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Uganda Gorillas in The Wild Adventure

Uganda Gorillas in The Wild Adventure

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7 DAYS
FROM $4,925

Safari Type
Forest Adventures

Activity Level
Moderate

Service Level
Premium

Safari Overview

  • Join Nkuringo Walking Safari guides on a hiking expedition through native African villages around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and challenge yourself to a canoeing experience on lake Mutanda where you’ll spend a night.
  • Trek through the cold misty jungle and spend a once-in-a-lifetime moment with a family of mountain gorillas. An African jungle experience like no other.
  • Take the oldest forest trail and cross the impenetrable forest from Nkuringo southern sector to Buhoma northern sector.
  • Stay in exclusive lodges by the lake and at a 7,000 ft altitude with stunning views of the entire Virunga massif.
  • Take local flights between Bwindi and Entebbe and watch western Uganda’s emerald highlands from the sky.
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Local Experts

At Nkuringo Safaris we like to work with our customers to prepare a journey that will deliver maximum subjective experience. We understand that most guests will be traveling in places they have never been before that require skillful guidance from a local expert. Here are the local experts that will help you plan this safari in your way!

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Itinerary

Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime journey in Uganda’s lush highlands on this premium Gorillas in The Wild Adventure. Fly over emerald landscapes, remote hamlets dotting the hilly green countryside and fertile volcanic slopes neatly planted with dense rows of cowpea and string beans as far as the eye can see. Once on the ground, hike through the villages with a raw display of remote cultures and happy people. Seeing and spending peaceful yet electric (and well-chaperoned) time with mountain gorillas is a rare, heart-filling experience on this trip. That experience will be complemented by the great selection of exotic forest lodges where you’ll be staying and immersing yourself in local cultures.

On the last day of the trip is challenging to hike through the oldest trails in Africa’s oldest and most endowed jungle. With an expert guide, you’ll be let into the impenetrable jungle, showing you some of the rarest plants, ancient tree species, rare birds, and shy animals the life under the forest canopy. This trip is private and customizable. It means you can take it solo or with friends and family and adjust a few things to suit you.

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our chauffeur will pick you up after you clear the Immigration and COVID-19 inbound bureaucracies and transfer you to Papyrus Guesthouse. A small cozy lodge in a quiet suburban neighborhood not far from the Airport.

Depending on your flight time, you can either relax back at the lodge or go check out Entebbe’s attractions. Entebbe has several attractions to introduce a traveler to Uganda’s tourist attractions like the UWEC Zoo, Nganba Chimps Island on Lake Victoria, the Botanical Gardens, Nakiwogo landing site, sand beaches, shopping malls, and urban restaurants and bars. If you jet in the evening, we recommend you relax in the guesthouse gardens to prepare for the much-anticipated Gorillas in The Wild Adventure starting tomorrow.

Meals included: Dinner.
Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse (B&B Complimentary)

Fly from Entebbe to Kihihi Airstrip, near Kisoro town, and a driver will pick and transfer you to the start of your community hiking expedition. We added this excursion on the Gorillas in The Wild Adventure trip to give a raw experience walking through native communities and villages and meeting different people and cultures.

The trail will take about 45 minutes between Kisoro Town follows village footpaths through outstanding scenery with often 360-degree views of cultivated mountain slopes, mountain forests, and human settlements.

Along your hike through remote native African villages, you meet fascinating people and learn powerful knowledge of local people’s daily lives. Many children and local people will greet us as they tend their fields and livestock and collect water from local springs.

Continue to the shore of the beautiful Lake Mutanda, where you’ll enjoy your packed lunch picnic; If we are lucky, we will see otters swimming close to the shore with a massive array of colorful birdlife, including kingfishers, weaver birds, and cranes.

We continue in a northerly direction, in dug-out canoes, piloted by local tribesmen. The 2.5-hour canoe journey passes quickly as the lake’s spectacular beauty and its surroundings are revealed. We may see fisher-men checking their nets, people taking produce to market by canoe, and people cutting reeds to be used for construction.

You’ll disembark on the lakes’ northern shore at Rwanjenje and have your guide/driver transfer you to Lake Mutanda Lodge, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night. In a superb location, plonked directly on the lake, this relaxed Dutch-owned resort has luxury tents raised on wooden platforms with lovely porches and polished wooden floorboards.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort

Spend the morning at the beautiful Mutanda lake Resort and the afternoon at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.

Both Mutanda Lake Resort and Nkuringo Lodge enjoy a stupendous southerly outlook! You could cross continents without finding a panorama to compare with the view across southwestern Uganda highlands towards the Virunga Mountains.

Take a swim in the bilharzia free lake, go fishing or take another short hike to Nkuringo Lodge. Either activity is sure to immerse you in the local remoteness of Uganda. You’ll be tracking the elusive mountain gorillas the next day and spending the next three nights at the stunning Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is entirely eco-friendly. Its design is inspired and built with the natural material locally sourced within the communities that surround the lodge. It is run by a woman owner who employs from the local population to support the growth of the native population. Because the team at Nkuringo focuses on great service delivery, the lodge has won the WTA’s for the “Best Safari Lodge in Uganda” every year since 2016.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

After an early breakfast, a guide will drive you to the trailhead for briefing before you hit the jungles to find the mountain, a mountain n gorilla family that you have been assigned. Trekking through the jungle could take from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on where the mountain gorillas were last seen last evening. Make sure you are physically able to withstand the trek through uneven terrain, damp forest floors, and thick forest cover.  When you meet the gorillas, you’re allowed only 60 minutes (gorilla trekking permit $700) or 4 hours (gorilla habituation experience $1,500) with the gentle giants, and you’ll be escorted back. Back at camp, as the night cools down, you have a roaring campfire and local songs to look forward to, as well as a deep massage, perfect for soothing any aching muscles after a day of hiking.

You’ll have another day to meet the local tribespeople, visit a single-family home, listen to their age-old tales and delve into their hidden cultures, song, and music. You’ll also have a chance to hike in the local communities that surround the loge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

After a very early breakfast, drive along the Nteko Ridge to the Ivy River Trail’s junction with the forest (7 km) and then start the nature hike across the forest (13km – 4-5 hours). Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast, unique natural reserve – monkeys, duikers, bush pigs, and some of Bwindi’s world-renowned bird species, plus many butterflies,s can be sighted.

If you are fortunate, you may even encounter chimpanzees! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, and its conservation importance is immense.

The emphasis of this Gorillas in The Wild Adventure activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest with you; it is not merely an A to B hike. The trail is also an essential footpath for local people, particularly on market days, traveling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the park’s northern boundary. There is no road through Bwindi, so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone-jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon reaching Buhoma, you’ll head directly to your lodging, Mahogany Springs Lodge, facing the large swath of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Mahogany Springs lodge enjoys incredible views across the forest canopy.

To its guests, Mahogany Springs Lodge promises privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular natural setting overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable forest’s most beautiful canopy and on the banks of Muyanja river, which flows through the jungle.  The exotic gardens and intricately designed stone pathways leading to the river invite you to explore every corner of this magical place, uncovering the various surprises along the way, such as the homegrown vegetable garden.

You’ll be taking a scheduled flight from Kihihi (2.5 hours from buhoma) to Entebbe. Depending on which flight you choose, you’ll have a complimentary overnight room at Papyrus guesthouse with free airport transfer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse Entebbe

This trip has an activity rating of moderate; travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of walking or hiking over uneven terrain on some days. While gorilla trekking, guests will trek up to 8 hours through the thick jungle at elevations that may reach 8,000 feet. Treks can be arduous, and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet, and muddy. Travelers must be at least 15 years old. There will be several long driving days up to seven hours with multiple stops.

Accommodations
Throughout the Uganda Gorillas in The Wild Adventure trip, we stay in ideally located, high-end forest lodges with amenities to deliver an authentic African experience. To ensure our guest’s safety, we have vatted and checked with all lodges for Covid-19 standards of operation and have found that they comply.

Covid-19 Standards
Please take and carry a NEGATIVE PCR COVID-19 TEST certificate. You’ll be required to present it for entry. We’ll keen to observe Covid-19 guidelines to ensure your safety during this trip. The lodges booked for you have been checked for Coronavirus standards of operation and have been found to comply.

Safari Team
Nkuringo Safaris Expert and a Trip Leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

Transportation
We have arranged all of your transportation needs during your Uganda Gorillas in The Wild Adventure as specified in your trip itinerary. When spending time on your own, you may choose to visit a site that requires transportation. If this is the case, your Trip Leader will happily recommend convenient transportation options.

The open savannah and remote forest jungle are the safest places from COVID-19 infections and our primary concern is your health.

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Our health and safety protocols will consider the latest guidance and recommendations by the Government of Uganda, international and local health agencies, and destination partners. Learn More

UPDATED BOOKING POLICY

To provide you more flexibility, we have modified our booking policies. Through June 30, 2021, guests can book this itinerary with fully refundable deposits up until 60 days prior to departure. Learn More

Price: USD 4925 per person, based on two people sharing.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. Included in the price are local flights at $636 per person and Gorilla permits at $700 per person in 2021. During the promotional period (which ends June 2021), the gorilla permit price is a reduced price of $400. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as shown in the itinerary
  • Private English speaking guides and all excursions as indicated
  • Park entry fees and a gorilla trekking permit ($700 per person)
  • Local flights between Entebbe & Kihihi airstrip ($636 per person)
  • Drinking water in the vehicle (1litre per person per day)
  • Airport transfers in 4×4 safari vehicle
  • AMREF Evacuation Insurance cover
  • Government taxes

NOT INCLUDED

  • Uganda Entry Visa fee
  • PCR COVID TEST
  • International air flights
  • Any optional activity not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages

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