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Gorilla Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Group Tour

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Tour Price Starting : USD - 1630

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Tour Summary :

This park is home to more than half of the world’s wild mountain gorilla population and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994. World Heritage Sites are internationally recognized as natural features of outstanding beauty or scientific value.

The landscape here is rugged, with deep valleys running between steep sided hills and ridges with barely a square kilometer of the park flat. There is a blend of both lowland and montane rainforest with a dense undergrowth of herbs, vines and shrubs (hence the name impenetrable).

This area is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with the richest faunal community in East Africa. There are estimated to be 120 species of mammals (more than any other national park in Uganda except Queen Elizabeth) and is the only park where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist together. There are an estimated 360 species of birds, including 23 localized species found only along the Albertine Rift Valley and 14 found nowhere else in Uganda.

The pristine rainforests of this park, one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, are home to approximately 300 species of butterfly (including two endangered species of swallowtails), 200 native tree species and many species of reptiles and amphibians (including one species of frog that may be new to science).

The rugged terrain makes gorilla trekking strenuous work and visitors should be prepared for up to 8 hours of hiking (good physical condition is a must).

When to visit: Any time, though conditions are more challenging during the rainy season.

Getting there: Bwindi can be reached from Queen Elizabeth National Park in the north (2-3 hours), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). Bwindi is 550 km from Kampala. The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate.

Distance from Kampala: 550km; estimated transit time: 9 hours

Private chartered flights are also available.

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Tour itinerary :

Day One:

 

Meet and greet at your accommodation at 0600hrs. An early morning start from Kampala takes you southwest and across the Equator. You drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. You then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, known as the "Switzerland of Africa", with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Drive through to Bwindi. {10 hr drive}

 

Day Two:

 

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity.

 

Day Three:

 

This day you enter the forest again for a guided forest walk to the Munyaga Falls. In the afternoon, you have a chance to visit the Batwa pygmies. The Batwa Development Program will enable you learn more about the pygmies and their ways of life. You will also be entertained by them. (this day you may track the gorillas a second time – add $600 for this).

 

Day Four:

 

This morning, end your stay in the "Land of the Mountain Gorillas" & depart with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating Mountain Gorillas. Transfer back to Kampala.

 

End of Service.

 

Tour Inclusions :

1. Ground Transportation (4WD vehicle) throughout the trip in a private 4WD tour vehicle
2. Accommodation as per options in the itinerary
3. Meals as indicated on the aforesaid Meal Plans
4. Activities as stipulated on the safari program
5. A Gorilla tracking permit (where applicable)
6. Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
7. Bottled drinking water while on safari
8. Lots of fun in the African sun!!!

Tour exclusions :

1. Entry permit/visas for Uganda if required.
2. All drinks apart from those served for breakfast
3. Beverages, tips, souvenirs & all items of a personal nature
4. Any deviation from the suggested program
5. All extras NOT mentioned in the inclusive section
6. Any personal insurance covers

Tour Price Details :

Tour Price Details :

Group

1 pax

2 pax

3 pax

4 pax

5 pax

6 pax

SRS

Size

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lodge

$2420

$1825 pp

$1680 pp

$1605 pp

$1560 pp

$1535 pp

$145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid

$2245

$1640 pp

$1495 pp

$1425 pp

$1380 pp

$1350 pp

$150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget

$1870

$1360 pp

$1215 pp

$1145 pp

$1100 pp

$1070 pp

$70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation:

Lodge – Mahogany Springs or similar – full board

Mid – Silverback Lodge or similar – full board

Budget – Buhoma Community Camp – bed $ breakfast

 


Tour Terms and Conditions :

When booking your holiday direct with Pearl of Africa Tours and Travel (PATT) or with your travel agent, please quote the tour number provided or your own specialized itinerary, intended date for arrival and departure, number of people traveling in your party, sleeping arrangements and flight details, if known. This ensures that all arrangements are made to your complete satisfaction. Please note that for safaris that include gorilla trekking, advance bookings of at least twelve weeks are strongly recommended. Cancellations may allow for shorter term bookings, but it is strongly advised to book well in advance if specific dates are needed. Children under fifteen are not allowed to trek the gorillas. A 50% deposit is required ten weeks before intended departure or at the time of booking with the balance to be settled thirty days prior to commencement of the tour. On issuance of a PATT official receipt or e-mail confirmation, your booking is confirmed. Reservations made within thirty days of departure require the total amount due to be paid at the time of confirmation. With managers' approval, credit card payments can be made with a 7-9% surcharge. In Kampala cash payments are accepted in any foreign convertible currency and in Uganda Shillings. Travelers Cheques (TCs) are also accepted with a USD$20 surcharge. Read More: http://www.pearlofafricatours.com/terms-and-conditions.html

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