5 days

Mountain Gorillas of Uganda

Mountain Gorillas of Uganda

Gorilla trekking in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Insight into the local culture and wildlife spotting in Lake Mburo National Park

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  • Witness the strong bond within a gorilla family and the quiet, regal dignity of the silverback. Words cannot truly describe this overwhelming experience in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

     

    This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015 and replaced with our new Independent Experience - trip code PFUGX.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Entebbe - Lake Mburo

    On arrival at Entebbe airport you are met by our local representatives and transferred to meet the group for a 1pm departure to Lake Mburo National Park. After entering the park we game drive to our camp arriving early evening. Extensive acacia woodland and five lakes make up Lake Mburo National Park, an area that is home to a stunning array of wildlife. It is the best place in the country to see eland (the largest species of antelope), as well as zebra, topi, impala and several types of birds that gather around acacia trees. Whilst the lakes provide a home for hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, the swampy fringe region provide a hideaway for secretive species such as sitatunga and red, black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops. Animals gathering in the valley provide guests with fantastic game viewing opportunities or a chance to relax and watch wildlife at water hole below the pool.

    Lake Mburo Mantana or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    This morning we take an early breakfast before checking out of our hotel. Leaving the national park we continue on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, our base for the next two nights. Our lodge combines excellent local hospitality with seclusion in this enchanting wilderness area. If time allows in the afternoon we walk takes us to a beautiful waterfall within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, before we return to camp to enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

    Buhoma or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Gorilla Trek - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    Gorilla Trek - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest A short morning drive takes us to the park headquarters, where we are briefed on our gorilla trek by the Uganda Wildlife Authorities. The 330 square kilometre Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site because of its incredible biodiversity. This small pocket of primeval forest in the Virunga Mountains protects about half of the world's remaining 700 mountain gorillas, as well as providing home for chimpanzees and several species of monkeys. Gorilla trekking is highly controlled with only 24 gorilla trekking permits available each day. Once a trekking group encounters one of the gorilla families, only one hour is granted in the presence of the great apes before the trekkers must, very reluctantly, leave the family. The trek can be strenuous and may reach altitudes of almost 2000 metres above sea level. Depending on weather conditions, some of the paths can be slippery and these paths themselves can change depending on the location of the gorillas. Hence it is very hard to predict how long we need to walk for, but a very good level of fitness is recommended for everyone taking on this trek. All this may seem like hard work, but the end result is one you are sure to cherish forever, as to stand so close to these amazing animals is indeed an emotional experience. We take a picnic lunch with us on our trek. At the end of the day the comforts of the lodge beckon, along with a chance to reflect on what is sure to be a truly memorable day.

    Buhoma or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Entebbe

    All good things must come to an end and so must this short safari, as we return Entebbe. We stop along the way to take pictures at the equator and have a picnic lunch. We arrive that evening at our hotel in Entebbe with the option for a final dinner with the group.

    Laico Lake Victoria or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 5 - Entebbe

    Our trip comes to an end after breakfast. You may depart at anytime today for your journey onwards.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine‚Äôs expert English-speaking local tour leader
    • Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, with one pre-purchased gorilla trekking permit
    • Game drive in Mburo National Park
    • Arrival transfer

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips for your local guides
    • Departure transfer

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS:
    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Mountain Gorillas of Uganda

    Ruth - Woombau, NSW, 17 Oct, 2009
    5
    Overall Rating

    We had heard that the chimpanzees are pretty hard to see, high up in the fig trees. Well, we fluked our timing, and arrived at a chimp group at the same time as a female from another group. The forest around us erupted into a cacophony of chimp calls as chimps raced past us to where the new female was being beaten into submission. We could not keep up with the chimps, as we picked our way through the undergrowth, but the commotion was incredibly exciting to witness. 

    Mountain Gorillas of Uganda

    Ruth - Woombau, NSW, 17 Oct, 2009
    5
    Overall Rating

    Uganda is a beautiful country,and the people are incredibly friendly. I booked this trip primarily to see the endangered mountain gorillas, and that was a brilliant experience. But I was also unexpectedly blown away by the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth NP with its amazing bird life, and seeing the local villagers live side by side with buffalos, hippos, crocodiles and elephants.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFUG
Group size 1 - 6
Start City: Entebbe, Uganda
End City: Entebbe, Uganda
Style: Independent

What to know

This trip can be run with a minimum of one person provided a solo surcharge is paid in addition to the tour price.

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