Overview

Gorilla Trekking is part of this tour, however the cost of the Gorilla Trekking Permit is not included in your tour price or this booking. Gorilla permits cost $730 to $830. If you book this tour, a consultant will contact you to confirm the availability of the permit and arrange payment.

Uganda gorilla trekking affords you encounters with the endangered mountain gorilla, making this the highlight of our Gorilla Encounter safari tour. We do however also include a chimpanzee trekking experience and a boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park. After meeting your tour leader in Kampala we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park, home to the Murchison Falls – a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and home to a number of animal species including buffalo and elephants. A highlight of any itinerary in Murchison Falls National Park is visiting the falls as it forces its way through a gorge with a width of around 7 meter and plunges about 43 metres below. After a visit to the Murchison Falls National Park we’ll head up to Budongo Forest, the biggest Mahogany forest found in East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda, estimated to be around 610 chimpanzee. We will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. Crossing the equator, we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. It is believed that Bwindi is habitat to more than half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas, with around 300 living in Bwindi. The word Bwindi means darkness and participating in a gorilla trek in this forest will reveal as to why it is so called. You will have some free time in Lake Bunyonyi to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

Nomad can book accommodation before and after your tour.

Pre Tour Accommodation - Kampala

From R1,610
  Airport Transfer Available Hillside Plaza Hotel

Hillside Plaza Hotel Kampala is a new hotel and continues to set itself apart from other hotels in Kampala with chic rooms designed to provide guests with a true sense of relaxation, and to ensure guest comfort in every way while in Kampala. Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hillside… … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Kampala

From R1,610
  Airport Transfer Available Hillside Plaza Hotel

Hillside Plaza Hotel Kampala is a new hotel and continues to set itself apart from other hotels in Kampala with chic rooms designed to provide guests with a true sense of relaxation, and to ensure guest comfort in every way while in Kampala. Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hillside… … Read More

Itinerary

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Day 01

Masindi – Murchison Falls National Park

After meeting your crew this morning, we head in the direction of The Murchison Falls National Park.   Also referred to as the Kabaraga Falls, Murchison Falls is a waterfall found on the course of the great Nile and is located within the Murchison National Park. The park is recognized as one of the best National Parks in Uganda. After settling into our accommodation in Masindi, your guide will brief you on the activities for the following day.

Day 02

Masindi – Budongo Central Forest Reserve

Budongo Forest is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa and is home to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. It is believed that there are between 600 – 700 chimpanzees in Budongo and this morning we will meet up with our chimp guide who will take us on our trek through the forest in search of the chimps.  We will also enjoy a boat cruise in the park. Note: As the Chimp trekking is limited to 12 guests per trek, should there be more than 12 guests on a tour the trekking will be split between the morning and the afternoon. Therefore you may find that you will first do the game drive activity followed by the Chimp trekking or vice versa. Please allow for flexibility.

 

Day 03

Lake Kikorongo

This morning we depart Masindi and transfer towards the edges of the Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Our accommodation for the night is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo.

Day 04

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Crossing the Equator once more we travel south to the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. With eager anticipation we prepare for the upcoming Gorilla trekking excursion and tonight we will receive a briefing on what to expect.

Day 05

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

The mountain gorilla is extremely endangered and while exact numbers vary it is widely assumed that there are only around 650 left. Visiting the gorillas is a great way to support their future on earth as the money spent on permits is used for their protection. An extremely important part of the future conservation of the remaining gorillas rests in the community development work – as local communities change their attitudes towards wildlife and start to protect rather than poach, the future of the mountain gorilla is assured.

As permits granting permission to visit the gorillas are extremely limited we require flexibility in both the tour itinerary and where we actually visit them. The home of the mountain gorillas is completely at odds with man-made borders and so their range encompasses Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Whenever possible we choose to make use of the National Park in Uganda, but this depends on the availability of permits. Should we not obtain permits to visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda then we will inform all passengers beforehand that the tour will travel to Rwanda or DRC.

On your free day in Bunyonyi you will have the opportunity to participate in certain optional activities. You can also go hiking or explore the area on a mountain bike.

Day 06

Gorillas (Lake Bunyonyi)

Although there are 2 days allocated to Gorilla Trekking you will only spend one day on the trek. The other days are there to provide a large enough window in which to obtain permits and to allow the entire group to trek if there are more than 6 of you on the tour.

Day 07

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala

This morning we set off on our return journey to Kampala, where your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city.

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