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Gorillas Galore

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,953

Trek into a shrinking African wilderness, home to the Mountain Gorilla.


This 6-day excursion takes you from Uganda to Rwanda, through the habitat of one of Africa’s most beautiful creatures, the Mountain Gorilla.

Touch down in Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria. Time allowing, you can get your wildlife viewing underway at a Chimpanzee sanctuary before meeting some of the locals. Fly on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where the drive to your lodge takes you through local villages for a glimpse of everyday life. The Forest itself is an incredible region supporting over 120 mammal, 345 bird and 200 butterfly species, so some memorable wildlife sightings are assured. You’ll have to work to find the gorillas though, which is why you’ll spend a full day trekking into their habitat. Less than a thousand Mountain Gorillas are thought to remain in the wild. In their native habitat, you’ll find them happily living in family groups. You’ll have an opportunity to observe their natural behaviour from just metres away.

Driving on through spectacular scenery, cross into Rwanda for your next gorilla adventure. Or if you prefer, you can instead visit the Golden Monkeys that inhabit this region. Should you opt for a second gorilla trek however, you’ll journey into the Virungas Mountains, a spectacular backdrop to your encounter. Go on to Kigali before you depart.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,953

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Day 1

Arrive Entebbe

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by a Goway representative and transferred to your accommodation.

Depending on your arrival time, a half day trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary can be arranged at an additional cost. Other options include the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe, where there are a variety of visitors' programs including behind the scenes 'work' with the animals.
Entebbe is a small, quiet town located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is easy to explore on foot or local transport on motorbikes known as "boda bodas" or local taxis. Entebbe as a wide variety of restaurants serving many different cuisines as well as several bars and clubs where you can sample the local beer, catch a game of football and chat with the local Ugandans, known for their open and friendly nature.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Boma Lodge

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    Boma Lodge


    The Boma Lodge is set in a leafy suburb, a few minutes' drive from Entebbe International Airport and is ideal for stopovers. The Boma Lodge consists of fifteen bedrooms all of which combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of ...

    The Boma Lodge is set in a leafy suburb, a few minutes' drive from Entebbe International Airport and is ideal for stopovers. The Boma Lodge consists of fifteen bedrooms all of which combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of the original 1940's home. All the rooms are individually decorated in a mixture of African and European decor, and have been designed to reflect the original colonial architecture. The rooms do vary, but most include four-poster beds with mosquito nets, private verandah, ensuite bathroom, satellite TV, international power points, safes and wireless internet connection. A residents' and diners' bar set in landscaped gardens with lake views provide a charming and relaxed "country house" experience.

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Day 2

Entebbe to Bwindi

Depart your lodge, for the short drive to the Entebbe domestic airport for your scheduled flight to Kihihi airstrip, near Bwindi/Queen Elizabeth National parks. The flight takes just over an hour (depending on the plane used) and on arrival you will be met by a Goway representative and driven to Buhoma Lodge, located at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The drive to the lodge is through local villages and mountain roads - lovely scenery and very interesting en route!

Other activities that can be enjoyed in and around the park include forest walks, visits to a local school or orphanage or Batwa pygmy village, and curio shopping (additional costs).

Bwindi National Park, located in south western Uganda on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, is considered the most diverse forest in Uganda. The area, one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa, where lowland and mountain habitats meet, contains a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, and shrubs. Home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies, and 160 species of trees, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa. The park contains almost one half of the world's population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site. Bwindi is also home to several endangered bird species with very limited ranges, and acts as an important catchment area for many rivers, supplying water for agriculture in the surrounding region.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Buhoma Lodge

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    Buhoma Lodge



    Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. Situated within the National Park, less than five minutes' walk, from the start of the gorilla trekking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been ...

    Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. Situated within the National Park, less than five minutes' walk, from the start of the gorilla trekking point. Eight, comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day's activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.

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Day 3

Gorilla Trekking

Following breakfast at the lodge, you will walk down to National Park Headquarters to meet your guides for the day and begin your gorilla tracking experience. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the mountain slopes. The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is abundantly rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within meters of these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Mountain gorillas are extremely rare with only an estimated 850 remaining in the wild. This is an experience you won't soon forget! Some of the gorilla families are located in an area which you will need to travel to by vehicle, but don't worry - we will transport you there!

Following the trek, return to your accommodation and, if time allows, take a guided afternoon forest or community walk.

Please note: tracking may be fairly strenuous with treks up to six hours or longer, at high altitudes, not uncommon. Also, mountain gorillas are wild animals and, as such, sightings cannot be guaranteed. However viewing success rates are over 95%.

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Day 4

Depart Uganda for Rwanda

Depart Bwindi and drive to the border, by the bustling town of Kisoro, to enter Rwanda. The drive is long, but very beautiful - passing through the highlands of Uganda, amazing mountains, villages, over streams and through forests. Arrive Rwanda, and check into your lodge for the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Gorilla Mountain View Lodge

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    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga ...

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.

    The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes' drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.

    Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the ecolodge was constructed with locally available material.

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Day 5

Gorilla Trekking

This morning you will be transferred to the Head Quarters for gorilla trekking in Rwanda. You will have the opportunity to do a second gorilla trek, however, if you opt to rather do a golden monkey walk - it's an alternative activity. Chosen activity to be done at time of booking.

In Rwanda you will be allocated a gorilla family to visit, all of which reside in the picturesque Virungas Mountains - this range of volcanic mountains stand 'sentry' along the border and are very impressive. The trekking is generally quite comfortable in terms of the topography of the region - a gradual incline to where the gorillas live. Return your lodge at the end of your gorilla experience to relax.

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Day 6

Depart Rwanda

This morning you will be driven to Kigali, with lots to see along the way. Rwanda is often referred to as the Land of a 1000 Hills, and the scenery is incredible. Kigali is a bustling African city - a mix of modern and traditional. Option of visiting the Genocide Museum, Churches or simply enjoy city life. (Museum entry fees not included). Lunch/dinner on your own account today. Transfer to the airport for your outward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic airfare from Entebbe to Kihihi on a scheduled flight
  • 4x4 transport with English speaking local driver/guide 
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itineray
  • Bottled water in safari vehicle
  • All park entrance fees
  • Full liability insurance cover
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Gorilla Permit of USD600 Bwindi & USD 750 Rwanda – must be pre-booked/prepaid

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

Yellow fever & malaria prophylactics are required.

For gorilla trekking it is imperative that you are healthy and free of any disease or virus – officials do have the right to refuse entry if you are found to have or show any signs of communicable illnesses.

Should you opt to spend time participating in the UWEC Wildlife Integration programmes, you may require additional inoculations and health clearances. Please enquire at the time of booking. These activities must be booked well in advance.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. 

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31 May 2018
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