11 DAY ULTIMATE SAFARI, GORILLAS, CHIMPS & CULTURAL IMMERSION

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11 DAY ULTIMATE SAFARI, GORILLAS, CHIMPS & CULTURAL IMMERSION

UGANDA IS A LAND OF UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES, LUSH & MISTY PRIMORDIAL FORESTS & A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS SKY

A new era of tourism has risen in Uganda and travellers are flowing in to explore the jaw-dropping experience of seeing the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. This adventure is a captivating mix of wildlife, cultural immersion & adventure and the only way to get a feel for the beauty of its people and the abundance of nature is to come and see it for yourself!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Mountain Gorillas. Bound to be an unforgettable and euphoric experience
  • Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Transit through mountain valleys, glistening lakes & terraced farms
  • Get off the beaten track in Jinga
  • Safari in Mburo National Park
  • Optional volunteer experience at Little Angels Orphanage

  • River cruise on Lake Mburo
  • Quad biking rural Uganda
  • Explore Lake Victoria by boat
  • See grass-root development projects initiatives in
    rural Uganda
  • Immersion in a small local community
  • Private English speaking tour guide
  • Supporting sustainable tourism
  • Includes gorilla trekking permit $600 USD
Gorillas in Uganda
Kids in classroom, Littel Angels Orphanage
Lake Mburo Uganda
Chimpanzee Ngamba Island
Kids in Ruhija Village, Uganda
Village women carrying firewood

** Please read the FAQ’s section Gorilla Trekking Info.

** This itinerary requires a minimum of 3 travellers before departing.

Day 1

THE PEARL OF AFRICA AWAITS

Welcome to Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa!

You’ll be met and welcomed at Entebbe International Airport, Kampala and safely escorted you to your safari vehicle before a short drive to your accommodation where you can relax and get in your Trailblazer mindset, anticipating the fascinating adventure that lies ahead.

Accommodation: Hotel Duomo in Kampala (B & B)
Meals: As per airline.
Included Activities: Meet & Greet arrival service, transfer to your B & B.

Day 2

LAKE VICTORIA & CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY

Jump in your motorised canoe or speed boat on Lake Victoria, heading to Ngamba Island for a captivating half day visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. 

The island is home to 49 orphaned chimpanzees rescued from across East Africa and the sanctuary is deeply committed to and involved in both field conservation and community education.

Your morning visit will give you an insight into the project, history and the chance to see the chimpanzees feeding.

Enjoy lunch before heading to Jinja town, known as the adventure capital of East Africa and located on the eastern side of the Nile River and flush with over 500 recorded species of bird.

Accommodation: Source of the Smile Guest House (B & B)
Meals: Breakfast
Included Activities: Boat transfers Chimpanzee Sanctuary, entry fee to Ngamba Island, transfer to Jinja town in the afternoon.

 

“The least I can do is speak out for the hundreds of chimpanzees who, right now, sit hunched, miserable and without hope, staring out with dead eyes from their metal prisons. They cannot speak for themselves.” ― Jane Goodall.

Day 3

CALLING ALL ADVENTURE SEEKERS

Today is time to get your “trailblazer’ on and possibly step outside your comfort zone as we launch into a safe, fun morning exploring the secluded shores of Lake Victoria and the River Nile by boat before an action-packed afternoon of quad biking before meeting the locals and a unique dining experience tasting traditional Ugandan dishes.  

Accommodation: Source of the Smile Guest House (B & B)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner.
Included Adventure Activities: Boat cruise on the River Nile, quad biking, community immersion and dinner

Day 4

EXPERIENCE AUTHENTIC LOCAL VILLAGES

You’ll be picked up from your hotel and visit sustainable community projects and learn from the local people about their critical conservation issues.

Understand how ethical and sustainable tourism works in a country by visiting grass-root development projects initiatives in rural Uganda that have been funded by conscious travellers like yourself, providing sustainable safe clean water for rural communities, education, health care and women and youth empowerment projects for disadvantaged women and young people.

These initiatives are incentive for local people to conserve culture and traditions, as well as wildlife and the natural environment.

The visit will also give you a chance to venture beyond adventure thrills to experience authentic Uganda villages – meet locals, and taste traditional dishes. Participate in the village’s handicraft workshop, where you can watch the creation of traditional crafts by locals.

On your way back to Kampala, your guide will make some stopovers for you to visit the local tea plantation and try picking tea with the local villagers and ensure that some of the revenue from the tourism industry stays in local hands.

Accommodation: Hotel Duomo – Kampala (B & B)
Meals Included: Breakfast
Included Activities: Visit Community Projects, visit local communities & participate in tea picking with local villagers. cultural show at Ndere Cultural Center in Kampala and transfer to Kampala for overnight

Day 5

EQUATOR CROSSING & LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Today you travel south to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover at Equator Crossing in Kayabwe.

The magical wild game viewing includes more than 68 mammal species such as buffaloes, warthogs, leopards, the topi, giraffe and impala among others as well as various bird species.

Reflect on the journey to date as you pass through stunning sceneries from the rolling hills the lush forests to the savannah grasslands, and seasonal swamps to lakes.

The safari also features a thrilling boat cruise on Lake Mburo with a possible encounter with hippos and the Nile crocodiles along with the water birds.

OPTIONAL: Later in the evening have a guided nature walk led by armed parked rangers and guides. The trail goes through the small but dense Rubanga Forest.

Accommodation: Leopard Rest Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Stopover at equator crossing in Kayabwe Trading Centre, an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo and evening guided Nature Walk.

Day 6

SAFARI TIME

Enjoy an early morning breakfast and then get in touch with nature as you experience a game drive through the National Park giving you an amazing view of the savannah, the five lakes and all the inhabitants of this intoxicating environment.

After the game drive, head to the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which lies on the edge of the Rift Valley.

This park is famous for the rare mountain gorillas and the drive to the park is incredibly scenic, passing through various local villages and the lush green countryside & hills watching as the communities go about their day.

Arrive and afternoon at rest.

Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Early morning Game Drive, transfer to Bwindi National Park, stopover at Ngongo Cultural Center for Lunch in Mbarara.

Days 7, 8 & 9

THE ULTIMATE GIVE BACK

Up and at ’em.

For the next 3 days you have the option to do as little or much as you like in the very small and remote village of Ruhija.

The Littel Angels Orphanage and School are always needing a helping hand and no skills are required to do this, simply your time and patience.  Tasks may include labour for the builder or general maintenance, assisting the teachers with lessons or spending time with the children helping them with their English.

The opportunities are endless or if you prefer you can chill out at the lodge, read that novel you’ve been wanting to read, browse the village and meet the locals or book in for additional activities in the surrounding areas.

There is no pressure however and this is a perfect opportunity for freedom to do as you please, spend the time in self-reflection on what you have done and seen to date or set out on a path of discovery as personal perspective plays a major role when travelling, some finding they learn more about themselves than ever before.

NOTE: The orphanage is about 900m on an dirt road from your lodge, your guide will drop you or alternatively it is a safe and easy walk. There is no formal program for the volunteering, it will be a ‘turn up and see where you can help out’ type of affair. All meals will be served at your lodge so a return walk for lunch is expected.

Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Included Activities: Volunteer at the Little Angels Orphanage.

Day 10

LET'S GO FIND OURSELVES A GORILLA

Your entire journey has been leading you to today and the euphoric gorilla trekking experience that lies ahead.

It’s an early start as you transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority guides.

An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will have begun to track their movements. These guides will communicate with your head guide via a walkie talkie and the trek into the forest will begin.

Locating the gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous night. For conservation purposes, once you find your family of gorillas the time allowed to view the gorillas is one hour.

There is a multitude of other animal that you might encounter including antelope and rare monkeys, not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge for a wellearned rest and time to reflect a truly magical, and possibly emotional experience.

HOT TIP: Hire a porter at the briefing headquarters. Your porter will carry your backpack and help you as you traverse the forest and is so completely worth it. You’ll be supporting a local family and this allows them to understand that the protection the gorillas is an essential cause to the community and its sustainability.

Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park (Ruhija Sector) including your trekking permit.

Day 11

ENTEBBE AND FAREWELL

After an early breakfast, you will be picked up from your lodge and travel to Kampala city or Entebbe for onward flights.

Accommodation: N/A
Meals Included: Breakfast.
Included Activities: Road transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe Airport

INCLUSIONS

  • USD $600 gorilla permit per person
  • 1st – 4th nights hotel accommodation is based in B & B
  • 5th – 7th nights full board accommodation – Bed,
    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the park as per itinerary
  • All park entrance fees & vehicle fuel
  • All ground transportation to and from the park in a
    safe and comfortable private 4×4 tour vehicle
  • Services of a full-time English speaking driver/guide.
  • Rangers in the parks
  • All government taxes/levies

MINIMUM OF 3 TRAVELLERS ARE REQUIRED FOR DEPARTURE.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Meals ( lunches & dinners) for the 1st – 4th Nights for both Jinja and Kampala stay
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature
  • Bar Bills
  • Personal insurance
  • All other Services of a personal nature
  • Driver guide’s gratuity
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Porters
  • Laundry services

Please read the FAQ’s section Gorilla Trekking Info.

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Why Trailblazers Travel

By choosing Trailblazers Travel to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, you are aligning yourself with an organisation that gives our guests real, authentic and life changing experiences, works with responsible travel operators to leave a social impact, and gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself.

We believe in contributing to change and making a difference, whether through the use of local staff and guides, or by donating to charities we believe in on behalf of every person who travels with us.

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