Gorilla Encounter Overland Tour
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Vacation Style Gorilla Trekking, Overland Tour
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Large Group
The ultimate mountain gorilla encounter is the main focus of this tour however there is also chimp trekking, boat cruising, pygmy visits, orphanage visits and so much more available.
• Crew: 2 Crew
• Max Passengers: 20 Passengers Max
• Vehicle: Adventure Truck
• Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
• From / To: Kampala to Kampala
• Meals: 7 Breakfast 7 Lunch 5 Dinner
• Countries: Uganda
Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".
You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.
The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.
• Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls
• Ziwa Rhino walk
• Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)
Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park
After meeting your guides, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park. Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and are located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day. ROUTE Kampala to Masindi
Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve
Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. We will also enjoy a game drive through the park in search of the great diversity of wild animals. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility. ACTIVITY PACKAGE Chimp Trekking Murchison Falls INCLUDED ACTIVITIES Visit to Murchison Falls lookout Game drive (half day)
While we spend the night in the bustling capital city of Kampala, this morning we have the opportunity to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These majestic animals are in a literal fight for their survival. Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) was formed as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 1997 and is tasked with overseeing its aim of reintroducing Rhinoceros, a highly endangered species across the globe, back into the National Parks of Uganda through a breeding and release program. Out of this emerged the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, 7000 hectares of imminently suitable savannah and native woodlands. ROUTE Masindi to Kampala ACTIVITY PACKAGE Ziwa Rhino walk OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner
Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)
Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect. ROUTE Kampala to Bunyonyi
Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)
The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured. As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC. On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike. ROUTE Lake Bunyonyi National Park to starting point of the gorilla trek (in safari or smaller vehicles) OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Gorilla Trekking HIGHLIGHTS Mountain Gorilla
Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)
Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour. Today we will enjoy a visit to the Nyombi Village, a Pygmy village which is reached by motor boat from Bunyonyi Resort. We will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Pygmies and how they live. ACTIVITY PACKAGE Pygmy village visit (including motor boat transfer)
Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala
This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala, where your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city. ROUTE Lake Bunyonyi National Park to Kampala OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES Dinner