GORILLAS TOUR: GORILLAS EXPRESS GORILLAS IN BWINDI SOUTH OR CONGO (4 Days)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Virunga Gorilla National Park (Congo) are on the edge of the western rift valley. Both parks are also rich in birds, chimps, monkeys and butterflies. Bwindi is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 350 animals - are found in Bwindi. Djomba and Bukima in Congo, have their unique features. Seven gorilla families are open to visitors in Uganda (Rushegura, Mubare, and Habinyanja accessed through Buhoma; Ruhija accessed through Ruhija; and, Ishongi, Nkuringo, and Gahinga accessed through Kisoro); six in Congo. Other activities include volcano climbing, guided nature walk in the forest for primates, birds and butterflies or enjoy the breathtaking landscape!

Overview


Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

African Roots Guest House

Entebbe

1

BB

Travellers’ Rest hotel

Kisoro/Bwindi

2

FB

 

 

 

 

Key
BB: Bed and breakfast
HB: Dinner or Lunch, bed and breakfast
FB: Full Board: All meals dinner, lunch and breakfast included in tour cost


DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1:    African Roots Guest House, Entebbe - Kampala               

Entebbe, Uganda
Uganda has a total area of 236,040 sq km, bordered by Kenya in the East and Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the South west, DR Congo to the west and South Sudan to the North, making it a landlocked country. It lies at 10S to 40N Latitude and 300 to 350 East Longitude, so it is astride the Equator.1 00 N, 32 00 E. The country, however, is well watered and fertile. Although it lies at the Equator, it receives about three rainy seasons a year, with Lake Victoria, The Nile, the many forests and the Rwenzori mountains determining much of the climate. In forest ecosystems it rains regularly and weather is unpredictable. Water covers36,330 sq km, about 15% of Uganda’s area.The country is rich in wildlife, game, birds, and a vast culture of over 50 tribes occupying this beautiful, green country. In Uganda alone a birder will enjoy twelve percent of bird species in the world; a tracker will find half of the world’s gorillas; an explorer will have an opportunity to see more than 7% of the world’s mammals. For the discerning traveller the potential for Ecotourism here is enormous, and the discreet have tapped into it.

Day Itinerary

Arrive Entebbe airport. Meet, greet and transfer to African Roots Guest House for overnight (BB) 

Overnight: African Roots Guest House 

Conveniently located close to Lake Victoria and its beach side amenities including restaurants and bars, African Roots guesthouse Entebbe offers traditional home-from-home hospitality in a comfortable, modern and tastefully designed setting. Hotel is located in a quiet suburb close to Greenfields and is just 5 minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport.
   

Day 2:    Travellers Rest Hotel: Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Virunga Gorilla National Park (Congo) are on the edge of the western rift valley. Both parks are also rich in birds, chimps, monkeys and butterflies. Bwindi is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 350 animals - are found in Bwindi. Djomba and Bukima in Congo, have their unique features. Seven gorilla families are open to visitors in Uganda(Rushegura, Mubare, and Habinyanja accessed through Buhoma; Ruhija accessed through Ruhija; and, Ishongi, Nkuringo, and Gahinga accessed through Kisoro); six in Congo. Other activities include volcano climbing, guided nature walk in the forest for primates, birds and butterflies or enjoy the breathtaking landscape!

Wildlife highlights


Butterflies, birds, gorillas, where they can often be found in huge fig trees.

Travellers Rest Hotel is a hotel located just outside Kisoro, in the extreme southwestern corner of Uganda on the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, offering a perfect base for gorilla trekking in the area.
The hotel is built in a somewhat colonial style and was entirely renovated in 1999. It has 12 rooms at very reasonable prices, and it offers a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla treks or day visits to the area.

 
Day Itinerary: Kampala to the Gorilla Park.
A gentle drive on the southbound road (or fly, on payment of extra); passing charming attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, enjoy the Equator, stop at the roadside markets to enjoy some fruit and vegetables. Proceed to Bwindi (or Kisoro for those who wish to track in Bwindi South at Nkuringo, and Nshongi or Congo). [Approximate driving time: 9 hours; or flight: 2 hours] Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking! Travellers Rest Hotel, Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Park             

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in south-western Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley. It is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 400 animals - are found in Bwindi. Three families are habituated at Buhoma – Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura (8 permits per day are available for each of these gorilla families); two gorilla families are habituated for tourist visitors at Ruhija (Bitukura and Oruzuogo Gorilla families); and four families are habituated at Bwindi south – Nkuringo, Nshongi, Kahungye, Mgahinga and Mishaya (8 permits per day are available), making Uganda accommodate up to 80 trackers each day. Tracking commences every morning from the park headquarters at 0830 hours, but clients should report to the headquarters at 0800 hours ready for a detailed briefing from the guides on gorilla etiquette. Gorilla tracking is a year-round activity, irrespective of season. The rain forest is moist, and it rains very often in Bwindi, even in the dry season. Porters are available to carry clients’ belongings. Bwindi is rich in other primates, including chimpanzee and blue monkey. Butterflies are the most conspicuous of the rich insect fauna of the park, with more than 200 species. There is a large variety of trees, dense undergrowth, an extensive stand of bamboo and a number of swamps. There are also a number of nature trails in the park to explore this primeval African forest - to the waterfall, along the Rushura trail for some sweeping views towards Lake Edward and the Rwenzoris; and to the Mubwindi swamp near Ruhija for some unusual bird species.
Mountain gorillas live in forests high in the mountains, at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet. They have thicker fur, and more of it, compared to other great apes. The fur helps them to survive in a habitat where temperatures often close to freezing.
A few years ago, the survival of the mountain gorillas was very bleak. However, joint interstate and national conservation efforts have seen the population grow. Bwindi has over 50% and Uganda 54% of the mountain gorillas left in the world. The new born gorilla makes it one more.

Day Itinerary
Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 7 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it! Dinner and overnight. Overnight: Travellers Rest Hotel

DAY 4, Return and fly out 
After breakfast, drive (or fly) to Kampala arriving early afternoon and transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight (HB). [Approximate driving time: 9 hours; or flight: 2 hours]

 

Tour Ends.

This tour can also be done in 2 days by air, at a cost of US$2109 per person currently. Contact us for availability and updates.

UGANDA GORILLAS TOUR UG2: Gorillas Express Gorillas in Bwindi or Congo departs every second Saturday of the month. It can also be done as an extension to the Rwenzori Mountains tour. 4 Days standard safari departs from Kampala, group departures 4 - 6 persons. 

Group Price USD 1,742 per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement USD 91

DEPARTURE DATES 2016

 

Nov 2016

Dec 2016

Dates

12

10

DEPARTURE DATES 2017

 

Jan 2017

Feb 2017

Mar 2017

Apr 2017

May 2017

Jun 2017

Jul 2017

Aug 2017

Sept 2017

Oct 2017

Nov 2017

Dec 2017

Dates

14

11

11

8

13

10

8

12

9

14

11

9

*With a minimum of 2-3 pax, each person would pay a supplement of $450

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Chimpanzee This safari starts from Entebbe [The Bwindi gorilla permit is included in the safari cost]. For those who wish to visit the three natural-habitat gorilla countries of the world Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda, Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, and Virunga Park in Congo, which is on the other side of the misty Virungas please contact us. Visitors do this tour in express. It is the only tour activity that they do, in a minimum of 4 days by road. Tour may also be done in 2 or 3 days by air, this however requires advance preparations and booking. Note that the journey to Bwindi-South or Congo for gorilla tracking is a long one, about 500km on bitumen-surface and also on rough terrain, taking the traveller at least 9 hours from Entebbe to the gorilla park.