile
Early in the morning go for a game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. High chances of spotting elephants, lions, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reedbuck, hyena, and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return for lunch then go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just a few meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck, and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican be-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls, where you will have an amazing view of the falls!
Day 3: Departure for Kibale Forest National Park
Morning breakfast then begins your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through the verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms, and Tea Estates. You will have a stopover for lunch en-route. You will arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon. Check-in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking
After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represents Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. After lunch, head to Bigodi for an afternoon swamp walk. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq -km Magombe Swamp that’s home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler, and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked angabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Take you through the game park where you might spot some animals. Upon arriving at your lodge, you will enjoy a hot lunch and later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing.
Day 6: Wildlife Game Drive
Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes, and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as the backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi, and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings! Afternoon visits the bat and hunter’s cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python, and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species, etc. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Tree Climbing Lions the Depart for Bwindi; Home of Gorillas
A morning game drives through the Ishasha plains for your final visit to the lions and other wildlife before heading out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to Bwindi. The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight.
Day 8: Gorilla Trekking Experience
Breakfast then depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play, and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest, and discover their natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before sloping down back to your lodge.
Day 9: Departure
Return Journey to Kampala or Entebbe with lots of experiences and lifelong memories.
Terms & Conditions
These terms and conditions govern the contract between the individual(s) purchasing the travel event services (hereafter “the client(s)”) and Across the Wild Safaris Ltd (hereafter “the company”) to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions, save for those implied by law. No variation to these terms and conditions shall be valid unless given in writing and signed by the client and the company director
2) Acceptance of booking
The person (“head of group”) who signifies his/her acceptance of a booking does so on behalf of persons under his/her authority, which means that all group members are equally bound by these terms and conditions.
3) Subject of these terms
All offers, estimations or quotations provided by or bookings made with the company are subject to these terms.
To secure a booking, a non-refundable deposit is required which shall be the sum of 30% of the land arrangement costs, plus the full amount for the gorilla permits (US$ 600 per permit), the chimpanzee permits (US$ 150), and all air tickets (if needed) for each person in the group.
5) Full payment
The full amount owed by the client to the company shall be payable not less than three weeks prior to the date of departure. If the full amount is not paid in due time, the company reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled. The company will not be held responsible for price changes or over- bookings in the time between booking and receiving the deposit. Bookings made within three weeks of the departure date must be paid in full immediately. Payments can be made by bank transfer to the company bank account in Uganda. Transfer costs are to be paid by the client(s).
6) Alterations made by Client(s)
The company shall try to accommodate any reasonable changes the client wishes to make to the event. Alterations and amendment requests should be made with the company and not with end suppliers. And such requests should be made in writing to the company by the group head. These changes shall not be deemed accepted until confirmed in writing by the company. If the client wishes
to increase or decrease the number of persons participating in the event, this may be done up to five weeks prior to the date upon which your event is due to start without additional charge. All amendments made after that date will incur an administration charge of US$ 50.00 per person. The company cannot guarantee that the change to the price will be pro-rata, but will instead depend upon the arrangements the company is able to make with its suppliers. Subject to the company’s written agreement, the client may transfer a booking to a person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the event.
7) Alterations made by Across the Wild Safaris Ltd.
When requested accommodation is fully booked or otherwise unavailable, the company reserves the right to change the accommodation to an accommodation of the same standard in the same area. This change must be communicated to the client.
8) Fare increases
Fare increases may occur due to any increase in airline tariffs, fuel costs, game reserve fees, or fluctuation of exchange rates. The company reserves the right to modify the fare and add a surcharge. Should any clients refuse to accept and pay such surcharge, the company reserves the right to cancel the tour and retain full payment.
9) Client Responsibility
The client acknowledges that it is solely his/her responsibility to ensure that he/she is in possession of the necessary travel documents that may be required in respect of the proposed tour and itinerary as well as all health and other certificates that may be required.
10) Special Requests
Clients who have special requests must specify such requests to the company in the booking reservation form. Whilst the company will always endeavor to accommodate such requests, it does not guarantee that it will always be possible.
1) Cancellation by client(s)
The cancellation of a booking by the client must be made in writing and signed from the group head. The amount of the cancellation fee is calculated according to the date on which the company receives written cancellation notice:
- Between 4 weeks and 25 days before the departure date, the cancellation fee is 30% of the land arrangement plus the full cost of gorilla permits, chimpanzee permits and flight portions.
- 24 to 14 days before the departure date, the cancellation fee is 75% of the total cost of the booking plus the full cost of gorilla permits, chimpanzee permits and flight portions.
- 13 to 7 days before the departure date, the cancellation fee is 90% of the total cost of the booking plus the costs of gorilla permits, chimpanzee permits and flight portions.
- Within 1 week of the departure date, the cancellation fee is 100%.
- Cancellation before the deposit has been made will not incur any fees.
Cancellation, medical and repatriation insurance is compulsory for all Across the Wild Safaris Ltd events, and it is the client’s responsibility to arrange such insurance through the client’s broker. It is strongly recommended that clients also take out insurance to cover emergency travel and accommodation, lost baggage and any other cover the clients deems fit. Other than compulsory insurance, the decision of which insurance cover he/she obtains is solely the responsibility of the client.
2) Cancellation by Across the Wild Safaris Ltd.
The company reserves the right to cancel the event or any part of it for any of the following reasons:
- If the company or its supplier(s) regard adverse weather conditions or other safety concerns as unacceptable and which cannot reasonably be overcome.
- If the company reasonably believes that you may cause harm or damage to its reputation or to the reputation of its suppliers or to property belonging to its suppliers.
- If a company supplier or suppliers is/are unable to host the event for any reason.
- If changes you wish to make to the booking mean it is uneconomical or impractical to hold the event.
Should the company cancel an event, it shall be rescheduled to a mutually convenient date, or a refund shall be provided to the client.
Save as above, the company shall be under no further liability to the client for cancellation of the event or any part of it. If, due to reasons beyond our control, an event is unable to take place due (but not limited) to the closure of premises, the ceasing of trading, or a change in supplier’s management, the company will provide the client with an alternative event and if this does not prove possible, shall refund the cost of the event.
3) Cancellation of clients joining a group
If one or more clients of a larger private group cancel a trip, they will be charged their part of the shared costs for that group trip, so that the rest of the group will not face any price increase. This amount is in addition to the general cancellation fees (as listed in section 1).
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