Mountain Gorilla Tracking – 9 days Uganda Safari

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Horizon Adventures and Darwin Wildlife Tours

Darwin Wildlife Tours is a community-based travel agency in Uganda. Our goal is helping the local community while providing memorable tours to visitors to Uganda. We practice responsible tourism and keep all earned revenue in Uganda, spreading it widely throughout the community. Come discover rel Uganda from a non-touristic point of view. On this site you can find our tour proposals, travel services, pictures and stories. We give you Uganda in a way that pre-packaged or group tours can’t possibly offer.

Why us?

Probably you are the kind of traveler who prefers self organized journey instead of leaving everything in tour operator’s hands. You are the kind of traveler we like! You know the difference between travels and holidays, you are really interested in places you are visiting? That’s why you should travel with a native guide! It is not only for safety or organization purposes, but with our guides, you will be introduced to real Uganda. You will learn about every aspect of local people’s life. We assure you that your experience will be 10 times more intense and unforgettable. In our guides, you will find a friend.

Our Philosophy 

After past wars and difficulties, Uganda and Ugandans are on the way of peace and sustainable develop. The majority of the population is still trying to find an equilibrium between their needs and the conservation of natural environment and wildlife. That’s the reason why we promote local travel agency and volunteering projects. Local communities deserve to receive part of what tourism brings to Uganda. We think this is the only way to both preserve nature and build a brilliant future to our Nation.

It’s very important that everyone visiting us can respect people and traditions. So please don’t reject food, try to learn costumes, don’t be scared of different religion and way of thought, respect people.

Uganda Today

Lonely Planet declares Uganda the best destinations for 2012. And it is easy understand why. Uganda has the greatest diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures of entire Africa. Traveling from south to north you will encountered rain forests, savanna, volcanoes, lakes, spectacular wildlife and always beautiful and hospitable people.

Prices

  • Low Season with discounted permits (Mar, Apr, Nov): 8-10 persons – 2050 eur
  • High Season (Jan, Feb, May, June, July, Sept, Oct, Nov): 8-10 persons – 2150 eur
  • Peak Season (Dec, Aug): 8-10 persons – 2250 eur
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pick-up from the airport
  • Car & fuel
  • UWA Gorilla permits (600$ per person)
  • Chimp permits (150$ per person)
  • Guide (including accommodation and meals costs for him)
  • Middle range accommodations (double rooms with private bathroom)
  • Breakfasts and meals (dinner at lodges and lunch-box during safari)
  • Packed lunch as indicated in the plan
  • Breakfasts and meals during ‘homestay program’
  • Park fees ($40 per person for 24h for every park visited), boat trips and social activities
  • All the game drives into the parks
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International flights
  • Visa (50$ per person)
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and alcoholics
  • Everything not mentioned in this plan
  1. Day 1 Meet the Guide and start the tour

    Our guide will pick you up at the airport. The tour starts! Short visit of the capitol Kampala. Long drive (350 Km) to Murchison Falls NP. You will stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to admire form a close distance the endangered rhinos. After lunch (included) proceed to Murchison. If you arrive inside the park before the sunset, first evening game drive. Visitors will stay in a double tent with shared bathroom, dinner included.

    Accommodation: Fort Murchison (http://www.naturelodges.biz/fort-murchison/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

  2. Day 2 Murchison Falls NP Game drive

    You will spend a full day in Murchison Falls NP dedicated to game drives and Park exploration. Morning Game drive, afternoon boat trip with UWA (Ugandan Wildlife Authority) boat and top to falls, sleep into the park.

    Accommodation: Fort Murchison (http://www.naturelodges.biz/fort-murchison/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

  3. Day 3 Long drive to Fort Portal

    Early wake-up, morning game drive before leaving Murchison. Long drive to Fort Portal. This region is well known for craters lakes and tea plantations. Dinner at the lodge where visitors will also spend the night: double tent with shared bathroom.

    Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (http://www.naturelodges.biz/kibale-forest-camp/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

  4. Day 4 Kibale National Park

    Early wake up, short drive to Kibale National Park home of about 2,000 chimpanzees. Visitors will track primates inside the forest. The trekking will take from 3 to 5 hours on a prevalently flat terrain. The level of difficulty is low but visitors should wear good boots and have with them a rain jacket. After a lunch (included in the offer), crater lakes tour and visit tea plantations. Drive to Queen Elizabeth and overnight into the park: double tent with shared bathroom.

    Accommodation: Bush Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/the-bush-lodge/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

  5. Day 5 Kazinga Channel boat trip

    Early wake, visit the village of Katwe where visitors will have the chance to see how people extract salt from small salty lakes. The rest of the day is dedicated to game drives and Park exploration: boat trip on Kazinga Channel, a great chance to spot wildlife from a very short distance. Evening Game Drive, sleep into the park; game drive into the sector of the park called Kyambura gorges, an area well known for its spectacular landscapes. Sleep into the park.

    Accommodation: Bush Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/the-bush-lodge/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

  6. Day 6 Tree climbing lions Game drive

    Early wake-up, last game drive into the sector of the park called Ishasha. This area is well known for the so called “tree climbing lions”. It’s not easy to spot them and you will need some luck but our guides knows the best places to see them. Then Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP: visitors will stay at the Gorilla Valley Lodge, located along the south National Park boundaries. Double room with private bathroom.

    Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/gorilla-valley-lodge/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula

  7. Day 7 Gorilla Trekking

    Early wake-up (6.30 AM), drive to Bwindi NP gate and Gorillas track! The trekking will start at 8.00, rangers will brief visitors about the gorilla family you are going to track. Trekking can takes from 3 to 6 hours. Travelers need to wear good boots and bring a rain jacket. As part of our travel philosophy, we encourage visitors to spend some nights in a real local house to meet the local culture. During the homestay program all meals are included, a great opportunity to experience some amazing Ugandan typical dishes. Accommodations are simple, but comfortable and clean: double bedroom with electricity and private bathroom.

    Accommodation: Homestay (nice villa near Lake Mutanda) – Full Board (all meals included).

  8. Day 8 Batwa and Lake Bunyonyi

    Early wake-up, visit the Batwa community and our social project Save the Vulnerable Children. After lunch drive to Lake Bunyonyi famous for its numerous little and beautiful islands. The tour proceeds to Lake Mburo National Park, evening game drive. [Optional – not included: night walking safari to spot nocturnal animals]. Sleep into the park: double tent with shared bathroom.

    Accommodation: Eagle Nest (http://www.naturelodges.biz/eagles-nest/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

  9. Day 9 Drive to Mbamba Swamp

    Early wake up, morning game drive. Drive to Mbamba Swamp where you will try to spot the rare Shoe Bill, canoeing through the swamp. Spend the rest of the day visiting local markets and the area near Entebbe. You will then drive to a nice guesthouse where you will spend your last night in Uganda. Here the tour ends – the guesthouse will arrange the transfer to the airport (included).

    Accommodation: Airport Guesthouse (http://www.naturelodges.biz/airport-guesthouse/rooms-and-prices) – Dinner Included.

Mountain Gorilla

Trekking for the Mountain Gorillas is a lifetime unforgettable experience.

Your Accommodation in Uganda

Day 1 – Accommodation: Fort Murchison (http://www.naturelodges.biz/fort-murchison/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

Day 2 – Accommodation: Fort Murchison (http://www.naturelodges.biz/fort-murchison/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

Day 3 – Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (http://www.naturelodges.biz/kibale-forest-camp/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

Day 4 – Accommodation: Bush Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/the-bush-lodge/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

Day 5 – Accommodation: Bush Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/the-bush-lodge/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

Day 6 – Accommodation: Gorilla Valley Lodge (http://www.naturelodges.biz/gorilla-valley-lodge/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula

Day 7 – Accommodation: Homestay (nice villa near Lake Mutanda) – Full Board (all meals included).

Day 8 – Accommodation: Eagle Nest (http://www.naturelodges.biz/eagles-nest/rooms-and-prices) – Full Board Formula.

Day 9 – Accommodation: Airport Guesthouse (http://www.naturelodges.biz/airport-guesthouse/rooms-and-prices) – Dinner Included.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  • Fort Murchison – Full Board Formula.
  • Kibale Forest Camp – Full Board Formula.
  • Bush Lodge – Full Board Formula.
  • Gorilla Valley Lodge – Full Board Formula.
  • Homestay – Full Board Formula (all meals included).
  • Eagle Nest – Full Board Formula.
  • Airport Guesthouse – Dinner Included.
  • Drinks and alcoholics
  • Everything not mentioned in this plan

Pick-up at the airport, car, fuel, guide (including accommodation and meals costs for him), middle range accommodations (double rooms with private bathroom), breakfasts and meals (dinner at lodges and lunch-box during safari), park fees (40$ per person for 24h for every park visited), boat trips, social activities, UWA Gorilla permits (600$ per person) and Chimp permits (150$ per person) and all the game drives into the parks.

International flights, visa (50 usd per person), travel insurance, drinks and alcoholics.

You can request your visa online here: Visa Uganda

To complete the booking a first payment of 50% of the total amount is requested. This is due to the need to purchase in advance Gorilla Permits and to reserve all accommodations.

You will travel on a 4×4 vehicle: a Toyota Land Cruiser or a Toyota 4WD Mini Van. These are our own cars and drivers. The cars are well maintained and our drivers are experienced and English speaking Ugandans.

The responsible for your tour and local point of contact will be Julius. Your guide will be confirmed later.

Our guides are professional Safari guide with a wide experience in Clientele Management, Safari guiding and great adventures travels. They own the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (2006) and the certificate in Tour Guiding earned from Uganda Safari Guides Association.

Mountain Gorilla Coffee Tours Ltd and Horizon Adventures Srl are not responsible for any losses, damages, injuries or other liabilities that could occur during the travel. We strongly recommend our customers to subscribe a dedicated travel insurance for such purposes. The amount anticipated via wire transfer is not refundable, as this money will be used to ensure Gorilla permits and book accommodations.

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