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7 Days Gorilla Safari , Queen Elizabeth National park and Chimps

Included in this package

 

* Guides
* Safaris and launch trips
* Transport
* Park entrance
* Accommodations and or Camping
* Rangers in the parks
* Tent with mattresses
* Bottled Drinking water
* Chimp walk in Kibale Forest( Where mentioned in the package)
* Bigodi swamp walk( if mentioned in the package)
* All game drives
* Launch trip on the Nile to the Falls( Where mentioned in the package)
* Chimp walk in Budongo Forest(Where mentioned in the package)
* Launch trip on Kazinga Channel
* Full board on the luxury trip

Not included in the price for  most of our safari packages:
* Gorilla permit
* Food (around 150$ total) if not offered in the package
* Beverages like alcohole
* Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
* If camping bring your sleeping bag

Gorilla Permits:
contact us for the current   Gorilla permt(s) prices , we assist our clients in booking and aquiring the permits

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7 Days Gorilla Safari , Queen Elizabeth National park and Chimps

$2,355.00 excl. VAT

Included in this package

 

* Guides
* Safaris and launch trips
* Transport
* Park entrance
* Accommodations and or Camping
* Rangers in the parks
* Tent with mattresses
* Bottled Drinking water
* Chimp walk in Kibale Forest( Where mentioned in the package)
* Bigodi swamp walk( if mentioned in the package)
* All game drives
* Launch trip on the Nile to the Falls( Where mentioned in the package)
* Chimp walk in Budongo Forest(Where mentioned in the package)
* Launch trip on Kazinga Channel
* Full board on the luxury trip

Not included in the price for  most of our safari packages:
* Gorilla permit
* Food (around 150$ total) if not offered in the package
* Beverages like alcohole
* Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
* If camping bring your sleeping bag

Gorilla Permits:
contact us for the current   Gorilla permt(s) prices , we assist our clients in booking and aquiring the permits


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The price for respective groups will cost as quoted in the table below

Particulars

2 pax 

4 pax

6 pax 

8 pax 

Luxury

US$2355

US$ 2180

US$ 2110

US$ 2010

Midrange

US$2210

US$ 2140

US$ 2009

US$ 1850

Budget 

US$2148

US$ 2110

US$ 1890

US$ 1730

 

Queen Elizabeth  National Park

The park lies astride the Equator in the Albertine Rift Valley in south west Uganda, bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west. It is situated between two big lakes: Lake George (NE) and Lake Edward (SW), and the two lakes are joined by the 33 km long Kazinga channel which bisects the park. To the north of the park are the impressive crater lakes and to the south is the Maramagambo forest and Ishasha sector, famous for tree climbing lions. The park has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO hence acknowledging it as a key component in the world's ecosystem. The area covered is 1978 sq km of flat and gentle terrain with many diverse habitats. These habitats are a home to: 95 species of mammals, 600 species of birds, primates, reptiles (crocodiles, rock python, snakes, monitor lizards), amphibians and fish.

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1

Early in the morning we will pick you up from the hotel  and leave for Kibale Forest. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rain forest. Sometimes we stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse, overlooking Nyabikere Crater Lake.The lake is famous for the frogs: at night they always give a beautiful concert.

  • Driving time: ± 6,5 hours
  • Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (eco friendly self-contained tents) or Chimpanzee Guesthouse/Bandas (self-contained) - Both outside the Park)
  • Luxury Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

 Day 2:

Chimp walk

At 8.00am we will start with the 4 hour chimp walk  — during which you may also get to see 10 other kinds of primates. Kibale park is  known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project).

  • Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Guesthouse/Bandas (self-contained tents/Banda's)
  • Luxury Tour: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

 Day 3:

To Queen Elizabeth NP

Early morning we will leave for Queen Elizabeth National park. We  travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National park at about noon, with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. You  check in for accommodation and have lunch, and in the late afternoon (4.00-7.00pm) you are taken for the game drive.

  • Driving time: ± 4,5 hours
  • Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco friendly self-contained tents)
  • Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

 Day 4:

In Queen Elizabeth NP

This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth National park, with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the programme is a two hours launch trip  Kazinga channel where you see all the animals from the waterside. In the evening we  go on a game drive to the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs. The day ends back at Mweya peninsula, enjoying a great view of the park.

  • Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco friendly self-contained tents)
  • Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

 Day 5:

To Kisoro

Early in the morning we will leave for Kisoro. We will travel via Kabale and continue through a beautiful landscape also known as  «Switzerland of Africa»: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay.

In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited the Travellers Rest Hotel many, many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Travellers Rest Hotel is just outside Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for the tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance.

  • Driving time: ± 8 hours
  • Budget Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro
  • Luxury Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (Suite Room)

 Day 6:

Gorilla Tracking

The day of gorilla tracking!
You will travel by car from Travellers Rest Hotel in Kisoro toNkuringo, in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP (1hr). Once there you will first receive a briefing (7.45am) and at 8.30am you will start the tracking. Once you have found the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You are expected  to back at the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended.

  • Budget Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel  Kisoro
  • Luxury Accommodation: Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (Suite Room)

 Day 7:

To Kampala

Early in the morning after breakfast we will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to Kampala you will have lunch in Mbarara town,  after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for a photo shoot, buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. 

We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe — or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

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There are roughly 700 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and nearly half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa. These gorillas live on the green, volcanic slopes of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—areas that have seen much human violence from which the gorillas have not escaped unscathed.

Many conservation initiatives are meant to aid mountain gorillas, and it is believed that their numbers may be steady or slowly increasing. Still they continue to face major threats from habitat loss and poaching.

Mountain gorillas have longer hair and shorter arms than their lowland cousins. They also tend to be a bit larger than other gorillas.

Gorillas can climb trees, but are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals. These troops are organized according to fascinating social structures. Troops are led by one dominant, older adult male, often called a silverback because of the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur. Troops also include several other young males, some females, and their offspring.

The leader organizes troop activities like eating, nesting in leaves, and moving about the group's 0.75-to-16-square-mile (2-to-40-square-kilometer) home range.

Those who challenge this alpha male are apt to be cowed by impressive shows of physical power. He may stand upright, throw things, make aggressive charges, and pound his huge chest while barking out powerful hoots or unleashing a frightening roar. Despite these displays and the animals' obvious physical power, gorillas are generally calm and nonaggressive unless they are disturbed.

In the thick forests of central and west Africa, troops find plentiful food for their vegetarian diet. They eat roots, shoots, fruit, wild celery, and tree bark and pulp.

Female gorillas give birth to one infant after a pregnancy of nearly nine months. Unlike their powerful parents, newborns are tiny—weighing four pounds (two kilograms)—and able only to cling to their mothers' fur. These infants ride on their mothers' backs from the age of four months through the first two or three years of their lives.

Young gorillas, from three to six years old, remind human observers of children. Much of their day is spent in play, climbing trees, chasing one another, and swinging from branches.

In captivity, gorillas have displayed significant intelligence and have even learned simple human sign language.