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Mountain Gorillas of Uganda

Trip Length

Trip Code

5 days PFUG

Maximum Passengers

6 people

Countries Visited

Uganda

Start City

End City

Entebbe, Uganda Entebbe, Uganda
Mountain Gorillas of Uganda

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.

Mountain Gorillas of Uganda


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe - Lake Mburo

Travel time: From Entebbe Airport to Lake Mburo - Approximately 5 hours

Meals included: 1 dinner

Accommodation: Lake Mburo Mantana or similar, Lake Mburo National Park

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.

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Travel time: Approximately 5 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Buhoma or similar, 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.

Day 3: Gorilla Trek - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Buhoma or similar, 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.

Day 4: Entebbe

Travel time: Approximately 8-9 hours driving

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Laico Lake Victoria or similar, 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.

Day 5: Entebbe

Travel time: From Hotel to Entebbe Airport - Approximately 45 minutes

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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


Your Trip

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.

Extend your holiday

Many of our trips have extensions which can easily be added to the end of your existing itinerary:

PFKT - Highlights of Kenya & Tanzania
PFSE - Selous & Zanzibar Escape
PFJT - Kilimanjaro Climb & Tanzania Safari

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

A good level of fitness is recommended for all primate treks. You may be reaching altitudes of 2000 metres and the terrain can be steep and muddy.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Uganda
Australians, Americans, Canadians, British and New Zealanders currently require a visa for Uganda. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Ugandan visas may be obtained at the border or prior to departure from your home country. In some cases you will be entering twice, so please ensure it allows a double entry. A single entry visa can by purchased for US$50 for most nationalities. PLEASE NOTE: All British passports are required to have at least 1 year of validity remaining from the date of entry into Uganda.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Uganda

Lonely Planet East Africa

Bradt travel guide to Uganda - Philip Bradt

Spectrum Guide to Uganda

The Last King Of Scotland - Giles Foden

Abyssinian Chronilces - Moses Isegawa

The Impenetrable Forest - Thor Hanson

Sowing the Mustard Seed - Yoweri Museveni


Important Information

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE:
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15-20kgs per person) is essential - NO HARD CASE SUITCASES.

FLIGHTS:
As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. A representative will then meet you at Entebbe International Airport on arrival. Your flight must arrive into Entebbe prior to 1:00pm in order for the drive to Lake Mburo to take place in daylight. We do not permit driving from Entebbe to Lake Mburo by night. If clients are unable to arrive into Entebbe prior to 1:00pm, a night's pre-tour accommodation must be booked (additional cost). Your departure transfer back to Entebbe Airport is also included, please ensure the correct flight details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure. Your tour officially ends after breakfast so you can depart at any time on the final day.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER:
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements deriving from past travellers' and local operator feedback. The information given in this itinerary may differ slightly to that in the brochure. It's imperative that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated itinerary please visit our website: www.peregrineadventures.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some of the changes that may occur in our itineraries could be due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transportation. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for the chance of possible modifications to the trip en-route.

EAST AFRICA TOURIST VISA:
Effective 1 January, 2014, The East Africa Tourist Visa will allow travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the same multiple entry visa. The visa can be issued at any of the diplomatic representations of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, at the immigration offices of the respective countries, or on line where applicable. The East Africa Tourist Visa is multiple entry visa and is be valid for 90 days. Rwanda: For those beginning their trip in Rwanda, you can apply through the Rwanda Online Visa Application System. Under "Type of Visa" select "East Africa Tourist Visa." For more information contact your local Rwanda embassy. Kenya: For those beginning their trip in Kenya, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Kenya embassy's website. Uganda: For those beginning their trip in Uganda, you can find information on the visa application process on the consular section of your local Uganda embassy's website. The visa costs US$100.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

18 June 2014


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