6 Days Uganda Gorillas And Wildlife Safari

6 Days Uganda Gorillas And Wildlife Safari

On this 6 Days Uganda Gorillas And Wildlife Safari guests will have a feeling of being next to endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

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DAY TO DAY HIGHLIGHT

SAFARI OVERVIEW

This exciting safari will provide guests with a different kind of experience due to the exciting activities herein. Guests will have a feeling of being next to endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha sector will give you a unique experience, canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi comes along with beautiful views of Virunga massif, nature walks, bird watching of rare African species including knobbed coot, bronzy sunbird, malachite kingfisher, pied kingfisher, black bee-eater, Abyssinian ground hornbill, black breasted barbet and saddle billed stocks.

Guided game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park will further allow visitors a chance to view animals such as serval cats, civets, lions, leopards, warthogs, waterbucks, topi, crocodiles, spotted hyenas, hippopotamus, African buffaloes and African elephants

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi.

Visitors get picked up from Entebbe International Airport by an experienced tour guide. After, embark on the journey to Bwindi National Park using the Kampala – Mbarara highway. The stopover will be in Mbarara city where a delicious lunch will be served. Thereafter, proceed to the Ruhija gorilla region in eastern Bwindi. On arrival, you will check in at the lodge and relax in the evening.

Later on, at around 7:00 PM a local dish dinner made up of Matooke, sweet potatoes, pasted fish and beef with refreshing local juice will be served to the visitors after which they will go to their respective rooms for a cosy overnight.

Accommodation:

Ichumbi Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge

Day 2: Gorilla tracking and Batwa community visits.

Grilled breakfast served to visitors at around 7:00 AM. Head to the briefing by the tour guides of the Ruhija gorilla tracking point at approximately 8:00 AM to be equipped with information about the activity. At around 8:30 AM continue to the jungle for an exhilarating gorilla tracking experience. Visitors shall be snacking while tracking to stay energetic and later on after the experience get served a packed lunch.

At approximately 4:00 PM head to Batwa trails for the amazing cultural dances, entertainment, interesting folklore, hunting skills, bark cloth-making process and be taught about survival skills in the jungle. At around 6:00 PM head to the lodge for relaxation, a delicious dinner and a peaceful overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Ichumbi Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Mouthwatering breakfast is served at around 7:00 AM after which guests embark on the journey to Lake Bunyonyi which is approximately a 2-hour drive which accounts for 50 kilometres from Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi. Canoeing gets done at the lake which will enable us to view Virunga massif and watch various species of African birds, Like Marabou stocks, shoebill, malachite kingfisher, Thornhill, black-breasted barbet, Abyssinian ground hornbill and saddle-billed stock. After that, a guided nature walk in the large forest cover will be done. At around 1:00 PM lunch be served at the lodge.

After lunch, swimming and other relaxation activities can be done at the lodge as guests view the scenes of Virunga ranges kissing the clouds. At around 6:00 PM, delicious dinner will be served and head to their respective rooms for an overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Bunyonyi Rock resort / Paradise Eco Hub

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha sector.

Heavy mouth-watering breakfast served at around 7:00 AM. After that, guests check out of the lodging facility and embark on the journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park using the Kabale-Kihihi road. It’s approximately a 5 hours and 20 minutes’ drive – about 265 km distance. A stopover for a delicious lunch will be made.

At around 2:00 pm continue with our journey and entered the park through the Ishasha sector. Here, esteemed guests have a tree climbing lion’s experience and photography. At approximately 4:00 PM, head north to lodge near the northern shores of Lake George which is approximately 3 hours’ drive using the Hima – Katunguru road. At around 6:00 PM, check in at the accommodation facility to refresh, satisfy delicious dinner and eventually sleepover.

Accommodation:

Aardvark Safari Lodge / Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park; game drive and Kazinga Channel boat cruise.

Breakfast be served as early as around 5:00 a.m. Prepare necessary equipment for a guided game drive in the park to allow us a chance to see carnivores such as lions, leopards, jackals and spotted hyenas in the inner Savannah grasslands of the park. At around 9:00 AM the game drive ends, transfer back to the accommodation facility for relaxation.

At approximately 1:00 pm delicious heavy lunch be served and by around 2:00 pm you will head to Kazinga channel for a boat cruise. Get a chance to see crocodiles, hippos, and bird species that live around which include, African fish eagles, saddle-billed stock, malachite kingfisher, Abyssinian ground hornbill, black-breasted barbet and black bee-eater. At roughly 5:00 pm, head back to the lodging facility for relaxation, enjoyment of the evening breeze, dinner served later on and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Aardvark Safari Lodge / Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge

Day 6: Transfer back to Kampala.

Get served breakfast at around 7:00 a.m. Check out of the lodge ensuring no belongings are left behind. Thereafter embark on the transfer back to Kampala city or Entebbe; a journey of about 7 hours and 30 minutes’ drive along the Kasese – Mbarara – Kampala route.

Stopover at Kayabwe equator spot where lunch will be served in the afternoon. Enjoy the Coriolis effect at this spot which is an interesting activity. At approximately 2:00 pm, drive to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport to catch your flight.

QUOTATION:  

 

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

5 Pax

6 Pax

Budget

$2,449.40

$1,828.16 PP

$1,668.75 pp

$1,543.06  pp

$1,512.62 pp

$1,461.67 pp

Midrange

$2,713.40

$2,075.66 pp

$1,921.75 pp

$1,800.79 pp

$1,763.42 pp

$1,709.17 pp

Included in The package/Price:

  • All Domestic Flights as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Full Board Accommodations 5 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • 1 chimpanzee Permit Per person
  • All Boat Cruises Mentioned
  • Bottled water on safari
  • Planned Bush Breakfasts & Sun downers

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

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F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.