Gorila Safari 7-Days Gorilla Tracking Safari
Day 1: You will transferred to the airport in Kenya for your scheduled flight to Uganda. Arrive at Entebbe Airport where your guide from Churchill will warmly greet you and transfer you to either Speke Resort Munyonyo or Hotel International Muyenga for the night.
Day 2: After breakfast and a briefing from the Manager, your guide will collect you from the hotel and set off on the southbound road, have a stop over to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand on the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once and there after proceed to Kabale the Switzerland of Uganda with beautiful scenery and terraced farming arriving in the afternoon. You will have lunch at Bunyonyi Overland Camp and later go for an afternoon boat trip to Bushara Island arriving at the White Horse Inn in the evening for the dinner and the overnight.
Day 3: After breakfast, you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest arriving in the afternoon. Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see Primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either the Luxurious Gorilla Forest Camp or Uganda Wildlife Authority Park Banda’s. You will need to have a good night rest to get ready for the following day gorilla tracking.
Day 4: you will have to wake up very early in the morning to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. There are always Park Guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or take a forest walk. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park Banda’s.
Day 5: After breakfast, you will depart the Impenetrable Forest for Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive. Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle and the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters.The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Reptiles include the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or the Institute of Ecology.
Day 6: Early morning drive to the crater lakes in Kyambura (pronounced Chambura) Game Reserve to see thousands of colorful Lesser Flamingoes, as they feed in these soda lakes. Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at Mweya Lodge or the Institute of Ecology.
Day 7: This morning, we will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area before you head back to Kampala arriving at Entebbe in the afternoon to catch your flight back depending on the International departure times. On arrival in Kenya, you will be met and transferred back to your hotel.
Price on request:
-Using luxury accommodations: US$
Single room supplement:
Ground transport in a 4x4WD safari vehicle with sliding roof
-All accommodation in sharing twin/double rooms
-All park related fee
-Boat cruises and guided walks
-1 Gorilla permit per person (single gorilla tracking)
Return flight from Kenya
-Travel insurance and any medical evacuation fees
-Personal expenses, laundry, telephone bills, airfares and visas
Please bring the following for tracking gorillas:
-Hiking boots- ankle level boots are ok but make sure it is something handy.
-A warm cardigan
-Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking.
-Video- filming is allowed in the parks though not outside the park
-Water proof container for their cameras
-A pair of binoculars if you are a keen bird watcher.
-If you prefer wearing a hat, a baseball cap is recommended.