- Small Group
- Land Based Adventures
- 11 Capacity
- 10 Days
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Summary : To pause, sit, and match a gaze with the contemplative eyes of a huge silverback, just yards away in the rainforest is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Multiple treks through Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Park and Forest offer close-up encounters with rare and captivating mountain gorillas on this Great African Primate Expedition. Observe the interactions of wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park and view traditional African game in other premier reserves. Throughout the expedition, outstanding Expedition Leaders, the finest lodges close to wildlife and a private flight ensure the most superb safari possible.
Activities : Birding, Hiking
Arrive in Entebbe and transfer to the Lake Victoria Hotel. If time permits, you may option to visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Established in 1902, the gardens house a collection of species of plants of the tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones. Home to a wide variety of bird species, the gardens offer an excellent introduction to Uganda's birds. Vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys are commonly spotted here as well. Meet your Expedition Leader at a welcome dinner this evening.
The drive to Kibale Forest traverses the verdant highlands of Uganda, where fertile volcanic soil supports a tapestry of tea, coffee and banana plantations. This equatorial rainforest reserve holds the world's highest concentration of primates, including 500 chimpanzees. You may also see red colobus, black-and-white colobus, red tails, gray-cheeked mangabey and other monkeys. A "swamp walk" through a wetland sanctuary reveals more than 100 species of birds. You stay at Ndali Lodge, perched on the rim of a crater lake.
After a morning forest walk, you drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park along the western Rift Valley, and Jacana Lodge on Uganda's largest crater lake. This "treehouse" eco-lodge built with local materials sits in one of the last untouched tracts of forest in Uganda. Each cabin overlooks the lake and lively troops of colobus monkeys in the trees.
On a boat trip in Kazinga Channel you find crocodiles, baboons, and the world's largest concentration of hippos. Elsewhere in the park you may spot lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and antelope. The Ruwenzoris, "Mountains of the Moon" provide a dramatic backdrop, rising over 16,000 feet.
Game drive to the Ishasha sector, home of tree-climbing lions before driving to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You'll visit a school in town, then settle in at Gorilla Forest Camp, a luxury tented enclave on the side of a misty mountain, and your trekking base.
Anticipate an incomparable experience today: the chance to look into the face of a gorilla in the wild. The trail is challenging as you enter the jungle that early explorers called the "Impenetrable Forest." The forest is home to half the world's mountain gorillas – about 300 – a population under severe threat. Two groups are habituated to humans. Tracking them to their last known location, your guide looks for signs of their presence: broken vegetation revealing a nest, stripped bark indicating feeding and dung. Your guide signals for silence, then proclaims your intentions to the troop with amiable grunts. You may see a range of ages: youngsters playing, mothers carrying babies, and the mighty silverback patriarch. No wildlife encounter will surpass the thrill of meeting these magnificent animals in their natural home.
Take a charter flight to Entebbe where you enjoy a farewell meal together before transferring to the airport for departing flights.
Optional Pre-trip Extra Day: Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Entebbe Botanical Gardens
Travel by boat to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. This refuge on a 100-acre island offers a home to orphaned chimpanzees in a natural environment. Watching them is an absolute delight, as is a chance to help in their rehabilitation while stemming the impact of illegal poaching. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch and a guided tour of the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Price on request (includes an additional overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel with breakfast).
Getting There & Getting Home:
Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda by 11:30am on Day 1 if you would like to visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Otherwise, it it asked that you arrive in time for a 7:00pm welcome dinner. Travelers are encouraged to arrive a day or more early to rest from the plane trip. You are free to depart from Entebbe, Uganda after 3pm on the final day. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm schedule before purchasing air tickets.
The strenuous (sometimes very strenuous) treks to the gorillas usually take between two and three hours, but can take as short as fifteen minutes and as long as four to eight hours. Your guides travel at a pace to accommodate all hikers. Travelers are not required to participate in all activities and are welcome to forego any portion of the program. Travelers should be aware that if they turn around due to fatigue, illness or any other reason the remainder of the group, including the Expedition Leader, will go on. The returning traveler will be escorted by a local guide.
Charter flight from Bwindi to Entebbe; accommodations; meals from dinner Day 1 to lunch final day; bottled water; services of Expedition Leader, local guides, lodge staff, gorilla trackers; and one porter on gorilla treks; some gratuities; airport transfers on Day 1 and final day; two gorilla trekking permits and two chimp trekking permits; entrance fees; and all taxes.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip; alcoholic beverages; some gratuities; passport and visa fees; optional activities; items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.); airline baggage fees; airport and departure taxes; optional travel insurance; and required medical evacuation insurance.