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5 DAYS BWINDI GORILLA TRACKING IN UGANDA
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an amazing place which is home to great giant apes, the Mountain Gorillas. These apes can only be found in Uganda and 2 other countries globally. These threatened animals can best be tracked from nowhere else but Uganda, which is home to over 50% of the remaining world population. Bwindi offers the best place for this unique experience that fulfills all the efforts you go through while tracking these animals in their wild habitant when you encounter these human brothers of the wild.
Bwindi lies in southwestern Uganda with mist-covered hillsides, as one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests as the name insinuates to be impenetrable. This forest dates back over 25,000 years and is home to almost 400 species of plants. Its fame is derived from being home to an estimated over 320 mountain gorillas, which is more than half of the world’s population. Other 120 mammal species are also present including baboons and chimpanzees, elephants and antelopes etc. It is also home to around 350 species of birds.
DAY 1: Arrival to Uganda.
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be received and welcomed by our representative, after which you will be taken to your hotel at 2 Friends Beach Hotel (Mid-range) or Lake Victoria Serena Entebbe (Luxury), where you will spend your first night in preparation for the start of the trip.
Day 2: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable via Mbarara
After an early breakfast at your Hotel, you will be picked by your driver and briefed about your trip. You will kick-off your trip, driving southwards to Bwindi National Park. You will have stopover at the Equator to have a feel of being at 0 Latitude, when you neither belong to the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, and then a lunch stop-over will be in Mbarara at Igongo cultural centre in Ankole region. You will see the typical acacia savannah and the terraced hills, where the people rear the Ankole cattle with long horns. The transfer is long, about 8 hours. You will arrive in the evening and check into your Lodge. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury) or Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range). Meal plan isFull Board
Day 3: Gorilla tracking in the tropical forest of Bwindi
After an early breakfast, you will go for a briefing from the guides of Uganda Wildlife Authority, and thenset off for the gorilla tracking in the forest. The activity starts at 8.00am and you join the other visitors according to the distribution of the gorilla families, only eight per family each day. You will need packed lunch and enough drinking water, which we shall provide for you.
You will also need rain jacket in case of rain and trekking boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. If you are not sure of your fitness you might hire a porter and pay him a tip to help you carry the bag. It is unpredictable how long it will take to find the primates as they freely move in the forest. However the encounter with the Gorillas, lasting for about one hour, undoubtedly, is a rewarding experience and an unforgettable one. After the trekking you go back to the lodge at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury) or Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range). Meal plan is Full Board
Day 4: Transfer from Bwindi – Entebbe
After breakfast, your return leg to Kampala starts at leisure. Lunch enroute in Mbarara town. Have an overnight stay at 2 Friends Beach Hotel (Mid-range) or Lake Victoria Serena Entebbe (Luxury), as you prepare for your return flight the following day.
Day 5: Departure
This day is reserved for your return flight from Entebbe. After your breakfast, you will be picked by your driver and transferred to the airport to catch your return flight. This marks the end of the safari.
- 1 Extra night in Lake Bunyonyi
- 1 Extra night at Lake Mburo National Park
The costquoted includes:
Airport transfers, Gorilla permit, ground transportation in 4 wheel tourist vehicles with internet access on board that makes you stay connected to family and friends, Binoculars for field guidance, Full board (FB) accommodation excluding drinks, Driver/Guide, park or destination Entrance fees, plus all the activities involved, government taxes and drinking Water on board.
The quoted cost does not include:
Flight ticket, Tourist insurance, Entrance visas, Money for tips, beverages, and anything of personal Nature.
The grand total cost for this proposed package shall be as shown below:
- The total costwith Mid-range accommodation = 4445.00USD PER PERSON
- The total cost with Luxury accommodation =4826.00 USD PER PERSON
- Please note that if the number of people increases, the unit cost would be less than this since some costs would be shared
- Please note also that this is still a proposal for you to consider. It can still be customized according to your preferences and depending on the planned budget and duration of stay. We can therefore still customize it after receiving your feedback.
- This package accommodation considered is a luxury and mid-range facility, from which you can choose which option, is preferred.
- Please note that this quotation has been prepared basing on this year’s rates for accommodation and park service. However if this trip is to be done next year, there might be changes in the rates since these rates are set annually. If the change is significant, we shall communicate as soon as we get to know. Please note that this may affect the quotation.