Impala & Gorilla Safari- 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 $750 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 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.

  • Game drive Safaris: This will be done on the Savannah plains of Lake Mburo national park with chances of seeing the wildlife from close quarters.
  • Boat trip: You will have a bout ride on Lake Mburo national park.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable national park: Meet the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park
  • Kabale community: Visit the local people and/or the pygmies and experience their local way of living

 

Route:

  • Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking & Pygmy visit
  • Day 3: Lake Mburo- Game drive
  • Day 4: Boat ride/ transfer to Kampala

 

Map of Uganda showing travel route

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi
Today you drive 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 to Kisoro you will have a stop over at the equator for coffee and breakfast.

After breakfast you will continue to Mbarara Igongo cultural center where you will have lunch, the drive 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.

Luxury accommodation:Nkuringo bwindi gorilla lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 7hours of activity & road trip.

Activity: Equator & Road trip

 

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Today is the big day for gorilla trekking for those who have paid for their gorilla tracking permit, 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 track 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 2 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’.

For those who will not participate in the gorilla tracking, you will have to visit the short pygmies the Batwa tribe the shortest people who used to leave in the Bwindi forest over 100years ago.

Mid range accommodation: Travelers rest hotel.

Luxury accommodation:Nkuringo bwindi gorilla lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 3-6 hours of gorilla tracking.

Activity: Gorilla tracking

 

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Mburo n.p- game drive
After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Lake Mburo National Park which is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife.

The lake itself is full with hippos and crocodiles! You will stay just outside the park boundaries, but it will feel like being in the middle of the park. From your verandah and restaurant you have a great view over the park and its wildlife.

Mid range accommodation: Rwaboko lodge.

Luxury accommodation:Mihingo lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 5 Hours

Activity: Game drive.

 

Day 4: Boat Ride on Lake Mburo  – Airport Transfer
This morning you will have a boat ride on Lake Mburo, where you will see lots hippos playing and resting in water, thus seeing other animals, like impala, buffalo, and warthogs coming to drink water.

Later after the boat ride you will head back to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch you will head straight to the airport for you flight back home.

Mid range accommodation: non

Luxury accommodation:non

Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch.

Travel time: 5 hours.

Activity: Morning Game & Afternoon road trip to Airport

 

END OF SAFARI

From Kampala city or Entebbe to Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Lake Mburo National park

Safari price:

 Type of Safari: Road Trip
Luxury Safari Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays: US $ 2,320  US $ 2,060
 2 people traveling together: each person pays: US $1,273  US $ 1,735
 Group Safari, Each person pays: US $ 1,995 US $ 1,698
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 80 US $ 65

 

International Group Safari 2017-2018:
This is a join-in tour in which a mix of people from all ages (above 18) and nationalities are welcome to join. The following Safari has been guaranteed departure with a minimum of 5 people and maximum 7 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).

 

Country to visit  Uganda
Accommodation Type  Lodge/ Hotel
Guide/ driver  1 guide – driver
Duration  4 days, 3 nights
Meals  3 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Minimum & Maximum  Passengers   4 -7 people (for group safaris)

 

Rwanda and Uganda  4 Days safari (What you are paying for)

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
English speaking driver/guide International air fares;
A  Gorilla  permit Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
Park entrance fees Activities optional activities
2 game drives in 1 national parks A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Community visits & Transport in a 4WD minibus Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Vehicle fuel laundry and souvenirs
1 Boat ride on lake Mburo 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.

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