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Mountain Gorilla Expedition

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
5 days
From: $ 4,225 $ 845 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to Uganda's capital city Lake Victoria
  • Enjoy walking safari to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George.
  • Enjoy game driving in the Queen Elizabeth National Park

Short Description

The rain forests of south western Uganda are home to about half of the worlds last remaining mountain gorillas, and this safari takes you for a very special wildlife encounter with these magnificent apes in their natural habitat. We also enjoy game drives and boat rides to see other fascinating wildlife, and explore the beautiful terraced hillsides of Uganda, dotted with picturesque lakes and rural landscapes.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kampala
End City Kampala

Trip Includes

  • All tour highlights
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of local driver/ guide
  • Services of gorilla tracking guides
  • Gorilla trek permit

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Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable locally run lodge or tented camp with en-suite facilities

Distance travelled +/-280kms
Approx driving day: Full day including Game Drives

After being picked up from our Kampala hotel we travel southwest from the capital, following the shore of Lake Victoria until we are in the rolling valleys at the start of the Kigezi Highlands. We arrive at Lake Mburo National Park situated around its central lake and home to herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and antelopes including oribi, topi and Africa’s largest, the eland. We enjoy a game drive here and there is usually time to enjoy a boat ride on the lake to see crocs, hippos and water birds.

Alternatively you may like to do a self-guided walk on one of the many lakeside game trails. We stay tonight at a small lodge in the park where we also have dinner and time to enjoy our

first night in the Ugandan bush.

Day 2: Lake Mburo to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable locally run lodge or tented camp with en-suite facilities

Distance travelled +/-200kms
Approx driving day: Full day including game walk, drive and cruise

This morning we take a morning safari walk and game drive after breakfast. Mburo is unusual as a national park in that you are not entirely imprisoned in a vehicle which makes a great change and refreshing experience of walking amongst nature. As well as spotting some of the park’s larger animals, birdwatchers can enjoy a huge variety of birds, as more than 250 species can be found in Lake Mburo, including papyrus, Gonolek, brown faced lapwing and the barefaced Go away bird. This afternoon we head north up to the Queen Elizabeth Park and settle into our comfortable hostel close to the Mweya peninsular overlooking Lake Edward. From here, the view takes in enormous Lake Edward below and the broad Kazinga Channel. The channel links Lake Edward to its counterpart, Lake Gorge, 32km east and is a haven for birdlife and large pods of hippo that wallow in its shallows. This afternoon we take a boat cruise here to watch hippo, crocs and animals that come to the shore to feed and drink. The cruise offers a great opportunity for photographers. The resident birdlife makes a fantastic sight too with kingfishers, cormorants, pelicans, storks, plovers and fish eagles just some of the birds frequently spotted along the banks.

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable locally run lodge or tented camp with en-suite facilities

Distance travelled +/-250kms
Approx driving day: Full day

We take an early morning game drive and head out into the park, where we may well spot hyena on their dawn prowl plus lions, buffalo, elephant, giant forest hog, waterbuck, topi and Ugandan Kob. Our drive takes us past grassy plains, bush dominated by giant euphorbias, tropical forest and volcanic craters containing soda lakes. This is all against the backdrop of the brooding Rwenzori Mountains to the north, Africa’s highest mountain range. This afternoon we leave the park and make our way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Tonight we make preparations for our early trek tomorrow, into the jungle.

Day 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Comfortable locally run lodge or tented camp with en-suite facilities

Today is perhaps the most exciting day of the tour: tracking for gorillas and a view of these gentle creatures in their natural habitat. Local guides lead us in small groups through the thick rainforest; we strongly recommend you carry your own water bottle, have good walking shoes or boots, and a rain jacket. The trekking can be demanding and the daylong but the privilege of spending time with these gentle apes makes it all worthwhile and is without doubt one of Africa’s greatest wildlife encounters. Once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, we sit and watch them for one hour – the time regulated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorillas are extremely sociable and interactive primates, and groups normally number 12-20 individuals led by an ‘alpha male’, sometimes known as the ‘silverback’ (on account of the silver hair on his back which is attained on maturity). Although not the closest related primate to Man, at close quarters the gorilla is remarkably human-like  particularly in the social interaction between family members and in the ‘play’ activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted although not with a flash, and there are restrictions in regards to video cameras. After spending time with the gorillas we head back to the base camp for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon. You may like to re-enter the park for a guided forest hike with a park ranger or take a community tour of the local village to visit the local school and ‘banana brewery’ where the local tipple ‘banana gin’ is made!

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kampala

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Nil

Distance travelled +/- 550kms
Approx driving day: Full day

We leave early this morning for our day’s drive back to the capital. The return journey to Kampala takes you back through the Ugandan countryside one last time with wonderful memories of your brief encounter with the mountain gorillas. There will be a stop for lunch en route and expect to arrive in the city early evening.

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Just come back from my amazing 34 day Zanzibar to Cape Town trip. It flew past - I had such a good time. Sam and Julius, my trip leader and driver, were awesome, really helpful and funny and had lots of interesting stories to tell. Had a great group too and have so many fantastic memories. From the white sands of Zanzibar, the smiling, waving children of Malawi, walking with lions and swimming at the top of Victoria Falls, gliding through the reeds of the Okovango Delta in a mokoro, elephants wandering through the campsite, seeing all the wildlife drinking from the watering hole at Etosha, skydiving over the Namibia dunes in Swakopmund, climbing up Dune 45 through the mist only for it to clear with the sunrise to going up to the top of Table Mountain and feeling on top of the world in Cape Town. Really want to go back and I've only been home a day. If you are hesitating about booking - just go for it! I loved every second, well maybe not taking down tents at 5am but practically every second! Acacia are a really good company, our truck seemed so much nicer than some others who didn't even have lockers inside the truck. I will be back to do the Kenya to Zanzibar leg of the trip at some point in the future and know I won't even bother looking at another company to do the trip!
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 8

Accomodations

Hotel Africana, Kampala

Large centrally located three-star hotel adjacent to Kampala’s golf course and a short taxi ride to the city centre, with good views of Kampala’s skyline from the higher floors. A very large pool area with terrace restaurant, gym and spacious leafy gardens. 

Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with air-conditioning, balconies, and satellite TV. 

Facilities – restaurant, bar, coffee shop, swimming pool, internet, laundry. 

Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by You: If You wish to cancel your booking You must inform the Company in writing (signed by the person who signed the original Booking Form) sending such written notification to Basement Unit, 23A Craven Terrace, London, W2 3QH. Cancellation will be effective on the day it is received by the Company. The following charges, in addition to your deposit and where applicable the gorilla and chimpanzee permit moneys, will be payable by You, depending upon the number of days prior to departure date when the Company receives notice of cancellation.

 Date when Written Advice of Cancellation  Received

 Percentage of Holiday Fee Payable

 56 days or more prior to departure

 Deposit

 42 to 55 days prior to departure

 35% Tour Price forfeit

 28 to 41 days prior to departure

 50% Tour Price forfeit

 14 to 27 days prior to departure

 75% Tour Price forfeit

 Less than 14 days prior to departure

 100% Tour Price forfeit

Additional Information:

  • Tour Style: Short Safari & Treks: This Short Safaris & Treks tour is operated by a locally based (African) ground handler. We believe that working with a local operator in this way assists the community to benefit in a sustainable way from tourism. At the same time it provides our clients with the extensive local knowledge and enthusiasm of the local staff and guides employed to ensure your safari is as enjoyable as it is memorable. 
  • Gorilla Permits: The Uganda Wildlife Authority imposes strict regulations regarding the gorilla trekking permits. One of these is that permits must be booked and paid in advance. In order for us to do this we must collect your permit money, in addition to your normal deposit, at the time of booking. Like your deposit, the permit money is not refundable if you cancel your tour. The Gorilla Permits currently (September 2015) cost US$600.00 per person. Please ask your agent or Acacia for the equivalent amount in your own currency. 
  • Accommodation: Comfortable locally run lodge or tented camp with en-suite facilities 
  • Transport: Mini bus 

Trip ID#:

MouGorAca

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature

Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 Dinners

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