5 Days Wildlife Gorilla Trekking Trip

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Why Book With Us?

  • Natural Wonders of Africa: We strive to make your experience in Africa memorable as we carefully and strategically add leisure and relaxation to an already exciting package of activities around Africa. The breathtaking views also add to the enhancements of the adventure we offer to this experience of a lifetime.
  • Incentives: To boost your successful Safari experience, we have included the provision of capable, trusted, caring, experienced and courteous guides to mobilize your adventures. Our team is disposed to your care during this exploration. Their knowledge of domestic and international tourism has resulted in several re-visits at higher than expected rates.
  • Safety: Our primary objective is to keep our safari guests as close to the animals as possible while simultaneously exposing you to safe interactions with the wide varieties of our land animals. Observing these animals interacting in close proximity of our adventurers is simply breathtaking!
  • Personal Approach to Each Client: We understand that there is no unique way to make a perfect journey that everyone will like because each person has his special needs and desires. We always listen to you first and then suggest the travel solution that is the best for you.
  • Giving Back to our Communities: Through your visit to our great land, a 5% donation from all proceeds go to surrounding communities in our efforts to foster progress with local organizations.
  • Teamwork: We partner with each guest to map out key points of interest for their explorations, broadening the scope of their unique experience for this adventure of a lifetime. With each agenda, we enhance your experience and provide services that are unmatched and unique to your standard of living.
  • Plan Your Trip: We tailor make safari package that suits your budget and we give for individual, family, and group the adventure of a lifetime by sharing the natural wonders Africa has to offer. We help you design your own individualized holiday. Explore at your own pace, choose your own style of accommodation, and include your own choice of sightseeing

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5 Days and 4 Nights
Availability : Jan-Dec
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 48
Highlights
Itinerary
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Highlights:

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Community/Nature Walking
  • Cultural Experiences
  • Game Drives, Game Viewing.
  • Boat Cruise
  • Bird Watching

Itinerary: Day By Day

Expect To See: Lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, buffalos, waterbucks, giraffes, baboons, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, aquatic birds.

After an early breakfast at 5 am, set off for a morning game drive on the Northern Delta Nile. Lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, waterbucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, Rothschild’s giraffe, oribi, and baboons are some of the animals to expect.

Other activities in this game drive include bird watching, and sightseeing across the open savannah dotted woodland and riverine vegetation along the Nile and Albert delta.

After your morning game drive, at 9 am you will embark on a two-hour boat cruise on the Nile. This boat ride offers an amazing view of the falls from the bottom angle. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the river.

You will hike from the bottom of the falls to the top of Murchison falls where the Nile forces its way through a gorge in the rocks and tumbles 43m below flowing westwards into Lake Albert.

You will have lunch at Paraa safari lodge. After lunch, you will be driven to the Fort portal through various districts.

Accommodation Options: Ndali lodge (Upper Mid-range) | Primate Lodge (luxury)| Rwengoma Courts and Apartments (Mid-range) | Kibale Forest Camp (Luxury) | Mountain of the Moon Hotel (Luxury)

After breakfast, we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the mountain gorilla. Enjoy the drive as you will spot Lake Albert, the Rwenzori ranges, the Kibale forest, and the beautiful lakes Edward and George.

You will go be driven via the Ishasha sector as you will have a chance to observe tree-climbing lions in the wild.

You will have lunch at your lodge.

After lunch, you will head out for a community walk where you will visit the Batwa, which is an indigenous group of people that have lived in the forest for 500,000 years, enjoy traditional dances and drama from them.

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Friends lodge | Mutanda Eco Community Centre, Rushaga

Accommodation Options: Gorilla Friends Resort Lodge (Mid-range) | Mutanda Eco Community Centre, Rushaga | Gorilla Mist Camp (Upper Mid-range) | Rushaga Gorilla Havens (Upper Mid-range) https://rushagagorillahavens.com/ | Rushaga Gorilla Camp

After breakfast, prepare for the gorilla trekking adventure which begins at 8:00am with a briefing at the information center by the Uganda Wildlife Authority staff. We will then be guided into the jungle to track the shy primates. Gorilla tracking may take 3 to 7 hours but it is well worth the effort. It’s advisable to bring along a rain jacket, and hiking boots. At the end of this long and exciting adventure, return to our lodge for a well-deserved shower, and then have lunch.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Lake Bunyonyi via Kabale, a region popularly known by many as the 'Switzerland of Africa'. This twisting water body dotted with 29 islands will amaze you.

The name of the lake translates as the 'place of little birds and it is indeed blessed with some 200 bird species including several varieties of weavers that nest by the lakeshore and on the many islands. It is also probably the best place in Uganda to spot otters.

The lake Bunyonyi's altitude is 1,950 m, and it is surrounded by hills that are 2,200 to 2,478 m high and intensely cultivated. The data on the lake's maximum depth varies, from 44 m to 900 m in some parts; Lake Bunyonyi probably is the second deepest lake in Africa. It is one of the few African lakes completely safe for swimming - there is no bilharzia. The temperature on the surface rises to 25 degrees Celsius.

Accommodation Options: Itambira Island, Seeds Of Hope: Tree House (Budget) | Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Mid-range)| Hawk Eye lodge (Upper Mid-range) | Arcadia lodge (Luxury)

Arcadia lodge: As the highest lodge on the hill, we overlook the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi and all its many islands from all our cottages and main dining area and bar.

Arcadia Lake Bunyonyi has 25 cottages and each cottage overlooks the islands on Lake Bunyonyi. Each cottage is self-contained with a private deck for guests to enjoy the view in the comfort of their cottage.

The day begins with a delightful breakfast after which we return to the mainland and prepare to drive back to Entebbe. We make a lunch stop at Mbarara and proceed to Kampala making another stop at the Equator in Masaka, see where this imaginary line divides our planet into two equal hemispheres. Snacks, souvenirs, and photographs may be taken here.

Arrive in Kampala later that evening and transferred to Entebbe for your departure flight.

Price Category:

Starting from: USD $2500 (Budget Accommodation) | USD $3200 (Mid-range Accommodation) | USD $3800 (Luxury Accommodation) per person based on two travelers sharing.

Cost per person:

1 Person

2 Person

3 Person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

Budget

$2700

$2500

$2450

$2400

$2350

$2300

$2250

Mid-range

$3400

$3200

$3250

$3200

$3150

$3100

$3050

Luxury

$4000

$3800

$3750

$3600

$3550

$3500

$3450

Cost Per Child (Discount)

Age 0-2 years old 3-6 years old 7-10 years old 11-13 years old 14+ years old
Discount Rate 100% 65% 40% 15% 0%

Terms And Conditions

What Is Included:

  • One gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for well in advance
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Airport transfer (Airport pick up and drop off)
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Ground transportation (4×4 safari Landcruiser / minivan with pop-up tops)
  • Full board accommodation and en route meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park fees and relevant government taxes.

What Is Not Excluded:

  • Airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, and cigarettes
  • Accommodation and meals not indicated in the itinerary
Accommodation
Food
How To Get There
Extended Trip

During this thrilling trip, you will be accommodated at various accommodation styles.

The accommodation is valid and will greatly depend on your budget. At whatever level, Kubwa Five Safaris provides the very best for you. Kubwa Five Safaris reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels. If a hotel of an equivalent standard is not available, Kubwa Five Safaris may substitute the next best quality hotel or suggest a superior at an extra charge. There is free Wi-Fi in hotels and lodges

You will be provided with daily meals and bottled drinking water as detailed in the itinerary.

The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat, chicken, and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to us when making a reservation

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Airport transfers are included i.e. Kubwa Five Safaris will pick you up from the airport on the 1st day in Uganda and drop you at the airport on your last day in Uganda.

Visas: Visas are obtained at the airport on your arrival.

Visting the source of the River Nile, the Longest River in the world.

Optional Activities – Costing: Extra USD $850 Per Person based on mid-range accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights.

Day 5: After your safari, you have an overnight in Kampala.

Accommodation Options in Kampala: Sky hotel (Mid-range)| Bushpig Hotel (Mid-range)| Fairway Hotel (Luxury) | Golden Tulip Hotel (Luxury)| Speke Hotel (Luxury)

Day 6: Travel to Jinja | Zip lining | Boat Ride to the source of the Nile| Jinja City Tour

Depart for Jinja after your breakfast. You will be driven to Jinja. You will go through the Mabira forest. The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometers in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home to many endangered species like the primate Lophocebus Uganda.

After the ziplining, you will be driven to the Nile River finds its source in Jinja where it starts the 4000 km through different African countries. So your driver will take you to where the beginning point is as you go for discovering the Source of the Nile; you will go for a guided boat cruise on the Nile.

Have lunch and after you could choose to rest at the lodge on the swimming pool or go for optional activities like bungee jumping or kayaking or quad biking or Horse riding.

Accommodation Options: Crested Crane Hotel (Mid-range) | Brisky Triangle Hotel (Mid-range) | Two Friends Lodge (Mid-range) | Igar Plaza Hotel (Mid-range) | Nile Village Hotel (Luxury) | Explorers River Camp (Luxury) | Jinja Nile Resort (Luxury).

Day 7: Whitewater Rafting on the River Nile | Travel to Kampala | Flight Back Home

Have an early breakfast and head out for today’s activity, go for half a day rafting on the rapids which is an adventure and an unforgettable experience.

After water rafting, you will be driven to Kampala to buy some souvenirs to take home with you. If you have a flight on the same day your guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for a departure flight home.

Key Information
Gorilla Tracking Rules And Regulations
Safari Styles

Key Information

  • It is a private safari (a solo traveler, couples, and families) but if you prefer not to come as a solo traveler and you want to join a group of other travelers, please get with us.
  • The minimum number is 2 and the maximum number 24.
  • Type of vehicle: 4×4 Safari Landcruiser / Minivan (up to eight passengers) with pop-up tops and seven window seats for game viewing.
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Lions, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, leopards, gorillas, crocodiles, and various species of antelopes.
  • The starting point and ending point: Entebbe International Airport.
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Italian, and Chinese.
  • Park entrance fees and gorilla permits are included.

Before Departing On Your Gorilla Trekking:

  • A maximum number of eight visitors may visit a group of habituated mountain gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbance to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.
  • Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas.

On The Way To The Gorillas:

  • Please always keep your voices low. You will also be able to observe the great birdlife and other wildlife in the forest.
  • DO NOT leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out with you.
  • You will be taken to where the guides observed the gorillas the day before. From there you will follow the gorilla’s trail to find them. Look out for the gorilla’s nesting sites along the way!
  • When you approach the mountain gorillas, the guides will inform you to get ready.

When You Are With The Gorillas:

  • A seven-meter (21 feet) distance should be tried to be observed at all times from the gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
  • You must stay in a tight group whey you are near the gorillas.
  • Keep your voices down at all times. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions.
  • Do not smoke, drink, or eat when you are near the gorillas. Eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases.
  • Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides example (crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes, and wait for the animals to pass). Do not attempt to run away because that will increase the risk.
  • Flash photography is not permitted! When taking pictures move slowly and carefully.
  • Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
  • The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
  • After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200 meters away from the gorillas.

General Health Rules:

  • Remember that mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following rules are ways to minimize the risk your visit might pose to them.
  • Respect the limits imposed on the number of visitors allowed with the gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
  • If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind. An alternate visit will be arranged for you, or you will be refunded your money.
  • If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
  • Always stay seven meters (21 feet) away from the gorillas. This is to protect them from catching human diseases.
  • Do not leave any rubbish (eg. food wrappers) in the park; foreign items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  • If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with his panga. Make sure the hole is 30 centimeters deep and fill it in when you are finished.

What To Bring On Your Gorilla Safari:

  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes.
  • Put on earplugs for those who feel uncomfortable with the jungle sounds.
  • Carry a packed lunch and enough drinking water.
  • Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable), and insect repellent.
  • Bring a photo of a film camera. Using a flashlight is not permitted so we recommend using films of 400-800 ASA.
Cancellation Policy
CANCELLATIONS BY CLIENT(S) AND REFUNDS
Health And Hygiene

Book with flexible conditions

Need to cancel your trip due to COVID-19? You can reschedule your booking free of charge or receive store credit for your non-refundable deposit and re-book anytime.

Cancellation Policy

  • All tours will be booked and confirmed only upon receipt of a 15% deposit of the basic program rate. For gorilla permits, a full advance payment of the permit fee (USD $ 700 per permit person) for Gorilla trekking in Uganda) and fee (USD $ 1500 per permit per person) for Gorilla tracking in Rwanda), and the chimpanzee permits (US$ 200 per permit per person) are required in order to make the reservation.
  • The payment balance is due no later than 21 days prior to the safari unless agreed otherwise.
  • Bookings made within 21 days before arrival must be paid in full at the time of confirmation.
  • If payment is not received in accordance with the above, Kubwa Five Safaris has the right to cancel the booking.
  • Payments can be made by bank transfer to our bank account in Uganda. Transfer costs are to be paid by the client(s) before the start of the safari.

Note: Regretfully, payments with credit or debit card are not possible and traveler cheques are no longer accepted.

Cancellations By Client (s) And Refunds

    • All cancellation requests must be made in writing and shall be effective on the date of actual receipt by Kubwa Five Safaris.
    • The amount of the cancellation fee is calculated according to the date on which the Kubwa Five Safaris receives written cancellation notice and the following cancellation charges apply to the basic program rate:
60 days or more prior to arrival 10% charge
59 – 32 days prior to arrival 25% charge
31 – 8 days prior to arrival 50% charge
7 – 3 days prior to arrival 75% charge
48 hours or less prior to arrival 100% charge

Kubwa Five Safaris reserves the right to deduct all expenses incurred from money paid.

  • Gorilla permits and internal air tickets are 100% non-refundable.
  • No refunds will be made for clients in case they halt the trip when the trip has already started.
  • No refunds will be made for any unused services, late arrival, or no-show of any of the members of the tour.

Cleaning

  • Uses cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus.
  • Linens, towels, and laundry washed in line with local authority guidelines.
  • The guest accommodation is disinfected between stays.
  • The accommodation partner we work with follows the guidelines of local authorities.
  • Equipment for activities is disinfected before and/or after use.

Physical distancing

  • Cashless payment is available.
  • Physical distancing is maintained.
  • Instructors maintain a distance from the client at all times possible.
  • Activities take place outside where possible.

Safety features

  • Staff follows all safety protocols as directed by the local government.
  • Hand sanitizer available in guest rooms and key areas.
  • Process in place to check the health of guests.
  • First aid kit available.
  • A room is available to isolate suspected or infected COVID-19 patients.
  • Protective masks are available for all staff.
  • Protective masks available for clients.
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Zara Adhara

Couple Traveller

Our guides and the entire staff were amazing. Game viewing was excellent, with multiple sightings of elephants, hippo, lions, even buffaloes. We saw over 100 bird species. We spotted 2 leopards on a tree in Murchison Falls National Park.
The food was fantastic, we tried so many new foods that we never had tried before and there was nothing that we had that I didn’t like with my husband. Can’t wait to come back.

We were looking where to have our wedding anniversary from, and a friend of ours recommended this company. We cant regret that we chose them, we were blown away by their services.

October 2, 2020

Priscilla Karen

Family Traveller

Uganda is an awesome diverse country with so many animals and birds to see, people are friendly there.
Our trip to Uganda was extremely well put together, the accommodation was fantastic.

Thank you so much for a truly memorable trip. We will be back and we will travel with Kubwa Five Safaris again

August 12, 2020
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