Uganda & Gorilla Trek Express - 6 days

Uganda & Gorilla Trek Express - 6 days

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Uganda & Gorilla Trek Express - 6 days

6 Days Starting and ending in Kampala

Visiting: Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Bwindi National Park

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2725/UGTE

Group size:

2 - 16

Age range:

18 and over. Anyone over 65 to complete a Tour Suitability Form

Trip Styles:

Safari Tours, Small Group

Activities:

Fishing, Trekking

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Tour Overview

CAMPING SAFARI: Tick off one of Africa's greatest experiences with a bucket list gorilla trek into the jungles of Uganda on this 6-day camping safari. From the Ugandan capital of Kampala, trek to see chimpanzees and other wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy two days of boating, fishing, bird watching and relaxation at picturesque Lake Bunyonyi before or after your gorilla trek in Bwindi National Park. Watch these magnificent great apes from a safe distance and finish your tour back in Kampala.

Highlights

  • Kampala - Start and finish your Ugandan adventure in the country's dynamic and vibrant capital city

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - See chimpanzees in the treetops and search for some of the 500 bird species and larger mammals in the park

  • Bwindi National Park - Trek to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in the remote, steamy jungles of Uganda (or Rwanda)

  • Lake Bunyonyi - Spend two days unwinding beside this picturesque lake, surrounded by tropical jungle and rolling green hills

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kampala

Location: Kampala, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park. Departing the capital city, Kampala, we cross the Equator and pass through fertile green hills, tangled forests and rugged mountain ranges to the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Originally Named Kazinga National Park on its inception in 1952, the reserve was renamed in 1954 after a visit by the newly crowned British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.



Our first evening here is free for you to take a walk in the lush surroundings, who knows what wildlife you may spot! The reserve is home to elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, chimpanzee and much more. Encouragingly, reports from the Uganda Wildlife Authority suggest that wildlife populations in the reserve are increasing, thanks to effective protection. This is largely down to your tourism money!



Please note: The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on the evening prior to departure at Red Chili Hideaway in Kampala and the tour departs at 5am on Day 1. Please see the Trip Notes for further information.

Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we are heading into Queen Elizabeth National Park, admiring the mountain views and stopping whenever we see something of interest. As well as the charismatic larger animals, the reserve is home to more than 500 bird species. Reaching Kyambura Gorge we head out on foot in search of chimpanzees. The rangers will have a good idea of where they are and the trek can vary in length from less than an hour to several. Chimps tend to stay in the treetops so you may have to crane your neck for a view of our closest relatives.



Please note: Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of day 1, morning or afternoon of day 2, or morning of day 3.

Day 3-5: Lake Bunyonyi

Location: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Bwindi National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi. On day 3 we drive to Lake Bunyonyi, dotted with scenic islands and surrounded by lush forest and rolling hills. Over the next three days everyone in the group will enjoy their mountain gorilla trek, but we will split into smaller groups in order to avoid disturbing the gorillas. On the days when you are not trekking, you are free to take a boat trip to some of Lake Bunyonyi's islands, go bird-watching, visit a local village or hire canoes to paddle on the lake.



On the day of your trek, we will hike for anywhere between 30 minutes and 6 or 7 hours into Bwindi National Park (or occasionally Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, this will be made clear to you in advance), depending on the location of the gorillas. A decent level of fitness is required as we trek through the steamy jungle. Your guide will know the location of the nearest gorilla family.



Once we have located the gorillas, you will spend around an hour watching from a safe distance. Keep quiet, keep low to the ground and follow all the instructions of your guide - this is for your safety and for the welfare of the mountain gorillas. You are welcome to take photos, as long as there is no flash.



One of the world's most endangered creatures, mountain gorillas are heavily protected, with around 1,000 animals now living in the rainforests of central Africa. Numbers have increased remarkably due to effective protection in recent years - keep your eyes peeled for the giant silverback alpha male, and some of the adorable youngsters that represent the future of their species.



When it is time to leave the gorillas, we trek back to Lake Bunyonyi, where you can reflect on what is sure to be the highlight of your African adventure. The rest of your time here is at leisure, whilst the rest of our group completes their trek.

Day 6: Kampala

Location: Lake Bunyonyi, Kampala

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala. Leaving the mountain gorillas and Lake Bunyonyi behind, we return to Kampala, skirting around the northern edge of Lake Victoria. Our tour arrangements come to an end on arrival back in the city late afternoon / early evening.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Camping

  • 5 nights camping in 2-person dome tents

  • Escorted by a licensed 2-person crew

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners

  • Transportation in a 24-seater overland truck with camping and cooking equipment

  • Sleeping mattress (you will need to bring your own sleeping bag)

  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park chimpanzee trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)

  • Bwindi National Park gorilla trekking with expert guides (subject to payment of permits, see cost below)

What's Not Included

  • Non refundable Gorilla & Chimpanzee Permit: USD $700pp (or equivalent in your currency) - pay at time of booking in addition to the deposit

  • International flights and visas

  • Airport transfers - can be booked on request

  • Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

  • Sleeping bag - please bring your own

  • Optional activities (prices listed in Trip Notes)

Check out our Q&As

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Recently returned from Greece, a 5 day tour with OTG. Unfortunately, I had a negative experience on day 2 where I needed local support to get me out of a tricky situation. Thank you to Alexandra Z from Hetco Tours in Athens for helping me continue on with the trip, to the Hotel Zafolia staffing team and to Danielle and team here in the UK for supporting me with the aftermath. Your kindness will not be forgotten and I will pay it forward. I've now booked 3 trips with yourselves and will continue to go back. Thank you all. Honestly, I am SO grateful. Blessings to you all. Nicola

Calvin  

Wonderful experience

05-Jan-2023

Jamal is our tour guide. Right from the start, he created a group chat in whatsapp and if any issues to make sure we contact him. He was on the ball with every issue thrown at him. Luggage being left behind, stragglers wondered off in a different path, hotel room etc. He explains the various site along our route to give us a better understanding of the local cultures. We had a great time, thanks to Jamal.

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09-May-2024

I would give this tour group no stars if possible. The tour was not guaranteed but they did not inform me when I booked and they did not have enough people. Way after I booked they said I needed a doctors letter because I was over 70. Also way after booking I was informed I needed travel insurance. They knew my age when I booked. They would not refund my tour even though it was 4 months away.

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09-Aug-2023

I had used them once before and loved them. I decided to try them again for a Baltic tour not knowing that they put me on another Tour group- Baltic vision. Loved that tour but was not impressed they marked up the cost for me over 100%. I understand taking some for yourself because of paperwork, but over double the cost everyone else paid on the tour. Just double check before you book with them that you’re not over paying.

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