Safari in Uganda - Gorilla Trekking Expedition for Women
November 14 - 24, 2019
Have you ever dreamed of gorilla trekking in Uganda? To experience these magnificent creatures in the wild in their own environment? Here is your chance to experience something truly unique. While on this adventure you will also be on safari with many game drives offering the chance to see several types of animals one would expect while on safari. Such as the "Big Five" You will also enjoy the local culture, a cooking class, and learning how to dress as the locals do with your own Gomesi. This Women's Tour in Uganda aims at being behind society empowerment. That’s why 10% of the profits on your trip go to orphanages run by women. This tour will offer you a unique Safari experience both on land and on water.
Bwindi National Park - Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to an additional 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Day 1: November 15, 2019 - Arrival into Entebbe, Uganda (EBB) Upon arrival at the airport, Our Driver / Guide will pick you up and check you into your hotel in Entebbe for an overnight. After a short transfer to the Hotel, you will be briefed about your safari depending on the time of arrival. You are therefore advised to have money changed today. Dinner and overnight at Papyrus guest house. (D)
Day 2: Transfer From Entebbe to Murchison falls National park - Early Morning after breakfast, our experienced English Driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel and set off northwest of kampala towards the famous Luwero triangle. Lunch stop in Masindi at kabalega then enjoy the budongo forest on the western part of the rift valley to the park. On your way to Murchison, you are most likely to see some animals like elephants, leopards, buffaloes, hyenas, lions and many more since Murchison has both big and small animals. Arrive at the park in the evening, Dinner and over night at Bwana Tembo Safari Lodge for 2 nights.
Day 3: Game Drive and boat cruise - Wake up for a great breakfast and set off for an early morning game drive north of the park with a packed lunch to meet those early morning risers like the elephants, leopards, lions, hyenas and buffaloes before they go to their hide outs. After lunch, go for another interesting activity in the wild, so stress free and breath taking. A boat cruise on the Victoria Nile and witness the mighty falls. That’s why Uganda is the pearl of Africa. Have a stop at the Devil’s Cauldron and see mammals like hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles on the edge of the calm waters of the Nile. Birds like Goliath herons, Egyptian geese, Pelicans, Bee eaters, Kingfisher hornbills, Cormorants and the rare shoe bill may also be seen around the shores enjoying the nature. Dinner back at the lodge.
Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park - After breakfast, drive from Murchison Falls NP to Queen Elizabeth NP. The park boasts the highest biodiversity rating of any game park in the world with its dense swamps, incredible crater lakes, open Savannah and rain forests. On your way you will enjoy great scenery of hills, forests, and Tea plantations. On your way, you will stopover for lunch and get to the park in the evening to relax at the hotel. Over night at Bush Lodge for 3 nights.
Day 5: Game Drive and Launch cruise - An early cup of coffee to warm up the body for the morning game drive, we shall observe a number of early risers like leopards, hyenas, lions, the Uganda kobs, antelopes, Waterbucks, Warthogs, African giant elephants, herds of Buffaloes and many more will be seen. As well as birds like; Wood billed, Red collared, Green crombs, Yellow billed, Grey treated starting, purple indigo, Lender bill quelas, masked weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, Copper Sunbird among others. After the game drive, go back to the lodge for breakfast and rest along the pool as lunch comes.
After lunch go for a stress free Launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. You will delight in seeing buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles around the edge of the channel as they cool off and birds like, the water bucks, noisy hornbills, the two species of pitas, African grey parrots, rare shoebill, Egyptian geese, yellow billed stork, white pelicans and many others. Dinner back at the lodge.
Day 6: Chimp tracking and Forest walk - After breakfast, set off for Kyambura. This originated from the Kasyoha-Kitomi forest in the Esika district for chimp tracking. It was formed by faulting, the strong earth's crust occurred vertically and horizontally which deepened and widened leading to this wonderful habitat for a number of chimpanzees. There are 3 families and there are 4-5 members in a family. Sit down quietly in the rain forest from watching the different families of chimps playing and talking to each other while the birds sing sweetly in the trees. You will also enjoy other primates like the black and white colobus, red colobus monkeys, olive baboons and more. Next we move to the Maramagambo forest to see the bat cave which the hunters used as a hiding spot, and the blue river where people used to conduct cultural rituals. A number of reptiles, butterflies, primates, animals will be seen in the forest. Back to the lodge for dinner.
Day 7: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park - Very early in the morning after breakfast, you will set off for the Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park via Isasha Sector with the possibility to see tree climbing lions. On your way, you will enjoy scenery and views of different mountains and beautiful plantations. Arrive at Buhoma in Bwindi. Check in at the hotel and relax preparing for your gorilla trek the following day. Dinner and overnight at Nkuringo safari Lodge for 2 nights.
Day 8 : Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National park - Early morning after breakfast, you will go for gorilla tracking. Before tracking you will be briefed by the Ranger at 7:30 AM and at 8:30 AM with a packed lunch, you will start the trek to hunt for the Gorillas. You will be able to track the Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Bitukura or Nshongi Gorillas and different family groups. And when you find them, you shall spend almost an hour enjoying them and observing the kind of life they live, this will be a great achievement since these great giants are unpredictable. This walk will take around 4-6 hours depending on which group you are tracking and where you will meet the gorillas. After tracking return to the hotel and relax.
Day 9: Bwindi National park – Entebbe - A very delicious breakfast heavy enough to set you a half way on the journey to Kampala. A stop in Mbarara for your lunch and then Proceed to Entebbe arriving in the late evening. You will have another stopover at the Equator for photos and Souvenir shopping. Overnight at Papyrus guest house.
Day 10: Departure Day, Cooking Class, Gomesi wearing lesson. After breakfast in Entebbe, you will go for a traditional cooking class and Gomesi wearing lesson. Gomesi is the women's traditional dress and of course, you will get to bring it back home with you. Enjoy the cooking class followed by a lunch of your creation, buy some souvenirs and relax at the beach. Your Driver/guide will drop you at the airport according to your flight.
Cost: $4063.00 per person based on double occupancy (Roommates can be provided)
Single Supplement: $506.00
Booking/full payment deadline 60 days prior to departure
- 9 night’s accommodations as stated
- Meals Full Board through out
- 1 cooking class
- Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to all parks visited
- English speaking driver/guides
- Arrival/Departure airport transfers in Entebbe
- Ranger fees
- Gorilla permit
- Chimpanzee permit
- 4 Game drives
- 2 Boat cruises
- Bottled mineral water in the vehicle
- Welcome gift
- Private transfers between all areas visited
- International airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Passport/Visa fees. VISA's are required for this country
- Airport departure taxes if any
- Drinks other than water with meals
- Gratuities for driver, guides
- Personal Expenses
- Meals not listed
Entry Requirements: Visitors going to Uganda require a current passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from Ecuador. A VISA is also required for entry. Before traveling abroad it's a good idea to make two photocopies of your passport, your driver's license and your credit cards. Leave one copy at home with a friend or family member and bring one with you.
Time Zone: GMT+ 3 hours. It is 8 hours of EST. They do not honor daylight savings time.
Weather: Daily high temperatures are around 78°F, rarely falling below 75°F or exceeding 81°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 78°F. Daily low temperatures are around 66°F, rarely falling below 65°F or exceeding 69°F. Certain elevations will have lower temperatures as you travel around.
Currency: Ugandan shilling. The best way to get cash in the local currency is from an ATM or the airport currency exchange centers. Getting local currency is hard once you depart for your safari. Credit cards are not accepted by most shops and restaurants while on tour. You will also have a better chance making deals at local shops if paying with cash.
Electricity: In Uganda the standard voltage is 240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Uganda, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).
Taxes/Vat: Raw materials (excluding food stuffs) and capital goods may still enter duty free. Imported goods are also charged a value-added tax (VAT) of 18 percent
Health: Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Uganda. The PHAC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Uganda: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza. Is is best to check with your primary doctor for an updated list of required vaccines.
Activity Level: This trip has a small amount of activity at each stop, we will be driving quite a bit on the dirt or uneven ground. This trip is pretty easy for the average person however if you can't or choose not to participate in certain activities this is at your own discretion. However it cannot affect the groups participation nor can any tours or activities or refunds be offered or changed due to an individual not being able or not wanting to participate. While on the Chimp and gorilla trekking you be required to walk about 3-4 miles or so and stand for 30 min or more at times.