Gorillas In The Mist – Uganda

Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park. It is therefore essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately, each permit as per now it is costing about US $600 and in Rwanda it costs US $1500 permit per person. Delay in payment can result in permits not being secured. Those going gorilla tracking need to be properly equipped and should consult wild trails safaris tour consultant for more information.

To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 or people with illnesses may go tracking.

Trackers must be fit and in good health as tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000m traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet.

Porters at a cost of US $20 can be hired to carry equipment.

Part of the gorilla permit fee goes to communities living around the gorilla parks.

Permits purchased for tracking are non-refundable except in specific circumstances. In the event of medical issues on the day of tracking, the park authorities may, at their discretion, agree to a partial refund of the permit cost, providing a medical certificate is submitted.

Wild Trails Safaris can only make a refund to an agent/client if the park authorities agree to the provision of a refund.

In the event of national park or border closures, security changes or gorillas going out of range, a refund is at the discretion of the authority and is not within the company’s control.

Obtaining a gorilla permit therefore is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla.

One hour is allowed with the gorillas, at a distance of at least 7 meters.

Flash photography is not allowed, so fast film is useful. Personal DVD recorders are allowed.Professional film makers require permission and need to purchase filming permits. At the national parks you will meet your ranger who explains the rules for tracking gorillas and will take you up to the gorillas.

Uganda’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss. You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malaria is available in drug shops and there are doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.
Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaria-quine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Immunization
Some visitors to Uganda find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem

immunisation

is usually not that of parasite infection but a change in climate for visitors.

You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels.

Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended.

You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

 

Compulsory vaccinations:
There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when travelling onward from Uganda to other countries.

Recommended immunizations:
Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies. People over 30 years should be re-vaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

  • Bwindi Impenetrable national park: Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park
  • Equator: you will visit the equator on your way to Bwindi.
  • Canoe adventure: on Lake Mulehe

 

Route:

  • Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi
  • Day 2: Tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest & Canoe adventure
  • Day 3: Travel back to Kampala

 

Map of Uganda showing the safari Journey

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Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi
Today our company guide will pick you up from you hotel at 7:30 am and he will drive you to Kisoro town located in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. On your way you will stop in Kayabwe to visit the Equator and have local prepared meals in Mbarara at Igongo cultural center. After lunch you will proceed to Kisoro which is rewarding with the best scenery and mountain table set up.

You will arrive late Evening at your lodge set in the beautiful town of Kisoro.

 

Mid range accommodation: Travelers rest hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 8hours of activity & road trip.

Activity: Road trip

 

 

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Today is the big day for gorilla trekking to meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. The gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts mountain gorillas and Duikers. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. (Each Gorilla Permit costs $600) En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 3 hours to as many as 7 hours.

Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Mid range accommodation: Travelers rest hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 3-6 hours of gorilla trekking.

Activity: Gorilla tracking

 

 

Day 3: Transfer to Kampala

This morning you will have late breakfast at 8am, later pack your luggage and drive back to Kampala passing through Kabale town one of Uganda’s oldest town that is growing day by day as it borders Rwanda. You will also see lots of

farm lands and men pushing bicycles filled with bananas, at 1pm you will stop and have lunch in Mbarara at Igongo cultural center. After lunch you will proceed to Kampala.

Accommodation: No accommodation

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch.

Travel time: 8 hours.

Activity:Road trip

 

 

 

END OF SAFARI

This safari starts from Entebbe or Kampala and then continues to Bwindi impenetrable National Park and back to  Kampala or Entebbe.

 

Safari price:Road trip safari

 Type of Safari: Road Trip
Mid-range Safari
  1 Solo Traveler pays  US $ 1,595
  2 people traveling together: each person pays  US $ 1,142
  3 people traveling together: each person pays US $ 1,089
  4 people traveling together: each person pays US $ 1,040
  5 people traveling together: each person pays US $ 1,011
  6 people traveling together: each person pays US $ 998
  Single supplement, each person pays US $ 65

 

Safari Price: flying to Bwindi.

3 day Fly-in Gorillas

Do you want to see the mountain gorillas, but not willing to spend so many hours on the road? For those looking to save time, get an excellent view from the clouds, and commune with the gorillas, we have the perfect tour. We combine reliable domestic flight service, ground transfers and comfortable accommodation to make this an unforgettable and hustle – free experience.

 Type of Safari: Fly Safari
Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 1,990
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 1,750
 Group Safari, Each person pays: US $ 1,690
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 143

 

International Group Safari 2017-2018:
This is a join-in tour in which a mix of people from all ages (above 16) and nationalities are welcome to join. The following Safari has been guaranteed departure with a minimum of 5 people and maximum 9 people.

 

NOTE:

Gorilla trekking:

  • In case you don’t want to go for gorilla trekking on this trip then you will do other activities as your group friends are gorilla trekking, those who will not go for gorilla trekking will pay less price. You subtract US $ 448 from your safari price.
  • It is not possible to reserve gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.

Single supplement:

  • This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

Lodges and Hotels:

  • The bookings with the lodges and hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
  • In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).

 

Extreme Details.

 

Guide/ driver  1
Accommodation Lodge/Hotel
Type of Vehicle
 mini-bus van/Land cruiser
Duration of safari  3 Days, 2 Nights
Meals:  2 Breakfast, 3Lunches, 2 Dinners
Country
 Uganda- Bwindi

Uganda  3 Days safari (What you are paying for)

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
English speaking driver/guide International air fares;
A  Gorilla  permit      (if you pay full price) Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
Bwindi n.p Park entrance fees Activities optional activities
Transport in a 4WD minibus/ land cruiser A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Flying safari: if paying for fly safari to Bwindi Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Ground fuel laundry and souvenirs
Drinking Water All expenses of a personal nature

 

Tipping

Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Tipping suggestions:

Your driver/guide:  $15 dollars per person/per day
Porters:  $10 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters:  $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides:  $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants:  5 – 10%
Hotel staff $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night

 

This 3 day takes you to Bwindi impenetrable national park, a home for the mountain gorillas, you will hike to see the gorillas and you will have one hour with the gorillas. If you are not comfortable with our departure dates please email us your preferred dates of travel.

Note: For those who have their own departure dates please contact us for your departure dates.

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